Manchester City v Liverpool Preview | Team News & Key Men

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview | Team News & Key Men

On March 18th, Manchester City host Liverpool in a pivotal match in the battle for the Champions League Places. Manchester City are coming off of a heart breaking 3-1 loss in the Champions League that saw then get knocked out 6-6 on away goals.  Now out of the Champions League, City sit third in the Premier League, level on points with Tottenham only behind on goal difference.  City sit 10 points off Chelsea and six points inside the Champions League …
Stoke City v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

League leaders Chelsea travel to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium as the Premier League is preparing for a mini-hiatus, what with the final international break of this campaign. Stoke City sit ninth in the league with 36 points on board, four shy of eighth placed West Bromwich Albion. The Potters have recovered from a dispiriting 4-0 loss at White Hart Lane to pick up four points from the following two games - a significant 2-0 win against struggling …
West Brom vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Brom vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League has a full schedule this weekend and the focus will once again be on the race for the Champions League. This season has been competitive with six very good teams and it is shaping up to be the most exciting contest for the top four in a long time. Arsenal may have finished in the top four for the last 20 seasons, but there are no guarantees about them doing so again this campaign. They are currently …
How can Tottenham cope with Harry Kane's injury?

How can Tottenham cope with Harry Kane's injury?

Although Tottenham managed to qualify for the semi-final of the FA Cup on Sunday, a feeling of apprehension filled White Hart Lane only minutes into the game as Harry Kane was brought off with an injury. The England international has been in excellent form in 2017 and is seen as the most important player in this Spurs team. They lack depth in the striking position and with their top scorer set to be missing for the foreseeable future, they will …
Liverpool: Winning Ugly - why it's not such a bad thing

Liverpool: Winning Ugly - why it's not such a bad thing

Winning Ugly is a term that has been around the game of football forever. In modern history, it is usually associated with tactics employed by the likes of Jose Mourinho or Sam Allardyce.  Some clubs like West Brom and previously Stoke under Tony Pulis build their whole style of play on this abstract "footballing philosophy" Its basically a style of play devoid of any real aesthetic appeal, but one that is pretty effective [at times]. Get-the-ball-into-the-net-how-ever-you-can-and-defend-with-your-lives is the foundation principle. A …
Philippe Coutinho – Not As Bad As He is Being Made Out To Be

Philippe Coutinho – Not As Bad As He is Being Made Out To Be

Jurgen Klopp termed his side’s win against Burnley on Sunday as “the first ugly victory” of the season. Liverpool had barely scraped past the worst traveling side in the league with two fairly lucky goals and all Liverpool fans were just thankful for the three points. Indeed, if you followed the match only on social media, you may be forgiven for believing that Liverpool had actually lost against another bottom half-side. Such was the gloomy conversation in social media. Much …
Holders Crash Out as Mourinho Prepares for the Run In

Holders Crash Out as Mourinho Prepares for the Run In

It was very predictable in the end. Manchester United clinging on to avoid embarrassment at Stamford Bridge staring at the prospect of only their third defeat since late October - a result that would deny them a fifth trip to Wembley in under a year. United fielded a back three for the second game in row - probably just the second time in Mourinho's managerial career stretching roughly across 800 odd games in all competitions. With Rashford and Mkhitaryan playing …
Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

When Leicester sacked Claudio Ranieri some weeks ago, the attention of the millions across the world had shifted to the Foxes, who were floundering in the relegation zone at that time. The decision to bring the axe down on someone who won them the Premier League, achieving what has gone down as the greatest achievement in sports history, seemed contentious and attracted varying reactions from everyone even remotely associated with the game. Amidst all the struggles that Leicester were facing …
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