Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League - as the competition edges towards the busier and more significant periods of the season. Spurs, who have been on a great run in recent weeks will host Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough in an important weekend when there is undoubted potential to make up some ground on some of the fellow top four clubs in the league. They will go into this fixture on the back of a rather dispiriting result …
EPL: Are Referees and Linesmen ruining the beautiful game?

EPL: Are Referees and Linesmen ruining the beautiful game?

"The best League in the world"..."The most entertaining league in the world" Terms flouted about on a regular basis by pundits and analysts when describing the English Premier league. But can it really be called such, when the referees and linesmen get it so wrong, so often? Maybe they also want to add to the excitement.... Maybe they're just useless. The latter seems more closer to the truth. Best League...worst Match Officials  How many offside goals were allowed this season …
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, …
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 …
Lee Mason Did Manchester United a Huge Favour

Lee Mason Did Manchester United a Huge Favour

Twelve months is a long time in football. United started December 2015 with a goal-less draw at home to West Ham United, crashed out of the Champions League in Germany, lost three further games in the league to then newly promoted Bournemouth, Norwich City, Stoke City on Boxing Day and ended the year with a 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford, in a month that sucked every last ounce of hope the fans had of any potential progress under Louis …
Manchester United Vs Middlesbrough Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Manchester United Vs Middlesbrough Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

The festive season is a time for meeting friends and family and for footballers – former team mates, bosses and rivals. Many such reunions happened during game week 18, with David Moyes visiting Old Trafford again and Joe Allen and Glen Johnson were back at Anfield for Stoke City. The reunion season continues in game week 19 as Middlesbrough visit Manchester United on New Year’s eve. Aitor Karanka will lead his side to Old Trafford, where his former boss Jose …
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 …
The Premier League: Why it's still the best league in the world

The Premier League: Why it's still the best league in the world

Many football fans point to La Liga as the number 1 league in the world because of the technically superior aspects of the Spanish game. Some look to Germany's Bundesliga for the overall package ( Fantastic fans, marketing of brand, precision based football) Some fans strangely, even look to Serie A and Ligue 1 for it's "entertainment value." But the English Premier league is way ahead of all mentioned because it is a league where anything can happen, and, probably will. …
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