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Tottenham v Chelsea: A Game to Live Long in the Memory

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Tottenham Hotspur reignite their fiercely fought rivalry with Chelsea on Sunday as they host the Blues in the day’s thrilling late kick off. The game is undoubtedly the most eye-catching fixture of the weekend schedule, with the two sides not only posing as long-term adversaries but also as the two most formidable Championship title challengers to date.

It will certainly be a momentous occasion for fans up and down the land on Sunday, as Wembley samples its first instalment of cutting-edge Premier League action. The towering national stadium has savoured its fair share of sensational sporting moments over the years but never before has it hosted a fixture in the world’s most renowned domestic league.

The stage is set for a captivating encounter in the capital and the setting could not be more appropriate for a titanic clash that could – even at this early stage – be a season defining moment.

As Conte’s Chelsea look to build on their outstanding title victory of last term, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be all too keen to prove their mettle as they look to avenge their most recent Premier League heartbreak that saw them finish as reluctant runners up.

In preparation for what promises to be yet another fascinating occasion, we’ve decided to take a brief trip down memory lane to re-live some of the most memorable Premier League encounters between the two over the last couple of years.Spurs Hospitality - Wembley Stadium - Corporate Football Packages

Spurs 5 – 3 Chelsea, Saturday 1st January 2015

Chelsea were left stunned by a Harry Kane-inspired Spurs side as Mauricio Pochettino’s scintillating Lilywhites romped to a spectacular victory at a packed White Hart Lane.

The visitors had taken the lead in the early stages after Diego Costa tapped in from close range, but the ubiquitous Kane levelled soon after with a fizzing 20-yard drive that soared beyond the reach of a helpless Thibaut Courtois.

Full back, Danny Rose, opened his account shortly after when he followed up a rebound in the box, before an Andros Townsend’s penalty put the hosts in cruise control on the stroke of half time.

Kane’s terrific turn and shot shortly after the restart gave Tottenham a magnificent fourth with Nacer Chadli adding late on to put Spurs out of sight. Goals from Eden Hazard and John Terry proved to be nothing more than a mere consolation as Pochettino’s men ran away with a memorable Premier League victory.

 Chelsea 2 – 2 Spurs, Monday 2nd May 2016

Tottenham saw their Premier League title dreams shattered after Chelsea came from 2-0 to secure a last-gasp draw at Stamford Bridge. Super-sub Eden Hazard sent Leicester City fans across the land into overdrive when his sublime long-range effort beat Lloris with ease, to give the Foxes a first Championship title in their history.

Spurs’ hopes of claiming a first top-flight title since 1961 had hinged on them winning their final three games of the season, but the immense pressure proved too much as Chelsea emerged an unbearable foe in the second half.

Pochettino’s men were by far the better team in the early stages, storming into an impressive 2-0 lead before half time. Chelsea, however, buoyed by the introduction of Eden Hazard, halved the deficit before the hour mark thanks to a Gary Cahill strike before Hazard himself, struck home a thundering effort from outside the box to ignite Leicester’s rapturous celebrations and consign Spurs to a heart-breaking end to the season.

Chelsea 2 – 1 Spurs, Saturday 26th November 2016

Chelsea came from behind in fabulous fashion at Stamford Bridge to inflict Tottenham’s first Premier League defeat of the season. The league leaders fell behind in the opening stages when a fiery Christian Eriksen struck an audacious long-range effort beyond the clutches of Thibaut Courtois to give the visitors an early lead.

Spurs had looked on course to recover from their midweek Champions League exit but Pedro’s superb curling effort levelled proceedings on the stroke of half time to draw the hosts level.

Spurs’ poor record at Stamford was extended to a 30 game winless run – dating back as far as 1990 – after Blues’ winger, Victor Moses, sunk the visitors with a fine second half strike, giving Chelsea a seventh league successive victory as they marched relentlessly towards the Premier League title.

Spurs 2 – 0 Chelsea, Wednesday 4th January 2017

Tottenham ended Chelsea’s outstanding thirteen game winning run with a thrilling 2-0 victory to keep the hosts within touching distance of the sought after number one spot. Two sensational headers from Dele Alli, either side of half time, was enough to give Spurs a comfortable victory as they looked to push on with their relentless pursuit of the Premier League title.

Tottenham’s season had been in disarray following a disappointing Champion’s League exit but they responded magnificently to halt Antonio Conte’s in-form Blues. Alli’s delightful double made it an impressive seven goals from four games, and it looked like Spurs were once again beginning to gather some much needed momentum as the race for the title began to hot up.

Eden Hazard had Chelsea’s best two chances in each half but the Belgian was unable to convert on either occasion, and Conte’s side were consigned to a rare league defeat.

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Liverpool’s Champions League Campaign Starts with a Bang: Match Review

Liverpool signalled their long-awaited return to the European Elite last night, as they beat Hoffenheim 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena to kick off their Champions League qualifying campaign in fine style. The tremendous result sees the Reds take home a one goal advantage as they prepare for the reverse fixture at Anfield on Wednesday 23rd August.

It was the Liverpool youngster, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who stole the show for the visitors, with the rookie full-back producing a sublime set-piece effort that soared beyond the reach of keeper, Oliver Baumann. The England Under-19 international showed maturity beyond his years as he stepped up to the mark in the 35th minute, striking the ball from more than 30 yards to give Jurgen Klopp’s side a well-earned lead.

James Milner added to the account in the second half, after he exploited a gaping space on the left to fire home a bullet into the top corner via a wicked deflection off the chest of Havard Nordtveit.

The visitors were firmly in control by this point, but their inherent defensive frailties almost came back to haunt them late on, as an unchallenged Mark Uth fired into the net in the 87th minute following a lofted ball into the box.

It was job done as far as the travelling Reds were concerned but it could have been far worse for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The German hosts had in fact starterd the brighter of the two sides, and were presented with a terrific early chance to take the lead in the 11th minute when Serge Gnabry buckled under a challenge from Dejan Lovren in the box. Former Leicester City forward, Andrej Kramaric stepped up to take the spot kick, but the Croatian’s tame effort was easily parried by a grateful Simon Mignolet.

From then, the Reds grasped the initiative, with efforts from Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino almost rubbing salt in the wounds shortly after the disastrous spot kick.

The two teams had looked to play heavily on the front foot, with both sides being culpable of spurning several gilt-edged chances. The deadlock was eventually broken when Alexander-Arnold’s thundering effort glided past keeper Baumann, with the 18 year old defining the feeling as ‘indescribable’.

Hoffenheim came dangerously close to levelling as Gnabry’s effort was saved once again by the industrious Mignolet, before Sandro Wagner’s venomous strike crashed off the post. But Liverpool almost doubled the lead on the eve of half time, after Dejan Lovren narrowly missed the target with a close range header.

It was then Firmino’s chance to test the resolve of his former employers. The Brazilian, whose move from Hoffenheim to Anfield was completed in 2015, had a fabulous close range effort saved by former compatriot, Baumann, before the German then had to block a fizzing effort from the lively Sadio Mane.

The pressure proved too much for the hosts though, as James Milner’s storming run and fine cross saw the ball rocket into the net after an unfortunate ricochet off Nordtveit’s chest. Hoffenheim halved the deficit in the closing stages before Benjamin Hubner wasted a perfect chance to equalise after heading over the bar in injury time.

Man of the Match – Trent Alexander-Arnold

The promising right-back certainly grabbed the headlines with his audacious long- range finish. Having only started nine times for Liverpool in all competitions, the England Under-19 International did not let his lack of senior experience hamper his performance by any means. His confidence and composure was clear for all to see, and he provided a dynamic attacking option down the right flank when needed.

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp was happy with his side’s result and looks forward to the reverse fixture at Anfield. The Reds’ boss spoke to BT Sport:

“Hoffenheim had a specific plan to play. We gambled a little too much on the wing, it was a little dangerous in the first half, but as always when we play football, we found spaces in-between and created wonderful chances.

“The result is OK. The first half is done and if you said before the game we would win, I would take the result.

“We need Anfield, what an intense game for both sides. I am looking forward to a European night at Anfield. Only the person who does not know about Hoffenheim can be surprised by this.”

All in all, a fantastic start for Liverpool as they begin to joust once again with Europe’s elite sides. The home fixture will certainly be the one to savour!

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Jurgen Klopp interview quote taken from BT Sport

Premier League Preview – Game Week 1 2017/18 Season

Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley but the testy contest saw mixed debuts from both sides’ big signings in the mad transfer window.

The Premier League champions had gone ahead through Victor Moses, before Pedro was sent off for a dreadful lunge on Mohamed Elneny.
From the resulting free-kick, debutant Sead Kolasinac showed his worth to take the match to penalties which the Gunners won 4-1.

Chelsea’s record £60 million signing Alvaro Morata – a late substitute – dragged a poor penalty wide
Arsenal’s £46.5 million record signing Alexandre Lacazette faded after having the best moment of the first period, smacking a shot against the post.

Who, at a time when a club, Paris Saint Germain, owned by a country, Qatar, can be bought from Barcelona for nearly £200 million, will prove to be worth the money?

Premier League clubs are expected to “comfortably surpass” the record spend for a summer transfer window, according to accountants Deloitte.

As of noon on 1 August, one month before deadline day brings an end to proceedings, top flight teams had spent £910 million on buying players. At the same stage last year, this figure was at £480 million.

The average transfer expenditure per Premier League club is £46 million so far this window, compared to the £58 million average for the entirety of summer 2016’s dealings.

Chris Stenson, manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “The combination of record broadcast, commercial and match day revenues continues to fuel extraordinary levels of transfer expenditure in the Premier League.

“Clubs have already spent more in this window than they did throughout the entire summer 2015 window. With one month still to go, we expect this summer’s total to comfortably surpass the previous record of £1.165 billion, set in summer 2016.

“Indeed, last summer, £685 million – almost 60 per cent of total transfer expenditure – was spent in the final month of the window.”

Some of the window’s biggest deals include Manchester United spending £75 million on Romelu Lukaku and £40 million on Nemanja Matic, Manchester City buying Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy for £51 million and £52 million respectively, and Liverpool paying £39 million for Mohamed Salah.

So, with the Premier League starting this coming weekend, who is going to win?

For sure, Chelsea will get a harder time of it and may miss the goals of outcast Diego Costa.

With Jose Mourinho continuing his reshaping of Manchester United, the Red Devils will surely be right up their challenging in a way they have not done since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Money bags Manchester City must also be in with a big shout.

Have Spurs peaked or can they repeat the achievements of the last two seasons? With all the turmoil of the temporary move to Wembley as White Hart Lane is rebuilt minds could be elsewhere.

Liverpool appear to have a squad with far more depth – just so long as they can steer clear of injury. Not a good start with both Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge already crocked.

Arsenal are in flux and much angst remains as to the futures of Sanchez and Ozil.

An ambitious Everton are looking to break into the Big Six while lightening surely cannot strike twice at Leicester City.

I think this year it could be between the two Manchester clubs.

Many pundits predicted that last year and it never happened. But both have strengthened big time and both have tremendous managers.

Who is your choice?

Top 10 Premier League Summer Transfers So Far

THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS ALMOST HERE!

The countdown is almost over. Weekends with no football action are almost a thing of the past (until next summer). The New Premier League season kicks off with Arsenal v Leicester on Friday 11th August 2017.

Despite it being the summer holiday period, Premier League clubs have been working hard behind the scenes to bring in new players for the new season.

Below we have ranked our top 10 Premier League transfers of the summer so far:

NUMBER 1: Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United
At the time of writing this, Lukaku is the most expensive out and out striker in the history of football. For the past 24 months it has been no secret that Lukaku was seeking a move to a ‘big club’ as he wanted to play Champions League football… now he has that chance. There will be huge pressure on the Belgium to delivery this season due to Zlatan leaving and the huge amount that he cost the club. However, looking at Lukaku’s record in previous seasons he is more than capable of scoring 25+ goals in this Manchester United side. It’s more than likely that he will start all of the Premier League games and take the teams penalties so Romelu could well be in for glory this season!

Previous Club: Everton
Transfer Fee: £75m
NUMBER 2: Jermaine Defoe – AFC Bournemouth
In some respects, Jermaine Defoe could prove to be THE best signing of the summer. He is one of the most clinical finishers in Premier League history and despite being aged 34 he still has plenty to offer. To put this transfer into prospective Neymar scored 14 league goals last season and is about to secure a £200m transfer, Defoe scored 15 in a poor Sunderland side that were eventually relegated.

Previous Club: Sunderland
Transfer Fee: Free

NUMBER 3: Javier Hernández – West Ham United
Javier Hernández AKA Chicharito is best known for his 6 year spell at Manchester United. He may well go down as one of the best ‘super-subs’ in Premier League history, he was infamous for coming off the bench during the Fergie era and bagging a goal in the dying moments of a game. West Ham have managed to secure his services at massively cheap at price in today’s market (15m). He will certainly score goals for The Hammers and could forge a great partnership with Andy Carroll.

Previous Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Transfer Fee: £15m

NUMBER 4: Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal
Lacazette joined Arsenal at the end of June for a club record fee, he comes with a huge reputation and will be expected to deliver straight away. In the last 3 Ligue 1 seasons the Frenchman scored 76 goals averaging 25 goals a season. He is known for his killer instinct in the box and will be tasked with converting the chances that the likes of Ozil create for him. If Lacazette gets off to a good start he could well be in with a chance of winning the prestigious Golden Boot.

Previous Club: Lyon
Transfer Fee: £50m


NUMBER 5:
Wayne Rooney – Everton
Manchester United and England’s all-time top goal scorer has returned to his boyhood team Everton on a free transfer. Having left for Manchester United as a teenager, he re-joins the Blues at the age of 31 as a five-time Premier League winner, signing a two-year contract at Goodison Park. It was with the Toffees where he burst on to the scene, progressing from schoolboy to superstar in less than 12 months. He will play a massive part for Everton this season on and off the pitch.

Previous Club: Manchester United
Transfer Fee: Free

NUMBER 6: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
The speedy Egyptian struggled during his first spell in England and was consequently sold by Chelsea to Roma in 2016. Last season Salah was one of Roma’s star players scoring 21 goals and assisting 12 more (all competitions). His speed and trickery caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp who managed to get the deal over the line as soon as possible. With the pace that both Salah and Mane possess, Premier League full backs will not want to play at Anfield.

Previous Club: Roma
Transfer Fee: £35m


NUMBER 7:
Tammy Abraham – Swansea City
Tammy Abraham is one of England’s most talented youngsters. For those that don’t know Abraham’s parent club is Chelsea FC but he spent last season on loan at Bristol City. At just 19 years of age he managed to score 23 goals in one of the most difficult leagues in Europe. Chelsea clearly had no intention of selling Abraham and reached an agreement with Swansea for him to spend a year on loan. Tammy Abraham will get plenty of minutes at The Swans and we expect him to score plenty of goals.

Previous Club: Chelsea
Transfer Fee: LOAN

NUNBER 8: Nemanja Matic – Manchester United
“When Manchester United came calling I simply couldn’t turn them down” says Matic on his transfer to United. The Serbian left champions Chelsea to join The Red Devils and work with his former boss Mourinho once again. Many Football ‘experts’ claim that Matic has been signed simply to compliment Paul Pogba. Matic will free up Pogba to let him get forward but he will offer the team much more than that. He is one of the top central midfielders in Europe and even pitches in with goals and assists. Matic could prove to be a major asset to Man United this season.

Previous Club: Chelsea
Transfer Fee: £40m

NUMBER 9: Kyle Walker – Manchester City
Over the past 2-3 years Manchester City have struggled with defensive problems, inparticular the full back areas. Pep Guardiola has wasted no time this summer putting things right. Clichy, Sagna, Zabaleta and Kolarov have all left the club with Walker, Mendy and Danilo coming in. Kyle Walker was arguably the best Right Back in Europe last season and as a result he caught Guardiola’s attention. The speedy Englishman will look to help City challenge for the Premier League and the Champions League.

Previous Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fee: £50m

NUMBER 10: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace could well have the bargain of the summer on their hands. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is one of England’s most rated young players. Like many youngsters at Chelsea he has struggled for playing time but at Palace he could play a key role in the teams Premier League campaign.

Previous Club: Crystal Palace
Transfer Fee: LOAN
Honourable Mentions: Alvaro Morata, Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Nathaniel Chalobah

2017/18 Premier League Golden Boot Race

The new Premier League season kicks off on Friday 11th August… it’s so close we can almost hear the Match of the Day theme tune! For football fans all over the country it has been a long summer but the wait is almost over.

Whilst most people have been enjoying the holiday season, the ‘powers that be’ at Premier League football clubs have been working hard behind the scenes to bring in new recruits. In the past few weeks Morata, Lukaku and Lacazette have all joined top sides in the Premier League blowing the Golden Boot Race wide open. Harry Kane has won the prestigious award in the last two seasons with 29 and 26 goals respectively – but can he win it again this season?

Below we have assessed the chances of each of the Premier League’s elite strikers.

HARRY KANE – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (BEST ODDS 3/1)

Realistically everybody in England should be hoping for Harry Kane to have another successful summer with the World Cup next year (maybe Arsenal fans are an exception). In the 2015/16 season he scored 25 goals in 38 games and followed that up with 29 goals in 30 games in the 2016/17 season. Kane is a fine striker and is the main man for one of the Premier Leagues top sides, if he stays injury free he could well go on and win the Golden Boot for the 3rd season running.

ROMELU LUKAKU – MANCHESTER UNITED (BEST ODDS 4/1)

At the time of writing this, Lukaku is the most expensive out and out striker in the history of football. For the past 24 months it has been no secret that Lukaku was seeking a move to a ‘big club’ as he wanted to play Champions League football… now he has that chance. There will be huge pressure on the Belgium to delivery this season due to Zlatan leaving and the huge amount that he cost the club. However, looking at Lukaku’s record in previous seasons he is more than capable of scoring 25+ goals in this Manchester United side. It’s more than likely that he will start all of the Premier League games and take the teams penalties so Romelu could well be in for glory this season!

SERGIO AGUERO – MANCHESTER CITY (BEST ODDS 8/1)

At a glance the odds on Aguero winning the Golden Boot would appear to be massive, one of the Premier Leagues most prolific strikers, playing for one of the league’s best sides at 8/1? However, there are plenty of question marks around the great Argentinian. From the start of the 2016/17 season ‘experts’ have been questions whether Aguero is the right man for Pep, even this summer there has been a number of rumours about him leaving. There is also the problem of Gabriel Jesus, the young Brazilian has been on fire since joining City and is not far off being City’s main man. So, will Sergio stay or will he go? Will he play or will he be benched? One thing for certain is that ‘IF’ he plays he will score goals.

ALVARO MORATA – CHELSEA (BEST ODDS 10/1)

Just last week Alvaro Morata joined Champions Chelsea after weeks of speculation becoming the clubs record signing. The Spaniard came through Real Madrid’s famous Youth Academy ‘La F’brica’ making his Madrid debut in 2010. At the time Madrid already had Benzema and Higuain in their ranks so Morata struggled for playing time and was loaned out to Juventus. During his time in Turin he scored goals whenever he started, he even scored in the 2014/15 Champions League final against Barcelona. He returned to Madrid last season to play a support role for Benzema, despite starting most games on the bench he managed to bag 20 goals in all competitions. Being the main man at Chelsea Morata will make the next step in his development and will hope that he can become of Europe’s strikers. At odds of 10/1 Alvaro Morata cannot be overlooked.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – ARSENAL (BEST ODDS 12/1)

Lacazette joined Arsenal at the end of June for a club record fee, he comes with a huge reputation and will be expected to deliver straight away. In the last 3 Ligue 1 seasons the Frenchman scored 76 goals averaging 25 goals a season. He is known for his killer instinct in the box and will be tasked with converting the chances that the likes of Ozil create for him. If Lacazette gets off to a good start he could well be in with a chance of winning the prestigious Golden Boot.

All of the strikers mentioned about could easily score 20+ goals in the Premier League next season so guessing which one will score the most is almost impossible.

Here at the Eventmasters office there has been plenty of discussion around this subject with everyone having different opinions. We have listed below each employee’s chosen player:

Callum Earl: Romelu Lukaku
Kevin Wilks: Sergio Aguero
Alistair Thompson: Harry Kane
John Jones: Romelu Lukaku
Stuart Parsons: Harry Kane
Jonathan Duckers: Harry Kane
Joe Newport: Gabriel Jesus

Honorable mentions: Daniel Sturridge, Gabriel Jesus, Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard, Roberto Firmino, Javier Hernandez, Christian Benteke and Jermain Defoe.

Liverpool Rename Iconic Centenary Stand

Liverpool Football Club have announced that they will be honouring one of their club legends; Kenny Dalglish by renaming the historic ‘Centenary Stand’ to ‘The Kenny Dalglish Stand’ at Anfield. The decision was made by Liverpool principal owner John Henry in recognition of the Dalglish’s massive contribution to the club as a player and manager.

After scoring an impressive 112 goals in 204 games for Celtic, Kenny made his way to Merseyside and joined Liverpool in 1977. In just his second season at Anfield he scored a personal best of 21 league goals and was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.  One of Dalglish’s most impressive statistics during his time at Liverpool was that after signing in 1977 he did not miss a single league game until 1980.

After an illustrious playing career Kenny went on to manage Liverpool from 1985 to 1991 winning the First Division 3 times. He also won plenty of domestic trophies including 2 FA cups and 3 Charity Shields. Following his 6 year spell as manager at Liverpool he went on to manage Blackburn Rovers and Celtic picking up more silverware along the way, including the Premier League with Blackburn during the 1994-1995 season. He finally ended his managerial career with a season at Liverpool in which he won the League Cup.

It’s no surprise that the owners/board at Liverpool have decided to rename the stand in recognition of work as a player and manager. He is one of, if not the most influential person in Liverpool Football Club’s history.

Kenny Dalglish list of honours:

PLAYER

4x Scottish First Division
4x Scottish Cup
1x Scottish League Cup
6x Football League First Division
1x FA Cup
4x League Cup
5x Charity Shield
3x European Cups
1x UEFA Super Cup

MANAGER

3x Football League First Division
2x FA Cup
1x League Cup
1x Super Cup
4x FA Charity Shield
1x Premier League
1x Scottish League Cup

Having already bolstered their ranks with the lightening-fast Mohammed Salah from AS Roma for £34 million, Liverpool are certainly looking to build on last season’s success, and a promise of Champions League football will be sure to provide an enticing incentive for prospective suitors. The Reds are currently in hot pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita, who was initially labelled as ‘off limits’ by the German club’s senior officials, but Liverpool’s recent £57 million record bid may test their resolve. The Guinean International played an integral role in Leipzig’s remarkable rise to prominence in the Bundesliga, with the gifted box-to-box midfielder reliably producing stand-out performances to propel the side to their highest ever league finish.

Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp will be hoping for success during the 2017/18 season, not only in the Premier League but also in the Champions League. Eventmasters can offer VIP Liverpool Hospitality Packages for all of The Reds home games in all competitions.

The Fantastic Premier League Four to Follow

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It was a season to savour last term, with Antonio Conte’s flamboyant Chelsea side soaring to an incredible title victory – the sixth in their remarkable history. It was the Italian manager’s first taste of Premier League football and he certainly made his mark in style, dazzling fans and players alike with his masterfully planned tactics and spectacular touchline antics. He awakened the dormant champions from their silent slumber, instilling in them his innovative ideologies and hard-nosed discipline and the hard work paid incredible dividends as the Blues romped to the victory – much to the dismay of the Spurs faithful.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side will undoubtedly be licking their wounds after last season’s bitter disappointment. Spurs had been utterly relentless in their pursuit of Conte’s seemingly unstoppable Chelsea side, and had looked genuine title contenders for the majority of the campaign. Harry Kane’s sublime goal return and Dele Alli’s tantalising trickery had made the challengers look like the side to beat throughout the year but they fell short at the eleventh hour, with a crippling defeat at West Ham inadvertently paving the way for their bitter London rivals to triumph. But Spurs fans will be buoyed by the fact that their side have finally asserted their dominance as one of the Premier League’s elite performers and with one or two notable additions, they could be an overwhelming force to contend with in future.

It was a superb season to remember for Liverpool fans, as Jurgen Klopp’s resilient Reds signalled a long-awaited return to the European elite, snatching fourth place at the death from the desperate clutches of rivals, Arsenal. Their initial nerves turned to elation on the final day of the campaign when they dispatched a stunned Middlesbrough side in scintillating style to regain a deserved place in the Champions League, sending the jubilant home faithful into a state of euphoria.  The Merseyside club will be keen to challenge for the title this year – having finally cracked the top four – and with the likes of Mohammed Salah already joining the ranks this year, Reds fans will have much to be excited about.

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United undoubtedly have much to prove this year in the Premier League. Having triumphed emphatically in the Europa League and League Cup, The Red Devils will now be seeking to revitalise their domestic form as they look to mount a formidable title challenge to surpass their rivals. United have already enhanced their growing title credentials with some steller summer signings, notably the towering Belgian, Romelu Lukaku, whose remarkable goal return recently secured him an astronomical £75 million move to the Premier League giants. Football fanatics will be hoping to see more exciting transfer activity unfold at Old Trafford before the summer window slams shut.

In preparation for what promises to be yet another scintillating season of football, we’ve taken a look at what’s to come from these four Premier League gladiators, including prospective transfers and predicted league finishes.

Chelsea’s Search for a New Target Man Continues

Antonio Conte will certainly be looking to add to his incredible arsenal before the new season kicks off. Having already told Diego Costa that he is surplus to requirements this year, the animated Italian will be in search of a new talisman to lead the line, with Alvaro Morata’s name being touted as a potential suitor. The prolific Real Madrid front man would represent a fine acquisition for the Blues, but an apparent £80 million price tag could become a difficult obstacle to negotiate.

Chelsea are also keen to add some defensive mettle to their ranks, with AS Monoca’s Tiemoue Bakayogo flaunted as the ideal partner for the ubiquitous N’golo Kante. The French International enjoyed an outstanding season with the reigning Ligue 1 Champions, producing consistent match-winning performances throughout the year and Chelsea will be hoping that the 22 year old can replicate his splendid form in the Premier League.

Potential and Completed Transfers:

IN: Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayogo

OUT: Nemanja Matic, John Terry, Nathaniel Chalabah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

FINISH: 1st

Is Barkley the Man for Spurs?

Everton’s midfield Maestro, Ross Barkley, has garnered substantial interest from Mauricio Pochettino recently and the Argentine is keen to add the Liverpool-born playmaker to his glittering ranks. Barkley’s wonderful agility, vision and long-range shooting capabilities could possibly add a new, exciting dimension to Spur’s attacking options. With Barkley still yet to commit his long-term future to The Toffees, it has fuelled speculation that he may be unsettled at Goodison Park; but is the £50 million price tag going to present an unmovable stumbling block?

Potential and Completed Transfers:

IN: Ross Barkley

OUT: Kyle Walker

FINISH: 3rd

Liverpool Look to Attract Stars with Champions League Football

Having already bolstered their ranks with the lightening-fast Mohammed Salah from AS Roma for £34 million, Liverpool are certainly looking to build on last season’s success, and a promise of Champions League football will be sure to provide an enticing incentive for prospective suitors. The Reds are currently in hot pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita, who was initially labelled as ‘off limits’ by the German club’s senior officials, but Liverpool’s recent £57 million record bid may test their resolve. The Guinean International played an integral role in Leipzig’s remarkable rise to prominence in the Bundesliga, with the gifted box-to-box midfielder reliably producing stand-out performances to propel the side to their highest ever league finish.

Liverpool are also reportedly in negotiations over Southampton captain, Virgil Van Dijk, in spite of the Reds’ alleged misconduct when they pursued the Dutchman previously. The towering centre half would, without question, add some imperative quality to Jurgen Klopp’s back line and would give Reds fans a strong sense of optimism ahead of their bid for domestic and European success.

Potential and Completed Transfers:

IN: Mohammed Salah, Naby Keita, Virgil Van Dijk

OUT: Daniel Sturridge, Lucas Leiva, Joe Gomes

FINISH: 4th

Manchester United Looking to Add to their Generous Collection

Having welcomed the commanding Romelu Lukaku to his ranks in an astonishing £75 million deal – as well as Benfica defender, Victor Lindelof – Jose Mourinho will be relatively satisfied with his side’s recent transfer business. The vibrant Portuguese manager is by no means finished, however, as he looks to snatch Ivan Perisic from the clutches of his previous employers, Inter Milan.  The devastating Croatian winger has been a long-term target for Mourinho but United are still yet to meet the gargantuan £44 million asking price.

Nemanja Matic is also one on the radar; the tough-tackling Serbian International has fallen out of favour with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and could provide the Manchester club with a wonderful defensive option.

Potential and Completed Transfers:

IN: Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof, Ivan Perisic, Nemanja Matic

OUT: Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Ibrahimovic

FINISH: 2nd

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Last Season’s Five Unforgettable Premier League Fixtures

Eventmasters are proud suppliers of the UK’s leading football hospitality packages for the 2017/18 Barclay’s Premier League campaign. In preparation for what promises to be yet another scintillating season of football, we’ve taken a brief trip down memory lane to re-live some of last season’s fiercest encounters between the league’s top performers.

2016 saw former Juventus boss, Antonio Conte, take the reins at Chelsea following their disappointing 10th place finish during the previous year. Under the watchful eye of the animated Italian, Chelsea soared to a tremendous victory and lifted the prestigious Premier League title for the fifth time in their remarkable history.

Fellow challengers, Tottenham Hotspur, were relentless in their pursuit of Chelsea throughout the season but it ended in heartbreak for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side as they fell seven points short of their bitter rivals.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City finished in third to maintain their place in the illustrious Champion’s League but the Spaniard will be hoping for a stronger title challenge this term; and Liverpool signalled their long awaited return to the European elite, snatching fourth place at the eleventh hour from the desperate clutches of Arsenal, who finished fifth.

Premier League stalwarts Manchester United ended their season in sixth place but were delighted to win both the League Cup and the sought after Europa League; Jose Mourinho will now have his eye on the all-important top four as The Red Devils prepare for another mouth-watering season of sparkling football.

Premier League Football Hospitality - Coutinho Liverpool

Fans enjoyed a fantastic selection of thrilling contests between the Premier League’s elite performers last season. Here, we have chosen our top five picks from the outstanding collection:

Arsenal 3 – 4 Liverpool, Sunday 14th August 2016

Jürgen Klopp’s resilient Reds sent the travelling faithful into a state of euphoria as they triumphed over Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side in an exhilarating contest at The Emirates Stadium. The Gunners started the brighter of the two and were rewarded with an early penalty in the 29th minute when a careless Alberto Moreno brought down Theo Walcott in the box. The England International, however, missed the spot kick to the horror of the helpless home fans, but soon made amends 68 seconds later when he drilled in a low effort into the far corner to hand the hosts the lead.

Philippe Coutinho’s splendid free-kick levelled proceedings on the brink of half time, before goals from Adam Lallana, the ever-prolific Coutinho and Sadio Mane turned the contest on its head. Despite Arsenal’s best efforts, they could not muster the strength to recover from a devastating three goal deficit, giving Liverpool a sweet victory to savour.

Arsenal 3 – 0 Chelsea, Saturday 24th September 2016

Home fans were treated to a spectacular Arsenal display at The Emirates Stadium, with Arsene Wenger’s side dispatching an out of sorts Chelsea with consummate ease. The outstanding occasion saw Arsenal end a barren run against Chelsea which dated back as far as 2011. Early goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil made the affair an open and shut case before half time, with Chelsea rarely threatening throughout the game.

However, this telling result represented a remarkable turning point in Chelsea’s season, sparking an outstanding resurgence of form which saw the eventual league winners go on to secure a resounding thirteen wins in a row.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Chelsea, Wednesday 4th January 2017 

Tottenham ended Chelsea’s phenomenal thirteen game winning run with a thrilling 2-0 victory to keep the hosts within touching distance of the coveted number one spot. Two sensational headers from Dele Alli, either side of half time, was enough to give Spurs a comfortable victory in their relentless pursuit of the Premier League title.

Tottenham’s season had been in disarray following a disappointing Champion’s League exit but they responded magnificently to halt Antonio Conte’s runaway Blues. Alli’s delightful double made it an impressive seven goals from his last four games, and it looked like Spurs were once again beginning to gather some much needed momentum as the race for the title began to hot up.

Manchester United 2 – 0 Chelsea, Sunday 16th April 2017

The Premier League title race took a tantalising twist as firm leaders Chelsea suffered a shock defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils. It was the impressive youngster, Marcus Rashford, who struck first to give the hosts the lead, after cleverly beating the offside trap, leaving a bewildered David Luiz in his wake. Ander Herrera added to Chelsea’s misery as his deflected effort, from the edge of the box, flew past Asmir Begovic to give United a reassuring two-goal lead.

Despite Chelsea’s best efforts, they could not break down Manchester United’s back-line and didn’t register a goal, much to the displeasure of the animated Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Manchester United, Sunday 14th May 2017

Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United represented the end of an illustrious era as they faced their final showdown at the historical White Hart Lane. Having called the stadium their home for an astounding 118 years, Spurs produced a fitting send-off with a typically resilient performance.

Victor Wanyama opened the scoring with a powerful bullet header before Golden Boot Winner, Harry Kane, diverted a Christian Eriksen set-piece to give the hosts a comfortable lead.

Manchester United improved vastly in the second half and were rewarded for their endeavours when Wayne Rooney turned home a late cross from Anthony Martial, but despite their best efforts The Red Devils could not spoil White Hart Lane’s final day in the sun.

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Will Scotland manage a home win?

Games between England and Scotland are always tasty affairs and Saturday’s World Cup qualifying clash at Hampden Park will be no different.

The Scots will relish taking on the Auld Enemy especially after their 3-0 hiding at Wembley. A packed crowd will be baying for a victory hoping to inspire the team to great deeds. On paper, there should only be one winner, England.

The Scottish squad is made up of largely Championship players, while England has a side from the upper reaches of the Premier League.
But Hampden can be a bear pit and England will have to adjust. They must avoid getting spooked, try and take the sting out of the Scots, and deflate them with an early goal. Gordon Strachan’s side is fourth in Group F at the midway point of the qualifiers. With five games played and with a record of two wins, a draw and two defeats, Scotland, on seven points, trail group leaders England by six, Slovakia by two and Slovenia by a single point. The group winners go through to the finals while the best eight runners-up play in two-legged play-off matches.
Scotland is vulnerable in defence and less than prolific in attack. The days when they had great players like Denis Law, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness are long gone. Former Scotland star Richard Gough admitted:

“It’s going to be a difficult game against England. They are better than us. We just have to hope we catch them on a bad day. “Eight out of ten times, I would imagine they would win the game. That’s just being realistic.

“In the days I was involved in these games, there was no inferiority. For these boys (in the current squad), if you are playing in the Championship and they are playing for Manchester United, there is a wee bit of something because you are not that used to playing against them. It was club team-mates of mine I was facing when I played against England.

“I’ve got a great picture at my home of the Scotland team from around that time. Steve Archibald is there, who was playing for Barcelona. Souness had just won the European Cup — for the third time. We had good players.”

No longer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who won the Premier League golden boot with 29 goals after a superb end to the domestic campaign, is set to lead the line for England. He commented:

“It is a massive game, everyone knows how big England versus Scotland is with the rivalry that we have. “We just want to go out there and do it again – we know it will be a bit tougher doing it away from home but with the team, we have got and the confidence we have got we know we just have to go out there and not get too caught up in the moment. “You have to be professional. Of course, it is going to be a passionate game but it’s about being calm and composed and sticking to the game plan. I feel we can do that.”

Should be a cracking occasion.

Summer Transfer Window – Who Should Your Club Sign?

 

After a fantastic finish to the 2016/17 Premier League season, it’s time for clubs to focus on the summer transfer window. In this article we have given our opinions on who each of the ‘top 6’ clubs should try to sign before the start of the new season.

Arsenal search for a new striker…

Arsenal’s chairman Chips Keswick has given Arsene Wenger £100m to spend this summer. The Gunners’ are looking to sign Malaga duo, Sandro Ramirez and Pablo Fornals, but also looking to keep their talisman Alexis Sanchez and creator Mezut Ozil, both only have 12 months left on their lucrative contracts. Their FA triumph and improved salaries of £200k + will play a big part in the negotiations.

Arsenal targets:

Dream – Kylian Mbappé Lottin

Realistic – Alexandre Lacazette

Eventmasters suggest – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Wildcard – Anthony Martial

Champions Chelsea looks to bolster their squad…

New Champions, Chelsea, are prepared to splash the cash on Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. Their main target for defence is Dutch centre-back, Virgil Van Dijk, from Southampton but are prepared to explore other options. Despite their Premier League triumph, Conte will struggle to keep Eden Hazard if Real Madrid submit a world-record transfer fee of £100m. The La Liga Champions believes Zidane’s presence will help entice Hazard to leave.

Chelsea targets:

Dream –Jerome Boateng

Realistic – Álvaro Morata

Eventmasters suggest – Andrea Belotti

Wildcard – Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United need real quality to win the Premier League…

The UEL winners, Manchester United, have also been approached by the Spanish giants for their formidable goalkeeper David De Gea. The rumours are that Manchester United have already rejected a £60m bid. Mourinho will be reluctant to sell their star goalkeeper as the summer transfer window kicks into gear.

The Red Devils are keen on signing a list of players from La Liga this year, Antoine Griezmann being one. If the French-man is to leave Atletico this summer Old Trafford looks to be the most realistic destination.

Manchester United targets:

Dream – Gareth Bale

Realistic – Antoine Griezmann

Eventmasters suggest – Paulo Dybala

Wildcard – Sergio Aguero

Manchester City prepares to splash the cash…

Manchester City has made their intentions clear early in the transfer window by signing one of the hottest prospects in Europe; Bernardo Silva from Monaco. If the rumours are true then Benfica’s young goalkeeper Ederson will also be signed for City in the coming days bringing their spending to over £70m… but they are nowhere near finished. Pep Guardiola has already admitted that he wants to bring in new full-backs with Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy all on the shortlist.

Man City targets:

Dream – David Alaba

Realistic – Ederson Santana de Moraes

Eventmasters suggest – Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez (Isco)

Wildcard – Daley Blind

Tottenham search for the missing piece of the puzzle…

Spurs finished 2nd in the 16/17 Premier League despite having the best attack, best defence and the league’s top goal scorer. Tottenham only needs a couple of signings that will add real quality to the squad. So far Tottenham have kept their cards close to their chest but they will, without a doubt, be working hard behind the scenes to prepare for next season.  Crystal Palace’s star man Zaha is a name heavily linked with a move to Spurs, but Palace has said they will accept no less than £30m.

Tottenham targets:

Dream – Marco Reus

Realistic – Wilfred Zaha

Eventmasters suggest – Yannick Ferreira Carrasco

Wildcard – Demarai Gray

Liverpool to make quality additions to their squad…

Liverpool finished 4th in the Premier League last season securing Champions League football. At the start of the season most Liverpool fans would have been more than happy with that, however they started the season so well that some fans would have expected more. The Reds do not have the biggest squad compared to their rivals and really struggled over the Christmas period with a number of injured. Klopp will need to make quality additions to his squad to really challenge for the title. In recent weeks they have been linked with RB Leipzig star Naby Keïta, Virgil Van Dijk and Lacazette.

Liverpool targets:

Dream – Alexandre Lacazette

Realistic – Virgill Van Dijk

Eventmasters suggest – Kasper Dolberg

Wildcard – Ross Barkely

What’s next?

From now until 31st August 2017 every team across Europe will be competition for quality players in the transfer market. Most managers will want to get their transfer business sorted early to avoid the hectic Transfer Dead Line Day.

During summer 2016 Paul Pogba became the most expensive footballer in history following his £89m move to Manchester United. The combined spend of Premier League clubs also exceeded £900m.

Could these records be broken again this summer?

The 2017/18 Premier League Season – Fixture Announcement

Eventmasters are delighted to be able to once again provide official football hospitality packages at a range of clubs during the 2017/18 season.

The fixtures for the new season are released on Wednesday 14th June 2017.