Which Teams Take Advantage Of The Counter Attack The Most? | Stats Analysis

Which Teams Take Advantage Of The Counter Attack The Most? | Stats Analysis

To be able to hit the opposition on the counter attack when you are being penned back is an important skill to have as a team in the Premier League. If a team can go up the other end at pace and get a shot on goal it is very hard for the opposition to defend against. Therefore, this article looks at how many shots and goals each Premier League team has had from counter attacks so far this season, …
Has Your Team Improved This Season? | Points and Goals Analysis

Has Your Team Improved This Season? | Points and Goals Analysis

This article looks at how well all of the Premier League teams (apart from the promoted sides) have done so far this season by looking at how many points they have taken, how many goals they have scored, and how many goals they have conceded, compared to the corresponding fixtures from last season. For example, Tottenham beat Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford this season but lost 3-0 in the same fixture last season. Therefore, Tottenham have taken 3 more …
Long Ball in the Premier League (With no mention of Madrid or Barca) | Stats

Long Ball in the Premier League (With no mention of Madrid or Barca) | Stats

Earlier this week, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail wrote an article that was errrr a little lacking in context, to say the least. The article looked at statistics that Ashton believed would show that West Ham weren’t a long ball team, as they only used on average the same amount of long balls as Barcelona and Real Madrid use, which technically may be correct, but what it doesn’t tell us is how our beloved Hammers pass the ball much, much less …
EPL Form Guide Analysis | Chelsea, Spurs Impress & Curious Case of LFC

EPL Form Guide Analysis | Chelsea, Spurs Impress & Curious Case of LFC

With seven games gone in the 2012/13 Premier League we thought we'd analyse the current form guide to see which teams are in winning streaks and losing streaks. We'll also look at the minor differences in the Form Guide and Premier League table and you'd not expect many with only seven games played. Win Streaks After a start that threatened to continue his Chelsea woes, Andre Villas Boas has turned it around at White Hart Lane. After picking up just …
Reading 1 Spurs 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Reading 1 Spurs 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Spurs secured their first league win of the season under Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) with as comprehensive a 3-1 victory as you are likely to witness in the Premiership this season. The final score line arguably flattered a Reading side who failed to show any sense of urgency during a flat first half and allowed Spurs to take charge of proceedings. With just one away win in their last 11 league games and rumours circulating around AVB being handed a set …
Two games, two systems: Analysing Reading's midfield in August | Stats

Two games, two systems: Analysing Reading's midfield in August | Stats

In Reading’s Championship-winning campaign last season, manager Brian McDermott played a 4-4-2 system in all but two of their 46 League matches. Yet already this season, the Royals manager has employed two very different central midfield formations in order to combat specific opposition. The summer addition of Danny Guthrie has given Reading a new creative influence in the middle of the park, and his effect is noticeable after just 180 minutes of Premier League football. Reading’s first match saw them …
Reading - Shorey and Harte: Left-back or left out?

Reading - Shorey and Harte: Left-back or left out?

Reading’s summer spending seems to have been completed with six signings all looking to push into the side which won the Championship last season. One of the most interesting battles comes at left-back, as former Royal Nicky Shorey has re-signed to challenge Ian Harte for the shirt. Both players have Premier League experience – Harte most famously with Leeds United, Shorey for multiple clubs including Reading, Aston Villa and most recently West Brom. So who is likely to start against …
Reading announce signing of Pavel Pogrebnyak | Stats

Reading announce signing of Pavel Pogrebnyak | Stats

Yesterday, Reading announced the signing of Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak after he was granted a work permit. He has joined on a free transfer having after his six month contract at Fulham ended. He couldn’t agree terms in extending his contract, and Reading offered the player better wages and a four-year contract that he wouldn’t get at Craven Cottage, meaning he will turn out for the Berkshire outfit next season. So who is he? Twenty-eight year-old Pogrebnyak has spent most …
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