Forget about a top four finish, Tottenham are targeting top spot
Feb09

Forget about a top four finish, Tottenham are targeting top spot

If at the start of the season; you’d have told me that after 25 games: Spurs would be second in the league; ahead of rivals Arsenal on goal difference and with the best goal difference in the league (and by some considerable distance as well, five better off than second best Manchester City) and Tottenham have the best defence in the league, I would have thought you were an absolute maniac! If you’d have then told me that Leicester...

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Alex Neil; show some balls, Norwich City can’t go down without a fight.
Feb09

Alex Neil; show some balls, Norwich City can’t go down without a fight.

I don’t remember seeing many Norwich City teams being good at defending, not in recent seasons at least. What I do remember; however, is Norwich City teams being good at attacking. One Scottish manager’s team in particular were rather good at that, as City marched to successive promotions before holding their own in the Premier League, sticking to their guns and doing things their way. Then came Chris Hughton. It...

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Leicester City are making their mark on the world map
Feb09

Leicester City are making their mark on the world map

In this craziest of crazy Premier League seasons, can it get any crazier? Exactly 12 months after Leicester City propped up the rest of the Premier League, we now sit on top of the English top-flight looking down at all below us. At the start of the season, you would have got odds of 5000-1 on Leicester City winning the title. Now we are the bookies favourite. To show just how crazy this season is; no team/sportsman has ever won...

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Are smaller pitches affecting Newcastle’s away form?
Feb08

Are smaller pitches affecting Newcastle’s away form?

Six Premier League games into 2016, Newcastle United’s home and away form could hardly be more contrasting. In front of their own fans at St James’ Park, the Magpies have taken seven points from a possible nine, firing six goals from 56 shots, and averaging 58 per cent possession. They’ve possibly lacked cutting edge, but the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Moussa Sissoko and Jonjo Shelvey are finally exciting their public. However, on...

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Should Roberto remain as Everton manager?
Feb08

Should Roberto remain as Everton manager?

During his time at Everton, Roberto Martinez has taken charge of 101 Premier League matches, winning 41, drawing 31 and losing 29, as well as leading the Toffees back into European football. However, recent weeks has seen a growing number of fans calling for the Spaniard to be dismissed. After being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Manchester City, throwing away points carelessly against Chelsea and being bowled over by...

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Oxlade-Chamberlain takes his chance against the Cherries
Feb08

Oxlade-Chamberlain takes his chance against the Cherries

I have to thank my colleagues at Shoot for allowing me the privilege of a Premier League press accreditation. Yesterday’s visit to the South Coast was the first time I have applied to attend a game as a reporter, so it is appropriate that my column is due today. The length of the column prohibits a blow by blow match report so I would sooner look at some key aspects of interest to emerge for Arsenal’s comfortable 2-0 victory over a...

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