Stoke City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On April eighth, Stoke City host Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp's side looks to regain their momentum and push into the Champions League. Stoke City find themselves in mid-table mediocrity with seven matches still to play this season.  They’re essentially safe from relegation, but no where near qualifying Europe next season.  The mindset that the season is over may have already set in on the squad, as they have won none of their last four matches and scored only one goal …
Stoke City v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

League leaders Chelsea travel to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium as the Premier League is preparing for a mini-hiatus, what with the final international break of this campaign. Stoke City sit ninth in the league with 36 points on board, four shy of eighth placed West Bromwich Albion. The Potters have recovered from a dispiriting 4-0 loss at White Hart Lane to pick up four points from the following two games - a significant 2-0 win against struggling …
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 Vs Stoke City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Tottenham Vs Stoke City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

The football world remains, perhaps naively, shocked by the sacking of Claudio Ranieri by Leicester City on Thursday. As has become usual, most English teams have ensured a way out of Europe at the first opportunity available, although only confirmed drop outs are Tottenham, who could not get past Gent from Belgium, also on Thursday. In all this, the Premier League returns this weekend after a fortnight. It returns for at least sixteen of the twenty teams, as the other …
Saido Berahino to Stoke: Will It Be Worth the Trouble for Mark Hughes?

Saido Berahino to Stoke: Will It Be Worth the Trouble for Mark Hughes?

If we check out any of the transfer rumours about Liverpool from 2015 and 2016, especially those that provide many rumours in one article, we can be almost certain that one name will feature in majority of those articles – Saido Berahino. Similarly, for Tottenham Hotspurs, if we check out any of the rumour bundles, especially from late 2015 till summer of 2016, the English youngster features in many of them. So, when I saw the news earlier this month, that …
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 …
Over-Reliance on Ibrahimovic is Hindering Manchester United's Progress

Over-Reliance on Ibrahimovic is Hindering Manchester United's Progress

United drew a game for the eighth time in the Premier League after a difficult and frustrating encounter at the Bet365 stadium on a nippy Saturday afternoon. It was in many ways, the 2016/17 season in a nutshell under Mourinho that Manchester United managed to recover after an early wobble, create more than enough opportunities to win the game, yet somehow only manage to score once, thanks to a world class strike from substitute Wayne Rooney. A record 250th goal …
Stoke City v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United, undefeated in 16 matches in all competitions, will take a trip to the Bet365 Stadium to play Stoke City over the weekend. After a prolonged series of ups and downs (mostly downs), Manchester United seem to be improving under Jose Mourinho. Despite a significant improvement in form, the Red Devils remain sixth in the league table, right below Manchester City. Their draw with Liverpool ended their run of seven straight league victories, but United are finding form and …
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