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]
Home advantages and wanderlust
Home and away preferences in the Premier League
When Burnley got beat 3-1 by Everton at Goodison Park on the 15th April, 33 games into their Premier League season, they’d gained only 4 points out of a possible 51 in their away fixtures. But during this time they’d also managed to accrue 32 points out of a possible... [Read More]