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
After the physical and emotional stress of Saturday’s derby demolition of Arsenal, this was always going to be a tough ask. Some belated thoughts on Continue reading
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
Spurs fans were brought down to Earth with a bump on Sunday, as Liverpool dealt us a third heavy defeat in as many games against the Merseyside club. It doesn’t seem to matter who the manager is, as AVB, Sherwood and now Pochettino have all failed to contain Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Four wins out of four, including last weeks phenomenal performance against QPR, had left Tottenham fans daring to dream that new boss, Mauricio Pochettino, had already turned Spurs into a team that could challenge the best in the Premier League. Liverpool handed us a reality check, only what you’d expect from Continue reading
Sunday sees the first big test of Mauricio Pochettino’s new look side, as Spurs welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane. The equivalent fixture last season saw a humiliating 5-0 thrashing, which marked the end of Andre Villas-Boas’ short tenure.
Last weekend’s league win gave us our first glimpse of the style of football Pochettino aspires to. High pressing, quick counter attacks, one touch passing – at times it looked like the players’ movements had been choreographed. The one big caveat? It was only QPR.
The new Premier League season starts this weekend. With lots of new signings and several managerial changes, many teams will be optimistic, but how long will that optimism last?
After correctly predicting this summer’s World Cup final, I thought I’d have a go at forecasting the top positions in this year’s league – including where I think Spurs are likely to end up – as well as previewing the likely contenders.