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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 …

With Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur looking good bets to fill the top three spots in the Premier League, there a trio of teams battling to claim fourth and a lucrative place in next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea are currently in pole position, three points ahead of Arsenal with Manchester United a further three points adrift in sixth place. Read on as we assess their respective chances of finishing in the top four.
Blues need more firepower
Chelsea’s failure to sign a top class forward last summer could seriously impact their chances …

With just six points separating the top three sides in the Premier League this season’s title race could be one of the most exciting in years.
Liverpool currently lead the way by four points from reigning champions Manchester City, with Tottenham Hotspur a further two points adrift in third place. Read on we assess their respective title chances.
Liverpool eager to avoid wobble
Liverpool followed up their defeat by Manchester City by getting knocked out of the FA Cup and they will be eager to ensure those results don’t turn into a full …

The battle to stay in the Premier League will be fiercely fought this season, with seven teams currently embroiled in the race to avoid the drop.
With just 10 points from 21 games, Huddersfield Town are strongly fancied to go down, but who will finish in the other two places is difficult to predict.
In true Grand National style, read on as we look at the runners and riders vying to avoid tumbling into the Championship.
Ranieri can guide Fulham to safety
Fulham picked up five points over the festive period, although their revival …

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; Not even three weeks later and Jokanovic …

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 …

“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:, 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 …

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 …