Pickford’s development into a top class goalkeeper gathers momentum

In defiance of Sunderland’s disastrous start to the English Premier League season, their young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is performing tremendously well. Since Victor Mannone tore elbow ligaments during a training session, Pickford has deputised for the 28-year-old Italian, despite the arrival at Sunderland of the former Portuguese U-21 goalkeeper Mika from Boavista. As well as keeping a clean sheet in Sunderland’s only win of the season thus far, which was a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury in the League Cup Pickford has produced three excellent Premier League displays, as the 22-year-old’s…

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What Teams Will Be Relegated From The Premier League?

There is a phrase that says it is tough at the top, but when it comes to football it can be even tougher at the bottom. While fans of high-flying Premier League teams such as Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea are looking forward to watching their team challenge for the title, several sides will languish towards the bottom of the league table for the majority of the season, fighting against the dreaded “drop.” Three teams will see their Premier League status stripped from them by the time the 2016-17 campaign…

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BetBurger: arbitrage betting scanner

Arb scanners greatly facilitate and simplify the work of arbers. They automatically scan a quantity of bookmaker lines, eliminating the need to spend a lot of time and efforts to search for arbs manually. BetBurger service is considered as one of the best arb scanners. It established in 2012 and has already gained popularity among a large number of arbers. In the meantime, service is used more than 25 thousands players. The features and benefits BetBurger stands out among other scanners lots of unique arbs. The odds are collected on…

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Gary Neville doubtful of managerial return

Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender and Sky pundit Gary Neville has revealed he may not make a return to football management following his disappointing spell with Spanish club Valencia last season. Neville, 41, spent three months at the beginning of 2016 on the bench at the Mestalla, but won just three of 16 Primera Liga matches in the dugout alongside brother Philip. Talking to Sky Sports he said: “I always say ‘never say never’ because my love of football is too great, but I genuinely believe it will be very difficult for…

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Top 5 performers in the Premier League so far

This Premier League season was hotly anticipated after the managerial changes at most of the top clubs – in came Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte. Surely one of them at least would struggle, and the key to the season would as ever be making the most of the players at their disposal. So who are those players that have made an immediate impression, and have any of the players from outside the top sides had a stunning start? Here we look at the most impressive performers from the…

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Vardy to help England to 1-0 win over Wales

We all know that Football Manager pushes Leicester City close to the title of best scouting team in world football, and the realism of results on the computer game is impressive. Therefore when Football Manager tells you the likely result of England vs Wales in Euro 2016, you listen (and maybe put a fiver on it!). Rather than go through the newspapers to check form, the guys at Super Betting Tips simulated the match on Football Manager 2016 a full 1000 times in order to see what average result the game…

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Man Utd set for big money Verratti move

Manchester United are being heavily linked with a big money, 100m Euro offer for Paris St. Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, according to various sources. United now have Jose Mourinho at the helm, and the Portuguese is said to be keen to add first Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the the Italian defensive midfielder, from PSG. The latter is reported by Italian sports daily Courier dello Sport, to be valued at £79m, a figure United are thought to be willing to pay. Verratti, 23, will not be part of Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign, due…

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Dier expects local feel to England-Wales clash

Tottenham and England midfielder Eric Dier is looking forward to Thursday’s clash with neighbours Wales, and thinks the match will mirror the style seen in the Premier League rather than in other Euro 2016 matches. Saturday night saw the 22-year-old England defensive midfielder score his second international goal, a free-kick from just outside the area, helping the Three Lions to a 1-1 draw in their European Championship opener against Russia. Next Thursday however, England will face a different challenge they come up against the likes of Ashley Williams, Joe Allen…

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Liverpool move for Arsenal striker as Benteke exit near

Liverpool are set to make an approach for out-of-favour Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, with £25m being the figure suggested for the England man. Walcott has made 15 league starts in what was another injury effected season, however having been on the bench some 20 times, it’s clear the 27-year-old has yet to convince boss Arsene Wenger that he should be a first team regular, and a goal-scoring record of two in his last 21 league matches, further damages his claim to start as a striker rather than on the right…

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Quiz: Who said it: Muhammad Ali or the Premier League football manager?

Muhammad Ali sadly passed away on Friday, leaving behind mammoth sporting achievements, but also independent of sport, he was a showman, master of mind games, poet, activist, and a speaker who would keep his audience permanently engrossed. Today’s Premier League managers can rarely get away with the same approach however – can you tell who said the following quotes, Muhammad Ali, or the Premier League football manager: Loading Who said it? Muhammad Ali or the Premier League manager?

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No Real Madrid bid for Man Utd stopper

Real Madrid are yet to make a move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, despite reports that the Spanish club were looking to renew their interest in the Spain number one. Last Summer Madrid nearly completed a move for De Gea, however the transfer window shut before all paperwork could be processed on a £29.3m move – the delay was something that Real accused United of doing on purpose, in order to prevent their number one making an Old Trafford exit. As such, it has largely been expected that the…

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Arsenal complete midfielder signing

Arsenal have completed the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka in a reported £35m deal, the club have confirmed. The Gunners have been linked with the Swiss star for months, and with the end of the Premier League season, boss Arsene Wenger appears to have moved quickly in the transfer market to ensure he does not miss out on another big name signing, as he has done in previous seasons. Wenger has received criticism in the past for not spending big in Summer transfer windows, but this move could signify a new…

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Why Roy Hodgson must take Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy to the Euros next summer

Jamie Vardy has been in sensational form for Leicester City throughout the early stages of the season. The Foxes striker has scored an incredible 14 goals so far this campaign, netting in eleven consecutive fixtures – a new Premier League record. On current form, Vardy is streets ahead of other potential candidates for Roy Hodgson’s squad, including Wayne Rooney, the injury-prone Daniel Sturridge and even Tottenham’s main man Harry Kane. At the time of writing, Vardy is an absolute shoo-in for the European Championship. While he isn’t the most experienced…

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Bergamo (and Italy!) debates the Guardian’s controversial take on Atalanta

Richard Hall, author of a blog called The Gentleman Ultra that mixes the nostalgia of Italian football with the reality on the Curva, was recently asked to write a club guide on Atalanta football club for The Guardian. However he couldn’t possibly have envisaged the huge reaction that it has generated over in Italy. Where in England the article was enjoyed, and Serie A fans awaited the next in the series, in Bergamo, noses it appeared, had been put out of place. Richard is slightly puzzled at the reaction as…

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Tottenham Focus – Forget a striker, defence is behind Champions League troubles

Tottenham do still have a chance of reaching the top four Premier League spots, and the coveted Champions League qualification that goes with that. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late equaliser meant that Arsenal must win both of their matches, assuming spurs do likewise. A draw for the Gunners against relegation threatened Wigan and Newcastle would open the door for Spurs. With Arsenal having drawn two of their last four, and having shown questionable ‘bottle’ at times this season, it’s far from time to give up on joining Europe’s elite next year. However,…

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Tottenham Focus – Are Spurs the new Barcelona?

In the absence of Jermain Defoe, Tottenham have managed to win two and draw one of their last three games, a run that saw Gareth Bale hit four goals, and Mousa Dembele claim the all important equaliser against Lyon on Thursday. But on closer examination, when it comes to orthodox strikers, Spurs have learned to play without one. Just like Barcelona, having a striker is a luxury at Spurs, rather than a necessity. Whether Tottenham line-up with an out-of-form Adebayor, Defoe, an uncomfortable Clint Dempsey pushed up, or Bale moving…

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Arsenal up interest in Bong following Gibbs injury

Arsene Wenger is looking to sign Valenciennes left-back Gaetan Bong as cover for the recently injured Kieran Gibbs, reports the Daily Mail. Gibbs, 23, picked up a thigh injury in the midweek clash against Liverpool, an injury that is set to see Arsenal youth product out for around three weeks. The Gunners have limited cover in the left-back position, with Andre Santos next in line – however, following a disappointing start to his Arsenal career, the Brazilian has only made three league starts this season, and according to reports, another…

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How will Tottenham line-up under Villas-Boas?

With Andre Villas-Boas newly appointed as Harry Redknapp’s successor at White Hart Lane, Spurs fans will be looking forward to the former Porto boss stamping his own identity on the team, both tactically, and of course in the Summer transfer window. But what can we expect from the man who succeeded so well in Portugal, before coming unstuck at Chelsea? At both Porto and Chelsea Villas-Boas has been most comfortable playing a loose 4-3-3 formation, with one central midfielder slightly deeper than the accompanying two, and with one main striker…

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Book review – Theatre of Silence: The Lost Soul of Football

Book: Theatre of Silence: The Lost Soul of FootballAuthor: Matthew BazellRating: 8/10 Theatre of Silence, The Lost Soul of Football, by Matthew Bazell, is a hugely entertaining critique of modern day football, with a desire largely to return to what it deems as better, or at least more genuine, times. Covering a number of controversial subject areas from ticket pricing to television funding, terraced stands to FIFA, and much, much more. In essence the book is intended to take a second look at a number of changes made in the…

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Aston Villa vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

With the sad news that Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, this tie will serve as another opportunity to put the game of football into perspective. All at A Different League wish him well with his treatment. Form: Villa come into the tie having won just once in their last eight outings in all competitions, including a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend. This has seen the Villains drop down to 15th place in the Premier League, and the pressure mounting on manager Alex McLeish.…

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Milan vs Barcelona – Match preview and team news

These two sides meet for the third time this season, after qualifying from the same group – Milan first held Barcelona to a draw in the Camp Nou, before the Catalans secured a 2-1 win at the San Siro. The game is sure to be more competitive now the teams meet in the knockout stages, and the San Siro will be a 78,000 sell-out for this stand-out fixture of the quarter-finals. The two European giants will be battling it out to secure a Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. Barcelona come…

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Benfica vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

Chelsea travel to Benfica, with the knowledge that both Manchester sides were knocked out of the Champions League by Portguese clubs, and will be looking to avoid a hat-trick at the Estadio da Luz tonight. It is a game that will also see defender David Luiz, and midfielder Ramires come up against their old teammates. Chelsea arrive in the quarter finals of the Champions League having defeated Napoli after extra time in the last round. The Blues have now won four of their last six games, all under interim manager…

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Tottenham vs Bolton – Match preview and team news

It has been a little over a week since Fabrice Muamba collapsed from a cardiac arrest in the FA Cup quarter final between these two sides at White Hart Lane, but both sides go into this rearranged game lifted significantly by the miraculous progress Muamba is making in his recovery. Without doubt this game will be an emotional one for players, fans, and all concerned – Muamba himself is poised to watch the game from his hospital bed. Tottenham have been out of form in recent weeks, managing just one…

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Man City vs Chelsea – Match preview and prediction

Manchester City look to close the gap on city rivals United to just one point at the Etihad Stadium tonight, as Chelsea try to keep pressure on Arsenal for the coveted fourth spot. Man City are without Jolean Lescott and Vincent Kompany in central defence, both out with injury, so Kolo Toure and Stefan Savic will partner. The return of Carlos Tevez to the City side is approaching, and the Argentine could feature tonight, although he is set to start the tie on the bench, with Mario Balotelli and Sergio…

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