8:49 PM EDT, Sun August 20, 2017
Antonio Conte very happy to see the spirit of last season return to Chelsea

Antonio Conte very happy to see the spirit of last season return to Chelsea

Chelsea are not out of the woods yet, not by a long-shot, but Sunday’s performance at Wembley should give us plenty of reason to believe that we will not see a repeat of 2015-16 this season. There was certainly no quit in this squad, depleted and makeshift as it may have been, when faced with the prospect of overcoming last week’s terrible result. “I want to thank my players, everyone, because they showed me great desire, great spirit, great will, and great heart. They were fighters today and for sure I saw a lot of positive things in a moment not easy for us, with suspensions and...
Antonio Conte suit- and celebration-game back in full effect against Spurs

Antonio Conte suit- and celebration-game back in full effect against Spurs

It feels good, doesn’t it, when all is right with world? Chelsea may still lack a few bodies in the squad — Drinkwater, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and a mystery man or two supposedly all set to arrive still — and the narrative of a CRISIS is never more than a few dropped points away, but a win over Spurs at Wembley should go a long way toward confirming that the natural order of the universe has been restored to a certain degree, even if Chelsea had to go about things in a slightly more defensive fashion today than usual. “We suffered during the game, that’s normal, but I think we...
Royal Blue Mersey 4 hours ago
Can Everton continue their good start at the Etihad?

Can Everton continue their good start at the Etihad?

The Toffees have won every game so far but face a daunting test against title favourites Manchester City Everton may have made their best start to a season in 39 years but the opposition they have faced so far pales into insignificance compared to the challenge that awaits them at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Pep Guardiola’s expensively assembled group of superstars have unsurprisingly been tipped for the Premier League title and will represent an early test of Everton’s own lofty ambitions. Thursday’s win over Hajduk Split was comfortably Everton’s best display of the season to...
The Busby Babe 4 hours ago
Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-0 Swansea City

Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-0 Swansea City

Pogba was the star man in another very good team performance. Following a dominant season debut for Manchester United they continued where they left off versus West Ham this week against Swansea City. United started off a tad slower against the Swans, but stayed consistent throughout the match resulting in United pulling away from the opposition. Another 4-0 victory in favor of the Red Devils. These are the player ratings from the match, out of 10. Paul Pogba : 9.0 (Man of the Match) Pogba had a few questionable fouls in the first half, and after receiving a harsh yellow, some might have...
Royal Blue Mersey 5 hours ago
Everton at Manchester City: Premier League Matchday 2

Everton at Manchester City: Premier League Matchday 2

Blues face short ride up the M62 to take on Mancunians Everton travel to Manchester City on Monday for the first of three away games in six days. All the stories from the first of the trio, away at City are all located right here.
We Ain't Got No History 5 hours ago
Marcos Alonso restores the natural order of things as Chelsea beat Spurs at Wembley

Marcos Alonso restores the natural order of things as Chelsea beat Spurs at Wembley

Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea, Premier League: Match report Unlike Chelsea, Tottenham have rarely not have many good moments at Wembley recently. They haven’t beaten Chelsea there since the 2008 League Cup final and won just once in five tries last season in the various European and cup games they hosted there as they prepared to move out of White Hart Lane. Facing the prospect of having to play a full season’s worth of home games in the national stadium, they had been hoping to change that narrative. Chelsea were out to change a narrative of their own, that of the early-season crisis. Only...
Royal Blue Mersey 5 hours ago
Everton loan players recap: Dowell continues to star at Forest

Everton loan players recap: Dowell continues to star at Forest

How did the Blue loanees do this weekend? Everton have a number of players out on loan this season, here’s a quick recap of how they did with their respective clubs midweek and this weekend. Nottingham Forest fans can’t stop raving about the quality of Kieran Dowell, and we have to agree with them. He’s becoming a key part of the Forest side, and his composure on the ball even in the face of physical pressure has been impressive to see. His side slipped to an away defeat at Barnsley midweek, but bounced back yesterday to win 2-1 against Middlesbrough. Dowell has been playing in the...
Bitter and Blue 5 hours ago
Manchester City vs. Everton, 2017 Premier League: Predicted Lineups

Manchester City vs. Everton, 2017 Premier League: Predicted Lineups

Who starts for City and Everton on Monday night’s big match? After a successful Premier League debut against Brighton, Manchester City play their first match at the Etihad this season when they welcome Everton for a big Monday night game. These two teams will definitely finish in the Top 7 this season, and even though Everton don’t look strong enough to win the Premier League, the Toffees can definitely challenge for a Champions League place. Ronald Koeman is a great manager, the transfer window was busy and successful, and the team has huge threats all over the pitch. Pep Guardiola...
Roker Report 6 hours ago
Grayson’s Anatomy: How did the Sunderland manager rate after Saturday’s defeat at home to Leeds?

Grayson’s Anatomy: How did the Sunderland manager rate after Saturday’s defeat at home to Leeds?

Team selection, tactics, substitutions and post-match comments - we analyse them all! How did Grayson rate after Saturday’ home defeat to Leeds? Team Selection It’s pretty simple: we have a squad with a decent amount of quality in it; however, we simply don’t have enough quality in reserve if things aren’t working out or players are feeling somewhat jaded. Both Lee Cattermole and Aiden McGeady looked tired yesterday, and whether you think that’s acceptable or not it goes to show that we desperately need quality reinforcements. This week will give Grayson the chance to experiment...
Cartilage Free Captain 6 hours ago
Pochettino: Spurs “unlucky” in 2-1 loss to Chelsea

Pochettino: Spurs “unlucky” in 2-1 loss to Chelsea

Tottenham didn’t blame his players or the pitch size for stumbling against the defending champions. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was disappointed by his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, a match that saw Marcos Alonso score two goals, including the match winner in the 88th minute. However, he said in post match comments to the press that he was pleased with his team’s overall performance against a very good Chelsea team. “I’m not frustrated. I’m disappointed. I think the performance was good. We were the team that created the most...
Royal Blue Mersey 6 hours ago
Matthew Pennington similar to Victor Lindelof?

Matthew Pennington similar to Victor Lindelof?

Seems like a lofty comparison, from someone who knows them both In his few appearances for the Everton senior side last season, central defender Matthew Pennington didn’t exactly cover himself in glory, even though he scored what was ultimately a consolation goal in the Merseyside Derby. The game seemed to move by a bit faster than he could handle, and he had a tough time matching up physically with Premier League competition. With that in mind, Under-23s manager David Unsworth chose to send him out on loan for the season to Leeds United where he can get some valuable playing time in the...
7500 To Holte 6 hours ago
Holtecast episode 112: Reading into Norwich

Holtecast episode 112: Reading into Norwich

James Rushton is joined by Ronson Brown to talk Villa and a big win, finally. Aston Villa are back, we're back and the Holtecast is back. There have been a number of developments over the Summer, meaning that Robert and Jack can no longer commit to a weekly podcast between the two. However, 7500toHolte ran two podcasts and they now morph. James will be moving to host the Holtecast and will bring on someone from the world of Aston Villa to speak about the weekly developments of the club. For the 112th episode of the Holtecast, we speak to Canada’s own Ronson Brown to talk about...
Cartilage Free Captain 7 hours ago
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: final score 1-2, Marcos Alonso brace sinks Spurs at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: final score 1-2, Marcos Alonso brace sinks Spurs at Wembley

Spurs drop another frustrating match to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. Shut up, #narrative. Tottenham Hotspur hosted Chelsea at Wembley Stadium for their first “home” match of the Premier League season, but weren’t able to get the win. Marcos Alonso had a brace – a worldy of a free kick and a late short-range blast to give the Blues a 2-1 win over Spurs. Michy Batshuayi also had an own goal for Chelsea. Tottenham started the match in a fluid back three formation, with Eric Dier occasionally dropping into central defense when needed. Kieran Trippier made his return to the starting...
The Busby Babe 7 hours ago
VIDEO: Manchester United 4-0 Swansea City highlights

VIDEO: Manchester United 4-0 Swansea City highlights

Bailly, Lukaku, Pogba, and Martial. Easy, easy! Can Manchester United win every match 4-0 this season? Of course we can. Note: This NBC Sports video is available only in the US. For UK viewers (and everybody else), see the MUTV highlights below. Your browser does not support HTML5 video.
Bitter and Blue 7 hours ago
Manchester City working to sign Lionel Messi ON FREE TRANSFER next summer - Report

Manchester City working to sign Lionel Messi ON FREE TRANSFER next summer - Report

OH MY GOODNESS Manchester City could find a way to pull off the greatest transfer of all time next summer. According to Duncan Castles of the Daily Record, the Blues are working to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on a FREE TRANSFER next summer. Manchester City meet Lionel Messi's representatives to discuss Premier League switch. #MCFC #FCB #ARGhttps://t.co/XNRavbU3nS pic.twitter.com/pUAyzvuINU— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) August 20, 2017 Castles reports that City have met with Messi’s representatives in a Barcelona restaurant last week to lay the groundwork on a deal for...
Spurs 1-2 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-match reaction

Spurs 1-2 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-match reaction

WINNER WINNER MARCOS ALONSO HERO DINNER Chelsea players scored three goals, though one at the wrong end, and so it ends 2-1, good guys at Wembley. Things were looking good for most of the game, then Batshuayi’s unfortunate header from a cheap free kick leveled proceedings — given the fouls that were let go or were only punished by yellow, that was a ridiculous decision by Anthony Taylor — but Marcos Alonso did his best Wayne Bridge v. Arsenal impression and won the game for Chelsea. First time in his Chelsea career, Conte does not use all three of his subs. Imagine how an early...
Cartilage Free Captain 8 hours ago
WATCH: Michy Batshuayi equalizes for Tottenham Hotspur

WATCH: Michy Batshuayi equalizes for Tottenham Hotspur

What a finish. Michy Batshuayi scores an OG! Tottenham tie with Chelsea! pic.twitter.com/JyukGHBfPw— José Villacreses (@j_villacreses) August 20, 2017 Tottenham Hotspur have found an important equalizer against defending champions, Chelsea. In the first match of the season at their new temporary home of Wembley Stadium it was looking bleak. However, an own goal by second half substitute Michy Batshuayi has pulled the score even after a Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea the lead. We look forward to Michy’s post-match tweets on his goal.
Coming Home Newcastle 8 hours ago
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United - Two defeats in the first two games for the Magpies

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United - Two defeats in the first two games for the Magpies

Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Huddersfield Town, courtesy of an Aaron Mooy strike just after half-time.  The first real action of the game arrived when Chancel Mbemba (who was deployed at left-back) was caught by a high boot from Elias Kachunga. No disciplinary action was taken by the referee. Steve Mounie then looked to have stamped on Isaac Hayden after the English midfielder made a sliding challenge, but again, nothing was given. Ayoze Perez had the first real chance of the game when he forced Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lössl into a fine save. That was as close as the away side...
Spurs vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Half-time report

Spurs vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Half-time report

Well, do we dare say it?  So far, so good.  Chelsea lead 1-0 at the half thanks to a picture-perfect free kick from Marcos Alonso — he's deadly from that spot, you see — and while Spurs put the pressure on for the final 5-10 minutes of the half, it's been a largely, dare we say, comfortable afternoon for the boys in Blue so far... The job is only half done of course.  And you can be Spurs won't go away quietly. Chelsea started well and should've taken the lead within the first 5 minutes but Álvaro Morata, all alone in the six-yard box headed wide with the goal gaping.  The big...
Coming Home Newcastle 8 hours ago
Newcastle interested in Dennis Praet

Newcastle interested in Dennis Praet

The Toon is being linked to the Sampdoria central midfielder. Rafa Benitez seems interested in bolstering his midfield. Newcastle has been linked to 23-year old Dennis Praet, who is currently with Sampdoria. Every news source I have seen has reported this story on the back of a report from an Italian paper Il Secolo XIX. However, I have been unable to locate said report, so take this link with a grain of salt. Assuming it is true though, this singing would reunite former Anderlecht teammates Chancel Mbemba and Alexsandar Mitrovic with Praet. All three of them were a part of the Pro...

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