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At the start of the season I made my predictions for the Champions League Group Stage, and 14 out of 16 teams tipped to qualify were correct, with Schalke getting through instead of Galatasaray (Group D), and Lyon ahead of Shakthar Donetsk (Group F). So now it is time for the knockout stages, let us have a look at who will advance to the Quarter Finals.
Champions League Round of 16
Legs to be played on 12th February & 6th March
Manchester United v Paris Saint Germain
This tie could not come about …

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 …

Another Champions League season is upon us, with some interesting groups being drawn and various betting promo codes you can use to back potential winners. 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 …

For the 2016/17 Team of the Season I have decided to go with a 4-3-1-2 formation that to an extent could actually play as a 4-3-3. This is as teams are season by season moving away from the traditional 4-4-2. The likes of Eden Hazard, Phillippe Coutinho and Romelu Lukaku did not make it, which will surprise some, but let’s look at the players that make the cut.
Goalkeeper
Tom Heaton (Burnley) – The 2016/17 season gave Heaton his second attempt to show us what he was about in the top division …

I used to go to the match with my dad and have a little chuckle to myself at all the little things that used to wind him up. It seemed like every foul was soft and they would never get away with it ‘in his day.’ It conjured up images of people in his day playing with two broken legs, a three tooth smile and a ball as heavy concrete. He wasn’t alone in this. To be honest he was relatively progressive in his football views in comparison to some …

It is awful, jarring, the equivalent of a scraping fishbone stuck in a football fan’s gullet.
It is a cringe-worthy television advert produced by Qatar Airways, starring the players of F.C. Barcelona.
If the advert did not exist, it would have to be invented. For there is no other existing piece of media that better encapsulates the worldview of football in the neo-liberal age. It is forty seconds of distilled ideology crystallised at its purest.
Juan Mata Leads Man United To Victory
The advert begins by zooming in on a mystical never never land-like …

There has been a lot of criticism of referees this season especially of late, after Martin Atkinson has failed to see critical decisions that seemed to the naked eye pretty straight forward. As we have all heard Mourinho has picked out minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69 to be the most critical point where Martin Atkinson really needed to do his job and failed. The most critical point of the game came on the 69th minute where Nemanja Matic was sent off for retaliating to what was a horrifying tackle …

A tantalizing end to last season saw Liverpool come within touching distance of a league title; 2 points adrift of eventual winners Manchester City come the final day. The result was many supporters of the club choosing to try and forget the 3 game collapse and rather look forward to a 3 month period of rest, recovery, and most importantly, progression. It seemed, going into the summer that with the right additions, and limited departures, 2014-15 season might just see that 19th league title come to Anfield.
Half a season, 1 …

Usually in the summer transfer window, Arsenal fans are left anxiously biting at their fingernails for their manager, Arsene Wenger, to make his first move. It usually ends up with last minute transfer panic buys, which, in past years, has led to the introduction of players such as Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young. However, in the summer of 2014, Wenger moved relatively early in a World Cup year to bring in players to improve the squad, in an attempt to compete for the league title and add quality, as he …

Mike Ashley is looking for his fifth permanent manager since buying Newcastle United in 2007 after Alan Pardew opted to head to South London and a three and a half year contract with his former club Crystal Palace.
Managing Director Lee Charnley along with Chief Scout Graham Carr will be tasked with appointing the man to replace the un-liked Pardew and hopefully winning over the Toon faithful in the process.
Many names have been mentioned and a few ex-players have chipped in with their suggestions…
Ill review the bookies favorites and a few …