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What a difference three years makes for Chelsea and Liverpool

12 May 2012

A club’s ability to win silverware has always been used by both fans and pundits as a litmus test for measuring footballing success but, as is often the case, many of this season’s Premier League success stories have in fact come from the...
 

Premier League of Nations: Togo: Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham

10 May 2012

Emmanuel Adebayor has proven his goal-scoring abilities this season playing under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. He has re-discovered form which labels him as one of the most dangerous strikers in the world. Adebayor has had his thrills and spills...
 

‘Playing for pride’

10 May 2012

We are fast approaching the last weekend of the Premier League season, which means all the clichés are coming out in force: “For all intents and purposes”, “must-win game” and “like a cup final.” But while the last...
 

Most Wanted: Clint Dempsey

10 May 2012

Clint Dempsey has been a vital member of Fulham’s squad under Martin Jol after his fantastic goal-scoring record this season propels them into the top ten. The American is the fourth highest scorer in the Premier League ahead of the likes of...
 

We need to talk about Wigan

10 May 2012

Love them or hate them, you have to admit, Wigan Athletic are a talking point. My allegiances to my own club mean that I still hold a little resentment towards Wigan for potentially derailing my team’s season, but despite...
 

Misery and jubilation: Five reasons for Wigan’s survival and Blackburn’s demise

9 May 2012

The relegation battle between Wigan and Blackburn ended how many predicted; a resurgent Wigan taking all three points at Ewood Park and cementing Blackburn’s relegation to the Championship. The meeting of the two clubs clearly...
 

New study vindicates Harry Redknapp's Europa League rotation policy

9 May 2012

If Atletico Madrid beat Atletic de Bilbao in the Europa League final tonight, their ‘success’ could end up costing them a place in next season’s Champions League, contends international football coach Raymond Verheijen, unveiling a new...
 

Martinez needs support

8 May 2012

Amongst the venomous atmosphere at Ewood Park last night lay the remarkable climb to safety of one of Blackburn’s Lancashire neighbours. Antolin Alcaraz’s 87th minute winner condemned Rovers to relegation and confirmed...
 

So who wants to finish in the top four?

3 May 2012

In the last few weeks, the majority of media focus was placed mostly on the recent Manchester derby and its implications for the 2011-2012 Premier League title. Both Manchester United and Manchester City have been written off from and...
 

Cisse helps Newcastle bridge the gap

3 May 2012

Papiss Cisse is arguably having the biggest impact of any other mid-season signing in Premier League history. After a fantastic April, Chelsea’s form to a shuddering halt last as a Cisse-inspired Newcastle claimed all three...
 

RDM leads the way in a year for interim managers

2 May 2012

Recently, Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated 25 years in charge of Manchester United – a rare feat and one that represents the type of managerial longevity that is becoming increasingly difficult to find in the modern era. Throughout...
 

Dire Blackburn staring down the barrel

2 May 2012

While taking my seat at White Hart Lane last weekend, I was very aware of the potential threat being posed by Blackburn Rovers. Teams aiming to beat the drop often come to White Hart Lane and salvage some valuable points at this...
 

Premier League of Nations: Portugal: Nani, Manchester United

30 Apr 2012

Manchester United winger Nani has been in electric form this season as United battle Manchester City for the title. Partnered with superstar Wayne Rooney, Nani can be a defender's nightmare with dazzling skills and blistering pace. Nani also...
 

Liverpool - Controversy and Carling Cup success

29 Apr 2012

Liverpool splashed out more than £100 million during last season's transfer window, but have suffered a slump during this season's Premier League campaign. The Reds sit in 8th, below Everton, 13 points from 4th place and 34 points...
 

Most Wanted: Salomon Kalou, Chelsea

29 Apr 2012

With Chelsea knocking out Barcelona in the Champions League and reaching the FA Cup final, Roberto Di Matteo could be set for the permanent job. However, it may be without Salomon Kalou. The Ivorian’s contract expires in the summer and although...
 

Premier League of Nations: Croatia: Luka Modric, Tottenham

24 Apr 2012

Luka Modric and Croatia are the next player and nation in Premier League of Nations. An integral member of Tottenham Hotspur’s and Croatia’s squads, Modric has developed into one of the best playmakers in the league and is expected to be...
 

Wolves to lick their wounds and remain positive

24 Apr 2012

If you had been around Wolverhampton on Sunday afternoon and suggested that there were still reasons for the Molineux faithful to remain positive, your sanity would have been called into question by angry locals. Wolves’ 2-0...
 

Why this is Mike Ashley’s biggest summer yet

23 Apr 2012

You can’t help but think that Newcastle fans will be a little disappointed if they fail to secure a place in the Champions League next season. Their place amongst Europe’s elite is still in the balance, but the fact they are...
 

The myth of Swansea’s ‘attacking’ football

23 Apr 2012

As Brendan Rodgers sat in his Match of the Day 2 swivel chair on Sunday night, he was on the receiving end of some well-deserved back slapping. Despite indifferent recent form, Rodgers’ Swansea City team sit 12 points clear of the...
 

Total Football Scout - Jonjo Shelvey, Liverpool

22 Apr 2012

Liverpool star Jonjo Shelvey is the next hot prospect to be assessed in Total Football Scout. After being re-called from his loan from Blackpool, Shelvey is looking to displace Steven Gerrard, Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson; with Charlie Adam...