The Numbers Behind Everton's Drop in Form

The Numbers Behind Everton's Drop in Form

“I think there are more serious problems in the world, than making a big story out of a #ChristmasTree” - tweeted Everton manager Ronald Koeman a few days before his team were going to host Manchester United at Goodison Park. It was a response to being slammed on Twitter for the red-colored (or Liverpool themed) Christmas tree that Mrs. Koeman had decorated. Looking at his tweet, one might think that he is pointing to general problems in the world – poverty, …
Individual Mistakes will Cost Man United a Champions League Spot

Individual Mistakes will Cost Man United a Champions League Spot

Manchester United drew another game in the Premier League, this time at Goodison Park against Everton - dropping two more points in their Mourinho-led quest to begin their ascendancy. The latest draw not only dealt a decisive blow in their ambitions to win the league after three mediocre seasons, it has also put their chances of finishing in the Champions League positions in serious doubt. Manchester United, fresh from a rampant win against West Ham United in the EFL cup, …
Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On December third, Manchester City welcome title rivals Chelsea to the Eithad Stadium.  Before the festive period gets into full swing later in the month, we'll have one of the biggest games of the season with first playing third and joint bookies favourites for the title, according to Paddy Power. After a barnstorming start to the season, City have fallen off a bit recently.  Having won their first six Premier League fixtures, Pep Guardiola's side have only three wins in …
How Can Arsenal Solve Their Midfield Problems?

How Can Arsenal Solve Their Midfield Problems?

Arsenal are just three points off the top of the table, but they aren't being talked about as title contenders in the same way that Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are. Issues remain for Arsene Wenger to solve before they can be considered as a real force in this division. They have a squad that should be challenging for major honours, but there remain doubts about their tactics and team selection, especially in midfield. Their transition phase has been a weakness …
Steven Gerrard's Opportunity to Shape the Future

Steven Gerrard's Opportunity to Shape the Future

On announcing his retirement from football, Steven Gerrard spoke of heeding the advice of those he respected by calling it quits whilst there is still something in the tank. I would consider that sound advice and wise of Gerrard to follow it. As a Liverpool fan, there was reason to be excited about Gerrard from the very beginning and not just because he was a local lad and life-long fan of the club. It was immediately clear that this was a player …
Manchester United v West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League table currently looks like a story of three clusters. In the top five positions, separated by four points between 24 and 28, are clubs that have shown exceptional form over a string of matches at least at some time during this first third of the season. Below them are a dozen average-performing teams bunched together between 11 and 19 points, and below these are the early relegation candidates between 6 to 10 points. This weekend in Premier …
Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On November 27th, Arsenal host AFC Bouremouth at the Emirates Stadium.  The Gunners come into this off the back of three consecutive draws in all competitions.  Arsene Wenger's side still finds themselves near the top of the table, but they find themselves in desperate need of a win.  With so many good teams in this title race, no one can afford to drop points at home to bottom half teams. Bournemouth, while they want to get something out of every …
Liverpool v Sunderland Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool v Sunderland Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool will entertain Sunderland when the two sides meet at Anfield on Saturday where three points for the home side can steer them back to the summit even if it may end up being a temporary ascent. In a week when speculation has been rife following the announcement of former captain Steven Gerrard's retirement, Liverpool will be looking to keep their focus on the pitch in what has been a brilliant start for Jurgen Klopp in his first full season …
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