See where your club ranks in the ranking of Premier League sides by their average age.
When building a squad, managers always want a mixture of young and old players. Young players don’t demand as high wages, and are generally faster and fitter.
Older players have more experience, and are often more composed and controlled on the pitch.
It’s interesting to note that the Premier League’s top sides are all on the younger end of the table, with the very obvious anomaly of Manchester City, whose average is raised by the likes of Martin Demichelis and Yaya Touré.
Here are the 20 Premier League sides ranked by the average age of their squad on the first of October, with data taken from here.
20) Manchester City – 28.80 years average age
19) Crystal Palace – 28.39 years average age
18) Stoke City – 28.09 years average age
17) West Bromwich Albion – 27.77 years average age
16) QPR – 27.71 years average age
15) Everton – 27.33 years average age
14) Leicester City – 27.24 years average age
13) Hull City – 27.21 years average age
12) Burnley – 27.12 years average age
11) Chelsea – 27.08 years average age
10) Aston Villa – 26.73 years average age
9) West Ham United – 25.30 years average age
8) Sunderland – 26.36 years average age
7) Tottenham Hotspur – 26.23 years average age
6) Swansea City – 26.13 years average age
5) Arsenal – 26.00 years average age
4) Liverpool – 25.68 years average age
3) Southampton – 25.57 years average age
2) Manchester United – 25.44 years average age
1) Newcastle United – 25.30 years average age
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Thursday’s news and transfer rumour gossip.
Manchester United have reportedly won the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels next summer in a £47million transfer deal – (Metro)
Radamel Falcao wants to stay at Manchester United – even though he is unhappy sitting on the bench – (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are preparing a £26m move for Barcelona winger Pedro next month – (Daily Express)
Brendan Rodgers is confident Raheem Sterling will not follow the talent drain out of Liverpool despite a season which has failed to take off so far – (Sky Sports)
Liverpool and Manchester United have been told to line up summer bids for wantaway Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri – (Daily Mirror)
Roma’s former England defender Ashley Cole, 33, has dismissed reports linking him with a return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace – (Daily Express)
But Palace manager Neil Warnock has confirmed his interest in signing Cole – (Daily Star)
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is trying to sign Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 30 – (Daily Mirror)
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 25, has attracted interest from Italian club Atalanta – (talkSPORT)
Bolton manager and former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is considering a loan move for Rangers winger David Templeton, 25, in the January transfer window – (Daily Record)
Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner’s future at Etihad Stadium is in doubt as he stalls on a new contract – (Daily Telegraph)
Former Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane blamed midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, for stories alleging he had a bust-up with Villa’s players – (Birmingham Mail)
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 23, is close to finalising a new £200,000-a-week deal which would make him the club’s highest-paid player – (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, claims the current team could become the best in the club’s history – (Mirror)
Hull City boss Steve Bruce says defender Ahmed Elmohamady, 27, will be vital to his side’s prospects of avoiding relegation from the Premier League – (Daily Star)
Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 26, has been voted Argentina’s foreign-based player of the year by the country’s sports journalists – (Daily Mail)
Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett, 29, says money will count for nothing when his side face Manchester United in the FA Cup third round – (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward, 25, has verbally agreed a new deal – (Daily Express)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no plans to bolster his squad during the January transfer window – (Daily Mail)
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has warned of “panic and heart attacks” at the club unless owner Ellis Short funs the purchase of “quality players” in January – (Daily Mirror)
Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says “promises were not kept” during his time at White Hart Lane, resulting in the club signing players who “did not fit the profile” he wanted – (London’s Evening Standard)
Sheffield Wednesday striker Jacques Maghoma, 27, wants to sign a new deal with the Championship side – (Sheffield Star)
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says striker Sergio Aguero, 26, is winning his battle to be fit for the Premier League match against Chelsea next month – (Manchester Evening News)
More Liverpool fans voted for ex-Manchester United right-back Gary Neville than former Reds defender Jamie Carragher in a poll to discover their favourite pundit – (Metro)
Arsene Wenger believes Thierry Henry would be the ideal man to identify Arsenal’s stars of the future – (Daily Star)
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On the back of QPR’s 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, the Daily Mail have constructed a table of each Premier League side’s away form this season.
There are some surprising positions and if a few Premier League managers saw this there might be alarm bells ringing.
Here are the results from the team with the best away form to the worst:
Manchester City – 20 points
With six wins, two draws and just one defeat on their travels this season, City have the best away form.
Their great run of recent form, including three away wins on the bounce, have seen them catapult themselves back into the title race to be just three points behind leaders Chelsea.
Chelsea – 15 points
Chelsea’s seemingly unstoppable title charge suffered a minor dent in their first defeat of the season away at Newcastle United.
However, Jose Mourinho will hardly care for City have the greater away form as the Blues have already visited the likes of Everton, Manchester United, City and Liverpool relatively unscathed whilst Manuel Pellegrini’s side still have some difficult away day fixtures.
Tottenham Hotspur – 14 points
Spurs home form, rather than their away, has been the reason the North London side only find themselves seventh in the league, at the moment.
With three of their last four away fixtures seeing Spurs grab a winner after the 89th minutes, if they can sort their home form you wouldn’t put it past them to make a top four charge in the new year.
West Ham United – 12 points
West Ham’s draw at Sunderland on the weekend might have clipped their wings slightly after such scintillating form this season, but three away wins and three draws on the road show how resilient the Hammers have been and what a thorn they might prove to be in a few top four prospective sides.
Arsenal – 11 points
The Gunners have enjoyed some good away performances against some resilient opposition such as West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Everton but have littered this with inexplicably poor ones.
Will have to do better against Premier league’s bottom sides if they want to continue their Champions League qualification streak.
Aston Villa – 11 points
The majority of Villas points have come from away games which raises some interesting questions about their home fortunes although they have faced some table topping opposition at Villa Park.
Southampton – 10 points
The Saints have surprised many with their early season foray to the top of the table but have seen a slump in their last few trips away with two consecutive away defeats.
Everton – 9 points
Everton have managed just two victories on the road this season to West Brom and Burnley, sides you’d really expect the Toffees to beat.
Roberto Martinez will have to show some of the swashbuckling swagger Everton demonstrated last season away from Goodison Park if his side are to have any chances of bettering their fifth placed finished last season.
Manchester United – 9 points
A comically inconsistent start to Louis van Gaal’s reign has changed to a more robust United if not slightly open at the back. That may go some way to explaining just why the Red Devils haven’t lost an away fixture since the November 2.
Stoke City – 9 points
Mark Hughes side have enjoyed just two win on their travels this season and have proved inconsistent it getting a run of form.
Liverpool – 9 points
Liverpool’s season is possibly best demonstrated through their erratic away form. Brendan Rodgers’ side seem to either win or lose, no kind of middle ground or consistency.
Newcastle United – 9 points
Despite Newcastle’s terrible early season form their revival was partly down to their away form which saw them achieve two wins and three draws.
West Bromwich Albion – 8 points
Despite some dissent from the stands Alan Irvine has endured a steady start to his time in the Premier League and gained a formidable scalp with a win at White Hart Lane but has yet to get any points on the road since the beginning of November.
Crystal Palace – 7 points
Just one win for Neil Warnock’s side, a shock 3-2 win at Everton in August, but since then it’s been a continual sequence of draws and defeats. Though the Eagles have been desperately lucky at times not to snatch three points, most noticeably when visiting Spurs.
Hull City – 7 points
Hull might count themselves unlucky this season after some good performances without result but their mediocre away form hasn’t helped them as they currently sit second to bottom of the table.
Sunderland – 7 points
Sunderland are where you’d expect them to be at this stage of the season mid to lower table but certainly provided one of the more fascinating away results from recent seasons with their complete 8-0 collapse at Southampton.
Swansea City – 5 points
Swansea have had to rely on their home form for their 9th place position in the Premier League with some poor away performances putting paid to their great early season form.
Burnley – 5 points
Despite a tough start to the season Burnley got their first away win of the season last month and looked to have turned a corner in terms of results that could see them survive relegation yet.
Leicester City – 3 points
It all started so well for Leicester this season, just remember that 5-3 victory over United, but their only away victory came in September and since then they’ve lost six straight matches on the road.
Queens Park Rangers – 0 points
And with a big fat zero at the bottom of the table it’s Harry Redknapp’s side who have yet to get even a points on the road this season.
In fact QPR have won just two of their last 40 away games, their most recent defeat, a 2-1 loss to Everton, was their eighth straight defeat away from Loftus Road.
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CaughtOffside ranks the twenty most disappointing players this season – one from each Premier League club. Do you agree with our choices:
20) Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley)
The Chelsea loanee has not had the desired impact and needs to start proving why he’s been tipped as a star of the future.
19) Wes Morgan (Leicester City)
The experienced centre-back has struggled to keep pace with the Premier League, emphasised by a recent red card against Liverpool.
18) Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United)
The French forward has yet to score this season, and needs to help take the pressure off Newcastle’s already limited goalscoring options.
17) Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City)
The French striker is beginning to grown into his role at Swansea, but has yet to seriously challenge Wilfried Bony
for a place in the team.
16) Maya Yoshida (Southampton)
Southampton lost three defenders in the summer, and needed the Japanese international to step up to the plate this season. The jury remains out.
15) Steven Pienaar (Everton)
The South African midfielder has not been the same since his unsuccessful spell at Tottenham, and is now only a fringe player.
14) Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Expected to be challenging Joe Hart for the England number one spot, but is struggling to force his way into the Stoke squad, let alone the team.
13)Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
The Manchester United loanee has failed to look like an England international this season, despite being back with his former club.
12) Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers)
The experienced ex-Manchester United defender has struggled to live up to his reputation at QPR this season, and needs to do more.
11) Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion)
The West Brom captain has attracted plenty of criticism from his club’s fans, with his teammates even forced to speak out in his defence.
10) Ravel Morrison (West Ham United)
The former Manchester Untied youth team prospect was expected to become a first team regular at Upton Park, but has instead been farmed out on loan.
9) Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)
Sunderland’s desperate lack of goals has not been helped by the continuing goal drought of their American target man, who has really struggled.
8) Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa)
The Frenchman once looked like one of the most exciting midfielders in the Premier League, now he rarely manages to make any sort of impact.
7) Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur)
A number of Tottenham players could be included here, but the Brazilian gets the nod after an incredibly indifferent start to the season.
6) Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
He may have ended up an outcast at Newcastle, but there was a time when he was their key player. Now on loan at Hull, and he still hasn’t recovered his best form.
5) Mohamed Salah (Chelsea)
The Egyptian winger came to Chelsea in January with a big reputation, but he has rarely forced his way into the first-team picture and looks likely to leave.
4) Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City)
City’s big money signing this summer. He has struggled to impress, and has arguably only been playing due to Vincent Kompany’s injury issues.
3) Radamel Falcao (Manchester United)
The Colombian striker has been a massive flop at Old Trafford thus far, with just one goal. His playing time has also been limited by injury problems.
2) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
The German midfielder needed to build on an indifferent last season, and has done anything but, with his poor form ending in an injury.
1) Mario Balotelli (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s answer to replacing Luis Suarez. The £16m Italian was a controversial chance, and the gamble has failed to pay off thus far.
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Tuesday’s news and transfer rumour gossip.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is preparing a bid for Fiorentina’s Colombia World Cup wide man Juan Cuadrado, 26, who is unhappy in Italy – (Daily Star)
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, has returned to Tottenham after compassionate leave but is expected to be farmed out on loan in the January transfer window – (Daily Mirror)
Atletico Madrid want to re-sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 30, on loan at AC Milan, but only if he comes for free – (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid may have to pay another 3m euros if they want to sign Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva, with his club Cruzeiro demanding 15m euros for the 21-year-old – (Marca)
Arsenal are considering a double swoop for Roma striker Mattia Destro, 23, and Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, 27, in the January transfer window but need to sell first – (Metro)
Manchester United and Chelsea midfield target Kevin Strootman, 24, will not be sold by Italian club Roma in January – (Daily Express)
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is lining up Norwich keeper John Ruddy, 28, as a replacement for dropped Belgian custodian Simon Mignolet, 26 – (Daily Star)
Midfielder Alex Song has suggested he would like to make his loan deal at Upton Park into a permanent move from Barcelona – (Daily Mirror)
Italian World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso, 36, wants to return to Glasgow to manage Rangers when Ally McCoist leaves the club -(Daily Mail)
Injury-hit Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has become the latest Premier league manager to call for a winter break – (Manchester Evening News)
Tottenham’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 22, reckons the club’s tough new fitness regime under manager Mauricio Pochettino is responsible for their run of dramatic late victories over Hull, Aston Villa and Swansea – (Guardian)
QPR face an anxious wait as they prepare for the possibility of a legal battle with the Football League over any breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations during their time in the Championship last season – (Times – subscription required)
Ajax manager Frank de Boer has revealed he would be happy to take over from under-fire Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool – (Daily Express)
Craig Gardner, West Brom’s match-winner against Aston Villa, says under-fire manager Alan Irvine will lead the Baggies up the Premier League table – (Birmingham Mail)
Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince has urged Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers to get rid of mis-firing striker Mario Balotelli, 24 – (talkSPORT)
Brazil striker Neymar has revealed why he turned down Manchester City’s repeated transfer bids before joining Spanish giants Barcelona – he did not fancy playing in the English mud – (Daily Telegraph)
Thierry Henry offered an intriguing insight into why he opted against making a second fairy tale comeback to Arsenal – (Metro)
Wayne Rooney has hailed David De Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world following his heroics in Manchester United’s win over Liverpool – (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool are weighing up a January move for Alexandre Lacazette – (Daily Star)
However, Andre Ayew has dealt Liverpool and Arsenal a blow after agreeing a contract extension with Marseille – (Daily Express)
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will not be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu to join Manchester United – (Sky Sports)
Bayern Munich will join the race to sign Liverpool’s hottest property Raheem Sterling – (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Palermo’s £31 million-rated striker Paulo Dybala have reportedly been dealt a blow after Borussia Dortmund entered the race for the 21-year-old – (Metro)
Southampton defender Matt Targett says Ronald Koeman can help him emulate England teenage sensation Luke Shaw – (Daily Star)
Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle has admitted he helped Arsene Wenger get the Arsenal manager job and spark a trophy-laden era for the Gunners – (Daily Express)
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There is one thing that can make a player particularly sought after in the January transfer window – the fact that a player is still eligible to player in European competition in a season, having not yet played in either the Europa League or Champions League group stages.
This is our XI players who could be particularly in demand this January due to their lack of participation in continental competition:
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RB) Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
CB) Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
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RM) Andre Ayew (Marseille)
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LM) Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
SC) Paco Alcacer (Valencia)
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10. Sadio Mané – Southampton
His form has dropped off slightly in recent weeks, but Southampton will undoubtedly miss their Senegalese winger.
9. Cheick Tioté – Newcastle United
Has been unsettled at Newcastle in recent times, but is still a key part of Alan Pardew’s side and will be missed, especially with Mehdi Abeid also missing.
8. Jeffrey Schlupp – Leicester City
Leicester are struggling at the moment, and losing one of their most dangerous players for a month won’t help.
7. Papiss Cissé – Newcastle United
Cissé has forced his way back into the Newcastle side recently, not least with his two goals against Chelsea last week.
6. Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City
Another Leicester wide-man who will be leaving them for a spell, to play with a talented Algeria side in Equatorial Guinea.
5. Kolo Touré – Liverpool
The Dejan Lovren disaster has made Touré indispensable for Liverpool, but the Ivory coast star won’t want to miss his last nations cup.
4. Yaya Touré – Manchester City
Manchester City are missing Sergio Aguero for some time, and l0sing Yaya too could derail their title challenge.
3. Diafra Sakho – West Ham United
Sakho is in hot form, and Sam Allardyce will be relived to have Andy Carroll back fit before his Senegalese striker departs.
2. Alex Song – West Ham United
The other key factor in the West Ham resurgence has been Cameroon’s Song, who will be gone for at least a month.
1. Wilfried Bony – Swansea City
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Burnley 1-3 Southampton
This one is 19th vs fifth. Southampton have lost their last three games. However, they were against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. The Saints will be fired up after those defeats and they should outclass what is a vastly inferior team.
Chelsea 4-0 Hull City
Hull are currently on an eight-match winless run. That slump will surely continue at Stamford Bridge, especially as Chelsea have a point to prove after losing to Newcastle United last weekend. Jose Mourinho’s side will be angry. Tigers, beware!
Crystal Palace 1-2 Stoke City
Stoke will be feeling super confident after beating Arsenal. The Potters should have enough to scrap past Palace, who have only scored one goal in their last three games.
Leicester City 0-3 Manchester City
Man City were brilliant in Rome on Wednesday. If they play half as well as that at Leicester, they should extend their winning run to seven games.
Sunderland 1-1 West Ham United
The Black Cats have drawn four of their last five games, while two of the last four meetings between these sides have also ended up all square.
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Aston Villa
The Baggies are without a win in their last five, while Villa are unbeaten in five.
Arsenal 1-1 Newcastle United
Newcastle proved by beating Chelsea last weekend that they can mix it with the big boys. Arsenal, who lost at Stoke in their previous league game, have mega injury problems. They may struggle in midfield, with Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey all out injured.
Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool
Liverpool claimed a 3-0 victory in this game last season, but their form has dipped horribly since then. A much-improved United side, who have won five matches on the spin, should get revenge on Sunday.
Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs have only lost two Premier League games on the road this season – against Manchester City and Chelsea. Swansea will begin the game as slight favourites, but Mauricio Pochettino’s counter-attacking Tottenham have what it takes to cause an upset.
Everton 3-1 Queens Park Rangers
Everton will be very fresh, having played their second string in the Europa League. QPR have lost all seven of their away league games this season.
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Thursday’s news and transfer rumour gossip.
Inter Milan central defender Nemanja Vidic, 33, is on the verge of making a shock return to Manchester United – (Daily Star)
Roma’s Champions League exit could also clear the way for United to snap up long-term target Kevin Strootman, the 24-year-old Netherlands midfielder – (Independent)
Sunderland and Leicester are interested in signing Hull City defender Curtis Davies, 29 – (Daily Mail)
Chelsea winger Thorgan Hazard, 21 is open to a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge after impressing during his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach – (Evening Standard)
Manchester United are set to compete with Real Madrid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer, 23 – (talkSPORT)
Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam, 29, is open to the possibility of a move abroad and could join up with David Moyes at Real Sociedad – (Stoke Sentinel)
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has made a cheeky offer to take Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, 28, on loan – (Sunderland Echo)
Chelsea are monitoring the progress of AFC Wimbledon’s prolific 17-year-old striker Daniel Agyei – (Daily Mirror)
Forward Raheem Sterling, 20, is set to turn down a new Liverpool deal worth £70,000 a week – (Daily Telegraph)
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the club do not know when Emmanuel Adebayor will return after the 30-year-old striker was granted leave to fly to Togo on a personal matter – (London Evening Standard)
Liverpool have reportedly opened talks with a number of other managers as they plan for life after under-fire Brendan Rodgers – (Metro)
Kyle Walker is relishing his battle with Nathaniel Clyne for the right to be called England’s first-choice right-back – (Daily Mail)
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, 25, is set to be sidelined for two weeks with a groin injury – (Guardian)
Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons, 19, returned to training on Tuesday after a month out with a hamstring injury – (Daily Star)
Newcastle’s Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez, 31, was moved to tears by the fans’ support during his battle with testicular cancer – (Daily Mirror)
Goalkeeper Joe Hart, 27, says Manchester City showed great character to defeat Roma and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League – (Manchester Evening News)
Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh, 18, wants more Premier League action after making his debut in Sunday’s defeat by Manchester United – (Southern Daily Echo)
Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic, 46, is eyeing a move to a Premier League club – (Daily Express)
Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward, 25, is close to agreeing new contract terms with the Premier League club – (Croydon Advertiser)
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 23, says the Arsenal squad back manager Arsene Wenger even if the club’s supporters do not – (Daily Telegraph)
Fernando Torres is apparently set for a shock return to Chelsea in January with AC Milan ready to cut-short his loan spell at the club – (Metro)
Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla has been forced to flee his home town in Colombia after masked men entered his home seeking extortion money – (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea tighten grip on Talisca ahead of £35m January move – (Daily Star)
Zenit looking to sell Hulk, Witsel, Garay AND Garcia after Champions League elimination – (Daily Express)
Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle believes the club needs “a special player” if they are to take the next step and challenge for a spot in the Champions League this season – (Sky Sports)
Everton’s season looks a lot worse when compared to last year’s results…
It’s easy to look at the table and assume a team is doing well, but in reality some teams have had much harder fixtures than others. It’s only by look at how teams are performing compared to how they did in the same fixtures last year that we can really establish whether a side has got better or worse.
Here are the Premier League teams ranked by that metric:
(data provided by InfoStrada)
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16. Everton – Eleven points less than from the equivalent fixtures last year
14=. West Brom – Nine points less than from the equivalent fixtures last year
14=. Liverpool – Nine points less than from the equivalent fixtures last year
12=. Arsenal – Seven points less than from the equivalent fixtures last year
12=. Crystal Palace – Seven points less than from the equivalent fixtures last year
11. Manchester United – Five points less than from the equivalent fixtures last year
9=. Tottenham Hotspur – One point less than from the equivalent fixtures last year
9=. Hull City – One point less than from the equivalent fixtures last year
8. Newcastle United – One point more than from the equivalent fixtures last year
7. Southampton – Three points more than from the equivalent fixtures last year
5=. Manchester City – Four points more than from the equivalent fixtures last year
5=. Sunderland – Four points more than from the equivalent fixtures last year
4. Swansea City – Five points more than from the equivalent fixtures last year
2=. Aston Villa – Six points more than from the equivalent fixtures last year
2=. Chelsea – Six points more than from the equivalent fixtures last year
1. West Ham United – Fourteen points more than from the equivalent fixtures last year
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As the Daily Mirror explains, the Saints refused to sell to Spurs for £10m in the summer, and placed a new deal worth around £50,000 a week on the table, but the player remains reluctant to sign despite his side’s excellent start to the season.
The source adds that Southampton are increasingly concerned that Schneiderlin is unwilling to commit to a new contract – and that he will leave the club for Tottenham or their North London rivals Arsenal, who can offer Champions League football.
Schneiderlin is currently injured but had been in fine form for the Saints, despite a summer bust-up when he was refused a transfer. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to make another bid for his former Saints player in January, but faces competition from the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger is keen to sign a midfield anchorman next month, and believes the 25-year-old St. Mary’s star perfectly fits the bill. The player would also be available to play in Europe, having not done so yet this season.
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Twitter’s own Premier League table, with teams ranked by their number of mentions…
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Below is the full Premier League table according to Twitter – with those at the bottom of the table and in the relegation zone being mentioned the least in the 2014 calender year, and vice-versa. Flick through the pages below to see the full results:
20) Burnley – Sean Dyche’s side came through somewhat under the radar as they earned promotion to the Premier League.
19) Hull City – Even a run to the FA Cup final wasn’t enough to keep the Tigers out of the relegation zone.
18) Swansea City – Swansea have continued to impress this year under Gary Monk, but not many people are talking about it.
17) Stoke City – Mark Hughes has solidified Stoke as a solid mid-table team, and clearly less people are annoyed about their tough tackling style.
16) West Bromwich Albion – The Baggies were forced to scrap for Premier League survival last season, and another managerial change has sparked some interest.
15) Crystal Palace – Caused a stir by allowing Tony Pulis to leave as manager shortly before the start of the new season.
14) Queens Park Rangers – Came up via the play-offs, and were busy again in the summer transfer window.
13) West Ham United – After the speculation around their manager’s future, they have made a fantastic start to the new season.
12) Sunderland – Thrashed 8-0 by Southampton to make plenty of headlines, while also held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw.
11) Leicester City – Won promotion from the Championship and stunned Manchester United in a crazy match earlier this year.
10) Aston Villa – Roy Keane’s arrival and swift departure drew plenty of attention, as have their varied results.
9) Southampton – Kept selling players in the summer transfer window, before defying logic with a superb start to the new season.
8) Everton – Made a couple of major purchases in the summer window, while their best players are inevitably linked with moves elsewhere.
7) Tottenham Hotspur – Another managerial change in the summer followed a roller coaster year for Spurs, which often saw them on the end of heavy defeats.
6) Newcastle United – The ‘Sack Pardew’ campaign was unable to get their way, and the Magpies have responded with an astonishing revival in recent weeks.
5) Manchester City – The Premier League champions won the title on the final day once again, although admittedly not in as dramatic style as they did in 2012.
4) Chelsea – Jose Mourinho’s first season back in charge delivered mixed results, but there has been no doubting the Blues credentials this time around.
3) Liverpool – The Reds came so close to breaking their Premier League title duck last season, and their horrific downturn this season has only got more people talking.
2) Arsenal – How much of this is down to Piers Morgan alone? Arsenal finally broke their trophy drought with victory in last season’s FA Cup, but that has not eased the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.
1) Manchester United – Louis van Gaal’s arrival, along with a £150m spend in the summer transfer window, has completed a topsy-turvy year that also saw David Moyes sacked and Ryan Giggs retire.
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