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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 …

Mark Hughes has joined Stoke City to try to replace Tony Pulis and change the playing style of the high, strong Stoke City. Although he didn’t had so much success in the past with failing to reach the potential that Manchester City could’ve reached and than saving QPR from relegation but the season after that he failed to register a win with 16 games since the start of the season.
When Mark Hughes joined the Potters at May 30th his appointment wasn’t so popular for the Stoke fans and they felt …

January in the football calendar is full of intrigue, predictions and appraisals but as most transfer windows it is the off the field drama that is at its most intense. This January has been not different the Mata factor, the Pulis factor and the Fergie factor have all been talked about. Mata ‘plays on words’ have done the rounds and it is to irresistible not to laugh. January has been a positive month for many reasons in 2014, as will be talked about in the following few paragraphs. February marks …

In the build up to the England Vs Moldova game tonight there has been a lot of talk about Joe Hart. Some of it very positive to such an extent that he is being described as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and some less positive talking about the mistakes he has made this season so far.
All this talk got me thinking. What makes a great goalkeeper and just who are the best around at the moment in the Premier league?
Speaking purely for myself I believe there are …

The Premier League is back and what a first game it was, and it was also the first live league game on BT sport. Liverpool were looking ahead to a season hoping to push for a top four spot, and improve their home record. They were looking for a winning start to their campaign which they have failed to do in the last few seasons.
For Stoke, they will hope to not only break into the top ten for the first time in their history but also change their style of …

Now that the football season has well and truly kicked off with the Football League and the first round of the Capital One Cup played, all we wait for is the top tier of English football to get under way. So what are we to expect from the season ahead. Here is a slightly different look at what may lay ahead in the coming months.
August: With the transfer window slowly starting to close, Wayne Rooney still finds himself without a new home things don’t look good for him in the …

Stoke City are no small-time club, they arrived back into the Premier League big time a few years ago, having worked extremely hard to revive the club and bring it out of the wilderness. Tony Pulis is understandably extremely popular around the Potteries for his achievements with the side and the resilience he had helped to build into the club, which the supporters backed with the great hostile atmosphere that won them so many points at the Brittania.
There is no doubt in the achievements Pulis made whilst in the …

Tony Pulis has left Stoke City. The rumours suggest the club have decided to abandon the ugly style of play and focus on more aesthetically pleasing approach to winning games. It has also been mentioned that Pulis’ son plays football in America and has recently become a father, with the indication being the separation was mutually beneficial as Pulis will relocate to the States to be with his family.
Many people have likened this moment to when Charlton let Alan Curbishley go after 11 years in charge: subsequently the club were relegated and haven’t …

When a team excels its expectations and the fans taste success, the expectations for the future inevitably rise as well. This can often work against a club. Fans often have short memories and expect their team to continue to rise at a rate that just isn’t possible. These expectations are the reason why Tony Pulis has recently been defending his job at Stoke. Since their promotion is 2008, Stoke have reached an FA Cup Final and progressed through the group stages of the Europa League. They have also consistently kept …