August 14, 2018

FREE KICKS: So much has changed, yet so little has changed

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

If you look at the Premier League table, you’ll see very few surprises after the first round of games.
The top five teams from last season all won, each looking fairly impressive doing so. Of those five teams, only Manchester United and Tottenham even conceded a single goal.
While Liverpool sits on top after demolishing West Ham, [...]

August 8, 2018

2018-19 English Premier League preview: The 10 contenders

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It’s called the best league in the world for a reason: The teams that make up the top of the table are some of the most talented out there, ready for the 10-month grind towards potentially hoisting the trophy come next May. Here are the Premier League’s 10 best teams.
Manchester City
2017-18: First place, 100 points.
The [...]

August 7, 2018

2018-19 English Premier League preview: The 10 pretenders

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Not every team has a chance at playing for a European spot in the Premier League and many will be happy to just survive in the top flight for another season. Here are the teams that should be closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.
2017-18: Seventh place, 54 points.
The skinny: Manager [...]

June 16, 2018

You can’t top World Cup excitement

by Dan Bilicki In: Picks, Soccer

It has only been two days and the games, aside from Portugal-Spain, haven’t been the most exciting affairs, but you just can’t top the feeling that settling down to watch the biggest tournament in the world gives you.
We’ve seen a blowout, some late-game heroics, an upset and a top-class thriller between two contenders. What more [...]

May 16, 2018

FREE KICKS: Our Premier League Best XI + more

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

The marathon that began last August has reached its conclusion and, while we’ve know the victor for a while, the final week of the season offered some intrigue.
We saw Arsene Wenger say goodbye to the team that he has managed for a generation, three Premier League mainstays get relegated and last year’s champion slump into [...]

April 24, 2018

FREE KICKS: Which Arsene Wenger will we remember?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

This week, Arsenal supporters had their dream come true: Arsene Wenger announced that he would be resigning from the club the end of the season.
The long-running #WengerOut campaign has spanned years, becoming one of the biggest memes in soccer.
There have been silverware droughts, a string of fourth-place finishes and last year’s ignominy of finally finishing [...]

April 18, 2018

FREE KICKS: City are the champions, but Salah is the real winner

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

A coronation that has been months in the making finally took place this weekend, with Manchester City clinching the Premier League title following Manchester United’s loss to lowly West Brom – more on that later.
There’s not much left to say about City’s dominance of the league this season that hasn’t already been said, but seeing [...]

April 9, 2018

FREE KICKS: Man City’s coronation delayed, deeper worries exposed

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

What was supposed to be a coronation became a second nightmare result in the span of just days for Manchester City.
The league leaders were set to clinch the Premier League title in fantastic fashion: At home, against their cross-town rivals, setting the record for the earliest date and fewest games to secure the championship.
Instead, after [...]

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 [...]

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