Starting Eleven Blog

Time for Rooney to move on

Posted on September 20th, 2016

FOR 12 years, Wayne Rooney has been a lynchpin in a Manchester United side that went through a successful period of five titles in seven seasons and three Champions League Finals, winning in 2008 and losing to the great Barcelona team in 2009 and 2011. However, there comes a time when good things come to […]


Betfred Cup Quarter Finals preview

Posted on September 20th, 2016

ONLY two months into the season and already the Quarter Finals of the Betfred League Cup are upon us. Eight sides will be battling for four Semi Final spots over the next three nights and take a step closer to the Final in November. Many people will fancy a flutter online with their preferred bookmaker, […]


Site update August 2016

Posted on August 10th, 2016

I’ve made a few additions to the site over the last day or so. Popular (I will think of a better name) features the most popular footballers and formations over the past 24 hours and the past 30 days. Is it any surprise that Pogba is one of the most popular? The formation 3-4-3 / 5-2-3 […]


Paul Pogba

Posted on August 9th, 2016

It’s been the rumour of the summer, but Paul Pogba finally sealed his move from Juventus to Manchester United overnight. Find out how our visitors think Pogba will lineup at Manchester United.


The Four Best Football Formations Ever

Posted on August 4th, 2016

A team’s formation on a football field will have a profound effect on how they play the game. Various combinations exist, usually described in three numbers corresponding to the number of players positioned on the defence, midfield and frontline. The choice will be influenced by the coaching philosophy, the available players, the style of the […]


What changes are ahead for England?

Posted on July 5th, 2016

England suffered arguably their most humiliating defeat at the hands of Iceland in the round-of-16 at Euro 2016. The Three Lions crumbled after taking the lead through Wayne Rooney from the penalty spot as goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put Lars Lagerback’s men ahead. Roy Hodgson’s side had 72 minutes to rally, but […]


Transfer XI: Incoming Premier League stars

Posted on June 30th, 2016

Premier League clubs will soon be entering their strongest surges of transfer activity ahead of the new season. Some players have already secured moves to new clubs, but the bulk of business has yet to occur. Manchester City have made one of the biggest splashes by signing Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund for a fee […]


Roy Hodgson blunders cost England

Posted on June 29th, 2016

England have endured arguably their most embarrassing exit at a major tournament to date, crashing out of Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland. The Three Lions got off to the perfect start when Wayne Rooney fired them ahead from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was brought down in the box. However, Ragnar Sigurdsson […]


Euro 2016 red card game

Posted on June 15th, 2016

Rather than sit at your desk working, why not take full advantage of the fact that your boss’ back is turned and play this Euro 2016 referee game. Take the role of Willie Collum and see how many red cards you can dish out in 45 seconds. Anything less than 30 and you are rubbish. […]


Football / Cricket

Posted on June 6th, 2016

Coral have taken a slightly different slant on football in England, and looked at how teams would line up if football took a leaf out of crickets book and had teams that consisted only of those players that were born within county borders. Greater London instantly jumps out with 9 England internationals in the starting 11. […]