Martin Laurence

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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…

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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 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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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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Sep 20

How Wolves became early favourites to win the Championship

Wolves finished 15th in the Championship last season but, after changing their manager and signing 12 players, they look like genuine title contenders

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

The Championship is notoriously competitive and this season is proving to be no exception. After eight rounds of fixtures, the top six clubs are separated by just two points and none of the three pre-seasons favourites – Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Fulham – are in those play-off places. Villa and Fulham aren’t even in the top half – although they are just seven points behind Leeds, Wolves and Cardiff, who sit at the top of the table with 17 points.

The season isn’t yet two months old but momentum has already swung one way and then another. Cardiff City won their first five games of the season; Ipswich will go top if they win their game in hand on the leaders; and Leeds currently sit in first place. But Wolves are the one side who look like genuine title contenders, which is somewhat remarkable given their summer of upheaval.

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