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The 2012/13 Barclays Premier League In Thoughts and Numbers

Written by on May 21, 2013 | 9 Comments »
Posted in English Premier League

After 38 rounds of play another Barclays Premier League season is in the books.

Manchester United won their 20th top flight and their 13th Premier League championship. In the sober light of day this one will go down as testament to the………

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9 responses to “The 2012/13 Barclays Premier League In Thoughts and Numbers”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Some really interesting stats there Bobby. Did you compile them yourself? Plenty of work in that one…

    It’s a little shocking to see Man City’s drop in scoring… I think everyone who watched them understood they weren’t creating or converting chances at anything like the rate they did last year… but wow. I wouldn’t have guessed that many fewer goals.

    In keeping with what has become their (unfortunate) habit of playing down to the level of the opposition, I was not surprised to see Arsenal do “just enough”. All in all I think Wenger did a very good job with fairly limited talent (by top six standards), but he must have spent a considerable amount of time bashing his head against the bricks trying to figure his side out this year.

  2. About 85% were compiled from research first hand. The remainder from a number of other sources.

  3. Redfan says:

    Feel for Dave Whelan but if enough players stay with Wigan they may just vault straight back.
    Curious comment about Liverpool or lack there of Bobby, Personally I think Rodgers has done no better than average and with the club not in Europe next year and no silverware this year……..well better managers have been fired this year for achieving more. Tom Werner praised Rodgers today and I think that about sums up Werner’s grasp of the game. Very poor season and I would have hoped to see him gone.
    Everton will fight for survival next season.
    Man City and Chelsea will fight for the title whilst Moyes tries to replace Scholes, Giggs and Ferdy amongst others. Wenger might end up in Paris but the Arsenal will again finish about 4th in a fight as was this year. Spurs will sell Bale and finish 5th or 6th again and that fight for 3rd and 4th will contain some surprises with a fight down to the wire like this year. How about Watford for a surprise next season if they can beat Palace on Monday?

  4. The point of the Liverpool comment was that despite a very impressive goal difference the statistic is very deceiving.

  5. “Everton will fight for survival next season.” Disagree fervently.

    Man City and Chelsea will fight for the title whilst Moyes tries to replace Scholes, Giggs and Ferdy amongst others.” Scholes has been peripheral all season – Giggs and Ferdinand will be used judiciously as younger players push on.

    “Wenger might end up in Paris but the Arsenal will again finish about 4th in a fight as was this year.” And you and I might finish in Paris as well. Not going to happen.

    “Spurs will sell Bale and finish 5th or 6th again and that fight for 3rd and 4th will contain some surprises with a fight down to the wire like this year. How about Watford for a surprise next season if they can beat Palace on Monday?” A surprise but certainly not a top 5 or 6 surprise.

  6. Gus Keri says:

    Redfan:

    I disagree with you on the “firing of Rodgers.”

    Everybody knows that I wasn’t supportive of firing Dalglish last season but to do the same now with Rodgers is wrong.

    I think we should give him another year to see how his ideas will shape up. I saw some of what he is trying to do and it seemed promising.

    Manages need more than a year to build a team. We need to be a little more patient.

  7. John Bladen says:

    Agreed Gus. LFC was a bit of a mess last season (last few seasons) in all honesty.

    Rodgers had them playing much better after Christmas… and their climb up the table was indicative of a general improvement in team play (it’s tempting to say mainly on defense, but I’m not sure that’s true… thoughts?).

    You LFC fans won’t know what you’ve got for a while yet. Firing Rodgers now just restarts the process, when I get the feeling he’s sorted through a good part of the chaff that was in the lineup.

    Will he stick with Suarez? Or sell him on and reinvest in someone more “Liverpool-like”?

  8. John Bladen says:

    Redfan: When you suggest Everton will fight for survival, are you assuming that Moyes will raid the Everton lineup for the likes of Fellaini etc?

    Lots of people talking about that… but we don’t know what the future holds re: player moves.

    They’ll miss Moyes, but he has put a very solid system and mgmt team in place. It’s unlikely they’ll be forced to sell a significant number of their key players. A small drop in the standings is possible, but there is little to no chance of relegation – if that’s what you are suggesting.

  9. Seattle_Loon says:

    Liverpool’s Achilles heel all season was central defence. Saying something when your best player in that position was a (now retired) 35 year old Jamie Carragher. Skertel and Agger were very culpable of causing LFC to concede soft goals. Think Rodgers did a good job overall. Most exciting for us Liverpool fans was the purchase of Coutinho and Sturridge. For 20 plus seasons Liverpool have overspent on a lot of mediocre players. We need to find some value in central defence and other areas and we should be good.

    I’d be really disappointed if I were either a Everton or Spurs fan. You hate to single out players but had Adebayor and Jelavic played to their potential then either team might have made top four.

    Overall I think the manager of the season was Rafa Benitez. He accepted the poisoned chalice of a temporary position in charge of Chelsea (is there anything other than that?), totally lacked fan support and still delivered an improved league position securing Champion’s League next season and a European trophy. All in spite of a energy sapping schedule of games for Chelsea.

    Finally, I am very sad to see the end of SAF’s reign. He was the last of his kind and will be very missed. Sad also that Man U didn’t make to at least the Champion’s League final. Were it not for a ridiculous decision at Old Trafford they would have probably overcome Madrid and made it there.

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