What Teams Will Be Relegated From The Premier League?

There is a phrase that says it is tough at the top, but when it comes to football it can be even tougher at the bottom. While fans of high-flying Premier League teams such as Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea are looking forward to watching their team challenge for the title, several sides will languish towards the bottom of the league table for the majority of the season, fighting against the dreaded “drop.” Three teams will see their Premier League status stripped from them by the time the 2016-17 campaign…

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Top 5 performers in the Premier League so far

This Premier League season was hotly anticipated after the managerial changes at most of the top clubs – in came Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte. Surely one of them at least would struggle, and the key to the season would as ever be making the most of the players at their disposal. So who are those players that have made an immediate impression, and have any of the players from outside the top sides had a stunning start? Here we look at the most impressive performers from the…

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Coutinho’s creative craft crucial to Liverpool

During the first weekend of the 2016-2017 English Premier League season, there were several outstanding individual performances, but none more so than the one Phillipe Coutinho produced for Liverpool in their enthralling 4-3 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Classy Coutinho’s superb start to the season As well as scoring twice, Coutinho was the fulcrum of Liverpool’s attack, just as he has consistently been since joining the club in January 2013. Whilst Coutinho scored with a wonderfully executed free kick, which he earned himself, in first half stoppage time…

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The crazy Arsenal – Liverpool made Twitter go wild

Arsenal didn’t start the new Premier League season on a positive note. The Gunners suffered a 4-3 home defeat against Liverpool. Theo Walcott had put Arsenal 1-0 up but the Reds made it 4-1 with goals from two goals from Philippe Coutinho, and one from both Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane. The last one coming after an impressive run. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Callum Chambers rocketed the Gunners back in the game but to no avail. Not surprisingly, Twitter went crazy during and after the game: Show me the Mane! pic.twitter.com/9P92EFAtsA — Dinesh…

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Twitter thinks Leicester City might get relegated this season

The new season of Premier League finally kicked off this weekend, but things didn’t go quite as planned for current champions Leicester City. The Foxes started their season with a 2-1 defeat at recently promoted Hull City and became the first Premier League champions to start their title defence with a defeat. The Tigers were the better team on the day and deservedly won the game in front of the home crowd. Following the game, many football fans have already started tipping the Foxes for relegation this season. The story is…

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Hull enjoy winning return to the Premier League

Hull enjoyed a dream return to the Premier League, as they started the new season by producing a courageous performance to surprisingly defeat reigning champions Leicester. Hull overcome adversity to secure win Despite being managerless and having only 13 senior players available, Hull defied their current problems to record an unlikely but deserved victory over an uncharacteristically lacklustre Leicester, who became the first team to begin a Premier League title defence with a defeat, since Arsenal did so in 1989, when the Gunners lost to Manchester United. In stoppage time…

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Premier League 2016-17 season preview

Pep Guardiola

The new Premier League season is finally upon us! Time to preview the 2016-17 campaign! Top two It seems the two Manchester clubs will battle for the English football crown this season. Manchester City have Pep Guardiola to coach them and made a couple of excellent signings this summer. Ilkay Gundogan could be gold in City’s midfield, while Leroy Sane adds pace and creativity, and John Stones is made to play in a Guadriola-led team due to his great feet. But can the Citizens play Guardiola football? That’s the big…

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A summer of club record breaking transfer fees paid by Premier League teams

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So far this summer, six English Premier League teams have paid club record transfer fee’s, with the most recent of those being the £89m Manchester United spent to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus. Pogba rejoins United In doing so, Manchester United also set a new world record transfer fee. That previously stood at £85.3m, which was the fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013. Prior to acquring Pogba, United’s record transfer fee which the club paid was £59.7m to Real Madrid for Angel de Maria in August…

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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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Football fans are split on the FA’s latest rule change

Starting from next season, teams will be allowed to use a fourth substitute in extra-time in this season’s FA Cup from the quarter-final stage, according to the BBC. On Twitter, a bunch of football fans opposed the new rule: EFL Trophy with academy sides in it and a fourth sub for ET in latter stages of cup competitions… Destroying English football! — Lorch (@Lorch_tlg) 27 juli 2016 fourth sub allowed in fa cup ? geez what next drop back goalies — darren ferla (@dferla73) 27 juli 2016 Fourth sub in extra…

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Latest poll has revealed the most hated club in Premier League

Football fans love to hate the opponent clubs. However, some clubs are more hated than others. Manchester Evening News and its sister titles recently organized a poll to find out the most hated club in the Premier League. The poll focussed on the upcoming season in the English top flight and hence included recently promoted sides Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull City. The results of the poll have now been revealed by MEN. West London club Chelsea has topped the poll for the title of the most hated club in Premier League.…

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English Premier League clubs interested in Portuguese Euro 2016 stars

Two of Portugal’s Euro 2016 stars have become primary transfer targets for a number of English Premier League clubs. The Sporting Lisbon duo of William Carvalho and Joao Mario were both key members of the Portuguese team which won the European Championships in France, with the pair now understood to be attracting interest from some of the top clubs in England. Magnificent Joao Mario As an ever present during Portugal’s successful Euro 2016 campaign, Joao Mario produced a series of excellent performances by consistently displaying his superb technical ability, range…

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Premier League players heading for the 2016 Rio Olympics

Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Football tournament, which will begin on 4 August, the 16 competing countries have now announced their squads, which include a number of players based in the English Premier League. Whilst Arsenal could potentially be represented at the Olympics by two players, one player from each of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham may feature in Rio. The only country whose squad contains more than one English Premier League player is Portugal’s, with their manager Rui Jorge naming Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira and Liverpool…

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Pep Guardiola engineering an improved Manchester City side

Pep Guardiola

It has not taken Pep Guardiola long to seamlessly settle into his new role as Manchester City manager. Since delivering his first press conference as Manuel Pellgrini’s predecessor, Guardiola has made significant progress towards developing a vastly improved City side, from the one which finished fourth in the Premier League last season. In addition to signing Iilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Alexander Zinchenko, in order to prepare his entire squad for the new season, Guardiola is currently engaging them in a well-designed training programme of the ilk which he ran in…

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Ranieri pragmatic on Leicester’s prospects of defending title

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After losing just three times during the entire 2015-2016 Premier League campaign, the Foxes won the championship by 10 points from runners-up Arsenal. As a result of masterminding that achievement, Ranieri was named both the League Managers’ Association and Premier League, manager of the year. Ranieri’s estimation of Leicester’s expectations Testament to Ranieri’s graciousness and humility, is that despite receiving those awards and leading Leicester to the title, the 64-year-old Italian’s ambition for the season ahead is to ensure his team retain their Premier League status for a third successive…

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The prolific Jordan Rhodes braced for debut season in the Premier League

Over the course of the last four seasons, one striker has scored far more prolifically in English football than any other. All Rhodes lead to goal From August 2012 until the present day, Jordan Rhodes has established himself as the leading goal-scorer in the top four divisions of English football by scoring 91 goals in 179 league games. The Middlesbrough striker’s career statistics are equally impressive with the 26-year-old averaging a goal every 1.94 league games, as he has scored 172 times in 334 appearances. After beginning his career with…

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Five of the best free transfers from the 2015/2016 Premier League Season

English Premier League clubs notoriously spend vast sums of money in the transfer market, with last season representing a prime example of that. Specifically after the 2016 January transfer window closed, it was revealed that Premier League clubs had spent more than £1bn on transfers during a single season for the first time. Whilst the Premier League clubs 2015 summer spending reached £870m, they spent a further £175m during January, to give a total transfer expenditure for the season of £1,045bn. That exceeded the previous record of £965bn, which was…

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Bilic building a superb young squad at West Ham

Several English Premier League clubs have already been extremely busy in the transfer market this summer and none more so than West Ham. The Hammers have recruited six new players, as manager Slaven Bilic continues to build a superb young squad, with the Croatian having began that work immediately after arriving at the club last June. Bilic preparing for a bright future Bilic inherited a reasonably strong group of players from his predecessor Sam Allardyce but identified the need to strengthen his squad so as to develop a team capable…

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Bournemouth busy in the transfer market

One of the major success stories of the Premier League last season, aside from Leicester City winning the title, was the performance of newly promoted Bournemouth. The Cherries comfortably retained their top flight status by finishing in 16th place, whilst achieving some remarkable results in order to do so. For instance Eddie Howe’s side recorded back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Manchester United in December, whilst at the start of March they won three consecutive games to climb to 13th in the table and 13 points clear of the relegation zone.…

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Quiz: Who said it: Muhammad Ali or the Premier League football manager?

Muhammad Ali sadly passed away on Friday, leaving behind mammoth sporting achievements, but also independent of sport, he was a showman, master of mind games, poet, activist, and a speaker who would keep his audience permanently engrossed. Today’s Premier League managers can rarely get away with the same approach however – can you tell who said the following quotes, Muhammad Ali, or the Premier League football manager: Loading Who said it? Muhammad Ali or the Premier League manager?

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Premier League’s staggering revenue and wage bill beat down the rest of Europe

The 20 clubs from the Premier League generated £3.3 billion in revenue during the 2014/2015 season, according to The Daily Mail. Meanwhile, their wages reached a staggering amount, one that beat down the rest of Europe. The astonishing figures are revealed in Deloitte’s annual review of football finance, which also found that the top five European leagues – England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France – combined for a record £9.2 billion in revenue and that the Premier League generated more than £1.5 billion more than the German Bundesliga, which was the next highest-earning league. Meanwhile,…

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Premier League Season Review – West Ham United

West Ham United: 7th FA Cup: Quarter-finals Capital One Cup: Round Three Europa League: Third Qualifying Round It was always certain to be an emotional season for West Ham as they said goodbye to their home of over a century, Upton Park, before their long-awaited move to the Olympic Stadium for 2016-17. The rather cautious aim was to make sure that they were still a Premier League club when they relocated, but the team then proceeded to make a mockery of that to the extent that for a time they…

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Premier League Season Review – West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion: 14th FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Round Three As is the case for his great friend Sam Allardyce, having Tony Pulis at the helm is a virtually foolproof way of maintaining a club’s Premier League status, and West Brom continue to profit from that. This season they avoided the threat of relegation much more comfortably than they had in the previous two years as they spent long periods battling in mid-table, though never really in with a serious chance of breaking into the top half. The summer…

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Middlesbrough linked with two veteran stars, in danger of losing key player

Middlesbrough forced their way back to the Premier League, securing promotion to England’s top flight for the first time since the 2008/2009 season. The Boro are primed for a summer transfer spree as they need to upgrade their squad to stay alive next season. Therefore, they have been linked with two veteran players. According to a report by The Sun, Middlesbrough are eyeing a £6 million move for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel as they plan for their first campaign back in the Premier League. The 31-year-old centre-back has become frustrated…

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Premier League Season Review – Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur: 3rd FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Round Three Europa League: Round of 16 With a talented young squad and one of Europe’s most promising managers at the helm, Tottenham were clearly on the up when the season began and their target, as ever, was to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. However, very few would have expected them to achieve this with several weeks still to spare and indeed make a sustained challenge to win the title. This they did, and as…

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