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Premier League Round 10

7 Nov

Well it didn’t take long for the inevitable to happen, van Persie was always gonna score against Arsenal. Not only was it playing against his former club, but he thrives against big game opponents. And whilst Arsenal are down to 7th now, they were in the magical Top 6 category going into the game. Last season van Persie scored 7 goals against the best the league had to offer and in the last two games, he’s scored against both Chelsea (then 1st) and now Arsenal. Add in the goal against Liverpool (not currently in the Top 6, but a big game for United), and he’s carrying on where he left off last season. Along with Demba Ba and Juan Mata, van Persie leads the way with goals against the Top 6, whilst the best average opposition per goal belongs to Mata (5.00), whilst midfielder and Soul man, Marouane Fellaini, has a decent average of 7.20 for his five goals this term, after his brace against Fulham (7th) at the weekend.

Leading the flat track bully stakes as per last week are Michu, who has 14.83 and no goals against the decent teams, Jelavic (16.00) and Carlos Tevez with 16.50. None scored this weekend, so they’ll no doubt be there or there abouts again next weekend.

Did someone say clean sheets? Well okay then. It’s not the glamorous glory of goalscoring, but it does guarantee at least a point, unlike those fancy Dans up front. It tells an interesting story in terms of how the teams are performing. For instance, if you were to take the three promoted teams from last season:

Whilst West Ham were keeping a clean sheet against Champions Man City at the weekend, Reading and Southampton find themselves stuck in the bottom three, despite both keeping more clean sheets than West Ham last season. And perhaps that’s the biggest difference between the leagues. Both Reading and Southampton are scoring regularly but a lack of clean sheets has meant just one win between them. And so on to the rest of the league:

West Ham actually lead the way with four clean sheets this season, the same as West Brom, Stoke, Chelsea and Arsenal, though they have the highest average opponent per clean sheet. Interstingly, Arsenal kept three of their four clean sheets in the opening three games when everyone decided they now had the best defence around due to Steve Bould’s arrival as assistant manager. Not quite going so well since. The other stand out stats are that United only have two clean sheets from ten games, even though they’re top, and neighbours and champions City, have three. Everton have the highest average from their two clean sheets (Man Utd and a high flying Swansea in round 5).



Awesome Foursomes

8 Dec

After Yakubu scored 4 goals in Round 14 I thought i’d have a look at the impressive achievement. Surprisingly, it’s actually the 27th time that it’s happened. I expected a lot less. Of the 27 occasions, only 7 have been away from home (highlighted on the bottom table) and six other players alongside Yakubu have repeated it a second time.

But what of the opposition that concede the goals? The average opposition that 4 goal hauls are scored against is 13.70th at the time of play. The final position is unsurprisingly lower at 15.64th in the table.

Repeat Achievers:

Of the seven players that have repeated the acheivement, Dimitar Berbatov and Yakubu are the only players to have done it for two different clubs – Spurs & Man Utd, and Portsmouth & Blackburn respectively. Although the averages of 11.5 and 12.5 are quite close (when allowing for a 2 unit average), you have to appreciate the team that each were playing for at the time – in that sense, hats off again to Yakubu.

Robbie Fowler has the highest average opposition per 4 goal salvo, though the average of their final positions are a lowly 16th. Frank Lampard is one of only two Midfield Players who have scored 4 goals in a game (the other being Arshavin though it could be argued he is a forward), and the only to repeat the achievement. Andy Cole actually scored his first batch against a team in 21st place when there were still 22 teams in the league. He’s the flat track bully in this scenario, although it’s still a very impressive feat.

Toughest Opponents:

All Data:

It doesn’t take much analysis to see who the stand out performer of the 4 goal scorers is. Despite Cole, Shearer and Defoe each scoring 5 in one game, the most impressive performance was Andre Arshavin. Not only was it away from home, it was at Anfield and this was a very good Liverpool team that went on to finish 2nd after pushing Man United all the way. Liverpool only conceded 27 goals the whole season, so for Arshavin to score 4 of them in one game, away from home is surely one of, if not the best scoring achievement in the history of the Premier League. To put it in further context, Arshavin only scored 6 league goals that season. He has never been prolific, despite his obvious talent. Unfortunately for Arsenal fans and the neutrals, he’s never lived up to the massive expectations brought about by that 4-4 draw.

A further nod must also go to Mark Viduka who also put 4 past Liverpool. Unlike Arshavin’s, his total was the difference in a 4-3 win for Leeds at Elland Road.

For details of all 27 occasions, click on the bottom table.