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Tottenham to beat Liverpool? Kevin De Bruyne to score first for Man City?

Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham’s performance in their draw at Real Madrid, especially the play of Hugo Lloris.. A late Angel Di Maria goal scuppered a 6/1 correct score prediction in PSG’s Champions League clash with Anderlecht — but we will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend with the return of the Premier League. Running total: -£94.59 The Home Banker Tottenham face Liverpool this Sunday and both teams will be confident after outstanding results in Europe recently. The Reds recorded their biggest ever European away win as they blitzed hapless Maribor 7-0 while Spurs put in a fabulous shift in the Bernabeu as they held reigning European champions Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw. In truth, Tottenham deserved fully deserved their Group H point and will fan...

Transfer Rater: Christian Eriksen to Barcelona, Christian Benteke to Chelsea

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today’s top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Christian Eriksen to Barcelona Scouts from Barcelona reportedly took the opportunity to visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday night, not to watch rivals Real Madrid, but to run the rule over two transfer targets: Davinson Sanchez and Eriksen of Tottenham. According to Spanish outlet Sport, the club’s technical director Robert Fernandez attended the game personally, and they believe that the Dane is an alternative to Phili...

Trending: Man United win with bizarre error, Lionel Messi hits 100th UCL

Jose Mourinho takes a dig at other football managers and promises not to “cry and moan” about injuries like others do. The FC guys provide their critiques for Jose Mourinho’s Man United side following a narrow UCL victory over Benfica. The FC crew answer your tweets on Chelsea’s defensive issues, Manchester United’s style of play and Atleti’s UCL struggles. Chelsea let a two-goal lead slip against Roma before settling for a draw, while Benfica’s goalkeeping gaffe gifted Man United a win. Romelu Lukaku had a touching moment with Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, whose howler led to the only goal of the match. Thursday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending … MAN UNITED:  Manchester United battl...

Socceroos must overcome history to beat Honduras in World Cup playoff

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson assess Australia’s keys to defeating Honduras and advancing to the 2018 World Cup. Aaron Mooy breaks down how he hoped to impact their match versus Syria and delves into his partnership with Tom Rogic. All of Asia should be getting behind Australia ahead of next month’s intercontinental playoff between the Socceroos and Honduras. Should the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) team be victorious over the CONCAFAF opponents, the continent will have five participants in Russia next June. While the two confederations have rarely met in World Cup playoffs, no-one can boast more experience than the Aussies, compared to the rest of Asia, in such cut-throat matches. As previous members of Oceania, they were forced to play games against teams from all over ...

Club America fights back to defeat plucky Chivas in Clasico Nacional

Oribe Peralta’s goal in the 71st minute got America’s comeback started against Chivas. The Clasico Nacional between Club America and Chivas dominated the midweek Liga MX matches, which had been postponed from last month due to the Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico. Here are five takes from the games: 1. America takes the Clasico Nacional Ultra-competitive Miguel Herrera has once again molded a team with his fighting spirit. This Clasico Nacional against Chivas looked lost for Club America. Chivas were on top in almost every department and America seemed to be losing patience before goals in the 71st minute from Oribe Peralta, then Renato Ibarra two minutes later, earned them a 2-1 win. When Carlos Cisneros struck in the 55th minute for a Chivas team already practically out of the p...

Arsenal have done nothing to disprove those who question their character

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Jack Wilshere’s rebuttal of Troy Deeney’s withering character assassination of Arsenal was typically spiky, but it was clear from the tone of the response that the Watford player had landed a stinging blow with his gleefully and publicly expressed belief that Arsenal are missing a set of “cojones.” Speaking to the press ahead of Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Red Star Belgrade, Wilshere earnestly insisted that, “you can’t question our character.” Yet Deeney, enthusiastically, did, and he is far from the first to do so. The question of whether Arsenal lack the necessary inner strength to thrive at the very top level ha...

Inter Milan plot winter move for Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal does not appear to be in Jupp Heynckes plans at Bayern Munich and could be set for a move. With the January window on the horizon, there’s plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. TOP STORY: Inter plan move for Vidal Arturo Vidal is being tracked by Inter Milan, who could snap up the Chile international in the winter transfer window as Bayern Munich re-adjust after sacking Carlo Ancelotti. The former Juventus star’s most likely destination appears to be Inter, with the Nerazzurri likely to make a move following summer interest. Tuttosport believes Luciano Spalletti might have to sacrifice a “big” player to be able to sign the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder though. Vidal is not valued as much ...

Dissecting FC Dallas’ fall from MLS Cup contender to playoff outsider

Seattle secured their ninth consecutive trip to the MLS postseason, while Dallas no longer control their playoff destiny. There was a strong feeling of optimism that permeated throughout FC Dallas media day, as reporters huddled into the team store back in late January at Toyota Park in Frisco, Texas. Team president Dan Hunt and head coach Oscar Pareja spoke about the season ahead, their ambitions for an MLS title clearly stated. The signing of Paraguayan forward Cristian Colman was complete (the No. 9 they’ve been missing!). Speedy Ecuadorian full-back Anibal Chala had joined (a classic Pareja South American signing!). Veteran midfielder Javier Morales signed from Real Salt Lake and would provide ample cover for playmaking wizard Mauro Diaz while the latter continued to rehab from l...

Could Colombian-born Liga MX star Aviles Hurtado become an option for Mexico?

Colombian Aviles Hurtado has tallied seven goals and two assists for unbeaten Monterrey this season. MEXICO CITY — Aviles Hurtado is becoming a household name in Liga MX. The 30-year-old Colombian has been one of the league’s most active attackers since the 2016 Apertura when he landed in Tijuana after three straight seasons at the now-extinct Jaguares de Chiapas. This past summer he once again changed clubs within the league, switching Xolos for Monterrey. It’s been reported that Monterrey paid between $8 and $9 million to get the explosive forward. After 11 Liga MX matches, Monterrey’s decision to bring him on board can be seen as a wise move, especially when taking into account that Hurtado played several times alongside forward, Dorlan Pabon, during their days a...

How Club Tijuana’s creative scouting forced Liga MX to create the 10/8 rule

Tijuana’s clever scouting department helped build a team that would lift the Apertura trophy in 2012. There’s a pivotal scene in the third season of Club de Cuervos, Netflix’s brilliant series about a brother-sister combo running their late father’s Mexican soccer team (into the ground). Some spoilers are ahead. Isabel Iglesias has been summoned by her league’s council of owners. She’s there because one of her veteran players has shown them up by protesting the treatment of his colleagues due to the implementation of the 10/8 rule, which allowed teams to have up to 10 foreign-born players on their matchday rosters, doubling the amount under the previous criteria. The controversial ruling is just one of the many real-life issues the show weaves into its f...

Nikolic and Valeri head the pack chasing Golden Boot and MVP awards

Portland Timbers made easy work of D.C. United to book a playoff spot after missing out in 2016. Nemanja Nikolic netted his league-leading 24th goal of the season to lift Chicago to a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. It won’t just be the playoff positions that get determined this weekend in MLS. We’ll also have a chance to see just who has won the Golden Boot and we’ll have the last action determining just who becomes the Landon Donovan MVP award winner. The Golden Boot, of course, is an absolute. And after Nemanja Nikolic raced clear of the pack with his hat trick against Philadelphia last week, his nearest rivals, Diego Valeri and David Villa, are going to need three and four goals respectively this weekend just to match him. And that’s assuming Nikolic doesn’t sc...

Is Abraham good enough for Chelsea? Maybe not, but when will they find out?

The guys respond to your tweets about Tammy Abraham, Milan’s loss to Inter and Manchester City’s dominant start. Tammy Abraham might have been Chelsea’s saviour — a young forward who could have galvanised a club searching for answers as hopes of retaining last season’s Premier League title fade. But he can’t be. Not this season, at least. Abraham, just older than Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, is on loan at Swansea City for the 2017-18 campaign, and the 20-year-old has scored four league goals in eight matches. His parent club Chelsea, meanwhile, are praying that a hamstring problem for Alvaro Mortata, one of only two main strikers in the team now Diego Costa has departed, will only be a short-term issue. As Chelsea sit nine points behind lea...