Category Archives: Football statistics

Gareth Barry tops the starters menu

The sacking of Roberto Martinez brings a disappointing season towards an ignominious close at Everton but, amid the doom and gloom, there is a reason for a cheer around the Goodison Park ranks. Although the Toffees’ final away game of the 2015-16 campaign at Sunderland did mean they had won only one of their last ten league games, it was a notable occasion for veteran midfielder Gareth Barry as he became a new record breaker. It was the 35 year-old’s…
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Nine yellow cards for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea

Amid the euphoria of Leicester City’s magnificent and historical title success (needless to say, our heartiest congratulations to all concerned), new Premier League ground was also broken elsewhere on Monday night. In the title crunch game at Chelsea, nine yellow cards were shown to Tottenham Hotspur players; the first time in the competition’s history that nine different players from one team had been shown yellow. Considering the importance of the game, Cup Final referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to be in…
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Can anyone stop Leicester City winning the Premier League?

Leicester City appear destined for one of the greatest upsets in football history in winning the Premier League. Yet, five points adrift Tottenham Hotspur still dream of glory and even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refuses to give up hope whilst there is still a mathematical possibility of a fourth Premier League title. So what does historical precedent tell us about each side's claim on the Premier League history? In the table below we look at the margin of difference between…
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Goal machine Robert Lewandowski’s one in 55,147 years achievement

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski continues to enjoy a purple patch the envy of strikers around the world. He scored yet another hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League in midweek, making it 10 goals in his last three games. Lewandowkski’s most remarkable achievement was coming off the bench at half-time against Wolfsburg on the 22 September to score five goals in nine minutes during a 5-1 Bundesliga comeback win. He netted his first in the 51st minute and…
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Teams that won with huge goal margins

It was once said that football is a game of two halves. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and sometimes one team simply takes an absolute hammering at the hands of the opposition. Here, we will take a look at five of the biggest winning goal margins in football. Brazil 1-7 Germany, 8th July, 2014 In what was one of the most spectacular one-sided games in football history, 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil welcomed eventual winners Germany to…
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Long distance travel blues?

Does traveling long distances to away games have an influence on results? Common sense and the latest statistical analysis seem to be at odds. In my last blog I looked at the vagaries of the fixture computer as it sent teams the length and breadth of the country for midweek fixtures. The piece was written from a fans perspective, so I thought it would be interesting to look at the issue from the club’s angle, as I wondered whether all…
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Clarifying the offside law

I have to admit that I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to the offside rule. It used to be oh so simple. Well, as simple as the offside law could ever be; you were either offside or you weren’t. Notwithstanding that, in this article I will look at the new clarifications of the offside rule introduced by the International FA Board (IFAB). The off-side rule has become over-complicated by the question as to whether a player was "interfering…
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