Can Dele Alli Recapture His Past Form in the Premier League This Season?

Dele Alli will return to Premier League action with Tottenham Hotspur buoyed by his success with the national side at the World Cup last summer. The young midfielder is desperate to put last season’s below-par campaign behind him and recapture the form he showed upon first joining the North London outfit. Spurs’ title hopes could hinge on players like Alli hitting the ground running in the season ahead. Alli has enjoyed a somewhat meteoric rise to the top level of English football, after plying his trade with MK Dons initially.…

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How Can Manchester United Dethrone City In 2018-2019

Manchester United underwhelmed under Jose Mourinho last season, despite enjoying the club’s best domestic season since the Alex Ferguson era. Finishing second behind bitter cross-town rivals – and runaway winners Manchester City – there was disappointment from the Old Trafford fans with the way the manager set up the team and the manner of their play. This was compounded by the club going trophy-less in 2018. This year could be a defining one for Mourinho. He has led United to Europa League and League Cup wins and oversaw the team’s…

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Silverware an Absolute Must for Liverpool after Expensive Summer

It was a case of close but no cigar for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool last season. The Reds were much improved in the Premier League but could only finish third – Liverpool did advance to the Champions League final but fell short against the mighty Real Madrid. Since then, Klopp has spent over £150 million to bolster his squad and lots of fans believe that the Reds are primed to topple Manchester City in the 2018/19 Premier League title race. Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson will all help Liverpool in…

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Mourinho bemoans “bad” pre-season as Man United seek to close gap on City

Man United manager Jose Mourinho has never been shy about coming forward, and so it will have come as little to no surprise really to hear that he has stated the Red Devils’ pre-season is a bad one owing to so many absentees. The vast majority of those not present are players still on holiday after good-to-remarkable World Cup campaigns of course, while former Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has remained in England to sort out some “personal administrative issues”. With such a depleted squad able to partake in some warmup…

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New Sobakov footwear continues Adidas dominance of terrace footwear

The latest in terrace footwear is upon us, and as in previous years, Adidas are the frontrunners in authentic football culture trainers. The new Sobakov line, available in black and white versions, takes aspects off the pitch and onto the street, and will be the next must buy for Adidas footwear enthusiasts, who have cemented their well-earned status among football fans over the last 5-10 years. The new release is called Sobakov, and is actually a mix of two Russian words, fittingly seeing as Russia gave us the World Cup…

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Do Tottenham Stick or Twist?

The conclusion of the World Cup was just a few days ago, but there is no rest for the wicked as the prospect of the 2018/19 Premier League season looms large. The first ball will be kicked on Saturday August 11thas Newcastle take on Tottenham at St James Park, however before the campaign gets underway there will be something of a sense of urgency in the preparations of English clubs. The reason being is that the domestic transfer window no longer closes at the end of August, instead it shuts…

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How has the World Cup affected this year’s transfer market?

July is traditionally the time of year when transfer season moves into top gear, and the rumour machine across the Premier League, Championship and Leagues One and Two starts going into overdrive. This year, of course, attention has been focused to lands further east and the events in Russia. It is understandable that with so many Premier League players in action for their countries, the usual transfer frenzy among the giants, both in the UK and Europe, has been deferred till later in the month. But this has also resulted…

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Golden route to World Cup final for England after securing silver

England fans didn’t travel all the way to Russia to settle for second place – or did they? Gareth Southgate’s side ended as runners-up in Group G behind Belgium with a final tally of two wins and one defeat. It was a very winnable pool, with the Three Lions holding all the aces in the head-to-head stats over Belgium, but a final match defeat at the hands of the Red Devils handed Belgium the prize. England progressed to the knock-out stage and appear to have been dropped into the better…

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Quiz: Find your second World Cup team

As the biggest sporting event in history draws ever closer, it’s time to take a look at your choices for the world cup betting odds. Are you sticking with the tried and tested big four? Or going for an unexpected underdog this year? Between them, the nations of Brazil, Germany, Italy and Uruguay have won an incredible 15 of the 20 World Cup tournaments in its long 80+ year history. This year features some unexpected surprises, as well as a few debut nations who’ve never made it to the event…

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Infographic: Proof if needed that a long time has passed since England last won the World Cup

England climbed to the peak of international football by winning the World Cup in 1966, but it’s been mostly downhill from there ever since. The Three Lions didn’t even qualify for two of the World Cups in the 1970s – that’s how quickly it went wrong. Maybe if Peter Shilton hadn’t been outjumped by Diego Maradona in 1986 it would only have been 20 years of hurt. We’ll never know. More than 50 years have passed since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup – but what does that really mean?…

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Lionel Messi Signs New Deal

  Argentine forward Lionel Messi has penned a new contract keeping him at the Camp Nou until the end of the 2020/21 season. Messi, a product of Barcelona’s famed youth academy La Masia, will have spent 17 years in Barcelona’s first team when the deal finally expires. Messi moved up the ranks at the academy that produced players with technical excellence dubbed as the golden generation which included Carlos Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerald Pique, Victor Valdes, Pedro among others. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner now looks set to end…

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Liverpool’s hapless defence continues to cost them

Dejan Lovren is no stranger to criticism at Liverpool, finding himself as the individual singled out for being responsible for the collective downfall on multiple occasions. Such treatment came the way of Lovren once again at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, though the reaction to it may have never been so severe. Two costly Lovren mistakes enabled Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to put Spurs into a two-goal lead inside 12 minutes, and it didn’t get much better for the Croatian. Jurgen Klopp has often been a staunch defender of…

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Sanchez, Chamberlain deals represent the internal lack of ambition at Arsenal

It’s groundhog day once again at Arsenal – two key players are set to leave the club after their contracts were inexplicably allowed to run down into their final year without renewal. The impending departures of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both represent the ultimate failings at Arsenal on different scales, as a star and a future star both seek pastures new to progress at different stages of their career. For Sanchez, 29, the reality has hit home that he will simply be unable to win the Premier League under…

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Liverpool prepared to offload Origi for Lemar

Liverpool have made a third bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar – and are willing to allow Divock Origi to join the Ligue 1 side in exchange. According to French outlet L’Équipe, the Reds have made an €80m bid for the 21-year-old, with €50m being paid up front before an additional payment of €30m to be made the following summer. In addition to cash, Liverpool hope they can use Monaco’s interest in forward Origi to their advantage by allowing the Belgian international to spend a year at the Stade Louis…

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Naivety cost inexperienced Nagelsmann and Hoffenheim at Anfield

“I’m not in awe of this club. We know it’s a big name with a lot of history. But I’m looking forward to it. We’ve shown in the first leg that we coped well with them. We can deal with fast attackers.” The words of Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann during his pre-match press conference, ahead of his side’s second leg tie with Liverpool at Anfield. The 30-year-old was similarly outspoken in the aftermath of their 2-1 defeat in the first leg. “We had the ball in many important spaces. He…

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Hamilton v Dundee predictions and betting tips

Hamilton v Dundee predictions Hamilton Academical welcome Dundee to the SuperSeal Stadium on 12/08/17 as both sides look to bounce back from opening day defeats. Hamilton lost 2-0 away to Aberdeen last time out, whereas Dundee were surprised with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Ross County. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.   Both sides have had disappointing openings to the campaign thus far and both will likely be more concerned with not losing the game. I’m expecting this to be a…

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Kilmarnock v Hearts predictions and betting tips

Kilmarnock v Hearts predictions Kilmarnock face Hearts at Rugby Park on 12/08/17 as both sides look to bounce back from opening day losses in the Scottish Premiership. Killie went down 2-1 at home to St. Johnstone in their season opener, while Hearts were beaten convincingly by Celtic, who romped to a 4-1 victory at Celtic Park. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.   Both teams have made very disappointing starts to their respective campaign and both will see this as a real chance to…

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St Johnstone v Motherwell predictions and betting tips

Ross County v Aberdeen predictions Ross County host Aberdeen at the Global Energy Stadium on 12/08/17 as both teams look to make it two wins from two games in the Scottish Premiership. The hosts picked up a 2-1 win away to Dundee last time out, whereas Aberdeen cruised to a 2-0 victory at home to Hamilton. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.   Ross County finished last season strongly at home but face a side in Aberdeen who should possess too much quality for…

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St Johnstone v Motherwell predictions and betting tips

St Johnstone v Motherwell predictions St. Johnstone face Motherwell at McDiarmid Park on 12/08/17 in a meeting of two sides who had contrasting opening Scottish Premiership fixtures. St. Johnstone enjoyed a 2-1 victory away to Kilmarnock on the opening day of the season, while Motherwell fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rangers. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.   St. Johnstone finished last season in excellent form at home, winning four of their final six, whereas Motherwell won just one of…

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Rangers v Hibernian predictions and betting tips

Rangers v Hibernian predictions Rangers host Hibernian at Ibrox on 12/08/17 as both teams look to maintain their 100% start to the Scottish Premiership season. Rangers kicked off their league campaign with a 2-1 win away to Motherwell, while Hibs marked their return to the top flight with a 3-1 success over Partick Thistle at Easter Road. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.   Still at an extremely early stage of the season, it’s still tough to predict where exactly these sides will end…

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Partick Thistle v Celtic predictions and betting tips

Partick Thistle v Celtic predictions Partick Thistle host Celtic at Firhill Stadium on 11/08/17 as the away side look to continue their 100% start to the domestic season. Both teams enjoyed comfortable wins in the League Cup in midweek, as Partick took down St Johnstone 3-0 away from home and Celtic romped past Kilmarnock with a 5-0 victory. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.   Early sightings of Celtic prove they show no sign of slowing from last season’s emphatic title victory and…

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Middlesbrough predictions, betting tips and preview

Wolves will be aiming to put their disappointing last season behind them when they welcome Middlesbrough at the Molineux Stadium for the opening round of the new Championship season. Wolverhampton come into this tie on the back of an excellent 1-0 home win over the Premier League side Leicester City in a friendly game last weekend thanks to a second-half goal from Ivan Cavaleiro. Meanwhile, Middlesbrough beat Augsburg 2-1 thanks to goals from Martin Braithwaite and Adam Forshaw. Below we will take you through everything you need to know and…

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Arsenal v Chelsea – Community Shield Preview

Perceived as the unofficial curtain raiser to the start of the season, this year’s Community Shield sees a repeat of the last club match hosted at Wembley Stadium as FA Cup holders Arsenal take on defeated finalists and Premier League champions Chelsea. Indeed, this is the second occasion in the past three seasons in which these two clubs have met in the week before the season. In 2015, it was Arsenal who came out on top, as an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike proved to be enough to seal a 1-0 victory,…

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Leicester reject £20m Gray offer

Leicester City have rejected a £20m bid from Premier League rivals Bournemouth for winger Demarai Gray, according to Sky Sports. The 21-year-old, who earned a Premier League winners medal in 2016, has grown frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities at the King Power Stadium after starting just nine league games last season. He has made 55 appearances in total for the Foxes, scoring twice since joining from Birmingham City in January 2016 and manager Craig Shakespeare says he will be given the chance to show what he can do…

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Swansea continuing talks over Sigurdsson transfer

Swansea City manager Paul Clement says the club are in talks with another club over the potential transfer of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. Everton and Leicester City have both shown interest in signing the 27-year-old playmaker this summer, with the former submitting two bids in excess of £40m already this summer, albeit to no avail as of yet. With just a week-and-a-half until the start of the new Premier League season, Clement is keen for the situation to be resolved as quickly as possible so his squad can be prepared for…

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