Summing up the Premier League in one tidy little flowchart

Wondering where it all went wrong (unless you’re a Man City fan) for your Premier League team? Was it “lots of own goals and red cards” that did your team in? Maybe it was spending “£27.5 on a giraffe in a wig” that was the final nail in the coffin?


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The fine folks at Project Babb have put together a convenient little flowchart to help answer these questions and make sense of one of the craziest EPL seasons of recent memory.


(h/t Project Babb)


West Brom kit sponsor may end deal over Anelka controversy

As the Premier League continues to investigate Nicolas Anelka’s controversial goal celebration on Boxing Day, West Brom may find themselves without a kit sponsor if they continue to play the Frenchman.

Sources have told Marketing Week that property website Zoopla will nix their agreement immediately if Anelka plays for the Baggies against Everton on Monday, or any other game this season.

Anelka landed in hot water for his “quenelle” gesture, which French politicians have associated with anti-Semitism aimed towards Jews. Zoopla is co-owned by a Jewish businessman, and the Marketing Week report said that an “ultimatum” was made earlier this week.

As Sky Sports reports, West Brom have declined comment on the matter.


Edin out? Valencia plot raid for City striker Dzeko


We’ve heard it once or twice before but Edin Dzeko remains a wanted man. Valencia could have between 30-40 million euros to spend should Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim complete his takeover of the Spanish club. Los Che are still struggling to replace Roberto Soldado and view Bosnia & Herzegovina striker Dzeko as the ideal man. We’ve got some interesting rumors on the future of Erik Lamela, plus the latest on the managerial searches at West Brom and Cardiff. Click here for more.  


Sneijder would take pay cut to seal United move


Wesley Sneijder is thought to be making encouraging noises abut what he is prepared to do in order to seal a move to Manchester United. The Galatasaray midfielder would take a $1.64 million pay cut in order to join David Moyes’ men, but the big question is do they want him. There are plenty of other good rumors around today, including the latest managerial situations at Tottenham, West Brom and Cardiff. Click here for more.


Table-topping Gunners looking to strengthen midfield

It may not be an area that most people believe needs strengthening, but Arsenal are apparently winning the race to sign Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler. Chelsea and Manchester United are also hoping to poach the Germany international. However, the Gunners have also been linked with a player closer to home. One of the papers reckons Arsene Wenger is planning a New Year swoop for West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. Click here for the rest of the gossip from the UK media.


Mourinho defends Chelsea’s gift penalty vs. West Brom


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West Brom were robbed of their first win at Stamford Bridge in 35 years on a controversial late penalty call Saturday.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Ramires went down in the box after bumping into Baggies defender Steven Reid. There was contact, but quite clearly no foul. It actually seems like Ramires started to fall before making any contact with Reid. Referee Andre Marriner took a few seconds before pointing to the spot, Eden Hazard stepped up, and coolly slotted home to tie the game, 2-2.

A gift, everyone would agree. Except Jose Mourinho, of course.

"Yes, I think it was a penalty. I watched it from different angles. I’m sure it was a penalty," said Mourinho, who on the late goal remained unbeaten at home as Chelsea manager.

Hate him or love him, you’ve got to admire “The Special One” for his guts, to say outrageous things like this. Even better, Mourinho then began complaining about the officials, suggesting that Chelsea were actually the ones wronged!

Mourinho said Marriner had “a very unhappy game” and that “[West Brom’s] second goal was a big mistake by the ref” He claimed Chelsea should have gotten a free kick before the second goal, and that the Blues should never have been down.

Mourinho trying to spin another story? That’s so unlike him!


Amalfitano heroics could earn permanent Baggies deal

Morgan Amalfitano was one of West Brom’s heroes in Saturday’s stunning 2-1 victory at Manchester United and it looks like his loan spell could be transformed into a permanent deal. The French winger opened the scoring at Old Trafford and his recent performances could earn him a move to The Hawthorns from his parent club Marseille.

We’ve got this and more on the future of United goalkeeper David de Gea. Just click here.


Sir Alex Ferguson’s last chewed gum sold for $640,000


Well come on, who didn’t see this coming?

Someone at The Hawthorns on Sunday supposedly recovered Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever piece of gum chewed as Manchester United manager. Of course, it quickly found its way onto ebay, where the gum sold overnight for nearly $640,000

We’re a little disturbed by how many people fought over this piece of dry, yet saliva-infused, memorabilia, nor can we even be sure of its authenticity. But apparently all proceeds go to charity, so that’s nice.

The listing read as follows:

Used chewing gum: RARE. Recovered from The Hawthorns. Clear perspex/wooden case.

Unofficial merchandise, rumoured to belong to Sir Alex.

After 1,500 games of intense chewing as manager of Man Utd, here lies Fegie’s last piece of chewing gum.

All proceeds go to the MU Foundation charity.



Bale’s stunning strike keeps Tottenham in top four hunt

Gareth Bale’s superb strike earned Tottenham victory over 10-man West Brom at the Hawthorns - and closed the gap to third-placed Chelsea to one point in the Barclays Premier League.

The Wales international struck his 11th league goal of the campaign mid-way through the second half to end a run of three successive draws for Andre Villas-Boas’ team.

Albion played the final 42 minutes with 10 men after defender Goran Popov was sent off for spitting in the direction of Spurs defender Kyle Walker.

To read the full match report click here.