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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 […]


Assessing England’s Chances At World Cup 2018

Posted on June 6th, 2018

“Gareth Southgate” (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland The bookmakers might not be giving England much hope and most fans aren’t in a hurry to talk-up the national team’s chances at World Cup 2018 but there’s reason to be optimistic this time around. That doesn’t mean Gareth Southgate’s team are going to win the tournament but like centre-back […]


Possible Starting Eleven for England Versus Tunisia

Posted on May 15th, 2018

Harry Kane // enviro warrior // CC BY-SA 2.0 England play Tunisia in the opening game of their World Cup Russia 2018 campaign. Kick-off is on Monday 18th June at the Volgograd Arena. With the competition looming, Southgate will be keeping a close eye on the players as they play their final games of the domestic season. Who will he […]