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Holiday Potpourri


In a holiday potpourri edition of the Two Daft Yanks podcast; prepare yourself for a wide number of soccer topics and conversations that you can listen to while your wife drags you to the mall for some Christmas shopping. Sure this may not make looking for that sold-out hot Christmas toy at fifteen different stores tolerable but at least you can perhaps crack a smile or two. On this week’s episode:

  • Big Sam adapts his style
  • 2015 USMNT friendlies are set
  • This Week In Daftness
  • European Cup draw madness
  • Brek Shea Returns to MLS and Liverpool off to worse start in 50 years

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TDY: Holiday Potpourri


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13/14 EPL Shot Conversion Rates

The final few EPL match days are upon us so I thought I would take a look at which clubs have the highest EPL shot conversion rates. The name of the game is scoring goals and that can be done in a number of ways but which clubs are the most efficient? I have calculated the numbers thanks to our friends over at WhoScored.com and here is how the numbers broke down:

EPL Shot Conversion Rate


For the most part the clubs contending for European places are at the top of this chart with Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea all present. The only real outlier is Manchester United who sits fourth on this list with a shot conversion rate of 12% suggesting that perhaps the Red Devil defense is to blame for their problems this season.

Past studies have shown that 10% is the average conversion rate in most leagues and that rings true this year in the EPl with the average rate being at 10.3%. With that in mind it can be said that six clubs are above the average, five are right at the average, and nine are below the average.

Soccer is no doubt a team game but it is individual statistics that really drive a teams shot to goal conversion rate. Let’s take a quick look at some of the players who are are driving their teams numbers at the top, middle and bottom of this statistical comparison. it should come as no surprise that Suarez and Sturridge are the main reason Liverpool are at the top of this list. The controversial Uruguayan has 30 goals on 166 shots which is an 18% scoring rate but he has been bested by his English international teammate Sturridge who boats and impressive 22% scoring rate with 20 goals in 90 shots. The most average club on this list is West Ham United (10% scoring rate) who’s goal leader is Kevin Nolan with 7 goals on 46 shots which puts him at a 15% scoring rate suggesting that Hammer forwards are the ones dragging down West Ham’s numbers. At the bottom of the table sits Norwich with a lowly 6% scoring rate, individually it is the scoring rates of their strikers Elmander (4%) and van Wolfswinkel (3%) that are bringing them down.

What numbers presented above surprise you the most? Comment here or on Twitter @TwoDaftYanks

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2013/2014 EPL Holiday Fixtures Table

With Spurs 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford the 2013/2014 EPL Holiday fixture list came to a close. The 4 games for each club in 12 days brought us some entertaining football and some not so much entertaining football (I’m talking to you Mourinho, Pulis and Allardyce). Below is the table for the holiday fixtures with each clubs point total and their movement in the overall table from the start of the holiday fixtures. Clubs with the same point total are listed alphabetically with no calculation of goal difference.


Manchester City was the only club to win all four of their matches collecting all 12 possible points. The Citizens were joined by Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham as the only clubs to reach double digit point totals. In terms of table movement Fulham was the big winner moving from 19th to 16th in the table.

On the other end of the table West Ham, Swansea and Cardiff did not enjoy the holiday period with each club only collecting a single point. Swansea was the big loser in movement dropping from 10th to 13th in the overall table.

So there is it folks your holiday fixture table, did any of these results surprise you? What clubs could have done better and who may have overachieved?

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EPL Brick Wall Defenders

With ten matchdays gone in the EPL season so far most everybody who follows the league can tell you who the outstanding offensive players have been so far. The individual goals table tells you that the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Sergio Aguero, Aaron Ramsey, and Loic Remy have all hit the ground running. Yet, the evaluation of how well a defender has played so far this season can not be based on one single statistic. What would you use? Tackles? Blocks? Interceptions? Due to this question a combination of stats must be used and Squawka.com has come up with an algorithm that takes into consideration every touch of the ball and the position on the pitch of that touch to grade out players offensive and defensive contribution in a game. An average player would produce a score of around 15-20 per match. Here are their top five rated defenders (centerbacks and fullbacks only) so far this season, with their defensive rating per game and a few notes on how they have played to date.


Sylvain Distin, Everton 31.1

The French defender has been a rock for Everton the past 4 seasons making 27 or more starts each year. This season he is averaging 1.8 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game while winning 70% of his headers. He may be 35 but it looks as if Distin will not be slowing down anytime soon.


Winston Reid, West Ham, 29.7

It was just announced the Kiwi Hammer would be out a few weeks due to injury but he has been very impressive to start this season. Reid is avereging 2 tackles, 2.8 interceptions and 8.8 clearances pergame helping a West Ham defense concede only eight goals in ten league games.


Dejan Lovren, Southampton, 29.6

If you listened to our transfer window podcast you know both Corey and I where very surprised the Saints could land such a quality player for only 8.8 million pounds. Lovren has been nothing short of outstanding this season in the center of the Southampton defense posting 2.3 tackles, 2.3 interceptions, 7 clearances and 4.4 headers won per match.


Phil Jagielka, Everton, 26.6

The English international has been with the Toffees seven seasons now and has adjusted well to Martinez’s new tactics on the blue side of Liverpool. The 31 year old has averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 9.7 clearances per match.


Jose Fonte, Southampton, 23.0

Fonte is by far the most surprising player on this list and has a very good story to tell having been with the Saints since their days in League 1. Fonte is a solid all around defender who can pass some and has formed a nice partnership with the number three player on this list Dejan Lovern.

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