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Rob Pratley

When not found watching almost any European football coverage, Soccer Saturday, EFL Review on Quest, or the English Premier League, Rob enjoys crying passionately at repeats of Chelsea's Champions League Final triumph because it is so emotional. An avid football fan, he has an opinion on every team, every league and every player - from Perry Ng to Tammy Abraham, to Mark Creighton, Kim Jin-Su and Aarom Kuhl. Outside of writing for It's Round and White, Rob is a Black Belt at Tae-Kwon-Do and has an impressive collection of accidents and injuries.


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Premier League
Every man for himself in titanic Premier League relegation battle
09:01 Saturday 25th January 2020

Liverpool will win the Premier League title. This statement is unquestionable. All that can reasonably be asked is by how many points and will they remain unbeaten. Meanwhile, questions with far more gravity are asked every matchday at the…

Spain
Diego Costa proves you can't go home
17:01 Monday 13th January 2020

Diego Costa fought hard to return to Atletico Madrid. When he won that battle in January 2018, most expected the Spaniard would regain his best form. It hasn't happened. Costa courted controversy during his brilliant spell in England as…

Italy
Luis Alberto: Liverpool castoff, Lazio superstar
09:01 Tuesday 7th January 2020

Barring an epic collapse even by their standards, Liverpool will finally lift the Premier League trophy this year. In large part, the Reds' recent success is due to shrewd transfer policy, moulding lesser-known talents into…

Bundesliga
Arminia Bielefeld: Westphalia Minnows Dare to Dream Again
12:00 Thursday 2nd January 2020

Arminia Bielefeld’s recent form [one win, one loss and three draws in the last five matches] makes for patchy reading. Don’t let it fool you, though. Arminia still ride high at the 2.Bundesliga summit ahead of established…

Youth Scout
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Ten lads-a-leaping
08:01 Monday 30th December 2019

On the tenth day of football, UEFA gave to me Ten lads-a-leaping, Nine ladies playing, Eight managers managing, Seven sides-a-sinking, Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool…

League Two
Eoin Doyle's loan and the League Two title
09:01 Saturday 28th December 2019

When Eoin Doyle struck for the eleventh game running for Swindon, to become just the second player this century to score consecutively that many times (alongside Leicester’s Jamie Vardy), the Irishman met acclaim from fans, pundits…

Bundesliga
Could Bayern miss out on Champions League football?
09:01 Thursday 19th December 2019

Bayern Munich are European football royalty. The dominant force in Germany are drifting through the final months of a glorious decade, with multiple Bundesliga and DFB Pokal Cup triumphs, and a Champions League trophy – one season…

Premier League
Blue It: Why are Chelsea struggling to string together results?
12:00 Tuesday 10th December 2019

Chelsea’s poor performance against Everton wasn’t surprising to ardent Blues fans. Even at their absolute worst, Everton’s uncanny ability to morph into 1970 Brazil for one game against their London counterparts,…

Spain
Courtois, Hazard, Real Madrid; The White is not always greener
09:00 Sunday 8th December 2019

Normality returns in Spain’s capital. Real Madrid, the superstar team of world football, is battling Catalan giants Barcelona at the top of the table. However, not everything is rosy. Two of Madrid’s biggest stars, one ‘Galactico’…

League One
Raging Bull: Can Oxford United gore Manchester City?
15:01 Thursday 5th December 2019

The EFL Cup is much maligned by Premier League and Championship alike. Teams rotate. Fixtures pile up. Most involved consider it a blessing in disguise to be eliminated as soon as possible. Oxford United buck that trend in 2019. A stuttering…

Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski: The world’s best striker?
09:00 Sunday 1st December 2019

‘Tor! Bayern München. Robert Lewandowski!’ are the 5 most common words at the Allianz Arena this season. Bayern have suffered supposed turmoil, Niko Kovac is gone, Hansi Flick is steadying the ship. The one remarkable constant…

Championship
Ollie Watkins: Brentford’s Next Big Sale?
14:31 Saturday 23rd November 2019

Brentford’s indifferent start to the season simply doesn't do justice to Ollie Watkin’s own heroics. Converted from wide playmaker to central striker by Thomas Frank, Watkins already boasts ten goals in sixteen matches…

Premier League
Jose Mourinho: Spurs saviour or not so special anymore?
18:31 Wednesday 20th November 2019

"When he [Frank Lampard] decided to go to a direct competitor then love stories are over."--Jose Mourinho on Frank Lampard joining Manchester City on loan, 2014 After Porto, Chelsea twice, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United,…

Italy
Atalanta: Serie A’s great entertainers
13:53 Wednesday 20th November 2019

In a league renowned for defensive stability and counter-attacking football, Atalanta ripped up the script. There is no catenaccio under Gian Piero Gasperini, making the Bergamo team a joy to watch. Atalanta languished at the foot of the…

Premier League
Steve Bruce: When your best attackers are centre-halves
15:01 Sunday 17th November 2019

When Rafael Benitez left Tyneside in the summer and was replaced by Steve Bruce, fans were less than welcoming to their new man. With the loss of top scorer Salomon Rondon, takeover rumours which proved to be unfounded speculation and…