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Chelsea vs Arsenal match preview

May 24, 2017

Chelsea vs Arsenal

It’s the biggest London derby of the year! A chance at redemption for a stuttering Arsenal side and for Chelsea it could be the icing on the cake of an already legendary season.

Arsenal are looking to salvage this season by winning their 3rd FA Cup in the last 4 years. Despite failing to finish in the Premier League top 4, Arsenal’s form has picked up of late as they have won 5 consecutive league games for the first time since October. A huge dip in form mid season saw the gunners drop out of the title race and ultimately out of the top 4 but having already swept aside Man City in the semi-final, they will feel confident heading into the final on the back of their recent results.

Arsenal do however have their two first choice centre backs missing for this tie, Laurent Koscielny receiving a straight red card in the game vs Everton and Gabriel suffering an injury in the same game. This makes way for Per Mertesacker who has not played much first team football recently. Alexis Sanchez also picked up a knock but the extent of his injury is not known yet.

Chelsea have had a magnificent season, they have become the first team to win 30 games in a 38 game league season. They must focus on getting another victory and another piece of silverware for a now overflowing trophy cabinet. Chelsea won’t be taking Arsenal for granted, despite beating them 3-1 last time the sides met they did lose 3-0 back in September. Since that loss though Antonio Conte has taken up a 3-4-3 formation that seems to have made his side almost unbeatable. Chelsea must enter the arena as strong favourites to win this tie, they look strong in every area of the pitch and have no serious injury worries for the week ahead.

Eden Hazard is back to his best and has had arguably his best season for Chelsea. There are goals throughout the entire team, with Pedro always capable of scoring a magical goal from nothing. Michy Batshuayi has recently hit some form despite only really being used as a substitute and provides his manager with another option to turn to if plan A isn’t working on the day.

It’s sure to be a fantastic cup final but the stakes are higher for Arsenal, some fans calling for the manager to leave may be placated by some cup silverware, however if Arsenal lose and lose heavily then things could go from bad to worse for Arsene Wenger and his team. Chelsea on the other hand can approach the game without fear, enjoy the occasion and the chance to cap off an already impressive season with one of the most famous trophies in football.

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Crystal Palace sign Sakho on loan

February 3, 2017

London club Crystal Palace have signed Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho on loan for the rest of the season.

Palace will pay a £2m loan fee plus wages for Sakho, who made 56 appearances for Liverpool.

Liverpool wanted £20m for Sakho, with Southampton, Swansea, Galatasaray and Sevilla all thought to be interested in the centre-back.

Palace will be hoping the signing of Sakho will secure their Premier League status. Palace remain in the bottom three despite beating Bournemouth 2-0 on Tuesday night.

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Antoine Griezmann: set for a Premier League move next summer?

December 28, 2016

Without a shadow of a doubt, Antoine Griezmann is an incredible talent. The Frenchman is widely regarded as one of the very best players on the planet and he has been an integral member of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side since joining the club in 2014. In fact, you could even argue that Griezmann, now 25 years old, ranks alongside the likes of Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez in the pecking order behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Griezmann enjoyed a tremendous individual 2015/16 campaign, notching a sensational 39 goals in 67 appearances for club and country. However, some fans appear to have forgotten just how key he was to both Atletico and France; mainly as he was on the losing side in both the Champions League final and European Championship event on home soil.
Despite those particular setbacks, the Frenchman has managed to regain his form in front of goal and he has already nearly reached double figures this season. As of December 22nd, he is sitting pretty at the top of Atletico’s goal scoring charts this season – although compatriot and summer signing Kevin Gameiro is hot on his heels.

If truth be told, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Griezmann push for a move away from the Vicente Calderon at the end of the campaign, especially with Gameiro coming into a bit of form. Griezmann is still Atletico’s main man but he could leave the club in the coming months if one of the Premier League’s top clubs come knocking; and they almost certainly will if he is available for the right price.

According to reports, Griezmann has an £84 million release clause and Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old next summer. United, who spent a world record sum of £89 million to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus back in August, have already given Jose Mourinho plenty of financial support but they will be looking to make a marquee signing before the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.

As of December 22nd, United are fifth in the Premier League table; 13 points behind current leaders Chelsea. The Red Devils, priced at 20/1 with to win the title this season, could do with somebody like Griezmann to give them another dimension in attack. On his day, the Frenchman is capable of unlocking the best defences on the planet and linking up with compatriots Pogba and Anthony Martial could help him to settle in England.

Meanwhile, Chelsea and Manchester City have also been linked with a move for Griezmann – and a bidding war between England’s top three spenders could ensue. Atletico won’t want to sell Griezmann but a world record fee could tempt the Spanish giants; especially if they continue to find ways to win matches without their talismanic winger. Simeone would have to tweak their style of play but Atletico would still be strong with or without him…

Antoine Griezmann has matured into a household name in recent years but a move to the Premier League could see him cement his place as one of the modern greats. Atletico have enjoyed domestic and European success since Simeone took over but they have ultimately failed in their bid to end the Barcelona-Real Madrid monopoly in Spain – and it might be time for a change in personnel.

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Chelsea look to offer Victor Moses an Improved Contract

November 28, 2016

Chelsea are looking to hold contract talks with Victor Moses due to his recent improved performances for the Blues.

Moses performances in a new wing-back position for Chelsea has spark interest in the player from a host of European clubs including Spanish giants Barcelona.

Moses has been a key figure in Chelsea’s great start to the season including a seven-match winning run in the Premier League.

Chelsea beat Spurs 2-1 on Saturday and Moses scored the winner, he has also previously found the net in wins against Burnley and champions Leicester City.

Moses improved contract would partly be to acknowledge his current contribution to the team but also to ward off interest from any other clubs.

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Chelsea must move for new defenders in transitional phase

October 6, 2016

When Antonio Conte was announced as Chelsea manager supporters will naturally have assumed that their defensive struggles of the 2015/16 campaign were at an end. The Blues conceded over 53 goals in the failed defence of their crown, but the Italian’s success in forming stoic outfits at Juventus and as Italy manager, brought confidence of another charge for the Premier League title.

However, Chelsea have endured a stuttering start to life under their new manager, taking 13 points from their opening seven matches of the term. Senior players have struggled to match their performances of two years ago, suggesting that Conte could be prepared to move them on.

Although the Blues are marginally off the pace in the race for the crown, trailing Manchester City by five points, they remain one of the contenders to lift the trophy in May currently being backed in the latest Premier League betting odds at 16/1.

John Terry gave Chelsea a huge boost towards the end of last season when he renewed his contract for one year, ensuring that defensive reinforcements were not a necessity with Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Kurt Zouma present in the squad.

Conte’s men started the campaign on a strong note, claiming victories in their opening three matches against West Ham, Watford and Burnley. However, the first signs of defensive problems reared their head in a 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Gary Cahill made a horrendous error to allow Leroy Fer to put the Swans ahead, although the Blues salvaged a point when Diego Costa scored a late equaliser. The England international has struggled this season, continuing his issues from last term and Euro 2016 when he allowed Kolbeinn Sigthorsson to find the back of the net in the Three Lions’ humiliating loss to Iceland.

Branislav Ivanovic has also failed to find his best form, prompting suggestions that he could leave the club in the near future. The Serb has been a steady operator for the Blues, but at the age of 32 his days at right-back appear to be numbered.

As a result, Chelsea have been on the search for new defenders and re-signed David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain after failing to land their primary targets over the summer. The club reportedly missed out on the signings of AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, forcing them to go back to the Brazilian for additional depth at the back.

Due to Cahill and Ivanovic’s struggles along with Terry’s age, the signings of Romagnoli and Koulibaly would have been a massive boost for Conte’s long-term plans. The Milan defender is only 21, while the Napoli centre-back is 25 and entering the prime of his career.

Should Chelsea sign either of those players over the next year their defence would be in good shape, allowing Conte to mould them into copies of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, who helped his Juventus teams dominate Serie A.

The Blues have also been linked with Burnley’s Michael Keane, a transfer that would echo their move to sign Cahill from Bolton Wanderers in 2012. Keane is on the rise in the Premier League having been an integral part of the Clarets’ push back to the top flight and has already put in a series of promising displays this season. His form was good enough to earn him a call-up to the England squad for their clash against Malta and has shown enough potential to be a mainstay of the national side for the years to come.

The next couple of transfer windows will be an important step for Conte as he seeks to put his stamp on the club. Chelsea are entering a transitional phase and must get it right to remain in contention for major trophies.

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Bayern want Jurgen Klopp

September 26, 2016

It has been reported that Bayern Munich want Jurgen Klopp to be their next manager.

Reports claim that the Liverpool manager is seen as the ideal replacement for current Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose contract runs out in 2019.

Liverpool has had a fantastic start to the Premier League season and have already beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and champions Leicester City.

Klopp is said to be “loving life” at Liverpool and has no plans to leave the club, having signed a new six-year deal this summer.

Ancelotti himself, has also had a good start seeing his Bayern side take eight wins from eight so far this season.

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Balotelli – Joining Liverpool was the ‘worst mistake of my life’

September 13, 2016

Mario Balotelli claims that his move to Liverpool was “the worst mistake of my life”, after he scored twice on his Nice debut on Sunday.

The 26-year-old striker scored just four goals in 28 appearances for the Reds after arriving for £16m from AC Milan back in 2014.

It quickly became clear though that Balotelli did not fit in with Liverpool’s former boss Brendan Rodgers’s style of play and he soon fell down the pecking order, before being loaned back to AC Milan last season.

He returned to Liverpool this summer but was left out of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States by current boss Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp also made it clear that Balotelli’s game time would be limited this season at Liverpool so the Italian international completed a free transfer to French club Nice on transfer Deadline Day.

On Sunday Balotelli scored twice on his Nice debut, Nice beat Marseille 3-2 and in an interview after the game Balotelli spoke about his move to Liverpool, he said: “It was the worst mistake of my life.

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Who has been the signing of the EPL season?

April 21, 2016

With the Premier League season winding up to a dramatic conclusion it’s the ideal opportunity to look back and pick out the top five signings of 2015-16.

N’golo Kante

Where else to start than surprise title contenders Leicester City? Their rise to prominence has shocked the sporting world and the 25 year-old Frenchman N’golo Kante is the glue that holds together the Premier League leaders.

Kante arrived in low key fashion but has improved with every passing game. So much so, the Leicester midfielder looks nailed on for a place in the French squad for the upcoming Euros. He is an all action player that covers more ground than most of the Aston Villa team have combined.

Kante is quick, skilful, can pass, can tackle and he cajoles extra effort from all those around him. Vardy and Mahrez score the goals for Leicester but Kante’s influence shouldn’t be under estimated.

Toby Alderweireld

The versatile Spurs defender arrived in North London from Atletico Madrid via Southampton where he impressed in a loan spell last season. And the 27 year-old Belgian has improved again at Spurs. He has been an ever-present for Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur and, according to his boss, was “very unlucky” to miss out on the PFA shortlist for the Players Player of the year.

Nevertheless, his contribution to the Spurs has been immense and looks like one of the deals of the season for just £11m.

Last season Spurs conceded 53 goals (which was more than Hull City who were relegated), but the arrival of Alderweireld has seen Spurs tighten up at the back and they now boost the best defence (and attack) in the Premier League.

And Alderweireld has been integral at both ends of the pitch having seen 13 clean sheets in 34 matches and scoring four goals in the process.

Wahbi Khazri

Not many outside of the Premier League had heard of the £8m man from Bordeaux but Wahbi Khazri immediately hit the ground running when joining Big Sam’s Sunderland side.

The 25 year-old Tunisian midfielder was one of the top performers in Ligue 1 over the last 18 months with 14 goals in 51 league games for Bordeaux from midfield and he made a seamless transition to the Premier League in January.

Khazri looked full of confidence on his debut against Manchester City and followed that up with a superb free kick against Manchester United. While he may not have added to his tally of goals, he has attracted the attention of the opposition defence and that has allowed Fabio Borini and Jermaine Defoe to exploit the space.

If Sunderland survive then the £8m paid for Kharzri will go down as one of the best pieces of business by Sam Allardyce.

Dele Alli

The young Spurs midfielder epitomises this current Spurs side and looks to be head and shoulders above his peers this season. Kane, Alli and Eriksen have formed a lethal trident that is threatening to derail Leicester’s fairy-tale title triumph.

Alli was actually signed from MK Dons last January for a bargain £5m where he scored 16 goals in 39 games for the then League one side – but few would have thought this form would have translated to the Premier League.

The 20 year-old attacking midfielder has notched 10 goals this season and already looks key to England’s plans this summer in France. The youngster appears to have it all. Pace, power, stamina and the eye for a spectacular goal. His link-up play with Harry Kane this season has been a joy to watch and he can only get better with experience.

Spurs have a real gem on their hands – one who looks set to become a Premier League and England legend in the making.

Dimitri Payet

West Ham’s penchant for a maverick player is well-known. And it appears they have another in the shape of Dimitri Payet. The 29 year-old French attacking midfielder may not possess the attitude of a Paulo Di Canio but he is just as explosive on the pitch.

Payet is a master of free kicks and has already racked up eight assists and nine goals for the Hammers this season – not bad for a player making his debut in the Premier League.

At the beginning of the season, West Ham fans were concerned with the prospect of a relegation battle looming but it was clear from the outset that the arrival of Payet would ensure that West Ham would be scrapping it out at the top end of the table.

And, much like N’golo Kante, his form in his debut Premier League season has forced Didier Deschamps to include him in the French national team.

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Leicester on the brink of historic title

March 26, 2016

One year ago Leicester City were embroiled in a fierce battle to remain in the Premier League as they were rooted to the bottom of the table.

Under the tenure of Nigel Pearson the Foxes produced a miraculous escape by winning seven of their last nine fixtures to finish six points clear of the relegation zone in 14th place.

The club was involved in an off-the-field incident during the summer, which resulted in the sacking of Pearson and Claudio Ranieri was brought in to replace him at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester made minimal additions to their squad, with Robert Huth making his loan move permanent from Stoke City, while N’Golo Kante, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki.

As a result of their struggles in the previous campaign and their lack of activity in the transfer market, the Foxes were widely expected to fight relegation to the Championship once again.

No one could anticipate that Ranieri’s men would launch an assault for the Premier League title and shake up the landscape in the top flight, with a remarkable run to put them on the brink of the crown.
The goals of Jamie Vardy have been crucial to their success as the 29-year-old has notched 19 goals in the Premier League as the time of writing and solidifying his place in the England squad ahead of Euro 2016.

Vardy has failed to fire in front of goal for the past five matches and the Foxes will be hopeful that he can regain his scoring touch while on international duty to guide his side to the title.

Vardy could be a good option for the first goalscorer bet for the Three Lions against Germany with odds of 5/1 as he aims to return to peak form, with seven history-defining matches ahead of him with Leicester.

The Foxes began their march towards top spot with an emphatic win over Sunderland followed by an away victory against West Ham United to continue their fine form from the last campaign.

Leicester maintained their steady form and they did not taste defeat until the last week of September when Arsenal produced a fine display to secure a 5-2 win at the King Power Stadium.

The loss would not deter the Foxes and they surged past the Gunners into top spot courtesy of a 10-match unbeaten run, which included a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Chelsea.

They hit a slight bump in the road in the Christmas/New Year period as they fell to defeat against Liverpool, while failing to beat Manchester City and Bournemouth in their home matches.

However, since January, the Foxes have lost just once and staked their claim for the crown with key victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Over the past month a dream has become reality as their backline has picked up the strain from Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to do just enough to keep them ahead of the chasing pack following a run of determined 1-0 victories over teams in the bottom half of the league.

Leicester are now five points clear of second-place Spurs and only need to keep their nerve in the final seven matches of the season to secure their first top-flight title.

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Why Eden Hazard must outshine himself at Euro 2016

March 15, 2016

What’s worse than having a miserable season and watching your only hope of competing in the next Champions League campaign disappear? Well, having your out-of-form star player swap shirts with the opposition, halfway through a European tie you’re losing is surely up there. While Guus Hiddink was vocal about his disappointment regarding the whole Eden Hazard-Angel Di Maria saga, the interim manager underplayed the incident in order to avoid any disappointment in the dressing room atmosphere ahead of a testing period.

Hazard has had a rollercoaster of a season, with poor performances, transfer speculation and general discontent there for all to see. After Jose Mourinho got the sack, the Belgian revealed he apologised to the former manager due to feeling partly responsible for Chelsea’s poor performance following a phenomenal season where he was mentioned in the same breath as world-beaters like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, from being termed as one of the best in his profession, he’s fallen down the pecking order at the club itself and his potential transfer-related comments and aren’t going down well with the Stamford Bridge faithful.

With the Euros just around the corner, the winger needs to make sure he gets back to his very best and starts firing on all cylinders in June. Belgium are available at odds of around 11/1 to win the tournament in the international football betting. But if their star fails to find his feet, they could exit as early as the group stages. Rivals Sweden, Italy and the Republic of Ireland all have aims higher than just participation.

So what exactly has Hazard got to do to set things right and start regaining praise from the football world?

For starters, he needs to make a decision on where his future lies. After recently stating his interest to join PSG, he has got a lot of flak for not helping Chelsea to deal with the rough patch they’re going through. But if the Belgian is determined on the move abroad, so be it. Sheltering a disinterested player could prove infectious for the rest of the squad and that’s the last thing Chelsea need right now. However, the twist in the tale is that he can’t move until the summer and that’s when the Euros take place. So, all the transfer hullabaloo isn’t really helping any party.

If he could just get his act together for now with Chelsea, and help them finish their season strongly, he would attract the attention he seemingly desires from the big clubs. It would also help him rediscover his much needed form, which would aid his country in achieving the target they’ve set for France.

Should the storyline go in this manner, he could yet sidestep the landmine. But should it not, Hazard would find himself being picked out as the scapegoat for club and country in the space of just a couple of months. If that isn’t enough motivation to do well, what is?

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