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  • Bundesliga: the race for Europe

    Bundesliga: the race for Europe

  • Ten Games To Survival: The Canary that leads us to the end of the tunnel

    Ten Games To Survival: The Canary that leads us to the end of the tunnel

  • Despair and triumph: Wigan vs Arsenal, FA Cup Semi Final

    Despair and triumph: Wigan vs Arsenal, FA Cup Semi Final

  • Sunderland’s Ten And Out: Reasons to be miserable

    Sunderland’s Ten And Out: Reasons to be miserable

We’re at that time of year again; the time that has everybody salivating at the prospect of the ‘most exciting finish ever’ in Premier League history, an annual declaration that merely emphasises our reluctance to accept La Liga and the Bundesliga are just as compelling. We may be convinced by our bias that the Premier League remains the bastion for all footballing greatness, but this season truly is a cliff-hanger of unrivalled proportions.

Southampton have been a breath of fresh air to The Premier League. The side have won hearts playing a fearless, cavalier football clearly inspired by Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund, and by utilising a high press matched with blistering passing football, one that for periods has left teams like Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool nonplussed. At the end of November, they were well in contention for a top four spot, and in this crazy, transitional season for the Premier League, there was no reason they couldn’t have mounted a challenge.

Welcome to a new feature at Ballsy Banter in which I will be taking a look at Sunderland’s last ten games of the season and rate our chances of staying up. To say it has been a season of doom and gloom in the red half of the North East would be slightly unfair. The injection of belief that came with the appointment of Gus Poyet was a nice period. We managed to haul ourselves out from a position of no hope (for survival) to a place where most were sure we would be safe. The cup runs were also fantastic. In fact, there was just a jolly good sentiment floating all around the Stadium of Light.

  • Scouting Report: Memphis Depay (PSV)

    Scouting Report: Memphis Depay (PSV)

  • Scouting Report: Max Meyer (Schalke)

    Scouting Report: Max Meyer (Schalke)

  • Scouting Report: Viktor Fischer (Ajax)

    Scouting Report: Viktor Fischer (Ajax)

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