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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If Rooney starts again, United are finished! [Tweets]

Manchester United’s woes continued as they succumbed to their third consecutive defeat in all competitions today. Watford defeated Jose Mourinho’s side 3-1 at Vicarage Road to leave them six points behind neighbours City in the league table. It was a huge blow to the Red Devils as they were considered by many the only team capable of challenging Guardiola’s rampaging City for the league title this season. There were a lot of talking points in the game, but United skipper Wayne Rooney grabbed the headlines with his woeful performance on…

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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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Republic of Ireland ready to rise to the occasion

Disciplined, organised, powerful, resolute and spirited. Each of those qualities are possessed in abundance by Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side, who produced a fine performance in drawing 1-1 with Sweden in their first game of Euro 2016. Playing with determination, endeavour and a great deal of passion, both teams acquitted themselves extremely well in a thoroughly entertaining match, which the Republic were nevertheless left feeling frustrated at not having won. After going ahead deservedly through Wes Hoolahan’s fine strike in the 49th minute, they tried to defend that lead…

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Miracle manager Michael O’Neill masterminds historic Northern Ireland victory

Ahead of Northern Ireland’s game with Ukraine last night, manager Michael O’Neill called for his team to play far more positively than they did during their opening match of Euro 2016 which they lost 1-0 to Poland. Subsequently O’Neill’s players answered their manager’s demand by producing a wonderful performance to beat Ukraine 2-0 in Lyon and put themselves in with a great chance of reaching the last 16 of the tournament. During their loss to Poland, the Northern Irish players struggled to either retain possession or create chances. After witnessing…

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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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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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Three reasons why England can win Euro 2016

England will head to Euro 2016 in France with the youngest squad of any team at the tournament, and the youngest Three Lions side for 58 years, while Marcus Rashford will be the youngest player at the Euros. So how on earth will Roy Hodgson’s boys be able to pull off the impossible, winning Euro 2016? We tackle three reasons why this might be England’s tournament! 1. Killer confidence The Three Lions are ranked fourth among bookmakers when it comes to Euro 2016 favourites. Behind only France, Germany and Spain, and…

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Top 9 movies based on the world’s most popular game

There is a serious dearth of Hollywood productions based on the world’s most popular game. But there are some gems that are must-see for any football fan and as expected most of them are British productions. Here is our list of the top nine movies based on football: 9. Goal I and II: These movies capture the rise of lead character Santiago Munez from Los Angeles to Newcastle United to Real Madrid. These movies were made with assistance from FIFA and hence feature some of the biggest names in the…

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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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Reaction: NOBODY wants Benteke at Liverpool! Reds and Villa fans want him at United!

With the news breaking that Liverpool are set to meet Aston Villa’s valuation to sign Christian Benteke for £32.5m, it’s been great fun watching everybody meltdown over the impending deal. Liverpool fans don’t seem to want him, but the most surprising aspect of the story is that Villa fans, who have seemingly accepted his departure, would rather he go to Manchester United instead! Over the past three seasons, Benteke has fired Villa to safety by chalking up 42 goals in 88 Premier League appearances (49 in 100 in total), and…

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Fabian Delph staying at Aston Villa is the best outcome for everyone

On Friday night fans of Aston Villa were preparing to lose their beloved captain Fabian Delph in an £8m move to Premier League runners up Manchester City (via Daily Mail). Naturally, meltdown ensued. Delph not only cuts a popular figure at Villa Park, but was set to depart for a criminally low transfer fee, which the Mail attribute down to a release clause inserted in his contract when he renewed terms back in January. However, not 24 hours later and the England international announced that he would be staying put.…

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Lionel Messi needs to ignore retirement calls if he wishes to be considered the greatest

Lionel Messi may already be one of the most decorated players of all-time, and is rightly considered one of the greatest the game has ever seen, but he now faces a critical decision, and one that could prove to define his legacy. He needs to decide whether to call time upon his international career. READ MORE: Manchester City closing in on a £50m deal for Raheem Sterling Jose Mourinho turns down huge pay rise to stay at Chelsea until 2019 (Video) Neymar gets wasted at house party in Brazil The…

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Six key battles on the Premier League’s opening day that may shape the season

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Following the announcement of the 2015/16 Premier League fixture list, fans of the 20 clubs set to sit at the top table of English football next season will already be predicting how their campaign looks set to turn out. READ MORE: Arsenal man on verge of departure David De Gea delays Real Madrid move Chelsea target suggests move is complete The opening day will often set the tone for how the year will pan out, so all the managers will be desperate to see their side collect three points. Here…

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England player ratings v Republic of Ireland: Wayne Rooney endures terrible afternoon for Three Lions

England and the Republic of Ireland played out a very disappointing goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium. The clash, which offered few clear chances, failed to get out of second gear. The best opening fell to Wayne Rooney early in the second half, as he was played through by Jordan Henderson. However, the skipper’s first touch was terrible and allowed Kieren Westwood to gather up the ball. Here is how England’s players got on during their GK- Joe Hart 7 Despite Ireland’s good work in the opening half-hour, he only…

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Five strikers Liverpool need to consider signing instead of Christian Benteke

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Brendan Rodgers arguably faces the most challenging summer since he arrived at Liverpool three years ago. Following their disappointing campaign, the Northern Irishman needs to desperately bolster his options ahead of next season. And in no position is that desperation felt more, than up front. READ MORE: Liverpool News and Goals Since the loss of Luis Suarez, the Reds have pinned all their hope upon the success of Daniel Sturridge, while supporting him with a cluster of back-up options. Unfortunately, the England international has spent much of the year on…

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James Milner is a good signing for Liverpool, but they won’t replace Gerrard

This week Liverpool made what is arguably the first big move of the transfer window by bringing James Milner to the club on a free from Manchester City. READ MORE: Liverpool News and Goals Milner, though he is not glamorous, is a fantastic player. There isn’t much he cannot do and he will certainly be missed by City fans next season for more reasons than just their home grown quota taking a knock. There has been a feeling that Liverpool fans aren’t too happy with the deal, though, as if…

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Why Juventus can hold off Barcelona without Giorgio Chiellini

Juventus have been hit by the news this week that influential defender and club stalwart Giorgio Chiellini will miss this weekend’s Champions League final clash with Barcelona. SEE ALSO: Juventus news and transfer rumours It’s never easy to lose a star player, let alone a few days before a major final, and understandably, there are now even more detractors weighing in on Juve’s apparently slim chances of lifting the trophy. That is, of course, if you can find anyone that isn’t making a reference to the bite incident with Luis…

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