Picking a Tottenham team for Villa Park

Picking a Tottenham team for Villa Park 1

Aston Villa have not scored a Premier League goal since the 13th September – but I’m guessing that there isn’t a Tottenham fan alive who doesn’t expect that drought to end this weekend. Spurs head to Villa Park on Sunday and, for the sake of quietening the alarmist, Mauricio Pochettino could really do with a(…)

Tom Ince and the “Daddy Problem”

Tom Ince and the “Daddy Problem” 0

Tom Ince has agreed to spend the next two months of the season with Nottingham Forest. Having struggled for game-time since moving to Hull City on a free-transfer, Ince is dropping back into the Championship for some much needed minutes and, presumably, confidence. The public’s perception of Ince is quite negative. To the majority of(…)

Swansea City’s Federico Fernandez and why it was important for his suspension to be overturned

Swansea City’s Federico Fernandez and why it was important for his suspension to be overturned 0

Swansea City’s league cup defeat to Liverpool wasn’t televised during the week, so understandably there has been little in the way of widespread outrage over Federico Fernandez red card. Referee Keith Stroud dismissed the defender in the 91st minute for what he perceived to be a dangerous challenge on Philippe Coutinho. It was, with no(…)

Picking a Manchester City side for Sunday

Picking a Manchester City side for Sunday 0

Manchester City are not playing well.  That’s not particularly revelatory – their recent results don’t lie – but there is a difference between a slump in form and a permanent crisis.  Because they’ve been the beneficiaries of enormous foreign investment, schadenfreude is always in play with City and their failures are both reported with glee(…)

Picking a Manchester United team for Sunday

Picking a Manchester United team for Sunday 1

Sunday is derby day in Manchester. It’s been an interesting week – City recent defeats have been sensationalised and United’s strong performance against Chelsea has perhaps taken on a bit too much relevance.  Both sides definitely seem closer to each other now than they did two weeks ago, but a visit to The Etihad is(…)

Newcastle, Alan Pardew, and lessons in humility

Newcastle, Alan Pardew, and lessons in humility 2

Newcastle United played well last night and deserved their win over Manchester City.  Newcastle United also played well over the weekend and deserved their win over Tottenham. By Newcastle United, I mean the collective: The players, the manager, the coaches, and everybody associated with the match-day effort. With points has come relief for Alan Pardew(…)

Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez: Contracts, time and injuries

Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez: Contracts, time and injuries 0

Jay Rodriguez’s anterior cruciate ligament injury came at the worst possible time for him and his club.  In addition to denying the player a place at the World Cup, it heavily restricted the options Southampton had regarding his future. At the time of writing, Rodrigues is not expected on a Premier League pitch before January(…)

Hands Off In The Box?  How about something real, instead?

Hands Off In The Box? How about something real, instead? 1

The Daily Mail, as they’re fond of telling you at every opportunity, have won awards for the sports coverage.  If you were being pedantic, you might say that it’s sports coverage for people who don’t really like sport, given that more space is routinely allocated to soap opera-style melodrama than to the actual mechanics of(…)

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