March 13, 2018

FREE KICKS: The league belongs to Manchester

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We’ve been so preoccupied with Manchester City running away at the top of the table, that we haven’t really been noticed how well its neighbour is faring in second place.
With a nice win over Liverpool this weekend in an age-old rivalry game, United has now opened up a four-point lead for second place.
Sure, it certainly doesn’t mean [...]

March 8, 2018

FREE KICKS: Which EPL contender is actually doing the best?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We can examine the table all we want, but that’s not a fun exercise week in, week out.
Instead, let’s look at where the teams in the top six should be, relative to the strength of their squad.
First, let’s just get Manchester City out of the way and say that its huge lead in the league [...]

February 27, 2018

FREE KICKS: Guardiola’s first of many pieces of silverware?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Manchester City didn’t have too hard of a time dealing with Arsenal to win the Carabao League Cup on Sunday. The Gunners looked like amateurs against a truly great side.
This marks the first silverware for Pep Guardiola at City after failing to capture any titles last season – a rare shutout for one of the [...]

February 13, 2018

FREE KICKS: How to solve a problem like Mahrez

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It’s an age-old problem in European football: What do you do with wantaway stars?
They’re capable of derailing a team and can hold their club hostage. It’s something that we rarely see in North American sports because of the way that transfers and player power works in Europe.
There’s much more power on the players’ sides during [...]

February 6, 2018

FREE KICKS: Did the transfer merry-go-round solve anything?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

While we should all be resigned to the fact that Manchester City has wrapped up the title, sitting 13 points up on Manchester United after this weekend’s draw against Burnley, the race for the top four looks like it will be as tight as ever.
After this weekend’s fixtures, Arsenal sits sixth place with 45 points, [...]

January 24, 2018

FREE KICKS: Inconsistency is the constant at Arsenal, Liverpool

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

One thing is for certain when you’re a supporter of either Arsenal or Liverpool: You never know what you’re going to get.
Yes, the only certainty with these two squads is uncertainty.
In one week’s time, the Reds went from ending league-leading Manchester City’s season-long unbeaten run to losing to the team at the bottom of the [...]

January 15, 2018

FREE KICKS: Reds conquer the Invincibles

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Manchester City’s record undefeated run came to an end after one of the most exciting games of the season.
Liverpool and City put on quite the show in their 4-3 thriller. With the Reds taking an early lead, City countering, Liverpool scoring three goals in eight minutes and the league league-leader potting two late scores to [...]

December 30, 2017

The Premier League top XI of 2017

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It can be a bit tricky to come up with a list or squad like this because in the calendar year of 2017, you have to account for two different seasons.
Very few players from below the top teams made the list, but that’s the thing about being a top team: Your players are generally better [...]

December 5, 2017

FREE KICKS: Pogba a real Red Devil

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Manchester United won its game against Arsenal, but it lost something much more important.
Just four games after getting Paul Pogba back from an extended absence, United will be without the key midfielder for three contests after he picked up a red card for stamping on the leg of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin.
It was unfortunate for [...]

November 28, 2017

FREE KICKS: The strong survive, somehow

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

The old saying is that you have to be good to be lucky and that certainly rang true in the Premier League during Gameweek 13.
Just take a look at the results from the weekend and you’ll see a little trend.
Manchester United picked up a win against Brighton Hove Albion thanks to fortunate deflection on an [...]

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