How Bad A Defender Is Andre Santos? A Stats Analysis

How Bad A Defender Is Andre Santos? A Stats Analysis

When Andre Santos arrived from Fenerbahce on deadline day in August 2011, opinion was divided whether the left-back would prove to be a success or failure with Arsenal. The Brazilian has begun well, enduring himself to the Gunners faithful by scoring the equalizing second goal in the Gunners 5-3 beating of Chelsea in October. However, a majority of fans are still unconvinced about the maverick's defensive competence. Lack of match fitness, getting caught up the field, giving the ball away too much, not tracking back …
Spurs v Man Utd Preview | EPL Opta Stats

Spurs v Man Utd Preview | EPL Opta Stats

Manchester United, currently in 2nd place in the Premier League, faces Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently 3rd, on Sunday in what is one of the games of the season. How have they fared so far this season? Statistically not much separates the two sides. The most striking statistic is that Manchester United have scored 12 more goals and conceded 4 less than Tottenham Hotspur. Chances have been created at a similar rate, with Spurs doing slightly better in that regard. …
Bale too direct for Swansea | Opta Stats

Bale too direct for Swansea | Opta Stats

Over the past few games, Gareth Bale has been tried in a number of positions by manager Harry Redknapp. He’s been seen on his preferred left-wing, running centrally behind the strikers and most noticeably (in a bad way…) on the right. In a world of inverted wingers, false nines and deep-lying playmakers, Bale is a throw back to a simpler, more direct way of playing. Of my childhood memories being yelled at during boys’ Sunday League games, one of the …
Spurs vs Newcastle | Opta Stats Preview

Spurs vs Newcastle | Opta Stats Preview

After a week of off-field drama, it's finally time to get the focus back on the pitch. Spurs welcome Newcastle United to The Lane on Saturday in an attempt to close the gap on Manchester United in second place. Newcastle too, will be hoping to pick up points and apply pressure to the more fancied sides around them. Newcastle are just one point behind Chelsea, who face a tricky trip to Goodison Park. Manager Alan Pardew has maintained the same …
Spurs Opta Stats | Spurs 5 Newcastle 0

Spurs Opta Stats | Spurs 5 Newcastle 0

The performance of the day in the Premier League yesterday was definitely Tottenham Hotspurs' win over Newcastle United. It was not just a win, it was a statement that Spurs are a force to be reckoned with. We've got a bit of a treat for Spurs fans today as we've taken some screen shots from our Quick Stats area in our Opta Stats Centre (Subscribe Now!) to show you just exactly how well Spurs performed yesterday. Defence Scott Parker continues …
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 …
Battle of N.London | Arsenal 5 Spurs 2

Battle of N.London | Arsenal 5 Spurs 2

One of the best matches of the Premier League season ended 5-2, as Arsenal sensationally came back from two goals down to beat their North London rivals. It was an alarmingly open game, and not the first time this season we've had a big match with goals galore. It was not quite a game of two halves as much as three thirds, with Tottenham arguably dominating the first thirty minutes, while Arsenal swept away the rest of the game. The …
Liverpool V Arsenal | Arsenal scouted statistically | Opta Stats

Liverpool V Arsenal | Arsenal scouted statistically | Opta Stats

Next up for Liverpool is a game big game on Saturday morning against Arsenal, one of our big rivals for that elusive Champion’s League spot. Of course Liverpool go into the game on the back of a huge psychological lift having lifted the Carling Cup against Cardiff after a nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out. It’s hard to determine or even measure what sort of lift that will give the Liverpool squad for the rest of the season. But hopefully it will give …
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