Teams to look out for in Premier League 2019-20

Following a two-month break, the Premier League is well and truly underway. Like last season, this season promises a lot of excitement with all teams fighting for different prizes. We take a look at some interesting contests we expect to see this year in the top tier of English football. Fight for the league title  Manchester City have lifted the trophy on last two occasions, and they are huge favourites to complete a hat-trick. Their main challengers this season are Liverpool, who finished only a single point behind City last…

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Testing times for Arsenal fans

Unai Emery

The ongoing summer transfer window keeps getting worse for Arsenal fans on a daily basis. As Arsenal players continue their pre-season preparations in the US, fans of the club have launched a campaign against ineffective ownership from Stan Kroenke. The end of the last season was quite tragic for the fans, and this summer so far has only increased the concerns among fans. Due to their failure to qualify for Champions League, Arsenal have been handed a very limited transfer budget and this has tied their hands in the market,…

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Have Manchester United learned from their mistakes of last summer?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Last summer transfer window was quite a difficult one for Manchester United. The Red Devils failed to acquire most of their top targets, which ultimately proved to be a fatal blow for now-former manager Jose Mourinho. In sharp contrast this summer, United have been ruthless in market and they haven’t hesitated in paying over-the-top money to acquire their targets. United have already paid in the region of £50m to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, and if the latest reports are to be believed, United are set to sign Harry…

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The Best Beards in Football

Beards have always been a massive tool in men’s fashion armoury. The same holds true for football superstars. While beards are not everyone’s thing, there have been many footballers who have rocked some beautiful beards on the pitch.  Here are some of the best beards from the world of men’s football: David Beckham It’s almost impossible to not mention the former English footballer in any list that combines football and fashion. In fact, if you search on internet, you would find multiple best David Beckham beards list articles. During his…

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Championship 19/20 Promotion Odds

We are just four short weeks away from the start of the EFL Championship 2019/20 season, with the first game kicking off on Friday 2nd August. Prepare for the 2019/20 football season with exclusive free bet offers on BettingLounge.co.uk. Newly promoted Luton Town host Middlesbrough for a tasty 19:45 kickoff live on Sky Sports. If you didn’t know, Luton Town, Barnsley and Charlton are the newly promoted teams in the Championship, while Fulham, Cardiff City, and Huddersfield were relegated from the Premier League. Meanwhile, Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston…

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Four clubs that could sign Neymar this summer

The football world is buzzing with the news that Neymar could be allowed to leave his summer. According to Bilel Ghazi of L’Equipe, the Parisian club are open to sell their €222 signing this summer if they receive a suitable offer. Coming up with a suitable offer for a player who has already been sold for €222m is a huge risk for any club, but it is not everyday that a player of Neymar’s quality becomes available in the market. Hence, we look at four clubs who could possibly sign…

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The genius of Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

In July 2011, Manchester City paid Atletico Madrid €36 million to acquire the services of their young Argentine striker, Sergio Aguero. Aguero had enjoyed five seasons with Atleti after joining them from Independiente in Argentina in 2006. Even though Aguero was only 18 when he moved to LaLiga he was still Atletico Madrid’s record signing at the time, moving for €21.7 million. Standing at 5’8” tall, Aguero is smaller than the average footballer but what he lacks in height he makes up for in strength, technique and tenacity. He has…

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Five transfers that could break the 100m-mark this summer window

Antoine Griezmann

It’s going to be a huge summer window in the world of football. Spanish giants Real Madrid need a huge overhaul, and everyone knows they are going to spend a lot of money. The same can be said about Manchester United. Their below-par finish to the season has made it obvious that they need to sign a number of players this window. With these two superpowers sniffing for the top talent, we can see some transfer records breaking this summer. Besides, the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich would…

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Chelsea explain Sarri’s outburst

Earlier today, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri stormed out of his side’s training session ahead of their Europa League final with Arsenal on Wednesday. The incident took place during a training session open to media in Baku, and it quickly went viral all over the internet. At first, many football fans assumed that the Italian’s reaction was due to Gonzalo Higuain and David Luiz coming to blows in training just minutes before. However, a Chelsea spokesperson has dismissed this story and has claimed that Sarri’s reaction was not down to any…

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5 Trends in football for the 2020s

Women’s football We’ll see an increase in the popularity of women’s football, as the infrastructure for women’s teams improves. Rich clubs like Man City provide top of the range facilities and the level of the game, along with it’s popularity, will soar. Young girls especially will embrace women’s football like never before, as parents push them in that direction to learn off positive female role models. Emergence of English managers The old generation of English managers are viewed as behind the times, and unwilling to embrace the technicalities and tactics…

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The End of Solksjaer’s honeymoon period

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Things were going so well at Old Trafford. Right up until early March, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revitalised Manchester United team were beating almost everyone they met. Other than the home defeat to Paris Saint Germain in the first leg of their Champions League (CL) last-sixteen tie, no-one had managed to conquer Ole’s Red Devils. And United even went on to knock PSG out of the CL with that memorable win in France. However, that was the last notable victory Solskjaer’s team managed in the 2018/19 campaign. United did win two…

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Signing off in Baku – Sarri’s Chelsea days are numbered

It’s a strange atmosphere that surrounds Chelsea as they prepare for their Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29th. The club, which has won five Premier Leagues and a Champions League trophy all in the last 15 years, could be considered to be in limbo at the moment. Currently, at Stamford Bridge, there are far more questions than answers regarding the future of The Blues. Roman Abramovich seems to have lost interest in his not-so-shiny-anymore plaything, having pumped millions into player recruitment from when he acquired the club in…

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Emery’s Europa League love-affair bodes well for Arsenal

Unai Emery

Last Sunday, the curtain came down on the 2018/19 Premier League season for all 20 clubs. Manchester City were favourite to win premier league 2019 and were crowned champions, one point clear of Liverpool, while we said goodbye to Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff as they were relegated to the Championship. In fifth place came Arsenal, just a point behind their north London rivals, Spurs, and the coveted Champions League (CL) places. It was the second successive season The Gunners were outside the top-four having finished sixth a year ago as they said goodbye to…

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Chelsea’s summer shake-up

What’s going to happen at Chelsea over the summer months is anyone’s guess at this stage. The Stamford Bridge club is in a very strange situation. Despite what appeared to be a divide between boss Maurizio Sarri and the players for much of the season, they managed to secure Champions League football for the 2019/20 campaign. Chelsea also reached the League Cup final, losing on penalties to Manchester City, and they have a Europa League final to look forward to against London rivals Arsenal at the end of May, where…

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Pochettino at the pinnacle

Tottenham fans everywhere will have breathed a collective sigh of relief when Manchester United offered Ole Gunnar Solksjaer a full-time contract and Real Madrid brought Zinedine Zidane back to the club. The powers-that-be at Old Trafford and the Santiago Bernabeu had long been rumoured to be biding their time before making an official approach for Pochettino, possibly luring him away from The Lilywhites. With those roles filled, for now, it meant Spurs fans could relax a little this summer, knowing United and Real are not actively pursuing their man. However,…

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Comeback kings set up all-English Champions League Final

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will go head-to-head in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1 after sealing spectacular victories in their respective semi-final ties. The Reds recovered from a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barcelona by recording a thrilling 4-0 success in the return fixture to spark wild celebrations at Anfield. Spurs battled back from three goals down after 35 minutes of the second leg of their tie with Ajax to make it 3-3 on aggregate and progress to the final on away goals. Read on as we…

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Most Improved Arsenal Players Under Unai Emery

Unai Emery

A smooth transition of power at the dugout from Arsene Wenger to Unai Emery has proven to be something magical for Arsenal football club. There were heavy cry outs from the Gunners fans for a managerial change at the club. And finally the back then Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis heed the call and sign Unai Emery as a new club coach.  Unai Emery is a well-decorated coach in Europe, having won a back to back Europa league competition with Sevilla. He is someone you cannot underrate. But coming to a…

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Premier League clubs reject Champions League proposals

Premier League clubs have unanimously opposed proposals for changes to the UEFA Champions League format which would increase the number of games during the first half of the season and also wipe out end-of-season races for qualification to Europe’s top continental competition. The changes were being proposed for implementation during the 2024-25 season, but clubs in England’s top flight have banded together to reject the plans. With England having four of the final eight in this season’s tournament, as well as the Premier League’s standing as one of the top…

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Solskjaer plans mass Utd changes in the summer

Manchester United’s new permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face one of the busiest summers in the club’s recent memory, according to Sky Sports, with up to six first team regulars preparing to depart Old Trafford for pastures new. The futures of some other players are also up in the air, while prospective transfer targets look as though they may be difficult – or at the very least highly expensive – to bring in as the club seeks to return towards the top of the Premier League next season. Ander…

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Rose laments lack of action on racism

Tottenham defender Danny Rose has once again hit out at the level of racism in football, this time going as far as to say that he “can’t wait” to retire from the sport and get out of the game. The 28-year-old was one of several England players who were subjected to vile chants from home supporters when the Three Lions travelled to Montenegro for a Euro 2020 qualifier last month, and while the players in question were clearly supported by their own team-mates and management the host nation essentially denied…

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Liverpool reap rewards of scouting excellence

There is no argument to be had when comparing the squad of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the embarrassment of riches available to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. The club from the blue half of Manchester is able to deal with injuries to some of their most important players simply by entrusting another big-name in their place. Think of how much action Kevin De Bruyne has missed this season. The Belgian international has only started seven Premier League games in 2018/19. Yet, in De Bruyne’s absence, up stepped Bernardo Silva to…

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Could Spurs miss out on Champions League?

With the announcement this week of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s full-time appointment as Manchester United manager, Spurs fans all over the world will have breathed a collective sigh of relief. For a long time, it looked as though Ed Woodward’s preferred candidate for the Old Trafford role was Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham’s over-achieving Argentine boss. The football world was expecting United to begin negotiating with Pochettino as soon as this season ended with Solskjaer having steadied the ship. As it happened, United’s former baby-faced assassin, Solskjaer, surprised us all with a 73%…

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Will Zidane make Real Madrid a force again?

Zinedine Zidane

There was widespread surprise amongst residents of planet football in March as Frenchman Zinedine Zidane announced he would return as manager of Real Madrid just 10 months after leaving the La Liga kingpins. The former player walked in May of last year after guiding Blancos to a third straight Champions League trophy, but the club has struggled to find success following the Frenchman’s departure and were delighted to see him sign a deal that would keep him in charge until 2022. Zidane arrives at the Bernabeu with the 33-time Spanish…

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Is it time for Chelsea to sack Maurizio Sarri?

Chelsea were once again defeated in the Premier League on Sunday by Everton for 2-0. Maurizio Sarri said that his team has reached a ‘limit’ and in fact, this could be true in lots of different ways. The Italian boss was probably thinking about the different in his side’s first and second half performance. He also said that in the first 45 minutes he saw the best performance of the season while in the second half his side had a ‘recurrent’ mental block. But will the limit he was talking…

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Solskjaer edges nearer and nearer towards full time United job

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Man Utd caretaker manager following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho back in December, opinion was divided. The United faithful were ecstatic to have a club legend back at Old Trafford, but many neutrals argued that Solskjaer’s sole foray into management in England had been little short of disastrous. The Norwegian had been sacked from Cardiff following the Bluebirds’ relegation from the Premier League back in 2014, lasting just a few games into the Championship campaign before his dismissal. He returned to Molde –…

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