The Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Monday evening. Ten metres outside the England penalty area. Samir Nasri, clad in blue, with the ball at his feet, is looking to dart into space and keep France moving forward. Ahead of him, a warrior in white – Scott Parker, concentrating on Nasri’s movement and trying to tackle or intercept at the right moment. What happens next?
Whether Nasri glides through or Parker presses effectively, the stats for the Euro 2012 Group D clash will make for interesting reading – and you can now have all that information at your fingertips courtesy of a new web app called Squawka, which is being launched to coincide with the start of the tournament.
We asked the Squawka guys to size up the Nasri v Parker duel by looking at last season’s Premier League stats to see who is most likely to come out on top in Donetsk.
Squawka says: “Scott Parker and Samir Nasri had similar Premier League game-time last season – Parker played 29 games and 2476 minutes for Tottenham, against Nasri’s 31 games played and 2255 minutes for Manchester City.
“This shows Parker played longer in games – a fact that may lean slightly in favour of the Frenchman, pointing to freshness in his legs. However, despite Nasri having been part of a title-winning City side, Parker vastly outscored the Frenchman with his overall performance score over 90 minutes (Parker: 26.74, Nasri: 9.42).
“Nasri showed much more of an all-round game, scoring positive points in attack, possession and defensive play. However, Parker had some of the highest defensive statistics of any midfielder in the Premier League last season, and can be relied upon to hustle most opponents off their stride.
“The difference comes when Parker has the ball at his feet; he scored negative points in both attack and possession during last season. England do not have the luxury of a Modric-style player that can pick up the ball from Parker and move the attack further up the pitch into more dangerous areas . With this in mind, it could be argued that France will be more than happy to see Parker on the ball and respond by closing down his options, rather than him, when he has possession.
“Nasri, even though he only ranked as the 104th best overall player in the Premier League last season, is happy to put in a tackle when needed and has the movement to trouble Parker (ranked as 35th best overall player).”
What is Squawka?
Squawka is a unique TV companion web app which launches in the UK this weekend.
Squawka will provide football statistics, information and conversation all in one place, offering second screen simplicity.
Twitter and Facebook integration will enable users to track the conversation surrounding football matches and players from different leagues all in one place, alongside team news, lines ups, live action and analysis, results and latest in-play odds. It will be completely free to use.
By making use of the dataset from Opta, providers of the most comprehensive football database on the planet, and building on it in completely new and creative ways, Squawka will bring comprehensive player and team statistics, head to head info, heat maps and goal analysis.
On top of that, the unique Squawka Player Ratings Algorithm that has been developed by the team assigns scores to each player on over 2million possible in-game actions as soon as they happen to offer a user experience and pioneering content portfolio that is second to none.
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