Weekend Predictions: 16th August

Here are my thoughts ahead of this week’s round of matches in the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two. To see all my match predictions, go to the table at the bottom. Premier League Saturday lunchtime marks what, at least Manchester United fans hope, will be the start of a new era at… Read more →

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West Ham Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed  fan @Brad_Pinard ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses the importance of centre-back Winston Reid, why Kevin Nolan needs to be dropped, and whether Sam Allardyce is the right man for the job. A lot of fans dislike Sam Allardyce for imposing a defensive, long ball style of play, following… Read more →

West Brom Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed fan @Leboeuf_WBA ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses the signing of centre-back Joleon Lescott, the additions at right-back, and the controversial appointment of Alan Irvine as manager. After a week of being on the verge of appointing Tim Sherwood, was it a slight let down that the unproven Alan… Read more →

Tottenham Hotspur Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Tottenham Hotspur fan @LittleAlexK ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses the appointment of Pochettino, the signing of left-back Ben Davies, and argues that Hugo Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed as manager. At the current rate, can you really see… Read more →

Swansea City Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed editor of fanzine Swansea Oh Swansea @StevenSOS1987 ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses the appointment of Garry Monk, the signing of Lukas Fabianski, and the importance of keeping captain Ashley Williams at the club this summer. Many pundits were tipped Swansea for a top half finish last season, yet it became a relegation battle… Read more →

Stoke City Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Stoke City fan @STOkEyle ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses the signing of Mame Biram Diouf, the numerous options in midfield, and the club’s progress under Mark Hughes. Mark Hughes has converted Stoke from a side that knows little but tackle and hoof, to one that can play some… Read more →

Sunderland Season Preview

The Football Lab spoke to Sunderland fan @JakeStappard ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses last season’s performances from keeper Vito Mannone, the departure of Jack Colback to rivals Newcastle, and why Connor Wickham will be Sunderland’s main striker this season. At one point, Gus Poyet said Sunderland needed a miracle to stay up,… Read more →

Southampton Season Preview

The Football Lab spoke to Southampton fan Jay ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses the appointment of Ronald Koeman, the signing of Graziano Pelle, and the departure of key players this summer.  Last season’s stars, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw seek Champions League football elsewhere. Some believe these departures may stifle… Read more →

QPR Season Preview

The Football Lab spoke to QPR fan @bexhoops ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses the importance of keeping striker Charlie Austin fit, the need for more creativity in midfield, and he argues that with referees, Joey Barton’s reputation counts against him. Having had by far the biggest wage budget in the Championship last… Read more →