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Premier League Round Up: Pulis, Pardew and Southampton’s frustrations

Over the Christmas period the boards of Crystal Palace and West Brom decided, probably wisely, that they needed a change at the top. Alan Pardew flew home from his North East exile and Tony Pulis got the call he’d been waiting for since August. On January 1st, Palace stood 18th and West Brom 17th. Both […]


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Gifolution: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Best Years

During the World Cup, I made a bunch of Gifolutions of how different players’ statistical radars have evolved over time. Two that I never got around to were Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. This is odd because as any hit-whoring writer knows, those two guys will get you the most hits, period, but life moves […]

Premier League Round Up: Mundane Mourinho, West Ham horrors and MOTD2 does stats

Mourinho’s pragmatism enters stasis It would be remiss of me not to talk about the ‘title decider’ and although it predictably lacked the wild flair and thrills to match the hype, it nonetheless conjured up some neat points.  Last year, Mourinho was quite fond of reflecting that his side had beaten the two teams above […]

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