Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On New Year's Eve, Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in a game of two serious title contenders.  This match will pit second verses third in the table with only a point separating the two teams.  Both will see this as must win though, as a loss could see the loser cut adrift from the title race, with Chelsea already six and seven points ahead of them respectively. After a 4-1 comeback victory over Stoke City on the 27th, Liverpool …
Are Manchester City Under-Staffed Up Front?

Are Manchester City Under-Staffed Up Front?

When you think Manchester City, you think rich. They are a club with almost unlimited resources and a burning desire to succeed at domestically, as well as in Europe, who also happen to be guided by a superstar manager.  Indeed, when you look at their squad it's clear that they are literally bursting at the seams with talent.  But all that talent is packed primarily in two areas – midfield and defense. If you are new to Premier League football and …
Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Something that has never failed to astound me is the level of ignorance that exists in certain sections of the UK media when it comes to the likes of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola. I believe there remains a level of desperation from some for Guardiola to fail, simply so they can dismiss his accomplishments at Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they were not in the Premier League. As if their primary function is to prove to all and sundry …
Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

On December third, Manchester City welcome title rivals Chelsea to the Eithad Stadium.  Before the festive period gets into full swing later in the month, we'll have one of the biggest games of the season with first playing third and joint bookies favourites for the title, according to Paddy Power. After a barnstorming start to the season, City have fallen off a bit recently.  Having won their first six Premier League fixtures, Pep Guardiola's side have only three wins in …
Saving The Saviour - The Star Men

Saving The Saviour - The Star Men

He is “The Main Man.” The one that everyone looks to, in times of need. The one everyone trusts to be the difference between winning and losing. Every top team has (at least) one, every lower level team relies desperately on one to beat the drop. He is the Neo in the Matrix of the football world. Modern day managers have the unenviable [Morpheus] task of finding/buying/developing “the One.” The Pros -  These type of players are often called upon …
Why These Five Players Could Help Their Side Win the Premier League

Why These Five Players Could Help Their Side Win the Premier League

Every team has a star player. Ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez proved that during the 2013-14 season when his partnership with Daniel Sturridge almost won the Reds their first Premier League title. Robin Van Persie’s switch to Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012 was an inspired one and he was the missing link to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s side claim another title. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez made the difference for Leicester City last season and Eden Hazard was the star …
Why the Watford defeat has come at the right time for Man United

Why the Watford defeat has come at the right time for Man United

Three defeats in a row can not be justified at any club, let alone Manchester United. But with some perspective and plain logic, these defeats can actually be revealing something about the side that Mourinho has in his hands to mould into one of 'his' typically successful squads. There's a strikingly common theme in all the three defeats - an abysmal first half. United's first half in these three defeats have have been progressively getting from bad to worse and …
Belgium v Republic of Ireland Preview | Team News and Key Men

Belgium v Republic of Ireland Preview | Team News and Key Men

Belgium will face the Republic of Ireland in what could be a pivotal encounter in Group E that may decide the fate of Marc Wilmots' side after their opening round loss to Italy. It was not the scoreline or the result that may have troubled the Red Devils but it was the manner in which they collectively failed against an organised and well drilled Azzurri outfit masterminded by Antonio Conte. Although, the next two games, including the one on Saturday …
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