WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT PALACE

I don’t think it is going over the top to say that Crystal Palace are deepish in the mire as we speak. Eight matches into their season, two wins (both in the Carabao Cup) but six straight defeats in the Premier League with 13 goals conceded and none, yes NONE scored. They have already changed manager, Frank De Boer sacked, strangely some thought after their best performance of the season, a defeat to Burnley when they were the better side and deserved at least a point, however the same old failings…

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Lionel Messi to Manchester???

Dani Alves, formerly of Barcelona and Juventus and currently at PSG once commented words to the effect that he did not know Manchester had two football teams. Those comments from 2014 related to five years earlier when Manchester City were beginning their ascent to becoming one of the best teams in their country before attempting to conquer Europe and become a worldwide brand. Two Premier League titles, a FA Cup and two League Cups later, everybody in football knows how many clubs are based in the Northwest’s largest city. Whilst the red half…

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Why is the Premier League the best league in the world – PART TWO

Okay okay, my plan was to do another article before the season started to go along with my original one of “Why is the Premier League the best league in the world?” but I got waylaid. Anyway, just like last week I thought I’d give you my quick opinion (still not a rant) on the season ahead for all the Premier League clubs and what we can expect? Last time I did the first five clubs in alphabetical order so now it’s the turn of the next five. This is my honest…

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Why is the Premier League the best league in the world?

I suppose that all depends on what you perceive as the best but for me it is, then again I don’t watch much other football so I’m pretty bias. Sorry. I’m also very angry at the moment when I should be happy and excited with the season starting tomorrow, so why am I not? The reason is because I am now sick of the summer break, sick of the transfer window and sick of certain pundits and media repeating the same old stuff. Please stop being boring and actually have an…

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Everton for a top 4 finish?

You might ask why? Or you might ask what are the top 4 odds? Well with all the work Ronald Koeman and the Everton board have done in the past few weeks you’d have every right to ask both questions. They have been very busy in the summer transfer window, in fact they have been the busiest club in the whole of the Premier League so far. I say good luck to them, the board are getting Koeman’s targets in, whilst others clubs seem to still be struggling to get theirs…

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Last Chance at the Europa Saloon for Manchester United

So after a dramatic, nervy and noisy night at Old Trafford last Thursday, Manchester United’s season took another turn, this time for the positive. Ironically a 1-1 draw, the result that has been the bane of the Red Devils season, was enough to see them through to the Europa League Final at the expense of a spirited Celta Vigo side. A season of ‘what ifs’ (despite already securing a League Cup triumph) can now be turned into a very successful one with the opportunity to win two major trophies as…

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Is Zinedine Zidane the man

Headlines can be hugely deceiving, and this one is no exception. Phillipe Coutinho has been Liverpool’s MVP of 2016/17, but – for reasons that will become apparent – Barcelona would be ill-advised to pursue him for a third confirmed time. Meanwhile, Georginio Wijnaldum continues to perform erratically for Liverpool, causing many to question why exactly the Dutchman is linked with Real Madrid, the reigning European Champions and league champions-elect. In what is the most intense title race in living memory Barcelona currently top La Liga on goal difference with three…

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Why Amazing Ander should be United’s next Captain

Ander Herrera gave the performance of his Manchester United career on Sunday. It strengthened the view that many United fans have, that he should be the next Club Captain after this summer’s expected departure of Wayne Rooney. The Basque midfielder who was instrumental in United’s best performance since beating Manchester City 4-2 two years ago, a game in which he was also United’s best player, is a trusted lieutenant of Jose Mourinho. Indeed, nobody on Sunday in a red shirt embodied Mourinho’s game plan more clearly. He nullified perhaps this…

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Talk is Cheap for Draw-United

Yet another home draw for Manchester United at Old Trafford, their eighth – YES EIGHTH!!!!!!! – has made their quest for making the top 4 in the Premier League that much harder. To be honest, last Saturday’s result didn’t surprise me that much. West Brom, under Tony Pulis, are experts at killing a game and unless you get yourself in front (preferably early on in the match) you are always going to be in for a tough 90+ minutes. MISSED OPPORTUNTIES ALL SEASON Whilst if there was a winner, the…

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2017 Title Race Is Back On!

For the last few weeks and even months, we’ve been bored senseless by various pundits proclaiming that we should “just hand the title to Chelsea now.” Today’s results may cause them to reconsider those opinions, as the Blues lost at home to Crystal Palace. At the same time, Spurs won at Burnley to trim the gap to just 7 points. Yes, it’s still a sizeable advantage. But bigger leads than that have been overturned in the Premier League in past seasons. Just ask the Man Utd side from 2011/12, who…

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