The Premier League is A Tough Test for Most Non-English Players

The Premier League is A Tough Test for Most Non-English Players

“Can Messi do it on a rainy, windy Tuesday night at Stoke?”. Almost every Premier League fan must have asked or heard  this rhetorical question at least once in the last few years. While this particular version of the question alludes to the physical game the Potters were known for under Tony Pulis and the English weather, what the fans are asking is – would Messi be as successful in the Premier League as he is in La Liga? There …
Manchester City’s Defence Could Hamper Their Title Challenge

Manchester City’s Defence Could Hamper Their Title Challenge

“Tackling is not really a quality, it's more something you are forced to resort to when you don't have the ball…” – Xabi Alonso
If I had not mentioned that the above statement was from Xabi, readers can easily get confused and assume that these are Xabi’s former manager – Pep Guardiola’s views. They are pretty similar, although the midfielder definitely put his views out more lucidly. After the loss to Leicester City, Pep Guardiola also said something …
Karius Vs. Mignolet - What do the Numbers Say?

Karius Vs. Mignolet - What do the Numbers Say?

In my Football Manager avatar (currently managing Newcastle), whenever one of my players or my team is criticised, I jump to their defence. Press conference after press conference, I keep clicking on the option that I think will be the best defence of my team or player(s). So, I was totally not surprised when Jurgen Klopp defended Loris Karius after his mistake cost Liverpool the game last Sunday. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Betting Offers for him to …
The Numbers Behind Everton's Drop in Form

The Numbers Behind Everton's Drop in Form

“I think there are more serious problems in the world, than making a big story out of a #ChristmasTree” - tweeted Everton manager Ronald Koeman a few days before his team were going to host Manchester United at Goodison Park. It was a response to being slammed on Twitter for the red-colored (or Liverpool themed) Christmas tree that Mrs. Koeman had decorated. Looking at his tweet, one might think that he is pointing to general problems in the world – poverty, …
A Statistical Look at the Premier League Top Six

A Statistical Look at the Premier League Top Six

Nearly a third of a way into the Premier League season, the fight at the top of the Premier League is incredibly tight.  The top five teams are separated by a mere four points.  It's early, but, the way the league is setting up, this looks like it could be one of the most exciting recent Premier League title races.  We'll break down how the title race is looking after 12 matches. Those top five so far are Chelsea, Liverpool, …
Analyzing Arsenal's November Woes

Analyzing Arsenal's November Woes

"We now have difficult games coming up, with a difficult November"  Those words were spoken by Arsene Wenger after his side had just beaten Sunderland 4-1 in a fairly comprehensive and easy manner. Incredible, considering the fact that Arsenal were unbeaten in the league since game week 1 and were notching up wins without too many difficulties. Yes, they had a few tough games coming up at least on paper. The North London derby against rivals Tottenham, a trip to …
Sunderland – Better Up Front and In Goal

Sunderland – Better Up Front and In Goal

Sunderland, a name that till last season, had become synonymous to valiant and eventually victorious relegation battles. This season, however, the club was synonymous to a free-fall. They were deservedly the early favorites for relegation this season. Dubiously, they equalised Manchester City’s 1995-96 record for the worst start in a Premier League season (2 points in 10 games), winning none and drawing just two in their first 10 games. But with two more game weeks having gone by, the picture …
Adam Lallana – Will He Be Missed at St. Mary’s?

Adam Lallana – Will He Be Missed at St. Mary’s?

Liverpool’s 2016-17 season is different to 2015-16 in many ways. The number of games they have won in the first eleven game weeks, their winning streak, great performances against top as well as bottom teams and the list goes on. One small detail that is also different this season is that Liverpool in this season seem to head into international breaks on a high, while last season and especially the one before that, it seemed that Liverpool were destined to …
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