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

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

After dropping points at home to Arsenal for the first time since 2011, Chelsea will now look to bounce back as they travel to the Bet365.com Stadium to face Stoke City on Saturday. Stoke City have had a pretty average start to the season, but have been strong at home.  They've had about as hard of a start to their home schedule as they could, facing Arsenal then Manchester United, but they have got four points from their first two …
Stoke City v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Premier League is back for good and on Saturday, league leaders Manchester United will travel to the Bet365 stadium to take on Mark Hughes' Stoke City. Stoke City have had a decent start to life in 2017/18 - beating Arsenal in their first home game of the season sandwiched between a narrow opening day defeat to Everton and a 1-1 stalemate at the Hawthorns. The Potters enjoyed a rather eventful transfer window in the Summer, bringing in the likes of …
The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

In 1997, twenty seven days after Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mohamed Al Fayed completed his takeover of Fulham FC. In the process, he became the first foreign owner of an English football club. Six years later, Roman Abramovich bought into Chelsea FC and his success then led to many others following suit. The rich had always clambered to get a piece of the action in previous decades, with clubs traditionally being owned by local business …
Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Older readers may remember the shock that reverberated around the British football scene when Trevor Francis' move from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in early 1979 broke the £1 million transfer barrier (and doubled the British record transfer fee). Less than forty years later and £1 million would just about buy one one of Neymar's toes. Footballing transfer finances are spiralling out of control. £1 million in 1979 is equivalent to around £5.25 million today, so in real terms a …
Stoke City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal are facing a difficult trip to Stoke City for their first away game of the season. This is a fixture that they have struggled in during recent seasons and they will be hoping to avoid another embarrassing result this weekend. The Gunners won this game last season, but they had failed to win in the previous six matches at the Bet365 Stadium. It will be a tense encounter as neither side played well during the opening weekend. The away …
The Best of the Free Agents this Summer

The Best of the Free Agents this Summer

The transfer window is now officially open for the 2017-18 season and there are plenty of players who are currently without a club going into the new campaign. All Premier League clubs have submitted their release lists and there are some experienced free agent players who could be up for grabs in the market. Here are some of the best and where we see their careers going... Willy Caballero The Argentine became a bit of a fan-favourite at Manchester City …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to EPL - 2: La Liga

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to EPL - 2: La Liga

This is Part 2 of a multi-part series. You can read the first part here. In the first part, we took a look at the transfers to Premier League from Eredivisie. In this part, we will take a look at how Premier League clubs have been recruiting players from La Liga. La Liga is believed to be one of the best leagues in the world in terms of football talent. My personal belief is that image of the whole league …
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 …
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