Best Goalkeeper in the EPL: Courtois, Lloris, Hart or De Gea?

Best Goalkeeper in the EPL: Courtois, Lloris, Hart or De Gea?

The Premier League is a very special league. Everybody knows that. Its special status is not just the overall quality, or the intriguing and very exciting title challenges, nor the fact that any team can beat any other. There is one more reason that makes the Premier League quite unique: goalkeepers. Compared to other top leagues in Europe, one would struggle to find a single weak keeper in the Premier League, with quality coming from the Championship every year as …
Manchester United - Blinded by Injuries?

Manchester United - Blinded by Injuries?

This one places Manchester United third on the rather dubious EPL Injury table just below Everton and Newcastle. With 10 injuries at the moment, Louis Van Gaal's side has been ravaged by a series of short-term and long-term injuries alike throughout the season, hampering any possibility of getting a consistent run-out with his favored group of players. This International week has particularly given him more to worry about, with key first team players in David De Gea (Finger), Michael Carrick …
Tactical Review - Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0

Tactical Review - Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0

PRE-MATCH The Manchester derby, one of the biggest games in English club football in recent years, returned for the 168th time. These two teams collectively have won each of the four Premier League titles since Chelsea won in 2009-10. When cash-flush City emerged as a Premier League heavyweight, the then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dubbed them as the noisy neighbours. Since the Scot’s retirement, United have been on a decline of sorts while City have only been getting better. …
De Gea or Courtois: Who's Impressed most this season?

De Gea or Courtois: Who's Impressed most this season?

American goalkeeper Brad Friedel once made the following observation: “My colleagues spend most of their time with their backs turned towards me. I don’t believe it’s because I’m unpopular – honestly.” Now I’m sure that Brad is a lovely man, but being popular off the pitch, and being popular on it, are two different things entirely. Nobody else in football can drop so dramatically from ‘hero to zero’ quite like those crazy enough to opt for a full time career …
Manchester United: How will Van Gaal plug the gaps in a leaky defence?

Manchester United: How will Van Gaal plug the gaps in a leaky defence?

Manchester United’s defensive frailties were hideously exposed once more on Sunday, as a rampant Leicester City team plundered four goals in less than thirty second half minutes to compound United’s woes. It was the first time in the history of the Premier League that the Red Devils had lost a match in which they had, at one stage, held a two goal advantage. It’s no exaggeration to state that United are currently in the midst of a defensive crisis. For …
Manchester Utd vs. West Ham 13/14 Season – what did United fans think?

Manchester Utd vs. West Ham 13/14 Season – what did United fans think?

Big Sam travels to Old Trafford on Saturday still flush from his side’s comprehensive demolition of Liverpool at Anfield. Given Van Gaal’s difficulties of late, it’s hard not to think that Allardyce eyes a similar outcome at this fixture and United fans are probably similarly apprehensive that another big scalp may be claimed. To see how Manchester United fans may be thinking about this game, we looked at the Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football data from this fixture last season, …
EPL in Brazil Part 2: Spain | Silva, Mata, De Gea, Torres Stats

EPL in Brazil Part 2: Spain | Silva, Mata, De Gea, Torres Stats

After looking at the England WC squad in Part 1 of the series, we move on to one of the hot favorites (besides Brazil) to win the tournament – Spain. La Roja will be looking to win an unprecedented fourth major tournament on the trot, and here we look at the Premier League contingent making the trip to Brazil with them. Del Bosque calls on the two Davids from Manchester It is a testament to the strength of Spain’s goalkeeping …
Goalkeeper Stats Comparison | De Gea, Mignolet, Szczesny So Far

Goalkeeper Stats Comparison | De Gea, Mignolet, Szczesny So Far

Football, this beautiful game, has always been about scoring goals, goals galore. The game revolves around putting the ball in the back of the net. Be it the unmissable sitters, heartbreaking and unforgettable last minute winners, the netbusters or sometimes dubious own goals. It is the goals that have always mattered in the end and beyond, goals that footballers are remembered for. Having said that, the less remembered and arguably the least glamorous footballers in terms of what they do, …
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