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Why this year’s Top 4 Race is Shaping up to be a Historic One

 

The three teams battling for 2 Champions League places are Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal. Some of you may be thinking “but aren’t Manchester City basically safe?”
Not yet. There are are 3 possible scenarios in which these Champions League places  could be decided by a one or two game playoff on neutral grounds. Here’s how the table looks right now:
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Who’s had the better first season: Guardiola or Mourinho?

This article was written by George on Socabol. Check him out on Twitter @georgescbl, and be sure to follow socabol on twitter and instagram (@socabol).

“Which manager has outperformed their predecessor more, Guardiola or Mourinho?” The other day I heard this question be discussed, and after thinking about it for a while, I thought I’d share my views too. Continue reading Who’s had the better first season: Guardiola or Mourinho?

Power Shift in North London?

The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is one of the most recognizable and fierce rivalries in the world. Despite both teams carrying elite status in the Premier League, Arsenal traditionally always had the edge over their rivals in past decades. However, this was certainly not the case in the most recent North London derby, the last ever one at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane. Tottenham carried out a comprehensive 2-0 win over the Gunners, who looked complacent, dull and boring going forward. It is also the first time in 22 years that St. Totteringham’s day will not be celebrated amongst Arsenal fans- the day Arsenal are guaranteed to finish above Spurs in the table. This leads to the question: is there a real shift in power between in North London?

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Swansea or Hull? A Statistical Take on the Relegation Battle

With 4 games left in the Premier League season, much of the once complicated relegation battle has fizzled out. Crystal Palace and Leicester have separated themselves from the bottom, while Sunderland and Middlesbrough are all but relegated at this point. The general consensus around the league is that the final relegation spot will be occupied by either Hull City or Swansea City. In this post, we are going to take a look at 5 statistical comparisons that will, in the end, lead us to who will be in the Prem next season.

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Here’s why Monaco can win the Champions League

Can Monaco win The Champions League?

The answer to that question is definitely YES. Monaco have the best team they’ve had in years. Kylian Mbappé is on fire, Falcao has returned to the kind of form that had Monaco sign him in the first place, and having amazing overall teamwork.

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Reacting to the PFA Team of the Season

The long awaited PFA Team of the Season was finally released earlier today, and let’s just say there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding it. Spurs and Chelsea dominated the selection, with 8 of the 11 players picked. 5 of the players picked were also in the 2015/16 team (David de Gea, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, N’golo Kante). In fact, Kane and de Gea have now been selected 3 years in a row. Here is the full selection:

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Wenger In or Wenger Out? – The Final Take

Wenger in or Wenger out? It’s a question many people have been asking over the last few seasons, with Arsenal not reaching the levels it once did with their long-time French manager. Let’s lay out the facts first: Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal Football Club since 1996. Since 1996! It’s been twenty years since he became the boss, and without a doubt, is one of the greatest managers Arsenal and the Premier League have seen in the modern era. He’s won the Premier League three times, and the FA cup six times. In 2003-2004, he led the Gunners to a season in which they won the league without losing a single league game. The signings he’s made since arriving is incredible. Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, just to name a few. If you’ve been living under a cave for the past two decades, you might be saying, what’s wrong with him? What kind of ignorant fans want a manager who’s brought them immense silverware and transformed the club as a whole, thrown out the window? Well, the Wenger out supporters have a point in saying so.

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Can Sunderland Get Any Worse?

Sunderland are as good as relegated.

At this point in the season, Sunderland have a giant mountain to climb. In 20th place and 9 points behind 17th placed Hull with one game in hand, Sunderland realistically need to win 4 of their last 6 games of the season to have any fighting chance at survival.

At the beginning if the season, I was absolutely shocked at the amount of people that had Sunderland surviving due to the fact they always seem to escape relegation and David Moyes was appointed as their new manager. Yes, that’s correct- their reason was that David Bloody Moyes was manager. It’s the same David Moyes that took a Manchester United team who won the league the season before and finished 7th with them, and the same David Moyes that drove Real Sociedad into the ground during his stint at Spain. Personally, I had Sunderland bottom of the league the second I heard Moyes was appointed. His tactics are best described as dead and useless. Here are some other reasons why Sunderland are definitely going down. Continue reading Can Sunderland Get Any Worse?

PFA Player of the Year Candidates Review

1. Alexis Sanchez

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Alexis Sanchez has been just about the only bright spot in a dismal Arsenal campaign. He has literally put the team on his back for most of this season, and is the reason they still have a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

Sanchez has racked up 18 goals, 9 assists and 86 successful dribbles after playing every single Premier League game for the Gunners so far this season.

But his contributions go beyond just numbers. Every time Arsenal play, you can just see Sanchez chasing down every ball, fighting through 50-50s and displaying a true passion that the rest of his team seems to be lacking.

2. Harry Kane

Harry Kane has been the star striker in one the Premier League’s most electric attacks. The Spurs’ man has linked up with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to shoot Tottenham up into 2nd place in the table, with still a slim chance of winning the title.

Despite playing in just 23 matches this season due to injury, Kane has still managed to score 19 goals, and provide 4 assists.

Recently, Kane has stated that he believes that he is one of the best strikers in the world. His recent form more than backs that up. At just 23 years of age, Kane is also up for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, implying the scary thought that the best of Kane is still yet to come.

3. Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku is another player who is also up for the Young Player of the Year award. Also at 23 years old, Lukaku has been an absolute force in Everton’s push for European qualification. He currently has his side sitting 7th, and given Arsenal’s dip in form, Everton could just sneak into the top 6 by the end of the season.

Lukaku currently is leading the golden boot race (23 goals), and also has 6 assists, which actually gives him the honor of being involved in the most goals out of any PL player this season.

My pick to win this award, Lukaku has done more than enough to attract the attention of some big clubs, and that could mean a summer departure for the Belgian.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

When it was announced this summer that Zlatan would be making a switch to Manchester United, United fans had extremely high hopes for their club. And while their title aspirations never quite amounted to anything, Ibrahimovic has still shined for his club.

Netting 17 goals and 5 assists, Zlatan has truly been United’s most consistent goalscoring option. Ibra has also been involved in Manchester United’s build up play and counterattacks, making him an all around threat.

Thanks to Ibrahimovic, United are making a late push to qualify for the Champions League. This could be a huge factor in determining whether or not Ibrahimovic decides to stay at the club another year.

5. Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard has seen a resurgence under Antonio Conte, after a really poor spell last season. His flair and attacking genius has propelled Chelsea to first place, where they look poised to take home the title.

Hazard has tallied 14 goals and 5 assists for his team, and has also created multiple chances in almost every game this season. His exquisite control on the ball provides real entertainment for fans, and has made Chelsea the best team in England this season.

Hazard’s play has been so good that it has attracted the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid. And while it is unlikely for Hazard to make the switch, it is a real testoment to just how good he has been this season.

6. N’Golo Kanté

After winning the title last season with Leicester City, Kante looks to be well on his way to winning back-to-back titles, this time with Chelsea. If Hazard has been the star for the Blues, Kante is the heart and soul of this team, winning virtually every 50-50 that comes his way.

Kante has put in 105 tackles this season, has a success rate of 67%, has come up with 65 interceptions, and has also helped out his backline with 39 crucial clearances. Kante has unquestionably been one of the best center midfielders in the world this season.

If you really want to know how much value Kante provided for his team, just look at how his former club has been doing without him. After running away with the title last year, Leicester City now sit in 13th place, and were in deep relegation trouble until just a few weeks ago.


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Author: Nik