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Five Reasons Why Fulham Will Stay Up

April 16th, 2014 by Michael Cox

1 – The run-in

fulham premier league run-inFulham’s primary objective is to overhaul Norwich City, the side they defeated 1-0 last weekend. There is more to it than that, of course – Cardiff are also battling to get out of the relegation zone, and others might become dragged in. But if Fulham get ahead of Norwich, they’ll probably survive.

We all know the difficulty of Norwich’s run-in, but Fulham’s looks perfect. They have a game against an increasingly apathetic Spurs side, before matches against Stoke, Crystal Palace and Hull – currently 10th, 12th and 13th in the table.

At this stage of the campaign, you don’t want to face fellow relegation battlers. You’re better off against midtable sides already thinking about their summer holidays, and in that respect it seems to be working out nicely for Fulham.

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5 Liverpool vs Man City Key Battles

April 9th, 2014 by Michael Cox

gerrard vs silvaThis Sunday’s match between Liverpool and Manchester City is the most important match of the Premier League so far, and a meeting between the division’s two top goalscorers. Here are five battles that might prove crucial in shaping the result.

Steven Gerrard v David Silva

There is a possibility Brendan Rodgers could recall Lucas Leiva against a side so comfortable in possession – but even if the Brazilian does feature, it could be on the right of a diamond, where he played the second half against West Ham last week. Either way, Steven Gerrard will be Liverpool’s deepest midfielder.

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5 Reasons why PSG can win the Champions League

April 2nd, 2014 by Michael Cox

5 reasons why psg could win the champions leagueParis Saint-Germain are now in their third season as one of European football’s superpowers – and they might just translate that status into a genuine European Cup challenge this season. Here’s five reasons why they’re real contenders.

1 – Good Form

Of the remaining European Cup contenders, PSG are playing in the weakest league. After a couple of years struggling to assert their dominance in Ligue 1, this year has been a breeze despite the threat of another newly-rich club, Monaco. Claudio Ranieri’s side haven’t been able to seriously challenge PSG, however, and the capital club will win the title comfortably.

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5 Reasons Why Liverpool Can Win The Premier League

March 26th, 2014 by Michael Cox

suarez and sturridgeWith eight games remaining, Liverpool are unquestionably still in the title race. They might be third-favourites, but there are five good reasons why Brendan Rodgers’ side can triumph this season…

1 – The SAS

It’s the obvious factor, of course, but Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are currently sitting first and second in the Premier League goalscoring charts. Never before has one side boasted the two most prolific players in a Premier League season, and should Liverpool lift the title, these two will be the main reason.

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5 Ways Everton Have Improved Under Martinez

March 19th, 2014 by Michael Cox

5 Ways Everton Have Improved Under MartinezIn literal terms, Everton’s improvement this season has been slight – they’re in sixth, the same position as last year, and have won only two extra games.

Nevertheless, few doubt that Roberto Martinez has changed the club for the better, and the Toffees are in a good position to push on.

Here are five key features of Martinez’s reign…

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Top 10 North London Derbies

March 12th, 2014 by Michael Cox

top 10 north london derbiesSunday’s two big Premier League matches make for extremely exciting reading – Manchester United host Liverpool, before Arsenal make the short journey to White Hart Lane, to face Spurs.

The North London derby has provided some memorable moments in the Premier League era, particularly over the last decade. Here are ten of the best Premier League meetings between the sides…

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Why Tom Cleverley (and others) SHOULD be in Hodgson’s squad

March 5th, 2014 by Michael Cox

tom cleverley england squad debateThe announcement of Roy Hodgson’s 30-man squad for tonight’s friendly with Denmark was greeted with a predictable chorus of complaints, despite the fact it appears a reasonable selection – a mix of promising youngsters and established stars, and, more importantly, a balance between club form and past international performance.

That balance is frequently misunderstood when it comes to international squad selection. Peculiarly, no-one ever remembers the performances of individuals in past England matches, which is obviously a decent barometer of how they might perform in future England matches – in the same system, with the same team-mates, under the same manager, with the same level of pressure and expectation.

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Jose Mourinho’s All-time Favourite XI

February 26th, 2014 by Michael Cox

mourinho's all-time favourite 11Tonight, Jose Mourinho comes face-to-face with Didier Drogba for the second season running, having faced the Galatasaray centre-forward with Real manager last year.

“I’m not going to say that he is my favourite player because I have had a lot of truly special players, but if I had to choose one, I might go for Didier,” Mourinho said ahead of that meeting. “As a player he is out of this world.”
But who would accompany Drogba in Mourinho’s favourite XI of players he’s worked with? Amongst four top clubs and dozens of players, it’s a tricky task – but it would probably look something like this…

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Five Differences Between Guardiola’s Bayern Munich and Barcelona Sides

February 19th, 2014 by Michael Cox

5 differences between guardiola's bayern and barcelonaA treble winner taking charge of treble winners was always likely to create a formidable side, and there are questionably echoes of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team in this Bayern Munich side.

But what are the main differences between Pep’s Barca and Pep’s Bayern? Here are five major differences.

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FA Cup Facts: 143 Facts for the 143rd Anniversary

February 14th, 2014 by Simon Ellis

The F.A. Cup has entered its 143rd year now and stands as one of the leading competitions in club football, running alongside the Premier League. The FA Cup final is the full-stop on the end of another English football season and marks the beginning of European tournaments.

Quizmasters of the UK – put your feet up! To celebrate 143 years of this English Footballing tradition we have found 143 of the most interesting facts about the competition:

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