All posts by Ed Shorthouse

Founder of Chance Analytics Evertonian. Qualified Football Coach. Football Analytics. Business Management Student at UEA. Structured Procrastinator. Writer for @ReadEverton & @TheFalse_9

In Search Of a Midfield Destroyer

By Conor Murphy –  @murphycon


The role played by N’Golo Kante in winning back to back league titles for two different clubs has brought attention to the value of a midfield destroyer. This type of player is proactively looking to win the ball back for his team. He’s not happy to sit and wait, screening in front of the defence and hoping to make an interception (I’m looking at you Michael Carrick). The midfield destroyer is going after the ball and he’s going to get it back. He puts in a lot of tackles and sometimes makes interceptions. Then, when he has the ball, he plays a simple pass to a team mate and his team retain possession. There’s no point in winning the ball back just to give it away again.

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AFCON – Quarter Final Preview (Part 2)

By Alarico Rossi – @AlaricoRossi


Yesterday we previewed the quarter-final games of Burkina Faso v Tunisia & Senegal v Cameroon. Have a read here.

Today we are previewing the next two quarter-finals; Egypt v Morocco & Congo DR v Ghana.

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AFCON – Quarter Final Preview (Part 1)

By Alarico Rossi – @AlaricoRossi


The knock-out stage of the African Cup of Nations has arrived. For European clubs, the elimination of big teams such as Algeria and Ivory Coast is great news. The only negative so far is for Juventus, as a result of the injury to centre-mid Mario Lemina, one of Gabon’s main players. The group-stage has shown us what each team can do, and this article is going to preview today’s two fixtures; Burkina Faso v Tunisia & Senegal v Cameroon.

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Everton v Man City: What happened?

Hrishi Anand – @Hrishi_AFC

Goodison Park played host to an interesting tactical showdown between Ronald Koeman’s Everton and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in which Everton ran riot winning 4-0. The scoreline, however, was more to do with Guardiola’s set up rather than a complete performance from the Toffees. At the same time it was definitely Koeman’s best game in charge of the Merseyside club.

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Are We Calculating Possession All Wrong?

Raven Beale – @sbourgenforcer


Throughout this piece I will be using the Arsenal vs West Brom from 26th December 2016 to explain calculations and to use as an example.

How do the stats companies calculate possession and are they getting it wrong?

Most people would assume that possession is calculated in 1 of 2 ways:

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Chaitanya Jadhav – @IndiciumBlog


Carlo Ancelotti – The Wise Italian

AC Milan under Carlo Ancelotti were a side to be marvelled at. The team went through a lot of tactical deviations due to Ancelotti’s eagerness to follow the upcoming trends of football. However, his unique approach payed off. During his tenure, he managed to win:

  1. Two Champions League trophies – 2002-03, 2006-07
  2. Two UEFA Super Cup trophies– 2003, 2007
  3. One FIFA Club World Cup – 2007
  4. One Serie A title– 2003-04
  5. One Coppa Italia – 2002-03
  6. One Supercoppa Italiana – 2004



Chaitanya Jadhav – @IndiciumBlog

Currently, AC Milan are the second most decorated club in Europe, boasting a massive trophy cabinet stockpiled with European and domestic titles. However, Milan, and Italy in general, didn’t have much to offer before the entrance of Arrigo Sacchi, the man who reinvented Calcio. He singlehandedly took an Italian side which was plagued with lacklustre, dreary, dull, and dangerously cautious, defensive football, and, over the course of a few years, made Milan one of the best teams in the continent.

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