Five things to look out for in the Premier League this week

Five things to look out for in the Premier League this week

There's another exciting weekend in the Premier League ahead as clubs are now well and truly back to league action following last week's cup competitions. The biggest game of the weekend will undoubtedly be Liverpool's clash against Arsenal in Saturday's late kick-off at Anfield but there are also key battles at the other end of the table as Leicester City host Hull City and Swansea take on Burnley at the Liberty Stadium Tottenham will face a tough clash against Everton …
Argentine will become key West Ham attacker in Payet's absence

Argentine will become key West Ham attacker in Payet's absence

Following Dmitri Payet's departure from West Ham, the club must now turn to Manuel Lanzini as their key attacker and the Argentine must deliver. He faces a heavy burden - following in the footsteps of the talented Frenchman but Lanzini's importance to Slaven Bilic's side has doubled given Payet's departure. Despite a shaky start to the season and statistics which were much less impressive than his numbers in the final weeks of the 2015-16 season, Payet still held much importance …
Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 1: Mauro Zarate

Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 1: Mauro Zarate

This winter transfer window has been an interesting one. It proves a couple of points about the English Premier League and the nature of transfers in the winter. First, there is a widely held belief that the winter transfer market is overpriced and it seems that top six clubs generally have to over pay for what they buy in January. In case of a debate, I just name three Liverpool transfers – Suarez, Coutinho and Sturridge to counter this, but …
West Ham vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

The Premier League returns during the week and these two sides will be familiar with each other, having played at the beginning of the month in the FA Cup. Manchester City ran out 5-0 winners on that occasion, delivering one of their best performances of the season, but they will be coming up against a different side on Wednesday, as the hosts are playing with confidence. Despite an improvement in performance, City still aren't getting the results that they need …
Karius Vs. Mignolet - What do the Numbers Say?

Karius Vs. Mignolet - What do the Numbers Say?

In my Football Manager avatar (currently managing Newcastle), whenever one of my players or my team is criticised, I jump to their defence. Press conference after press conference, I keep clicking on the option that I think will be the best defence of my team or player(s). So, I was totally not surprised when Jurgen Klopp defended Loris Karius after his mistake cost Liverpool the game last Sunday. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Betting Offers for him to …
How West Ham Are Leading the Way in Building Success

How West Ham Are Leading the Way in Building Success

If you look at the recent results and their league position, it might be hard to use West Ham as a case study in how to go forward as a football team.  But if you take a step back and look at the work they are doing on a level above the pitch, then the London club is a great example to clubs around the world how to build for future success. The stadium Football clubs make money from lots …
West Ham v Arsenal | Preview, Team News & Key Men

West Ham v Arsenal | Preview, Team News & Key Men

As the Premier League resumes, West Ham and Arsenal will face each other in another fascinating London derby after a disappointing midweek for both sides in the English League Cup (or the EFL cup). West Ham United are struggling to find consistency in the league at the moment under Slaven Bilic. With only one win in the last five Premier League outings, including losses to Everton and Spurs, the Hammers find themselves in a relegation battle in December. After their …
Can a Fit Olivier Giroud Get Into Arsenal’s Starting Eleven?

Can a Fit Olivier Giroud Get Into Arsenal’s Starting Eleven?

When asked before the Bournemouth game about Giroud’s chance of starting on Saturday, Arsene Wenger gave a reply straight from the Football Manager handbook. A coy Wenger said “It’s just game by game, I make the decision on the next game…I thought in this game [against PSG] his physical presence could give them problems at the back…We need everyone on board and it’s just the next game that matters.” In the two games that Arsenal had played before that question …
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