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Aston Villa vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Aston Villa vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Tim Sherwood will take charge of his first march as Aston Villa manager on Saturday, and it's crucial that he starts with a positive result. Villa are currently 18th in the Premier League, and with only thirteen games left, a win could lift them above fellow strugglers QPR, Hull and Sunderland. A run of form between now and the end of the season could make the difference between who stays up, and who is demoted to the Championship. Stoke are …
Young Boys vs Everton | Europa League Preview

Young Boys vs Everton | Europa League Preview

Everton will continue their Europa League campaign when they play against Swiss side Young Boys on Thursday evening. The last 32 tie will be a tough test for Roberto Martinez's side, especially as Young Boys have won their last seven home matches in European competition. In their five European matches so far this season, they have conceded only once, and racked up thirteen goals of their own, beating Italian giants Napoli in the process. Everton's form has been inconsistent to …
Aston Villa vs Leicester | FA Cup Preview | Stats & Key Men

Aston Villa vs Leicester | FA Cup Preview | Stats & Key Men

If you believe everything you read, this would be billed as the match between two manager-less teams. Nigel Pearson was recently sacked, then hastily reinstated despite the media telling us otherwise. Paul Lambert of course wasn't awarded the same leniency, and bizarre rumours are now speculating that he actually asked to be sacked twice before finally being given the boot this week. If this were a Premier League tie, the stakes would be huge in the wake of the multi-billion …
Van Gaal: Square Pegs, Round Holes

Van Gaal: Square Pegs, Round Holes

When Louis Van Gaal channelled the spirit of Rafa Benitez in Tuesday's press conference, he demonstrated once more a stubbornness and unfaltering belief in his own abilities as Manchester United manager. Louis Van Gaal does not get it wrong, and he has the dossier to prove it. And who are we to argue? Van Gaal has called on this self-belief throughout his long and glittering career. He's already made it quite clear, that when it comes to team selection and …
Chelsea vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

League leaders Chelsea put even more distance between themselves and current champions Manchester City at the weekend with a 2-1 victory away at league strugglers Aston Villa. Jose Mourinho's men have now opened up a seven point lead, and will be looking to add another three points to their tally against Everton on Wednesday evening. The Toffees are currently languishing in twelfth position, just ten points off the bottom of the Premier League. They have only won one of their …
Leicester City Vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester City Vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Rock-bottom Leicester City entertain Crystal Palace on Saturday, and both teams will be desperate to pick up three points. The Foxes are two points behind both QPR and Hull City, and a win could see them leapfrog those sides in the table, especially as both QPR and Hull have fixtures against teams currently residing in the top four. Crystal Palace are thirteenth in the league, but just four points separate them and QPR, who are in nineteenth position. A win …
Why Redknapp's Departure Wasn't A Shock - Despite The Timing

Why Redknapp's Departure Wasn't A Shock - Despite The Timing

In 2014, when QPR secured promotion against Derby with a late Bobby Zamora goal in the Championship play-off final, much of the spotlight was focused on a return to the top flight for good old 'Arry Redknapp. Depending on who you believe, Redknapp is either the greatest English manager never to actually manage England, or somewhat of a fraud, undeserving of the high praise he so often receives. Tony Barrett of the Times is one of the latter, and recently said …
Cambridge United vs Manchester United | FA Cup Preview

Cambridge United vs Manchester United | FA Cup Preview

Manchester United will make the 160 mile journey to Cambridge looking to avoid an FA Cup upset in Friday night's fourth round tie. Despite the bizarre scheduling, the hype is already building around the Abbey Stadium, and talk of a giant killing has already begun. Cambridge are currently sitting 12th in League Two, and will go into the game full of confidence after dispatching Newport County 4-0 at the weekend. The U's only reached League Two last season after being …
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