October 31, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Loss of Leicester City chairman shakes more than just football

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Sometimes there are things that take precedence over football and this week we saw just that, with the tragic helicopter crash and death of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Srivaddhanaprabha was a true man of the people, giving away free beer and hot dogs to fans on his birthday. He bought the club when it was [...]

October 23, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Are the Gunners, like, good now?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

I think it’s about time we start talking about Arsenal.
And in a good way – which is rare, it seems, in these parts.
Quietly, while everyone has been paying attention to the table-topping troika of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, Arsenal has slowly and surely climbed up and taken the fourth spot on the chart. After [...]

October 2, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Mourinho at the centre of Manchester United’s turmoil

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

You’d have to be blind, deaf and dumb to see that there’s something wrong at Manchester United.
The team is in a funk, Jose Mourinho is feuding with his players and the press, and the club’s highest-paid player was just left out of the squad completely.
And this is just the stuff that we know about.
Before the [...]

September 25, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Blues, Hornets well ahead of last year’s pace

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Even six weeks into the season, it can be hard to tell just how well a team is doing.
You have other factors that contribute, mainly strength of schedule.
While the old adage is that you can only beat who they put in front of you, that doesn’t tell the whole story for some sides.
But, BBC did [...]

September 18, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Reds and Blues headed towards clash of 100-percenters

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Can you feel that? It’s the anticipation building for a true clash of the titans in two weeks’ time.
September 29: Liverpool at Chelsea.
Here’s hoping that both teams will keep their 100% records intact next week and we get a true battle for the top of the table.
This weekend we saw Liverpool pass its first true [...]

September 11, 2018

EPL CORNER KICKS: Who’s the best bargain in the Prem?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

So often during the transfer window, we here about the biggest stars going for the biggest sums of money we’ve ever seen.
But rarely do we hear about the small deals for veterans; the smart deals that really help a team on the margins.
It’s rare to hear about the big-money players becoming great values for what [...]

September 4, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Wat the heck is going on with Watford?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

As we head into the first break of the English Premier League season, the top of the table looks sort of how we would expect it.
1. Liverpool
2. Chelsea
3. Watford
Wait, what?
Yes, the Hornets have surprised many by jumping out of the gate and picking up four wins in four games. They’re out of first place by [...]

August 29, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: The big reason why Liverpool could win it all

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Mohamed Salah.
Sadio Mane.
Roberto Firmino.
Take your pick. If you try to focus on the Reds’ stellar attacking trio, one of the other two will likely use the extra space to carve you up.
But, here’s the thing: It’s not Liverpool’s attack that has given it a legitimate chance to come away with a first league title in [...]

August 21, 2018

FREE KICKS: Let’s not pile on Man United yet

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

As many are wont to do after seeing a high-priced squad underperform against an underdog, there are questions being asked about Manchester United after its loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.
But we say, relax.
While there is a little cause for concern, let’s just remember that this was just one game. And for anybody that is [...]

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, [...]

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