How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season? | Opta Stats Comparison

How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season? | Opta Stats Comparison

This series of articles will look at how each team in the Premier League has compared to last season. (Please note Norwich, Swansea and QPR will not be included as they were in the Championship last season). With Manchester City fighting Manchester United for the title. Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea battling it out for third and fourth and Liverpool struggling in the league - we  start by looking at these seven teams. Manchester City As you can see from the table above …
The Importance of Benayoun | The Squad Player Arsenal Needed

The Importance of Benayoun | The Squad Player Arsenal Needed

Already at this site we've taken a look at Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta in their first seasons at Arsenal. Now seems apt to analyse loan-signing Yossi Benayoun and his contribution to Arsenal's surprise season. The Israeli arrived on deadline day, a loan signing from Chelsea, to a sea of mediocre approval, quite indicative of his career in the Premier League so far. Excellent at West Ham, he then moved to Liverpool where he became a rotation player and impressed …
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 …
Assessing Spurs' midfield ahead of away trip to Chelsea

Assessing Spurs' midfield ahead of away trip to Chelsea

On Saturday 24th March Tottenham travel west across London to play Chelsea in the lunchtime kick-off.  Spurs will be hopeful of all three points, but in reality most fans would accept a draw before the game. It says a lot about the respective seasons of Chelsea and Spurs that a win is even considered. A few years ago, Chelsea were so strong at home that this fixture would be one to turn the telly over when Match of the Day comes …
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 …
Spurs vs Chelsea | 10/11 Stats Preview

Spurs vs Chelsea | 10/11 Stats Preview

At White Hart Lane on Thursday, third and fourth clash with so much on the line. For both sides, it’s one of the biggest matches of the season. For Spurs, it is an opportunity to open up a five point gap, with a game in hand, and really prove that they belong among the Premier League’s elite. Chelsea need a win to edge in front of Spurs and back in to the top three. A 1-0 victory for Spurs would …
Spurs vs Bolton | Can Spurs keep the run going?

Spurs vs Bolton | Can Spurs keep the run going?

Spurs welcome Bolton Wanderers to White Hart Lane for their first traditional kick off of the season. At three o’clock on Saturday afternoon, third placed Tottenham meet relegation candidates Bolton, in a clash of sides with massively divergent aspirations. Spurs have their eyes on Champions League football, and maybe more, while Bolton are firmly focused on breaking the forty point barrier and guaranteeing Premier League survival for another year. At West Brom last weekend, Spurs created 18 goalscoring chances and …
Spurs vs QPR | Match Preview

Spurs vs QPR | Match Preview

In Spurs’ first home game since the derby victory, they welcome another London rival, Queens Park Rangers. Tottenham will hope to continue a rich recent run of form which has seen them unbeaten since August. Five wins and one draw in their last six has Spurs sitting in fifth place, still with a game in hand. QPR’s form is less consistent. A scratchy win against Chelsea last start has released the pressure on manager Neil Warnock. Spurs will be optimistic …
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