Ben Hardy

Five of the best from Manchester City's phenomenal season

Five of the best from Manchester City's phenomenal season

With the chance to secure the Premier League title against arch-enemies Manchester United, it could not be any more delightful for Manchester City fans right now. Following their latest display of footballing artistry against Everton, Pep Guardiola’s side continues to amaze pundits and fans alike as they somehow find a way to get even better with each passing week. A final possession figure of 82.13% is the highest by any away side since data became available in the Premier League, …
Why Southampton are in trouble: Cash-strapped & unable to spend more than they sell

Why Southampton are in trouble: Cash-strapped & unable to spend more than they sell

Southampton are a football team who many will admire. A lot of this is due to the players they have developed through their academy, who in turn had to be sold on because of interest from richer and more successful clubs. The likes of Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have emerged from the club’s conveyor belt of talent during the noughties. Going further back, Matt Le Tissier and Alan Shearer were two of the …
Mamadou Sakho's Presence is Vital for Crystal Palace in their Fight for Survival

Mamadou Sakho's Presence is Vital for Crystal Palace in their Fight for Survival

After Roy Hodgson had said his central-defender Mamadou Sakho was too ‘‘scared’’ to play against Tottenham last month, the former Liverpool player was formidable as Crystal Palace picked up a crucial win away to Huddersfield. Having not won in seven games, Palace moved out of the relegation places with a vital 2-0 victory against fellow relegation candidates. Sakho returned to training the week before the game having injured his calf against Newcastle in early February, meaning his imposing presence was …
Is there any hope for West Brom after Leicester Humiliation?

Is there any hope for West Brom after Leicester Humiliation?

Having now lost their last six league games, West Brom are on an abysmal run of form which has left them on the brink of relegation to the Championship after eight years in the top-flight. The nature of their latest reversal, a 4-1 home defeat to Leicester City, is a hugely damaging blow for confidence and morale among the fans and players. The result leaves Alan Pardew’s side eight points off safety ahead of Stoke versus Manchester City on Monday …
Sizzling Salah Moves Level on Goals with Kane at the Top of the Charts

Sizzling Salah Moves Level on Goals with Kane at the Top of the Charts

Liverpool ground out an expected win against Newcastle at Anfield this evening with the 2-0 victory moving them up to second in the table ahead of the three remaining Premier League fixtures this weekend. While the scoreline was somewhat expected, the goal scorers were arguably even more of an inevitability. In particular, the first Liverpool goal scorer, Mohammed Salah, was something of a formality as the Egyptian scored for the seventh consecutive game. With 24 Premier League goals now under …