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Spurs Transfers Talk: Trippier for Juventus, Liverpool rivalry and £47.7 million for Ceballos?

Tottenham Hotspurs are the first team in Premier League history that have failed to sign a single player in two transfer windows. With the upcoming summer transfer window, its time Daniel Levy allows Mauricio Pochettino to introduce some new faces to the team as they step into a new era.

Spurs are keen to sign 22-year-old midfielder Dani Ceballos this year, who has impressed Pochettino with his exciting performance in the European Championships. Real Madrid have signed five new players so far, so are likely to be letting some go to balance the books and Ceballos is one they seem happy to release at the right price. After Julen Lopetegui was fired, the Spaniard struggled for game time last season as he became secondary under Santiago Salari’s management. He is eager to play in top-flight football and showcase his ability, so is open to the prospect of signing to another European team.

Aside from Spurs, AC Milan and Arsenal have been showing interest in Ceballos. Milan are pressing hard for the midfielder and are prepared to pull out all the stops but his price tag is proving to be an issue for the Serie A club. Madrid are demanding €50 million for the youngster – a price Tottenham can afford and then some. Recent reports also say that Spurs are best placed to secure Ceballos in the summer transfer window but the Gunners are also willing to pay the Spanish giants asking price for the player. However, the Premier League might not be only thing tempting the Spaniard, and whilst both Spurs and Arsenal can offer Champions League football next season, Tottenham Hotspurs are doing better on the pitch than their North London rivals.

One Spurs player that has reached a crossroads in his career is Kieran Trippier. The right-back had a tough season this year and his poor form has put his future at Spurs in question. His finish this season also saw the England international star being axed from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the UEFA Nations League fixtures, even in spite of Spurs reaching the Champions League final in Madrid.

The interest Spurs have in buying Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon this transfer window spells bad news for Trippier. Reports suggest that Levy is willing to sell the right-back for £25 million to help fund Pochettino’s interest in new players, with Tanguy Ndombele, Andreas Skov Olsen and William Saliba all in talks to be signed. However, the 28-year-old has attracted interest from Juventus and Napoli and it is thought that the Serie A teams could go into a bidding war over Trippier, which plays right into the hands of Pochettino and Daniel Levy. Not only would they be making a huge profit after signing the player for £3.5m from Burnley in 2015 but should the Italian teams make higher offers, Spurs will see an increase in their summer transfer money pot.

To land Ndombele, Tottenham will have to pay Lyon £63 million this summer. The talented midfielder has already hailed Spurs as a “great team” and has shown interest in signing. Ndombele is also on the radar for other European football giants, such as Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but Pochettino is pressing for the deal and has allegedly already offered £60m.

Danish winger Andreas Skov Olsen, has also been monitored by Mauricio Pochettino. The youngster had an impressive run in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring nineteen Superligaen goals, three in the Europa League qualifying and three in the Superligaen Championships. He is rumoured to cost £15m and could be a great asset to the Tottenham squad.

Spurs face more competition with Arsenal, who are also eager to sign St. Etienne’s defender William Saliba. A deal has supposedly already been reached and personal terms have been agreed with Emery. But Emery is yet to propose a figure for the 18-year-old and rumours have sparked that The Gunners are unable to afford the hefty transfer fee. This gives Spurs opportunity to pursue Saliba, who’s £22m price tag comes at no major cost to them. The race begins for these North London rivals as Saliba, who has quickly established himself as highly regarded player, could be a great addition to either team.

Another player that might be coming to end of his run at Spurs is Christian Eriksen. Eriksen has spoken openly about wanting to try a new challenge, having played for Tottenham since 2013. Tottenham are reluctant to let him go, with recent reports stating a new four-year deal has been offered to Eriksen with a significantly higher pay rise but Manchester United and Juventus are also looking to sign the playmaker and he is keen to go elsewhere.

Real Madrid had their eyes set on the midfielder and things were almost official but after Spurs lost to Liverpool in the Champions League, the deal fell through and now it is United’s Paul Pogba on Madrid’s radar. It’s yet to be confirmed where the 27-year-old will go but Levy will have to drop the £130m valuation on Eriksen if he is to fulfil Pochettino’s requests to strengthen his squad.

Tottenham are also keen to secure West Brom youngster Rekeem Harper but face competition from rivals Liverpool, as well as Celtic and Juventus. The midfielder’s contract has expired at The Hawthorns and after his compelling performance in The Championships for the Baggies, the 19-year-old has become a wanted man. Though Harper is a free agent, his transfer would require a compensation fee be paid to West Brom due to his age.

However, the Baggies new manager Slaven Bilic reportedly wants to discuss a new deal with the youngster but with three top-flight clubs after his services, Harper could be tempted to leave the Championship league. Spurs is known for taking young Championship players and developing them into firing talents and the teen has plenty of potential. At the moment his future remains up in the air.

Spurs have not signed anyone since Lucas Moura in January 2018 but will no doubt be bringing in new faces for next season.

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Premier League Review: Match Week 3

The Weekend’s Premier League instalment certainly didn’t disappoint this week, with Pochettino’s fluid Spurs side undoubtedly stealing the headlines.

The Lilywhites thrashed Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford as the home side’s troubled start to the season continued. Jose Mourinho, critical of his players and frustrated at the failure to make further signings, cut a sombre figure at the end, with some wondering whether it might also be the end for the controversial manager if there is a failure to improve.

Strangely he had midfielder Ander Herrera in a three-man central defensive system alongside Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof dropped.

Mourinho was desperate to add central defensive reinforcements in the transfer window, yet he was the man who signed Bailly and Lindelof at a cost of more than £60 million. Is third-year syndrome, when Mourinho either leaves clubs or is moved on, about to bite again? Harry Kane’s header put Spurs in command at the start of the second half. Lucas Moura doubled their lead two minutes later and the Brazilian scored a second late on to make things emphatic.

One hundred per cent records for Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Watford, three wins out of three, so far this season.

Liverpool saw Mohamed Salah’s first-half strike secure a 1-0 victory over a battling Brighton side. Salah, who scored a record 38 goals in the Premier League last season, clinically finished off the inside of the post. Wolves managed a deserved point after they held Manchester City 1-1 at Molineux.

The visitors hit the post twice in the first half – first through Sergio Aguero and then when Wolves keeper Rui Patricio brilliantly turned Raheem Sterling’s 25-yard drive onto the bar. Wolves’ striker Raul Jimenez had a goal ruled out for offside. And the hosts took the lead in controversial fashion when defender Willy Boly’s attempted diving header went in off his hand from Joao Moutinho’s free-kick.

An Aymeric Laporte header rescued a point for the champions. Both sides had opportunities in the closing stages, with Aguero’s free-kick glancing off the bar with virtually the last kick of the game.

Arsenal managed their first win under new head coach Unai Emery, beating West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were caught out on the counter for the opener, West Ham captain Marko Arnautovic slotting low past Petr Cech. Nacho Monreal struck back, firing into an unguarded net after Bellerin’s cross deflected into his path off Alex Iwobi.

Hammers’ debutant Issa Diop diverted Alexandre Lacazette’s volley across the area into his own net and then Danny Welbeck sealed it in added time. The result perhaps flattered Arsenal whose defensive frailties remain.

Chelsea went to Newcastle and turned over the Geordies 2-1. Eden Hazard, on his first start this season, netted from the penalty spot in the 76th minute before substitute Joselu levelled with a terrific header at St James’ Park. But late on Newcastle were sucker punched when Marcos Alonso’s shot deflected in off DeAndre Yedlin. Chelsea dominated the game with 82 per cent possession.

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Premier League Review: Match Week 2

It was a tale of two Manchesters as City thrashed Huddersfield 6-1 while United went down 3-2 at Brighton.

For City, Sergio Aguero scored a superb hat-trick. “I never saw him like this since I was here,” said manager Pep Guardiola. “He is in an incredible condition with the ball and without the ball.” Other City scorers were Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and a Terence Kongolo own goal.

Huddersfield managed a consolation through Jon Gorenc Stankovic. Aguero now has nine Premier League hat-tricks – level with former Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City striker Robbie Fowler. Only ex-Blackburn and Newcastle forward Alan Shearer (11) has managed more.

United have had a toxic start to the new season with Jose Mourinho at his most irascible. Now it has spread to on the field.
Brighton stunned a lacklustre United with three first-half strikes. They took the lead on 25 minutes, when Glenn Murray flicked home Solly March’s low cross. Just two minutes later, Shane Duffy stroked home his first Premier League goal.

Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit 11 minutes before the break, but then Eric Bailly brought down Pascal Gross inside the area and Gross converted the penalty to restore the two-goal advantage. Paul Pogba netted an injury-time spot kick after Duffy fouled Marouane Fellaini. But it was too little too late. United have now conceded four goals in their opening two games of the season – it took them nine to let in that many last term.

Spurs comfortably beat Fulham 3-1. Indeed so comfortable was it that all the headlines focussed on Harry Kane finally scoring his first league goal in August. Lucas Moura had opened the account with his breakthrough Premier League goal, curling one beyond Fabri’s dive. Moura is already shaping up to be an influential performer now he has found his feet in English football.
Fulham, who lost to Crystal Palace in their first game back in the top flight following promotion, levelled as a result of clever improvisation by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Kieran Trippier restored Tottenham’s lead with a trademark free-kick. Then they got a third as Kane turned his marker and slotted the ball into the far corner of the net. The August jinx had lasted for 1,065 minutes over five seasons. “It is nice to put it to bed,” he commented.

Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 but the London sides have much to do if they are to challenge for the title.
Both defences were opened up at will and arguably the Gunners should have won, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi missing three absolute sitters in front of goal.

Chelsea built a two-goal advantage inside the first 20 minutes as Pedro turned in Marcos Alonso’s cross and Alvaro Morata added another. Mkhitaryan pulled one back with a low shot that Chelsea’s new £71 million keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga should have saved.
Iwobi then put the away side on level terms.

However, Chelsea controlled the second half, and claimed victory, Alonso sweeping in substitute Eden Hazard’s cross nine minutes from time to make it successive wins for new coach Maurizio Sarri and two defeats for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

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Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks to Kick-Start the NFL’s New Deal with Tottenham

An exciting new era of sport looks set to grace Tottenham Hotspurs’ new stadium in October as two of America’s signature NFL sides lock horns in the brand new state-of-the-art arena.

The NFL announced their London fixtures on Thursday 11th January for 2018 with the Oakland Raiders playing host to the Seattle Seahawks in Week Six of the NFL’s 2018/19 season.

Having won the Super Bowl on three separate occasions, the Raiders will certainly represent a formidable opponent for the Seahawks, who themselves claimed the coveted accolade in 2014.

The teams play host to some of the biggest names in the NFL with honourable mentions including quarterbacks Derek Carr and Russell Wilson as well as running back Marshawn Lynch and cornerback Richard Sherman.

The hotly anticipated NFL London 2018 fixture is set to mark the start of an exciting 10-year partnership between Spurs and the NFL.

The game will represent the NFL’s inaugural game at the new London venue – a setting which will feature an array of impressive purpose-built facilities.

The deal, which was initially announced in 2015, will see regular season games staged at Spurs’ new stadium from 2018 onwards. The new state-of-the-art arena, scheduled to officially open in the summer, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath, a feature which has been created specifically for NFL games. Customised designs for the NFL, including a dedicated entrance, purpose-built dressing rooms as well as media and medical facilities will also prominently feature.

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman, Daniel Levy, stated his delight at the deal and the progress made by the Club recently by saying: ‘This is a milestone year for the Club as look ahead to the opening of our new stadium and all that it will bring to the area of Tottenham.

‘The NFL will bring a whole new audience to the local area, showcase Tottenham and bring further economic and social benefits with truly global coverage and attraction’.

Tottenham’s temporary home, the Wembley Stadium, will also play host to the NFL this year, with the Jacksonville Jaguars facing the Philadelphia Eagles and the LA Chargers hosting the Tennessee Titans. The two exciting fixtures will commence on the weekends of October 21st and 28th respectively. It certainly makes for a thrilling International season!

Prepare Yourself for a Fabulous Festive Period of Football

The Barclay’s Premier League season has certainly kicked off in style in 2017, with fans having already enjoyed a feast of fascinating fixtures this year. With the latest International break having ended, fans can now relish goals, gaffs and unmissable drama as they witness an action-packed festive period of Premier League football. Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest football hospitality packages for the thrilling 2017/18 season. Treat your esteemed clientele to a match day unlike any other with our unrivalled corporate entertainment facilities.

In preparation for what promises to be a thrilling December period, we highlight four of the showcase fixtures to follow this term.

Arsenal v Manchester United – Saturday 2nd December 2017

Fixtures between these two Premier League giants always promise to be highly charged. With thrilling drama, splendid goals and a fierce managerial rivalry to match, fans can certainly relish a pulsating 90 minutes of unrivalled action. It was Arsenal who stole the bragging rights when last the two met at the Emirates Stadium, with two quick-fire goals from Granit Xhaka and former Red Devil, Danny Welbeck, securing a famous victory to halt United’s impressive 25-match unbeaten run.

This term Arsene Wenger’s Gunners must rediscover the form that saw them conquer Jose Mourinho’s high-flying side, but with the latter currently jostling for position at the very top of the table, it will certainly prove to be a challenging ordeal. United hope to welcome back midfield maestro, Paul Pogba, to their ranks in the coming days following his recovery from injury, and will also call on Belgian hitman, Romelu Lukaku to supply an imposing attacking threat. Arsenal on the other hand will have an array of offensive options available, with Frenchman, Alexandre Lacazette, who currently boasts 6 Premier League goals, likely to lead the line. It should make for a fascinating encounter.

Liverpool v Everton – Sunday 10th December 2017

The pulsating Merseyside derby barely needs any introduction. With a match-day atmosphere unrivalled by most, fans can certainly relish a fixture brimming with passion and ferocity. Last season the Liverpool faithful were treated to a footballing masterclass at Anfield, with goals from Messrs Mane, Coutinho and Origi dispatching their Evertonian rivals with consummate ease. It will certainly be a fixture to excite the masses this year with Jurgen Klopp’s man eagerly eyeing a place in the coveted top four.

Everton on the other hand are enduring a difficult period of form. Having sacked Dutchman, Ronald Koeman, following a poor run of results that has seen them exit Europe and drop to the lower reaches of the Premier League table, they are in desperate search of some positive results. A vital win at home to Watford on November 5th will have lifted the side’s spirits no-end but with no permanent managerial appointment currently on the horizon, it remains a period of uncertainty for Everton fans.

Manchester United v Manchester City – Sunday 10th December 2017

Immediately following the captivating Merseyside Derby comes the fixture that sits at the very forefront of the English footballing calendar. Two sides. Two managers. One unparalleled rivalry. The two Premier League giants last met at Old Trafford in September 2016, with the Sky Blues stealing a 2-1 victory from the desperate clutches of their Manchester rivals. Goals from the ubiquitous Kevin De Bruyne and Kalechi Iheanacho were enough to claim the spoils despite a late surge from Mourinho’s men to snatch an equaliser.

This season, Pep Guardiola’s City side appear to be in rampant form, having only dropped two points from 11 games all season. With a devastating attacking arsenal which includes the talismanic De Bruyne, the lightening-quick Sane and ever-prolific Aguero, City will be vying to dominate from the first whistle.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 16th December 2017

As Christmas draws ever nearer, fans can tide their impatience with a trip to this captivating Premier League encounter. With both sides jostling for the top position in the league this season, there will certainly be a great deal at stake. Fans were treated to a fascinating spectacle at the Etihad Stadium in January as the league’s high-fliers played out a pulsating 2-2 draw. Despite Guardiola’s men racing into 2 goal lead after half time, courtesy of Leory Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, it was Pochettino’s men who demonstrated their resilience, pulling two back swiftly to bring the game level.

This term, the playing field looks to be finely poised with both sides enjoying some fine form so far. Will Tottenham’s boy wonder, Harry Kane, be on hand to put a spanner in Guardiola’s seemingly faultless plan, or will City’s Sergio Aguero claim the bragging rights? There’s not long to wait!

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The Premier League’s Ones To Watch

The Barclay’s Premier League season has certainly kicked off in style in 2017, with fans having already enjoyed a feast of fascinating fixtures this year. Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest football hospitality packages for the thrilling 2017/18 season. Treat your esteemed clientele to a match day unlike any other with our unrivalled corporate entertainment facilities.

As we all look ahead to more frenzied football action in the months to come, why not whet the appetite with our chosen ‘ones to watch’ for 2017/18?

Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne

The ubiquitous Belgian midfielder, who is already staking a formidable claim for player of the season, appears to be going from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola. De Bruyne, who endured a frustrating three year spell at Chelsea previously, has dazzled the City faithful with his intricate passing range and keen eye for goal. The City talisman, who boasted the highest assist rate in the 2016/17 campaign has certainly started the new season in the same vein, having already added 5 assists and a goal to his impressive tally.

His skilful showcase on the pitch appears to be matched only by his refreshing modesty and attitude demonstrated off it, and Manchester City fans are surely savouring every moment. The Sky Blues must have one eye over their shoulder however; as when the January Transfer Window looms, Europe’s elite will undoubtedly be keeping tabs on the gifted playmaker.

Manchester United – Romelu Lukaku

The Red Devils’ record signing has certainly lived up to expectations thus far, registering an impressive 7 goals in 8 appearances this season. The towering Belgian has posed as a constant menace to Premier League defences this year with his fantastic aerial presence and devastating pace proving too much for most to handle.

At just 24, United’s striking sensation is undoubtedly an early frontrunner for the 2017/18 Golden Boot Award, having narrowly missed out on the distinguished accolade the previous season. If his tremendous early-season form continues to blossom, there is no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side couldn’t realistically challenge for the title.

Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane

The prolific English hitman certainly requires no introduction. Having secured the coveted Golden Boot award for the previous two successive seasons, Spurs’ in-form striker is undoubtedly the one to watch this year. Following his recent captaincy for the National side during the World Cup Qualifiers, the 24 year old is consistently demonstrating maturity beyond his years, acting as an inspirational figurehead for fans and players alike.

With a keen eye for goal, a terrific right foot and an aptitude for finding space in a heavily congested penalty area, Kane is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s most lethal strikers. His recent nomination for the prestigious Ballon d’Or Award only serves to highlight his fantastic contribution to the sport. Whether Spurs can keep hold of him in the summer remains to be seen.

Chelsea – Alvaro Morata

Antonio Conte had made it no secret that he was keen to add to his attacking arsenal before the beginning of the new season. Having deemed Diego Costa surplus to requirements in the summer, the animated Italian was desperate to see a new talisman to lead the line, with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata becoming the subsequent choice.

The prolific front man does appear to represent a fine acquisition for Chelsea so far, with the Spanish International already netting 6 Premier League goals for the Blues in just 7 appearances. He played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, scoring the all-important equaliser to give the visitors a much-needed foothold in the game.

Boasting a fabulous skillset which includes, pace, precision and a strong aerial presence, Morata is considered an excellent replacement for the recently departed Diego Costa. Whether he will surpass the Spaniard’s impeccable goal-scoring record is another question however.

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

Joining the Gunners from Olympique Lyonnais in the summer, the talented Frenchman is widely viewed by critics as a deadly attacking outlet. Having amassed a phenomenal 129 goals in 275 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, Arsene Wenger will be relishing the thought of having a prolific goal-scorer amongst his attacking arsenal. The French International has already netted on four occasions for the London club following his move to the Emirates Stadium and fans will surely be relishing what is to come from the frontman in the future months.

With blistering pace, a lethal right foot and a commendable goal-scoring record, Lacazette certainly looks to be a coup for Arsenal; could the Frenchman be in contention for the Golden Boot award this year? Time will tell.

Liverpool – Mohammed Salah

Mohammed Salah, has seamlessly settled into life at Anfield following his substantial £34 million move from Serie A stalwarts AS Roma in the summer. With blistering pace, a flawless positional sense and a keen eye for goal, the Egyptian winger has a skillset craved by many. Forming the formidable right arm of Liverpool’s devastating attacking trio, Salah has made a considerable contribution to Liverpool’s offensive outlet, chipping in with 4 goals in just league 8 games.

His electrifying turn of pace and willingness to run in behind has allowed Liverpool to adopt an exciting style of counter-attacking football, and with Messrs Mane and Firmino also in fine form, the Reds have become a real force to be reckoned with. Can they win the Premier League? That remains to be seen.

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Memorable Magic from Tottenham v Chelsea

The second Premier League match weekend kicks off in style tomorrow with a feast of fascinating fixtures for fans to follow. If you’re looking to leave a lasting impression with your esteemed clients, then why not treat them to an unforgettable match day with Eventmasters’ football hospitality packages? With suites available at the country’s finest stadiums and with the finest hospitality service to boot, you’ll be sure to give your guests an incredible memory to treasure.

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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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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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.

Premier League Game Week 32 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 32.

All the big boys stamped their authority on the weekend Premier League games as they ramped their performances up for the final run-in.

The Chelsea title charge continues

Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, outclassing plucky Bournemouth 3-1.

They got lucky with the first goal – Diego Costa’s scuffed shot went in off the head of grounded home defender Adam Smith.

But the second was magnificent.

Eden Hazard raced onto a long pass, rounded Bournemouth stopper Artur Boruc and slid the ball into the net.

Joshua King got one back with a long-range deflected effort.

But Chelsea were always in control and secured the points through Marcos Alonso.

His lovely free-kick cleared the wall and nestled into the net without Boruc even moving.

Tottenham keep the pressure on Chelsea with impressive win

Tottenham made hay in the sun, thrashing Waford 4-0.

Dele Alli curled a beauty into the top corner.

And then the floodgates opened as Eric Dier smashed in a deflected cross and Son Heung-min added a third just before the break.

After half-time Son further confirmed Spurs’ dominance by meeting Kieran Trippier’s cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post.

He could have had a hat-trick, while Harry Kane, returning from injury as a second-half substitute, smacked the bar with a late strike.

Manchester City end their winless run

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League with an easy victory over struggling Hull City.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium as the defender turned in Jesus Navas’ low cross.

Raheem Sterling set up Sergio Aguero and then Fabian Delph picked up a rare score.

Andrea Ranocchia pulled one back late on, as dodgy keeper Claudio Bravo allowed a weak effort to trickle past him.

Brazilian magic saves Liverpool at Stoke

A tale of two halves at Stoke as Liverpool came back to win 2-1.

All Stoke in the first period with Jon Walters heading home Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross.

But Liverpool threw on the Ill Philippe Coutinho and the injured Roberto Firmino and both scored.

The Reds owed the sometimes shaky Simon Mignolet who made a number of fine saves.

It keeps Liverpool well in the race for a Champion League place.

Manchester United keep the pressure on the teams in the top four

Bottom club Sunderland’s got hammered by Manchester United 3-0.

Not helped by playing with 10 men for more than 45 minutes after Sebastian Larsson was red carded for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United ahead with a 20-yard effort, Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 before Marcus Rashford notched the third.

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