Aston Villa vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Aston Villa vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Tim Sherwood will take charge of his first march as Aston Villa manager on Saturday, and it's crucial that he starts with a positive result. Villa are currently 18th in the Premier League, and with only thirteen games left, a win could lift them above fellow strugglers QPR, Hull and Sunderland. A run of form between now and the end of the season could make the difference between who stays up, and who is demoted to the Championship. Stoke are …
Hull City Vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Hull City Vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

After being on the verge of upsetting Premier League Champions Manchester City, Hull City host fellow struggler's Aston Villa on Tuesday. With 2 points and 2 spots separating them, the contest could in many ways play a crucial role in the on-going relegation battle. While Aston Villa have been poor over the last 2 months, they put up an impressive performance against Premier League leaders Chelsea and would be keen to build on that. Team News Hull City Hull City …
Manchester United v Chelsea 13/14 | What did the fans think?

Manchester United v Chelsea 13/14 | What did the fans think?

Sunday afternoon sees the big matchup of the weekend, with Manchester United taking on Chelsea at Old Trafford and Juan Mata lining up against his old Chelsea team-mates. When this fixture was played last season, on a Monday night in August 26th, 2013, David Moyes was seeking a win in his first competitive home game since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, after a comfortable 1-4 opening day away victory to Swansea City. José Mourinho was planning a third successive league match …
Malaise, Moyes and Manchester United

Malaise, Moyes and Manchester United

World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

With the 2014 World Cup now glittering in the distance it is standard procedure for every football fan in England to select their own England squad. Their own formation. Their own route to glory. However, this time it seems slightly harder. England are not exactly blessed by world class squad depth, nor are they blessed with a world class starting XI. But, and this is a big but, the Three Lions are blessed with a potentially promising crop of young …
Manchester United: Season So Far | Stats Analysis

Manchester United: Season So Far | Stats Analysis

The struggles of Manchester United have been well documented this season, so it’s no surprise the champions have obtained fewer points against the teams they’ve faced this season compared to the last campaign. In total the team have dropped 8 points, most notably against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom, and only improved on the results against Swansea (a) and Chelsea (h). Yet Manchester United only remain 5 points adrift of Arsenal at the top of the league, 1 point …
Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
Tom Cleverley vs. Jack Wilshere | Stats Comparison

Tom Cleverley vs. Jack Wilshere | Stats Comparison

Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere are both excellent players, so to compare them with the intention of deciding who is better would be a wasteful exercise. Instead, it is more relevant to the interests of the Premier League and the England set-up to examine the respective strengths and weaknesses of the players and offer suggestions as to how they could complement each other in the future. It’s perhaps surprising to most that Wilshere has played more minutes …