Top Counter Attacking Teams This Season | Opta Stats Analysis

Top Counter Attacking Teams This Season | Opta Stats Analysis

Teams that can hit you on the counter attack at any moment are incredibly hard to defend against, especially when speed merchants such as Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott are running at your defence. So which teams have impressed in the counter attack and how have they been so successful? We can start to answer this by looking at which teams have had the most shots and scored the most goals on the counter attack, as well as which teams …
Which Teams Take Advantage Of The Counter Attack The Most? | Stats Analysis

Which Teams Take Advantage Of The Counter Attack The Most? | Stats Analysis

To be able to hit the opposition on the counter attack when you are being penned back is an important skill to have as a team in the Premier League. If a team can go up the other end at pace and get a shot on goal it is very hard for the opposition to defend against. Therefore, this article looks at how many shots and goals each Premier League team has had from counter attacks so far this season, …
Brave Sweden Dumped Out - Sweden Euro 2012 match stats

Brave Sweden Dumped Out - Sweden Euro 2012 match stats

A tense Friday night in Kiev for both sets of fans, both Sweden and England knew that a positive result here was vital. England had never beaten Sweden in a competitive encounter, drawing five and losing two of the seven matches, reason for Swedish fans to be optimistic despite their poor performance against Ukraine. With the start delayed by the events in Donetsk at the other group D game, as rain and thunderstorms forced the teams off the pitch for …
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. …
Van Der Vaart Displays Another Side

Van Der Vaart Displays Another Side

There are so many reasons to love Rafael Van Der Vaart – his silky skills, his defence splitting through balls and probably more than anything, the fact that he can’t stop scoring against Arsenal! One side of his game that has often been criticised since moving to the Premier League is the defensive aspect. If you have the creative brilliance and goal scoring touch that Rafa possesses, you can forgive him this shortfall. Tottenham have adapted their team selection to …
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