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Is Sizzling Southampton’s Start to the Season Sustainable?

I’ve been monitoring Southampton’s underlying numbers this year and I was disappointed that they failed to annihilate Villa as any boost from that game would have sugar-coated their already historically impressive totals.  As it is, it’s possible to show that they have had a start to the season that ranks very high in the pantheon […]

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Moyes vs. Martinez – Which Everton Manager Has Been Better?

Yesterday, Gabriele Marcotti wrote a piece on ESPN FC about how difficult it is to evaluate managers. How a few lucky bounces can change the course of a career. How a wrong turn can leave can leave you marginalized, struggling to rebuild your reputation. He used the example of David Moyes, who until 18 months ago was […]

Where has Liverpool’s Press gone to?

Liverpool’s defensive problems this season have been well documented.  This very brief post isn’t going to address Liverpool’s defensive issues, but will concentrate on one very specific team issue; their lack of a high press this season. Last Season’s Press These are the PPDA values for each team last season in the EPL (the lower […]

Goalkeepers: How repeatable are shot saving performances?

Assessing the skills of goalkeepers is exceptionally difficult, and it’s why I have never attempted to do it. As well as the basic and fundamental skill of shot stopping, the best goalkeepers will be able to effectively assess situations and decide whether to advance or stay on their line. How they deal with a high […]

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