What Makes A Solid Premier League Defence? EPL Opta Stats

What Makes A Solid Premier League Defence? EPL Opta Stats

One of our Arsenal writers uses Opta Stats to find out what makes a solid Premier League defence?  Usually, when analysing defensive performances, one tends to look at tackles made, interceptions, success in aerial and ground duels, and other such statistics. Indeed, within the English game, tackling is placed on a pedestal by many. Players going in hard are seen as fighters giving their all for the shirt. The physicality of such an event on the pitch has an animal …
Norwich City vs Wigan Athletic | Stats Preview

Norwich City vs Wigan Athletic | Stats Preview

Norwich entertain Wigan on Sunday, keen to get back to winning ways following three consecutive defeats. Wigan will be hoping to give their relegation fight a much-needed boost after just one win in their last twelve Premier League matches. Norwich style The Canaries are happy playing in several different formations but one constant is their direct playing style. Even when playing with a diamond in midfield they still generate width through the strikers working the channels, predominantly attacking down the left …
The Absence of Fantastic Mr Fox | Opta Stats

The Absence of Fantastic Mr Fox | Opta Stats

Firstly, apologies for the late writing of this blog but to be fair the game at Stoke City last weekend didn't leave much to write about.  I didn't make the journey to the Britannia Stadium but by all accounts it was a poor game so I won't dwell too much on this but instead take a closer look at the team selections. I wrote a blog recently about "tinker man" Lambert and how he changes the team for every game and …
Norwich City 1 Wigan Athletic 1 | Match & Stats Report

Norwich City 1 Wigan Athletic 1 | Match & Stats Report

Norwich City 2 Wolves 1| Match & Stats Review

Norwich City 2 Wolves 1| Match & Stats Review

A lot of people are probably not aware that there has been a long-standing rivalry between Norwich City and Wolves, one of our chants is "we only hate Wolves and Ipswich".  The rivalry goes back to the days when the infamous Kevin Muscat seriously injured Craig Bellamy who was our star player at the time and an intimidating encounter when we beat Wolves  in the play-off knock out stage in 2002 despite losing 1-0 in the second leg at Molineux.  …
Newcastle vs Norwich | A look at Newcastle | Stats Preview

Newcastle vs Norwich | A look at Newcastle | Stats Preview

Despite many Geordie fans’ initial resistance to Alan Pardew’s appointment in 2010, few can argue with their teams overall performance this season. Beginning with an unbeaten run of 11 matches built a fantastic platform for their season, although recent weeks have seen inconsistent performances and results. After last week’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, Pardew admitted Newcastle’s chance of qualifying for the Champions League was over. Prior to the game, he had hyped up the importance of getting a result against …
Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0 | Match Review

Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0 | Match Review

On paper a 0-0 draw with Chelsea looks like a dull end to match of the day with Hanson and Shearer giving it all of 20 seconds of their expert analysis. In fact, is was a thoroughly entertaining 0-0 draw. It wasn't a game of end to end chances more of a display of two good passing sides keeping position well, an easy game to watch from the windy stands of Carrow Road. Norwich City more or less matched Chelsea …
Ayala Stars as Norwich Hold Chelsea

Ayala Stars as Norwich Hold Chelsea

Norwich City kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League this season as they able to hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road in today's lunchtime kick off at Carrow Road. John Ruddy, who was sent off in Norwich's 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge earlier this season was forced into half a dozen saves. The number would have been larger but for a mixture of poor finishing from the visitors and valiant defending from the Canaries. Daniel …
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