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Premier League 2016/17 awards

June 17, 2017
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Premier League 2016/17 awards

After years in the wilderness, the Premier League appears to finally be on an upward swing. With a wave of world class managers arriving and those already in place settling in, the quality at the head of the table has greatly improved. Leicester City could come from nowhere to become champions last year, but...

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Case Study: Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace 23/4/2017

April 26, 2017
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Case Study: Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace 23/4/2017

As the season reaches its climax, Liverpool participation in the Champions League still looks uncertain. With Arsenal floundering and Manchester United navigating a tough run-in on top of a Europa League campaign, the Reds should be confident of fourth place with a fixture list made up of midtable and relegation-threatened sides. FSG were criticised...

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Case Study: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City 2/4/2017

April 5, 2017
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Case Study: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City 2/4/2017

Despite the FA Cup victories in recent years, Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal has grown increasingly stale if only due to the uncanny feeling of deja vu that accompanies them. At first this was justified as limited finances in the wake of building the Emirates Stadium saw them slip behind those with more resources,...

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Case Study: Manchester United 0-0 Hull City 1/2/2017

February 3, 2017
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Case Study: Manchester United 0-0 Hull City 1/2/2017

Manchester United must be sick of the sight of Hull City after playing them three times since Christmas. Despite a slow start to the season, United seemed to be picking up some momentum with their unbeaten record of 17 games coming to an end in the return leg of the League Cup semi-final last...

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Case Study: West Brom 0-4 Manchester City 29/10/2016

October 30, 2016
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Case Study: West Brom 0-4 Manchester City 29/10/2016

For years we have heard of a mythical wet and windy night in Stoke that would be the true test for Barcelona. European cups and league titles all meant nothing until the world’s best footballers had been kicked a lot on a plough-field. Many thought the fateful day would never come, and they were...

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Premier League 2015/16 awards

July 24, 2016
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Premier League 2015/16 awards

Wonderful story, but one you would never want to actually watch back. While Leicester’s rise is incredible, it’s worth noting that it simply wouldn’t be allowed to happen if the Premier League was any good. It is an embarrassment that the league has been this poor for so long yet has shown no signs...

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Case Study: Manchester City 3-1 Everton 27/1/2016

January 29, 2016
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Case Study: Manchester City 3-1 Everton 27/1/2016

Although in very different situations and neither in any peril, both Manchester City and Everton aren’t particularly happy with how their seasons have gone. City once again looked to improve their squad with heavy investment in the summer, spending over a hundred million on Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph....

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Case Study: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea 2/1/2016

January 9, 2016
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Case Study: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea 2/1/2016

With Chelsea finally pulling the trigger on Jose Mourinho, the vultures have now started circling Louis van Gaal at Manchester United after eight games without a win. It’s a bit of an oddity that Mourinho’s sacking adds extra pressure to Van Gaal beyond shifting attentions onto him – just challenging for Champions League places...

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Case Study: Everton 0-3 Manchester United 17/10/2015

October 20, 2015
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Case Study: Everton 0-3 Manchester United 17/10/2015

Both teams had reasons to be unhappy heading into the game, but for very different reasons. Manchester United were coming back of a comprehensive defeat away to Arsenal, picked apart with alarming ease within the opening twenty minutes, while the death of Everton legend Howard Kendall, who had featured first as a player and...

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Premier League 2014/15 awards

June 13, 2015
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Premier League 2014/15 awards

What a terrible season. A mediocre Chelsea side comfortably wrapped up the league early, with Manchester City mounting the worst title defence since their last one. The Champions League spots were a foregone conclusion despite those in the hunt all doing their best to throw away their place at every opportunity. Last season’s surprise...

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