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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 …

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 …

 
This season, more than any other in my recollection there has been so many brilliant signings made by so many teams. I think this may have been due to the potential money on offer for simply being in the Premier League next season, to earn £100 million for simply finishing bottom next season made it so important for teams to be there next season. Therefore the new teams and already existing teams, had to scour the UK, Europe and the World for the best talent to bring into the Premier …

With the Premier League season almost coming to an end, we see that Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur have so far outclassed the rest of the competition. At the beginning of the season no one would have predicted that this would have been the outcome after 30+ weeks of play. This season has been a very odd one indeed as Southampton and West Ham are still very much in the top four.
Many EPL expert tips had the winner of Premier League as one of the teams that made the top four …

On April 2, the emergency loan window closed for the final time. It has long been viewed by many as one of the factors that keeps lower-league clubs afloat, and capable of remaining in a healthy financial position. But now, FIFA is of the opinion that transfers – regardless of the circumstances – should only take place within its designated transfer windows, in a bid to ensure greater legislative consistency across the board.
It is clear as to what this will mean to clubs below the Premier League, where the decision …

England fans are used to the same old pre-tournament concerns. Nervousness when key players seem to turn into glass dolls and shatter on the eve of major tournament’s. Hodgson’s men have a real opportunity to challenge the big guns this summer in the European Championships. Injury concerns is always a troubling trend especially amongst English players, as the gruesome club season comes to its conclusion. Currently; Rooney, Shaw, Oxlade-Chamberlian, Delph, Wilshere, Austin, and Young are all sidelined with long-term injuries. At least four of those are almost nailed on to …

A lot of you while reading the title will laugh at the idea that the Sky Bet Championship is the most competitive league in the world, but are there things we are not considering?
In the Premier League, you have 7 teams that are always at the top of the table: Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton. Then you have the teams that are always in the middle of the table in the Premier League such as Swansea and Stoke, and then the teams always battling for relegation: Sunderland, …

With this years Premier League season well under way it is very close at the top of the table with some surprises teams pushing for European places. There are the usual teams at the top with Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United making the top three. The next three places are made up of some suprises with the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Crystal Palace. These three teams have started the season in great form which shows on the league table. The next two teams are made up from …

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 …

As everyone obsesses over the Raheem Sterling saga, their attention should be turned to the other exciting English talent that has made his move to the Etihad: Patrick Roberts. City have acquired a midfielder that at the tender age of 18, has already scored 14 times at youth international level. He is “an extraordinary talent” according to former boss Felix Magath, and with the right education and development England fans as well as City fans will soon have a new hero to fascinate over.
For now though, he remains relatively unknown …