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
What a game!
This was a deeply emotional, experience. A glimpse of what Wembley can be if it’s full of 90,000 crazily happy people. One of my favourite games ever, certainly my favourite at our temporary home. Continue reading
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
Expected goals by time
Tottenham continued their excellent run of away victories with a comfortable win at Huddersfield. Spurs blew their opponents away with three goals in a fantastic spell in the first 30 minutes. Continue reading
It was a familiar story on Saturday evening, as Spurs failed to break down a packed defence.
How the match unfolded by Expected Goals, i.e. quality of chances
Swansea have conceded the second most shots in the division so far this season, and have recorded the lowest shot count themselves, so here was a real opportunity for Tottenham. Continue reading
Looking at statistics from the first four rounds of Premier League action I came across this rather interesting table of the five players with the most “key passes” this season. A “key pass” is one that leads to a shot, so it gives an idea of how many chances a player has created. Continue reading
As we all know, Harry Kane doesn’t score in August. This year he kept his poor run going and, as if to emphasise the point, come the first day of September the goals arrived.
But leaving media narratives aside, has he really played badly in his three Premier League starts so far? Or has he just been a bit unlucky? Continue reading