Who is the most influential player from the Top 8? | Statistical Comparison

Who is the most influential player from the Top 8? | Statistical Comparison

Last season's top 8 clubs in the Premier League was some what predictable, in what order they finished in was a surprise to many, but which players at those clubs were the most influential at that club, I take a look at their stats here. The top 8 clubs, United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Liverpool & Everton, all had at least one top quality striker, Arsenal has Robin van Persie (left) and were all able to score at consistent …
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EPL "Clutch" Goal Scorers | Players who score when most required

Does a "clutch" goal scorer exist in the EPL? A player who seems to always score goals when the team needs them most. A player who, when the game is on the line, steps up and finishes. This is, of course, a tough question to answer. How do we even define a "clutch" moment? Is a game winning goal in the 90th minute more clutch than a tying goal in the last game of the season? Is a goal to …
Holt | English Striker Stats Compared

Holt | English Striker Stats Compared

Man Utd | Mid-Season Report | Opta Stats

Man Utd | Mid-Season Report | Opta Stats

As we just did with Liverpool, this post is an examination of the state of Manchester United after 19 matches.  For Manchester United this has been another season of slow starts, well, relatively speaking, and coming on strong at Christmas. An uncharacteristic loss to Blackburn notwithstanding, this is a Red Devils side that looks poised to push Manchester City to the finish and make this a two horse race in the spring.  For United it has already been a long season, having …
Manchester United 2 Norwich 0 | Analysis

Manchester United 2 Norwich 0 | Analysis

Injuries to Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand and the da Silva twins have robbed Manchester United the option of fielding a settled back four and in the last few games it has started to tell. The first half was probably one of United's poorest performances this season in the sense that there was no urgency in the play, the passing was sloppy and they looked vulnerable at the back. Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez' return in attack was a welcome …
United vs Norwich Preview

United vs Norwich Preview

Following their blistering start to the season Manchester United's recent games have begun to highlight their defensive problems. Whilst bedding in a new goal-keeper makes any team somewhat vulnerable defensively, David De Gea has not been helped by the ease at which teams have breached the defensive lines in front of him. Currently, he has made the highest number of saves (32) in the league, giving him a saves/shots ratio of 86%. Against Stoke and Basel, United should have lost …
Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview

Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview

Manchester United play host to Chelsea on Sunday in a game that will give an early indication of where the title will be heading come the end of the season. Early predictions have put Manchester as the destination for the Premier League trophy but it would be unwise to discount a Chelsea team with experience and a double-winning manager at the helm. Playing each other so early in the season gives both sides a chance to size each other up …
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