QPR v Aston Villa Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

QPR v Aston Villa Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

This week’s Monday night feast sees two out of form sides face off at Loftus Road as bottom of the league QPR host Aston Villa, who are fresh from a tough run of fixtures. QPR’s return to the top flight hasn’t started in the way they had hoped. Sitting in 20th place after 6 defeats in 8 matches and 18 goals conceded – the highest in the league – with their only victory coming against Sunderland in August. Aston Villa had …
Fringe Players at Manchester United | Keep or Sell? Part 1

Fringe Players at Manchester United | Keep or Sell? Part 1

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will have to make a quick assessment on whether the so-called fringe players in Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernández, Shinji Kagawa, Darren Fletcher, Luis Nani and Ashley Young should be offered contract extensions, with all of them waiting anxiously to discover their futures as the new manager arrives in Manchester on Wednesday. All have two years left on their current contracts apart from Cleverley and Fletcher whose terms expire next summer, while Nani penned a new …
EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

Both West Brom and Southampton possess teams that are full of underrated or unheralded players. I have identified both as teams with criminally underrated players in the central midfield areas: Yacob and Mulumbu for West Brom; Cork and defensive stalwart Morgan Schneiderlin for Southampton. Within football circles all four players have impressed and we could well be seeing any one of these four make a transfer to big club this summer. But which of the two teams boasts the ‘best underrated …
England's Best XI | Part 2 : Midfield | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 2 : Midfield | Opta Stats Analysis

With the goalkeeper and defence already chosen for England’s best XI (Full England Defence Article Here) we will now look at what England’s best midfield would be for Euro 2012. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used Opta statistics from the 2011/2012 season up …