Football

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Sanchez Returns Early to North London It has been so long since “its only Spurs” beat Manchester United three times at home, that Wembley had just witnessed its finest hour- 1966 and all that. And it would be a massive boost to the home side’s top four prospects if they could ape that feat tomorrow evening. Having taken just three points in the first half-season of matches against other members of the ‘big six’ (from a thumping at home to Liverpool), one may not fancy their chances, as Spurs’ Achilles heel under Pochettino has been particularly predominant this season. They are unbeaten in eight however, and the lethargy displayed on Saturday at Newport was surely due more to the competition,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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Carabao Cup Semi Final – Bristol City vs Manchester City

No Romance in the Carabao Having pretty much sacked off the league since this fixture loomed large on the horizon, it was a relief for Bristol City to pick up a much-needed point on Friday night at home to high-flying Derby. That ended a run of five defeats in a row, and was possibly decent practise for Tuesday’s tussle, with them spending much of the game defending. Manchester City are admittedly, unlikely to field Cameron Jerome however. Both Frank Fielding and Nathan Baker were withdrawn at half-time with injury scares, and the latter in particular will need to recover if the Robins have any chance of keeping the clean sheet that one suspects they will need to get to Wembley.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
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Sunday Football – 14 January 2018

4 to Watch Bournemouth vs Arsenal After a week of tricky cup action, its back to the bread and butter for the Gunners, and what could be more bread and butter than a nice passing side who will go at Arsenal, leaving rampant spaces at the back to be exploited. We think this could end similarly to Wenger’s trip to Goodison earlier in the season, and 3-1 Arsenal with Sanchez to score a farewell goal at the end pays out at 30/1 with Ladbrokes. Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Following Thursday night’s Alba-Messi show, things should be tougher for Barca at a ground where they haven’t won in their last seven visits. Eusebio Sacristan will be keen to get one over... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, January 14th, 2018
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Liverpool vs Manchester City

Van Dijk in – Dyke Out The big game of the weekend, as the team secure in 4th hosts the team who have already won the title. Talk of a City blip has focused on them drawing a match at a rejuvenated Crystal Palace in the midst of a packed Christmas festival, as well as only narrowly winning the first leg of their League Cup semi-final. It is hardly Sunderland at home 2017 in its catastrophic nature. Teams reflect their managers’ personalities, and nowhere is this truer than at Anfield. The way they play mirrors their manager – when they are up, they are truly buoyant. But when they are down, they are truly dismal. They may have added a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
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FA Cup 2018 – 3rd Round

Friday Night Football Liverpool vs Everton: A game that Liverpool really don’t need (particularly considering their problems at this time of year twelve months ago,) in a competition that Big Sam has no track record of taking seriously. Yet it is a derby, its live on the telly on a Friday night, so at the very least, both Klopp and Allardyce are going to have to pretend they are interested. Previous meetings in this competition have been enough to see off Kenny Dalglish and whoever was in charge of cutting to adverts on ITV, but those were back in the days when this tournament meant something. 2-1 Liverpool is 15/2 with Ladbrokes, and that should be enough to keep both... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018
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World Cup 2018

Putin The balls have been plucked, the schedule has been announced, and we can all start preparing to make an enormous me-shaped hole in the couch for a month. With the Premier League looking as open as former Leeds star Carl Shutt, many footballing minds have already turned to the Jules Rimet. And ours has too. Where is the value? Well many have already identified Egypt as contenders to go far, particularly given the form of Mo Salah right now. They can also count on other Premier league talent, in the form of Mohamed Elneny and Ahmed Hegazi. Their progression from the group stage, could pole-axe Luis Suarez hopes with Uruguay. Other sides who could get to the last eight,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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Midweek Football Preview – 2 January 2018

3 to Watch Fulham vs Ipswich Town A team that looks all set to be the Championship’s late surgers into promotion contention, host the side who started so well, but have since faded badly. Both are currently on 36 points, but Fulham have won their last three at the Cottage and we cant see anything other than four in a row. Take the home side at 8/15 with the Magic Sign. Wolves vs Brentford Wolves host the poor man’s Wolves, with Dean Smith’s side playing arguably the best football in the division outside of what is going on at Molineux. Unbeaten at home since August, Wolves wont find it easy against a side who have won their last three, but... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
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Premier League Battle for Survival

Going Down like a Child on a Slide Was it just me, or was the old “bottom at Christmas” statistic given a slight rest this year by the punditocracy? Despite Swansea being five points adrift of safety, and pressing the button marked ‘gamble’ in their capture of Carlos Carvalhal, nobody can be sure they are doomed. Never has their been a season where teams have been written off as dead, only to eject their manager, appoint a grizzly old bear like Allardyce or Hodgson, and suddenly see their relgation fears entirely ameliorated. The bottom 11 are arguably still in the mix. This season has already showed the importance of having a decent manager, and for that reason, we think Stoke... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, December 30th, 2017
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Weekend football – 29 December 2017

4 to Watch Chelsea vs Stoke City Despite being wholly unimpressive for much of the season, Chelsea continue to stride competently along, with this season’s cliché – ‘were it not for Man City’ – particularly applicable to their excellent points tally thus far. Stoke seem to get beaten most weeks, yet seem to have notched up 20 points so far. How and when are mysteries for more intelligent people than us. We quite fancy them to nick a point here however, and at 6/1 with Ladbrokes, it is a value bet. Liverpool vs Leicester City We all know that Klopp’s Liverpool will administer a couple of firm spankings, before reverting to the mean and stumbling at home to a lesser... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 29th, 2017
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The Weekend’s Football – 8 December 2017

4 to Watch Burnley vs Watford Ah the big game of the weekend. Only joking Mancs and Mersey types – of course not!!! But this is an intriguing clash between the two surprise packages of the season. Often these types of game end in a draw – for once both sides do have something to lose – and given Burnley’s exceptional defensive record, a 0-0 at 7/1 with Ladbrokes is a decent punt. Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth With so many of the bigger sides playing on Sunday, Saturday 3pm might be the perfect time for Mr. Scudamore to start wondering why he ever allowed clubs like Villa and Leeds to get relegated. He will be even more puzzled when this... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017
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