Rafa v Big Sam: A Titanic Relegation Clash

Rafa v Big Sam: A Titanic Relegation Clash

When Newcastle announced the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager, two things immediately sprung to mind. The first was that he was an incredible coup for Newcastle and the second was the impending Tyne-Wear derby would be Rafa against Sam Allardyce. It’s a true heavyweight clash that is a broadcasters dream because it’s between two managers who are big personalities with a personal animosity. But it’s more than a clash of personalities; it’s a clash of styles between Benitez and …
Bolton vs Liverpool | FA Cup Replay Preview

Bolton vs Liverpool | FA Cup Replay Preview

Liverpool travel 40 miles to the Macron Stadium on Wednesday night to face Bolton as the two teams aim to progress to the 5th Round of the FA Cup where a trip to Selhurst Park awaits the victors. The two sides played out a goalless draw at Anfield just over a week ago when Adam Bogdan put in an extraordinary display to deny the Reds a comfortable win. Liverpool were knocked out by Chelsea after extra time in the Capital …
Liverpool vs Bolton | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

Liverpool vs Bolton | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

Liverpool face Bolton Wanderers in the 4th Round of the FA Cup on Saturday as they look to continue their recent resurgence in from after recovering from a disastrous start to the season. The Reds put in a commanding display in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against league leaders Chelsea and the 1-1 draw didn't provide a fair reading in a fairly one sided match. Bolton themselves had a dismal start to the season but have …
What is Happening at West Ham?

What is Happening at West Ham?

About a year ago, the chants across the terraces at the Boleyn Ground were “8 months till Millwall!” as West Ham United were stranded bottom of the table with little reason to be optimistic. The fans were making their discontent towards manager ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce abundantly clear, they didn’t want the former Bolton and Newcastle man at the helm at Upton park. Even after a remarkable resurgence in the New Year that threw the Hammers into a 13th place finish …
The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

[quote]Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. - Tom Landry[/quote] Ok, so Landry was talking about the 'other' type of football, however the sentiment remains true for 'real' football.  One of the most beautiful things about the beautiful game is the potential for a freak, unexpected result.  An incredible, unbelievable result. There's nothing that neutral football fans enjoy more than seeing an underdog grabbing a win against the odds.  So how often does it happen?  And …
Wayne Rooney: Play-maker Role – Aye or Nay?

Wayne Rooney: Play-maker Role – Aye or Nay?

Not too long ago, when Wayne Rooney was injured, criticised for his performance against Everton in the opening day of the season and even rumoured to want to leave United, I wrote an article about how we shouldn't write him off just yet (http://bit.ly/R0DG13). So far this season Rooney is still looking for his first Premier League goal however after his three goals in the International Break I would bet on him grabbing one soon. A few weeks on, Rooney has …
Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

With the 2012/2013 Premier League season kicking off in a matter of days and teams desperately searching for that striker who scores 20+ goals a season, we look at just what percentage of each teams goals are scored by their strikers. We have looked at what percentage of each teams overall goals were scored by their strikers last season and what percentage of their goals have been scored by their strikers in the last four seasons.  The headings in each …
How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season Part 3 | Opta Stats Comparison

How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season Part 3 | Opta Stats Comparison

This Opta Stats comparison looks at how well the teams at the bottom of the table have compared to last season. It includes Aston Villa, Wigan, Bolton,Blackburn and Wolves. Aston Villa Aston Villa have conceded 0.16 fewer goals this season and kept 2 more clean sheets. They have also improved their crossing accuracy by 2% but their passing accuracy is 1.28% worse off than last season. It has also taken Aston Villa an extra 0.68 minutes to create a chance …
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