Manchester City vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Both of these sides had excellent first halves of the season, but have fallen away recently leaving them both with big summers ahead. Neither Manuel Pellegrini or Sam Allardyce are secure in their positions going into next season with rumours circulating about their long term futures. They are both under very different expectations, but neither have done enough this season to suggest they can achieve what their clubs want going forward. Pellegrini has had a very poor second season with …
West Ham vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

West Ham vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

The once Europe destined West Ham United have faltered and are currently battling it out to finish in the top half of the Premier League. The Hammers have been abysmal in the last few weeks as they have managed to scrape a measly 4 points out of a possible 15 in the last 6 games. They host Stoke who seem considerably better in form than the North-Londoners.  With West Ham and Stoke tied on 42 points in the 9th and …
West Ham vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

West Ham vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

After Saturday's humbling at home to Crystal Palace, West Ham fans won't be looking forward to their next London derby, this time against title chasers Chelsea. The Hammers are in danger of slipping into mid-table mediocrity after a promising start to the season, and have picked up just three points from a possible fifteen in their last five matches. Chelsea on the other hand will approach the match full of confidence after their League Cup win over Spurs on Sunday. …
Arsenal & Wenger: The Verdict

Arsenal & Wenger: The Verdict

From a young age there is a certain pleasure I have always taken in Arsenals failings. There are other teams far worse off but there is something incredibly amusing about watching Arsenal flatter to deceive and then ultimately stumble and fall continuously. The fans play their part; the terraces at the Emirates seems to contain more flip-flops than a beach (that’s banter). One week all is well, title charge is on off the back of a 3-0 win at home …
What is Happening at West Ham?

What is Happening at West Ham?

About a year ago, the chants across the terraces at the Boleyn Ground were “8 months till Millwall!” as West Ham United were stranded bottom of the table with little reason to be optimistic. The fans were making their discontent towards manager ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce abundantly clear, they didn’t want the former Bolton and Newcastle man at the helm at Upton park. Even after a remarkable resurgence in the New Year that threw the Hammers into a 13th place finish …
Manchester United vs West Ham Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Manchester United vs West Ham Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

These two sides have both started in the completely opposite way than expected, as Manchester United have struggled to adapt under Louis van Gaal, while West Ham have flown out of the blocks with an impressive win over Liverpool the crowning jewel. It's still too early to judge any side in the division, but early results can affect the team and the winning or losing mentality can be difficult to shake. As the match is at Old Trafford, Manchester United …
Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 | Match Stats and Season Preview

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 | Match Stats and Season Preview

Arsenal kicked off life without Robin Van Persie and Alex Song with a rather dull draw against a disciplined Sunderland. Lukas Podolski started up front and battled hard but to no avail. It could be possible he has rarely faced such a packed defence, playing the majority of his football for a team who were battling relegation, and as a result he struggled. He only managed 2 shots and looked to link-up play more often than not. Santi Cazorla was pushed …
Premier League Midfield Enforcers | Statistical Comparison

Premier League Midfield Enforcers | Statistical Comparison

The holding midfielder has become a prominent role in the majority of sides in the Premier League. In our opinion the lack of a "midfield enforcer", effectively, cost Manchester United the title last season. I've heard a lot of Manchester United supporters bemoan the lack of strength (in terms of power not finesse) centrally in their midfield. What we're analysing here is the amount of tackles placed by these defensive midfielders and the amount they win to break up the …
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