Chelsea vs. Man City 2013/14 – What Did the Fans Think?

Chelsea vs. Man City 2013/14 – What Did the Fans Think?

Saturday’s late kick-off sees the two clear title challengers so far this season go head-to-head in what fans hope will be a thrilling encounter. An 85th minute equaliser for City from Chelsea legend Frank Lampard left a bitter taste in the mouth of the watching support when Chelsea travelled to the Etihad back in September and Chelsea boss José Mourinho will be keen to see his side repeat their Stamford Bridge result for this fixture last season. In that game, played …
Quiet Transfer Window Works to Manchester City's Advantage

Quiet Transfer Window Works to Manchester City's Advantage

When Manuel Pellegrini took over the reins from the ever divisive Roberto Mancini and the club bandied around the term ‘holistic approach’, little did anyone expect such a tight lid to he placed on all aspects of the club, and cake-gate aside, this summer seems to be following a similar pattern under the guidance of the reserved Chilean and the ex-Barcelona tag team of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain. With Eliaquim Mangala seemingly the only box left to be ticked …
Gunners Panicking? Who can Arsenal Bring in?

Gunners Panicking? Who can Arsenal Bring in?

After Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa, Arsenal are now in a position that has been inevitable for the last few weeks. The Gunners are attempting to strengthen their squad with late bids before the transfer window closes. In most cases, a single defeat cannot suffice a panic situation, but Arsenal are a different matter. Fans who were promised that a large sum of money was available, have been disappointed to see the only player come into Arsenal …
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 …
Simpson | Improving, but is he good enough?

Simpson | Improving, but is he good enough?

One of the products from the youth academy at Manchester United, Danny Simpson was unable to seize the chance to sustain a regular starting place and only managed a handful of appearances. During his time at Manchester United, he was loaned out to several clubs; Royal Antwerp, Sunderland, Ipswich, Blackburn Rovers and finally to Newcastle in 2009, where he was a steady performer in the Championship that earned himself a permanent contract in 2010. Undoubtedly, Simpson has improved since his …