Manchester United v Sunderland Preview| Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v Sunderland Preview| Team News, Stats & Key Men

A week after what can be considered another blip in Manchester United's pursuit of Champions League football in the shape of a disappointing 2-1 away defeat to Swansea, Louis Van Gaal will be looking forward to bounce back in winning ways as they are set to host Sunderland come Saturday evening. Despite the fact that Man United have lost just twice in the last 20 games, the performances especially since the turn of the new year haven't been all convincing …
Sunderland vs Swansea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Sunderland vs Swansea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Sunderland and Swansea clash on the weekend with both teams likely to identify this fixture as one which they should be able to come out with a victory. Sunderland drew yet again last week and Swansea come into the game on the back of a home defeat to Southampton after being reduced to 10 men following Wilfried Bony’s two yellow cards. The Black Cats have four points from their five games so far but have only lost so far. The …
Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Sweden began their final game at Euro 2012 looking to exit the competition with some pride salvaged and some hope for the future restored. They faced a French side they had not beaten in a competitive game since October 1949 in Stockholm and a team that was looking to finish the group stages at the top of the group and avoid a game against Spain in the quarter finals. Sweden defended well throughout the game and prevented France from having …
Brave Sweden Dumped Out - Sweden Euro 2012 match stats

Brave Sweden Dumped Out - Sweden Euro 2012 match stats

A tense Friday night in Kiev for both sets of fans, both Sweden and England knew that a positive result here was vital. England had never beaten Sweden in a competitive encounter, drawing five and losing two of the seven matches, reason for Swedish fans to be optimistic despite their poor performance against Ukraine. With the start delayed by the events in Donetsk at the other group D game, as rain and thunderstorms forced the teams off the pitch for …
Sweden's hopes dashed by Shevchenko - A Sweden match report

Sweden's hopes dashed by Shevchenko - A Sweden match report

Sweden's tournament started off with less of a bang than they had hoped, 3 points dropped to a Ukraine team most expected them to beat with games against England and France to come, many expected Sweden to take 3 points and quickly shift their focus to the next game on Friday versus England but this was not the case. 2 goals from Andrey Shevchenko countered the opening goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give Ukraine the victory and send Sweden to …
Sweden - What to expect at Euro 2012

Sweden - What to expect at Euro 2012

Sweden may not have many punters backing them at the European championships this season, but there is an undeniable level of skill, ability and quality in their side that travels to Poland/Ukraine for Euro 2012, typified by their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The punters should be wary of this team as they have the ability to win big games with this colossus leading them. Sweden have featured at the European championships a total of four times, with this years appearance being …
New signings begin to pay off | Sunderland

New signings begin to pay off | Sunderland

[caption id="attachment_5639" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Seb Larsson"][/caption] Last weekends’ draw at home to Aston Villa saw Steve Bruce’ claim his side would soon “click together” and that consequently the team’s results would improve. Had Stephane Sessengnon’s late intervention not garnered a point, that improvement may well have been somebody else’s concern, but to be fair to the manager, some analysis of his summer recruits may bring cause for optimism. It was always going to be difficult for the side to perform …
Larsson & Brown | Optimism for Bruce

Larsson & Brown | Optimism for Bruce

[caption id="attachment_2818" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Star Man: Wes Brown"][/caption] The talk before kick-off was all about the now departed Jordan Henderson, but Steve Bruce will be more concerned about the players currently at his disposal. To this end, Saturday must have felt like a vindication of sorts for the Sunderland boss, who used his resources and tactical acumen to rescue a point from what had seemed like certain defeat. Having watched his side largely overwhelmed by an expensively assembled Liverpool side …