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  • The road: bleaker for the weak with every passing season

    By Brian Sears 5 February 2010 . It’s getting harder and harder for teams at the bottom end of the Premier League table to win points away from home. Our first table today illustrates that clearly. In the first season of the Premier League, 484 points were won away from home by all the clubs […]

  • “Big four” fortresses keep the elite on top

    By Brian Sears 30 January 2010 . A feature of the domination of the Premier League in recent years by England’s “big four” clubs – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool – has been how rarely any of that quartet have lost at home to “other” sides from outside their elite group. This is the […]

  • Rochdale eye escape from pre-Watergate accommodation

    By Brian Sears 28 January 2010 Heaven forfend that a humble statistician should put the Heebie-jeebies on any club, but it has occured to us after this midweek’s games that Rochdale are currently sitting at the top of League Two, 11 points above the play-off zone and therefore, one must conclude, be in with a […]

  • Nine elite Goliaths in fear of Cup room 101

    By Brian Sears 20 January 2010 . Nine top-flight clubs are in danger this weekend of becoming the 101st Premier League giants to be slain in the FA Cup by lower-division opponents. Since the English top flight was revamped in 1992, there have been 100 such “slayings”, with Liverpool the 100th and most recent victims […]

  • Wenger can aspire to a glorious Spring run-in

    By Brian Sears 15 January 2010 If the second half of this season is as good for Arsenal as the second half of last season, they’ll win the title. That’s the hope that Arsene Wenger will be nurturing into the Spring, and we can paint a statistical scenario where it might just happen. Here’s how […]

  • Tevez’s treble shows route to easy street

    . By Brian Sears 14 January 2010 . Manchester City have been purring under Roberto Mancini, and Carlos Tevez was the pussy-cat-in-chief when he scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 thrashing of Blackburn on Monday. Everton will not be relishing the prospect of facing fellow blues in form when they meet this weekend. Tevez’s treble […]

  • Blues boost hopes for promoted trio’s safety

    By Brian Sears 8 January 2009 The statistical omens look exceptionally promising for Birmingham’s survival in the Premier League this season, and they also suggest that all three of the sides promoted last May – Burnley and Wolves being the others – can avoid the drop. No promoted club that has amassed as many as […]

  • English football crowds on course for a 50-year high

    By Brian Sears 8 January 2009 English football crowds are on course for a 50-year high if ticket sales in the current season are maintained across the nation’s four professional divisions. An initial forecast by sportingintelligence is that total gates in 2009-10 will be in the region of 30.4m people. That would be higher than […]

  • Take it as Red: United ruled the Noughties

    By Brian Sears 31 December 2009 At the end of a momentous decade for the English Premier League, most fans can take it as Red which club won the most points in the top division between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2009. Yes, it was Manchester United, with 832 points from 381 Premier League […]

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