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Barclay Premier League: Worst XI Including Arsenal and Manchester United Stars

The top flight English football league has come to an end and Chelsea remain as the top side, beating the likes of Spurs to the Premier League title. While Sunderland, Hull City and Middlesbrough are relegated, Liverpool and Manchester City joined the Spurs in the Champions League next season.

Arsenal and United finished outside the top four the first the time in more than a decade while West Brom managed to finish in the top half of the table. There were a number of top class individual performances throughout the campaign but there were a few stars who failed to live up to their expectations. Here is the worst XI for the English domestic league this season, including all such stars:

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Premier League 2016-17: Team Of The Season!

The Premier League has finally come to an end and there are a number of stories to discuss from the start of the campaign. While Chelsea managed to lift their sixth Premier League title, Arsenal will miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years while Liverpool managed to step into the elite competition, for just the second time in eight years.

Manchester City managed to finish in the 3rd spot while United and Everton finished 6th and seventh respectively.  There were a number of brilliant individual performances throughout the season and here is the best XI for the 2016-17 season of the Premier League:

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Youngsters All Around: Experimental 4-2-3-1 United Predicted Lineup To Embarrass Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho will be a frustrated man as his side are in the sixth place in the points table and have no chance to finish any further this season. Though the Europa League gives them a chance to qualify for the UCL next season, they will want to end this season on a high and will want to take maximum points from the game against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Palace are fresh from a 4-0 victory over Hull City in the previous game and have proven hard to beat in recent times. And Jose Mourinho is expected to field a weaker side to keep his players fit for the UEL final in less than a week’s time. So this game is far from decided and here is the predicted lineup that Mourinho might field for this tie:

Team News:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are ruled out for the rest of the season. Marouane Fellaini picked up a hamstring injury recently and is expected to sit out this game while Timothy Fosu Mensah is expected to feature in this game, coming back from a shoulder injury.

Expected lineup (4-2-3-1):

Defense:

David de Gea has been the first choice in the league for Mourinho this season but he is expected to start the final against Ajax and could be replaced by young Joel Pereira for the final game of the season. Fosu Mensah could be thrown back into action straight away and could start at right-back while Axel Tuanzebe is expected to play in a more natural centre back role.

Phil Jones could be the senior bloke at the back for United in this tie and should partner Tuanzebe in this game. Demi Mitchell is sure to start as a left-back after Mourinho revealed as much before the game.

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Midfield:

With Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba expected to start the UEL final, the experienced Michael Carrick is expected to play as the deepest of the midfielders in this game. Matthew Willock spent the last couple of games on the bench and could partner Carrick in the middle of the park.

Attack:

Spanish playmaker Juan Mata is expected to start from the right flank and will be responsible for all the creativity, playing with a bunch of junior stars. Scott McTominay should start as a number 10 and could be a player to watch out for while Zachary Dearnley is expected to start on the left-flank.

With so many youngsters in the midfield, Wayne Rooney will have to take the goal scoring responsibilities on the night and should lead the attack for United.

Here is how they could lineup:

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Gomez and Trent to Start! 4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Crystal Palace This Weekend

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool managed to put in a couple of gritty performances at the Hawthorns and the Bet 365 in their last two games as they push towards a place in the Champions League. They are right in the middle of things at the top-4 in the points table and a victory this weekend can take them closer to their target. But they face a tricky home tie against Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace, who have been in form in the last few games.

The Eagles have now lost just one of their last six games and will go for all three points at Anfield but it will not be easy against a Liverpool that has found a way to grind results out. Here is the predicted lineup that Klopp might field for this tie:

Team News:

Skipper Jordan Henderson, midfielder Adam Lallana and striker Danny Ings are all ruled out of this tie. Daniel Sturridge is doubtful alongside Joel Matip and Lucas Leiva, both of who are nursing injuries. Sadio Mane is also ruled out for the rest of the season.

Expected lineup (4-3-3):

Defense:

Simon Mignolet has been effective in the last couple of games and should keep his place between the sticks for this clash. Nathaniel Clyne has been consistent at the back and he might be pushed on the left flank to use Trent Alexander Arnold on the right side of the defence. The youngster should play at right back on the night.

Dejan Lovren is the only fit senior centre-back at the club for this game and he should lead the defensive line and could be partnered with Joe Gomez against Crystal Palace at the back.

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Midfield:

Emre Can has done a terrific job in the last few games and he should play as the deepest of the midfielders on the night, in the absence of Lucas Leiva. Dutch star Georginio Wijnaldum has also been impressive and he should start just ahead of Can while James Milner, who has been used extensively as a left-back this season, could be pushed into the midfield to cover for injuries.

Attack:

Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings are still not fit to take the field, which will mean that Belgium star Divock Origi will get his chance to lead the side yet again. He should be partnered with the Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on either side, a formula that has worked in the last couple of games.

Here is the how they would line up:

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Xhaka, Elneny Or Ramsey? Arsenal 4-2-3-1 Predicted Lineup To Face Crystal Palace This Weekend

The victory over West Ham earlier in the week took Arsenal closer to a place in the top-4 but they will have to be consistent with the rest of the season if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season. Up next for Wenger’s side is a trip to the Selhurst Park which is not going to be easy.

The Eagles have seen a mini-revival under their new manager Sam Allardyce and though they lost their last game Southampton away from home, they will hope to put in a strong performance in this tie. With Liverpool and Manchester City winning their ties on Saturday, the pressure is on Wenger’s side to take all three points from this game. Here is the predicted lineup that the manager might field for this tie:

Team News:

The Gunners are still without the services of midfielder Santi Cazorla who is ruled out for the season. Shot-stopper Petr Cech is also expected to miss this tie alongside star defender Laurent Koscielny, with both players nursing separate injuries they picked up recently. David Ospina, who started the previous game is also out leaving Wenger a bit short at the back. However, midfielder Francis Coquelin, who missed the previous game, should be back in the first team.

Expected Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Defense:

With Ospina and Cech ruled out, Emiliano Martinez should once against start on goal for Arsenal. He kept a clean sheet earlier this week and will high on confidence. The Gunners have trusted Spanish pair Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal on either flank as a part of their back four and Wenger should stick with them for this derby. With Koscielny out, Shkodran Mustafi should lead the defensive line while Gabriel Paulista should be preferred over Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker for this tie.

Midfield:

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With Coquelin back in action, Wenger should bring in his first-choice midfielder for this game. Granit Xhaka has not been dependable but he should get the nod ahead of Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey for this game in the midfield for Arsenal.

Attack:

English winger Theo Walcott was on the score-sheet in the previous game and he will hope to put in a similar performance at the weekend. Mesut Ozil looked lively against West Ham and could be the danger man for Palace on the night. Though more productive as a false-9, Alexis Sanchez should be pushed back into his more genuine role on the left wing. Danny Welbeck has been decent but Olivier Giroud scored from the bench in the previous game and could replace the English striker for this tie.

Here is how they would line up:

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Premier League Team Of The Week (Match Day 30): Dominated By Crystal Palace And Liverpool Stars

The Premier League was back in town after the international break and there was plenty for the fans to savor in what was a tiring weekend of action between the best teams in the country.

While Arsenal and Manchester City played out a 2-2 draw at the Emirates, Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by the Baggies, making some changes at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea fell to a surprising loss to Crystal Palace at home but the Spurs managed to take all three points from their tie against the Clarets.

Liverpool won yet another Merseyside derby and there were some brilliant individual performances to talk about at the weekend.

And with the round done and dusted, here is the team of the week for Match Day 30 of the Premier League:

Defense:

Goal Keeper:

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace):

With a number of astonishing saves at the Stamford Bridge, Hennessey was one of the best players for Palace in their win over Chelsea at the weekend.

Danny Simpson (Leicester City):

The Leicester city full back picked up two assists in the 2-0 victory over the Potters at the weekend to find a place in this side.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur):

The Englishman started as a part of the back-3 for the Spurs at the Turf Moor and picked up a goal to add to a solid performance helping his side a victory.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace):

The Liverpool loanee has been in superb form since joining the Eagles and he was all over the Chelsea attackers, giving them no chance to find the back of the net.

Andrew Robertson (Hull City):

Played a huge role in his side’s victory over West Ham putting in a solid performance at the back and also picking up a goal at the other end.

Midfield:

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool):

The Brazil midfielder only started on the night thanks to injuries but he put in a sublime performance that never allowed Everton to get into the game.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City):

Another goal scorer for the Foxes, Ndidi was sublime in their victory over Stoke City, keeping them away from goal and also scoring at the other end.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool):

The Brazilian playmaker was back to his best in the derby as he toyed with the Everton defense and picked up a goal and assist for his troubles.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace):

The former Manchester United man was the biggest threat for Chelsea on the night as he was a constant threat, scoring and assisting a goal each to help his side to a victory.

 

Leroy Sane (Manchester City):

The Manchester City youngster ran ragged on the night as he got the better of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin to open the scoring for his side at the Emirates.

Attack:

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace):

The Belgian striker was a thorn in the flesh for the Chelsea back line and his sumptuous finish in the 11th minute was enough for Palace to hold on to a victory.

This is how they would line up (4-2-3-1):

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Barclays Premier League Team Of The Week: Including Manchester United and Liverpool stars

The Premier League was back in town this weekend and standing as the last round of fixtures before the international break, there were some important matches for teams around the table.

While Chelsea managed to edge past Stoke, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United ran away with easy victories.

Manchester City and Liverpool were involved in an intense 1-1 draw at the Etihad while Arsenal fell prey at the Hawthorns, slipping into the 6th place as a result of this defeat.

There were a number of other performances including Leicester City’s 3rd consecutive victory but there were also some individual performances that need to be mentioned.

To understand who were the best at the weekend in the Premier League here is the Team of the Week for Matchday 29:

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City):

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Stuck in and was determined not to let West Ham score as he made a couple of top notch saves to find a place in this side.

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion):

Was a constant thorn for Arsenal as he popped up with a brace and frustrated them all night to earn his side all three points.

Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City):

The Manchester City man made a number of blocks and interceptions and put the Liverpool side away from danger to earn his team a point.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace):

Worked hard all night and helped his side to a hard-fought clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over Watford at the weekend.

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United):

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His persistence and never give up attitude have him a goal in Manchester United’s comfortable victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur):

The Belgian midfielder was at the top of his game as he dictated the midfield and did not allow Southampton to settle into the game, helping his side a victory at the weekend.

James Milner (Liverpool):

Though not completely at his best on the night, Milner made sure that the likes of Raheem Sterling was given no space or time on the ball, before popping up with a confident penalty to give Liverpool the lead at the Etihad.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United):

A tremendous finish from the youngster gave Manchester United a victory over Boro in a game where they were not completely in control.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur):

Scored the opening goal against the Saints and was constantly at it as he troubled the visitors in an exciting game at the Whiter Hart Lane.

Benik Afobe (AFC Bournemouth):

Arguably his best game for the Cherries year, Afobe put in the hard yards as Bournemouth stunned Paul Clement’s Swansea side on the Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton):

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An assist and a brace against Hull City gave Everton a comfortable victory at the weekend as Lukaku puts the contract negotiations behind him to help his side a victory.

This is how they would lineup:

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Premier League Team Of The Week: Dominated By Liverpool Stars

The English Premier League was there to entertain one and all this weekend. Teams around the country were busy fighting for three crucial points to consolidate their place in the points table in the last round.

Game Week 27 of the Premier League had some exciting matchups between teams at different ends of the table.

Chelsea managed to get the better of West Ham in a late Monday night kick-off after Liverpool put Arsenal to the sword.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City also picked up maximum points but Manchester United were held by the Cherries at home in this round.

There were some super individual performances all around the league with some of the star players, continuing their form this season.

With the game week done and dusted, here is the Team of the Week for the fixtures this weekend:

Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth):

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Made a number of point blank saves along with putting out Zlatan’s penalty to win the match for a 10-man Bournemouth at the Old Trafford.

Joel Matip (Liverpool):

Keeping up with the likes of Giroud, Welbeck and Sanchez, the Cameroon star put in a solid performance to help Liverpool to a victory over Arsenal.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace):

The on-loan defender from Liverpool, Sakho helped Palace to their second consecutive clean sheet in the victory over the Baggies this weekend.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City):

Coming back to form after a long time, Kolarov played as a centre-back in this game and put in a commanding performance in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland.

Tom Carroll (Swansea):

Just as it looked like the referee gifted Burnley all three points, Tom Carroll, who was exceptional all night, came up with a superb cross for the winner, giving Swansea three crucial points over Burnley.

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace):

Created a number of chances but more important sat back and soaked up the pressure in Palace’s much-needed win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Nathan Redmond (Southampton):

Getting past his man in almost everyone on one situation, Redmond was superb in the thrilling 4-3 win over Watford this weekend to find a place in this team.

Adam Lallana (Liverpool):

The man of the match for Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal, Lallana was full of energy right until the final whistle as he ran the midfield for his side on a comfortable night.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool):

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The Senegalese winger has a nag of scoring against the big clubs and he added one to his name against Arsenal to back up the brace against Tottenham not so long ago.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur):

The Spurs star was unlucky not to complete a hat-trick but he was a bagful for Everton to manage in the 3-2 victory at the White Hart Lane.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City):

Finding some form in the previous game against Liverpool, Vardy was back to his best, and though did not score a goal, was the most dangerous man on the pitch.

Here is how they lineup (3-5-2):

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Premier League Team Of The Week For Matchday 26 Including Chelsea And Leicester City Stars

The Premier League was back in town this weekend as teams from around the country were back fighting for three points so close to the business end of the season.

There were some interesting matchups in the week even as the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Southampton were all busy elsewhere and skipped this round.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur managed to put in decent performances to go all the way to a victory while Liverpool failed to take even a points from this game.

Leicester City and Crystal Palace took 3 crucial points each from this weekend, making it an interesting one. There were a number of star individual performances that took the league by a storm and here is the team of the week for the 8 games that were played this weekend:

Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion):

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Fast growing into a consistent shot-stopper for the Baggies, Foster, was simply superb in between the sticks, making a number of important saves to help his side to a 2-1 victory over the Cherries this weekend.

Seamus Coleman (Everton):

Up against former teammate Oviedo against Sunderland, Coleman put in a dominating performance n the right flank helping Everton to all three points.

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion):

The second Baggies player on the list, McAuley was superb against the Bournemouth attackers at the back and he also came up with a goal at the other end to give his side a much-needed victory.

Michael Keane (Burnley):

Though gave away an early penalty, Keane came up with a super goal at the other end to get his team level in a solid performance at the weekend.

Patrick Van Aanholt (Crystal Palace):

Linking up well with the likes of Zaha on the flank, Palace’s fullback Van Aanholt put in a superb shift scoring the only goal in Palace’s victory over Boro this weekend.

Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea):

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Arguably his best game this season for the Blues, Fabregas was all over the Swansea defenders, opening the scoring and also creating a number of chances, helping his side to a comfortable victory.

Idrissa Gueye (Everton):

Quickly becoming a star player at the Goodison Park, Gueye scored the first goal of the game and also made more tackles than any other player in this game in a productive game.

Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City):

The English midfielder came back to life against Liverpool, as he put in an energetic performance in the midfield and also came up with a screamer to settle the game at the King Power.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City):

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Having broken the goal scoring voodoo at the King Power in the first game after Ranieri was sacked, Jamie Vardy came up with a brace against Liverpool this weekend to give Leicester City a victory, their first in almost a couple of months this season.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur):

The English striker scored his 3rd hat-trick in 9 games and continued his scoring streak against Stoke City to give Tottenham a comfortable victory this weekend.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton):

Picked up a late goal against Sunderland to seal all three points for Everton as he scored his 17th goal of the season, in a remarkable campaign for the Belgian.

 

This is how they would lineup (4-3-3):

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Hilarious: Crystal Palace Fans Damage Own Bus Thinking It Was Middlesbrough Bus!

The Premier League every once in a while provides us with some entertaining news that gets the whole world glued.

It is hard to tell if this is one such story but is surely quite hilarious!

Know how most fans in the Premier League are mad about their club and will do anything do support them? Well, some fans take it a step further and take every opportunity to defame the opposition, which helps elevate their team.

One such story that backfired for the Eagles fans came out after their crucial victory over Middlesbrough at the weekend.

A solitary first-half goal from Patrick van Aanholt was enough for Sam Allardyce’s side to steal all three points from this game as they managed to climb above Leicester City in the points table and out of the drop zone.

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The manager will be happy with the way they performed in this game against Karnaka’s side but he will not be happy at how they were treated after the game.

The Palace fans, who enjoyed their first victory in the league this year, wanted to take it a step further and vandalised the coach that was carrying the Middlesbrough players before the game.

That was an act that was never going to go down well with the football fraternity but what the fans did not know was that they were soon going to become laughing stocks on social media.

As it ironically turned out, the bus that was carrying the Middlesbrough players was indeed Palace’s coach and was lent to the visitors.

 

This meant that Crystal Palace supporters inadvertently vandalized their own team’s bus thinking it belonged to Middlesbrough

The coach, which was parked at a hotel nearby Selhurst Park, was sprayed with the club’s name ‘Crystal Palace FC’ in red, white and blue paint across the sides and rear of the vehicle, according to media reports.

Crystal Palace team coach

The club continued to used the vandalized coach despite the damage, confirmed on Sunday that the team’s coach was vandalised and that police had been notified.

“The team bus was covered in graffiti with the words ‘Crystal Palace’ overnight on Friday ahead of the game on Saturday. Police have been informed,” a spokesman told the Sun Sport.

British media also reported that Palace’s assistant head groundsman Dean Waters had condemned the vandals and revealed their error.

“40,000 pounds worth of damage on our coach thinking it was the Boro coach. Nice one! #cpfc,” Waters tweeted, before changing his privacy settings so that the post was no longer available to the public.

Talk about karma!