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PREMIER LEAGUE ACCA HITS!

PREMIER LEAGUE ACCA HITS!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played in the Premier League round 1 opener!

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Man United to Win
Man United –  Leicester City

Chelsea to Win
Huddersfield Town – Chelsea

Liverpool to Win
Liverpool – West Ham United

 


The games end in the following results:


Man United 2 – 1 Leicester City
Despite the fact that Jose Mourinho could not count on several first-team regulars for the opening match of the season, Manchester United did well to beat Leicester City at their Old Trafford. The Red Devils took the lead after just three minutes, with Paul Pogba scoring the opener from the penalty kick. Manchester United continued to dominate the game in the second half and ten minutes before the final whistle Luke Shaw doubled their lead. The left-back scored his first ever goal for the Red Devils in the Premier League, but that was not the final score of the match as Jamie Vardy scored a consolation goal for the Foxes. The experienced attacker found the net in the dying seconds of the match, meaning that there was no time left for Leicester City to spoil Manchester United’s party at Old Trafford.

3′ Paul Pogba 1 – 0
83′ Luke Shaw 2 – 0
90′ Jamie Vardy 2 – 1

Huddersfield Town 0 – 3 Chelsea
Huddersfield Town and Chelsea faced each other at Kirklees Stadium on the opening day of the season. Even though many people expected that the Terriers would make life difficult for the Blues, Maurizio Sarri’s men made a flying start to the season. Chelsea took the lead after 34 minutes, with N’Golo Kante finding the net from inside the box. 11 minutes later the Blues doubled their lead, with summer signing Jorginho scoring from the penalty spot for the visitors. Maurizio Sarri’s team continued to dominate the game and ten minutes before the final whistle Pedro set up the final score of the match (0-3). Eden Hazard found the Spanish winger, who beautifully chipped the ball over the goalkeeper. Huddersfield Town failed to impress in their opener, with the team having no more than one shot on target during the match. Taking everything into account, Chelsea’s victory is well deserved.

34′ N’Golo Kante 0 – 1
45′ Jorginho 0 – 2
80′ Pedro 0 – 3

Liverpool 4 – 0 West Ham United
Liverpool continue where they left last season. The Reds kicked off the new Premier League campaign in style, with the team rolling over West Ham United at their Anfield. The team’s top scorer from last season Mohamed Salah opened the scoring after 19 minutes, with left-back Robertson providing his first assist of the season. Sadio Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead on the stroke of half-time and, to make things even worse for the Hammers, the Senegal international scoring his second goal of the match 8 minutes into the second half. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp then made three changes and Daniel Sturridge, who came as a substitute for Mohamed Salah, put the game to bed in the 88th minute. The Reds totally deserved to pick up all three points from the match as they had 18 goal attempts (8 on target) during the game.

19′ Mohamed Salah 1 – 0
45′ Sadio Mane 2 – 0
53′ Sadio Mane 3 – 0
88′ Daniel Sturridge 4 – 0


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Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019

Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019

We are right around the corner from the start of the new Premier League season. Top clubs’ owners were not too active in the summer transfer window, but, no doubt, yet another entertaining campaign in the English top flight is ahead of us.

Manchester City are on a quest to defend their Premier League trophy and signing of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez could help the reigning champions meet the goal. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of key players Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero and it is no surprise the Citizens are considered No. 1 favourites to win the Premier League title.

Their local rivals Manchester United, on the other hand, signed a contract with prolific midfielder Fred, with Michael Carrick retiring from professional football. Jose Mourinho obviously has faith in his players, who will square off against Leicester City at their Old Trafford in the opening game of the season. The Red Devils were having their ups and downs in pre-season, but given the quality of Mourinho’s squad, the English giants are definitely capable of playing an important role in the upcoming season.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp obviously doesn’t want to count on Loris Karius anymore as the German goalkeeper committed a couple of dreadful mistakes in the Champions League final. Karius continued to struggle in pre-season and, as a result, the club management decided to sign Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson. Mohamed Salah is still part of the team and seeing that Xherdan Shaqiri joined the club from Stoke City, the Reds could go all the way in each and every competition in the 2018/2019 season.

Chelsea failed to impress in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, with the team finishing the season in 5th place in the standings. The Blues did well to sign midfielder Jorginho from Napoli earlier this summer, but it has to be noted that first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is on the verge of leaving the Old Trafford outfit. Eden Hazard could leave the club as well, meaning that the Blues are unlikely to regain the domestic trophy. New coach Maurizio Sarri, though, could help the team regain a much-needed confidence.

Arsenal continue life without Arsene Wenger and it remains to be seen if Unai Emery is capable of helping the Gunners bring glory days back to Emirates Stadium. The capital club aim to regain their place in top 4, but that is easier said than done. The likes of Stephen Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Soktratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi joined the club earlier this summer, but Santi Cazorla (released), Per Mertesacker (retired) and Jack Wilshere (signed for West Ham) are no longer part of the team.

Tottenham Hotspur have yet to sign a player in the summer transfer window, but seeing that they managed to keep hold of star players Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Mauro Pochettino’s men are widely expected to secure yet another top 4 finish.

Wayne Rooney left Everton to try his luck in MLS, whereas Dusan Tadic joined Ajax from Southampton. Brighton chiefs were very active in the summer, with the likes of Florin Andone, Leon Balogun, Joseph Tomlinson, Jason Stele, Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior, Hugo Keto, David Button, Percy Tau, Yves Bissouma, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Anders Dreyer signing for the Seagulls.

Speaking of the relegation battle, the likes of Huddersfield Town and newcomers Fulham and Cardiff City could fail to secure the top-flight survival.

The new Premier League campaign returns on August 10 and, as always, it is likely to bring football fans from all around the globe a lot of joy.

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019

Yet another interesting Championship campaign is on the horizon. Swansea City, Stoke City and WBA aim to secure a quick return to the English top flight, but that is easier said than done.

Last season the likes of Wolverhampton, Cardiff City and Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League and this time out Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Stoke City are considered main favourites to secure a top-two finish.

Stoke City chiefs did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window, but it has to be noted that Switzerland ace Xherdan Shaqiri joined Liverpool.

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The likes of Ashley Williams, Tom Ince and Benik Afobe signed for Stoke City in the summer and seeing that Joe Allen, Saido Berahino, and Choupo-Moting are still part of the team, it is no surprise the Potters are seen as main candidates for automatic promotion. Gary Rowett will be in charge of the team in the 2018/2019 Championship season.

Middlesbrough did well to make it to the Championship play-offs last term, but they eventually failed to return to the English elite division. Tony Pulis’ men are eager to make amends for the “unsuccessful” season and seeing that the likes of Assombalonga and Downing are still part of the team, the Boro are definitely capable of securing a top-two finish. You should bear in mind that Manchester United product Paddy McNair joined the club in the summer transfer window.

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Nottingham Forest were struggling in the Championship in the last few seasons. The Reds finished the 2017/2018 campaign in 17th place in the standings, but it seems as if the club chiefs now want to bring glory days back to City Ground. The club owners did well to sign several high-profile footballers in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Hillel Soudani, Gil Dias and Lewis Grabban joinining the Reds. Aitor Karanka is still in charge of the team and, no doubt, he is capable of recording a good result with Forest in the 2018/2019 Championship season.

Leeds United, Swansea City, Aston Villa, Derby County, Brentford and Sheffield United could play important roles in the upcoming season as well, whereas Bolton and Rotherham United are seen as main candidates for relegation.

Bolton were having their ups and downs in the Championship last season, but they eventually managed to secured the survival. However, the Trotters will have to be at their sharpest in each and every game in the upcoming season if they are to repeat the success.

Rotherham United impressed in the League One play-offs last term, but the lack of top-class footballers could prove to be the team’s biggest problem on their return to the English second tier.

Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers return to the Championship as well and they will surely be highly motivated when they square off against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town respectively on the opening day of the season.

The new Championship campaign starts on August 3, 2018, with Reading and Derby County facing each other at Madejski Stadium.

Championship Season Preview 2017/2018 (Second Half)

Championship Season Preview 2017/2018 (Second Half)

We are witnessing yet another entertaining Championship campaign. Wolverhampton are on the right track to finish the season in top position in the standings and it remains to be seen who else will sneak into the top two.

Wolverhampton have been producing splendid showings in the Championship this season. The Wolves are leading the standings ahead of Matchday 27 and they look unstoppable at the moment. Coach Nuno Espirito Santo is doing a great job with the Molineux Stadium outfit, but it has to be noted that he has a number of top-class players to choose from. Thanks to back-to-back wins over Bristol City and Brentford Wolverhampton moved one step closer to securing automatic promotion to the Premier League, but they can’t afford any complacency in the remainder of the season. However, given their current form and seeing that they are 12 points clear of second-placed Derby County at the moment, the Wolves are widely expected to return to the Premier League following a six-year absence.

Aston Villa have been playing below expectations in the 2017/2018 season, but they are still seen as one of main favourites to secure a top-two finish. The Villans made a very slow start to the season, but they have been making progress week by week and we believe that John Terry and Co. will, in the worst case scenario, book their place in the Championship play-offs. Cardiff City suffered a dip in form and, as a result, they are no longer sitting in top two in the table. The Bluebirds impressed in the first half of the season, but, as things stand now, the Welsh team will be more than happy should they happen to make it to the play-offs.

Derby County seem to be on top of their game at the moment and it seems as if the time has come for the Rams to return to the English top flight. Czech attacker Matej Vydra has been scoring goals for fun in the Championship this term and if he remains injury-free, there is every chance Gary Rowett’s men will secure a top-six finish. Bristol City have been impressive at their Ashton Gate Stadium this season, but they need to improve their away record if they are to be promoted to the Premier League.

The likes of Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Preston, Sheffield United and Fulham are eager to book their place in the Championship play-offs as well and we predict that the Cottagers will continue to raise their form. Serbian tactician Slavisa Jokanovic did well to help Watford return to the Premier League and he is likely to repeat the success with the capital club.

As for the relegation battle, many people expected that Bolton, who made a very slow start to the season, would suffer relegation to the League One, but the Trotters are determined to prove the doubters wrong. The newcomers have been in a fine form of late, but they need to continue with fine performances in the remainders of the season if they are to secure the Championship survival. Sunderland are running down a blind alley at the moment and the club chiefs should be very active in the January transfer window if they are to help the Black Cats avoid relegation to the English third tier.

As before, Burton Albion, are fighting hard to survive, but they are on a very difficult quest. Birmingham City and Barnsley are seen as candidates to suffer relegation as well and, taking everything into account, yet another interesting Championship season is on the horizon.

Premier League Season Preview 2017/2018 (Second Half)

Premier League Season Preview 2017/2018 (Second Half)

Manchester City dominated the first half of the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they are on the right track to regain the domestic trophy. However, they can’t afford any complacency in the remainder of the season as their amazing run may not last forever.

Manchester City finished the 2016/2017 Premier League season in third place in the standings, 15 points behind champions Chelsea and many people believe that Pep Guardiola was not the right man for the job. However, the Citizens have been producing terrific displays under the former Barca coach this term and they are leading the chase for the domestic title ahead of Matchday 23. Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy is proving fruitful and the fact that Man City have strength in the depth is giving fans a reason for optimism. The Etihad Stadium did well to beat fellow contenders for the title Man Utd and Chelsea in the first half of the season and, taking everything into account, the star-studded team are on the right track to regain the Premier League trophy.

Manchester United kicked off the new Premier League campaign in style, but, all of a sudden, they suffered a dip in form. The Red Devils are 15 points behind league leaders at the moment and they have slim chances of winning the title. Man Utd’s main goal is to book their place in the Champions League and they are definitely capable of finishing the season in top four. Romelu Lukaku has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch of late, but Jose Mourinho has a number of top-class players to choose from and the Red Devils are widely expected to make it to the elite competition.

Chelsea have been having their ups and downs in the English top flight this season, but they were on top of their game in festive fixtures. The Blues have been raising their form week by week, but seeing that Manchester City are enjoying a season to remember, the capital club are unlikely to defend their trophy. Summer signing Alvaro Morata has already started paying off, he has netted 10 goals in the elite division to date, but, in the best case scenario, the Blues will finish the season in top four. Chelsea’s displays in the first half of the season were anything but poor, but the Citizens look unstoppable in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign and that is the main reason why Antonio Conte’s men are unlikely to win yet another league title.

Speaking of fourth position, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal are seen as main candidates to sneak into the top four. Harry Kane has been scoring goals for fun with Spurs this season, but his teammates will have to be at their sharpest in the second half of the season as well if Mauro Pochettino’s men are to book their spot in the Champions League. The 2017/2018 Premier League campaign has been a mixed bag for Arsenal to date and many people believe that the time has come for Arsene Wenger to quit the job. Liverpool have been impressive in front of goal this term, but their shaky defence have been causing problems to Jurgen Klopp’s team in the national championship. The club chiefs did well to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window and he is likely to help the Reds improve defensively. Taking everything into account, we predict that Liverpool are going to finish the season in fourth position in the standings.

Swansea City, WBA and Brighton, in our opinion, are likely to drop to the Championship at the end of the season. The lack of top-class players is undisputedly Swansea’s main problem, whilst the Baggies, who recorded their last win in the league back in August, should continue to struggle in the English elite division. The Seagulls made a promising start to the season, but we do not believe that they are unlikely to continue with fine showings in the Premier League in the second half of the season.

NEW YEAR NEW ACCA LANDS!

NEW YEAR NEW ACCA LANDS!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played on the 6th and 7th of December in the group stage of the Champions League!

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Tottenham Hotspur Win
Swansea City – Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City to Win
Manchester City – Watford

Both Teams to Score✓
Arsenal – Chelsea

 


The games end in the following results:

Swansea City 0 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Despite the fact that Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauro Pochettino rested key attacker Harry Kane against Swansea City, Spurs picked up all three points from the match without any difficulties. Kane’s replacement Fernando Llorente opened the scoring for the capital club after 12 minutes, but it has to be noted that he was in a clear offside position. Tottenham then decided to slow the tempo of the match played on waterlogged pitch, but could have proved fatal for the visitors. Swansea City had a clear-cut chance to score in the 70th minute of the match, but Nathan Dyer hit the crossbar. Harry Kane came as a substitute in the second half of the game, but midfielder Dele Alli put the game to bed. Alli scored the second goal for Spurs in the 89th minute of the match and, taking everything into account, Tottenham’s victory was well deserved.

12′ Fernando Llorente 0 – 1
89′ Dele Alli 0 – 2

Manchester City 3 – 1 Watford

As expected, Manchester City defeated Watford in their first game of the year. The Citizens proved their worth in Tuesday’s clash against the Hornets, with the league leaders breaking the deadlock in the first minute of the match. Raheem Sterling did well to get on the end of a pass from Leroy Sane and he scored his 14th goal of the season. The Citizens doubled their lead after 13 minutes as Watford defender Christian Kabasele scored an own goal after attempting to intercept an offensive pass. Pep Guardiola’s men continued to dominate the match and Argentine attacker Kun Aguero made it 3-0 18 minutes into the second half. 13 minute before the final whistle, Andre Carrillo gave Watford fans something to cheer about as he tapped the ball into an empty net. Manchester City recorded their 20th win of the season and thanks to the 3-1 victory over Watford they moved one step closer to regaining the Premier League title.

1′ Raheem Sterling 1 – 0
13′ Christian Kabasele 2 – 0
63′ Sergio Aguero 3 – 0
82′ Andre Gray 3 – 1

Arsenal 2 – 2 Chelsea

Arsenal and Chelsea faced each other at Emirates Stadium on Matchday 22. Both teams were desperate to pick up all three points from the match, but the Gunners took the lead in the 63th minute, with Jack Wilshere scoring the opener for the hosts from a close range. Arsenal’s lead, though, did not last long as the Blues leveled the score four minute later (’67). Eden Hazard slot the penalty into the left side of the goal and, to make things even better for the visitors, Marcos Alonso scored the second for Chelsea in the 84th minute of the match. The Spanish full-back received a sweet pass from Davide Zapacosta and put the ball inside the net with a cool finish. The Blues were on the verge of winning the London derby, but Hector Bellerin eventually scored a late equalizer for Arsene Wenger’s troops and helped the hosts grab something from the match.

63′ Jack Wilshere 1 – 0
67′ Eden Hazard 1 – 1
84′ Marcos Alonso 1 – 2
90′ Hector Bellerin 2 – 2


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Premier League Season Preview 2017/2018

Premier League Season Preview 2017/2018

Arsenal and Leicester City, who face each other at Emirates Stadium on Friday August 11, will raise curtain on the new Premier League season. Chelsea are on a quest to defend their title, but Jose Mourinho is determined to bring glory days back to Old Trafford. Manchester City reinforced the squad in the summer transfer window, whilst Liverpool and Tottenham have big ambitions for the upcoming season as well.

Despite the fact that Arsenal failed to impress in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, Arsene Wenger is still in charge of the capital club. The Gunners will represent England in the Europa League for the first time after 20 years, meaning that they will be fully focused on the national championship this season. Lyon top scorer Alexandre Lacazette joined the club earlier this summer and the prolific attacker is widely expected to shine in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign. However, seeing that Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of leaving Emirates Stadium, I do not believe that Arsenal are capable of winning their first domestic trophy since 2004.

Chelsea were producing terrific performances under Antonio Conte last season and, as a result, they clinched the Premier League trophy in style. The Blues are determined to defend their title, but seeing that key attacker Diego Costa will hand in a formal transfer request at Chelsea and considering that important midfielder Nemanja Matic signed for Manchester United, the reigning champions are on a very difficult quest. Alvaro Morata will lead the line for Antonio Conte’s team in the 2017/2018 season and it remains to be seen if he is going to prove to be an adequate substitute for Costa, who was scoring goals for fun last term.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho is well known for enjoying success in his second season at clubs and he has already brought two top-class footballer at Old Trafford. Aforementioned Serbia international Nemanja Matic is likely to play a very important role in Jose’s team next term, whilst Romelu Lukaku is expected to help the Red Devils improve offensively. Manchester United chiefs obviously have the highest possible ambitions for the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign and it remains to be seen if the English giants are going to win the national championship for the first time since 2013.

Manchester City management did well to sign the likes of Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva earlier this summer and it is more than obvious that coach Pep Guardiola is focused on strengthening Man City’s defence. The former Barcelona tactician is eager to make amends for the unsuccessful 2016/2017 season, but it is more than obvious that Guardiola’s methods and style of play can’t work in English football. However, seeing that the club chiefs managed to keep hold of first-team regulars in the summer transfer window, the Citizens should not be written off just yet, speaking of the title race.

Over the years Tottenham Hotspur have established themselves as one of the best sides in the Premier League. Kyle Walker is the only first-team regular that left the club in the summer transfer window and, no doubt, Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be the men to watch in Mauro Pochettino’s team in the 2017/2018 season. Spurs, though, will represent England in the Champions League in the upcoming season and that is the main reason why we do not believe the capital club are going to win the Premier League trophy.

Liverpool finished the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign in fourth place in the standings and they are widely expected to book their place in the Champions League group stages. The Reds impressed in pre-season and the fact that they rolled over Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena in the Audi Cup semis is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign. Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job with Liverpool and his men are definitely capable of securing yet another top-four finish.

Speaking of mid-table sides, Everton chiefs were very active in the summer transfer window as they sign the likes of Davy Klaassen, Cuco Martina, Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez, Michael Keane and Henry Onyekuru. The Toffees are regarded as one of main favourites to win the Europa League and, no doubt, they are capable of recording a good result in the English elite division as well.

Leicester City are no longer considered contenders for the title and despite the fact that the Foxes were producing scintillating displays under Craig Shakespeare in the second half of the 2016/2017 season, I do not believe that they are capable of winning their second domestic trophy in three years.

Newcomers Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Newcastle United are likely to fight tooth and nail in order to secure the top flight survival and, taking everything into account, yet another entertaining Premier League campaign is on the cards.

Championship Season Preview 2017/2018

Championship Season Preview 2017/2018

The 2017/2018 Championship season is just around the corner. All Middlesbrough, Hull City and Sunderland are eyeing a quick return to the Premier League, whilst newcomers Millwall, Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers have big ambitions for the upcoming season as well.

The likes of Middlesbrough, Hull City and Sunderland failed to impress in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier and the end of the season. Key attacker Alvaro Negredo left the squad earlier this summer, but the likes of Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga joined the Riverside Stadium outfit and, no doubt, the club chiefs have big ambitions for the upcoming season. Experienced midfielder Stewart Downing is still part of the team, but it remains to be seen if new coach Garry Monk is capable of helping Boro return to the English top flight.

Sunderland dropped to the Championship after ten years in the Premier League and, as a result, several first-team regulars left the club. Last season’s top scorer Jermain Defoe is a new Bournemouth attacker and many people believe that he is going to be sorely missed in the 2017/2018 Championship season. Aiden McGeady, who impressed with Preston last term, joined the club and the pacey winger is likely to play an important role in Simon Grayson’s team in the upcoming season.

Hull City failed to secure the Premier League survival, with the team finishing last season in 18th position in the standings. The Tigers were having their ups and downs in the 2016/2017 season and despite the fact that the club owners added several top-class players in the January transfer window they suffered relegation. Hull City aim to return to the English elite division as soon as possible and it has to be noted that the club management managed to keep hold of Grosicki, Hernandez, Meyler and Diomande in the summer transfer window. A number of first-team regulars left the club, but new boss Leonid Slutsky has faith in new signings and it remains to be seen if he will help the Tigers regain their Premier League status.

Slavisa Jokanovic was doing a great job with Fulham last season, but the Cottagers failed to impress in the Championship play-offs and, as a result, they did not secure promotion to the Premier League. The Serbian tactician is still in charge of the team and seeing that he will count on his key players for the upcoming season, the capital club have good chance of finishing the 2017/2018 Championship campaign in top two.

Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County are seen as contenders for promotion as well, whereas many football experts believe that the time has come for Aston Villa to return to the Premier League. Chelsea legend John Terry is the club’s biggest signing this summer and the experienced footballer is likely to help the Villans improve defensively. The likes of Elmohamady and Samba joined the club as well and it is no surprise the Villa Park outfit are considered No. 1 favourites to secure promotion to the English top flight.

Newly-promoted teams Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall will give their best to secure the Championship survival and, taking everything into account, yet another entertaining Championship campaign is ahead of us.

Premier League 2016/2017: Consistency is key

Premier League 2016/2017: Consistency is key

Yet another entertaining Premier League season is behind us. Chelsea won the domestic trophy in style, Arsenal failed to book their place in the Champions League, whilst the likes of Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland dropped to the Championship.

Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion Chelsea clinched their second Premier League title in three years. The Blues failed to impress in the 2015/2016 season under Jose Mourinho, but Antonio Conte is on the right track to bring glory days back to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea finished the season in top position in the Premier League standings, 15 points clear of star-studded Manchester City and it is no surprise many football predictions suggest that the capital club are going to play an important role in the Champions League next term. Diego Costa scored 20 goals in 35 appearances in the league for Antonio Conte’s team and the good news for the fans is that the prolific attacker is likely to stay at Stamford Bridge. Taking everything into account, Chelsea were quite consistent during the 2016/2017 Premier League season and they totally deserved to lift the trophy.

Fellow capital club Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a very successful season as well, with the team finishing the campaign in second position in the table, seven points behind Chelsea. Mauro Pochettino has a number of top-class players to choose from, but it remains to be seen if the likes of Delle Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen will remain at White Hart Lane. Spurs played below expectations in the Champions League last term, but they will have to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign next term.

Manchester City secured automatic qualification for the Champions League as well, but former Barcelona coach failed to win a trophy with the Etihad Stadium outfit last season and a great number of Man City fans are angry with the Catalan tactician. Given the quality of the team, the Citizens should have collected more than 78 points in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign and it is more than obvious that the club chiefs will have to be very active in the summer transfer window if they are to help Man City regain the trophy.

Liverpool desperately needed a win over Middlesbrough on the final day of the season and they managed to get one. The Reds booked their place in the Champions League qualifiers, with the team leaving Arsenal one point behind them in the Premier League standings. The Gunners failed to qualify for the elite competition after 20 years, but seeing that the Emirates Stadium club clinched the FA Cup trophy, the club owners decided to extend their contract with manager Arsene Wenger (two years).

The likes of Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City failed to secure the top flight survival and they will be replaced by Newcastle United, Brighton and Huddersfield Town, who defeated Reading on penalties at Wembley Stadium in the Championship play-offs final.

Chelsea will certainly give their best to defend their trophy next season, but seeing that the Premier League has never been stronger, that is easier said than done. Fellow title contenders Tottenham, Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool are likely to reinforce their respective squads this summer and, no doubt, Antonio Conte’s men will have to be at their sharpest in the 2017/2018 campaign if they are to give fans yet another reason for celebration.

Championship 2016/2017: Hectic and Entertaining

Championship 2016/2017: Hectic and Entertaining

Yet another Championship season has come to an end. As expected, Newcastle United secured a quick return to the Premier League, whilst Brighton are back in the English top flight after 34 years. The likes of Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United dropped to the League One, but still remains to be seen who will win the Championship play-offs.

No surprise

Newcastle United chiefs did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window and many people expected that the Magpies would finish the season in top position in the Championship standings. The St. James’ Park outfit were one point behind Brighton ahead of the last day of the season and thanks to a 3-0 victory over Barnsley Rafa Benitez’s troops won the Championship. Dwight Gayle scored a late goal in the triumph over Paul Heckingbottom’s team, with the former Crystal Palace man putting icing on the cake on a very successful season. Gayle scored 23 goals in 32 appearances for Newcastle United in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign but he would certainly add more goals to his account if it had not suffered a couple of serious injuries. Anyhow, the Magpies deserved to secure automatic qualification to the Premier League, but the club owners will have to be very active in the upcoming transfer window if they are to be competitive in the elite division next term. Brighton, who return to the English top flight after 34 years, will have to reinforce the squad as well if they are to avoid relegation to the Championship next season. 

Shocking relegation

Despite recording a 3-1 win at Brentford on the last day of the season, Blackburn Rovers eventually dropped to the League One. Wins for relegation rivals Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City condemned the Riversiders and it has to be noted that they dropped to the English third tier 22 years after they won the Premier League. The English giants will be contemplating life in the League One next season and, no doubt, the club chiefs will give 100% to secure a quick return to the Championship. The Indian chicken company Venky’s took over in 2010 and back then Blackburn were sitting in the middle of the Premier League table and the fans must be disappointed in the club management. The Riversiders are now ready for a new beginning and it remains to be seen if current coach Tony Mowbray is going to keep his job. 

27 goals – not enough 

Over the years Chris Woods has established himself as one of the best attackers in the Championship. The New Zealand international impressed in the 2016/2017 season, with the Leeds United scoring no less than 27 goals in 44 league appearances for the Whites. Wood finished the season as the Championship top scorer and, no doubt, he will be on the Premier League clubs’ radar this summer. His goals, though, did not help Leeds United book their place in the play-offs as they failed to find their best form in the season finale. The Whites finished the season in seventh place in the standings and, as a result, many football predictions suggest that Chris Wood is going to seek a summer move away from Elland Road. Leeds fans expect him to stay with the Whites, but the New Zealand striker is surely hungry for the Premier League football.

Interesting play-offs battle

Even though general football predictions were pointing towards the likes of Derby County, Norwich City and Leeds United booking their place in the Championship play-offs, the trio failed to secure a top-six finish. A place in the Championship play-offs final will be at stake when Reading and Fulham face each other in the two-legged tie, whilst Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town meet in the other semi-final. The teams seem to be evenly matched and, no doubt, entertaining encounters appear on the cards. 

Taking everything into account, it is more than obvious that Championship has established itself as the best second-tiered league in the world and it will certainly bring us a lot of joy next season. Both Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers returned to the Championship, whereas Millwall and Bradford will be fighting for the last qualification spot available. You can find our Championship play off predictions easily by using the navigation on our homepage!