EFL Cup success for United would send out a warning to league rivals

EFL Cup success for United would send out a warning to league rivals

Manchester United put down a statement on Tuesday evening when they swept past Hull with ease to record a 2-0 lead in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final. They just have to finish off the job later this month and then they will have secured a place in the final at Wembley. It will be the club's first opportunity to win silverware this season and more significantly, it could be Jose Mourinho's first chance to lift a trophy …
Leicester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On January 14th, league leaders Chelsea travel to the King Power Stadium to take on reigning champions Leicester City.  After match week 20 last season it was Leicester in second and Chelsea down in 14th.  This season, it's nearly the opposite with Chelsea in first and Leicester in 15th.  While Leicester have fallen off their pedestal this season, they'll still want to prove they can beat this season's superpower, Chelsea. After their unbelievable title winning season last year, Leicester have …
How Oriol Romeu Has Resurrected Himself and Southampton

How Oriol Romeu Has Resurrected Himself and Southampton

While Claude Puel’s ever improving Southampton may be enjoying a decent campaign during his first season in charge in England, his side has adapted quickly to his methods. Currently tenth in the table, behind South Coast rivals Bournemouth on goal-difference, the Saints were expected to play out a season of transition under a manager who had never managed outside France before. But the manner in which the side has performed could come in as a surprise to those who believed …
Tottenham Vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

On January 4th, league leaders Chelsea will travel to White Hart Lane to take on London rivals Tottenham.  Chelsea will look to become the first team in Premier League history to win 14 matches in a row in a single season with a win against Spurs.  Spurs will look to end Chelsea's winning run and extend their own winning streak to five matches. Chelsea have won 13 matches in a row making them clear favourites for the league title.  After …
Chelsea vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Chelsea will on the lookout for a 13th consecutive win in the Premier League when they host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on New Year's Eve. The Blues will also be keen to stretch their six-point lead at the top ahead of Liverpool's game with Manchester City later in the day, a meeting of second against third. Chelsea's chances of earning three more points are boosted by the return of two key figures, striker Diego Costa and midfield destroyer N'Golo …
Chelsea Vs Bournemouth Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

There are some managers in the Premier League who have genuinely good reasons to be quite happy. Eddie Howe and Antonio Conte both certainly have reasons to rejoice this Christmas. This week, Conte expressed his pleasure and was thankful for the pressure that comes with the tag of early season favorites to win the league. Eddie Howe, on the other hand, would surely be happy with his team’s showing in the first half of this season, despite the dampener that …
How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

Chelsea have consolidated their position at the top of the league after making it eleven successive victories in the Premier League. After back-to-back defeats earlier in the season against Liverpool and Arsenal, Antonio Conte decided that the 4-2-3-1 formation wasn't working out. The Italian opted to move to a 3-4-3 system that he has become known for during his coaching career. There have always been doubts in England about formations containing three at the back and that caused some to …
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On December 17th, Crystal Palace will host league leaders Chelsea at Selhurst Park.  Both teams will have a quick turnaround after playing on Wednesday and will be desperate for the three points, but for very different reasons. After yet another loss to Manchester United, Palace boss Alan Pardew is under immense pressure to get results.  Despite a summer of singing big players like Christian Benteke and Steve Mandanda, Palace find themselves sitting only three points above the relegation zone.  They're in …
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