Jack Bonner – Who Will Win The EPL Title This Season?

Despite the insane amount of US sport which we have in this country, it has always been soccer that caught my eye and I have been following the English Premier League along with my buddy Jack Bonner since we were in high school.

The popularity of the league is absolutely incredible and no matter where you go in the world you will find a fan of at least one club lurking in the corner by the TV. This season looks set to be one of the mostly hotly contested in recent years and the question is, who will win this season’s Premier League trophy, let’s look at the contenders.

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has firmly got his foot under the table at Manchester United and with the support of the club’s money, he has put together the team that he wanted. With new $100 million accusation Romelu Lukaku firing on all cylinders already, along with players like Pogba, Mikhitaryan and Marcus Rashford in support, the Red Devils are more than ready to mount a title charge this year. Mourinho has won the league title in his second season for every club that he has managed, a stat that bodes well for United fans across the world.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs and their manager Mauricio Pocgettino have arguably the best 11 in the Premier League and after finishing 3rd and 2nd in the last two seasons, the North London outfit will be looking to make it to top spot this year. A lack of real investment in the transfer window for attackers could prove to be the downfall of Spurs, despite their last minute acquisition of Fernando Llorente from Swnasea. Defensively Spurs look solid and assuming they have no real injury woes, expect the London club to finish in the top 3 this season, the title may be a bridge too far.

Manchester City

Pepe Guardiola and Man City’s oil rich owners have been writing plenty of cheques this transfer window as the ex-Barcelona boss sets his sights on the league title. With an aging squad and a boat load of new talent, the test will be on Guardiola to find his perfect 11 if he is looking to mount a real challenge this year. So far English football has been difficult to come to terms with for Guardiola but his new acquisitions may be able to change that. Expect the Citizens to push until the end but fall short when crunch time comes.

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Chelsea

The reigning champions have it all to do this year after selling Nemanja Matic to rivals Man United and missing out on targets like Lukaku, Llorente and Ross Barkley which has lead to a disgruntled manager in Antonio Conte. Chelsea still have winners and previous champions in their squad who know how to get the job done and new striker Alvaro Morata has also been there and done it with Juventus and Real Madrid. Chelsea won’t have it as easy as last year but they will still be pushing for those top two spots.

How to Pack Your Football Gear When Travelling by Plane

Either you are going for a football game in another city or you want to take your football gear with you for the vacation, in order to prevent spending additional money on the rent, you need to follow some basic rules. So, where to start packing from? Following these basic hints will make your trip with your football equipment easy and enjoyable.

Find a sports bag that fits you the best

Today there is a great choice of sport equipment bags that you can find on the market, either in the sports stores or online shops. While choosing a bag, first of all, make sure that it is of a good quality, strong and durable. Most probably you don’t anticipate the handle of your bag to break down at the airport or in the middle of the street in an unfamiliar city, so don’t take the cheapest one – choose wisely.

Secondly, pay close attention to the storage space your that bag provides. It should not be extremely big, so to make you feel uncomfortable, but fit the demand of your football gear. Additionally, think of the shape and design. It might be a traditional duffel-style bag or a rolling football bag with two, three or four wheels. Keeping all your football gear in one bag instead of carrying them individually will make your travel much easier and more comfortable.

Pack it up!

But will it all fit? Imagine, you have to pack carefully your football visor, gloves, facemask, girdles, helmet, shoulder pads, knee pads, cleats, back plates and football rib protectors in one relatively small container! Some of the best clear visors for youth can be packed easily. Therefore, while packing try to take as less space as possible. Put your shoulder pads and knee pads together, as well as backplates and rib protection. Place your visor safely inside the helmet. You can also put your football uniform between the gear to ensure the pieces of equipment do not scratch or hit each other.

Traveling with your football gear by plane

Giving your football gear to the checked luggage might be a quite risky experience, as often the bags are being thrown and fragile things might easily get broken. More than that, they might get lost by the airline company and deliver to your place by the end of the game. Yet, before taking your bag with football gear on board check with your company about the following issues:

  • The size of your bag should not exceed the limit of carry-on luggage established by your air-company
  • Your carry-on should be light enough to take on board according to your company’s rules
  • Your football gear must not contain any items prohibited by your company to take on board
  • Footballs are normally permitted in carry-on luggage, but they have to be deflated and secured from rolling around the cabin.

Traveling is a fun thing, and it should not become less fun if you have to carry a bag with your sports equipment. Get prepared in advance and enjoy the trip!