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Premier League Specials

Blackpool Set the Tone With Blackpool having already parted company with Gary Bowyer, the football league seems intent on showing the big boys how its done. None of this ‘time to bed in’ nonsense – if the manager needs to go, he needs to go now. All of which leads us nicely to the Premier League sack race, where big egos get big payoffs for big failures. Unsurprisingly given his every action right now seems designed to induce a swing of the axe, Jose Mourinho starts as a hot favourite. He has not only lost the dressing room, but it appears he doesn’t even wish to find it. Chuck in a fraught relationship with the suits above him, and his... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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Premier League Outrights

Who Goes Where? No bets suggested for the title, as Manchester City simply aren’t value, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal, has yet to prove it is a Premier League symphony, as Alan Partridge might say. Is there any value in the top four being gatecrashed? We believe there absolutely is. Unai Emery needs to add serious value to a fading Arsenal, who knows what Jose Mourinho is doing at United, whilst there is only so many times Poch can turn water into wine. There is definitely at least one place up for grabs. Leicester City (40/1) and West Ham United (50/1) seem the wise picks – both managed by men who know all about the upper reaches of league tables.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
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EFL Preview League 2: The popular selection here is Lincoln City, under media favourite Danny Cowley. John Akinde from relegated Barnet may be a little long in the tooth and injury prone, but Shay McCartan on a season-long loan from Bradford City is a quality performer at this level. Having been done twice in the play-off final, Exeter City must hope for third time lucky without both Paul Tisdale and Steve Perryman. Few fancy them this time around, although with a front two of Tristan Abrahams and Jayden Stockley, they could make the play-offs again. The Grecians have also lost three players to Tisdale’s new side, relegated MK Dons. Only one of the four relegated sides immediately rebounded last season... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018
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La Liga 2018/19

Bad Timing Sky Given that Sky Sports have now lost the rights to the Spanish league, fewer people will get to enjoy the, lets face it, two decent games a year the league throws up. Ironically however, they may have lost the rights at just the wrong time, with the big two in unusually tricky shape. As the World Cup emphatically showed, la Liga is no longer where it’s at. There could also be a really Messi hangover at Barca from the summer’s events, and Real Madrid are in genuine transition, a fact that will not be assisted by players arriving back for pre-season in bursts. And although he may have been of an age, 41 goals will be missing... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
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Transfer Specials – Manchester United

Sagas set to become more tiresome than weather conversations Harry Maguire If you had said twelve months ago that not only would Harry Maguire be the subject of a £65m bid, but that most pundits thought he was good value at that, even the local nuthouse would bolt their doors. Yet here we are – Mourinho’s search for a centre-half that has previously seen Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof disappoint, now turns up at Leicester. Rumours of the bid seem solid enough, but it baffles us that Mourinho would sign a player on the basis of one good world cup match against Sweden. If he rated Maguire, why not put a bid in two months ago, and get him on... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, July 27th, 2018
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World Cup Final – France vs Croatia

Whats the French for Apres le Deluge And so it is. After a wonderful tournament full of great games, huge shocks and terrific open football, we are left with a fairly uninspiring final. Perhaps you can have too much of a good thing. At least we aren’t expecting too much. Previous finals have promised excitement with two juggernauts going head-to-head, only for tedium to flourish, punctuated by a solitary goal. France to be fair, usually give a good final – their previous two remarkable for the antics of Zinedine Zidane – but he cant be relied up on to brighten up this one. Croatia have taken the ‘Germany 2002’ route to the final, although they did at least emerge with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018
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World Cup Semi-Final England vs Croatia

13/10!!! And so here we are then. After all that fuss, all those ‘root and branch’ overhauls, countless managers, players and suits. And all it took was a middle-class chap in a waistcoat. Who knew. England are astonishingly in the last three of the World Cup, and could not have asked for a easier fixture than Croatia, at this stage of a tournament. Yes it is the toughest opposition England have faced so far, but that is only because fortune in the semi-final draw, follows fortune at every other stage. England could reach a final without playing any former winners, as Argentina managed to do four years ago. And indeed, Croatia won’t just roll over. And in Luka Modric and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
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France vs Belgium

For the right to play England…obviously So why exactly has the Premier League had such a good World Cup? We can’t even trace this one back to Gareth Southgate, whose last contribution to the Prem was removing Middlesbrough from it, an act which certainly enhanced the division, but was too long ago to ascertain a definite cause and effect. Our opinion is that the games have been allowed to flow a great deal more, rough and tumble has been permitted, with the referees happy to leave it to VAR for any secondary action. Whereas previous World Cups have been very stop-start with all sorts of niggles and shenanigans, this one has had the tempo of an English top-flight game. Despite... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
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England vs Sweden

It’s Coming Home Forget the sceptics. Forget Gareth Southgate warning how we tend to underestimate the Swedes. Forget 52 years of hurt. This, is as good a chance as an England team will ever get of reaching the semis of a World Cup. This Sweden side are poor, and you don’t need to check the name of Seb Larsson on the teamsheet to see that. Having squeaked past South Korea, they then failed to beat a German team who played much of the match with ten men. And they didn’t even qualify properly, relying on a play-off to edge past a tedious Italy XI. The only worry of course, is that England aren’t that great either. Tunisia was a fluke,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018
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England vs Panama

Rashford for a HAT-trick Having managed to get over the line against Tunisia, attention now turns to what may even be a more physical grapple, against the worst team in the tournament in Panama. Despite it being a close thing in the end, for half an hour England played as well as any team in the tournament, bar perhaps Brazil’s first 30 against Switzerland or the middle spell where Spain bewitched Portugal with some classic tika taka. The opposition may not have been great, but England haven’t played that well at a World Cup since 2002. Optimism has been creaking slowly, especially with Colombia and Germany losing, and potentially removing obstacles at the last sixteen and last eight. We don’t... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018
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