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Premier League Preview – Game Week 2 2017/18 Season

Chelsea bounced back from their shock home defeat to Burnley as they capitalised on Tottenham’s Wembley jinx.

They won 2-1 with a brace from Marcos Alonso.

Hugely disappointing for Mauricio Pochettino’s side who are playing their home matches at the national stadium this season as White Hart Lane undergoes renovation.

They thought they had a point when Michy Batshuayi headed Christian Eriksen’s cross into his own net on 82 minutes.

But Chelsea found a late winner to get them up and running in the Premier League.

Barely deserved – the shot goes under Hugo Lloris who definitely should have saved it – as Spurs were dominant. Yet Harry Kane still can’t score goals in August. Remarkable.

Different season but the same old Arsenal – can’t beat bogie side Stoke City.

The Gunners went down 1-0 in the bear pit that is the BET365 Stadium.

Former Real Madrid winger Jese Rodriguez got the goal 90 seconds into the second half, put in by Saido Berahino, and the home side hung on from there.

In truth, Arsenal did not have many chances.

Alexandre Lacazette rifled in but was adjudged marginally offside.

But Stoke were dogged and unusually Arsenal were struggling to create

A very disappointing day for the Londoners, just the sort of game they need to win if they are to challenge for glory.

Not that the Stoke crowd cared – they cheered their team’s every kick and howled derision on Arsenal’s every mistake.

Manchester United smashed a poor Swansea City 4-0 away.

Eric Bailly give United a 1-0 lead at half time, but took their time to seal it.

Romelu Lukaku made it two in the 80th minute, Paul Pogba added a third and substitute Anthony Martial fired in low to give United a second 4-0 win from their first two matches of the campaign.

Manager Jose Mourinho has never failed to win the league title in his second season at a club and already looks to be on target.

Liverpool will be exultant at getting three points and a clean sheet at Anfield.

Sadio Mane did the business as Crystal Palace suffered a second straight defeat.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were heading for a frustrating draw after wasting a string of chances when Mane prodded past Wayne Hennessey for his second league goal of the campaign.

Liverpool battered the Palace defence with 16 shots – half of them on target – but for once could not extend their lead.

 

Eventmasters in Birmingham Moseley sponsorship package

Sports hospitality agency Eventmasters has got behind Birmingham Moseley’s 1st XV.

The firm has agreed a third season’s sponsorship deal for its name to go on the rugby team’s shorts.

“We believe we are front-runners in the Midlands and beyond at what we do and this is definitely the only occasion we have ever brought up the rear,” quipped Eventmasters managing director Denise Sheasby.

“We are committing a significant four-figure sum but believe it is money well spent. Moseley may have been bottom of the pile last year, being unfortunately relegated from the Championship, but this season, with an impressive new squad, should be up there challenging in National League One for an immediate return.

“With its new stand – opened last year – putting extra bums on seats, positioning itself very much as a corporate hospitality venue for everything from conferences to weddings, Moseley can look forward to a successful future.”

The new season also sees Birmingham Moseley face Coventry for the first time since 2010 in what is North Midlands rugby’s most famous fixture – the pair clashed at Billesley Common in the first coming-together on Saturday September 10 with Birmingham Moseley victorious 19-14.

Eventmasters, which also has a catering arm, provide hospitality solutions at a wide range of sporting events outside of their official appointed at Twickenham for International Rugby including horse racing, football, cricket, tennis and a variety of other sports.

 

Premier League Game Week 4 Preview

After the international break the Premier League returns for Game Week Four of action and what a weekend it promises to be with Liverpool taking on Leicester City and the big one, Mourinho v Guardiola – The Manchester Derby.

Manchester United v Manchester City kicks-off a fantastic weekend of Premier League football

It is the clash of the Manchester giants this weekend – Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho pitted against Pep Guardiola.

Mouth-watering. Expect the pair to be stalking the touchline, screaming at their players, lots of arm-waving and gesticulation, and saving plenty of glares for each other.

Hopefully those on the pitch won’t be too pumped up or it could spell trouble. In matches between Pep and Jose sides down the years, no fewer than 10 players have been sent off.

But this will be their first Premier League encounter. Mourinho and Guardiola’s relationship stretches back more than 20 years, when they were together at Barcelona as assistant coach and player.

At first relations were relatively close but it all went sour as they found themselves under huge pressure when in opposing dugouts for games between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

When Mourinho took over at United, he took a pragmatic approach when asked about Guardiola, stating: “If in the Premier League I was to focus on him and Manchester City and he were to focus on me and Manchester United, someone else would be champion.”

Both have three wins out of three so far this season so something has to give. With the teams a work in progress, big signings, a huge clear-out of unwanted stars, it will be an intriguing contest.

And it will certainly amount to more than Zlatan Ibrahimović – he loathes Guardiola too incidentally after an acrimonious year at Barcelona – versus John Stones as is being talked up.

Will Jose play Marcus Rashford after his late substitute appearance and winning goal against Hull, plus the 18-year-old’s hat-trick for England Under-21s in their 6-1 thrashing of Norway?

City will be without suspended top scorer Sergio Aguero,

It all may come too soon for Ilkay Gundogan but the central midfielder, signed from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer, is nearing his Manchester City debut as he gradually recovers from a dislocated kneecap.

Could he make the bench perhaps?

Arsenal face Southampton – while Liverpool open their new stand with a clash against champions Leicester City

Arsenal take on Southampton at the Emirates with centre-forward Olivier Giroud back to full fitness. He has been eased into the season after his exertions over the summer as France reached the final of Euro 2016.

Alexis Sanchez has been leading the line to date so it will be interesting to see how Arsene Wenger shuffles his pack and whether he gives a starting berth to new signing Lucas Perez.

Liverpool welcome Leicester to Anfield, the Reds’ first home match of the season due to work on the new Main Stand – it will be officially in use for the first time. High profile signing from Southampton, Sadio Mane, has confirmed he will be fit despite picking up a knock on international duty with Senegal.

Liverpool’s inconsistency remains a worry, so far featuring a win against Arsenal, defeat at Burnley and a draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

It leaves them 11th in the table albeit it is early days.

Chelsea looking to continue perfect start – Tottenham Hotspur looking to pick up momentum

Swansea v Chelsea on Sunday will be a further opportunity to see how the Stamford Bridge squad are coming together. New manager Antonio Conte has nine points out of nine, an excellent start after last season’s angst.

David Luiz is back following a £32 million transfer deadline day move from PSG and it will be fascinating to see where he fits in.

Fellow new boy Marcos Alonso, signed from Fiorentina is set to take the left-back slot, with current incumbent Cesar Azpilcueta shifting to his more natural right side.

Stoke and Tottenham Hotspur will be a clash of styles, the more rumbustious Stoke approach against the silky skills of Spurs. The London side will see clever midfielder Christian Eriksen pulling the strings – he has signed a new contract, keeping him with the club until 2020.

The Denmark international, aged 24, has made 134 appearances for Tottenham since joining them from Ajax in August 2013.

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Jose Mourinho holds first Manchester United press conference

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has held his first press conference since taking charge of the Old Trafford club.

‘The Special One’ took charge of the Red Devils after previous manager Louis Van Gaal was sacked in May, shortly after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

At his first press conference the 53-year-old stated, “I think it is a job everyone wants and not many have a chance to have and I have it.”

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager has wasted little time in making additions to his squad having already secured the signatures of defender Eric Bailly (FC Villarreal) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) and Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG).

These signings are certainly exciting additions to the Manchester United squad and they are sure to be fan favourites at The Theatre of Dreams.

Another superstar could soon be about to join the ranks with rumours circulating that France and Juventus star Paul Pogba could be on his way to the Premier League in a deal worth £100 million.

Mourinho looking to bring titles back to Manchester United in the 2016/17 season

After rivals Manchester City unveiled new manager Pep Guardiola on Sunday, Mourinho laid down the gauntlet to his old foe, stating that he is at United to “win it all”.

Mourinho said in his press conference: “It would be quite pragmatic to say let’s work and let’s try to be back to the Champions League, be back to the top four.

“I am not good on that and I didn’t want to be good on that. I am more aggressive. We want to win. I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well.”

The Portuguese maestro then went on to add that the style of play under previous managers David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal would be a thing of the past, saying: “I could not approach this job in a defensive point of view by saying the best we did was fourth and the FA Cup.

“I can’t go there. The last three years, I want to forget. I don’t want the players to start by thinking we have to do better.”

Mourninho will be the first Manchester United manager in 29-years to begin a season without Ryan Giggs at the club.

The record-appearance holder has been part of the coaching staff in recent-years but has ended his nearly three-decade association with the club.

But Mourinho has vowed to move club captain Wayne Rooney further up the field saying: “Maybe he is not a striker any more, maybe he is not a number nine any more, but with me he will never be a number six or somebody who plays 50 metres away from the goal.”

One thing is for sure the season is sure to be an explosive one with Mourinho at the helm.

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Jose Mourinho confirmed as new Manchester United manager

Manchester United have confirmed Jose Mourinho as their new manager, with the ‘Special One’ signing a three-year-deal at Old Trafford.

On Monday United announced that manager Louis Van Gaal would leave the club, 48-hours after delivering the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley; the clubs first win in the competition for 12-years.

Mourinho won the Premier League title with Chelsea in the 2014/15 season, but was unable to reach the same levels in 2015/16 and left Stamford Bridge in December. But his record as a manager is unrivalled, particularly in the Premier League where his 66% win ratio is the best in the history of the league.

After a turbulent two seasons under Van Gaal, which has seen vocal criticism from both fans and pundits for the style of play, it will be interesting to see how Mourinho changes things. But one thing is for certain, ‘The Special One’ guarantees success.

Manchester United a special club for the Special One

Manchester United released a statement saying: “Jose, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.”

While Mourinho added, “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”

The move also adds another fascinating subplot to the Manchester Derby, as Mourinho goes head-to-head with new Man City manager Pep Guardiola. The pair enjoyed a superb rivalry when in they were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona – and fans will be hoping for the same levels of drama.

While the potential signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will excite the Old Trafford crowds.

One thing is for sure the Premier League needs Mourinho and it is great to have him back.

 

Premier League Game Week 29 Preview

After some thrilling midweek action, Premier League football returns this weekend with the 29th round of action featuring some superb matches including the North London Derby as Tottenham Hotspur face Arsenal, in a crucial title showdown.

During the week none of the top four sides registered a victory which meant Leicester City maintained their three point lead over the chasing pack. While Liverpool’s stunning 3-0 win over Manchester City effectively ruled the 2014 champions out of the Premier League title race.

North London Derby could decide the fate of the Premier League title

This weekend’s clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal could be the biggest in the history of this illustrious fixture. Both teams arrive on the back of midweek defeats, but crucially Spurs are just three points off the leaders.

Arsene Wenger hasn’t underplayed the importance of the victory saying “It is one of the few derbies where the title is at stake. It is a big one, a very important one.”

The Gunners will be without star goalkeeper Petr Cech who was injured against Swansea and will miss at least four weeks of action. The Arsenal defence will also be without centre-back Laurent Koscielny who has a damaged calf.

Tottenham seem to have no fresh injury concerns and will have Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli back in contention in midfield. Spurs form at White Hart Lane has been superb they have won four of their last five league games at White Hart Lane, with their only defeat against title rivals Leicester.

This will be one of the best games of the season, but the injuries in Arsenal’s defence probably just give the edge to Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea looking to stay unbeaten under Hiddink

Chelsea FC continue to go from strength-to-strength under interim manager Gus Hiddink, their 2-1 win over Norwich in the week moved them into 10th place and they can close the gap on the top four to five points with a win against Stoke.

Hiddink could be without John Terry and Pedro who are still recovering from hamstring problems. But Diego Costa is in red-hot form and will once again be key to the Blues chances. Both teams arrive in good form having won their last three league games and this could be a cracker.

Chelsea’s form since the arrival of Hiddink gives them the edge.

Liverpool and Manchester United in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon

Manchester United will be searching for their sixth consecutive win in all competitions when they travel to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion.

Louis Van Gaal’s men have produced some superb performances in recent weeks which have spearheaded by the likes of Juan Mata and teenager Marcus Rashford. The young striker scored twice against Arsenal last week in a 3-2 victory and has been a revelation since making his debut.

West Brom have been rejuvenated in recent weeks and fully deserved their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

Liverpool FC bounced back from their Capital One Cup final defeat with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Man City at Anfield. After the match Jurgen Klopp was full of praise saying: “It was the best reaction I can imagine. It was how it should be. I said to the boys that we have to show that we want it more and from the first second on that was exactly the attitude.

“I think this was the best pressing performance we have done. City had no time to play football.

Klopp’s men are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot and face a trip to Crystal Palace, who are struggling to find any form after a blistering start to the season.

With the likes of Roberto Firmino and James Milner in excellent form, you can really see that Klopp’s philosophy is starting to become engrained in the players. Daniel Sturridge has also returned to lead this potent attacking line-up.

Stand by for another dazzling display from The Reds.

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Premier League Game Week 25 Preview

After some fantastic midweek encounters the Premier League continues this weekend with round 25 of action. Once again there are some huge encounters including Manchester City v Leicester and Chelsea v Manchester United.

Liverpool FC v Sunderland

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side will be looking to bounce back after their midweek loss at league leaders Leicester. The German could welcome back influential midfielder Philippe Coutinho who has missed the past month with a hamstring injury.

Roberto Firmino will be looking to maintain his excellent run of form, with his goals and assists proving crucial in recent games. A loss would mean consecutive Premier League losses at Anfield for the first time since 2012.

But the Reds should have too much for their struggling opponents and three points could move them back into the top seven of the Barclays Premier League.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Watford

High flying Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to continue their sensational form as they face Watford at White Hart Lane. Another victory could lift Spurs into the top two of the Barclays Premier League.

The performances of Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been crucial to Spurs run of form. The pair both scored in the 3-0 win over Norwich in the week and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping Alli is fit to play after dizzy spells.

Kane has 14 goals in his last 15 Premier League games and with the form he is in it is hard to see Watford getting anything from their trip to White Hart Lane.

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Chelsea v Manchester United

The big game on Sunday is the clash of the two Dutch managers as Gus Hiddink takes on Louis Van Gaal.

Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League since Hiddink took over from Jose Mourinho. He will have a fully fit squad to pick from and will be hoping Diego Costa continues his fine form along with midfielder Oscar.

Wayne Rooney and Manchester United seem to have rediscovered there scoring touch and blew Stoke City away in the week with a stunning 3-0 win. They will be confident of getting a positive result from Stamford Bridge.

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