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#FestiveFavourites - The star-studded 5-a-side line-ups

We take a look at each of the eight sides battling it out to be crowned the bet365 Christmas number one...

Welcome to #FestiveFavourites! 

Our Social Media team have selected eight 5-a-side teams made up of iconic Premier League sides from years gone by. 

The teams will do battle through a series of polls over the festive period, with one being crowned champion!

Take a look at the eight sides in the running:
 

Middlesbrough (1996/97):

Managed by Bryan Robson and backed by their local owner Steve Gibson, Middlesbrough, a side that scored and shipped goals at will, had a whirlwind campaign at the Riverside. Despite suffering relegation, they reached two major cup finals during the 1996/97 season.

View the Middlesbrough 5-a-side team
 

Sunderland (1999/00):

Under the stewardship of Peter Reid, Sunderland returned to the Premier League in emphatic style, following up their promotion from Division One, a season where they accumulated 105 points, by finishing seventh in the top-flight.

View the Sunderland 5-a-side team
 

Bolton Wanderers (2004/05):

A Bolton Wanderers team of the ages, Sam Allardyce’s side enjoyed a phenomenal campaign as they qualified for the UEFA Cup courtesy of a stunning sixth place finish. 

View the Bolton Wanderers 5-a-side team
 

Wigan Athletic (2005/06):

The media suggested Wigan would “need a miracle” if they were to survive their inaugural campaign back in the Premier League, but Paul Jewell’s outfit defied expectations in style, securing an excellent top-10 finish.

View the Wigan Athletic 5-a-side team
 

Reading (2006/07):

Entering their first season in the top-flight off the back of a record-breaking Championship campaign, Reading proved they weren’t afraid to mix it with the Premier League’s elite as they flirted with Europe before securing an eighth place finish.

View the Reading 5-a-side team
 

Blackburn Rovers (2006/07):

Led by Mark Hughes, Blackburn Rovers reached the FA Cup semi-final, the UEFA Cup knockout stages and finished in the top-half of the Premier League - stunning numerous heavyweights in the process.

View the Blackburn Rovers 5-a-side team
 

Swansea City (2012/13):

Having lost Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool, Swansea City looked to former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus midfielder Michael Laudrup to lead their Premier League charge, and the Dutchman delivered in dazzling fashion!

View the Swansea City 5-a-side team
 

Stoke City (2015/16):

The Potters reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and secured a third-successive ninth place finish in the Premier League, as the likes of of Marko Arnautovic, Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri lit-up the bet365 Stadium.

View the Stoke City 5-a-side team
 

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