Are Referees biased towards the Home Team? | EPL Stats Analysis

Are Referees biased towards the Home Team? | EPL Stats Analysis

Research has been conducted looking into whether referee's are biased towards certain teams or individuals. Manchester United tend to have a reputation from rival supporters for 'Fergie time', gaining more penalties than other teams at home, especially with Howard Webb. Marouane Fellaini even stated that referee's were biased towards English players following his head butt on Ryan Shawcross. For this article I am going to focus on comparisons between home and away games in relation to the number of fouls …
How efficient is your team at crossing? Premier League Crossing Stats

How efficient is your team at crossing? Premier League Crossing Stats

With the Premier League now entering the last 10 games of the season it is the perfect time to use statistics to draw conclusions about why your team produced success/failure. Last week my focus was on chance conversion rate. This week the focus is on crossing accuracy. The table directly below portrays the total crosses performed by each team for the current 2012/2013 season along with the accuracy percentage of these (open play and set plays combined). Interestingly, under-performing Aston Villa top …
How well does your team convert chances? Premier League Stats Comparison

How well does your team convert chances? Premier League Stats Comparison

Of course, I don't need to tell you that the more chances a team creates the more likely they are of scoring. But do the teams creating the most chances score the most goals? The stats below show the chance conversion rate for each individual team. Not surprisingly, top of the league Manchester United also top the chance conversion table by a long way converting 21% of chances. This is higher than last season (19%) suggesting too many missed chances …
Detailing Swansea's Progression under Michael Laudrup

Detailing Swansea's Progression under Michael Laudrup

It’s been well documented that Swansea City have basically been playing the game as well as possible for a side that haven’t been blessed with the advantages of huge wealth or stature. From getting the fans financially invested in the club (literally, as shareholders) to having a clear vision of a style of playing that transcends the playing staff and even the manager, the Welsh side have taken as many steps as they can to make sure sustainable success and …
Premier League Form Guide Analysis | Manchester United, Spurs & City at Top

Premier League Form Guide Analysis | Manchester United, Spurs & City at Top

The Premier League table seems to take form after around ten games and not have many major changes throughout the season however the form guide is an interesting table to analyse every six games or so because of the radical changes that can occur. This season Manchester United have maintained the position of first or second in the form guide - according to the form guide below they're unbeaten in their last six. They have won five out of their …
An Analysis of late goals in the Premier League

An Analysis of late goals in the Premier League

In this article I am looking at the late goals in the EPL as historically more goals are scored 76-FT then any other time range. Currently there have been 124 goals scored 76-FT making up 20.8% of total goals and 2011 this was 22.3% and 2010 it was 23.2% and 2009 it was 23.6% and 2008 it was 25.1% so we should see a few more late goals in 2013 in the EPL to get close  to an average of …
Premier League Players of the Week | Top Passers, Creators & Goal-Scorers!

Premier League Players of the Week | Top Passers, Creators & Goal-Scorers!

Another excellent week of Premier League football has come and gone! We're going to look at some of the top performers of the week - see how all the top players compared. We first look at  goal scorers. There were four players that bagged a brace at the weekend: Beneteke, Kebe, Fellaini and Sissoko. Jimmy Kebe and Moussa Sissoko were match winners for their side whilst compatriots Benteke and Fellaini played against each other to a goal-fest draw at Goodison …
Dribbling Wizardry: Premier League 2012-13 so far | Stats Analysis

Dribbling Wizardry: Premier League 2012-13 so far | Stats Analysis

Dribbling is a much-admired skill in football. The best in the game are fixed into the history of the sport: players like Stanley Matthews, George Best and Diego Maradona are remembered for their almost superhuman ability to leave defenders trailing in their wake. Beating defenders one-on-one excites a crowd in a way only shots and goals can match, but in the same way that a poor effort on goal from a good position can frustrate supporters, losing the ball when …
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