Which players regain possession the most? Stats Comparison 11/12

Which players regain possession the most? Stats Comparison 11/12

Earlier this month we covered enforcers and tackling stats however after some more analysis of the numbers on our Stats Centre (Subscribe Now for Access!) we came across a very interesting statistic: Possession Regains. These combine all types of tackles and duels won with the added understanding that possession must be kept by the team. Often players can win tackles however the ball goes out of play for a throw to the opposition, this is a tackle won but not …
Tactical: How a Martinez Liverpool 3-4-3 Could Look

Tactical: How a Martinez Liverpool 3-4-3 Could Look

With Roberto Martinez currently in the front running to take over the vacant manager’s job at Liverpool I thought it might be interesting to take a look at how his tactics, formations and general footballing philosophy might be applied to the current crop of Liverpool players. Footballing Philosophy It is pretty evident Martinez's teams likes to pass out from the back, and he is a believer in the passing game rather than a lump it forward kind of style. His …
Premier League Team of the Year 11/12 via Opta Stats | Part 1: Defence

Premier League Team of the Year 11/12 via Opta Stats | Part 1: Defence

When the PFA announced the team of the year many fans questioned why their favourite player wasn’t included, so we have derived a concept to see who would have made it into the team of the year if it was based on statistics alone. We have done this by comparing players for each position using Opta statistics from the 2011/2012 season. We have then awarded the player that comes out on top in each statistic 5 points, the player that …
EPL Reliance upon Clear-Cut Chances | Opta Stats Analysis

EPL Reliance upon Clear-Cut Chances | Opta Stats Analysis

Premier League strikers are usually judged on their goals scored per games ratio. However, thanks to Opta Stats, we're now able to take the analysis further by analysing whether these goals were scored by easy chances put on a plate for them by their team's creative forces. This article will focus on clear-cut chances - not from a point of view of creation but from a striker's ability to finish or convert a clear-cut opportunity. Firstly, what is a clear-cut …
Does 'winning your battles' win you games?

Does 'winning your battles' win you games?

Many a time when I played/play the game, managers and coaches have used the ‘win your personal battles’ line as a pre-game motivator. I guess the theory is, if you stop your opponent being effective, and that happens all over the pitch, then the opposition as a team won’t cause you problems. However, in reality, there are no players in world football that can win EVERY battle – that’s what makes us human! In the Premier League, and in a …
Is crossing still an effectively used strategy in the Premier League?

Is crossing still an effectively used strategy in the Premier League?

“The game has changed!” How many times have you heard, particularly from the ex-pros, this statement? There’s no doubt that some ways and forms of modern-day élite football has changed. You only have to look into the life of a professional footballer today, in comparison with a player from 25 years or so ago (their athleticism, their diet, their sports science support, their recovery techniques etc) and that itself should imply a significant difference in the performance of today’s players. …
Premier League Stats Preview | There’s more than one game in town

Premier League Stats Preview | There’s more than one game in town

Infostrada Sports’ Head of Analysis Simon Gleave takes a look at this weekend’s Premier League matches. You can follow Infostrada’s football facts on Twitter at @infostradalive or the Euro Club Index ranking on @euroclubindex. General Wolves, Blackburn and Bolton have all conceded at least 60 PL goals this season making this the first top flight season for 44 years that three clubs have conceded at least 60 at this stage. Swansea City (Euro CIub Index rank: 146) v Newcastle United …
Clear-Cut Chances - Hits And Misses | Opta Stats Analysis

Clear-Cut Chances - Hits And Misses | Opta Stats Analysis

Last weekend, after Arsenal lost against QPR, many Gooners might have shared a wistful moment reminiscing the chance Robin van Persie missed. Those who don the blue of Chelsea probably look back at this Torres miss early in the season and wonder if everything would have been different had that gone in and led to a comeback against United. The Kop faithful will undoubtedly feel their side can win any argument regarding missed opportunities. Indeed, almost every single football fan, …
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