James Mackay

Aspiring sports journalist from Birmingham. West Bromwich Albion fan (for my sins). Twitter: @Jamirackay

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

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

Everybody seems to be revelling in Chelsea’s misfortune. Eleven points from eleven games is their worst points tally at this stage of a Premier League season, surpassing their previous low of 13 in both 1992 and 1993. It is the worst defence of a Premier League title since its inception (Blackburn Rovers managed 14 points from 11 games in 1995). To make matters worse, they have already let in more goals then they did in the whole of their title-winning …
Southampton v Bournemouth Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Did you know, 42% of marriages in the UK end in separation? From blushing bride to despairing divorcee, the transformation can often be swift. It is never pleasant. One thing’s for sure, the Premier League honeymoon is well and truly over for AFC Bournemouth. After a 2-0 win against Sunderland in September, the Cherries found themselves in 11th. They were full of hope, full of expectation. Now, with Callum Wilson crocked and ten goals leaked in their last two games, …
Everton vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Everton vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Rejoice! After a fortnight of international football, we are blessed with the return of the Premier League this weekend. A bumper Saturday fixture list sees 16 top-flight teams in action, including the clash between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park. Both sides have made solid starts to the season. Roberto Martinez’s Everton 7th in the fledging Premier League table, unbeaten in five. Indeed, they have only lost once so far this campaign. The Red Devils sit in third, three points …
Crystal Palace v West Brom | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Crystal Palace v West Brom | Team News, Key Men & Stats

This is, traditionally, more of a Championship fixture than a Premier League fixture. Only since 2013/14 have both Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion truly cemented their place among the elite, with the majority of meetings in the 21st Century coming in the second tier. That said, they do have some Premier League history. The more astute amongst you will remember Albion’s ‘Great Escape’ in 2005, where the Baggies defied the odds to survive at the expense of the Eagles …
Tottenham v Man City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham v Man City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

In 2010, Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 1-0 at Eastlands to secure a spot in the Champions League for the first time since its rebranding in 1992. That was a dark day in Manchester, but City fans can take solace in the varying levels of success for the two clubs since. With two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup, City have kicked on and cemented their place as a Premier League powerhouse. Conversely, Spurs’ dusty trophy …
North by Northeast

North by Northeast

For the first time, two, bitter local rivals have something in common. They’re in disarray. Both Newcastle and Sunderland find themselves marooned on two points from six games, winless, propping up the Premier League. The Geordies sit in 19th, the Mackems in 20th. Technically, the former has the bragging rights. Scant consolation, pet. To the passing outsider, this state of affairs may appear somewhat shocking. Newcastle have been considered, rightly or wrongly, a top side for a long time. As …
AFC Bournemouth v Sunderland | Team News, Stats and Key Men

AFC Bournemouth v Sunderland | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Sunderland are struggling. Winless so far this season with only two points on the board, the only consolation for the Black Cats is that their Geordie rivals prop up the Premier League table one place below them. Talk about clutching at straws. They have gone eight league matches without a victory (D4, L4), and their 11 goals conceded this season is only trumped by Chelsea (I never thought I’d be saying that). In their current state, Sunderland need the comforts …
Manchester United v Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

It’s a fixture that needs no introduction. Red on Red. The only local derby that isn’t, in fact, a local derby. Neville & Carragher. Benitez & Ferguson. Vidic & Torres. Suarez & Evra. We’ve had some golden moments in recent years (and that’s a fact). But what about the now? Both sides laboured to disappointing finishes last season and will be looking to make the most of an open and exciting Premier League this time around. They currently sit in …
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