Today begins a fabulous week of football as the Champions League returns after its three month winter break, followed by UEFA Cup matches on Thursday, a return to the Premiership on Saturday and the League Cup final on Sunday.
And the best part about the next several days is that it’s completely unpredictable.
The first knock-out round of the Champions League has resulted in the best teams in Europe. So it’s entirely possible that PSV Eindhoven could beat Arsenal, Porto could defeat Chelsea, Lille could get one over on Manchester United, while Liverpool could surprise Barcelona.
Compare that to the Premiership, and the only real shocks we’ve seen in the ENTIRE season is Arsenal doing the double over Man United, West Ham beating Man United in Curbishley’s first game in charge, Sheffield United defeating Arsenal and Spurs, and Middlesbrough getting three points against Chelsea at the Riverside stadium.
In fairness to manager Eddie Howe, Bournemouth have stood stringently by the principles that saw them into the top flight last season. And after four games, the Cherries will probably feel a little aggrieved to only be on four points. Bournemouth learned some harsh lessons in an opening day loss to […]
Manchester United fans have been on something of an emotional roller coaster over the last 48 hours. David de Gea looked certain to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid, and then his deal collapsed just before Monday night’s Spanish deadline. Tuesday brought much hope of a marquee signing, but the […]
Former Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez will play at Deportivo La Coruna this season subject to a medical. The 32-year-old, whose contract with the Magpies expired this summer, will join the Primera Division club as a free agent. SEE MORE: Up-to-the-minute transfer deadline deals. Depor did not reveal the length of […]
Southampton have completed the signing of defender Virgil van Dijk from Celtic. The 24-year-old former Holland Under-21 international has signed a five-year contract with Saints after a successful two years in Scotland. A long-term target of Southampton, van Dijk will now compete with the likes of Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida […]
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Joleon Lescott from West Brom. The defender has signed a two-year deal at Villa Park after spending just over 12 months with the Baggies. Lescott passed a medical on Tuesday and the move ends a long transfer chase for Villa, who wanted to […]
Belgian international Kevin de Bruyne is expected to travel to England on Thursday to complete a £54 million move to from Wolfsburg to Manchester City, according to reports. The news comes after a summer of speculation linking the former Chelsea prospect with a return to the Premier League, with Wednesday’s developments […]
Sweden international Ola Toivonen has answered former boss Dick Advocaat’s call to arms by signing a season-long loan deal with Sunderland, the club has confirmed. The 29-year-old attacking midfielder, who played under the Dutchman during his time at PSV Eindhoven, has joined the Black Cats from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes. […]
Stoke have rejected a fresh £2 million bid from Norwich for forward Jonathan Walters. The Canaries have been knocked back once again a week after an initial £1.5 million offer was turned down. Speaking at a press conference on Friday before the news of Norwich’s second bid emerged, Potters boss Mark Hughes […]
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has signed a three-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen, the Bundesliga club announced today, ending the Mexico international’s five-year run at Manchester United. Initially report have Bayer paying a£8.75 million transfer fee for the 27-year-old star. #Chicharito kommt von @ManUtd und unterschreibt bei der #Werkself bis 2018 || @CH14_ joins […]
West Brom have agreed a fee with Manchester United for defender Jonny Evans, Press Association Sport understands. The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international will now hold talks with the Baggies ahead of ending his nine-year stay at Old Trafford. A move was made for Evans after Tottenham center back Federico Fazio […]
Lyon are closing in on the signing of Brazilian right-back Rafael from Manchester United. The defender was told he could leave United earlier this summer after being left out of the squad for the club's pre-season tour of the United States. And on Monday morning, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas announced […]
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is “not close” to making any new signings and will not do so just for the sake of it. The Gunners continue to be linked with Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, but so far neither club has gone public about any interest. In contrast, […]
Alan Pardew admits sought-after Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie would be "foolish" not to consider moving to Tottenham. Bolasie's sparkling form over the past couple of seasons has apparently attracted the interest of Spurs, although Eagles boss Pardew wants to keep the 26-year-old and recently slapped a £25million price tag […]
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson crashed his car into a cyclist before driving off and hitting a petrol pump while over the drink-driving limit, it has been alleged. The 27-year-old midfielder was reportedly driving a black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo luxury sports car when it is claimed he hit the bike […]
Newcastle are in talks with Marseille over a move for winger Florian Thauvin. The Magpies have maintained an interest in the 22-year-old for much of the summer, but now Press Association Sport understands they have opened negotiations with the French club. Rumors in France have suggested that Newcastle midfielder Remy […]