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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 …

The first international break of 2015 comes at the end of March, but the England manager, Roy Hodgson, must currently be contemplating on which strikers to call up to the squad, if all are fit. The 2014/15 Premier League season has been a success so far for English strikers who are trying to appeal to Hodgson, which was highlighted last weekend (3rd and 4th of January). I believe that Roy Hodgson sees Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck as his key three strikers, who he will consistently pick, subject …

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 …

Today West Bromwich have announced that manager Pepe Mel has parted companies with the club by mutual consent. After just joining in January as the successor of Steve Clarke. Pepe Mel hasn’t had the most successful reign at the Hawthorns but he was able to keep them above the relegation zone come the end of the season.
The next West Bromwich manger will have a lot of work to do in the summer as 10 players’ contracts runs out at the summer and with massive improvement required to be able to …

After a career spanning 20 years, Kevin Phillips retirement from the game today leaving many a football fan in admiration of his career.
Phillips, who turns 41 this summer, burst onto the scene for Watford at the tail end of the 1994/95 season scoring 24 goals in nearly 60 appearances for the Hornets. A big money move to Sunderland saw him score over 100 goals in just over 200 games for the Black Cats where he became the first Sunderland player to score over 30 goals in a season since the …

Winners
Manchester City – Winning away to Hull may perhaps not sound like a massive achievement considering they have little to play for this season after all-but securing their Premier League status, but to do so with your talismanic captain (and only decent excuse for a centre-back) sent off suddenly makes this a big win. Couple that with Chelsea’s implosion at Villa Park and this could well prove a big result for City as they attempt to bounce back from Champions League and FA Cup elimination over the last couple of …

Winners

Wigan – Bayern Munich, Barcelona and… Wigan. Wigan’s victory at the Etihad this weekend puts them into the semi-finals of the FA Cup and allows them to make a boast that very few clubs across Europe are able to make: they beat Manchester City on their own turf. Despite misfiring slightly with Owen Coyle, Dave Whelan seems to have an eye for a superhuman manager. Following Roberto Martinez’s heroics in last season’s FA Cup final was going to be no mean feat, but Uwe Rosler has set about copy-and-pasting the …

Anybody with half an eye on this seasons Premier League will know its been terrifically exciting and probably the most open its ever been. The entire bottom half  are within 8 points of one another and everyone in the top half has something to play for whether it be an Europa League position, champions league spot or aiming for the title itself which means every game is vital. So what better time to step up and give some outstanding performances, and who amongst others have been doing that? ENGLAND PLAYERS.
We’re …

This article is in response to recent events at the Hawthorns were West Bromwich Albion’s sponsors, Zoopla, want to dictate which players the club can pick by stating in the press that if Nicholas Anelka plays they will withdraw from their £3 million pound 2 year sponsorship.  They even want the club to sack him.
With sponsorship being the life blood of football from Sunday Football teams having their shirts bought by small local businesses and pubs to the likes of Arsenal, where their sponsors even pay to name the stadium, …

Confused. Flabbergasted. Puzzled. Baffled. These are only a few words that spring to mind when I heard rumours of Steve Clarke being on the verge of getting the axe. When I was at the Hawthorns for the game against Manchester City, I heard Albion fans question the manager’s ability to accumulate points this season and are also curious as to why he is making late or wrong substitutes from this perspective. There were quite a number of fans who claimed that if the Baggies didn’t manage to collect maximum points …