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 …
This is the second part of our top fan sites of 2015. In part 1 we focused on 5 of the best, honest and most opinionated sites out there. Here are our other 5.
Winner of the 2014 Football Blogging Awards ‘Best New Blog’, AnfieldHQ has made quite an impact on the football blogging landscape. Only started in May of 2014, Ollie Bond and his contributors have created a large following in short a short amount of time.
Rather than having a large variety of categories like some of the other blogs looked at in this article, it focuses on match …
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 …
2008 League Cup Final, Photo Courtesy of Mark Freeman: https://www.flickr.com/photos/46357488@N00/2302048584
With the 2015 Capital One Cup final fast approaching we thought we would take a look back on some of the best finals since the millennium.
The year will see table-topping Chelsea face London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for this season’s first piece of silverware. Chelsea have won the competition 4 times, with the most recent coming in the 2006/2007 final where they conquered Arsenal 2-1. Spurs have also lifted the trophy 4 times, with their latest victory coming the year after Chelsea’s in the 2007/2008 season.
This final was also played between the …
The 2015 January transfer window is now officially closed. So were there any big surprises on deadline day?
Unfortunately it wasn’t the most frantic or frenzied final day of the transfer window but there were a few big deals, taking the total Premier League January transfer spending hit £130m.
The biggest deal on deadline day was World Cup winger Juan Cuadrado coming to Chelsea. The Colombian star from Fiorentina has signed a four and a half year contract at Chelsea for around £23m. Not only was this the biggest deal on transfer deadline day, but it was only beaten for biggest deal …
With Liverpool crashing out of the league cup to Chelsea earlier this week, and considering they were only able to draw 0-0 against Bolton in the FA Cup, Brendan Rogers will have been relishing the prospect of Sturridge back fit and playing.
The manager said in his pre-match media conference:
“He has looked outstanding in training, but we will give him another day. I will have a chat with him and overview the week, how everything has gone, but I can tell he is happy and feeling very strong in his own body. At this moment, he looks in top-class condition.”
Sturridge tweeted earlier …
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 …
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 …
With the World Cup now over and Germany walking away with the all-important World Cup trophy, the attention within England is edging back towards the Premier League. Already we have had some big names move to and from Premier League clubs. Throughout all leagues across the world there have been some big signings and here are a few players that have moved to a different club.
After the controversy of what happened to Luis Suarez at the world cup, he has moved from English Premier League side Liverpool to sign for a massive £75.0m. Some people may not think Suarez …