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Southampton Show How to Beat & How to Lose to Chelsea

Southampton Show How to Beat & How to Lose to Chelsea

The first double since 1988 for Southampton over Chelsea will have to wait another year. Fraser Forster will also have to restart his tally of minutes without a goal, allowing his first in 705 minutes not long after breaking the club record.  Not the most desirable of results for Saints as Guus Hiddink continues his two-tenure record with Chelsea containing only one loss. For a variety of reasons, Southampton were left wanting after late goals crumbled the Saints' early lead …
January Transfer Window Roundup

January Transfer Window Roundup

And that's a wrap!  As the January transfer window slams shut, the Premier League has seen the last dabblings of the 2015/16 season.  The squads are set, as both incoming and outgoing players look to make an impact for their new clubs.  For better or worse, this is your last look at some transfer analysis until June. AFC Bournemouth In: Lewis Grabban (transfer, Norwich City) Benik Afobe (transfer, Wolverhampton Wanderers) Juan Iturbe (loan, AS Roma) Marius Adamonis (loan, Atlantas Klaipeda) …
January Transfer Window - Midway Review

January Transfer Window - Midway Review

This January transfer window hasn’t been particularly busy. Smaller sides are bringing in squad players while the Big Six (or so) are taking their precious time. Especially in England, money is always the key. But January, as we’ve seen, requires a higher price to pry the world’s best and most promising away from clubs who need them for the remainder of the season. While the window has been rather dead so far, that doesn’t mean that deals haven’t been made. …
Stoke City v. Liverpool | League Cup Semi-Final Preview

Stoke City v. Liverpool | League Cup Semi-Final Preview

The recent history of this fixture gets fans of either side in a twist before kickoff.  The Britannia stadium is host to a team in peculiar form at the moment.  Stoke have looked a revitalized side in several big-game matches: 4-3 at Everton, and 2-0 against both Manchester United and Manchester City in the month of December.  But, in the very same month, the Potters have lost to West Brom and Crystal Palace while playing West Ham to a draw. No …
A Broken Left, An Invisible Centre | United 0 Chelsea 0 Post-Match Review

A Broken Left, An Invisible Centre | United 0 Chelsea 0 Post-Match Review

Eden Hazard, a spectacular winger, played as a false nine.  Wayne Rooney, an aging, divisive forward, played as a false…something.  Pedro, historically a right winger for his previous club FC Barcelona, “played” on the left and only created chances when the wings were swapped.  Anthony Martial, always a striker, was slotted into a position known as “not a striker.” Peculiar tactics by Dutch managers in the Premier League did not work at all in the cluttered December match-up between two …
Arsenal v Bournemouth Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal v Bournemouth Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Big fish versus little fish in this post-Boxing Day fixture.  After their humiliating loss to Southampton, Arsenal will look to restart their run of good form whilst Bournemouth aim to be giant-killers once again.  Having done in struggling Manchester United two weeks ago, the Cherries are hungry for top-level competition.  But Arsenal, lost in excruciating fashion against Southampton, are eager to prove their place at the top.  Having done so at the Emirates against Manchester City last week, the Gunners will …
Reds' Heads Drop: Watford Pummel Liverpool

Reds' Heads Drop: Watford Pummel Liverpool

There are always shouts in the first half of the season that “the table is never set at this stage.”  Well, fair enough.  Especially in a league whose landscape has changed so much over the course of the past few seasons, there’s no telling where any one match might go. In dichotomous fashion, the teams sitting in 7th and 9th respectively both before and after the match, Watford and Liverpool denied history while maintaining their positions in the table. Whatever …
Premier League Weekend Round-Up

Premier League Weekend Round-Up

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