Tag: Premier League

The Premier League Relegation Zone: Who To Choose?

Each April, I take a view on the Premier League (EPL) relegation struggle, based on more than just football (this year my focus is partly to swerve my own team Kingstonian’s involvement in an ultra-tight battle to avoid the cultural wasteland of Ryman League Division One South. I watched Crystal Palace v Arsenal on Monday through the unlikely prism of “moral dilemma.” One which I solved in true Trevor-Brooking-on-Match-of-the-Day-in-the-1980s style…plumping for a draw. Having watched frankly too much football at Spurs from 1973 to 1992 (Screensport Super Cup, anybody?), a natural “Arsenal-to-lose” instinct remains. But Sam Allardyce… The man...

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Premier League Review: Forward March

Perhaps, it has rather come to feel lately, there is something about the Premier League that is ultimately destructive. The list of players and managers that have washed up on these shores and have been subsequently cast aside is a lengthy one, and perhaps we don’t pay enough attention to those who manage to make a go of it for anything like a lengthy period of time. The most extreme example of this is probably Wayne Rooney. Introduced to the pressure cooker at a tender age, Rooney is still with us a decade and a half on. He’s won...

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Premier League Review: Games of Two Halves 

Goodness only knows what was said in the changing rooms at The City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday afternoon. For the first forty-five minutes of their Premier League match against Manchester City, Arsenal had looked very much as they have done for much of this season,  slick and fluid, as per recent years, but with that added spine of grit that has determined them as being one of the few clubs fit to cling to Chelsea’s coat-tails at the top of the table. Theo Walcott’s fifth minute goal had given them the lead and all seemed right with the...

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Premier League Review: London Rises Again 

It has been, to say the very least, a difficult few days for Chelsea Football Club. The stories that have been swirling around the whole of professional football over the last couple of weeks or so have left a mildly effluent taste in the mouth, and the club’s fulsome apology regarding historical child sex abuse allegations will likely have long lasting ramifications for the game. For Chelsea, it seems likely that this year will end with cognitive dissonance ringing in the ears. To add a further layer of irony to it all, this unpleasantness comes at a time when...

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Premier League Review: Three, plus one, plus one

For all the blustering talk in the media, professional football remains a game of fine margins. The Premier League has new leaders this weekend after those at the top of the table played out a series of matches which demonstrated why calling the identity of this season’s champions before Christmas feels like something of a fool’s errand. Chelsea now lead the way following a one-nil win at Middlesbrough with a performance that seldom sparkled but a result that never seemed in doubt. Antonio Conte spent much of his post-match interrogations seeking to undermine the understandable conclusion that six consecutive...

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