Daniel Sturridge - The Nearly Man at the Nearly Club

Daniel Sturridge - The Nearly Man at the Nearly Club

There was once a player named Daniel Sturridge. Three years ago, he was one half of an SAS strike force with Luis Suarez at Liverpool FC. The British Special Forces reference, coined by the British media during the 2013-14 season, was well earned. Suarez and Sturridge terrorized countless defenses, successfully bombarding opposition goalmouths time and again that season. The team scored more than a 100 goals in the league, and he ended a bitter sweet season as a runner up, …
What would an Andre Villas Boas Tottenham Hotspur look like?

What would an Andre Villas Boas Tottenham Hotspur look like?

With the high probability of Andre Villas Boas becoming the new Tottenham Hotspur manager in the near future, so much so that mybet bonus code were not giving punters much in the way of a return. TPiMBW has taken an objective step back from his recent Chelsea venture to analyse just how Andre Villas Boas proposes that his teams play their football. English Premier League fans may be aware that he possesses facial hair styled to perfection and presents himself as the …
Paulinho - the sorry decline of the Brazilian 'Lampard'

Paulinho - the sorry decline of the Brazilian 'Lampard'

Two years ago, Paulinho was on top of the world. When Argentinean playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme called Paulinho a ‘phenomenon’ and likened the Brazilian as the ‘black’ version of Frank Lampard for their similar box-to-box style of play, the 26-year-old simply took on board the comparison with little fuss, pledging to such a comparison as fuel for greater things. "This comparison is a responsibility that I will take, I will not run away from it. Lampard is a great player…I …
Who Is On The Tottenham Chopping Block?

Who Is On The Tottenham Chopping Block?

One of the strangest managerial departures of the last few seasons came in January 2013 when Nigel Adkins’ contract was terminated with Southampton. After 3 progressive and successful years at the club, Adkins secured The Saints back-to-back promotion and was steadily climbing away from the relegation zone when the axe fell. Southampton were quick to replace the former Scunthorpe United manager with Argentine, Mauricio Pochettino, who came to the Premier League off the back of being terminated from La Liga …
Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Two out of the EPL’s top three in-form sides face each other on Sunday, as Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United at White Hart Lane. Spurs will be looking for a remarkable “double” over United – something that hasn't happened since the 1989-1990 season – after their gritty 3-2 win back in September at Old Trafford. Sitting in 4th place and an overwhelming 15 points behind Sunday’s opponents, Manchester United, a title challenge is all but over for Spurs. But with …
Manager Impact Index - The Return

Manager Impact Index - The Return

After an 8 game sabbatical (work taking over my time) I've now been able to update the Manager Impact Index with up to date figures, including the 3 newbies to the Premier League, Sherwood, Mel and Solskjaer.  More on those later. Just as a reminder, the MII is a way of tracking and scoring each teams managers impacts on any particular game.  Castrol have a Manager League Table on the LMA website (here) which is based on wins and losses, goals …
Manager Index Double Update | Rodgers flies up table, Wenger still top

Manager Index Double Update | Rodgers flies up table, Wenger still top

A double update this week, broken down into each week. Week 15 A bumper number of overall points scored this week with 253 points, the highest tally for 8 weeks.  Many of these points were awarded as a result of  a couple of the big boys being turned over and some other surprising results. Mark Hughes' win over Chelsea at home earned him a huge 35 points this week, Hughtons away win at West Brom was worth 34 points and …
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool produced a rare victory at White Hart Lane - their first since 2008 - and they did it in style with a 5-0 demolition. With Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge out injured for the next month, the question aimed at Brendan Rodgers before the game was ' will Liverpool cope?', not just with Spurs, but also the upcoming away fixtures at Man City and Chelsea. Pressure was already mounting on Andre Villas-Boas, with a number of high profile signings …
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