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Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 13

Southampton against Manchester City was the showpiece game of the weekend, following the home side’s superb start to the season. Mike Jones was the man in charge at St Mary’s and had a strange first 45 minutes. The most bizarre decision was to punish Sergio Aguero for a dive, when […]

Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 12

Jack Wilshere was lucky to escape a red card, let alone a yellow on Saturday against Manchester United at the weekend. The midfielder fouled Marouane Fellaini, then showed dissent towards Mike Dean, in an aggressive manner, which warranted a yellow card I felt. Wilshere then turned to Fellaini and leaned […]

English Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 11

Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during Matchweek 11 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here’s my team of the weekend: Goalkeeper Guzan – [Aston Villa] – Brad Guzan is continuing a rich history of American goalkeepers who excel […]

Facts And Stats: A Look At The First 10 Gameweeks Of The 2014/15 EPL Season

The 2014/2015 football season in England is already 10 gameweeks old with ups and downs aplenty. Southampton have unquestionably been the surprise package thus far while the promoted trio all struggling to settle in the top flight. Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United are hardly fairing any better results-wise than when […]

Oscar A Vital Cog To Chelsea’s Title Aspirations

Jose Mourinho displayed his anger with the performance of his Chelsea team against QPR on Saturday. According to Mourinho, only one player had played well on the day – Oscar. The Brazilian scored an absolutely brilliant goal with the outside of his right foot, but his contributions to the game […]

Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 10

The biggest game of the weekend was of course the Manchester derby. Michael Oliver had a tough game and could have awarded three penalties in addition to Chris Smalling’s sending off, which was ridiculous. After being booked for blocking Joe Hart’s kick, he then went flying into James Milner. Louis […]

Analyzing Who Should Have Made The Ballon d’Or Candidates Shortlist

FIFA’s annual Ballon d’Or shortlist inevitably divides opinion. From the widespread disgust that Wesley Sneijder didn’t receive the award for his outstanding 2010 campaign, where he led his club side, Internazionale, to Champions League glory and then his national side, the Netherlands, to the World Cup final, right through to […]

Reviewing The Premier League’s Key Refereeing Decisions From Week 9

West Ham United continued their impressive form at the weekend. Diafra Sakho has been a key factor in the Hammers success and he scored the second goal in their 2-1 win over the reigning champions Manchester City. The use of goal line technology was crucial in the awarding of the […]

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Chelsea Returns to the Days of Claudio Ranieri

Chelsea’s defeat last night in the Champions League semi-final may feel like deja vu for many Blues supporters. But not for the reasons that many of you may imagine. Incredibly, Chelsea’s fortunes have gone full circle. At the tail end of the 2004 season, Claudio Ranieri’s Chelsea side lost in […]

Liverpool Pays the Price for Poor Team Selection

Rafa Benitez has himself to blame for Liverpool’s defeat last night in the Champions League. Deciding to put Leto and Aurelio on the left wing and Sissoko in the middle was a devastating mistake. It was almost as if Benitez seemed to not take Marseille too seriously, the first French […]

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Rafa Benitez backs under-fire Karim Benzema: ‘He is very important for us’

Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has restated his support for French striker Karim Benzema amid increasing criticism of Benzema’s off-field behavior in his homeland. Benzema has been charged in France for his alleged participation in a blackmail case involving international teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. French Prime Minister […]