FA Cup 2019/20

The third round of the FA Cup is a sporting institution. Much like The Open, Grand National, Derby, or Six Nations, the third round still has a mystical element to it, even with so many different aims for clubs nowadays who have competing priorities.   The entry of the top clubs in the country against… Read More FA Cup 2019/20

Serie A 2019/20

Quick Serie A guide in what is likely to be a fascinating season. Winners: European victory might elude Juventus but they are untouchable in Italy, having won the last eight titles, and they should be too strong once again. The Bianconieri have had another fine transfer window, bringing Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal and then Adrien… Read More Serie A 2019/20

La Liga 2019/20

And La Liga, for the Spaniards. ITV4 are showing Barcelona tonight.   Winner: Barcelona have won the title in eight of the last 11 years and did so by 11 points last season; Now they have added Frenkie De Jong into midfield and Antoine Greizemann into their forward line. Both of those transfers were made… Read More La Liga 2019/20

Bundesliga 2019/20

Afternoon all!   Here’s a quick season preview on the Bundesliga as I get back into the thick of things after a holiday. Some value here if you’re quick:     Champions: Borussia Dortmund were nine points clear of Bayern Munich in January before they ran out of steam but they’ve actually strengthened rather well… Read More Bundesliga 2019/20

League Two 2019/20

And League 2….     Title: There are no surprises for finding Mansfield but they were fourth last season, lost only on penalties in the playoffs, and conceded the least goals in the division. With Andy Cook and Nicky Maynard there to fire in the goals they can take the beating if they don’t have… Read More League Two 2019/20

League One 2019/20

As you’ve probably read and heard from all and sundry regarding the football leagues, these will be quickfire summings up of League One and two. We start with League One….    Title: All three clubs to finish above Portsmouth last season were promoted and Pompey themselves were actually just three points behind second-placed Barnsley. Ryan… Read More League One 2019/20

FA Cup 2018/19

The first week in January is not necessarily a time most people look forward to. There are usually a million Christmas Bills, the tree has to be taken down, so do the decorations, and then of course there are the challenges, such as staying dry, or going vegan, even though the latter has been helped… Read More FA Cup 2018/19

Champions League 2018/19

It’s six months until Britain leaves the European Union, but thankfully the word Europe will have two meanings as the Champions League’s return provides us with a welcome distraction from matters of politicking.   It is said that the Germans and French dominate the European Union, but the Spanish have dominated the Champions League with… Read More Champions League 2018/19

Serie A 2018/19

Title: Juventus appeal to be miles clear of the field in their bid for an eighth straight Scudetto and the singing of Cristiano Ronaldo confirms that they are now focusing on the Champions League. So superior are they, however, that they should have enough no matter where they focus their resources.   Top 4, Top… Read More Serie A 2018/19

Ligue 1 2018/19

Bonjour! I hate my own fingers now, so this is a quick and dirty guide to Ligue 1.   Winner: PSG. You didn’t need anyone to tell you that.   Betting Without PSG: Lyon won nine of their last 10 matches once out of the Europa League and have kept Tanguy N’Dombélé, Lucas Tousart and… Read More Ligue 1 2018/19