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WHICH PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM SHOULD YOU SUPPORT – PART 4

Lets conclude our review of the Premier League teams.  I hope these 4 posts have helped you decide which team you would like to support, and if not, well I hope you have had fun reading about the twenty teams that provide so much entertainment every week.

Premier League teams S – W

Sunderland: The Black Cats
Like their Tyne and Wear neighbors in Newcastle, Sunderland fans are one passionate group of supporters. Sunderland have enjoyed a lot of success, sadly they last won the Championship in 1936, and they did enjoy a trip to the FA Cup final in 1992, losing to Liverpool.

Since then they have suffered relegation, enjoyed promotion, fired several managers, and since their return to the Premier League are annual contenders for relegation. Last season they survived, but only just thanks to a miracle from their manager Gus Poyet in turning things around with four games to go. If you are a passionate supporter and like to wear red and white stripes Sunderland is the team for you!

Swansea City: The Swans
Swansea City, the only non-English team to play in the Premier League. Since their arrival back in the top flight in 2011-12 the team from Wales has been punching well above its weight. So much so, they won the League Cup in 2013…a remarkable achievement given The Swans narrowly avoided relegation to the Conference (the fifth tier of English football) on the final day of the 2002-03 season.

Swansea play fast flowing, attacking football and can be a handful for anyone. I would say they are a favorite ‘second team’ of many supporters and watching them just makes you smile. If you are new to the game and want to watch a team that just loves to play football and has fun, try the Swans.

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2013/14 Premier League Season – the story so far (part 2)

The battle at the bottom - Jan 24th
The battle at the bottom – Jan 24th

With the FA Cup taking center stage this weekend, its time to look at part 2 of the Premier League Season, the story so far –

Manchester City:
Having scored 63 goals this season, you would think Manchester City would be flying high at the top of the table, but they are currently one point behind Arsenal in second place. City are by far the best team in the league, their new manager looks like he has been at the club for years (as opposed to just 7 months), the players are in phenomenal form and yet they struggle away from home and have been prone to the occasional slip up. If they can start winning all their games, and handle the pressure of being in 3 cup competitions they will soon open up a sizable gap between them and the rest of the league, and their route to becoming champions turn into a walk in the park.

Newcastle:
One of the surprise teams this season. Before the season started, this team had disaster written all over it. The manager had fallen out with the chairman, the technical director is a relic from the Stone Age, and half the team can’t even speak English. And yet they have defied all the odds to play some wonderful football and will be fighting for a top five finish.

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The Premier League Christmas Carol

Premier League Christmas-carol
Premier League Christmas-Carol

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; it is still the embodiment of Christmas, told the world over. So what better way to celebrate the festive season with a Premier League version of the classic story.

The Christmas Premier League schedule is the busiest part of the season, games come thick and fast, teams travel up and down the country and if they are lucky players and the managers get at least Christmas day off to eat some turkey, enjoy several helpings of Christmas pudding, pull a cracker or two before collapsing in a heap and watching the Queens Christmas Message.

It is the managers who bear the brunt of the seasonal stress, so let us dedicate the Premier League Christmas Carol to them.

Bob Cratchit – Roberto Martinez (Everton) – Okay so he is not in such a pitiful situation that Cratchit was – overworked, underpaid – but he is dealing with a stingy chairman who offers very little in the way of money to buy new players.

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Manchester City v Tottenham: Squad Sheets

Manchester City vs Tottenham
Manchester City vs Tottenham

For the two biggest spenders in the Premier League over the summer (with a combined spend of £200m/$325m), this season isn’t going according to plan. Manchester City sits eighth in the table while Tottenham are one place above them in seventh – this is not where both teams are used to being and both teams have major room for improvement.

Tottenham brought in so many new players, manager André Villas-Boas is still trying to figure out his best team, and the team has yet to gel. What started out as a promising start to the season has slowly petered away, with the once free flower, free scoring Tottenham team now struggling to find goals. At the beginning of the season I even commented on how beautiful they were to watch – I take that back now, after eleven games the words ‘bland’ and ‘dull’ come to mind when it comes to describing their play.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City: Squad sheets

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If Manchester City lose at Tottenham and Manchester Utd defeat Aston Villa on Monday the title race is all but over. While Man City are playing for pride in a desperate attempt to cut the massive lead their rivals Manchester Utd have over them. Tottenham however, are playing for that converted third place finish and a place in next seasons Champions League.

This season is by far the tightest race for the third and fourth places, with four teams (Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton) fighting it out. Tottenham will welcome back Gareth Bale into their starting line-up after injury has kept him out for a couple of weeks. Bale is arguably one of the best players in the world right now and Spurs will be hoping he can lift the team and stop them from sliding into their annual end of season slump.

For City, their form has returned but with 5 games to go it is a case of too little too late. They are hoping Manchester Utd continue to struggle and throw the championship back their way, but it would take a brave person to bet on that happening.

This should be a good game; both teams still have much to play for, including their pride.

Match Facts:

Venue: White Hart Lane, London, Sunday, April 21st

Last season’s result: Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5

Tottenham Hotspur form guide: DWLLWW

Manchester City form guide: WWWLWW

Tottenham Hotspur leading scorer: Bale – 17

Manchester City leading scorer: Dzeko – 12

Possible team line-ups:

Tottenham Hotspur 4-2-3-1: Lloris, Dawson, Vertonghen, Walker, Parker, Dembele, Naughton, Bale, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Defoe

Manager: André Villas-Boas

Manchester City 4-5-1: Hart, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Zabaleta, Barry, Garcia, Y Toure, Milner, Tevez, Nasri

Manager: Roberto Mancini

Tottenham Hotspur subs Friedel, Huddlestone, Lennon, Adebayor, Holtby, Livermore, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll, Fredericks, Archer

Tottenham Hotspur injuries: Gallas (calf, 27 Apr), Kaboul (thigh, 4 May), Sandro (knee, Aug)

Manchester City subs from: Pantilimon, Wright, Maicon, Richards, Kolarov, K Touré, Rodwell, Agüero, Sinclair, Dzeko, Lescott, Silva

Manchester City injuries: None

Additional Information:

• On City’s last visit to White Hart Lane they inflicted Tottenham’s heaviest home defeat since December 1997

• Tottenham have lost their past four Premier League games with City after losing just three of the previous 27

• Carlos Tevez has 84 goals in 196 Premier League games, giving him the same record in the competition as Cristiano Ronaldo

• Tottenham are the only team in the division to have had more than 200 shots on target

• City have kept a clean sheet in their last four league games in London but have scored just two goals in response (source:Guardiannews.com)

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester City 2

(photo source: http://www.footballtop.com)