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Yorkshire Cup – Day 3 Dante Meeting

Queens Yorkshire Pride? The Group 2 Yorkshire Cup takes place on the final day of the Dante meeting at York on Friday. Whilst the field may be small with only 8 runners going to post there is no lack of quality in the field. The horse looking most likely to go off as favourite is Dartmouth.  Owned by Her Majesty the Queen and trained by Sir Michael Stoute,  Dartmouth has Group form already in the bank and has a 50%

Mesut Özil

Mesut Özil: The Premier League’s Most Frustrating Superstar

After Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Sunderland, most of the talk was about the goalscorer Alexis Sánchez, who is now one behind Romelu Lukaku in the Premier League goalscoring charts. But the man of the match was their other contract rebel, Mesut Özil. He broke a Premier League record by creating 12 chances in a single match. After a few quiet months, the German star is back. His pass for Sánchez was his 13th assist in all competitions this season. His

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Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield – Play Off Semi

Sheffield Wednesday – Attacking Threats and Defensive Strengths Sheffield Wednesday will hope to pose more of an attacking threat come 7.45pm at Hillsborough.  They had zero shots on target on Sunday and can only hope that the array of attacking talent that they possess come good. In Forestieri, Hooper, Rhodes and Fletcher they have 4 of the best Championship strikers available.  The trick is perhaps finding which permutation works together? Sheffield Wednesday come into the game in good form having


The Curious Case of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool are the second highest scorers in the Premier League this season and yet their top individual, Sadio Mané, only has 13 goals. Jürgen Klopp’s side have shared the goals around; Philippe Coutinho has 12, Roberto Firmino has 11 and Divock Origi, James Milner and Adam Lallana all have 7 each. It’s nice to see such a team effort but there is a noticeable absence from that list. Where is Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool’s most natural finisher and striker? Sturridge’s goal

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The Richest Game in Football – Championship Play Off Who Wins it?

Championship Play Off final – Richest Game Ever? The winner of the 2 Championship play off semi-final matches will go to Wembley and play in a match already being dubbed as the richest match ever worth potentially £200 million pounds to the winner! 4 teams currently have a chance to reach the promised land of the Premier League.  These teams are Sheff Wed, Fulham, Huddersfield and Reading.  All bar Huddersfield have been there before. Current Form Fulham and Sheff Wed


It’s Time for the Championship Play-Offs!

After a gruelling 46 matches, 4 teams now remain for the dramatic season finale: the Championship Play-Offs. Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Fulham are all three games away from that final Premier League place. But who will be victorious? Play-offs Tie 1 – Reading vs Fulham Jaap Stam has done a terrific job in his first season at Reading. The Dutchman has built a strong team with the defensive experience of Chris Gunter and Liam Moore and the fresh flair

Sergio Agüero

Is Sergio Agüero part of Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City?

For now, Manchester City are focused on the Premier League battle for 3rd place. If they can beat Leicester City, West Brom and Watford, they will finish above Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. But once Pep Guardiola’s trophy-less first season in England comes to an end, his thoughts will turn to the future. Who will stay and who will go this summer? What will happen to Sergio Agüero? Defenders will be the priority, and wing-backs in particular. Leading candidates include Tottenham

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Championship Play offs – Fulham v Reading

Fulham’s home fortress Fulham have a strong home record.  Of their 23 league games they only lost 5 games at the Cottage all season.  Only Brighton amongst the top six left with 3 points. Strangely it was teams in the bottom third of the table that inflicted league defeats that ultimately cost them promotion.  They thumped fellow play off contenders Huddersfield 5-0,  and beat the champions Newcastle 2-0. When the pressure was on in their last 8 league home games

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The Remarkable Return of Leicester City

When Claudio Ranieri was sacked in late February, Leicester City sat 17th in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone. They had lost 5 games in a row and won just 5 games all season. Now, Leicester are up to 9th after a 3-0 victory over Watford. Under Craig Shakespeare, The Foxes have really turned things around. It all began with a brilliant 3-1 win over Liverpool. The new boss made only one change to Ranieri’s team

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Premier League – Arsenal v Manchester Utd

Arsenal and Utd Past Glories? Arsenal v Manchester Utd used to be a game that decided who won the Premier League.  This year in all likelihood it will decide who will finish 5th in the league. In 15 league games since the turn of the year Arsenal have picked up only 23 points.  This has seen them drop to 6th in the league.  Their is a real danger that Arsenal for the first time under Wenger may miss out on


Marcus Rashford’s Difficult Second Season

It’s very easy to forget that Marcus Rashford is still only 19. When he stepped up and scored that stunning free-kick in the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo, he looked like a senior pro who had been doing this for years. But in fact, this is only his second season for Manchester United. And that was only his 66th first-team appearance. For Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimović’s injury came at the perfect time. He now has the game-time to salvage his frustrating season.

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Hull vs Swansea – The Big Relegation Battle

With three games to go, just two points separate Hull City in 17th and Swansea City in 18th. Crystal Palace, West Ham and Burnley aren’t yet mathematically safe either, but it looks like a two-way battle to avoid the final relegation spot. Relegation – Remaining Fixtures Hull: Sunderland (h), Crystal Palace (a), Tottenham (h) Swansea: Everton (h), Sunderland (a), West Brom (h) A victory against Spurs on the final day will a very tough task, but Hull will be hoping

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Europa League Semi Final – Celta Vigo v Manchester Utd

Europa League = Champions League Bound Whilst this may be the semi final of the Europa League all 4 semi-finalist will have their eyes on the ultimate prize of a place in next season’s Champions League should they win the Europa League.  May 24 in Sweden is where Manchester Utd will see themselves hopefully securing a place at the expense of Celta Vigo then either Lyon or Ajax. United’s Injury Crisis With United suffering further injuries over the weekend a

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Madrid Derby – Champions League Semi Final

Familiar Madrid Derby Rivalry Tuesday evening sees another Champions League Madrid Derby.  This will be the 4th year in a row that the Madrid teams have met in the competition.  Real Madrid have won the previous including two finals in 2014 and 2016.  The question is can Atletico Madrid turn the formbook around and beat their more illustrious city rivals? Defensive Woes Both teams come into the match in impressive form in La Liga.  Atletico Madrid won 5-0 against Las

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Under-Fire Premier League Managers – Will They Stay or Will They Go?

The Premier League managerial merry-go-round has been fairly quiet this season. Since the high-profile summer signings of Guardiola, Conte and Mourinho, only 6 clubs have fired their bosses. All were relegation-threatened teams and two were Swansea City. Even reigning champions Leicester City gave Claudio Ranieri until late February. Meanwhile, managers like Eddie Howe at Bournemouth and Sean Dyche at Burnley are building long-term projects. Are Premier League clubs finally looking at the bigger picture? The answer is some are, some aren’t. During

Sandown Saturday Gold Cup
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Bet365 Gold Cup Sandown Park

National Hunt Finale Saturday sees the finale of the National Hunt season with the Bet365 Gold Cup taking centre stage.  The action takes place at Sandown Park and for the first time this is not a mixed card which is slightly disappointing.  Paul Nicholls still has an outside chance of catching Nicky Henderson in the trainers championship and we shall look at their main hopes in this article a little later. 2 previous winners of the gold Cup are in

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EFL – Which Clubs Will Make the Play-Offs?

EFL play-offs. EFL Championship Promoted: Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United Current play-off teams: Huddersfield Town, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham Just below: Leeds United Remaining fixtures: 2 With just 2 wins in their last 9 matches, Leeds’ Premier League return may now have to wait another year. Garry Monk’s team must beat Norwich and Wigan, and then hope for a monumental slip-up. Huddersfield and Reading are already out of reach but Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham aren’t yet. The problem is

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Premier League Fixture – Manchester Derby

Champions League? Thursday night gives us a bonus fixture of a Manchester Derby.  Both teams are in the running to qualify for a Champions League spot via their league position. Whilst Utd come into the game on the back of a 23 game unbeaten league run they have been unable to break into the top 4.  Meanwhile City for all their issues this season have consistently hovered around the top 4.  In fact they have never been lower than 5th


Europe’s Top Leagues: A Round-up

The football season in Europe is coming to a close. How’s it looking for the big leagues? The top 4 in Europe. Spain Barcelona’s El Clásico victory last weekend has ensured an exciting end to the Spanish season. They’re now tied with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo and co. have a game in hand but they also have a Champions League semi-final against rivals Atlético Madrid to worry about. Gareth Bale is injured and Real

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Premier League fixture Chelsea v Southampton

Squad Rotation? Tuesday sees a crucial Premier League fixture.  Leaders Chelsea take on Southampton at Stamford Bridge.  Tottenham have closed the gap on Chelsea to 4 points so a win in this Premier League fixture is paramount.    It was noticeable that Chelsea “dropped” or “rested” Costa and Hazard for the FA Cup semi final on Saturday and I think this was with an eye on this fixture.  Whilst Costa has struggled for goals recently others have come to the

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