KEOWN BACKS DEFOE TO SUCCEED

Ageless England striker Jermaine Defoe left last season’s relegation victims Sunderland for top flight side Bournemouth and former Arsenal centre back Martin Keown believes the 34-year old would be an old wine of inspiration for the Cherries side.

Speaking on Defoe’s incredible old wine tasting better tale, Martin commended the “sharpness to Jermaine Defoe’s play that he has always had,” pointing out that the former Tottenham Hotspur striker remains “hungry” and wants to “keep proving that point.” Read more

Guardiola chases trio ahead of new season

Seemingly not content with having already secured the signings of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito for his new Manchester City side, Pep Guardiola is now leading the chase for a further three transfers, as he looks to inject some youthful exuberance into the club.

Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno are all understood to be closing in on moves to The Etihad, with the youngsters clearly attracted by the opportunity of working for a manager of Guardiola’s calibre. Read more

5 Overseas Players heading for the Premier League

Now the dust has settled on the European Championships, the summer transfer window looks set to explode into action. With this in mind, here are five top talents that could be winging their way to the Premier League in the coming weeks.

Paul Pogba – Juventus
The worst kept secret in world football surrounds the departure of Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer – but where will he end up? Read more

WILSON RULED OUT FOR IRELAND

Stoke City defender Marc Wilson says that he is “gutted” after being ruled out of Euro 2016.

The Antrim native had been striving to prove his fitness for the tournament in France, which starts next month. The Aghagallon bred player, who can also play in midfield, is now set to miss the tournament. Read more

Is the Title Chase Over?

When people ask about the Premier League title and think about who’s going to win it, some are wondering if the title is already dusted. When you look at an amazing win and game like the Leicester game at Stadium of Light versus Sunderland, many wonder if the game has already been decided.

This victory versus Sunderland came in thanks to Jamie Vardy Strikes and it put them at a staggering seven points ahead of their foe Tottenham. Both teams have exactly five games left and this will be a huge deciding factor in exactly who’s going to be ahead of who in the Premier League lineups. Read more

LVG SET TO STAY

Louis Van Gaal is understood to have been told by the Red Devils’ hierarchy that he would not lose his position in the coming summer.

LVG

There have been many occasions in the ongoing season when it has looked like Van Gaal is on the brink of getting axed and one more bad game would just be it.  But, every time, with some sort of performance, the Dutch coach has managed to save himself. Read more

Teams to look out for at Euro 2016

Although there is still plenty to play for in the remaining two months across every major domestic league in Europe, players and managers alike would be forgiven for having one eye on the upcoming European Championship in France.

The former still have time to put themselves in the picture for selection for their respective national team, with their fingers firmly crossed that that remain injury-free and do not have their hopes of participating at a major international tournament dashed. Read more

Can Chelsea have Champions League Glory?

It has been a less than halcyon campaign as far as anybody connected with Chelsea is concerned, and with a 17 point gap to close before they can even consider a flirtation with Champions League football it looks like the cup competitions are their only avenue for potential success.

And yet…..there’s a spooky symmetry at work with the 2011/12 season. It was here that the Blues finished sixth in the Premier League after a hugely inconsistent run which saw the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas (for 2015/16 read Jose Mourinho) and the temporary appointment of a ‘goodwill caretaker’ in Roberto Di Matteo (see Guus Hiddink for this year’s vintage). Read more

Messi needs rest

Lionel Messi had to miss out from the semi-finals of the Club World Cup back in December of 2015 due to a problem that he had with kidney stones and now recent medical tests have emerged which has detected and confirm that the Argentine is still suffering from this problem and he will have to go under the knife in order to help solve this issue.

Lionel Messi recently reached the 500th goal mark during the Copa del Rey match that his team played against Valencia on February 3 and the final scoreboard displayed 7-0 in favor of Luis Enrique’s team as they obliterated their opponents. The Argentine scored 3 times in this match while Suarez found the back of the net on 4 occasions. Scoring 500 goals in the entirety of his career is an accomplishment that not many players are able to reach but the Argentine superstar managed to do this at the age of 28.

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Chelsea: From Premier League champions to relegation candidates?

There can be no question that Chelsea were the dominant force in the Premier League last season, with Jose Mourinho’s men sweeping aside all that stood before them with ominous ease. It was the combination of superb defensive resilience and ruthlessness in attack that saw Chelsea not only set a new league record for the length of time spent at the summit, but also effectively saw them win the title in the first half of the season.

All the plaudits which headed their way were thoroughly deserved, but although their rivals looked on with enviable eyes, there was little surprise when Bookies.com made Chelsea favourites to successful defend their Premier League crowd. However, no-one could predict the dramatic fall from grace that they have endured this season, with Mourinho not only losing his job at Stamford Bridge for the second time in his managerial career, but Chelsea find themselves just one point above the relegation zone. Read more