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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Spurs trip to West Brom | A Preview

Spurs trip to West Brom | A Preview

Spurs travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday in an attempt to post a fifth consecutive win. Spurs could move to within two points of second placed Manchester United with victory. Spurs are unlikely to post an unchanged lineup for a fourth consecutive match with injury doubts over Van der Vaart and Defoe. A great run of form for Spurs has seen them rise to third place in the Premier League. That run will be tested with a difficult trip to …
Spurs vs Villa | Statistical Preview

Spurs vs Villa | Statistical Preview

Two of English football’s most storied clubs meet at White Hart Lane on Monday night. Between them, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur have 9 First Division title, 15 FA Cups and 8 European trophies. Spurs could go third with a two goal win while Aston Villa will be within striking distance of the top six if they can upset Tottenham. Spurs have had the best of recent matches between the two. They are unbeaten since 2008 and won both matches …
Sunderland V Fulham | Match Preview

Sunderland V Fulham | Match Preview

After the international break Fulham return back to Premier League action with a long old trip up to the North-East to face the Black Cats. The team will be hoping to put the disappointment of the unjust loss against Spurs a few weeks ago to the back of their minds. Having won just four of our last 42 away fixtures in the league you can never be massively hopeful on an away day, but perhaps this is the season we …
Need for change in luck | Sunderland

Need for change in luck | Sunderland

Three years can be a long time in football. Just ask Roy Keane. For his former club Sunderland, Saturday represents the Black Cats first opportunity to defeat Fulham in five attempts. The two clubs have met on four occasions since Kenwyne Jones goal on 27th January 2009 secured victory for Ricky Sbragia’s side at the Stadium of Light. Since then there have been two scoreless draws and two defeats . In fact, Sunderland have gone  four games and an eyebrow …
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