Archive | January, 2013

STATS: How does Diame compare to Arsenal’s other midfielders?

From EA SPORTS TM data analysis for transfer deadline day, using Official Barclays Premier League data.

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Reactions to Manchester United’s win against Southampton

1. After dropping points against Spurs in such disappointing circumstances, and seeing City somehow only managing a draw against QPR, it was essential that we took full advantage of their slip-up and extended our lead at the top of the table back to seven points. Looking back at the game yesterday, I can assure you [...]

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STATS: Strikers – Chelsea vs Liverpool – Suarez, Torres, Sturridge…

From EA SPORTS TM data analysis for transfer deadline day, using Official Barclays Premier League data.

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Revealed: Deadline Day Bargains

As the January transfer window prepares to slam shut at 11pm, a report released by EA SPORTS has revealed the ‘must haves’ and ‘must avoids’ for managers searching for a last minute bargain. Using Official Barclays Premier League data, the findings reveal a number of intriguing statistical insights that prove there’s value to be had [...]

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Does Zaha arrival mean Nani is leaving Manchester United?

With the recent purchase of Crystal Palace winger, Wilfried Zaha, many are considering that is a signal for the end of Nani’s run with United. His form has been erratic, his play inconsistent and with the rumors spreading that he’s been unwilling to sign a new contract in the past year, all signs point to [...]

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In-depth player stats: Fulham vs West Ham

Fulham v West Ham, 20:00   Fulham will be looking to bounce back from their last Premier League outing which saw them fall to a 2-0 defeat against Manchester City.   Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell is enjoying his role as a key part of the Fulham midfield this season. Sidwell has won 62 tackles this [...]

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Arsenal: A case for the defence

A couple of Arsenal defeats to sides in the lower reaches of the Premier League is par for the course of a Gunners’ season nowadays. Gone are the days of Bould, Adams et al; a rearguard tighter than a Ryanair seat. At the moment, when news is transferred to a football supporter that Arsenal has [...]

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In-depth player stats: Reading vs Chelsea

Reading v Chelsea, 20:00   Reading came from a goal behind against Newcastle to win 2-1 thanks to a brace from Adam le Fondre.   Le Fondre’s goals took his tally for the season to eight coming from an efficient 32 shots at goal averaging exactly 4 shots per goal. To put that in context, [...]

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In-depth player stats: Norwich vs Tottenham Hotspur

Norwich v Tottenham, 19:45   Norwich have now failed to score in their last two Premier League games, including their most recent 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.   The goal drought at Carrow Road isn’t for want of opportunities. Winger Robert Snodgrass has delivered 86 crosses this season, the third highest overall in the EA SPORTS [...]

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In-depth player stats: Manchester United vs Southampton

Man Utd v Southampton, 20:00   Manchester United’s last league outing saw them denied three points by a late Spurs equaliser. Robin van Persie has put United ahead with his 18th goal of the season earlier.   Van Persie’s goal scoring has allowed Wayne Rooney to drop deeper into more of a supporting role, a [...]

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In-depth player stats: Arsenal vs Liverpool

Arsenal v Liverpool, 19:45   Arsenal ran riot in their last Premier League game, beating West Ham 5-1 thanks to two goals from Olivier Giroud, and strikes from Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott.   Giroud’s strikes took his Premier League tally to six this season from 51 shots with 51% of those on [...]

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In-depth player stats: Everton vs West Brom

Everton v West Brom, 19:45   Everton come into the game against West Brom on the back of successive nil nil draws against Southampton and Swansea, and you can get an industry best price of 16/1 with 888sport.com on this fixture being another nil nil draw   Phil Jagielka remains the key to Everton’s excellent [...]

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In-depth player stats: QPR vs Manchester City

QPR v Man City, 19:45   Loic Remy marked his QPR debut with a goal to earn QPR a point against West Ham in their last league match.   Remy was also the hardest working player on the pitch for QPR, covering 6.31 miles in total and showing the fresh impetus that new signings can [...]

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In-depth player stats: Stoke vs Wigan

Stoke v Wigan, 19:45   Stoke have been one of the best teams in the league defensively this season, but will need to return to that form to halt a run which has seen them concede ten goals in their last three Premier League games.   The most recent defeat was a 3-1 loss against [...]

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In-depth player stats: Aston Villa vs Newcastle

Aston Villa v Newcastle, 19:45   Aston Villa will be looking to bounce back from a week that saw them knocked out of both the FA Cup and League Cup.  Their last league game was a 2-2 draw with West Brom that saw goals from Christian Benteke, who has been a stand out performer for [...]

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In-depth player stats: Sunderland vs Swansea

Sunderland v Swansea, 19:45   Two goals from Steven Fletcher and a penalty from Craig Gardner helped Sunderland battle to a 3-2 win over Wigan in their last league game.   Gardner’s goal was just his third of the season, despite having had 39 shots at goal this season with 61.4% on target. Gardner has [...]

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Tottenham Hotspur must avoid buying another Rasiak

With less than a week until Transfer Nuclear Armageddon (or Transfer Deadline Day) is upon us once again, what Tottenham Hotspur must do is not so much dream of the future, but like any good historian, learn the lessons of the past. That’s because there was a time seven and a half years ago when [...]

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VIDEO: Chelsea fans continue anti-Rafa songs at Brentford

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