Sports Gazette

by sports journalism students at St Mary's University, London

If Premier League clubs were Game of Thrones houses

Posted on 29 March 2019 by Connor Woolley

The final series of Game of Thrones is finally with us! The Premier League title race is also coming to a head. What better way to celebrate both than to compare each of the Premier League’s top six to one of the fantasy epics’ Great Houses?

Liverpool = Targaryen 

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They’ve not sat on the throne for many years. This season has put them in a fantastic position to be crowned. However, they face a huge battle going into the last few remaining episodes, sorry, fixtures. 

Due to their history, they aren’t the most liked of clubs. In recent seasons they’ve found a leader, in Jurgen Klopp, we all have a soft spot for.  

Mo Salah is the unsullied commander who always comes up with the goods in battle and, unlike his TV show counterpart, probably has his own goods intact.

Manchester City = The white walkers (Yes -not a house -it fits though right?)

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A myth for many years, they have been building an army to take on the world, City are now undoubtedly the scariest force in the Premier League. 

This season their blue eyes are firmly fixed on a remarkable quadruple. The march towards total victory seems almost unstoppable at times. 

Their Icy cool king, Pep Guardiola, has got his side passing with deadly accuracy. Any frailties in an opponent’s defensive wall will be penetrated with ease. 

They are disliked by all bar themselves in the realm. This won’t deter them, though, as their deadly dragon Aguero fires them towards each victory. 

Manchester United = Stark

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Powerful and influential, they have been struggling in recent seasons after the loss of their most successful leader. 

They have, however, recently declared a new king in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After spending years further north, in a much colder environment than Manchester, he is back and brings hope with him. 

Solsjkaer may be the prince that was promised but he won’t sit on the domestic throne this season. His attention has been turned elsewhere by the battle for the Champions League. It will not be easy for them, though, as they look to turn a one-nil deficit to Barcelona around at the Nou Camp.

A top four finish and good run in the Champions League is something that, had you asked at the start of this season, all at house United would have taken. 

Tottenham = Lannister 

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Sitting in the main building in King’s London for most of this past season Spurs never really seemed at home there.

Very good tactically and comfortable when in good positions, they have slowly, but surely, been losing their grip on the throne to the teams in the North. 

As head of the house, Mauricio Pochettino may have looked a bit mad to some when he dismissed the importance of winning trophies – saying they only build ego – but be assured he still has a plan. 

They are currently in a lot of debt due to their new stadium. However, once they have settled, they may be able to pay off their debts in the form of a trophy.

Arsenal = Baratheon 

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The once undefeated kings have virtually become extinct in recent years.

The last battle they won was the 2017 FA Cup. In new leader Unai Emery though they may yet have a legitimate, if unlikely, claim to the Premier League throne in coming seasons. 

Their main battle lies elsewhere this season. The fight for Europa League is going well so far. A two-nil win over Napoli in the quarter-final first-leg sets them up nicely to progress.

Chelsea = Greyjoy

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House Chelsea has been divided, both on and off the battlefield, over parts of this season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted during the Carabao Cup final, against the white walkers, was dismissed as a ‘miss-understanding’ by house leader Maurizio Sarri.

There are also divisions between fans. Reports of racist abuse and chants have been a pressing issue at Chelsea and the most recent, aimed at Liverpool’s unsullied leader Salah, are yet another embarrassment.

In terms of the throne, they have tried all they can (bar forcing a proposal from the queen) to sit upon it this season. Early on they looked like they may have staked a claim but any probability has since dwindled. They, like Arsenal, instead turn their attention to the fight for the Europa League.

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