Will Guardiola’s Refusal to Buy a Centre-Back Ruin Manchester City’s Season?

Pep Guardiolas Manchester City

The title fight in the English Premier League this season was one of the least competitive races in the modern history of the tournament. One could argue that Liverpool’s unbelievable run is the reason why the gap is so big and that’s a good point. However, Manchester City achieved at least 98 points in back-to-back campaigns and on paper, should’ve been up there with the Reds. The reigning champions are fighting with Leicester for second instead. They have recorded five defeats already and their record is far from what we…

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Five Players That Might Have a New Club by the End of January

Edinson Cavani, Krzysztof Piatek, Olivier Giroud and Other Soccer Players

This January transfer window in European football has been one of the quietest I can remember. There were hardly any blockbuster deals and the potential transfer of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United looks like the biggest move that will take place. There are several days left, though, so we might see other interesting deals. In this post, I take a look at five players that might be playing for another club, once the transfer window is over. Edinson Cavani, PSG The attacking power of PSG is such,…

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What Went Wrong with Bournemouth This Season?

Eddie Howe and AFC Bournemouth Logo

Most people expected a solid mid-table finish for Bournemouth in the English Premier League this season. That’s what happened in the past three years and there was no reason to believe the performance of the club will change dramatically. And yet, the side is currently in the 18th place in the EPL and the danger of going down is real. That begs the question – what happened? How did Bournemouth end up in such a mess? I will try to answer this question in this article by dissecting the club’s…

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Should FA Cup Replays Be Removed to Relieve the Schedule of English Clubs?

Jose Mourinho, Jürgen Klopp and Ralph Hasenhuttll The Emirates FA Cup

This weekend featured plenty of thrilling games in the English FA Cup. In the most exciting of them, Shrewsbury came back from two goals down to earn a replay against the mighty Liverpool. Another tie that will need a second attempt is the one between Southampton and Tottenham. Both sides had a proper go at it in, but there was no winner at the end. The managers Jose Mourinho and Ralph Hasenhuttl were both frustrated after the match and agreed on the proposal to ditch FA Cup replays. The gaffers…

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Five Football Games to Watch in Europe This Weekend

Erling Braut Håland and Quique Setién

If you are a football fan, the upcoming weekend will offer plenty of interesting games. There’s a round of games in Spain, Italy, Germany, and France, while the FA Cup will be played in England. It can be hard to pick the most exciting encounters, so I’m here to help. Here are the five games that you must watch this weekend. Borussia Dortmund – FC Koln, Friday, 20:30 GMT The first game on the list is on Friday night when Borussia Dortmund will host Koln. The match itself will be…

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Why Solskjaer’s Services Are no Longer Needed by Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived as the interim manager of Manchester United, the expectations were that he will be gone in the summer. The main issue with his predecessor Jose Mourinho was the atmosphere at the club. The Norwegian icon seemed like the perfect man for the job. He instantly lifted the players and broke several records in his first couple of months. Perhaps, he was too good for the task at hand, from the club’s perspective. The excellent performance and the results convinced the fans and many legends of…

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How Did Jurgen Klopp Transform Liverpool Into the Best Football Team in the World?

Jurgen Klopp With Liverpool Players and Fans

I don’t think many people could argue with the statement that Liverpool is the best football team in the world right now. The Reds are the reigning Champions League champions and they won the Club World Cup this winter. They also lead the English Premier League and it seems impossible to catch them. Liverpool already broke a number of records and there are a lot more that could go down by the end of the season. I think I made my point, so let’s take a look at the main…

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Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli Is Bound to Become a Star

Arsenals Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal invested a lot in the summer, bringing plenty of exciting players. The Gunners broke their club record by signing Nicolas Pepe for £72, acquired the services of a seasoned pro like David Luiz and secured a loan deal for Real Madrid’s promising midfielder Dani Ceballos. The fans looked forward to seeing them in action but another player has been making his mark in the Premier League. Gabriel Martinelli had just turned 18 when he joined Arsenal from Ituano for the modest amount of £5 million last summer. That’s nothing…

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The Good and the Bad in Frank Lampard’s Start as the Chelsea Manager

Frank Lampard Chelsea

Frank Lampard was appointed as the Chelsea manager in the summer. The club legend started brightly but the team has failed to stay consistent since. I will look at the reasons why in this analysis of Lampard’s work so far. I believe that more than 6 months and 30 games at the helm are enough for a proper evaluation of the bad and the good he brought to the club. The Good I would like to start with the good from Lampard’s time as a gaffer. There’s certainly a lot…

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FA Cup Outright Winner Betting Preview and Prediction

The Emirates FA Cup Logo

The third round of the FA Cup is almost over and there’s only one replay between Watford and Tranmere left. I don’t want to be disrespectful to both sides but I don’t think any of them has a strong chance of winning the trophy. That’s why I decided to share my betting preview of the FA Cup outright winner market and reveal my prediction. The Draw for Round 4 Before I explore each of the favorites and share my betting pick, let’s take a look at the draw for the…

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Which English Teams Will Suffer the Most from the New AFCON 2021 Schedule?

Mo Salah and Riyad and Mahrez AFCON 2021

The Africa Cup of Nations 2021 will be played in the winter instead of the summer. The hosts Cameroon requested the change to avoid extreme weather conditions that might disrupt the tournament. The new schedule means that AFCON 2021 will start on January 9 and end on February 6. That’s right in the middle of the English Premier League season and will certainly hit some clubs hard. In this article, I will assess the potential effects and determine which English teams will suffer the most from the decision. Liverpool Will…

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Three Transfers That Are Bound to Happen in January

Olivier Giroud, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes

The January transfer window is full of speculations and some of them are completely made up. Others, though, are likely to go through and this post is dedicated to three moves that seem bound to happen by the end of the month. Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan Many expected to see Eriksen sold last summer because the Danish playmaker didn’t sign a new contract with the Spurs. His current deal expires in June, so if Tottenham doesn’t sell now, Eriksen will be gone for free after the season ends. The…

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Could John Stones Really Join Arsenal?

John Stones and Mikel Arteta

The January transfer window is often full of speculations. Some of them are completely unexpected and that’s exactly the case with the reports that Arsenal is interested in signing John Stones. We all knew that the Gunners need a centre-back but this particular player was never mentioned before. Could this transfer actually work? Let’s take a look at all sides involved and what they could gain or lose by a potential deal. Manchester City John Stones currently plays for Manchester City and some suggest that the club might be unwilling…

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Why Did Barcelona Fire Ernesto Valverde?

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona Logo

At the beginning of this week, Ernesto Valverde was fired by Barcelona and became the only head coach released by the club in the middle of the season since Louis Van Gaal in 1993. He will be replaced by the experienced Quique Setien. The formal reason is Barcelona’s shaky form in the past several games. That includes three draws in the last four La Liga matches and a dramatic exit from the Spanish Super Cup after losing a late lead against Atletico Madrid. And yet, one could say that wasn’t…

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Will the Spurs Supporters Back Jose Mourinho’s Style?

Jose Mourinho and the Tottenham Hotspur Logo

The appointment of Jose Mourinho as a Spurs manager was unexpected and brought plenty of questions. Many thought that the Special One is not a good fit for Tottenham because of his previous experience. One of the biggest concerns was related to his style. Mourinho is known for his negative approach to big games. For a while, the Spurs supporters forgot that, as the team was relying mostly on its attack in the first couple of games after his arrival. There was a change in the style of the team…

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How Did Nigel Pearson Transform Watford?

Nigel Pearson and Watford Logo

Only several weeks ago Watford was in the last place of the English Premier League. The team was struggling on both ends of the pitch and looked doomed. Most people expected to see the Hornets go down. That’s when the board decided to change the manager for a second time this season and appointed Nigel Pearson. The former Leicester boss had to wait for a long time before getting another opportunity in the English Premier League but he has made it count so far. Watford collected 13 points in Pearson’s…

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Five Games That Stand Between Liverpool and an Unbeaten Season

Jose Mourinho, Mikel Arteta, Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

There’s only one team in the modern history of English football that has gone through a whole Premier League season without losing a single game. You probably know that’s Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal of 2003-04. We thought we would never see such a feat again but we might witness history once again just 16 years later. There’s a good chunk of the season left but Liverpool has won 19 of the 20 games played so far, drawing the last one against Manchester United. Under such circumstances, it’s hard not to talk…

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How Did Man City Beat United Comprehensively Less Than a Month After Losing to the Red Devils?

Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester City vs Manchester United

Manchester City is almost certainly through to the Carabao Cup final after a comprehensive 3-1 victory against Manchester United. There’s the return leg, of course, but it seems like the Blue side of the city is way ahead right now. It was sweet revenge after the reigning champions lost against the Red Devils in the English Premier League less than a month ago. Pep Guardiola and his men were outplayed back then, which begs the question of what was different this time around? How did the tide change so dramatically…

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English Premier League Matchday 22 Early Preview and Predictions

Premier League Logo Matchday 22

The English Premier League clubs will finally have a week to rest before the next game. The hectic festive schedule certainly stretched their squads to the maximum limit but we are returning to a more standard fixture list from now on. Matchday 22 will be played this weekend and there are certain interesting games. This post will offer an early preview and betting predictions for several matches from the upcoming round. Sheffield United – West Ham Preview and Pick Sheffield United will host West Ham on Friday in the opening…

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Why Harry Kane’s Injury Could Ruin Tottenham’s Season

Harry Kane and Jose Mourinho With Tottenham Fans Behind Them.

It appears that Harry Kane’s hamstring injury is going to keep him off the pitch for a while. We don’t have an exact timetable just yet, but Jose Mourinho announced that the issue is serious this weekend. Since light hamstring injuries usually take up to 3-4 weeks before the players return, we could assume this one should take at least several more. That puts the Special One and his team in a tough position in a season that’s already damaged. Every club would suffer without its skipper and a player…

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Can Liverpool Surpass the Record of Arsenal’s Invincibles?

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool Players

Liverpool went unbeaten in the English Premier League for a full year last night, after winning against Sheffield United by 2-0 at home. The last time the Reds tasted defeat came at the start of 2019 and the team hasn’t lost in 37 EPL games since. Inevitably, such a streak begs the question if Liverpool can match or even surpass Arsenal’s record of 49 consecutive games without a defeat. The Gunners even went unbeaten for a full campaign in 2003-2004 under Arsene Wenger, earning the nickname the Invincibles. Jurgen Klopp…

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What Paul Pogba’s Latest Injury Means for Manchester United and the Player Himself

Paul Pogba Manchester United

Just a week ago, it looked like Paul Pogba will return permanently for Manchester United. The French midfielder played against Newcastle on Boxing Day but he is injured again. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his disappointment by sharing that Pogba will need to undergo a surgery and will be out for at least several more weeks. The star’s future was uncertain even before that and it seems even more complicated. There were rumors that he will leave Manchester United in January but doesn’t seem likely right now. Most teams are unlikely…

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Four Things Mikel Arteta Instantly Changed at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta in Front of the Arsenal Logo

Mikel Arteta got his first win as an Arsenal manager last night against Manchester United. It was an excellent performance and the 2-0 score reflects the different face of the Gunners. The Spaniard has been at the helm for only two weeks or so, but there have been clear signs of improvement in his first three matches. Let’s take a look at the four most important changes that Arteta brought to the club. Pressing and Commitment One of the biggest issues with Unai Emery’s Arsenal was the lack of proper…

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Why Borussia Dortmund is the Perfect Place for Erling Haaland

Haaland Holding a Dortmund Shirt in the Front of Borussia Dortmund Crowd

The young Norwegian striker Erling Haaland is one of the hottest properties in European football. The prodigy has scored 29 goals in 27 games this season for Red Bull Salzburg. He has the potential to become one of the greatest strikers in modern football and it’s no surprise that most top European clubs have been following his development. Manchester United seemed like the favorite to sign him but Haaland decided to join Borussia Dortmund with a contract that expires in 2024 instead. It was a bit of surprise but this…

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The Five Things Arteta Needs to Change in Arsenal to Succeed

Mikel Arteta With Arsenal Logo

The first press conference of Mikel Arteta as an Arsenal manager was fascinating. The Spaniard said all the right things and brought hope to the supporters. He knows that he will need to change the club both in the short and the long-term. Arteta seems aware of how monumental the task is ahead of his debut against Bournemouth. Let’s take a look at the five key points he needs to change in Arsenal to be successful. Confidence One of the biggest issues with Arsenal under Unai Emery has been the…

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