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Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Two out of the EPL’s top three in-form sides face each other on Sunday, as Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United at White Hart Lane. Spurs will be looking for a remarkable “double” over United – something that hasn't happened since the 1989-1990 season – after their gritty 3-2 win back in September at Old Trafford. Sitting in 4th place and an overwhelming 15 points behind Sunday’s opponents, Manchester United, a title challenge is all but over for Spurs. But with …
Didier Drog-Ba? Demba Ba v Romelu Lukaku v Didier Drogba

Didier Drog-Ba? Demba Ba v Romelu Lukaku v Didier Drogba

To the relief of Rafa Benitez, the imminent signing of in-form striker, Demba Ba (27), has just about done enough to overshadow Chelsea’s poor showing in the 1-0 defeat to QPR on Wednesday night. Chelsea remain 14 points adrift of league leaders, Manchester United, and despite having played one game less, their title aspirations look all but over. However, as a club in transition, Chelsea fans can be optimistic for the future. This season has seen the likes of Oscar …
Match Preview: QPR v WBA

Match Preview: QPR v WBA

Queens Park Rangers host West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at the weekend, leaving them 3 points adrift from safety, having played a game more than Southampton. The mini revival under Harry Redknapp – in which QPR went 4 games unbeaten and picked up their first 3 points of the season – came to end at St. James’s Park, with the manager labeling his players “average” and “on far …
Wigan v Arsenal | Match Preview & Stats

Wigan v Arsenal | Match Preview & Stats

Fresh from their second demolition of Reading in just two months, Arsenal travel to injury-hit Wigan in Saturday’s lunch time kick-off, who are without a win in four EPL games, with their last coming against...Reading. After the embarrassment of losing to Bradford in the Capital One Cup, Arsene Wenger was clearly delighted that his Arsenal side would be making the headlines for all the right reasons. Unsurprisingly, Reading were again exposed in a defence, which both you and I would …
Selection Headache? David De Gea vs Anders Lindegaard

Selection Headache? David De Gea vs Anders Lindegaard

Manchester United have already conceded 23 goals this season. This is one more than they conceded in the entire 2007/2008 season. Although there are obviously many contributing factors to this - the absence of Nemanja Vidic and perhaps the higher  average number of goals scored per match in the EPL this season (2.81 goals) compared to the 2007/2008 season (2.64 goals), to name a few -  the importance of having a stable first-choice goalkeeper should not be underestimated.  Ferguson cited …
Could Leighton Baines be England's

Could Leighton Baines be England's "Gareth Bale"? | Stats

The form of Leighton Baines  has not gone unnoticed, with Manchester United again linked with a possible transfer in January. Despite quashing these rumours, Baines has admitted that not playing in Europe is hampering his chances of establishing himself as an England regular, with Hodgson favouring the more experienced Ashley Cole at left-back. Baines, however, offers a completely different dimension. As the first player out of  the top five leagues in Europe to create 50 chances this season (Luke O'Farrell), …