Spurs vs Newcastle | Opta Stats Preview

Spurs vs Newcastle | Opta Stats Preview

After a week of off-field drama, it's finally time to get the focus back on the pitch. Spurs welcome Newcastle United to The Lane on Saturday in an attempt to close the gap on Manchester United in second place. Newcastle too, will be hoping to pick up points and apply pressure to the more fancied sides around them. Newcastle are just one point behind Chelsea, who face a tricky trip to Goodison Park. Manager Alan Pardew has maintained the same …
Newcastle Vs Sunderland | Stats & Facts Preview

Newcastle Vs Sunderland | Stats & Facts Preview

We've got some stats and facts ahead of the big North East derby tomorrow. Both sides are coming off of disappointing results (one more than the other). Sunderlands' brilliant set of results came to an abrupt end last week when they were thrashed by West Brom. Newcastle were two goals up against Wolves however lost their lead and could have lost the game. Let's see what the Head to Head stats/facts are like for the teams as they head into …
Hatem Ben Arfa | Mercurial or maddening? EPL Opta Stats

Hatem Ben Arfa | Mercurial or maddening? EPL Opta Stats

Touted as one of Europe’s best talents, Newcastle United were due to get their hands on a pure ‘wizard’ of the game, an exceptional French flair footballer from the bowels of the infamous Clairefontaine academy. Hatem Ben Arfa’s debut at Newcastle started with the proverbial ‘bang’, with a glorious goal in a 1-0 away win to Everton. However, then came that Nigel de Jong tackle and Ben Arfa’s season was duly over. Alan Pardew knew exactly what he had at …
Jonas Gutierrez - Newcastle's new marmite?

Jonas Gutierrez - Newcastle's new marmite?

“He’s an exciting player and I’m sure our fans will enjoy watching him!” That was the verdict of Kevin Keegan on signing Jonas Gutierrez for Newcastle from Real Mallorca back in July 2008. And, it’s fair to say, the Argentine hasn’t disappointed. He possesses amazing skill and has that drive and flair to evade even the toughest of full backs. He also has an excellent understanding of defending principles and matched with his hard work and endeavour, Jonas would be …
Reina compared to Rivals | Liverpool Defence Opta Stat Analysis

Reina compared to Rivals | Liverpool Defence Opta Stat Analysis

Following the debacle that was the defeat to Wigan, Liverpool fans have started to point their finger at a new target: Pepe Reina. A few of them saying: he's not been making as many saves or doesn't look as though he's trying or he can't save penalties anymore. Liverpool's slump shouldn't rest solely on the shoulders of Pepe Reina and hopefully the statistics will help show this. We're going to compare Pepe Reina to goalkeepers from the teams above Liverpool …
Analysing Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini

Analysing Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini

Hatem Ben Arfa….take a bow! Were Newcastle fans the only ones that weren’t surprised at his performance v West Brom though?! The magician has been hailed a ‘pioneer’ of the midlands victory, but the Toon faithful have watched the French enigma build since his return from injury and it looks as though he is finally blooming into the talent we were all hoping he was! However, as threatening as Ben Arfa, Ba and Cisse were, it was also at the …
Let's get all defensive about Newcastle | Statistical & Graphical Analysis

Let's get all defensive about Newcastle | Statistical & Graphical Analysis

It’s not nice being the pessimist (or is it realist?) all of the time, but lets call a spade a spade – Arsenal deserved to win the game on Monday. If it had have been Newcastle who had 23 attempts compared to 4 and the game ended in a draw, the sticky stuff would have hit the fan! Newcastle have never learnt their lesson over the years – Theo Walcott loves playing the Toon! He has tortured the black and …
Newcastle vs Norwich | A look at Newcastle | Stats Preview

Newcastle vs Norwich | A look at Newcastle | Stats Preview

Despite many Geordie fans’ initial resistance to Alan Pardew’s appointment in 2010, few can argue with their teams overall performance this season. Beginning with an unbeaten run of 11 matches built a fantastic platform for their season, although recent weeks have seen inconsistent performances and results. After last week’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, Pardew admitted Newcastle’s chance of qualifying for the Champions League was over. Prior to the game, he had hyped up the importance of getting a result against …
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