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European Football
Why a competitive Premier League drives England's Champions League ascendance
09:00 Friday 22nd March 2019

A quick glance at the Champions and Europa League quarterfinals draws makes great reading for English football fans. Six Premier League teams rank in the final 16. Spain can claim only half as many, Portugal and Italy two apiece while Germany…

Premier League
In which basket do the Premier League Top-6 put their eggs after the quarter-final draws?
12:00 Monday 18th March 2019

So the draw for the Champions League and Europa League has been made, and England’s top six know their fate. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea have all made it into the quarter-finals of their…

Fa Cup
Can the FA Cup make or break Crystal Palace season?
09:00 Saturday 16th March 2019

The FA Cup quarterfinals precede the international break. Crystal Palace travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford. The Eagles can use the good cheer a berth in the semifinals will bring. Their Premier League season is a mixed bag with too…

Italy
Rossoneri face rosy future with Piatek
09:00 Friday 15th March 2019

Football critics saw AC Milan as a team on the low for the 2018 portion of this campaign. Their tune changed after the New Year. The Rossoneri surge into the Champions League places originated with one winter window deal. Milan paid Genoa…

Premier League
How does Unai Emery overturn the Rennes second leg?
08:00 Tuesday 12th March 2019

Arsenal put in a dire performance in their Europa League Round of 16 first leg against Stade Rennais. Losing 3-1 in France means they have work to do at the Emirates. It will be difficult, but the Ligue 1 side's leaky defence can be exploited.…

Premier League
Can Romelu Lukaku defy his big-game hoodoo two matches running?
08:05 Sunday 10th March 2019

Barely over two months into the caretaker job, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned the tables for Manchester United with a series of scintillating results. A warm and fresh Norwegian breeze has everyone at Old Trafford revitalised. Almost…

Premier League
Is Tottenham Hotspur's top four place in danger?
12:30 Saturday 9th March 2019

About a fortnight ago, Tottenham Hotspur were regarded as the outside bet at a Premier League title. Mauricio Pochettino's men have always played some scintillating football. That hasn't changed, but recently, Premier League results…

Germany
Serge Gnabry: Arsenal's loss, Bayern's gain
17:00 Wednesday 6th March 2019

Arsene Wenger built a reputation for giving young players a chance during his Arsenal heydays. The likes of Alexandr Hleb, Alex Song, Theo Walcott and the popular Cesc Fabregas all made their name as youngsters filing out for the Gunners.…

Premier League
Unai Emery is slowly perfecting the art of rotation at Arsenal
16:00 Monday 4th March 2019

Unai Emery's Arsenal reign polarises opinion. Fans expected a magician who makes the Gunners' problems disappear, transforming the North Londoners into a champion much like his previous club, Paris Saint-Germain. Instead,…

Managerial News
Guardiola can stay positive while developing a Plan B
12:00 Saturday 2nd March 2019

The Premier League enters the 2018/19 lightning round. Only ten games remain for most teams. Preoccupied with FA Cup action, Chelsea and Brighton each have 11. Rumour has it they will play each other to fall back in line with everyone else.…

Premier League
Musing on a London derby weekend in the Premier League
10:00 Saturday 2nd March 2019

Eight million people, six top-flight football clubs, four Champions League places. London is a crowded city in every sense of the word. This weekend, a quartet from its half-dozen Premier League football clubs meet, two on Saturday,…

France
Could Hatem ben Arfa make a triumphant Premier League return?
12:00 Friday 1st March 2019

I cannot imagine the pain Hatem ben Arfa endured when Nigel de Jong introduced himself studs first in a match on 7 October 2010. I’m speaking in the literal sense. My mind won’t permit it. In that match between Newcastle and Manchester…

Managerial News
Positivity isn't easy in the Premier League
09:00 Thursday 28th February 2019

Both by design and demand, the influx of foreign managers to the Premier League bring with them a new brand of football. Some implement their tactics successfully. Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte rewrote the record books. Other managers struggle.…

Premier League
7 youngsters who have been surprisingly good in the Premier League
15:00 Monday 25th February 2019

The pace in the Premier League is ramping up as we rapidly approach the finish line. Manchester City, Liverpool and perhaps Tottenham Hotspur are the ones challenging for the title while Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are in a race…

Capital One Cup
Will the ghost of Arsene Wenger haunt Wembley for the EFL Cup final?
09:00 Sunday 24th February 2019

Managers tend to last at clubs about as long as the average Hollywood marriage although exceptions exist in both cases. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have been together since 1983 despite eschewing any nuptials. Denzel Washington married Pauletta…