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 …
Manchester United v Arsenal Preview

Manchester United v Arsenal Preview

Gone are the days of the fierce rivalry that used to make this a mouth watering matchup with multiple flashpoints including over exaggerated diving, pizza throwing, unpunished violent conduct, title clinchers and last minute penalty failures to name but a few. Now it's a mothballing contest, no more Keane v Vieira in the middle of the park but a genuine contest between Anderson and Ramsey. This is the case across the park with the exception of Evra of course. Arsenal …
Stoke | Same as last year, please?

Stoke | Same as last year, please?

20/11/2010 – Hawthorns, West Bromwich West Bromwich Albion 0 – Stoke City 3 Line Ups: WBA – Carson; Jara, Ibanez, Cech, Tamas; Mulumbu, Barnes, Scharner, Morrison, Thomas; Odemwingie. Subs – Cox for Morrison, Tchoyi for Barnes, Dorrans for Mulumbu. Stoke – Begovic; Shawcross, Wilkinson, Huth, Collins; Whitehead, Delap, Pennant, Etherington (Goal); Jones, Fuller. Subs – Tuncay for Pennant, Walters (Goal x 2) for Etherington, Wilson for Fuller. In a game where Stoke only managed 34.6% of possession – a stat …
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 …
Stoke vs Norwich | Error, no stats available

Stoke vs Norwich | Error, no stats available

There are no stats for Norwich, up until last weekend. It’s been that long since they graced the EPL, yet it doesn’t feel like yesterday I was enjoying some Darren Huckerby on Match of the Day. After an opening weekend draw at Wigan, and some exceptional performances in the Championship last season, Norwich look to be more the capable of mounting a challenge to stay up this season. Stoke continue their season after two good results this past week, a …
Man United Vs Spurs | Preview

Man United Vs Spurs | Preview

Old Trafford has been less of a Theatre of Dreams and more of a Ford’s Theatre for Spurs in recent years. Visits in league and cup matches have ended largely the same way and Spurs haven’t won there since 1989. This information is well known by Spurs fans. Recent years have seen generally good performances go unrewarded, but after the 5-0 warm up in Scotland, there is a genuine sense of optimism for the travelling fans this week. Cause for …
Sunderland Vs Newcastle | Who will score?

Sunderland Vs Newcastle | Who will score?

This weekend will see the first North East derby of the season between Newcastle United and Sunderland and both teams will go into it feeling confident after credible draws against potential top4 sides. Sunderland went away to Liverpool and after a first half battering and surviving a missed penalty, a possible red card and a dubiously disallowed goal came back strongly in the second half and were good value for the point they came away with. Newcastle United played out …
Bolton v Man City | Winger Comparison

Bolton v Man City | Winger Comparison

We may be just a single game into the 2011/12 season yet this has not stopped some billing Sunday's clash at The Reebox as a 'top of the table' one. Both Bolton and Manchester City are of course perched first and second in the table by virtue of impressive 4-0 victories over promoted sides QPR and Swansea respectively, and will go into the game full of confidence. Historically, City have not fared well at the Reebok, at times struggling for goals, …
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