Lille vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Lille vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Chelsea have had an exciting start to the season with a number of young players making an impact under the guidance of Frank Lampard. The supporters will be hoping that they can now start to find consistency in results, with a kind run of fixtures upcoming. They lost their opening Champions League match of the season, despite having chances to win the game. The Blues now travel to face Lille, which will be a tricky fixture, but one they must …
Stephan Lichtsteiner to Arsenal: A Good Option from the Bench

Stephan Lichtsteiner to Arsenal: A Good Option from the Bench

Change is afoot at Arsenal. With Arsene Wenger’s departure and Unai Emery’s appointment, a lot of changes are being expected and I am sure they will take place in the due course of time. However, the first set of changes that have taken place are interesting, if not entirely expected. Per Mertesacker has announced retirement and is now the Under-21 manager for the Gunners. Santi Cazorla has been released as well. On the incoming side, Arsenal have announced the signing …
Southampton's Summer Transfers Have Weakened Their Attack

Southampton's Summer Transfers Have Weakened Their Attack

Among the many surprising stories that keep developing in the Premier League, Southampton’s ability to keep their level despite losing some of their best talent every summer, is quite a unique one. As I write this, they have just beaten Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium 3-1, after falling behind early in the first half. After 17 matches, they sit seventh in the league, still within reach of a top six spot. However, this is not an article in the praise …
Who is Southampton target Sofiane Boufal?

Who is Southampton target Sofiane Boufal?

Southampton have been fairly quiet this window, despite the departures of three key players. However that is set to change during the last week of the window as they try and add more quality to their squad. The Mirror are reporting that they are closing in on the signing of Lille midfielder Sofiane Boufal, which could turn out to be one of the best of the window. The increased finances of the Premier League allows all 20 clubs to compete …
Eden Hazard - How Far Can He Go?

Eden Hazard - How Far Can He Go?

Eden Hazard reached 100 league games for Chelsea at the weekend which is a great achievement, but the Belgian has the potential to achieve a lot more than he already has in London. Since joining Chelsea on the back of their Champions League triumph, Hazard has yet to win a major trophy as the Champions League and the Premier League have both eluded him. Although the latter appears to be Chelsea's this season, Hazard will want to become central in …
Player Analysis: James McCarthy vs Lille

Player Analysis: James McCarthy vs Lille

Everton's Europa League campaign in the Group Stages has been a success, after the Toffees eased past Lille 3-0 at Goodison Park. The game began at a fast pace with Everton on the attack instantly and fully deserved to go ahead with Leon Osman firing in from close-range. Everton soon went two-ahead, a great corner from Aiden McGeady was headed home from Phil Jagielka. The Blues ended the game in the second-half, Steven Naismith scoring from close-range to make it …
Argentina v Belgium Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter-Finals

Argentina v Belgium Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter-Finals

After an exhausting period of extra-time for both sides in their recent matches, Argentina and Belgium will be hoping to get the better of the other in their upcoming quarter-final match in Brasilia on Saturday evening. The Argentinians only just managed to beat Switzerland in the round of 16 after a brilliant run from Lionel Messi led to an assist for Angel di Maria’s winning goal. Alejandro Sabella’s side haven’t found it easy in the World Cup so far and …
Allardyce Interested In Kalou | What Could He Bring To The Hammers?

Allardyce Interested In Kalou | What Could He Bring To The Hammers?

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is reportedly interested in former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou.  Kalou left Chelsea last year to go to the French club Lille and had quite a good season with "Les Dogues," racking up 16 goals in all competitions, making him their leading goal scorer. West Ham made their return to the Premier League last year, after a brief one year absence, and were relatively successful finishing 10th with 46 points. They finished the season strong, only …