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Premier League Relegation? Always Bet on Dyche

It’s become almost clichéd to say that Sean Dyche doesn’t get enough credit for the job he has done at Burnley, but, you know, Sean Dyche doesn’t get enough credit for the job he does at Burnley. Indeed, it’s ironic when you look at the squad he has at Turf Moor – one that finished 7th last year and qualified ...

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The curious case of three Dutch legends who won little

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The first came out of retirement to play for one last time. The second has made it clear he would retire at the end of the 2018-19 season. The third announced he had retired from professional football with immediate effect. The simultaneous retirement of these three high profile players is not just a mere coincidence. It happens to be one ...

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Club Manager 2019: A game made by equals but with no equal

They say that pressure makes diamonds, but rough diamonds are more often than not mistaken for worthless pebbles. From Gerard Pique to Jerome Boateng, Mohamed Salah to Kevin De Bruyne, footballers who were precipitously considered as flops have gone on to become household names in the game; establishing themselves as some of the best there is in their positions. Although players often fall victim to the harshest of criticisms, how ...

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Wales 4 – 1 Ireland Review: Ryan Giggs era begins

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Wales produced a scintillating display to demolish the Republic of Ireland 4 -1 in Cardiff on Thursday evening. Ryan Giggs will be extremely pleased by the sheer quality of the performance given by his side and especially the brilliant individual showings from his young midfielders David Brooks and Ethan Ampadu. For the Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, this devastating result and performance in what has been ...

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UEFA Nations League: Northern Ireland vs Bosnia Preview

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Most recent competitive meeting: This match will be the first-ever meeting between the teams. Match Stats: Northern Ireland have won 10 of their last 14 home matches losing only to Croatia, Switzerland and twice to Germany. The Northern Ireland defence has kept 8 clean sheets in their last 10 home victories. Bosnia failed to reach the World Cup in Russia ...

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UEFA Nations League: Wales vs Republic of Ireland Preview

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  Most recent competitive meeting: 9th October 2017- Wales 0 v Ireland 1 Match Stats: Wales have failed to win in their last eight meetings with the Republic of Ireland. Wales have never beaten the Republic of Ireland in a competitive fixture. Ireland are unbeaten in their last seven away competitive matches against the Welsh, including the one-nil win over Wales in October 2017. Gareth Bale has been on the scoresheet in five of ...

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EFL Championship Game Week 6 Roundup

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Friday night’s clash between Leeds and Middlesbrough produced an extremely dull scoreless draw. Tony Pulis set up his Middlesbrough side in an ultra-defensive system with the away side relying on set pieces to create goalscoring chances. Leeds who were missing their influential Spanish playmaker Pablo Hernandez controlled the majority of possession but were unable to break down the well marshalled ...

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Championship Game Week 6 Preview

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Friday night sees the top of the table clash between Leeds and Middlesbrough at Elland Road. The game promises to be the biggest test so far of Marcelo Bielsa’s reign at Leeds. Middlesbrough has kept four consecutive clean sheets in the league whereas Leeds has scored a minimum of two goals per game. Leeds has won four of the last ...

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Match Review: Norwich 0 – 3 Leeds United (Game Week 5)

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In truth, Leeds cruised to a comfortable victory and have now scored 14 goals in their five league games so far this season. Former Spanish international Pablo Hernandez produced a sublime man of the match display to help the whites claim their second away victory of the season. Norwich, who currently sit in 17th place in the table, have now lost three of their opening five fixtures.  The home side began the ...

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