Category Archives: Statistics

Premier League statistics – comparing all 20 team’s Shot Ratios and Schedule Strength so far

Premier League Predictions

 

In the last international break I looked at the TSR (total shots ratio) and schedule strength of the 20 teams in the Premier League. TSR is a good indicator of a team’s actual performance after a small number of games. It has some obvious Continue reading

Premier League Stats – who’s performed well so far and who’s had the toughest schedule?

Premier League Stats

Disclaimer: stats can be misleading and context is important.

  • Which Premier League teams have started well and who looks like early relegation candidates?

Total shot ratio or TSR is a simple statistics that can show how a team is performing. Shots are necessarily far more common than goals, so over a small number of games they are less affected by luck. Of course, not every Continue reading

8 interesting stats from Spurs’ start to the season

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Premier League

All statistics are from the excellent WhoScored.com.

 

1. Spurs are putting a lot of pressure on their opponents.

Tottenham are 6th for tackles, 4th for interceptions and 4th for fouls committed in the Premier League this year.

Pochettino likes his teams to press energetically and stop the opponents from having time on the ball. Continue reading

How Liverpool stopped Spurs’ key man

Lamela is held back by Lovren

 

Erik Lamela has had a great start to the season, finally delivering on the promise that saw Spurs pay a club record £30 Million for his services. He was arguably the man of the match in our demolition of QPR, changed the game in Tottenham’s favour with two assists when he came on as a substitute against AEL Limassol and even scored a wonderful goal against World Champions Germany, when called up by Argentina on Friday. A far cry from his injury hit performances last season.

However, amongst the positives there has been one disappointment Continue reading

Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics through statistics

Pochettino and Bielsa

Pochettino with Bielsa

Mauricio Pochettino is the current favourite to be named the next Spurs manager. The Argentine coach has been heavily influenced by his compatriot Marcelo Bielsa – the legendary tactician behind Chile’s wonderful football at the last World Cup and Athletic Bilbao’s destruction of Manchester United in 2012. Pochettino’s time as a player and manager at Espanyol, the “other” team in Barcelona, has also had a part to play in developing his footballing philosophy.

So, what style do his teams play?

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