Match Report: Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa

This article first featured in Edition #14 of the RMD magazine (March 10, 2020)

Jamie Vardy ended a nine-game goal drought when he netted twice during the Foxes’ comfortable 4-0 victory over Aston Villa, maintaining their steady position inside the Champions League places.

A moment of madness from experienced Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina cost Aston Villa the opening goal of the game, as Harvey Barnes took advantage of Reina’s baffling decision to race from his box.

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Player Spotlight: Ryan Kent

This article first featured in Edition #13 of the RMD magazine (March 9, 2020)

Ryan Kent is an English winger who currently plays for Rangers, having joined the Scottish top flight club in September 2019 having joined from Premier League side Liverpool.

The 23-year-old attacking left midfielder began his youth career in the academy ranks of Liverpool, having joined the Merseyside club’s books at the age of seven. Kent signed a professional contract in March 2015 but despite being highly rated by staff at Liverpool, Kent managed just one appearance in the FA Cup third round in January 2016 during his time at Anfield, instead spending much of his time away from the club on loan.

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Match Report: Manchester Utd 2-0 Manchester City

This article first featured in Edition #13 of the RMD magazine (March 9, 2020)

Manchester has long been home to one of the Premier League’s biggest rivalries, with the blue half of the city having had the lion share of success in the most recent seasons. As such, seeing manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guide his team to their first league double over their rivals in a decade will have represented a rare cause for celebration for the currently disgruntled Manchester United supporters.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson was culpable for both of the goals his side conceded to their rivals, though in vastly different circumstances.

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Match Report: Tottenham 2-3 Wolves

This article first featured in Edition #5 of the RMD magazine (March 2, 2020)

Champions League qualification has become the race keeping everyone at their best now, with the Premier League title all but wrapped up by Liverpool and Manchester City’s financial indiscretions meaning a fifth place qualification spot might well be on the cards.

As such, the match between Tottenham and Wolves promised far greater importance than it might have done just a few months back, as both sides look to finish their respective seasons as strongly as they can. In particular, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side who, having begun their own European adventure so early this campaign, are near bordering on 50 competitive matches played already this season and battling to ensure late season fatigue doesn’t hamper their final few results.

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Match Report: Watford 3-0 Liverpool

This article first featured in Edition #4 of the RMD magazine (March 1, 2020)

Sometimes football makes no sense. With Liverpool unbeaten in 44 league games and frankly dominant this season, their Premier League clash with struggling Watford at Vicarage Road seemed likely to be little more than another routine win for Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

So, naturally the game proved to be anything but what was expected as Watford put on a classic of the highest proportion. Nigel Pearson’s men even successfully managed to pull themselves out of the relegation zone on goal difference following their 3-0 victory.

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Cover Feature: Why the Premier League is now less competitive

This article first featured in Edition #1 of the RMD magazine (February 29, 2020)

The Premier League for many years has been lauded as one of the world’s greatest football leagues, in particular boosted by the existence of several top sides which could all lift the title come the season’s end without too much surprise among football supporters. Compared with other top European leagues, where one or a small handful of sides hold a monopoly on the title, the Premier League was seen as that league where anything is possible and the title was never truly guaranteed.

However, England’s top flight has seen that cause for celebration dwindling in recent seasons as teams progress, develop and the status quo shifts. Now, there is an emerging elite of just two clubs, Liverpool and Manchester City, who seem simply on another level to the rest of the league.

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