Are Manchester City Under-Staffed Up Front?

Are Manchester City Under-Staffed Up Front?

When you think Manchester City, you think rich. They are a club with almost unlimited resources and a burning desire to succeed at domestically, as well as in Europe, who also happen to be guided by a superstar manager.  Indeed, when you look at their squad it's clear that they are literally bursting at the seams with talent.  But all that talent is packed primarily in two areas – midfield and defense. If you are new to Premier League football and …
Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Something that has never failed to astound me is the level of ignorance that exists in certain sections of the UK media when it comes to the likes of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola. I believe there remains a level of desperation from some for Guardiola to fail, simply so they can dismiss his accomplishments at Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they were not in the Premier League. As if their primary function is to prove to all and sundry …
Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

On December third, Manchester City welcome title rivals Chelsea to the Eithad Stadium.  Before the festive period gets into full swing later in the month, we'll have one of the biggest games of the season with first playing third and joint bookies favourites for the title, according to Paddy Power. After a barnstorming start to the season, City have fallen off a bit recently.  Having won their first six Premier League fixtures, Pep Guardiola's side have only three wins in …
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, …
Mane Vs Sterling - A Statistical Comparison

Mane Vs Sterling - A Statistical Comparison

When Raheem Sterling left Liverpool in the summer of 2015, he did not just leave behind disgusted fans, he also left behind a giant hole in the form of a pacy winger and a good goal scorer. Indeed, the then 20-year old had been the main reason why the Reds could finish sixth in 2014-15 despite the entire season feeling like a hangover from the heights of 2013-14. That Liverpool did not immediately fill the void, made sure his absence …
Who Are the Main Contenders for the Golden Boot?

Who Are the Main Contenders for the Golden Boot?

The Premier League Golden Boot is going to be hotly contested again this season with a number of top strikers in the division. Last season, it was won by Harry Kane who finished the season with 25 goals, but he has some catching up to do if he is to retain it. The league is going to be close at the top this season and the impetus will be on the goal-scorers to fire their sides to glory. Although the …
Taking Stock of Defence in Premier League - Part 1: Top Defences

Taking Stock of Defence in Premier League - Part 1: Top Defences

Defenders – the permanently underappreciated ilk of footballers. Forget Ballon d’Or trophies, they rarely get player of the month awards. Their performance gets scrutinised a lot when their opponents run riot but if the game finished as a low scoring game, their performance needs to be nothing short of heroic to be even considered worthy of limelight. But at the same time they are awfully important for their teams. Despite being on top of the league and despite hammering Watford …
Ilkay Gundogan: Pepped Up

Ilkay Gundogan: Pepped Up

Bundesliga, one of the two football leagues in Europe to have a better UEFA coefficient than the English Premier League. Also, now starting to be known as the shopping mall of the Premier League. Such is the flow of players, as well as a few managers from the German league to its English counterpart. Eleven players and one manager made the move from Germany to England this summer. From £42m rated Leroy Sane to the free transfers of Alex Manninger, Joel …
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