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  1. Premier League stats - Week 13 in review

    Here’s this week’s selection of some of the stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.

    In their 89th game, Burnley’s loss to Manchester City was their 50th defeat in the Premier League (won 19) while Dean Marney’s goal was the Clarets' 50th Premier League goal at Turf Moor.

    Hull City captain Michael Dawson has now scored two goals in his last three Premier League appearances after scoring twice in his previous 108.
    With two wins and five draws, Ipswich Town in 1962 are the only reigning league champions to have made a worse 13-game start to the defence of their title than Leicester City (three wins and four draws).

    At 17 years and 42 days, Ben Woodburn has become the second-youngest player to appear for Liverpool in a league ...
  2. Premier League stats - Week 12 in review

    Here’s this week’s selection of some of the more interesting stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.

    As a consequence of Arsenal’s late equaliser, Manchester United have now drawn three league games in a row at Old Trafford for the first time since April 1992.

    With Yaya Toure making a two-goal return to the Manchester City ranks, Crystal Palace are now the only Premier League team yet to keep a clean sheet in this season.

    Having been denied a win at Everton, Swansea City have now equaled their worst-ever 12-game start to a league season. They also won one and drew three of their first 12 games in 1983-84 in League Division Two (now League Championship).

    Two of Liverpool's last five Premier League games have now ended ...
  3. A football punters guide to Matched Betting

    Gambling is very much part of the British culture and government statistics report 21.57 million people have online gambling accounts. Sports betting accounts for over one third of online gambling in the UK of which football is the most popular sport to bet on.

    As you can imagine, football punters are a major source of income for internet betting sites, responsible for approximately £450 million in online revenue between November 2014 and September 2015.

    Live televised matches have been a major driver in football turnover and online bookmakers are competing for this lucrative business by incentivising potential customers with a variety of promotional offers. Bookmakers attract new customers by offering massive odds for big games as an alternative to standard free ...

    Updated 21st November 2016 at 04:54 PM by 11v11

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    Betting
  4. A glimpse at Premier League stats so far in 2016-17

    After just 12 matches, the 2016 season is already offering its fair share of statistical surprises. Here we drill down into the winners and losers so far:

    Most wasteful top scorer:


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – 59 shots and just six goals
    Back in October, the Metro ran a headline declaring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be the Premier League’s “most wasteful top scorer”. Indeed, during a run of six matches without a goal, he actually had 42 shots on goal. The fact that he was unable to convert during this time led some to believe he may have lost his edge. Others attributed the problem to bad luck.

    During the Red Devils’ home match against Burnley, the striker let fly 12 times but was unable to hit the net. He did much better in the last match ...
  5. Checkatrade Trophy checkout

    The last of the three rounds of the group stage of the 2016–17 EFL Trophy (known as the Checkatrade Trophy for sponsorship reasons) took place this week with mixed results.

    The Football League Trophy competition has taken a controversial edge this season. Having previously been restricted to clubs in the bottom two divisions of the Football League, with the aim of progressing younger talent, development squads from 16 Premier League and League Championship clubs have been allowed to enter this term’s line-up.

    Amid the often heated deliberations, the record books have also had to be amended. Notably, the Chelsea versus Oxford United game at Stamford Bridge created a new record of 34 spot-kicks for the longest-ever penalty shoot-out in a senior English competition. ...

    Updated 11th November 2016 at 06:34 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Football records , Competitions
  6. The Ultimate Underdog XI

    Everyone loves an underdog story, whether it is in football or any other great underdog moment as seen in the history of the greatest underdogs that beat the odds, the plucky no-hopers who defy the odds and topple giants of the game, and football has many examples. So here’s our ultimate underdog eleven. If they could ever appear on the pitch together we think they’d be unbeatable.

    1. Frank Borghi USA
    Long before “soccer” took hold in America their national team caused one of the biggest international upsets of all time. In the 1950 World Cup USA took on a star-studded England team. Following a shock goal by Joe Gaetjens to put the Americans 1-0 up, keeper Frank Borghi valiantly kept out all English attempts to score – and sporting history was made.

    2. Francois
    ...

    Updated 8th November 2016 at 05:21 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    Milestones , History , Football statistics
  7. Premier League Week 11 in review

    Here are some of the notable stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games.

    Sunderland's win at AFC Bournemouth was their first in this Premier League season. It came after the joint-worst ten-game start in the competition's history (two points). Despite such a bad start, the Black Cats were now only one point worse off than at the same stage in the previous season.

    Burnley now occupied a position in the top-half of the Premier League for the first time in their history. With their late equaliser at Manchester City, Middlesbrough have now scored 250 goals in their away games in the Premier League.

    Glenn Whelan’s own goal at West Ham United means Stoke City have now conceded 250 goals in their away games in the Premier League. ...

    Updated 8th November 2016 at 05:08 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    Football statistics , Competitions , Premier League
  8. A year of Jürgen Klopp

    Liverpool completed a season’s worth of Premier League games under Jürgen Klopp with a disappointing draw against arch rivals Manchester United, but there’s no doubt that the Reds’ hopes and ambitions have been significantly lifted since the arrival of the charismatic German.

    The first 38 league games of his Anfield reign gleaned 65 points and the equivalent of a sixth place finish in last season’s table. That is four points more than those gained in the first 38 games under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.

    Due to the attacking style that has become a Klopp trademark, it’s somewhat surprising that his charges have scored only two more goals, in this initial period, than the Rodgers Reds (73 compared to 71). Further evidence the current team is still a work in progress ...
  9. The return of the terraces - AKA safe standing section?

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion are the latest clubs to explore the possibility of installing a so-called safe standing area at their grounds begging the question as to whether, 27 years after Hillsborough, the call for a return to terraces in English stadiums is becoming too loud to be ignored.

    Brighton officials have let it be known that they have visited Celtic and Borussia Dortmund to investigate the systems they have installed. A 2,975-capacity rail seating section was opened in the north-east corner of Celtic Park in July and has generally received a favourable response. This format allows for seats to be removed for competitions in which standing is allowed and replaced with a one-for-one standing area. Each supporter has a ticket for an allocated ...

    Updated 17th October 2016 at 11:47 AM by 11v11

    Categories
    Milestones , History , Football Governance
  10. Arsene knows - 20 years of one Arsene Wenger

    At a time when it has once again been proved that just one day can be a long time in football, it is even more remarkable that it is now 20 years since Arsene Wenger was unveiled as the manager of Arsenal.

    Bruce Rioch had been sacked a week before the start of the 1996-97 season and the popular favourites to replace the former Bolton Wanderers boss were Terry Venables (fresh from the success of Euro 96) and the great Johan Cruyff.

    However, it was to be the virtually unknown “Arsene Who?”, as he was tagged by the London Evening Standard, who became the Gunners’ fifth manager since Terry Neill’s appointment 20 years earlier.

    His first captain at Highbury, Tony Adams, later confirmed the doubts amongst the senior players: “At first, I thought, what ...

    Updated 30th September 2016 at 01:28 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Milestones , Competitions , Premier League
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