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  • Liverpool 3 - 2 Manchester City: Liverpool defeat City in a game of multiple tactical changes

    Liverpool 3 - 2 Manchester City: Liverpool defeat City in a game of multiple tactical changes

  • The Cardiff City Experiment

    The Cardiff City Experiment

  • Ten Games To Survival: Fulham smile as others falter

    Ten Games To Survival: Fulham smile as others falter

  • Chelsea 2 - 0 PSG: PSG crash out despite of a good defensive display

    Chelsea 2 - 0 PSG: PSG crash out despite of a good defensive display

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.

Don’t you give me hope. Don’t you dare give me hope.
Fulham got a rare but vital away win this past weekend against Aston Villa, thanks to goals from two players that I have derided all season. Kieran Richardson. who seemingly only turns it on when I mention how rubbish he has been since he signed (I maintain the worst 45 minutes I’ve seen a football player was his debut vs West Ham), and Hugo Rodallega, who is far from consistent enough to still be in the first team plans. The whole team battled superbly to not do the Fulham thing, and balls up a 1-0 lead, like we’ve done almost every week since the season began. Lewis Holtby was immense once again, and should have had our third if it wasn’t for blasted goal line technology deeming that because one inch of the ball hadn’t gone over the whole white line, it wasn’t a goal. Regardless, those two goals – in between a Grant Holt reply, ensured three points, and with Norwich, Cardiff and Sunderland all losing – it makes the league table somewhat bearable reading.

  • 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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