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Arsenal need to sign a striker in January

He finished up as the match winner, but when the Arsenal team was released for the final Europa League group game against Qarabag on Thursday night many felt Alexandre Lacazette's inclusion was unnecessary. They would have preferred that the Frenchman had been rested. Arsenal are heading into a packed period of fixtures which will define their season. The Gunners have made progress under Unai Emery over the early part of the...

Mark Noble's contract extension shows his importance to West Ham

Whenever a new manager takes over at West Ham, the same question always seems to arise among the many on fans’ lips: will he play Mark Noble? Despite the lack of faith some seem to have in him now, he...

Newcastle and Watford prove Everton need to spend further

Modern football has dictated that all new managers receive a free shot in his first year. The phrase ‘transition season’ has become the norm. That is very much the situation for Everton and Marco Silva. With a new Director of Football...

Three things we learned from Manchester United’s dominant victory at home to Fulham

In the early minutes of the game, the visitors were showing that they meant business as they looked active on and off the ball. Since the arrival of Claudio Ranieri to Craven Cottage a couple of weeks ago, the side...

Chicharito making his mark for West Ham

Javier Hernandez has started more league matches in the last week than he had in the entirety of this season combined. It wasn’t so long ago that he'd been linked with a move away from the London Stadium, but it...

Victor Lindelof is Manchester United’s best central defender but needs a partner to become the finished article

The supporters of a football club will always be protective when it comes to criticism of their own players. Generally expecting a positive picture of their rising stars within the English media, they can also be very quick to reveal...

Crystal Palace continue to drift as West Ham extend winning run

West Ham United won their third Premier League game in a week on Saturday afternoon, coming from a goal down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at the London Stadium. It is a result which takes Manuel Pellegrini’s men into the...

La Liga Fantasy News
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Three players who could leave Barcelona in January

There are just another few weeks remaining until the transfer window is open for business once again. Noises have already been made from various players and clubs, some more subtle than others it must be said. Most of the spadework on deals will have been done prior to January 1, 2019, with the nuts and bolts of any switch to be ironed out in good time after that date.

Getafe continue to defy doubters in La Liga

It is easy to forget Getafe were only promoted to Spain’s top flight 18 months ago, via the convulted playoff system. Last season, Loz Azulones recorded an impressive eighth-placed finish – just one spot away from European qualification – and...

Struggling Villarreal right to dismiss boss Javier Calleja

Monday morning saw Villarreal boss Javier Calleja become the fifth managerial casualty of the current La Liga campaign. In truth, it was no surprise. The Yellow Submarine sit just one place above the relegation zone and are one of the...

Self-criticism would serve Denis Suarez well

In the wake of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg victory over Cultural Leonesa, Denis Suarez completely changed tack in his post-match interview. To this point the Galician had always been more than happy to adopt the party...

Riqui Puig is the player Barcelona have been waiting for

He was only on the pitch for 35 minutes, thrown on as a second half substitute with the game already won by then, but that was enough for Riqui Pique to catch the eye of everyone inside Camp Nou on...

Umtiti's selfishness could cost Barca

Samuel Umtiti is going to have ‘conservative’ treatment on his persistent knee problems in a bid to cure them, rather than resorting to surgery. The Barcelona centre-back has clearly been short of his best this season, and one can deduce that...

Have Atletico Madrid already blown La Liga title?

Atletico Madrid may be only three points off the top of La Liga but there is a growing sense they have already blown their best chance of a league title since their 2014 triumph. In fact, the possibility of them...

Serie A Fantasy News
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Marotta: “Happy and proud to begin new challenge at Inter”

“I am happy and proud to be beginning a new professional challenge at a prestigious club such as Inter. President Steven Zhang has an ambitious project and I am looking forward to becoming an active part of that. I want to thank Chairman Zhang and the Suning Group for their trust in me and I am sure that together we will make Inter successful again.” Those were the words of...

Allegri presser ahead of the Derby della Mole

Massimiliano Allegri talked to the press earlier today for the customary pre-game rendez-vous: “Torino are doing well, it is a Derby and they have lost just thrice this year. They showed well against Milan. We need to have some continuity...

Struggling Lazio must channel Francesco Acerbi’s warrior spirit

Francesco Acerbi is a man on a mission. The centre-back is the dictionary definition of an ever-present, a player with a warrior spirit who refuses to yield an inch of grass on the pitch – or a single minute of game...

Serie A Probable Lineups - Round 16

Inter-Udinese Inter XI: 4-2-3-1 Handanovic; Vrsaljko, Skriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Brozovic, Gagliardini; Politano, Mario, Perisic; Icardi. Potential lineup changes: D’Ambrosio for Vrsaljko, Valero for Gagliardini, Keita for Perisic. Questionable: Nainggolan (thigh), Dalbert (calf). Doubtful: Vecino (quad).   Udinese XI: 3-5-1-1 Musso; Larsen, Nuytinck, Ekong; Ter Avest,...

Serie A Injury Report - Round 16

Juventus: Joao Cancelo has a torn meniscus and will return after the break. Juan Cuadrado hyperextended his knee against Young Boys and he will not play in the weekend, while Medhi Benatia (knee soreness) has recovered. Rodrigo Bentancur is suspended, Sami Khedira...

Time For Miralem Pjanic to Step Up

Since Miralem Pjanic joined Juventus, the Bosnian was tasked with dictating the proceedings in the middle of the park, replacing the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba in the process. This season, however, the 28-year-old has found himself on...

Sassuolo Comeback Gives Fiorentina Fans Hope

Fiorentina travelled to Sassuolo on Sunday and the game ended with a simply breathtaking finish. Down by three goals to one, the visitors looked dead and buried, only to suddenly spark into life in the final minutes of the match.

Football News
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Manchester United unconvincingly reach the Champions League knockout stages

For big clubs in Europe, it’s a must to be dominant and ruthless in the Champions League and importantly to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Manchester United completed the second half of that requirement by beating Young Boys on Tuesday to guarantee at least second place in Group B. However, their campaign in Europe has been unconvincing yet fruitful due to individual brilliance and lucky moments. If not...

Barca need to up the ante in the Champions League

When your captain and talisman is steadfast in his resolve that this will be the year that the team is going to win the Champions League, the least that’s expected from every player is 100 percent concentration, commitment and effort...

Euro Fantasy League Podcast – #27 – Asif Norat on Man Utd

Jamie welcomes Asif Norat along for the Premier League section of the show before later being joined by Dave for Serie A & La Liga.

Boca Juniors and River Plate final fiasco highlights the shame of football in Argentina

A great country, two fantastic and historical teams and yet it has come to this where the Copa Libertadores final will now not take place in Argentina, a final between two Argentinian teams in Boca Juniors and River Plate. The disgraceful...

Can PSG go the whole season in Ligue 1 unbeaten?

More or less PSG have been absolutely dominant in the French Ligue 1 since 2012 and their massive takeover which has seen the club win 6 out of the last 7 titles in France. Millions have been spent on some...

Patrick Vieira is creating small miracles at Nice in Ligue 1

His time as coach of Nice started off bumpy, awkward even that included losses, draws and a lack of back bone within the side. Patrick Vieira's time looked up even after just a month, as another 1990s generation player that...

Juventus Do The Bare Minimum, Again

After a relatively comfortable win against Valencia, Juventus booked their ticket to the round of sixteen of the Champions League and look like good value for money to top their group. However, their performance on the night, especially in the...

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