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

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

This week we saw the third round of the League Cup being played in England and despite its new exotic brand name (Carabao Cup) many Premier League Managers continue to dislike it. Even after his side won against Burton Albion on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho was found complaining about the competition. He said, “If you ask me 'could English football survive or be even be better without this competition?' Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competition." Well, the third …
The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

In 1997, twenty seven days after Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mohamed Al Fayed completed his takeover of Fulham FC. In the process, he became the first foreign owner of an English football club. Six years later, Roman Abramovich bought into Chelsea FC and his success then led to many others following suit. The rich had always clambered to get a piece of the action in previous decades, with clubs traditionally being owned by local business …
Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Older readers may remember the shock that reverberated around the British football scene when Trevor Francis' move from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in early 1979 broke the £1 million transfer barrier (and doubled the British record transfer fee). Less than forty years later and £1 million would just about buy one one of Neymar's toes. Footballing transfer finances are spiralling out of control. £1 million in 1979 is equivalent to around £5.25 million today, so in real terms a …
The Best of the Free Agents this Summer

The Best of the Free Agents this Summer

The transfer window is now officially open for the 2017-18 season and there are plenty of players who are currently without a club going into the new campaign. All Premier League clubs have submitted their release lists and there are some experienced free agent players who could be up for grabs in the market. Here are some of the best and where we see their careers going... Willy Caballero The Argentine became a bit of a fan-favourite at Manchester City …
Mauricio Pellegrino - Can He Breathe Life into a Dull Southampton Side?

Mauricio Pellegrino - Can He Breathe Life into a Dull Southampton Side?

One of the worst kept secrets of the last Premier League season was Claude Puel’s fate after the season ended. It was pretty clear to the Southampton fans and probably the players as well, that Puel’s days at St. Mary’s were numbered. As expected, Puel was sacked a couple of weeks back and the hunt for a new manager was begun by the Southampton board. According to some sources, the Southampton fans were looking forward to welcoming the recently sacked …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to EPL - 2: La Liga

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to EPL - 2: La Liga

This is Part 2 of a multi-part series. You can read the first part here. In the first part, we took a look at the transfers to Premier League from Eredivisie. In this part, we will take a look at how Premier League clubs have been recruiting players from La Liga. La Liga is believed to be one of the best leagues in the world in terms of football talent. My personal belief is that image of the whole league …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

When I was writing about Davy Klaassen’s transfer to Everton from Ajax, someone suggested that I should also see whether his transfer is going to be a hit like Suarez or a flop like Janssen.  I thought it was a good idea and decided to look at the transfers in detail. While predicting whether Klaassen will be a Suarez or a Janssen is not possible for me but we can look at the trends and characteristics of transfers from different …
Premier League Season Review: 2016-17 Part Two

Premier League Season Review: 2016-17 Part Two

It has been another whirlwind season in the Premier League this year but which clubs have exceeded expectations and who has fallen short of their aims? EPLIndex reviews how each club in the Premier League got on in 2016-17... (READ PART ONE HERE) Manchester United League position: 6th EPLIndex's Player of the Year: Antonio Valencia Trophies: 2 (+Charity Shield) The success of Manchester United's season ultimately came down to whether they would win the Europa League final - and they …
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