VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
Chelsea vs Hull City | FA Cup Preview

Chelsea vs Hull City | FA Cup Preview

Chelsea will be looking to make it back-to-back victories as they welcome Hull City to Stamford Bridge on Friday night. Their season has taken a turn for the worse since the turn of the year, but their performance against West Brom was encouraging, and they will be hopeful of building on that in the FA Cup. It would be disastrous for them to lose ahead of the first leg of their Champions League tie against Barcelona. Their opponents are currently …
Andrew Robertson Can Free Up Milner for Other Duties

Andrew Robertson Can Free Up Milner for Other Duties

Pick up any speculative article about Liverpool’s transfers from last summer and one would assume that the only position Liverpool desperately needed to fill was left back. This was before Mamadou Sakho’s pre-season transgressions that have led to desperate tap ups this summer. It was also before Red Bull Leipzig and Naby Keita lit up the Bundesliga. Alberto Moreno had endured a torrid second half in the Europa League final and the clamour for a new left back amongst the …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

When I was writing about Davy Klaassen’s transfer to Everton from Ajax, someone suggested that I should also see whether his transfer is going to be a hit like Suarez or a flop like Janssen.  I thought it was a good idea and decided to look at the transfers in detail. While predicting whether Klaassen will be a Suarez or a Janssen is not possible for me but we can look at the trends and characteristics of transfers from different …
Premier League Season Review: 2016-17 Part One

Premier League Season Review: 2016-17 Part One

It has been another whirlwind season in the Premier League this year but which clubs have exceeded expectations and who has fallen short of their aims? EPLIndex reviews how each club in the Premier League got on in 2016-17... AFC Bournemouth League position: 9th EPLIndex's Player of the Year: Josh King In just their second season in the Premier League, Bournemouth not only stayed up comfortably - they broke into the top 10. That's certainly a successful achievement for Eddie …
Is this the best relegated XI of the Premier League 2016-17?

Is this the best relegated XI of the Premier League 2016-17?

Big Sam Allardyce's 4-0 humbling of Tigers ended the relegation battle rather prematurely confirming the relegation of Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland from the Premier League. Despite the Tigers shipping out a league high of 73 goals, Boro being dubbed as the most boring Premier League side ever and the Black Cats failing to turn up all season, we pick 11 individuals who were the shining light in an otherwise gloomy league campaign for their respective sides. JORDAN PICKFORD (GK) …
Five Relegation-Bound Transfer Targets

Five Relegation-Bound Transfer Targets

With just a few weeks of the Premier League season left to play, the teams at the bottom of the table are fighting for their lives. Sunderland's relegation has already been confirmed and Middlesbrough look set to follow them into the Championship. Both Swansea and Hull are battling for their safety too but among all four teams, there are several players who have caught the eye this season. Last season saw several relegated sides lose their top players. Giorginio Wijnaldum …
Premier League Referees: What Does the Data Say About Them?

Premier League Referees: What Does the Data Say About Them?

Referees – the guys that bear the brunt of ire from unhappy fans and Jose Mourinho. They are generally the default targets of people’s anger every time a perceived wrong decision is given. They are almost certainly the default reason for Mourinho’s teams not turning up at times. This season has already seen its fair share of controversies around referees’ decisions. But this season is also different for referees for several reasons. First, referees are also superstars now. The cash-rich …
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