Statistical Football Analysis

We're big fans of using statistics as much as we can, but our current tools only go so far. Here we do what we can with what we have and make attempts to improve on the current methods of analysis.
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How do you tell if a player is good?

Food for thought.

Cesar Azpilicueta, secondary assist machine

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Nemanja Matic is not the only player who has unexpectedly upped his contributions to the Chelsea attack.

Fortress Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea have kept nine consecutive clean sheets at Stamford Bridge and are just one away from tying the all-time record.

Hurray for late, late goals!

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Chelsea have been very good at eking out points in the last 10 minutes of Premier League matches. Here's how that record compares to the last two seasons.

Who is/was the bigger gamechanger, Hazard or Mata?

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We attempt the find an answer through game-changing goals, assists, and secondary assists. Short answer: inconclusive. Maybe. Let's call it a draw. Though Hazard undoubtedly does it in a more...

Torres & the Art of Terrible Finishing, Part III

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One year later, and three years into his Chelsea career, here's our annual check-in with Fernando Torres's finishing abilities.

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Scoring vs. Not Conceding: What's more important?

There are two things that go into Goal Difference: Goals Scored and Goals Allowed. We should ask the question, what’s better? Being really good at scoring goals or being really good at keeping them...

Mourinho, Episode V: The Defense Strikes Back

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Two goals conceded in ten matches: Chelsea bring vintage defense back into style.

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On Mata, first teams, and parity

Pillar of the WAGNH community 'Collun' goes on a bit of a ramble Re Mata's minutes.

The Football Aging Curve

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Well, crap: a general look at player aging by CFC's MCofA confirms that players do indeed die at 27. Click & read (don't troll); we have the decontamination showers ready for you when you get back to cleanse yourself of the Spurs.

A look at shot frequency and Chelsea's strikers

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Chelsea aren't getting enough production from the strikers on the roster, but one of the three options would appear to be more useful than the rest

Chelsea's finishing woes visualized

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They're not crap at finishing, they're just "energetically wasteful!"

Preseason minutes, goals, lineups ... and Torres

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José Mourinho rotated his squad, seemingly at random. But can we learn anything from the madness of ever-changing lineups?

Final 2012/13 Chelsea Statistics, Part II

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Second part of a long overdue rundown of statistics from the season that was. This time we look at plus/minus counts.

Final 2012/13 Chelsea Statistics, Part I

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First part of a long overdue rundown of the minutes and scoring statistics from the season that was.

Torres, Cavani, Falcao, Zlatan, Messi, CR, Lewa...

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One of those is not like the other. A look at game-changing goals from the past three seasons by some of football's best.

Gary Cahill out for two weeks, should we panic?

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Chelsea's most often used central defender will be out for a bit and John Terry is just a shadow of his former self. Can David Luiz & Branislav Ivanovic handle the load?

2012/13 Chelsea Statistics: Third quarter update

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A few numbers and charts at the three-quarter mark - 29 matches - of the Premier League season (and the other competitions in-between).

Game-changing Goals in the Premier League

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Demba Ba vs. Robin van Persie - a titanic showdown. Also featuring Edin Dzeko, Javier Hernandez, Juan Mata, Gareth Bale... and Fernando Torres?

2012/13 Chelsea Statistics: Plus/Minus - Attack

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Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Moses - The Three Musketeers. Also a wrap-up of this mid-season update to the plus/minus statistics.

2012/13 Chelsea Statistics: Plus/Minus - Defense

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Looking at plus/minus data for a couple of Chelsea's more versatile players, as well as key defensive and midfield partnerships.

2012/13 Chelsea Statistics: Plus/Minus

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Wherein RAFALUTION looks like a candidate for the NHL's Bud Light Plus-Minus Award!

2012/13 Chelsea Statistics: First Half

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A few numbers and charts from the first half - 19 matches - of the Premier League season (and the other competitions in-between).

2012/13 Chelsea Statistics: First Quarter

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A few numbers and charts from the first quarter - 10 matches - of the Premier League season (and the other competitions in-between).

Out with the boring, in with the goals

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Without realizing and however arbitrarily, Chelsea Football Club have set a new modern club record Wednesday night having now witnessed 48 total goals in their last 10 matches.

A look at Chelsea's average age against Arsenal

Chelsea were known as an older team several season ago, but that perception should be changing. Here's a graphical look at the club's average age over it's last five meetings with Arsenal.

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