Away Day Blues Become Increasingly Alarming for Manchester City

Away Day Blues Become Increasingly Alarming for Manchester City

Manchester City are currently dismantling their title chances almost every time they set off on their Premier League travels. The poor results just keep on coming with another narrow defeat at Sunderland this Sunday. Interestingly, City are yet to lose by more than one goal, which shows there's a significant factor causing these defeats. Defensive lapses of concentration, poor goalkeeping, no Plan B to break the opposition down are all factors of this dreadful form. The fact that this team, …
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 …
Aston Villa 0-1 Man City | Stats Analysis

Aston Villa 0-1 Man City | Stats Analysis

A game generally controlled by City but only won from a set piece. Man City played in a 4-2-3-1 system with David Silva the main target of their attacks with his movement and control between the lines.  He played off Sergio Aguero up front with James Milner and Adam Johnson supporting from wide. Aston Villa played a 4-4-2 formation with Darren Bent and Robbie Keane leading the front line with Heskey playing on the right of the midfield four and Albrighton …
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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