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What is Aston Villa's best Centre Back pairing? Stats

What is Aston Villa's best Centre Back pairing? Stats

For Paul Lambert,  it was a tough first season at the helm of Aston Villa.  Villa were nearly relegated and only picked up 41 points last season.  A major contribution to the poor season may have been the lack of stability at the back.  Villa had the third worst defensive record in the league, conceding 69 goals - the worst among teams that stayed up.  They started the season with four at the back then switched to three at the …
Have Manchester City Improved Their Strikeforce From Last Season?

Have Manchester City Improved Their Strikeforce From Last Season?

Since the start of 2013, Manchester City have sold Mario Balotelli, 22, and Carlos Tevez, 29, for roughly £30m and replaced them this summer with Stevan Jovetic, 23, and Alvaro Negredo, 27, for  £42m.  Spending money is great but, have they actually improved their strike force or have they just gotten different players hoping they will perform better?  Based on playing styles and physical builds, you can asses this as two like for like swaps between Jovetic and Tevez and …
Is there a young Michael Carrick on the market? Compared to McCarthy

Is there a young Michael Carrick on the market? Compared to McCarthy

Michael Carrick has been rightfully praised for his performances this season and was a major cog in the Manchester United team that won the Premier League title.  Carrick was easily the best midfielder at United and was voted into the PFA team of the year.  Many people make the case that, Michael Carrick was the most important piece in the United puzzle that won them the title.   Teams that want this type of player should look into Wigan's James …
Vermaelen to miss start of the season. Time for a new centre back? | Stats

Vermaelen to miss start of the season. Time for a new centre back? | Stats

Arsenal skipper, Thomas Vermaelen, has been ruled out for all of the teams preseason tour in Asia and will  miss the beginning of the The Gunners Premier League and Champions League campaigns.  Vermaelen aggravated a chronic back problem while on international duty with the Belgian national side and was unable to even travel to Asia, with the rest of his team.  Could this injury force Wenger to sign another centre back? Even though he is the team captain, Vermaelen hasn't …
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