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Best and the Worst Premier League Shirt Designs of 2014/15 Season

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Like it or loathe it,soccerteams are into the fashion of changing kits every season —even third shirts,which 75% of the teams in the Premier League currently wear and sell.

In today's world of instant social media and commercialization it's just as important to look good asbeing successful, so here is the top 20 in reverse order (an accumulation of all team shirtsto determine the list).

Manchester United Transfers: Three players Van Gaal should sign in January to transform Red Devils’ season

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Manchester United have failed to impress since the start of the season, despite having a new manager in charge and spending heavily in the summer transfer window.

Ron Vlaar’s Agent Puts Arsenal and Man Utd On Alert By Saying Defender Is Ready For Big Move

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Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar's agent has put clubs on alert by admitting that his client has put himself in a position to make a "nice big move".

The 29-year-old Holland International has already told manager Paul Lambert that he will remain at the Birmingham club past the January transfer window.

Latest Premier League Odds On Who’ll Get Relegated

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Typically, the approach to predicting the Premier League's relegation candidates in pre-season goes like this: One, include the three newly promoted sides. Two, nclude three other teams that were just above the drop the previous season. And three, choose your least favorite mid-table team and assume they will have a bad year

And that approach works more often than not.

Read Our Progress Report on Aston Villa’s Performances for October-November

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What did you get right and wrong in your August-September progress report?

In my last progress report I gave the defense massive praise and they've let me down in every game since. It's been painful to watch at times, due to injuries and loss of form the back four is a shadow of the one we saw in the opening weeks.

English Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 11

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Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during Matchweek 11 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here's my team of the weekend:

Goalkeeper

Guzan [Aston Villa] Brad Guzan is continuing a rich history of American goalkeepers who excel in the Barclay's Premier League.

Assuming Chelsea Are Champions, It’s a Riveting Race for Positions 2-20 in the Premier League

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It's a foregone conclusion that Chelsea willwin the 2014/15 Premier League title. If you're a Chelsea supporter, you may disagree partly because you don't want the team to be jinxed or you don't want complacency to settle in. However, in a season where Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all misfiring and suffering from defensive lapses aplenty, it would be nothing short of a miracle if one of those top four sides could topple Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League table.

The Secret Ingredient For Success – Doing The Right Thing

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In the first six league games of the season we had just three draws, but we should have been able to hold on to win at home to Crystal Palace when they equalized five minutes into added time, and we could have even got the win at Aston Villa, but we didn't and we were [...]

Facts And Stats: A Look At The First 10 Gameweeks Of The 2014/15 EPL Season

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The 2014/2015 football season in England is already 10 gameweeks old with ups and downs aplenty. Southampton have unquestionably been the surprise package thus far while the promoted trio all struggling to settle in the top flight.

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United are hardly fairing any better results-wise than when under David Moyes but the mood seems to be less demoralizing this time round at Old Trafford.

Preview: West Ham vs Aston Villa

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Aston Villa will be desperate to end their losing streak when they visit West Ham on Saturday. Paul Lambert's Villans suffered a 2-0 defeat when they...

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Why Aston Villa May Benefit in the Long Term From Relegation

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Four games into the 2014/15 season, Aston Villa were the in-form team, starting the season with three wins and one draw that saw them moving up to an impressive second in the league. Of course, it was too early in the season to predict whether the form would last, but following six defeats in six games, the latest form hasshown that the Villa of old hasreturned.

Top five conclusions: Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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1. Mauricio Pochettino still struggles to overturn game situations despite the win Throughout his managerial career in the Premier League, Pochettino...

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Tactical Review: Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Aston Villa tactics For the second game in a row, Paul Lambert opted for a 4-4-2 formation but with Charles N'Zogbia coming into the side as...

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Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur; Starting Lineups, TV Times & Open Thread

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After a thrilling Manchester derby with plenty of talking points and controversy, the second and final Premier League match of the day pits Aston Villa against Tottenham with both clubs desperate for a win in the league.

Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in theUnited States:

Aston Villa vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting Lineups

Aston Villa:Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar (c), Baker, Cissokho, Westwood, Cleverley, Sanchez, Weimann, N'Zogbia, Benteke

Subs:Given, Cole, Bent, Richardson, Clark, Grealish Agbonlahor

Tottenham:Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul (c), Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Chadli, Eriksen, Mason; Adebayor, Soldado

Subs: Vorm, Fazio, Dembele, Stambouli, Lamela, Townsend, Kane

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccerfansfrom around theworld.

Manchester United

Man Utd legend Roy Keane spits venom at ‘lying’ press

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane has spat venom at the press after being questioned over the negative affect his presence may be having on the...

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Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar eyeing Man Utd and Arsenal move, says agent

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Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is about to quit the club after his agent spoke of interest from Manchester...

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Martin O’Neill stands by Man Utd legend Roy Keane amid Irish fight claims

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Martin O'Neill has revealed he is standing by his Republic of Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane who was allegedly involved in a fight with a fan...

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Claims Man Utd legend Roy Keane punched a fan at Irish team’s hotel denied

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Reports that Roy Keane punched a fan at the Irish team's hotel have been denied by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). Police and an...

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Man Utd, Arsenal and Southampton target Ron Vlaar drops Aston Villa quit hint

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Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is about to quit the club. The Netherlands international, aged 29, is out of...

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Arsene Wenger handed £20m to solve Arsenal’s defensive crisis in January

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Arsene Wenger will reportedly be handed £20m to solve their defensive crisis in January with Manchester United's Chris Smalling and...

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Man Utd still planning on cut-price deal for Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar

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Manchester United want Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar to bolster their defence, according to fresh reports. Louis van Gaal has been linked with a move...

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Brad Guzan

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin have been returned to their MLS clubs, the last three appropriately for playoff duty. No supplements to the squad at this time, leaving us with... G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha

USA Announces 25-Man Squad For Friendlies Against Colombia and Ireland

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US Soccer has announced its 25-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and the Republic of Ireland.

The squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

There are several surprise inclusions in the squad, most notably Jordan Morris from Stanford University, Rubio Rubin from Utrecht, Bobby Wood from 1860 Munich and Greg Garza (Club Tijuana).

Shit Lookalikes: Brad Guzan & Alice The Goon (From ‘Popeye’)

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By Chris Wright

Shamelessly stolen from Twitter. Kudos to whoever.

Sitting ona Shit Lookalike for Pies? Feel free submit it via email at waatpies@gmail.com or Tweet us on @waatpies and we'll gladly give it the once-over!

Arsenal

Ron Vlaar ready to move on (to Arsenal?)

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Since Arsene Wenger admitted at the AGM that he was in the market for a defender in January, there have been many Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with centre-backs, one of which is Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar. The Dutchman is in the last season of his contract at Villa Park, and it seems that Villa [.

From Holland: Arsenal plot €17m move for dutch duo

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This summer many expected Arsenal to buy at least one world class central defender. Having lost Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, it wasnecessary for the Gunners to buy a top class replacement. Of course, Wenger had other ideas.

West Ham

West Ham v Aston Villa Match Facts and Predictions

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Paul Lamberts Aston Villa grab their first goal in over 5 hours last week against Tottenham and still lost to Spurs 2-1 and while Villa are struggling in front of goal right now, their opponents West Ham just can't stop banging them in right now and should continue that run at home tomorrow at Upton Park (renamed but that's the way I remember the stadium name)

Prediction:

West Ham Win

Longshot:

Diafro Sakho hat-trick 22/1 at Sporting Bet

MATCH FACTS

The Hammers have won just five of the last 27 Premier League meetings with the Villans (W5 D13 L9).

Bankrupt ex-Liverpool and Man City ‘keeper David James auctions off Vauxhall Astra

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Bankrupt former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper David James is auctioning off memorabilia to raise funds including a Vauxhall Astra...

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Tottenham Hotspur

Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph set for free transfer to Liverpool, Everton or Spurs

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England international Fabian Delph has reportedly told Aston Villa that he has no intention of signing a new contract with them and will be leaving...

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Harry Kane ready for senior England call-up, says Spurs team-mate Nacer Chadli

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Harry Kane deserves to be called up for the senior England squad after his fine form for Tottenham, according to his team-mate Nacer Chadli. The...

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Spurs can only judge Mauricio Pochettino when he gets the players he wants, says Jamie Redknapp

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Tottenham will only be able to judge the progress of new boss Mauricio Pochettino when he has had the chance to shape the squad, according to the...

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Six league defeats in a row – Aston Villa vs Tottenham 2014 1-2 Kane Goal Mason Fight Benteke Red Card Video

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Soft Christian Benteke Red Card v Tottenham

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Aston Villa's Christian Benteke received a soft red card as he raised his hand and shoved Tottenham's Ryan Mason in the face after Mason bumped into him on purpose however Benteke is old enough to know by now that once you raise your hands regardless of force your walking the tightrope of the referee's indisgression.

Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham – Villans Lose Again As Lilywhites Bag Comeback Win (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 2nd November 2014

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A last-gasp Harry Kane winner secured a precious win for Tottenham and condemned Aston Villa to their sixth defeat in a row.

Andreas Weimann ended the Villans' goal-drought on 16 minutes as the hosts impressed in the first period.

Aston Villa v Tottenham Match Facts and Predictions

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Aston Villa started the season with a bang but seem to have banged too early again as their season fizzles out again while Tottenham have been their usual unpredictable selves!

Prediction:

Draw

Long-Shot: Neither team to score 10/1 at Sporting Bet

MATCH FACTS

Aston Villa have scored just one goal in their last six Premier League matches against Tottenham, including failing to score in the last four meetings in a row.

Video: Pochettino discusses Harry Kane’s prospects of breaking into Tottenham team

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been talking about striker Harry Kane's chances of starting against Aston Villa tomorrow. The young...

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The Rest

Roy Keane Alleged To Have Punched A Man Outside Republic Of Ireland’s Hotel, Says Report

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The British tabloid Daily Mailhas learned that Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is under police investigation for an alleged assault on a man outside of the team's hotel in Portmarnock. Ireland are preparing to play Scotland in less that 48 hours and are currently staying at the Links Hotel in Dublin.

Breaking: Roy Keane Alleged To Have Punched Fan Outside Republic Of Ireland Team Hotel

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By Alan Duffy

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Now here's a story to get the media into a frenzy! According to a growing number of media sources, Gardaí were called to an incident at the Republic of Ireland's hotel in Portmarnock outside Dublin on Wednesday night, ahead of their Euro 2016 clash with Scotland.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa – Villans Dodge Hammer Blow To End Losing Streak (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa Premier League 8th November 2014

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Despite seeing West Ham lay siege to their goal at times, Aston Villa held on to secure a precious point and end their six-game losing streak.

Villa 1-2 Spurs: Post Mortem on Kaboul & Capoue

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The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noted that the best part of 48 hours have elapsed since the curtain came down on events Villa Park, but for that long have I been ruminating on the various ills within our mob, and particularly the rearguard.

Attack

Up in attack, while things can hardly be said to be beetling along in a state of serene success, the general gist of things is just about in credit rather than debit.