Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

After their respective European exploits over the week, Arsenal and Manchester City return to the Premier League to face each other in a massive match before the international break. Manchester City return from Naples as triumphant winners and already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.  They'll come back to Manchester to play what should be an easier match.  Arsenal have struggled away from home in the Premier League in 2017, while City are yet to drop a …
Just How Far Can Guardiola Take Manchester City This Season?

Just How Far Can Guardiola Take Manchester City This Season?

Pep Guardiola's first season with Manchester City didn't quite live up to expectations, but last season's critics have been well and truly silenced. City have been irresistible so far. In defence they look secure, buoyed by the addition of Ederson who looks to be the 'keeper they have been crying out for. Kevin De Bruyne has been in inspired form, with numerous majestic performances in the City midfield and assists that not even people sat in the stands would've seen …
Manchester United's draw at Stoke is not a sign of things to come

Manchester United's draw at Stoke is not a sign of things to come

Manchester United remain at the top of the league table by the end of matchday four, but only just, thanks to Mark Hughes' Stoke City who, almost predictably, halted United's 100% record accrued over the first three games. Here is my take on how the Red Devils fared at the Britannia, where they have been sub-par in recent years - since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson to be precise, but why their most recent draw could have been a …
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview | Team News & Key Men

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview | Team News & Key Men

On March 18th, Manchester City host Liverpool in a pivotal match in the battle for the Champions League Places. Manchester City are coming off of a heart breaking 3-1 loss in the Champions League that saw then get knocked out 6-6 on away goals.  Now out of the Champions League, City sit third in the Premier League, level on points with Tottenham only behind on goal difference.  City sit 10 points off Chelsea and six points inside the Champions League …
Manchester City Vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City Vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsene Wenger’s Gunners were cruising at a fair clip when Everton threw a spanner in their stride during the midweek game at Goodison Park. Wenger attributed that stumble to a physical game from the Toffees. However, he doesn’t have to worry about threading a physical defense when his side travel to Manchester City on Sunday. Pep Guardiola is unlikely to ask his defenders to get stuck in and even if he did, I am not sure if he has the …
Manchester United v Manchester City | League Cup Preview

Manchester United v Manchester City | League Cup Preview

It's the second installment of the Mourinho-Guardiola act at Old Trafford, this time in the league cup with a place in the quarterfinal on the line. The moods at both camps cannot be more different to what they were before the last time these two sides met in the Premier League. Both teams had enjoyed a 100% win record in the opening three games before the international break which stood between the Manchester Derby in early September that City won …
Can the influx of 'supercoaches' finally remove anti-intellectualism from English football?

Can the influx of 'supercoaches' finally remove anti-intellectualism from English football?

Anti-intellectualism is embedded in the psyche of football fans in this country and it is a huge reason why our success on the international scene has been limited. The problem is showed best by the reaction to Sam Allardyce's appointment as England manager. He is by no means a bad manager, but his reputation as an innovative one is over the top. Allardyce did embrace new technologies over a decade ago during his successful spell at Bolton, but the game has …
Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City are all set to face-off Manchester United at the Etihad stadium this Sunday. Two teams known to be stellar individually and intense rivals, meet yet again, but have their performances lived upto expectations this season? In all honesty, these are two teams that have been underwhelming-ly ordinary in the Premier League this season – it is nearly 25 years since a Manchester derby was played between two teams both outside the top three. The 170th derby in October …
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