2017-2018 Season Preview: Leicester City

Leicester City
July 30, 2017

Can Leicester City recover after an awful hangover season to once again challenge for the title?  No, we didn’t think so either.  But might they stave off a relegation battle and sit comfortably mid-table?  Absolutely.  Bar Kante’s move the Chelsea last year, Leicester have every opportunity to go and tear teams apart on the counter as they did in the 2015-16 season.  The question is whether Craig Shakespeare, a man…

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2017-2018 Premier League Season Preview: Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town Promotion
July 28, 2017

Huddersfield Town were the dark horses of the Championship last year.  This season might prove to be the same.  David Wagner’s side lack a lot of star quality, but make up for it with a tactically intelligent system that could unsettle even some of Europe’s top sides. Manager: David Wagner (Jurgen Klopp v 2.0) First Team: Lossl; Lowe, Schindler, Zanka, Malone; Hogg, Mooy; Palmer, Ince, van La Parra, Depoitre. Strengths…

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2017-2018 Season Preview: Everton

Everton Fans
July 27, 2017

What an interesting club are Everton. Ever the romantic, they have replaced 20-goal-a-season Lukaku with Rooney. They have shored up a defence, which ultimately didn’t need that much shoring. And they’ve resigned Wayne Rooney. Yes, we said it twice. We’re still not convinced. Manager: Ronald Koeman Squad: Pickford; Baines, Keane, Jagielka, Coleman; Barry, Gueye; Mirallas, Klaasen, Bolasie; Rooney Strengths Well, it used to be attack.  Can’t say that anymore.  However,…

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2017-2018 Season Preview: Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace
July 23, 2017

Crystal Palace suffered from a bad case of mid-table obscurity last season.  Finishing at a rather bland 14th, Crystal Palace have opted to gamble on Frank de Boer rather than updating their squad.  Needless to say, Top Tiers expects Crystal Palace to survive comfortably, but not provide too many surprises. Manager: Frank de Boer First Team: Hennessey; Kelly, Dann, Tomkins, Ward; Cabaye, McArthur; Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha; Benteke Strengths Crystal Palace…

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2017-2018 Season Preview: Chelsea FC

Chelsea
July 20, 2017

The boys in blue are back!  Having the won the Premier League last time out, Antonio Conte’s side were the epitome of consistency against sides lower in the table.  This season will see a few changes to Chelsea’s starting 11 though, with interesting signings still being made. Manager: Antonio Conte Squad: Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Bakayoko, Kante, Moses; Hazard, Morata, Willian. Strengths: Antonio Conte.  The revolutionary.  The man who brought…

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2017-2018 Season Preview: Burnley FC

Burnley
July 19, 2017

Burnley, who eventually escaped relegation last year by finishing with the golden “40 points” mark, may struggle to repeat the feat this year. Having lost their most impressive player, Michael Keane, to Everton, they will struggle to both keep their strikers scoring and their defence tight. Manager: Sean Dyche Squad: Heaton; Ward, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; Boyd, Hendrick, Marney, Arfield; Vokes, Gray Strengths: Burnley conceded the least goals in the bottom ten…

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2017-2018 Season Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion
July 18, 2017

Brighton and Hove Albion, known as the Seagulls, were expected to finish top of the Championship last season.  They were cruelly pipped at the post by Newcastle (no Manchester United/City incident, but still cruel!), but still finished second, automatically qualifying for the Premier League.  This is Brighton’s first time at the top table.  Having risen quickly through the tiers, now might be their first taste of vertigo. Manager: Chris Hughton…

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2017-2018 Season Preview: Arsenal FC

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal FC
July 17, 2017

Ah Arsenal, the great underachievers of English football.  Where legends are born (before they move on) and not a penny goes unpinched.  In a world of constant change, at least we have Arsenal. Manager: Arsene Wenger First Team: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Sanchez, Xhaka, Ozil, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Lacazette Strengths: Arsenal have a clear identity, a (too) long term manager and a couple of (disgruntled) world-class stars.  Lacazette may well…

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2017-2018 Season Preview: AFC Bournemouth

Nathan Ake scores during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.
July 16, 2017

AFC Bournemouth continue to go from strength to strength, backing up their maiden campaign in the top flight with a ninth place finish last season.  While it seems improbable that Bournemouth could go much higher, don’t write off the dark horses of English football. Manager: Eddie Howe First Team: Boruc; Daniels, Cook, Francis (c), Smith; Stanislas, Gosling, Arter, Pugh; Afobe, King Strengths: Affectionately nicknamed the “Cherries”, Bournemouth suffered from a bad…

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Rom rejoins Mourinho in Manchester as United target Title

July 16, 2017

Romelu Lukaku has signed for Manchester United from Everton for a fee estimated to be around £75 million. Intriguingly, this will see Lukaku once again work under Jose Mourinho, who infamously questioned Lukaku’s mentality when he left Chelsea to join Everton in 2014. “Romelu was always very clear with us in his mentality and his approach was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea. He wanted to…

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