Goals, Golden Boot and the Race for Europe

Goals, Golden Boot and the Race for Europe

2016/17 has been a campaign littered with bright patches of high quality football, plenty of goals and teams in the top seven places going toe to toe in the rat race to win the pot of money that comes with qualifying for the next edition of the Champions League. It should not come as a surprise, given the influx of managerial talent, the new 5.1 billion TV deal, that has brought with it an assemblage of superstar footballers attracted by astronomical wages. …
West Ham vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Ham vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League returns during the week and these two sides will be familiar with each other, having played at the beginning of the month in the FA Cup. Manchester City ran out 5-0 winners on that occasion, delivering one of their best performances of the season, but they will be coming up against a different side on Wednesday, as the hosts are playing with confidence. Despite an improvement in performance, City still aren't getting the results that they need …
Have Manchester City signed a diamond in Gabriel Jesus?

Have Manchester City signed a diamond in Gabriel Jesus?

Manchester City officially announced the signing of youngster Gabriel Jesus last Saturday but who is the 19-year-old? He cost the Blues a whopping £27 million, which a few years ago may have raised some eyebrows considering he's still a teenager but he shouldn't be intimidated by the price in today's market. Instead, the fee represents a relatively fair price for one of South America's most prized young talents and his 10-minute cameo against Tottenham provided the Etihad with a glimpse …
Can Gabriel Jesus Save Manchester City’s Season?

Can Gabriel Jesus Save Manchester City’s Season?

If we draw a list of the best strikers currently playing in the Premier League, Sergio Aguero will feature among the top three, if not right at the top. Since joining Manchester City in the summer of 2011, he has been involved in 200 goals in all competitions – 154 scored and 46 assisted. Of these, he has scored 113 and assisted 33 in the Premier League itself. And despite missing several games this season due to a couple of …
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

At this stage of the season, this match will be more important for the home side than it is for Tottenham. The visitors have been in spectacular form, which has seen them climb to second in the table and they currently look to be the biggest threat to Chelsea. On the other hand, Manchester City haven't been convincing in recent weeks and have fallen out of the Champions League places. There are many doubting Pep Guardiola, especially in terms of his …
Everton Vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Everton Vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This Sunday northwestern rivals of the same colour face off against each other in two intriguing matches in the Premier League. While Liverpool travel to Old Trafford, Pep Guardiola brings his Manchester City team to Goodison Park to face Ronald Koeman’s Everton. If at the beginning of this season, anyone had said that these two new managers would be facing relatively similar circumstances midway through the season, they would have been termed crazy. But both teams having started the campaign …
Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On New Year's Eve, Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in a game of two serious title contenders.  This match will pit second verses third in the table with only a point separating the two teams.  Both will see this as must win though, as a loss could see the loser cut adrift from the title race, with Chelsea already six and seven points ahead of them respectively. After a 4-1 comeback victory over Stoke City on the 27th, Liverpool …
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 …
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