Frank Lampard sets new PL record

FOOTBALL – Chelsea icon Frank Lampard scored against his former team to hand Manchester City a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea was the 39th team he scored against in the Premier League, setting an outright PL record for scoring against most different teams. Click on continue reading to find out more. Continue reading

INFOGRAPHIC: Costa on course of PL record

FOOTBALL – Diego Costa has scored seven goals after four Premier League matches this season and is on course to smash the current Premier League season record of 34 goals. Andy Cole (1993/94) and Alan Shearer (1994/95) share that record. In these two seasons the Premier League consisted of 22 teams and therefore had 42 matchdays. Click HERE or on the infographic for a bigger version. Continue reading

ANALYSE THIS: More Swedes than English in Champions League

FOOTBALL – Players from 64 different countries played in this week’s Champions League with their time on the pitch ranging from 4019 minutes by the 55 Brazilians appearing for 20 different clubs in the competition to a five minute appearance for Ludogorets by Tunisian Hamza Younes. England has the maximum number of clubs in the competition but English players were only 11th in terms of playing time, lagging behind smaller nations such as Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden.

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ANALYSE THIS: Europa League more open than CL

FOOTBALL – As we discussed earlier this week, many of the Champions League teams are almost guaranteed a place in the last 16 of the competition with five having at least 90% chance of progress and eight at least 80%. The Europa League however looks a lot more open given that only Spurs, Sevilla, Fiorentina and Napoli have more than a four in five chance of progress to the last 32.

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