Round 05: Press Cuttings

Press cuttings, that might (or might not!) help you predict the next round of matches… which aren’t until a week Saturday as this weekend see’s the fifth round of the FA Cup being played.

Manchester United

Manchester United are unbeaten in 16 matches now – currently the longest run of any top flight European team. – Sky Sports News

“Persistence is a recurring theme and no one in the league has had more than his 103 shots this season, but in between prolific runs, it is notable Ibrahimovic has days of profligacy.” – Guardian Sport


“….[Liverpool are] keeping up their unbeaten record against other top-six Premier League teams in the process and winning their first league game of 2017 in some style.” – Guardian Sport after beating Tottenham at the weekend

“Liverpool now have a fortnight before their next game and will travel to La Manga on Wednesday for a five-day training camp.” – Guardian Sport

Leicester City

“…he (Claudio Ranieri) was ready to make sweeping changes on the back of a fifth successive league defeat that leaves them one point and one place above the relegation zone…” – Guardian Sport after Leicester were beaten 2-0 by a resurgent Swansea

“We have two problems. Conceding goals, and not scoring.” – Claudio Ranieri of his Leicester City team after becoming the first champions to lose five successive league matches since 1956 and having passed the 10-hour mark without scoring a goal in the league!

Swansea City

“Swansea… are travelling at pace in the opposite direction [up] and it has been extraordinary to witness the way their fortunes have changed since Clement took over as manager. They had 12 points from 19 games and were anchored to the foot of the table when he was appointed. Six matches later and Swansea have doubled their points tally, climbing above Leicester and up to 15th place in the process.” – Guardian Sport


“Only three teams in the Premier League [Chelsea, Tottenham & Arsenal] have superior home records to Burnley this season…” – Guardian Sport


“… [Chelsea] have only Manchester City of the title pretenders left to play this season.” – Guardian Sport

West Brom

“For the third game in succession, West Brom took a sixth-minute lead.” – Guardian Sport after West Brom earn a late 2-2 draw away at West Ham

Manchester City

“Pep Guardiola’s team (Man City) prevailed against a Bournemouth side yet to win this calendar year…” – Guardian Sport

“Man City have won three in-a-row and seven in ten since mid-December.” – Sky Sports after beating Bournemouth 2-0 away.

Hull City

“After facing top-six sides in each of the past four games, Hull now take on Burnley, Leicester and Swansea in their next three.” – Guardian Sport


“Boro have not won a league match since 17 December…” – Guardian Sport of Middlesbrough’s poor recent results despite Saturday’s 0-0 draw with in-form Everton.

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