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Written on 24 Sep 2015 | No Comments

Next week, Tottenham is facing Man City in the Premier League – just a few days after Arsenal has kicked them right out of the Capital One Cup. Last week West Ham proved that the City is, in fact, very much beatable and even though the Spurs have had a bit of a lacklustre start of the season, it wasn’t bad enough to make their victory completely improbable.
The last four times these two clubs met Man City was able to win with confidence – can this make a fifth-in-a-row? According …

Written on 20 Sep 2015 | No Comments

England national team striker Wayne Rooney was overheard telling the media and fans that equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal record is a humongous honour. This milestone had been awaited for quite some time as the punters who placed free bets in favour of Rooney matching Sir Charlton’s on this particular game were extra thrilled.
Sir Charlton is credited with helping England win the World Cup and scoring 49 goals for his country. 29-year-old Wayne Rooney scored penalty helping his side win 6-0 over San Marino. The goal he scored helped Rooney …

Written on 16 Sep 2015 | No Comments

As Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney settles into his place as one of England’s greatest soccer players, the accolades keep coming in following his record-breaking performance on September 8 versus Switzerland. For those who don’t know yet, Rooney blasted a penalty shot past the Swiss goalkeeper for his 50th goal in international competition while playing for The Three Lions, England’s national team. The goal broke the long standing record of 49 set 45 years ago by English soccer great Sir Bobby Charlton.
Among those who offered congratulations were none other than …

Written on 9 Sep 2015 | No Comments

Due to the competitive nature of the Premier League, there are now more ‘derby’ matches than ever before. While the traditional local derbies are still popular, rivalry fixtures have become much more important as these play a key role in the fate of the title race. Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all feature highly in this list of the top five top flight derby matches but there are also others that may catch you by surprise. Here are our selections:

Manchester United vs Manchester City
One of the most important clashes …

Written on 26 Aug 2015 | No Comments

First things first, this isn’t an opinion piece by some deluded Spurs fan living in the past, whining about the great Harry Redknapp. In essence, this is a clear reference to a great spurs team and the trepid journey that has proceeded that man.
I sense the demise of the Spurs team is not just the result of losing a good manager, but a reflection on the cultural change Levy has inflicted on the club and his hunger for control. Levy is without doubt a control freak. Under Redknapp it became …

Written on 24 Aug 2015 | No Comments

A look back on Micah Richards and why he’s Villa’s signing of the summer.
Micah Richards could well be Tim Sherwood’s signing of the summer. After losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph during the transfer window, Aston Villa needed to reinvent their squad ready for the new season. With considerate financial backing and profits made from Benteke and Delph, Sherwood has splashed out near £40million on transfers alone this window, but I think the free signing of Micah Richards, previously released by Manchester City, is the best one and here’s why…
Riddled …

Written on 20 Aug 2015 | No Comments

Career Mode in FIFA 16 delivers two of our community’s most requested feature updates and many other key changes. (Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC only)
During the summer months, all the major clubs travel around the world in preparation for the upcoming season. In FIFA 16, we are introducing this key development period to Career Mode. Prior to a given season, your club will be invited to three out of a possible nine tournaments, played in Asia, Europe, Latin America, or North America.
Just as with real football …

Written on 18 Aug 2015 | No Comments

Two matches in and the champions are wheezing. This has already been Chelsea’s worst start since 1998, well before Roman Abramovich’s purchase of the club. The defeat at Manchester City on Sunday left them five points adrift of last season’s runners-up in the fledgling Premier League table. It is too early to talk of crisis, with both Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa having publicly pushed for improvement rather than panic, but there are reasons why Chelsea have failed to find their early season sparkle.

1) Pre-season Form
The bulk of Chelsea’s first-team …

Written on 18 Aug 2015 | No Comments

One word sums up Manchester City’s belief that they can regain the Premier League title: Goals.
Given that Manuel Pellegrini’s men finished last season as the division’s top scorers, while Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton were all able to boast defence records, you would have thought that City’s priority this summer would have been to strengthen a back four that shipped an amazing nine points against the three pushed away clubs alone.
But City have once again decided to leave ‘winning ugly’ to Chelsea.
An initial payment of 44 million pounds has secured …

Written on 17 Aug 2015 | No Comments

Antolin Alcaraz has agreed to a one-year deal with La Liga’s new boys Las Palmas after concluding his contract with Everton.
As much as Antolin Alcaraz is an experienced defender who didn’t hold a regular spot while playing for Everton (The Toffees) after following Roberto Martinez after ending his contract with Wigan Athletic.
During his time at Goodison Park (Everton’s Home ground), which was a short two-year term saw him attend just fourteen Barclays Premier League appearances. That said, however; Las Palmas, on the other hand, have faith that the thirty-three-year-old centre …