Stats Zone Team of the Week

19 Sep

After a truly exhilarating weekend of English Premier League football I thought it would be interesting to assess who were the best players in their positions when compared to the stats generated by Opta for FourFourTwo Stats Zone App.

Before starting down this trepid road I want to make it clear that FourFourTwo, Opta or myself are saying these were definitely the best players but based on the stats produced i thought this may generate a bit of debate. Enjoy and let the arguements begin!

Formation of the Week

4-4-2 this week saw the battle of the formations won by the good old 4-4-2 with 5 teams fielding this formation winning 5 out of the 8 games that finished in victory.

Team of the Week

Michel Vorn (Swansea)

This was a tight decision between Vorn who made 5 saves and 32 successful deliveries, Given who made 5 saves and 22 successful deliveries and De Gea who made the most saves with 6 and 31 successful deliveries.  However it was Vorn who kept the clean sheet seeing Swansea not only score the first ever goal outside the Premier League but also the clubs first 3 points.

Santos (Arsenal)

The left back spot was hotly contested with the ever steady Baines and Evra having a shout along with Sotkes Wilson who in terms of clearances and headers was exceptional.  Santos just gets the nod with 4/4 tackles being made and 5 interceptions.  Add to that 4 chances being created with 2 of his own shots Santos had most complete game.

Richards (Manchester City)

Not as strong as the left side but while being in a defence that conceded 2 goals Richard’s statistically was just ahead of Bolton’s Boyata who had a very solid defence performance.  Completing 88% of his passes and getting of 2 shots Richard’s looked strong pushing forwards and  won 2/2 tackles whilst also making 4/6 clearances and 3/5 headers.  Solid.

Lescott (Manchester City)

Although he didn’t make the most tackles or clearances he was 100% in tackling, clearances and headers which is the most important element for a CB, defend first the rest later.   

Martin (Swansea)

My part for Lescot had a 100% pass success rate didn’t need to make a tackle but made 9 clearances and won 8/10 headers.  Martin may be slightly controversial but was the bedrock along side Vorn that Swansea built their first victory on.

Arteta (Arsenal)

Fabregas he ain’t but he has made an instant impact for Arsenal.  Scorer of a great goal Arteta’s forward play was excellent completing 94% of passes, creating 4 chances and making 7 crosses.  In addition he also
made 3/3 tackles and 1 interception.  Not bad for an attacking midfielder.

Modric (Tottenham)

The key difference between Tottenham and Liverpool even before Adam’s red card Modric bossed the game scoring a wonder goal in the process.  Completing 96/104 passes and receiving 102 whilst also making 2/3 take-ons and 2/5 crosses Modric was the complete attacking midfielder.

Nani (Manchester United)

Nani just keeps on getting better and better and is one of the first names on United’s team sheet keeping out Valencia who himself is exceptional.  Completing 8/9 take on’s, 2/4 crosses, creating and scoring a great goal Nani is our right winger of the day keeping out Sturridge who while completing 100% of passes was behind Nani on all other stats.

Mata

Only one option for left wing this weekend.  Mata once again proved how good a player he is and the seemingly endless array of attacking talent from Spain.  Completing 6/10 crosses, 6/8 corners and 6
chances he was by far in a way the best left winger.

Adebayor (Tottenham)

With a shot ratio of 2/3/5 and a passing success rate of 90% while creating 4 chances for his team mate Adebayor is without doubt the striker of the day.

Aguero (Manchester City)

Completing the dream team line up is Aguero who had one shot less than Adebayor with stats of 2/3/4, he made less passes but completed 96% and created 2 chances.

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