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World Cup appearances – one record which won’t be broken in Russia

Very few players get to play in the World Cup finals on five occasions. Only three have been named in their National Team's squad five times and only two of those played in all five. However, at this year's World Cup in Russia, one player has missed out on setting a unrivalled record in World Cup appearances. Gianluigi Buffon is that player and the only thing broken this summer is his heart after the Azzurri missed out on qualification after…
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The England players who are in danger of missing out on Russia 2018

It’s getting to that stage of the season now where the summer is on everybody’s mind, not least Gareth Southgate. The likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge have all moved clubs to give themselves a chance of boarding the plane. It could be argued a couple more should be pushing harder to find form too. With just a few months of the season left, a number of stars are in danger of missing out. We take a…
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Premier League update – the race for the top four

With 14 to games to go in the Premier League there's a big race to secure a top four spot and a place a next season's Champions League. Manchester City are long odds on to claim the title, while Manchester United show no signs of relinquishing their grip on second place. Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal complete the top six, but only two of that quartet can join the Manchester duo in Europe's top club competition. Bookmakers rate Chelsea…
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World Cup early tips and bets

No country has retained the World Cup since Brazil in 1962, but Germany arguably have the best chance since then of lifting football’s most coveted trophy for a second consecutive time. Joachim Low’s side admittedly failed to add the European crown to their world title in 2016, but their international set-up is so strong that they could afford to give most of their best players last summer off and still capture the dress-rehearsal Confederations Cup. Not only that, but the…
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How does Brazil’s current XI compare to the class of 2002?

Brazil qualified for the 2018 World Cup at a canter as they became the first side to book their place in Russia back in March 2017. Tite's young team are an impressive outfit who have managed to combine aesthetically pleasing forward play with a robust defence. With the news of Ronaldinho's retirement in January 2018, it got us wondering whether this current Brazil squad can rival the 2002 World Cup winning side. Source: BBC Sport via Twitter Brazil have been…
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Will Stoke survive in the Premier League?

It’s been a disastrous season so far for Stoke City who are now facing the reality of a relegation fight. With 24 games played they have managed to win just 6 and they currently have the worst defensive record and goal difference in the league. Their terrible form saw The Potters dispense with manager Mark Hughes who had led them to a 13th placed finish last season, and now it seems things could possibly go from bad to worse in…
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Why do Toon fans despise Mike Ashley?

When Mike Ashley announced he had put the club up for sale back in October 2017, the Toon Army rejoiced. After a decade at the club, Ashley is arguably the most despised owner in the Premier League. So what is that makes the Sports Direct tycoon so hated? Here are just four of the many reasons why Toon fans can’t stand Ashley… The Kevin Keegan saga Newcastle’s local newspaper rightly says that Kevin Keegan is a Toon legend. After helping…
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Man City fancied to march on at Liverpool

Manchester City visit Liverpool on Sunday aiming to take another big step towards winning this season's Premier League title. City currently lead neighbours Manchester United by 15 points, with Chelsea and Liverpool lagging further behind in third and fourth places. The visitors are priced at 5/4 to win the game, with Liverpool on offer at 21/10. The draw can be backed with Fun88 at 53/20. City's Gabriel Jesus is still out with a knee ligament injury, although he could return…
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