Middlesbrough Need Goals, and Fast

Middlesbrough Need Goals, and Fast

It was at the start of this season that I wrote about Middlesbrough and how I felt they stood a good chance of staying up in their first season back in the Premier League after an extended hiatus. Well, here we are, now half way through the campaign and Boro stand in reasonable stead to do just that. Under Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough have had a respectable campaign thus far; they have been resolute defensively and tough to break down. At this mid-point, …
Manchester United Vs Middlesbrough Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

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

The festive season is a time for meeting friends and family and for footballers – former team mates, bosses and rivals. Many such reunions happened during game week 18, with David Moyes visiting Old Trafford again and Joe Allen and Glen Johnson were back at Anfield for Stoke City. The reunion season continues in game week 19 as Middlesbrough visit Manchester United on New Year’s eve. Aitor Karanka will lead his side to Old Trafford, where his former boss Jose …
Can Gary Neville Succeed at Valencia?

Can Gary Neville Succeed at Valencia?

Valencia are the fifth most successful Spanish club of all time, leading the line are Real Madrid, followed by Barcelona, followed by Athletico Bilbao, then comes Athletico Madrid and then Valencia in terms of trophies won. Gary Neville being announced as manager (initially on a 5 month contract) till the end of the season, has not met with universal acclaim. Santiago Canizares the former Spanish national keeper and Valencia stalwart echoed many people's thoughts when he said "Valencia is no …
Negredo's Departure  - a Blessing in Disguise for Man City?

Negredo's Departure - a Blessing in Disguise for Man City?

Negredo’s transfer deadline day departure from Manchester City, on a season long to Valencia, with an obligation to buy at the end of the season, was a head-scratcher for many. Surely for a team that prides itself on having two world-class talents in every position and tends to play with two strikers up front most games, letting the Beast leave without signing a replacement is a serious oversight. Given Aguero's and Jovetic’s potential injury problems, it might all come down …
EPL in Brazil Part 2: Spain | Silva, Mata, De Gea, Torres Stats

EPL in Brazil Part 2: Spain | Silva, Mata, De Gea, Torres Stats

After looking at the England WC squad in Part 1 of the series, we move on to one of the hot favorites (besides Brazil) to win the tournament – Spain. La Roja will be looking to win an unprecedented fourth major tournament on the trot, and here we look at the Premier League contingent making the trip to Brazil with them. Del Bosque calls on the two Davids from Manchester It is a testament to the strength of Spain’s goalkeeping …
EPL 13-14’s Most Creative Goalscorers | Suarez, Rooney, Aguero...

EPL 13-14’s Most Creative Goalscorers | Suarez, Rooney, Aguero...

Strikers are almost always judged solely on their goal-scoring output and why not; it is what they’re paid to do (£300k/week some of them). But while a lot of analysis is done into the goal scoring prowess of attacking midfielders (Hazard, Toure etc) in addition to their creative powers, here we take a look at strikers who excel in finding the right pass and perfect touch when they’re not rippling the back of the net. We decided to use the …
Sergio Aguero Player Season Review

Sergio Aguero Player Season Review

When fit, Sergio Aguero has been in fantastic form for Manchester City so far this season. The Argentinian is now in his third season in the Premier League, and he has established himself as one of the league’s best players. Aguero has 15 goals this season which impressively have come from 15 starts. City have been very attacking under Manuel Pellegrini this season, and Aguero is someone who has benefited from his style of management. What makes Aguero’s total so …
New Top Club Strikers Compared: Eto'o, Remy, Negredo, Lukaku & Soldado

New Top Club Strikers Compared: Eto'o, Remy, Negredo, Lukaku & Soldado

During the summer transfer window, many of the top teams thought they had to bolster their attacking options somehow.  As a result, five of the top eight teams that have pulled away from the rest of the league invested in bringing in a new striker, whether permanently or on loan.  A big time goal scorer can make a teams season and not having one can break a season.  Chelsea brought in Samuel Eto'o, Tottenham have brought in Roberto Soldado, Manchester City brought in Alvaro …
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