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?

1st Paragraph: 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, and for good reason too. The Tottenham hitman is a natural goalscorer and he has fired in plenty of important …
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 …
Klopp's Liverpool will not win the title anytime soon

Klopp's Liverpool will not win the title anytime soon

In a fortnight during which rumblings of dressing room and fan unrest have appeared in the media, it could seem that Klopp-mania has well and truly come to an end at Liverpool. While there might be a grain of truth to the stories supposedly coming out of the dressing room, and I believe that to be a good thing (more on that later), the latest story about fan unrest concocted on the basis of some graffiti sprayed on a couple …
Chelsea v Manchester United: FA Cup 6th Round Preview

Chelsea v Manchester United: FA Cup 6th Round Preview

When Manchester United travel to West London to play Chelsea, it is usually exciting. The two sides have played some fascinating games leading to significant results in the last two decades and Monday's encounter could just be another of those fixtures. Chelsea are the league leaders, and have reached the stage where they could be called champions-elect with a double digit lead at the summit with under a third of the campaign to go. I’m sure Chelsea supporters are still …
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