When you hear 6 – 1, you immediately think the game was one sided, with two completely mismatched teams. However, there are some games where the score can be very misleading, such as this (also the QPR 1 – 0 Chelsea game from the same day, in which Chelsea had the better play, despite being 2 players down for most of the game – more on that later).
Game Time Line:
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)
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:
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%).