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Berba Off To A Flyer [17 September, 2012]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/berba-off-to-a-flyer/

Statistical and dashboard analysis from Fulham’s 3-0 win over West Brom…

 

@ the Euros – Group Stages, Round 1 [12 June, 2012]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/the-euros-group-stages-round-1/

Poland’s Dortmund Connection, Russia Look To Zenit As Arshavin Catches The Eye, Danes Defeat Dutch Despite Sneijder’s Best Efforts

Evans Confounds Critics And Sceptics Alike To Help Shepherd United Towards Title #20 [20 April, 2012]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/evans-confounds-critics-and-sceptics-alike-to-help-shepherd-united-towards-title-20/

Jonny Evans has stepped in for injured centre-half and leader Nemanja Vidić, excelling above expectations and reputation in helping to shepherd United towards a seemingly-inevitable twentieth crown. SportingBlogs takes a closer look…

Gary Cahill to Chelsea: Defensive Dilemma? [18 January, 2012]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/gary-cahill-to-chelsea-defensive-dilemma/

Gary Cahill completed his move to Chelsea on Monday, giving manager André Villas-Boas a selection dilemma in central defence. Who from John Terry, Gary Cahill and David Luiz will miss out, and what might the ramifications be? SportingBlogs dives deeper…

Fulham Disappoint As Rovers Earn Draw [12 September, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/fulham-disappoint-as-rovers-earn-draw/

Blackburn earned a point with a resolute defensive performance at Craven Cottage on Sunday, although Fulham will rue a lacklustre opening half hour, numerous misplaced crosses and a lack of a cutting edge throughout. SportingBlogs reports from the Cottage…

Peter Crouch to Stoke City: 6ft 7in of Logic [02 September, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/peter-crouch-to-stoke-city-6ft-7in-of-logic/

There are no two ways about it: Peter Crouch joining Stoke City is as close to a perfect match as you will find. SportingBlogs takes a look as to the reasons why…

A Hungry & Ambitious Owen Hargreaves is No Gamble for Like-Minded Man City [02 September, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/a-hungry-ambitious-owen-hargreaves-is-no-gamble-for-like-minded-man-city/

One of the most eye-catching acquisitions announced as the summer transfer window drew to a close earlier this week was Manchester City’s swoop to pick up the recently-released former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves. City beat off a host of other Premier League clubs to the versatile and combative midfielder’s signature, but what is that motivated City to offer a deal, and is it really that much of a gamble?

Dempsey Double Puts Fulham on the Verge of the Europa League Group Stages [19 August, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/dempsey-double-puts-fulham-on-the-verge-of-the-europa-league-group-stages/

Perhaps it was an omen that the monsoon-esque downpours ceased just as Fulham kicked off against Ukrainian opposition Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Martin Jol and the Craven Cottage faithful were to witness another controlled and professional performance by the Whites in Europe, earning a three-goal triumph that was anything but a damp squib…

‘1+1’ = 2: Did Ukrainian TV deal cost Fulham second-leg home advantage? [05 August, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/%E2%80%9811%E2%80%99-2-did-ukrainian-tv-deal-cost-fulham-second-leg-home-advantage/

Immediately after the draw for the Europa League play-offs were done, UEFA opted to reverse the legs between Fulham and Dnipro so that the Cottagers no longer enjoyed the benefit of second-leg home advantage. SportingBlogs delves into the mysterious world of club ownership and TV rights deals to try and shed some light on the move…

All Change and Yet Still the Same?: Alex McLeish to Aston Villa… [21 June, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/all-change-and-yet-still-the-same-alex-mcleish-to-aston-villa/

The appointment of Alex McLeish as manager of Aston Villa has courted controversy, not least from the Villa fans over his questionable record, but also from Birmingham City over the disloyalty shown in moving to their local rivals. SportingBlogs takes a look at the appointment, the changing nature of the manager-club dynamic, and how Big Eck still ends up facing the same old obstacles…

Jordan Henderson: A £20m Gamble? [08 June, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/jordan-henderson-a-20m-gamble/

Jordan Henderson is set to join Liverpool in a £20m move for the 20-year-old midfielder. SportingBlogs takes a looks at the ins and the outs of the move, and whether the vast fee paid for Henderson might have been better spent on other areas of the team, rather than adding to Dalglish’s congested central-midfield options…

Fulham Were Just Pawns in Sparky’s Game [02 June, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/fulham-were-just-pawns-in-sparky%E2%80%99s-game/

Mark Hughes leaves Fulham having rebuilt his reputation following his dismissal from Manchester City. Fulham might feel aggrieved at such a callous lack of loyalty, but Sparky is merely looking after his own aspirations. SportingBlogs dives deeper…

English Premier League Team of the Season [19 May, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/english-premier-league-team-of-the-season/

Alas the 2010-11 Premier League season is drawing to a close. As seems de regueur for those associated with footballing journalism these days, here’s our Team of the Season for the 2010-11 campaign. Feel free to add your own thoughts below obviously. Hope you all enjoy…

O’Hara IS the Messiah (for Wolves at least…) [22 March, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/ohara-is-the-messiah-for-wolves-at-least/

With fans across the country on edge thanks to the threat of relegation that seems to loom over half of the Premier League this season, SportingBlogs takes a look at how Jamie O’Hara is turning Wolves’ season around and giving Wolves fans a snippet of hope…

Marvellous Modrić: Tottenham’s Central Figure in their 2010-11 Season… [18 January, 2011]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/marvellous-modric-tottenham%E2%80%99s-central-figure-in-their-2010-11-season/

Spurs might not end up as Premier League victors but they have graduated from Champions League gatecrashers of last season to title contenders of this, and although Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart have been the headline-grabbers, it has been the performance of Luka Modrić in central midfield that has perhaps had the most telling impact on Tottenham’s latest step-up in standards. SportingBlogs takes a look…

A Break from the Norm and a Season to Remember: The Premier League 2010-11, Thus Far… [30 December, 2010]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/a-break-from-the-norm-and-a-season-to-remember-the-premier-league-2010-11-thus-far/

SportingBlogs takes a look at the Premier League season thus far, and how its remarkably unpredictable nature is turning it into a campaign to remember…

“Frankly my dear, we do give a damn”: Why Lampard’s return can’t come soon enough for the Blues… [16 November, 2010]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/%E2%80%9Cfrankly-my-dear-we-do-give-a-damn%E2%80%9D-why-lampard%E2%80%99s-return-can%E2%80%99t-come-soon-enough-for-the-blues%E2%80%A6/

Champions Chelsea started their title defence in convincing fashion, but after three defeats in their last eight games, things aren’t going quite as smoothly as they once were. SportingBlogs takes a look at one of the key reasons why – their missing man: Frank Lampard…

Wayne Rooney’s Impending Departure Catches Fergie By Surprise: Are United Falling Apart? [20 October, 2010]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/wayne-rooney%E2%80%99s-impending-departure-catches-fergie-by-surprise-are-united-falling-apart/

SportingBlogs takes a look at several of United’s previous big departures to see how well Fergie and United fared following them, and uses them to speculate on how well placed United might be to deal with Rooney’s impending depature…

‘Patience is a Virtue’: Why Anfield needs to give Roy Hodgson time… [14 October, 2010]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/patience-is-a-virtue-why-anfield-needs-to-give-roy-hodgson-time/

SportingBlogs takes a look at Liverpool’s poor start to the season under new manager Roy Hodgson, paying particular attention to comparisons with the beginning of his managerial stint at Premier League rivals Fulham, whilst also noting the unsettling background factors currently enveloping the Anfield club…

Dirty Wolves?: The stats agree, their manager doesn’t… a look at the evidence [04 October, 2010]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/dirty-wolves-the-stats-agree-their-manager-doesnt-a-look-at-the-evidence/

A look at the claims of Wolverhampton Wolves that they are not a dirty side and do not deserve the tag they are currently being labelled with, in the context of their on-field actions and disciplinary record.

Mancini’s Man City: Italian Industry and the Yaya Toure Factor… [02 October, 2010]

https://sportingblogs.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/mancini%E2%80%99s-man-city-italian-industry-and-the-yaya-toure-factor%E2%80%A6/

A look at how Roberto Mancini has implemented a more defensively-minded formation this season at Manchester City, and how coupled with the impressive Yaya Toure, City have returned some improved statistics in their opening games, leaving them well placed to challenge for the top four and a Champions League slot. And who knows, maybe even more…

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