Martin Laurence

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Feb 20

Jack Grealish’s progress is pushing Aston Villa towards promotion

Jack Grealish has been around for a long time – having played under five managers in five years – but he is now growing upBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkAston Villa’s season has been shaped by injuries, for better and for wo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2018/feb/20/jack-grealish-aston-villa-promotion-fulham-preston-championship

Feb 13

Juventus have not conceded a goal in 2018. Over to you, Harry Kane

Tottenham’s away form is concerning and they are about to face a team that has conceded just one goal in 16 matches By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkTottenham have emerged from a tricky run of league matches against Manchester…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2018/feb/13/juventus-tottenham-hotspur-harry-kane-champions-league

Feb 06

Bournemouth: from worrying about relegation to dreaming of Europe

Bournemouth were 18th at Christmas but wins over Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Stoke have left them top of the form tableBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkAfter Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham could only manage draws a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2018/feb/06/bournemouth-premier-league-form-team-2018

Jan 30

The Premier League’s three promoted teams are falling into trouble

After starting so brightly, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton have picked up just one win between them since ChristmasBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe congested winter period often proves decisive in the Premier League,…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2018/jan/30/premier-league-brighton-huddersfield-newcastle-promoted-teams

Jan 24

How Claude Puel calmed Leicester down and carried them up the table

Leicester’s defence was struggling but Puel has helped them put together a run of five games without conceding a goalBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkWhen Leicester City appointed Claude Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare, the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2018/jan/24/claude-puel-leicester-city-defence-premier-league

Jan 16

Don’t judge players and managers too soon in this season of comebacks

David Moyes, Roy Hodgson, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are showing us not to write people off too quicklyBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkFootball can be an unforgiving industry for anyone who suffers failure. Peo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2018/jan/16/season-comeback-premier-league-moyes-hodgson-wilshere-ox

Jan 10

Seven Championship players who should interest Premier League clubs

A few of the Championship’s best players were on show in the FA Cup over the weekend. Here are seven who could step up to the top flight this monthBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkFootball League clubs enjoyed a good…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2018/jan/10/championship-players-transfer-window-premier-league-clubs

Jan 04

How did West Brom go from midtable to a run of 20 games without a win?

Only Derby County’s disastrous 2007-08 team – who won once all season – have gone for longer without tasting victoryBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe significance of the game between Premier League strugglers West…

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Dec 12

Things are looking up for Everton – especially with Yannick Bolasie returning

Everton are unbeaten in their last four games but their form will really improve when Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman return and give them some paceBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network“They had three shots on target,…

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Nov 21

Champions League: previews for the big matches this week

The form guide, fitness news and facts on Sevilla v Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham, Atlético Madrid v Roma and Juventus v BarcelonaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIt won’t be an easy task but Liverpool kno…

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Nov 17

Ready for some club football? Enjoy these four huge derbies on Saturday

The big leagues are returning in style with four big derbies: Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal, Roma v Lazio, Basaksehir v Galatasaray and Atlético v Real MadridBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe first North London derb…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2017/nov/17/football-derbies-england-spain-italy-arsenal-tottenham-madrid

Nov 08

The 10 most improved players in Europe’s big leagues this season

As the big European leagues take a week off for the final international break of the year, it’s a good time to praise the players who have stepped up this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkNot to be confused wit…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2017/nov/08/improved-players-europe-premier-league-liga-serie-a-bundesliga

Nov 04

Will all three of the newly promoted Premier League clubs stay up?

Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle seem safe in midtable but only two lots of promoted sides have stayed up together in 25 seasons of the Premier LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIt’s that time of the season …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2017/nov/04/premier-league-promoted-clubs-brighton-huddersfield-newcastle

Oct 26

The 10 most improved players in the Premier League so far this season

With five of their forwards among the Premier League’s most improved players, it’s no wonder Manchester City are five points clear at the top of the tableBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkHaving understandably taken s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2017/oct/26/premier-league-improved-players-manchester-city-season

Oct 12

The Premier League’s big-money signings who need to start performing

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Michael Keane, Nathan Aké and Andre Gray cost a fortune but haven’t delivered yet. It’s time they stepped upBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIt wasn’t just the £45m fee Ever…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2017/oct/12/premier-league-signings-everton-liverpool-bournemouth-watford

Sep 26

Champions League: previews for the big matches this week

The form guide and team news for Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid, Monaco v Porto, PSG v Bayern and Atlético v Chelsea

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

A regular Champions League fixture nowadays, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid go into Tuesday’s encounter under very different circumstances, despite both winning at the weekend. Dortmund are top of the Bundesliga, having scored 19 goals in six games, but they are still looking for their first point in the Champions League after their defeat to Tottenham at Wembley. Real Madrid are top of the Champions League group following a comfortable win against Apoel but they are sixth in La Liga, seven points behind Barcelona after just six games.

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