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Can fixture congestion actually be beneficial?

The generally accepted consensus in football is that fewer fixtures is always of benefit. It’s partly behind the calls for England to introduce a winter break and it’s why many teams choose to play ‘weakened’ sides in cup matches, either to give players a rest or because they don’t really mind going out of the cup as they can focus ... Read More »

The number 9 is reborn

The EFL cup final between Manchester United and Southampton was a neutrals dream, a 3-2 score-line, a late winner, and a fight back from a losing team to boot. But despite the thrills and spills, a cup final brings one thing was resoundingly clear. The traditional number 9 striker has made a stunning comeback. Read More »

Manchester United win EFL Cup – one down, three to go?

Manchester United managed to put away a spirited Southampton side to win the English Football League Cup for the 5th time in their history. The EFL Cup was just one of the four competitions United were competing in. So, is winning the League Cup a sign for things to come for the Red Devils before the end of the season? Read More »

Can Southampton end their 41-year trophy drought?

Sunday afternoon will mark a momentous occasion for the players and supporters of Southampton as they prepare to take on Manchester United in the EFL Cup final. Saints are aiming to win their first major honour since lifting the FA Cup in 1976 and as the showpiece event at Wembley approaches: can Claude Puel’s side triumph? Read More »

Three players that could fire Manchester United to cup glory

Manchester United are gearing up for the EFL Cup final against Southampton on Sunday as Jose Mourinho looks to acquire his first piece of silverware with the club. It is a game that could start United’s push for four different trophies this season. While one of those trophies, the Premier League, seems to be moving further out of their reach, ... Read More »

Claude Puel needs to be reunited with genius Hatem Ben Arfa

Despite Southampton’s incredible run to the EFL Cup Final where they haven’t conceded a single goal, Claude Puel has taken the Saints backwards from previous Premier League successes. His transfer record has been pretty shocking so all Saints fans will hope new record signing Manolo Gabbiadini will bring some much-needed bite in attack. Read More »

Southampton should go for EFL Cup Glory

This season is the perfect opportunity for Southampton to add the missing piece to their superb rise to the upper reaches of the Premier League. The promotions and plaudits are a credit to everyone at the club but they are yet to garnish this success with silverware. The EFL Cup would put to bed the fears that The Saints’ progress ... Read More »

Lallana is the key for club and country

Liverpool travel to St Mary’s tonight to face Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup tie, many of the Liverpool starting 11 will be visiting their old club considering the players that Liverpool have purchased from the Saints in recent seasons, however it is Adam Lallana that has been one of the signings of the last few years. Read More »

Can Leeds United win at Anfield in the Cup?

Cast your mind back the early 1990s. Leeds United and Liverpool are two of the best teams in the whole of England and often competed against Europe’s very best. At that point, nobody would have entertained the thought that Liverpool wouldn’t win a title in 20+ years and Leeds United would be consigned to the second tier. Given anything can ... Read More »

EFL Cup: Eight teams left to fight it out

The draw for the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup took place after the recent conclusion of the fourth round games. Eight clubs are still in with a chance of lifting the trophy at Wembley Stadium; we look at each of the sides that remain in the competition. Read More »

Is the League Cup back from the brink?

To a generation of football fans, the League Cup is a poor relation to the FA Cup, Premier League and European competitions. For many clubs, particularly those chasing titles, promotions or avoiding relegation the League Cup was seen as an unnecessary distraction, another fixture in an already overcrowded fixture list and bottom of most clubs pre-season priorities. Read More »

The EFL Cup Third Round Reactions

The third-round draw has been made for what used to be known as the League Cup, and whilst this competition isn’t the be all and end all of English football it certainly offers plenty excitement with this round of games. Read More »

A Big Cup Round Up

What do the FA, a Capital One credit card and a trusty tin of Johnstone’s paint have in common? They are the stable diet of the midweek football fan this week, as they all have a place in the limelight this week. All the major trophies come together at once. Isn’t it beautiful? Read More »

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