Super statto: Sears

Man Utd kings among PL ‘ever presents’ but Chelsea on verge of usurping Arsenal

By Brian Sears 14 March 2014 Seven clubs have been ever-present (EP) in the 22 seasons of the Premier League and six of them are in the top seven in the current table; this is no coincidence. Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in first, second and third place before this weekend's games, as well as Tottenham, Manchester United and Everton (in fifth, sixth, seventh) are all 'big' clubs relative to most other clubs in England, by trophies, attendance, income or pretty much any other measure. Aston Villa (11th currently) are the seventh EP club and also fit that bill. Manchester City, whose recent prominence has...


Everton have upper hand in financial mid-table tussle with Hammers

By Brian Sears 28 February 2014 Everton will start the weekend 11 points outside the Champions League qualification spots, albeit with a game in hand on fourth-placed Liverpool, and are now outsiders to reach Europe's top table for 2014-15. But their home form and their historical record against Saturday's opponents West Ham both suggest they should prosper on Saturday. They have won eight, drawn three and lost just one of the 12 home league games this season to give them a better home record than any other team in the Premier League outside the current top four. And though West Ham rallied from a woeful...


Christmas history says Sunderland 95% doomed but Baggies escape gives hope

By Brian Sears 24 December 2013 Famously the club at the bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day has always ended up relegated with the sole and notable exception of West Brom in 2004-05. Sunderland are bottom for Christmas 2013, which statistically makes them 95 per cent doomed to the drop. But as the Baggies showed in that Great Escape season, there are ways of getting out of the mire. In that fateful season, West Brom lost 0-5 at home to Liverpool on Boxing Day yet went on to gather 24 points from their remaining 19 games, and stayed up as Crystal Palace,...