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Transfer Rater: Spurs' Janssen to Stoke

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

How can clubs avoid the Premier League relegation battle?

Ian Darke weighs in on Crystal Palace's winless and goalless start to the Premier League season.

After seven rounds of matches, the relegation situation is taking shape in the Premier League. While Crystal Palace's historic awfulness takes the headlines, there are plenty of others looking over their shoulders, including recent champions Leicester and Everton who, after a summer of spending, would have aspired for the top four.

ESPN FC assesses the bottom 10 clubs' credentials in reverse order (20-11).

Crystal Palace - 0 points

What sends them down?

Irredeemable damage may already have been...

Diego who? Alvaro Morata scores stunning hat trick in Chelsea rout

Alvaro Morata managed to net an early goal for Chelsea within 90 seconds as the Blues were able to beat Stoke City comfortably.
Craig Burley takes to the touchscreen to dissect Alvaro Morata's vintage performance in Chelsea's 4-0 win at Stoke.
Craig Burley recaps Saturday's Premier League results, headlined by another commanding Manchester City win.
Despite a convincing 4-0 win over Stoke, Antonio Conte was most pleased that his side never became complacent.
Mark Hughes doesn't mince words when discussing Stoke's horrendous defensive showing in their 4-0 loss to Chelsea.

STOKE, England -- Three thoughts on Stoke 0-4 Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday:

1. Morata banishes memories of Costa

Alvaro Morata took his Chelsea tally to six Premier League goals with a hat trick in the 4-0 win at Stoke and the timing was key for the Spain forward.

With Diego Costa finally securing his move back to Atletico Madrid on Thursday, there are no more unwanted distractions at Chelsea regarding the combustible centre-forward.

But it also means Morata is the undisputed No. 9...

 By Andy Mitten

Once an Old Trafford legend, Hughes' Man United relationship is now frosty

The FC crew evaluate Jose Mourinho's comments and his incident with Mark Hughes after Manchester United's draw at Stoke.
Things got testy between Mark Hughes and Jose Mourinho on the touchline during and after the Man United-Stoke City clash.

Ask people working in football for their opinion of Stoke City manager -- and former Manchester United striker -- Mark Hughes, and you tend to get a positive response.

Those who know him talk of a decent man who is straight to deal with. Few would have selected him from the United dressing room of the late 1980s and early 1990s to be its most successful manager, but he's managed in the top flight for far longer than his teammates.

"Mark Hughes has flourished, although -- because he was such a quiet...

Manchester United finally tested, settle for a draw away to Stoke

Maxim Choupo-Moting bagged a brace to force a 2-2 draw and steal a point against Manchester United.
Things got testy between Mark Hughes and Jose Mourinho on the touchline during and after the Man United-Stoke City clash.
Mark Hughes praises Stoke's staunch defending against a potent Man United, and touches on Jose Mourinho's cold behaviour.
Jose Mourinho says his players fought hard to escape Stoke with a draw, but admits some were not at the right level.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England -- Three quick thoughts as Manchester United are held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

1. United's perfect start comes to an end

Manchester United had to settle for a point against Stoke at the bet365 Stadium, bringing an end to their perfect start to the Premier League season.

Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku had put United in front after Maxim Choupo-Moting's opener only for the Cameroon international to equalise with...

Premier League grades so far: Man United get top marks, Arsenal flop

The guys at Exploding Heads take an alternative look at Arsenal's continued demise following their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.
The FC panel respond to your tweets about the transfer deadline, struggles in Manchester and Arsenal's season outlook.
After Tottenham's draw against Burnley at Wembley, the FC crew debate whether the London ground is behind Spurs' struggles.

After a breathless opening fortnight, the Premier League now goes on hold to make way for another raft of World Cup qualifiers. So how did your team do? Iain Macintosh grades the entire division.


Perfect. An entirely unblemished record. Admittedly, this entirely unblemished record has been secured against some of the weaker teams in the league, but that's hardly their fault. Besides, if we all insist that the beauty of the Premier League is that, "anyone can beat anyone," then...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Gareth Barry and Darren Fletcher: the Premier League elder statesmen

Darren Fletcher (left) and Gareth Barry (right) are two of the Premier League's most battle-tested veterans.

When Darren Fletcher unexpectedly departed West Bromwich Albion this summer for Stoke City, West Brom manager Tony Pulis had an ideal replacement in mind. In Gareth Barry, 36, three years Fletcher's senior, Pulis signed just about the only player who might replicate his dependability and experience in central midfield.  

"There was a big void when we lost Fletch, and Gareth will fill that void," Pulis said after Barry was signed last week. Between them, two of the Premier League's most...