Author Archives: Matthew Grifferty

Matthew Grifferty is a football fanatic from Reading, Berkshire. Growing up as a Liverpool fan, his favourite game is 'that' 2005 final. Having held a hometown Royals season ticket for several years he endured the Royals promotion, taking them to the heights of the Premier League, and the lows of relegation. Since studying Maths at the University of Southampton, Matthew's passion for the game has developed a statistical side.

Liverpool’s Crisis Being Overblown

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Much has been made in recent weeks of Liverpool’s sudden decline in form. Largely the blame has been directed at Mario Balotelli and, whilst not entirely undeserved, it has been a harshly judged start for the Italian at his new club. Liverpool have undoubtedly suffered from the loss of a true talisman and world great in the shape of Luis ... Read More »

Preview: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris Saint-Germain

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The round of last-16 kicks off tonight in the Champions League as Europe’s finest teams come together in clashes that will decide who makes it to the quarter finals. In one of the first games in the round we have Bayer Leverkusen welcoming PSG to their home. Both sides have been in fine form this season in their domestic leagues. ... Read More »

Preview: Manchester City vs. Barcelona

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Champions league football is once again upon us. For one side of Manchester it represents the last remaining avenue for relative success this season. For the other half it represents another hurdle in what could end up as a season full of trophies. Manchester City welcome Barcelona to the Etihad on Tuesday night in the last 16 of Europe’s top ... Read More »

5 things we learnt over the weekend

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1. Wenger is not a failure Mourinho may have described Arsene Wenger as a “specialist in failure” with reference to his 8 years without any sort of silverware but this weekend Wenger showed just why that might be about to change. Having failed to turn up in their 5-1 drubbing last weekend against Liverpool, Wenger’s side set about showing it ... Read More »

3 Reasons Liverpool can win the Premier League

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As the business end of the season begins in earnest the title race has become even tighter. There are only four points separating the top four teams, with Manchester City holding a game in hand over the other three. It’s one of the tightest races for quite a while, and even more excitingly it’s also one of the tightest relegation ... Read More »

Cleverley’s ‘Spanish Style’ Not Suited to Premier League

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In an interview with The Daily Mirror Tom Cleverley has hit back at his critics, saying he feels he has been made a scapegoat for Manchester United’s below par performances this season. His quotes in full: I watch Spanish football a lot. If they pass the ball sideways but keep possession, the fans clap them. Their attitude is that as long ... Read More »

Why did Moyes buy Mata?

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There has been quite a big noise surrounding the Manchester United – Fulham match following the shocking revelation that United attempted to swing in 81 (or 82, the statisticians lost count) crosses during the match. That is a phenomenal amount of crosses and isn’t far off one per minute – it works out to one every 1 minute 6 seconds in ... Read More »

Champions League Race Continues

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This weekend sees Premier League football continue in earnest with the majority of the table striving to earn enough points to keep them away from the relegation zone – and this season more than ever each point is absolutely huge. But at the other end of the title there are two groups of teams emerging. The three front runners of ... Read More »

Premier League Top 7 Transfer Review

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As the top seven teams race for the top four or title the January window represents a great opportunity for the managers to strengthen squads and add competition to ensure their players are on their toes for the rest of the season. Of course, it can also be counter productive, with players feeling unwanted should a transfer be brought in ... Read More »

Liverpool Loanee Suso – is He Better than Coutinho?

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Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre, more commonly known as Suso is a 20 year old footballer on the books of Liverpool who is currently turning a few heads in Spain – with a few rumours surrounding him that several Spanish sides may make a move for the playmaker. The young midfielder has been threatening to make a break ... Read More »

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