Prashant Patel

Business analysis is my day trade. Analyzing football is my passion.

The Importance of Fernandinho for Manchester City

The Importance of Fernandinho for Manchester City

For Pep Guardiola, what will be the biggest concern right now? His team has just moved back to second position in the Premier League, closing the gap with Chelsea to eight points. Manchester City are scheduled to take on the most prolific goal scorers in Europe’s top leagues – AS Monaco – on next Wednesday night. But before that, City have to take on the Championship side Huddersfield Town in a FA Cup match on Saturday. And amidst all of …
Sutton United Vs Arsenal Preview | FA Cup 5th Round

Sutton United Vs Arsenal Preview | FA Cup 5th Round

“We, as a club, have never experienced such a huge demand for tickets…Clearly the demand for this game was unprecedented in all categories.” – Bruce Elliott, Chairman, Sutton United Sometimes truth is indeed stranger than fiction and this weekend of FA Cup is something of that sort. The weekend fixtures will feature eight Premier League sides, four Championship sides, two from League One, and two from the National League. One of those National League sides – Sutton United, have never …
Manchester United Vs St. Etienne Preview | Europa League

Manchester United Vs St. Etienne Preview | Europa League

In general, English sides exhibit an unfavorable attitude towards the Europa League, as Tottenham Hotspurs on many occasions and Liverpool in a few seasons under Rodgers showed.  The teams have to play on Thursday night and then be ready for league football by Sunday afternoon or so. Last season, Liverpool seemed to prioritize Europa League over other commitments and while they reached the final of Europa League, they did suffer a bit in the Premier League standings. This season, at …
How Liverpool beat Spurs | Key Stats

How Liverpool beat Spurs | Key Stats

After the defeat at the KCom Stadium at the hands of a fighting for survival Hull City, Jurgen Klopp had said several things. He had talked about how Liverpool needed to “give a reaction” against Spurs in the next match and how Liverpool were still in hunt at least of a top-four finish to the season. Without specifying it as such, he had even laid out the template of what he thought would be a great reaction. In the lengthy …
Burnley Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Burnley Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

If we look at the Premier League home table at this point in time, we see some really interesting surprises. Liverpool and Manchester United are seventh and ninth respectively in this table, while forming the top four along with Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal, are Burnley. The Clarets are third in the home table with 28 points, only bettered by Spurs with 32 and Chelsea with 33 points. In fact, if we narrow it down a bit, after Christmas, in the …
Liverpool Drifting But Not Due to FSG or Klopp

Liverpool Drifting But Not Due to FSG or Klopp

After his side dropped points again to a relegation zone team on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp admitted that the fans were justified in their anger and that the team deserved all the criticism they have received over the last few weeks, and especially after the defeat at the KCom Stadium. Indeed, the fans are justified in expressing their anger over the team's performances. In their last five league games, Liverpool have dropped points to Sunderland, Swansea and Hull, all of whom …
Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 2: M’Baye Niang

Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 2: M’Baye Niang

In Part 1 of this two-part analysis we looked at one of Watford’s two acquisitions from Serie A in the January window – Mauro Zarate. In this part, we will look at the other – M’Baye Niang. The Hornets have got him on loan for an alleged loan fee of €750 Thousand for the rest of the season, with an option to buy. The player’s contract at his parent club AC Milan is coming to an end in this summer, …
Leicester City Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester City Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

After the hectic hustle-bustle of  December and January, the Premier League now enters relatively more placid times of February and March. There are only three game weeks in February, the first of which beckons us over the next two days. While the marquee London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea will be the center of attraction on Saturday, on Sunday two of only three managers who have won the Premier League and are currently managing in the league, go head to …
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