Analysing Chelsea's centre-back options for the 2017/18 campaign

Analysing Chelsea's centre-back options for the 2017/18 campaign

The past weekend marked Chelsea's fifth clean sheet of the season in their 15th game in all competitions, which means they have kept one in 33% of their matches this season. During the last campaign, they were praised for their defensive organisation and consistency under Antonio Conte. The Italian changed to a 3-4-2-1 formation and it immediately reaped rewards, as the Blues became difficult to break down. There was always going to be a stage when the team became less …
The Top Strikers in the Premier League - Who's More Clinical and Who's More Valuable?

The Top Strikers in the Premier League - Who's More Clinical and Who's More Valuable?

This season there seems to be very little excitement left in the Premier League. The manner in which Chelsea have managed to dominate the league has ensured that there is very little chance involved in deciding the eventual winner of the league. Other teams and their fans do try to manufacture excitement – will Manchester United pip Liverpool to the fourth place in the league? Will Everton pip them both? Will Sunderland get out of jail again? Which of the …
Is Gini Wijnaldum less effective away from home?

Is Gini Wijnaldum less effective away from home?

One of the main criticisms of Gini Wijnaldum during his time at Newcastle United was that he failed to contribute away from home, with all of his 11 league goals coming at St James' Park. This was brushed aside as being caused by the team's bad form on the road, but the Dutch international is having similar problems at Liverpool. There have been a number of fans commenting on his poor performances away and how he looks like a different …
Simon Mignolet – Bipolar Moments keep on coming

Simon Mignolet – Bipolar Moments keep on coming

If Simon Mignolet were a fruit, he’d be an avocado -Absolutely loved by some, totally abhorred by [many]others. His performance against Chelsea was the perfect example of the “Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” scenario’s that usually come to the fore when he stands between the sticks. Let’s take a look at some of this best and worst moments in Liverpool’s crunch encounter at Anfield. Safe to say, it could also represent Mignolet’s overall performance this season. The Ugly Screaming …
Alex Iwobi's Metoric Rise

Alex Iwobi's Metoric Rise

In the last year Alex Iwobi has gone from reserve team star to an established Arsenal first teamer.  Making his Premier League debut on Halloween 2015, the 20 year old's stock has been on the rise ever since. This time last year Iwobi had played just over a minute of Premier League after making his league debut off the bench away to Swansea City.  A year on, he started for Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium and was a contender for man of the …
Mesut Ozil vs Dimitri Payet - A statistical comparison

Mesut Ozil vs Dimitri Payet - A statistical comparison

Dimitri Payet and Mesut Ozil are both excellent midfielders, who are key players for West Ham and Arsenal respectively. However, there has been a lot of debate, mainly on social media, about who is better out of the two. The latter has played for two of the biggest clubs in the world and has a World Cup to his name. Whereas Dimitri Payet plays for a mid-table Premier League side and has never lifted a major trophy. Based on this, …
Why Arsenal have missed Santi Cazorla

Why Arsenal have missed Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla missed the majority of last season due to a series knee ligament injury. He picked up the damage in a draw against Norwich on November 29th 2015 and despite hoping to make a return in March, he didn't return to first team training until April and made just one more bow before the season came to a close. Wenger's midfield clearly missed the Spaniard and the balance he brought to the side. Alongside Francis Coquelin, he developed a …
Who Is Stoke's New Record Transfer: Giannelli Imbula Player Profile

Who Is Stoke's New Record Transfer: Giannelli Imbula Player Profile

While deadline day 2016 was considered a quiet one, we still saw the biggest move in England transpire and a team break their transfer record.  This happened with Stoke City's £18.3m signing of Belgian born midfielder Giannelli Imbula.  After breaking their transfer window just six months ago with the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke have continued to be ambitious in the transfer window. Imbula made a summer move from Olympique de Marseille to FC Porto for about £15.1m.  While it was …
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