Norwich City Needs Wesley Hoolahan

Norwich City Needs Wesley Hoolahan

The Canaries have yet to enjoy a taste of victory in the English Premier League.  Handed a difficult opening set of fixtures, Norwich City has responded by showing a bit of inexperience at this level, conceding a penalty in each of the first three matches.  However, they've earned two draws and appear set with their tactics, playing their influential attacking midfielder, Wes Hoolahan in the center of the pitch pushed in behind the strikers.  Without Hoolahan in the lineup they've …
Liverpool V Bolton | Match Review

Liverpool V Bolton | Match Review

Liverpool maintained their excellent record against Bolton on Saturday, making it 10 wins from the last 11 fixtures.  Thankfully the Reds were intent on making sure that there was no repeat of the Sunderland draw. In my preview of the game; I highlighted three areas which I believed were crucial if Liverpool were to take the three points on offer. To Compete My main focus here was on Kevin Davies; I believed that if Liverpool could compete with the physical …
Newcastle v Fulham | Stats Analysis

Newcastle v Fulham | Stats Analysis

It started off as a nervy 30 minutes at St James' Park, as we struggled to maintain possession after a good start from Fulham. A good end to the half put us in good stead for the second half, as a double from Leon Best was enough to fend off a late comeback from Fulham, after a Clint Dempsey header caught Tim Krul off his line to give the Cottagers a faint glimmer of hope. Midfield Duo Cabaye had a …
QPR | Lady Luck Lifts Latics

QPR | Lady Luck Lifts Latics

It has been another controversial week at QPR. Neil Warnock suggested that the Carling Cup is of no interest to Premier League clubs. This comment after a despicably poor performance against League One's Rochdale angered fans who had paid £15 to watch; in hindsight a game Warnock never intended to win. The mood of the fans lifted, however when on Friday the most unlikely of signings; Joey Barton joined for free on a suspected £60-80,000 a week salary; this almost …
United Prove Wenger's Vision Can Work

United Prove Wenger's Vision Can Work

Arsene Wenger has prided himself on bringing the best out of young, underachieving players for as long as he's been in charge at Arsenal. The likes of  Nicholas Anelka, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere have emerged under his stewardship, whilst he also got the best out of the previously promising Dennie Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. It's not going to win him any more trophies, though. The Arsenal era is over, Wenger's best available team completely torn to shreds …
EPL Review | 27-28th August 11

EPL Review | 27-28th August 11

An astonishing weekend of EPL football, full of chaos, controversy and a couple of freak score lines. Some interesting stats and quite interesting to see how some of the teams developing. So onto my EPL review; the last game of the weekend was quite clearly the strangest game. In the last 30 minutes it bordered on ridiculous, reflected in the scoreline. Manchester United didn't have to be at their best and weren't but they were far better than Arsene Wenger's side. One of the more interesting aspects …
City V Wigan | 3 Points to Keep in Mind

City V Wigan | 3 Points to Keep in Mind

Heading in to week 4 after a nearly perfect start that includes the emergence of Edin Dzeko as the EPL’s top scorer, stellar pick-ups of goal scorer Sergio Aguero and former Gunner Samir Nasri, and a dominant and cohesive midfield, City faces a Wigan side that has yet to lose this season. City’s start to the season has been so great, even the Tevez problems have vanished in the minds of fans. Of course, a simple and efficient way of …
Arteta makes Blackburn pay the penalty

Arteta makes Blackburn pay the penalty

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Everton, 27 August 2011 Mikel Arteta’s last gasp goal secured all three points for Everton at Ewood Park this weekend. That this came from the spot after Blackburn Rovers had failed to convert two penalties of their own earlier in the afternoon merely added insult to injury. [caption id="attachment_3765" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="David Hoilett missed the first of Blackburn’s two penalties at Ewood Park on Saturday"][/caption] Injury is a word Blackburn will be hoping doesn’t afflict them over …
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