November 22, 2017

FREE KICKS: The Premier League is about to get crazy

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Things are about to get frantic in the world’s top soccer league.
After that agonizingly long international break (wait, it was only a weekend off?), we’re back with top-flight soccer – and we’re going to be getting a LOT more over the next month and a half.
In fact, starting with Saturday’s games, the next 11 rounds [...]

November 7, 2017

FREE KICKS: Everyone else is playing for second place

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

After a sumptuous Sunday of football featuring the Premier League’s top teams facing off, we walked away with a fact that we already probably knew: Manchester City is going to win the title.
After a slick 3-1 win over Arsenal and Manchester United’s loss at Stamford Bridge, City is now eight points clear and 13 goals [...]

November 1, 2017

FREEKICKS: Mourinho remains the master tactician

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Since Chelsea switched to a three-centre back system last year, it has been in vogue.
Nearly every team in the Premier League experimented with it, with varying degrees of success, and the Blues won the title because of it.
One of the clubs that didn’t even attempt the switch was Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
But this week against [...]

October 24, 2017

FREE KICKS: United comes untied without Phil Jones

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Who would’ve thought that it’s Phil Jones that happens to be the lynchpin that holds Manchester United together?
All it took was a knock to the United defender to see Jose Mourinho’s side become unraveled against promoted Huddersfield Town. To say that Jones’ replacement, Victor Lindelof, had a howler of a game would be generous.
While Lindelof [...]

October 17, 2017

FREE KICKS: An epic South London upset

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Crystal Palace hadn’t even scored a goal in seven games heading into its tilt with defending champion Chelsea on Saturday.
Well, the Eagles picked one hell of a time to finally find the back of the net.
An own goal by Cesar Azpilicueta opened scoring, followed by an equalizer by Tiemoue Bakayoko. But just before the stroke [...]

October 3, 2017

FREE KICKS: The Manchunian title candidates

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

The only thing that Manchester City lost in the past week was their top scorer and its starting left back. Not included on that list was a game at StamfordBridge against the defending Premier League champions, Chelsea.
This wasn’t a slumping Blues side, either. This was a Chelsea team coming in at full strength, even with [...]

September 19, 2017

FREE KICKS: Man City has some Pep in its step

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It is games like Saturday’s that remind us just what Manchester City is capable of.
On the road, against a Watford side that has being doing well to start the season with a  2-1-1 record and +4 goal differential, the Sky Blues came out and absolutely dominated.
City scored three goals in ten minutes during the first [...]

September 12, 2017

FREE KICKS: Premier League script gets flipped

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Just when you thought that you had everything figured out in the Premier League, fate has its way of turning everything around.
Before this weekend, Liverpool could take down top teams, City was struggling to score, Manchester United couldn’t be slowed down, Arsenal was a trainwreck, Brighton couldn’t find the net, West Brom looked bound for [...]

August 30, 2017

FREE KICKS: North London nightmares

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

At this point, Arsenal would be ecstatic to be sitting in fourth.
Their North London rival Tottenham would usually be happy to be a point above the Gunners.
Instead, both clubs are in disarray after a massively disappointing Sunday. Arsenal was outgunned at Anfield while Spurs dropped points at Wembley to Burnley.
Arsenal is currently 16th in the [...]

August 21, 2017

FREE KICKS: The champs are here!

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

After a disastrous half to open the season which resulted in a loss to Burnley last week, Chelsea bounced back and showed the form that won it the Premier League title in a landslide last year.
The Blues put in their maximum effort against London rival Spurs on Sunday, absorbing all that Tottenham could throw at [...]

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