Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Dunne is top rated defender in the Premiership

Richard Dunne is currently the best defender in the Premiership and Kasper Schmeichel is the top rated goalkeeper, according to the latest Actim Index. In all there are 12 City players in the Actim top 100 - Dunne (4th), Geovanni (8th) Schmeichel (12th), Elano (15th), Petrov (24th), Johnson (25th), Garrido (26th), Richards (30th), Hamann (39th), Corluka (47th), Bianchi (53rd) and Ireland (65th). The highest rated United player is Paul Scholes, who is ranked 92nd.

I'm still not sure what to make of the Actim stats, but perhaps the fact that Siberski is ranked the second best player in the league suggests they should be treated with a bit of caution. Below are the Purelymancity player ratings, which are taken from match reports and ratings given on the talkboards:

You can find detailed stats for each City player at the Daily Telegraph (trawl down the page there for the table and excellent interactive graphic). They reveal that Richards, Dunne, Garrido and Hamann have won every tackle they've made this season. In fact, City won every single tackle in the first two games (31 in total) and have won 50 of the 53 tackles (94%) in all.

~ In light of the Sky Sports story about City being 'anxious' over Micah not signing a new deal, it should be pointed out that Micah is contracted to us until 2010 after signing a four-year deal last summer.

Good Vibes at Eastlands

The City of Manchester Stadium has the best Feng Shui in the Premiership, The Sun has revealed. According to 'Britain’s leading Feng Shui expert', Sarah McAllister, CoMS has a "perfect Yang Metal Form" and its "steel poles are also a classic Vitality shape associated with success and dynamism". Even the canal to the north of the stadium is a positive sign, suggesting the ground will be "even more of a money spinner in the future."

All of which stands in contrast to Maine Road, which not only was supposed to have had bad Feng Shui following the demolition of the Kippax, but was believed by some to have been haunted.

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