QPR V Norwich Stats | A Feisty Affair

QPR V Norwich Stats | A Feisty Affair

Liverpool V Stoke | The acid test?

Liverpool V Stoke | The acid test?

The term 'acid test' originates from the Californian Gold Rush in the second half of the 19th century.  Dealers needed to be able to distinguish gold from base metal, and therefore subjected their finds to the 'acid test' as gold does not react to most acids. Many LFC fans are convinced that Kenny Dalglish has struck gold this year with some excellent signings during the transfer window (and earlier of course).  Yes there was a sluggish start against Sunderland, but …
Passing is King as United Hammer Spurs

Passing is King as United Hammer Spurs

David De Gea has been absolutely hammered during his short Manchester United career but demonstrated why he, and the rest of the Manchester United team which swept Spurs aside tonight, are a cut above the rest of the Premier League. Spurs came to Old Trafford with more than a few respected observers expecting them to trouble the champions, but goals from Danny Welbeck, Anderson and Wayne Rooney were enough to see United home after a stop-start first half. Welbeck struggled …
Man United | the serial sideways passers

Man United | the serial sideways passers

Barcelona’s setting of the gold standard in ball retention has helped spawn a series of fascinating statistics that have quantified their art. OptaJoe on Twitter delivered a telling statistic on Barca’s puppeteer:
20% - Just one in five of Xavi's passes in La Liga went forward. Crab.
It’s initially surprising given the influence he exerts, but less so when you consider the value Barcelona place on possession. On a broader, team scale, Manchester United are the most reluctant team in …
Liverpool | Maxi Scoring 7 in 3 Misleading

Liverpool | Maxi Scoring 7 in 3 Misleading

Maxi Rodriguez joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Atlético Madrid in January of 2010.  Since that time he has featured prominently in a Liverpool side that has failed to meet expectation and dropped out of the top 4 in England, missing the Champions League qualification spots and never threatening a title challenge. The personal highlight for Maxi in this time almost certainly has to be three match run that brought Liverpool's 2010/11 campaign to a close.  In three games …
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