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2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Part Two

Which European nations have already secured World Cup qualification for Russia 2018, and which must still fight it out in the play-offs? Here’s a look at Groups E to I. GROUP E Qualified – Poland ‘One-man team’ is a harsh phrase to describe Poland but Robert Lewandowski did score 16 of their 28 goals in World Cup qualification. With Arkadiusz Milik injured again, the Bayern Munich star relied on service from England-based duo Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kamil Grosicki. Play-offs –

World Cup qualification

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Part One

Which European nations have already secured World Cup qualification for Russia 2018, and which must still fight it out in the play-offs? Here’s a look at Groups A to D. GROUP A Qualified – France Considering the incredible talent at his disposal, Didier Deschamps will be disappointed with 23 points. France are on their way to Russia 2018 but there were worrying signs in the 0-0 draws against Belarus and Luxembourg. Les Bleus will certainly be one of the World

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The England Squad – 5 Players Who Should Feature vs Lithuania

With World Cup 2018 qualification now guaranteed, it’s time for Gareth Southgate to test some of his England squad players in Lithuania. Who will shine and make it to Russia? Goalkeeper – Jack Butland Joe Hart put in a good performance against Slovenia but doubts remain about England’s Number 1. With 74 international caps, Hart brings lots of experience to Southgate’s squad but is he the best goalkeeper? Many argue that Butland is better. At 24, the Stoke City stopper

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Road to Russia 2018 – Home Nation Hopes

Road To Russia 2018 in Ruins for Scotland? Scotland play Slovakia in the penultimate round of fixtures in Group F.  1 point separates 3 teams. Slovakia currently hold 2nd spot and should they win then will be in prime position to have a play off to go to Russia 2018.  They defeated the Scots 3-0 when they met earlier in the campaign. Since then Scotland have rallied impressively.  They have won 3 and drawn 1 of the next 4 fixtures

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World Cup Qualification – The Final Fixtures for the Home Nations

England – Thursday: Slovenia (h), Sunday: Lithuania (a) With a Wembley victory over Slovenia, England can confirm their place at Russia 2018. Gareth Southgate’s team haven’t always looked convincing in World Cup Qualification but they remain unbeaten in Group F. Dele Alli is suspended and Phil Jones is injured, but otherwise it’s a pretty strong England squad. With in-form duo Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling pulling the strings, Harry Kane should add to his 10 England goals. Sunday’s trip to

Premier League Round 7

Premier League Round 7 – Heroes of the Weekend

A look at the heroes, and villains, of Premier League Round 7. Hero – Marouane Fellaini Once dismissed as a symbol of David Moyes’ awful regime, Fellaini is now a key part of the Manchester United squad. The big Belgian is a classic José Mourinho player – strong, hard-working and effective. Fellaini can do the dirty work in midfield but as he showed in United’s 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace, he’s also a real handful in the penalty area. His

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Chelsea vs Manchester City – Saturday’s Massive Match-up

Premier League fixtures don’t get much bigger than Chelsea vs Manchester City. On Saturday at 5.30pm, 3rd plays 1st and it should be a fascinating encounter. Form Since that shock opening day defeat to Burnley, Chelsea have fought back brilliantly. Antonio Conte’s team have won 7 of their last 8 matches. Chelsea go into this game full of confidence on the back of a 4-0 thrashing of Stoke and a last-minute Champions League victory at Atlético Madrid. Manchester City are

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The Top Premier League Strikers this season

With 6 games gone, how are the top Premier League strikers doing so far this season? Sergio Agüero, Manchester City – 6 goals After a disappointing 2016-17 season, Kun is back to his best. The Argentine has always been an amazing goalscorer but thanks to City boss Pep Guardiola, he’s now helping his team in other ways too. Agüero has 3 assists on top of his 6 goals, and his strike partnership with Gabriel Jesus is looking lethal already. Álvaro

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Champions League Matchday 2

Champions League Matchday 2 English Double? The Champions League returns this week and I can see an away Champions League Matchday 2 double on Tuesday evening for 2 English teams. Tottenham are in Cyprus playing APOEL Nicosia and Liverpool are in Russia playing Spartak Moscow. Spurs got off to a great start in their group by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1.  This also put to rest their Wembley European hoodoo.  Now they need to ensure that hard work does not go

Premier League Round 6

Premier League Round 6 – Heroes of the Weekend

A look at the heroes, and villain, of Premier League Round 6. Hero – Oumar Niasse After 55 minutes, Everton were losing 1-0 to Bournemouth at home. With his side struggling, Ronald Koeman made an inspired double substitution, bringing on Tom Davies and Oumar Niasse. Niasse had never scored a Premier League goal for Everton before but his double saved the day. The first was a quality strike and the second was a simple but crucial finish. Perhaps the Senegalese


Everton – Their Disastrous Start to the Season

Breaking into the Premier League Top Four is no easy task these days. But when Everton spent over £130million this summer, the expectations were greater than ever. David Moyes did it back in 2005 and now the fans trusted Ronald Koeman to do it again. But after 5 Premier League matches, is that dream already over? Signings When you lose a superstar striker, most managers would look to replace him. Romelu Lukaku scored 87 times in 4 seasons at Goodison

Premier League Round 5

Premier League Round 5 – Heroes of the Weekend

A look at the heroes, and villain, of Premier League Round 5. Hero – Sergio Agüero Manchester City have now scored 15 goals in their last 3 games. With Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus playing alongside him, Agüero is always going to get chances. In Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing of Watford, the Argentinian picked up a hat-trick. The first was a header and the second was a tap-in, but he saved the best until last. Agüero completed a

Super Sunday

Super Sunday – 2 Brilliant Premier League Fixtures

There’s plenty to get excited about with this Super Sunday double-bill. Chelsea vs Arsenal After their shock opening day defeat to Burnley, Chelsea got straight back to winning ways. Antonio Conte’s side are looking very strong and that’s even without a fully-fit Eden Hazard. The Belgian playmaker is likely to start at Stamford Bridge, and the Arsenal defence should be worried. The Gunners kept a cleansheet against Bournemouth but they looked all at sea against Liverpool’s attacking football a few

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Champions League 2017-18 – First Fixtures for the 6 British Teams

A round-up of the first round of Champions League fixtures for the 6 British Clubs. TUESDAY Manchester United 3-0 Basel Apart from an early hamstring injury to Paul Pogba, this was a comfortable return to Champions League football for United. Mourinho rotated his defence and midfield, with Marouane Fellaini making a comeback. The Belgian opened the scoring and Romelu Lukaku made it 2-0 in the second half. There was still time for Marcus Rashford to come on and grab his

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British Hopes in The Champions League?

Hurrah – The Champions League is back!! It seems a lot longer than 101 days ago that Real Madrid lifted the Champions League. Now on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings we will be treated to the cream of European football. England have 5 teams entered with Man Utd gaining access via winning the Europa League. They look to have a winnable group.  Group A which includes Basel, CSKA Moscow and Benfica.  They should all be accounted for at Old Trafford and

Premier League Round 4

Premier League Round 4 – Heroes of the Weekend

A look at the heroes, and villain, of Premier League Round 4. Hero – Kevin De Bruyne De Bruyne picked up 18 assists for Manchester City last season and he was back to his playmaking best in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool. First, his defence-splitting pass set up Sergio Agüero to make it 1-0. 20 minutes later, De Bruyne’s cross from the right was perfect for Gabriel Jesus but his header was ruled out for offside. The Belgian kept going,

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Controversial Players – The Premier League is Back!

After the dramas of the transfer window and the international break, it should be an exciting weekend of Premier League action. Here are 5 controversial players to look out for. Philippe Coutinho – Manchester City vs Liverpool Despite offers of up to £120million, Coutinho didn’t get his dream move to Barcelona. Whether he likes it or not, he remains a Liverpool player, at least until January. The playmaker missed the first few weeks of the Premier League season with a

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Young British Talent – 4 Players with a Bright Future Ahead of Them

The recent international break was a very successful one for England, Scotland and Wales. Not only did all 3 teams win both of their games, but they also showed off the great young British talent coming through. Here are some of the reasons for fans to be excited. Marcus Rashford – England This could be a massive year for the Manchester United forward. First, he forced his way back into José Mourinho’s starting line-up and now he’s done the same

World Cup 2018 Qualification

World Cup 2018 Qualification – The Home Nations

England Gareth Southgate’s side made pretty heavy work of Malta on Friday but they eventually got the victory that they needed. England now sit 2 points clear at the top of World Cup 2018 Qualification Group F with 3 games to go. If they can beat rivals Slovakia at Wembley tonight, they’ll have one foot in Russia 2018. The signs are promising. Phil Jones is back in defence, Jordan Henderson is England’s new captain and Harry Kane is scoring again

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Deadline Day – The Best Premier League Transfers

Alexis Sánchez, Philippe Coutinho, Ross Barkley – a lot of the biggest Premier League deals didn’t go through on Deadline Day. But here are the 5 best transfers that did happen. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal to Liverpool, £40million Chamberlain rejected a new Arsenal contract because he wanted a new (Champions League) challenge and he didn’t want to play at wing-back. Jürgen Klopp has promised ‘The Ox’ regular football in his preferred central midfield position. Liverpool needed more squad depth but

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