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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 …

Written on 3 Nov 2016 | 2 Comments

Arsenal were expected to dominate and cruise through a pedestrian club that is at the sheer bottom of the Premier League table. Many believed that the gunners wouldn’t have to dredge a rootless fluctuant Sunderland defence, but they did; even though the 4-1 scoreline exerts a gulled view of the match. The north London club resembled the likes of mudlarks – pervasively looking for answers in the second half; struggled a bit to breakdown a basement club that haven’t been able to keep a clean sheet so far this season. …

Written on 3 Nov 2016 | No Comments

Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat to Liverpool embodied an underwhelming 2016 thus far for Crystal Palace Manager Alan Pardew. Just how bad most of the year has been may have somehow gone unnoticed by some people.
In his post match interview on Saturday, Pardew alluded to the fact that Referee Andre Marriner should not have been the official for the game. Pardew felt Marriner would have extra pressure on him, as in the last season’s corresponding fixture he gave Liverpool a dubious last minute penalty. “Why was Mike Riley giving him the …

Written on 25 Oct 2016 | No Comments

Arsene Wenger will have plenty of reasons to smile at this present moment.
Arsenal are currently unbeaten in the league since the opening day, and now sit in second place, separated by top team City by just a single goal. They are top of their Champions League group, with their next fixture being away to Ludogorets, whom they rather effortlessly dispatched at the Emirates last week.
Players such as Walcott are in incredible form, with the Englishman having already netted five league goals.
Things certainly look rosy for the North London side, but …

Written on 26 Sep 2016 | 2 Comments

The recent gossip and disappointment surfacing about Liverpool being a selling club baffles me to some extent as you’ve got to digest the news with some context.
Swiss researchers: since 2010 Liverpool have made more money than any club in the world from selling players – £378m. Valencia second £370m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh)September 19, 2016
Most of our recent money influx has come from the sale of players like Torres (wanted away with a tiny part of the money got from selling him astutely being invested in the Uruguayan biter), Suarez (claims …

Written on 12 Sep 2016 | No Comments

Sam Allardyce’s tenure as England boss started off with a drab and uninspiring performance, but nevertheless got the result expected from the trip to Trnava. Adam Lallana’s first international goal came in the 95th minute of the 4 minutes of stoppage time put on the 4th official’s board, a sign of how close it was to a very different slant taken by the press. Had it not been for Lallana’s conversion from inside the box, certainly the doom and gloom feel around the England national team would have continued. Taking into …

Written on 14 Aug 2016 | One Comment

Yesterday, Manchester City officially announced the £47.5m signing of John Stones from Everton, raising a few eyebrows as to wether the English centre back is worth such a hefty fee. Less than 24 hours later, Everton replaced their talismanic defender with the signing of Wales captain Ashley Williams from Swansea, for a fee thought to be in the region of £12m.
There’s no question that the fee City paid for Stones is astronomical, making him the most expensive English defender in history, and the second most expensive defender behind PSG’s £50m capture of David Luiz …