City host United in Manchester derby on crest of rivalry rollercoaster

By Brian Sears 31 October 2014 The Manchester derby on Sunday reminds us how the pendulum has swung to the blue side of the city in recent years, and the graphic below charts the dramatic change over time. Manchester City have only been in the same division as United for 17 of the past 22 years of course - because in the other five years they were playing below the Premier League. But all the league meetings in those 17 years are mapped below, and we have created the chart on the right-hand side of the graphic to show the roller-coaster of respective dominance....


Arsenal bedevilled by too many draws as trip to stalemate Sunderland looms

By Brian Sears 24 October 2014 The two Premier League clubs with the most draws so far this season meet this weekend when Sunderland (five draws in eight league matches) host Arsenal (ditto). Ten places separate those two clubs, with Arsenal in seventh and Sunderland in 17th before the weekend's action starts. And three points separate them. So tight is the table at this stage, in fact, that two wins could theoretically move Newcastle from the relegation zone to the Champions League spots. Before we consider the importance of draws (and they are especially important to get or avoid depending on which end of...


Tottenham’s long-term dominance over City washed away by Mansour money

By Brian Sears 16 October 2014 When the Premier League resumes on Saturday after the international break it will do so at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City hope to close the gap on leaders Chelsea. City will play in the only fixture of the weekend where two current top-10 sides meet each other, against Tottenham. Aside from Chelsea and City, only other club remain unbeaten away this season so far in the league, and that's also Tottenham. City and Spurs have played each other 34 times in the Premier League era and Spurs have a comfortable head-to-head lead in that period overall, with...