Author: Phil Spragg

Biggest Shocks of the Season – 2013/2014

Manchester United’s Home Record so far: W 5 D 2 L 4

Manchester United are prone to starting the season off slowly and any fan will be able to tell you that. Yet this would never worry the Red Devils as Sir Alex Ferguson would finish strong and clinch a Champions League spot come the end of the season. Since 1990/1991 United have always finished 3rd or above and have won the league 13 times. But is that about to change?

The Theatre of Dreams must be giving Moyes nightmares this season. Being beaten at Old Trafford in the league by West Brom, Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham isn’t something United are used to. Fingers began pointing early on at the new recruited manager. On the other hand in Moyes’ defense he has been unable to pick Robin Van Persie (last season’s top goal scorer with 26) for most of the season. Additionally a jaded defense struck with injuries has caused problems at the back seeing United concede 10 goals in 11 home games.


How Much Time Do Managers Have? – 11 management changes since the end of last season


This topic has hit the headlines recently with the controversy in Wales seeing Malky MacKay relieved of his duties as Cardiff manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named as his replacement and will try to prove himself as a Premier League manager. But how long will Solskjaer really have to prove himself in the best league in the world?

Mackay lasted until Christmas but his efforts weren’t enough to gain the approval of Vincent Tan. There are sturdy arguments to suggest he shouldn’t have been sacked. During his time at Cardiff taking charge of 125 games he left the club with a 43% success rate winning 54 and losing only 34. Not forgetting a 3-2 home victory over Manchester City in August. Most importantly Mackay ensured the Welsh bragging rights were in Cardiff’s favor after beating Swansea 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Big names including Paolo Di Canio, Ian Holloway, Martin Jol and André Villas-Boas have also left there clubs since the beginning of this season. Unless you’re Arsene Wenger no one seems to be safe in Premier League management. It won’t be long until managers only have a matter of games to prove themselves let alone a matter of months.


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The 3 Best New Premier League Players

Mesut Özil: £42.5 Million from Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

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Arsenal fans couldn’t believe it when the news was released that Özil had signed a long term contract with the club. Nobody could believe it. Not even us at Clever Bets could have predicted it. Not that any Arsenal fan would admit it, but they certainly have Spurs to thank for his arrival. Gareth Bale leaving Tottenham and moving to Madrid was the queue for Özil to make his move to the Premier League.

The German has been a main feature in the Arsenal line up this season; with 15 premier league games under his belt he already boasts 4 goals and 7 assists (second in the premier league) for the gunners. Even bagging a vital goal against Napoli in the Champions League some would say that £42.5 million is looking like the bargain of the season so far. The major worry would be keeping Özil fit for the rest of the season, if Arsenal manage that then German could be looking at a Premier League medal at the first time of asking.



Álvaro Negredo: £16.4 Million from Sevilla

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Just one of many usual big money signings for Man City over the summer, but he has held his own in the Premier League this season. With 13 starts for the sky blues and 5 appearances off the bench Negredo is already pushing double figures with a goal tally of 8 league goals. The most notable coming on Boxing Day to see off an inform Liverpool side 2-1.

It seems that Negredo saves his best performances for the Champions League, netting 5 times for Man City in 6 appearances. This statistic will even be making the Barcelona defense nervous for their upcoming last 16 Champions League clash. Negredo is a player that has won us many football tips as anytime goalscorer and will surely do so in the future.



Adnan Januzaj: £500,000 from Anderlecht (2 years ago)


Talk about playing with pressure on your shoulders when you’re compared to the likes of Ryan Giggs or even George Best at the age of 18. David Moyes believes that Januzaj has something special and managed to persuade the youngster to put pen to paper in a contract that lasts until June 2018. One for the future most definitely, with Moyes not taking his time in integrating the youngster into the first team. He has shown promise with 13 appearances in the Premier League and recording 3 goals and 2 assists.

Although lately Januzaj has been making headlines for the wrong reasons, taking a leap out of Ashley Young’s guide on how to play football, he will be a Manchester United star player for many years.



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