Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

One of the more interesting innovations from an analytical standpoint at the current European Championship has been the measuring of the amount of time that a player spends with the ball per game. This measure of player involvement has in particular been applied to forward players, such as Mario Gomez. Gomez managed to score 3 goals from 6 shots in 2 games despite only having the ball for 22 seconds, according to Prozone. This contrasted with Robin Van Persie, who …
Robin van Persie | The Best of the Best | Opta Stats

Robin van Persie | The Best of the Best | Opta Stats

There is no denying that Robin van Persie experienced a career year this season. At age 28 he played his first injury free Premier League campaign, leading the league in goals and kept Arsenal in the top 4 with his impressive form.  In the following pages we'll take a look at the Dutch forward compared to the rest of the Arsenal squad, looking at the team's total numbers as well as their numbers once van Persie is discounted. We'll also examine the …
England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

With the Goalkeeper, Defence and Midfield already chosen for England’s best XI (England's Best XI Part I: Defence & England's Best XI Part II: Midifled) we will now look at who should lead the line for England this summer. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used …
Villa 0 -1 Man Utd | Quick Stat Analysis

Villa 0 -1 Man Utd | Quick Stat Analysis

FT Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd. Jones (20). Attacking Stats: Aston Villa - Shots 8, On Target 2, Goals 0, Chances Created 6, Crosses 8/23. Man Utd - Shots 14, On Target 4, Goals 1, Chances Created 13, 3/22. Possession Stats: Aston Villa - Possession 43.8%, Territory 45.2%, Passes 237/355/67%. Man Utd - Possession 56.2%, Territory 54.8%, Passes 379/473/80%. Defensive Stats: Aston Villa - Tackles 12/16, Interceptions 14, Blocks 4, Clearances 13/29, Headed 6/14. Man Utd - Tackles 6/8, Interceptions …
Premier League Strikers Comparison

Premier League Strikers Comparison

Almost half of the Premier League season has been played. There have been some very good goals, some very lucky goals, some consistent play and some flashes of brilliance from Premier League strikers. How do we separate them? With statistics of course. Here I take a look at the strikers for the current top 7 clubs, their importance to their respective teams and whether they are actually performing to their expected level. [caption id="attachment_7631" align="alignnone" width="580" caption="Click to enlarge image"][/caption] …
Blackburn v Man United | Opta Preview

Blackburn v Man United | Opta Preview

When Blackburn Rovers travelled to Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve few would have predicted anything other than a routine home victory for Manchester United. Rovers were at the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety, while United had reined in neighbours Manchester City on Boxing Day with a 5-0 win against Wigan. With City not due to play again until the New Year, United would have been confident of seeing 2012 in as league leaders while Blackburn …
Star Men | RVP, Rooney, Mata, Demba twins shine | Opta Stats

Star Men | RVP, Rooney, Mata, Demba twins shine | Opta Stats

There have been some exceptional performances this weekend as well as some amazing results. There was the 7-1 mauling of Blackburn by Arsenal yesterday and then today's epic 3-3 draw between Chelsea & Manchester United. So we thought we'd treat our readers out there to some stats. What we would appreciate is some comments at the bottom of the post of what you thought of your team or your players performances! So who were the EPLIndex.com Star Men? Robin Van Persie …
Who is the best EPL Player so far? Part 2

Who is the best EPL Player so far? Part 2

Welcome to the second part of "Who is the best EPL Player so far this season" in which I, NUFC_Stats, have created a stats battle consisting of the 16 best players according to the Official EA Sports Performance Index. As there's a break from EPL football we thought we'd put this little series together of which Part 3 will be published on Monday. If you missed part 1 you can read it here for results of the first round of …
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