Let’s predict 2018/19 – Premier League

Machester City will be champions again, but apart from that, the new Premier League season will be fairly unpredictable. So let’s predict it! To make this prediction easier to digest, I will divide the table into four brackets, as I’m convinced there are four classes of teams; the Top Six teams, Best of the Rest…

Life after Ronaldo: What’s next for Real Madrid?

The Di Stéfano era, the yé-yé team, the ‘Quinta del Buitre’, the Galácticos, and now the Cristiano Ronaldo-era has come to an end at Real Madrid; how do you replace the ultimate goal machine? Ronaldo at Madrid wasn’t just about his goals, but he did score an awful lot of them; 450  in 438 games across all…

The Arsenal re-build: Midfield & attack recruitment

We’ve done the backline, we’ve discussed the tactics, and now it’s time to look at what Arsenal need in midfield and attack to make a push for the Champions League places again. Legs in midfield Granit Xhaka is an excellent passer and controller of tempo, but the Swiss international is very slow, which has caught him…

The Arsenal re-build: Backline recruitment

We’ve talked some tactics in my last post, and now it’s time to make some tough executive decisions – what positions need strengthening and who needs replacing? Unai Emery has been appointed as Arsenal’s new manager since my latest post, which has somewhat changed the way that I’ve approached this article. Still, the fundamental changes…

The Arsenal re-build: Tactics

Wenger is out so Arsenal Fan TV are happy again, and now it’s time for the Gunners to build the team around the best chance creator in the world; Mesut Özil. For me, it’s quite obvious. Özil has been a dividing figure since he signed from Real Madrid on deadline day in the summer of 2013, but…

Betis come back to beat Malaga and ensure European spot

Real Betis have secured their spot in Europe for next season after coming from behind to beat Malaga 2-1 through a beautiful Fabián goal. The Sevillian side needed all three points in this small Andalusian derby to make sure they would qualify for at least Europa League football next season. Málaga had been plagued by…

Betis’ European dreams can become reality at the Villamarín

Monday night could be the night that Real Betis return to Europe, as a win would guarantee a spot for next year’s Europa League.  The opponents for Betis at the Benito Villamarín are already relegated Málaga, a team that still has distant memories of competing in Europe, as they were in Champions League quarter-final just…

4 players who need a move to go to the World Cup

I don’t always agree with Alan Shearer, but there’s one thing he said that really struck me (in a good way). He talked about the January transfer window before a World Cup. Players who are just outside of their national teams, and aren’t getting enough playing time. He argued teams should look to make a…