Everton | The Importance of Darron Gibson | Opta Stats Analysis

Everton | The Importance of Darron Gibson | Opta Stats Analysis

On the back of Everton’s triumph over Manchester United, David Moyes and several of his playing staff have been thrust into the unfamiliar glare of the media spotlight. Tactics have been lauded, techniques saluted and the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jagielka have been the recipients of some highly complimentary reviews. As players bathe in the glory of Monday's win, one man unlikely to experience a similar surge of public admiration is Darron Gibson. Since his Manchester United days there has tended to …
The Truth About The Demise of Patrice Evra | Stats Comparison

The Truth About The Demise of Patrice Evra | Stats Comparison

As we all know, Patrice Evra has faced with a horde of criticisms regarding his performances last season. Fans have lamented his defensive capabilities, with the increasing feeling that he was not the player he once was. Some blame it on the racism storm with Luis Suarez; others point the finger at his complacency at being the only recognized and reliable left back for Manchester United; while a few would go as far as to attribute it to his problems …
Who is the most influential player from the Top 8? | Statistical Comparison

Who is the most influential player from the Top 8? | Statistical Comparison

Last season's top 8 clubs in the Premier League was some what predictable, in what order they finished in was a surprise to many, but which players at those clubs were the most influential at that club, I take a look at their stats here. The top 8 clubs, United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Liverpool & Everton, all had at least one top quality striker, Arsenal has Robin van Persie (left) and were all able to score at consistent …
David Silva Vs Juan Mata | Stats Comparison 2010-12

David Silva Vs Juan Mata | Stats Comparison 2010-12

Is the Premier League becoming more technical?

Is the Premier League becoming more technical?

It's fair to say the Premier League has never been the most technically gifted league in the world. Throughout the 90's and 2000's many teams went for the more physical approach, playing a 4-4-2 with two combatting central midfield players as well as a strong number 9 to win the knock downs. However, in recent years the tide has slowly started to change. The increase in coverage of the UEFA Champions League has made many coaches and fans around England …
Odds of Winning the League: The Final Day | Probability Analysis

Odds of Winning the League: The Final Day | Probability Analysis

Wow. What a day. In what was the most exciting finish to the English Premier League season ever, Manchester City secured the title with 2 stoppage time goals to beat out Manchester United on mere goal differential. [caption id="attachment_14511" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Kompany and Aguero Celebrate"][/caption] Instead of trying to sum up the craziness that was this final day in words, I thought it would be better to quantify all the swings that happened. City went from being confident of winning …
How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season? | Opta Stats Comparison

How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season? | Opta Stats Comparison

This series of articles will look at how each team in the Premier League has compared to last season. (Please note Norwich, Swansea and QPR will not be included as they were in the Championship last season). With Manchester City fighting Manchester United for the title. Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea battling it out for third and fourth and Liverpool struggling in the league - we  start by looking at these seven teams. Manchester City As you can see from the table above …
Importance of passing in key areas | City

Importance of passing in key areas | City

With Manchester City starting the season in such attacking fashion, it was inevitable that once teams had gotten wise to this approach that they would look for ways to counter this offensive threat. We saw with Everton’s approach a couple of weeks ago that they were content to get men behind them, frustrate City’s attacking instincts and look to stifle any opportunity where City looked to create. As the season progresses this may well become the blueprint adopted by sides …
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