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Premier League
Not the best week for Premier League goalkeepers
08:01 Friday 13th March 2020

How many times have you heard it said goalkeepers are a breed apart? It isn’t a lie. The game's last line of defence exerts tremendous pressure. No one minds your back when you fluff your lines. The ball nestles in the back of the…

Premier League
Could Willian leave Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal?
19:01 Tuesday 10th March 2020

As Frank Lampard carries out a rebuilding job at Chelsea, many players have been the subject of transfer speculation. Olivier Giroud's name is cropping up in the news pretty frequently, but the likes of Marcos Alonso, Willy Caballero,…

Championship
Can Hull City halt their Championship slide?
09:01 Saturday 7th March 2020

Basking in a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City sat two points outside the playoff picture and dreaming of promotion back to the Premier League on New Year’s Day. Fast-forward three months and Grant McCann's side fight…

Premier League
Can Sebasten Haller rescue West Ham?
09:02 Thursday 5th March 2020

West Ham faced too many problems on the pitch this season. Last weekend's 3-1 win over Southampton was their second in 2020 and first since New Year's Day. Inconsistent play and underperforming stars leave the Hammers…

Premier League
Moyes odd man out among 2019/20 Premier League rescue workers
09:01 Sunday 23rd February 2020

Name a league in which the table isn’t all muddled in the early doors. It’s the same everywhere, every season. Maybe it’s because the teams with greater quality need more fine-tuning than average and poor sides. Regardless,…

Premier League
Why are West Ham United sinking without a trace?
19:01 Friday 21st February 2020

Whatever anyone tells you, West Ham United are a massive club. The Hammers are always mentioned in that second-tier of sides in terms of stature, sitting just in-behind the so-called 'top-six'. From Paolo Di Canio to Dimitri…

Championship
Semi Ajayi's reinvention powering West Brom's promotion push
15:01 Saturday 8th February 2020

It must have been heartbreaking for Semi Ajayi to watch Rotherham United suffer relegation last term - despite having arguably the best season in his career. The 26-year-old shone brightly in both midfield and defence for the Millers and…

Premier League
Have Leicester City hit a glass ceiling?
08:01 Saturday 25th January 2020

Déjà vu. Leicester City faithful sense it in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. The Foxes forced their way into the top-six henhouse to begin the season. Unexpectedly, they failed to drop a point between October 19…

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
Alireza Jahanbakhsh rising to the challenge for Brighton
08:01 Saturday 4th January 2020

Much was expected from Alireza Jahanbakhsh when he moved to Brighton in 2018. The Iranian turned heads in the Eredivisie when he emerged as the greatest talent of the season alongside Memphis Depay in 2013/14. He went on to become the…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Eleven keepers keeping
08:00 Tuesday 31st December 2019

On the eleventh day of football, UEFA gave to me Eleven keepers keeping 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…

Premier League
Is it time for West Ham to sack Manuel Pellegrini?
17:00 Saturday 28th December 2019

West Ham held out hope when they appointed Manuel Pellegrini as manager last year. Well-travelled with league titles in four different countries, the Chilean belongs to an exclusive club within his profession. His accomplishments…

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…

Reviews
Book Review: On This Day
19:01 Tuesday 3rd December 2019

To comprehensively bind a football club's entire history within a single book can be overwhelming not just for the writer but the reader as well. Even the most fanatical supporters of Britain’s oldest clubs may balk when presented…

Premier League
How West Ham/Tottenham match predicts Mourinho's Spurs tenure
08:00 Sunday 24th November 2019

Jose Mourinho won his first match in charge of Tottenham Hotspur. There is no surprise in that. The Portuguese is always a rabbit out of the gate. Unfortunately, the game’s full narrative warns against what usually comes much later in…