Is Claude Puel another shrewd appointment by Southampton?

Is Claude Puel another shrewd appointment by Southampton?

Southampton have been the envy of a lot of clubs outside the top six since they returned to the Premier League under Nigel Adkins. They have an excellent recruitment system, play good football and have a knack of appointing quality managers. They bought Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman to the Premier League, both of whom have moved onto other clubs in the league. Their latest appointment is Claude Puel, who won't be known to a lot of fans in England, …
Hull City v Southampton Preview | Teams News, Stats and Key Men

Hull City v Southampton Preview | Teams News, Stats and Key Men

High flying Southampton travel to the KC Stadium on Saturday to take on a resurgent Hull side, who haven’t lost in their last 3 league encounters, including hugely impressive draws against two of last season’s top four, Arsenal and Liverpool. However, Ronald Koeman’s Saints have had an unbelievable campaign so far, sitting second in the table, and they’ll be looking to register a third straight win here to keep their momentum going into a tough stretch of fixtures that sees …
Newcastle United vs Hull City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Newcastle United vs Hull City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

At St James' Park this weekend, the two teams playing have had very differing starts to the season. Newcastle have continued their poor form from last season and find themselves already in 20th position. Although it's very early in the campaign, it looks like it could be a long season for the Geordies unless something changes as they have yet to show anything to suggest their fortunes will turn anytime soon. Meanwhile Hull City fans will be hoping that Steve …
Has Alan Pardew's Job Become Untenable?

Has Alan Pardew's Job Become Untenable?

Alan Pardew has been under intense pressure at Newcastle since Yohan Cabaye departed at the start of the year and he is now starting to look like a dead man walking, with many considering it only a matter of time until he is given his marching orders. Although many fans feel he should have been sacked in the aftermath of the Southampton match, it looks like he will be given the Hull match at home, at least. That could prove …
Hull City vs West Ham United Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Hull City vs West Ham United Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

On the 15th September, West Ham United travel the the KC Stadium to take on last year's FA Cup runner-up Hull City. Both teams have had average starts to the season and are both hovering around 10th place.  West Ham have had a disappointing start losing two of the first three league games and crashing out of the Capital One Cup to League One side Sheffield United.  Hull had a good opening day result with a 1-0 win over QPR, but …
Newcastle United: The Season So Far | Stats

Newcastle United: The Season So Far | Stats

Newcastle have defied their critics this season, with some people even putting them down as potential relegation candidates, however, they find themselves in 8th place at the turn of the year. They are just 6 points off the Champions League places, but that's likely to be a step too far for the Magpies this season. Nevertheless, they will be strong challengers for a Europa League spot, especially if more places become available in the league depending on who wins the …
What Has Gone Wrong For Hatem Ben Arfa?

What Has Gone Wrong For Hatem Ben Arfa?

Hatem Ben Arfa has always been a maverick. A player who has never quite made it to the level where his talent deserves to be. Even now at the age of 26, he is still trying to find some consistency. He started the season so well for Newcastle United, scoring a wonder-goal to clinch maximum points against Fulham before putting in another match-winning display against Aston Villa. Since then, he has failed to impress in the black and white shirt. …
Newcastle United | Have They Started Well? | The Stats So Far

Newcastle United | Have They Started Well? | The Stats So Far

After a controversial summer, Newcastle have had a solid start to the season picking up ten points from their opening seven matches. They are currently in 11th place which leaves them in a decent position to achieve their aim of a top ten finish. Although it's still early in the season, the first ten games are crucial in determining where a side is likely to finish in the table. In this article, I will explore the side's defensive, passing, creativity …
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