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Bournemouth
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Can Bournemouth Break Out of the Bottom 12 This Season?

2018-19 is The Cherries’ fourth straight season in the Premier League. 42 points, then 46, then 44; 16th place, then 9th, then 12th. Their stadium may only hold 11,000 fans but it’s now time to think of Bournemouth as a settled top-flight side. To date, Eddie Howe’s team have been the very essence of a Bottom 12 team – strong at home with the odd big upset, leaky at the back with the odd goal drought. But with 2 wins

Gameweek 2
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 2

The 2018-19 Premier League season is now officially underway, with 34 goals and 3 red cards in Gameweek 2. Here’s a look at 5 heroes from the weekend. Sergio Agüero, Manchester City It would be far too harsh to put Agüero in the flat-track bully bracket, but he does love scoring goals against weaker defences. Huddersfield made life far too easy for the Argentine striker in Gameweek 2. Agüero’s first goal came direct from an excellent Ederson goal-kick, and his

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Chelsea vs Arsenal – Premier League Match of the Weekend

In Gameweek 2, the Premier League’s top new managers go head-to-head. Saturday’s late kick-off sees Maurizio Sarri vs Unai Emery, Chelsea vs Arsenal. Form Chelsea and Arsenal are two teams in transition, and it was no great surprise when they were both soundly beaten by Pep Guardiola’s settled Manchester City. Sarri arrived at Stamford Bridge in mid-July, with only a few weeks to instil his footballing philosophy. It showed against City in the Community Shield, but Chelsea were much better

Cazorla
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Players We’ll Miss in the 2018-19 Premier League Season

As they say, you only miss them when they’re gone. Here’s a look at 5 Premier League Players that sadly won’t be joining us this season. Santi Cazorla, Arsenal to Villarreal In May, we said goodbye to three legendary Premier League midfielders: Michael Carrick, Yaya Touré, and Santi Cazorla. Cazorla was the only one who didn’t win a Premier League title, and his time in English football will always be remembered with ‘What Ifs’. What if the silky little Spaniard

Gameweek 1
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 1

We’re off! The 2018-19 Premier League season kicked off in style this weekend, with 10 games and 25 goals. Here’s a look at 5 heroes from Gameweek 1. Sadio Mané, Liverpool With everyone expecting Manchester City to win the league again, it was important for Liverpool to get off to a great start. A 4-0 thrashing of West Ham was exactly that. Mohamed Salah scored the first goal but his mate Mané was the man of the match. Could this

Arsenal vs Manchester City
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Arsenal vs Manchester City – Premier League Match of the Weekend

It’s back! The 2018-19 Premier League season kicks off today, with Manchester United taking on Leicester City at Old Trafford. The pick of this weekend’s matches, however, should be the Sunday afternoon fixture: Arsenal vs Manchester City. How will new Gunners boss Unai Emery get on against Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking champions? Form It’s very early days in the Emery era, but Arsenal already look more organised defensively. The Back Four was pretty consistent in preseason: Hector Bellerín on the right,

2018-19 Premier League
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2018-19 Premier League Season – 5 Players to Watch

To celebrate the start of the 2018-19 Premier League Season, here’s a look at some key players to keep an eye on in the coming months. Goalkeeper – The Three-Way Battle at Burnley Tom Heaton missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, and now Nick Pope has joined him on the treatment table. With the 2018-19 Premier League season about to start, the signing of Joe Hart makes sense. However, soon enough, Burnley will have three England internationals

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Premier League Signings Summer 2018 – Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers can really make or break a season, so it’s best to have good back-up. If you don’t believe me, ask Burnley. They now have 3 England international stoppers in their squad: Tom Heaton, Nick Pope and Joe Hart. This summer, Premier League clubs have spent big and small on new keepers. Here’s the pick of the bunch. Kepa Arrizabalaga – Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea – £71.6m With their Number One Thibaut Courtois moving back to Madrid, Chelsea had to

Premier League Round 27
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Breaking down Premier League “futures”

With the new Premier League season just a week away, now is the time to assess some of the contenders for “futures” betting. The fact that many stars played deep into the World Cup this summer throws in an interesting wrinkle when considering how the season will unfold. Here’s a breakdown of some of the main betting “futures”. Top goalscorer The bookmakers have Harry Kane as the overwhelming favourite here, but what if he misses a few games in August

forwards
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Premier League Signings Summer 2018 – Forwards

With most Premier League clubs now favouring a lone striker, the goalscoring burden has to be shared around. Wing-backs, centre-backs and central midfielders are all expected to chip in, but forwards must do more than just that. As the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané showed last season, wingers and Number 10s are now aiming for double digits. Here are 4 new forwards to watch. Andriy Yarmolenko – Borussia Dortmund to West Ham – £17.5m Marko Arnautović, Manuel Lanzini,

Arsenal
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World Cup fatigue could give Arsenal an early edge

When the 2018/19 Premier League season kicks off in just under two weeks’ time, Manchester City will be clear favourites to retain the title. But the race for the top four is poised to provide intrigue right to the wire. Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal should all be top four contenders, with an outsider possibly joining that pack. Last season, both Chelsea and Arsenal missed out – the latter by 12 points. On paper, the Gunners still look

young British talent
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Premier League Signings Summer 2018 – Young British Talent

As England’s fourth-place finish at World Cup 2018 confirmed, there’s plenty of young British talent around. Two problems remain, however – inflated transfer fees and a lack of first-team opportunities. Here’s a look at 4 new Premier League hopefuls, and 2 loanees to the Championship. James Maddison – Norwich to Leicester – £24m Back in 2015, Maddison was a plucky 17-year-old plying his trade in League One with Coventry City. Fast forward 3 years, and the attacking midfielder is now

Leonard
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Why the Leonard trade puts Raptors back in Finals picture

Last season was the Toronto Raptors’ best in franchise history, with 59 wins and top spot in the Eastern Conference. But another sweep at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers meant changes were almost inevitable. First, head coach Dwane Casey was fired (he would subsequently be named Coach of the Year for overseeing the Raptors’ fine regular season). Then on Wednesday morning the shake-up continued with a trade for Kawhi Leonard that sent Toronto’s beloved All-Star DeMar DeRozan to

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Premier League Signings Summer 2018 – Centre-Backs

At the 2018 World Cup, defensive partnerships were perhaps more prominent than ever. We saw the rise of France’s Raphaël Varane and Samuel Umtiti, the fall of Spain’s Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué, and the continued brick wall of Uruguay’s Diego Godín and José Giménez. This summer, every club in the world is in the market for top-quality centre-backs. Here’s a look at some of the top signings in the Premier League so far. Issa Diop – Toulouse to West

Premier League signings
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Premier League Signings Summer 2018 – Holding Midfielders

Every good team needs an N’Golo Kanté, a willing warrior in the centre of the park. It certainly worked for the 2018 World Cup winners, France. So far this summer, 6 of the biggest Premier League signings have been holding midfielders. The role is now so important that Chelsea have even bought a second Kanté. Naby Keïta – RB Leipzig to Liverpool – £52.8m A year after the deal was originally agreed, Keïta has now finally arrived at Anfield. The

France
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World Cup 2018: Team of the Tournament

After a gripping month of football, the 2018 World Cup wrapped up on Sunday. France are world champions, Croatia can hold their heads high after a terrific run and the tournament is widely considered to be one of the best ever, if not the best. The drama was unrelenting, from Russia’s 5-0 victory to kick off the World Cup and the rollercoaster 3-3 draw between Spain and Portugal to Germany’s early fall and some unlikely teams reaching the last eight.

Soccer Betting
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World Cup Final: Three bets to weigh up

Like the Super Bowl or the NBA Finals, the World Cup Final prompts an extended list of betting odds. While both France and Croatia have played tight, tense games on their way to the final, the sport’s biggest stage – and the nerves involved – makes anything possible. Here’s a look at some scenarios that jump out heading into Sunday’s showdown. Antoine Griezmann to score and France to win The French are understandably favourites heading into Sunday. They should be

World Cup final
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World Cup Final – The Key Battles in France vs Croatia

After four weeks of breath-taking football, it all boils down to this, the 2018 World Cup final – France vs Croatia. France will be favourites to win, but what are the key battles that Croatia must not lose? Olivier Giroud vs Dejan Lovren Poor Giroud – has a striker ever looked less like scoring? Perhaps Stéphane Guivarc’h at the 1998 World Cup…On current form, Lovren won’t be too worried about this match-up. The big defender would always prefer to face

Croatia vs England
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Croatia vs England – 4 Key Battles To Watch Out For

Last night, France beat Belgium with a strong display of determination and discipline. Les Bleus are now the tournament favourites but who will they face in the 2018 World Cup final? Tonight, it’s time for the second semi-final – Croatia vs England. The game is too close to call but here are 4 key battles to keep an eye on. Dejan Lovren vs Harry Kane No offence to Iceland, Denmark and Russia, but the Croatian defence hasn’t faced a world-class

World Cup semi-finals
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World Cup Semi-Finals – Players With a Point to Prove

France, Belgium, England, Croatia – the 4 remaining teams in Russia are now just one tantalising tie away from Sunday’s final. The World Cup semi-finals will be tense, tight and – hopefully – fascinating. Here’s a look at one player from each country who still has a point to prove on the biggest stage. France – Olivier Giroud So far at the World Cup, Giroud hasn’t managed a single shot on target in 4 and a bit games. Granted, he’s

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