Spurs Out-played & Out-fought by AFC

Spurs Out-played & Out-fought by AFC

The two fixtures that all Spurs fans look out for at the start of the season are both games against Arsenal. These are the games that they want to win more than anything. On Sunday, Tottenham fans headed to the emirates full of optimism. They were on form and had brushed Newcastle aside with ease in their previous fixture - for the first time in two decades they had the possibility of doing the double over their arch rivals. Sitting …
Back to Basics | Bale on Left, Modric in Middle | Opta Stats

Back to Basics | Bale on Left, Modric in Middle | Opta Stats

Football should be a simple game. Play your best players in their best positions and you will be in with a chance. To that end, it is frustrating to see Harry Redknapp keep playing players out of position. After the first two games of the season, Tottenham went on a long unbeaten run playing some of the best football in the league. This was achieved by playing a system that worked, with Bale providing width on the left, Lennon on …
Giant Killers | Swansea slay the giant | Opta Stats

Giant Killers | Swansea slay the giant | Opta Stats

With the league leaders, and the cash balance giants of English football visiting Wales, this was another huge game for Swansea. Manchester City were expecting to win and getting anything from the game would really have been a bonus for the jacks. Swansea were coming into this game off the back of a very good away win where Sigurdsson was the star of the show with two spectacular 25 yard goals. Dyer had been sent off in the 60th minute …
Leon Britton | Architect of Swansea City Masterclass | Opta Stats

Leon Britton | Architect of Swansea City Masterclass | Opta Stats

Sometimes in football, you have to witness something with your own eyes just to assure yourself that what you just saw actually did happen. I refer of course to Swansea City’s complete demolition of a streetwise and experienced Barclays Premier side in the shape of Fulham, who entered yesterday’s game at Craven Cottage having won six out of their previous eight home matches in the League, scoring an impressive 21 goals in the process, suggesting that Martin Jol had turned …
Man City: Away day Blues | Opta Stats Analysis

Man City: Away day Blues | Opta Stats Analysis

In falling to a 1-0 defeat against Swansea at The Liberty Stadium last Sunday Manchester City – courtesy of cross-city rivals United’s win against West Brom – fell to second place in the Premier League table after a lengthy run in first place. In many ways it may have been some time coming. Despite maintaining a record 100% home record this season – a record-breaking 14 games (19 all told stretching back to 2010/11) – City have struggled of late …
Modric and Silva | Mercurial Midfielders

Modric and Silva | Mercurial Midfielders

When Daniel Levy stood firm and said in no uncertain terms that Luka Modric would not be sold to Chelsea, a lot was made of how he would perform for Tottenham. Would a want away player give his all for a club that he seemed so desperately to want to leave? Thankfully, the mercurial Modric knuckled down and let his football do the talking. He has been central to the attacking flair that Tottenham have demonstrated this season and he …
N’Zonzi | Rovers Pass master | Opta Stats

N’Zonzi | Rovers Pass master | Opta Stats

Blackburn Rovers have started to move up the table in recent weeks and improved pass completion statistics are at the heart of their upturn in form. With Steven N’Zonzi Rovers’ most accomplished passer, his ability to set the tempo and get the side passing will go a long way to dictating Blackburn’s chances of retaining their Premier League status over the coming weeks.  [caption id="attachment_8782" align="aligncenter" width="467" caption="Midfield maestro: N’Zonzi dances out of trouble against Fulham earlier this season"][/caption] With …
Tottenham Bitten by Wolves | Stats Analysis

Tottenham Bitten by Wolves | Stats Analysis

When Tottenham took to the field against Everton last Wednesday in the long awaited fixture, there were a number of elements that intrigued me. The returns of Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon, how Gareth Bale would perform against Phil Neville who played so well against him last season, and maybe most intriguing of all was how Jake Livermore would perform in central midfield. With Scott Parker not quite fit enough to return, and Sandro out of action, Livermore had a …
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