Premier League Team Of The Season: Manchester Clubs Dominate, A Super Eagles Player and Others

The Premier League season 2021/22 is over but the fallouts continue to linger. The title has been won and lost, places have been retained and lost. Through 38 weeks of football action, some players distinguished themselves. At Goaldball, we have made our Team Of The Season, including the bench.

Goalkeeper – Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)

The Argentine divided Arsenal fans with his brilliant performances for Aston Villa. A large section of Arsenal fans thought he should not have been let go due to his brilliant performances. He was at the heart of a strong Villa defence that stayed clear of the relegation zone.

He kept 15 clean sheets, behind only Ederson Moraes and Edouard Mendy.

Rightback – Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

Though the Portuguese was deployed at leftback occasionally by Pep Guardiola, he makes our team at right-back.

He finally proved why Guardiola went all out to get him two seasons back with some brilliant attacking plays on the flanks.

Leftback – Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

The Englishman enjoyed a season of revival. He ran the entire left-hand side of Manchester United with apparent ease. He reduced new signing Alex Telles, who was supposed to be his replacement, to a peripheral role.

Centerback – Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

Arguably the signing of the season. The defender has already gotten some recognition for his impressive first season in the Premier League.

He has won the Football Writers Association Player of the Season. Ever present and reliable, his solid defensive work was the bedrock of City’s success.

Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo played huge parts in City’s success

Center-back – Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

Maguire was ever solid and ever present for the Red Devils till he got injured at the tail end of the season. Manchester United impressive away record was down to some defensive solidity.

Maguire finally showed glimpses of why Manchester United got him for record fee.

Central Midfielder – Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester)

Mr consistency – Wilfred Ndidi was ever present as Leicester pushed for a Champions League spot again.

He ranks high on the list of most tackles and interceptions.

Central Midfielder – Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)

The German had his best goalscoring season yet at Manchester City. He scored 13 goals to help City’s cause.

In addition to the goals, he was most times City’s brain box in the middle and his performances made Kelvin De Bruyne absences manageable.

Attacking Midfielder – Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

The Portuguese ranks high on both the goals and assists chats. He has had a positive influence since joining the Red Devils in January.

With 18 goals and 12 assists to his name, he is a contender for the Premier League Player of the Season.

Right Wing-Forward – Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)

Despite Liverpool’s struggles, Mohammed Salah was still able to rake in the goals. He scored 22 goals and only lost the Golden Boot to Harry Kane on the last day.

Right Wing-forward – Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Playing slightly as a wing forward and as an attacking midfielder, the young Englishman was a menace to opposing defences.

He stepped into David Silva’s shoes impressively and was at the heart of City’s attacking forays.

Center-forward – Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Harry Kane won his third Golden Boot award, reiterating his quality and importance to this Spurs side.

He added another dimension to his game this season by also creating goals for others. He topped the assist chat in the Premier League with 14 assists.

Following reports that he is set to move on from Spurs, he is the hottest property in the transfer market.

Manager – Pep Guardiola ( Manchester City)

Guardiola has not done anything new. He has probably done the expected by reclaiming the title but the manner of achieving it deserves recognition.

At a point in November/December, the Citizens were in midtable and it appeared Guardiola had reached his limits but an impressive turnaround led to his third Premier League title.

Substitutes: Ederson Moraes (Manchester City), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Tyrone Ming’s (Aston Villa), Tomas Soucek (West Ham), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Son Heung Min (Tottenham)

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A Nigerian Forward, Hattrick Heroes, A Former Man. United Player And Others In Our Team Of The Week

It was a weekend where it was difficult to select from a number of forwards that had stellar performances. It was also a week were some teams upset the odds in impressive fashions in their bids to beat the drop. From the best of the best from the top five leagues, here is our selected XI and the substitutes.

Goalkeeper – Martin Dubravka (Newcastle)

The goalie kept Newcastle in the game with eight saves. The bedrock of the Geordies eventually leaving Anfield with a point.

Rightback – Benno Shmitz (Cologne)

Cologne gave their survival bid a boost with a 3-2 win at Augsburg. Shmitz was instrumental to the win, with an assist for one of the goals.

Leftback – Matto Darmian (Inter Milan)

The former Manchester United fullback scored the only goal in Inter’s win against Hellas Verona. The win takes Inter closer to their first Serie A title since 2010.

Centreback – Gerzino Nyamsi (Rennes)

The Frenchman scored one of the goals in Rennes commanding 5-1 win against Dijon.

Center-back – Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)

Another Frenchman partners Nyamsi in defence. Laporte scored the only goal as Pep Guardiola’s men won their fourth consecutive League Cup. Sturdy in defence, he was able to head in the only goal at the other end.

Center-midfield – Kavin Phillips (Leeds United)

The English midfielder was massive in midfield, sniffing out the danger posed by Bruno Fernandes as Leeds held Manchester United to a goalless match at Old Trafford. Manchester United had to go recover Fernandes from his pocket after the match.

Center-midfield – Ashley Westwood (Burnley)

Westwood pulled the strings in midfield and also contributed a goal as Burnley annihilated Wolves like they were chickens at the Molineaux. Westwood combined with Wood to do the damage. Luckily for Wolves, Burnley don’t have Eastwood, Southwood and Northwood.

Attacking-midfield – Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta)

Atalanta put five past Bologna at the weekend. Malinovskyi was at the heart of the brilliant attacking play. The Ukrainian had a goal and an assist.

Forward – Terem Moffi (Lorient)

Moffi continues to show Gernot Rohr he deserves a place in the Super Eagles with a hattrick in Lorient’s 4-1 win against Bordeaux. He has now scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season.

Forward – Chris Wood (Burnley)

Wood smashed Wolves into smithereens, they thought they were hit by an iron. The New Zealand forward scored a hattrick in Burnley’s 4-0 win away at Wolves.

Forward – Joel Pohjanpola (Union Berlin)

Pohjanpalo scored a hattrick as Union Berlin smashed Werder Bremen 3-1 at the weekend. The Finnish forward, on loan from Bayer Leverkusen scored all his goals in the second half.

Manager – Bo Svensson (Mainz)

A performance that restricted Bayern Munich with Robert Lewandowski to just one goal in the dying minutes of the match. Mainz’s Bo Svensson is our manager of the week.

Substitutes: A.Lafont (Nantes), I.Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), R.Bensebaini (B Mochengladbach), R.De Paul (Udinese), F.De Jong (Barcelona), J.Correa (Lazio), B.Yilmaz(Lille)

Goaldball full team of the week

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Boald Codes: FA Cup, Copa Del Rey and Other Betting Tips

If you banked on our bankers last week you must have smiled to the bank. We were on point like decimal. That’s how stars do. We go again today, threading with caution as usual.

We have selected our bankers we believe will definitely happen, going by permutations. We have the Banana Peels – the matches you should try to avoid and the Boald Call for the bold to stake on.

BANKERS

In La Liga, Atletico Madrid are due a win, there is no better place to start than a home win against Eibar. Atletico are valued at around 1.5 for a win. Eibar are bottom of the table and have not won any of their last nine matches.

In the Copa Del Rey, Athletic Bilbao take on Barcelona. Bilbao are always tricky opponents. They defeated Barcelona in the Super Cup and lost out narrowly in last year’s final played recently. However, Barcelona should be up for this. They were in good form before losing the El Clasico last week. Barcelona should win this, it comes at around 1.6.

Messi and his teammates should be up for this

Crotone will play Udinese in Serie A. A common feature of Crotone’s matches is goals. They score in abundance and concede in abundance. Over 1.5 comes at around 1.2. You could go for more and do an over 2.5.

Still in Serie A, Lazio are in good form and have won their last four. They take on Benevento, who have just one win in nine – interestingly against Juventus. At around 1.4, Lazio should get a win. They also have a good record against Benevento.

PSG knows a win can take them to the top of Ligue 1, they should win at home against St Etienne, it comes at around 1.3.

Atalanta vs Juventus should produce goals. You can go for over 1.5 or over 2.5, or a BTS, which we are recommending. It comes at around 1.4.

Marseille vs Lorient in Ligue 1 should produce a home side double-chance. Marseille have a better home record, just as Lorient do not have a good away record. Marseille double chance is around 1.2.

BANANA PEELS

Like last week, still avoid Bayern Munich for now. They go away to Wolfsburg with lots of their top players out injured. Wolfsburg are in good form. They have lost just two of their last nine. It will be a tricky one.

Chelsea against Manchester City in the FA Cup is tricky. Chelsea are more solid defensively under Thomas Tuchel and it could be a bedrock for a cup success. A safe bet might be a Manchester City double chance as this match might not produce goals. Stay away, if you can.

Expect a keenly contested tie

BOALD CALL

Norwich are on the verge of gaining promotion back to the Premier League. They have tough opponents in fellow promotion contenders Bournemouth this weekend. Norwich are unbeaten in nine, seven wins in those. In that time, Bournemouth have lost just once, seven wins. With promotion very close, Norwich should be poised for a win. It comes at over 2.0. If you are Boald, go for it.

That’s all for today. We have supplied the assists, the finishing skills is yours.

We will always advise you to bet responsibly. Don’t stake a money that will affect you. We wish you the luck of the green.

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Thoughts of a Lunatic: China Product, Ole’s Zero-Class and Other Talking Points

Been long you read from this table. My pen ran out of ink and I had to queue at the ‘filling station’ to refill it. What are my even saying? Am I making any sense? Anyway, that is why I am the Lunatic. On these edition, I will make a quick trip to China, though that won’t be a small journey. Also some matters around England, Nigeria and the likes.

China Product

As we know, Chinese products no dey last. Or better still, as we assume, Chinese products no dey last. However, Chinese products can be very shiny, aesthetically perfect and loud. You remember those Chinese phones that year? They can be very loud.

At a point, the Chinese Football League became a thing. Players were turning down the prestige and money of clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Barcelona and the likes in favor of playing in China. Compared to the Chinese league, their money was tithe. You can’t blame the players sha – the money plenty, e be like blood money. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, I wish I could be signed to play for just one week instead of writing this nonsense.

Apparently, COVID 19 happened amidst other things and it means the reigning champions has to fold up. Jiangsu Suning dey fold up, as in, dem close shop. Where does that happen? Well, only in China.

At a point, players were earning lots of money in China. Even the likes of Obafemi Martins, Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi and others chop for there. But it seems, Chinese football money is drying up.

Obafemi Martins in the CSL

Ole’s Zero-Class

At a point, Manchester United were trashed 6-1 by Tottenham, since then they have taken the matter personal against the big sides. They won’t score, they won’t concede.

Manchester United against topsides is now a default goalless affair, they have done it against Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and now Chelsea. Once upon a time, performances and results like this used to be termed as Mourinho masterclass. What do we call this now? Ole’s zero-class?

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Ole knows something about playing goalless

Harvester’s League

It is common for lovers of English football to term the French League as the farmer’s league and other leagues as less competitive. Looking at how teams breeze to the Premier League title these days, the Premier League should be termed the Harvester’s League – where teams harvest points anyhow.

Liverpool breezed to the title last season

Last season, Liverpool were beating everybody like they were mistakenly put in an under-15 boys league. At a point this season, it seemed there was going to be a title race. Even Manchester United celebrated a rare feat of occupying the top of the table but that lasted just as long as the vanishing spray. Manchester City have taken over and they are beating everybody like drum. Manchester United comes next, you know what to expect – Ole Zero-class.

Football money

As mentioned earlier, some Nigerians made blood money in China. So, there was a recent conversation on social media where there was the debate – who is richer, the footballer or the entertainer? My reply to that is, when you look at it critically from the angle of the economic effects and values to the GDP in relation to the per head capital, I really don ‘t have anything to say. It is not my f*cking business. Some people will be balling spending money, I will be analyzing it, nonsense! Someone should come and pay me blood money for writing this nonsense, I can have an opinion then.

Anyway, it is not that I am angry now, I just have to stop writing here. Let me go and face my other hustles so I can make money. Don’t follow the Lunatic anywhere on social media, follow Goaldball, @goaldball on facebook and Instagram, @goaldbal on Twitter.

Boald Codes: Merseyside Derby, Milan Derby and other Betting Tips

Champions League and Europa League returned in midweek and it was goals galore. Lots of punters were able to make some money with the goals games, bar those that a team like Leicester did strong thing.

We have a weekend of derbies and some interesting plots ahead of us.

The Milan Derby is the star match of the weekend

Going into the weekend, an experienced punter will know that the midweek continental matches, the ones played and the ones on the horizon, most times have impacts on the outcomes of league matches. So, before you fly your collars to go and stake your money again this weekend, watch carefully and follow some of our tips to avoid another heartbreak, some people are yet to recover from Valentine’s day heartbreak. We have made our picks of matches we believe will be Bankers, the Banana peels you should avoid and the Boald Code you should attempt only if you are bold.

BANKERS

Liverpool host Everton in the Merseyside Derby. Liverpool have been in poor form in the league, losing their last three. Everton have also not enjoyed some good form of late, following up a home defeat against Fulham with a defeat against Manchester City in midweek. However, we believe Liverpool will win this, they have enough in their arsenal to trouble Everton. Around 1.5 odd for a Liverpool win is a good one. With both sides leaky defence, over 2.5 might also not be bad.

Klopp will expect a positive result from his lads

West Ham vs Tottenham should produce goals. Both teams should want to attack. Over 1.5 comes at around 1.3.

Manchester United host Newcastle. Off the back of trashing Real Sociedad in the Europa league, Manchester United should do enough to win against a Newcastle side that are without topscorer Callum Wilson. It comes at around 1.4.

In the Championship, table toppers Norwich should consolidate their position with a home win against Rotherham. It comes at around 1.5. Norwich have won their last two matches, Rotherham have lost their last two.

Atletico Madrid dropped points in their rescheduled match against Levante in midweek. They have a chance for quick amends on Saturday against the same opponents. An Atletico win comes at around 1.6.

PSG host Monaco at the Parc De Princes on Sunday, basking in the euphoria of their win away at Barcelona. They should get a win against Monaco, it comes at around 1.6. An over 2.5 may also be a safe bet.

Sporting Lisbon are the form team in the Portuguese league, they have won their last five and are top of the table. They host 12th placed Portimonense on Saturday, a Sporting Lisbon win is valued at around 1.4.

BOALD CALL

If you are bold and you know you are, go for an Inter Milan win away at AC Milan. Firstly, they play on the same ground, there is technically no home and away side. AC Milan won the first leg as the away team but things have changed since then. Inter Milan are now top, one point ahead of AC Milan. Inter Milan have won their last three, AC Milan lost their last match. Inter Milan have no Continental matches to worry about. With these few points, I hope I have been able to convince you that Inter Milan win at around 2.5 is a Boald call worth risking.

BANANA PEEL

Avoid Atalanta vs Napoli. In the not too distant past, this would have been a classic goals game but both teams have found a way to confuse these days. Napoli won last week, 1-0 against Juventus and followed that with a defeat in the Europa League against Granada. Atalanta ground out a 1-0 win away at Cagliari last week and they have been largely inconsistent. It is a game that could go either ways and fail to produce goals.

You can as well avoid a Manchester City win against Arsenal. When a team has gone on a 16-match winning run, they are due a bad result. With Manchester City 10 points clear and a Champions League match at hand, City may not be at their best.

Arteta will look to pick his first league point against City

Those are our picks for the weekend. If you win, don’t forget to pay your tithes here. If you don’t win, hold the players and the club’s responsible.

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THOUGHTS OF A LUNATIC: Pep’s Wait For A Messi-ah, Penalty Donors and Other Talking Points

It is becoming high time the cliché ‘separating the boys from the men’ is abolished. These days, it is difficult to say who are the men, the boys and the granddads. A lot of the boys are doing what the men do. Many of the league tables and top scorers charts are looking confusing. Maybe it is not too late, or maybe some of the boys have become men. Boyz 2 Men should be grandfathers now, that is by the way.

A lot happened in the world of football. There is the matter of A Mad man at CAF, the madness so strong it is called twice – A Mad A Mad. So much money to be spend by the officials in Africa while the football continues to suffer, is that not madness? Away from the tragi-comedy in CAF, the lunatic sinks his teeth into some other matters that happened in World Football.

Baby Pulis?

Arsenal thought they got Baby Pep when they got Mikel Arteta but based on the football they are playing, it is like they got Baby Pulis. Be like Werey dey Disguise by not wearing the Pulis face cap. It was another match without a goal and few shots against Leeds on Sunday, a performance that made it look like all the Arsenal players slept at Airports during the international break. Luckily for them, unknown to many, they signed the goalposts at Elland Road at the summer. The goalposts were their best players, saving them another embarrassing defeat like the one they suffered against Aston Villa. If they had known, they would have invested the money they invested in Pepe to buy more goalposts across the country.

Baby Pulis without the face cap

Aubameyang on the left, Aubameyang through the middle – same results. Since he got the mega deal, he has started drifting towards the Ozil situation, another Arsenal G-boy, getting paid for being on his phone.

Pep’s Wait for a Messi-ah

For the first time ever Jose Mourinho has defeated the manager he has suffered the most defeat against back-to-back. That manager is Pep Guardiola. Guardiola and his Manchester City team are in unfamiliar positions. In the wake of that, that has not stopped Manchester City from giving Guardiola a new contract. At the same time Messi is saying he has seen enough at Barcelona and has been playing like a Jubril Messi.

They need each other

The worst kept secret is that Messi is looking to join Manchester City. Tactical genius no get tactics again, Messi is the next tactics. It is obvious Guardiola needs a messiah at City. As the John and Joseph at Manchester City, he has been laying the ground work for the coming of Messi. For all his exploits, he has never won the Champions League without Messi and does not look like he will still do it City; it could however be possible if Messi joins. It is obvious both need each other, they are in the worst periods of their careers.

Penalty Donors

The rate at which Real Madrid are donating penalties, we should start recognizing them as the universal penalty donors. After giving away a hat-trick of penalties against Valencia, they continued at the weekend with another one against Villareal, which ensured they shared points. Karim Benzema did not play, so we cannot say he knows anything about it.

That is all on this edition of Thoughts of A Lunatic, thanks to all fellow lunatics that have read it. Follow Goaldball on Twitter @goaldbal and across other social media platforms @goaldball. Christmas is coming, help us, send Christmas something to us.