Alex Stewart


Alex is a Southampton supporting writer based in north London. He writes about sports and coffee for a variety of magazines and websites. He likes hermits, reading, drawing, forests, and graphic novels. He creates By The Numbers and provides scripts for the Whiteboard Football: Tactics
  • By The Numbers: Premier League Penalties

    This season, no game week has seen more than four penalties scored. So far, up to the evening of Monday of GW33, 75 penalties have been scored this season. As we saw a few weeks back roughly 82-84% of penalties won are scored in the Premier League historically, and the ratio is consistent. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Raheem Sterling’s Manchester City Season

    Raheem Sterling produced another moment of sublime quality to unlock Lithuania’s defence and set Jermain Defoe up for the opening goal for England in their World Cup qualifier. Sterling has often been the subject of criticism, especially at Euro 2016. A recent Guardian interview saw a candid Sterling suggest that people just don’t like him, irrespective of how he plays, but he should be regarded as one of England’s key players, and once is again finding his form at Manchester City after a quiet last season. That he has done this against a backdrop of intense, even intrusive media coverage, much of which has been tawdry and fixated on his personal life rather than his football, makes his performances even more impressive. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Points Per Game At The Top Of The Table

    With between 28 and 29 games played of the season, the top of the table looks like this, with Chelsea in a seemingly unassailable lead. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Penalties In the Premier League

    This season, Bournemouth have won nine penalties, converting seven. They sit top of the charts for winning and equal top for converting penalty kicks. Spurs have won eight, but only converted six, still enough to put them third for penalty goals scored, and Liverpool have won seven and scored seven, their 100% conversion record largely thanks to the nerveless James Milner. Milner’s seven goals this season have all come from the spot. In fact, in his Premier League career, Milner has taken 13 penalties and scored 12, exactly 25% of his overall Premier League goal haul. He’s even won four penalties, though I’m not sure if he took them. ...

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  • By The Numbers: West Bromwich Albion’s Set-Piece Conversion

    West Bromwich Albion, like all Tony Pulis teams, are something of a conundrum. Yes, he drills them well, and yes, he plays a direct style that can unsettle other teams, but in models that look at shots on target and shots on target against, such as the one I did for this column a few weeks back, his sides are often the ones that confound the model. One way of looking at it is that Pulis overachieves, and his sides’ high shot conversion rate this season might be something one would expect to regress to the mean, but it’s a constant facet of his teams. ...

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