The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 1

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 1

The Premier League is back. Eight games have been played, sixteen teams have begun their seasons, filled with a mix of optimism and trepidation. Teams coming off good seasons will have been hoping to carry that form into the new season and kick on up the table. Others will have wanted to shake off the stench of disappointment after a bad season last time around. For only the second time since the dawn of the Premier League era (05-06 the …
Ryan Fraser will add much needed squad depth at Newcastle

Ryan Fraser will add much needed squad depth at Newcastle

Ryan Fraser has signed for Newcastle United, joining his former colleague Callum Wilson at St James’ Park. Steve Bruce has had to strengthen his squad on a limited budget and the Scottish international is a shrewd pick-up.  Last season was disappointing for the left winger, with off field issues detracting from his focus on the pitch. He will be hoping that he can have a fresh start closer to home in the North of England. This isn't going to be …
Liverpool should arrange Premier League loan for Rhian Brewster

Liverpool should arrange Premier League loan for Rhian Brewster

In a market that will be dominated by free agents and loans, a move Rhian Brewster is very attractive for Premier League clubs needing a striker. BBC Sport report that a host of top-flight clubs are chasing the Liverpool youngster, but a decision won't be made on his future imminently. Jurgen Klopp wants to monitor his progress over pre-season, while the player will want to assess how much game time he will get at Anfield. If he does become available, …
Top Counter Attacking Teams This Season | Opta Stats Analysis

Top Counter Attacking Teams This Season | Opta Stats Analysis

Teams that can hit you on the counter attack at any moment are incredibly hard to defend against, especially when speed merchants such as Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott are running at your defence. So which teams have impressed in the counter attack and how have they been so successful? We can start to answer this by looking at which teams have had the most shots and scored the most goals on the counter attack, as well as which teams …
Liverpool Vs Newcastle Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Newcastle Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The first international break of the season is over and the Premier League teams are getting ready for a hectic rest of September. Those playing in Europe – like Liverpool – will be playing five games in the last 16 days of September, while those not in Europe – like Newcastle United  - will be playing four in the same time. The first of these is on this Saturday at lunchtime, as Liverpool will host Newcastle at Anfield. It will …
Manchester United are right to target Sean Longstaff

Manchester United are right to target Sean Longstaff

Manchester United continue to be linked to Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to stamp his identity on the current squad. The Mirror report that the Red Devils are closing in on a £25 million deal to bring the 21-year-old to Old Trafford.  Although this information goes against quotes from the player who stated that he was happy at his hometown club, despite the rumours. It will be difficult for Manchester United to complete a deal …
Liverpool Vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The first half of the Premier League ends on Boxing Day and the league leaders Liverpool will host their beloved former manager Rafa Benitez’s current team – Newcastle United. As is usually the case in this league, it is a fixture that Liverpool can ill-afford to lose as Manchester City lurk just four points behind and for the Magpies, a point or three from Anfield would put more distance between them and the relegation turmoil. At this stage, Liverpool would …
Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

A little under three years since he left the biggest club in the world, Rafa Benitez finds himself stuck in a Premier League relegation battle for the second year running. Last season, the Spanish coach steered the Magpies to safety with some astute tactical performances and it seemed the only way was up. But then came the summer transfer window. The three promoted clubs all outspent Newcastle. Fulham splashed £105m, Wolverhampton Wanderers spent £59m and Cardiff, favourites for the drop, …
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