Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez’s Everton debut in the Premier League saw Marouane Fellaini take centre stage as he was often the trigger for Everton’s change of tempo, either through Fellaini himself dictating the tempo by keeping in line with the play with his lung-bursting running around the pitch or through the Belgian giant’s advanced positioning that would lead to a “fast-transitional” pass (not seen by Martinez as a long ball) being played into Fellaini that would come under his control regardless of …
Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

The introduction of Daniel Sturridge has brought about tactical changes at Anfield that possibly offer a resounding solution to Liverpool’s defining tactical inefficiency that we have seen so much of this season. For the last two seasons (and more) at Anfield, Liverpool have consistently created chance after chance, only to leave fans frustrated and little to offer on the score sheet. Most people will tell you that the reason behind this was the inability of Liverpool’s players to finish and …
Room at the top: experimental Premier League tables | Stats Analysis

Room at the top: experimental Premier League tables | Stats Analysis

In this post I have published a few simple Premier League team stats with consideration to the insight they provide in relation to the current league table.  It can be an interesting exercise to review certain measures and analyse their efficacy in explaining team performance. These types of stats should be taken with a decent pinch of salt, because at this stage in the season (and even after 38 games) the statistics are dynamic and the sample size is small …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …
Beating Man United: The Power of Analytics

Beating Man United: The Power of Analytics

Introducing Analytics Football Analytics is slowly but surely gaining its position as a performance analysis tool for football, with its success from major American Sports. It is so new only 6 to 7 clubs use it in the Premier League, whilst there is a similar trend in occurring in the top leagues in Europe. Over the past few months we have begun to use statistics to uncover strengths and weaknesses of teams via an analytical approach. Raw Data and Approach …
Man United | Tightening up defensive leaks

Man United | Tightening up defensive leaks

Manchester United’s early season defensive problems appear to have gone away, conceding only one goal in the last four league games - and that too a contentious penalty at home to Newcastle. Rather than delve into the reasons behind this new-found defensive solidity – feel free to speculate below – I thought I’d simply illustrate the effect the Manchester City match had on shots conceded (click to enlarge). The key comparison is between the second and third bars; shots conceded …