Dan Atherton

Opta world football analyst, covering Aston Villa in the English Premier League. @DanAtherton90 is my twitter account.

Aston Villa Vs Liverpool Match Preview | Weimann Vs Downing Stats

Aston Villa Vs Liverpool Match Preview | Weimann Vs Downing Stats

Aston Villa welcome Liverpool to Villa Park on Easter Sunday, with the home side desperate to maintain their good form seen of late. The hosts have won their last two games in the Premier League and if they manage to spring a surprise against the red half of Merseyside, they could haul themselves back out of the relegation zone. If Villa secure a victory, they will have achieved the double over Liverpool after managing to pull off a shock 3-1 …
Ferdinand withdraws from England squad | Last 3 Season's Stats

Ferdinand withdraws from England squad | Last 3 Season's Stats

Rio Ferdinand's much talked about return to the England squad has taken a dramatic twist, with the Manchester United centre-back pulling out of selection for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Ferdinand's decision was taken following a meeting between the defender and Roy Hodgson in London on Sunday evening, where Rio is said to have stressed his determination to represent his country once again. The Manchester United man also claimed that he wishes to be considered …
Chelsea v West Ham | Match Preview - Ba & Torres Stats

Chelsea v West Ham | Match Preview - Ba & Torres Stats

Having dispatched of Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League earlier in the week, Chelsea will be determined to keep the chasing pack sitting behind them in the Premier League at bay with a home win against West Ham on Sunday. That victory over the course of two legs against the Romanian club means they are into the last eight of the Europa League, in contention for the FA Cup as well as being a fairly strong bet to qualify in …
Reading sack manager Brian McDermott | Stats

Reading sack manager Brian McDermott | Stats

Premier League strugglers Reading have sacked manager Brian McDermott after a disappointing home defeat to Aston Villa. Losing last weekend at the Madejski Stadium to Villa marked the 4th defeat in a row in the Premier League and has left the Royals 4 points adrift of safety. It would seem the powers that be within the club have decided enough was enough and a major clear out needed; starting with the man in charge. A short statement has been released on …
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur | Match Preview - Bale Vs Suarez Stats

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur | Match Preview - Bale Vs Suarez Stats

Michael Laudrup signs deal to remain as Swansea City manager until June 2015

Michael Laudrup has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension which will keep the Dane contracted to Swansea City until June 2015. The Swansea City manager led the South Wales side to their first major trophy after a destructive 5-0 victory over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final. Having won the Capital One Cup, Swansea have also qualified for the Europa League competition next season and they currently find themselves sitting in 8th position in the …
Aston Villa v Manchester City | Match Preview

Aston Villa v Manchester City | Match Preview

Manchester City won 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season and Roberto Mancini will be hoping that his side are willing to show similar ruthless qualities in front of goal when they face Aston Villa away from home tonight.               Having seen results go against them over the course of the weekend, the stakes could not be higher for City. United are now 15 points clear at the top …
Ryan Giggs signs one-year contract extension at Manchester United

Ryan Giggs signs one-year contract extension at Manchester United

Ryan Giggs has put pen to paper on a deal that will mean he will continue to play for Manchester United until June 2014. In signing the deal, the Welshman is set to be involved in his 23rd season for the red half of the city and the veteran will be playing for the current Premier League leaders beyond his 40th birthday. Speaking to the Official Manchester United Website, Sir Alex Ferguson passionately described his emotions regarding Giggs. “What can …
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