Championship Promotion Race is Wide-open

With almost one-third of the Football League Championship already in the books, we are yet to really see who will be filling the top-two spots, with a place in the Premier League for next season as the glittering prize.

Newly promoted Sheffield United currently lead the standings, with Wolves and Cardiff narrowly behind. There are several other contenders who may still have plenty to say before the end of the season, in what promises to be a very close fight to the finish for the promised land.

Here we will look at some of the main contenders in greater detail. Continue reading “Championship Promotion Race is Wide-open”

Man Utd Facing £85 Million Champions League Loss

Manchester United stand to lose a hefty £85 million – primarily through sponsorship and TV money – if they failed to qualify for the Champions League next season. The club remain sixth in the table even after a brilliant 3-0 win over Leicester City during the weekend.

The result has certainly helped United take advantage of competitors like Arsenal and Liverpool dropping points. However, it seems that at least 6 teams will be involved in the fight for the top four places. There is a distinct possibility of United dropping out of the Champions League qualification for a second consecutive campaign. Continue reading “Man Utd Facing £85 Million Champions League Loss”

Sunderland are Doomed

On the 21st of August, incumbent manager, David Moyes, intimated that his side had begun their relegation battle – just two games into the current campaign. Call it a lucky guess or tempting fate but the ex-Everton hero was right; the Black Cats just equalled the record for the worst start to a Premier League season in history.

Following the example set by Alan Ball’s Manchester City team in 1995/6, have clawed just two points from their opening ten games, with one-all draws against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton their only source of reward. To put that statistic into perspective, only three top-flight teams have ever begun a season with just three points from ten matches, let alone two. Continue reading “Sunderland are Doomed”

LAST CHANCE FOR SOLDADO

The Spanish forward of Tottenham Hotspurs, Roberto Soldado has been struggling ever since he was transferred from the Spanish League over to the Premier League as he used to be a player of Valencia and after going through a sensation season with Valencia where Soldado managed to score 24 goals in 35 appearances then Tottenham decided to offload €26 million in order to bring him to the White Hart Lane Stadium but Soldado has not been able to replicate his form of years ago.

Tottenham Hotspurs locked horns with Everton on November 30 and goals from Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado sealed the victory for Tottenham, however this victory and this goal that Soldado scored was much more emotional and important for him as it was the first Premier League goal which he has been able to score since March.

The player himself admitted that it was a very important goal for him as he shed a few tears.

‘’The moment the ref blew for half time everybody sung my name and I welled up a little bit, I had a tear in my eye. It was very special. Thanks!’ Roberto Soldado told the media.

The manager of Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino has recently been put under heavy pressure and criticism due to some of his decisions regarding certain players that he has chosen and placed in his starting lineup and one of those players was Roberto Soldado as fans just aren’t confident and believe that he should be playing in the main team at all but Pochettino expressed his confidence in relation to Soldado.

“We need to give him the chances to play again and keep him calm. A striker always wants to score but against Partizan he created chances pretty well and was unlucky in front of goal. Maybe next time he will score’’ Mauricio Pochettino said as he revealed his support towards Soldado.

Roberto Soldado will have to continue scoring goals for Tottenham Hotspur in order to gain the trust from all the fans and supporters of the Premier League club and also to prove that his price tag of €26 million was worth it.

GOALLESS DRAW

Bayern Munich could only muster a 0-0 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach during the weekend. This has been one of the few blemishes that they have suffered so far this season. This was, however, a point well earned given that Mönchengladbach had a good run of form coming into the match. They were second in the table and are proving to be the only title contenders along with Bayern Munich. A win for Bayern would have completely destroyed the title race even at this early stage in the season. Mönchengladbach’s inability to get a victory was primarily because of the efforts of Manuel Neuer.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper is widely regarded as one of the best and he received a lot of praise from manager Pep Guardiola after this match. Mönchengladbach had several good opportunities in the 90 minutes including two one-on-one opportunities with the goalkeeper. However, the German international who helped Germany win the World Cup in the summer worked his magic and kept many of the shots out. The result sees Mönchengladbach remain four points behind Bayern. Wolfsburg, who also appear in contention for the title, managed to take advantage of this dropped points for Bayern by getting a victory against Mainz.

“In the first half we controlled the game very well. In the second half we were a little tired, we lost a bit of our organisation and had to play more on the counter-attack. I am very happy with our play and the point. Without Neuer they should have [scored] one or two goals,” said Guardiola. Neuer says that despite a poor pre-season due to the World Cup, he feels that he is in good shape. “I’ve been playing well in recent weeks. The only mistake I made was in the international game against Poland,” said the Bayern Munich goalkeeper.