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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 »

Arsenal vs. Southampton: counter-attacking and poor positioning

In life, all good things do have to come to an end and for Arsenal fans, the one shining light of a dull season so far has come to an end. Arsenal’s 19-game unbeaten streak is no more, but for a lot of fans the disappointment is not unexpected.  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 »

Why Manchester City fans should be bothered about Guardiola

It’s official, Pep Guardiola is currently experiencing his worst run of results in his entire managerial career. The Spaniard is winless in six successive games – his worst streak since he ventured into coaching in 2007. 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 »

What Should We Do With The Capital One Cup?

Bruce Halling gives his thoughts on the state of the Capital One Cup, and offers a number of possible solutions for a competition which struggles to draw attention. The Capital One Cup Second Round took place this week, with a number of lower league teams hoping to ‘do a Bradford’ and pull off the first of what they hope would ... Read More »

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