Tag Archives: Premier League

What is the error margin of goal line technology?

During the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Fulham on April 5, Lewis Holtby had a shot which was cleared off the line and adjudicated on by the goal line technology used by the league. Plenty of opinions were … Continue reading

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The FA Cup ‘giantkillings’ that never were

FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic beat Crystal Palace in this year’s FA Cup fourth round, a match which seemed to sow doubt in the minds of some reporters in terms of how they should present a result which would normally … Continue reading

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What is a giantkilling?

The 2013-2014 FA Cup fourth round is in full swing with Arsenal’s 4-0 victory against Coventry City and Nottingham Forest’s goalless draw with Preston North End already consigned to the history books. Part of the romance of a cup competition … Continue reading

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Manchester City kings of the big matches

Matches against the Superior 7 this season do not produce the same neat clusters as were presented in the previous post on matches against the Threatened 13. Obviously this is partially due to less matches being played and it remains … Continue reading

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Introducing the Superior 7 and the Threatened 13

Recent Premier League seasons have confirmed the existence of two echelons within the league. Results of matches within and between these groups are very useful for monitoring the important issues within the league and some interesting conclusions can be drawn. … Continue reading

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Don’t shoot, you can’t score: Newcastle’s empty chamber

Voetbalreizen Engeland Last Saturday, I attended a Premier League match in person for the first time in many years with DFDS taking me from the Netherlands to the fixture between Newcastle United and Norwich City. The home club dominated but still … Continue reading

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Is there meaning behind few Premier League goals?

With 40 Premier League matches played, only 78 goals have been scored, an average of under two per match. Whilst it is reasonable to expect this average to increase, I think that I have found potential reasons for the low … Continue reading

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Do promoted clubs start better?

There is a train of thought that promoted clubs perform better at the beginning of the season than at the end. This analysis explodes this myth by looking at the last 18 seasons of Premier League data. Fans of the … Continue reading

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How good was Arsenal’s 2012/2013 finish?

Arsenal’s fourth place in this season’s Premier League table owes a lot to an impressive run after the transfer window closed at the end of January. The Gunners took 35 points out of a possible 42, losing only to North … Continue reading

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The Premier League battles laid bare

As a companion piece to the “Race to 38/68/87” article which blogger James Grayson published on the Premier League yesterday, I have looked at the current Euro Club Index assessment of the competition. The title race As I touched on … Continue reading

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