Chelsea Vs Hull City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea Vs Hull City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

When teams go on great runs of victories or win the league, fans and media both have a tendency to look for a starting point. Some turn of events that precipitated a victorious run that ultimately culminated in league glory. If Chelsea do win the league this season, those looking for that kickstarter event will  point to a game at the beginning of October, where it all started for the Blues. Chelsea was visiting Hull City at the KCOM Stadium …
Manchester United v Hull City Preview: EFL Cup Semi-Final

Manchester United v Hull City Preview: EFL Cup Semi-Final

Manchester United will host Hull City in the first of two legs, at home, to book a place in the League Cup final at Wembley, where the Red Devils have been quite successful in 2016 winning the FA Cup and the Community Shield. United are on a great run, their best winning streak (eight on the spin) since they were crowned champions and there is a real upturn in confidence and belief. They go into this game on the back …
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 …
Which Premier League teams are looking to face the chop?

Which Premier League teams are looking to face the chop?

This season has been a rather exciting one so far, with the title contenders being tight as ever with Chelsea occupying top spot with 37 points, then Arsenal trailing behind with 34 points, then Liverpool with 31 points and Man City with 30. So it’s looking like one of the most competitive seasons with had in a long time. Not only this but this could be the Premier League’s most goal-crazy season, bookings for simulations are taking a diver and …
PL Defences Part 2: Koscielny Tops the Best Defender Analysis

PL Defences Part 2: Koscielny Tops the Best Defender Analysis

In Part 1, we looked at the top defences in the Premier League. We saw that Squawka rates Arsenal as the best currently, followed by Chelsea, Burnley, Manchester United and Spurs. All these teams excel in different areas of defence. Some play high and press well, some intercept well, others block and clear well. But defences are made up of individuals. So, in this post, we will look at the top defenders in the league as of now. The Stats …
One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

“…Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” – Johan Cruyff
Many football teams lay a great importance on quick passing and movement (one-touch passing), perhaps none more so than Barcelona, where the great Cruyff himself instilled this philosophy. In the Premier League, Arsenal are the biggest proponents of this philosophy but most others, including Liverpool – other than the six months under Hodgson, Manchester United, …
Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

“I told them, [get] the clean sheet, I buy everybody a pizza. I think they wait until I improve my offer, okay a pizza and a hot dog.” – Claudio Ranieri, Leicester Manager during their title-winning season Clean sheets are important. For Ranieri, they are important enough to throw in a hot dog along with his already generous offer of pizzas (which he actually treated his players to) as an incentive for his players to get one. For others such …
Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Eyebrows were raised when Oliver Burke left Nottingham Forest in the summer for RB Leipzig for £13m. Recently, two ex-Premier League players: John Hartson and Jermaine Jenas suggested that the Scottish winger had only moved to the German Bundesliga newcomers for the money and questioned the role of his agent in the deal. Hartson cited the potential for Burke to have gone to West Brom or Sunderland instead of a team Hartson had never heard of. Hartson's apparent ignorance of European football …
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