Nicolò Zaniolo – Stats: Roma’s ‘One to Watch’

Nicolò Zaniolo is a name that not many would have heard until his remarkable two-goal performance against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League last 16. The 19 year old became the youngest Italian player to score two goals in a UCL match - ever. He’s also the youngest player to score in a UCL knockout tie since Kylian Mbappe in May 2017, and the second youngest ever to score a brace, once again after Mbappe (April 2017). Zaniolo also…

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Dodi Lukebakio stats – Watford’s One to Watch

Many would say the last 12 months has seen a change in the way young footballers from Premier League clubs kick off their careers. They believe instead of going to the lower leagues, or sitting on the bench, it helps to take their talents abroad, and Watford’s Dodi Lukebakio stats show he is taking the same initiative. Dodi Lukebakio – Watford’s One to Watch The Bundesliga is now getting a new image. Before, it was once the league of competition,…

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Achraf Hakimi BVB Dortmund Stats and Analysis

At 20 years old, Achraf Hakimi of BVB Dortmund is just starting his career in football. Looking at his stats though, he has achieved more in his short career than many of players ever will. He became only 20th African player to ever lift the Champions league, and shortly after went to World Cup. Representing your nation and lifting trophies is what all young players dream of. The defender is definitely one of FootballOwl’s One to Watch. Hakimi stats -…

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One to Watch: Luka Jovic analysis

Having just played his 100th career match, Frankfurt's Luka Jovic is definitely making the most of his time in football. Currently the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga, the Serbian striker made a name for himself after scoring an incredible 5 goals against Fortuna Düsseldorf, and becoming the youngest player to do so in the German League. It is an amazing achievement, and the statistics show he is definitely a striker with a bright future and One to Watch. See our…

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Masters of Defence: A Statistical Analysis of Wolves

Sitting in 10th place, with victories over Tottenham and Chelsea, Wolves certainly don’t look like a traditional newly promoted team. Playing with a swagger of an established top flight side, and the results to match, Wolves are here to stay. On the surface, they are a tough team to figure out, but dig a bit deeper and the philosophies and standards that Nuno Espirito Santo drills into this team are very much visible. As with our Liverpool and Chelsea article,…

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The maturing of Liverpool: From Premier League entertainers to title contenders

Jurgen Klopp has certainly got a unique style, his recent pitch invasion in the Merseyside derby is just the latest in a long line of Twitter soundbites and newspaper headlines, and in previous years the team on the pitch seemed to take after their manager. Liverpool last year were known for being the team to watch, there were never boring games. They had the second highest goal difference in the league, the top scorer in Salah who broke all sorts…

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One to Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

Think of footballing nations, and one of the first thoughts has to be France. Runaway winners of the World Cup earlier this year with a squad so deep some of the biggest names in football couldn't even get a sniff. Part of this success surely has to come from the central midfield of dreams, Kante, Pogba and Matuidi, a perfect balance of defensive quality, selflessness and the ability to pick a pass that sometimes even surprises the target. Using Tanguy…

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Chelsea and Sarri – A Statistical Analysis

After a tough 3-1 loss at Wembley and a midweek mauling by Wolves, many thought Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea had been found out. Keep Jorginho quiet and they lose their spark. Sarri has done his best to bring his 2017/2018 success with an outstanding Napoli team to the Premier League, and it is no secret that the tactics that worked so well in the Serie A were brought to London with him. As the graph below shows when comparing Napoli's stats…

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Player Spotlight: Felipe Anderson

After a poor showing in the 2017/2018 season, and the departure of one of the most creative players the club had seen in a long time in Dimitri Payet, it's no surprise that the West Ham fans expected something to change. In comes signing after signing as well as a new manager and things were looking rosy at the start of August when the new season started. Cut to 4 weeks later and the team were right at the bottom…

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