Becca's PL Round-Up: Big Decisions, Everton 3 Liverpool 3, Man City Hit 6

Becca's PL Round-Up: Big Decisions, Everton 3 Liverpool 3, Man City Hit 6

A dramatic and significant weekend of fixtures in the Premier kicked off with the eagerly-anticipated Merseyside derby, and it was even more pulsating than expected. End to end drama concluded with goals from Suarez, Coutinho, Sturridge, Mirallas and two from Lukaku meant that the match ended 3-3 at Goodison Park. Big saves from Simon Mignolet kept the Reds in the game, after they were leading 2-1 with 2o minutes gone in the first half. After Everton drawing level to make …
Everton Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Everton Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

The early kick off on Saturday afternoon will see the 221st edition of the Merseyside derby, as Everton take on Liverpool at Goodison Park. With four places but only three points separating the two sides in the Premier League table, Roberto Martinez will be hoping his Everton side can get the win over their local rivals in his first derby as manager and move up to third place, behind Liverpool only on goal difference. Brendan Rodgers on the other hand …
The Kids Are Alright | Lukaku, Januzaj Amongst Prem's Best Youngsters

The Kids Are Alright | Lukaku, Januzaj Amongst Prem's Best Youngsters

Few quotes have been repeated as often as Alan Hansen’s famous line, “you can’t win anything with kids.”  If you hail from the red part of Manchester, you’re mocking the former Liverpool man because the ’95-’96 squad that provoked the remark went on to win the title.  Then again, over the past few years, Gooners from North London have found themselves screaming the phrase in anger down the terraces at Arsene Wenger. Of course, the real truth is that age …
England's Holding Midfielder: Noble Vs Barry, Wilshere, Carrick et al

England's Holding Midfielder: Noble Vs Barry, Wilshere, Carrick et al

We can talk about formations until we're blue in the face, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and even 3-5-2 but it's not easy to be definitive with numerical formations in a game that is constantly flowing, with its players constantly moving into different patterns depending on which team has the ball. What is certain though, in the various shapes that teams like to play - both in and out of possession - is the place in the team for modern football's holding midfielder: …
Becca's PL Round-Up: Arsenal-Liverpool clash, Wales Derby, and Stats

Becca's PL Round-Up: Arsenal-Liverpool clash, Wales Derby, and Stats

Arsenal made a name for themselves at The Emirates on Saturday evening as the London side defeated Liverpool 2-0 to stretch the gap to 5 points at the top. Goals from Cazorla and man of the moment, Aaron Ramsey, were enough to beat Liverpool in what was their first away defeat of the season. Although there was some controversy after a Jordan Henderson goal was brought back for a free kick, Arsenal did run out deserved winners.  They had 7 …
Gareth Barry Stats | Everton's Midfield General

Gareth Barry Stats | Everton's Midfield General

Gareth Barry has often been treated unfairly by neutral fans, as they question whether he has the ability to play for Manchester City; but, this season the midfielder, on loan at Everton, has earned praise from critics and fans alike after an impressive start at the Merseyside club. Barry’s role in the side is a somewhat underrated one in football with acclaim normally landing at the feet of the more flamboyant attacking players. Without Barry in the team though, Everton …
Aston Villa Vs Everton Preview | Stats, Team News & Key men

Aston Villa Vs Everton Preview | Stats, Team News & Key men

The seventh-placed Toffees travel to Aston Villa on Sunday for one of only four 3pm kick-offs, and will be looking to assert themselves even further as European football contenders. Aston Villa, on the other hand, sit in 13th position, with a clear points divide between the top third and the bottom third. Indeed, only one point separates 8th and 14th in the league creating a closely fought mid-table scrap in which Manchester United are also involved. It may still be early in the …
Player Performance Analysis | Gareth Barry Vs Hull City

Player Performance Analysis | Gareth Barry Vs Hull City

Doing the bulk of the unsung work in front of the Everton back four, as others grab the headlines, Gareth Barry usually slips under the proverbial radar. This was not the case against Hull on Saturday, however, as Barry found himself at the centre of a number of potentially game-changing incidents. Danny Graham and Sone Aluko found themselves on the floor after Barry intervened, although neither tackle warranted the intense scrutiny demanded by Steve Bruce. Barry also played a telling …
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