BURNLEY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 17: Jermain Defoe of Sunderland looks on during the Emirates FA Cup third round replay between Burnley and Sunderland at Turf Moor on January 17, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jermain Defoe is the most valuable player in the Premier League

Think of all the stars in the Premier League. Who is coming to your mind? It’s probably the usual cast of characters. Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibarhimovic, Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez, Kevin de Bruyne and a whole slew of others. But you would probably have to list off about 50 players before […]

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Tony Pulis, Manager of West Bromwich Albion (L) and David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland (R) embrace prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on October 1, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

David Moyes and Tony Pulis are challenging expectations in two different ways

Expectations can be a tricky thing to handle for managers. At the start of the season, David Moyes attempted to temper expectations on his club saying it wasn’t going to be easy to stay up. Tony Pulis meanwhile has to deal with his reputation as one of the leagues more pragmatic and defensive coaches. As […]

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland (L) speaks to Graham Souness (R) prior to kick off during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Sunderland at Vitality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

What does the future hold for David Moyes at Sunderland?

To say that David Moyes has had a rocky start to his tenure at Sunderland is a bit of an understatement. Eleven games into the season, the Black Cats have one win and five points. They’re rooted to the bottom of the table, along with Swansea, and they’re already six points from safety. Teams can’t […]

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Jermain Defoe of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Sunderland at Bet365 Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sunderland’s late match woes seem set to doom them to relegation

By all accounts, Sunderland isn’t a very good team. With only two points out of nine matches, the club sits at the bottom of the Premier League. David Moyes, who took over as manager this summer might not last the season, but he’s been on the wrong end of some pretty bad luck this year. […]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City claps his team on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Manchester City give Pep Guardiola his first win in hard fought battle with Sunderland

It might not have been the free flowing, brilliant performance many Manchester City fans might have hoped for, but in Pep Guardiola’s first match for Manchester City he came out a winner. A late own goal from Paddy McNair proved to be the difference in Manchester as the home side kicked off their campaign with a […]

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY 18: The Barclays Premiership Trophy on display before the pre-season friendly at Tynecastle Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images)

32 Flags previews the 2016-17 Premier League from Manchester United to Sunderland

The English Premier League season is less than a week away and we are entering what could be the most unpredictable EPL season in years. We at 32 Flags are here to preview what each team is expected to do this season and where they could finish, as well as letting you know who to […]

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – MAY 11: A Sunderland fan sings during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Sunderland wins 3-0 to survive relegation, rival Newcastle and Norwich drop

After going unbeaten in all but one of their last ten games (only loss against EPL champs Leicester) dating back to February, Sunderland have once again survived relegation by beating Everton 3-0 in their next to last game of their English Premier League season. Sunderland’s win means their city rival Newcastle United and Norwich City […]

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – MARCH 01: Sunderland player DeAndre Yedlin in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Crystal Palace at Stadium of Light on March 1, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

What kind of club would you want your young international defender to develop?

Imagine for a second that you’re USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann. That means that yes, you now have the power to call up undeserving players to the national team while leaving better players at home. You can also make really questionable roster decisions or whatever else the latest criticism’s of the man are. Now let’s say […]

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: Adam Johnson of Sunderland looks on during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Sunderland and Carlisle United at the Stadium of Light on January 5, 2014 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

EPL player Adam Johnson pleads guilty to having sex with 15-year old girl

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson plead guilty on two charges connected to knowingly having sex with a 15-year old girl (age of consent is 16 in England). Johnson plead guilty to having “sexual activity with a child” and to “grooming” a child (befriending and creating an emotional relationship with a child for sex). Johnson however plead […]

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Adam Johnson of Sunderland is challenged by Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James’ Park on December 21, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

What can the relegation zone teams do to survive?

With the Premier League season now over the halfway hump, we can start making predictions for the end of the season. Specifically, who will be relegated? Currently, there are some real favorites for relegation in Aston Villa, Sunderland, and Newcastle. I really picked an incredible season to ask that question. While only 11 points separate […]

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 16: Mousa Dembele (L) of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with his team mate Danny Rose (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on January 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Dembele and Eriksen give Spurs Two-Goal lead

In the 60th minute, Mousa Dembele gave Spurs the 2-1 lead with a nice goal to beat the outstretched Jordan Pickford. It started with Harry Kane, who seemed to make something out of nothing, as he took a shot that Pickford had to parry away that led to a Spurs corner. From that corner, the […]

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Steve McLaren Newcastle unitedâs manager gestures to Florian Thauvin of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle and Everton at St James Park on December 26, 2015 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Midway through the EPL season, which bottom 3 team has the best chance of survival?

Now that the calendar has flipped over to January, it’s time to start thinking about the bottom of the EPL table. Unlike the NFL or NBA, which rewards its worst teams with high draft picks, the EPL sends its three worst teams through the trap door and out of the league all together — allowing […]

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Christian Benteke of Liverpool scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

WATCH: Christian Benteke breaks scoring deadlock between Liverpool and Sunderland

At just 22 seconds into the second half of Sunderland vs. Liverpool, Christian Benteke powered his way into the box and score his second goal in as many games, putting Liverpool up 1-0. While it was a quick, accurate finish, it wasn’t the most difficult shot of the game. What makes this goal special is […]

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink (L), Didier Drogba (C) of Montreal Impact and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (R) are seen on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on December 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

After sacking Jose Mourinho and a big win, is Chelsea back to their winning ways?

Chelsea has had a whirlwind of a week. After losing to first place Leicester City last Monday, Chelsea was held to being just a point above the relegation zone. Last Thursday, Chelsea had enough and sacked Jose Mourinho. After announcing Guus Hiddink as interim manager just before last Saturday’s game, Chelsea dominated Sunderland and won […]