Here’s what we did this week

Here’s what we did this week

By TheTwoPointOne

In the midst of an international break and with the domestic leagues just around the corner, this week’s content was largely dictated by two major topics: the Scottish national team and the Scottish Premiership.

 

As ever, the cornerstone of what TheTwoPointOne is all about is the data and facts around Scottish football and as such almost every article written and published this week uses numbers to tell the story.

 

So sit back, look out your favourite pair of reading glasses and prepare for an entire afternoon of quality, football analysis about the Scottish game. (Click on the images to take you to the article)

 


 

Oli McBurnie might already be Scotland’s ideal striker

 

 

Kicking off the week with a quick look back to last Friday’s rather tepid performance against Cost Rica, Stefan Bienkowski dug out a diamond among the rough in Oli McBurnie’s performance.

 

Although it was only a friendly match, McBurnie offered glimpses of what he’s capable of. And after looking at the data of his and his fellow Scottish strikers’ performances this season we’re pretty sure the Swansea City player could be Scotland’s perfect striker in the future.

 

How do Hamilton Accies keep avoiding relegation?

 

 

With the Scottish Premiership approaching the final stretch of the season it looks as though Hamilton might have done just enough to avoid finishing the league campaign in bottom place and certain relegation.

 

How do they keep doing it? Well, we tasked James Cairney to look at the peculiar situation and to figure out why Martin Canning and his club continue to dumbfound their critics each and every season.

 

How can Stuart Armstrong’s return help galvanise Celtic?

 

This weekend brings the return of the Scottish Premiership but it also brings and added delight for Celtic fans in the returning face of Stuart Armstrong – seriously, how does he keep his hair like that at all times?

 

Anyway, we dug in to the data behind the Celtic midfielder and quickly gathered a long list of reasons as to why Armstrong is not only a fantastic player but in many metrics he’s completely unrivalled at Parkhead. And could prove vital to Brendan Rodger wrapping up another treble.

 

It’s unlikely that Steve Clarke would want the Rangers job

 

 

Transfer speculation is almost at its most potent during long, boring international breaks and in Kilmarnock’s case it was another week of stories linking  their manager to Ibrox.

 

However, fear not Killie fans. For although Rangers may offer more money and potentially more success, Stefan Bienkowski isn’t entirely sure Steve Clarke would be interested in the gig. He has his own plans for the future and they probably don’t involve a stint in Govan.

 

TheTwoPointone-Cast: Who is getting relegated from the Premiership?

 

 

On this week’s podcast we took on the task of predicting which teams will not only be involved in this season’s relegation battle but also did so by proposing which specific club(s) will go down.

 

You can enjoy the podcast on your desktop or android phone right here or if you’re on an iPhone you can click through to this link here.

 

The Solution to Scotland’s Qualification Problem? Learning to Punch Down

 

 

Scotland seem to have a historical problem with complacency. We can build up our confidence and chances with France, Italy or England come to town, but ask us to beat Lithuania and we go all wobbly at the knees.

 

As such, Gordon Sheach decided to dig in to the numbers and see just how much this character flaw in our national team has cost us in the past. This is a depressing, but exceptional piece of analysis that every Scotland fan has to read.

 

How St Mirren moved from relegation fodder to promotion certainties

 

 

Over the course of the entire SPFL could you make a case for Jack Ross being the manager of the season? You’re damn right you could. The St Mirren manager has completely turned the club around and will now almost certainly be testing their resolve against the very best in the Premiership next season.

 

But before then Stevie Grieve wanted to shine a light over the fantastic work done at St Mirren Park this season. With a specific look at the tactics that have made short work of the teams around them.

 

Rangers’ leaky defence may end up costing Graeme Murty his job

 

 

After defeats to Celtic and Kilmarnock Rangers manager Graeme Murty finds himself under a supreme amount of pressure at Ibrox. Will he be still be in charge next season?

 

After digging in to the teams’ defensive record during Murty’s time we found that not only has the interim coach failed to improve the back line since Pedro Caixinha departed, but in many ways they may actually be worse. And it could cost him his job.

 

Is there really a ‘new manager bounce’ in the Premiership?

 

 

It’s that time of the season when clubs get a little worried about their form and position in the league table and can often press the “eject” button on their coach in the hope of a “new manager bounce” with the next one.

 

But what does that even mean? And is there any statistical evidence to suggest a new manager always brings a fresh set of ideas and a leap in performances? We took a look to find out.

 

Have Motherwell’s strikers plugged the hole left by Louis Moult?

 

 

One of the players of the season last night was Motherwell’s Louis Moult and the manner in which he almost single-handedly dragged them to a League Cup final this season would have suggested he would be in the running this May too.

 

However, the English goalscorer opted for a move down south in January. So just how well have the Fir Park side done in replacing their famed striker? Niall Murray is on the case and has some pretty encouraging data for ‘Well fans…

 

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