Sunderland vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Sunderland vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Sunderland face a difficult encounter at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with the blue half of Merseyside - one of the in-form teams in the Premier League - looking to carry on their fine form in their quest for Champions League qualification. The Black Cats, however, need a miracle to stay up, according to the Uruguayan manager Gustavo Poyet; and will need to start their unlikely survival with three points over the Toffees if they have any chance catching …
EPL Manager Index | Wenger & Mourinho in Top 3, Rodgers rebounds

EPL Manager Index | Wenger & Mourinho in Top 3, Rodgers rebounds

For details of how the EPL Manager Impact Index operates, and the criteria for points, see this post (http://eplindex.wpengine.com/38232/premier-league-manager-impact-index.html). Weeks (games) 13 and 14 have just been played so this is an update for both weeks.  I thought about just writing an update of all points at Week 14, however, something special happened last Sunday for Hull City fans (which I am) so I had to give Week 13 a little mention.  Hull City managed to beat Liverpool for the …
Sunderland Vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Sunderland Vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Sunderland put in a brave performance at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night, only to be punished by Eden Hazard and his Chelsea side; while Tottenham were reliant on two long range strikes, both stunning, to grab a 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, that put them back in the race for a top four place. There has been a slight improvement in Sunderland's performances under new boss Gustavo Poyet, beating their fierce rivals Newcastle United and Manchester …
Sunderland Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Sunderland Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

The month ahead is the busiest of the season and it will prove to be crucial for both of these sides. Sunderland need to pick up as many points as possible to move out of the relegation zone, whereas Chelsea will be hoping to make inroads into Arsenal's lead. Neither can afford a bad month. Gus Poyet will be facing Chelsea as a manager for the first time in a competitive fixture, and as a former Blues player, he will …
EPL Manager Index Week 12 | Rodgers' Party, Wenger and Pellegrini Top

EPL Manager Index Week 12 | Rodgers' Party, Wenger and Pellegrini Top

He's only gone and done it! After 11 weeks of trying (or not, depending on your viewpoint), Brendan Rodgers has finally managed to record an impact from a substitute.  And what an impact it was, Sturridge coming off the bench to snatch a point in the 3-3 draw with Everton.  Without that impact, Rodgers would have recorded his second lowest Impact score to date of 5 points, with it he scored 12 points which was the average score for the …
Player Performance Analysis | Wes Brown Vs Manchester City

Player Performance Analysis | Wes Brown Vs Manchester City

Going into a difficult game, new manager Gus Poyet took a gamble in only his fourth league game in charge at Sunderland. Poyet brought his veteran centre-back, Wes Brown, back from the cold to make his first league start since January 2012. Brown showed that Poyet's faith was well placed and put in a terrific performance to help Sunderland to a 1-0 victory over Manchester City. Poyet described the game as "the biggest win of his managerial career" and Wes …
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