Stats Zone Team of the Week

3 Oct

1st-2nd October 2011

After an indifferent performance by the English clubs in Europe this week it was a great weekend of scoring back in the Premier League. It seems that you’re guaranteed to see at least one team get spanked by 5 or 6 goals each weekend and this weekend didn’t disappoint.  In the 10 games that were played you’d be forgiven for thinking that with 32 goals being scored defences were poor
however 6 of matches saw teams keeping a clean sheet.

Die to the popularity of the first Stats Zone team of the week I thought I’d make this a regular feature. As before each player is picked
based on 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 this based on the stats produced and to generate a bit of debate!

Formation of the Week

Once again 4-4-2 was the most successful formation of the weekend with 6 teams fielding this formation winning out of the 9 games that finished in victory.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)

This was a really tight run between Schwarzer and the excellent Tim Krull who both made 6 saves, however Schwarzer had a 100% success rate, keeping a clean sheet with Fulham scoring 6 at the other end and completing more passes (50% vs. 44%).

Aleksander Karlov (Manchester City)

For me defenders should defend first and that’s what Karlov did winning4/5 tackles, 7/8 clearances and 9/10 headers which is outstanding by itself.  Add to this making 9 crosses and 24 successful passes into the attacking third this was a complete FB game.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

One of a plethora great English young defenders coming through ranks Walker had a great game capped off by a wonder strike.  Defensively strong as well winning ¾ tackles, 3/5 clearances and 4/5 headers the young Lion gets the nod at right back.

John Terry (Chelsea)

Showing a defensive master class winning 4/4 tackles, 4/5 headers and 7/9 clearances,  it was Terry’s passing array that saw him stand out completing an impressive 85/87 passes being the launch pad for many a Chelsea attack.

Wes Brown (Sunderland)

Brown has been Sunderland’s best performer so far this season and was once again solid in his own position.  Winning 4/4 tackles, 4/7 clearance and 8/16 headers Brown had a solid individual performance.

Anderson (Manchester United)

This was a difficult decision for the second CM birth and was contested between Lucas, Toure and team mate Fletcher all of whom made more completed passes and tackles, but with Anderson scoring and creating 2 chances he just gets the nod this week.

Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

There’s life in the old dog yet.  Following hot on the heels of his mid week goal in the Champions League our first hat trick hero was excellent.  Not only getting 4/5 shots on target Lampard and completed 94% of passes he had a good defensive performance winning all tackles and challenges.

Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City)

Bit of a controversial choice for the right wing position this week, but to be fair there weren’t any standout performances.  Pennant for me probably had the best performance of the day making an impressive 14 crosses and winning 4/4 take ons.  One to debate!

Samir Nasri (Manchester City)

Coming on forAguero on the 28th Nasri was a proper super sub having one of his best games for City scoring one and setting up two.  with a 95% passing success rate including a 100% success rate for crosses and corners Nasri was the only choice for the left wing.

Andrew Johnson (Fulham)

Star striker and our second hat trick hero of the day Johnson rolled back the years with 5 shots 3 on target and more importantly 3
in the back of the net.

Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)

One of several young strikers who have had a good week.  Scoring 2 goals against the club that sparked life back into his career.  Add to this creating 3 chances one resulting a goal Sturridge had another great game for a rampant Chelsea.

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