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Are Swansea City the new Blackpool?

Are Swansea City the new Blackpool?

This is not just an article about Swansea's ridiculous new away kit, which does a good job of making the players look like traffic cones. There are quite a few similarities between the clubs; both came up through the play offs. Blackpool like the Swans have refused to spend big chasing premier league survival, and both sides have a history of refusing to compromise their style of football. So if Swansea are the new Blackpool, does that mean they are …
Stoke City Season Review 2010/2011

Stoke City Season Review 2010/2011

So after Stokes third season in the English Premier League, a comfortable 13th place finish, an FA Cup final appearance and qualification for the Europa League, it could be said that they had a pretty successful season. Indeed, if my team played in any major league apart from the SPL, I would be quite happy with that performance as well. But that’s not long enough for a statistical blog, so let’s delve into the finer points of their season. First …
Robin Van Persie | The Flying Dutchman

Robin Van Persie | The Flying Dutchman

Last season started in a very predictable way for Van Persie, getting injured in our 3rd game of the season. Van Persie didn’t return until he came on as late sub in a home defeat to Newcastle in early November. The Dutchman then found match sharpness hard to come by and he didn’t start a game until we defeated Chelsea 3-1. Then all hell broke loose. Robin went on to score 18 Premier League goals, at an average of a …
After Survival Sunday it's Survival Summer for Rovers

After Survival Sunday it's Survival Summer for Rovers

Blackburn Rovers secured their Premier League safety on the final Sunday of the season but it is the action off the pitch this summer that will go a long way to ensuring their survival again this season. Fuelled by the rise of Twitter and a demand for perpetual updates of the goings on at each and every club, the rumour mill is spinning faster than ever this close season. Even the oft ignored sides such as Rovers are receiving plenty …
Reina Saves The Liverpool Defense

Reina Saves The Liverpool Defense

Is Taarabt worth £15million?

Is Taarabt worth £15million?

During Queens Park Rangers stunning performance in the Championship  last season in which they rarely left 1st place, there was one man who  despite  not claiming 'Player's' or 'Fans' Player of the Year, due to his attitude  and  antics, was awarded Football League Player of the Year and suddenly  rumours have been widely talked about from almost every 'major' club in the world.   After signing from Tottenham after 2 loan spells for a bargain £1million,  QPR seemed to have …
Nani vs Young | United's Big Wing Battle

Nani vs Young | United's Big Wing Battle

Manchester United have a bit of a lop-sided squad at the moment. They have an absolute embarrasment of riches both up front and out wide, whereas in the center of midfield and at full-back they're relatively threadbare considering they expect to be challenging for their 20th title this season. It was something of a surprise, then, when they paid the asking price to bring Ashley Young to Old Trafford, especially considering the excellent form of Nani until January and the …
The worth of Charlie Adam set pieces

The worth of Charlie Adam set pieces

[caption id="attachment_2947" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Charlie Adam"][/caption] Last month’s piece on the value of chance creation over the course of a season showed that there is some logic behind Liverpool’s decision to respectively sign and target Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. Does the rationale extend to Charlie Adam, the Reds’ latest purchase? Although creating a healthy 64 chances in the league last season (Downing 85, Henderson 82), 45% of these came from set pieces (Downing 31%, Henderson 40%). The original analysis focused …
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