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Juan Mata

STATS: Mata best player in the league for goals and assists

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Since 2011, Juan Mata has the best goals and assists record in the league, outshining the likes of David Silva and Yaya Toure.




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STATS: United’s win over Liverpool

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Player stats
Most passes
Antonio Valencia 69 (92%)
Juan Mata 67 (92%)
Mamadou Sakho 53 (90%)
Ander Herrera 52 (87%)
Joe Allen 48 (84%)

Attacking third passes
Marouane Fellaini 17 (65%)
Antonio Valencia 17 (90%)
Juan Mata 16 (80%)
Ander Herrera 13 (81%)
Philippe Coutinho 11 (65%)

Ball recoveries
Antonio Valencia 10
Philippe Coutinho 9
Michael Carrick 7
Phil Jones 7
Joe Allen 6

Tackles
Ander Herrera 7/9
Daley Blind 6/7
Emre Can 4/6
Marouane Fellaini 4/5
Phil Jones 4/4

Aerial duels
Marouane Fellaini 11/16
Martin Skrtel 4/8
Emre Can 4/7
Wayne Rooney 4/6
Jordan Henderson 3/6

Top passing combinations
Valencia to Mata 35
Mata to Valencia 23
Blind to Fellaini 20
Herrera to Valencia 17
Valencia to Herrera 16
Mata to Herrera 16

Team stats
Liverpool passes: 302/402 (75%)
United passes: 460/562 (82%)
Liverpool possession: 41.

STATS: How is Rooney keeping Herrera out of the team?

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Passing success
Juan Mata: 89.6%
Michael Carrick: 89.6%
Daley Blind: 89.6%
Ander Herrera: 87%
Wayne Rooney 84.3%

Inaccurate long balls per game
Rooney: 1.9
Carrick: 1.6
Blind: 1.5
Herrera: 1.2
Mata: 0.

United

STATS: United best performing team in big games this season

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Much has been made of he difficult run in Manchester United have in our battle to finish in the top four, but based on our results against the top clubs this season, we have the best record.




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STATS: Are United in trouble with tough games ahead?

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In the games that remain, much has been made that United have tougher fixtures than the teams around them. But is that such a bad thing?

When looking at our results against the top teams in the league, United have faired pretty well this season.

Chelsea
Drew 1-1 (h)

City
Lost 1-0 (a)

Arsenal
Won 2-1 (a)

Liverpool
Won 3-0 (h)

Southampton
Won 2-1 (a)
Lost 1-0 (h)

Out of the 18 points available from games against teams in the top six, United have picked up 10, meaning we've claimed 56% of the points available.

ATTACKING STATS: United players compared to those at City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

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Possession
City 59.5%
United 58.1%
Arsenal 57.6%
Chelsea 56.6%
Liverpool 55.2%

Passing accuracy
United 84.5%
City 85.2%
Chelsea 85%
Arsenal 84.1%
Liverpool 83.1%

Accurate long balls per game
United 43.

Graham Zusi

Sunday After Stats

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The two points through three games is the fewest KC's had through three games since they had 0 points through three in the 1999 season.

In the 90th minute, Matt Besler moved past Jack Jewsbury and into 7th place for minutes played in league play for KC. He finished the game with 13,276 minutes played.

Sunday After Stats

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Graham Zusi made his 150th league appearance for Kansas City, he's the 9th player to hit that mark for KC.

It also broke his tie with Mo Johnston and Michael Harrington for 9th place on that list.

Zusi made his 143rd start in all competitions for KC, tying him with Harrington for 13th on that list.

S.A.S Monday After Stats

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Jacob Peterson made his 200th league appearance in his MLS career.

Ike Opara made his 50th start in all competitions in his MLS career.

Benny Feilhaber recorded his 17th assist in all competitions for KC, tying him with Claudio Lopez for 16th all time on that list.

Matt Besler picked up his second red card of his MLS career, which ties him with 7 others for 7th on the list in KC's history.

Top League Scorers Through 2014

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Another stat update for you. Here is the top goal scorers for Sporting KC throughout their history. See the links below for previous years.

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013

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Most Starts for Sporting KC

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Another stat, this time it's the most starts for Sporting KC. In league play this year, three players made their 100th start for KC. Graham Zusi, Seth Sinovic, and Aurelien Collin all hit the mark. Assuming his recovery goes well, Chance Myers should hit the mark, as should the reacquired Roger Espinoza early in the 2015 season.

Most Appearances for Sporting KC

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Some more stats for you this offseason. Now I'm going to update the list of appearances for the club. This year Sporting had three players, Seth Sinovic, CJ Sapong, and Aurelien Collin, hit the century mark for appearances in league play. Additions to this list in 2015 are looking quite slim with Paulo Nagamura needing 33 appearances to hit 100 being the only player on the roster within touching distance this year.

Most Capped Players While with Sporting KC

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Updating another list tonight, the caps players got for their country while a member of Sporting Kansas City. Graham Zusi has moved up to be the second most capped Sporting player, trailing only Josh Wolff. Matt Besler also jumped up the list. And with the return of Roger Espinoza, the potential for someone new to top Wolff in the next few years is certainly there.

10,000 Minute Club

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It's time to start updating my stats again ahead of the 2015 MLS season. In doing so I'll try to do one every day or every other day or so as we head towards the 2015 MLS season. We'll start with the 10,000 minute club.

This year, Sporting had one player join the list this year. Graham Zusi became the 15th player to play 10,000 minutes for Kansas City in league play.

Angel Di Maria

STATS: United goal scorers and providers compared with Chelsea’s, City’s, Arsenal’s and Liverpool’s

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Here is a comparison of the players at United who have scored/assisted the most goals this season. Rooney is currently United's top scorer, although it should be taken in to consideration that he has played in central midfield for the majority of the season. Angel di Maria has more assists than anyone in the team.

STATS: Di Maria vs Januzaj

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You could probably see for yourself that Adnan Januzaj completely outperformed Angel di Maria in today's match, justifying Louis van Gaal's decision to make the half-time substitution.

Shots
Di Maria 2 (0 on target)
Januzaj 4 (2 on target)

Passes
Di Maria 16/22 (73%)
Januzaj 23/25 (92%)

Attacking third passes
Di Maria 11/16 (69%)
Januzaj 13/15 (87%)

Chances created
Di Maria 2
Januzaj 3

STATS: United, corners and Phil Jones

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Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%.

In real terms, that means this season we've scored 3 times from 119 corners this season, which is pretty shocking.

STATS: Manchester United under LvG in 2014

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Goals scored
Robin van Persie 8 (1 goal per 188 minutes)
Wayne Rooney 8 (1 goal per 163 minutes)
Juan Mata 5 (1 goal per 247 minutes)

Assists
Angel di Maria 6
Wayne Rooney 4
Juan Mata 3
Ander Herrera 3
Radamel Falcao 3

Goals and assists
Wayne Rooney 12 (1 per 109 minutes)
Robin van Persie 10 (1 per 150 minutes)
Angel di Maria 9 (1 per 96 minutes)
Juan Mata 8 (1 per 154 minutes)

Key passes per game
Angel di Maria 2.

Dom Dwyer

Top Goal Scorers in All Competitions

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Another statistical update, the list of top 20 goal scorers in all competitions. First here's the list as it's gone through the years.

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - 2013


1. Preki - 81 (71 league, 8 playoff, 1 open cup, 1 international) (-)

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Single Season Appearances and Starts

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One more stat for you tonight, most appearances and starts in a single season.

For the first time since 2010, Sporting didn't have a player play in all 34 league games. The closest anyone came was Dom Dwyer, who appeared in 33 games, missing one game due to yellow card accumulation.

CJ Sapong - 2011 - 34
Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 34
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 34
Kei Kamara - 2012 - 33
Dom Dwyer - 2014 - 33
Preki - 1996 - 32
Mark Chung - 1996 - 32
Mark Chung - 1997 - 32
Nick Garcia - 2000 - 32
Peter Vermes - 2000 - 32
Bo Oshoniyi - 2005 - 32
Davy Arnaud - 2006 - 32
Matt Besler - 2011 - 32
Graham Zusi - 2011 - 32
Graham Zusi - 2012 - 32
Seth Sinovic - 2013 - 32

In all competitions Sporting played 43 games this year, falling two short of the record KC set in the 2013 season.

Landmark Goals

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Another stat for you, Sporting's landmark goals. This year, Sporting hit two landmark goal marks, and not surprisingly, both were scored by Dom Dwyer. Back in May, Dwyer scored Sporting's 800th league goal in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. Then on the road against Philadelphia late in the season, Dwyer scored the 400th competitive goal away from home for Kansas City.

Previews

Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday Team Stats and Predictions

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Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday Preview

Wigan need to snap out of their current slump if they are to avoid relegation to the third tier of English football however it may not happen tomorrow against mid-table side Sheffield Wednesday who scraped past basement side Blackpool on Boxing Day.

Ipswich v Charlton Team Stats and Predictions

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Ipswich v Charlton Preview

Ipswich continued their impressive run towards promotion on Boxing Day with a win against high flying Brentford and Mick McCarthy will be hoping his side can keep it going with a win against Charlton tomorrow night who were rather lucky to draw 1-1 in their clash with Cardiff on Boxing Day also.

Derby v Leeds Team Stats and Predictions

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Derby v Leeds Preview

Derby will be looking to keep pace with the automatic promotion pack with a win against Leeds United who have been sliding down the table at a rapid pace, with their off-field problems not helping the team whatsoever!

Fulham v Brighton Team Stats and Predictions

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Fulham v Brighton Preview

Both Fulham and Brighton sit in the lower echelons of the Championship right now with Brighton looking favourites for the drop on their current form and while Fulham aren't any world beaters of any sort they should be able to gain their sixth home victory of the season against a team who haven't won a game in seven.

Bolton v Blackburn Team Stats and Predictions

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Bolton v Blackburn Preview

Neil Lennon has sparked new life into Bolton since taking over from Dougie Freeman and despite Blackburn having a deadly marksman in Jordan Rhodes, Bolton should be able to continue their rise up the division which could see former Premier League strikers Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnson pairing up at some stake?

Birmingham v Derby Team Stats and Predictions

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Birmingham v Derby Preview

Birmingham have been on a bit of a roll with four wins in their last five league games which has seen them move away from the drop zone, however Derby have hit a bit of a rocky patch with just two wins and a draw in their last five and will have to rectify the situation tomorrow if their to achieve their goal of promotion to the top flight in May.

Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest Team Stats and Predictions

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Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest Preview

Middlesbrough's loss to Ipswich last week was a bit of a surprise but they should be able to get back on track with a home win against Nottingham Forest who have not been able to live up to their early season promise!

Leeds v Wigan Team Stats and Predictions

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Leeds v Wigan Preview

Leeds take on Wigan at Elland Road tomorrow with both sides needing a win to avoid a battle for survival in the Championship and though the homeside has won just one of their last five league games their opponents Wigan have been even worse form with just a single draw in their last five,

Prediction:
Leeds @9/5

Scorecast:
2-0 11/1

First Goalscorer:
Billy Sharp @25/4

Leeds Stats

Only 5 games scoring 2 or more goals.

Brighton v Reading Game Stats and Predictions

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Brighton v Reading Preview

Both Brighton and Reading have already gone through a manager each thus far, with the Seagull's currently managerless following Sami Hyypia's resignation following a wretched run of results, while Reading have only recently appointed Steve Clarke who they hope can guide them up the Championship table starting from tomorrow.

Bournemouth v Fulham Team Stats and Predictions

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Bournemouth v Fulham Preview

Not many would have predicted Bournemouth to be top of the Championship on Boxing Day and deservedly so too having racked up a 12 game unbeaten run while tomorrow's visitors, Fulham would have been many people's favourites for a quick return to the top flight it may take at least another year for a return unless a little stability can be added to the squad.

Charlton v Cardiff Team Stats and Predictions

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Charlton v Cardiff Preview

Both these sides lie in mid-table level on points and goal difference and will need to secure all three points to ensure their chances of the play-offs don't fade away.

Charlton will be looking for their first win in six Championship games and the visit of Cardiff should be a cracker tomorrow with my slight preference for Cardiff on paper!

The Rest

STATS: Goals per game for PL midfielders aged 23

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Cristiano Ronaldo had the best goals per game ratio when he was aged 23, with his birthday falling in 2008. This is followed by Christian Erikson, then Eden Hazard, then Paul Scholes.

Stats from @klausegelund.

STATS: Is LvG right about United’s long ball tactics?

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Sports Matrix have produced an infographic which looks at United's build style, following the on-going debate about long balls. If you needed stats to show you that United aren't a long ball team, here they are, showing that, like most teams who are desperate for points at the end of a game, resort to booting the ball up to Marouane Fellaini.

PICTURE: LvG vs Allardyce

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Following United's 1-1 draw with West Ham, Sam Allardyce claimed that his team couldn't cope with United's "long ball" strategy.

In the end, we couldn't cope with the long balls Manchester United kept putting in the box. It was just, thump it forward and see what they could get.

Youngest/Oldest to Appear for Kansas City

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Another stat for you, the youngest and oldest players to appear in or start games in league play and in all competitions.

In league appearances, four new players joined the list. Erik Palmer-Brown became the youngest player to ever appear in a game for Kansas City when he started KC's game in Chicago back in May.

Youngest/Oldest Goal Scorers for Sporting KC

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More statistics, this time I'm updating my list of the youngest and oldest goal scorers for Kansas City in league play and in all competitions.

In league play, no new players joined the list in 2014. A number of Kansas City's draft picks could join this list should they score in the 2015 season though, so there could be some shake up here.

STATS: Daley Blind outshines Busquets and Matic

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Single Season Minutes Played

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Another updated stat, this time it's single season minutes played for Kansas City. In league play, no new players joined the top 10 for minutes played, the closest was Seth Sinovic who played 2,755 in league play this past season.

1. Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 3060
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 3060
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STATS: De Gea is the PL’s best so far

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Here are the statistics for every goalkeeper to have made at least one appearance during the first half of the 2014-15 Premier League season:

Save percentage

Manchester United's David de Gea has saved the highest percentage of shots faced amongst goalkeepers to have played at least half of their club's games this season.