Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea vs Everton Preview: Morata is still far from a title-winning striker

This was only ever meant to be a season of transition for Chelsea as the club recovered from the turmoil of last season, and allowed their new manager Maurizio Sarri the time to settle in to English football.

But after eleven games Chelsea find themselves believing they might actually stage a genuine title challenge, as they sit in second place just two points behind Manchester City at the top of the table.

Chelsea have been a revelation under Sarri, playing attractive attacking football to win eight games and draw the other three to remain one of only three teams yet to lose in the league alongside Liverpool and City.

But while their title rivals can each boast a reliable supply of goals – City have Sergio Aguero, and Liverpool have Mo Salah – Chelsea have to make do with the more modest talents of Alvaro Morata leading their forward line. Read More

Premier League Team of Week 11

Premier League Team of Week 11: Well played, Mr. Anderson

You know the drill by now. We compile a leaderboard for the weekend’s games, and pick the bones out of it to hammer it into a vaguely cohesive XI. Here’s our Premier League team of week 11.

Goalkeeper: David de Gea. Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United.

Rival fans like to joke about where United would be if de Gea ever left; ‘League One’ is the most common response. That may sound extreme, but with six saves (including one clear-cut chance) he kept his side in the game long enough to win it yet again. Read More

Manchester United vs Everton Premier League Preview

Manchester United vs Everton: Is it time for Mourinho to drop Lukaku?

It was a year ago that the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho declared that his striker and new signing Romelu Lukaku was “untouchable”.

But after a succession of underwhelming performances from the Belgian this season Mourinho might be forced to change his opinion, and even drop him for the visit of Everton this Sunday.

Lukaku has too often been wasteful and lethargic, and has now not scored in his last eight games in all competitions.

On Tuesday night in United’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League he was particularly anonymous, touching the ball only 32 times, the least of any outfield player, while also having the worse pass completion rate of any starting player. Read More

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Premier League Team of Week 1: Pereyra’s buzzing for Hornets

Three hundred and sixty players were named in match day squads this weekend. Two hundred and seventy-nine of them saw some action (with David Wagner the only manager who didn’t use all three available substitutions), but who made it into our inaugural team of the week?

At this point we could just throw up an image of the top 11 players on this week’s leader board and have done with it. But of course they don’t make a ‘team’ in the conventional sense. Granted, nine of the top ten performers do fit into a recognisable formation and feature here, but the best rated goalkeeper is at number 39, and there’s no right-back in the top 50.

It’s not easy to pick a formation for this team either. According to football-lineups.com, nine different tactical set ups were deployed in the Premier League this weekend. I’ve gone for a 4-3-3, as it seems to work best with the players available. Read More