Fulham Vs Swansea Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Fulham Vs Swansea Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Swansea travel to Craven Cottage this Saturday as the Premier League continues on after the international break. This is Fulham’s first game since Rene Meulensteen was brought in as head coach to assist manager Martin Jol. Fulham fans will be hope that Meulensteen’s arrival will bring a change in fortunes for their club as they currently sit in 18th place.  Swansea have had a mixed start to the season juggling European football with the Premier League. This has meant Michael …
Swansea Vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Swansea Vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Swansea host West Ham on Sunday with both teams sitting in the bottom half of the table after having indifferent starts to their seasons. Swansea sit in 11th place in the table after notching  their third win of the season against Sunderland last weekend, with the Swans drawing one and losing four of their opening eight games. West Ham, on the other hand sit in 15th place after winning two, drawing two and losing four of their opening eight games. …
EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

What a weekend for the Premier League.  And what a weekend for the Manager Impact Index. There were some surprises, a bit of sulking and even a sacking, that, when all added up means the Manager Impact Index had its busiest weekend so far. 277 points were distributed overall, an increase of 38 points on the previous week.  When you consider that 6 of the 20 managers earned nil points (said in a poor French accent) it means that the …
Crystal Palace Vs Swansea Match Preview | Key Men & Stats

Crystal Palace Vs Swansea Match Preview | Key Men & Stats

Crystal Palace host Swansea this Sunday in the fifth game week of the Premier League. Each side has recorded only one victory in their opening four games, and both experienced this win in the fixture game of their seasons. However, whilst Swansea pushed on to pick up a credible point against an in-form Liverpool, Crystal palace dropped all three points away at Old Trafford. Of course it would have been hard for Palace to maintain a winning momentum with Manchester …
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Swansea City: Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Swansea City: Tactical Analysis

Sunday evening saw a very interesting game between Spurs and Swansea. Coming off a win against Crystal Palace last week, Tottenham were able to maintain their 100% winning record in the Premier League this season whilst impressively keeping another clean sheet. Andre Villas-Boas employed Etienne Capoue as the Anchor man in a 4-3-3 system, designed to A) distribute play quickly out wide to the flanks via quick diagonal transition passes from deep, and B) keep the midfield third extremely congested …
The Rate of Attack and Creative Efficiency (RACE) to Goals Model

The Rate of Attack and Creative Efficiency (RACE) to Goals Model

One of the key breakthroughs recently in football's fanalytic community has been the development of shots models that look at quality of chances that teams or players have and their ability to finish those chances. There has been some very interesting work carried out by @colinttrainor (like this), @11tegen11 (like this), and @footballfactman (like this), where they have put in a significant amount of work to look at where shots are taken from and what the conversion rates are for shots from those areas. One of …
The alternative Premier League tables | Possession, Chances Created, Shot Accuracy

The alternative Premier League tables | Possession, Chances Created, Shot Accuracy

Shot Placement Stats: A Look At Michu, Cisse and Suárez

Shot Placement Stats: A Look At Michu, Cisse and Suárez

I read a very interesting article by Ben Pugsley which looked at the scoring percentage and shooting efficiency of the top ten strikers in the Premier League this season. I thought I’d use the shot placement data from EPLIndex to see if it could explain a couple of points in the article, as well as digging into the improved goal scoring record of Luis Suárez whilst I was at it. In case you’ve not read any of my previous shot placement articles, a quick explanation. …
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