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Premier League
Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola: Which is the real riverboat gambler?
19:00 Wednesday 15th January 2020

In terms of a single hand or match played, poker is nothing like football. At the table, you can force your many opponents to throw their cards in the muck before the dealer lays out the flop. You needn’t even reveal the strength [or…

Premier League
Much ado about nothing; Declan Rice handball more comedy than tragedy
12:01 Monday 13th January 2020

Last spring, a cross whipped into the Manchester City penalty area first found Fernando Llorente’s arm then the net behind Ederson Moraes. Tottenham’s long, lean Spanish forward hadn’t scored often as Harry Kane’s emergency…

Premier League
Mikel Arteta wants Granit Xhaka to stay; Should he?
08:01 Monday 6th January 2020

Granit Xhaka sits at a crossroads. One path leads away from the Emirates and his toxic relationship with fans. The other leads back into the clubhouse where a welcoming manager values his skills and leadership. Which should he take?…

Premier League
Did Solskjaer take a Christmas gift from under Guardiola's tree?
09:00 Sunday 22nd December 2019

Christmas, like Easter and, in North America, Thanksgiving, is meant to be a joyous holiday spent with loved ones. Often, though, tensions rise. In part, you’re not accustomed to spending full days with these strange, annoying people…

Premier League
Can Solskjaer double down in the Manchester Derby?
15:00 Saturday 7th December 2019

The clock struck the 94th-minute, prompting referee Paul Tierney to bring the game to a close. Rings of, "Ole, Ole, Ole" in a Norwegian rather than Spanish accent echoed around Old Trafford as Manchester United's babyfaced assassin,…

Capital One Cup
Were Norwich the perfect Chelsea tune-up for Manchester United?
08:01 Wednesday 30th October 2019

I am convinced that on some level, even if it was only subconscious, most of the Love United, Hate Glazers mob were rooting for Norwich City to run riot over the Red Devils at Carrow Road. The Canaries green and yellow kit recalls the old Newton…

Premier League
Is Pep Guardiola playing mind games with Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool?
12:00 Friday 27th September 2019

Following a busy midweek with highlights aplenty in the Carabao Cup, focus returns to Premier League action this weekend, as Liverpool and Manchester City continue their battle for supremacy. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp's rivalry…

Champions League
2019/20 Champions League Preview
08:01 Tuesday 17th September 2019

In a throwback to the days of the British Empire, the Premier League dominated the football map in May and June, sending four clubs to the Champions and Europa League finals. Tonight, the rest of the world finally has a chance to answer the…

Premier League
Chelsea, Manchester United youth face steep learning curve
09:01 Wednesday 21st August 2019

We’ve all seen the nature documentary or Youtube clip where the cute little bear cubs come across a skunk. Unafraid, they run up to play with it, learning a hard lesson while Pepe le Pew strolls off with his tail proudly in the air. If…

Italy
Can Luciano Spalletti open Juventus to Champions League possibilities?
09:00 Saturday 25th May 2019

Serie A bears a striking resemblance to playground football. Bear with me. I’m not disparaging Lega Calcio’s quality at all. Nor am I taking a dig at all the ugly name calling and crude mimicry that rains down from the stands although…

Fa Cup
Can Watford rain on Manchester City's treble parade?
08:00 Saturday 18th May 2019

Due to their dominance, Manchester City head into the FA Cup final as overwhelming favourites to complete an unprecedented domestic treble. Pep Guardiola’s oil-rich Citizens claimed the Carabao Cup in February with penalty-shootout success…

Premier League
What is a Premier League goal worth?
12:00 Thursday 18th April 2019

Goals win games; defence wins titles. Recently, the adage metamorphosed into an argument on how to play the game rather than the intended lesson in maintaining a proper tactical balance. Keeping clean sheets is important. Opponents can’t…

Spain
Is Barcelona suffering from revisionist history?
12:00 Thursday 28th March 2019

To the victor goes the spoils, it’s said. The conqueror writes history. If the conquest is sufficiently supreme, he doesn’t even need to put pen to paper. The conquered will [mistakenly] remember that life was always as it was under…

Premier League
Raheem Sterling matures; silences critics
12:00 Wednesday 27th March 2019

Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling raised his game to another level on both stages in 2018/19. Pleasantly, he's also raised his game off the pitch. Ever since he forced his way out of Liverpool when just 20-years-old,…

Premier League
5 underrated Manchester City players this season
09:00 Saturday 9th March 2019

If Francisco Goya lived 200 years later, he wouldn't have been a Manchester City fan, nor even a Barcelona follower. The Spanish romantic painter was Aragonian and more likely to sport a Zaragoza kit. Regardless, the five players featured…