Archive | September 2011

English Premier League – Week 5: A Statistical Analysis

Lets take a little statistical look at the English Premier League so far, to see if we can fathom out what teams can do to increase their chances of a win.

So we are 5 weeks in, 49 games have been played. 132 goals have been scored, an average of 2.69 goals per game.

Home vs Away

The home side have won 19 times, the away side 16 times, and 14 draws.

The home side have scored 74 goals, or 1.51 per game, whilst the away side have scored 58, or 1.18 per game.

Interestingly, the average possession is 50% each.

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Berbatov – Hernandez – Welbeck: Which Striker Should Man Utd Start?

That’s one question Sir Alex Ferguson quite possibly considered many times over the summer; just which striker should start with Wayne Rooney? Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) or Danny Welbeck?

(Michael Owen excluded due to current lack of available data – his two goals against Leeds in the Carling Cup were his first involvement of the season).

Lets start by taking a look at each players characteristics, based upon match data (courtesy of

Danny Welbeck:

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