FA Cup draw throws clash of the titans

The draw for the FA Cup’s fifth round has just been completed and it has thrown some interesting ties. The tie of the round puts Chelsea against Manchester City, a true clash of titans! Guus Hiddink’s men will host the Citizens at Stamford Bridge to keep their cup campaign alive. The Dutchman has previously admitted that the FA Cup remains the biggest hope for the Blues to win some silverware this season and now, they will need to do it the hard-way. In other significant draws, Tottenham will host Premier League rivals…

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Chelsea star back to his antics, draws sharp criticism [Tweets]

Chelsea striker Diego Costa can’t stay out of the limelight. The hot-headed Brazilian-born player was again involved in an untoward incident in the FA Cup tie with MK Dons. Just five minutes into the game, the 27-year old had his hand on the throat of an opponent player and as expected, his action attracted some severe criticism on Twitter. The irony of MK Dons fans booing Diego Costa, a man who renounced his original home because it was more lucrative to move somewhere else. — Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) January 31,…

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Twitter went into shock as Eden Hazard scored his first goal of the season

It has been quite a frustrating season for Chelsea star Eden Hazard. After winning the Premier League Player of the Season award last year, the Belgian suffered an ignominious dropped in his form this season and had failed to score for the Blues….until today! The 24-year old put an end to his drought by scoring a penalty to give his side a 4-1 lead in the FA Cup game against MK Dons today. And Twitter just can’t believe that he scored: Eden Hazard scores… pic.twitter.com/AeWV8woniq — Not Match of the…

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Top five highest paid managers in the Premier League

The job of manager is the riskiest one in the world of modern football. Club managers are under constant pressure to deliver results, and one might feel sorry for them considering the constant criticism and the job insecurity they have to live through. But when you look at the wage packages of some of these managers, your feeling of sympathy of them might turn into jealousy. 5. Slaven Bilic (West Ham): £3m/year West Ham hierarchy made him one of the top-earners in the Premier League this summer. He has certainly lived…

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Twitter trolls Arsenal defender over his gaffe in the game against Burnley

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs was involved in a hilarious faux pas in the build-up to Burnley’s goal in the Gunners’ 2-1 FA Cup win over Clarets at Emirates Stadium today. The defender took out his teammate Francis Coquelin with a sliding tackle while trying to close down space in front of his goal. The Frenchman, who was making his comeback from a two-month spell on sidelines due to injury, went down in agony following the tackle. Luckily for Gibbs, Coquelin was able to shake off the tackle and continue the tackle.…

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Real Madrid aren’t ready to give up on their pursuit of David De Gea

La Liga giants Real Madrid are just not prepared to give up their pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. Los Blancos tried to sign the Spaniard as part of a swap deal involving Keylor Navas in the summer, but the move fell through in the last hours of the transfer deadline day. The collapsed deal saw the relationship between both clubs turn sour as both of them blamed each other for botching the deal. However, Spanish publication AS claims that Real Madrid president Fiorentino Perez remains interested in…

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Liverpool are looking at Serie A duo

Liverpool have been linked with moves for Serie A duo of Leandro Paredes and Piotr Zielinski, according to reports. Coincidentally, both players are currently plying their trades for Serie A club Empoli on loan moves. Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb reports that following their failure to sign Alex Teixeira, the Reds have turned their attention to 21-year-old Leandro Paredes. The Argentina midfielder is currently on loan at Empoli from AS Roma and has impressed with his performances this season. He has scored one goal and provided one assist for his side this…

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Moussa Dembele set to join Mousa Dembele at Tottenham

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele is undergoing a medical ahead of a permanent move with Tottenham, according to reports. Sky Sports claim that all parties have reached an agreement on the transfer, and the striker will be loaned back to the Championship club till the end of the season. He signed for the Cottagers from Paris Saint-Germain as a 16-year old in 2012, but only managed to cement his spot in the first-team during the current season. After failing to find the net for last two seasons, he has scored nine…

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This stat proves some Premier League star goal scorers are not ‘complete strikers’

If a football player wants to be called a star striker, he has to be able to score at any time, anywhere and against any opposition. One way to test this is how many goals a forward has scored at home and away. Some Premier League top scorers can be branded as ‘complete strikers’, as they balance their goals, while others only work their magic primarily in one place. It’s striking the three leading top scorers in the Premier League are all balanced once. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 16 goals in total,…

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Arsenal fans finally have something to cheer about [Tweets]

The earlier-than-expected return to fitness of midfielder Francis Coquelin has lifted the spirits of Arsenal fans. The Frenchman suffered a calf strain in November’s defeat against West Brom. In his absence, the Gunners have clearly struggled with their form. Pessimism and despair had crept into Arsenal’s camp following last week’s defeat to Chelsea, but the return of the midfielder has suddenly charged up the Gooners for the title challenge. Coquelin is back, Rosicky back. Welbeck, Wilshere and Cazorla almost back. Look, I told you we would be busy in January!…

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Tributes pour in on Twitter as Manchester United great announces his retirement

Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement from professional football. The former United skipper was a free agent after having his contract with Inter Milan cancelled with mutual consent earlier this month, with the 34-year-old struggling with hernia and back injuries and failing to make an appearance for Nerazzurri this season. It’s an end of a truly remarkable career and United fans are coming out in numbers to pay their tributes to one of the greatest centre-backs of Premier League era. Spoke to Vidic in Dec. “Moscow,” he…

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Real Madrid show Premier League clubs how it’s done with HUGE kit deal

Real Madrid are poised to sign the most lucrative kit sponsorship contract in football history after reportedly agreeing a new deal with Adidas, according to Marca, as reported by The Daily Mail. According to Jose Felix Diaz of the Spanish newspaper, the Galacticos could rack up as much as £106 million per year if all clauses are met, which is understood to be a 10-year agreement that will see them eclipse Manchester United’s record-breaking deal with Adidas. The Spanish giants lost their number one position when the Red Devils signed their £75m per year…

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Former Manchester United star retires at the age of 34

Nemanja Vidic has decided to end his football career, with the former Manchester United star announcing his retirement at the age of just 34 years. The Serbian centre-back was released by Serie A club Inter, cancelling his contract by mutual consent earlier this month. He was quoted on the Red Devil’s website saying: “The time has come for me to hang up my boots. The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll. “I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the…

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Manchester United snubbed by star striker they snubbed for Robin van Persie in 2012

Manchester United are still keen on Robert Lewandowki but the striker is ready to snub the Red Devils’ interest in order to secure a move to Real Madrid, according to The Independent. The Primera Division gaints currently are not allowed to register any new signings until 2017, after being sanctioned by FIFA over a breach of their transfer regulations regarding minors. Real have appealed the decision, but it’s not sure their ban will be lifted. Still, Lewandowski is determined to prove himself outside of Germany and is looking at Real to hand him that…

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Study reveals Arsenal will win the Premier League

Arsenal are going to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004, that is if you believe a computer. American company Stats simulated each of the remaining league matches 10,000 times in order to predict the final standings, as reported by the Sun. The Gunners came out on top with a predicted 74.8 points and a 45.3 per cent chance of taking home their first Premier League crown in 12 years, just ahead of Manchester City, with the Citizens finishing with an estimated 74.1 points and a title winning chance of 42.3 percent.…

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Stats prove Manchester United players are letting Louis van Gaal down

Louis van Gaal could be on the brink of a dismassal at Old Trafford, with Manchester United struggling to get going in the Premier League. According to Sky Sports, the Red Devils’ players have let the Dutchman down. The sports news outlet took a look at the statistics of WhoScored.com, which rates players by its own stats. Sky Sports show that, of players who have made over five appearances during the 2015/2016 season, only two are playing better than they were during the last season. Marouane Fellaini has suffered the most significant drop-off. The Belgian had…

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FA Cup Round Four Preview

While it did not produce a considerable amount of genuine upsets, the third round of the FA Cup provided plenty of entertainment and talking points, not to mention some memorable goals. Now it is time for the last 32, the draw for which has thrown up several intriguing ties which offer the potential for shocks as some Premier League clubs face tricky trips to face lower league opponents whose supporters will create a partisan atmosphere. The first of these takes place on Friday as Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County entertain a…

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Belgians and Chelsea rule Premier League’s most valuable XI

The winter transfer market is nearing its close. Some Premier League teams made a couple of moves, while others seem to be happy with their current squad. Big names usually don’t change teams during January. Therefore, we’ll be looking at the highest rated XI in the Premier League, using a 4-3-3 formation. Note: it’s never easy to put an accurate market value on a player, but Transfermarkt does a pretty good job at it. KEEPER No matter what formation we use, Thibaut Courtois is our goalkeeper. The Chelsea man is rated at…

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Glenn Hoddle believes Wayne Rooney’s England spot is under threat from rising Tottenham star

Tottenham’s youngster Dele Alli has emerged as one of the most exciting youth prospects in Premier League this season. The 19-year old, who was playing for MK Dons in League Two last season, has made everyone stand up and take notice of his talent this season. The Spurs midfielder has scored six goals and provided four assists in 21 league appearances this season, and some of his goals have been nothing short of spectacular. The most remarkable one being the one he scored against Crystal Palace on January 23: Former…

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Manchester City ace ruled out for six weeks

Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne is expected to mix six weeks of action after suffering ankle and knee injuries during the second leg of the League Cup Semi-final against Everton. He suffered the injuries when he fell awkwardly under an innocuous looking challenge from Toffees defender Ramiro Funes Mori in the closing stages of the game. The 24-year old was in serious pain and had to leave the pitch on a stretcher at Etihad Stadium. The Belgian international joined the game as a second-half substitute and made an immediate…

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Premier League clubs going down an Italian route

Premier League clubs are seemingly going down an Italian route in the last week of the transfer window. To start with, Swansea have signed Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi for a reported fee of £8 million, according to Sky Sports. The deal, which is subject to a medical, will provide a boost to the Swans in their relegation battle during the second half of the season. Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin, who has previously worked with the 26-year-old at Parma, confirmed the deal, saying: “Alberto Paloschi was my player when we…

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Have Arsenal completed a big transfer?

According to several sports news outlets, including German Bild, Arsenal have agreed a £22.8 million deal with Dynamo Kiev for winger Andriy Yarmolenko. The Gunners had been quiet during the current winter transfer window, only signing Mohamed Elneny from Basel. Still, it was reported Arsene Wenger had £70 million at his disposal to spend on a “sensational” transfer this transfer window. Yarmolenko has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time, with Everton been thought to be leading the way. Now, all of a sudden, Arsenal have caught the Toffees by surprise.…

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Chelsea are biggest winter transfer window buyers (by far)

There’s no touching Chelsea when it comes to spending money during the winter transfer window, according to The Daily Mail. The Blues are leading all other Premier League clubs by a mile when it comes to buying players in January. Since it’s introduction in 2003, Chelsea have spent £214 million on transfers during the winter period, sometimes referred to as the period to spend money on ‘panic buys’. Roman Abramovich’s team spent a record £50 million on Fernando Torres five years ago, with the Spaniard becoming one of the biggest…

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