The Dynamic Duo Driving Spurs Success | Stats Comparison

The Dynamic Duo Driving Spurs Success | Stats Comparison

Totalling just two points from the opening three games of the season (with both points earned in disappointing home draws), the press seemed all too willing to put Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villa Boas under increasing scrutiny. Fleet Street favourite Harry Redknapp had been given the boot and replaced by AVB, and the press couldn’t wait for the Portuguese to fail. After the international break Spurs came back (much as they did last season) to go on a winning run, …
Aston Villa sink deeper into uncertainty after loss to Bolton

Aston Villa sink deeper into uncertainty after loss to Bolton

Aston Villa’s Premier League status came into questioning once again last night as they were undone by two quick goals from Bolton Wanderers directly after taking the lead. Aston Villa managed just 43.8% of possession over the 90 minutes compared to Bolton Wanderers 56.2%.  As many fans at the game said that it felt the completely other-way round in terms of possession. I have noticed over recent months that Aston Villa’s ball retention and ability to find each other is one of …
Liverpool v Villa | Taking Advantage to Stop the slide

Liverpool v Villa | Taking Advantage to Stop the slide

[caption id="attachment_5544" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Clarke & Dalglish: Must translate frustration into cohesion and goals"][/caption] Liverpool never seem to make it easy for their fans. It certainly doesn’t need me to remind anyone of the times hearts have been in mouths, followed by expletives, followed by delighted cheers. West Ham cup final, Olympiakos, penalty shootouts to win cups whether European or domestic. But all the ones I’ve mentioned have a happy ending. Where we are now is an entirely different place. …
Villa | Where's Alex McLeish's happy team camp gone?

Villa | Where's Alex McLeish's happy team camp gone?

I will start this article will the opening phrase which is becoming perfectly clear and tiresome. “Alex McLeish was not the Villa fans' first choice manager” The fact of the matter is: he is our manager and when he met the team following the pre-season break, there were positive vibes coming out of Bodymoor Heath with players saying how nice it is to have McLeish as manager.  Frozen players were allowed to return to the first team and would be …
Villa Old Stars v Villa Fans XI charity match for Harry Moseley

Villa Old Stars v Villa Fans XI charity match for Harry Moseley

Ashley Young Vs Stewart Downing

Ashley Young Vs Stewart Downing

There's no secret to the fact that Manchester United and Liverpool hate each other. The race to sign Ashley Young ended with Young "snubbing" LFC to head to the Red Devils for around £17m. Liverpool, however, shot back with their own deal for the other Villa winger Stewart Downing in a deal believed to be worth around £20m. There has been much debacle amongst LFC fans, Villa fans, and Utd fans alike about which team got the better deal. Using Opta Stats …
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