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12/18/2018 6:47 PM  #1


English Gazzette

ENGLISH GAZETTE

We are at the halfway point in a good English club season, and now things start hot up.In the Premier League, Chelsea have led the way most of the season with a very tight defense and only 1 defeat they are the bookies favourites. Mo Salah and Ricky Wolfswinkel have been providing goals for the Blues, backed up by star studded midfield with a good passing game. Manchester United and Liverpool have both been chasing the Blues, Harry Kane has 11 goals for Liverpool and providing their firepower, while Griezmann and Dybala have provided the goals for United.It does look like a 3 club race for Premier League title, last season's champions Tottenham Hotspur are fighting to hold onto the 4th Champions League spot being chased by Portsmouth who just missed out qualifying from the group stages to the semi finals.
Although Pompey suffer from not having a prolific scorer, their midfield has proved strong and provided goals, Sheffield United have surprised everyone and in been in the top 5 most the season.
Manager Simeone is working wonders with the Blades and his rotation striker policy is paying dividends, combined with the 4th best defense in the Premier League to be challenging for European Football.Aston Villa are rallying under new boss Lambert and grinding out results, the 2-1 win over Manchester United puts the Villans close to european battle.

At the bottom end, Shrewsbury Town look to be struggling and favourites to go down, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Everton are all battling to avoid the other relegation place.Everton have picked up some good points but with a manager awol could this be detrimental to their survival. 

In the N Power Championship, favourites Manchester City have stumbled in recent matches and slipped down to 3rd place after a surprise 3-0 defeat at fast improving Blackburn Rovers, the club are also in talks to try and take Chelsea manager Drum to the club.Leicester City took advantage last round of Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Newcastle United, to go top of the table with a 2-1 win over Fulham, Slimani has taken over from Jamie Vardy and provided 16 goals so far this season.
But its a tight promotion race, Arsenal under manager Limerick Gunner are playing good football and fighting for promotion with Mertens and Walcott forming a good strikerforce with 27 goals between them. With Blackburn Rovers resurgence in form and a possible manager coming into Southampton it could be an exciting 5 club promotion race.At the bottom, AFC Bournemouth look favourites to go down, Middlesborugh are also struggling and would be favourites for relegation, the 3rd place could be between 4 clubs and very tight matter at the halfway point. 

EFA Cup moves into the 3rd round, most of the big clubs and Premier League clubs are still involved at the last 16 stage.

The League Cup enters the Quarter Finals this weekend, with Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool already out a good chance for Manchester United to stake their claim, Manchester City are the only club outside the top flight involved in the competition. 

In Europe, mixed fortunes for the English clubs, Tottenham were very poor and finished bottom of their group without any good performances. Portsmouth were very unlucky after beating group winners Real Madrid 4-3 but still missed out on semi finals by 1 point.Manchester and Chelsea both qualified from Group A with United winning the group, and look good for the semi finals over 2 legs.

TRANSFER / LEAGUE NEWS:-
Rumours are Manchester City have a mega offer on the table for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, but both club's have refused to comment in the media. Meanwhile, Manchester United are chasing Real Betis striker Sadio Mane and Marseille midfielder K Mezine.Portsmouth are chasing Bayern Munich striker Alexis Sanchez seen as key to providing more in attack for the club, Leicester City chasing West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic, Swansea City striker Wilfrid Bony and Sunderland defensive midfielder Birchiano.
 

Last edited by Mourinho (12/18/2018 6:49 PM)


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