Stoke City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Stoke City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

The situation does not seem to be improving at Old Trafford. The continued mediocre performance on the ground has fuelled speculation that Louis Van Gaal is on his way out of the club. They make the gruelling trip to Brittania stadium this weekend in the Boxing day fixture. Stoke City, who have garnered 10 points in the last games will be hoping to take advantage of United’s wretched form and make positive additions to their points tally. Team News Stoke …
Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Fresh off the back of narrow 1-0 opening day defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, both sides will be itching to record their first points of the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season. Tottenham will look to make the most of home advantage, but will bear the burden of an expectant White Hart Lane crowd. Mark Hughes’ men arrive at the Lane with expectations of their own, and with record signing Xherdan Shaqiri expected to debut, those associated with the …
Andriy Yarmolenko: the Beginning of a New Era for Stoke City?

Andriy Yarmolenko: the Beginning of a New Era for Stoke City?

Van Ginkel, Joselu, Shaqiri, Yarmolenko. 4, 3, even 2 years ago, to even link such stars with Stoke City would have been met with ridicule, and I’m sure even the most avid of City supporters would have cast doubt over such speculation. Fast forward to the present day, and fans will surely be rubbing their eyes, scarcely able to believe what the papers have been reporting in recent weeks. The Potters, only promoted to the top flight in 2008, are …
Carmille's Chelsea Column: Where Did Mata Go? Plus Highs & Lows of the Week

Carmille's Chelsea Column: Where Did Mata Go? Plus Highs & Lows of the Week

This week’s column will discuss the role of Juan Mata in the current Chelsea squad and analyse his importance to the team, and look at the highs and lows endured by the Blues in the past week. Juan Mata has been without a doubt Chelsea’s most influential player since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2011. Mata’s first campaign (2011/2012) saw him earn the Chelsea Player of the Year award, contributing with six Premier League goals and 13 assists, the …
Carmille's Chelsea Column: What’s New Blues?

Carmille's Chelsea Column: What’s New Blues?

With the start of another season looming and the excitement of preseason in the air, this column will discuss what’s new with the Blues: a new manager, new players - transfers as well as youth players climbing up the ranks - and finally Chelsea’s preseason highlights. New manager Jose Mourinho, although not a new face, returns to his beloved Chelsea as a wiser, more determined, grey-haired man. Despite parting ways with Roman and his men in 2007, “Jose Mourinho, Jose …
Chelsea agree Van Ginkel deal | Van Ginkel vs Lampard vs Ramires Stats

Chelsea agree Van Ginkel deal | Van Ginkel vs Lampard vs Ramires Stats

Chelsea have today confirmed that a deal has been reached to sign the Dutch youngster Marco Van Ginkel, subject to personal terms and a medical. The central midfielder played a huge role in guiding Vitesse to 5th in their domestic league, their highest finish for 15 years, which also saw him named the Eredivisie young player of the year. He is now set to become Mourinho’s second signing since Andre Schurrle, and a statement on Chelsea’s website reads: [quote]Chelsea Football …