Archive | December, 2012

Why Tottenham Hotspur need to invest in January

Tottenham’s start to the season has been solid without ever truly being convincing. They’ve accumulated a decent total but no more than that, while performances have only rarely dazzled. So far Spurs have been like a late Oasis album – decent, with the odd good tune but overall lacking something, and overall not as good […]

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In-depth player stats: Reading vs West Ham

Reading v West Ham             15:00   Reading remain bottom of the Premier League after the Christmas period has so far given them a 0-0 draw with Swansea and 1-0 loss to Man City.   Mikele Leigertwood has covered more ground than any other player for Reading this season, and has also attempted the third highest […]

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In-depth player stats: Fulham vs Swansea

Fulham v Swansea   15:00   Fulham suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Liverpool before Christmas before bouncing back with a 1-1 draw against Southampton. Dimitar Berbatov scored the opener in that game before displaying a t-shirt urging his team mates to “keep calm and pass me the ball”   Berbatov may be forgiven his self […]

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In-depth player stats: Aston Villa vs Wigan

Aston Villa v Wigan 15:00   Aston Villa have a mountain to climb after losing their last two games 8-0 (against Chelsea) and 4-0 (against Spurs)   One shining light for Villa has been Christian Benteke, who has had 50 shots at goal, the tenth highest in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Of the […]

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In-depth player stats: Stoke vs Southampton

Stoke v Southampton, Saturday 15:00   Stoke’s incredible unbeaten run at home continued with a 3-1 win over Liverpool on Boxing Day. Two goals from Jonathan Walters and a second in three games for Kenwyne Jones saw the Potters bounce back from conceding an early Steven Gerrard penalty   Jones looks like a striker with […]

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In-depth player stats: QPR vs Liverpool

QPR v Liverpool, Sunday 16:00   QPR are struggling with life in the Premier League, after losing both their games over the Christmas period to date. Their most recent loss to West Brom saw Djibril Cisse score a consolation goal which was not enough to make up for an earlier Robert Green own goal.   […]

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Michael Carrick’s Understated Brilliance for Manchester United

Many of the club’s fans do not rate him, opposition fans mock him, most pundits fail to spot his brilliance, and Roy Hodgson rates Jordan Henderson higher than him. Yes, Michael Carrick is one of the most underrated footballers in the Barclays Premier League. Expectations were sky high for a player signed following the departure […]

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In-depth player stats: Everton vs Chelsea

Everton v Chelsea, Sunday 13:30   Everton have clocked up back to back 2-1 victories so far this Christmas with wins over Wigan and West Ham. Four different goalscorers across the games (Pienaar, Osman, Jagielka, and Anichebe) is testimony to the depth of Moyes’ squad   Jagielka’s goal added to an incredible season for the […]

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INFOGRAPHIC: All of Messi’s 2012 goals

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In-depth player stats: Arsenal vs Newcastle

Arsenal v Newcastle, Saturday 17:30   Arsenal’s last Premier League outing was against Wigan on December 22nd, when a Mikel Arteta penalty was enough to give Arsenal all three points   Arteta’s goal was his fourth of the season, and having got his four goals from just twelve efforts at goal he has one of […]

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In-depth player stats: Norwich vs Manchester City

Norwich v Man City, Saturday 15:00   Norwich’s tough run of Christmas fixtures continues with a visit from Man City on Saturday, after facing a rampant Chelsea side on Boxing Day. Norwich will feel pleased though that they managed to keep the scoreline to 1-0.   Sebastian Bassong came close with a late header, while […]

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In-depth player stats: Manchester United vs West Brom

Man Utd v West Brom           15:00   Manchester United played out one of the most entertaining games of the Boxing Day season after winning against Newcastle in a sensational 4-3 encounter.   Goals from league joint top goal scorer Robin van Persie, Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans and a characteristic late winner from Chicarito Hernandez saw […]

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In-depth player stats: Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sunderland v Tottenham, Saturday 12:45   Former Manchester City man Adam Johnson scored a sensational winner against his old club to give Sunderland a 1-0 win over the reigning champions on Boxing Day.  That followed the same scoreline against Southampton before Christmas, courtesy of a Steven Fletcher goal.   Fletcher is returning to the form […]

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Collins’ tackles for West Ham vs Distin’s lack of fouls for Everton

West Ham v Everton              15:00   – West Ham have had some fine moments so far this season, but their 0-0 draw with West Brom last week may not make the highlights reel   – Kevin Nolan has moved up to third in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for distance run so far this […]

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Ba’s efforts on goal for Newcastle vs Taarabt’s hard work for QPR

Newcastle v QPR       15:00   – Despite Demba Ba’s goal scoring efforts, Newcastle continue to slide perilously down the Premier League table after losing 3-1 reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in their last game.   – Only Luis Suarez has had more effort at goal than Ba this season, with Suarez having had 85 […]

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STATS: Wigan vs Arsenal – Form, goals and scorers

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Yacob’s defensive contributions for West Brom vs Holt’s shot to goal ratio for Norwich

West Brom v Norwich           15:00   – West Brom played out a goalless draw with West Ham last time out, neither side creating enough to make a dent on the scoreline. James Morrison looked to be the Baggies’ brightest hope of grabbing all three points, as he was twice denied by the woodwork.   – […]

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Fonte’s interceptions for Southampton vs McClean’s hard work for Sunderland

Southampton v Sunderland             15:00   – Southampton’s last fixture on the 8th December saw them grab a 1-0 over fellow strugglers Reading thanks to a second half Jason Puncheon goal. The Saints created more than enough chances to extend the scoreline even further and Nigel Adkins will be looking for more ruthlessness in front of […]

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