Spurs Visit Britannia | Opta Stats Preview

Spurs Visit Britannia | Opta Stats Preview

Spurs face a tricky match on Sunday as they try to extend their record run of six consecutive wins in the Premier League. Stoke are also in good form, two wins from two and are bolstered by the return of Rory Delap and Jermaine Pennant. Spurs’ excellent form is no secret but they will be tested by an improving Stoke City. Lambasted upon their return to the top flight for their physical style, Stoke have gradually become a more sophisticated …
Arsenal v Everton - Match Preview

Arsenal v Everton - Match Preview

Arsenal celebrate 125 years this weekend with a match at home to struggling Everton. The Gunners go into this tough clash having taking 19 points from a possible 21 in the league and having had the opportunity to rest the majority of the first team in mid-week against Olympiakos. Last season, Arsenal won this fixture 2-1 after a dubious goal from Saha in the first half. However, these two sides have had many faces come and go since then, one …
Liverpool play like Aston Villa on Mondays!

Liverpool play like Aston Villa on Mondays!

Kenny Dalglish faces an almighty challenge to revive Liverpool's Monday night fortunes following four years of disappointment. In their 12 past Premier League matches played on a Monday night since the start of the 2007/8 season, Liverpool have won on just five occasions with their last victory coming in their 5-2 win at this week's opponents Fulham. With four draws and three defeats, Liverpool's Monday night form matches that of  Aston Villa, rather than the top clubs with who the …
Spurs vs Bolton | Can Spurs keep the run going?

Spurs vs Bolton | Can Spurs keep the run going?

Spurs welcome Bolton Wanderers to White Hart Lane for their first traditional kick off of the season. At three o’clock on Saturday afternoon, third placed Tottenham meet relegation candidates Bolton, in a clash of sides with massively divergent aspirations. Spurs have their eyes on Champions League football, and maybe more, while Bolton are firmly focused on breaking the forty point barrier and guaranteeing Premier League survival for another year. At West Brom last weekend, Spurs created 18 goalscoring chances and …
Return of Ashley Young at Villa Park

Return of Ashley Young at Villa Park

December, arguably the most important month in the title race, begins with this weekend. Alex Mcleish’s Aston villa host defending champions Manchester utd in Saturdays late kick off. Manchester utd come into this match with a shocking result in carling cup against Crystal Palace. If last 3 seasons results are taken into account, this will be another tricky fixture for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. 2008-09 Aston villa 0 – 0 Manchester utd 2009-10 Aston villa 1 – 1 Manchester utd 2010-11 Aston …
Newcastle v Chelsea | Tactical Match Preview

Newcastle v Chelsea | Tactical Match Preview

Possible line ups and formations Defend from the front As you can see from the chalkboard below from Chelsea’s last away game at Bolton, Cech plays the majority of his passes onto his central defenders. 25 out of the 34 passes he took were played short - the reason why Petr Cech has the best pass completion rate for a goalkeeper in the Premier League (71.9%). Despite Tim Krul seeing the ball more often (Krul 425 v Cech 363), Krul’s …
Wigan vs Arsenal | Opta Stats Preview

Wigan vs Arsenal | Opta Stats Preview

Arsenal travel to the DW Stadium on Saturday to face one of their bogey teams of recent times, Wigan. The 19th placed side are coming off the back of their first win in 9 games after the 2-1 victory against Sunderland last week, however Arsenal should provide tougher opposition against the free-flowing football style that Martinez loves to utilise. The quality gulf in players should shine through for the Gunners as both teams like to retain possession and this should …
Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Match Preview

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Match Preview

Fans of both Wigan and Arsenal are entitled to expect an open and entertaining match at the DW Stadium this coming Saturday, with both teams aiming to play a flowing brand of football. Both Arsene Wenger and Roberto Martinez appear to have the shared aim of having their team playing in the style of Josep Guardiola's Barcelona, with Arsenal clearly closer to emulating the Spanish and European Champions. Whilst the Latics like to monopolize possession wherever possible, the superior ability …
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