Sam Allardyce - The Master of Premier League Survival

Sam Allardyce - The Master of Premier League Survival

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has added the "Big Sam" magical touch to steer them clear of relegation as the season reaches its climax. The former England boss was appointed the manager of Crystal Palace at the end of December 2016. The club were positioned in 17th place and just one point above the relegation zone. In fact, the club continued to plummet down the Premier League table under Allardyce's guidance. His leadership skills were questioned and his ability to …
FA Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

FA Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

After recording a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League, Liverpool turn their attentions to the FA Cup where they host Blackburn Rovers in the quarter-finals with a trip to Wembley the reward. Having won eight of their last ten games in all competitions, Brendan Rodgers' side will be confident of stretching their winning run of four straight wins at the expense of the Championship side who have the same number of league wins since December. Liverpool have seen off Wimbledon, Bolton and Crystal …
Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City | FA Cup Preview

Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City | FA Cup Preview

Blackburn Rovers host Stoke City in the 5th round of the FA Cup at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon. Rovers overcame Swansea City 3-1 in the previous round but they were aided by two red cards to the visitors. Stoke meanwhile won 3-1 away at Rochdale to reach this stage. Blackburn have a very busy fixture list this month and they have rotated a fair bit for their FA Cup matches this season. The prices for season-ticket holders have been …
The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

[quote]Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. - Tom Landry[/quote] Ok, so Landry was talking about the 'other' type of football, however the sentiment remains true for 'real' football.  One of the most beautiful things about the beautiful game is the potential for a freak, unexpected result.  An incredible, unbelievable result. There's nothing that neutral football fans enjoy more than seeing an underdog grabbing a win against the odds.  So how often does it happen?  And …
Promoted to the Premier League. Job done? | Stats Analysis

Promoted to the Premier League. Job done? | Stats Analysis

"We are Premier League, we are Premier League" Being a Hull City fan, I heard this a lot over the weekend.  A lot!  And I loved every single chant of it. The incredible roller coaster ride that was the final day of the Championship season has been very well covered (Amber Nectar and From Boothferry to Wembley are two of my personal favourites), but now Cardiff City and Hull City have reached the Holy Grail and can start planning for a successful …
Adam & Nzonzi Vs Whelan & Whitehead | Stats Comparison

Adam & Nzonzi Vs Whelan & Whitehead | Stats Comparison

As usual the transfer deadline day was an eventful one for the Potters, securing the signatures of Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi for the initial total of around £8 million. Given that they had already agreed deals for three other CM's (by trade) earlier on in the window it seems that Tony Pulis is intent on change in the middle of the park. Stoke now have as many as ten players competing for the centre midfield spots, admittedly the likes of …
Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Failure to beat Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park in the penultimate match of the season condemned Blackburn Rovers to relegation to the Championship. For only the second time in the Premier League era Rovers will endure life in the second tier of English football next season, but where did it all go wrong for Rovers? [caption id="attachment_15725" align="aligncenter" width="547" caption="Heading down: Antolin Alcaraz heads Wigan to safety and sends Rovers down in the process"][/caption] Victory against Sunderland in late March …
A Look At Arsenal New Guys via Opta Stats | Per Mertesacker

A Look At Arsenal New Guys via Opta Stats | Per Mertesacker

The summer before this season commenced has been unanimously declared a disaster by all associated with the Arsenal. The messy departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas stripped the club of their two most creative talents and Gael Clichy's refusal to renew his contract meant we were short in the left-back area. Welcome high-profile departures came in the form of Eboue, Traore, Denilson, Bendtner and Vela, albeit only the former two sold completely. Of course it wouldn't be Arsenal unless …
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