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 …
The FA Cup Final 2018: Chelsea v Manchester United Preview

The FA Cup Final 2018: Chelsea v Manchester United Preview

This year in the FA Cup final, we will see two real heavyweights clash against each other in a bid to get their hands on the beautifully designed trophy and make amends for an otherwise underwhelming domestic campaign. This is all the more true for Chelsea football club whose decline has been every bit as rapid as it was expected after a poor transfer window. The Blues went from comprehensively winning the league to missing out on Champions League football …
United Reach Another Cup Final Under Mourinho in Progressive Season

United Reach Another Cup Final Under Mourinho in Progressive Season

Another cup final for Manchester United. Another cup final for Jose Mourinho. As the final whistle was blown, United celebrated reaching their second FA Cup final in three years and a chance to equal Arsenal who hold a record 13 titles in the oldest domestic competition in the world. Jose Mourinho's side will take on his former employers Chelsea in a repeat of the 2007 final - of the inaugural edition in the new Wembley. Jose Mourinho was victorious on …
Chelsea v Southampton Preview | FA Cup Semi-Final Preview

Chelsea v Southampton Preview | FA Cup Semi-Final Preview

The FA Cup may not be as revered as it once was, but it remains a highlight of the English footballing calendar. There are many that believe this stage of the competition should be played on neutral grounds, but Wembley provides a spectacle that is difficult to replicate. Chelsea and Southampton will do battle for the second time in just over a week, with both teams needing a win for different reasons. Although this competition isn't a priority for Saints …
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur | FA Cup Semi Final Preview

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur | FA Cup Semi Final Preview

It's the big game in Wembley as twelve-time champions Manchester United take on Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur in their temporary backyard for a place in the FA Cup final. It is a silly exercise to boil a season down to the outcome of one game but such has been the year for Manchester United where they fell short of what was expected of them in all the competitions this season. A title challenge eluded them in the league while they failed …
Leicester City vs Chelsea | FA Cup Preview

Leicester City vs Chelsea | FA Cup Preview

After breezing past some lower league sides, Leicester City will have their first real test in the FA Cup as they welcome defending Premier League champions Chelsea to the King Power Stadium.  The Foxes have outscored their opponents 8-1 in the first three rounds, including a big 5-1 win over Peterborough.  They'll hope that they can carry their lower league form over to their match against Chelsea and push them to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Chelsea are coming …
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 …
Liverpool Vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The title race in the Premier League this season seems to be over already. Manchester City are 15 points clear of their Red neighbours and have all but seized the trophy. The relegation battle is far more interesting with just 4 points separating West Brom in 20th and Newcastle United in 14th positions. There is one more mini-relegation battle brewing higher up the table.  With Manchester City cornering the top position, the other five “Big Six” teams have to fight …
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