5 players coming into the Premier League to look out for

5 players coming into the Premier League to look out for

The 2016-17 Premier League season welcomes three new clubs into the league and with them, a host of new players who have marked their efforts in the Championship. Burnley, Middlesborough and Hull City will all return to the top flight but they have players who will hold their own in the new season. Middlesborough have made their mark on top clubs in recent seasons – taking Liverpool and Manchester United to penalties in the FA Cup and the Capital One …
The Soul of a Football Club

The Soul of a Football Club

Watching the class of 92 documentary it was interesting listening to the views of long standing Salford City fans. A number of them interviewed said they were unhappy with the ex-Man Utd players takeover "as it will never be the same." Equally numerous QPR fans say they preferred QPR when the Chrysalis' records founder Chris Wright owned QPR (96-2001) over Briartore / Ecclestone / Fernandes / Bhattia / Mittal, the recent owners over the last 5 years. Mercenary footballers are not …
Southampton vs QPR Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Southampton vs QPR Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

It's fair to suggest that as Ronald Koeman presided over an ever-growing exodus from St. Mary's that the newspaper hacks were already sharpening their pencils and the bookies shortening the odds on an early managerial departure. However this ex son of Barcelona is made of sterner stuff and with only five games gone, Koeman has transformed the mood down on the south coast. So much so that his Southampton side are already outpassing, outscoring and out-tackling the Mauricio Pochettino vintage …
Queens Park Rangers vs Stoke City Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Queens Park Rangers vs Stoke City Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

On September 20th, Stoke City will travel to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers.  Neither one of these teams have started the season well.  QPR have only three points from the first four matches and have only scored one goal all season. Stoke are expected to be around the top half of the table, but have started with only four points from four matches.  After having a great first season with the club and a good summer, Mark …
Still Plenty of Hope for Queens Park Rangers

Still Plenty of Hope for Queens Park Rangers

Despite it still being early days in the new Premier League season, you could be forgiven for thinking Queens Park Rangers are a near certainty to be playing Championship football next term, as they hover dangerously above the drop zone with the worst goal difference in the league, minus 8 after only 4 games. They are a favourite with the bookies to take the plunge. It is clear they have serious problems to address, yet despite all of their issues, …
The Longest Bans in the Premier League | Cantona, Ferdinand, Barton, Suarez, Di Canio

The Longest Bans in the Premier League | Cantona, Ferdinand, Barton, Suarez, Di Canio

The FA banned Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for 10 games yesterday, after he bit Branislav Ivanovic on the arm in the game against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. The Uruguayan's punishment is just the latest in a line of long bans for Premier League players in the past. Here are the most significant ones in descending order: Eric Cantona - The Manchester United striker was banned for nine months and ordered to do 120 hours of community service after he assaulted a …
Barton to Join Boyhood Club Everton? Stats from Newcastle & QPR stints

Barton to Join Boyhood Club Everton? Stats from Newcastle & QPR stints

Joey Barton looks to be trying to engineer a move to Everton, the club he supported as a boy. This news came from the QPR player's agent Willie McKay who said that the midfielder would be prepared to take a massive pay cut in order to join the Toffees. Marseille were keen to sign the troublemaker permanently but their fragile financial situation caused them to be turned down by Barton who wasn't prepared to move to France on such modest …