Top Performances from Premier League – Week 11

There is no stopping Manchester City this season, as they cemented their position at the top of the table with an important 3-1 win over Arsenal. Kevin De Bruyne produced another impressive performance for City and scored the opening goal in the game. Meanwhile, Manchester United lacked a match-changing individual performance as they lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Elsewhere, Liverpool and Tottenham registered wins in their respective matches, and Everton and Bournemouth also claim critical wins to move out of the drop zone. There were some fine individual performances during the…

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Klopptimistic Update- Coutinho Inching Closer Towards First Team Action

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Philippe Coutinho will travel with the team to the South Coast, and might be involved in the EFL semi-final clash against the Saints and the Sunday night encounter against Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford. The Brazilian maestro succumbed to an ankle injury back in November 2016, following a horrendous challenge by Black Cats midfielder Didier N’Dong. The uneventful injury resulted in the Liverpool number 10 missing out on ten games as the Reds suffered unfavourable results against Bournemouth, West Ham, Sunderland and…

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Current most expensive XI in the Premier League

English Premier League clubs are accustomed at paying astronomical sums of money to sign players. That has increasingly become the case since the league’s inception in 1992, whereby the transfer fees paid by clubs have grown markedly. Specifically in the inaugural season of the Premier League, Blackburn bought Alan Shearer from Southampton for approximately £3.5m to set a new British record transfer fee. Almost exactly 24 years on, that figure now stands at £55m, which Manchester City paid Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015. Subsequently De Bruyne would automatically earn…

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Premier League Season Review – Manchester City

Manchester City: 4th FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Winners Champions League: Semi-finals There was a degree of surprise when Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini signed a contract extension to remain at the club for a third season, where there was a great determination emanating from the top to atone for a trophyless 2014-15, as well as reaching the latter stages of the Champions League. In the final reckoning both of those targets were met, but regardless of that Pellegrini’s days were always numbered. That was confirmed by the…

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Manchester City star picks very surprising “best player in the world” and teaches commentators [Video’s]

Kevin De Bruyne’s return from injury has reignited Manchester City, guiding the Citizens to the Champions League semi-finals and an encounter with Real Madrid. The first leg at the Emirates ended in a 0-0 draw, with the Belgian unable to break through the Spanish defence. However, City are still very much alive in this encounter as they travel to the Bernabeu next week. Meanwhile, De Bruyne was asked to pick his 5-a-side team with players he has played with during his career, which was posted on Manchester City’s Youtube channel.…

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Man City vs Real Madrid – Match preview and team news

Manchester City enter previously unchartered territory as they host the first leg of their maiden Champions League semi-final, coming up against what is in contrast the competition’s most successful ever side in Real Madrid. With holders Barcelona having been eliminated in the last round, the Champions League appears to have a bit more of an open feel to it as it reaches the last-four stage, and it is difficult to pick a clear favourite in this tie. Despite their star-studded squad, Real Madrid have some well-documented vulnerabilities that are capable of…

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Newcastle vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United have renewed hope in their battle to avoid relegation to the Championship, and they can wipe out the three-point gap to the safety line by producing a big performance to get the better of in-form Manchester City. There was a last something for the masses to cheer about at St. James’ Park on Saturday as Newcastle hit three goals without reply to brush aside Swansea City, a game where they played with a much greater degree of intensity, and more importantly quality in the final third. Such a…

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Four Premier League stars in top 10 players with most assists since 2012/2013

Mesut Ozil is leading the way this season with 18 assists in the Premier League. The German playmaker even leads all players in the five biggest European competitions (England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France). The Arsenal star is also featured in Europe’s top ten assists leaders since the 2012/2013 season, together with three other current Premier League playmakers (via OptaJean). 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – 38 The Swede is proving that these days strikers are more than goalscorers. Ibrahimovic has scored a leading 32 league goals this season, but has also…

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Chelsea vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Having made it to the last four of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time, Manchester City will now be aiming to strengthen their position in the top four of the Premier League when they travel to Chelsea. At the beginning of the season this may have seemed like a fixture that could have had a large bearing on the destination of the title, but for Chelsea it is merely a case of giving youngsters a chance to impress and attempting to finish as high up the Premier League…

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Manchester City star hits back hard at Chelsea

Manchester City are not going to win the Premier League, but they have reached all-time highs in the Champions League, reaching the semi-finals. Their success has been proven to be linked with the availability of Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian playmaker joined the Citizens last summer from Wolsburg in a £55.5 million transfer deal and has proven to be a crucial player. As noted by Sky Sports in the tweet below, City have won 60 per cent while scoring 2.2 goals per game with De Bruyne. Those numbers drop to…

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Chelsea fans feeling gutted following Manchester City’s European triumph [Tweets]

Manchester City qualified for the Champions League semi-final for the first time in their history after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Kevin de Bruyne scored an amazing goal for the Citizens and earned rave plaudits from all corners. Maybe not so much from Chelsea fans, who were left to rue the fact that former manager Jose Mourinho let the Belgian star leave the club a couple of seasons ago. I wish we had a player like De Bruyne. Oh, wait, we did once. — Chelsea Activity (@ChelseaActivity)…

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Top five most creative players in the Premier League

Scoring goals is crucial in a football team’s success rate. But most of the time a player would be unable to hit the net if not for an assist by one of his team-mates. Therefore, we take a look at the five most creative players in the Premier League (via Goal), with the amount of created chances being the difference maker. 5. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City Despite playing just 21 of a possible 32 league matches for the Citizens, the Belgian sits at 69 created chances. No wonder…

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Man City vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

After gaining a positive result in Europe in midweek, Manchester City continue their bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four as they entertain West Bromwich Albion. It was far from a defensive masterclass, but a draw and two away goals against Paris St. Germain will have buoyed Man City, but they cannot lose focus on this encounter ahead of the second leg of that tie, which takes place on Tuesday. One thing is for sure is that this match will follow a much different pattern, as West Brom…

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Paris St. Germain vs Man City – Match preview and team news

Manchester City are the last English club standing in this season’s Champions League, and their first ever quarter-final sees them take on a very strong Paris St. Germain side who are also looking to become one of Europe’s leading contenders. With this first leg being away from home, the important thing here for City is to avoid defeat in this one, or at the very least be still in the tie when they meet again at the Etihad Stadium. It will not be easy for them as they have often…

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Manchester City star gives fans huge boost with injury update [Video]

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has given the club’s fans a serious boost with some positive news on the recovery of his knee injury. The Belgian playmaker, who recently became a father, suffered knee ligament damage and a sprained ankle in the Capital One Cup semi-final win against Everton on January 27, and was hoping to return to training in five weeks, meaning the end of March. However, De Bruyne’s recovery has progressed very well, as he’s been in training already. The 24-year-old, via the club’s Youtube channel, let everyone know…

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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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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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Top 10 Premier League summer transfers of 2015

The winter transfer period is in full effect, but with the Premier League season passed the halfway point, it’s a good time to evaluate the best summer transfers of 2015. 1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Performance: 5 goals + 9 assists The Belgian joined City from Wolfsburg for a record £51.8m this summer. He once escaped from Chelsea, but has not disappointed one bit at the Etihad, scoring five goals and recording nine assists. No other new player has been involved in more goals this season than De Bruyne.…

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Leicester vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City will move back to the top of the Premier League if they overcome the significant threat of a Manchester City side which has not won away since mid-September. The game at Liverpool on Boxing Day provided the first few signs that the Foxes are feeling the effects of being the team to be shot at, as they were second best almost throughout and turned in a performance which was described as ‘nervous’ by manager Claudio Ranieri. However, their amazing unbeaten run on the road had to end somewhere,…

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Stoke vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Having returned to the top of the Premier League, Manchester City will be keen to ensure that they remain there by winning a potentially difficult game away to former manager Mark Hughes’ Stoke City. The Potters took a run of just one defeat in 10 matches into their last outing away to Sunderland and looked to be holding their own until captain Ryan Shawcross was harshly dismissed shortly after half-time. That swung the balance of power very much towards their opponents and it was eventually taken full advantage of as two…

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Man Utd vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Old Trafford is the setting for an intriguing an potentially crucial encounter in the Premier League title race, as Manchester United take on bitter rivals Manchester City, who are two points better off. Manager Louis van Gaal has already claimed that victory for his United side would establish them as genuine title contenders, and it is hard to disagree with that assertion, given their increasing array of attacking talent as well as an aptitude for winning games when not at their best. Moving above City by taking all three points…

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Man City vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking to recement their place at the top of the Premier League when they take on Bournemouth in a meeting of two sides at opposite ends of the top-flight’s financial spectrum. The hosts were decidedly ordinary for 40 minutes in their last match against lowly Newcastle United and were lucky to be just the one goal behind as their defence struggled to impose themselves, but fortunately for them Sergio Aguero soon took centre stage with a magnificent individual performance and a stunning display of goalscoring. The…

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Tottenham vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking to get back to form in the Premier League as they head to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham, who are after their third straight top-flight victory. Narrow successes over Sunderland and Crystal Palace have helped lift the hosts up the table, results which have been secured thanks in no small part to two new additions to the starting XI. Delle Alli has wasted little time in showing why he has been tipped for big things ever since bursting on the scene at Milton Keynes…

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Crystal Palace vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will have their eyes set on upsetting another one of the Premier League’s title hopefuls when they welcome imperious looking leaders Manchester City to Selhurst Park. Regular watchers of the English top-flight and those who have monitored the Eagles’ progress over the course of 2015 will know that their win at the home of the champions at the end of August was not as big a shock as it might have initially appeared. It was an 10th away win out of 12 in all competitions for manager Alan Pardew since he took over…

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