Category Archives: General Thoughts

Spurs start to the season – no signings but the signs are positive

The big talking point going into the new season was Spurs’ lack of signings. Strangely, in the short term this may work out for us. Continue reading


Spurs season review – Goalkeeping stats

Hugo Lloris has been a real asset to Tottenham over the last six seasons. He has consistently been one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League, both through the command of his box and his shot stopping ability.

But this year some doubts have crept in after some perceived mistakes. How do Lloris’ numbers look? Continue reading

Spurs put Everton to the sword – talking points


Expected Goals view of the game over time. Spurs were well on top from the 20th minute.

  • A game that looked a potential banana skin on paper – a Sam Allardyce team come to Wembley to defend – turned into one of Spurs best performances of the season. The biggest win against Everton since Bill Nicholson’s first game, a 10-4 victory back in 1958. The early goal certainly helped open the game up and Spurs dominated the scoring opportunities, 20 shots to 7 and 2.9 expected goals to 0.5.

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What is wrong with Tottenham?

Life seemed good back in early November. Spurs had just beaten Real Madrid 3-1 in a pulsating Champions League clash and sat a healthy third in the Premier League table.

A scrappy 1-0 win over Crystal Palace followed. Mauricio Pochettino’s side didn’t play well in that encounter but they found a way to get the three points. A hangover from such an emotional Champions League victory was only to be expected. Continue reading

Premier League performance – Expected Goals versus Points

The Premier League is seven games old, just enough to start looking at how teams are performing statistically.

Expected Points vs Actual Points

I have created an Expected Goals measure to analyse games (see here for an explanation). This can be used to make an estimate of how many points you would expect a team to have earned based on the shots they have taken. Continue reading