Shot Placement Stats: A Look At Michu, Cisse and Suárez

Shot Placement Stats: A Look At Michu, Cisse and Suárez

I read a very interesting article by Ben Pugsley which looked at the scoring percentage and shooting efficiency of the top ten strikers in the Premier League this season. I thought I’d use the shot placement data from EPLIndex to see if it could explain a couple of points in the article, as well as digging into the improved goal scoring record of Luis Suárez whilst I was at it. In case you’ve not read any of my previous shot placement articles, a quick explanation. …
Bale Vs Suarez Vs van Persie | Stats from Last 13 EPL Starts

Bale Vs Suarez Vs van Persie | Stats from Last 13 EPL Starts

Gareth Bale continues to impress for Spurs this season as he scored his fifteenth goal overall in the Premier League and his 12th in his last 13 starts. To put into perspective how well Gareth Bale is doing we've created a little info-graphic below that compares him to the Premier League's top scorers Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez. The stats show that Gareth Bale has attempted more shots, scored more goals and has a superior shooting accuracy. The only …
Robin van Persie Vs Luis Suárez | Stats Comparison

Robin van Persie Vs Luis Suárez | Stats Comparison

This season’s two top scorers, Robin van Persie (18) and Luis Suárez (16), have been central to Manchester United and Liverpool teams who have had varying levels of success. Two very different players stylistically, the pair have established themselves as the Premier League’s striking elite. Van Persie’s game is a clinical one, and with the ability to score goals of every description from almost anywhere on the pitch, the Dutchman has carried on for United where he left off with …
Evra-gate: The Impact On Performance of Suárez | Stats Analysis

Evra-gate: The Impact On Performance of Suárez | Stats Analysis

In a recent interview on Uruguayan television, Luis Suárez revealed the anguish he suffered after being accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra in October 2011:
“It was so hard what happened to me. I don’t show my emotions in the field, you know, but outside I do it ­I cried a lot with all the Evra stuff. The trial week was so complicated for me. My wife and I cried a lot during that week…I had to go to Manchester …
Fabio Borini Statistically compared to Liverpool Strikers

Fabio Borini Statistically compared to Liverpool Strikers

Fabio Borini officially signed for Liverpool on July 13th and even before he joined there was immense speculation on the future of Andy Carroll. A loan deal for Liverpool's most expensive signing is looking likely although there have been many fans that believe that Andy should be kept. This article will look at Borini's stats at Roma in the 2011/12 season and compare these to the Liverpool strikers stats. The strikers used in this comparison will be Luis Suarez, Andy …
Luis Suárez: A Creator, Not A Goalscorer | Opta Stats

Luis Suárez: A Creator, Not A Goalscorer | Opta Stats

It’s safe to say that Luis Suárez certainly had an ‘interesting’ 2011/12. After starting it by becoming a Copa America champion, as the domestic season unfolded he saw controversy follow him around, as it has continued to since his goal-line handball in the quarter-final of the World Cup in 2010. As well as the heavily debated ‘Evragate’ and subsequent ban, he also received a further one game ban for giving the Fulham fans at Craven Cottage an unsuitable hand gesture …
Who is the Premier League's best striker? Opta Stats Analysis

Who is the Premier League's best striker? Opta Stats Analysis

Who is the Premier League's Best Striker? This is a question argued amongst Premier League supporters all the time. This season Robin van Persie has scored the most goals and stake's a claim to the title. However Wayne Rooney's 26 Premier League goals are threatening Van Persie's crown with two games to go. In his début season; Sergio Aguero has been a revelation - boasting 22 goals and scoring at a better rate, of 110 minutes per goal, than Robin …
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