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 …
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 …
Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Something that has never failed to astound me is the level of ignorance that exists in certain sections of the UK media when it comes to the likes of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola. I believe there remains a level of desperation from some for Guardiola to fail, simply so they can dismiss his accomplishments at Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they were not in the Premier League. As if their primary function is to prove to all and sundry …
The Premier League key to Belgium’s Euro 2016

The Premier League key to Belgium’s Euro 2016

In the space of just a few years, Belgium seemed to come from nowhere to one of the best teams in Europe, with the emergence of a fantastically talented group of players. The depth of quality they now possess rivals Spain and Germany; something of a revolution from a small nation with a very weak domestic league. Most of the squad play their club football abroad and almost half in the Premier League, so here’s a look at the influence …
DeBruyne Steps on the Gas

DeBruyne Steps on the Gas

In a must win game to ensure City achieve Champions League qualification the team came out of the traps very sharply. Kevin DeBruyne after 2.5 months out came back to start his first game and City were on the front foot from the start. Pellegrini seems to have prioritised the Champions League this season and one can only second guess players were playing for their chance to be in the first eleven versus PSG on Wednesday. Samir Nasri also returned …
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 …
Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Liverpool take on Manchester City just three days after losing to them in the final of the Capital One Cup. The Reds were trailing before Philippe Coutinho's strike in the last minutes of the game gave them respite. Liverpool managed to take the game to penalties but a series of shocking takes and some wonderful goalkeeping from Willy Caballero ensured Pellegrini has at least one trophy in his final season as boss. Jurgen Klopp's men must quickly recuperate after the …
Observations from the battle of the top four

Observations from the battle of the top four

It’s a television broadcasters dream: four clubs, all in with a genuine shout of winning the Premier League, all playing each other on the same weekend. Arsenal played host to league leaders Leicester, Tottenham Hotspur visited Manchester City and in terms of drama, both games lived up to the hype. But what can we take away from the battle of the title contenders? The standard of refereeing in the Premier League is not good Sadly, the standard of officiating in …
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