West Ham United vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats, Key Men

West Ham United vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats, Key Men

Mauricio Pochettino's first competitive game as Spurs' boss will come against rivals West Ham United, with the North London side looking for revenge after losing to the Hammers in all three games last season. Sam Allardyce's men recorded a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane in the Premier League, a 2-1 victory in the Capital One Cup quarter final and won their penultimate game of the season 2-0. Another worrying statistic for Spurs' fans is the current Hammers boss is …
In-Between the Posts: Premier League Keepers, Battle For Glory

In-Between the Posts: Premier League Keepers, Battle For Glory

A unique feature of this transfer window has been that the almost all the top clubs are looking to add depth and quality in the goalkeeping department. Whether it is the keepers who were out on loan returning to their parent club or smart captures of foreign keeper on the cheap, managers are understanding the need to have more than the usual safe pair of hands between the posts. Only Manchester United and Everton from the teams that finished in …
Begovic & Vorm - Could they take Reina's place? | Stats Comparison

Begovic & Vorm - Could they take Reina's place? | Stats Comparison

For a few seasons now, Pepe Reina's form concerns Liverpool supporters. Since 2010-2011 campaign, the Spaniard has struggled to find some consistency and his save-to-shot ratio has decreased over time. Pepe's biggest problem seems to be the number of errors he makes as his mistakes can cost Liverpool points, with the latest one turning a win over Manchester City into a disappointing draw. It's hard to tell what the reason of Reina's decline is. Many point at Xavi Valero departure …
Can Friedel Survive Villas-Boas at Tottenham? Compared to Petr Cech

Can Friedel Survive Villas-Boas at Tottenham? Compared to Petr Cech

Brad Friedel is a survivor. The American international has started every Premier League match for his club side since the start of the 2004-05 season with Blackburn Rovers and holds the EPL record for most consecutive appearances - a run he maintained  through moves to Aston Villa and Tottenham. He played for the United States Men's National Team 82 times before his retirement from International football in 2005.   Born May 18, 1971, Friedel will turn 42 at the end of the …
Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Failure to beat Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park in the penultimate match of the season condemned Blackburn Rovers to relegation to the Championship. For only the second time in the Premier League era Rovers will endure life in the second tier of English football next season, but where did it all go wrong for Rovers? [caption id="attachment_15725" align="aligncenter" width="547" caption="Heading down: Antolin Alcaraz heads Wigan to safety and sends Rovers down in the process"][/caption] Victory against Sunderland in late March …
Swansea City 2-0 Fulham | Stats Report

Swansea City 2-0 Fulham | Stats Report

Swansea City continued their home dominance with another Liberty Stadium victory on Saturday.  While visitor's Fulham had a chance to level the score with a late penalty, Michel Vorm was equal to the task - saving Clint Dempsey's effort to preserve the 1-0 lead.  Substitute Danny Graham (on 76', Lita) ensured all three points moments later, capping the scoring with his effort on 91'. While the story is, rightly, the fine save made by Vorm, it is important not to …
Swansea | Harsh reality or harsh result?

Swansea | Harsh reality or harsh result?

Swansea City’s opening game in their long anticipated Premier League debut didn’t exactly go to plan, with a 4-0 defeat away to Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City on Monday night at the newly named Etihad Stadium. A defeat which on paper and to many looked like a ‘hammering’ for the Swans, but in fact the score-line was harsh on Swansea, for whom at times looked like Premier League veterans, who played teams like Manchester City week in week out. Of course …