My last post looked at Robin Hood teams - taking points from the top teams only to give them away to the lower teams - and tried to quantify Hoodability as the difference in points per game (ppg) against the top 6 teams and ppg against the bottom 6. [Read More]
Defining 'Robin Hood teams' and measuring 'Hoodability' (Pt I)
Teams that take points from the top and give them away to the bottom
Liverpool’s 2016-17 season was a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde one. They went unbeaten against the other teams in the top 6 and sat comfortably on top of the intra-top 6 league table with 2 points per game (ppg). [Read More]
The death of Saturday football?
The effects of declining fixture density on reducing the number of matchday goals in the Premier League
My last post looked at the highest number of goals scored in the final fixtures of a season, but this got me thinking: what about the highest scoring single matchday? In other words, what was the best Match of the Day ever? In this post I’ll examine trends showing a... [Read More]
Final gameweek extravaganzas
Was this season's final matchday the highest scoring ever?
Sunday’s conclusion to the 2016-17 EPL season produced an impressive haul of 37 goals. What’s more, they were all delivered in the space of 2 hours thanks to the final round of games being played simultaneously - truly the stuff dreams are made of for those watching at home. [Read More]
Boring, boring Man United? Can we measure excitement and does it correlate with success?
Goals, net goalscoring opportunities, efficiency and luck
The motivation for this post came from watching yet another of Man United’s goalless games, this time against Southampton on Wednesday night. It’s one part a serious examination of United’s current trend of low scoring – how this fits in with their previous Premier League record and whether ‘negative football’... [Read More]