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Barkley Responds To The Sun On The Pitch, Chelsea Rubbish Without Alonso, And Liverpool Manage To Not Concede A Set-Piece!

Chris Darwen | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

Well, well, well. Has that made things interesting? I mean, considering Jose is putting his eggs pretty much in the basket labelled Europa League, United's win at Old Trafford has to go down as a bit of a shock...

Sunderland Still Need To Win All Their Games To Stay Up As Conte Relishes And Laughs At Tottenham's Pursuit

Chris Darwen | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

Each week makes it look more likely that the top six will end in their current shape meaning doom and gloom for Arsene. At the bottom, it feels like Swansea and Hull City will play their own version of pass the parcel with that remaining relegation spot. It is too close to call, as ever.

Tottenham Should Aim For 'The Mentality Not To Throw Away Second Place This Time' As Chelsea Get Back On The Horse

Chris Darwen | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

Well, if the reward for international football is a bumper week of Premier League football then I apologise to international football for all the rude things I have called it recently. What a week of action we've had, with some twists and turns, some slap and tickle, and some expert displays of boosting footballers' confidence in public!

Chelsea Leave The Door Slightly Ajar, Arsenal Finally Find A Backbone And United Thrill Everyone At Old Trafford Once More

Chris Darwen | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

Whoa, whoa, whoa Chelsea. What's that all about, hey? We've already wrapped up this Premier League title thank you very much. The bookmakers have (pro...

Arsene's Plan To Not Defend Set Pieces Fails, Lallana Might Have Cost Liverpool The Champions League, And Alli In Penalty-Winning Shock

Chris Darwen | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

Let's start in an unexpected way today. Just imagine how bad Sunderland against Burnley must have been to watch. 0-0 must have been the most guaranteed result of the day. It's nice to see Jermain Defoe back in the England squad though, if only as a reward for putting up with only being passed the ball about 25 times this season.

PL Predictions: Midtable Mediocrity

Tarutr Malhotra | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Sport
Tarutr Malhotra

You know what? I'm going to try to be an optimist. As avid readers of the Ignorant Fan's column can attest to, I was immensely confused by Boro's purchases this summer. However, I am going to believe in the club. I am going to believe that Karanka's fights with senior players in March have been forgiven and forgotten...

Pre-Season Ponderings: Manchester United to Sunderland

Tarutr Malhotra | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Sport
Tarutr Malhotra

I'm quite impressed with Mourinho's PR this summer. His arrival was greeted with questions about whether his inevitable sh*thousery would gel with the supposedly pristine image of Manchester United (not including Rooney and Giggs' infidelity issues, Keane's deliberate maiming of opponents and Fergie's constant whining of course). To counteract these doubts he is going out and buying any and all players with a rating of over 85 in FIFA 16.

Arsene Wenger Salutes Arsenal After Standing Up to Stoke 'Battle'

Press Association | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Sport

Arsene Wenger saluted Arsenal for emerging from another Britannia Stadium battle with a point that lifted them back to the Barclays Premier League sum...

There May Be a Chance of a Football Match Breaking Out at Spurs v Stoke

Theo Delaney | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Last season rather petered out for Tottenham. Broadly speaking it wasn't bad, but with any chance of a top four finish long gone and fondly held hopes of avoiding Europa League qualification also dashed, some of us who attended the last home game against Hull struggled to stay awake...

Premier League History Tells Us Signing Too Many Unproven Players Is a Risky Game

Jamie Spencer | Posted 07.08.2016 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

Every fan of every Premier League club expects to see several new arrivals every summer. If done well, buying and loaning new players is the fastest way to see a side improve. However, bringing in too many new faces who are unproven or untested can just as easily end in total disaster.

Why Stoke City Are Now European Football Contenders

Joe Cooper | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Sport
Joe Cooper

Since Mark Hughes was appointed boss in May 2013, he has gone great lengths to distance his team from the perceived hoof-ball of Tony Pulis. Nobody can deny the effectiveness of Pulis' Stoke, but it was damn ugly to watch and Hughes made his intention to play a clearly different style of football from the off.

What Now For a Spurs Side That Just Gets Worse and Worse?

Theo Delaney | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Knotted brows and shaking heads emerged from White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon; supporters bewildered and dumbstruck by what they had seen. Pouring out of the away end the Stoke fans scratched their heads and demanded of each other in disbelief: how on earth did we only manage to beat that shower by just the one goal?

Around the Sport Scene in September

James Willstrop | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

Friday before last I was invited, along with a group of Leeds Commonwealth Games medallists, by The Lord Mayor and all at the City Council to a reception at the Civic Hall. There were eight athletes, and we raised a toast to the city's resounding success, which I believe it was claimed stood us in a very healthy position in the medal table by the end.

It's 'Serious' Talks Time For Pardew And Newcastle

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has conceded he expects "serious" talks with club owner Mike Ashley after the Magpies' 1-0 defeat at Stoke. Last week...

Alan Pardew Is Lucky He Wasn't Sacked by Newcastle Months Ago

Jamie Spencer | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

The news may seem like a win for those who believe that too many owners, chairmen and chief executives are too trigger happy when it comes to firing managers in search of immediate success. However, in reality, Alan Pardew is lucky to have lasted in the Newcastle hot-seat for as long as he has.

Who Beat Who On The Premier League Opening Day?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Sport

Tottenham piled the pressure on West Ham manager Sam Allardyce with a late opening day Premier League win at Upton Park. Manchester United 1-2 Swan...

Team Focus: Improving Stoke Benefitting From Hughes' Philosophy

Ben McAleer | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

The decision to hire Hughes was not the most popular with Stoke fans at the time... The Potters have begun to move away from the somewhat outdated approach used during Pulis' reign at the Britannia and while the success of the system consolidated Stoke's position as a Premier League team, Hughes' ideas are helping to take them to the next level.

Premier League Fixtures 2014-15 Announced!

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Sport

Manchester United's era under Louis van Gaal will begin at home against Swansea City on the opening day of the 2014-15 Premier League season. Champ...

Premier League 2013-14 Mid-Table Awards

Joe Cooper | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Cooper

Forget your Luis Suarezes and your Yaya Toures, because it's time to put an end to the myth that the mid-table is dull and dreary by handing out some awards!

Down And Out: Fulham And Cardiff Relegated (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Sport

Fulham and Cardiff City bade farewell to the Barclays Premier League with a whimper as both suffered crushing defeats at Stoke City and Newcastle Unit...

Samuel Luckhurst

Is José Cracking Up? Mourinho Looks Defeated Even In Victory

HuffingtonPost.com | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Sport

Last week it was a ball boy and this week it was a cameraman. Chelsea and Stoke had not even kicked-off and José Mourinho had already taken umbrage w...

LOOK: Warrior Reveal Stoke's 2014-15 Kits Early (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Sport

Warrior have launched Stoke City's 2014-15 kits remarkably early, less than a week after they were announced as the club's new kit suppliers. The k...

League Focus: The Battle to Avoid Relegation in the Premier League

Ben McAleer | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

The Premier League title race took another twist at the weekend, but a win for table footers Fulham closed the gap between themselves and 14th placed Swansea. Just five points separate seven teams at the bottom of England's top tier, with the battle to stave off relegation expected to go down to the wire.

Is It Time to Stop Vilifying Divers?

Chris Deeley | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

Tony Pulis can call Luis Suarez an embarrassment for diving all he wants, but his Stoke City team finished dead last in the Premier League Fair Play table last year. It smacks of hypocrisy to complain about one rule being broken whilst lauding your players for "playing hard" beyond the rules.

Relegation Battle: Does Spending Big in January Guarantee Survival?

Chris Deeley | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

In the last five seasons, going back to 2008/09, five clubs have escaped relegation after being in the bottom three at the end of the transfer window. It would be very easy to assume that the sides which threw around the most money mid-season would be the ones to make the leap to safety, but that's not necessarily the case.