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English Premier League

Official: Man City Are Your 2017/18 Premier League Champions!

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Man City have clinched the 2017/18 Premier League title thanks to a timely assist from their ever-obliging nextdoor neighbours.

After Pep Guardiola's side bowled Tottenham aside on Saturday, Manchester United followed up by slumping to a pathetic 1-0 away defeat to rock bottom West Brom on Sunday that left City's lead at the summit mathematically unassailable.

Adebayor – Arsenal can drop points and I want to kill them!

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The ex-Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is not the most popular player amongst our exiles, and he is plotting to put the pressure on us by beating Stoke today. If Spurs win this afternoon then Arsenal will drop back down to fifth in the table and will need nothing less than a win against Wigan on Tuesday to regain the advantage.

Frustrating Giroud cost Arsenal two crucial points

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Arsenal 0 – 0 Everton, a point that should've been 3. by KJ

The physicality of Everton was difficult to deal with in the first half but Arsenal had numerous chances to win the game in the end and now have put top 4 contention out of their hands.

The game was definitely well contended for the first 20 minutes and Everton were on top.

Fantasy Football: Bloggers’ top tips for managing your team

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1. Caught Offside

Be a sheep. Whilst it is always good to locate the 'next big thing' and follow the trend of a cheap player hitting a strong patch of form, do not attempt to adhere to the theory that buying the most obvious players is pointless as everyone has them.

Is Wenger changing his style in search of points?

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Fast; one touch; perfect football three phrases that have become synonymous with the Arsenal name for decades. As arguably the closest equivalent to Barcelona outside of Spain, the players that have participated in this phenomenon include some of the greats and the list continues today. However, with an increasingly physical English Premier League, some [.

Cheaters Never Prosper? The Connection Between Fouls and Points in the Premier League

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After Wigan lost to Manchester City last March, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez told the press that City stopped Wigan's momentum with fouls: "City used their experience," the Wigan manager said. "There were a lot of technical fouls every time we got into attack situations. Micah Richards should have seen a straight red for his tackle on Tom Cleverley, but the overall number of fouls shows how the game went.

Leverage in the EPL: Who's Got It This Season? (You Might Be Surprised)

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A couple of days ago, I wrote about the positive leverage teams generate when they are up by a goal or the lousy leverage they have when they are down by one. I defined the leverage that puts one team in control of the match or creates pressure on another team statistically as "the likelihood of winning, given the score and the time remaining in the game.

Leverage in the EPL: Who's Made Good Use Of It This Season? (You Might Be Surprised)

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A couple of days ago, I wrote about the positive leverage teams generate when they are up by a goal or the lousy leverage they have when they are down by one. I defined the leverage that puts one team in control of the match or creates pressure on another team statistically as "the likelihood of winning, given the score and the time remaining in the game.

Leverage: What Is It and Who’s Got It?

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In soccer, a single goal has enormous value. In fact, we can put a number on that value. I've written about this before in posts on the most common scores in soccer or posts about the point value of goals. In a game where over 50% of matches involve fewer than 3 goals, and the most common score line is a goal difference of 1 (rather than 3 or 4), being ahead or behind is a big deal.

Leverage: What Is It And How Much Of It Do Teams Have?

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In soccer, a single goal has enormous value. In fact, we can put a number on that value. I've written about this before in posts on the most common scores in soccer or posts about the point value of goals. In a game where over 50% of matches involve fewer than 3 goals, and the most common score line is a goal difference of 1 (rather than 3 or 4), being ahead or behind is a big deal.

The Value of Clean Sheets: A Season Update For The English Premier League

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Clean sheets are a wonderful thing. As I've noted in a couple of previous posts, they're wonderful because they guarantee a team at least one point from a match and potentially gives it three. In previous analyses of data for the EPL from the 2009-10 season, I reported that clean sheets produced about 2.

The Value of Clean Sheets: A Season Update For The English Premier League

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Clean sheets are a wonderful thing. As I've noted in a couple of previous posts, they're wonderful because they guarantee a team at least one point from a match and potentially gives it three. In previous analyses of data for the EPL from the 2009-10 season, I reported that clean sheets produced about 2.

The Point Value of Goals: Does It Matter If A Team Is Ahead Or Behind?

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Here's another installment of "what is the point value of goals?" It's one thing to see how many points are associated with different numbers of goals, or to see if first or second half goals generate more points (they don't). But these analyses leave open the question of whether goals produce different amounts of points, depending on when the situation the team finds itself in - whether it is behind, tied, or ahead.

First Or Second Half Goals: What's More Valuable?

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If you want to know how amazing yesterday's comeback by Newcastle against Arsenal was, consider the expected point value of first and second half goals.
One way to compare the point value of goals it so calculate their values depending on when they were scored. To keep the analysis simple (after today's match), I was wondering simply whether first half goals are more valuable than second half goals?

The Point Value of Goals in Soccer: The Big Leagues From 2005/06 to 2009/10

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With clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, and Aston Villa dishing out loads of cash - well, actually recycling it - to move for strikers during the most recent transfer window, I started wondering how valuable goals really are. Obviously, you need to score goals to win matches, but how many points does a first or second or third goal give you?

The Point Value of Yellow Cards in the EPL To Date

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A quick follow-up to the earlier post about yellow cards and points earned per match. I thought it might be interesting to see (a) how things are shaping up in the EPL so far this season on this score, and (b) whether there are any home-away team differences worth talking about (given the tendency of home teams to take more points).

How Much Do Yellow Cards Hurt A Team? Comparisons Across Leagues

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Do yellow cards help or hurt a team's chances to win a match, or do they perhaps not matter at all? The intuitive answer seems to be that they should hurt - that is, if yellow cards are an indicator of a team's inability to cope with the other side's offensive pressures. This would be consistent with the common complaints you hear from managers that teams foul more when they are on the losing end of a match (remember Arsene Wenger's complaints about Stoke and Blackburn?

EPL Defensive Production To Date

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After taking a look at offensive production, I thought it was time to see where things stand in the Premiership with regard to teams' defensive capabilities. Here are three pieces of simple, but I think informative information (as of Nov.28).
First, very basically, there's the average number of goals teams have allowed per match this season.

Clean Sheets and Points Across the Big Four Leagues

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In a recent post, I calculated the point values of goals conceded for the 2009-10 Premier League season. Keep in mind that a clean sheet guarantees a team at least one point from a match and potentially gives it three (in case the team scores a goal). For the EPL, the data showed that clean sheets were highly valuable to a team in 2009-10, producing about 2.

Clean Sheets and Wins: Is There a Connection?

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I recently reread Simon Kuper's column about statistics in soccer, in which he quotes Mike Forde, Chelsea's Performance Director, who has worked hard to find ways of making statistical analysis useful for his club. It's an interesting piece, but what struck me as particularly interesting for soccer analysts was this quote:

"The holy grail would be discovering the key to victory.

Analysis of Premier League points tallies.

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I thought it was about time that I took a look at some statistics after a few more general blogposts. This one is related to Premier League points tallies gained against clubs at certain positions in the league. The data set stretches from the 1995/1996 season (the first Premier League season with 20 teams) right up until the 2009/2010 season.

Arshavin ‘n’ Denilson back, Theo’s not a worry…. and Eduardo is Important…

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Yes, important, not impotent – despite his lack of fire power recently!

Day 6 of the transfer window and I just can't see what is really going on in Arsene Wenger's mind. One day he is not buying, the next day he might, then he wants to wait for other teams to start the ball rolling and THEN, he says he wants to buy two – that is two players, not two year olds who have a good left foot and one day they could be good!

Occasional Graph #1

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Last December, Some People Are On The Pitch brought you a seasonal series called 'The 12 Graphs of Christmas'. By our own modest standards it was rather successful and prompted many of you to send us some lovely comments which we were very grateful for.

Now, hot on the heels of that series, we give you more of the same.

All-Time Premier League Tables

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Well here we are careering towards the end of the Premier League season, so with just a handful of games left, let's take a look at the Premier League table...

Actually, let's not.

Let's face it, we all have a pretty good idea of who sits where at the moment. At the top, Man United - 2007/08 champions in all but name now - followed by the resurgent Chelsea, then the faltering Arsenal and the always-fourth Liverpool.

Arsenal

Wenger: We just need to win all three games – Seemples!

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Arsenal have a big run of games ahead as the chase for the Champions League places hots up. We face QPR today, Wigan on Tuesday week, and then the nail-biting away game at Newcastle on the last day of the season. All of these are very winnable games, with Wigan having only won two of their last six games, Newcastle have won just once and today's opponents QPR are winless in their last six.

Wenger – The equaliser ruined the game for Arsenal

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Arsenal went flying into a 1-0 lead after just 2 minutes of yesterday's game against Man United but a moment of madness from Bacary Sagna gave Robin Van Persie the chance to peg us back and set up a nervous second half.

Arsene Wenger thinks that the penalty ruined the flow of Arsenal's game.

Man City star thinks Arsenal record can be broken

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It is quite an amazing statistic that the current League Champions Man City haven't won away at Arsenal for an incredible 37 years, and Arsene Wenger will be trying as hard as possible to motivate his players to carry on this unusual run.

But Pablo Zabaleta believes that records are there to be broken, but he doesn't actually sound confident that Roberto Mancini's team can actually do it!

Cazorla – Arsenal can’t keeping letting these points get away….

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The Arsenal new-boy Santi Cazorla arrived at a team with great promise at the beginning of the season, but now he simply doesn't understand why they can't play at the highest level consistently. The Gunners have gained just two points from their last three League games and have dropped down to tenth place in the Premiership and Cazorla is worried that this season is slipping away from us.

Comparison of Arsene Wenger v Alex Ferguson during yesterday’s games!

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This is a small analysis of the tactics employed by the two longest serving managers in the EPL history during their team's matches yesterday.

ARSENE WENGER vs ALEX FERGUSON by JJ

Considering the hectic schedule ahead, both managers decided to test the suad depth. Wenger was so confident in the depth of his Arsenal squad such that he rested Wilshere, Sagna and Vermaelan and unleashed his blue eyed boy Ramsey to take the charge along with Jenkinson and Gibbs.

Arsenal in EXACTLY same position as last year

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Well not exactly the same POSITION, but Arsenal have EXACTLY the same amount of points as after 33 games last year. And if they win tonight and draw with Chelsea at the weekend then, again, it will be exactly the same as last year. The big difference is that last season Arsenal were in second [...]

No Need for Arsenal to Worry – Just Go and Get the Three Points!

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Remember the times when people said that Arsenal would be lucky to get into the Europa League next season. Believe it or not, it wasn't even half a year back... Now, times have changed. We are no longer struggling in the bottom half of the table, we are no longer wondering whether we'll be in [...]

Arsenal v Tottenham – The key battles that will decide the points

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Key battles against Tottenham by KJ The most important game of the season is today. This is always important to any Arsenal fan especially so where the tides have changed between the two teams. Arsenal will always be top dog in London but we need to stamp our authority. We've done that against Chelsea and [.

Arteta – “Once again Arsenal are not good enough”

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It may not have been a coincidence that the Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta was out injured while Arsenal had their run of three defeats since the New Year, but he was back for this weeks 0-0 draw with Bolton, and he is not very happy with the team's performances. "We had a lot of chances [...]

Time for Arsenal to take advantage!

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With Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City dropping points on Saturday, Arsenal now sit in fifth place just two points behind Chelsea. The game against Wolves therefore presents a golden, gilt-edged opportunity for Arsenal to not only take three points but also to leapfrog Chelsea into fourth-place.

Wenger – Arsenal were jaded and perhaps lucky, but it’s three points!

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Arsene Wenger was well aware that his Arsenal team were given a very difficult game by Aston Villa last night, and it was only a goal from substitute Yossi Benayoun that sealed the points three minutes from time, but Wenger was pleased that the squad kept fighting right up to the end. "Villa were dangerous [.

The Rest

Olympics 2012 Soccer – U.S. Points To Quarterfinals With Win

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The United States clinched first spot in its grouping in Olympic womanhoods's soccer Tuesday with a 1-0 romp over North Korea. The U.S. will look the extremity of Tuesday's bizs to find away its opposite for Friday.

Time to unleash the Walcott?

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A rather blustery morning to you all.

After three old-school Saturday 3pm league kick-offs, we're back at the whim of the televisual gods with a 1.30pm Sunday start. Our game will doubtless be the lesser written about and hyped of the two Sunday games, but that's fine with me. If we can keep chipping away at the fixtures we need to chisel off the slate, that suits me fine.

Oranje Wednesday - PSV Eindhoven go nine points clear, Ajax down to third

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PSV Eindhoven opened up a nine-point gap at the top of Eredivisie despite only drawing 1-1 with Heerenveen. The result did mean that Heerenveen moved up to second in the table at the expense of Ajax. Heerenveen are level on 44 points with Ajax, but are ahead by seven on goal difference - precisely the number they put past Vitesse Arnhem last week.