Talismanic Terry Must Be Lured To Brazil

Talismanic Terry Must Be Lured To Brazil

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil rapidly approaching, managers of the national teams involved are getting increasingly closer to the date where they must submit the 23 players they have selected. There are numerous question marks still surrounding those who will go to the tournament for England. Players such as Cleverley and Smalling are being criticised for being included in previous squads, whilst there are huge calls for former captain John Terry to come out of international retirement to …
England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

After two defeats in the last week, England fans are again at their most pessimistic heading into a World Cup year. Being beaten by Germany is always tough for England fans, but a somewhat second string Germany side makes the defeat all the worst. Friday night’s loss against Chile was also a bad result, albeit with an experimental English side. What the two games showed is that England do not possess much depth. Injuries aside, the team against Germany was …
Partnership Analysis | Jagielka and Distin Vs Aston Villa

Partnership Analysis | Jagielka and Distin Vs Aston Villa

Everton’s impressive shift in philosophy under Roberto Martínez continued to sparkle on Saturday, as the Toffees battled past Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park to ensure they’re now two points (18) better off than what they were at the same stage last season. An inspired substitution from the Spaniard early into the second half ultimately made the difference, with Leon Osman replacing Ross Barkley after 60 minutes and the midfielder instantly set up Romelu Lukaku for his fifth goal of the …
Norwich City Vs Everton Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Players!

Norwich City Vs Everton Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Players!

On the opening weekend of the new 2013/14 Premier League season, Norwich City play hosts to Everton at Carrow Road on Saturday lunchtime, as the Canaries aim to reach the next level in their third successive top-flight campaign. The Toffees finished five places above their opponents last season but will be making the 256-mile journey with a new face in the dugout, as Roberto Martinez looks to kick start his Everton reign with a bang after leaving Wigan Athletic to …
Everton: Ten Game Player Analysis | Opta Stats

Everton: Ten Game Player Analysis | Opta Stats

Everton's 2-2 draw at Fulham signalled the ten game point of the season, generally the time managers and players finally deem it acceptable to begin judging their work. Sitting fourth in the table, the Toffees have started unusually well. They are playing some attractive football and dominating most games, although four consecutive draws have slightly checked their recent progress. In terms of performance, Everton's play has evolved into a more possession-heavy, pass-friendly system that has seen the Toffees become masters at carving out chances …
Does Rio Ferdinand Deserve an England Call-up? Stats Analysis

Does Rio Ferdinand Deserve an England Call-up? Stats Analysis

Earlier this year, Rio Ferdinand famously missed out being selected for Euro 2012 due to "football reasons". It created quite a stir as his omission was suspected to have had something to do with John Terry and his racial row with his brother Anton Ferdinand. But with Terry retiring suddenly last week, rumours have resurfaced about Ferdinand returning to the national team, so much that it made Roy Hodgson regrettably announced that Ferdinand’s international career is as good as over. …
England's Best Starting XI | Part 1: Defence | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best Starting XI | Part 1: Defence | Opta Stats Analysis

With the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland only a few months away and England still without a manager it looks like a daunting task for whoever takes over from Fabio Capello. To make this task easier we have derived a way to help whoever takes over with their starting line ups for the competition. We have done this by comparing players for each position using Opta statistics from the 2011/2012 season up to and including the matches that took …
Newcastle | Taylor-made for England?

Newcastle | Taylor-made for England?

Should Steven Taylor be in the England squad? Much has been said about Newcastle United’s excellent start to the season, no more so than from the Geordie public ourselves. Much always regularly creeps up about the immense defensive record NUFC continue to behold. As the ‘joint-best’ defenders, with Man City and now Liverpool, NUFC boast a record of conceding only 11 goals in 12 Premier League games. To give that some perspective, recent Carling Cup victors Blackburn and last years …
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