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Written on 8 Dec 2016 | No Comments

Watford v Everton
Both these clubs had new managers enter the fray in the summer. One – Walter Mazzarri – came in with little expectation. Quique Flores was a much-loved figure in the Watford set up and many fans were unhappy to see him walk. The aim for this season after his departure would simply be to avoid relegation.
And, with them currently sitting in eleventh place, seven points clear of safety, you could say Mazzarri has been effective thus far.
Ronald Koeman was appointed Everton manager after Roberto Martinez was given the …

Written on 1 Dec 2016 | No Comments

Having had such a monstrously poor run to Christmas with defending champions Chelsea last season, it alternatively presented itself as a handy benchmark to judge just how badly Mourinho ended his last job, and compare it to just how much he could improve his work with a brand new one. Surely after such a pathetic title defence in the first half of the 15/16 season, the spiky Portuguese would not need to exert a whole of energy to re-establish himself and prove to everyone that he is anything but a …

Written on 30 Nov 2016 | No Comments

Last season at this stage Chelsea under the guidance of Jose Mourinho managed just 11 points from 12 games and 16th on the league standings.
At the beginning of this season, Chelsea saw their 100 percent record ended by Swansea in 2-2 draw then followed by a back to back defeat in the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal. Chelsea at this point are lacking ideas and fear the season will not be any different from the last.
The rapid introduction of the “three back” system by the Italian gaffer, Antonio Conte will …

Written on 22 Nov 2016 | No Comments

Arsenal v PSG
Group Standings:
FC Basel…………….1
Arsenal have walked this group in reality. The 3-2 win against Ludogorets at the beginning of November sealed the deal, but you could have been watching the teams being drawn into their groups earlier in the year, seen who Arsenal were thrown in with, and drawn the same conclusion there and then.
Paris Saint-Germain were going to be their only real competitor. The two sides drew in Paris on match-day one of the group stages, but since then both sides have gone on to win their next …

Written on 22 Nov 2016 | No Comments

If you could make ONE change right now in Scottish football that would have the biggest long-term positive impact what would it be?
Sack Gordon Strachan?
While I have found some of his inclusions, selections, formations  and media comments frustrating, baffling and ultimately extremely disappointing with regards to results who am I to tell him how to do it better? Are we under performing at present? YES but Strachan is only the man who selects a team a few times a year, he is not the reason we are failing.
Scrap the Academy …

Written on 16 Nov 2016 | No Comments

It has been continuously remarked upon just how tightly packed the head of the Premier Table is at present, and sure, it is. Just two points separate first and fourth place and it’s been an exciting season thus far.
But I don’t feel as though the race for the title will involve four or five teams through-out. There has been constant talk of this being the “closest title race for years” by pundits and journalists, simply based on the fact that after 11 games, The four teams at the top have …

Written on 16 Nov 2016 | No Comments

A part of North London seems to enjoy it’s football in the Premier League.After a long time Stamford Bridge is up to it’s height cheering for the blues under the new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
After a disastrous last season and winning the title back in 2015. The defending champions looked far off their game as they played earlier ,which resulted in a 10th place finish and sacking of José  Mourinho in mid-season.
This season Conte seems to rewriting the script after a shocking 3-0 loss to a swift moving  Arsenal side they …

Written on 16 Nov 2016 | No Comments

Mourinho has long been a curse Wenger has failed to shake. Even when the Portuguese was sacked last December after a dismal first couple of months with champions Chelsea, the Blues travelled to the Emirates that following January and managed a 1-0 win.
Even though it was Guus Hiddink standing in the Chelsea technical area, it still felt to me that as the final whistle blew, signalling a brilliant victory over an Arsenal side who had been in very good form, that the ghost of Mourinho somehow remained, spooking Wenger, aiming …

Written on 6 Nov 2016 | One Comment

When you think of popular sporting video games then FIFA and Football Manager probably spring to mind. These games are great to play with your friends, but have you ever thought of how these games have influenced football on the pitch?
Launched in 1993, the FIFA franchise is one of the biggest sporting video games in the world and has sold over 150 million copies to date. It’s not just wannabe footballers sat in their bedrooms who play the game though. Many world class players have spoken out about how crucial …

Written on 5 Nov 2016 | No Comments

With Game of Thrones season seven filming now under way, we only have a few more months until the show returns to our screens. Like many who are suffering from GOT withdrawal symptoms, linking the show to anything else, is a must to get by. So with this in mind and coinciding with the football season getting well under way, which GOT characters match a footballing parallel?
Beware! If you have not seen the latest season, it may contain spoilers.
Steven Gerrard – Jon Snow
A fairly obvious one for us to get …