How Would An All Irish Team Do In The Premiership – Part 3
By Ryan Corry October 3, 2017 (No)
Following our calculation in Part 2 of this series that our Ireland selection would finish the Premier League season with a final total of 49 points, it’s safe to say that they would not be in danger of relegation. If you’re just joining the party, then you might want to take a look at Part 1 of the series which looked at our all Irish team, tactics and rules for the season. The Stats Taking the points totals from all of the 22 full 20-team Premier League seasons so far completed, the average finishing position is 10th spot with the final positions ranging from 8th up to 14th. When you […]
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 […]
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 […]
Arsène Wenger – Stick Or Twist?
By Ryan Corry April 10, 2017 (No)
Renowned philosophers, The Pussycat Dolls, once sang “Be careful what you wish for ‘coz you just might get it“, and that has never been truer than in the case of the Arsenal supporters at this moment. If you, like all of us non-Gooners, turn to Arsenal FanTV after every game these days just for entertainment, then you know that supporters are split on whether the club’s greatest ever manager should be let stay in his position or let go. While many are calling for the head of Wenger right now, others are happy for him to see out his contract until the end of the season while the loyalists are […]
La Liga 2017…Who’s Taking Top 4
By Andy Leech April 7, 2017 (No)
There are certain things we like to associate with the style of football that we play here on the islands hanging off the edge of Europe. We relish the so-called “blood and thunder” environment that exists here, a place where a big tackle is more appreciated than a cross-field pass. This is particularly true of this side of the world’s most prestigious competition, the Premier League (sorry League of Ireland, maybe someday). Another label that is often attached to England’s first division, is the “fact” that it is the best league in the world. Yes, one might hear this and scratch their heads as they picture Marc Albrighton sitting in […]
Liverpool v Man United – Where Will You Be Watching?
By Darren Bates October 17, 2016 (No)
Is there any game, in English Football, more anticipated than Liverpool v Man United? We at TheSharpe don’t think so. A fixture that’s produced more highlights than ‘Reeling in the Years’, football fans will no doubt be tuning in in their droves come Monday night. Well, you may put a hold on that diet, ‘cause the fact that Liverpool v Man Utd is on Monday night can only mean one thing… Monday pints! It’s never advisable to go too mental of a Monday, but if you do decide to go out for “just the one”, here are a few places we’d recommend: Dicey’s (Harcourt Street) Ah Dicey’s! ‘Tis a great […]
Who’ll The Premier League Breakout Superstar This Year?
By theSharpeUser September 15, 2016 (No)
Last year, nobody would have tipped early on that Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez would be the stars of the campaign but I think we’ll be going back to the norm this year with the big spending mega rich clubs heading back to the top of the pile and Leicester sliding back down to mid table obscurity. Hopefully they can hold their own and even shake up the Champions League a little bit now that they know who they will be playing and got a nice little group. However, I’m going to go away from Leicester with my tip for who I think will be the big dog of the […]
What Do The Big Teams Need To Do To Compete In The Champions League This Year?
By theSharpeUser September 9, 2016 (No)
It’s no secret that the big clubs in England have failed to perform in the Champions League in recent years. After much talk of England losing out on a top four spot, we ask ourselves what do the big clubs need to do to compete in the champions league this year? For all the million upon millions that’s been spent amongst English clubs they just can’t seem to perform when put up against Europe’s elite. Why is this? Well there’s numerous reasons, a lot come with finances. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who you sign or how much you spend on a team, without investing in […]
Deadline Day Transfers 2016 – The Hits and Misses
By Geoff Dorrity September 2, 2016 (No)
What a summer of Premier League spending it has been, the records have been completely unhinged with the window totalling a staggering £1.16bn. Each of the 20 BPL teams averaged a spend of around £60m with both sides of Manchester throwing caution to the wind and laying down over £150m each. With all that money, many would expect one of the most interesting and highly competitive seasons that English football has ever seen. We have seen the top guns arrive like the most expensive footballer in the world Paul Pogba, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, new City winger Leroy Sané and the Swiss stronghold who has been dubbed as a “young […]
What To Expect This Season In The Premiership
By theSharpeUser July 17, 2016 (No)
It’s hard to remember a season which has promised to be as intriguing as the 2016/17 season. With both Manchester clubs bringing in high profile managers who happen to be bitter rivals along with Antonio Conte taking over at Chelsea and the fact that Jurgen Klopp will have had a pre season at Liverpool makes it interesting times for a number of clubs. And that is without mentioning reigning champions Leicester and an improving Spurs. Throw into the mix an Arsenal team desperate to win the league along with clubs like Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace looking to spend big money and it makes it a season to look […]