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 …
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 …
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