Friday, April 21, 2017

Statistically, the ICT index score of the best performing players in the English Premier League so far this season!

The ICT Index (Influence, Creativity, Threat) is a new feature for the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

A football statistical index, it has been developed specifically to give a verdict on a player as a Football Premier League asset.

It condenses more than 40 match event statistics for three key areas – Influence, Creativity and Threat, to generate the data into a single score.

This score is what is known as an individual’s ICT Index score, and via this data is able to offer an accurate summary on player performance.

Season 2016/17 - Last update: 21/04/17 at 12 noon

For those of you currently playing 'Fantasy Premier League Football' you may want to take note!


1. Tom Heaton (Burnley) 90.4 ICT Index 
2. Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) 77.3
3. Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) 74.2 (pictured right)
4. Ben Foster (West Brom) 69.5
5. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) 69.4
6. Heurelho Gomes (Watford) 66.8
7. Lee Grant (Stoke City) 64.7
8. Víctor Valdés (Middlesbrough) 61.0
9. Petr Cech (Arsenal) 60.6
10. Peter Schmechiel (Leicester) 57.8


1. Michael Keane (Burnley) 148.8 ICT Index
2. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) 142.7
3. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) 137.0
4. Patrick van Aanholt (C. Palace) 135.3
5. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) 133.8
6. Antonio Valencia (Man Utd) 133.3
7. Kyle Walker (Tottenham) 133.1
8. Christian Fuchs (Leicester) 131.6
9. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) 131.0
10. Craig Dawson (West Brom) 128.5


1. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) 382.0 ICT Index
2. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) 327.9
3. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) 326.2
4. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) 285.9
5. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 285.7
6. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 267.5
7. Ross Barkley (Everton) 257.2 (pictured right)
8. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) 254.6
9. David Silva (Man City) 250.9
10. Dele Alli (Tottenham) 247.6


1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) 327.3 ICT Index
2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 313.9
3. Diego Costa (Chelsea) 288.9
4. Sergio Agüero (Man City) 261.2
5. Harry Kane (Tottenham) 243.4
6. Christian Benteke (C. Palace) 242.2 (pictured right)
7. Troy Deeney (Watford) 195.1
8. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) 194.4
9. Salomón Rondón (West Brom) 187.3
10. Álvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) 180.7

1. Influence

Influence is the first measurement. This evaluates the degree to which that player has made an impact on a single match or throughout the season.

It takes into account events and actions that could directly or indirectly effect the outcome of the fixture.

At the top level these are decisive actions like goals and assists. But the Influence score also processes significant defensive actions to analyse the effectiveness of defenders and goalkeepers.

2. Creativity

Creativity assesses player performance in terms of producing goalscoring opportunities for others. It can be used as a guide to identify the players most likely to supply assists.

While this analyses frequency of passing and crossing, it also considers pitch location and quality of the final ball.

3. Threat

This is the third measure, producing a value that examines a player's threat on goal. It gauges individuals most likely to score goals.

While attempts are the key action, the Index looks at pitch location, giving greater weight to actions that are regarded as the best chances to score.

All three of these scores are combined to create an overall ICT Index score. That then offers a single figure that presents a view on that player as a Football Premier League asset.

Friday, April 07, 2017

All the very latest football news and gossip across Europe!

With only about six weeks or so to go of the current 2016/17 football season, there is plenty of transfer talk going on as we speak. Many clubs across Europe are already 'provisionally planning' on how they are going to strengthen and develop their squads and infrastructure ahead of next season, despite the fact that many clubs are unsure in what division of their respective leagues they will be playing in at the start of the 2017/18 season. Some clubs may have to wait until the final game of the season before they know their fate, whilst others will have to go through the nerve-racking play-off scenario at the end of May before they can truly plan for next season.

Here is a round up of all the latest football news/gossip across Europe today, which includes the likes of: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Slaven Bilic, Antonio Conte, Tottenham, Manchester City, Sunderland, Newcastle, Juventus, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Benfica and Arsene Wenger to name but a few!

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski is being lined up to succeed Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United if the latter elects to leave Old Trafford this summer - The Sun

West Ham are considering sacking manager Slaven Bilic if they lose to Swansea on Saturday. Defeat would be their sixth in a row in the Premier League - Daily Telegraph

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted he is committed to the Blues despite interest in the Italian from Inter Milan - Daily Mirror

Arsene Wenger is locked in a power struggle over his new contract. Wenger is almost certain to stay at Arsenal and sign a new two-year deal, but there is major concern behind the scenes about his unwillingness to embrace change - Daily Mirror

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, is ready to give the club one more year, as long as they prove their ambition in this summer's transfer market - Daily Mirror

Jose Mourinho has phoned Alexis Sanchez about a possible move to Manchester United this summer. The wantaway Arsenal star has also been contacted by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola - Daily Mail

Marseille are planning to spend £85m on three England-based France internationals this summer - striker Olivier Giroud and defender Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal and midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham - L'Equipe (French nationwide daily sports newspaper)

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, is reconsidering a planned £89m move to Manchester United because he wants to play Champions League football - The Sun

France international Griezmann says he is "tired" of speculation over his future. Asked where he will be next season he replied: "I certainly see myself at Atletico." - AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Atletico Madrid will move for Genoa striker Giovanni Simeone, son of manager Diego, if their transfer ban is lifted this summer - Il Messaggero (Italian newspaper based in Rome)

Manchester United are preparing a £51m bid for Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 28, who is also wanted by Chelsea - Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian Sports newspaper)

Arsenal could be set for a summer swoop for 22 year-old Schalke and German international midfielder Leon Goretzka. Schalke may be willing to part with Goretzka for £21m - The Sun and Bild (German tabloid newspaper)

Arsenal have made contact with Kingsley Coman over a proposed summer transfer. The French international winger/forward is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus - The Sun

Tottenham are confident of keeping hold of 20-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli despite interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City - Daily Mail

It's being reported Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is attracting interest from North-East rivals Newcastle, who look set to win promotion back to the Premier League. The Black Cats looked doomed for relegation and Defoe is likely to move on for top-flight football. Bournemouth and West Ham are also reportedly interested in the 34 year-old - The Sun

Alvaro Morata will leave Real Madrid this summer if the club do not sell France striker Karim Benzema. The Spain forward, 24, is a target for Premier League leaders Chelsea - Diario Gol (Spanish news publication), via Daily Star

Isco has stated he is not going to Barcelona after he published a photo which featured a packet of Barcelona-branded crips on social media. The Real Madrid playmaker, who is inside the final 15 months of his Bernabeu deal, has been linked with a 2018 free-transfer move to fierce rivals Barca -

Barcelona will re-sign Gerard Deulofeu for €12m this summer. The Everton winger is currently on loan in Serie A with AC Milan - Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper)

The fall-out from the Liverpool tapping-up ban intensified after Stoke City chairman Peter Coates revealed he was pursuing compensation over the matter - Daily Telegraph

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has revealed a decision on the future of midfielder Giannelli Imbula will not be made until the end of the season. Imbula has featured just 15 times for Stoke this season and has been linked with a summer move away from the bet365 Stadium -

Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, 20, would be prepared to put in a transfer request to force a move to Manchester United, according to sources close to the Nigeria international's agent - Own Goal Nigeria (Nigerian football website) and Daily Express

Scouts from Manchester United, Arsenal and West Brom were all at Benfica's Portuguese Cup tie against Estoril, all believed to be watching Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof, 22 - The Sun

Serie A side Napoli are interested in signing Sunderland's Jeremain Lens, but the 29-year-old Netherlands winger is only interested in making his season-long loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce permanent - ChronicleLive (North-East football website)

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Babe of the Month - Fitness Model Caitlin Rice

Caitlin Rice was born on 7th November, 1991 in Dallas, Texas, United States. She is a famous fitness model and as a result has has become a huge Social Media Personality. Caitlin constantly moved around America during her childhood; her father served in the army, and was frequently re-stationed in different locations.

Caitlin started in fashion modeling at the age of 16 in Atlanta, Georgia but quit modelling to focus on her college career and attended Southern Methodist University in Texas studying Political Science.

In her final year of college, Caitlin decided to make a lifestyle change, packed in drinking, eating junk food, and partying, and dedicated her time to the gym in an effort to sculpt her dream figure. Caitlin started hitting the weights and did some research.

"I learned how to lift weights properly and quite simply fell in love with it. Lifting became a lifestyle and pretty much the best part of my day. I always strive for progress. 
Being fit is so much more than just looking good and having a good body. I became addicted to the feeling of being healthy and full of energy. 
In addition to learning how to lift weights properly, I taught myself all about proper nutrition as well. 

Always looking online at videos and tutorials on proper form and different routines etc. I finally started putting my own routine together made up of the exercises that I found were the most beneficial to me – the exercises and combinations of exercises that were giving me the most results."

Towards the end of 2012, Caitlin created social media profiles to share her journey with the fitness community. Caitlin realized how much of an opportunity social media could be and decided to turn her new found notoriety into an outlet through which she could help others.

Caitlin's social media profile rose dramatically as she inspired her followers by posting pictures and videos of her lifestyle, fitness journey, healthy eating and workout routines. Caitlin now has 1.4 million followers on Instagram alone.

Caitlin currently lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Caitlin's Stats:

Profession - Fitness Model and Social Media Personality
Born - Dallas, TX, United States
Lives In - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Birth - 7th November, 1991
Age - 25 years
Height - 5 feet 5 inches
Weight - 47-48 Kg Approx
Measurements - 34D-24-32
Hair Colour - Brown
Eye Colour - Green
Husband - Braden Matejka - married in 2015
Education - Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Nationality - American-Canadian


Caitlin knows the importance of nutrition when aiming to sculpt a great figure. She follows a well-planned diet all year round, eating 6 meals per day – based around lean protein, complex carbs, vegetables, and healthy fats.

But she has to curb her sweet tooth. To do this, she bakes protein cookies, muffins, pancakes, and mug cakes to satisfy her cravings without over-consuming calories.

The fitness icon allows herself one cheat meal per week, usually in the form of pepperoni pizza.

Supplement Stack:

These are the supplements that Caitlin uses:

# Whey Protein
# Casein Protein
# Pre Workout
# Fat Burner
# Multi-vitamin

Caitlin is also an Entrepreneur, having founded Caitlin Stance Supplements and Caitlin Rice Fit. She is also a co-owner of FitNut Training.

You can follow Caitlin on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or visit her website