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

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

On December third, Manchester City welcome title rivals Chelsea to the Eithad Stadium.  Before the festive period gets into full swing later in the month, we'll have one of the biggest games of the season with first playing third and joint bookies favourites for the title, according to Paddy Power. After a barnstorming start to the season, City have fallen off a bit recently.  Having won their first six Premier League fixtures, Pep Guardiola's side have only three wins in …
Ilkay Gundogan: Pepped Up

Ilkay Gundogan: Pepped Up

Bundesliga, one of the two football leagues in Europe to have a better UEFA coefficient than the English Premier League. Also, now starting to be known as the shopping mall of the Premier League. Such is the flow of players, as well as a few managers from the German league to its English counterpart. Eleven players and one manager made the move from Germany to England this summer. From £42m rated Leroy Sane to the free transfers of Alex Manninger, Joel …
The Mysterious Case of Reduced Shots on Target

The Mysterious Case of Reduced Shots on Target

In football a shot is the successful culmination of the coordinated effort of eleven players on the pitch, as well the hard work of the manager and the coaches. Generally speaking, the more shots a team has, the more likely it is to be successful. More so if the shots are accurate and on target. So one would assume that football teams would strive to increase the number of shots they take and as a result also increase the number …
Pep Guardiola: Innovative Genius or Over-rated Fraud?

Pep Guardiola: Innovative Genius or Over-rated Fraud?

Manchester City are on a run of no wins from their last six matches in all competitions, which is poor. This has prompted claims in some quarters over the past week that Pep Guardiola is not actually that good. Some ignoramuses going so far as to proclaim he is actually a fraud. Just to put that six game winless run into perspective, City won their opening ten matches of the season in all competitions. Their overall record this season is …
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 …
Saving The Saviour - The Star Men

Saving The Saviour - The Star Men

He is “The Main Man.” The one that everyone looks to, in times of need. The one everyone trusts to be the difference between winning and losing. Every top team has (at least) one, every lower level team relies desperately on one to beat the drop. He is the Neo in the Matrix of the football world. Modern day managers have the unenviable [Morpheus] task of finding/buying/developing “the One.” The Pros -  These type of players are often called upon …
Why These Five Players Could Help Their Side Win the Premier League

Why These Five Players Could Help Their Side Win the Premier League

Every team has a star player. Ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez proved that during the 2013-14 season when his partnership with Daniel Sturridge almost won the Reds their first Premier League title. Robin Van Persie’s switch to Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012 was an inspired one and he was the missing link to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s side claim another title. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez made the difference for Leicester City last season and Eden Hazard was the star …
Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

The first Manchester derby of the season will be played at Old Trafford this weekend, with both sides heading into the fixture with a 100% record. It will be the first time that Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have faced off in the Premier League, which adds an extra layer of intrigue, making it the most hotly anticipated Manchester derby for a long time. The two had several spats while managing in Spain and the English media will be hoping …
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