Lingard Launches United Closer to the Top Four in the Premier League

Lingard Launches United Closer to the Top Four in the Premier League

Manchester United managed to shake off fatigue concerns to overcome a stubborn Middlesbrough in Riverside on Sunday, which saw them ascend the Premier League table for the first time since game-week 11. Mourinho fielded a back three again - for the third consecutive game this season, not to mention against a team that has massively struggled to score goals, his decision was slightly perplexing. The visitors looked a hastily assembled side at least on paper, clearly a consequence of injuries …
Middlesbrough Vs Manchester United Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Middlesbrough Vs Manchester United Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

This weekend sees the team with the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League visit the team with the current longest winless streak in the league. Manchester United – 17 games unbeaten – visit the Riverside stadium for their match against Middlesbrough, who have not won since last 10 games. The last time these two sides played each other, Aitor Karanka was meeting his ex-boss. This time, there is no such reunion as Middlesbrough sacked Karanka on Thursday and Steve …
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 …
West Brom vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Brom vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League has a full schedule this weekend and the focus will once again be on the race for the Champions League. This season has been competitive with six very good teams and it is shaping up to be the most exciting contest for the top four in a long time. Arsenal may have finished in the top four for the last 20 seasons, but there are no guarantees about them doing so again this campaign. They are currently …
Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

When Leicester sacked Claudio Ranieri some weeks ago, the attention of the millions across the world had shifted to the Foxes, who were floundering in the relegation zone at that time. The decision to bring the axe down on someone who won them the Premier League, achieving what has gone down as the greatest achievement in sports history, seemed contentious and attracted varying reactions from everyone even remotely associated with the game. Amidst all the struggles that Leicester were facing …
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 …
Is Harry Kane a World Class Striker?

Is Harry Kane a World Class Striker?

Harry Kane has managed to prove his consistency over the course of three seasons and is certainly not the one-season wonder that many thought he was. At the age of 23, it is exciting to speculate how far the English striker can go in the game. He is set to break the 20-goal mark for the third successive season and there have been few Premier League strikers in recent times that can claim such a record. The Tottenham favourite is …
Where Next for Alexis Sanchez?

Where Next for Alexis Sanchez?

Things haven't been looking positive for Arsenal recently. They were thrashed 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday night - putting a dent to their top four hopes and their star player watched from the sidelines for the majority of the game. It was following an apparent bust-up between Alexis Sanchez and some of his senior teammates which doesn't bode well for fans. Sanchez has been Arsenal's best player this season but the club may be forced to wave goodbye to him …
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