Joe Difford
Joe, 20, is a football writer for and has been published in MSN, Manchester Evening News and London 24. He is currently studying Film, TV and Theatre at Brunel University and is an avid West Ham fan.

Entries by Joe Difford

Five Most Injury Prone Premier League Sides

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2014 | (00:00)

Injuries are, unfortunately, a part of the beautiful game, and can influence a team's season far more than fans would like.

Some sides know more about this than others, seeing their players fall victim to the dreaded niggle or even worse, a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Here are five...

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Seven Defenders Who Need to Be at Their Best This Season

(0) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (00:00)

It's all well and good signing players who can score goals and it's not surprising that the most expensive transfers tend to be attack minded players. However, remaining tight at the back is crucial in the Premier League, as fans of any team will know.

In what could well be...

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Five Things We Learnt From the Opening Weekend of the Premier League

(0) Comments | Posted 19 August 2014 | (14:38)

After what has seemed like an eternity Premier League football is back, putting an end to talk about how awful England were in the World Cup, for four years at least.

Stadiums full of dedicated fans watched as shiny new kits were displayed by exciting new signings, beginning what will...

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Five Premier League Players Who Need to Move on From Their Current Club

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (15:26)

There are only a small number of certainties in football today - each game will consist of two halves, at some point a ball will be kicked and Andy Carroll will pick up an injury at least once a season.

But as well as these, you can be sure that...

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Seven Best Premier League Summer Signings So Far

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (00:00)

The transfer window is in full swing and deals are being confirmed every day now. Social media sites are rife with speculation and you can't turn Sky Sports News on without seeing a reporter outside a training ground with some sort of new information.

Some clubs, however, have already made...

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Six Premier League Signings That Just Didn't Work Out

(1) Comments | Posted 1 August 2014 | (00:00)

After news of Andy Carroll's new injury surfaced, West Ham chairman David Sullivan said that the club would not have signed the crocked number 9 had they known he would be injured, well, all the time.

West Ham aren't the only club to regret a signing, however, and here are...

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Why These Five Premier League Sides Are Set to Dramatically Improve on Last Season

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (00:00)

The transfer window has only been open for a short period of time and bar the few managers who are yet to realise it is open at all, most teams have added a number of new faces to their rosters.

Looking at the completed transfers so far and the rumours...

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Six Players Premier League Sides Shouldn't Rush to Sign Despite Having a Good World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (00:00)

Every four years when the World Cup comes along, it must feel like a brand new shop opening for Premier League managers, filled with a number of new products on shiny displays. Is it wise, however, to judge a player solely on their World Cup performances?

Here are six players...

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Four Countries Whose Footballing Stock Has Drastically Improved This World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (00:00)

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been thrilling right from the first whistle, courtesy of a number of teams who performed above expectations and subsequently improved their footballing stock to the rest of the world.

Here are the top four countries whose reputation and status on the international stage...

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Why England Could Surprise Everyone in Brazil

(2) Comments | Posted 14 June 2014 | (00:00)

When the World Cup comes around every four years, it is easy to be optimistic about England's chances of success, but hopes quickly come crashing back down to Earth, usually following a penalty shootout. But could the Three Lions actually surprise everyone this summer?

It's never nice to be happy...

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The Best Starting XI From the World Cup's Non-Seeded Teams

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (14:03)

When people consider the best players gracing the International stage this summer, most come from the eight seeded teams.

However, some of the world's top players will be featuring for sides who didn't fall under that category and so here is the best starting XI from those countries in...

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Why Make Such Drastic Changes to Allardyce's Style Rather Than Replace Him?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2014 | (00:00)

It is no secret that a lot of West Ham fans wanted Sam Allardyce gone following a disappointing season for the Hammers, but he will be in charge for at least one more campaign and is to make a number of changes to his backroom staff and style of football.

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Why a Lack of Options Means That the England Team Picks Itself

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2014 | (00:00)

Every two years, the whole nation revives their sense of optimism that England can win a major tournament and every two years, reality takes effect and the Three Lions crash out, probably on penalties.

When a new manager enters the fray, speculation is rife. 'Who will he pick?' 'What style...

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Premier League 'Half-English' Rule Would Seriously Damage Division's Reputation

(5) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (16:46)

The Premier League is the greatest league in the world. We hear it all the time and considering the calibre of the players, money spent by the teams and the unpredictability of the matches, it is easy to agree. However, this reputation could well be damaged or even destroyed, following...

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Five Things Liverpool Are Doing Better Than Everyone Else This Season

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2014 | (00:00)

It is no secret that Liverpool have had a fantastic season, but what have they been doing better than other teams in the Premier League to get so far?

On the pitch and off it, here are five of the most important things that Liverpool have been doing right...

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Why Sam Allardyce's Style Could Cause Negative Long-Term Damage to West Ham's Future

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (17:17)

Whenever West Ham lose a game, Sam Allardyce's critics come out in force, criticising his direct tactics and lack of a Plan B. It may seem harsh to want Big Sam out after guiding the Hammers back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and lifting them...

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Why Is the Last Stretch of the Premier League Season So Difficult?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (15:05)

When the ''experts'' start throwing around their predictions as to where they think teams will finish in the Premier League table, these are often fairly accurate up until Christmas. It becomes reasonably clear who will be in the title race and who will be fighting to avoid relegation. For some...

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Manchester United Would Have Struggled This Season Regardless of Their Manager

(4) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (00:00)

This season in the Premier League, we hear every week how David Moyes is to blame for Manchester United's poor season, but is he really the cause or is there more to the story?

When Sir Alex Ferguson left the club last season after 27 years in charge, fans were...

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How the Title Race Is Shaping Up in Europe's Top Leagues

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2014 | (14:50)

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The Premier League title race is incredibly different to those we've seen before and the absence of Manchester United is the biggest factor behind this. Liverpool are also having a very different season to last and are real contenders for the title, although they face stiff competition from...

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Should We See More Retrospective Punishment in the Premier League?

(5) Comments | Posted 23 March 2014 | (23:00)

With a large number of red cards, bust-ups and penalties, last weekend was a rather volatile few days in Premier League football. Two of the most significant incidents involved Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and Hull's George Boyd and whilst they avoided any repercussions, those who were on the opposing end of...

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