The Premier League Suspended Until April 30th, the Season to Be Completed

English Premier League Logo Coronavirus

The English Premier League clubs met today and I’m sure that Liverpool fans have been waiting for this one extra carefully. The team’s title was hanging in the balance, but it seems like the Reds will have the chance to win the trophy after all. After the meeting, the club decided to further suspend the season until April 30th. I’m not sure that this will be the last time the date is moved back, but everything depends on how the coronavirus pandemic unfolds in the next month or so. There…

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Three Teams That Might Benefit from the Postponement of Euro 2020

UEFA Euro 2020 Postponed

I think it was inevitable for the governing bodies of football to move Euro 2020 to the next year. The coronavirus outbreak completely changed all the plans UEFA and the national federations had for the upcoming months. Football is simply not important right now, so that’s the reasonable decision. I’m sure that some fans won’t be happy, but there are several countries that might benefit from the situation. Let’s look at them. France The 2018 World Cup winner France was one of the favorites for Euro 2020 but the country…

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Can Liverpool Really Lose the Premier League Title?

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool Players

Up to a few weeks ago, it looked impossible for Liverpool to lose the English Premier League title. Jurgen Klopp’s men were beating everyone, building a huge gap in the process. The team was beyond any doubt the best in the Premier League and only had to win two more games to secure the trophy. That’s when the coronavirus struck and the competition got suspended up to early April, at least. The big question is what happens next. If the tournament somehow continues, there’s little doubt that Liverpool will eventually…

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Was Atletico Madrid’s Win Over Liverpool Luck or Masterclass by Simeone?

Atletico Madrid Liverpool

I’m sure that most of you watched the game between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The Spaniards knocked out the reigning Champions League winners after the extra time and the overall impression is that Diego Simeone and his men got fortunate. That’s what many pundits said and Jurgen Klopp had a dig at his colleague after the match. Michael Owen went a step further and directly tweeted that this was not a masterclass by Simeone but pure luck. But is that really the case? Let’s look at the main…

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Will UEFA Postpone Euro 2020 Because of the Coronavirus?

UEFA Euro 2020

The coronavirus is spreading around the world and most countries are trying to limit the disease. We already saw a number of sporting and cultural events canceled. More than 15 million people are under quarantine in Italy and Europe as a whole is in a difficult situation. Many games from the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League were already postponed or played behind closed doors. That begs the question if the European Championship in the summer can follow a similar fate. Simple Facts about the Competition The tournaments will…

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English Premier League Top 4 Preview and Predictions

English Premier League Top 4 Betting Preview and Prediction

This English Premier League campaign has been weird so far, as many of the big guns have massively underperformed. Tottenham and Arsenal were so bad that they had to change their managers before the start of 2020, while Chelsea and Manchester United have been just slightly better. That has made the battle for the top 4 wide open and we have no clue who’s going to finish there at the end. Ok, that’s technically not true since Liverpool, Man City, and Leicester look certain. What I mean is that the…

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Is Solskjaer Overplaying Bruno Fernandes Already?

Bruno Fernandes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

Manchester United had to go through a long negotiation process and pay a little fortune to get Bruno Fernandes from Sporting. The first impression is that the saga was totally worth it, as the midfielder has been a standout performer for the Red Devils recently. He scored several goals in different competitions and instantly became a leader on the pitch in the absence of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. It all looks good, but I have the feeling that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is starting to rely too much on Fernandes…

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Is There Really a Problem with Liverpool’s Recent Form?

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

For a huge part of this season, Liverpool looked invincible. The team broke a number of records for wins and points, not only for the Premier League but for all top leagues across Europe. The Reds were after Arsenal’s record for most consecutive games without defeat in the domestic competition and they genuinely looked unstoppable. And yet, Liverpool was brought down to Earth recently. The team lost against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, got crushed Watford in the Premier League, and was knocked out by Chelsea in the FA…

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What Will Happen to Arsenal without Champions Football for Another Year

Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Logo

We all know that Champions League football is crucial for the top teams in England. The income from the competition and the effects on the image of each club make it so much easier to attract top talent. That’s why Arsene Wenger once famously labeled a place in the top 4 as almost a trophy. A lot of people made fun of the Arsenal manager at the time, but I always wondered why. The behaviour of most clubs, players and manager in England suggest that statement was spot on. If…

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Why Pep Guardiola Must Find More Minutes for Phil Foden

Pep Guardiola and Phil Foden Manchester City Logo

There’s so much to talk about Manchester City right now that it’s easy to leave some important points behind. The lack of enough playing time for the talented Phil Foden is a good example of that. The youngster has been excellent in most of the games he’s been on the pitch. The problem is that the depth of City’s squad made it hard for Pep Guardiola to find enough minutes for the academy graduate. In the wake of City’s UEFA ban, the brief return of Laporte and the famous win…

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Five Things We Learned from the First Leg of the Champions League Knockouts

Bayern Munich Manchester City Champions League Knockouts

The first leg of the UEFA Champions League is behind us and that brings us closer to the trophy. I believe we learned a lot from the games, so it’s time for analysis before the return legs. Here are my five things we learned so far. The Teams Are Closer Than We Thought Most teams are still in it after the first leg. Only Atalanta and Bayern Munich seem certain for the next round, while all the other clubs will be hoping to progress. Sure, RB Leipzig looked good and…

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How Gnabry Became World Class After He Wasn’t Good Enough for West Brom

Serge Gnabri West Bromwich Albion

Football can be funny sometimes. Serge Gnabry destroyed his second London club this season, scoring a brace against Chelsea for Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory in the Champions League last night. It was a masterful display from the forward and I think very few people doubt that Gnabry is world-class nowadays. And yet, several years ago the youngster was labeled “not good enough” to start for West Bromwich Albion by Toni Pulis, of all people. So it got me thinking, how did Gnabry develop from not good enough for West Brom…

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How Far Can Arsenal Go This Season?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta Arsenal

For weeks or even months, we were talking about how Arsenal has certainly improved under Mikel Arteta and the results will inevitably come. Well, they have started coming as the Gunners have recorded three wins in the past week or so. They trashed Newcastle at home in the English Premier League, then earned a valuable 1-0 victory against Olympiacos in Europe and finished last week on a high after beating Everton in a five-goal thriller. The performance was far from perfect in all of these games and we know that…

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Is Bruno Fernandes Paul Pogba’s Replacement at Manchester United?

Bruno Fernandes Paul Pogba Manchester United

Everybody is talking about Bruno Fernandes after his bright start at Manchester United. The Portuguese midfielder looks ready to play at the top level and brings a lot to the table. He scored his first goal for the Red Devils against Watford and looked like the real deal. Fernandes won his third Man of the Match award and the supporters love his contributions on the pitch. Most of them can’t wait to see him play alongside Paul Pogba which made me think if the Portuguese has come to form a…

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Why Aymeric Laporte Is the Key to Manchester City’s Season

Aymeric Laporte Pep Guardiola Manchester City

I’ve stated multiple times that Pep Guardiola’s refusal to buy another central defender is one of the reasons why Manchester City failed to meet the expectations this season. I still believe that is the case, but I can’t deny the fact that the Spanish manager has been unlucky too. The injury of Aymeric Laporte early in the campaign was monumental. The Frenchman is the best player in arguably the only position where the champions are short in numbers. What he brings to this team is invaluable for many reasons and…

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Five Things We Learned from Friday’s Champions League Games

Erling Haaland and Other Champions League Figures

We saw two exciting games of football in the Champions League last night. Borussia Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 at home, while Atletico Madrid earned a precious 1-0 lead over Liverpool. The results pretty much leave both ties in the balance until the second leg. In the meantime, there are five important things we learned on Tuesday. Erling Haaland Can Do It in the Biggest Stage We’ve known that Erling Haaland is a talented striker for a while. He scored a ton of goals in Austria, but we’ve seen other players…

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Is Frank Lampard Starting to Learn from His Mistakes?

Olivier Giroud and Other Chelsea Players

The start of Frank Lampard’s career as a Chelsea manager was excellent. The young players thrived under the manager and the team had a long streak of wins that put it in a strong position for the top 4 race. Fast-forward a couple of months and Chelsea has won only four of the last fourteen games in the English Premier League. The club will be facing a tough battle for a place in the Champions League next season, with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, Sheffield United, and a bunch…

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Who Will Become the EPL Player of the Year at the End of the Season?

Jordan Henderson, Saido Mane and Other Top EPL Players

I haven’t thought much about the EPL Player of the Year race, but I saw that Andy Robertson said Jordan Henderson should win the award this season. That made me think if Liverpool’s captain is truly the man who deserves the honour. Let’s take a look at his chances, as well as the claims of several other players that might be contention. Jordan Henderson, Liverpool Since Henderson is the reason I wrote this post and the bookmakers believe he is the favorite, let’s start with him. I don’t think that…

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Three Potential Surprises in European Football for the Upcoming Weekend

Eintracht Frankfurt, Cagliari and Getafe Logos

I know that a lot of you like to bet on the top European football leagues during the weekend. It’s part of the whole experience, watching the games and placing a wager or two. That’s why I occasionally share my predictions. That’s what I’m about to do in this post, but I decided to take a different angle today. I believe that some of the bets with the most value often go under the radar.  I’m talking about potential surprises that not many people back because most gamblers go after…

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Should Players Like Mo Salah Participate in the Summer Olympics?

Mo Salah Olympics

I don’t think that any football fan takes the Summer Olympics seriously. The men’s tournament has been a solid opportunity for young players to gain some international experience and take a step forward in their development. That’s why the competition is limited to players under 23. Still, there is a rule that allows each country to include three senior athletes in its squad. We saw Neymar lead Brazil to the gold medals in 2016 and now another superstar could potentially play in Tokyo 2020. Mohamed Salah was included in Egypt’s…

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Which English Club Could Appoint Mauricio Pochettino in the Near Future?

Mauricio Pochettino's Managing Future

We haven’t heard much about Mauricio Pochettino ever since he was released as a Spurs manager. Many believed that the Argentinian specialist will instantly find a job with so many struggling top clubs across Europe, but he has been away from the sport for a while. A recent interview for Sky Sports suggests that Pochettino might be interesting in staying in the English Premier League. He obviously likes the time spent with Tottenham and Southampton. His statements made me think about his potential destinations in the country. Let’s take a…

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Should the Offside Change after the Introduction of VAR?

Premier League VAR Introduction

The introduction of VAR in English football from the start of this season brought plenty of controversial moments. Covering all aspects of the system in one post would be too much, so I decided to focus on a specific topic that angered a lot of people. We saw plenty of goals that were overturned for the tiniest of offsides. We saw armpits and toes that are millimeters behind the defenders which gave enough reasons to sanction them. One particular case involving Saido Mane sparked a reaction by the FA and…

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Who Will Win the German Bundesliga Title?

Bundesliga Title Predictions

This season has brought a breath of fresh air in the German Bundesliga. Bayern Munich has been far from invisible and we have a genuine title fight on our hands. Sure, the reigning champions are once again leading the race, but at least three teams are close enough at this point of the season. Bayern has 43 points, RB Leipzig sits second with 42, Borussia Dortmund is with 39. Borussia Monchengladbach also has 39 and a game in hand after this Sunday’s clash against Koln was postponed. As you can…

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Why a Place in the UEFA Tournaments Could Destroy Sheffield United’s Future

Chris Wilder Sheffield United

Sheffield United has a realistic chance of playing in the UEFA Europa League next season and even the Champions League is not out of the question. That statement would’ve been shocking before the start of the current campaign, but it’s the reality right now. The manager Chris Wilder and his men have exceeded all expectations and currently sit in the fight place of the English Premier League. After beating Bournemouth on Saturday, the team is only 2 points behind Chelsea and a place in the European competitions next season is…

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Who Will Win Copa del Rey after Barcelona and Real Madrid Are Out?

Quique Setién and Zinedine Zidane Copa Del Rey Logo

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid had tricky quarterfinal games in Copa del Rey, but I don’t think anyone expected to see both giants knocked out. And yet, Barcelona lost right at the death after a dramatic Sergio Busquests own goal, while Real Madrid conceded four times for the first under Zidane against Real Sociedad at home and is out too. On top of that, the audacious Mirandes eliminated a third La Liga opponent in a row to reach the last 4 of the tournament. The team will face Real Sociedad…

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