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

Player Performance Analysis: Stevan Jovetic vs Liverpool

Player Performance Analysis: Stevan Jovetic vs Liverpool

The Premier League Champions of England picked up right where they left off last season, giving fellow title contenders Liverpool the ol’ Etihad treatment on Monday; a Stevan Jovetic brace and the now customary Sergio Aguero goal rounded up what was indeed a clinic on finishing, and a Pablo Zabaleta own goal slightly took the gloss off a convincing 3-1 win for Manchester City. All eyes may have been on a certain Italian forward in the stands at his old …
Chelsea vs Leicester City Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Chelsea vs Leicester City Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Premier League title favorites Chelsea take on another newly promoted side this weekend, welcoming Leicester City to Stamford Bridge this Saturday hoping to repeat last week’s 3-1 dismantling of Burnley at Turf Moor. Leicester will be hoping to snatch at least a point off the title contenders, having rallied brilliantly (twice) against Everton last weekend to tie the game 2-2, but will know that Chelsea will be on a whole other level compared to the Toffees. Previous Encounter Chelsea defeated …
West Brom vs Sunderland Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

West Brom vs Sunderland Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

The Premier League finally returns to our homes and our hearts this weekend. After a summer filled with World Cup action, Suarez’s annual bite saga, James Rodriguez’s  epic transfer to Real Madrid and Louis van Gaal sending United fans everywhere into overdrive by clinching the historic Guinness Cup, it’ll be nice to get back to some good old-fashioned Premier League action this Saturday with Sunderland travelling to the Hawthorns to take on last season’s fellow struggler's West Brom in their …
Arsenal Scouting Report: Schneiderlin vs Bender

Arsenal Scouting Report: Schneiderlin vs Bender

Arsenal fans cannot be blamed if they feel like pinching themselves every morning. With the Gunners having sealed the signings of Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal are in the curious position of being trend-setters this transfer window, and there is a sense of cautious optimism around the Emirates these days. However, Arsene Wenger will know that the job is only half done; Arsenal still need a back-up goalkeeper, a central defender and a defensive midfielder to add strength to …
Quiet Transfer Window Works to Manchester City's Advantage

Quiet Transfer Window Works to Manchester City's Advantage

When Manuel Pellegrini took over the reins from the ever divisive Roberto Mancini and the club bandied around the term ‘holistic approach’, little did anyone expect such a tight lid to he placed on all aspects of the club, and cake-gate aside, this summer seems to be following a similar pattern under the guidance of the reserved Chilean and the ex-Barcelona tag team of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain. With Eliaquim Mangala seemingly the only box left to be ticked …
No More Excuses for Jose Mourinho Next Season

No More Excuses for Jose Mourinho Next Season

You know you’ve had a bad year at the office when the person you labelled a ‘specialist in failure’ ends up with more trophies than you at the end of the season. It also doesn’t help when your nearest rival finishes the year with two more trophies and your ex-protégée comes out on top over 38 games, all the while haemorrhaging goals like a, well, a defence containing Glen Johnson and the ever-inconsistent Agger/Skrtel at its heart. And for all …
Wenger Can Silence Critics With Sanchez and Debuchy Deals

Wenger Can Silence Critics With Sanchez and Debuchy Deals

The familiar signs are there for Arsenal fans. The list of players that have now moved to top-four Premier League clubs (and United) now includes Sagna, Fernando, Lallana, Lambert, Can, Fabregas, Costa, Herrera, and Shaw. From having to look at golden boy Cesc Fabregas holding up a Chelsea shirt to watching  Wenger playing beach football at Copacabana, it would look like the Gunners are reverting back to their old habits of last minute transfer dealings, 4th place trophies and a …
Scouting Report | Ander Herrera to Manchester United

Scouting Report | Ander Herrera to Manchester United

Summer transfer season is now in full swing, and we’ve already had our fair share of the improbable. Be it the endless Suarez to Real/Barca rumours or PSG coughing up £50 million for David Luiz, the World Cup hasn’t distracted managers and scouts everywhere from looking to pick out the best talent at the cheapest price. After a Fellaini of a transfer window last summer for Manchester United, the pressure is on van Gaal to infuse some fresh blood into …
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