Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (11/12)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (11/12)

Looking at last season’s data, we can see what seems like a radical change when we compare the graph with that of four years previous. The ‘tail’ of the correlation has disappeared completely and the entire line seems to be moving towards something more linear. This is the effect of teams such as Wigan, and more recently Swansea. These clubs have used possession-based football as a way of avoiding relegation, causing teams such as Bolton and Blackburn (who have operated with less …
Which team creates & converts the most Clear Cut Chances? | Stats Analysis

Which team creates & converts the most Clear Cut Chances? | Stats Analysis

This article takes a look at which teams are creating the most clear-cut chances this season; which teams make the most of these chances; and which teams are the most reliant on clear-cut chances to score their goals. A clear-cut chance can be defined as a situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score, usually in a one-on-one situation, or from very close range.  It also includes penalties and is generally related to when a player has a …
Why Redknapp needs to find a striker for QPR | Stats Comparison

Why Redknapp needs to find a striker for QPR | Stats Comparison

With half of the transfer window period already gone, Harry Redknapp has flown all over in his desperate bid to beef up the imbalanced Queens Park Rangers squad he inherited from Mark Hughes. To no one’s surprise, players are hesitant to join the London club that is now slightly adrift at the bottom of the English Premier League with less than half the season to go. QPR fans are torn: should the club be buying established Premier League players (such …
Premier League Strugglers set for Dog Fight

Premier League Strugglers set for Dog Fight

With the Premier League fight for survival just past the halfway stage of the 2012/2013 campaign, history suggests that there is no hope for Reading, while it is a case of déjà vu for the likes of Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic. Relegation follows certain clubs around and avoiding it can feel like winning a trophy. That is the line QPR boss Harry Redknapp is spinning to potential new recruits, with quotes to that effect widely reported in the …
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 …
Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (08/09)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (08/09)

Four years ago Spain used a possession-based philosophy to win Euro 2008. Since then, Spain and Barcelona have been the dominant forces in world and European football, with much of their success attributed to this style. Two footballing clichés seem to underpin this. Firstly, that possession is ‘Nine Tenths of the Law’. Secondly, that over the course of a season positives and negatives will even themselves out. According to these theories, the team that can dominate possession for every game should …
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 % …
The Dirtiest Teams In The Premier League | Stats Analysis

The Dirtiest Teams In The Premier League | Stats Analysis

Several teams in the Premier League have been branded as ‘dirty' teams over the years, but which teams actually deserve the title of 'dirtiest' this season? We take a look at which teams have committed the most fouls this season, as well as which teams have received the most yellow cards. We have also looked at which teams have committed the most fouls when out of possession and which teams have won the most fouls when in possession this season. …
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