Saturday, 12 January 2013

Everton 0 - Swansea 0 Stats and Chalkboards

After the incredible result against Chelsea in the cup, it was back to the bread and butter of the league against Everton who have pretty much bullied us since our return to the top flight.

This game actually saw Everton have more attempts compared to the game at Goodison last season (18 compared to 15) and Swansea having even fewer efforts (4 today compared with 5 last season).  The margins between a hard-fought well earned point and anti-climactic defeats where you've offered little in attack is pretty small.
Everton with plenty of attempts but few hitting the target
After a shaky start to the season where Ash had a couple of bad back-passes that lead to goals and Chico's infamous attempt to slice Saha's ear off, Chico and Ash are now forming a formidable partnership with Chico doing the majority of the tackling and Ash blocking shots.
Chico made most tackles (6, next highest was 2) and Interceptions (6 next highest with 4)
Before the match I was hoping that Tiendalli and Rangel would both play down the right to combat Baines/Pienaar down Everton's left where so much of their play comes from, but I'd be lying though if I predicted Dyer as front man.  I was expecting Pablo to be rested and maybe Dyer on the left to give Routledge a rest.  Personally I wouldn't consider not playing Graham to be a snub, I'd expect him to start against Arsenal in the FA cup replay in midweek.

Most of Everton's attacking still came down their left with Baines (7) and Pienaar (4) creating 11 of Everton's 16 chances, as can be seen by the tackling comparisons it was a major area of activity:
Most tackles made by Swansea came in their defensive third and down their right
When looking at where interceptions took place, even though its 20 for both teams, it can be seen where Swansea have set up just outside the penalty area to frustrate Everton:
Interceptions by team: Everton's coming central and higher up the pitch with Interceptions made by Swansea largely just outside the box
As was the case with the previous league game (against Villa), Swansea were dominated in the air winning under 30% of Aerial Duels:
Everton won the vast majority of duels across the pitch.  Notable figures - Osman 9 successful from 11 Distin 6/6, Chico 5/16 and Michu 2/11
Everton are one team in particular who have given us little time to pass the ball around at the back, often forcing Vorm to kick long with the figures from the game today looking particularly bad:
Keeper passing: Howard's figures better partly due to shorter passing but even most long balls were successful, in contrast only a third of Vorm's passes were successful
Another game undefeated and now up to 30 points with Stoke/Sunderland/West Ham/QPR to come in the next four league games, although cup commitments mean a delicate balancing act.  I'm hoping for heavy snow to come in midweek so the Arsenal game gets moved until after the 2nd leg of the league cup

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