Newcastle V Fulham | Preview

Newcastle V Fulham | Preview

After our little jaunt to the far side of the continent for a touch of European football out in Ukraine, it’s back to league action with our longest domestic trip of the season. Fulham are off to pay a visit to a Newcastle side who haven't scored against us in the last three meetings and are currently on a poor run of form against teams from London, having won one out of their last ten league games against Londoners. So are we …
Darren Bent Is Exceptional At One Thing

Darren Bent Is Exceptional At One Thing

That one thing; is scoring goals.  Regardless of the level of competition, Bent has shown the ability to score in bunches.  At just 27 years of age he is in the midst of his physical prime, a scary thought for opposing defenders.  Aston Villa's massive investment in Bent, upwards of £24m, raised some eyebrows and a good deal of criticism from the Sunderland support.  However, this was a smart purchase for a Villan's side that needed a guarantee of goals scored. …
Why everyone is trying to sign Modric

Why everyone is trying to sign Modric

Luka Modric has become the Helen of Troy of the transfer market. Like the fit girl in the year above which no-one can get and has a dickhead of a boyfriend, in this case the dickhead is Daniel Levy, everyone fucking wants him. But why does everyone want him so much? It is well known that he neither scores goals, or gets many assists, so it is a fair question to ask; what the fuck does he do? Pass, a …
It's black & white: Bruce has to win!

It's black & white: Bruce has to win!

[caption id="attachment_3533" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Steve Bruce"][/caption] Last weekends’ debacle against rivals Newcastle has seen the tide of public opinion drastically sway against the Sunderland manager. It says something about the importance of this fixture in the North East, that Steve Bruce will consider himself under scrutiny after only two games of the new campaign. However it would be churlish to claim that this was a knee jerk reaction from fans after one disappointing outing. Moreover it was further evidence of …
Fulham 2011-2012 Preview | Midfielders

Fulham 2011-2012 Preview | Midfielders

Following the previous article on our defenders, I'm now moving on to the middle of the pitch. In this article, I'll go over both wingers and central midfielders. This is the second segment of a three-part series, with the final installment being about attackers, which should be available in the near future. For the purposes of comparison to other EPL players, I've included Matt Jarvis (Wolves) to the wingers stats and David Vaughn (Sunderland, previously Blackpool) to the centre-midfielders stats. …
Liverpool V Bolton | Preview

Liverpool V Bolton | Preview

Liverpool take on Bolton, in the late kick-off, on Saturday with Reds fans hoping for another three points.  In previous years Liverpool have struggled against so called 'lesser opposition' at home, most memorably in the 2008-09 season, where it could be argued that the seven draws at home cost Liverpool their first league title in 19 years (see below). Those draws came against Stoke (0-0), Fulham (0-0), West Ham (0-0), Hull City (2-2), Everton (1-1), Man City (1-1) and Arsenal …
Where will Nasri best fit in at City?

Where will Nasri best fit in at City?

Now the signing has been confirmed, ending a seemingly endless saga for City in prising Samir Nasri away from The Emirates, the question being asked is quite where Nasri fits in at City? City, as we know from the way in which they have started the season, appear a side that packs a far greater punch (or at the very least a greater intent) going forward than they did in 2010/11, where their success was based on a dominant midfield …
Wolves V Fulham | Review

Wolves V Fulham | Review

Wolves had been unable to keep a clean sheet in their last nine games, Martin Jol was unbeaten as Fulham manager and we’d come off the back of a solid performance in the Europa League last Thursday evening so we had every right to feel confident when we travelled to the Black Country to face Wolves. But it wouldn't be Fulham if we always did what was expected of us. Its very Fulhamish to do the unexpected, to balls things …
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