Second Season Syndrome for James McClean? | McClean Stats

Second Season Syndrome for James McClean? | McClean Stats

James McClean is on his way out of Sunderland after news that the club have accepted a £2m bid from recently relegated Wigan Athletic, and McClean has confirmed his leaving the club on his personal Twitter account.  This is quite a change from this time last year where he had just taken Sunderland by storm, taking home the club's Young Player of the Year award, getting called up for the Republic of Ireland and signing a new contract that was supposed …
Di Canio's 4-2-4 Formation: Inspired tactically by Luigi Del Neri & Antonio Conte

Di Canio's 4-2-4 Formation: Inspired tactically by Luigi Del Neri & Antonio Conte

Revolutions require time and aren’t painless. Paolo Di Canio started his revolution at Sunderland this summer and his overhaul has the goal to give club new culture and attitude. Fining players that didn’t attend shirt-signing sessions or arrive late for team meetings isn’t new to more structured clubs. Maybe it is in a club like Sunderland, where former managers Martin O'Neill and Steve Bruce embraced a more soft approach with first-team players. Changes have been made both in and outside …
Southampton Vs Sunderland Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Men

Southampton Vs Sunderland Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Men

Southampton vs Sunderland will be one of five 15:00 kickoffs this Saturday and will see two sides meeting who experienced exact opposite results on the opening day. While Southampton enjoyed a dramatic late win from the penalty spot against West Brom away from home, Sunderland’s game with Fulham ended in a disappointing 1-0 home defeat. Is it interesting to take a look at what happened to both teams on the opening day? Yes. Is it a big indicator of how …
Sunderland Vs Fulham Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Players

Sunderland Vs Fulham Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Players

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio will begin his first full season in charge of the Black Cats at home to Fulham on the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League season. The game will be Saturday at lunchtime, as a host of new names on both sides look set to make their debuts on English soil. Di Canio’s revolution on Wearside has seen ten new players join his squad, whereas Martin Jol did the majority of his transfer dealings before …
Who Were The Dirtiest Players Last Season? Stats Comparison

Who Were The Dirtiest Players Last Season? Stats Comparison

With the 2013/2014 Premier League season nearly upon us and card markets becoming more and more popular with bookies and punters alike, we take a look at which players were the 'dirtiest' last season. We have done this by not only looking at the players who were carded the most last season but also looking at which committed the most fouls. To make this a fair comparison, we have also worked out how often these players committed fouls and were …
What will Giaccherini bring to Sunderland? Stats compared to Sessegnon

What will Giaccherini bring to Sunderland? Stats compared to Sessegnon

Paolo di Canio has used his Italian contacts to help his Sunderland team grab a real coup in the transfer market. The 45 year old has managed to convince Italian midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini to make the move from Juventus to the North-East for a fee of £6.5 million. The 28 year old has had a glistening career at the Italian champions since signing in August 2011 and in addition has made 14 appearances for his country - appearing at both …
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