Chelsea v Burnley Preview - Conte's men begin Title defence

Chelsea v Burnley Preview - Conte's men begin Title defence

Defending Premier League champions Chelsea will face Burney in their opening fixture of the season at Stamford Bridge, and after Sunday's defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield, Antonio Conte will expect his side to take all three points and get their campaign off and running in style. Last season the Blues faced Sean Dyche's side in their third game and came away 3-0 winners, which made it three wins in three for the Italian in charge. The Clarets were tipped for relegation but …
The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
Is Michael Keane worth £30 million?

Is Michael Keane worth £30 million?

If there’s anything that would annoy smaller clubs in the world more than their stature itself, then it’s the situation when big clubs come hunting for their better players when they seem like big fishes in a small pond. It’s obvious that big clubs certainly love to lay their hands on players from smaller clubs, but can often prove to be bait. And the latest small-club talent to have been clamoured by bigger clubs in the Premier League is Burnley …
Liverpool: Why Emre Can Is the future, Not Henderson

Liverpool: Why Emre Can Is the future, Not Henderson

One of the biggest mistakes that Klopp made was to allow Jordan Henderson to keep the armband when he took over. Maybe he didn't want to change too much, too soon. But in his second season, Hendo still has it. Apart from him not bossing games or being a natural midfield general ( shouting at the ref doesn't count as commanding), it basically made him "undroppable" and in the process stunted the development of Emre Can in central midfield, because unfortunately for the …
Philippe Coutinho – Not As Bad As He is Being Made Out To Be

Philippe Coutinho – Not As Bad As He is Being Made Out To Be

Jurgen Klopp termed his side’s win against Burnley on Sunday as “the first ugly victory” of the season. Liverpool had barely scraped past the worst traveling side in the league with two fairly lucky goals and all Liverpool fans were just thankful for the three points. Indeed, if you followed the match only on social media, you may be forgiven for believing that Liverpool had actually lost against another bottom half-side. Such was the gloomy conversation in social media. Much …
Liverpool Vs Burnley Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Burnley Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

It has been a crazy week of football, with Arsenal recording their worst drubbing in Champions League over two legs and Barcelona pulling off a miracle at Camp Nou. It is a bit underwhelming hence, that such a week is ending in a weekend when only four league matches and four FA Cup quarter finals will be played. Arsenal, who have dropped out of the top four, are playing the non-league Lincoln City in one of those quarterfinals and Spurs …
Burnley Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

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

If we look at the Premier League home table at this point in time, we see some really interesting surprises. Liverpool and Manchester United are seventh and ninth respectively in this table, while forming the top four along with Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal, are Burnley. The Clarets are third in the home table with 28 points, only bettered by Spurs with 32 and Chelsea with 33 points. In fact, if we narrow it down a bit, after Christmas, in the …
PL Defences Part 2: Koscielny Tops the Best Defender Analysis

PL Defences Part 2: Koscielny Tops the Best Defender Analysis

In Part 1, we looked at the top defences in the Premier League. We saw that Squawka rates Arsenal as the best currently, followed by Chelsea, Burnley, Manchester United and Spurs. All these teams excel in different areas of defence. Some play high and press well, some intercept well, others block and clear well. But defences are made up of individuals. So, in this post, we will look at the top defenders in the league as of now. The Stats …
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