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

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

Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from their North London derby defeat with a win over managerless Southampton on Wednesday night. The match at Wembley comes at a great time for the home side, as they have an opportunity to recover so quickly after their loss on Sunday. It was a wake-up call for the Spurs' supporters, as it was a reminder that they aren't at the level of Manchester City or Liverpool. A title challenge is likely beyond …
Southampton desperate for victory against Bournemouth as survival battle heats up

Southampton desperate for victory against Bournemouth as survival battle heats up

Southampton host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday desperately needing a victory to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive. Saints head into the game 18th in the table, four points adrift of Swansea City with only four games remaining. Manager Mark Hughes' arrival at the club has failed to spark an upturn in their fortunes, with the Welshman picking up just one point since replacing Mauricio Pellegrino back in March. The Saints have lost four of their last …
Why Southampton are in trouble: Cash-strapped & unable to spend more than they sell

Why Southampton are in trouble: Cash-strapped & unable to spend more than they sell

Southampton are a football team who many will admire. A lot of this is due to the players they have developed through their academy, who in turn had to be sold on because of interest from richer and more successful clubs. The likes of Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have emerged from the club’s conveyor belt of talent during the noughties. Going further back, Matt Le Tissier and Alan Shearer were two of the …
Is Mark Hughes closing in on the exit door at Stoke City?

Is Mark Hughes closing in on the exit door at Stoke City?

Stoke City were the latest victims of Burnley, who rose remarkably to 4th place in the Premier League after Ashley Barnes' 89th minute winner at Turf Moor. It was elation for Sean Dyche's men, but that result sparked more disappointment and frustration amongst the Potters' supporters, a lot of them now calling for Mark Hughes' head. Tony Pulis instilled Premier League stability at Stoke ever since their promotion in the 2007/08 campaign, and Hughes too has succeeded since his appointment …
Stoke City v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Premier League is back for good and on Saturday, league leaders Manchester United will travel to the Bet365 stadium to take on Mark Hughes' Stoke City. Stoke City have had a decent start to life in 2017/18 - beating Arsenal in their first home game of the season sandwiched between a narrow opening day defeat to Everton and a 1-1 stalemate at the Hawthorns. The Potters enjoyed a rather eventful transfer window in the Summer, bringing in the likes of …
Stoke City: Have they Stopped Progressing under Mark Hughes?

Stoke City: Have they Stopped Progressing under Mark Hughes?

During the 2007/08 Championship season, Tony Pulis won promotion with Stoke City to the Premier League, finishing runners-up to West Bromwich Albion. Many would have been unable to predict what would follow for the Potters, with the club still holding their place in the top flight to this day. The following season, Pulis guided Stoke to a 12th-placed finish, whilst West Brom finished bottom of the Premier League table. The other promoted side, Hull City, meanwhile, avoided relegation by the …
Saido Berahino to Stoke: Will It Be Worth the Trouble for Mark Hughes?

Saido Berahino to Stoke: Will It Be Worth the Trouble for Mark Hughes?

If we check out any of the transfer rumours about Liverpool from 2015 and 2016, especially those that provide many rumours in one article, we can be almost certain that one name will feature in majority of those articles – Saido Berahino. Similarly, for Tottenham Hotspurs, if we check out any of the rumour bundles, especially from late 2015 till summer of 2016, the English youngster features in many of them. So, when I saw the news earlier this month, that …
Has Stoke's Fortress Been Knocked Down?

Has Stoke's Fortress Been Knocked Down?

Beneath the overcast skies and amongst the silenced crowd at Bet365 Stadium, Stoke City were being tortured and torn apart at will by Mauricio Pochettino's impressive Tottenham outfit. A Son Heung Min brace and a goal each from the young Dele Alli and Harry Kane handed Spurs a win that would probably go on to recapitulate the peak of their form at the end of the season. And the sauntering of Mark Hughes' men came just months after Tottenham had …
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