Liverpool vs Wolves Preview | FA Cup 4th Round

Liverpool vs Wolves Preview | FA Cup 4th Round

Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final when they return to FA Cup action on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's men have been pretty poor so far this year after taking the Premier League by storm in the opening months of the season. The manager is under some pressure and some (ludicrous) fans went as far as suggesting he was due the sack! It's extremely unlikely that will happen any time …
Mee Vs Ward: An Analysis of Burnley's Left-Backs

Mee Vs Ward: An Analysis of Burnley's Left-Backs

The joys of promotion to the Premier League can soon turn into the despair of relegation. Having been promoted with Wolves in 2009, Stephen Ward soon experienced the pains of back-to-back relegations with them. However, he impressed Sean Dyche with his performances for Brighton, where he was on a loan last season, to make a move for him. The new Burnley signing will bring the required mix of experience and skill to add weight to the credentials of the side. With …
The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

[quote]Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. - Tom Landry[/quote] Ok, so Landry was talking about the 'other' type of football, however the sentiment remains true for 'real' football.  One of the most beautiful things about the beautiful game is the potential for a freak, unexpected result.  An incredible, unbelievable result. There's nothing that neutral football fans enjoy more than seeing an underdog grabbing a win against the odds.  So how often does it happen?  And …
Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

With the 2012/2013 Premier League season kicking off in a matter of days and teams desperately searching for that striker who scores 20+ goals a season, we look at just what percentage of each teams goals are scored by their strikers. We have looked at what percentage of each teams overall goals were scored by their strikers last season and what percentage of their goals have been scored by their strikers in the last four seasons.  The headings in each …
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 …
How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season Part 3 | Opta Stats Comparison

How Does Your Team Compare To Last Season Part 3 | Opta Stats Comparison

This Opta Stats comparison looks at how well the teams at the bottom of the table have compared to last season. It includes Aston Villa, Wigan, Bolton,Blackburn and Wolves. Aston Villa Aston Villa have conceded 0.16 fewer goals this season and kept 2 more clean sheets. They have also improved their crossing accuracy by 2% but their passing accuracy is 1.28% worse off than last season. It has also taken Aston Villa an extra 0.68 minutes to create a chance …
Walcott's Pace Gives Arsenal Victory | Opta Stats

Walcott's Pace Gives Arsenal Victory | Opta Stats

Arsenal maintained their impressive form with a comfortable 3-0 win at Wolves on Wednesday night. This was the Gunners ninth win in ten games and took them five points clear of fourth-place Tottenham. Early goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott earned Arsenal victory over 10-man Wolves in a match that was largely won in the first 11 minutes. Sebastien Bassong saw red for bringing down Walcott, after he was set free by van Persie on eight minutes. The …
Analysis of Norwich City's 3-5-2 vs Wolves

Analysis of Norwich City's 3-5-2 vs Wolves

Last week in Norwich's game against Wolves, Paul Lambert opted to start with a 3-5-2 formation. Norwich had played this system a handful of times during the previous two seasons but never with any real success. Before looking at Norwich’s performance, let’s begin by taking a look at the theory behind the 3-5-2 system. The 3-5-2 System Typically, the back three can be organised in such a way that two defenders will act as markers, leaving one defender as a libero …
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