Archive | September, 2012

STATS: Aston Villa’s Lowton’s impressive tackling vs West Brom’s Mulumbu working hard

Aston Villa v West Brom 16:00 – Aston Villa slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton last time out, after conceding four goals in the second half. Despite going in ahead thanks to Darren Bent, Paul Lambert’s men were unable to prevent a deluge of goals from the Saints after the break. [...]

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STATS: Manchester United’s RvP shots on target % vs Tottenham Hotspur’s Defoe’s shooting for fun

Man Utd v Tottenham 17:30 – Goals from Rafael and Robin van Persie proved enough to help Man Utd topple fierce rivals Liverpool in an emotional encounter at Anfield. They will have felt lucky to escape with a win though in a game where their opponents dominated for large stretches of the game. – Van [...]

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STATS: Sunderland’s Bramble’s interceptions vs Wigan’s Ramis’ has most successful tackles

Sunderland v Wigan 15:00 – Steven Fletcher was again the difference for Sunderland as they drew 1-1 away to West Ham. Martin O’Neill will undoubtedly be concerned as his side’s poor away form in the league stretched on for yet another week. – Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has divided opinion throughout his Premier League career, [...]

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STATS: Stoke’s Walters’ interceptions vs Swansea’s Williams’ blocks

Stoke v Swansea 15:00 – Stoke lost 1-0 to Chelsea last weekend on an afternoon where Tony Pulis’ side had largely provided a typically bullish resistance to Chelsea’s attempts on their goal. The Potters even looked as though they might pull off the upset as Jonathan Walters came close just before half-time but was unable [...]

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STATS: Reading’s McAnuff’s dribbling skills vs Newcastle’s impressive team work rate

Reading v Newcastle 15:00 – Reading continued to struggle to find their form in the league against West Brom as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Hawthorns. Despite it being a relatively closely contested encounter, with Gareth McCleary and Jobi McAnuff in particular impressing, the Royals could not force their way through a [...]

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STATS: Norwich’s Hoolahan covers most ground vs Liverpool’s Suarez’s shots on target %

Norwich v Liverpool 15:00 – Norwich fell to a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle last time out in a match where they wasted too many of the chances they carved out for themselves. Chris Hughton’s return to Newcastle was clearly not the one he would have hoped for and he will be looking for greater sharpness [...]

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STATS: Fulham’s Schwarzer is the busiest keeper vs Manchester City’s Javi Garcia covered most ground

Fulham v Man City 15:00 – Fulham earned a well deserved win against Wigan last time out, with Hugo Rodallega’s header against his former club proving to be the difference between the two sides. Along with Damien Duff, who scored the decisive second goal, Dimitar Berbatov again showcased why Martin Jol was so keen to [...]

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STATS: Everton’s Baines with more crosses than anyone vs Southampton’s Lallana’s shots on target

Everton v Southampton 15:00 – Everton produced a magnificent performance to end Swansea’s unbeaten home record this season. Goals from Victor Anichebe, Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini formed part of a dominant 3-0 display from the Toffees who moved to second in the league. – Anichebe had nine shots at goal in the game against [...]

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STATS: Arsenal’s Ramsey covers most ground vs Chelsea’s Mata’s attacking passes

Arsenal v Chelsea 12:45 – Arsenal played out a thrilling draw with Manchester City last weekend as a late equaliser from Laurent Koscielny earned a point for the Gunners. It was an impressive all-round performance from Arsenal, with Aaron Ramsey and Santi Carzola in particular turning in excellent games. – Carzola is closing on Yaya [...]

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Why did Chelsea player get half the punishment of Liverpool’s?

John Terry was today found guilty of “using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3[2]” and banned for four games as well as handed a £220,000 fine. The outcome of this case had been easily predicted since the Chief Magistrate’s [...]

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PICTURE: From Mascot to Arsenal Player

Nico Yennaris joined Arsenal when he was just 7-years-old, having been born just five miles from Highbury. He was a mascot for the club in their Premier League fixture against Coventry that year. Sylvain Wiltord and Paolo Vernazza scored their first goals for the club in a 2-1 win. Twelve years later, now aged 19, [...]

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Tottenham Hotspur Boss Learning from his Spell at Chelsea

English journalists, particularly the tabloid ones, already have a well-rehearsed guide on what to say about Andre Villas-Boas. That he’s arrogant. That his only achievements were ‘lucky’ in a league Porto always win. That behind the tactics talk and gruff voice he’s actually clueless. That he’s a terrible man-manager. That he’s too young and inexperienced. [...]

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Nani fills Manchester United’s scapegoat position

Every club has its unsung heroes – players who are either unfairly criticised or simply under-appreciated. At bigger clubs where standards are permanently high, it’s very easy for a player to fall out of favour with impatient fans. Things are no different at Manchester United, particularly now that fans have an ever more vociferous online [...]

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The Colombian Future

Looking back 18 years, any Colombian will tell you that 1994 was supposed to be their year. With a crop of talent that featured the likes of Carlos Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla and Leonel Alvarez they were deemed one of the favourites. The story ends in tragedy as an own goal eventually would lead to a [...]

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If Chelsea captain was “not guilty”, how can the FA punish him?

John Terry retired from International football this week after claiming the FA had made his position in the squad “untenable”. This is a huge turnaround from the statement he made less than five months ago, claiming that nothing would convince him to make the decision to stop playing for his country. “I’m not going to [...]

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Former Liverpool boss makes embarrassing Twitter mistake?

It was thought that Kenny Dalglish had seemingly got his Twitter mixed up with his text messages, tweeting something that appeared to be a private bit of advice. However, it appears as though Dalglish is just guilty of poor Twitter skills, having failed to directly reply to a jokey tweet from his daughter. D’oh.

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GIFS: Goals of the weekend – Gerrard for Liverpool? Rafael for Manchester United? Ba for Newcastle?

GIFS: Goals of the weekend – Gerrard for Liverpool? Rafael for Manchester United? Ba for Newcastle?

The Premier League threw up its usual amount of excitement and quality again this weekend. Vote for your favorite goal of the weekend from the following 5 GIFS: 1. Demba Ba (Newcastle United v Norwich City) 2. Ricky Lambert (Southampton v Aston Villa) 3. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland v West Ham United) 4. Steve Gerrard (Liverpool [...]

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A Sunderland fan almost enjoyed a great day out at West Ham…

Pete Sixsmith thought for 81+3 minutes that he might be watching a team that had learned at last how to hang on to or, better still, build on a lead. Alas, old habits returned and the Hammers got their deserved equaliser against a Sunderland defence once again playing – or made to play – far [...]

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