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An emotionally charged rendition of ‘La Marseillaise’ set the scene for an International friendly fixture between France and England on Tuesday night. Both sets of players and supporters sang the French national anthem as the Wembley arch was lit up in bright red, white and blue.
This show of solidarity, for the unspeakable atrocities in Paris, then materialised into a half-decent game of football that the home side won 2-0.
England fielded their youngest team for over half a century and were the better side throughout. The Tottenham trio of Eric Dier, …

Due to the competitive nature of the Premier League, there are now more ‘derby’ matches than ever before. While the traditional local derbies are still popular, rivalry fixtures have become much more important as these play a key role in the fate of the title race. Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all feature highly in this list of the top five top flight derby matches but there are also others that may catch you by surprise. Here are our selections:

Manchester United vs Manchester City
One of the most important clashes …

A look back on Micah Richards and why he’s Villa’s signing of the summer.
Micah Richards could well be Tim Sherwood’s signing of the summer. After losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph during the transfer window, Aston Villa needed to reinvent their squad ready for the new season. With considerate financial backing and profits made from Benteke and Delph, Sherwood has splashed out near £40million on transfers alone this window, but I think the free signing of Micah Richards, previously released by Manchester City, is the best one and here’s why…
Riddled …

One word sums up Manchester City’s belief that they can regain the Premier League title: Goals.
Given that Manuel Pellegrini’s men finished last season as the division’s top scorers, while Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton were all able to boast defence records, you would have thought that City’s priority this summer would have been to strengthen a back four that shipped an amazing nine points against the three pushed away clubs alone.
But City have once again decided to leave ‘winning ugly’ to Chelsea.
An initial payment of 44 million pounds has secured …

The last part of this 3 part Premiership preview looks at last season’s top 6. Will the top 6 remain the same? Can anyone stop Chelsea winning back-to-back titles? Let’s take a look.
Liverpool (Last Season – 6th)
After overachieving in the 13-14 season, Liverpool clearly underachieved in the 14-15 campaign. Manager Brendan Rodgers’ tenure is under threat and how well 32.5 million pound gamble Christian Benteke can do will virtually decide his destiny.
Losing the ‘prized asset’ Raheem Sterling will hurt, but if Jordon Ibe who Rodgers has announced will feature heavily …

This has been a very interesting transfer window. The teams who haven’t done well last season are trying to buy the best players they can. Liverpool finished sixth last season have already bought more than six players.Manchester United have also spent a hefty sum this summer. Last season Manchester City was not so great. In this scenario you must be wondering, where is Man City? Are they out of cash after the Sterling saga? NO.
Man City are always the biggest spenders in the transfer market but this summer they have …

There have been many opinions offered about Raheem Sterling and his actions that led to his exit from Liverpool. As a neutral watching this transfer it was easy to take either side in the argument, yet I have decided to take a different spin on most media coverage and look at a more rational explanation as to why he left Liverpool.
In case of the defence of Sterling we must accept that in modern football players will move clubs due to the amount of money in the game today , with the …

Both very attacking minded teams, Liverpool and Manchester City will meet in their second game of the season, but how should Liverpool line up against the reigning champions of England? 

Despite the protestations from Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini that the 2014 Community Shield should be viewed as the climax of the previous season, the 2014-15 season’s curtain raiser witnessed an impressive 3-0 victory for the 2014 FA Cup winners Arsenal against last season’s Premier League Champions that was enough to suggest the Gunners will provide a serious challenge for City’s title this season. Picking up where he left off last season, the outstanding Aaron Ramsey looked fit and ready to lead that title challenge, which is seemingly increasingly credible …