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 [...]

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 [...]

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