Vinay Rao

An engineering student who loves stats, football and Netflix dramas, I'll be a writing person here in the summer. Tweet at me @vinayr93

Manchester City vs AS Roma | Champions League Preview

Manchester City vs AS Roma | Champions League Preview

Manchester City will be hoping to get their first win of the European group stages when they host AS Roma on Tuesday, knowing that anything other than three points will put their hopes of progressing from the group stage for a second time in two campaigns under serious threat. The Italians took care of business against CSKA Moscow while City lost to German giants Bayern during Matchweek 1, so they visit the Etihad with a lot more confidence and under …
Hull City vs Manchester City Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

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

Defending champions Manchester City will be desperate to end their run of three Premier League games without a win on Saturday as they travel to the KC Stadium to meet Steve Bruce’s Hull City, who’ll be looking to pull off an upset and get their second victory of the campaign. Both teams are coming into this game on the back of draws; the Tigers drew away at Newcastle 2-2 while City fought back from a goal and a man down …
Burnley vs Sunderland Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Burnley vs Sunderland Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Sean Dyche’s Burnley play host to fellow relegation rivals Sunderland at Turf Moor with both teams yet to register their first win of the Premier League season. Both teams come into this game on the back of draws (Burnley 0-0 Crystal Palace & Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham), and will be looking for that little something extra that will hand them that vital first win of the season. Previous Encounter The two teams last met at the Stadium of Light in April …
Champions League: Bayern Munich vs Manchester City Preview

Champions League: Bayern Munich vs Manchester City Preview

After grabbing a point against fellow Premier League title contenders Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, Manchester City begin their European campaign at the home of German champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday, a second stop in this nightmarish week that sees them finish off against Jose Mourinho and his band of party-poopers at home next Sunday. Bayern themselves are coming off a 2-0 win against VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz on Saturday, and will be hoping to kick off their …
Chelsea vs Swansea City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Chelsea vs Swansea City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

The two teams in the Premier League yet to drop any points, Chelsea and Swansea City, go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge when action resumes after the international break, with both teams hoping to extend their 3 match win streak. Both teams are coming off big wins their last time out, with Swansea crushing West Brom 3-0 and an uncharacteristically attacking Chelsea running riot at Goodison Park, scoring 6 goals to Everton’s 3. Jose Mourinho’s team are still hot favorites for …
Negredo's Departure  - a Blessing in Disguise for Man City?

Negredo's Departure - a Blessing in Disguise for Man City?

Negredo’s transfer deadline day departure from Manchester City, on a season long to Valencia, with an obligation to buy at the end of the season, was a head-scratcher for many. Surely for a team that prides itself on having two world-class talents in every position and tends to play with two strikers up front most games, letting the Beast leave without signing a replacement is a serious oversight. Given Aguero's and Jovetic’s potential injury problems, it might all come down …
Manchester City vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Manchester City vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Mark Hughes faces off against his former club on Saturday, when he takes his Stoke side to the Etihad for the third round of fixtures in the English Premier League. Both teams managed to avoid defeat last weekend, with Stoke drawing 1-1 with Hull City and Manchester City blowing away last season’s second place team Liverpool 3-1 in their Monday night home fixture. However, Hughes’ Stoke side is extremely hard to break down, and Manuel Pellegrini will know his work …
QPR vs Sunderland Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

QPR vs Sunderland Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Harry Redknapp will want to chalk up his first win after QPR’s return to the Premier League, having opened with two consecutive defeats against Hull City and Tottenham. Sunderland have a solid two points from the first two games, drawing 2-2 against WBA at the Hawthorns in their first game, before disappointingly dropping points against Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United in a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light last weekend. This match has the potential to be a cracker, …
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