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  1. The three (almost) promoted clubs: Who can stay up?

    AFC Bournemouth and Watford have already made it to the Premier League, with Middlesbrough and Norwich due to battle it out for the third promotion place. They may be fresh faced young whippersnappers starting the first day of Big School right now, but who’s going to end up with their dinner money pinched, head flushed down the toilet and ‘Kick me’ written on their back? (That sound you can hear is a metaphor being stretched to breaking point)

    by Matthew Harris

    The knee-jerk reaction of the average football fan is to opine, sadly but wisely, that all of the promoted teams are clearly going to struggle, such is the gulf in class and finances between blah blah blah… but the truth is more nuanced. Only once in the last 17 years – 1997-98 to be precise – have all ...

    Updated 21st May 2015 at 12:13 PM by Veritas

    Competitions , Premier League
  2. The alarming statistics undermining Everton’s season

    In 2013/14, Everton finished fifth with a new club record haul of 72 Premier League points and saw average attendances at Goodison Park take another positive step in the right direction – some 4,500 more than where they were as recently as 2011/12.

    Fast forward 12 months and even if the Toffees were to win all of their remaining 10 top-flight fixtures – which is highly unlikely – they would still only end the campaign with 58 points to their name.
    Where has it all gone wrong?

    FA Cup Unbeaten Home Record-everton-jpg

    FA Cup Unbeaten Home Record-cc-png by Ben Sutherland

    Roberto Martinez – a man heralded as a coaching legend after building upon David Moyes’ foundations – is still at the helm while few alterations have been made ...

    Updated 11th March 2015 at 03:46 PM by Veritas

    Tags: everton, martinez
    football statistics , Competitions , Premier League
  3. Could the Premier League relegation battle be closer than ever?

    By Matt Harris

    Realistically, every club in the bottom eight of the Premier League table is presently facing a relegation battle.
    That’s 12th place Everton down to the bottom three of Aston Villa, Burnley and Leicester City.
    The clubs in between are Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Hull City and Queens Park Rangers.
    So what do the stats say about league’s most threatened teams?

    Are the Magpies safe?

    Newcastle United sit five points clear of Everton in 11th place with 32 points.
    The Magpies seem to be constantly on the brink of disaster, but at the moment it looks like they will do enough to stay in the top division before hiring a new manager in the summer.

    Various bookmakers see Leicester ...

    Updated 20th February 2015 at 11:38 AM by Veritas

    Betting , Competitions , Premier League
  4. Away the lads – Four possible away wins to consider

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    I was reading about an electrician in his 30s who won £74,844 last Saturday which has inspired me to pick four matches for this weekend in which an away win looks likely.

    The Scarborough-based punter (who wishes to remain anonymous) placed a £5 bet on six matches on Coral’s Winning Ways coupon on Saturday, waking up to a £74,844 win.

    Well, I’m not ambitious enough to predict six games, so won’t be winning anyone enough to buy a holiday home in Spain – but maybe a set of new pans for the kitchen or an interesting water feature for the garden isn't out of the question!

    Brentford v AFC Bournemouth

    The Bees seem to have been destabilised in recent matches by speculation over the future of ...
  5. Home comforts - This weekend's football picks

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    After a few attempts at trying to pick teams that either would or wouldn't score a goal in a particular match, I've gone back to basics this week to find a few teams who look set for a home win.

    It might be a bit ambitious trying to choose seven, but I can always perm less games into an accumulator to improve the chances of landing the punt.

    Manchester City v Hull City
    Not rocket science this one with a team looking to win the Premier League entertaining the struggling Tigers, who have failed to score in their last four games.

    Brighton & Hove Albion v Nottingham Forest
    A win at Derby suggested better times ahead for Forest but that result is surrounded by six defeats, including a ...
  6. Everton's struggles - what's going wrong?

    by illarterate
    At the halfway point of the Premier League season one statistic stands out more than most - Everton's 33 goals conceded. Despite coming close to knocking Arsenal out of the top four last season, and being tipped by experts, pundits and betting news sources, such as Blue Square, to finish high up the table again this year, Everton’s defence is causing Roberto
    Martinez some real headaches. Without significant improvement, they will struggle to make the top ten by May.

    Worst Ever Start
    To contextualise Everton's defensive woes, it is worth highlighting the fact that they currently have the joint second worst defence in the league (along with bottom club Leicester). Only Harry Redknapp's QPR have been more generous at the back. This time last season ...
  7. Premier League preview stats 13 May 2012

    Barclays Premier League

    Sunday 13 May

    Blackburn Rovers

    • Chelsea have lost only two of their last 23 Premier League games against Blackburn Rovers.
    • Chelsea will finish outside of the top five of the Premier League for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
    • Relegated Blackburn Rovers have not won on their last 16 Premier League visits to London since March 2009.

    Everton Newcastle United

    • Newcastle United’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park last season followed a run of five defeats in their seven preceding trips to Everton (all Premier League).
    • Should they match or better
  8. Premier League preview stats: Liverpool v Chelsea

    Barclays Premier League 8 May 2012

    Tuesday 8 May

    Liverpool Chelsea

    • Tonight’s game is the 32nd meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea in all competitions since the start of the 2004-05 season.
    • Liverpool have scored 20 goals at Anfield in the Premier League this season. The club record for the fewest goals scored at home in a league season is 24 in 1903-04.
    • Chelsea have won only four of their 17 games against teams in the top-half of the Premier League this season.
  9. Premier League Preview Stats 1 -2 May 2012

    Barclays Premier League
    1 – 2 May 2012

    Tuesday 1 May

    Liverpool Fulham

    Head to head record

    • Fulham have never won at Liverpool in 30 previous league and cup attempts.
    • Only 34 goals have been scored in Liverpool’s home games this season (20 for and 14 against); the fewest in the Premier League.
    • Fulham have won three away games in the Premier League this season; only Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers have won fewer.

    Stoke City Everton

    Head to head record

    • Stoke City have conceded only one goal in their last four meetings
  10. Premier League Preview Stats 28-30 April 2012

    Barclays Premier League
    28 – 30 April 2012

    Saturday 28 April

    Everton Fulham

    • Everton have won four and drawn one of their last five league and cup meetings with Fulham.
    • Everton have played 55 Premier League games since their last goalless draw.
    • Fulham have scored only 11 goals in their away games in the Premier League this season; the lowest total only matched by Stoke City.

    Norwich City Liverpool

    • Liverpool have won ten and lost nine of their 28 previous league and cup visits to Norwich City.
    • This is Norwich City’s 200th game in the Premier League and 900th in the top division.
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