Joshua Smith

Avid football fan and keen writer with a flair for expression and an opinion to share.

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Shades of the Old Manchester United in Late Win at Watford

Shades of the Old Manchester United in Late Win at Watford

Manchester United had to dig deep yesterday afternoon to leave Vicarage Road with three points. With key injuries coming out of the international break you would have been forgiven for thinking that Man United would struggle away at Watford. No Rooney and Martial left United with no recognisable striker on the park against a side that has been difficult to break down since their promotion to the Premier League. After conceding to a late Troy Deeney penalty it seemed that …
Leicester City vs Watford Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester City vs Watford Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester will play host to Watford for only the second time in Premier League history on Saturday afternoon. The Foxes and the Hornets have not faced each other in the Premier League in well over a decade. Claudio Ranieri’s side head into the game as arguably the most exciting team to watch in the league right now. Even with a change of manager over the summer it appears that Leicester have been able to hold onto the epic form they …
Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Chelsea and Mourinho would usually head into a Premier League match against Liverpool full of confidence. Unfortunately for the home side their poor start to the season hasn’t relented yet. They are now looking to bounce back from a sickening League Cup exit midweek with a visit from Liverpool with their new manager in tow. Life at Anfield hasn’t started quite how Klopp would have hoped. The poor standard of the squad he has inherited is more evident than ever …
Stoke City v Watford Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City v Watford Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Premier League newcomers Watford head north to the Britannia on Saturday afternoon to face an in-form Stoke City side. Mark Hughes' side head into the weekend on the back of three consecutive victories and they will feel confident about continuing to climb the table when they face the London side. While Stoke head into the game in their best form of the season, Watford will be looking for their first win since the 19th of September. The Hornets haven’t managed to …
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

All eyes on White Hart Lane this Saturday as Jürgen Klopp takes charge of his first game as Liverpool boss. The charismatic German has taken all the headlines since replacing Brendan Rodgers as manager of the Merseyside club. Klopp will be looking to hit the ground running with his new club against a side that Liverpool have won their last five meetings with. However, Pochettino and his men will be looking to spoil Klopp and Liverpool’s party. The home side will …
Can The Real Cesc Fabregas Please Stand Up?

Can The Real Cesc Fabregas Please Stand Up?

The biggest surprise of the new Premier League season has been the reigning Champions atrocious start. After eight fixtures Chelsea find themselves 16th with only eight points. Two wins, two draws and four losses is not what we expect of a Jose Mourinho side. There can be lots of arguments for what has gone wrong at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho has already gone into defensive mode with the club offering assurances his spot is safe. When Mourinho goes for self-preservation rather than …
Sunderland: The Poisoned Chalice?

Sunderland: The Poisoned Chalice?

A very obvious pattern has developed at Sunderland in recent years. Each season the fans have their loyalty put to the test as the club gets off to an utterly dreadful start to the season. It then takes them until about February until they decide to ditch their manager, if they haven’t already, and bring in someone else to try and save the club from what looks like inevitable relegation. They then survive by the skin of their teeth, that …
Brendan Rodgers: The Myth of The Super Coach

Brendan Rodgers: The Myth of The Super Coach

Join me, as I swiftly get in on the act of passing comment on Brendan Rodgers' eventual demise as Liverpool boss. The writing's been on the wall hasn't it? I was starting to get the feeling they would never get rid of him and years from now we'd be wondering when was the exact point Liverpool settled for mid-table mediocrity and 'tremendous character' over success. But alas, the powers that be in Anfield have finally bitten the bullet and rid …
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