Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Everton vs West Ham Head to Head Stats - Preview

As Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke get back to the serious business (with owners' backing) of avoiding relegation, let's have a look at some key Everton stats at home and the head-to-head information.

Everton Key Stats:  
  • played last 3 matches with less then 3 goals.
  • won last 6 matches at home.
  • average number of goals 2.9 per match, scored 1.6 and 1.3 conceded.
  • played 11 home matches with at least one goal scored in a row. 

West Ham Key Stats:
  • lost last 6 matches.
  • lost last 3 matches at home.
  • lost last 4 away matches.
  • average number of goals 2.8 per match, scored 1.2 and 1.6 conceded.
  • played 6 matches with at least one goal conceded in a row.
  • played 5 away matches with at least one goal conceded in a row. 
Want to know who has scored the most headed goals since the 2005/06 season? It's an Everton player...care to guess?

Yup! It's Tim Cahill.

Everton's Tim Cahill has managed 17 headed goals since the start of the 2005/06 season and that puts him just ahead of his taller rivals Peter Crouch and Emmannuel Adebayor.

Headed Goals in PL since 2005/06:
1. Tim Cahill (17)
2. Peter Crouch (16)
3. Emmannuel Adebayor (15)
4. Darren Bent, John Carew, Didier Drogba (13)
7. Kenwyne Jones (12)
8. Kevin Davies, Kevin Doyle, Fernando Torres (11)
11. Gabriel Agbonlahor, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roque Santa Cruz (10)

Everton is formidable at home as you can appreciate. At Goodison Park, West Ham have lost three times, drawn thrice and won twice since 2001. These matches are typically decided by 1.3 goals (small margin) i.e. very few goals and very tight.

Everton vs West Ham Head to Head
Everton - West Ham3:1
Everton - West Ham1:1
Everton - West Ham2:0
Everton - West Ham1:2
Everton - West Ham0:0
Everton - West Ham5:0
Everton - West Ham1:1

Though statistics allow us to have a good grip on how historical data have an effect on the future outcome of results, in football, statistics mean nothing at all! As Mark Twain once said, there are lies, damn lies and statistics!

West Ham got an utterly unexpected home win against Aston Villa in November last year, and who's to say that, with so much emotional rollercoaster recently, West Ham cannot surprise and arrest this six-match losing streak that they are on.

As long as we can stop the marauding runs of Steven Pienaar and the incisive passing of Arteta, we should be on course for a valuable point.

Come On You Irons!

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