Football

Chelsea’s unique Premier League record against Man Utd tempers title upset

By Brian Sears 17 April 2015 The Premier League season could still have significant twists and turns at both ends of the table. When Chelsea host Manchester United this weekend, there's a real chance of one. Or is there? Manchester United have been ever-present in England's top division since it was revamped to become the Premier League from 1992-93. They have been the dominant club of the PL era. They have faced 45 different Premier League opponents in that time. And they have a positive head-to-head record against all of them in that period ... except Chelsea. As the graphic below shows, United have...


Resurgent United hope Manchester derby shows rivals City have passed peak oil

By Brian Sears 10 April 2015 Manchester City have been brilliant at times in recent seasons, thrilling to watch as they've scored at will and won two of the past three Premier League titles. But lately they've looked old, inconsistent and brittle, as well as costly in more senses than one. The defeat at Crystal Palace was a case in point. It highlighted City have the oldest squad in England's top division. Eight of the starting XI were aged 29 or older, and one of those under 29, Vincent Kompany, turns 29 today (10th April). If this XI isn't quite on its last legs...


Man Utd v Aston Villa: the perfect Premier League example of lording it over a rival

By Brian Sears 3 April 2015 Manchester United play at home against Aston Villa this Easter weekend seeking a resurrection of their Champions League participation from next season. United could arguably not wish for better opponents when all-time Premier League records are considered. United have won more Premier League points against Villa - or 104 in 45 PL games - than against any other team since the top division was revamped in 1992-93. That equates to 2.31 points per game for United from 31 wins in those 45 games, plus 11 draws. Villa meanwhile have taken just 20 points in total from those games,...