REVEALED: Man City, Yankees, Dodgers, RM, Barca best paid in global sport

** By Nick Harris 15 April 2014 Manchester City are the best paid team in global sport according to Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) for 2014, compiled in association with ESPN The Magazine and published this week to coincide with The Magazine’s ‘Money Issue' (due to hit newsstands today). The average first-team pay at City has been calculated at £5.3m per year, or £102,653 per week in the period under review. The New York Yankees and LA Dodgers of Major League baseball are second and third with Spanish football giants Real Madrid and Barcelona filling the top five. Five Premier League sides make the top 20 on the list,...


Four wins in 35: Man City’s PL record at Liverpool, Palace and Everton – combined

By Brian Sears 10 April 2014 Manchester City visit Liverpool this weekend in a match that could have massive implications on the Premier League title race, with a victory for either side sure to make them odds-on favourites to win the title. If City are to succeed on Sunday, they will need to overturn their Premier League form at Anfield, where they have a woeful record in the era since England's top division was revamped. And beyond Sunday, they will have only two other away games to play - at Palace and at Everton - and they also have historically poor records at...


Palace hope to avoid fourth Premier League cameo as one-season wonders

By Brian Sears 4 April 2014 Only twice in the 21 completed seasons of the Premier League have all three promoted clubs avoided relegation. That was in 2001-02 when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton all lived to fight another season, and then two seasons ago when Norwich, Swansea and QPR all survived. Only once have all three promoted clubs filled all three relegation places, and that was in 1997-98 when Bolton, Barnsley and Palace were all 'one-season wonders' in the same season. The 'one-season wonders' (OSWs) phenomenon is pertinent this weekend particularly because two of this season's promoted clubs meet: Cardiff and Crystal Palace. And because Palace have...