THE TOP FOUR from last season all won their opening fixtures on what was an action-packed weekend of Premier League football.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City avoided any early season jitters to claim all three points and set the pace at the top of the table, however, for fellow title challengers Manchester United it was the same old story as they came unstuck in Louis Van Gaal’s first league match in charge.
Elsewhere there were wins for Aston Villa, Hull City, Swansea City and a last-minute winner for Tottenham Hotspur over London rivals West Ham United, as all four sides triumphed on their travels.
North London rivals both strike late in derby wins
Arsenal went into their match with Crystal Palace thoroughly expecting to claim all three points, however, they were made to sweat by the Eagles.
After losing their manager less than 48 hours before Palace put in… Continue reading →
WE ARE LESS than 24 hours away until the start of the 2014-2015 Barclays Premier League Season. Just over a month after the World Cup ended football is finally back with the eagerly anticipated campaign getting underway Saturday lunchtime.
Read our preview below of each team as we welcome new-boys Burnley, Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers after their promotions last season, and managers Alan Irvine (West Brom), Ronald Koeman (Southampton), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) and Louis Van Gaal (Manchester United) to their new clubs.
Can Manchester City retain their Premier League crown? Are Liverpool doing a Spurs of 2013/2014 by purchasing too many players? What is going on at Crystal Palace? What can we expect from Southampton?
Unlike the past few years Arsene Wenger goes into a Premier League campaign with the comfort that he has finally ended the clubs long wait for silverware. Last seasons’ FA Cup success… Continue reading →
EARLIER this week Manchester City confirmed the signing of Frank Lampard on a short-loan deal from New York City Football Club.
The new Major League Soccer side are currently recruiting players ahead of their debut season in US Soccer in January 2015. Last month they announced that the former Chelsea ace would be their second international signing after Spanish striker David Villa joined earlier in the summer.
However over the past few days there has been much debate as to why Lampard has gone to City, with many questioning his decision and others stating that Chelsea fans will feel betrayed.
That notion is completely ludicrous with many people missing a valuable point: Manchester City owns New York City FC and so can transfer whoever they please to each other thus monitoring the fitness of their own players.
A ‘Shock’ move many newspapers called it. Really? How is it so? Man… Continue reading →
MAURICIO POCHETTINO is closing in on his fourth defensive summer signing as Tottenham Hotspur boss after the club agreed a fee with Villarreal for highly-rated Argentine centre-back Mateo Musacchio.
The new Spurs boss, appointed manager back in May, has wasted no time this summer in recruiting fresh blood for his back line. Along with goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Pochettino has swooped for Ben Davies, Eric Dier and now Musacchio as he looks to plug a defence which conceded 51 goals last season.
The fee for the 23-year old is believed to be around £17 million and is seen as a major coup for the club with Musacchio voted the best centre-back in Spain last season.
Despite that, however, he is a relative unknown in European football. So what makes him stand out?
A defender during his playing days, Pochettino has followed the career of fellow compatriot Musacchio very closely ever since… Continue reading →
TOTTENHAM Hotspur are closing in on their third summer signing after overnight reports suggested that English defender Eric Dier was closing in on a move to North London. The 20-year old Sporting Lisbon centre-half is expected to complete his move in the coming days with a £4 million deal between the two clubs being discussed.
Despite not being a household name on these shores the young defender has already made five appearances for the England under-21 side and is dubbed as the “next John Terry” due to his brave and powerful playing style.
He was approached by the Portuguese FA to play his international football for them however he turned down their advances and has represented England at under-18, u19, u20 and u21 levels.
Dier, who was born in England, moved to Portugal in 2004 when he was ten years old after his mother acquired work ahead of the European… Continue reading →