The Premier League teams ineptitude index 2018-19

Its awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who cant take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards Welcome to the Guardians fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor. As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed. So here is a (not always serious) commemoration of cackhandedness: heres where to cheer goalkeepers who help the opposition, those who cant score from 12 yards, players given cards for removing their shirts, and professionals who cant even …

Newcastle all but safe thanks to Ayoze Prezs header at Leicester

Newcastle United took a big step towards Premier League safety after Ayoze Prezs header gave them a 1-0 win at Leicester Rafael Bentez wrote the script and Brendan Rodgers had no answer to it. This was a textbook away win for Newcastle and it means, barring a freakish series of results, that they will finish above the Premier Leagues relegation places for a second season in a row. Bentez aims higher than that and wants pledges of investment from the clubs owner, Mike Ashley, before committing his future to Newcastle. But here, at least, Bentez and his team celebrated a deserved win, sealed by Ayoze Prezs first-half header. Leicester remain seventh but their European ambitions were damaged by this defeat, …

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action

Neil Warnock cuts out the moaning, Jordan Henderson scythes through Chelsea and injuries may leave Spurs midfield blunted 1) Henderson relishing his licence to roam After 76 minutes, when he was withdrawn to a deafening ovation, Jordan Hendersons work was done. A lung-busting display by the Liverpool captain set the tone for a vital victory, a relentless performance typified by the moment when he burst to the byline and supplied a hanging cross for Sadio Man to convert. Henderson asked Jrgen Klopp if he could play further forward in a more natural No 8 role one he has impressed in for his country and he flourished there against Chelsea. Mohamed Salahs rocket, another peerless defensive display by Virgil van Dijk …