After having completed almost a complete cycle for all clubs, with the exception lying in the COVID related postponements, it's safe to say we have a basic understanding of how each team is performing and what we might expect from them in the coming months. You can see a round-up of some of the underlying … Continue reading Scottish Premiership Manager Power Rankings – October
Everyone loves a talented, up-and-coming youngster to follow. Everyone loves to see players that haven't quite made it on the big stage drop down and show what they're all about in the lower leagues. What about the players who've been there and done that though? What about the veterans? Will anyone show them any love? … Continue reading Five Veterans to Watch in the Scottish Championship
Another Scottish Championship season is nearly upon us and as with every season in the Scottish Championship it is anyone's guess as to how things will go for the most part. Hearts and Raith Rovers, relegated from the Scottish Premiership and winners of League One last season respectively, join the league for the shortened 2020/21 … Continue reading Five To Watch In The Scottish Championship
As I sit down to write our second Managerial Power Rankings and review the performances of each manager in September, I can't help but feel an element of déjà vu as Scotland prepares to face Israel in what now feels like a match more accustomed to test cricket as we face off for the 27th time … Continue reading Scottish Premiership Manager Power Rankings – September
With the data explosion in football it has never been easier to find good players. Free sources like FBref and Understat allow even casual observers to sort players on various useful metrics –anyone can quickly find that Sergio Aguero had the best expected goals per 90 in the Premier League in 19/20 or that nobody completed more dribbles per match than Adama Traore. And this is before we even consider paid subscriptions for industry-leading software such as Opta and Statsbomb. However, most clubs do not have the finances to just filter on certain stats and look to sign whoever shows up in top 10 results because they are likely already at an elite club or on the radar of one. I’ve had a look at a number of techniques that can give us an alternative view of players that may be of interest.
It's August 8th 2018 and Aston Villa announce the signing of Scotland International John McGinn on a four-year contract. It was a move that turned heads in Scotland as Celtic's late interest was unable to sway the head of McGinn, who opted to pursue his career in a more competitive environment south of the border. … Continue reading Scotsmen to Watch in the EFL
As we come to our first international break of the 2020/21 season we can start to take time to digest the performances of every team in the opening six rounds of the Scottish Premiership. This season has already produced some excellent stories and performances but, as always in football, performances don't always equal points gained. Pure Fitbaw are releasing our managerial power rankings as way of quickly assessing how each person in charge at a Premiership club has actually done so far. This is a method that might be more established within that other football (NFL) but is a way to try to rank teams based on more than just points gained.
This article is a subjective view, and we want to know what your rankings would be from 1-12 after you read this post!
I have always been a blue sky thinker when it comes to Scottish football. That could be on the recruitment side of things, marketing efforts, long-term planning strategy or anything else that is involved in the running of a club. We continually listen to the reasons why our clubs can't do things. With that in … Continue reading What is Club X?
Coventry City were League One champions last season thanks to the division’s sternest defensive record. The team kept fourteen clean sheets from thirty-four games, only lost three times, and only once by more than a single goal. Put simply, this was a team that enjoyed defending. Central to Coventry City’s defensive record last season was a back three formed of three Scots, with the experienced Kyle McFadzean flanked by Michael Rose on the right and Dominic Hyam on the left. With the latter two being relatively young and having developed at an impressive rate over the past two seasons or so, they are both players who are likely to to be on Steve Clarke’s radar for the Scottish national team over the coming year.