Spurs vs Man Utd | Contributing factors | Opta Stats

Spurs vs Man Utd | Contributing factors | Opta Stats

Title contenders may have blips, also-rans suffer bad form... If Tottenham are to seriously consider themselves as title contenders they need to consign the 5-2 defeat at Arsenal to history and get something out of the match against Manchester United – turn that result into a blip and not part of a run of bad form. Last season Spurs held the Champions to a 0-0 draw at home, and were defeated 2-0 at Old Trafford. This season, Spurs suffered a …
Liverpool dominate & frustrate | EPL Striker Stats Comparison

Liverpool dominate & frustrate | EPL Striker Stats Comparison

"You drive for show but you putt for dough." [caption id="attachment_5505" align="alignleft" width="211" caption="Filling the Breach: Kelly, Spearing & Carragher"][/caption] The quote, above, is by South African golfer Bobby Locke. You can bask in all the applause for a 300 yard drive off the tee, but there'll be no one clapping when you miss from 2 feet. But how it applies to Liverpool so often this season in the Premier League. Most Liverpool fans will have said at least once …
Arsenal 1 MUFC 2 | Wenger Outwitted

Arsenal 1 MUFC 2 | Wenger Outwitted

Arsenal succumbed to their third defeat in a row in the Premiership, despite equalising through Robin Van Persie, as United rather comfortably overcame their opponents. Sir Alex Ferguson lined his team up in the counter-attacking style he normally deploys against Arsenal. Their exploitation of the wings paid dividends and Ferguson's quick reactions to any changes Wenger made ensured his team came away with the victory. On Arsenal's right flank, John Djourou had a nightmare of a game against the tricky …
Man Utd 3 Bolton 0 | Match Stats Report

Man Utd 3 Bolton 0 | Match Stats Report

  Man Utd took another step towards retaining the Premier League title as they stopped their two match losing streak.  While the headlines will go to the return of Paul Scholes, scoring the opener and recording 69' of pitch time before being replaced by Ryan Giggs, Scholes was not the most influential player on the pitch. At least, not according to the numbers. Between the stick, Anders Lindegaard may have regained his form and composure after allowing three against Newcastle; he …
Welcome back... Jermain Defoe | Stats

Welcome back... Jermain Defoe | Stats

Welcome back … Jermain Defoe He may have looked like an extra from a Sisko music video with his new haircut but there is no doubt Jermain Defoe has defences dancing to his beat this season. The diminutive striker, 30 this year, has often been seen as one of the country’s most natural goalscorers. This reputation was forged in the youth academies of Charlton and West Ham and only enhanced when he went on loan to Bournemouth in the 2000/2001 …
Van Persie, Ba, Rooney & Aguero | Stats

Van Persie, Ba, Rooney & Aguero | Stats

So we've got to Christmas which is usually used as the half way point by many pundits. We're going to be looking at strikers today and what better than to look at the top four strikers in the Premier League at the moment. The majority of players are those that you'd expect to be there but Demba Ba crashes in to this party with his excellent goal scoring this season. We're going to be comparing Robin Van Persie, Demba Ba, …
United do enough against QPR | Stats

United do enough against QPR | Stats

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick were enough for United to maintain the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, following a comfortable victory over QPR at Loftus Road. Wayne Rooney's 53rd second header started United's return to the top of the table - even if only for a few hours - and QPR rarely looked like threatening their voyage back to where they believe they belong. United dominated the game, having chance after chance …
Darren Bent | Answer for Euro 2012?

Darren Bent | Answer for Euro 2012?

Can Darren Bent become England's main man? With England fans and players in shock with Wayne Rooney getting the worst possible news with a 3 game ban at Euro 2012, Darren Bent has the opportunity to become England's number one striker and main man. Comparably this season Wayne Rooney has had a better season by means of goals scored, with a ratio of 1 goal per game, with Bent scoring 1 in 2. As shown above, Darren Bent has proved …
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