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The best team of the past decade

Over the past ten years, the football world has been blessed with an overwhelming array of world-class talent.

I have decided to take on the highly debated topic which many of us may never agree on; who is the best XI from the past decade? (more…)


The Ballon d’Or: How do you win it?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Paul Scholes.

Spot the odd one out. (more…)


Where did it go wrong for AVB?

Mark Cruise takes a supremely informed looked at the reign of André Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur and where it all went wrong.

From personnel and tactics, to team spirit and stubbornness, this is a must-read for Premier League fans. (more…)


Home and away shot on target tables for the Premier League

Last week ..

I advised “Hull have converted 33% of their shots on target and we could see them struggle to maintain that level of accuracy” and they failed to score with their 4 shots on target against Stoke (See here). (more…)


Luis Suarez: Best striker in the world?

Brendan Rodgers and the hierarchy of Liverpool football club had a sizeable task on their hands during the summer transfer window

.. as they aimed to ensure they regained the services of their star Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez. (more…)


Andre Villas-Boas’ stubborn approach led to his own demise

So Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Andre Villas-Boas

After 18 months in charge he becomes the fifth top-flight managerial casualty of the season. (more…)


5 quick fixes to West Ham’s striker problem

It is a well known problem that West Ham are lacking goals this season.

We are definitely missing the services of the big money man, Andy Carroll. However our lack of ability to sign a second quality striker has cost us dearly this season. (more…)


Manchester United need to stick with David Moyes

It’s safe to say David Moyes hasn’t had things go entirely his own way in his short time in charge at Manchester United.

A summer of failed transfers, concluded with the rushed signing of Marouane Fellaini, and a squad full of under performing players have compiled the misery onto the man chosen to fill the biggest boots in world football. (more…)


Roberto Martinez: More than just a nice guy

Do nice guys finish last?

It is a question that might have crossed the mind of Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright as he handed over the reins to Roberto Martinez this summer. (more…)


Shot on target table and analysis for the Premier League

Every season you will see in the Premier League that approximately 30% of shots on target end in a goal..

This season there have been 29% that have been converted and last season 30% of shots on target ended in a goal. (more…)


Manchester United’s worst eleven

This is not a list of Manchester United’s most disappointing players in terms of ability.

It’s a list of the disappointing players that arrived for huge money and big expectations, and players that were meant to push United to another level but didn’t quite do it as a Red Devil! (more…)


A venture into statistics: What West Ham’s goal difference means

A lot of people are worried about West Ham United right now, they believe that we are going to be in a relegation scrap and are bemoaning the chances of the team.

I have thought a lot about it and, while I understand these reactions, I also believe that they are entirely based on emotion. (more…)


First World Cup memories

Now that the draw has been made everyone can start look forward to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The unveiling of the Brazuca, along with its own Twitter account (???), has also got the ball rolling. By the time it all gets underway in June the anticipation will have reached fever pitch. (more…)


Tactical Analysis – Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 2 Manchester United: Spurs right the wrongs from the Etihad

Tactical expert Chris Hearn examines the tactics that Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas and Manchester United boss David Moyes employed in the entertaining 2-2 draw. (more…)


The Safe Standing debate

Mark Cruise closely examines whether the Safe Standing campaign can really bring terraces back to the English game.

Speaking to Safe Standing Roadshow operator Jon Darch, he asks, are Rail Seats the long-term solution? (more…)