Puel v Rodgers: Stats reveal more clinical finishing

By Emily Barker

Leicester City’s resurgence since the arrival of manager Brendan Rodgers has been somewhat remarkable and a delve into the stats of his first five games compared to predecessor Claude Puel’s final five throw in some interesting trends.

Puel’s side struggled to hit the back of the net on more than one occasion, despite often having a higher number of shots, shots on target and more corners than Rodgers in his opening games.

Rodgers’ team, on the other hand, converted a fewer total number of corners and shots into successful goals, and his side scored a far higher amount of goals than that of Puel.

The table below shows the games and the scores of Puel’s last five matches managing Leicester City.

Puel's last 5 matches

If you compare the previous table to the one of Rodgers’, you can clearly see who has done better with their managerial time.

Rodgers first 5

Having a further look at the stats (sourced from BBC Sport), comparing Puel’s last five games to Rodgers’ first five, is interesting. For example, although the sides’ possession rates are fairly similar, Puel had more corners but fewer goals than Rodgers.

Possession:

Possession

Shots:

Shots

Shots on target:

Shots on target

Goals:

Goals

Corners:

Corners

Claude Puel managed Leicester City Football Club for just 16 months before having his contract terminated by the club on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

One game was managed by caretaker manager Mike Stowell, before Brendan Rodgers was appointed on a permanent contract on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Rodgers made the move from Celtic, and is well-known for managing Premier League clubs Liverpool, alongside Swansea City, as well as in lower league with Reading and Watford.

Lennon v Rodgers: Which manager fares better in Europe?

By Callum Faulds

Celtic have had a remarkable start to the Europa League this season under Neil Lennon, begging the question, how does this side compare to the one that was under Brendan Rodgers?

Celtic Fans in Seville

Celtic fans in the Seville 2003 UEFA Cup final (Source: Wikimedia)

If you were to ask Celtic fans what they thought of the Lennon appointment back in May, many of them would have expressed some form of disappointment but fast forward now to October and most of them couldn’t be happier.

This is because under Lennon, Celtic look unstoppable and not just domestically.

Under Rodgers, Celtic were not particularly exciting in Europe, qualifying for the Champions League once and Europa League Round of 32 twice.

Lennon looked to be the same after a shock defeat to Cluj in Champions League qualifying sent Celtic towards the Europa League.

But since this loss, Celtic are now undefeated in European games, gaining 7 points out of a potential 9 in their first three games.

Lennon V Rodgers Meta Chart

Last season under Rodgers, Celtic only managed 3 points. In all fairness to Rodgers, 2 of those games were away from home whereas Lennon has only played 1 away so far.

Even with this in mind, the consensus for many Celtic fans is that the Hoops under Lennon are a better side in Europe.

What’s interesting to see is that although more successful in their first three games this season, Celtic have managed fewer chances on goal.

This could mean that Rodgers plays more creative football than Lennon but at the same time it may also mean that Lennon’s side are more clinical.

What we can also see from the stats is that Lennon’s side is far more solid at the back, having conceded far fewer goals than Rodgers’ side.

It’ll be interesting to see how the two compare once Lennon’s side have played all 6 of their games. Right now they are 2 points away from Rodgers’ final group tally of last season.

Dryden Street Social gripped by legendary Paul Woolford set

By Jacob Moseley

Leicester’s house and techno fanbase were gifted a night to remember last week by one of the best original rave-scene DJs to grace a pioneer.

You would think the 39-year-old may have lost his way around the new technology young DJs use today, but recently being premiered on Radio 1 by Annie Mac says otherwise.

As well as being considered an integral part of the UK’s highly popular Warehouse Project (WHP), Woolford performs worldwide, covering Europe and America.

Born in Leeds, he grew to love House and Techno music through going to the Back to the Basics nightclub. He now has his own record label named Intimacy, and is also a weekly resident at Space in Ibiza.

With Dryden Street Social decorated with colourful illumination productions, green shades, and glimmering drapes covering the audience, the music and crowd seemed to be “At One”.

Embracing aspects of improvised jazz through his collaborative work with Paul Hession and taking huge inspiration from the modern composition of Steve Reich, Woolford has managed to make a perfect blend of well-accompanied disco samples with house beats.

Woolford had the club-goers whistling for more after his funky two-hour set came to a close, and after previous DJs such as Mall Grab last year topped sales at Dryden Street, Woolford did not disappoint.

The next event at the Dryden Street Social is Horse Meat Disco, on Sunday, November 17, bringing classic disco vibes perfect for the two-stepping vodka drinker.

Woolford, also known as Special Request, has recently performed in Bristol and Manchester and will be going on a European tour early next year.

Paul Woolford

Leicester zero waste store to expand product collection

By Emily Barker

Nappies and more skincare products could soon be added to the shelves of Leicester’s first zero waste shop little more than a year since it opened in the city.

Nada Zerowaste in St Martin’s Square opened in July last year, specialising in responsibly packaged everyday products.

It currently offers products ranging from beeswax wraps to plastic-free chewing gum, and food products such as rices and pastas, all ethically sourced and plastic-free.

Lauren Welch, 36, owns the store in St Martin’s Square.

Lauren Welch, 36, the store owner of Nada Zerowaste surrounded by many of her products

She said: “We currently offer lots of different products, but we are looking at offering even more to our customers in the future.

“For the future, I am looking at getting in more skincare products and make-up; we already have a range of body butters and soaps.

“I’m also looking at bringing nappies in-store as I’d like to use them myself, especially now I’m pregnant with my second child.”

Lauren was looking at opening a store in Leicester as the city did not have one, and the next ones closest to Leicester were Nottingham and Birmingham.

They now get daily, weekly and monthly regulars thanks to a Crowdfunding page that helped to open the store.

Lauren said: “I’m only human, I’m a mum and I’m not perfect but I’m trying.

“I’m always conscious about how much plastic I am using, and we’ve got so good at home now that our black bin barely ever goes out; it’s mostly just the orange recycling bags.

A board outside the store expressing how serious the plastic issue is

“The aim of this store is to reduce the plastic waste on food products and shopping, so you can come in and bring your own containers or glass jars and help yourself in store.

“The jar is weighed upon arrival and then the weight of the jar is deducted at the end once you have finished selecting what you would like.”

Nada also offer a click and collect service through which you can order your products online and collect them in-store where they come packaged.

For more information, check out the website here.

Video: Thousands of Leicester fans gather for the one-year ‘Walk for Vichai’ anniversary

By Perry Johnson

Thousands of Leicester City football fans came together in remembrance on Saturday (19 OCT) for a unified walk marking the one year anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of then Leicester City FC chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and four others.

The march started at 1.15pm at the Magazine Gateway on the De Montfort University campus before culminating at the site of the crash at the King Power Stadium just before the scheduled match with Burnley FC – the same team faced after last year’s memorial.

An air of shock spread rapidly throughout the city on 27 October last year as the helicopter, carrying Mr Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, spiralled out of control as it left the stadium following Leicester City’s match against West Ham United.

The memorial garden for those who died will officially open to the public with a ceremony this Sunday (27 OCT) for fans and the public to come and lay flowers in remembrance.