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The Tomkins Times - Fri Nov 3 1:09 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland. 1 – Krishaldo with some net spend figures across Europe; Manchester’s spending much higher than Barca, Bayern, Juve, Napoli, Red Bull Leipzig, Chelsea and Liverpool combined: Net spend over the last 5 years for CL clubs (source is Talksport, so pinch o...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 2 12:38 PM
Liverpool are on the road again for the seventh time in ten matches when they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Saturday evening; 5.30pm kick off UK time. The Reds’ last trip to the capital ended with a 1-4 defeat against Spurs and our domestic record away from home this season has...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Nov 2 7:35 AM
A 3-0 win, a missed penalty, 23 shots, barely any conceded, again … we’re really performing like an elite team over a hefty sample: that’s not the narrative though. We can’t defend. To barely concede the value of a half chance over 180 minutes of football in the last four days is quite something,...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Nov 1 12:33 PM
This article uses data from Stratabet, which is different to the Opta stats which you will be familiar with. To see background information about the Stratabet data, please read my first article using it (here). Tactics are an elusive, ethereal concept which are hard to define with statistics. For...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Oct 31 12:04 PM
Liverpool play host to Maribor on Wednesday evening – 7.45pm kick off UK time – knowing that a victory would put us on eight points with two games remaining, as we look to go (at least) one better than our last appearance in this competition in 2014/15 when we finished 3rd with five points and fa...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Oct 30 12:14 PM
1 – By Chris Rowland: After last Sunday’s horror show, there’s one bit of good news. Lime Street station is open again, and it’s a Saturday 3pm kick off! At least there’ll be no need to set the alarm. Nice and leisurely for the 10.06 from Hebden Bridge to Manchester Victoria. There are likely to...
The Tomkins Times - Sun Oct 29 7:51 AM
What is the perfect tonic to go with the poisonousness gin we tasted at Wembley last week? The next opposition turning up, attempting one shot on goal, and not even getting that on target. It certainly helps with those questioning the inclusion of the goalkeeper! But after 45 minutes, a missed pe...
The Tomkins Times - Sat Oct 28 9:22 PM
Four games ago, Liverpool were scoring little over a goal per game (in the run following the thrashing of Arsenal), and were missing too many chances. And, up until four games ago, the Reds weren’t keeping clean sheets. Since then, Jürgen Klopp’s men have scored eleven, and in only one of the fou...