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Chelsea 2 Spurs 0 – the dream is over but there’s lots to look forward to

The League Cup final begins


The defeat didn’t hurt quite as much as I’d anticipated. Maybe I was half expecting it. Maybe it had been such a good day out, the result couldn’t spoil it. The frustrating thing was we started well, hitting the woodwork from Eriksen’s freekick. If that had gone in everything could have been so different.

Sunday had began full of Continue reading


Spurs Chelsea Cup Final Preview – “The game is about glory”

Spurs league cup final


The excitement is building for Spurs first cup final in five years. The chance to take some silverware back to White Hart Lane.

The midweek capitulation in Florence was disappointing but all that’s forgotten, the focus is on Wembley and Chelsea. As Danny Blanchflower famously said, Continue reading

Pochettino’s impossible conundrum

Pochettino has a hard choice to make


Today marks the start of four days that will define Spurs’ season and Mauricio Pochettino’s first year in charge. With a finely balanced Europa league tie tonight and the League Cup final just days later, picking the team is not going to be an easy task.

If Pochettino selects Continue reading

Premier League Stats – Aggression vs Possession

Premier League Predictions


Yesterday, I investigated Premier League shot ratios to get an idea of how each side has performed so far this season.

Next, I want to take a closer look at differences between styles of play. Below I have plotted a graph of Continue reading

Premier League statistics – team Shot Ratios compared

Premier League Predictions


It’s FA Cup week and there’s no Premier League, so I thought I’d take a statistical look at how the season’s taking shape. This is the first of two articles, in the second I will be trying to categorise teams’ style of play based on some basic metrics.

Let’s see how the statistics suggest each of the 20 teams is performing and how Continue reading

Spurs 5 Chelsea 3 – Pochettino humbles Mourinho

Pochettino thrashes Mourinho's Chelsea


Wow! What an incredible win. The most satisfying game at White Hart Lane in years – that heady combination of entertainment, schadenfreude and success.

A Harry Kane inspired Spurs came back from a goal down to put five past supposedly the best team in England, while Mauricio Pochettino out-thought allegedly Continue reading