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 …
Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Failure to beat Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park in the penultimate match of the season condemned Blackburn Rovers to relegation to the Championship. For only the second time in the Premier League era Rovers will endure life in the second tier of English football next season, but where did it all go wrong for Rovers? [caption id="attachment_15725" align="aligncenter" width="547" caption="Heading down: Antolin Alcaraz heads Wigan to safety and sends Rovers down in the process"][/caption] Victory against Sunderland in late March …
Players that will Stay Up When Their Team's Gone Down | Opta Stats

Players that will Stay Up When Their Team's Gone Down | Opta Stats

Inevitably there are those players who, despite seeing their team drop down to the Championship, will find themselves playing in the Premier League next season. For some, it is a matter of financials as their old club needs the proceeds to offset the loss of revenue. For others it is that their skill simply can not be ignored and another club will come in with an offer to tempt them back to the top flight. Here we'll look at three …
Blackburn v Man United | Opta Preview

Blackburn v Man United | Opta Preview

When Blackburn Rovers travelled to Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve few would have predicted anything other than a routine home victory for Manchester United. Rovers were at the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety, while United had reined in neighbours Manchester City on Boxing Day with a 5-0 win against Wigan. With City not due to play again until the New Year, United would have been confident of seeing 2012 in as league leaders while Blackburn …
Yakubu | Firing Rovers to Safety?

Yakubu | Firing Rovers to Safety?

Yakubu has scored 10 goals in just 11 starts in the Premier League since his summer arrival from Everton, but will his goals be enough to keep Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League? [caption id="attachment_7543" align="aligncenter" width="586" caption="Feed the Yak: Blackburn fans will be hoping Yakubu doesn’t over indulge this festive period"][/caption] After completing the signing of Yakubu on transfer deadline day, Steve Kean stressed the importance of having a forward who has a track record of finding the net …
Blackburn's Best Shot At Survival

Blackburn's Best Shot At Survival

Blackburn Rovers finally recorded their second win of the year, beating Swansea 4-2 at Ewood Park and moving up to 18th in the table.  Steve Kean's side has now managed to record 4 goals in each of their two wins, with the infamous 4-3 scoreline over visiting Arsenal coming on the strength of two Arsenal own goals.  These two matches have accounted for 38% of their total offensive output in the English Premier League this term; Blackburn have scored 21 …