9:07 PM EST, Sat December 10, 2016
The Liverpool Offside 3 hours ago
Premier League Coverage, Liverpool vs. West Ham United, Sunday, December 11th

Premier League Coverage, Liverpool vs. West Ham United, Sunday, December 11th

Liverpool need to get back on track after last weekend's capitulation against Bournemouth with three points against West Ham United at Anfield, and The Liverpool Offside has you covered with previews, team news and viewing options, and reaction following the match. A second-half meltdown against Bournemouth last week finally snapped Liverpool’s unbeaten streak, and Klopp and co. would very much like to get back to winning ways when West Ham travel up to Anfield on Sunday. Despite the recent loss, the Reds are unbeaten at home this season, and will look to keep it that way with the help of...
Bitter and Blue 4 hours ago
Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City, 2016 Premier League: Match Review

Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City, 2016 Premier League: Match Review

Could Man CIty break free and find their form? Or would the Foxes sneak in a victory and stop them in their tracks? Pep Guardiola led the Citizens to the King Power stadium for their away fixture against Leicester CIty, in a bid to recover from the devastating loss last weekend to Chelsea. After a flying start to the season, Pep and his troops had fallen off the wagon, being unable to replicate their early form. Despite their poor showing in the League, Leicester City were still reigning champions, and a threat to City's recovery. Could Man CIty break free and find their form? Or would the...
Cottagers Confidential 5 hours ago
Tom Cairney has the goal of the year against Wolves

Tom Cairney has the goal of the year against Wolves

Tom Cairney is a magician. I’m not sure how else this goal can happen. The game may not have had the final result that Fulham wanted, but that doesn’t stop this goal from being amazing. Fulham had one a free kick in that awkward position between the touchline and the penalty area. Floyd Ayite and Stefan Johansen both lined up over the ball, and I think everyone would have expected the right footed Ayite to whip this into the box. Notice Tom Cairney milling around uncovered at the top of the box. Johansen sees him, and curls a beautiful ball right onto his left foot. If Cairney takes the...
The Liverpool Offside 5 hours ago
Jürgen Klopp Has A Plan To Get Joe Gomez Back On The Pitch

Jürgen Klopp Has A Plan To Get Joe Gomez Back On The Pitch

The 19-year-old former Charlton defender has spent most of his tenure at Liverpool working his way back from injury but Klopp hasn’t given up on him yet You have to feel for Joe Gomez. The 19-year-old was brought in a year and a half ago as a long term investment. While he surely would’ve plugged some defensive gaps in the short term, there was a sense that he came to develop so that a few years down the line he could fulfill an elusive need for Premier League clubs— genuinely promising English talent. At least that was the plan. That October, Gomez tore his ACL while playing for...
We Ain't Got No History 5 hours ago
Who is Chelsea’s backup left wing-back?

Who is Chelsea’s backup left wing-back?

Marcos Alonso is great, but who might deputize for him if necessary? As we enter the month of December, there is an abundance of reasons that we should be gleefully indulging ourselves in the festive spirit. After all, we’re top of the table and in rather exceptional form. Just in case you forgot, Chelsea have won their previous eight league games, including momentous victories against Everton, Mourinho’s United, Spurs and most recently, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. This period of vastly improved form and an infectious sense of confidence and optimism is especially delightful...
The Short Fuse 5 hours ago
Mark Hughes acts like a child when asked about Stoke fans being awful

Mark Hughes acts like a child when asked about Stoke fans being awful

I’ve never wanted a club relegated as badly as this. One of the first things I ever wrote about Arsenal, about six years ago, was about Aaron Ramsey and Stoke City. Don’t bother reading this because it’s not very good, but suffice it to say that ever since Ryan Shawcross broke Ramsey’s leg, Stoke fans have been horrible about it, and it should surprise nobody that they still are. Today, while their team was in the process of losing (again) to Arsenal, they were singing that “Aaron Ramsey...walks with a limp.” In reality, of course, Ramsey’s recovered from that mess to be one...
Bitter and Blue 6 hours ago
Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City, 2016 Premier League: Post-Match Reaction

Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City, 2016 Premier League: Post-Match Reaction

Disaster. Manchester City have now gone three consecutive matches without a win in all competitions, and the latest poor result was a tough one to watch, as the Citizens were destroyed 4-2 by Leicester City, thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy (3) and Andy King. Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito scored for City. The first half began with three Leicester goals inside 20 minutes, and the Foxes looked just like they did when they won the title last season, with quick and long balls to Jamie Vardy, who scored twice and put the hosts in a comfortable position to win. City were terrible, crossing way...
The Busby Babe 7 hours ago
Paul Pogba’s tax arrangements cause a stir

Paul Pogba’s tax arrangements cause a stir

According to a leak, Paul Pogba has his mammoth image rights money handled in the tax haven of Jersey. As if we needed reminding of football’s dark underbelly, a Football Leaks report has lifted the lid on some of the financial arrangements of Manchester United star Paul Pogba. The Daily Mail have translated some of the juicy information revealed by Mediapart, with the headline news being the fact his image rights are held in the tax haven of Jersey. However, that’s not all the report has to say. Pogba is apparently at the centre of an ‘open war between two agents - Walid Tanazefti...
The Short Fuse 7 hours ago
Mustafi to miss at least three weeks

Mustafi to miss at least three weeks

A hamstring injury will sideline the defender Well, here’s a bit of a sour note in what has otherwise been a pretty sweet day of soccer for Arsenal. Center back Shkodran Mustafi is apparently going to be out for at least three weeks with injury, per Arseblog. He picked up a hamstring injury about midway through the first half of today’s win over Stoke City. “The minimum for that kind of injury is 21 days. That means he will have a nice Christmas,” Wenger said. This is a tough blow for the Gunners, as Mustafi has been great since he came to Arsenal, adding a nice boost to the...
Cartilage Free Captain 7 hours ago
Know Your Opponent: A Q&A with The Busby Babe

Know Your Opponent: A Q&A with The Busby Babe

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Old Trafford we go. Tottenham Hotspur head north to Manchester tomorrow to take on Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, a match-up that surely be all about the football on the pitch and not at all about the Portuguese manager’s antics on the sidelines. Spurs currently sit in fifth place on 27 points, six ahead of their opponent Sunday. Ahead of the match, I sat down with Andi over at SBN’s United blog, The Busby Babe, to talk about Jose Mourinho, whether or not frostbite hit the players in Ukraine, and what the expectations have been like around Old Trafford...
Royal Blue Mersey 8 hours ago
Everton complacency shocking, veterans and management to blame

Everton complacency shocking, veterans and management to blame

Major shake-up needed For the number of senior players in the Everton squad, the expected leadership from the group has been sorely missing. One could say that very rapidly the Blues have already sunk back to the lows experienced last season that led to the firing of Roberto Martinez. After today’s humiliating loss at Watford, the Blues now have one win in their last eleven games in all competitions, which is now looking more like a fluke than anything else. The Toffees are currently showing that they have no mental strength whatsoever, with the lack of confidence so desperately...
The Liverpool Offside 8 hours ago
Liverpool vs West Ham: Match Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch

Liverpool vs West Ham: Match Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch

Liverpool look to get back to winning ways when West Ham visit Anfield on Sunday. A second-half meltdown against Bournemouth last week finally snapped Liverpool’s unbeaten streak, and Klopp and co. would very much like to get back to winning ways when West Ham travel up to Anfield on Sunday. Despite the recent loss, the Reds are unbeaten at home this season, and will look to keep it that way with the help of some key players returning to the starting XI. Chief among those that Jürgen Klopp welcomed back is defender Joël Matip. The cool-headed Cameroonian center-back was greatly missed...
Roker Report 8 hours ago
Swansea 3-0 Sunderland: Hopeless Display Sees Mackems Sink Back To The Bottom

Swansea 3-0 Sunderland: Hopeless Display Sees Mackems Sink Back To The Bottom

Sunderland lost away to Swansea this afternoon in an underwhelming fashion, shipping three simple goals and returning to the bottom of the Premier League table. Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Mawson, Taylor, Barrow , Britton, Fulton, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Llorente Subs: Van der Hoorn, Fer, Nordfeldt, Montero (for Barrow 77'), Cork, Naughton, McBurnie (for Llorente 84') Sunderland: Pickford, Jones, Djilobodji, Kone, Van Aanholt, Larsson, Denayer, Ndong, Pienaar , Anichebe, Defoe Subs: Mannone, Borini, Khazri, O'Shea, Manquillo (for Pienaar 85'), Kirchhoff (for Ndong 57'), Januzaj (for...
The Short Fuse 9 hours ago
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City: Gunners continue unbeaten league run

Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City: Gunners continue unbeaten league run

Goals from Walcott, Özil, and Iwobi give Arsenal all 3 points. Arsenal defeated Stoke City today 3-1 at the Emirates, continuing their streak of 14 matches unbeaten in the league. Arsene Wenger made 6 changes from midweek, using same XI as he did last weekend against West Ham United. The only difference in the squad from those two matches was the omission of Aaron Ramsey, who reportedly has a slight hamstring injury, and the return of Hêctor Bellerín. In the early goings, the visitors were on top of proceedings, harrying Arsenal and not giving them space to attack. Xherdan Shaqiri had an...
7500 To Holte 9 hours ago
Instant reaction: Aston Villa 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Instant reaction: Aston Villa 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Jack Grealish saves the day It was goalless for oh so long, but a late Jack Grealish strike won Villa the game. Here's how it went down: The first half was all Villa, but after a bright start, it turned into an incredibly frustrating half. Wigan looked nervous at the start, and sat very deep, allowing the hosts to take the game to them. Jordan Amavi came close twice in the opening quarter, one effort being a vicious volley that went just over. The best chance of the half fell to Jonathan Kodjia, who was sent clean through by Albert Adomah. Unfortunately for the big striker, Jussi...
Cottagers Confidential 9 hours ago
Fulham 4 Wolverhampton 4: Quick Thoughts

Fulham 4 Wolverhampton 4: Quick Thoughts

Coming from behind, blowing a lead, blowing a result, and grabbing a late equalizer. A crazy game. Fulham went with an unchanged starting lineup. Curiously, there was no traditional striker on the bench to backup Chris Martin. For Wolves the most interesting part of their lineup was that 19 year old Harry Burgoyne was starting in goal. Fulham players had to be licking their chops when they learned they were going up against such a young, inexperienced goal keeper. Fulham dominated the first 20 minutes in possession, shots, corners, and just about everything else you could think of. Of...
Roker Report 9 hours ago
Swansea 3-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings & MOTM Poll

Swansea 3-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings & MOTM Poll

Sunderland's worst performance of the season by far culminated with a 3-0 defeat to lowly Swansea. Here's how our players rated - vote for your man of the match, if you can be bothered, at the bottom of the page. Jordan Pickford - 7 The only player to come out of the game with any credit. Made some decent saves to keep the score down, and his distribution was top notch as per usual. Couldn't have done much for the three goals, which all came as a result of our abysmal defending. Patrick Van Aanholt - 5 Contributed nothing going forward and was fairly quiet all afternoon. Papy Djilobodji -...
The Short Fuse 9 hours ago
Arsenal v. Stoke: Community ratings

Arsenal v. Stoke: Community ratings

it's ratin' time. You know the drill!
Royal Blue Mersey 10 hours ago
Koeman’s comments are those of a defeated man

Koeman’s comments are those of a defeated man

Manager’s post-match comments after yet another miserable performance Ronald Koeman sounded like a defeated man after Everton’s 3-2 loss at Watford today, and it’s no surprise considering how the Blues were outclassed by a hardworking home side. Read a selection of Koeman’s comments, it’s like he has lost the team. “We were the dominant team at 1-0 up but then after that starts the problem. I'm really disappointed how we played when 1-0 up. We did mistakes in possession, dropped too far back." “We made some bad mistakes in our box and had a lack of communication. The set...

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