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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.

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Swansea City – Tottenham Hotspur

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Manchester City – Watford

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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.

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.

The Magpies and Seagulls into the Premier League!

The Magpies and Seagulls into the Premier League!

As expected, Newcastle United clinched automatic promotion to the Premier League, whilst Brighton did remarkably well to end a 34-year wait to return to the English elite division. Both teams have big ambitions for the 2017/2018, but they will have to make some changes to the squad this summer if they are to play an important role in the top flight next term.

Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, with the team finishing the season in 18th place in the standings, two points behind their bitter local rivals Sunderland, who somehow managed to avoid relegation to the Championship. Newcastle chiefs did well to keep hold of a number of first-team regulars in the summer transfer window and many football predictions suggested that the Magpies would finish the 2016/2017 Championship campaign in top position in the standings.

New signing Dwight Gayle was scoring goals for fun in the first half of the season, but all of a sudden he suffered a serious injury. Rafa Benitez’s men were struggling to find their form without Gayle in the starting line-up and that is the main reason why Newcastle are unlikely to clinch top position in the table. However, thanks to a thrilling 4-1 win over Preston the Magpies secured automatic promotion to the Premier League and, no doubt, fans can’t wait for the next season to begin. Newcastle United are back in the English top flight, but the club owners will have to be very active in the upcoming transfer window if they are to avoid a quick drop to the Championship.

Serbian attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted only four goals in 23 appearances for the Magpies this season and coach Rafa Benitez should consider finding an adequate replacement for Dwight Gayle, who often struggle with injuries. Newcastle United’s defense seems to be shaky as well and it is more than obvious that the Spanish tactician needs to add a couple of high-profile defenders this summer.

Speaking of Brighton, the Seagulls will compete in the Premier League next season for the first time since 1983. Chris Hughton is doing a great job with the American Express Community Stadium outfit and they are on the right track to clinch top position in the Championship standings. Anthony Knockaert is enjoying a season to remember and, no doubt, the club chiefs need to keep hold of him in the summer transfer window if the Seagulls are to play a significant role in the English elite division next term.

Brighton have been impressive at the back this season, with the team conceding only 38 goals in 44 league games and they are high on confidence ahead of their return to the top flight. Coach Christ Hughton is likely to keep hold of his key players, but given the quality of the Premier League sides, the former Norwich City manager should reinforce the squad as well if he is to help the Seagulls survive in the elite division.

The two teams totally deserved to win automatic promotion to the Premier League, but they are now on a very difficult quest as they need to

Premier League’s Player of the Month March 2017: Lukaku

Premier League’s Player of the Month March 2017: Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku is undisputedly in the form of his life. The Everton striker was scoring goals for fun in March and, as a result, he won the Premier League player of the month award.

Romelu Lukaku is enjoying a season to remember. The Belgian attacker has netted 23 goals in 31 appearances in the Premier League this term and he is on the right track to win the Golden Boot. The Everton forward is leading the EPL goal-scoring chart and it has to be noted that second-placed Harry Kane is four goals behind Lukaku. The former Chelsea man just can’t stop scoring and he totally deserved to win the Premier League player of the month honour for March.

Everton failed to spoil Tottenham Hotspur’s party at White Hart Lane on March 5. The Toffees suffered a 3-2 loss to Mauro Pochettino’s troops in London, with Romelu Lukaku extending his brilliant goal-scoring run in the English top flight. Lukaku produced a precise strike inside the box, sending the ball into the bottom left corner. The Belgian striker then led Everton to a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion; he found the net ten minutes before the final whistle, while providing an assist for Ross Barkley in the first half of the match.

Romelu Lukaku added two goals more to his account against Hull City, with the 23-year-old attacker scoring two late goals in the 4-0 triumph over the relegation-threatened team. Lukaku provided an assist for Enner Valencia as well, but, against all odds, midfielder Ross Barkley was named the man of the match. Anyhow, the Belgium international helped Ronald Koeman’s troops extend their winning run at home to six games. Lukaku is the first Everton player to net more than 20 goals in a Premier League campaign and it is no surprise all English giants have him on their radar.

The Everton man won his first ever Premier League Player of the Month award, but he doesn’t want to stop now. Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 4-2 win over Leicester City on Matchday 32 and he is likely to prove a handful for Burnley defenders on Saturday afternoon. Lukaku is brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Sean Dyche’s troops and he is widely expected to improve his goal-scoring record in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.

The former Chelsea striker is very happy about the award: “’It gives me another boost. I’m playing well at the moment and the team is doing really well.” As previously mentioned, Romelu Lukaku is on the right track to win the Premier Golden Boot at the end of the season, but coach Ronald Koeman must warn him against complacency. One thing is for sure: the Everton man is enjoying the best season of his career and, no doubt, the club chiefs will be listening to offers for the player in the summer transfer window. If he stays in the Premier League, he would probably become one of the most significant stars in the history of English football. 

Premier League’s Player of the Month February 2017: Kane

Premier League’s Player of the Month February 2017: Kane

As expected, Harry Kane was named Premier League Player of the month for February. The Tottenham Hotspur forward was on top of his game last month and he totally deserved to win the trophy.

Over the years Harry Kane has established himself as one of the best attackers in the Premier League. The England superstar scored 25 goals in 38 appearances in the league last season and the Tottenham Hotspur man is on the right track to set his new goal-scoring record this term. Kane has already netted 19 goals in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign and he looked impressive in front of goal in February.

Harry Kane missed a couple of clear-cut chances to score against Middlesbrough, but he eventually helped Tottenham pick up all three points from the match. It has to be noted that Kane score the winner from the penalty spot 13 minutes into the second half. After failing to impress in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool, the English striker produced his best performance of the season in a 4-0 win over Stoke City. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in the triumph over Mark Hughes’ troops, while providing an assist for Dele Alli.

Kane continued his brilliant goal-scoring run on Matchday 27 as he scored a brace in a 3-2 win over Everton at White Hart Lane. His first goal was a master piece; the 23-year-old picked up possession 25 yards from goals and exploded a right-footed shot past Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles. In the 56th minute of the match Kane doubled Tottenham’s lead, with the England international scoring his 19th goal of the season.

Harry Kane claimed his fourth Premier League Player of the month honour, but he is unlikely to repeat the success in March as he suffered an injury in the FA Cup win over Millwall. The Tottenham Hotspur leading scorer will miss England’s qualifier against Lithuania, but, as reports in England suggest, he should return after the international break. Kane is undisputedly the team’s key attacker and he has netted only two goals less than Everton striker Romelu Lukaku (21), who is leading the Premier League goal-scoring chart. The Spurs face the like of Burnley, Swansea City and Watford in upcoming league fixtures and many football predictions suggest that Harry Kane is going to add more goals to his account.

Speaking of assists, Harry Kane has helped his teammates find the net on four occasions this season and if we take a gander at the last season’s stats, the Spurs striker has made a great progress in the said category. Kane, though, is paid for scoring goals and he should be focused on finishing in the remainder of the season. Anyhow, he totally deserved to win the Premier League Player of the month award for February and that certainly gave him a confidence boost. As things stand now, Tottenham Hotspur will play in the Champions League next season and the club chiefs should give their best to try and

Premier League’s Player of the Month January 2017: Dele Alli

Premier League’s Player of the Month January 2017: Dele Alli

Tottenham Hotspur rolled over Watford (4-1) in their first game of the new year and, to make things even better for the fans, the Spurs outplayed Chelsea in the London derby on Matchday on Matchday 20, with Dele Alli scoring a brace for Mauro Pochettino’s troops. The 20-year-old rising star impressed in the triumph over the fellow capital club and he continued with scintillating performances in January. The former Milton Keynes man was undisputedly the best player in the Premier League last month and it is no surprise he was named the player of the month for January.

Dele Alli won the award for the first time in his career, but it has to be noted that he was named in the Premier League PFA team of the years last term. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been making progress week by week and he will be looking to build on the displays he produced in January in the remainder of the season. Dele Alli scored five goals in as many matches last month and he totally deserved to win the Premier League player of the month honour.

As previously mentioned, Dele Alli helped Tottenham beat Chelsea in the London derby, but he made life difficult for Manchester City defenders as well in January. The Spurs came from two goals behind to share the spoils with the Citizens on the road and Dele Alli found the net for Mauro Pochettino’s charges in the Etihad Stadium showdown. The talented midfielder has never lost a game in the English top flight in which he has scored and it is no surprise many football predictions suggest that he will be one of the most wanted players in the summer transfer window.

Dele Alli has yet to find the net in February, but he provided an assist for Harry Kane in a 3-0 win over Fulham in the FA Cup round 5 and it is more than obvious that coach Mauro Pochettino has faith in the England starlet. The Spurs sit in third place in the Premier League standings ahead of Matchday 26. The capital club are unlikely to win the domestic trophy, but they are definitely capable of booking their place in the Champions League and, no doubt, Dele Alli will play an important role in Mauro Pochettino’s team in the forthcoming fixtures. Tottenham take on the likes of Stoke City at their White Hart Lane in their next league game and, as a result, a number of football predictions suggest that Alli will start a new goal-scoring run in the national championship on Sunday afternoon.

The Tottenham Hotspur ace signed a new deal for the White Hart Late outfit on February 2, 2017 and his current contract with the club expires on June 30, 2022. Dele Alli made his England debut in October, 2015 against Estonia and he scored his first goal for the Three Lions in a 2-0 win over France at Wembley Stadium. Taking everything into account, it is no surprise that general football predictions are pointing towards Alli becoming one of the most significant stars in the history of the Premier League.

Liverpool’s Superstar Sadio Mane

Liverpool’s Superstar Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane has established himself as one of the most significant stars in the Premier League. The Senegalese international impressed during his spell with Southampton and he has been producing thrilling displays with Liverpool as well.

All title-chasing teams in the Premier League reinforced their squads in the summer transfer window, but many football experts believe that Sadio Mane is the signing of the summer.

The new Liverpool star has been in splendid form this season and opposition defenders tremble when he has the ball. Sadio Mane has already has netted nine goals in 19 league appearances so far this season and he has been producing splendid performances with Senegal at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Mane scored from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win over Tunisia and he found the net in a victory over Zimbabwe as well. The former Southampton man helped the Senegalese national team book their place in the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in Gabon and, no doubt, he is enjoying a season to remember.

Many football predictions suggest that there is a bright future ahead of the 24-year-old attacker, therefore, you should know seven awesome facts about the African superstar.

Third Senegalese player at Liverpool

First of all, Sadio Mane is the third Senegalese player in the history of Liverpool after Salif Diao and El Hadji Diouf. Diao played for the Reds from 2002 to 2007 and he scored one goal in 37 appearances for the Anfield outfit. In 2007 the defensive midfielder signed a permanent deal with fellow Premier League side Stoke City. El Hadji Diouf is considered as one of the most famous African footballers and he scored three goals for Liverpool during his spell (2002-2005) at Anfield.

Mane’s participation at major tournaments

Sadio Mane has participated at three major tournaments so far. He represented Senegal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and he made for appearances for the national team at the tournament in United Kingdom. Mane failed to score at the Olympic Games and he failed to impress at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as well. However, as I have already mentioned, the Liverpool man proved his worth in the group stages of the 2017 tournament and many football predictions are pointing towards him to win the Africa Cup of Nations “best player” award.

Metz academy

Sadio Mane is a product of Metz football academy. He made a big progress during his spell with the Ligue 1 outfit and he is not the only football ace who comes from the Metz academy. The likes of Louis Saha, Rigobert Song, Papiss Cisse, Robert Pires and Emmanuel Adebayor are the products of the academy as well and it is more than obvious that Metz chiefs know how to make a good player. Nonetheless, you should have in mind that he made no more than 22 league appearances for les Gretans, scoring two goals in the process.

Scoring goals for fun with Saints

The Senegal international joined Southampton on September 1, 2014 for a fee of £11.8 million. Sadio Mane quickly established himself at the team’s top scorer and you should bear in mind that he was Southampton’s leading goal scorer in each of the previous two seasons. Mane scored ten goals in all competitions in the 2014/2015 season, while netting 15 goals for the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit last term and that is the main reason why Liverpool management decided to bring him to Anfield on June 28, 2016. Speaking of European competitions, Mane scored only goal for the Saints in the Europa League. The Liverpool man played for Salzburg in the Champions League qualifiers, but he failed to find the net in the elite competition.

Pace

Sadio Mane’s lighting fast speed has been helping him a lot ever since he started his professional career. His quickness has added a new dimension to Liverpool’s attack and, According to data collected from Opta, Sadio Mane is one of the fastest players in the English Premier League. Many people believe that he should make the top 10, but the prolific footballer is reportedly the 15th quickest player in England’s elite division. On the other hand, his teammate Lucas Leiva is regarded as one of the slowest players in the Premier League.

Mane’s birthday

Sadio Mane was born on April 10, 1992 and he shares a birthday with Ian Callaghan, the Liverpool all-time record appearance holder. Ian Callaghan made no less than 857 appearances for the Anfield club, but he played for Liverpool from 1959 to 1978. Saido Mane joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 and it remains to be seen if he will stay at the club for many years. Mane was born exactly 50 years after Ian Callaghan.

Fastest hat-trick

On May 16, 2015 Sadio Mane made the Premier League history by scoring the fastest-ever hat-trick. Mane scored three goals in a 6-1 win over Aston Villa in just 176 seconds. The previous record holder Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick in four minutes and 33 seconds in a 3-0 victory over Arsenal back in 1994. Saido Mane scored thrice for Southampton in a 4-2 win over Manchester City (May, 2016) as well, but he has yet to score a hat-trick with Liverpool. During his spell with Austrian side Salzburg the Senegalese player scored no less than three hat-tricks.

Liverpool have been struggling in the Premier League ever since Sadio Mane travelled to Gabon to represent Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Senegal attacker was sorely missed in previous league fixtures and the Reds have not been as sharp up front of late as they were with Mane in the starting line-up. Jurgen Klopp obviously has faith in Mane and he is likely to play a key role in his team in the remainder of the season.

Mane is quick, extremely athletic and technically gifted and a number of football predictions suggest that he will be a significant player for Liverpool in the future. Anyhow, he should avoid serious injuries if he is to become one of the greatest players in the history of the Premier League.