The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

[quote]Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. - Tom Landry[/quote] Ok, so Landry was talking about the 'other' type of football, however the sentiment remains true for 'real' football.  One of the most beautiful things about the beautiful game is the potential for a freak, unexpected result.  An incredible, unbelievable result. There's nothing that neutral football fans enjoy more than seeing an underdog grabbing a win against the odds.  So how often does it happen?  And …
Jose Mourinho to Return? Can Lukaku be his

Jose Mourinho to Return? Can Lukaku be his "New Drogba" | Stats

EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

Both West Brom and Southampton possess teams that are full of underrated or unheralded players. I have identified both as teams with criminally underrated players in the central midfield areas: Yacob and Mulumbu for West Brom; Cork and defensive stalwart Morgan Schneiderlin for Southampton. Within football circles all four players have impressed and we could well be seeing any one of these four make a transfer to big club this summer. But which of the two teams boasts the ‘best underrated …
Hart or Foster - who should be England's first choice? | Stats Comparison

Hart or Foster - who should be England's first choice? | Stats Comparison

Chelsea 1 West Brom 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 1 West Brom 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Amongst the fall out from Rafa Benitez's midweek press conference, and the debris of fans' protests against their current manager, a game of football broke out which Chelsea won in a convincing fashion, even if the scoreline remained just 1-0. While Chelsea were able to produce, West Brom were lacking in ambition from the outset and partly contributed towards their own downfall. Line Ups After the disappointment of the 2-0 loss away to Man City, Bentiez made two changes to …
Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Several teams this season have been lauded for playing with fluidity and creativity. Take Everton or Tottenham, for example. Perennially pragmatic Everton have enjoyed plaudits from every direction this season for their style of play, while Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side are finally beginning to look to observers like a team of genuine quality once more. One team who have arguably not received the praise they deserve this season, though, is West Bromwich Albion. Sitting sixth in the league with 14 …
The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

From crosses to counter attacks to set piece plays, there are countless ways for teams to score goals. But what could be a more direct and obvious way to score than from a dead ball situation? In this article, I would like to explore the significance of set piece plays from teams last season. How important were set piece plays in contributing to their goal tally and eventually, their standings in the league table? To start off, let us have …
Everton v West Brom: Can The Baggies Stop Baines?

Everton v West Brom: Can The Baggies Stop Baines?

Saturday’s match sees Everton travel to West Brom in search of a club record. Avoid defeat and Everton create a new club record for unbeaten Premier League games; the convincing win at Villa Park tied the previous best (11). David Moyes’ men are in fine form with three defeats in 26 and just one defeat in ten on the road. To extend their good form, however, Everton will need to overcome an in-form West Brom side. With their opening day …
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