Author: Ian Katan

Matchweek Moments: Have All Three Promoted Teams Ever Avoided Immediate Relegation?

By Ian Katan At the conclusion of this past weekend’s round of games, the relegation zone consisted of Southampton, Everton, and level on points in 18th are Leicester City, Leeds and Nottingham Forest. Bournemouth and Fulham, the other two teams joining Forest in promotion last season, are respectively sitting nine and 14 points clear of […]

Matchweek Moments: Set Pieces, Set Pieces

By Ian Katan With hopes of a European competition still faintly visible in the distance, Liverpool took another step closer as they beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 on Saturday. Both sides showed their technical prowess and dogged determination to reach their respective goals, yet it was dead ball situations that separated the two. All five goals […]

Matchweek Moments: The Eagles Take Flight

By Ian Katan Crystal Palace’s 11-game winless run was more than enough to justify sacking former manager Patrick Viera in mid-March. In need of a new air of consistency to revitalize the Eagles’ end-of-season form, Palace turned to the manager who delivered exactly that during his previous four years at the club: Roy Hodgson. The […]

Matchweek Moments: All Eyes on the PGMOL

By Ian Katan The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) is the organization responsible for providing world-class referees to the English soccer pyramid. The group wants nothing more than to stay in the shadows and let attention from the fans fall on the glorious goals and saves they pay to see, but two massive incidents […]

Matchweek Moments: Potter and Chelsea – Where Did It Go Wrong?

By Ian Katan After only seven months in charge, Chelsea sacked Graham Potter on Sunday and are now on the hunt for their third (yes, third) manager of the season. Already under immense scrutiny when he came into the role, the pressure only increased with every dropped point and additional scattered signing. Where did Potter’s […]

Matchweek Moments: Spirit of the Game

By Ian Katan Wolves fell to Leeds in an action-packed 4-2 thriller at Molineux this weekend. The game was bound to be a hotly contested match between two sides barely staying ahead of the relegation scrap. Six goals and last minute controversy made sure that it lived up to expectations.  Before we get there though, […]

Matchweek Moments: Trossard’s Triple

By Ian Katan Despite dropping valuable points in February, Arsenal are still flying five points clear at the top of the Premier League table. This weekend, a dominant victory over Fulham solidified their return to form and took them one step closer to the title, thanks to new signing Leandro Trossard’s hat trick of assists.  […]

Matchweek Moments: New Manager Bounce

By Ian Katan After sacking Jesse Marsch in early February, Leeds United finally picked up their first win since November by beating Southampton 1-0 this weekend. Marsch’s replacement was Javi Gracia, whose appointment last week was able to inspire his new side to a much needed win and temporarily pull Leeds out of the bottom […]

Matchweek Moments: No Hope for Pope

By Ian Katan Liverpool and Newcastle clashed at St. James Park on Saturday in a game that saw Liverpool re-establish themselves as contenders for a top four finish. For different reasons, the two teams are in unexpected positions in the table, and if one is to enjoy success in May, it will almost certainly mean […]

Matchweek Moments: Warning Signs

By Ian Katan Tottenham Hotspur are a team full of ups and downs. Generally solid contenders in the league, their last finish outside the top seven was back in 2008-09. They nearly tasted Champions League glory in 2019, and consistently performed well in domestic competitions. They are also equally capable of shocking implosions.  Last week, […]