The winter transfer window is never the busiest one, but some clubs do beef-up their options in the areas that they?ve identified weak links in their sides through the first half of the season.
It often takes January signings a while to settle in, and they often don?t perform at their optimum levels while they get used to the physicality and busy fixture list in the UK.
Many of the big clubs have struggled in one position or another and both Manchester clubs, Liverpool FC and Chelsea were all expected to make some big name signings to fill in the positions that they had identified as problem areas.
Liverpool FC has had an interesting season so far with the sacking of Brendan Rogers and the excitement of hiring Jurgen Klopp, amongst quite a lengthy
The January transfer window opened on Saturday for clubs in England, Scotland, Germany and France with expectations of a high spending round dependent on early sales to set the merry-go-round in motion.
Transfer windows open today in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, with Turkey following tomorrow and Ireland on Thursday. Switzerland’s window doesn’t open until the 16th, Poland’s on the 18th and Romania’s not until the 26th.
Premier League clubs have until 11pm on February 1st to complete their transactions, but high spending by the title (and Champions League) contenders, fueled by massive TV revenues and particularly poor first halves to the season from Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, will be the determining factor in whether the total
On Saturday Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy scored at Newcastle United thereby equalling Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record for scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy set the record playing for Manchester United between 22 March 2003 and 23 August 2003 and, coincidentally, his tenth game of the run was also at St James' Park.
But, as we all know, football wasn’t invented in 1992, and Vardy still has plenty of targets to aim for.
In the pre-Premier League era, Stan Mortensen scored in each of Blackpool's 11 games in the top division (old League Division One) between 3 February 1951 and 7 April 1951.
That was part of the sequence when he scored in all 15 league games that he played in for the Tangerines between 23
Whilst Chief Executive Richard Scudamore says the Premier League will not accept a betting partner and against the background of horseracing’s move to banish betting companies who don’t contribute to the sport, we look at how fully embedded sports betting sites are in the Premier League.
The Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act which came into force a year ago requires gambling operators that provide facilities for remote gambling or advertise to consumers in Britain to obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission with the stipulation that the Commission would “not normally license such operators unless they have a British facing business and currently either transact with British customers or have a clear business plan for doing so in the future.”
AFC Bournemouth and Watford have already made it to the Premier League, with Middlesbrough and Norwich due to battle it out for the third promotion place. They may be fresh faced young whippersnappers starting the first day of Big School right now, but who’s going to end up with their dinner money pinched, head flushed down the toilet and ‘Kick me’ written on their back? (That sound you can hear is a metaphor being stretched to breaking point)
by Matthew Harris
The knee-jerk reaction of the average football fan is to opine, sadly but wisely, that all of the promoted teams are clearly going to struggle, such is the gulf in class and finances between blah blah blah… but the truth is more nuanced. Only once in the last 17 years – 1997-98 to be precise –
Updated 21st May 2015 at 01:13 PM by Veritas
In 2013/14, Everton finished fifth with a new club record haul of 72 Premier League points and saw average attendances at Goodison Park take another positive step in the right direction – some 4,500 more than where they were as recently as 2011/12.
Fast forward 12 months and even if the Toffees were to win all of their remaining 10 top-flight fixtures – which is highly unlikely – they would still only end the campaign with 58 points to their name.
Where has it all gone wrong?
by Ben Sutherland
Roberto Martinez – a man heralded as a coaching legend after building upon David Moyes’ foundations – is still at the helm while few alterations
Updated 11th March 2015 at 04:46 PM by Veritas
By Matt Harris
Realistically, every club in the bottom eight of the Premier League table is presently facing a relegation battle.
That’s 12th place Everton down to the bottom three of Aston Villa, Burnley and Leicester City.
The clubs in between are Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Hull City and Queens Park Rangers.
So what do the stats say about league’s most threatened teams?
Are the Magpies safe?
Newcastle United sit five points clear of Everton in 11th place with 32 points.
The Magpies seem to be constantly on the brink of disaster, but at the moment it looks like they will do enough to stay in the top division before hiring a new manager in the summer.
Various bookmakers see Leicester
Updated 20th February 2015 at 12:38 PM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
I was reading about an electrician in his 30s who won £74,844 last Saturday which has inspired me to pick four matches for this weekend in which an away win looks likely.
The Scarborough-based punter (who wishes to remain anonymous) placed a £5 bet on six matches on Coral’s Winning Ways coupon on Saturday, waking up to a £74,844 win.
Well, I’m not ambitious enough to predict six games, so won’t be winning anyone enough to buy a holiday home in Spain – but maybe a set of new pans for the kitchen or an interesting water feature for the garden isn't out of the question!
Brentford v AFC Bournemouth
The Bees seem to have been destabilised in recent matches by speculation over the
Updated 19th February 2015 at 08:49 PM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
After a few attempts at trying to pick teams that either would or wouldn't score a goal in a particular match, I've gone back to basics this week to find a few teams who look set for a home win.
It might be a bit ambitious trying to choose seven, but I can always perm less games into an accumulator to improve the chances of landing the punt.
Manchester City v Hull City
Not rocket science this one with a team looking to win the Premier League entertaining the struggling Tigers, who have failed to score in their last four games.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Nottingham Forest
A win at Derby suggested better times ahead for Forest but that result is surrounded by six defeats, including a
Updated 6th February 2015 at 08:48 PM by Veritas
At the halfway point of the Premier League season one statistic stands out more than most - Everton's 33 goals conceded. Despite coming close to knocking Arsenal out of the top four last season, and being tipped by experts, pundits and betting news sources, such as Blue Square, to finish high up the table again this year, Everton’s defence is causing Roberto
Martinez some real headaches. Without significant improvement, they will struggle to make the top ten by May.
Worst Ever Start
To contextualise Everton's defensive woes, it is worth highlighting the fact that they currently have the joint second worst defence in the league (along with bottom club Leicester). Only Harry Redknapp's QPR have been more generous at the back. This time last season