Why Tottenham can be confident against bad travellers Barcelona

Barcelona’s visit to Wembley to face Spurs is being seen as a tough tie at the wrong time for the home side, up against La Liga league leaders, and having lost in their last euro outing with Inter. Defeats away to Watford, home to fellow Champions League challengers Liverpool, and away at San Siro against Inter, coupled with unconvincing performances in many of their other outings, have resulted in fans being largely disappointed at the start to the campaign, with the sportsbook GiveMeBet among others needing to factor this in to…

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No top 4 finish for Arsenal according to the bookies

Arsenal currently sit seventh in the Premier League table after a turbulent start to this season’s campaign. Despite the Gunners only being three points behind Watford in fourth place and having three straight wins, the bookies are already ruling out a top 4 finish. Sure, it kicked off quite badly, with losses to Man City and Chelsea in the two first games. But since then, Arsenal have beaten West Ham at home and claimed two strong away wins against the likes of Cardiff and Newcastle. Yet, the odds for Arsenal,…

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Nations League – What is it and do we really need it?

2018 has seen the beginning of a new, not-so-exciting, national competition called Nations League. Many of us were left baffled, wondering what exactly it is and why FIFA felt the need to add it to the calendar of biennial competition. After all, we already have a European Championship every two years and didn’t necessarily feel the need to have another one. UEFA has said to have devised the competition to eliminate meaningless international friendlies”, which make a lot of sense. However, it really seems as if, after teams such as…

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A new Chiesa for a new Italy

Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina

During Italy’s 1-1 UEFA Nations League draw with Poland, one of the few distinctly positive notes for new Coach Roberto Mancini to take, was the performance of substitute Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina’s 20 year-old attacker. Son of Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Parma man Enrico, Chiesa broke into the Viola team in 2016, scoring three goals, and followed that up last term with six in 35 matches, proving himself already worthy of being a starter in a strong Serie A side. This year he is expected to continue his progress and add more…

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If Pogba is unhappy at Man Utd, he should leave

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

When Paul Pogba returned to Man Utd after a few years away at Juventus, the Red Devils and supporters welcomed the return of the Frenchman, with #Pogback trending on Twitter following the announcement of the deal. Pogba had been seen as “the one that got away” from Sir Alex Ferguson, having gone on to become one of the world’s finest players during his spell in Serie A. The deal would set United back a then-world record £89m, and alongside fellow new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic it appeared that the club could…

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English talent stifled through lack of game time

In the World Cup this past summer, England managed their most successful campaign since 1990 when they reached the semi-finals. Manager Gareth Southgate and the England players themselves enjoyed the plaudits for doing such a professional job where perhaps past generations have choked. Fittingly, the Three Lions also ended their penalty shootout hoodoo when they eliminated Colombia from the competition on spot kicks. Statistical data has emerged, however, which suggests that English players are being given less playing time in the Premier League than ever before, particularly at clubs vying…

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Man Utd to miss out on Premier League top 4 – says supercomputer

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Technology is a great thing when it works. The advent of smartphones and, of course, the emergence of the internet have allowed us to surround ourselves with football in every nook and cranny of our lives. We can find out exactly what has gone on within the corridors at our club with just a few taps of the thumb, or a few clicks of a mouse. Football and technology seem made to go hand-in-hand as both evolve and develop over the course of months and years. One of the most…

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Could John Terry really join Mourinho at United?

John Terry, Aston Villa

There have been suggestions recently that former Chelsea defender John Terry could turn down a move to Sporting Lisbon – or a return to Aston Villa – in favour of reuniting with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Man Utd. The suggestion – credited initially to Adrian Durham on talkSPORT – may seem somewhat silly on the surface of it, but dig a little deeper and there is certainly an argument to be made for it happening. Assuming there is any interest from the Portuguese manager (who counted Terry as…

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Three Bosses Who Could Be the First Premier League Manager to Go in 2018-19

With the 2018-19 Premier League campaign underway, sooner or later there’ll be a managerial casualty. It’s become one of those certainties like death and taxes. The transient life of a football manager or head coach means departures from top-flight clubs are inevitable, but who is looking prominent in the so-called sack race? If you thinking of having a bet on this market with bookmakers, remember the boss doesn’t have to be sacked to count. They can resign or leave by mutual consent – what some might say is just a…

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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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