Liverpool completed a season’s worth of Premier League games under Jürgen Klopp with a disappointing draw against arch rivals Manchester United, but there’s no doubt that the Reds’ hopes and ambitions have been significantly lifted since the arrival of the charismatic German.
The first 38 league games of his Anfield reign gleaned 65 points and the equivalent of a sixth place finish in last season’s table. That is four points more than those gained in the first 38 games under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.
Due to the attacking style that has become a Klopp trademark, it’s somewhat surprising that his charges have scored only two more goals, in this initial period, than the Rodgers Reds (73 compared to 71). Further evidence the current team is still a work in progress
At a time when it has once again been proved that just one day can be a long time in football, it is even more remarkable that it is now 20 years since Arsene Wenger was unveiled as the manager of Arsenal.
Bruce Rioch had been sacked a week before the start of the 1996-97 season and the popular favourites to replace the former Bolton Wanderers boss were Terry Venables (fresh from the success of Euro 96) and the great Johan Cruyff.
However, it was to be the virtually unknown “Arsene Who?”, as he was tagged by the London Evening Standard, who became the Gunners’ fifth manager since Terry Neill’s appointment 20 years earlier.
His first captain at Highbury, Tony Adams, later confirmed the doubts amongst the senior players: “At first, I thought, what
Updated 30th September 2016 at 01:28 PM by Veritas
It’s been discussed and debated long and hard but, with a seemingly positive reaction to recent trials, the introduction of a video referee to more high profile games appears almost inevitable.
After FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) agreed on the requirements of the video assistant referee (VAR), the first trial games took place in August in a match between New York Red Bulls II and Orlando City B in the third division of the United Soccer League.
The VAR experiment is based on four categories; confirmation of goals, confirmation of penalties, red card incidents and mistaken identity.
The VAR roadshow moved to Europe in September with the friendly international meeting between Italy and France in Bari.
The Premier League is well underway and the clubs are already beginning to show what theyâ€™re made of. With the Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho rivalry continuing over the Manchester Derby, with Manchester City coming out on top, to Leicester battling as the reigning champions, thereâ€™s a lot of speculation about whether Leicester will be able to win the League once again this season. Weâ€™re taking a look at the chances of history repeating itself this season, and whether another team will become the champions.
The Leicester team hasnâ€™t changed too much in terms of signings and sales, however there is one big player that the squad will miss dramatically, and that is Nâ€™Golo Kante. Kante has now signed for Chelsea, and was a key player in the Leicester midfield
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has continued his stunning form in 2016 to take the early advantage in staking a claim to the title of the Premier League’s top scorer in 2016-17.
With a fourth minute penalty against Sunderland on the opening day, the former Atletico Madrid striker extended his league return in the calendar year to 18 goals in 19 games.
Of course, the title currently rests on the young shoulders of Harry Kane who will be hoping to revive the form that deserted him during England’s summer Euro campaign in France. The Tottenham Hotspur marksman netted 25 times last season; one ahead of Aguero and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
The latter played a crucial role in the Foxes’ sensational title-winning campaign and he’ll be determined to prove
With the arrival of world-class managers and eye-watering sums available for investment in the transfer market, the competition for the Premier League title is widely acknowledged to be more open than ever before.
The majority of pundits have agreed that at least seven of the 20 contenders have genuine claims but where the golden ball will land when the richest roulette wheel in football comes to a rest is probably more difficult to deduce as the season kicks-off than it has ever been before.
Manchester City’s intentions are clear with the recruitment of arguably the best manager in the game in the shape of Pep Guardiola. Anything less than a third Premier League crown being housed in the Etihad boardroom next May will be regarded as failure.
Mourinho will be Manchester Utd's manager for the upcoming season and a lot is expected from him. We look at the odds offered on various Mourinho-related markets.
Modern football is all about making the right transfers at the right time. The success in each season for most teams depends on whether they manage to pinpoint the players they need and acquire them. And it is not always about the amount of money that a club is willing to spend. Just look at Leicester, their squad that won the title last season cost only GBP31 million, or ten times less than Manchester United's squad that didn't even manage to qualify for the Champions League.
The transfers can be a bit of a gamble nowadays. Just like when you're playing your favourite game at an online casino. A small
Updated 18th September 2016 at 09:48 PM by 11v11
The 2016/17 Premier League season is set to kick off on the 13th August and with 7 new managers in place plus an 8th pending it is set to be an explosive year. All the clubs are currently recruiting new players to strengthen their squads as well as clearing out players they feel can’t contribute any more. When considering the best ways to bet on football you might want to consider which of the top clubs have been the busiest, but more importantly spent their money wisely in order to make them more likely for league success.
The Gunners are currently experiencing a 12 year drought without the Premier League title and finished second place behind unlikely winners Leicester by 10 points. Arsenal fans have been crying out for a top class striker over the past few seasons.
Updated 5th August 2016 at 10:01 AM by 11v11
The sacking of Roberto Martinez brings a disappointing season towards an ignominious close at Everton but, amid the doom and gloom, there is a reason for a cheer around the Goodison Park ranks.
Although the Toffees’ final away game of the 2015-16 campaign at Sunderland did mean they had won only one of their last ten league games, it was a notable occasion for veteran midfielder Gareth Barry as he became a new record breaker.
It was the 35 year-old’s 572nd start in his Premier League career, so beating the competition record held by ex-England keeper David James.
Almost 18 years ago to the day, the former Manchester City man made his first full appearance in the Premier League as a centre-back for Aston Villa against Arsenal at Villa Park on 10
Updated 12th May 2016 at 04:16 PM by Veritas
Amid the euphoria of Leicester City’s magnificent and historical title success (needless to say, our heartiest congratulations to all concerned), new Premier League ground was also broken elsewhere on Monday night.
In the title crunch game at Chelsea, nine yellow cards were shown to Tottenham Hotspur players; the first time in the competition’s history that nine different players from one team had been shown yellow.
Considering the importance of the game, Cup Final referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to be in an especially lenient mood during the early stages of the exchanges.
Despite an increasingly highly charged atmosphere, only Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose (that’s three of the back four) had gone into the book in the first-half.