Darren Bent | Answer for Euro 2012?

Darren Bent | Answer for Euro 2012?

Can Darren Bent become England's main man? With England fans and players in shock with Wayne Rooney getting the worst possible news with a 3 game ban at Euro 2012, Darren Bent has the opportunity to become England's number one striker and main man. Comparably this season Wayne Rooney has had a better season by means of goals scored, with a ratio of 1 goal per game, with Bent scoring 1 in 2. As shown above, Darren Bent has proved …
Newcastle v Everton | A Toffee Preview

Newcastle v Everton | A Toffee Preview

Everton travel to an in-form Newcastle on Saturday having suffered a testing early season stretch of games. Defeats to Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United in four out of the last five games have left the Toffees precariously placed in the league. This weekend, one would think Evertonians may be encouraged facing a supposed lesser foe in Newcastle, however the Toon Army have been inspired so far this campaign, enjoying their best start to a season for over a …
New signings begin to pay off | Sunderland

New signings begin to pay off | Sunderland

[caption id="attachment_5639" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Seb Larsson"][/caption] Last weekends’ draw at home to Aston Villa saw Steve Bruce’ claim his side would soon “click together” and that consequently the team’s results would improve. Had Stephane Sessengnon’s late intervention not garnered a point, that improvement may well have been somebody else’s concern, but to be fair to the manager, some analysis of his summer recruits may bring cause for optimism. It was always going to be difficult for the side to perform …
Good, but not good enough? | Stoke City

Good, but not good enough? | Stoke City

Before Stoke dive back in Europa League action tonight, let’s take a look back at Newcastle’s visit to the Britannia, and a look forward to their trip to the Reebok Stadium to face out of form Bolton. Despite the disappointing scoreline, Stoke managed to impress in terms of the statistics. They out did Newcastle in almost every area of the park, looked solid overall – but as is almost always the case, the better Stoke play on paper, the worse …
Swansea City | Steady progress

Swansea City | Steady progress

Swansea’s Premier League debut was a fairly rude welcome. The Welsh side controlled the ball superbly at Manchester City, yet ended up as 4-0 losers after a second half goal glut from the hosts. Their inefficiencies with the ball were made clear in the aftermath; City were far more productive in the final third despite having 42.4% of possession. Of course the opposition was as tough as it was going to get for Swansea, and they’ve shown plenty of improvement …
Stoke v Newcastle | Stats Analysis

Stoke v Newcastle | Stats Analysis

  The Britannia Stadium has never been an easy place to visit. We lost 4-0 last season and this season, Manchester United and Chelsea managed draws, whilst Liverpool suffered a defeat there. With the news that Chieck Tiote was out injured, most fans would have settled for a draw beforehand. However, a great defensive performance from Newcastle with Demba Ba lethal at the other end, helped Newcastle to their 6th win of the season, remaining unbeaten and overtaking Chelsea into …
City 3 - 1 Wolves: Statistical Analysis

City 3 - 1 Wolves: Statistical Analysis

It may not have been as explosive a victory as the midweek one at Molineux, or even the previous weekend’s derby at Old Trafford for that matter, but City chalked up another victory on Saturday at home to Wolves and in doing so maintained their five point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League and now possess the best record through ten games (nine wins and a draw) since Chelsea achieved the same feat back in 2005/06. The …
Ray of light on a dark day: Juan Mata

Ray of light on a dark day: Juan Mata

Chelsea v Arsenal is a match which all Chelsea fans will want to forget, they were expected to win quite comfortably but in the end it was Arsenal who looked comfortable, counter attacking with consummate ease. However, one ray of shining light was the performance of a Spaniard, not the number 9 but the number 10 who had a wonderful game yesterday, his control and cross for the first goal was superb and the goal that he did score was …
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