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Cup Proposal: The UK Cup

We previously discussed how English cup football needs a reboot. Well, why not shake it up and honour the cultures of the home nations with a competitive cup football competition. Teams from England, Scotland, Wales and even Ireland/Northern Ireland could compete for an illustrious prize. Read More »

Sheffield United get another chance to get one over on their bogey team

Sheffield United Football Club was one of the highlights of last year’s football league season. They amassed 100 points, which saw them win the League One title and gain automatic promotion to the Championship. Yet, one team dared to defy them – Walsall, as the Saddlers beat the Blades three times last year. Now a division apart, the teams meet ... Read More »

Make English cup football relevant again

 These days, with the mass amount of football available to English top flight sides, with the financial and tropical lures of European adventures and the mass media attention on the Premier League, Cup Football and the supposed: “magic of the cup” has subsided, but how can we bring it back? Read More »

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 »

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