Relegated from the Premier League. So What Happens Next? Stats Analysis

Relegated from the Premier League. So What Happens Next? Stats Analysis

It is a sight no football fan wants to see.  The dreaded 'R' next to your club in the league table. It is incredibly difficult for fans to prepare themselves for the emotions that they go through when relegation from the Premier League is sealed.  Anger, frustration and even relief are just some of the feelings that they'll succumb to.  Pragmatists will say c'est la vie, others will feel like it's the end of the world. But is it?  Your …
Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (11/12)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (11/12)

Looking at last season’s data, we can see what seems like a radical change when we compare the graph with that of four years previous. The ‘tail’ of the correlation has disappeared completely and the entire line seems to be moving towards something more linear. This is the effect of teams such as Wigan, and more recently Swansea. These clubs have used possession-based football as a way of avoiding relegation, causing teams such as Bolton and Blackburn (who have operated with less …
Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (09/10)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (09/10)

In this article, I will be moving on from the 2008/09 season (Part 1) to look for some similarities or trends. In the 2009/10 season there is a similar curve in the line of best fit, and teams that are relegated could be accused of being inefficient. However, there is the beginning of a change in place; the curve is less dramatic in the bottom half and there are anomalous results above the curve, as well as under it. Whereas in …
Poachers | TOP Premier League Finishers | Stats Analysis

Poachers | TOP Premier League Finishers | Stats Analysis

Goal scoring is a skill. Players who can create something from nothing, providing a timely tally for their side, are frequently the difference between one and three points. Players like Robin van Persie -- 92 chances created in 2011-12 season -- can provide a spark with the ball at their feet and a lethal final touch. However, there is another class of striker that always seem to appear at the right place, at the right time: poachers.  We've gone back …
Victor Moses or Matt Jarvis? Which is better value? | Stats

Victor Moses or Matt Jarvis? Which is better value? | Stats

Over the last day both Matt Jarvis and Victor Moses have had transfers agreed for them by their respective clubs Wolves and Wigan. The projected deals are worth £10.75m and £9m which raised a few eyebrows, especially on Twitter yesterday with everyone saying that West Ham would be paying over the top for Jarvis with Moses going at £9m. Immediately I thought I'd do a very brief comparison of the two players and raise the question - are they really …
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Who are the "dirtiest" players & teams in the EPL? Stats Comparison

Last week we looked at which players were "fouled" the most in the Premier League according to the Opta Stats from our EPLIndex Stats Centre so today we thought we'd do a quick review of the "dirtiest" players in the Premier League, i.e. those players that concede the most fouls. Firstly let's have a look at which teams concede the most fouls. From common perception you'd expect Stoke to be up there for this one however they are ranked in …
A cross to bear: Liverpool's crossing addiction | Full League Comparison

A cross to bear: Liverpool's crossing addiction | Full League Comparison

In some recent interviews, Simon Kuper has suggested that Liverpool established a data-driven style of play focussed around crossing last season. He theorised that Liverpool attempted to cater to Andy Carroll's heading strengths by buying players with good crossing statistics, such as Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson. Kuper then goes on to state that such an approach is flawed due to crossing being an inefficient means of scoring goals. Earlier in the season, the Guardian's Secret Footballer also suggested that statistical principles …
Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

It is a common belief with Premier League owners that sacking your manager will improve their clubs results, but is this really that case? We look at whether teams sacking their manager has a short-term or a long-term impact on their side and whether it was better off sticking with the manager they had in the first place. We have looked at all the managers that have been sacked by Premier League clubs in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. Short …
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