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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 …

“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. Fans …

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 …

With Chelsea expected to be in the title running again in the Premier League – you can use this William hill promo code for new customers to bet on the title race – it’s likely that Chelsea won’t have space to give young players an extended run in the first team.
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 …

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 …

Former Arsenal and Manchester City star Emmanuel Adebayor believes that Joe Hart’s move to Burnley can help the 31-year-old to return to his best.
Hart’s career hit a low following the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in 2016. After arriving at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola deemed Hart surplus to requirements as he prefers ball playing goalkeepers. Hart subsequently went on to have loan spells with Torino in Italy and West Ham last season where he struggles to find consistency.
He however did remain first-choice goalkeeper for England till late last …

The La Liga title race for next season will always include Atletico Madrid, you can use this Paddy Power sign up promo code to back your preferred winner. Any Atleti title challenge will need their best players sticking around, and there is some good news on that front.
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann ended months of speculation after committing his future to the Rojiblancos in a video published on Twitter. Barcelona and Manchester United were previously keen on the French international but made little progress in agreeing a deal this summer …

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is second in Forbes’ top 100 athletes, one place ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and two places above Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar.
Messi has earned approximately $111m, $84m of which is attributed to his salary and bonuses. Ronaldo has made $108m, $61m being his salary and bonuses. Neymar has earned $90m, $71m of which is salary and bonuses. The trio are the only footballers to be named in Forbes’ top-10.
Ronaldo, who has ranked in the top-three highest earners for a sixth straight year, was …

Barcelona are interested in Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and seem destined to procure his signature before the summer transfer window closes. However, progress has been slim and latest reports have hinted that the French international could be having cold feet.
There’s further reports suggesting both parties could be banned if they’ve been found out to have concluded a contract before his existing deal has six months left. For a transfer that seemed nailed on this summer, what has changed in recent weeks that has put Griezmann’s move to Barcelona in …

Real Madrid sealed their third consecutive Champions League crown and their fourth in five years after beating Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday’s final in Kyiv. Gareth Bale scored twice from the bench, replacing the disappointing Isco, while the Reds had nobody to call upon after losing Mohamed Salah to injury in the first-half.
Real could draw upon experience, Liverpool only had novices
Such strength in depth was the deciding factor in Kyiv, as Real head coach Zinedine Zidane had Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to call upon if needed. Of the 13 …