West Ham United Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

West Ham United Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Managers in the Premier League are treated differently by the fans of their clubs depending on their past achievements and pedigree. It took almost close to two full seasons for Liverpool fans to question Jurgen Klopp’s tactics, methods and selections. While for others such as Slaven Bilic, the sword of getting fired has been hanging over their heads ever since they took over their current jobs. Bilic currently is the second most favourite (odds of 3 to 1) to lose …
Becca's PL Round Up: Magical Suarez, Torres and Late Winners

Becca's PL Round Up: Magical Suarez, Torres and Late Winners

After a slow and inconsistent start, the standout Premier League teams showed what they are made of this week, as the top six are beginning to form. What was previewed as the 'title decider' definitely proved to be the most dramatic. A turbulent last few years for Fernando Torres will almost certainly follow him around now when it comes to judging performances, and Sunday's late kick off certainly had it's ups and downs for the Spaniard. After a first 30 …
Poachers - Necessity to Luxury? Welbeck Vs Hernandez Stats Comparison

Poachers - Necessity to Luxury? Welbeck Vs Hernandez Stats Comparison

'Poacher' refers to a forward, essentially a player who is very comfortable at getting behind the defenders, finishing off through-balls inside the 18-yard box, scoring goals at will. But today as we know, most of the game is being played out in the middle of the park. Managers of top clubs in England and across Europe are overly concerned about dominating the game, holding the ball and thereby controlling the outcome of the fixture themselves. This change in style has …
QPR 0 Manchester United 2 | Match & Stats Report

QPR 0 Manchester United 2 | Match & Stats Report

QPR expectantly lost at home to Manchester United by 2 goals to nil. Rafael scored a stunning volley, and Nani slotted Giggs in for a second to carry United over a Rangers. Overview In terms of possession, the game was far more balanced than most may have predicted. The difference was largely marginal, with Manchester United carrying 51.5% of the possession to QPR's 48.5%. Their passing accuracy was just as close. United completed at a rate of 77%, QPR at 74%. Shots …
Do Manchester United Really Need Robin van Persie? | Stats Comparison

Do Manchester United Really Need Robin van Persie? | Stats Comparison

Ever since rumours surfaced about United's bid for last season's Player of the Year and following Sir Alex's subsequent acknowledgement of the same, there has been a debate among fans whether the club actually need the striker. While few doubt his abilities, van Persie's recent behaviour at Arsenal and that United appear well-stocked up front do raise some questions over spending priorities. Robin van Persie compared to United's strikers Stats do tell a story and comparing the Arsenal man with …
Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United's New Midfield Maestro | Stats

Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United's New Midfield Maestro | Stats

Sir Alex Ferguson has completed the signing of Shinji Kagawa and the Japanese international has officially joined the stable of premier attacking options at Old Trafford.  Our own @RedMancunia touched briefly on the quality of Manchester United's wingers as compared to the rest of the league in his post here, and the addition of Kagawa to the mix should only increase the depth of attacking options already at Ferguson's disposal.  Kagawa will also add another option in the centre of …
Players that will Stay Up When Their Team's Gone Down | Opta Stats

Players that will Stay Up When Their Team's Gone Down | Opta Stats

Inevitably there are those players who, despite seeing their team drop down to the Championship, will find themselves playing in the Premier League next season. For some, it is a matter of financials as their old club needs the proceeds to offset the loss of revenue. For others it is that their skill simply can not be ignored and another club will come in with an offer to tempt them back to the top flight. Here we'll look at three …
Berbatov | The Cases For and Against

Berbatov | The Cases For and Against

Dimitar Berbatov has been called a lot of things. "Languid" if you're a fan, "lazy" if you're not, he divides opinion amongst Manchester United fans more than anyone else. Given the sparking form of Wayne Rooney towards the end of the season, along with the emergence of Javier Hernandez and the return of Danny Welbeck to his parent club, it looked like Berbatov's chances of getting decent game time this year might be limited, even given the fact that he …