Is this the best relegated XI of the Premier League 2016-17?

Is this the best relegated XI of the Premier League 2016-17?

Big Sam Allardyce's 4-0 humbling of Tigers ended the relegation battle rather prematurely confirming the relegation of Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland from the Premier League. Despite the Tigers shipping out a league high of 73 goals, Boro being dubbed as the most boring Premier League side ever and the Black Cats failing to turn up all season, we pick 11 individuals who were the shining light in an otherwise gloomy league campaign for their respective sides. JORDAN PICKFORD (GK) …
Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

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

There is only one thing left to sort out on the final day of the Premier League season and that is who takes the final two Champions League places. Manchester City are all but confirmed to be taking one of them, unless something spectacular happens on Sunday. Liverpool are in pole position to take the other remaining spot. If the Reds beat Middlesbrough at Anfield, they will finish in the top four and return to the Champions League next season. …
Chelsea Vs Middlesbrough Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Chelsea Vs Middlesbrough Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

In the previous two seasons of the Premier League the league title had been decided before the 35th game week. Chelsea had won at a canter in the 2014-15 season and Leicester had wrapped up the title in 2015-16 by the first week of May.  This season however, there is still a semblance of a title race left even though the involved teams only a handful of matches left to play. At the other end of the table, Sunderland have been …
Five Relegation-Bound Transfer Targets

Five Relegation-Bound Transfer Targets

With just a few weeks of the Premier League season left to play, the teams at the bottom of the table are fighting for their lives. Sunderland's relegation has already been confirmed and Middlesbrough look set to follow them into the Championship. Both Swansea and Hull are battling for their safety too but among all four teams, there are several players who have caught the eye this season. Last season saw several relegated sides lose their top players. Giorginio Wijnaldum …
Middlesbrough vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

On April 17th, Middlesbrough host Arsenal in a match between two sides that look like they will fail to reach their objectives this season. With seven matches left, Middlesbrough are looking likely to be relegated.  As multiple Sunderland teams have taught us recently, it's not over until it's over, but with only seven games left and a six point gap to safety, it's looking unlikely for Middlesbrough.  Firing manager Aitor Karanka does not seem to have fixed their problems, as they've …
Middlesbrough Vs Manchester United Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

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

This weekend sees the team with the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League visit the team with the current longest winless streak in the league. Manchester United – 17 games unbeaten – visit the Riverside stadium for their match against Middlesbrough, who have not won since last 10 games. The last time these two sides played each other, Aitor Karanka was meeting his ex-boss. This time, there is no such reunion as Middlesbrough sacked Karanka on Thursday and Steve …
Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

When Leicester sacked Claudio Ranieri some weeks ago, the attention of the millions across the world had shifted to the Foxes, who were floundering in the relegation zone at that time. The decision to bring the axe down on someone who won them the Premier League, achieving what has gone down as the greatest achievement in sports history, seemed contentious and attracted varying reactions from everyone even remotely associated with the game. Amidst all the struggles that Leicester were facing …
Premier League Referees: What Does the Data Say About Them?

Premier League Referees: What Does the Data Say About Them?

Referees – the guys that bear the brunt of ire from unhappy fans and Jose Mourinho. They are generally the default targets of people’s anger every time a perceived wrong decision is given. They are almost certainly the default reason for Mourinho’s teams not turning up at times. This season has already seen its fair share of controversies around referees’ decisions. But this season is also different for referees for several reasons. First, referees are also superstars now. The cash-rich …
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