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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?

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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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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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Sissoko the Flop

Where do I even start with Moussa Sissoko? The player who seems to be called “a new man” before and after every season is yet again out of form. After a yet another end of the season rejuvenation at Euros 2016, Sissoko was wanted by many teams in the Premier League, especially Everton and Tottenham.

After being destined to join Everton on deadline day, he wound up going to Tottenham in a deal worth up to £30 million. Which clearly shows Spurs saw potential in the 27 year old.

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3 Solutions to West Ham’s Struggles

For many fans, football is just more than a game. They follow all the games, support the team, and share the ups and downs year in, year out. That being said, it’s particularly annoying, and sometimes even stressful when your team is in a downward spiral, with relegation even looming over the edge. It can lead to a lot of frustration, and for teams like West Ham, it’s really reached the threshold level. With another 3-0 loss at Arsenal, the Hammers are as far as can be from the promising Europa League start they had at the start of the season.

It’s been downhill on all fronts for a club that many pundits thought to have no place to go but upwards. First came the embarrassing exit out of the Europa League to Astra, and a poor start fueled by crowd violence at London Stadium. In January came the exit of star man Dimitri Payet to Marseille, a fan favorite that was thought to lead West Ham to unparalleled success. As a West Ham fan, it’s sad to see a club with so much promise at the end of last season just five points above relegation. At this point last season, Alexandre Lacazette was linked with a move to the club- this year, the team’s top transfer target January was Brentford’s Scott Hogan. What has led to such a bad downhill spiral for West Ham?

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Here’s How Chelsea Could Blow the Title

Just a week ago, Chelsea seemed poised to lift the EPL trophy at the end of the season undeterred, as they carried a 10 point lead over second place Spurs with just 10 games left to play. However, Chelsea lost at home to lowly Crystal Palace, and Spurs grinded out a road win at Burnley, and this has turned the season into somewhat of a title race. If Chelsea lose tomorrow against Manchester City, who haven’t lost in 8 league games, their lead could be cut down to four points. Here are the updated odds to win the title, with Chelsea still being overwhelming favorites:

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Taken from Sports Club Stats.

However, Spurs chances have shot up significantly. So, I am now going to present a scenario in which Chelsea ends up finishing in second, with Spurs claiming the title.

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5 Takeaways from the EPL Weekend

1. Moussa Sissoko is a complete flop

High hopes surrounded Moussa Sissoko following an impressive showing with France at the 2016 European Championships. He impressed so much that Tottenham Hotspur were inspired to pay €30 million to sign him on a 5-year deal. Oh, what they would do to change that.

Sissoko has made 18 appearances for Spurs this EPL season, almost all of them coming from the bench. In those games, he has managed 0 goals. He has taken 14 shots, and only 1 of them has been on target. His crossing accuracy is 7%, and he hasn’t created a single chance all season. And for a man of his size, maybe the most disappointing statistic is that he has won just 37% of his aerial duels.

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