The Stat-Smith: Week 4

Every week, David Smith will provide unusual, impressive, and sometimes obscure stats from the world of sport.


Home Sweet Home


West Ham played their final ever game at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday night. The stadium (formerly known as Upton Park) has a rich history since opening in 1904, and the Irons signed off in style with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Man United.

Current skipper Mark Noble made the most Premier League appearances at the stadium, notching up 129 appearances at the East London ground.

Hammers legendary striker Paulo Di Canio holds the record for the most Premier League goals at the stadium. He managed 31 in his time at the club.

Dominant Dublin

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Championship football is almost upon us, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Dublin are the bookies favourites for the All-Ireland Football Championship.

Jim Gavin’s team are 11/10 to win the All Ireland, and are heavy 1/14 favourites for retaining their Leinster crown, which would ensure a 55th title for the Dubs.

Kerry are second favourites for the Sam Maguire at 3/1.

Can the Dubs retain their crown without Rory O’Carroll and Jack McCaffrey?

Fernando Finding Form


Fernando Torres appears to have rediscovered his goal-scoring touch at boyhood club Atletico Madrid. The 32 year old has enjoyed a good season, but is out of contract in the summer.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker has scored 10 league goals for the first time since the 09/10 season, when he scored  18 goals for Liverpool.

Is El Nino back to his best?

Outside the Box

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It has been a mixed season for the Anfield team, but  Liverpool have scored the highest percentage of goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season.

Approximately 25% of the Reds’ 62 league goals have come from outside the box, the most recent of which was Roberto Firmino’s strike against Watford on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are also the top league scorers in 2016 (37).

Sébastien‘s Sinking Ship


Sunderland’s 3-0 demolition of Everton not only cost Roberto Martinez his job, but also Norwich and Newcastle their status in the Premier League.

Both sides will ply their trade in the Championship next season, but one Norwich player is more used to relegation than most.

Former Spurs defender Sébastien Bassong has now been relegated in 6 of the last 10 seasons.

Should any Premier League clubs be considering signing the centre half, consider this your warning.

The Stat-Smith