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14 May 2012
Aston Villa's lacklustre league form was getting ever worse under Alex McLeish. His dismissal was a necessary step if Villa are to avoid relegation next season, says Alex Keble
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14 May 2012
Liverpool were the only team to convert fewer than 10% of their shots into goals this season. If all shots were goals, Liverpool would have finished third, behind Chelsea and Manchester City.Sacked Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas had a higher win percentage in league games (48.2%) than Roberto di Matteo (45.5%).Tottenham's Jermain Defoe became the first player in Premier League history to reach 20 (career) goals as a substitute. Aston Villa recorded their fewest wins in a top-flight season since 1890/91 (seven), when there were only 12 teams in the division. Villa were the only side not to score from a corner in the PL this season.Liverpool's Stewart Downing had 72 shots without scoring (more than any other player) and created 55 chances without supplying an assist (more than any other player) in the Premier League. He also took one penalty and hit the woodwork five times.Manchester City are the third team in Premier League history to earn 55 points from a possible 57 on home soil (along with Chelsea 2005-06 & Manchester United 2010-11). Manchester United’s total of 89 points is the highest recorded in a Premier League season by a team who didn’t win the title.Liverpool’s total of 52 points is their worst ever in the Premier League. Tottenham earned more points from London derbies than any other side this season (14). Their final total of 69 points is just one point fewer than their best (70 in 2009-10). Only one player has scored more goals for a relegated Premier League side than Yakubu's 17: Andy Johnson (21 for Crystal Palace in 2004/05). Norwich's Grant Holt scored 15, the most for a newly-promoted side since Andy Johnson.Liverpool are the only top-flight team to have lost every away game they have fallen behind in this season (10 in total). Arsenal have recovered more points from losing positions than any other team in the Premier League (24). The last player to score as many goals on his debut PL season as Manchester City's Sergio Agüero (23) was Fernando Torres (24 in 07/08).QPR received nine red cards in the PL this season, the joint-most by a team in a single Premier League campaign (with Sunderland 2009/10). This is John Terry’s highest-scoring season in the Premier League (six goals). Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has 27 league goals this season, the most he’s ever managed in a Premier League season. Rooney reached double figures for away goals in the Premier League for the first time.Swansea recorded the second-highest pass completion rate in the PL this season (85.7%).QPR's Djibril Cissé played in eight league games this season: he was sent off in two and scored in the other six. Wolves didn't score in the opening 15 minutes of any league game until their last, at Wigan this weekend. Stats Zone is a free-download app from FourFourTwo powered by stats from Opta, updated LIVE in-play and covering Champions League and Premier League. Coming soon: the completely free Euro 2012 StatsZone, in association with Coral.
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14 May 2012
Fascinating facts flung from FourFourTwo's StatsZone app, powered by Opta. Coming soon: the completely free Euro 2012 StatsZone, in association with Coral.
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14 May 2012
RESULTS Sun 13 May Catania 0-2 Udinese, Cesena 2-3 Roma, Chievo 1-0 Lecce, Fiorentina 0-0 Cagliari, Genoa 2-0 Palermo, Juventus 3-1 Atalanta, Lazio 3-1 Inter, Milan 2-1 Novara, Napoli 2-1 Siena, Parma 1-0 Bologna.
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11 May 2012
Things are heating up as the Premier League season draws to a close, quite literally for one for St James' Park hero, as Back of the Net's John Foster reveals... 
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11 May 2012
ZonalMarking.net's Michael Cox uses FourFourTwo's StatsZone app to preview the final round of Premier League games.
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11 May 2012
Real Sociedad (14th) v Valencia (3rd) - 20.00 local timeUnai Emery has decided to get as far away as possible from Mestalla, by Russian off to take over Spartak Moscow on a two year deal. Meanwhile, the side he is leaving behind, third-placed Valencia, already have a brand new coach (and hate figure for their moaning fans in about six months time) lined up, with Mauricio Pellegrino preparing to take over. This name might ring a bell to la Liga and Liverpool supporters, as he’s the same fella who played for Valencia for five seasons up to 2005, before moving onto Liverpool both as a footballer then a coach under Rafa Benítez, whom he followed to Inter Milan. The big advantage the Argentinean has ahead of beginning his work is that he already knows how fickle the fans can be in Mestalla. “Mauricio knows the club very well and knows what’s expected at Valencia, he knows the objectives,” revealed David Albelda,  “and that it’s a team that first needs to be in the Champions League and from that point try to get as far as possible in all the other competitions.” Exactly what Unai Emery achieved in fact, during his spell at the club which still ended up in boos and jeers. LLL Prediction - Away win
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11 May 2012
ESPN’s man with the mic Jon Champion looks ahead to the weekend’s Premier League action. Watch ESPN’s exclusive action from the final day of Serie  A on Sunday with Juventus v Atalanta at 1.30pm and Catania v Udinese at 7.15pm
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9 May 2012
Wednesday’s Europa League final is another sure sign of why Atlético Madrid are known as one of the most unlucky, put-upon clubs in the world, in that most of a neutral bent watching the game will dearly want the Rojiblancos to lose the match. But not for who they are, but instead for who they aren’t - and that’s Athletic Bilbao.
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9 May 2012
You and your precious Premier League may think Blackburn are down – but, according to Back of the Net's Paul Watson, their ever-positive manager has different ideas... 

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