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Premier League 2021/22 – Top Six predictions

The Premier League is arguably at the strongest and most competitive that it’s been at since the 2015/16 season when all of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger were managers and Leicester City were crowned champions. This time around though it’s not the managers that make the competition competitive however, […]

Premier League transfer window – summary & thoughts

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything football related on here, and that’s because I’ve been pretty busy and also writing for the Manchester Evening News in my new full-time role (hence the much reduced content rate these days). But even without my constant commentary, the football world hasn’t stopped moving and the last […]

Italy vs Spain – Euro 2020 semi-finals prediction

The European Championships has it’s final four participants and they have set up two huge semi-final clashes at Wembley Stadium. Italy, Spain, England and Denmark have seen off competition from 20 other teams to make it to this stage of the tournament and now must go head-to-head to make it to the final on Sunday […]

Ukraine vs England – Euro 2020 quarter-final predictions

The European Championships have reached the business end of the competition as the quarter-finals loom large. Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark and Czech Republic will do battle for their spot in the top four, while England will also be part of the run-in when they take on Ukraine on Saturday night. In a big clash […]

Italy vs Belgium – Euro 2020 quarter-final predictions

It’s been a fantastic tournament so far and we’re now entering the business end of the competition as the quarter-finals roll around. England, Ukraine, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Denmark have all made it into latest round of the competition with highly entertaining wins and now we have four sets of incredible ties to come […]

Is England’s potential being held back by lacklustre coaching?

England secured top spot in their Euro 2020 group with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic last Tuesday but apart from the opening 20 minutes, could you say that was a performance worthy of being billed as one of the tournaments favourites? There was a marginal improvement from their dismal display against Scotland, however […]

Manchester United transfer window looks right for the most part

It feels like every summer for the last five summers Manchester United have needed the same positions filled during a transfer window. A right winger, a striker, a centre-back, a defensive midfielder and full-backs. All of which have been signed in recent years, but none of the quality necessary to make it not a glaring […]

Memphis shining brightest just before Barcelona move

It took a year longer than expected but Memphis Depay is officially a Barcelona player. After the expiry of his Lyon contract, Memphis has moved to join his former national team manager Ronald Koeman on a free transfer and will rock the famous red and blue shirt next season alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, […]

England team that should start against Czech Republic at Euro 2020

England face a crunch Euro 2020 final group game against Czech Republic tonight, and only a win will see them qualify as group winners. A win over Croatia was followed up with a draw against Scotland, meaning that they have four points from two games just like the Czech’s. But with the visitors on Tuesday […]

Premier League 2021/22 opening day fixtures released

The Premier League returns on August 14th 2021 and the fixtures for the opening weekend have been released, including an absolute banger of a start for the champions. Manchester City will travel to Tottenham Hotspur in their first game of the season, meaning a potential transfer for Harry Kane could be a nightmare debut against […]

The England team that should start against Croatia at Euro 2020

It’s finally here, England’s opening game of Euro 2020 takes place in a little over 48 hours. After the 2018 World Cup run that saw Gareth Southgate’s side make it all the way to the semi-finals, there is revenge on the mind as they take on Croatia once again at Wembley on Sunday in the […]

Euro 2020: Young players to watch

Euro 2020 is upon us after a 12-month delay and it means there will be plenty of faces at the tournament this summer that wouldn’t have been originally. 24 nations will compete to be crowned champions of Europe while playing across 11 cities on the continent, but many will be relying on young players in […]

Assessing Euro 2020’s heavyweights

After a year long delay, Euro 2020 is finally upon us with a genuine top level tournament threatening to take place. After the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the tournament last summer, 24 nations will finally take place across the continent as we seek to crown the champions of Europe for the first time since Portugal lifted […]

Remembering Greatness: Ricardo Carvalho

Between the early 00’s and mid 2010’s the manager who running football was none other than Jose Mourinho. Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid all hosted the Portuguese gaffer, and at three of those clubs he made sure that he had the great Ricardo Carvalho with him marshalling the defence for him. From a […]

Antonio Conte to Tottenham is a marriage destined to end in flames

It seems as though Tottenham Hotspur have finally settled upon their new manager as they close in on appointing Antonio Conte. Spurs have been without a manager since sacking Jose Mourinho in April, with former midfielder Ryan Mason fulfilling a caretaker role until the end of the season. Chairman Daniel Levy has been linked with […]

Real Madrid bringing back Carlo Ancelotti is bizarre

Real Madrid have made yet another shocking move in the managerial world after they made Carlo Ancelotti their new manager once again. Ancelotti was the manager of Los Blancos between 2013 and 2015 winning a Copa Del Rey, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time at the club. He […]

Where should Tammy Abraham go this summer?

If ever you needed a sign that you weren’t wanted at a football club under a certain manager, it’s being the top goalscorer for the team across all competitions, being available and not even making a 12-man bench for the Champions League final. That’s the position that Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham found himself in most […]

Which 7 England players should be cut from their Euro 2020 squad?

It’s a week on from when Gareth Southgate opted for a 33-man squad instead of the standard 26-man squad announcement for Euro 2020. The England manager decided to go for a provisional squad due to Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City players all being involved in European finals between the announcement date and the final […]

Manchester City vs Chelsea – UEFA Champions League Final prediction

The final game of the club season takes place this weekend as Manchester City look to make history in their first ever Champions League final against 2012 winners Chelsea, in an all-Premier League affair. Man City are the champions of England and current Carabao Cup holders, after a stellar campaign saw Pep Guardiola’s side clinch […]

What’s Eduardo Camavinga’s best move this summer?

One of the hottest young talents in world football looks set to move clubs this summer, as Eduardo Camavinga enters the final year of his contract. The 18-year old midfielder has been brilliant for Ligue 1 side Rennes since breaking into the first-team setup at just 16 back in 2019. The rangy, defensive midfielder has […]

Remembering Greatness: Oliver Kahn

During my lifetime, when you talk about the greatest goalkeepers to play the game it’s often the same handful of names that crop up in conversation. Iker Casillas, Gianluigi Buffon, Manuel Neuer, Peter Schmeichel and Petr Cech in particular are the guys that tend to be brought up the most, but there are always a […]

Antonio Conte leaves Inter Milan as exodus begins

After two seasons, a Serie A title and a Europa Legue final, Antonio Conte has left Inter Milan. The Italian coach joined the club in 2019 and reached the Europa League final, losing 3-2 to Sevilla, while finishing one point behind Juventus in the race for the Serie A title. He followed that performance up […]

Wolves looking at Bruno Lage to replace Nuno Espirito Santo

While people think it may be the end of an era at Wolves, their next choice of manager seems to make that a bit unlikely. After Nuno Espirito Santo and the club announced that he would leave the club via mutual agreement following the end of their Premier League campaign, it was revealed that former […]

Villarreal vs Manchester United – Europa League final prediction

The end of a long, tumultuous club campaign is finally upon us as we enter European cup final week, starting with the Europa League. Unai Emery’s Villarreal look to secure themselves Champions League qualification for next season when they take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, who are looking to earn their first trophy together […]

My 26-man England Euro 2020 squad

Today is the day that Gareth Southgate makes half the nation absolutely ecstatic and the other half furious as he names his England squad for this summer’s European Championships. UEFA agreed to allow an extra three places in the squad for managers to add following a full campaign of a hectic schedule owing to the […]

Remembering Greatness: Alessandro Nesta

Behind every great winning team is a world class defence. Within that world class defence, there is usually one stand-out defender in the team holding it all together. In every team Alessandro Nesta was in, he made up a large chunk of that solidity with his brilliance. Yet despite winning everything there was to win […]

Karim Benzema is so good France couldn’t overlook him anymore

The impossible has happened – Karim Benzema is back in the France squad for Euro 2020. The superstar Real Madrid striker had been absent for five years following a scandal involving former teammate Mathieu Valbuena, in which it’s claimed that Benzema stood by and allowed him to be blackmailed. The situation has prevented him being […]

Premier League European places final day possibilities

In a Premier League season that seemed like everything was sewn up nice and early, the football Gods made sure there was still some kind of action to pay attention to on the final day. Manchester City are champions, Manchester United are runners-up and Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United are going down to the […]

David Luiz and Willian to leave Arsenal as rebuild process begins

Arsenal have put the wheels in motion on a rebuild ahead of next season, with David Luiz and Willian both set to leave the club this summer. The Gunners have had their worst season in recent memory, finishing outside of the European football places for the first time in 25 years while also failing to […]

How Europe’s leagues can be settled on the final day

A long and crazy season is finally coming to an end, but not before a wild final day across Europe’s top leagues. While the Bundesliga in Germany is settled, with Bayern Munich finishing as champions for a ninth consecutive season and the top four places already cemented, Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s […]

Harry Kane tells Tottenham he wants to leave this summer

It’s finally happened. The nightmare that all Tottenham fans hoped would never happen, Harry Kane has told the club he wants to leave this summer. As we enter the final week of the season, the England captain has reportedly told Tottenham that he wants to be allowed to leave the club this summer as he […]

Leicester shocked Chelsea but nobody else with FA Cup win

A new name has been added to the FA Cup winners list for the first time since 2013 as Leicester City toppled Chelsea at Wembley to win the trophy for the first time in their history. The Foxes hounded the Blues throughout the 90 minutes, bettering them all over the pitch in individual battles before […]

Why David Moyes is the Premier League manager of the year

We’re entering the final weeks of the Premier League season and everything is all but settled already for the first time in a while. Manchester City are set to be crowned champions for a third time in four seasons, while it’s already confirmed that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will be playing their […]

Remembering Greatness: Lilian Thuram

When you think back to the legendary French national team back in the late nineties and early 00’s, one thing they were built off was a solid defence. Along with the elegance of Zinedine Zidane in midfield and the explosive technique of Christophe Dugarry and Youri Djorkaeff in attack, in addition to the youthful energy […]

Frank Lampard top candidate for Crystal Palace job

Crystal Palace have reportedly made Frank Lampard the number one candidate for their manager’s job with Roy Hodgson set to leave the club this summer. Former England manager Hodgson turns 74 this post-season and his contract is set to expire at the end of the season after four seasons at the club. There has been […]

Tap Ins & Tap Outs Premier League Player of the Year 2020/21

We’re entering the final weeks of the Premier League season and everything is all but settled already for the first time in a while. Manchester City are champions for a third time in four seasons, while it’s already confirmed that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will be playing their football in the Championship […]

Tap Ins & Tap Outs Premier League Team of the Year 2020/21

We’re entering the final weeks of the Premier League season and everything is all but settled already for the first time in a while. Manchester City are set to be crowned champions for a third time in four seasons, while it’s already confirmed that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will be playing their […]

Remembering Greatness: Denis Irwin

Think about the current world of football and the full-back position. How demanding it is, how much quality is needed both defensively and going forward, how fit you need to be to play it at a high level, how much quality you need on the ball. Now look at the most successful team in England […]

Chelsea turn in masterclass to set up all English Champions League final

Chelsea turned in a brilliant performance at Stamford Bridge to beat Real Madrid 2-0 and cruise into an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City. Madrid started well, controlling possession and passing the ball around the pitch really well but failing to create any real clear cut chances. Chelsea threatened by having a goal ruled […]

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