Arsenal and Everton | The Race For Fourth Place

Arsenal and Everton | The Race For Fourth Place

After Everton's 3-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday, the race for fourth is well and truly on.  While the "fourth place trophy" as some have called it, is not a trophy, getting into the Champions League is huge for any club's future.  With the extra money and the ability to attract great players, getting into the Champions League, or not getting into the Champions League, can make a major impact on a club's future.  All of that is on the …
EPL Manager Impact Index: Moyes, Wenger, Mourinho, AVB & Rodgers

EPL Manager Impact Index: Moyes, Wenger, Mourinho, AVB & Rodgers

Maybe it’s my age?  Or the fact that I coach youth football?  Or it could just be down to Jose Mourinho? Whatever the reason, my main interest in football these days is in the ‘Cult of the Manager’.  I am a little obsessed in what they know, their style of management and their impact on games, examples of my previous articles in this vein are here and here. I often ponder the question whether football managers actually make any difference to …
Player Season Review - Kyle Walker

Player Season Review - Kyle Walker

With just one Premier League game missed so far this season for Tottenham Hotspur, Kyle Walker has had his most impressive season at right back since his debut campaign for Harry Redknapp in the 2011/2012 season, where they would have qualified for Champions League football, if not for Didier Drogba's heroics in Munich. The former Sheffield United youth product has played 25 out of Spurs' 26 Premier League games so far this campaign - missing out on their 3-0 win …
Everton vs Swansea FA Cup Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Everton vs Swansea FA Cup Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

There’s a break in Premier League action this week as the FA Cup 5th Round takes centre stage. Everton host Swansea City at Goodison Park with the winners earning themselves a place in the quarter finals of the world’s oldest cup competition. Everton have been going well in the FA Cup so far this season. The Toffees have beaten both QPR and Stevenage 4-0 on their way to the 5th round. Roberto Martinez masterminded Wigan’s cup success last season, and …
Everton vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Everton vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

These two teams head into this Goodison Park clash with very contrasting objectives. Everton, beaten just once in their last ten Premier League games, are just one point from the top four places and are looking to mount a serious push for Champions League qualification. Norwich on the other hand are staring at yet another relegation battle as they sit in 15th position, just three points clear of the relegation places - currently occupied by Crystal Palace, West Ham and …
Stoke City v Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Stoke City v Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Mark Hughes will be hoping his Stoke team can fare much better against high flying Everton than they did the first time they played them this season, as they welcome Roberto Martinez’s side to the Britannia on New Year’s Day. Stoke are coming into the game off the back of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham in London at the weekend and can’t be feeling much more optimistic about their chances against Everton. The Merseyside club find themselves …
Everton v Southampton Preview | Team News, Key Players & Stats

Everton v Southampton Preview | Team News, Key Players & Stats

Two of this season’s brightest teams face off against each other this weekend with Southampton making the trip to Everton on the last day of Premier League action in 2013. Everton’s defeat to Sunderland marked the end of their unbeaten home record in the league during 2013 and meant they missed the opportunity to leapfrog rivals Liverpool into 4th place. Despite going down to 10 men, Everton still managed to dominate the game against Sunderland and only an inspired performance by …
Everton vs Sunderland Preview | Facts, Stats & Key Men

Everton vs Sunderland Preview | Facts, Stats & Key Men

Everton welcome Sunderland to Goodison Park on Thursday as one of eight 3pm kick offs. The Toffees have performed excellently this season having only lost one of their seventeen Premier League games this season, undefeated in their last ten. As such they sit fourth in the league and were it not for their seven draws (the joint highest with West Brom) could be even higher. Conversely Sunderland sit bottom on the bottom have just broken into double figures in Premier …
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