Liverpool Vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

What a difference one year, a full pre-season, and some good signings make! This forthcoming game week in the Premier League will end with Liverpool hosting West Ham. Last season, at the end of 14 game weeks, these two sides were separated by a single point and two league positions. West Ham were having a wonderful season, raining on oppositions’ parades especially in big away games. At the same time, Liverpool were adjusting to life under a charismatic and more …
West Ham v Arsenal | Preview, Team News & Key Men

West Ham v Arsenal | Preview, Team News & Key Men

As the Premier League resumes, West Ham and Arsenal will face each other in another fascinating London derby after a disappointing midweek for both sides in the English League Cup (or the EFL cup). West Ham United are struggling to find consistency in the league at the moment under Slaven Bilic. With only one win in the last five Premier League outings, including losses to Everton and Spurs, the Hammers find themselves in a relegation battle in December. After their …
Manchester United v West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League table currently looks like a story of three clusters. In the top five positions, separated by four points between 24 and 28, are clubs that have shown exceptional form over a string of matches at least at some time during this first third of the season. Below them are a dozen average-performing teams bunched together between 11 and 19 points, and below these are the early relegation candidates between 6 to 10 points. This weekend in Premier …
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham Preview | Team News & Key Men

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham Preview | Team News & Key Men

Premier League football is back at White Hart Lane and it will see the Spurs take on another fierce London rival West Ham United in Matchweek 12. Tottenham Hotspur have had a good solid start, if anything, to their campaign. They are the only side yet to be beaten in the league and in 11 games they have accrued 21 points with 5 wins and 6 draws sitting fifth in the table, three points off fourth placed Arsenal. Whichever way …
Mesut Ozil vs Dimitri Payet - A statistical comparison

Mesut Ozil vs Dimitri Payet - A statistical comparison

Dimitri Payet and Mesut Ozil are both excellent midfielders, who are key players for West Ham and Arsenal respectively. However, there has been a lot of debate, mainly on social media, about who is better out of the two. The latter has played for two of the biggest clubs in the world and has a World Cup to his name. Whereas Dimitri Payet plays for a mid-table Premier League side and has never lifted a major trophy. Based on this, …
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, …
Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

“I told them, [get] the clean sheet, I buy everybody a pizza. I think they wait until I improve my offer, okay a pizza and a hot dog.” – Claudio Ranieri, Leicester Manager during their title-winning season Clean sheets are important. For Ranieri, they are important enough to throw in a hot dog along with his already generous offer of pizzas (which he actually treated his players to) as an incentive for his players to get one. For others such …
Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Eyebrows were raised when Oliver Burke left Nottingham Forest in the summer for RB Leipzig for £13m. Recently, two ex-Premier League players: John Hartson and Jermaine Jenas suggested that the Scottish winger had only moved to the German Bundesliga newcomers for the money and questioned the role of his agent in the deal. Hartson cited the potential for Burke to have gone to West Brom or Sunderland instead of a team Hartson had never heard of. Hartson's apparent ignorance of European football …
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