Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal career in numbers | Stats Analysis

Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal career in numbers | Stats Analysis

Since joining Arsenal from Ajax in 2009, Thomas Vermaelen has been integral to Arsene Wenger’s side despite the Gunners’ lack of silverware. The Belgian defender has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best and despite an injury-hit season in 2010/11 and a dip in form at the beginning of 2012/13; he has been consistently one of Arsenal’s better players. Arriving in 2009/10, Vermaelen quickly illustrated his attacking prowess with 7 Premier League goals in his debut season. Only …
Luis Suarez - Improvement in numbers | 11/12 - 12/13 comparison

Luis Suarez - Improvement in numbers | 11/12 - 12/13 comparison

Attracting huge attention from the media, Luis Suarez isn't just an ordinary English Premier League player. Whether it’s a racial row with Patrice Evra, a handball against Mansfield, that brought brave non-league team’s FA Cup dream to an end, or the diving admission made recently by the Uruguayan himself, his name is sure to hit the headlines and spark controversy. Liverpool supporters simply love him, whilst the rest of English football have quite the opposite feeling towards Suarez, one thing …
Possession, creating chances, and goals | EPL Stats Analysis

Possession, creating chances, and goals | EPL Stats Analysis

Much is said about a team’s ability to hold onto the ball nowadays. Playing a ‘ tiki taka’ possession game is all the rage in the modern-day game and such a style is commonly laid out as the foundational philosophy many clubs and their youth sides. Keeping the ball makes a lot of sense and is a fairly simple concept. If the ball is in good possession, the chances of scoring are surely greater and thus the chance of conceding, smaller. However, …
A review of final third passing data | Stats Analysis

A review of final third passing data | Stats Analysis

I wrote a few weeks ago about the correlation between goals and final third passing and I think it would be a good time to review the current data as we come to the end of the year. If you look at the table at the bottom of the page you will see that Man City have attempted the most final-third passes 3759(FTP) so far this season, have completed the most final-third passes (FTP C) and have the highest % …
West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

Liverpool and West Ham played out a hotly contested match at Upton Park. Liverpool just edged the encounter with two goals from former West Ham players (a Glen Johnson screamer & good finish from Joe Cole) and one own goal by James Collins. Despite the close margin, Liverpool created triple the scoring chances of West Ham with 12 to The Hammers’ 4. Their possession play resulted in a strong 61% share of the ball. West Ham ceded possession control and …
Swansea 0 Liverpool 0 | Match & Stats Report

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0 | Match & Stats Report

Brendan Rodgers return to his former club ended in a balanced 0-0 draw. Both teams played similarly controlled passing styles. Both also created a fair number of scoring chances, but neither displayed the ability to finish them. Liverpool will feel they were closest to three points at the end of the day. Raheem Sterling hit the woodwork and Jose Enrique had a goal narrowly called offside. Ultimately, a draw is hardly an unfair result. The match was shockingly balanced, even …
Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1 | Match & Stats Report

Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1 | Match & Stats Report

Sunday’s tie between Liverpool and Newcastle at Anfield will have Brendan Rodgers frustrated once again with his side’s inability to convert imposing possession play into goals. With Liverpool once again profligate in front of goal despite their 65% possession, and Newcastle failing to create consistent chances, it took moments of individual brilliance from Yohan Cabaye and Luis Suarez to end the game at 1-1. Liverpool were unchanged from their match last weekend against Everton, employing a 4-3-3 with Suarez as their …
An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …
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