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Written on 15 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on Fulham: Jo Kan Pack Your Bags

Fulham have informed that they have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic, and replaced him with former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. But did Jokanovic deserve the sack this early in the season? And was his termination handled respectfully?
It was only at the end of October, after Fulham’s 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth, that Fulham owner Shahid Khan gave Jokanovic his public backing stating that, “(Jokanovic’s) record shows he has always led Fulham admirably when the stakes are at their highest”, (Source; dailymail.co.uk). Not even three weeks later and Jokanovic …

Written on 2 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on All eyes on the Emirates as Arsenal take on Liverpool

Arsenal face a huge test of their Premier League title credentials on Saturday as they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners head into the game four points off top spot after picking up 22 points from their last eight league matches.
They face a Liverpool side that have conceded just four goals in the league this season and who are currently level on points with leaders Manchester City.
However, the home team have reeled off four league wins in a row at the Emirates and look overpriced at 11/4 with NetBet …

Written on 19 Oct 2018 | Comments Off on Burnley’s Brexit! – How being out of Europe saves their season

“The challenge is opening the club’s mind enough to go some way to keep up (with the rest of the Premier League), because the whole of the football business is saying ‘all the best with that, we’re going up here’”, (Source: independent.co.uk), these are the words of Burnley manager Sean Dyche in pre season on the clubs financial limitations. Dyche led Burnley to seventh place in the Premier league last season; this gained the club qualification for the Europa League, their first dose of European football for 51 years.
Brexit means …

Written on 18 Sep 2018 | Comments Off on Champions League 2018/19 – Which teams are going through?!

Another Champions League season is upon us, with some interesting groups being drawn. But which teams will advance to the knockout stages from their respective groups and which teams will finish third and go on to play in the knockout stages of the Europa League? Here are my predictions…
Group A
Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco & Club Brugge
Europa League winners Atletico have had a rather awkward start to their domestic league season, but will still qualify from this group. They have added some good new signings to bolster their midfield …

Written on 6 Sep 2018 | Comments Off on England aiming to build on promising summer against Spain

England kick-off their UEFA Nations League campaign at Wembley on Saturday with a mouth-watering clash against Spain.
The Three Lions’ are assured of a positive reception after finishing fourth at the World Cup, but manager Gareth Southgate will be eager to build on the foundations his side laid this summer.
England are priced at 33/20 with Novibet sports betting to win the game, with Spain on offer at 7/4 and the draw available at 21/10.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and Liverpool midfielder forward Adam Lallana have withdrawn from the fixture, but Southgate …

Written on 31 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Bournemouth star Nathan Ake advises Loftus-Cheek to consider Chelsea exit

Bournemouth star Nathan Ake has advised Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek to consider leaving Stamford Bridge. Loftus-Cheek was one of the breakout stars of the Premier League last season as he starred while helping Crystal Palace to avoid relegation while on loan with the Eagles.
The performances of Loftus-Cheek was so impressive that he earned a call-up to the England squad for the 2018 World Cup where he helped Gareth Southgate’s men to reach the semi-finals of the competition which was held in Russia.
Despite Palace boss Roy Hodgson making no secret of …

Written on 30 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Tottenham star admits that he had been sleeping during win against Manchester United

Tottenham continued their good start to the season with a 3-0 win against Manchester United on Monday.
The goals came through a goal from talisman Harry Kane and a brace from Lucas Moura.
Many doubted that Mauricio Pochettino’s squad will challenge for the Premier League this season after they failed to secure a single new recruit during the summer transfer window.
The North London club have however so far churned out three impressive performances and they are so far one of four clubs, along with Watford, Chelsea and Liverpool to have so far …

Written on 29 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on German coach Low is angry with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

German coach Joachim Low is upset that Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil did not inform him personally about his decision to retire from international football.
Ozil struggled for form during the 2018 World Cup as Germany were eliminated from the group stage following losses against Mexico and South Korea.
Following the tournament, the 29-year-old decided to end his international career, citing racism.
Ozil attracted criticism prior to the tournament after posing with controversial Turkish President Erdogan.
This was not a good way for Ozil to end his international career. During his nine-year international career, he made …

Written on 28 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is now effectively retired from international football

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has effectively retired from international football. The 31-year-old Vardy was part of the England squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and served as back-up to Harry Kane in the forwards department.
Vardy had notified Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate that he was considering retiring from international football and it now appears that he will not play during the UEFA Nation League games against Spain and Switzerland.
Vardy broke into the England team at the late age of 28 during the 2015-16 season. This …

Written on 27 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Everton star Richarlison issues apology to team-mates and fans

Everton star Richarlison has issued an apology to his team-mates as well as fans of his new club.
The 21-year-old earned a red-card during the Toffees 2-2 draw against Bournemouth last weekend.
Referee Lee Probert handed the Brazilian his marching orders following an heated exchange with Adam Smith.
Both sides went on to end the game with ten men as Smith also went on to receive a red-card during the second period.
Everton looked like they were going to continue their promising form shown recently as they lead the game 2-0 through goals from …