Posts Tagged ‘summer’
Newcastle United 1 Swansea City 2 match report: Alan Pardew in firing line as Wilfried Bony puts Swansea in clear
Aston Villa 0 Southampton 0 match report: Villa end difficult week with a point as Saints continue run of poor form
Aston Villa 1 Southampton 1 match report: Villa end difficult week wit a point as Saints continue run of poor form
Arsenal to increase team hotel security after string of late-night disturbances including Olivier Giroud’s rule-breaking
Hull v Arsenal: George Boyd targeting ‘extra bonus’ in what he feels is Tigers’ best season in club’s history
Manchester City v West Brom: Manuel Pellegrini won’t blame injuries as an excuse for Premier League failings
Transfer news: Laurent Koscielny set to be latest Arsenal star to sign new contract and dismiss reports of possible move away
Hull v Arsenal: Thomas Vermaelen calls for Gunners to focus on Premier League efforts despite FA Cup final distraction
Tottenham 3 Fulham 1: Sandro claims he is not injured, just left out of Tottenham’s squad by manager Tim Sherwood
Manchester United fans would probably sigh with relief at the end of a campaign which saw them break a number of unwanted records – including Everton’s winless streak at Old Trafford for 14 years. While David Moyes earned himself fierce critics for failing to drive the current champions into the top four, United’s points total away from home is the best in the league.
“That’s football for you”, tweeted Vincent Kompany after Manchester City succumbed to a bitter defeat against title rivals Liverpool last weekend. Although the skipper urged his team to regroup, City were evidently out of touch as they dropped two precious points against Sunderland on Wednesday. Manuel Pellegrini refused to give up on his team’s chances, but in reality slipping twice in the final stages of the season could seriously hamper City’s ambitions.
Both of these sides should be assured of safety – in fact, if results go their way they could both be by the end of the weekend – but that is unlikely to mean that this game loses any of its intensity. Neither Tony Pulis nor Sam Allardyce are the kind of managers to take a backward step, and a London derby at Upton Park is likely to see the crowd fired up.
Despite securing their place in the Premier League weeks ago, and sitting comfortably in the top half, having sold their best player and not replaced him, Alan Pardew is under pressure at Newcastle. Four consecutive defeats have cast a sense of gloom over St James’ Park, and the Magpies are meandering towards the end of the season.