Football

Man Utd look to repel raiders Liverpool to restore Old Trafford as fortress

By Brian Sears 12 December 2014 Manchester United have the best home record across the Premier League era of any of the 46 clubs to have played in the Premier League, whichever measure is used. They have played 432 PL games, won 320, drawn 70 and lost 42. That's more wins than anyone (320); a higher win percentage than anyone (74.1 per cent); a lower loss percentage than anyone (9.7 per cent, the only single-digit loss percentage rate of the era); more goals than anyone, and more goals per game than anyone; fewest goals conceded per game than anyone. And on and on. Things have...


From Chelsea to Arsenal via Tottenham: best season, worst and bang average

By Brian Sears 27 November 2014 Chelsea's storming start in the Premier League is their best ever start in the 23 seasons of England's revamped top division. With 32 points from their first 12 games, they are a point ahead of their previous best-ever tally at this stage - and more than nine points clear of their average tally after 12 matches. In stark contrast, everyone knows Arsenal have been struggling for consistency, but in fact it's worse than that. This is their worst ever start to a Premier League season. Their current 17 points from 12 games means they are currently one...


Upgraded Saints alive with potential … but now to handle the crunch

By Brian Sears 21 November 2014 Fans of Southampton must have been pinching themselves over the last year or so, having built on the survival of their 'return' season to the Premier League in 2012-13 with two storming starts last season and this. They were ever-present in the revamped top division between 1992 and 2005, and counting the 2012-13 season too they averaged a little under 10 points from their first 11 games in each of those 14 PL campaigns. Then last season their haul from the opening 11 games shot up to 22 points, and despite the turmoil of the summer at St...