Is this the best relegated XI of the Premier League 2016-17?

Is this the best relegated XI of the Premier League 2016-17?

Big Sam Allardyce's 4-0 humbling of Tigers ended the relegation battle rather prematurely confirming the relegation of Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland from the Premier League. Despite the Tigers shipping out a league high of 73 goals, Boro being dubbed as the most boring Premier League side ever and the Black Cats failing to turn up all season, we pick 11 individuals who were the shining light in an otherwise gloomy league campaign for their respective sides. JORDAN PICKFORD (GK) …
Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

There is only one thing left to sort out on the final day of the Premier League season and that is who takes the final two Champions League places. Manchester City are all but confirmed to be taking one of them, unless something spectacular happens on Sunday. Liverpool are in pole position to take the other remaining spot. If the Reds beat Middlesbrough at Anfield, they will finish in the top four and return to the Champions League next season. …
Five Relegation-Bound Transfer Targets

Five Relegation-Bound Transfer Targets

With just a few weeks of the Premier League season left to play, the teams at the bottom of the table are fighting for their lives. Sunderland's relegation has already been confirmed and Middlesbrough look set to follow them into the Championship. Both Swansea and Hull are battling for their safety too but among all four teams, there are several players who have caught the eye this season. Last season saw several relegated sides lose their top players. Giorginio Wijnaldum …
Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This is the first set of mid-week fixtures this season and it marks the beginning of the festive period. The games come around quickly and it is a great opportunity for clubs to consolidate their places in the league table. These two clubs have different aims, but they will both be looking for the three points on Wednesday. Liverpool are fighting at the top of the league, but a recent blip has put more emphasis on this fixture as they …
Everton 2 Wigan 1 | Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Wigan 1 | Tactical Analysis

Everton hosted Wigan at Goodison Park. Everton were 2-4-0 in their last six games, while Wigan posted a not-so-impressive 1-1-4. Formations [caption id="attachment_24068" align="aligncenter" width="336"] Everton Starting XI[/caption] Everton made one change from their game against West Ham. Heitinga dropped to the bench in favour of Hitzlsperger. Neville moved to right back, while Gibson kept his place with his red card appeal pending (now rescinded). The result was a relatively narrow 4-4-2 formation to allow Baines and Neville to overlap. …
Everton | The Importance of Darron Gibson | Opta Stats Analysis

Everton | The Importance of Darron Gibson | Opta Stats Analysis

On the back of Everton’s triumph over Manchester United, David Moyes and several of his playing staff have been thrust into the unfamiliar glare of the media spotlight. Tactics have been lauded, techniques saluted and the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jagielka have been the recipients of some highly complimentary reviews. As players bathe in the glory of Monday's win, one man unlikely to experience a similar surge of public admiration is Darron Gibson. Since his Manchester United days there has tended to …
Everton New Boys Proving Their Worth | Opta Stats

Everton New Boys Proving Their Worth | Opta Stats

Everton further fuelled the positive vibes currently permeating the club with a deserved victory over West Brom on Saturday. Goals from Leon Osman, via a huge deflection, and Victor Anichebe were enough to secure the three points and take the Toffees up to seventh in the table. It has become something of a formality for Everton to douse memories of an inept, lethargic start to a season with a sudden rampant late season surge, and yet again David Moyes seems …
Everton | Who Replaces Arteta Best?

Everton | Who Replaces Arteta Best?

Since parting ways with Mikel Arteta, Goodison Park's chief creative threat for several years, Everton have struggled to find a player capable of replicating his high level of production. This season, the Spaniard's absence has clearly hampered elements of the Toffees' arsenal, with many attacking statistics on the decline. As is emphasised above, despite their recent upturn in form, the Toffees' creative nous has wavered. What has helped negate these attacking deficiencies and kept David Moyes' side competing  in games this season has …