Aston Villa vs Newcastle United Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Odds

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Odds

This fixture will forever leave a sour taste in the mouth for all Newcastle fans after the 2008/9 campaign. The Magpies lost at Villa Park 1-0 on the final day of the season thanks to a Damien Duff own goal, and this led to relegation. On that day a rivalry between the two sides was born as the home fans laughed and cheered at the fact that Newcastle would be playing in the second tier in the following season. Since …
Dribbling Wizardry: Premier League 2012-13 so far | Stats Analysis

Dribbling Wizardry: Premier League 2012-13 so far | Stats Analysis

Dribbling is a much-admired skill in football. The best in the game are fixed into the history of the sport: players like Stanley Matthews, George Best and Diego Maradona are remembered for their almost superhuman ability to leave defenders trailing in their wake. Beating defenders one-on-one excites a crowd in a way only shots and goals can match, but in the same way that a poor effort on goal from a good position can frustrate supporters, losing the ball when …
Premier League Players of the Week Stats | Man of the Match choices!

Premier League Players of the Week Stats | Man of the Match choices!

Welcome to this week's player of the week, where I choose a Man of the Match for each game. You can navigate by using the page numbers at the bottom of this article or the quick navigation area where you can select a match to read about the Man of the Match for it. First up: the North London Derby! Arsenal 5 – 2 Spurs The derby lived up to expectations in a game fuelled by goals and controversy. Emmanuel …
Newcastle 2-1 Spurs | Stats – Some singled-out praise!

Newcastle 2-1 Spurs | Stats – Some singled-out praise!

Saturday provided Newcastle with a very satisfying 3 points, as they started the Premier League 2012/13 campaign pretty much where they left off. Pardew opted for more secure 4-4-2 to begin the game, which didn’t really cause too much panic to Spurs in their defensive third. But a shift to the 4-3-3 which saw Newcastle produce some scintillating displays at the back end of last season duly produced the goals the Toon needed. The old line goes as saying “I …