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Author Archives: Chris Winterburn

About Chris Winterburn

@Chriswin4 on Twitter. A freelance football writer for hire. Indulges in all forms of the beautiful game from the Premier League to the Copa Libertadores. Always up for a discussion on football in general or something I have written myself.

Manchester City vs AS Roma Player Ratings

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On a night when Manchester City looked to kick-start their European campaign following an opening day defeat to Bayern Munich, it was actually Rudi Garcia’s excellently drilled AS Roma side who will leave the North West of England much the … Continue reading

Louis van Gaal vs David Moyes: Comparing First 6 Games

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Louis van Gaal’s tenure at Manchester United is now six Premier League matches old, with the addition of one match in the Capital One Cup. United were placed into the second round of this competition courtesy of the club’s seventh … Continue reading

Newcastle United’s 2014-15 Blue/Green Third Kit Reviewed

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The brand new Newcastle United third kit was released last week on Friday September 19th, with the club’s fortunes on the pitch looking significantly less bright than the newly released strip. As the supporters’ campaigns to force the dismissal of … Continue reading

Composure Will Be Key To Fixing Manchester United’s Defensive Problems

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Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday was the latest setback in what has been a twelve month long period of difficulty for the twenty time English champions. The appointment and subsequent dismissal of David Moyes after just … Continue reading

Analysing The New Brigade Of English Premier League Managers

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The Premier League in recent times has become the acid test for managers with the average tenure of a manager in England’s top-flight being just over one year according to a survey conducted as recently as May 2013. Another trend of … Continue reading

Sunderland’s August-September Progress Report

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Sunderland have enjoyed a mixed start to the Premier League season thus far with Gus Poyet’s men sitting in a worrying 15th position in the table despite having earned draws against Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United as well as Tottenham … Continue reading

Everton Put Wheels In Motion Ahead Of Stadium Move

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The historic Goodison Park has been home to the blue half of Merseyside since 1892 with the ground having hosted more top-flight English football matches than any other, however Everton Football Club yesterday officially outlined plans which will see the … Continue reading

Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal Player Ratings; German Giants Take Win Over Work-In-Progress Arsenal

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In a match which highlighted both Arsenal’s squad deficiencies and Borussia Dortmund’s pure quality in all positions, the German giants took the spoils in a convincing 2-0 victory with opportunities for even more goals having not been converted. Borussia Dortmund … Continue reading

What Should Happen To Manchester City’s Financial Fair Play Fine?

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Following Manchester City‘s protracted battle with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations it came to light yesterday that following an agreement between clubs and European football’s governing body, the money brought in from Manchester City’s fine would be distributed amongst clubs … Continue reading

How Will The Premier League’s New Signings Fare This Weekend?

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With the international break nearing its conclusion we can now turn our attention back to the Premier League, which resumes this weekend with Arsenal hosting champions Manchester City early on Saturday. With the transfer deadline seeing numerous high profile moves … Continue reading

England’s Midfield Still Unbalanced Despite Important Victory In Basel

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In what is likely to be England’s most important game of the qualification process, Roy Hodgson’s side overcame what has been a week of building pressure to take away a hugely important 2-0 victory over Switzerland in Basel as the … Continue reading

Winners of the 2014 Summer Transfer Window

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1. Chelsea Players In Diego Costa-£32million Cesc Fabregas-£30million Filipe Luis-£15.8million Loic Remy-£10.5million Mario Pasalic-£3million Didier Drogba-Free Transfer Players Out David Luiz-£50million Romelu Lukaku-£28million Demba Ba-£4.7million Frank Lampard-Free Transfer Ashley Cole-Free Transfer Chelsea have had what can only be described as … Continue reading

Losers Of The 2014 Summer Transfer Window

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1. Real Madrid Players In James Rodriguez-£63million Toni Kroos-£27million Keylor Navas-£9million Javier Hernandez-Loan Players Out Angel di Maria-£59.7million Alvaro Morata-£17million Xabi Alonso-£9million Nuri Sahin-£6million Casemiro-Loan Diego Lopez-Free Transfer It seems rather difficult to say a team who have just signed … Continue reading

Burnley vs Manchester United Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United head into what Louis van Gaal has labelled a ‘derby match’ with Burnley on the cards next up. Sean Dyche’s side hope to recreate the heroics of the 2009 team which defeated United 1-0 on their last visit … Continue reading

Managing Mario Balotelli Will Be a Tough Test For Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers

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Despite claiming on August 3rd that Liverpool would not be signing Mario Balotelli, Brendan Rodgers has signed the mercurial Italian to his forward line, in a major signing for the Liverpool club. There had been worries about Liverpool’s transfer business … Continue reading

Vincent Tan Delivers Revenge On Malky Mackay to Scupper Move to Crystal Palace

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Less than 24 hours ago, Malky Mackay looked set for a return to Premier League management with Crystal Palace following his acrimonious departure from Cardiff City last December. However the offer has now been taken off the table following the … Continue reading

Bayern Munich Agrees Deal to Sign United Target Mehdi Benatia, Says Report

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In a transfer saga that has taken multiple turns thus far this summer, it appears as if we are closer to knowing the future of AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia with French newspaper L’Equipe suggesting an agreement had been reached … Continue reading

Besiktas vs Arsenal Preview: UEFA Champions League Playoff 1st Leg

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For the second successive year, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side travel to Turkey hoping to clinch a place in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage with Slaven Bilic’s Besiktas the Gunners’ final obstacle. Arsenal do however have some significant fitness issues … Continue reading