Archive | November, 2012

STATS: Barry’s hard work for Manchester City vs Fellain’s goal contribution for Everton

Manchester City vs. Everton (15:00)   Still undefeated in the Premier League this season, Manchester City are looking good for another title push.  Their opponents this weekend are also performing well, and are determined to break into the league’s top four- this tie should be an excellent display of attacking talent:   -          Yaya Toure [...]

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STATS: Sterling’s great dribbles for Liverpool vs Fonte’s top interceptions for Southampton

Liverpool vs. Southampton (15:00)   Defeat at White Hart Lane will have disappointed Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, with his side unfortunate not to score more than once.  The Reds would be wrong to be complacent heading into a game against eighteenth-placed Southampton, who are on a good run of form:   -          Luis Suarez failed [...]

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STATS:Riise’s shooting accuracy for Fulham vs Gallas’ top interceptions for Tottenham Hotspur

Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur (15:00)   Fulham battled excellently to hold Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge, and will be in confident mood heading into this clash against fellow Londoners Tottenham. An in-form Spurs will provide a stern test for the Cottagers however:   -          John Arne Riise failed to convert either of two [...]

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STATS: Gorkss’ great defensive work for Reading vs Rafael is Manchester United’s best tackler

Reading vs. Manchester United (Saturday, 17:45)   Reading just missed out on a point at Aston Villa on Tuesday, conceding a late header to lose 1-0.  The side created several good chances though, and will be hopeful of taking points off the league leaders in Saturday’s late game:   – Kaspar Gorkss has been solid [...]

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STATS: Walcott is Arsenal’s most accurate shooter vs Hernandez’s top passing for Swansea

Arsenal vs. Swansea City (15:00)   A midweek draw left Arsenal seventh in the league standings.  Although this is below fans’ expectations, the Gunners are just five points off Chelsea in third- a home win would haul them towards the Champions League qualification spots.   -          Theo Walcott made a good case for more starts [...]

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STATS: Noble’s top tackling for West Ham vs Ramires’ hard work for Chelsea

Saturday 1st December:   West Ham vs. Chelsea (12:45)   West Ham fought bravely at Old Trafford on Wednesday, just losing out to a first-minute Robin Van Persie strike.  A stuttering yet talented Chelsea side will provide a tough test at Upton Park:   -          Jussi Jaaskelainen kept the Hammers in the game against United [...]

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Getting a bit depressing for Sunderland fans now…

Peter Sixsmith has been watching Sunderland since the days of Cec Irwin and Ambrose Fogarty. In that time he has witnessed some dross and he now adds Tuesday’s visit of the Premier League’s bottom side to that collection. Much of the pre-match speculation was about the effect Harry Redknapp would have on the game but [...]

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STATS: Caldwell’s interceptions for Wigan vs Milner’s hard work for Manchester City

Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester City (20:00)   Jordi Gomez was the hat-trick hero in a dramatic win last weekend, which gave Wigan a four-point cushion to the relegation zone.  Visiting champions City are yet to lose in the league this season, but visit a stadium where Wigan have scored eleven times in seven home games [...]

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STATS: Bale’s top crossing for Tottenham Hotspur vs Allen’s hard work Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool (19:45)   Tottenham ended their losing streak with a comfortable win at the weekend, and now face a Liverpool side unbeaten in eight straight games.  Both will be looking to preserve their form heading into the Christmas period:   -          Gareth Bale is having another excellent season for Tottenham, and has [...]

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STATS: Naismith’s accuracy for Everton vs Walcott’s assists for Arsenal

Everton vs. Arsenal (19:45)   David Moyes is gunning for a top-four finish once again, and his team look capable of achieving the feat if they can continue to pick up points- their opponents are one point behind in sixth, so this one could prove to be critical for Everton:   -          The Toffees will [...]

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STATS: RvP the hardest worker for Manchester United vs Tomkins’ top tackles for West Ham

Manchester United vs. West Ham United (19:45)   Back to the Premier League summit after local rivals City drew at the weekend, Manchester United have momentum on their side.  Their opponents have also had an impressive season however, and could cause problems if the Red Devils take too long to settle into the game:   [...]

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STATS: Chelsea’s hard working Mata vs efficient goalscorer Berbatov Fulham

Chelsea vs. Fulham (19:45)   Rafael Benitez will be keen to improve his reputation with Chelsea’s fans by putting together a series of winning results- a home tie against Fulham will be his second chance to secure a win after last week’s Manchester City draw:   -          The Blues will be hoping for goals against [...]

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STATS: Huth’s top defending for Stoke vs Ben Arfa’s dribbling for Newcastle

Stoke City vs. Newcastle United (19:45)   Stoke City won yet again at the Brittania Stadium on Saturday, a stadium that has become one of the league’s most reliable fortresses.  With the mid-table teams so close, every point the Potters can pick up will be extremely valuable:   -          Zero defeats, one goal conceded and [...]

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STATS: Lallana’s excellent crossing for Southampton vs Tettey’s hard work for Norwich

Southampton vs. Norwich (19:45)   An upturn in form has pulled Southampton out of the relegation zone for the first time this season, and a third consecutive win could take them as high as fourteenth depending on other results:   -          With seven points from the last possible nine, Southampton are one of the league’s [...]

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STATS: Dyer’s accurate shooting for Swansea vs Gera’s hard work for West Brom

Swansea City vs. West Brom (19:45)   Swansea will be pleased with the ways things are going so far, and seem to have avoided the ‘second season syndrome’ that has plagued so many before them.  With West Brom’s fans expecting the visitors to continue their strong form, the Swans may be able to use this [...]

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STATS: Albrighton’s speed for Aston Villa vs busy McCarthy for Reading

Aston Villa vs. Reading (20:00)   A point against Arsenal will have relieved the pressure on boss Paul Lambert to a small extent, but three points will be what Aston Villa fans crave even more- victory against Reading will be a must in this season’s relegation battle:   -          Although the team is low down [...]

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STATS: Fletcher’s accuracy for Sunderland vs Granero’s crossing for QPR

Sunderland vs. QPR (19:45)   Both sides will have something to prove heading into this tie, with new R’s boss Harry Redknapp hoping to weather the Black Cats’ determination to bounce back from a loss on Saturday.  There is plenty of reason for Sunderland fans to be cheerful despite the result, and they’ll have high [...]

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Manchester United winger needs to step up… or step aside

There might not be much room for debate around whether Manchester Unted needs to employ the midfield diamond more often or stick to their wingplay tradition if the indifferent form shown by the wingers in the current season continues – in particular, Ashley Young. The decision to spend 17 million (source: BBC Sport) on Young [...]

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