Are United Going To Become Everton?

*WARNING: THIS IS NOT TO BE TAKEN TOO SERIOUSLY. JUST SOME LIGHT HEARTED STAT OBSERVATIONS AHEAD OF THE BIG MATCH*

But, seriously… Are United going to become Everton?

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Statistics and Perspective

One of the lead stories on The Independent’s website is currently “Steve Gerrard: Everton are like Stoke, all they do is play the ball long”. The piece has the sub heading of “We were only team in derby trying to play, says Liverpool captain, but stats suggest otherwise”.

The writer then goes on to show why Gerrard is wrong, and at the bottom includes selected match stats under the title of “Dubious Derby Claim”. Amongst these are the figures for ‘Long Passes Attempted’, which they have as 47 by each side.

So Liverpool’s captain must be wrong in his assertion that the Blues are a long-ball side. Or so I thought until I checked the match numbers with EPLIndex.

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Merseyside Derby Preview

Ahead of the opening Merseyside derby of the season at Goodison Park on Sunday, the two sides find themselves approaching it in very different circumstances; Everton are being feted for their fine start to the season, whilst Liverpool finally won their first home league match of the season last weekend against Reading.

Yet things aren’t quite that clear-cut.

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