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Champions League Group Stage Predictions – Liverpool

After reaching back-to-back Champions League finals, winning it in 2019, the six time European champions return to the premier club competition in football. Liverpool come into this campaign following a record-breaking Premier League season which saw them lift the league title for the first time since 1990, but they suffered a disappointing European outing last […]

Champions League Group Stage Predictions – Manchester United

The three time European champions return to the Champions League for the first time since 2018/19. After an awful start to their Premier League campaign saw them beaten by both Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford with wins over Brighton and Newcastle, Ole Gunnar Solskjær declared that their season starts now after Saturday’s […]

Champions League Group Stage Predictions – Chelsea

The 2012 European champions enter the 2020/21 Champions League with a clear run at topping their group. Last year the Blues made it to the Round of 16 before clashing with eventual winners Bayern Munich, where they were beaten home and away in a humbling 7-1 aggregate defeat. This year though, Frank Lampard will expect […]

Virgil Van Dijk To Miss The Rest Of 2020/21 Season

Liverpool have been deal a huge blow in their pursuit to retain the Premier League title after Virgil Van Dijk was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Holland defender, 29, has been influential in the dominance Liverpool have shown over the last two-and-a-half years and is widely regarded […]

Allan Saint-Maximin: Tyneside Saviour Ready To Explode

Over the last year and a bit, Newcastle United fans haven’t had the most to cheer about. They managed to survive in the Premier League despite struggling for goals, with manager Steve Bruce opting for defence-first tactics. They had a big win over Manchester United during the campaign too and have started this season relatively […]

England Facade Beginning To Slip Away With Defeat To Denmark

The international break is over and England ended it with a 1-0 defeat to Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night. Gareth Southgate named an experimental line-up for the game as they looked to carry on the momentum of beating Belgium on Sunday night in the UEFA Nations League. But after an early red card for […]

Is Richarlison Brazil’s Next Big Thing?

As soon as he came over from South America and donned the yellow and black of Watford FC, there was something about Richarlison. Marco Silva brought over a rough diamond from Fluminese for £11.2 million, a steal for the highly-rated 20 year old at the time. Since then, he has followed Silva to Everton for […]

Portugal: Don’t Fear The Big Boys Anymore – You’re One Of Them

For years and years, Portugal have been considered to be in the second tier of international football. The giants like France, Germany, Brazil and Argentina have always been considered the better teams at international level, with the best talent always seemingly having one of those passports to their name. Portugal have been grouped with the […]

Premier League ‘Pay Per View’ Plan Is Greedy and Stupid

The Premier League have announced a new pay-per-view plan for non televised games to help clubs generate some sort of match-day income during this pandemic. Announced on Friday, the Premier League revealed that in partnership with Sky Sports and BT Sports that any game not initially picked for television coverage as part of the rights […]

Why Does Gareth Southgate Dislike Praising Jack Grealish?

The international break is among us once again and England kicked it off with a handsome 3-0 win over Wales at Wembley on Thursday night. In a completely changed side, Gareth Southgate opted for a 343 formation from the start. Nick Pope started in goal with a back three of Joe Gomez, Conor Coady and […]

Olivier Giroud – Underrated Legend?

When the name Olivier Giroud is mentioned in a football conversation, it’s usually the same things that are said. He’s got a great first touch, his link-up play is fantastic, he’s the ideal target man – but he doesn’t score enough goals for the top clubs. Looking at his numbers at club level, you could […]

What is Arsenal’s Strongest XI?

Arsenal wrapped up an impressive transfer window with the shock signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid for £45million, giving Mikel Arteta the midfield reinforcements he was desperate for. After an on-and-off campaign last year that saw the Gunners finish in their lowest league position since 1994 but win the FA Cup, a very strong […]

How Is Ole Gunnar Solskjær Manchester United Manager?

18 months later and we still don’t have a clear and obvious answer that makes sense. How is Ole Gunnar Solskjær the permanent manager of Manchester United Football Club? When Jose Mourinho was sacked in December 2018, there were no obvious appointments to be made to replace him. The club brought in a club legend […]

Antonio Rudiger: Chelsea Show Ruthless Side Of Football

Chelsea are known for being one of the more ruthless clubs in Europe when it comes to parting ways with managers or selling players. This summer, they have backed their man Frank Lampard with £250million worth of talent including two German internationals in Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. Both men credited the influence of their […]

England Squad Announced – Best XI?

Another international break is due to be upon us and Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the upcoming games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark. Harry Maguire has been recalled in defence following his withdrawal from the squad after being arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer in Greece last time around, while […]

Ross Barkley: Aston Villa Move Is Win-Win For Everyone

It was announced officially on Wednesday morning that Ross Barkley has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan, sparking confusion at a deal that came completely out of the blue. After being named on the bench on Tuesday night for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham, the fact a deal was completed so soon afterwards […]

Racism Has No Place In Football – Kick It Out

When Paris Saint-Germain hosted Marseille at the Stade de France back on September 13th, the game of football that took place was secondary in the news. Despite Marseille taking 3 points for the first time since 2011 and PSG’s defeat meaning they’d lost their opening two league games for the first time since 1984/85, Florian […]

Tottenham Must Prioritise With Ridiculous Schedule

So I realise I’m probably late to the party with this, but Tottenham’ playing schedule is absolutely mental. After getting a big win over Southampton last weekend, Spurs were due to travel to Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. The game was cancelled after several positive COVID-19 tests for the home side and […]

Luis Suarez: Can History Repeat Itself for Atletico Madrid?

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Luis Suarez from Barcelona for around £5million, meaning many fans around the world are getting a feeling of deja vu. The manner of the deal, with Barcelona deeming the legendary striker as surplus to requirements, has seen many revisit the summer of 2013 where Atleti completed the signing […]

What Do People See In Scott McTominay?

Opening day of the Premier League season came a week late for Manchester United but defeat to Crystal Palace was hardly a huge shock to the world. United were well beaten at Old Trafford as former winger Wilfried Zaha scored twice in a controversial clash that was the London side leave as 3-1 winners. Andros […]

Benfica’s Champions League Curse Continues

In the uncertain times of today, dominated by the Coronavirus pandemic, few are the football clubs willing to spend as freely as other transfer windows have allowed. Curiously, irrespective of the risks and needs to safeguard against turns in the financial tide, one team appears to be spending like never before. Hiring a top-20-earning manager, […]

Phillipe Coutinho: Back To The Future?

We all thought his career at the Camp Nou was over, but Phillipe Coutinho is back from the dead and back in the first-team picture at Barcelona for the coming season. The Brazilian looked set to be on his way out of the club following a season-long loan to Bayern Munich last year, where he […]

Jack Grealish: Does New Contract Show Blind Loyalty or Ambition?

Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa that will see him remain at the club until 2025. The England midfielder put pen-to-paper on a lucrative £125,000 per-week contract after it became clear that a transfer away from Villa Park wouldn’t happen this summer. Grealish was linked to Manchester United, Arsenal and […]

England: Right-Backs For Years…

As England continue to look towards the future, one position in particular continues to produce elite talent no matter the club. The nation have currently got top quality options out wide in attack, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford backed up by Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka. After […]

The Reason Manchester United Fans Don’t Want Gareth Bale

For as long as I can remember, Manchester United have been linked with the transfer of Gareth Bale to Old Trafford. Before his world record move to Real Madrid, it was revealed that Manchester United reportedly offered to gazump the Spanish side to get a deal done but Bale was intent on going to Madrid. […]

Leeds United: Brilliant Idiots?

The Premier League returned with a contender for game of the season on the opening day as Liverpool beat Leeds at Anfield in a seven-goal-thriller. Mo Salah got a hat-trick and Virgil Van Dijk scored too as Leeds came from behind three times on the day but ultimately fell just short of a famous result. […]

England Letting History Repeat Itself With Treatment of Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden

England’s latest international break was once again marred by the bad behaviour of some players off the pitch. Following the 1-0 win over Iceland, reports emerged that youngsters Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood broke the ‘social bubble’ by inviting two local girls back to their hotel room, breaking COVID-19 regulations. After the reports came out […]

Crystal Palace: Are Michy Batshuayi and Ebere Eze Enough To Keep Wilfried Zaha?

At the start of the summer, it was a familiar story for Crystal Palace fans. They had survived relegation, they needed to strengthen the squad and talisman Wilfried Zaha wanted to leave. Zaha was linked with several clubs including Everton, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain with Palace valuing the Ivorian at around £70million. With […]

Has Axel Tuanzebe Missed His Manchester United Chance Already?

After Ole Gunnar Solskjær was appointed as manager of Manchester United, he earmarked a handful of academy players as the future of the club. Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner, Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe were the names picked out by the United legend and he’s lived up to the task on the […]

England Performances Draw Questions About Gareth Southgate

Another international break is over and England have disappointed their fans with two well below par performances. First off they scraped past Iceland with a 1-0 win, thanks to a 90th minute Raheem Sterling penalty before Iceland themselves missed a 92nd minute penalty of their own. Then on Tuesday night they were held to a […]

Danny Rose Said Nothing Wrong In Talk With Jose Mourinho

As Amazon Prime released the latest episodes of the new Tottenham: All or Nothing documentary, one scene in particular seemed to grab everyone’s attention. Danny Rose is Tottenham’s longest serving player currently, about to enter his 13th season at the club. However after manager Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club, he found himself on the […]

Callum Wilson Takes Newcastle No.9 Shirt

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Callum Wilson and handed him Joelinton’s No.9 shirt. Wilson has signed from Bournemouth on a four-year deal after a £20million fee was agreed between the two clubs over the weekend. There was interest from Aston Villa too, but Wilson only had eyes for the Magipies. After signing, it […]

Matteo Guendouzi: Always A Zero, Never A Hero

After Unai Emery made it his priority to sign a young French midfielder named Matteo Guendouzi, Arsenal fans seemed to fall in love with him. His bouncing ‘fro along with his age and the fact the club reportedly beat clubs like PSG to his signing meant he was an image that fans looked to as […]

West Ham Players Publicly Speak Out Against Board

West Ham’s owners are under increasing pressure to sell the club after a group of players publicly spoke out against the sale of youngster Grady Diangana. The young Congolese winger spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion and was expected to be welcomed back into the fold at West Ham this season, with […]

Everton: What Can We Expect This Season?

When Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as the new man in charge at Goodison Park way back in December 2019, fans of the club were expecting big things. A three time Champions League winner, the Toffees brought in Ancelotti with the idea that he would be able to lift them into the sacred Top 4 positions […]

England’s Future Starts Now As New Generation Comes Through

With Euro 2020 delayed until the summer of 2021, England manager Gareth Southgate may be the man to prosper from it the most across Europe’s top nations. Top youngsters looked likely to miss out on the tournament, with breakthrough seasons not quite enough to push them through into the senior squad so quickly for a […]

Neymar Confirms Decision On His Future

Neymar has confirmed that he will STAY at Paris Saint-Germain for the upcoming 2020/21 season, with the aim to win the UEFA Champions League. Brazilian Neymar was a key part of the PSG side making the Champions League final this month, with man of the match performances against Atalanta and RB Leipzig in the quarter […]

Jack Grealish: England Squad Omission Bizarre

Another England squad was announced on Tuesday with the name of Jack Grealish not listed once again. The Aston Villa captain is yet to be called up to the senior England team since opting to switch allegiances from the Republic of Ireland way back in 2016, despite impressive form and top performances for his club […]

Lionel Messi Leaving Barcelona Is A Good Thing For Football

After it was officially announced on Tuesday evening that Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to be released from his contract, it’s been the only thing anyone has cared about in the news. Messi is the club’s top goalscorer ever with more goals than the 3 players directly below him on the list combined, […]

Paul Pogba: New Manchester United Contract, New Captain?

A slow moving transfer window for the club has finally brought good news for Manchester United fans, as it has been confirmed that Paul Pogba will be staying at the club for the forseeable future. The France international signed for the club for £89million back in 2016 but following an uninspired spell so far, has […]

Juventus Cancel Two Players Contracts As Pirlo Ushers In New Era

A ninth successive Serie A title followed by defeat in the Champions League round of 16 has convinced Juventus bosses that serious changes are needed at the club. Maurizio Sarri was sacked following the defeat to Lyon in Turin and immediately replaced by club legend Andrea Pirlo, who was appointed manager of the U23 team […]

Premier League Fixtures Released for 2020/21 Season

The Premier League has released it’s fixtures for the upcoming 2020/21 season, including champions Liverpool taking on newly promoted Leeds United at Anfield on the opening day. The new season will begin on Saturday September 12th 2020, although TV picks could see games moved to the Friday night. All 20 clubs have been announced the […]

Romelu Lukaku: Why The Manchester United Divorce Had To Happen

When Manchester United splashed out £75million for Everton’s No.10 back in July 2017, it was met with a mixed response from fans, critics and ex-pros. Lukaku was a certified goalscorer, scoring goals at every level no matter what club he was playing for. United had just lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a long-term knee injury and […]

Manchester United Fall Again With Familiar Problems

Another cup semi-final, another defeat for Manchester United as they crashed out of the Europa League following a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in Cologne. A Bruno Fernandes penalty put the Red Devils ahead after just 8 minutes, but goals from Suso and Luuk de Jong saw Sevilla turn the game around and progress to yet […]

Manchester City Suffer Again Thanks To Pep Guardiola’s Tinkering

Another UEFA Champions League quarter-final for Manchester City, another early exit for Pep Guardiola’s side. The Premier League side crashed out of the competition in Lisbon thanks to a 3-1 defeat to Lyon, with goals from Maxwel Cornet and a double from substitute Moussa Dembele enough to cancel out Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half equaliser. Eyebrows […]

Barcelona Are A Mess, But With Messi Anything Is Possible

As Barcelona prepare to take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, not many people are giving them a chance. In a strange turn of events, the Catalan giants are heavy underdogs in the tie despite despatching Napoli in the last round relatively comfortably with a 3-1 win on the night. While many will […]

Atletico Madrid: Stunning Champions League Record Could See Them Lift Title

As Diego Simeone’s side step into the Champions League quarter-final stages against RB Leipzig, a sensational stat follows closely behind. A win home and away against reigning European champions Liverpool saw the Spanish side get through to this stage of the competition, while Leipzig defeated Tottenham home and away. But with Atletico’s progression into this […]

Martin Ødegaard Returns To Real Madrid A Year Early

The new era at Real Madrid is starting early, as Martin Ødegaard will return from his two-year loan deal at Real Sociedad after just one year. The Norwegian wonderkid is making his return to the Bernabeu at the request of manager Zinedine Zidane as he looks to refresh his La Liga winning squad despite having […]

Who Should Be Arsenal No.1 Next Season?

As Mikel Arteta prepares for his first full season in management with a trophy already sitting in his cabinet, he now has a decision to make that he wouldn’t have anticipated. When he joined, Bernd Leno was the undisputed No.1 goalkeeper at Arsenal and deservedly so. He was making numerous saves a game to keep […]

Neymar – Time To Take The Throne

In August 2017 the biggest saga in football history came to an end, as PSG confirmed the signing of Neymar from Barcelona on a five-year contract. The French giants paid a world record €222million (£198million), activating his release clause to bring him to Paris as they attempted to conquer Europe for the first time in […]

Bayern Munich The Team To Beat In Champions League

Another trip by a London team to the Allianz Arena, another dominant Bayern Munich win. The German giants beat Chelsea 4-1 on the night in their Champions League Last 16 second leg to make it a 7-1 aggregate win and set up a quarter-final tie against Barcelona. A double from Robert Lewandowski had goals by […]

Juventus’ Defeat Shows Sarri Isn’t Built For Elite Level

As Juventus crashed out of the UEFA Champions League at the Last 16 round, all eyes turned to manager Maurizio Sarri. A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to cancel out Memphis Depay’s penalty on the night, but the French side progressed through to the next round via the away goals rule following their 1-0 […]

Did Eric Garcia Just Save John Stones’ Manchester City Career?

As Manchester City prepare to do battle with Real Madrid in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola has revealed that defender Eric Garcia no longer wants to play for the club. The young Spaniard has come through the Etihad academy and has been first choice centre-back alongside Aymeric Laporte since football restarted following the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Brentford Braced To Lose Stars Following Playoff Final Defeat

Brentford have braced themselves to lose their star players this summer following defeat to Fulham in the Playoff final. After twice fluffing the opportunity to go into 2nd place and thus earn automatic promotion in the final week of the season, Brentford came from behind in their playoff semi-final against Swansea before Tuesday’s clash with […]

Top Four or Trophies?

As Arsenal won the FA Cup leaving Chelsea trophyless for the campaign, an online debate ensued. The Gunners’ fine performance at Wembley saw them pip their London rivals to silverware as managers Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard both looked for their first trophy as a boss. In the same season however, it was Lampard’s Blue […]

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth Fairy Tale Failure

After more than 450 games as manager across two spells in charge, Eddie Howe’s time at Bournemouth has come to an end. After a five-year spell in the Premier League, Bournemouth were relegated on the final day of the season and this has caused the club and manager to bring to an end his time […]

Watford FC: Which Players Deserve To Stay In The Premier League?

After a season that saw them go through three permanent managers and hire Hayden Mullins as a caretaker coach twice, it’s little surprise that Watford’s five-year run in the Premier League came to an end. Defeat on the final day to Arsenal meant Watford finished 19th after Bournemouth beat Everton and Aston Villa secured a […]

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