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  1. That was a huge result for Everton beating the league leaders Arsenal. But I fear that their lack of transfer activity in January, could very well cost them their Premier League status come the end of the season. They've also lost Anthony Gordon to Newcastle. All the other clubs around them in the danger zone, bought some good players in January. The notable players that these clubs bought in January are the following: Southampton brought in Sulemana, Onuachu, Carlos Alcaraz and Orsic. Bournemouth brought in Illya Zabarnyi, Dango Ouattara, Hamed Traore, Matias Vina and Semenyo. Leeds United brought in Georginio Rutter, Weston McKennie and Maximilian Wober. West Ham brought in Danny Ings. (Not much significant transfer activity from the Hammers admittedly, but they did bring in Ings) Wolverhampton Wanderers brought in Pablo Sarabia, Matheus Cunha, Joao Gomes and Mario Lemina. Leicester City brought in Tete, Harry Souttar and Victor Kristiansen. Nottingham Forest brought in Danilo, Gustavo Scarpa, Andre Ayew, Felipe, Ui-jo Hwang, Chris Wood, Jonjo Shelvey and Keylor Navas. Crystal Palace brought in Naouirou Ahamada and Lokonga. These signings could play a significant role in changing the on the field fortunes of these respective clubs. They've also added depth to their squads, while Everton haven't done any of this. I hope that Everton stay up, they certainly have the potential to do so. But their plight would have significantly been helped if they managed to bring in at least a couple of notable signings in January.
  2. I just read a couple of hours ago, that Bournemouth signed Ukrainian international defender Illya Zabarnyi from Dynamo Kyiv for £24 million on the last day of the January transfer window. All the talk in January, was of Zabarnyi's national team central defence partner Matviyenko joining Brighton & Hove Albion, but that deal fell through and instead Bournemouth managed to buy Zabarnyi. Despite being only 20 years old, Zabarnyi has a wealth of experience and he is a real defensive talent. As far as predicting who will get relegated, I think it's quite hard to call. The main reason being because all the clubs down the bottom made signings in January. So I think that we have to wait a few matches, to see what impact these new signings are making at their respective clubs. As mentioned before, there is not much between the clubs points wise, down at the bottom of the table. I think that all the clubs from 12th placed Crystal Palace, down to last placed Southampton are in danger of going down. I believe Aston Villa have too many points to be seriously considered as relegation candidates. It would take a mighty FCUK up for them to go down, which seems highly unlikely given their points tally and the presence of the 9 clubs currently below them in the table standings. With 17 Premier League matches still to play, for most of the clubs, there is still so much to play for. A good run of form from one of the clubs near the bottom, could see them move into a much more comfortable position. I think that when there are around 10 Premier League matches left for these clubs, the picture will look much more clearer, as to who is in serious danger of going down.
  3. Gives the definition of the Keeper Sweeper a whole new meaning! Manuel Neuer, eat your heart out!
  4. It was about time he was given the sack. No win in the Premier League in their last 7 matches and losing to Notts Forest in their last match. Leeds United should be doing much better than this. Hopefully they will bring someone else in who can bring more success to this club.
  5. Coman's 2nd goal and Musiala's goal against Wolfsburg were superb. The talent that Bayern can draw on is quite frankly phenomenal.
  6. 15 minutes to score 2 goals is what is required. It looks unlikely, but it is possible. Valencia lost as well today.
  7. Kimmich getting sent off, has given Wolfsburg a glimmer of hope. But it's still an uphill task against a very strong Bayern side, even if they are playing with one man less.
  8. Apparently Fullkrug's headed goal was disallowed because of a push. There didn't look much in it to me. While Nartey committed a really crafty tactical foul, bringing Schmidt down just outside the area, when the Werder player was practically through on goal. Werder look the better side, even though Stuttgart have had a few chances themselves. I have a feeling that Werder will go on and win this match in the 2nd half.
  9. Werder have been the better team so far against Stuttgart. They've created plenty of dangerous chances to score. Ducksch had the most recent chance, with a shot from a free-kick that went narrowly past the far post.
  10. Well this was clearly the shock result of the day. Everton played their hearts out and got their tactics spot on. Everton played better today under Dyche, than they have all season under Lampard.
  11. Hoffeneheim pull a goal back against Bochum, as Baumgartner scores. Bochum 3-1 Hoffenheim
  12. Adeyemi scores and gives Dortmund the lead once again against Freiburg. It's 2-1 now to Dortmund.
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