Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (09/10)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (09/10)

In this article, I will be moving on from the 2008/09 season (Part 1) to look for some similarities or trends. In the 2009/10 season there is a similar curve in the line of best fit, and teams that are relegated could be accused of being inefficient. However, there is the beginning of a change in place; the curve is less dramatic in the bottom half and there are anomalous results above the curve, as well as under it. Whereas in …
A review of final third passing data | Stats Analysis

A review of final third passing data | Stats Analysis

I wrote a few weeks ago about the correlation between goals and final third passing and I think it would be a good time to review the current data as we come to the end of the year. If you look at the table at the bottom of the page you will see that Man City have attempted the most final-third passes 3759(FTP) so far this season, have completed the most final-third passes (FTP C) and have the highest % …
How important is the time of the first goal? | Stats Analysis

How important is the time of the first goal? | Stats Analysis

I thought it would be interesting to review the games which took place on 29th and 30th of December, focussing on the time of the first goal. In six of these games the first goal was scored by the away side within the first 20 minutes; of the other four games, three of them saw a home goal within the first twenty. The odd one out was Sunderland v Spurs which ended 1-2, with the first goal scored By O'Shea …
Players of the Week | Stats from Premier League Match Day 18

Players of the Week | Stats from Premier League Match Day 18

We've launched a new section on the Stats Centre in which you can now view stats the Top Players each week. An area designed to allow bloggers to analyse week by week in an easier way rather than the old areas in which you have to go through match by match. Most Creative Players Premier League Match Day 18 Vurnon Anita was the most creative player this week with 6 chances created and then there were five players on 5 …
Tactical Analysis: Swansea 1 Manchester United 1

Tactical Analysis: Swansea 1 Manchester United 1

Manchester United thoroughly dominated this fixture vs Swansea, and but for some very poor finishing and lack of a good quality final pass/cross, would have won by a few goals. However, Swansea defended very stoutly and did very well to win a point against the league leaders. Line-Up's [caption id="attachment_23856" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Line-Up's[/caption] Swansea lined up in a 4-2-3-1, with Michu leading the line for Swansea, which added both speed and height, up against the central defensive pairing of Vidic …
Tottenham Hotspur Vs Swansea City | Match Preview

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Swansea City | Match Preview

The Swans travel to White Hart Lane this weekend after securing their first cup semi-final in 48 years on Wednesday night. The Welsh side have been playing some great football of late beating Arsenal and high flying West Brom in recent weeks, last week’s loss to Norwich was their first defeat in eight games. Meanwhile Spurs will be desperate to record back to back home wins and move back up into the top four after slipping to fifth after agonisingly …
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 …
Arsenal Vs Swansea | Premier League Preview

Arsenal Vs Swansea | Premier League Preview

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