• Crystal Palace Are Starting To Take Their Manager’s Shape

    On February 2nd, Seb Stafford Bloor wrote, Sam Allardyce looked weary at the end of Crystal Palace's 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Addressing the media post-game, Allardyce was not in the kind of self-celebratory mood which he has sometimes been prone to and neither did he pulse with any victorious bombast. ...

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  • A Brief History Of: Norwich City 1992/93 Season

    February 2nd Iain Macintosh recounts Norwich City's brilliant and bemusing 1992/93 season. Norwich City were the "proto-Leicester" of the inaugural Premier League season, and Macintosh tells of the highs and lows of the mighty canaries. ...

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  • Saido Berahino and The True Effectiveness of Stoke’s Celebrity Policy

    On February 3rd, Blair Newman wrote, Mark Hughes’ arrival as Stoke manager in 2013 coincided with a desire for something new and fresh. Tony Pulis led the club to the Premier League and kept them there, but after five years in the top flight his uncompromising, defence-first style of play was wearing thin even with his own supporters. And managerial change came hand-in-hand with a new transfer policy aimed at providing greater excitement. ...

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  • By The Numbers: What Is The Value Of Chelsea’s Winning Run

    On January 25th, Dan Levene wrote,  Here at ‘By The Numbers’, we like to respond to reader queries – for one thing, it stops me needing to come up with column ideas on my own. Someone (and my sincere apologies, but I can’t recall who) asked me to look at average points hauls for Premier League Champions, and so here you go (whoever you were). ...

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  • Emre Can or Emre Can’t: Should Liverpool Offload German Midfielder?

    On January 27th, Jack Lusby wrote, Amid all the impressive back-slapping and audible sighs of relief which accompanied the announcement of Philippe Coutinho signing a new Liverpool contract, there were still murmurings and mutterings in the background surrounding the other players set to be offered lengthened terms. Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren seem set to be next in line, despite both still splitting opinion to one extent or another, but before either of the former Saints duo’s deals end, Emre Can’s Anfield career could yet be over. ...

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  • Mark Hughes’ Uneasy Relationship With Manchester United

    On January 20th, Paul Ansorge wrote,  Mark Hughes is Jose Mourinho's next managerial opponent as Manchester United prepare to travel to whatever it is Stoke City call their ground nowadays. In simple terms, United need a win to right the ship after the disappointing draw with Liverpool, what with the battle for top-four places being so tightly contested, and United's early season struggles leaving them with so much catching up to do. ...

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  • Steven Gerrard’s Return: How Liverpool’s New Youth Coach Can Shape The Academy

    On January 23rd, Jack Lusby wrote,  Two months on from the announcement of his retirement from professional football, Steven Gerrard was appointed to a new role in the Liverpool academy, taking up his former club’s offer to become youth coach. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Penalties In The Premier League

    Penalties are a massive talking point in the Premier League. Here we look at the stats and numbers from this season, from penalties awarded and correlation to touches in the opposition box, with comparisons to last season. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Penalties In the Premier League

    This season, Bournemouth have won nine penalties, converting seven. They sit top of the charts for winning and equal top for converting penalty kicks. Spurs have won eight, but only converted six, still enough to put them third for penalty goals scored, and Liverpool have won seven and scored seven, their 100% conversion record largely thanks to the nerveless James Milner. Milner’s seven goals this season have all come from the spot. In fact, in his Premier League career, Milner has taken 13 penalties and scored 12, exactly 25% of his overall Premier League goal haul. He’s even won four penalties, though I’m not sure if he took them. ...

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  • Christian Eriksen Provides The Artistry In Tottenham’s Anarchy

    On Sunday afternoon, Tottenham made it twelve home wins on the spin after a 2-1 victory over Southampton. The first half was characterised by a recurring trend, one which White Hart Lane regulars are beginning to find reassuringly familiar. ...

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