Middlesbrough Need Goals, and Fast

Middlesbrough Need Goals, and Fast

It was at the start of this season that I wrote about Middlesbrough and how I felt they stood a good chance of staying up in their first season back in the Premier League after an extended hiatus. Well, here we are, now half way through the campaign and Boro stand in reasonable stead to do just that. Under Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough have had a respectable campaign thus far; they have been resolute defensively and tough to break down. At this mid-point, …
Arsenal Show They Have the Character, But Go Out of the Title Race Nonetheless

Arsenal Show They Have the Character, But Go Out of the Title Race Nonetheless

Arsenal grabbed a draw against Bournemouth with a 92nd minute equalizer after facing a 3-0 deficit.  The Gunners showed great character to fight back, but their title hopes died at the Vitality Stadium. Realistically, Arsenal were already serious long shots to win the Premier League.  To have any chance at all they needed to win their next four games against Bournemouth, Swansea City, Burnley, and Watford.  Now they find themselves fifth in the table and eight points behind leaders Chelsea. …
Five Positives From Jose Mourinho's time at United so far

Five Positives From Jose Mourinho's time at United so far

It has been a positive start for Manchester United in 2017, pretty much picking up from where they left off in an impressive December, after winning their 6th Premier League game in a row at the London Stadium - coming through the festive period with maximum points and a bundle of confidence and could now turn the focus on to the cup competitions at least for the next ten days before they lock horns with arch rivals Liverpool at Old …
You can hate Costa but he's brilliant: 3 things we learned from 2016

You can hate Costa but he's brilliant: 3 things we learned from 2016

As 2016 draws to a close EPL Index takes a look at five things we learned from a busy calendar year which included several management changes, a whole host of awards and some fantastic goals. Leicester City achieved the impossible but are now struggling in the depths of the relegation zone just six months later, while Chelsea have taken the Premier League by storm in the new season. Diego Costa can deliver the Premier League title for Chelsea He is …
Mourinho's Defensive Midfield Options at Manchester United

Mourinho's Defensive Midfield Options at Manchester United

With the January transfer window approaching, clubs in the English Premier League will look to tinker their respective squads - be it adding depth or getting rid of deadwood and free up the wage bill for the Summer in order to give themselves a fighting chance to achieve what they want to achieve in the second half of the campaign. Manchester United, for the first time in a few years, do experience having a surplus of requirements in the middle of …
Skhodran Mustafi's Absence Hurting Arsenal

Skhodran Mustafi's Absence Hurting Arsenal

Skhodran Mustafi informed Arsenal fans a couple of days back that he will be back in the New Year. Arsenal fans could be happy because of this or dismayed as it means that their team’s defence will remain shaky for a few more weeks to come. It seems to be general consensus that Mustafi has been a great buy for Arsenal, as he has been able to build a solid partnership with Laurent Koscielny and the Gunners have not lost …
Man United Swept by a Tidal Wave of Optimism under Mourinho

Man United Swept by a Tidal Wave of Optimism under Mourinho

If there is one thing that is absolutely certain with football, it is change. Not long ago were Manchester United facing some serious questions about an identity that was supposedly lost - both on and off the pitch, particularly the reaction to the 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge ranged from panicked frenzy to a foregone conclusion that Jose Mourinho's days as a world class manager were coming to a screeching halt. Fast forward to Christmas, United may not have actually climbed …
N'Golo Kante - Difference Maker

N'Golo Kante - Difference Maker

It's fair to say that the first half of last season was a blip for Chelsea, albeit a serious one that cost Jose Mourinho his job. Going from Premier League champions to strugglers in a matter of months was never about the standard of the squad; something evident after Guus Hiddink took over temporary charge and the Blues form improved, with them eventually finishing tenth in the Premier League. As the season drew to a close, Diego Costa and Eden …
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