All posts tagged with: Alfie Mawson

Premier League Season Preview 2018-19

Manchester City dominated the Premier League last season; their route to a third title in seven years being a mere procession. Elsewhere, Liverpool thrilled the neutrals, Arsene Wenger bowed out at Arsenal, Huddersfield and Brighton survived their first campaigns at this level in the modern era while Burnley attained European football. What’s in store for… Read more →

Fulham Season Preview: trust in Slav

With the 2018-19 Premier League season coming up, The Football Lab spoke to Fulham fan Michael Gregg (@1966MJG). You won the Championship Play-Off Final last season, but the surge to promotion hadn’t looked likely when you were 17th in November. Were the club and Slavisa Jokanovic rewarded for staying true to their principles? Absolutely. There… Read more →

Swansea v Newcastle: repeating the trick

Both teams got their first goals and victories of the season before the international break: Newcastle beat West Ham 3-0 to relieve some pressure while Swansea won 2-0 at Crystal Palace. Head coach Paul Clement will be pleased with the confidence his side showed at Selhurst Park, especially in the final third, Jordan Ayew’s mobility… Read more →

Swansea City Season Preview: Gylfi to leave?

Swansea City’s last two seasons have seen them finish 12th and 15th, but that only tells half the story. On both occasions the Welsh club were second-bottom at Christmas, requiring a change of manager to climb out of the mire. Supporter Steven Carroll from the SOS Fanzine discusses whether the club has become the top flight’s perennial escapologists. Not sure about that. Last… Read more →

Man City 2-1 Swansea: Five Things We Learnt

Gabriel Jesus’ stoppage-time winner helped Manchester City to a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Swansea – but what have we learnt from the game? Playing out from the back worked for City Manchester City’s approach of starting attacks from their centre-backs has been criticized, but in the first half, John Stones and Aleksandr Kolarov showed class… Read more →

Bony and Allen haunt old employers

Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony had once been important players at Swansea City and the club had previously targeted a return for both. It was somewhat gut-wrenching therefore, for fans to see the two players combine against them twice for Stoke City in a 3-1 defeat on Halloween. Bony’s Allen-assisted brace sandwiched Wayne Routledge’s swift equalizer and… Read more →

Barnsley Season Preview: Wembley wins

After a fairy-tale 2015/16 campaign, Hecky’s young guns take on the Championship. Having been in title-winning form since November, they certainly have momentum behind them, but also question marks in front of them. Is there enough experience? Can they replace key loanees? And should they keep playing open football in the Championship, which MK Dons arguably did to… Read more →