Everton and City getting better at drawing conclusions at Arsenal and Liverpool

By Brian Sears 27 February 2015 Sunday's two big games in the Premier League throw up contrasting challenges for the two Merseyside clubs, with Liverpool outsiders at home against a team they have a brilliant home record against (Manchester City), and Everton outsiders away against a team that history says will thump them. The history we are considering is the Premier League era, so the 23 years since the top division revamped in 1992-93, kick-starting the 'monied era' explained in greater detail here. It goes without saying that the circumstances in place 23 years ago have little bearing on what happens between teams...


Aston Villa’s stupendously woeful scoring record puts ever-present status in peril

By Brian Sears 20 February 2015 Aston Villa are enduring another horrible season, one from which new manager Tim Sherwood is expected to salvage Premier League survival. Villa remain for now one of just seven 'ever present' Premier League clubs, constant members of England's top division since it revamped and rebranded from the 1992-1993 season. The other six are Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton. So just how poor are Villa? How long have they been this poor? And can Sherwood lead them to safety? In one sense, the scoring sense, Villa are on course to be as poor as any team...


Spurs and Everton uncannily similar in underdog rivalries with Arsenal and Liverpool

By Brian Sears 6 February 2015 Saturday's matches in the Premier League begin with a major derby (Tottenham v Arsenal at lunchtime) and end with a major derby (Everton v Liverpool at tea-time). Both home sides have found it tough against the neighbours over the course of the Premier League era as a whole. And they have uncannily similar records against their local rivals. In the Premier League era: Tottenham have most often finished below Arsenal, but not always; Everton have most often finished below Liverpool, but not always. Tottenham trail Arsenal by 40-something points to 70-something points (45-72) in PL games; Everton trail Liverpool by 40-something...