Once Premier League was all about football; players now a day are having trouble keeping focus on the pitch after another sex scandal have emerged in England. 

Monday, Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson was arrested and released on bail on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old girl, as well as suspended by the club. Another sex scandal haunts the Premier League.

It's far from the first time a Premier League player is in trouble for playing in the bedroom rather than on the pitch. Through time, we have seen John Terry taking well care of his teammate's wives, Ashley Cole and Olivier Giroud doing anyone else than their (well fit) wives. If we go back to the late 1990's, some will remember (or desperately try to forget) Mark Bosnich and Dwight York being spanked wearing women's clothing. Oh, the Premier League is more than 20 teams and a shit load of money!

And there are much more where that comes from, but do we as fans really need to know what the players are doing outside the pitch? The answer is both yes and no. 

Yes, because as a Premier League star, you are a role model for lots of children and young people around the world following and copying their favorite player. Being a role model means you have to maintain a strong ethic and moral and not put yourself in a spot where your acts can be questioned. That includes adultery and having sex with minors. 

No, because players have a life outside the pitch as well. They should be allowed to live a life outside the media eye, but when you are famous for what you do, you must expect that the press will be keeping a eye on you - constantly. 

The FA has a history of investigating and punishing racial abuse from players. The question is if they should start investigating players when they are involved in cases as harmful as Adam Johnsons. However, in Johnsons case the alleged crime has been committed during his time off, and it can be argued that the FA has nothing to say then. 

One thing is for sure; if the players either need to control their sex life or at least keep it under the media radar. 

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Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion are on fire and moving upwards in the table, with struggling Aston Villa coming up next; can the Baggies keep going?

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Villa Park
03-04-2015 @ 19.45 UK

How are the two sites current form?

Sacking Paul Lambert and hiring Tim Sherwood haven't changed anything for Aston Villa, hopelessly struggling at the bottom of the table. The Lions haven't won a Premier League match in 12 tries and need to change the statistic on Tuesday if they want to stay in the Premier League. 

Tony Pulis can do magic with the smaller Premier League teams; first Stoke and now West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies are unbeaten in four consecutive Premier League matches and are still taking part in the FA Cup after a 4-0 win against West Ham United. 

What are the probable line ups?

Nathan Baker, Aly Cissokho and Philipp Senderos are rated doubtful for the match against West Brom while Chris Herd, Libor Kozak and Kieran Richardson are out with injuries. Victor Anichebe, Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye are doubtful for The Baggies.


Hutton - Vlaar - Clark - Richardson

Gil - Sánchez - Delph

Agbonlahor - Benteke - Sinclair



McManaman - Berahino - Gardner

Fletcher - Yacob

Brunt - Lescott - McAuley - Dawson


Worth keeping an eye on

Aston Villa - Ron Vlaar: The Dutch defender is the key player for the Lions' defend, and he will be crucial against the West Bromwich attack with Ideye and Berahino as the biggest threat.

West Bromwich Albion - Saido Berahino: The English U21 International shines for West Bromwich Albion this season and is currently 7th on the top scorer list in the Premier League. Great Dane Football Blog is not the only one keeping an eye on this talent.

What to expect from this match?

Things have to change for Aston Villa at some point; but not against West Bromwich. Tony Pulis' men are flying sky high at the moment, and it is hard to see the Lions taking them down from the clouds. Villa are playing without confidence while the Baggies are full of it; a safe victory to West Bromwich.

What are the odds?

Aston Villa: 7/4 (Spreadex)

Draw: 11/5 (Betfred)

West Bromwich Albion: 21/10 (Bet365)

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While Hull City got an unexpected point against Manchester City, Aston Villa are struggling to scrape together just one point.

Hull City v Aston Villa
Premier League
KC Stadium
10-02-2014 @ 19.45 UK

How are the two sides form?

Hull City have only won 2 of 11 matches at KC Stadium this season and finds themselves stuck in the relegation zone with one point from safety. The Tigers are struggling to find the back of the net as well and have only hit the target 21 times so far.

The same issues apply to Paul Lambert and his players from Birmingham. Aston Villa are currently 16th in the Premier League only two points above the relegation line and are struggling even more when it comes to goalscoring. The Villa players have only managed to get the ball behind the opponents goalkeeper 12 times this season.

What are the probable line-ups?

Hull City are without James Chester, Mohamed Diamé, Liam Rosenior and Robert Snodgrass for the Aston Villa match. Villas injury list have been shortened the last month with only Libor Kozak and Philippe Senderos left. 


Dawson - Bruce - McShane

Elmohamady - Huddlestone - Livermore - Mayler

Ramirez - Brady


Weimann - Agbonlahor - Gill

Delph - Westwood - Cleverley

Cissokho - Clark - Okore - Hutton


Worth keeping an eye on

Hull City - Ahmed Elmohamady: The Egyptian International have developed to become one of the most important players for Steve Bruces Hull. The midfielder currently plays as a wingback and has impressed the last couple of matches. His clever play and ability to read the game will be crucial against Villas pacy strikers. 

Aston Villa - Gabby Agbonlahor: The pacy striker is back for Aston Villa and will make an impact on a struggling team. In a time where Christian Benteke is playing way under his normal standards alot of pressure is resting on Agbonlahors shoulders. 

What to expect from this match?

Hull managed to get a point against Manchester City while Aston Villa scored their first goal, for a long time, against Chelsea lost 2-1 in the end. Paul Lamberts job is on the line and a loss against Hull could be the end of his reign. Steve Bruce will be hoping to build on his draw against Manchester City and take a win against Aston Villa to bring his side out of the relegation zone. Despite Hull home statistics we can expect them to be the dominating side and take all three points against Aston Villa.

What are the odds?

Hull City: 13/10 (BET365)

Draw: 9/4 (Betfred)

Aston Villa: 14/5 (BetVictor)


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This weekend one of the traditional English football derbies is taking place in North London, when two sides in great form clashes in the North London Derby.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Premier League
White Hart Lane
07-02-2014 @ 12.45 UK

How are the two sides form?

Spurs are current 4th in the Premier League after a great start to the season. The North Londoners have only lost one of their six last matches and are unbeaten at White Hart Lane in the same number of matches. Striker Harry Kane, whom today signed a new contract with Spurs, is the top scorer with ten goals so far this season.

Arsenal are on fire at the moment and are currently 2nd in the Premier League after smashing Aston Villa with a 5-0 victory at Emirates Saturday. The Gunners have lost one of their last six matches, however, the current away form shows two losses and a draw during the last six matches. The summer signing Alexis Sanchez is the teams top scorer with 12 goals so far this season. 

What are the probable line ups?

Nabil Bentaleb is currently the only player doubtful for Spurs match against Arsenal. In the other end of the pitch it looks much worse; Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are all out of the match. At the same time, Sanchez and Danny Welbeck are rated doubtfully.


Walker - Fazio - Vertonghen - Rose

Mason - Stambouli

Eriksen - Kane - Chadli



Ozil - Cazorla - Ramsey - Sanchez


Monreal - Mertesacker - Koscielny - Bellerin


Worth keeping an eye on

Harry Kane - Tottenham Hotspur: The secondary striker keeps impressing in the Premier League and shines in his play with Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli. With the support of the front man, Roberto Soldado, Kane is a dangerous weapon for Spurs.

Francis Coquelin - Arsenal: The defensive midfielder was brought back from loan in Charlton Athletic and has immediately taken the 6'er position in Arsenal. Coquelin has proved that he can take over for Arteta and control the defensive midfield. It will be his job to keep an eye on Chadli, Kane and Eriksen.

What to expect from this match?

The North London Derby is a classic in English football, and goals are guaranteed. The last ten matches between the two sides have had at least one goal, and most Spurs fans want to forget the two matches in 2012 when Arsenal won 5-2 at Emirates. However, this match is played at White Hart Lane, and Spurs are unbeaten at home. That said, The Arsenal offensive is a constant threat to any Premier League defense and they will be a handful for Spurs. At the same time, Eriksen is the form of his life and can be the player who will win this match for Spurs.

What are the odds?

Tottenham Hotspur: 5/2 (StanJames)

Draw: 11/4 (StanJames)

Arsenal: 6/5 (BetFred)

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Sergio Ramos wants it, no British-based player seems to be any near it, and a German goalkeeper almost had it; Ballon d'Or is only for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Since 2010, Ballon d'Or has had Messi and Ronaldo written all over it, and it seems no one can get near the trophy as long as the two players are active. But are Ronaldo and Messi really the best players in the world? The question is raised every year.

This year Manuel Neuer was in the run for the title, but the keeper lacks something the two other players are masters at - scoring goals. It seems that in order to win Ballon d'Or you have to be a goalscorer. The last non-attacking player, which won the price, was Fabio Cannavaro back in 2006, and before Cannavaro, we have to go back to 1996 to find the defensive midfielder Matthias Sammer. Sergio Ramos announced that the title is as a goal for his career, but the trophy is arguably only for attacking players. 

There is no doubt that Ronaldo and Messi are two important players for their respective teams, but are they really as decisive as Manuel Neuer is for Bayern Munich? Real Madrid has an overflow of talented wingers and attackers - with Ronaldo as the best - but still a team of strong individual players who can create and finish matches all by themselves. The same applies for Messi and Barcelona. However, in Neuer Munich has a world class goalkeeper who contributes to the play as a sweeper and creates the game from his part of the pitch. Is is a wonder to me why the best goalkeeper in the world could not win the title. 

It seems that when the captains of the worlds national teams vote for their favorite of the three nominated players, they look at how much the player contributes in the last third part of the pitch and not in the first. It is a shame, isn't it?

As long as Ronaldo and Messi are active, no defensive player will ever get the chance of winning the Ballon d'Or... Sorry for the bad news Sergio!
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For a long time, Tottenham Hotspur was ready for the 4th round of the FA Cup; Burnley wanted it different. The Match of the Week is the second leg of Spurs and Burnley - a winner has to be found!

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley FC
FA Cup 3rd Round, 2. leg
White Hart Lane
14-01-2014 @ 20.00 UK

How are the two sides form?

After a draw in the first leg against Burnley, Tottenham surprisingly lost against Crystal Palace in the weekend. Despite being in most possession during the 90 minutes, a stupid penalty and an easy goal led to the Crystal Palace victory.

While Spurs lost against Palace, Burnley took an important win against the Queens Park Rangers and brought themselves on the safe side of the relegation line. 

What are the probable line ups?

Nabil Bentaleb is away on African Nations Cup duty while Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela are doubtful for the match. Burnley goes into this match without Stephen Ward and Kevin Long while Michael Duff and Jason Shackell are doubtful.


Walker - Fazio - Vertonghen - Rose

Dembele - Stambouli

Townsend - Eriksen - Chadli




Boyd - Marney - Jones - Arfield

Mee - Shackell - Keane - Trippier


Worth keeping an eye on

Tottenham Hotspur - Harry Kane: The 21-year old striker is a true Spurs wonderkid. Not many had expected him to have a season like this, and he can be a decisive player for Tottenham against Burnley.

Burnley - Dean Marney: The former Spurs midfielder is an important part of Burnleys midfield. Marney is a typical box-to-box midfielder and his defensive work will be important against a strong Spurs attack.

What to expect from this match?

Tottenham was the best team on the pitch at Turf Moor but had to settle with a draw. Spurs' attack is deadly at the moment, and they will be a challenge for the Burnley defends; Chadli, Eriksen, and Townsend can win this match alone. However, the first match showed that Burnley is a team that keeps fighting and with the spirit they have shown the past week, they can surprise Spurs and move on to the 4th round.

What are the odds?

Tottenham Hotspur: 1/2 (WilliamHill)

Draw: 19/5 (BETVICTOR)

Burnley FC: 7 (Bet365)
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