Who will be top of the table on January 1st?

Who will be top of the table on January 1st?

Over the past nine seasons, seven of the sides that have topped the Premier League on New Year’s Day have gone on to win the title that season. The last team to fail to do so was Arsenal in 2015-16 when Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City pulled off the biggest upset in Premier League history. These recent seasons have shown how important it is to sit top of the pile going into the second half of the season. And it’s Manchester …
Manchester City v Manchester United: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City v Manchester United: Team News, Stats & Key Men

In the first instalment of the Manchester derby of the season - something quite intriguing is brewing in the powerhouse of the North West. For the first time in quite some time, both clubs are on a high, in terms of momentum and confidence levels and for Manchester United, in particular, this is quite a turnaround - given the way they started the season. City are favourites to retain the Premier League title - and the fact that the last …
Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal have now dropped points in consecutive Premier League matches, but that has not dampened the sense of optimism surrounding the club. Unai Emery's side put in a solid performance against a top side, something the Gunners have not done too often recently. Now that their test against a top side has passed, they need to get back to doing what they have done so well this season: beating the lesser sides. They are unbeaten in eight matches against teams …
Chelsea vs Everton Preview  | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Chelsea are the only unbeaten team in the top five leagues and they will attempt to uphold that stat on Sunday against Everton. It will be a tricky match for the home side, as the Toffees have a talented squad capable of beating the very best on their day. As things stand, the Blues are emerging as one of the most serious contenders for the title, but they will need to manage matches better if they are to maintain their …
The Benefits Of The Newly Pragmatic Liverpool

The Benefits Of The Newly Pragmatic Liverpool

You wait all season for a four-goal romp and two come in the same week. Typical. The opening game against West Ham’s glacial midfield aside, the Reds have been strangely reticent in front of goal this term and it was beginning to get to people. Why I know not. Last season we were spoilt. Seven goals salvos here, five-goal lead in European Cup semi-finals there. The front three went mad. A lad who most didn’t want came from Arsenal and …
VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
How Mourinho can find his Mojo through Alexis Sanchez

How Mourinho can find his Mojo through Alexis Sanchez

It has all been very quiet on the football front, a sense of calm before the impending storm, that Manchester United desperately needed after a whirlwind of the last few weeks on and off the pitch. After intense speculation about Mourinho's precarious position as manager of Manchester United, with the Portuguese reported to have 'lost' the dressing room as if a manager could ever 'win' one, it was rather fitting that the Red Devils won the game last Saturday, in …
Liverpool Vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Two teams, unbeaten so far, believed to be strong contenders for lifting the Premier League trophy in May next year, go head to head in the eighth game week of the league campaign. Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday evening, in the last fixture of this game week. This match needs no hype, as given how the table is shaping up, this could be one of the games that decided the title at the end of the campaign. With this …
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