Coming off a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea FC Manager Antonio Conte will look to be more dominant against Sunderland. With a starting lineup at near full fitness, there will be no excuse for Chelsea not to produce a three point result here against the absolute last place team in the entire table.Follow paulmbanks
Liverpool FC midfielder Adam Lallana will still be out with a groin injury this Saturday when the Reds take on Sunderland. Lallana suffered the setback while on duty with England during the international break. How will Manager Jurgen Klopp adjust his line-up?
Well, here’s what we went with for our Liverpool FC starting XI prediction for this one.Follow paulmbanks
Liverpool FC may be soon parting ways with the third and final member of the three Ss attack. In 2013-14, Liverpool finished runner-up in the Premier League, propelled back an exciting, fun-to-watch attack led by Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
The first two have transferred out (Suarez to Barcelona, Sterling to Manchester City), and now we have rumors circulating around the web that indicate Sturridge could be out the Anfield door as well. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
Whether you love Liverpool FC, hate them, feel ambivalent or lack a strong opinion on them, you must admit that they are extremely fun to watch. They have produced, arguably, the most entertaining football of anyone in the Premier League this season, and despite some sputtering in the attack very early on. Manager Jurgen Klopp course corrected when the season was still quite young and it led to a Liverpool scoring explosion.
The Reds’ high flying attack led them to the top of the table temporarily, until they dropped two points this past weekend.Follow paulmbanks
Liverpool comes back from the international break on Saturday and travels to St. Mary’s to take on Southampton. Liverpool currently sits atop the table, going 10-0-2 in all competitions since suffering a loss to Burnley.
The Reds will line up in their normal 4-3-3 and will have to find ways to break down Watford’s stingy defense.Follow paulmbanks
Liverpool was dealt a blow over the international break when Adam Lallana was forced to leave England’s friendly with Spain with a groin injury. Lallana missed some time earlier this season with the same injury, but early reports seem to indicate this won’t be a long-term problem for the in-form midfielder.
Liverpool is fairly healthy otherwise. Really this injury report article is all about Adam Lallana who may be forced to miss the clash against his former team.Follow paulmbanks
Don’t fix what’s not broken. Chelsea FC Manager Antonio Conte has decided to keep the same exact starting lineup today that he had exactly one week ago. The Blues destroyed Manchester United 4-0 last week, and Conte is keeping the same exact starting XI from that victory in place against Southampton.
Kickoff at St. Mary’s is just minutes away now.Follow paulmbanks
The last set of EFL Cup Draws, for the round of 16, were certainly “convenient,” and “narrative friendly.” However, the new set of draws, announced today for the quarterfinals, aren’t as “obvious.” Perhaps the thinking here is….”try and get an all big club PL semifinal(s) and then hopefully an all big club Premier League final?”Follow paulmbanks
Here’s another wrinkle to an already highly anticipated rivalry match-up brimming with storylines aplenty.
Sadio Mane officially joined Liverpool FC and left Southampton FC on June 28th, with the two clubs reportedly agreeing on a fee of £34 million ($44.7m) – rising to £36 million ($47.3m). The 24 year old winger became part of a long list of players moving up from Southampton to Liverpool since 2014. That list includes Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.Follow paulmbanks
It’s really been an eventful summer transfer window for Southampton Football Club. Three days ago, they announced a double signing- backup goalkeeper Stuart Taylor, and Portugese right-back Cédric. Here’s a link to more on those signings.
Today brings the unveiling of Lille attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal for a club-record transfer fee. Neither Southampton FC nor Lille disclosed the amount, but it’s reported to be at least £16 million.Follow paulmbanks
Southampton FC announced two individual player signings today. The first is backup goalkeeper Stuart Taylor, who penned a one-year deal. The second transaction is a much bigger deal. Portugese right-back Cédric, fresh off a Euro 2016 win, has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at St Mary’s until 2020.
Here are the Southampton FC statements on this deal:Follow paulmbanks
It’s Man United Starting XI prediction time once again. United host Southampton for a rare Friday night Premier League fixture. It’s the first home match for new Manager Jose Mourinho and world class striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Lots of story lines to watch in this one. Here’s the link to video of Mourinho’s press conference today, which covered a few of them.
Mourinho said that Paul Pogba will see a few minutes in this one, but he won’t play 90 minutes.Follow paulmbanks