Manchester United Transfer Index: Matteo Darmian

Manchester United Transfer Index: Matteo Darmian

After looking at the future of Daley Blind in my first of the Transfer Index Series of articles, this week we will be evaluating the prospects of Italian Matteo Darmian staying at Old Trafford for the next season and beyond, under Jose Mourinho. When the Italian arrived from Torino for a reasonable fee under £15-million, there was a case for optimism for the supporters. This was Louis van Gaal making a shrewd acquisition in the Summer to address what had …
Still plenty to play for as Premier League heads for final few weeks

Still plenty to play for as Premier League heads for final few weeks

There are still numerous issues to be decided in the Premier League with just under a month of the season remaining. Manchester City's title success leaves four clubs battling for the remaining three Champions League qualifying places, although one of those will need a collapse by one of the teams above them if they are to force their way in. Manchester United are currently second in the table, four points ahead of Liverpool with four games to play. The Red …
Crystal Palace Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Crystal Palace Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

The final international break of the season is over, and this weekend will see the return of league football for the final lap of the season. These last few games have the ability to turn a relatively good season into a miserable finish or a relatively miserable season into a good one. There is a strong fight for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spots at the top and there is also a close fight to avoid relegation spots – 18th and 19th in …
The battle to avoid the drop is heating up, who will survive

The battle to avoid the drop is heating up, who will survive

With the title pretty much sewn up by Manchester City, there are two particularly interesting races that people are still keeping an eye on in England’s top league. Of course, the battle to finish in the top four is as close as ever with many teams vying for a shot at the big time of the Champions League. Manchester United seem secure in second but below them, it is very close and quite hard to tell who is going to …
Mamadou Sakho's Presence is Vital for Crystal Palace in their Fight for Survival

Mamadou Sakho's Presence is Vital for Crystal Palace in their Fight for Survival

After Roy Hodgson had said his central-defender Mamadou Sakho was too ‘‘scared’’ to play against Tottenham last month, the former Liverpool player was formidable as Crystal Palace picked up a crucial win away to Huddersfield. Having not won in seven games, Palace moved out of the relegation places with a vital 2-0 victory against fellow relegation candidates. Sakho returned to training the week before the game having injured his calf against Newcastle in early February, meaning his imposing presence was …
Chelsea v Crystal Palace Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea v Crystal Palace Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

On Saturday, two sides from the capital with very different objectives will face off as Crystal Palace make a short trip to West London to play the reigning champions, Chelsea. Antonio Conte has had tough at Stamford Bridge this season since pretty much since the moment they won the league at a canter last May. A troubled transfer window mired by a difference of opinion at the boardroom level was not ideal for the Blues to begin their title defence …
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

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

Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Sunday in a London derby. The two teams have differing objectives for the rest of the season. The home side will be desperate to stay in the Premier League, but a recent injury crisis has made that task a lot more difficult. Meanwhile, Spurs want to finish in the top four for the third successive season. They have come a long way under Mauricio Pochettino and it would be viewed …
Arsenal v Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal v Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal have had a very eventful week.  At time of writing, Theo Walcott has been sold to Everton, while deals for Alexis Sanchez to move to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going to the Emirates, Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang moving to Arsenal, and Malcom to go to the Gunners are all being discussed, according to various sources, including David Ornstein of the BBC.  While there is a lot of talk, nothing has been completed, at time of writing, so they could be …
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