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 United v FC Basel 1894: Champions League Preview

Manchester United v FC Basel 1894: Champions League Preview

It's time Manchester United fans looked forward to the UEFA Champions League anthem blaring through the PA system at Old Trafford as the Red Devils will begin their European campaign against Switzerland's FC Basel. Manchester United are back in the Champions League under Jose Mourinho, achieving qualification by winning the Europa League last season. Despite what at first glance, looks an easy group stage draw, having avoided the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus from Pot 1, Group …
Jairo Riedewald to Crystal Palace: Eagles Changing Colours

Jairo Riedewald to Crystal Palace: Eagles Changing Colours

In the 2015-16 season, there was a time when Stoke City fans started calling their team Stokecelona. In that season Stoke had more La Masia graduates in their squad than Arsenal and for a part of that season, Stoke City did play an uncharacteristically passing brand of football. If initial signs are anything to go by, we might see Crystal Palace, another team that is traditionally known for deep defending and direct football, play a more passing game. The first …
Tottenham Vs Stoke City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Tottenham Vs Stoke City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

The football world remains, perhaps naively, shocked by the sacking of Claudio Ranieri by Leicester City on Thursday. As has become usual, most English teams have ensured a way out of Europe at the first opportunity available, although only confirmed drop outs are Tottenham, who could not get past Gent from Belgium, also on Thursday. In all this, the Premier League returns this weekend after a fortnight. It returns for at least sixteen of the twenty teams, as the other …
Saido Berahino to Stoke: Will It Be Worth the Trouble for Mark Hughes?

Saido Berahino to Stoke: Will It Be Worth the Trouble for Mark Hughes?

If we check out any of the transfer rumours about Liverpool from 2015 and 2016, especially those that provide many rumours in one article, we can be almost certain that one name will feature in majority of those articles – Saido Berahino. Similarly, for Tottenham Hotspurs, if we check out any of the rumour bundles, especially from late 2015 till summer of 2016, the English youngster features in many of them. So, when I saw the news earlier this month, that …
Chelsea vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Chelsea will on the lookout for a 13th consecutive win in the Premier League when they host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on New Year's Eve. The Blues will also be keen to stretch their six-point lead at the top ahead of Liverpool's game with Manchester City later in the day, a meeting of second against third. Chelsea's chances of earning three more points are boosted by the return of two key figures, striker Diego Costa and midfield destroyer N'Golo …
A look at Wilfried Bony to Stoke City

A look at Wilfried Bony to Stoke City

After a pretty quiet summer transfer window, Stoke City made a flurry of moves on deadline day, including the loan signing of Wilfried Bony.  While the headlines of the day were dominated by big money buys like Moussa Sissoko and David Luiz, Bony could prove to be one of, if not the most, impactful signings of deadline day. Stoke had a pretty interesting season last year.  They finished ninth on 51 points, as Marc Hughes guided Stoke to a top …
Why Joe Allen to Stoke Makes Sense for Everyone

Why Joe Allen to Stoke Makes Sense for Everyone

Liverpool are understood to have accepted a bid of around £13m from Stoke for Wales midfielder Joe Allen. The Press Association reported the Reds have accepted the offer as Allen only has one year left on his contract. Allen was mostly a maligned figure for a large part of his Anfield career but ever since Klopp took over, he regained the form that earned him the Liverpool move, and subsequently found immense love and appreciation in the Liverpool fan base as …
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