Can Fans Guide the Top 5 Sides on New Transfers?

Can Fans Guide the Top 5 Sides on New Transfers?

This week’s international break has given us a chance to draw breath and take stock of the season so far. A key part of this season’s appeal has been the arrival of several big name players at the top 5 clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd) that have had a substantial impact; chief among these is the sensational Diego Costa at Chelsea, with honourable mentions for Angel Di Maria at Manchester United, Alexis Sánchez at Arsenal and Frank …
Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side travel to the Eithad Stadium on the crest of a very large wave. Look closely and you'll see Diego Costa surfing the tube with ease. What a start to his Premier League career! A well-taken hat trick against Swansea saw him atop the scoring charts, the first Chelsea player to score in his opening four games for the club. Seven goals already suggest a player who is right in the zone, and City's defence will have …
Negredo's Departure  - a Blessing in Disguise for Man City?

Negredo's Departure - a Blessing in Disguise for Man City?

Negredo’s transfer deadline day departure from Manchester City, on a season long to Valencia, with an obligation to buy at the end of the season, was a head-scratcher for many. Surely for a team that prides itself on having two world-class talents in every position and tends to play with two strikers up front most games, letting the Beast leave without signing a replacement is a serious oversight. Given Aguero's and Jovetic’s potential injury problems, it might all come down …
France vs Honduras Preview | FIFA World Cup | Group E

France vs Honduras Preview | FIFA World Cup | Group E

Didier Deschamps men get their World Cup campaign underway against Luis Fernando Suarez's Honduras on Sunday, with this French side surprisingly promising, it could raise expectations - although there is little pressure for Deschamps, with this team looking for tournament experience for EURO 2016, especially in youngsters like Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Mamadou Sakho. France will miss two of their best players, primarily for different reasons - Franck Ribery due to injury; Samir Nasri to his unstable influence …
EPL 13-14's Most Creative Midfielders | Nasri, Hazard, Coutinho et al

EPL 13-14's Most Creative Midfielders | Nasri, Hazard, Coutinho et al

By definition, creativity is "the use of imagination to create something". In football this is no different. To pick a pass or to make an assist requires a certain type of mind capable of not only inventing that thought, but one that is capable of turning that thought into an action. The very best can turn that thought into something magnificent and execute it to perfection.  Strikers get all the headlines, that much is obvious in football. Very rarely do we …
Samir Nasri Vs Everton | Player Performance Analysis

Samir Nasri Vs Everton | Player Performance Analysis

With hopes of winning the Premier League again, Manchester City hold their own fate after Chelsea beat Liverpool, and an inspiring comeback from Crystal Palace to get a draw from the red half of Merseyside. A 3-2 win over Everton, means that 2 wins against Aston Villa and West Ham will give City the trophy. The show-stealing performance came from Ross Barkley, however, Samir Nasri was the man pulling the strings for the Manchester side putting in a creative performance …
Manchester City 3 West Brom 1 | Match Analysis

Manchester City 3 West Brom 1 | Match Analysis

Manchester City lined up in their usual 4-4-2 shape, led by Dzeko and Aguero. Fernandinho and Javi Garcia occupied the central midfield spots in the absence of Toure, flanked by the usual Nasri and Silva, who roamed from their positions constantly behind WBA’s midfield. Hart in goal, supported by a defence of Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis and Gael Clichy. Coming to the Etihad, WBA set up in a similar 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 system. Another English ‘keeper, Ben Foster started in goal behind Jones, …
Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City edged past Stoke with a narrow but crucial victory which has allowed them to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Yaya Toure struck with 20 minutes left to play after being moved forward into attacking central midfield, leaving Stoke hovering precariously above the relegation zone. With regards to the system that Manuel Pellegrini went with, I will risk sounding like a football 'hipster' and say that this was a 4-2-2-2 formation. This is not …
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