The end of 2017/18 is nigh and it will soon be time to select our teams of the season - if we haven't done so already. Most of you will have a good idea on who would make your XI from the past eight months. But here at Mirror Football, we go by the 'form is temporary, class is permanent' rule. And instead of focusing on this campaign, we have decided to put together an all-star XI from the Premier League. That's right, this isn't about who has had a half-decent campaign, it is about who has done it for years. It got us thinking too - and we wondered how an all-star Premier League side would fare against their rivals from other leagues on the continent. Of course it is up for debate, so send us your line-ups and see how they compare. Here are the line-ups we have selected from England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.... Premier League A couple of positions pick themselves in this team. David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world, so he is a shoo-in. De Bruyne, Kane, Hazard and … [Read more...] about How a Premier League dream team compares to best teams in Europe
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This Premier League season has seen one of the widest relegation battles for some time, with only the ‘top six’ and Burnley feeling secure against the drop for the majority of the campaign. Everton, currently sat in ninth, only reached the famous 40-point mark with victory at Stoke during the last round of fixtures. Below them, Bournemouth and Watford are both on 36 points and will feel somewhat safe, if not totally out of the woods just yet. West Bromwich Albion are bottom with just 20 points, nine adrift of safety and seem all but certain to go down. This leaves two remaining spots and eight clubs – positioned between 12th and 19th – that could fill them. So, who will it be and who will do enough to survive? By calculating each Premier League club’s average points-per-game home and away this season, we can approximate the difficulty of each remaining fixture and see who, on paper, has the easiest and most difficult relegation run-ins. Top 25 … [Read more...] about Premier League relegation battle: Who has the best run-in at the bottom of the table?
James Rodriguez will snub Premier League interest to stay at Bayern Munich. The Colombian is in the first of a two year loan spell with the German giants. There have been suggestions he could complete a permanent deal elsewhere this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United both long-term admirers. But the Sun reports he wants to stay in the Bundesliga and will turn down interest from the Premier League to do so. Looks like he won't be on these shores anytime soon then. Transfer news and gossip from the Daily Mirror Manchester City are growing confident of landing Real Madrid star Isco in a £75million deal . Manchester United are ready to take advantage of the breakdown in contract talks between Samuel Umtiti and Barcelona . West Ham are confident of sealing a £15million move for Krasnodar and Russia striker Fyodor Smolov. Other news Pep Guardiola has been hailed as the “Che Guevara of football” for revolutionising the English game with Manchester City. … [Read more...] about James Rodriguez to snub Premier League interest ‘to stay with Bayern Munich’
The Premier League returns this weekend with the battle against relegation among one of the main burning issues to be answered. While Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have been in explosive form for their respective sides as they chase title and Champions League aspirations, who is the best player from outside the top six? Our experts have their say. You can add your player and reason why in the comment section below. Jason Burt: Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace Crystal Palace are not only far better with Wilfried Zaha they simply cannot cope without him. Of the nine Premier League matches Zaha has missed this season through injury Palace have not won a point. Every Palace attack goes through him, every chance created seems to involve him and, beyond that, Zaha has become a talisman whose presence appears to not just lift his team-mates but the whole club. Jeremy Wilson: Pascal Gross - Brighton Brighton's midfielder stands level this season for … [Read more...] about Who is the best Premier League player outside top-six club
With the final international break of the season now over, attentions turn back to the Premier League and, particularly, the top-four race. For Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the task is quite simple: no team has ever finished lower than fourth after reaching 76 points. Three of those teams are currently on course to surpass that target, one is not. However, fortunes in the final weeks of the season are often dictated by the fixture list and those who benefitted from easier runs earlier in the season can suffer as the schedule evens itself out. By calculating each Premier League club’s average points-per-game home and away this season, we can approximate the difficulty of each fixture and see who, on paper, has the easier run-in. Top 25 players in Premier League history 25 show all Top 25 players in Premier League history 1/25 Behind Ronaldo and Rooney, the next-most important man to United’s recovery in the second half of … [Read more...] about Premier League top-four race: Who has the best run-in? Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea?