Chelsea vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League returns after a brief break for the FA Cup and the fixtures include a feisty London derby at Stamford Bridge. The two sides come into the match in contrasting form. Chelsea are challenging for the title, while West Ham are struggling at the bottom of the table after a very poor run of form that has seen the fans turn against Sam Allardyce. The home side's fans have also questioned their own club after the sale of …
West Ham Vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

West Ham Vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

After a week off due to a few rounds of international matches, normal service is resumed this weekend with Chelsea making the short trip over to Upton Park to face West Ham United. Chelsea have not been at their best in the last few games and scrapped a draw against West Brom with a last minute penalty last time out. With many of their players coming back from international duty all over world, West Ham will want to catch Chelsea …
RACE to Goals Model – The Defence

RACE to Goals Model – The Defence

Prior to the season starting, I introduced the RACE to Goals Model, which you can find here, and I suggest you have a read of that before you continue with this one if you want to have a full description of the different metrics and how they are calculated. Essentially, I am looking at the same metrics, but this time flipped to a defensive point of view, so the rate of shots conceded, the Defensive Efficiency, and the conversion of …
The Return of Carlton Cole | Stats from 08/09 and 09/10

The Return of Carlton Cole | Stats from 08/09 and 09/10

On the 22nd May of this year, it was announced that Carlton Cole would be released by West Ham in the summer. The striker reacted by tweeting “life is filled with ups and downs - today is a down, but I’ll be back” - a conventional footballer response to being released – not a claim that Cole expected to be at West Ham, let alone 5 months later. With Andy Carroll scuppering to another injury that will rule him out …
Southampton 0-0 West Ham | Tactical Analysis

Southampton 0-0 West Ham | Tactical Analysis

A  distinct lack of quality was the main feature from a scoreless draw at St Mary's stadium. Jussi Jaaskelainen was the hero of the day for West Ham but even despite that, neither team was at their best. Basic Systems [caption id="attachment_40367" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Starting shapes[/caption] Southampton started the game as favourites with the home advantage. Pochettino played a 4-4-2 formation with both Osvaldo and Lambert playing up front and Wanyama and Schneiderlin trying to control the midfield battle. The …
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