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The PFA Player of the Year Shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 PFA Player of the Year was announced last weekend, and it’s hard to argue with the six chosen superstars. There can only be one winner, however. So, who’s next in line to inherit Mohamed Salah’s crown? Raheem Sterling, Manchester City Whether City win another Premier League title or not, 2018-19 will be seen as Sterling’s breakout season. With the help of manager Pep Guardiola and some highly talented teammates, the 24-year-old has taken his game

Gameweek 34
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 34

A look at 5 heroes from a sunny Premier League Gameweek 34. Ayoze Pérez, Newcastle United After 5 years on Tyneside, Pérez is finally coming of age. The fans have always appreciated the Spaniard’s work-rate and skill, but for a forward, he just doesn’t score enough goals. Until now. After grabbing 2 in his first 24 games of the season, Pérez now has 9 in his last 15. And in Gameweek 34 against a lacklustre Southampton, he scored his first-ever

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

Less than 72 hours after their gruelling Champions League classic, it’s time for Manchester City vs Tottenham Part 3: The Premier League Edition. Can this match possibly live up to the last one? Probably not, but there’s still plenty at stake, especially for City. Form Aside from Wednesday’s Champions League heartbreak, City are in excellent form going into the final weeks of the season. In the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s team have won 9 in a row since a surprise

Gameweek 33
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 33

A look at 5 heroes from a high-scoring Premier League Gameweek 33. So high-scoring, in fact, that Paul Pogba and Chris Wood didn’t even make the list. Lucas Moura, Tottenham With Harry Kane out injured, Son Heung-Min was expected to be Tottenham’s hero in Premier League Gameweek 33 against Huddersfield Town. Instead, however, it was his Brazilian teammate who stole the show. Lucas looked lively throughout and showed off that killer end product that he sometimes lacks. His first goal

Liverpool vs Chelsea
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Premier League Match of the Weekend – Liverpool vs Chelsea

Liverpool vs Chelsea has history. It’s almost 5 years to the day since Steven Gerrard’s epic Anfield slip that allowed Demba Ba to score and dash their Premier League title dream. Could lightning strike twice for Liverpool on Sunday afternoon? Form Jürgen Klopp’s side aren’t letting things slip this time. While their title rivals Manchester City cruised past Fulham and Cardiff City, Liverpool had to fight hard to beat Tottenham and Southampton. But beat them they did to stay top

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The ‘Not The Top Six’ Premier League Player of the Year Shortlist

The 2018-19 PFA Player of the Year shortlist will be announced in the coming days, and it’s not hard to guess the likely names. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Agüero; Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané; Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Son Heung-min. But what if we looked a little lower down, below the giants of English football. Who would make the shortlist for the ‘Not The Top Six’ Premier League Player of the

Gameweek 32
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 32

A look at the heroes from a reduced Premier League Gameweek 32. Eden Hazard, Chelsea If the Real Madrid rumours are to be believed, the Premier League will be a significantly less skilful place next season. Hazard will be so sorely missed, especially when he lights up matches like he did against West Ham in Gameweek 32. Chelsea weren’t at their best, but their little Belgian wizard was. Midway through the first-half, Hazard got the ball and glided past the

FA Cup Final
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FA Cup Semi-finals 2019 – The Low-down on the Final Four

Wembley will be the setting for this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals. There’s a clear favourite in the first, but the second is far too close to call. Manchester City vs Brighton – Saturday, 17:30 kick-off It often feels like City are coasting through games in second gear; in the Champions League against Schalke, and in the Premier League against Fulham and Cardiff. Strangely, the only side who really got them going in recent weeks were Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

March 2019
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March 2019 – The Star Performers in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues

A look back at the stars of March 2019 across Europe’s Top 5 Leagues. Premier League – Sadio Mané, Liverpool With Mohamed Salah firing blanks and Manchester City breathing down their necks, March 2019 could have been a disastrous month for Liverpool. Instead, however, Jürgen Klopp’s side walked away with 4 wins out of 5 in all competitions. Their marauding full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson deserve lots of credit, but Mané has been the main man in attack. He

Gameweek 31
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 31

A look at the heroes from Premier League Gameweek 31. Bernardo Silva, Manchester City For all his energetic pressing and silky touches, the one criticism you could perhaps aim at Bernardo Silva is that he doesn’t score enough goals. Until now, that is. In Gameweek 31, the Portuguese wizard made it 3 goals – and 3 assists – in his last 3 City games. From the right side of the Fulham box, Silva cut inside and hit a beautiful left-foot

Liverpool vs Tottenham
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Premier League Match of the Weekend – Liverpool vs Tottenham

After a genuinely interesting international break, we welcome back the Premier League with a tantalising top-of-the-table clash. On Sunday afternoon, it’s Liverpool vs Tottenham, 1st vs 3rd, Jürgen Klopp vs Mauricio Pochettino, Mohamed Salah vs Harry Kane. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a match that offers real entertainment. Form After a difficult February, Liverpool bounced back to win 4 of their last 5 games before the international break. They currently sit 1 point clear of Manchester City, with

Premier League relegation
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Premier League Relegation 2019 – Who Will Fill That Final Spot?

Barring a major miracle, Huddersfield Town and Fulham will both be playing Championship football next season. That leaves one final Premier League relegation spot, and at least 6 teams fighting to avoid it. Here’s a look at those teams and their survival chances. 13th – Newcastle United (Played 31, 35 points) Still to Play: Arsenal (a), Crystal Palace (h), Leicester City (a), Southampton (h), Brighton (a), Liverpool (h), Fulham (a) Rafa Benítez won’t be planning his summer holidays just yet,

Euro 2020 qualifiers
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Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Heroes of Weekend 1

After the novelty of the UEFA Nations League, it’s time to get back to international football as we know it. Here’s a look at the heroes from the first weekend of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Raheem Sterling, England After years of abuse and discrimination, suddenly Sterling can do no wrong, for club or country. The Manchester City forward scored 2 against Spain in the Nations League last October, and on Friday night, he scored 3 against the Czech Republic in the

England vs Czech Republic
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England vs Czech Republic – The First Step on the Road to Euro 2020

After the novelty of the UEFA Nations League, it’s time to get back to international football as we know it. The road to Euro 2020 starts here, with England vs Czech Republic. Form It’s hard to talk about form when international football has been on a 4-month break since November. But after a bad start in the UEFA Nations League, England pulled off a miraculous comeback to top their group ahead of Spain and Croatia and qualify for the finals

Champions League Quarter-finals
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2018-19 Champions League Quarter-finals – Low-down on the Last Eight

This year, Europe’s top club competition looks tantalisingly open. In a surprising Round of 16, we said goodbye to giants Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG. Only 8 teams now remain, and you can’t really rule any of them out. Here’s a look at the 2018-19 Champions League Quarter-finals. Ajax vs Juventus Ajax’s 5-3 demolition of Real Madrid was definitely the shock result of the Round of 16. The Dutch side seem to have found the perfect balance

EFL Championship
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EFL Championship 2018-19 – The Top Performers: Part 2

With 8 games to go, the 2018-19 EFL Championship table looks as exciting and finely-poised as ever. There’s a 3-horse race for the 2 automatic promotion spots and below that, there are at least 11 teams that could still finish in the play-off places. Here’s a look at some more of the division’s top performers. ATTACKERS Teemu Pukki, Norwich City (24 goals, 9 assists) Pukki (pictured) hasn’t always been the most prolific of strikers (just ask Sevilla, Schalke and Celtic

FA Cup Final
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FA Cup Quarter-finals 2019 – The Low-down on the Last Eight

And then there were 8. Here’s a look at this weekend’s fascinating FA Cup Quarter-finals. Who are the players to look out for, and which teams will make it through to the final 4? Saturday Watford vs Crystal Palace (kick-off 12:15) These two Premier League teams go into the FA Cup Quarter-finals with different priorities. 8th-placed Watford are in it to win it. Their manager Javi Gracia even rested stars Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu, Craig Cathcart and José Holebas against

Premier League strike partnerships
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Two Up Top – The Return of Premier League Strike Partnerships

Once upon a time, English football was dominated by Premier League strike partnerships: Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton; Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole; Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. Now, after an era of odd numbers (the front three, the lone striker), many clubs are returning to two up top. They do say that everything comes back in style eventually… Bournemouth – Callum Wilson & Joshua King – 20 goals + 9 assists Wilson and King started the season at top

Gameweek 30
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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 30

A look at the attacking heroes from Premier League Gameweek 30. Raheem Sterling, Manchester City Is it now time to start talking about Sterling as a ‘world-class’ talent? With lots of hard work and help from Pep Guardiola, he has developed into Manchester City’s main man. In Gameweek 30 against Watford, Sterling stepped up once again to score the crucial goals and keep the pressure on title rivals Liverpool. He has always had the speed and skill to get in

February 2019
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February 2019 – The Star Performers in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues

We’re into March madness now, so here’s a look back at the stars of February 2019 across Europe’s Top 5 Leagues. Premier League – Sergio Agüero, Manchester City While Liverpool’s front three faltered (with the exception of Sadio Mané), City’s star striker fired home his 10th and 11th Premier League hat-tricks. They didn’t come against relegation fodder either; Agüero’s goals destroyed Top Six rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. Yes, February 2019 was a very good month for the Argentinian. His 7

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