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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 …

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 …

Part 1 of this 15-16 Season review looked at the newly promoted sides and the teams that survived the drop (14th-17th) in the Premiership last season. For the second out of this three part review of the season we now look at the teams who finished 7th to 13th in 14/15.
 
West Bromwich Albion (Last season – 13th)
With Tony Pulis still at the helm, you are already on board when looking at West Brom expecting them to be safe come the end of the 2015-16 season, though their signings do not …

With just under a month to go before the summer transfer window slams shut, the transfer activity of English Premier League clubs shows no sign of slowing down. Indeed, a recent report from Deloitte’s Sports Business Group stated that this years transfer window spend could surpass the record of £630m set in 2013.
While the big name and big money signings naturally attracting all the headlines, I’ve decided to take a close look at the ‘under-the-radar’ transfers that have happened so far this window.
The big names might help get bums on …

The third in a series of six articles looking at the best 60 players in the world at the moment, we are now onto full-back having done golkeepers and centre-backs. Please enjoy, comment, discuss and read the next article; the top 10 central midfielders.
Full-backs
Honourable mentions:

Fabio Coentrao – A frustrating year for the 26 year old former Benfica man, playing second fiddle to Marcelo for club and having a disappointing World Cup for country. However, he is still an intelligent player, who is technically skilful and tactically versatile. Young enough to still …

The potential sale of Ryan Gauld shows that Scottish football is progressing. With the sale of James McCarthy in September 2013 for £2 million there were thoughts of ‘oh a small club with 1 good player’. But no, the mistake people make is they assume because the league is small there is no quality or the lame excuse ‘its a two club league’ (Celtic/Rangers). Having watched the demise of Hearts and Hibernian, then the takeover of both clubs you can see there is a new club style in …

So the game at Anfield ended 2-0 to Chelsea, but both clubs were winners when it came to the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year with six out of the eleven being named from the title contenders.
There were no surprises with Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge named in the team alongside Eden Hazard and Steven Gerrard in the midfield. Chelsea stopper Petr Cech took the number one jersey with Gary Cahill also named.
Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure were also named along with Southampton duo Luke …

Having seen Manchester United struggle this season, plummeting from champions to 7th place, I have been wondering whether the squad that Moyes left (his low-budget Everton side) is actually superior to the United side he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson. Looking at this year’s league table, you would say that this is the case, but I’ve decided to look into it further and compare the two squads position by position.
Goalkeeper:
A fairly easy choice for me. De Gea is probably one of the best shot-stoppers in the league, if not the …

“Your job now is to stand by our new manager. That is important.” Few football lovers can afford to forget Sir Alex Ferguson’s final speech to the United fans before his emotional goodbye to the world’s biggest football club but few have remember the wisdom that was at the heart of his speech.  Sir Alex had an unremarkable first season in Manchester, finishing a disappointing 12th in League and only managing to get as far as the fourth round in the FA Cup, so the former Manager understands the value …

As a small army of Evertonians stood atop Everton Brow looking over our magnificent city, Roberto Martinez beamed as he prepared to push a big, suitably blue, button. Once pressed, the 227 year old lock up that has encapsulated blues from the first time they laid eyes on the illustrious badge, transformed from a mere brick and mortar structure that once imprisoned local fiends overnight to a magnificent, defining symbol of Everton Football Club. As the tower was swarmed by blue and proudly showcased the Everton crest, one could not …