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How many points for CL qualification?

Posted on April 9th, 2018

One of the perennial discussions we hear near the end of the Premier League season is “What is the point threshold that guarantees a team is safe from relegation”. Right now, as we already know two of the three teams to compete in the Championship next year (well, ok, Middlesbrough still have a mathematical chance), […]

Attendance in the Premier League

Posted on May 22nd, 2013

Is poor performance by a team punished by low attendance by fans? Attendance figures have just been released by the BBC from the past season, prompting us to look into whether or not football supporters are emotional consumers or rational ones who chose to go to games based upon the quality of football available? At […]

Is Fergie time over for United?

Posted on May 9th, 2013

As we wave goodbye to one of the most successful managers in British football it’s also a time to focus on the ways that he has changed the football lexicon, whether it be through terms he coined himself (squeaky bum time) or phrases that were used about him (the hairdryer treatment). Probably the most statistically […]

Six Pointers

Posted on March 1st, 2013

This blog is in part a response to a tweet we received asking what the chances of the Man Utd/Man City match being a title decider are. The race for the title would appear to be pretty much wrapped up (97% chance of Manchester United winning) but the race for Champions League football appears to be wide […]

A match of two legs?

Posted on February 15th, 2013

It feels like it’s been a long two months without European football. With the Spanish, English and German title competitions looking pretty much wrapped up at the moment and a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations, it’s exciting to welcome back the Champions league and Europa league.  So after the first round of of first legs […]

Europa: The other competition

Posted on January 4th, 2013

The Champions League knockout stage might have the glamour of Manchester United v Real Madrid, but what of its little brother (whatever AVB might say), the Europa League? We decided to look at our predictions for the Europa League knockout draw. There are four English teams in the Europa league, Premier League position in brackets: […]

Selfishness not the deadliest sin

Posted on December 7th, 2012

On the pitch is selfishness an entirely deplorable trait in a football player, or is it useful to a certain extent? In the Fink Tank, Daniel Finkelstein discussed some of our results on the topic but some aspects of our results were so exciting we wanted to share them on the blog also. I should […]

How special was the special one?

Posted on November 22nd, 2012

As yet another Chelsea manager is fired and another hired (the ninth since Abramovich bought the club in 2003), the main question fans are asking is why they let Mourinho go. But behind the myth-making, how special was his time at Chelsea?

Value for Money (continued)

Posted on September 10th, 2012

Due to popular demand I’ve decided to look at the Castrol Edge Rankings of two more EPL teams that have had a lot of high profile transfer activity over the summer. Liverpool Liverpool has come under a lot of criticism from fans and critics that they haven’t bought enough players to make a strong squad. […]

Value for Money

Posted on September 7th, 2012

As yet another transfer window closes with an estimated £490m spent on transfer fees it felt appropriate to check who we think was a good buy. The rankings stated here are based upon the players’ Castrol Edge Ranking at the end of the season 2011-2012. The analysis here only covers transfers between the top five leagues […]






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