How Manchester City’s dominance has changed the dynamic of the season

With Manchester City running away with the league, the dynamic of the season for the Premier League’s biggest clubs has changed. Rather than focussing their efforts on the hectic upcoming festive schedule, should teams condition themselves to peak in February, ahead of crucial Champions League fixtures? By Jamie Braidwood

Can they do it on a cold Tuesday night? The misconceptions behind Stoke’s home form

It’s one of the most tired and overused cliches in British football, writes Jamie Braidwood. The concept is designed to separate the strong from the weak. The title challengers from the bottlers. The hardened pros from the overhyped wannabees. Even Lionel Messi is not immune. Sure, he’s won eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues[…]

Fear, anxiety and not a lot of wins: Life inside the Premier League’s mid-table

Life for a lot of Premier League teams isn’t a lot of fun at the moment. While the Big Six bask in their own superiority, the rest of the league, apart from a couple of exceptions, are fighting for scraps. Wins are scarce, the threat of the drop is real and the sack is only ever five games away. By Jamie Braidwood

After years of underachievement, English teams are getting it right in Europe

Tottenham’s 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid is another sign that English clubs are doing much better in the Champions League. It’s been a struggle over the past few years but now, under new and better managers, Premier League teams are starting to deliver in Europe again. By Jamie Braidwood

Big, brash, but ultimately unsatisfying, the story of a record breaking transfer window

This was a deadline day which promised much but delivered little. Despite a few late transfers the focus from Thursday will be about what didn’t happen, rather than what did. Either way, this has been a record breaking window but is that necessarily a good thing? By Jamie Braidwood

The FRU’s Premier League Player of the Season Picks

As the Premier League season comes to a close, Chelsea lead the race for the title with Spurs hot on their trail. The challenge for top four continues too with the likes of Liverpool, the Manchester clubs and Arsenal all fighting for a Champions League spot. At the other end of the table, Hull City[…]

What has gone wrong with Leicester FC?

The Football Roundup’s Luke Barry assesses Leicester’s future after a so-far dreadful season for the Champions.    Cast your mind back 12 months and Leicester City were showing us all their previous league form was no fluke. By defeating the likes of Manchester City, they underlined their title credentials and duly went on to win[…]