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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 whoscored.com)

Danny Welbeck:

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English Premier League: Two Weeks In – What Have We Learned So Far? (part 2)


Part 1 can be found here

Key to player dashboards (diagrams provided by FourFourTwo Stats Zone/Opta):

Everton – Full backs see most action, but Arteta key

Only one game played (due to the postponed game against Tottenham), so slightly harder to spot any recurring factors, but the two players to see the most action were the two full backs, and this was a similar case last season:

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English Premier League: Two Weeks In – What Have We Learned So Far? (part 1)


So we’re two rounds into the English Premier League 2011/12 season already and I thought I’d take a look at the some of the tactical highlights being shown by all 20 top flight teams. This article won’t be looking at formations (these are readily available in many places) but rather the key areas, strengths and weaknesses of individual teams football tactics, and key players.

You may think 2 games aren’t much to spot any ‘trends’ or traits, but Opposition Scouts will have to be doing this. I will look to revisit this every so often throughout the season, so we can see if those tactics we highlighted are continued and how effective they become.

Key to player dashboards (diagrams provided by FourFourTwo Stats Zone/Opta):

Arsenal – Neat Passing in midfield, problems either end

Nothing particularly of interest in terms of tactics from Arsenal. In their two games so far, Arsenal look to continue the same old short passing game, attempting an average of over 500 passes per game, with an average completion rate of 83%. Their main problem appears to be in the final third – only 5 shots from 23 (22%) have hit the target in the two games so far, and a significant reduction in chances created:

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Cesc Fabregas: Gone, But How Much Will He Be Missed?


Anyone who knows half a thing about football knows that Fabregas was an important player for Arsenal, and a recent feature on Bleacherreport.com showed him to be 3rd in the Premier League all time assists per game ratio (only behind David Beckham and Thierry Henry), but just how much did Arsenal rely on him?

Overall Arsenal Performance

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West Brom 1 – 2 Man Utd: Promising Start Hides Man Utd Deficiencies


Following the scintillating Community Shield comeback against Man City, Man Utd started this game very strongly, having 69% of possession up to the first goal on 13 minutes. They completed 69 of their 84 passes (82%) in that time, compared to West Brom’s 24 from 37 (65%), and looked to be in line for an easy game.

However, as we saw numerous times last season (particularly away from home), they allowed the opposition back into the game. In the second 13 minute spell up to the 26th minute, West Brom made almost 3 times the amount of passes as in the first 13 minutes – completing 70 from 92 passes (76%).

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