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. …
Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This is the first set of mid-week fixtures this season and it marks the beginning of the festive period. The games come around quickly and it is a great opportunity for clubs to consolidate their places in the league table. These two clubs have different aims, but they will both be looking for the three points on Wednesday. Liverpool are fighting at the top of the league, but a recent blip has put more emphasis on this fixture as they …
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, …
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