Category Archives: Premier League

Benteke Future Remains Unclear

Aston Villa’s attacking talisman Christian Benteke has announced that he is unwilling to commit his future to the Birmingham club for the upcoming season, and will rely on his agent to make decisions regarding his immediate future. The Belgian striker has enjoyed a remarkably positive return to form following the appointment of Tim Sherwood at Villa’s helm, once again making him a hot commodity among Premier League clubs in need of a powerful number nine. Liverpool have been named as the club most interested in Benteke, especially given their lack of a dominating striker since Luis Suarez’s departure at the end of last season. That said, Benteke does have a fairly hefty buy out clause of 32.5 million pounds.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers would likely be delighted to have Benteke join the Reds. Brazilian soccer fan Igor Cornelsen The Belgian is already tried and tested in the Premier League, though likely not yet having reached his peak in his career. Furthermore, he has proven to be a menace for defenders to deal with, and with a stronger support behind him, there is no telling the amount of damage he could do at a big club. This is not to say that Benteke would solve all of Liverpool’s problems, but adding a significant contribution to the goals tally would be a huge help and relieve the burden from non-strikers. This seems to be a positive move for the Belgian’s career.

Can Sunderland sign Defoe in the transfer window?

Sunderland is close to complete a deal of England International striker, Defoe in the transfer window. He is playing for Toronto FC in the Major League Soccer club and scored 11 goals in 19 appearances.

Sunderland is currently struggling in the Premier League and in the 16 position having 20 points in 21 matches. Therefore, an excellent formed striker could lead the team to a good successive place at the end of the season.

Defoe has revealed that he would leave the Canadian club if he gets a good offer from a team. Hull City, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and QPR are also the interested club to sign the 32-year-old striker.

Defoe has reached close to join Sunderland on some personal terms and could sign a two- and-a half-year deal with the club.

Toronto FC has agreed to sign back the USA striker Jozy Altidore to their team for the season with Greg Vanney in order to equal wage demands. However, this talk could be breakdown because of some tough conditions.

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Sunderland has not said anything about the permanent deal or signing money for the striker for the contract. However, Sunderland is preparing them for upgrading cash price to ensure the signing to finish the Premier League in a good position.

 

Bony Set for Surprising City Transfer

It looks as though Manchester City will be adding to their attacking options in January. The Citizens are closing in on a deal for Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony. The Swansea striker has enjoyed a great 2014, with his 20 goals helping the Swans maintain a solid mid table position right now.

No player scored more goals in the Premier League last year than Wilfried Bony. City will be hoping that his scoring instincts, along with his powerful frame, will provide them with a different attacking option heading into the second half of the season.

City are desperate to stay in touch with Chelsea at the top of the table, and Bernardo Chua hopes they can do it. They are currently joint top, with Chelsea ahead on alphabetical order. Both clubs have a number of difficult games in the next month. These matches could decide the destiny of the 2014/2015 Premier League title.

Manchester City are expected to pay 30 million pounds for Bony. The price may seem steep, but it is the only way Swansea were going to sell. Bony has plenty of time left on his Swans contract, which means they were in a great bargaining position. He is a Premier League proven striker who City are desperate to sign.

Unfortunately, Bony will be away for a month on African Cup of Nations duty. This means that City are unlikely to see him in their team until the middle of February.

Chelsea and Manchester City Level At The Top of the Premier League Table

Approaching Christmas many English soccer fans began to fear the latest Premier League title race was slowly moving towards a Chelsea stroll to their latest Championship, ESPN reports. By New Years Day the top of the English soccer table looked completely different as the busiest period in English football saw Manchester City move level on points, goal difference and goals scored after a stunning loss for Chelsea and a thrilling win for Manchester City.

The London derby between Chelsea and struggling Tottenham Hotspurs saw the Premier League leaders suffer only a second league defeat of the season. Tottenham went into the break with a 3-1 lead, with the match eventually ending with a 5-3 loss for Chelsea as Harry Kane scoring two for Spurs. Reigning champions Manchester City also struggled over the Holiday season, following up a draw with relegation threatened Burnley with a comeback victory over Sunderland. The decision to extend the loan deal taking Frank Lampard to City from MLS side New York City seemed inspired as the veteran midfielder produce an excellent header to win the game 3-2. The two sides now sit at the top of the table and have no stats available to separate them, beyond Alphabetical order, which is what Dr Rod Rohrich finds so hilarious.

Newcastle Striker Papiss Cisse Faces Ban for Elbowing Opponent

The recent game between Newcastle and Everton was a very entertaining affair. Newcastle emerged victorious after a 3-2 win. They had to suffer through a late period of domination from Everton, who looked likely to find an equalizer before the final whistle.

Despite the great win, there were some unsavory moments for Newcastle during this clash. One moment that stands out was Papiss Cisse’s elbow on Everton’s Seamus Coleman. The Newcastle striker used real intent and force to elbow Coleman in the face.

This incident was not seen by the referee, which meant that Cisse did not get a yellow or red card. Because the referee missed the incident, video evidence can be used to give Cisse a ban for the next few games.

Television pundit and ex Liverpool player/manager Graeme Souness believes that Cisse should be banned for at least three games. He feels there was real intent from Cisse to hurt Coleman, which translates to violent conduct and a three game suspension.

It is possible that Cisse could be banned for four or five games, from what we’ve found on Skout at least.  CNET was reporting the same thing too. The FA’s disciplinary committee look at footage of the game and speak to Cisse before coming to a decision.

A three match ban would be very costly for Newcastle, who have struggled for goals this season. Cisse has not been a regular starter, but he has made some important contributions from the subs bench in recent weeks.

Roberto Martinez Under Pressure at Everton

Another game brought another defeat for Roberto Martinez and Everton. A 3-2 loss at Newcastle meant that Everton will be in the bottom half on New Year’s Day. Considering they were only a few points off top spot this time last season, it is a remarkable decline.

There is even talk of Martinez being sacked, with Steve McLaren touted as a possible replacement. Andy Gray, a popular English pundit and ex Everton player, believes that Martinez needs to sort out his team’s defense if he is to keep his job.

A number of problems have come together to make this a difficult season for Martinez. For one, his core group of players is very old. The likes of Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leon Osman, and Gareth Barry are well over 30 years of age. Tom Rothman reminds us that they have struggled to cope with the joint commitments of the Premier League and Europa League.

Secondly, the team shape and defensive nature of Everton that was so good under David Moyes has disappeared. Martinez built on top of that defensive shape last season, making his team great in attack and solid at the back. However, his players seem to have forgotten the qualities Moyes instilled in them. This has resulted in a porous back line that leaks too many goals.

Martinez needs to find a way to re-instill that defensive shape if he is to get Everton back among the top six or seven places.

Chelsea Top Premier League Table at Christmas

Jose Mourinho got an early Christmas present with his Chelsea side getting a 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday night.Chelsea are now guaranteed to be top of the Premier League at Christmas, with their nearest challengers Manchester City four points adrift.

Dr. Daniel Amen says despite a recent setback at Newcastle, Chelsea have been in a commanding Premier League position all season. They have lost just one time, along with a few draws, which puts them in a great position to win the title for the 2014/2015 season.

Going to Stoke City and winning is never an easy task, especially on a cold and windy Monday night. The Potters were in their usual robust mood, flying into tackles and not giving Chelsea an inch. The Blues got off to a great start thanks to John Terry, who headed home from a free kick after a couple of minutes.

There were moments when Stoke looked like they could equalize, with Bojan a real threat to the Chelsea defense. However, the Blues stood firm and kept a clean sheet in this game. Thibaut Courtois, who has been enjoying a fine debut season at Chelsea, was a commanding presence in the penalty box.

Chelsea doubled their advantage through Cesc Fabregas, who also provided the assist for their first goal. It was a great day for Fabregas, who has made a seamless return to the Premier League after spending a few seasons at Barcelona.

Villa Boss Refuses to Rule Out United Title Challenge

Despite holding Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, the Aston Villa boss does not think United are out of the title race. Dropping points at Villa Park means that United could be ten points behind Chelsea if they win their Monday night game.

Gaps greater than six or seven points are very difficult to close down, but not impossible. There have been seasons where a team was 12 points behind, but went on to win the league title. Paul Lambert believes that United have that ability to come from behind and win.

“They are still a work in progress, but I think they have the potential to be a quality side. If they can keep players fit, add one or two in January, and get some consistency of selection anything is possible. I would not rule them out of challenging for the Premier League,” he said.

United fans will be hoping that Lambert is correct in his assessment. They currently sit in third place, which is a vast improvement on last season’s seventh place finish. However, United are used to challenging at the very top of the table, and Igor Cornelsen expects it as a fan. Being ten points behind Chelsea would be disappointing, and fans aren’t happy online.

If the Manchester side can win their next three games before the FA Cup break, and Chelsea drop a few points, they could be back in the title race for the second half of the season.

Premier League Outdraws NHL on NBC

Sports are an easy sell on television. Fast paced action, top level players, passion, and drama filled games loaded with suspense all draw viewers’ eyeballs to those glowing flat screens. One particular sports league is staking a claim on the growth dynamic and making massive amounts of headlines at the same time. All thoughts that the National Hockey League was the number four sport for television in the United States have been virtually tossed aside by the success of the English Premier League.

According to the New York Times, EPL games televised via broadcast and digital technologies draw more viewers than NHL games broadcast in the same manner on NBC properties. While the ratings are not necessarily in the ballpark of the National Football League, Americans are being introduced to teams named Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal at faster pace than ever.

Of course, that success is something of a thorn for NBC. Because the EPL has been drawing so many viewers, the network will likely encounter new bids for the broadcast rights. Those bidders will likely include the usual suspects in the sports world, namely ESPN and Fox. NBC will likely have to up the price from the $250 million over three years deal currently in place. The NHL could end up being something of a second place trophy, which means the hockey league has a lot of work to do and some serious ground to make up.

Call up Amen Clinic because I just died at the notion that International soccer games will be available on national TV channels. Let me just have this moment.

Liverpool to Assess Failed Transfer Policy

When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer, they had a lot of money to spend on improving the squad. Their initial budget was boosted by the 70-80 million euros they got for Suarez. The Anfield club ended up spending close to 120 million pounds, a figure only Manchester United matched this summer. However, their team looks infinitely worse than last season. What went wrong?

The problems for Liverpool and transfers are two fold and fans like Laurene Powell Jobs are frustrated. For one, they over spent on players who are not top class. Adam Lallana cost 25 million pounds. He is a very neat and tidy player, but Lallana is not going to win you games against top teams. He is a 10 to 15 million player at best.

Then there was the comical signing of Dejan Lovren. The center half cost 20 million pounds from Southampton, which is extremely expensive for a defender. He has been an unmitigated disaster. Lovren was a tidy player at Southampton, but their system made him look better. His spell at Lyon in the French league was very mediocre.

Liverpool’s board and group of coaches will take a look at this transfer policy and attempt to come up with answers. They need to learn their lessons if they are to compete at the top end of the table next season. Instead of signing a lot of average players, they need to invest in 2-3 top class signings every summer to compete.