Football

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...


Messi, Neymar, Suarez – bid to win a chance to watch them train and play

By Sportingintelligence 15 October 2014 Spanish giants Barcelona are among the sporting organisations contributing to a charity auction in aid of the late, great Bobby Robson, a former manager of the Catalan club as well as a former manager of the England football team. As Barca have detailed on their own website, the club have donated an exclusive trip for a winning bidder to watch the team train, and then watch them play at game at the Nou Camp. The winning bidder will get to see Barca's superstars - including Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luiz Suarez - behind closed doors and then in...