How Welcoming Will Tottenham’s New Home Be?

How Welcoming Will Tottenham’s New Home Be?

Moving into a new stadium is tough at the best of times. One need only ask Arsenal, Manchester City, Southampton and West Ham, who have all moved into new homes this millennium and experienced immediate blips in results. Since 2000, Fulham and Spurs themselves have been forced to make temporary arrangements before shifting into an arena of their own and while Loftus Road proved to be kind to the Cottagers in 2002-03, Tottenham suffered a 10-point slump in home form …
Liverpool Go Top of the Table with a 4-1 Win over Cardiff City

Liverpool Go Top of the Table with a 4-1 Win over Cardiff City

Liverpool and Cardiff City like to play high scoring games. The past three games between these two sides had yielded more than four goals per game. Moreover, newly promoted Cardiff were travelling to the fortress of Anfield and Liverpool had just dispatched Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in the midweek game in Champions League. So, it was expected that the result of today’s game would be a high-scoring Liverpool win. That is what it turned out to be. The only wrinkle …
Liverpool Vs Cardiff City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Cardiff City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Hope is very fickle in football. One half of bad football and all hope is lost and one emphatic victory and everything seems fine. Two teams that ended their bad runs in each of their last matches, will meet on in game week 10 to see whose hope is fickle and who seems to be doing fine. Liverpool will host Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool fans and Jurgen Klopp must be very happy with the result they achieved on …
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

This weekend sees two of the London sides meet at Selhurst Park, as Chelsea travel across the capital. After seven matches, the table is starting to shape up nicely and as many predicted, Chelsea look to be favourites, after already establishing a five point lead over the champions. Meanwhile Crystal Palace are propping themselves up nicely above the relegation zone, with survival being the key, especially after the exit of Tony Pulis just days before the season began. Neil Warnock …
James McArthur: A Statistical Analysis of Crystal Palace's Record Signing

James McArthur: A Statistical Analysis of Crystal Palace's Record Signing

Having been placed at the helm of affairs with less than a week to go before the transfer window closed, Neil Warnock was required to make a very quick assessment of his squad. The Englishman had a busy deadline day as he made 3 crucial signings mere hours before the window shut. These were in the form of James McArthur, Kevin Doyle (on loan) and Zeki Fryers. The signing of McArthur from Wigan for a fee of 7 million surpassed …
Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Key Men, Stats

Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Key Men, Stats

This match sees two sides, looking for their first win of the season, face-off. As the home side, Newcastle will be looking at this match with more expectancy, especially after signing a flurry of new players this summer. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have lost their opening two matches without a manager, but Neil Warnock has been announced as the new boss, so it will be Warnock's second spell in the hotseat at Selhurst Park. Tony Pulis left in an abrupt manner, …
Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

It is a common belief with Premier League owners that sacking your manager will improve their clubs results, but is this really that case? We look at whether teams sacking their manager has a short-term or a long-term impact on their side and whether it was better off sticking with the manager they had in the first place. We have looked at all the managers that have been sacked by Premier League clubs in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. Short …