How Would An All Irish Team Do In The Premiership – Part 2
By Ryan Corry September 7, 2017 (No)
Before I go any further, if you haven’t read part one of this series where I picked my Irish selection and outlined my tactics and rules for the season, you can read that here. Huddersfield are the team we’ve sacrificed in place of Ireland so from this point forward, we’ll look at their fixtures month by month and where we think the Irish team would finish in the Premier League 17/18. So let’s forget the drab results and understand we have a squad of many Premiership players who should hold themselves to higher standards. Let’s get right into it. AUGUST – 4 Not the most difficult of starts to life […]
The Premier League Team You Could Buy Instead Of Neymar
By Ryan Grace August 18, 2017 (No)
After 4 years, 186 appearances, 105 goals, and 80 assists, Brazilian winger Neymar has left Barcelona to join PSG in Ligue 1 for a world-record transfer fee worth £200 million (€222 million). The 25 year-old joins Les Parisiens on a five year contract, securing his place in the world’s most expensive signing in football history. Just to put this extravagant deal into perspective, here’s a list of things that PSG could have bought for the same amount that they spent on Neymar; 137 properties in London’s most expensive borough (Kensington). 1,004 four-year degrees for students at MIT. One Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Six Greek Islands. 6.5 metric tonnes of pure gold. […]
The 5 Best Bets for the 2017/18 Premier League Season
By Adam Kenny August 9, 2017 (No)
Well, that was a long summer! With no World Cup or Euros to help pass the time, it feels like an eternity since Chelsea lifted the Premier League title, with John Terry bidding us an emotional farewell. Every cloud though, and all the free time has given me the chance to find a few bets for next season. Some bankers, some flyers and some somewhere in between. For what it’s worth, I’m a Man United fan. That shouldn’t be a factor when you’re having a bet though – you should bet with your head and not with your heart. Just ask any Liverpool fan who’s been backing them to win […]
Pep Guardiola’s Big Man City Buys – Make Or Break?
By Ryan Grace August 8, 2017 (No)
Finishing 3rd in the Premier League, with a semi-final knockout in the FA Cup and a Round of 16 exit in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City was steady, but lacking in silverware. Despite only losing 6 league games, Guardiola’s men racked up an unfortunate 9 draws, leaving them 15 points behind current champions Chelsea. Their European venture was inconsistent and ultimately unsuccessful in a gripping 6-6 thriller against Monaco, with the French giants progressing on away goals. While only conceding 1 goal in the 5 games leading up to the FA Cup semi-final, it was The Gunners who would ultimately go on to take […]
How Would An All Irish Team Do In The Premiership – Part 1
By Ryan Corry July 20, 2017 (No)
There are great arguments in life and sport that make for some great debate. From the simple yet effective ‘my da would beat your da in a fight’ all the way to ‘Celtic would challenge for the Premier League title’. There are just some things that we are never going to know the answer to so I’ve decided to apply my thought process on one question that I can’t help but wonder about… How would an all Irish selection get on in the Premier League? Now I know it would be easier to say the Republic of Ireland team but I’m not Martin O’Neill so I’ll be making my own […]
10 Premier League Free Agents That Your Club Could Sign This Summer
By Ryan Grace July 14, 2017 (No)
Demba Ba, James Milner, Sol Campbell, and Zlatan Ibrahimović – what have they all got in common? Apart from being exceptional football players, they have all joined the Premier League as a free agent at one stage in their careers. The 1st of July marked the end of the road for dozens of Premier League players, who have now become available on a free transfer. With the Pep Guardiola revolution in full swing, and Mourinho and Koeman looking to shake things up, it’s no surprise that some potentially quality signings are up for grabs. As transfer fees continue to skyrocket, we have looked at 10 free agents from the Premier […]
Who and What Liverpool Need This Summer
By Dean Fitzgerald June 25, 2017 (No)
After a somewhat tumultuous season, Liverpool ultimately achieved their prime aim of qualifying for the Champions League. While it is true that they failed in seriously challenging for any of the domestic competitions (apart from a semi-final appearance in the EFL Cup), Champions League qualification should be enough to satisfy the fanbase for now. However, if Jürgen Klopp’s charges are interested in winning silverware next season, there is a lot of work still to be done. In terms of targets, Champions League football next season is a major attraction, which may swing a player’s decision in the Merseyside direction. Quality Looking at the current squad for the season just gone […]
Managerial Vacancies – Who Next For Sunderland, Crystal Palace & Leeds United?
By Felipe Wasserstein June 14, 2017 (No)
With the season’s end of both the Premier League and the Sky Bet Championship there were plenty of managers given the axe and a few who went of their own accord. Three time winner of the Russian Premier League, Leonid Slutsky, recently became the new manager at Hull City after Marco Silva opted for a switch to Watford. Former Foxes boss, Claudio Ranieri, looked a serious contender for a return to English football, but that move was ruled out after Ligue 1 side, Nantes, announced his appointment this week. So now we look to the remaining clubs who are still trying to fill managerial vacancies and who the most likely […]
Can China Become A Serious Football Super Power?
By Andy Leech March 22, 2017 (No)
I don’t like to be a promoter of stereotypes, but there are certain things that spring to mind when we think of China. Chop sticks. Jackie Chan. Three-in-ones. That place that you wouldn’t willingly bring your dog. But, football? Nah, no way. I couldn’t think of anything less Chinese than the beautiful game, could you? Well maybe, I dunno, unpolluted air? (OK, I have realised that not only am I a promoter of stereotypes, I am also quite a racist.) The Green Eyed Monster But recently, China is one of the hottest topics amongst football fans. Astronomical money is being pumped into Chinese football, meaning that some of the best […]
Premier League Managers – Who’s Next on the Chopping Block?
By Andy Leech January 8, 2017 (No)
Francesco Guidolin, Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan have already been tossed to the managerial scrap yard this season. It’s a very cruel business, and given the frequency of sackings and appointments, while flicking through the channels it can be hard to distinguish between Sky Sports News and a soap opera. There is one thing for certain, we will see more managerial sackings before the season has ended. But who is next to be axed? Side note: Do unemployed managers go on the dole? Imagine Mike Phelan heading down to the Post Office and signing on. He’d probably pick up a chicken fillet roll on the way home. Watch […]