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Remember Me? The Premier League’s Best Loan Returns

When Premier League players leave on loan, it’s all too easy to forget that they exist. Baba Rahman, anyone? Nikola Vlašić? Harrison Reed? Here’s a look at 4 returning loanees who made a strong second (or in one case, sixth) impression. Divock Origi, 2018-19 Returning to: Liverpool From: Wolfsburg Origi first arrived at Anfield in 2015 after 2 promising seasons at French club Lille. 16 goals in 89 games wasn’t exactly prolific for a striker, but he did have plenty

Gameweek 23
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 23

A look at the heroes from Premier League Gameweek 23, featuring Wolves, Newcastle, Arsenal and Southampton. Diogo Jota, Wolves (pictured) Unlike teammates Rúben Neves and Raúl Jiménez, Jota only really hit the ground running in December. It turns out that his 2 goals and 2 assists were building up to something even better. In Gameweek 23 against Leicester City, the Portuguese forward became a hat-trick hero. He put Wolves ahead with an excellent early volley, and then secured victory in

Arsenal vs Chelsea
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Premier League Match of the Weekend – Arsenal vs Chelsea

In years gone by, Arsenal vs Chelsea was a heavyweight title clash. These days, however, both London clubs are rebuilding, and trailing behind the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham. Yes, this may now be a battle for the Premier League fourth spot, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. In fact, quite the opposite. This fixture was a 3-2 thriller at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. Form With Manchester United on the rise again, Arsenal could really

7th place
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7th Place in the Premier League – The Race to be the Best of the Rest

It’s all go in the Top Six right now. Manchester United are on the rise, Tottenham and Arsenal are on the slide, and above them all, Liverpool and Manchester City are slugging it out like heavyweights. But what about 7th place in the Premier League? So far this season, 7 different teams have occupied that spot, including both United and Arsenal. Here’s a look at the other 5, and their chances of winning that underrated title of ‘Best of the

Gameweek 22
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 22

A look at the heroes from a low-scoring Premier League Gameweek 22. David De Gea, Manchester United In Gameweek 22, Ole Gunnar Solskjær passed his first test as United manager by winning 1-0 away at Tottenham. His team didn’t always play the flowing football that the fans expect, but, most importantly, their 3 superstars got the job done. Paul Pogba got the assist, Marcus Rashford got the goal, and then David De Gea saved the day. The Spanish keeper made

Tottenham vs Manchester United
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Premier League Match of the Weekend – Tottenham vs Manchester United

As fun as the FA Cup Third Round was, it’s nice to see the Premier League back again. It really feels like Manchester City’s win over Liverpool has breathed new life into the title race. It certainly makes Sunday’s Tottenham vs Manchester United match all the more enticing. Form Tottenham have navigated their festive fixture pile-up admirably. Aside from a second-half collapse against Wolves, Spurs are on a run of 7 wins in all competitions. They’re 3rd in the Premier

FA Cup
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FA Cup Upsets – The Best of the Third Round, 2019

The FA Cup may have lost some of the prestige that it once had, but the competition certainly hasn’t lost its magic. Here are the Top 5 giant killings from this weekend’s Third Round action. 1. Newport County 2-1 Leicester City With the BBC cameras watching, The Exiles put in the performance of a lifetime. Robbie Willmott’s textbook dribble and cross were matched by Jamille Matt’s perfectly-placed header. 1-0 to the League 2 side! In the second-half, Leicester boss Claude

Gameweek 21
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 21

A look at the heroes from the New Year Premier League Gameweek 21. Fernandinho, Manchester City When Liverpool and City met at Anfield in October, the match fizzled out into a 0-0 stalemate. But thankfully this time, in Gameweek 21, the top of the table clash lived up to expectations. At home at the Etihad, City played like a team who knew they had to win. Vincent Kompany was their (perhaps overly) aggressive rock at the back and Sergio Agüero

Gameweek 20
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 20

A look at the heroes from a fun, festive Premier League Gameweek 20, especially for Liverpool fans. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool Despite Liverpool’s strong start, Firmino has come in for a lot of criticism this season. That’s because before Gameweek 20, the gleaming-toothed Brazilian had only scored 4 Premier League goals. To be fair to Firmino, he’s now playing in a deeper, playmaker position, with Mohamed Salah pushed forward into the striker position. ‘Bobby’ has looked out of sorts lately, but

Gameweek 19
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 19

A look at the heroes from Boxing Day’s Premier League Gameweek 19. Kyle Walker-Peters, Tottenham In Gameweek 19, Tottenham strolled to their fifth consecutive Premier League win. The scoreline wasn’t particularly surprising, but Spurs’ star player was. This was Walkers-Peters’ first league start of the season, and only his third in all competitions. His last start? At the Nou Camp against Barcelona, where Ousmane Dembélé gave him a night to forget. But Mauricio Pochettino believes in his young players, and

Gameweek 18
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 18

A look at the heroes from Premier League Gameweek 18, a great one for the underdogs. Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace Townsend doesn’t score that often – just 17 goals across 7 Premier League seasons – but when he does, it’s almost always a cracker. In Gameweek 18, Palace were drawing 1-1 at Manchester City, when the ball bounced out for Townsend to strike one of the sweetest volleys you’ll ever see. 65 minutes later, The Eagles had secured the most

Everton vs Tottenham
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Premier League Match of the Weekend – Everton vs Tottenham

It should be another fascinating weekend of Premier League action. On Friday, leaders Liverpool face a tricky trip to Wolves and on Saturday, new Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his team to Cardiff City. Then as if that’s not enough, the grand finale on Super Sunday is Everton vs Tottenham. Form After a run of only 1 defeat in 7, Everton have now gone 4 games without a win. The loss to Liverpool was very unlucky and the

Manchester United
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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Manchester United?

Manchester United might not play great football right now, but they do create great drama. Just when everyone was resigned to the idea of José Mourinho staying until the end of the season, Ed Woodward wielded the axe. So, what next? Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino looks like the long-term plan, but for now, it’s club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær who has the job of bringing a little joy to Old Trafford. But how do you solve a problem like Manchester

Gameweek 17
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 17

A look at the heroes from Premier League Gameweek 17. Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool Premier League Gameweek 17 was a mixed one for Liverpool’s summer signings. On the one hand, Naby Keïtaonce again failed to shine, and their Champions League hero Alisson spilled Romelu Lukaku’s shot to give Manchester United an undeserved equaliser. On the other hand, however, Fabinho played his best game for Liverpool, and Shaqiri was the super sub who saved the day. From the moment he came on,

2018-19 Champions League
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English Clean Sweep in the 2018-19 Champions League Group Stage

It looked highly unlikely a few weeks ago, but by hook or by crook, it’s mission accomplished. All 4 Premier League clubs have made it through to the knockout rounds of the 2018-19 Champions League. Here’s a look at how each team managed it, and their chances for the rest of the tournament. Tottenham – 2018-19 Champions League Group B Runners-Up (W2, D2, L2) Placed in a very tough group with Barcelona and Inter Milan, Spurs got off to the

Gameweek 16
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 16

A look at the heroes from a surprising Premier League Gameweek 16. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool You should never write a top striker off, and that’s exactly what Salah is these days. The Egyptian has struggled in recent weeks against PSG and Everton, but he was back with a bang against Bournemouth in Gameweek 16. Yes, his first goal was offside, but parts 2 and 3 of the hat-trick were excellent. Poor Steve Cook will be having nightmares for months about

Chelsea vs Manchester City
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Premier League Match of the Weekend – Chelsea vs Manchester City

The Premier League action continues this weekend with another top-of-the-table clash. Saturday’s evening kick-off is Chelsea vs Manchester City – 4th vs 1st, Maurizio Sarri vs Pep Guardiola. Can anyone stop the City stampede? Form After early rave reviews, ‘Sarriball’ now has its first critics. Chelsea have only won 1 of their last 4 Premier League games, losing to Tottenham and Wolves. So, questions are rightly being asked of the new manager. Is David Luiz really a reliable centre-back? Is

Gameweek 15
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 15

A look at the heroes from a midweek Premier League Gameweek 15. Morgan Gibbs-White, Wolves (pictured) After the World Cup, critics moaned about England’s lack of midfield options. But 4 months on, and it’s a hotbed of talent again. Ross Barkley is rejuvenated, Fabian Delph is on form, Phil Foden is playing (occasionally) for Manchester City, and then there’s Gibbs-White at Wolves. The 18-year-old got his first Premier League start in Gameweek 15 against Chelsea. Nuno Espírito Santo pushed him

Gameweek 14
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 14

A look at the heroes from a derby-packed Premier League Gameweek 14. Lucas Torreira, Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was perhaps the most obvious hero in Gameweek 14’s electric North London Derby. The striker bagged 2 goals and an assist, but the man of the match award rightly went to Arsenal’s midfield terrier instead. From the first minute to the last, Torreira set the tone with his tireless hustle and bustle. The Uruguayan made 3 tackles and 12 recoveries, before sealing the

North London Derby
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Premier League Match of the Weekend – The North London Derby

These days, Arsenal vs Tottenham is always a tasty fixture, but this Sunday’s North London Derby looks particularly mouth-watering. Form Unai Emery heads into his first North London Derby with his team unbeaten in 18 games. That sounds impressive but this week will be a real test of Arsenal’s post-Wenger progress. The Gunners have shown flashes of real cohesion but they still sit just outside the Top Four, after disappointing draws with Crystal Palace and Wolves. Arsenal haven’t lost a

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