Top 12th Man | Opta Stats

Top 12th Man | Opta Stats

We've already examined the Top 12th Man for two clubs, writing profiles of Adel Taarabt for QPR and David Stockdale at Fulham. When we put out the call for the very best players off of the bench, several clubs went unrepresented. From those clubs we've taken the best of their best and selected the top option for comparison here. Aston Villa has not enjoyed the best season. With on loan Robbie Keane seeing his time back in the EPL drawn …
Hennessey v Krul | Stats Comparison

Hennessey v Krul | Stats Comparison

Given the lack of a manager at Wolves, it will be Mick McCarthy’s former assistant, Terry ‘Clipboard’ Connor who takes the reins at Wolves away game at Newcastle United. Given this progression, it is not expected that there will be a number of changes to the personnel selected. One player, though, is surely guaranteed a place – Wayne Hennessey. Yes, he made a massive error in McCarthy’s defeat to West Brom, an error that allowed them to retake the lead …
Simpson | Improving, but is he good enough?

Simpson | Improving, but is he good enough?

One of the products from the youth academy at Manchester United, Danny Simpson was unable to seize the chance to sustain a regular starting place and only managed a handful of appearances. During his time at Manchester United, he was loaned out to several clubs; Royal Antwerp, Sunderland, Ipswich, Blackburn Rovers and finally to Newcastle in 2009, where he was a steady performer in the Championship that earned himself a permanent contract in 2010. Undoubtedly, Simpson has improved since his …
West Brom Vs Sunderland Preview

West Brom Vs Sunderland Preview

Niall Quinn's departure from Sunderland this week will have saddened many, but for others, the decision represents a new dawn. Colleagues and fans alike were quick to express their appreciation for the man who has worked steadfastly towards the goal of restoring Sunderland's deep heritage. Finally, and almost unexpectedly, it appears that goal has been achieved. A few month's back the picture wasn't quite so clear, with the team going from bad-to-worse under Steve Bruce. Many were worried by a …
Arsenal v Spurs | Van der Vaart the key

Arsenal v Spurs | Van der Vaart the key

It’s an uneasy time for Arsenal fans. The adage of “Arsene knows…” is more frequently heard in a mocking tone these days, certainly the British media are questioning whether Wenger has taken Arsenal as far as he can. 7 years without a trophy might just about be tolerated, but failure to qualify for the big money Champions League might not be. Especially if one of the teams replacing them in the top four is local rivals Tottenham. Spurs are 10 …
Tevez returns - but have City moved on?

Tevez returns - but have City moved on?

Many months, many column inches and many millions of pounds later we finally have the apology from Carlos Tevez; an apology deemed to be sufficient for Roberto Mancini to welcome him back (even if not quite with open arms) into the fold, stating that he ‘has no problem’ with Tevez. This week saw City both progress in to the last sixteen of the Europa League and see Tevez return to the training ground ahead of City resuming Premier League action …
Farewell Arshavin | Stats Viewpoint

Farewell Arshavin | Stats Viewpoint

Yesterday it was confirmed that Andrey Arshavin would rejoin Zenit St Petersburg on loan until the end of the season. This appears to be the final nail in the coffin of Arshavin's career at Arsenal that has seen him swing from being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo to making an appearance for Arsenal Reserves last week. The Russian was one of my favorite footballers to have pulled on an Arsenal shirt. His ability to make me grin from ear to ear …
Goals & Assists stats | Liverpool FC

Goals & Assists stats | Liverpool FC

As a preview to Liverpool's first Cup Final for almost six years we thought we'd get together some stats on the Carling Cup regarding the goal scorers and players that have the most assist. However as we were compiling the data we though we'd add in the FA Cup and Premier League stats to give you a full breakdown of how the team are doing before the Cup Final and where we can improve. As you can see below Liverpool …
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