2015-16 Premier League Season Preview
So, we’re a mere day away from the grand return of the Barclays Premier League. Whilst other leagues are yet to kick off and others have already got a few games finished, the Premier League is yet to start and – for any of us – it’s the very pinnacle of the footballing season.
However, this season looks like it might be posing a bit of a different challenge to the competitors than previous seasons have – stagnation looks to be the aim of the game, with very little expected to change by many with regards to …
Aston Villa v Arsenal 2015 FA Cup Final
As the flagship domestic cup game of the year is just around the corner, the excitement across London and Birmingham is growing all the time. Arsenal, the holders of the FA Cup, will be taking on an Aston Villa side who have not been able to lift the trophy for nearly 60 years, having last won it all the way back in the 1956-57 season.
Both sides go into them on differing paths, too, and there is a huge amount if intrigue around the place with regards to how the FA Cup Final is …
The FA chairman Greg Dyke has announced plans which would introduce new rules to help home-grown players get more opportunities, to play in the top flight of English football.
This would be achieved by restricting the amount of foreign players teams are allowed in their squad. This change tightens the rules which were commissioned regarding home-grown players back in 2013; originally introduced to improve the England team.
The FA chairman has even warned that Premier League football is in danger of having “nothing to do with English people” if it carries on the way it is.
So what exactly qualifies for a “home-grown” …
Many other European teams in countries such as Spain, Germany, France and Italy have winter breaks, with teams usually playing their last game before Christmas around the 15th December. They then get a break lasting roughly a month to enjoy the festive period and rest both their mind and body. Premier League teams have to play all through the Christmas period, often playing 3 games a week in freezing conditions.
High profile football influencers Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini have spoken out, saying the benefits a winter break could have. It’s well documented that come the later stages of the season …
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Next weekend will see the FA Cup 6th round (quarter finals) take place, with the winner of each game booking a place in the semi-finals at Wembley.
There have been a lot of surprises throughout the cup, especially in the fourth round, which saw two of the big teams, Man City and Chelsea, go out to lower league sides. Swansea were also knocked out of the cup by lower league team Blackburn, whilst Spurs were surprisingly knocked out by bottom of the premier league Leicester. The means the only ‘top’ premier league teams left in the final eight …
This weekend sees two derby/rival games as Arsenal take on Spurs and Everton host Liverpool.
Arsenal VS Tottenham
The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is known as one of the biggest rivalaries in English football and is always a fiery and fiercely combative derby.
Arsenals usually dominate this fixture however and have won 18 matches out of the 44 that’s ever been played, and only losing 8 times, the rest resulting in draws.
Arsenal have also generally been the more successful club in terms of the Premier League, winning the league three times compared to Tottenham’s none. Arsenal have also finished higher …
This weekend sees Arsenal travel to the Etihad, to take on current Premier League champions Manchester City.
Both Arsenal’s new-boy Alexis Sanchez, and Man City’s ever popular Sergio Aguero are expected to start, and the match could well be decided based on how well they perform.
Sanchez has received high praise since joining the Gunners from Barcelona, and has already scored 12 goals in 20 games in his debut season. When you add in his 7 assists that’s almost a goal or an assist per game – showing how important he already is to getting Arsenal into the Champions League for another …
Around the Christmas time period, Premier League fans get excited when it comes to Boxing Day. With ten matches being hosted, there is potential for fans to watch some exciting Boxing Day football.
Chelsea Vs West Ham United
The last time these two sides met in the Premier League was in January 2014. The meet up between the two sides ended in a goal-less draw with Chelsea dominating the game with 72% possession. A combined number of 39 shots from Chelsea couldn’t find their way into the back of the net. On the other hand, West Ham got the result they were …
This weekend saw one of the Premier League’s biggest derby matches this season when Manchester United travelled down the road to Manchester City. All football clubs have their rivals even though sometimes the clubs may not be local to one another. With another derby on the cards, we have decided to look at the some of the top rivalries of the beautiful game.
Corinthians vs Palmeiras, Serie A, Brazil
The first two clubs to make our derby list are Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras. Both sides are from Sao Paulo and the Derby Paulista is among the 10 greatest …
With the Champions League group’s announced we thought it would be a great time to take a group-by-group look at the biggest fixtures, expected results and controversy in this latest blog post.
Group A sees La Liga champions Atletico Madrid face Serie A champions Juventus. It is both will safety progress to the knockout stages, with the only question being who will top the group.
No English teams are present in Group A which is likely to see Malmo FF and Olympiakos fighting for 3rd, and subsequently a place in the Europa League.
Liverpool are back after 4 years out of …