Could Shelvey Unlock Newcastle's Potential?

Could Shelvey Unlock Newcastle's Potential?

Whisper it quietly, but Newcastle looked like a really good side against West Ham on Saturday. Eyebrows were raised when they opted to pay £12m for Jonjo Shelvey, and as a Newcastle fan, I was uncertain about the transfer, but after seeing his influence on Saturday, it is easy to see why the club wanted him. Newcastle have been lacking a quality playmaker since Yohan Cabaye left the club and their central midfield was certainly their weakness in the opening …
Manchester United vs Swansea Preview - Team News, Key Men & Stats

Manchester United vs Swansea Preview - Team News, Key Men & Stats

Manchester United are currently without a win in eight consecutive matches in all competitions and their search for a win will continue against Swansea City. The struggling Welsh club could have been the perfect opponent for Louis van Gaal's side but the Dutchman acknowledged that he has lost to the Swans every single time in his short career as United boss. Despite the underwhelming recent results, United sit in the sixth spot in the table which is really not that …
Andre Ayew - I Saw Him First!

Andre Ayew - I Saw Him First!

If they had such a thing as Careers Masters in Seclin – a small town in the metropolitan area of Lille, north France – ten or so years ago, I wonder how they got on with young Andre Ayew. ‘So, Andre, what do you want to be when you grow up?’ ‘Well, my Dad is Abedi Pele – the greatest African footballer of all time and three times winner of the African Footballer of the Year. My uncle Kwame played …
Five Worst Premier League Signings This Summer

Five Worst Premier League Signings This Summer

Premier League clubs spent £870m this summer, which is an eye-watering amount considering we still struggle to compete in the European competitions. The new television deal means that the money spent on a yearly basis will continue to rise and it will become the norm for £1bn to be splashed out in one window. There are risks when it comes to transfers and that has been highlighted once again this summer as some of the new recruits have failed to …
Swansea City v Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Swansea City v Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Swansea City versus Arsenal has always been a beautiful game to watch and this weekend the Gunners will make the trip to the South Wales to build on their impressive run in the league. Garry Monk's Jack army have struggled a bit in recent games but a vital win last weekend was exactly what they needed ahead of the big game against Arsenal. The hosts, although, as aforementioned, will go into this fixture with just one win in the last …
Aston Villa vs Swansea City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Aston Villa vs Swansea City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Swansea travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa in round ten of this season's Premier League. The hosts are without a win in eight Premier League games after the 1-0 opening day victory at Bournemouth. Remarkably, losing by two goals at Chelsea is Villa's heaviest defeat of the season. Their six other losses have come by one goal, but it is the manner of those setbacks that have infuriated the club's supporters. Despite their recent run, Villa are just four …
Stoke City v Watford Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Premier League newcomers Watford head north to the Britannia on Saturday afternoon to face an in-form Stoke City side. Mark Hughes' side head into the weekend on the back of three consecutive victories and they will feel confident about continuing to climb the table when they face the London side. While Stoke head into the game in their best form of the season, Watford will be looking for their first win since the 19th of September. The Hornets haven’t managed to …
Chelsea Title Hopes Done? Next Manager to be Sacked?

Chelsea Title Hopes Done? Next Manager to be Sacked?

A lot of the predictions we all made at the start of the season need to be updated based on the evidence of the Premier League's first eight games, which have brought celebration or frustration, depending on who you support. Let's look at some of the odds on offer for whole-season bets, searching for the best possible value. Outright Winner For Chelsea, the game looks to be up as far as retaining the Premier League title goes. Of course there …
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