Manchester United v Sunderland Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v Sunderland Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On Boxing Day, Manchester United welcome David Moyes back to Old Trafford as his Sunderland side prepare for a match with vital importance for both teams, but for two totally different reasons. Manchester United have hit a good run of form, after their abysmal start to the season.  Their three straight Premier League wins leave them just four points off the top four.  But after the poor start to the season they had, every point is crucial, especially points available at …
The Bottom Five Strikers | Borini, Anichebe, Bent et al

The Bottom Five Strikers | Borini, Anichebe, Bent et al

The relegation fight is starting to really heat up and every team needs goals to secure their Premier League status. It is a common belief that strikers become more important during the run in, as they are the match winners in the side. There will be many tight matches before the end of the season down the bottom of the league and these will be the games that determine which sides will go down. If a striker scores 4 to …
Liverpool 0 Everton 0 | Match Stats & Report

Liverpool 0 Everton 0 | Match Stats & Report

The 220th edition of English football’s oldest local rivalry was played out at Anfield today as Liverpool took on Everton. It was to be Jamie Carragher’s last derby game before the Liverpool legend retired from football, but the match was unable to provide the result both sets of supporters would have wanted as it ended in a boring 0-0 draw. The game got off to a fairly lively start in which Everton’s defence was the busier of the two. There …
Arouna Kone - Comparison with Everton Forwards | Stats

Arouna Kone - Comparison with Everton Forwards | Stats

David Moyes has began life at Manchester United, and so has Roberto Martinez at Everton. The circle of life. It is usual for new managers to rely on players they have previously managed, and this seems to be true regarding Everton being linked with Wigan Athletic forward Arouna Kone - but what can he bring to the party that their current strikers currently do not? Well, for starters, Arouna Kone scored more goals (11) than all three Everton strikers; Victor …
The Worst Strikers In Front Of Goal 12/13 | Stats Analysis

The Worst Strikers In Front Of Goal 12/13 | Stats Analysis

While Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez were scoring 49 Premier League goals between them last season, there were a few strikers looking on and hoping that just one of their shots hit the back of the net. We have taken an in depth look at these strikers and compared the worst strikers in front of goal from the 2012/2013 season, doing so by looking at all the strikers that have had 30 shots or more and comparing their shooting …
Newcastle 1 Everton 2 | Match & Stats Report

Newcastle 1 Everton 2 | Match & Stats Report

Newcastle and Everton both fought hard to secure points at St. James' Park. A terrific free-kick from Leighton Baines and a another effort from Victor Anichebe sealed the win for Everton after Newcastle took an early lead through Papiss Cisse. Both sides had an equal share of the ball. Neither side strove to control the possession, and both seemed keen on quickly placing the ball in dangerous areas. The result was a possession split right down with middle, with half …
Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

This was the cliched game of two halves, with Alan Pardew's drastic reaction to a dreadful first half allowing Newcastle to improve massively. It took a root-and-branch shift in how his team were approaching the game to change the course of a match which had been very one-sided in the first half, but the Magpies' coach was rewarded for his bravery. This match clearly illustrated that substitutions can change the shape of a game. With injuries hampering his plans, Pardew …
Swansea v Everton: Match & Stats Preview

Swansea v Everton: Match & Stats Preview

Everton, smarting from their controversial draw with Newcastle, travel to Swansea on Saturday for a lunchtime kick off. With both sides winless in their last two league games, each team is chasing a much-needed three points. Recent Form After convincing wins over QPR and West Ham, Swansea has stalled of late. A draw with Sunderland followed, although Swansea played a chunk of the game with 10 men. A trip to the Midlands proved even less rewarding as struggling Aston Villa …