Category Archives: Football League

Goals on the cards as Aston Villa face Derby County in the Championship Play-Off Final

Aston Villa and Derby County meet in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley on Monday with a place in the Premier League on the line. With promotion to the top flight estimated to be worth around £170 million to the winning side, the game is sure to be a hard-fought encounter. Villa finished fifth in the Championship during the regular season, with a run of one defeat in their final 13 matches securing their place in the play-offs. Derby also…
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The race for promotion. Will Leeds be promoted this season?

After 15 years outside of the Premier League, including a three-year stint in EFL League One, Leeds United finally looked poised to return to the top flight of English football as Marcelo Bielsa’s side occupied 2nd place in The Championship with just four games to go. But as Leeds fans who have experienced the past decade and a half will know, having promotion in their own hands shouldn't necessarily produce boundless optimism. The more pragmatic Leeds fan was proven right…
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The inspiring story of Forest Green Rovers

For a sport that’s become synonymous with big money and unruly egos, it’s sometimes the smaller clubs who can provide a much-needed dose of inspiration. And whilst the Premier League will continue to hold the world’s attention, there will be plenty of people keeping an eye on the progress of Forest Green Rovers. This football club have been around since 1889 and are based in the tiny Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth. And the town recently won the honour of being…
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The Championship run-in

With April fast approaching, many of the Championship clubs are still contemplating their plans to secure a prized place in the Premier League or avoid the drop down to League One as they prepare for the exciting end of season run-in. (more…)
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This week in football

Most of the major European football leagues are finally recommencing this week bar a few, and some have gifted us some great games to look forward to. The Premier League continued without interruption over the Christmas period, while other leagues like La Liga and the French Ligue 1 enjoyed more than 3 weeks off sometimes even 4 in the case of the Bundesliga. This week some great matches with great odds await us. (more…)
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Five divisions of 20 – Football League restructure proposal resurfaces

The Football League has released proposals that could see the domestic professional league system re-organised into five divisions of 20 teams from the start of the 2019-20 season. As if to prove there’s nothing new in the game, the same proposal was put forward back in the sixties and, half a century later, could the 100-club structure suffer the same fate? The 21st century version carries the title of a ‘Whole Game Solution’. It was in 1959 that Football League…
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Nine yellow cards for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea

Amid the euphoria of Leicester City’s magnificent and historical title success (needless to say, our heartiest congratulations to all concerned), new Premier League ground was also broken elsewhere on Monday night. In the title crunch game at Chelsea, nine yellow cards were shown to Tottenham Hotspur players; the first time in the competition’s history that nine different players from one team had been shown yellow. Considering the importance of the game, Cup Final referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to be in…
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