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  1. Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea predictions

    by , 22nd December 2011 at 07:31 PM (11v11 blog)
    After yesterday's successes it would be churlish not to make some picks for tonight's London derby.

    Tottenham Hotspur
    Chelsea (1-1)
    Spurs scorer: Adebayor* Assist: Van Der Vaart
    Chelsea scorer: Sturridge Assist: Mata
  2. Premier League scorers and assists - predictions for the 21st December

    by , 21st December 2011 at 04:57 PM (11v11 blog)
    Tonight is an exciting night for football statisticians as we get ready to count the goals going in towards the magic 20,000 milestone! It is testimony to the advance of the football statistics into the mainstream to see the furore and excitement around this event - a far cry from some of the earlier Premier League scoring milestones which passed with litle more than than a raised eyebrow.

    So who will be the lucky scorer to be able to choose which charity benefits from the £20,000 windfall? Below are our usual predictions for scorers and assisters, which take on a special significance as the Premier League total currently stands at 19,989. After yesterday's goal fest it is likely that the milestone will be reached not long after half-time in tonight's fixtures. It is, of course, ...
  3. Premier League scorers and assists - predictions for the midweek games 20th December

    by , 20th December 2011 at 07:03 PM (11v11 blog)
    We'll update these predictions to incorporate line-up information prior to kick-off.

    Wolverhampton Wanderers Norwich (2-2)
    Wolves scorer: Steven Fletcher Assist: Matthew Jarvis
    Norwich scorer: Steve Morison Assist: Grant Holt

    Blackburn Rovers Bolton Wanderers (1-2)
    Blackburn scorer: Ayegbeni Yakubu Assist: David Hoilett
    Bolton scorer: Ivan Klasnic Assist: Martin Petrov

    Actual scores in brackets
    Correct predictions in bold
    * = Star selection
  4. Premier League and Football League transfers 13 - 19 December 2011

    by , 20th December 2011 at 04:51 PM (11v11 blog)
    It's the calm before the storm of the Transfer Window re-opening in less than a fortnight but this week's truncated list of transfer transactions includes a former AS Monaco midfielder who has joined the bottom club in League One.

    Date Player Club from Club to Fee
    16/12/2011 ESSAM, Connor Gillingham Dartford Loan
    13/12/2011 FLETCHER, Matthew Sunderland Oxford United Free
  5. Premier League Preview Stats 20-22 December 2011

    by , 19th December 2011 at 07:45 PM (11v11 blog)
    Barclays Premier League 20-22 December
    Tuesday 20 December
    Blackburn Rovers Bolton Wanderers
    • Bolton Wanderers have lost three and drawn one of their last four Premier League visits to Ewood Park.
    • Blackburn Rovers sacked manager Sam Allardyce after their 17th Premier League game last season – a 2-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.
    • Bolton Wanderers have lost 18 of their last 21 Premier League games.

    Wolverhampton Wanderers Norwich City
    • This is the first top division meeting between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City since December 1983.
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League games at Molineux.
    • Norwich City have failed to score in only two of their Premier League games this season.

  6. 20,000th Premier League goal

    by , 19th December 2011 at 05:17 PM (11v11 blog)
    A major Premier League milestone is coming up with the 20,000th goal to be scored in the next two days. Thanks to AFS master statistician John Russell for the below list of previous goal milestones in the Premier league.

    It would be fitting for Robin Van Persie to score the 20,000th but whoever scores will be able to donate 20,000 pounds to the charity of their choice, courtesy of Barclays.

    1 Brian Deane Sheffield Utd v Man Utd 15/8/1992
    100 Eric Cantona Leeds Utd v Tottenham Hotspur 25/8/1992
  7. Premier League scorers and assists - predictions for the weekend of 17th December

    by , 17th December 2011 at 01:13 PM (11v11 blog)
    Can Man City stop Van Persie from scoring? We're sticking our necks out and he remains a star selection for Sunday.
    We'll update the predictions to incorporate line-up information prior to kick-off.

    (After Sunday line-ups announced)

    Blackburn Rovers West Bromwich Albion (1-2)
    Blackburn scorer: Ayegbeni Yakubu Assist: Steven Nzonzi
    West Brom scorer: Peter Odemwingie Assist: Chris Brunt*

    Everton Norwich (1-1)
    Everton scorer: Tim Cahill Assist: Leighton Baines
    Norwich scorer: Steve Morison Assist: Grant Holt

    Fulham Bolton Wanderers (2-0)
    Fulham scorer: Moussa Dembele Assist: Clint Dempsey
    Bolton scorer: Ivan Klasnic Assist: Kevin Davies

    Newcastle Swansea (0-0)
    Newcastle ...
  8. Premier League Goal of the Week: Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie volley against Everton

    by , 14th December 2011 at 10:59 PM (11v11 blog)
    This week's prestigious goal of the week goes to Arsenal’s marvellous Robin Van Persie for his strike against Everton.

    On the day the club celebrated its 125th anniversary, the Gunners celebrated their famous mantra of one-nil to the Arsenal in glorious fashion.

    The goal came out of nothing against a stubborn Everton rearguard. From Alex Song’s clever chip, after the ball came across his body, goal-machine Van Persie scored with a sumptuous left-foot volley.

    The modern day legend brought a host of Arsenal legends to their feet in stunned appreciation.

    It was Van Persie’s 33rd Premier League goal of the year, leaving him one behind the club record held by Thierry Henry.
  9. Premier League Performance of the Week: Stoke City’s win v Tottenham Hotspur

    by , 13th December 2011 at 10:33 PM (11v11 blog)
    Tottenham Hotspur had won six league games in a row for the first time since 1990, equalling their best ever unbeaten run in the Premier League and must have fancied their chances against a Stoke City side who recently suffered a run of five defeats in six league and cup games.
    However, Tottenham were undone by two goals from former Hotspur Matthew Etherington whilst the Stoke team also featured former players Jonathan Woodgate and Peter Crouch.

    To complete the humiliation, Stoke boss Tony Pulis had been assistant to current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp at AFC Bournemouth in 1991.
    Congratulations to Stoke City!
  10. Premier League Preview Stats 17-18 December 2011

    by , 13th December 2011 at 12:19 PM (11v11 blog)
    17-18 December 2011

    Saturday 17 December
    Blackburn Rovers West Bromwich Albion

    • Blackburn Rovers have lost only one of their ten previous Premier League meetings with West Bromwich Albion.
    • Blackburn Rovers have now extended their club record to 18 consecutive games without a clean sheet in the Premier League.
    • West Bromwich Albion have lost four of their last six Premier League games.

    Everton Norwich City

    • Norwich City have lost all of their last five league and cup meetings with Everton.
    • Everton have failed to score in four of their seven home games in the Premier League this season.
    • Only one of Norwich City’s 15 Premier League games this season has been goalless at half-time.

    Fulham ...
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