The impact of different standards of opponents on observed player performance in the English Premier League

REDWOOD-BROWN, A., BUSSELL, C. and BHARAJ, H.S., 2012. The impact of different standards of opponents on observed player performance in the English Premier League. Journal of Human Sport and Excercise, 7 (2), pp. 341-355. ISSN 1988-5202

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Redwood-Brown A, Bussell C, Bharaj HS. The impact of different standards of opponents on observed player performance in the English Premier League. J. Hum. Sport Exerc. Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 341-355, 2012. The purpose of the investigation was to develop an understanding of how the performance of a soccer team is affected when playing against different standards of opponents in the English Premier League. Twenty-nine Premier League matches were analysed during the 2010-2011 season for 18 selected performance indicators. Standards of opposing teams were defined as being top, middle or bottom depending on their final league position. The participating team was categorised in the 'middle' category and eighteen players from the squad were selected to take part in the study. Comparisons (mean±SD) were made between the team's performances on selected performance indicators against teams ranked as top, middle and bottom. A one-way ANOVA analysed the team's performance behaviour along with: five positional units (centre-back, full-back, centre midfield, wide midfield, centre forward); and individual player performance behaviour. At team level, successful passes (p=0.047) were significantly higher against middle (84.2%) compared with top (83.8%) and bottom standard teams (83.3%). Interceptions (p=0.016) were also significantly higher against middle (11.2±8.3) when compared with playing against top standard teams (8.4+5.2).

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Human Sport and Excercise
Creators: Redwood-Brown, A., Bussell, C. and Bharaj, H.S.
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante, Facultad de Educación
Place of Publication: Alicante
Date: 2012
Volume: 7
Number: 2
ISSN: 1988-5202
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10.4100/jhse.2012.72.01DOI
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:44
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2092

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