Starting Eleven Blog

Can Manchester United Win the Title?

Posted on January 28th, 2019

After Jose Mourinho left Manchester United, which came as no surprise at all, the team has been reinvigorated. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United has won 7 games in a row in all competitions, showing the kind of football that’s to be expected from a team like that. Led by Paul Pogba’s brilliant return to […]

Can Tottenham Have a Say in the Title Race?

Posted on December 30th, 2018

For many, this Premier League season is shaping up to be a two-horse race. Defending champions Manchester City look like they are going to have their work cut out if they are to be the first team to win back-to-back titles since 2009. A look at for Paddy Power’s latest Premier League outright odds suggests that even […]

Some Premier League Predictions for 2019

Posted on December 7th, 2018

It feels like the Premier League season has just got underway, but already we are reaching the busy Christmas period which usually acts as a catalyst for, or puts a dampener on, most teams’ seasons. For many teams, the narrative has changed dramatically from the start of the season to this point of the beginning […]

How you can use tactics to improve your betting skills

Posted on November 12th, 2018

Football has never changed, it’s always been eleven against eleven on a similar-sized pitch with exactly the same objective: to score goals. Yet somehow, every generation seems to want to reinvent the wheel, find new and impressive ways of lining up on the pitch and defeating the opposition. Teams played with a sweeper in the […]

Football Tips – Friday 19 October 2018

Posted on October 18th, 2018

WITH international football out of the way for another four weeks, competitive club action returns in earnest tonight with sides all across Europe looking to maintain their good start, or get their season up and running. The same could be said of punters who’ve been looking to profit from the betting market all season, and […]

Will Newcastle stay up? Supercomputer says ‘No’

Posted on October 11th, 2018

The international break has prompted talkSPORT to fire up their so-called ‘supercomputer’ in a bid to see what the table will look like at the end of the season. To many, it will come across as more of a gimmick and really just a way of whiling away the time until the international break is […]

Bug fix

Posted on September 20th, 2018

There was an issue which meant that it was not possible to save a Starting Eleven’s title or description. This has now been resolved. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Liverpool 2005/2018 Combined XI

Posted on September 20th, 2018

4-4-2 or 4-3-3? Or maybe experiment with a back three, a pair of wing-backs and a No 10 in a 3-5-2 formation – or is that 5-3-2? There are almost infinite ways to line-up 10 outfield players, and that’s before getting to the players themselves. Take Liverpool, for example. They’re one of the most exciting […]

Is Eden Hazard in Line for another Player of the Year Award this Season?

Posted on September 11th, 2018

Eden Hazard was fairly subdued by his standards in Chelsea’s dismal 2017-18 Premier League campaign under Antonio Conte and only scored 12 goals. This was his second-worst return since his debut season in the English top flight, but now it looks as though the Belgian could be back to his brilliant best. It could well […]

English Premiership Preview 2018/19

Posted on July 31st, 2018

Excitement is mounting ahead of the 2018/19 Premiership season and the big clubs are spending heavily in a bid to close the gap on champions Man City. Liverpool have splashed the cash to shore up several key positions and they are considered the most likely team to challenge Pep Guardiola’s men. But Man Utd and […]