Reading 2 Arsenal 5 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

Reading 2 Arsenal 5 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

It wasn't 5-7, but it was still highly entertaining stuff on Monday at the Madejski Stadium. Arsenal may be in something of a crisis after losing to Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, but a strong showing at the Madejski Stadium will have Arsene Wenger pleased. Arsenal put 4 unanswered goals past Reading before McDermott’s men managed to find 2 opportunistic goals within five minutes of each other. Readings orthodox 4-4-2 was stretched by Arsenal’s superior numbers in midfield. …
Shots on Target & Goals Stats: Using Data Analysis to form betting decisions?

Shots on Target & Goals Stats: Using Data Analysis to form betting decisions?

Many of you may have seen the movie (or read the book) Moneyball. The story charts Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis, getting the most out of what were considered to be very average players. Can we transfer the idea of computer-generated analysis to our betting decisions? There are a few hundred betting websites, and many of them will have thousands of clients. Everyone wants to be a …
Reading V Arsenal | Match Preview

Reading V Arsenal | Match Preview

The Monday night football this week comes from the Madejski stadium as Reading host Arsenal. These two teams faced each other on the 30th October in the League Cup and served up one of the classics. Reading raced in to a 4-0 lead but a Theo Walcott hat-trick inspired Arsenal as they overcame the deficit to win 5-7 after extra time. Reading are in a torrent run of form having lost their last five. Last week’s capitulation at fellow relegation …
Set plays & long balls | Newcastle stats compared to the Premier League

Set plays & long balls | Newcastle stats compared to the Premier League

A sullen first half or so of the season doesn’t look to be getting any brighter for Newcastle United – the 2-1 defeat to Fulham continuing Alan Pardew’s record of never coming from behind in a league game as Newcastle United manager, leaving the Toon with just 17 points after 16 games and 2 points above the relegation zone. Every excuse going has been used for the Magpie’s poor showings thus far – tiredness, injury, recruitment, tactics, effort. However, in …
Premier League Form Guide Analysis | United top, Stoke & Norwich flying high!

Premier League Form Guide Analysis | United top, Stoke & Norwich flying high!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="233"] Form Guide as of 13th Dec 2012[/caption] It's always interesting to take a look at the form guide from time to time. Last month saw Manchester City and Manchester United sitting at the top of the form guide however a few things have changed - Manchester City have moved out of the top positions whilst United are topping both the league and the form guide. The surprises come from Stoke City and Norwich City. Both sides …
Sunderland vs Reading | Match Preview & Player Stats

Sunderland vs Reading | Match Preview & Player Stats

Much was expected of Martin O’Neil’s Sunderland side this season, yet The Black Cats currently are placed in the drop-zone after an awful start. Their visitors on Tuesday night are Reading, who also have struggled this season and find themselves starting to get cut adrift in the bottom-three. The match is a re-arranged fixture after the initial game between the two-sides was postponed and both teams will be looking at this match as one to kick-start their season. Past Meeting …
Manchester United Vs Reading | Premier League Match Preview

Manchester United Vs Reading | Premier League Match Preview

Newcastle United | A creativity comparison with Premier League rivals

Newcastle United | A creativity comparison with Premier League rivals

I think we can all admit that Newcastle haven’t exactly set the league alight this season! Following on from the successes of last season and attempting to show further progress was always going to be a tough ask. But, few would have predicted that the Magpies would have given us such lacklustre and unimaginative displays in their first 12 games in the Barclay's Premier League – none more so than the last two defeats at home (the last time that happened was …
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