March 12, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Who’s the best of the rest heading down the stretch?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

On Formula 1’s subreddit, there’s a tracker for something that is called ‘Formula 1.5.’
The idea is that, after the top three teams in the competition – Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull – there’s a big enough gap in performance that it’s nearly a separate league all together.
While it’s not nearly as severe in the Premier [...]

February 26, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Blues fading to black?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Oh, did you think things were bad at Chelsea when we wrote about the Blues two weeks ago?
Things have only gotten much worse.
The latest boiling point came on Sunday, when Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be subbed off after suffering from some apparent cramps in extra time of the Carabao Cup final.
Maurizio Sarri was so furious [...]

February 13, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Stamford Bridge is falling down

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We thought things were getting better, but it’s the blues for the Blues.
After a week of feeling good about itself, coming off a big 5-0 win over Huddersfield and seeing Eden Hazard and new arrival Gonzalo Higuain thrive, Chelsea was quickly brought down to earth with a confidence-shattering 6-0 defeat at Manchester City. It was [...]

January 23, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Who’s going to win the war in London?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

You wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at the table, but the top three teams in England’s capital are in differing states of turmoil.
On a weekend where we saw a pair of London derbies, we got a closer look at three of the sides battling for two Champions League spots – with a fourth, Manchester [...]

December 19, 2018

Premier League’s move to DAZN a step into future

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Many moves are called game-changers these days, but this one could literally change how you watch your favourite team.
Starting next season, in order to get into your soccer zone, you’re going to have to get into DAZN.
According to a source close to DAZN’s business, the British-based streaming service has signed a three-year deal to be [...]

Mourinho’s firing was a long time coming

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

So what do we call Jose Mourinho now? The Sacked One? The Special Gone?
Whatever you want to call him, it’s no longer going to be Manchester United’s manager.
Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Tuesday morning, days after his team was torn apart by rival Liverpool, leaving it 19 points behind the first-place Reds in [...]

December 11, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Man City’s walls fall at Stamford Bridge

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It was bound to come sooner or later.
Manchester City, the side that most figured would have the best shot to run the table as an invincible, has fallen. And you can’t really blame it, either.
City had its hands full facing a Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge, which up until a few weeks ago, was unbeaten.
The [...]

December 4, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Mourinho-Pogba feud coming to a head

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We’re here, again, to discuss what Jose Mourinho has done/said this week.
If you think that this is a weekly feature, it isn’t, but it probably should be.
But with things between the United manager and star midfielder Paul Pogba seemingly worse than ever, it’s an impossible story to ignore.
After United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, Mourinho reportedly [...]

November 28, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Which ‘Invincible’ side is more bullet-proof?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

And then there were two.
After a listless Chelsea side fell to Spurs at Wembley on Saturday, we now have only two “invincible” teams remaining in the Premier League. It’s actually surprising that there are two remaining heading into December, but here we are.
Manchester City and Liverpool are just two points apart at the top of [...]

November 7, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: FFP allegations could put Man City in world of hurt

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Even with some fantastic football on the pitch this week, the biggest story was off it.
German news magazine Der Spiegel has published more leaked information from Football Leaks regarding Abu Dhabi’s involvement with Manchester City and how the club is allegedly skirting FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
It’s no secret that City has been flush with [...]

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