Mesut Ozil back to his best against Villa | Stats Analysis

Mesut Ozil back to his best against Villa | Stats Analysis

After an abysmal performance in midweek vs Borussia Dortmund and not achieving a league win since the opening day, Arsenal needed a win against an in form Aston Villa in the worst way.  The Gunners put in their most convincing performance of the season with a very comfortable 3-0 win.  This match had probably the craziest three minutes and twelve second period of the season with Arsenal killing the game off with three goals in just under three minutes. After …
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 …
What is Liverpool’s Best Midfield? Stats Analysis

What is Liverpool’s Best Midfield? Stats Analysis

At the beginning of this season, it appeared that a shallow Liverpool side was only truly secure in one area: midfield. The signings of Joe Allen and the now departed Nuri Sahin added depth to an area of the squad already containing the likes of Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva. Certainly on paper, Liverpool’s midfield looked formidable, but the problem all season has seemingly been that no group of players have been on form together. For example, when Lucas was …