West Ham 3 Chelsea 1 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats

West Ham 3 Chelsea 1 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats

In Benitez's third game in charge of Chelsea Torres retained his place in the side. Having scored more goals in the Premiership against West Ham than any other side, he would have been optimistic prior to the game commencing. Chelsea lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 Opening Half Both teams started reasonably with neither side clearly in the ascendancy. As the game began to settle down, the opening goal was created and scored by Juan Mata. Mata was given far …
West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City | A Tactical and Statistical Review

West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City | A Tactical and Statistical Review

A game of two halves? Maybe so, but a thoroughly entertaining game with two very committed teams, that could have gone either way. Stoke took the lead in the 13th minute with a very well worked corner routine that saw Jon Walters pull off of George McCartney, his marker at the back post, and with the help of a Charlie Adam block, Walters found himself free at the front post to sweep home the game’s opening goal with an excellent …
Kevin Nolan: what does he actually do? | Stats Comparison to rivals

Kevin Nolan: what does he actually do? | Stats Comparison to rivals

A lot has been said of Kevin Nolan at the Boleyn Ground since his arrival at West Ham 18 months ago, in a 5.5m deal from Newcastle United. As the 2011/12 season wore on, while fans acknowledged his obvious leadership skills, more and more questions were raised regarding what else he contributed on the field. Invariably, Nolan's answer to the doubters was to pop up with a goal the following week, and probably the week after, too, for good measure. Because that is what …
Long Ball in the Premier League (With no mention of Madrid or Barca) | Stats

Long Ball in the Premier League (With no mention of Madrid or Barca) | Stats

Earlier this week, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail wrote an article that was errrr a little lacking in context, to say the least. The article looked at statistics that Ashton believed would show that West Ham weren’t a long ball team, as they only used on average the same amount of long balls as Barcelona and Real Madrid use, which technically may be correct, but what it doesn’t tell us is how our beloved Hammers pass the ball much, much less …
Swansea 3 West Ham 0 | Match Stats & Goal Analysis

Swansea 3 West Ham 0 | Match Stats & Goal Analysis

West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa | Match Report | Statistical Comparison

West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa | Match Report | Statistical Comparison

On their return to the Premier League, West Ham played host to Aston Villa on the opening weekend. It was a tight affair, with Kevin Nolan's 6-yard tap in shortly before half-time settling the fixture. Both sides set up in a 4-5-1 formation to start with: The first half was one really controlled by Villa, the first 30 minutes belonged to Villa, they controlled and dictated the play, but were unable to break West Ham down, never really created any …
Modibo Maiga | West Ham's Transfer Target | Stats Comparison

Modibo Maiga | West Ham's Transfer Target | Stats Comparison

West Ham have been linked with a range of players: Milos Krasic, Eljero Elia, Andy Carroll, but it appears as if FC Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga will become Sam Allardyce's first big name signing of the summer: following Mohamed Diame, Jussi Jaaskelainen, George McCartney & Stephen Henderson through the famous Upton Park gates. Maiga, 25, is a Malian international striker, who has played in the French Ligue 1 for many years now, but he started off his career at Malian side Stade Malien, …
Ravel Morrison: Is He Ready? | West Ham United EPL Preview

Ravel Morrison: Is He Ready? | West Ham United EPL Preview

Following his reported 300k move from Manchester United in January, youngster Ravel Morrison wasn’t able to establish himself as a first team regular. After only making one substitute cameo role at the back-end of the season, it was evident that Big Sam was keeping young Ravel, under-wraps. But moving away from his first real season of alleged first team football, the West Ham coaching staff have indicated that Ravel will be a big part of the pre-season plans for West Ham, and see …
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