Aston Villa travel to Anfield in hope

Aston Villa travel to Anfield in hope

Aston Villa travel to Anfield on Saturday to take on Liverpool and the fixture does not favour Aston Villa.  In the past 9 meetings between the two sides Aston Villa have only come away with 3 points on 2 occasions. When the two sides met just before Christmas Liverpool ran away 2-0 winners at Villa Park as Liverpool edged the possession with 52% compared to Aston Villa's 48%.  Liverpool scored their two goals within 4 first half minutes early in the …
Blackburn v Man United | Opta Preview

Blackburn v Man United | Opta Preview

When Blackburn Rovers travelled to Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve few would have predicted anything other than a routine home victory for Manchester United. Rovers were at the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety, while United had reined in neighbours Manchester City on Boxing Day with a 5-0 win against Wigan. With City not due to play again until the New Year, United would have been confident of seeing 2012 in as league leaders while Blackburn …
QPR vs Arsenal | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

QPR vs Arsenal | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

Arsenal go into this game as the form team in the Premiership, having won 7 games on the trot for the first time since the Invincibles season. The return of key players and confidence throughout the team has brought back some breathtaking football to the side and at times they have looked unbeatable. QPR looked to have turned a corner in their fight for Premiership survival after coming from 2 goals down against Liverpool to win 3-2. They followed that …
Everton v West Brom: Match & Stats Preview

Everton v West Brom: Match & Stats Preview

Saturday’s match sees a buoyant Everton welcome West Brom to Goodison Park. David Moyes' side go into the match on the back of, arguably, their two best performances of the season. Following on from their victory over Swansea's pass masters, Moyes’ boys swept Sunderland aside in the FA Cup replay. The impressive replay victory leaves Everton fans planning their third visit to Wembley in four years. Focus switches back to the Premier League as Everton look to press on and finish as …
Newcastle V Liverpool | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

Newcastle V Liverpool | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

Up next for Liverpool is a first trip to the newly named Sports Direct Arena, and a chance to do battle with the emerging Newcastle United this year. With Newcastle sitting in sixth place in the table and still only 5 points off fourth, it’s still conceivable that they may pinch that last Champion’s League spot. Liverpool stay in seventh a further 8 points behind Newcastle and any dreams of participation in next year’s flagship European competition are now well …
Arsenal v Blackburn | Opta Stats Preview

Arsenal v Blackburn | Opta Stats Preview

Arsenal will look to pick up their form against the struggling Blackburn Rovers on Saturday after failing to gain ground on 4th place with a 0-0 draw at Bolton mid-week. Earlier in the season, Blackburn shocked the Gunners with a 4-3 victory courtesy of a Yakubu brace against a faltering Gunners, and Steve Kean will be looking at Saturday's game hoping of a repeat of his team's performance. Fans of Arsenal will be pleased to hear the suspended Yakubu and …
Wigan v Everton | Stats | Match Preview

Wigan v Everton | Stats | Match Preview

Two goal-shy sides clash at the DW Stadium on Saturday, as Wigan look for move away from the foot of the table. In order to do so, the Latics will have to overcome an Everton side that have the edge over them. The Toffees are unbeaten in recent meetings with Wigan, winning four and drawing two. Everton’s Premier League record against Wigan stands at seven wins, four draws and two defeats. Everton will gain confidence from Tuesday’s win over Manchester …
United must take chances at the Bridge

United must take chances at the Bridge

It’s safe to say that following United away from home last season was a slightly different experience from previous seasons. Every other week, I’d meet up with the boys and we’d all say the same thing; “I really hope we smash someone away from home for a change”. It never really happened. Last season United took just 25 points away from Old Trafford all season. So far this season in just 11 games they have taken 26 points. So what’s …
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