Euro Fantasy League Podcast – #17 – Should Jack Wilshere go to the World Cup? Arsene Wenger’s Departure, and Juventus Wrap Up Serie A Title

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The lads go through the latest goings on in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga as Juventus wrap up the Serie A title, Swansea are relegated from the Premier League and Barcelona lose in the league for the first time this season.

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Relegation gods favour Chievo during Serie A run in

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The Serie A title looks to be wrapped up for a seventh time by Max Allegri’s Juventus, and there is still the matter of European qualification spots to be determined before the end of the campaign.

However the battle to avoid the drop into Serie B, looks set to continue into the final fortnight of the season.

Benevento have already been relegated, alongside Verona, leaving just one more place to be decided.

There are five teams all involved in the scrap to avoid the drop, from 14th to 18th – with SPAL, Udinese, Crotone, Chievo and Cagliari all heading for a nervous two weeks.

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Barcelona boast title-winning form ahead of El Clasico

Nicholas Carroll returns to cover the latest fantasy considerations across the Premier LeagueLa Liga and Serie A in this week’s video preview.

In the past two weeks, Barcelona has secured both the La Liga and Copa Del Rey titles with Lionel Messi fresh from a hat-trick ahead of the last El Clasico of the season.

In England, Chelsea will launch one final bid for a top four position when they host Liverpool while Roma can now put all their focus into finishing Serie A strongly following their Champions League exit. Continue reading

Euro Fantasy League Podcast – #16 – Bacca, Simeone and Messi Hat-Trick Heroes, Barcelona Bag La Liga Title

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In the latest episode of the Euro Fantasy League Podcast, Dave shows his sensitivity relating to marriage and Jamie displays a lack of football knowledge.

Hat-Trick heroes Carlos Bacca, Giovanni Simeone and Lionel Messi are praised. Darren Moore comes in for some props as well, while the lads worry for Huddersfield.

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VIDEO PREVIEW: Benched Manchester City Stars and the immovable Immobile

Nicholas Carroll is back with another video preview for some of this weekend’s biggest fixtures across the Premier LeagueLa Liga and Serie A.

Tottenham will look to keep their 2018 unbeaten record intact at home to league leaders Manchester City, the Roman derby headlines Italy’s fixture list while Sevilla and Villarreal fight it out for sixth position in Spain’s top flight. Continue reading

Euro Fantasy League Podcast – Episode 13 – Salah, Mauro Icardi & Cristiano Ronaldo Dominate the Goals & Dave’s Sunderland Song

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Welcome back to the Euro Fantasy League Podcast! In the latest instalment, the lads discuss the goals galore from the likes of Mo Salah, Mauro Icardi & Cristiano Ronaldo, look ahead to the international break and talk about the song Dave has written about Sunderland, which went viral and featured on lots of local press a few days ago.

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Euro Fantasy League Podcast – Episode 12 – Wenger & Arsenal Marriage on the Rocks? Plus, A Tribute to Davide Astori

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The lads return with the latest installment of the Euro Fantasy League Podcast where they give props to Juventus star Paulo Dybala, take a look at the history of SPAL and try to look ahead to West Brom’s chances.

Following a discussion on Arsene Wenger’s status and relationship with Arsenal, the lads award their Best XI of the Weekend captaincy to late Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, and pay tribute to the 31-year-old.

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Allan and Jorginho giving spine to Napoli’s title charge

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Serie A continues to play host to the most intriguing title race across Europe’s major leagues, with defending champions Juventus going toe-to-toe with Napoli.

Juventus broke the record for successive Scudetto titles last season, winning their sixth straight title to overtake Inter Milan’s five-in-a-row from 2005-2010, and they are chasing a seventh.

Napoli have finished second twice and third twice during Juventus’ run, and there is the sense that this season they could break the Old Lady’s strangle on Italian football and win their first title since 1990.

Manager Maurizio Sarri has been at the helm since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, and now he looks to have the settled side he has craved, that is crucially fully tuned into his tactics.

Under his tenure, the club has received more attention for exits than for arrivals, with both Gonzalo Higuain and Manolo Gabbiadini both leaving Naples since 2015 – with Higuain joining rivals Juventus.

Big money moves are not Sarri’s style, preferring to scout and source players that are flexible to his tactics and ready for the challenge of restoring Napoli to their former glories.

Despite performing strongly in both Serie A and the Champions League under Sarri, the Nepalese native has only broken the €20m mark once, for Arkadiuz Milik back in 2016.

However it is one of his first ever signings, Allan, that is playing a key role in Napoli’s title push this season.

Sarri convinced the former Brazilian U20 international to swap Udinese, where he had been a regular starter, for Napoli, within weeks of taking over at the Stadio San Paolo.

He immediately established himself as a key man in Sarri’s midfield alongside Jorginho, with captain Marek Hamsik granted greater attacking licence.

Last season was disrupted by injury for both Allan and Jorginho, and Napoli’s struggled to generate season-long level of consistency, with Juventus eventually having too much for them.

2017-18 has seen both players playing regularly at the base of the Napoli midfield, in support of Hamsik, Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne as Napoli have opened up a four point lead at the top of Serie A.

Deployed primarily as a defensive shield in front of the Napoli back four this season, both players have taken on greater playmaking responsibilities, easing the central attacking burden on Hamsik.

When defending against Napoli, Serie A sides have looked to smother the front three and limit Hamsik’s impact to long range shots and set pieces, however with the greater forward impetus from the pair, Napoli have a new string to their bow.

Alongside keeping possession and dictating the flow of games for Napoli, both players are now making runs into the opposition box and scoring key goals.

Allan’s early goal against SPAL in February, his fourth of the season, sealed a key 1-0 win, with a new trademark late run into the box the source of the goal.

Jorginho has netted two winners this season, and has shared penalty duties with the inconsistent Mertens, as he continues to prove his importance.

Much of the attention at Napoli is focused on the trio of Hamsik, Mertens and Insigne and their brilliant interchanges in attack, but this season has seen a stiffening of their midfield and more diverse threat.

Euro Fantasy League Podcast – Episode 11 – Kyle Walker’s Valentine’s Day, and Paulinho Sets La Liga Record

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Welcome back to the Euro Fantasy League Podcast! The lads discuss Paulinho’s Barcelona spell, big up Kyle Walker’s Valentine’s Day conduct and discuss wages in football.

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Euro Fantasy League Podcast – Episode 10 – Kane and Higuain Impress While Conte Struggles

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Welcome back to the Euro Fantasy League Podcast! In this installment, the lads congratulate Harry Kane on joining the 100 club, feature Gonzalo Higuain in two segments and discuss Antonio Conte’s behaviour at Chelsea.
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