UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League – 5 games to watch this weekend

The first round of the UEFA Nations League was declared a great success but let’s see if the enthusiasm wears off second time around. Luckily, there are lots more exciting fixtures to look forward to. Friday Croatia vs England This World Cup semi-final rematch could go either way. Played behind closed doors in Rijeka, it could be a damp squib of a game, especially as neither nation seems overly bothered about avoiding relegation from UEFA Nations League A Group 4.

Croatia vs England

Croatia vs England – Southgate’s Many Midfield Options

On Friday night, it’s Croatia vs England again. The Three Lions will be out for revenge against their 2018 World Cup conquerors. Both countries are looking for their first UEFA Nations League victory but England boss Gareth Southgate has made it clear that team development is his priority. Midfield is the area where most development is needed, and with World Cup regulars Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard both missing through injury, it’s the ideal time to test out other young

Gameweek 8

2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 8

A look at 5 heroes from an exciting Premier League Gameweek 8, and not a Liverpool or Manchester City player in sight. Joshua King, Bournemouth Forget Watford; Bournemouth are the new Premier League team to watch. Eddie Howe’s side are still far from air-tight at the back, but boy can they attack with speed and skill. In Gameweek 8, The Hornets were torn apart by Bournemouth’s killer quartet: wingers Ryan Fraser and David Brooks, and forwards Callum Wilson and King.

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Tottenham v Barcelona – Champions League

Tottenham in a must win match already? Tottenham entertain Barcelona in Matchday 2 having suffered injury time heartache at the San Siro against Inter Milan when looking well set for at least a point for most of the game a fortnight ago. They can ill-afford to lose the game against the experienced Catalans as they will then be 6 points behind at this early stage.  I would anticipate that Inter Milan will gain at least a point against PSV as

Chelsea vs Liverpool

Premier League Match of the Weekend – Chelsea vs Liverpool

Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off really is a match you don’t want to miss – Chelsea vs Liverpool, 3rd vs 1st, Maurizio Sarri vs Jürgen Klopp, Eden Hazard vs Mohamed Salah. Hazard was the hero on Wednesday when the two teams met in the Carabao Cup, but can The Blues beat The Reds again? Form Crystal Palace may be the Premier League’s most one-man team, but are Chelsea heading that way too? Hazard has brought his World Cup form back


WSL – Heroes of Gameweek 3

It’s been a busy start to the new WSL season. On Sunday, many teams took to the pitch for the third time in a week. Here’s a look at the heroes of Gameweek 3. Rinsola Babajide, Liverpool (pictured) What a turbulent campaign it’s been for Liverpool so far. Neil Redfearn resigned after the opening defeat to Arsenal, and with Chris Kirkland absent, Vicky Jepson became The Reds’ third manager in 3 games. Her players did her proud against Hope Powell’s

Gameweek 6

2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 6

A look at 5 heroes from an unpredictable Premier League Gameweek 6. Aaron Lennon, Burnley Boy did Burnley need a win in Gameweek 6, after taking just 1 point from their first 5 matches. Sean Dyche’s side looked much better against Bournemouth, especially in wide areas. Lennon and Johann Berg Gudmundsson dovetailed beautifully, swapping wings and creating a whole host of chances. Lennon scored from a Gudmundsson cross and then used his speed to set up two goals for Ashley

West Ham vs Chelsea

Premier League Match of the Weekend – West Ham vs Chelsea

Sunday’s early kick-off could be the pick of the Premier League fixtures this weekend. It’s West Ham vs Chelsea, East London vs South West London, 16th vs 1st, Mark Noble vs Jorginho, Andriy Yarmolenko vs Eden Hazard. There may, however, be an upset on the cards. Form After 4 defeats out of 4, everything finally seemed to click for West Ham last weekend at Everton. Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena looked solid at the back, while Manuel Pellegrini’s front three


6 Reasons Why Liverpool are the Premier League Team to Beat

6 games played, 6 games won – Liverpool have started this season like they ended the last. No, actually, they look even better. Manchester City better watch out, in both the Premier League and the Champions League. 1. Improved Defence Jürgen Klopp won’t be happy with the late goals conceded against Tottenham and PSG but overall, the Liverpool defence is much improved. At this stage last season, they had already let in 11 goals; this season, that figure stands at

Gameweek 5

2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 5

A look at 5 heroes from a high-scoring Premier League Gameweek 5. Eden Hazard, Chelsea Hazard has returned from a brilliant World Cup looking better than ever. New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri deserves some credit for that. Unlike other Premier League managers, he didn’t rush his star player straight back into action this season. Hazard came off the bench in Gameweeks 1 and 2, and he looks better for that rest. In Gameweek 5 against Cardiff City, he scored his

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham vs Liverpool – Premier League Match of the Weekend

We’ve missed you, Premier League, but what a way to return! Saturday’s early kick-off is Tottenham vs Liverpool, 5th vs 1st, Mauricio Pochettino vs Jürgen Klopp, and Harry Kane vs Mohamed Salah. It’s a match that you won’t want to miss. Form After 3 wins out of 3, Tottenham really ran out of steam against this year’s surprise package, Watford. They were beaten by a team with more hunger, more energy and, perhaps most worryingly, more strength. Pochettino wasn’t happy

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League – Heroes of Round 1

Now that everyone finally understands the format, the UEFA Nations League looks set to be an unmitigated success. Instead of months of meaningless friendlies, European nations will now play competitive fixtures against similarly-ranked teams. Who knew that an international football organisation could come up with such a smart idea? Here’s a look at 5 heroes from Round 1. League A – Luis Enrique, Spain No, manager of Spain isn’t the toughest job in world football but after the team’s disastrous


WSL – Heroes of Gameweek 1

The new-look WSL (Women’s Super League) kicked off on Sunday with a full programme of fixtures. Here’s a look at 5 players who shone brightly in Gameweek 1. Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal The Dutch forward scored 4 goals in 7 WSL games last season, following her big move from Bayern Munich. If Arsenal are going to disrupt the Chelsea-Manchester City axis of power this season, then Miedema (pictured) will be key. She certainly looks up for that challenge. In Weekend 1,

England vs Spain

England vs Spain – Players Looking to Impress Gareth Southgate

After four weeks of Premier League football, our World Cup heroes are already back in international action. For England vs Spain on Saturday, manager Gareth Southgate has been able to call on 17 of his 23-man squad in Russia. Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy have all-but retired, while Nick Pope, Phil Jones and Raheem Sterling are all out injured. So, who are the new England faces looking to make their mark, and who will be pushing to move from the

Champions League Group Stage

The 2018-19 Champions League Group Stage Draw

The 2018-19 Champions League Group Stage kicks off in two weeks’ time and the competition looks stronger than ever. Under the new format, 19 of the 32 teams now come from Europe’s Top 5 leagues – Spain, Germany, Italy, France and, of course, England. So, how is the draw shaping up for the Premier League clubs? Tottenham – Group B, with Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan Spurs didn’t just survive last season’s Champions League Group of Death (Real Madrid,

Gameweek 4

2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 4

A look at 5 heroes from an eventful Premier League Gameweek 4. Glenn Murray, Brighton You should never underestimate Mr Murray; just ask Manchester United. Many thought his 12 Premier League goals last season would be a one-off, but Brighton’s big man bagged another brace in Gameweek 4. The Seagulls were losing 2-0 at home to Fulham, when Murray led the fightback with two cool finishes. First, he nutmegged Marcus Bettinelli, and then he sent him the wrong way from

Leicester City vs Liverpool

Leicester City vs Liverpool – Premier League Match of the Weekend

There are no traditional Top Six battles in the Premier League this weekend but keep your eyes on Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off. Last season, Leicester City vs Liverpool was a five-goal thriller, and you wouldn’t rule it out again. Form Compared to their last 2 seasons, Leicester have made a strong start to 2018-19. Claude Puel’s team were unlucky to lose to Manchester United on the opening day, and since then they’ve won both games against Wolves and Southampton. The Foxes


Can Leicester City Become the New Tottenham?

Since winning the Premier League title back in 2016, Leicester City have, unsurprisingly, struggled to keep that miracle going. The Foxes finished 9th last season, and 12th in 2017. Managers have come and gone, and expensive signings have arrived and failed. Islam Slimani for £28million, Ahmed Musa for £16million… Right now, however, there are reasons to be optimistic again. Current Leicester boss Claude Puel has put his faith in a core of exciting young English talent. Inspired by Jamie Vardy

Gameweek 3

2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 3

A look at 5 heroes from Premier League Gameweek 3. Lucas Moura, Tottenham Seriously, what were Spurs fans worrying about? You don’t need summer signings when your January buy looks this good. Lucas ripped through the Manchester United defence again and again at Old Trafford in Gameweek 3. The Brazilian forward didn’t get the penalty he wanted in the first-half, but he went on to score 2 great goals and secure a massive win for Tottenham. The second was a

Manchester United vs Tottenham

Manchester United vs Tottenham – Premier League Match of the Weekend

You’ll have to wait until Monday night for the highlight of Premier League Gameweek 3 – Manchester United vs Tottenham. On paper, it’s the meeting of two top teams and two top managers, José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino. On the pitch, this fixture has often failed to live up to the hype, but this time might well be different. Form Manchester United cannot afford to lose this match; it’s as simple as that. They’re already 3 points behind Manchester City,

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