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Written on 14 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Courtois’ Real Madrid move is great news for Manchester United’s hopes of keeping De Gea

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid before the summer transfer window ended, greatly boosting Manchester United’s hopes of keeping David De Gea at Old Trafford.
The Spanish international has been linked with a move to Real for many years, but it appears he will end any speculation about his future and sign a long-term deal with United.
Real tried to sign De Gea immediately after he left Atleti
The 27-year-old joined the Reds from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has gone on to make 316 appearances in all competitions, keeping an impressive …

Written on 14 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Can Liverpool challenge for the Premier League title?

Liverpool enjoyed a 4-0 win over West Ham United in Sunday’s clash at Anfield, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge. The victory put Jurgen Klopp’s men top of the Premier League after gameweek one, ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City on goal difference, and many are expecting them to stay in the top-two for the rest of the campaign.
Manchester City are favourites with the bookmakers to win the Premier League title, with Liverpool expected to be the nearest challengers. The Merseysiders are being …

Written on 9 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Premier League season preview

Manchester City are 4/6 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title after finishing 19 points clear of the competition last season, for those considering online betting with Toals. Pep Guardiola’s men hit 100 points from 38 games in 2017/18 and could be the first team in nine years to retain the league crown.
Only Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have managed to achieve it in the Premier League era, but Guardiola will fancy his chance given his already-strong squad has only been improved – Riyad Mahrez joining from Leicester City.
Premier …

Written on 31 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Russia 2018 World Cup Diary – Knockout Stage

So now at the completion of the group stage, we were down to the last 16 teams. There was a one day rest between the final group game in Group G, and the start of the knockout stage. After having two weeks of relentless football, the intermission seemed to take a lifetime.
Last 16
Saturday June 30th – Day 16
The first last 16 game, saw Group C winners France, play Group D runners up Argentina. France’s Antoine Griezmann slammed the crossbar with an early free kick. France were then awarded a penalty. …

Written on 27 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Russia 2018 World Cup Diary – Group Stage

Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

Written on 26 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on What to expect from Chelsea under Sarri next season

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri arrived at Stamford Bridge on July 14 and has been implementing his system to the players – ‘Sarri-ball’ it’s known by at Chelsea, with the aim of retaining high levels of possession but attacking fast when a chink in the opponent’s armour is spotted.
Sarri’s former club Napoli got the ball from back to front faster than most teams last season and that’s how Chelsea could look in 2018/19. The Blues are training hard to develop their one-touch football and ability to play the ball out of …

Written on 19 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Should Jurgen Klopp be sacked if Liverpool fail to pick up silverware in 2018/19?

Liverpool have completed a £66m deal to sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson, their fourth signing of the summer – Naby Keita (£54m from RB Leipzig), Fabinho (£40m from AS Monaco), Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m from Stoke City). The Brazilian shot-stopper is the most expensive goalkeeper in world football but only the second-biggest signing made in 2018 after Virgil van Dijk joined from Southampton for £75m.
After previously targeting the best players of mid-level clubs to keep their spending at a reasonable level – Sadio Mane (£35m from Southampton), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m from …

Written on 18 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Could Chelsea bring Cech back to Stamford Bridge?

Chelsea are reportedly considering bringing goalkeeper Petr Cech back to Stamford Bridge this summer due to the uncertain future of Thibaut Courtois. The 36-year-old is high on Transfer Hound’s hot-o-metre and left the Blues to join Arsenal in 2015 where he’s been underwhelming ever since.
Courtois was the goalkeeper who pushed Cech out of the Chelsea starting eleven in 2014/15, leading to the latter’s departure that summer, but he could be replacing the Belgian international ahead of the new season.
Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel has also been named as a potential transfer …

Written on 17 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Conspiracy theory on why Jorginho snubbed Man City for Chelsea

Manchester City were dealt a major blow in their pursuit for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, with the Italian international turning down the Sky Blues to join Chelsea. Jorginho followed Maurizio Sarri to Stamford Bridge this summer, joining one day his former manager and being pictured with Sarri in the announcement photos on social media.
Chelsea fans were unsurprisingly delighted to bolster their midfield with a world-class player like Jorginho, while City supporters were frustrated to be seemingly rejected by a transfer target who looked nailed on to arrive at the Etihad Stadium …

Written on 13 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on The Cost of Winning The 2018 World Cup

Only two more nights to go before this nail-biting World Cup crowns the winning team. Maybe (most likely, let’s be real) you’re still disappointed in England’s loss or trying to decide who to support on Sunday. Or, maybe, you’re now looking around and asking how much does it cost to send a team to the World Cup? If it’s just the latter or all three combined, have a look at this revealing infographic below detailing the costs incurred by the different teams put together by Rydoo.
The estimated average of winning …