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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 3

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting third weekend in the Premier League. Arsenal and Tottenham have provided atleast two players, while there is one ech from West Brom, Swansea, Norwich, Sunderland, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur)
The American again proved to everyone that age is just a number. He made a number of important saves, especially from Johnson late on to stop Norwich from taking all three points, but the highlight was his reflex save from Snodgrass in the first half. However, he couldn’t do much about the close-range strike for the goal. He is surely going give new signing Hugo Lloris a tough competition for the number one spot in the team.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

The former Ajax skipper put in another impressive display for his new club. The Belgium international was solid at the back and made the most number of clearances this weekend. He was a constant threat to deal with for the Canaries during set-pieces and also at the same time made his presence felt while defending.

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)
The strong Belgium international led his side from the front. He was rock solid at the back and played an important role in starting the attacks from the back line. His smart interception towards the end, from Mannone’s block prevent Liverpool getting back in the game.

Gareth McAuley (West Brom Albion)
Like the other two defenders in this team, McAuley was also rock solid at the back for the Baggies. He did an excellent job in dealing with aerial threat of Fellaini. He scored the second goal of the game from a corner to seal all three points for his side.

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City)
The Englishman has been very impressive this season, and was again the Swans’ most effective man going forward. His pace and drive was very important for the hosts and he troubled Jack Colback throughout the game. He created the first goal for Wayne Routledge with a delightful chip and also had three shots on target during the game.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
The Gunners’ most impressive player so far this season was again at his best at Anfield. His Spanish class was evident almost every time had had the ball. He always found space, especially to recieve Podolski’s pass before setting him up to score and then he repeated the same trick from the other side of the combination, his movement and powerful finish were just superb.

Abou Diaby (Arsenal)
The Frenchman was one of the stars of the weekend. He displayed some fearsome strength in holding the ball, passed it with accuracy and provided his side with the momentum to build attacks. If he can stay fit for the whole season, then he has shown that he is more than perfect replacement for Alex Song.

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich)
The former Leeds United man was the star of the match. Caused the Spurs defence a lot of problems from the right and came very close of scoring in the first half, only see to see Friedel make an amazing reflex save. He capped an impressive display with a much deserved goal which earned his team an important point at White Hart Lane.

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)
The former Wolves forward made an impressive debut for the Black Cats by scoring twice at the Liberty stadium. He was not much involved in the build-up play but showed his great finishing instincts with two good goals. He finished off the first sweetly after Williams’ mistake and then showed determination to bundle home under pressure from Chico.

Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
The Argentine was again on top form as he helped his side defeat QPR at the Etihad Stadium during the weekend. His cross from the left provided the assist for Edin Dzeko’s goal and then capped a very impressive display with a goal after he turned in Dzeko’s shot in injury time. He completely deserved the goal and has now scored in all of City three Premier League games this season.

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
The Dutch international turned from villain to hero in the space of 20 minutes. He equalised for the Red Devils in the first half but his overly-confident penalty in the second half was saved buy Kelvin Davis and it looked like he had blown the chance away for United to get back in the game. However, he scored twice in the last five minutes and earned himself a match winning hat-trick.

Premier League’s Twenty Most Expensive Transfers Of The Summer

The summer transfer window has shut down and as expected the Premier League clubs were the most busiest this summer, spending a total of around £480 million. In our today’s Picture Special, we look back at the twenty most expensive transfer deals of the season.

Eden Hazard (LOSC Lille to Chelsea – £35.2m)

Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid – £30m)

Oscar (SC Internacional to Chelsea – £25m

Robin van Persie (Arsenal to Manchester United – £24m)

Joe Allen (Swansea City to Liverpool – £16.7m)

Santi Cazorla (Malaga to Arsneal – £16.7m)

Moussa Dembele (Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur – £16.7m)

Javi Garcia (Benfica to Manchester City – £15.8m)

Alex Song (Arsenal – Barcelona – £15m)

Steven Fletcher (Wolves to Sunderland – £13.3m)

Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United – £13.2m)

Jack Rodwell (Everton to Manchester City – £13.2m)

Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina to Manchester City – £13m + Stefan Savic)

Gaston Ramirez (Bologna to Southampton – £12m)

Fabio Borini (AS Roman to Liverpool – £11.7m)

Lukas Podolski (FC Koln to Arsenal – £11.4m)

Adam Johnson (Manchester City to Sunderland – £11m)

Jan Vertonghen (Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur – £11m)

Matt Jarvis (Wolves to West Ham United – £10.7m)

Olivier Giroud (Montpellier to Arsenal – £10.7)

Where Next For City Rejects?

Manchester City may be the Premier League champions and may have a huge transfer budget to strengthen their squad this summer, but there are many dead wood players in the squad which they need to get rid off. Here, we look at the possible destinations of those players who are expected to leave Eastlands this summer.

1. Kolo Toure

The former Arsenal defender has struggled to get his place back in Manchester City’s starting XI following the lengthy drugs ban last year, and with Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott now City’s first choice pair in the heart of the defence, Toure looks likely to leave this summer. PSG and Bursaspor, were both rumoured to be interested in the Ivorian, but with the French capital side signing Thiago Silva and the Turkish side making no further contacts, it looks unlikely that Toure will move to anyone of those two clubs. Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are also chasing the strong defender, but his huge wage demands may create an obstacle to the potential deal.

2. Stefan Savic

With Vincent Kompany suspended and Kolo Toure on international duty, Savic had his opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League at the back for City. The result was disastrous, as he played a huge part in City’s defeat to Liverpool in the Carling Cup semi-final and his worst game was against Swansea, when he was subbed off after just 45 minutes. The Montenegro international still has three years left on his contract at the Etihad, but City could cut their losses by selling him this summer. Sporting Lisbon and Roma are both interested, while Wolves are ready to take him to the Championship on a season long loan.

3. Nigel de Jong

The hard-tackling midfielder has seen his role fall from a first team member to a squad player in the past couple of years, but yet the Dutch international claims he is happy to warm the bench and be useful whenever the club needs him. Italian giants Inter Milan are said to be interested in him and move to the San Siro could be hard to turn down.

4. Roque Santa Cruz

Signed for around £17.5m in 2009, the Paraguayan international is one of those City signings who has spent more time away on loan to other clubs rather than at the Etihad stadium. A brief spell at Blackburn was followed by a season-long loan to Real Betis in 2011/13. Mancini is not at all a fan of Santa Cruz, but Betis are certainly interested to sign him, after he scored some important goals for them in the La Liga last season. The former Manchester United target has expressed his desire to stay with the La Liga club on permanent basis and is ready to take a wage cut to do so.

5. Emmanuel Adebayor

The Togolese striker is another big money signing who has seen his career fall apart since joining City. The former Arsenal man had a bright start at the Eastlands, scoring in his first four games including against his former club but since the arrival of Roberto Mancini, the 6ft 3in slipped down the pecking order. Adebayor had successful loan spells at Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur but both the clubs were unable to agree a deal to keep him. Spurs have made it clear they want to sign him but he will have to take a significant wage drop to make the transfer possible.

6. Edin Dzeko

The tall Bosnian striker became one of the Europe’s hottest prospects during his time at Wolfsburg, where he helped them win the Bundesliga title, but his time at City has been very disappointing. Dzeko scored just twice in his first season and was in some good goal-scoring form at the start of last season, but his goals dried up in the second half of the season and that resulted him in falling out of favour with Mancini. AC Milan are rumored to be interested in signing him as a potential replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Top 10 Potential Loan Deals This Season

With less than four weeks to go for the new season to kick-off, we continue to look forward and build-up for the new 2012/13 Premier League season. Today, we look at the top ten potential loan deals this season.

With the big clubs in the Premier League having a lot of talented players, some players will surely go out on loan to get some regular football under their belts. Here are the ten of those players who may spend the next season away on loan..

10. AARON RAMSEY – ARSENAL

In the absence of Jack Wilshere, Ramsey was set to play an important role in the first-team for the Gunners last season, but the Wales skipper was very inconsistent and his form detoriated towards the end of the season while Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky produced some top performances. Despite wishing to stay at the Emirates and fighting for a place in the starting XI, Fulham’s reported loan interested in him could turn into a temporary move.

9. KEVIN DE BRUYNE – CHELSEA

Chelsea signed the 21-year-old Belgiun international from Genk in January this year as a player for the future, before immediately loaning him back to the Belgian side. He is very eager to prove himself at Stamford Bridge but his role this season maybe restricted to appearances from the bench. A loan move away to Champions League side would be a good deal for both club and the player.

8. DANNY ROSE – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

The 22-year-old announced himself to the Premier League by scoring a cracking volley in the memorable 2-1 win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane in April 2010. But due to the consistent performances of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, his appearances at Spurs has been restricted to just 13. The England U-21 international needs more games under his belt and a loan move to either QPR or West Brom looks highly possible, as both of them have vacant left-back spots.

7. FEDERICO MACHEDA – MANCHESTER UNITED

Kiko Macheda announced himself to the world by scoring the dramatic late winner against Aston Villa at Old Trafford which eventually won Manchester United the Premier League title in 2009. The 20-year-old has been in-and-out of United’s first-team ever since and is currently the 5th best striker at the club. The Italian has all the potential in him to succeed at the top level and a loan move to a Premier League side or back to Italy will help him a lot in his career.

6. JOSH McEACHRAN – CHELSEA

Chelsea’s teen midfielder is primed for big things in the future but in the present he needs to gain some first-team football. It looks highly impossible that the 19-year-old will get that experience and regular football at Stamford Bridge this season, with the number of midfielders Chelsea have right now. A loan move to a Premier League side who are willing to give him as much playing time as possible and help him develop is the best possible option and Wigan (as a part of the Victor Moses deal) looks like best possible destination.

5. ROMELU LUKAKU – CHELSEA

Despite scoring many goals for the Chelsea reserves last season, Lukaku was rarely used in the first team. This could be the season where the Belgium international could finally get his chance to prove himself. He could be used as a cover for Fernando Torres, but if the UK papers are to be believed, the Blues are trying to sign a more experience striker. Fulham and many other clubs have expressed their desire to take the former Anderlecht striker on a season long loan and this could be the best choice for the player.

4. JOHN GUIDETTI – MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City’s young striker was one of the star performers in the Dutch league last season scoring 20 goals in 23 league games for Feyenoord. The 20-year-old would like develop himself more by getting some invaluable first-team experience before fighting for a starting place at the Etihad Stadium. Serie A side Lazio are interested in signing him on a season long loan, while Turkish giants Galatasaray want him on permanent basis.

3. EMMANUEL FRIMPONG – ARSENAL

Frimpong made an immediate impact in his five games on loan at Wolves last season before he tore his cruciate ligament and was injured for the rest of the season. The Ghanaian is expected to be back at the end of August and a loan spell to one of the newly promoted sides could good for the club and as well as the player – who is otherwise busy tweeting.

2. ADAM JOHNSON – MANCHESTER CITY

The 25-year-old struggled for games at the Etihad Stadium last season and also failed to make England’s UEFA EURO 2012 squad. A loan move to a Premier League side and some regular first-team football will help get his career back on track. Sunderland and Everton are both rumoured to be interested in the former Middlesbrough winger’s services, but his high wages at City could prove to be a stumbling block.

1. YOSSI BENAYOUN – CHELSEA

Benayoun’s career at Stamford Bridge has been hampered because of injuries and the change of managers. The former Liverpool midfielder went on loan to Arsenal last season and played a vital part in helping Arsenal finish third in the Premier League. At 32-year-old, the Israeli midfielder isn’t good enough to be regular for the European champions and a move away from Stamford Bridge looks to be the best possible option for him to get some regurlar first-team action.

Premier League 2011/12 Season Review – Part 1

Wow!! What a season it has been. It surely goes down as one of the best seasons ever of the Premier League since its formation 20 years back. We witnessed some epic battles for almost every position in the league. Was it the fight to be crowned the Champions of the country or was it the fight to stay up in the Premier League we were entertained till the very last minute.

Will the Blue half of Manchester celebrate their first ever league win since 1968, we have decided to review the complete season in two parts. Here is Part One.

Champions – Manchester City

This has to be one of the most entertaining title races in the history of the Premier League. The race went down to the last minute of the last game of the season and in the end it was Manchester City who were crowned the Champions on a heart-stopping final day of the season. City lead the Premier League for most of the season before faltering between 11th March and 8th April, where they were able to take just 5 points from the possible 15. When it looked like City had bottled the Premier League title after the defeat at Arsenal, it was Manchester United’s turn – who had gone 8 points clear at the top – to falter. United who lost at Wigan and were held to a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford by Everton saw their lead at the top cut down to just three points ahead of the Manchester derby at the Etihad. Skipper Kompany scored the goal that took City at the top of the table just on goal difference with just two games left to play. City fought hard at Newcastle to register a 2-0 win but United’s same scoreline win over Swansea at home ensured the title race would go down to the last game of the season.

On the final day of the season, United won their game at Sunderland which meant City had to match that result to win the title. City led at half time thanks to a Pablo Zabaleta goal at the half-hour mark, but things didn’t go well for the Citizens in the second half. QPR scored twice and took a shocking lead thanks to goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie on either side of a foolish Joey Barton red card. When everyone thought City had choked in their final league game of the season, Edin Dzeko equalised in the 90+1th minute and then Sergio Aguero scored the winner in the 5th minute of extra time to win the title for City. The day will go down in history as City won their first ever league title in 44 years and I must say they truly deserved it.

Champions League – Manchester United, Arsenal & Tottenham/Chelsea 

Manchester United ended second in the league below Champions Manchester City just on goal difference, so that means they directly qualify for the group stages of the Champions League next season. Arsenal to join United directly in the group stages after finishing third in the league but they had to seal the third place on the final day of the season. If the title race was entertaining then the race for the Champions League spot was no-less disappointing.

After the start the Gunners had no one expected them to make the top 4 this season but all credit to Arsene Wenger and his men. The nine match unbeaten streak and also some dip in form from their fierce London rivals Tottenham saw them jump into third place in the table and stayed there till the end. Tottenham, on the other hand had a bright start to the season and towards the end of December they looked like serious title contenders. But a dip in form along with a string of poor results saw them fall way behind the two Manchester clubs and also a place in the top four looked under threat. With three wins in the last four games of the season and Newcastle losing their last two games to City and Everton, Spurs managed to finish fourth in the league.

Finishing fourth hasn’t guaranteed Tottanham Champions League football yet as they will have to wait till the end of the Chelsea-Bayern Munich match on 19th May. If Chelsea go on to win the final in Munich they qualify for the Champions League as the holders at expense of Tottenham and if Chelsea lose Tottenham qualify and the Blues will play Europa League next season. So, all Spurs fan will be supporting the Germans on Saturday.

Europa League – Chelsea/Tottenham, Newcastle & Liverpool

It’s quite straight forward here to know which team qualifies for the Europa League next season. Newcastle finished fifth in the league so they directly qualify for the playoffs for the group stages while Liverpool will have to go through the 3rd qualifying rounds and the playoffs to qualify for the group stages. As said above either one of Chelsea or Tottenham will play the Europa League next season. If Chelsea fail to win the Champions League final then they make the group stages of the Europa League and if they win in Munich this Saturday then unfortunately Tottenham will miss out on the Champions League.

Relegated – Bolton, Blackburn & Wolves

Wolves were first to be relegated this season after their dismal run of 15 games with a win towards the end of the season. Blackburn soon joined them and were relegated by Wigan on their penultimate game of the season. It’s a surprise that Blackburn – who were bottom at Christmas – didn’t get relegated before. Finally, the Wanderers were unlucky to be relegated on the final day of the season and they themselves to blame for it. Bolton could have been safe had they not thrown away a two-goal lead against West Brom at the Reebok in the second last game of the season and they did the same thing ie throwing away the lead, in the final league at Stoke. With Bolton drawing at Stoke, a defeat for QPR at the Etihad didn’t matter at all   and kept the Rs up in the Premier League.

Premier League Finale – What’s On Stake?

After almost nine months and 370 matches, the 2011/12 Premier League season has reached its climax but there are still plenty of issues to be settled on the final day.

The result of today’s matches will decide which Manchester club will win the title, which two teams will qualify for the Champions League and who becomes the third and final team to be relegated. Here’s a look at the things which up for stake today.

Fight For the Title – City v United

This year’s race for the Premier League title has been one of the most entertaining for years. As we stand, City and United are level on 86 points but City are at the top of the table thanks to a superior goal difference (+63 compared to United’s +55) and thus are in pole position to win their first ever league title in 44 years.

City host QPR – who are fighting to stay in the Premier League – today, while United travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland. It’s very straightforward, if City beat QPR at the Etihad they are the Champions of England, unless United go on a prolific scoring spree to even up the goal difference, which is highly impossible as they would have to score like 9-10 goals to do that. If QPR hold City to a draw, then a win for United would guarantee them their 20the league title. And finally, If City lose to QPR – which is highly improbable as the Rs have won just three games on the road and City have won 17 of their 18 games this season and draw the other one at home – then United would need just a draw to win against Sunderland to win the title.

The Race For The Champions League Spots

If the title race this season was fascinating then the race for the 3rd and 4th place in the league has been no less entertaining. With just one round of fixtures remaining, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle have a fair chance of finishing in the top four. But with Chelsea playing the Champions League final next weekend it remains to be seen a 4th place finish is enough for Champions League football next season. Here’s how things stand:

Arsenal play their final game of the season away at West Brom, while Spurs host Fulham and Newcastle travel to Goodison Park to face Everton. With Chelsea playing the Champions League final, England will have four teams in the next season’s Champions League and so Arsenal would only need a draw at the Hawthorns to finish in the top four on goal difference. Newcastle don’t have this in their hands, as they have to beat Everton and hope other results go their way. If Spurs and Gunners both lose, the Magpies jump up to third with a win. If one of the London clubs lose, Newcastle win will help them finish fourth. If Newcastle and Arsenal win, Spurs have to win to hold on to their 4th place and finally if Arsenal lose and Spurs win then they finish third.

If it was any other normal season, finishing 4th would mean Champions League football next season but this season there is a possibility that it won’t happen. Chelsea are sixth in the League and have no chance of finishing in the top 4 but play Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on 19th and a win for the Blues in Munich will mean they play Champions League football next season as the holders of the competition at the expense of the team that finish 4th in the league.

Who Will Go Down?  QPR v Bolton

Blackburn and Wolves are already relegated to the nPower Championship. But the third and final relegation spot is still to be decided. It’s come down between QPR and Bolton. Here’s how things stand:

Both Bolton and QPR travel to Stoke and Manchester City respectively in their final game of the season. Who stays up and who goes down is very straight forward. Bolton must simply win their final league game to Stoke to stand any chance of staying up in the Premier League. Anything less than a win and they are going down. QPR can afford to lose at City and then also stay in the Premier League if Bolton fail to get a win at the Britannia Stadium. If Bolton win today, then QPR will need a draw against City to stay up.

Pride of Merseyside – Everton v Liverpool

Keeping aside the Carling Cup win and a FA Cup final defeat, this has been a pretty poor season for Liverpool. Resigned to a mid-table finish, the Reds go into the last game of the season with bragging rights of the city at stakes. Liverpool will be desperate to avoid finishing below their fierce city rivals Everton for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Here’s how they stand:

Liverpool’s record at Anfield this season has been disastrous and fortunately for them they play their final league game of the season away to Swansea – who have nothing to play for. Everton on the other hand face an in-form Newcastle side – who are in contention of finishing 4th in the league – at Goodison Park. A win for both the teams will see Everton finish above Liverpool, a draw or a defeat for Everton and a win for the Reds will see Liverpool jump over Everton. But if both teams lose and Fulham win against Spurs then Fulham would jump up to 7th and finish above both the Merseyside clubs.

Wigan Return To Stripes For 2012/13 Season

Wigan Athletic have unveiled their new home kit for the next season, 2012/13. Mi-Fit, the designers of Wigan’s new 2012-2013 home shirt, have opted for a blue and white striped creation for the Latics.

Wigan have managed to survive in the Premier League this season as they are five points off 18th placed Bolton with one match remaining. The team will be wearing the new shirt for their final league match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home, which will be played on coming Sunday, May 13.

The Latics’ new home shirt features blue and white stripes with blue sleeves and dark blue detail around the collar. Mi-Fit, shirt manufacturers, have their logo on the top right part of the chest, with the club crest on the opposite part. Club sponsor 12Bet.com have their logo on the front center part of the shirt.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is delighted that the club has been able to promote the new kit in this way and he told club’s official website:

“Following the result against Blackburn on Monday, there has been a feel good factor around the place and as well as having a great celebration on Sunday for a magnificent achievement in securing our 8th campaign in the best league in the World, to have the new kit available for the players and the supporters to wear is a fantastic bonus. Let’s make Sunday Latics Day!”