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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English Football Clubs Decide to Move Deadline Day to September 1st

Premier League Deadline Day

I already discussed the pros and cons of moving the summer deadline day in English football several days ago and I’m not shocked to hear that the clubs decided to go for September 1st once again. The main reasoning behind this solution is to stay synchronized with the rest of Europe. That’s the date when the transfer window closes in most of the top football leagues on the continent and it’s hard to see how one of them might be an exception. As the past two years showed, this simply…

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Will Leo Messi Leave Barcelona in the Summer?

Lionel Messi Barcelona

Leo Messi has been in Barcelona for so long that we all thought the Argentinian maestro won’t play for another club ever. That’s how it looked for most of his career, at least. Sure, Messi had some issues with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he followed Chelsea on Instagram during some turbulent time back in 2015, which brought panic attacks to many Barcelona fans. And yet, it never seemed like Messi will actually leave, at least until now. The surprising move to fire Ernesto Valverde raised the tension around the club and…

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton FA Cup Replay Betting Predictions and Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton FA Cup

The FA Cup replays produced plenty of action on Tuesday night. Liverpool’s youngsters managed to beat Shrewsbury, while two games had to be decided after penalty shootouts. It was a lot of fun and we have arguably the most exciting clash, at least on paper, today. Tottenham will host Southampton after both sides went for it in the first match but ultimately failed to produce a winner. It’s interesting to see how both managers approach this one, as this will be the key to any betting prediction. Tottenham Hotspur The…

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Should the English Deadline Day Move Back to the End of August?

Top Premier League Club Managers

The English football clubs decided to move the end of the transfer window to the last day before the start of the Premier League in 2018. The change came after years of controversy if deals should be allowed after the competition has already started. Unfortunately, no other major European league followed suit and that created certain issues. As a result, the clubs will now have to decide if Deadline Day should move back to the last day of August. I share my opinion in this post, as the matter is…

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What’s the Future of Kylian Mbappe and Where Will He Play Next Season?

Kylian Mbappe

There’s little doubt that Kylian Mbappe is one of the most talented players in modern football. Ever since his days in Monaco, the forward has been lethal. He has the pace, technique and composure to compete with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that Mbappe turned 21 less than two months ago and the future is ahead of him. The youngster already has more than 100 goals at a senior level and if he stays fit, the sky is the limit. As a result, all of…

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A Look at the Top Contenders for the Champions League after the January Transfer Window

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and FC Barcelona Logos

The January transfer window is now over and there are only two weeks left until the return of the UEFA Champions League. I believe now is the perfect time to assess the favorites for the most prestigious European tournaments. I’ve picked only teams that have a genuine chance to lift the trophy, in my opinion. Also, the order I used is determined by the odds of the leading bookmakers on the market. Liverpool If there’s a team that didn’t need recruitment in January, that’s Liverpool. The Reds have been the…

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Which Teams Will Get Relegated from the English Premier League?

Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, West Ham United, AFC Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City Logos

The January transfer window is over and that’s a good reason to explore the relegation candidates in the English Premier League. There are several teams that will be desperately trying to beat the drop, but three of them will ultimately fail. Based on the current EPL standings, I believe that the clubs currently sitting above the 15th place are safe. Crystal Palace is in the 14th position with 30 points. That’s six more than the bottom three and the team has an excellent defense. While it’s no impossible for Palace…

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Will Guardiola’s Refusal to Buy a Centre-Back Ruin Manchester City’s Season?

Pep Guardiolas Manchester City

The title fight in the English Premier League this season was one of the least competitive races in the modern history of the tournament. One could argue that Liverpool’s unbelievable run is the reason why the gap is so big and that’s a good point. However, Manchester City achieved at least 98 points in back-to-back campaigns and on paper, should’ve been up there with the Reds. The reigning champions are fighting with Leicester for second instead. They have recorded five defeats already and their record is far from what we…

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Five Players That Might Have a New Club by the End of January

Edinson Cavani, Krzysztof Piatek, Olivier Giroud and Other Soccer Players

This January transfer window in European football has been one of the quietest I can remember. There were hardly any blockbuster deals and the potential transfer of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United looks like the biggest move that will take place. There are several days left, though, so we might see other interesting deals. In this post, I take a look at five players that might be playing for another club, once the transfer window is over. Edinson Cavani, PSG The attacking power of PSG is such,…

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What Went Wrong with Bournemouth This Season?

Eddie Howe and AFC Bournemouth Logo

Most people expected a solid mid-table finish for Bournemouth in the English Premier League this season. That’s what happened in the past three years and there was no reason to believe the performance of the club will change dramatically. And yet, the side is currently in the 18th place in the EPL and the danger of going down is real. That begs the question – what happened? How did Bournemouth end up in such a mess? I will try to answer this question in this article by dissecting the club’s…

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Should FA Cup Replays Be Removed to Relieve the Schedule of English Clubs?

Jose Mourinho, Jürgen Klopp and Ralph Hasenhuttll The Emirates FA Cup

This weekend featured plenty of thrilling games in the English FA Cup. In the most exciting of them, Shrewsbury came back from two goals down to earn a replay against the mighty Liverpool. Another tie that will need a second attempt is the one between Southampton and Tottenham. Both sides had a proper go at it in, but there was no winner at the end. The managers Jose Mourinho and Ralph Hasenhuttl were both frustrated after the match and agreed on the proposal to ditch FA Cup replays. The gaffers…

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Five Football Games to Watch in Europe This Weekend

Erling Braut Håland and Quique Setién

If you are a football fan, the upcoming weekend will offer plenty of interesting games. There’s a round of games in Spain, Italy, Germany, and France, while the FA Cup will be played in England. It can be hard to pick the most exciting encounters, so I’m here to help. Here are the five games that you must watch this weekend. Borussia Dortmund – FC Koln, Friday, 20:30 GMT The first game on the list is on Friday night when Borussia Dortmund will host Koln. The match itself will be…

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Why Solskjaer’s Services Are no Longer Needed by Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived as the interim manager of Manchester United, the expectations were that he will be gone in the summer. The main issue with his predecessor Jose Mourinho was the atmosphere at the club. The Norwegian icon seemed like the perfect man for the job. He instantly lifted the players and broke several records in his first couple of months. Perhaps, he was too good for the task at hand, from the club’s perspective. The excellent performance and the results convinced the fans and many legends of…

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How Did Jurgen Klopp Transform Liverpool Into the Best Football Team in the World?

Jurgen Klopp With Liverpool Players and Fans

I don’t think many people could argue with the statement that Liverpool is the best football team in the world right now. The Reds are the reigning Champions League champions and they won the Club World Cup this winter. They also lead the English Premier League and it seems impossible to catch them. Liverpool already broke a number of records and there are a lot more that could go down by the end of the season. I think I made my point, so let’s take a look at the main…

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Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli Is Bound to Become a Star

Arsenals Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal invested a lot in the summer, bringing plenty of exciting players. The Gunners broke their club record by signing Nicolas Pepe for £72, acquired the services of a seasoned pro like David Luiz and secured a loan deal for Real Madrid’s promising midfielder Dani Ceballos. The fans looked forward to seeing them in action but another player has been making his mark in the Premier League. Gabriel Martinelli had just turned 18 when he joined Arsenal from Ituano for the modest amount of £5 million last summer. That’s nothing…

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The Good and the Bad in Frank Lampard’s Start as the Chelsea Manager

Frank Lampard Chelsea

Frank Lampard was appointed as the Chelsea manager in the summer. The club legend started brightly but the team has failed to stay consistent since. I will look at the reasons why in this analysis of Lampard’s work so far. I believe that more than 6 months and 30 games at the helm are enough for a proper evaluation of the bad and the good he brought to the club. The Good I would like to start with the good from Lampard’s time as a gaffer. There’s certainly a lot…

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FA Cup Outright Winner Betting Preview and Prediction

The Emirates FA Cup Logo

The third round of the FA Cup is almost over and there’s only one replay between Watford and Tranmere left. I don’t want to be disrespectful to both sides but I don’t think any of them has a strong chance of winning the trophy. That’s why I decided to share my betting preview of the FA Cup outright winner market and reveal my prediction. The Draw for Round 4 Before I explore each of the favorites and share my betting pick, let’s take a look at the draw for the…

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Which English Teams Will Suffer the Most from the New AFCON 2021 Schedule?

Mo Salah and Riyad and Mahrez AFCON 2021

The Africa Cup of Nations 2021 will be played in the winter instead of the summer. The hosts Cameroon requested the change to avoid extreme weather conditions that might disrupt the tournament. The new schedule means that AFCON 2021 will start on January 9 and end on February 6. That’s right in the middle of the English Premier League season and will certainly hit some clubs hard. In this article, I will assess the potential effects and determine which English teams will suffer the most from the decision. Liverpool Will…

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Three Transfers That Are Bound to Happen in January

Olivier Giroud, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes

The January transfer window is full of speculations and some of them are completely made up. Others, though, are likely to go through and this post is dedicated to three moves that seem bound to happen by the end of the month. Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan Many expected to see Eriksen sold last summer because the Danish playmaker didn’t sign a new contract with the Spurs. His current deal expires in June, so if Tottenham doesn’t sell now, Eriksen will be gone for free after the season ends. The…

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Could John Stones Really Join Arsenal?

John Stones and Mikel Arteta

The January transfer window is often full of speculations. Some of them are completely unexpected and that’s exactly the case with the reports that Arsenal is interested in signing John Stones. We all knew that the Gunners need a centre-back but this particular player was never mentioned before. Could this transfer actually work? Let’s take a look at all sides involved and what they could gain or lose by a potential deal. Manchester City John Stones currently plays for Manchester City and some suggest that the club might be unwilling…

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Why Did Barcelona Fire Ernesto Valverde?

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona Logo

At the beginning of this week, Ernesto Valverde was fired by Barcelona and became the only head coach released by the club in the middle of the season since Louis Van Gaal in 1993. He will be replaced by the experienced Quique Setien. The formal reason is Barcelona’s shaky form in the past several games. That includes three draws in the last four La Liga matches and a dramatic exit from the Spanish Super Cup after losing a late lead against Atletico Madrid. And yet, one could say that wasn’t…

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