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Matthew Wood is a freelance sportswriter and blogger specialising in football and cricket; more of his commentary and analysis can be found at http://balancedsports.blogspot.com or you can follow him on Twitter @balanced_sports.

Kewell the answer to A-League’s Marquee Question?

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The A-League has a generous system encouraging Australian teams to sign global superstars. Yet no-one seems to be taking advantage of it.

Scoring Stats – European Goal Trends

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When we first examined the most important marksmen in the Big Four leagues, we looked at which players in Europe were the most crucial...

Manchester United + 19: The Premier League’s Top Twenty Teams

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The English Premier League's best-performed teams over the first nineteen years of its existence throws up quite a few surprises.

Swansea’s Sinclair deserving of England call?

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After an outstanding season in the Championship, has Fabio Capello missed a trick by not bringing Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair into the England squad?

Where to now for Blackpool?

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Blackpool have been relegated to the Championship. Here's how they move on from there.

The Ten-Year EPL Table: Chelsea ahead of Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton ahead of Tottenham...

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Over the past ten years, which clubs have had the most - or least - successful spells in the Premiership? Where does your club rank?

Where to now for West Ham?

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West Ham are down - but not out. Here are six points suggesting how they can rebound straight back up.

Form Crucial to Championship Playoff Success

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It seems that the Championship Playoff finals are often won by the team who is playing best at the end of the season. Last year, Ian Holloway masterminded a Blackpool offensive (cough) juggernaut to promotion behind Charlie Adam and against a Cardiff side who've developed the nasty reputation of being playoff chokers. This year, the popular picks from pundits have gone to anyone but the Bluebirds. But is there really a trend to which clubs are most successful come playoff time?

Has Cristiano Ronaldo evolved too far?

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The debate about who is the world's greatest player has revolved for nearly five years now around two names: Barcelona's Lionel Messi and...

Why Goal Difference is crucial to Premier League survival

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It's often said Goal difference is an indicator of how well a club is going. It can also indicate the competitiveness of an entire league.

Manchester United must spend for Ferguson to retire on top

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spent most of the last twenty years at the top of English football. In order to retire there, no matter when that day comes, he'll need to spend.

Scoring Stats – Does the importance of the ‘go-to’ footballer vary between divisions?

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When first examining scoring stats, we found there were big differences between how reliant individual leagues were across Europe on one player.  After some...