Sporting Preview RSS news feed Sporting Preview News RSS Feed en Swansea City v Manchester United: Interesting Opta Stats Will Swansea or Manchester United lose their unbeaten status when the two clash on Sunday? Opta delivers it's statistical verdict. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:41:53 GMT Southampton v Norwich City: Interesting Opta Stats It's been a poor start to the season for Southampton. Opta analyses whether they can improve against Norwich. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:41:37 GMT Crystal Palace Go Second With Amazing Win At Chelsea Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace have emerged from Stamford Bridge with all three points as Chelsea's season drifted from bad to worse on Saturday afternoon. Luke Moore reports... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:41:16 GMT Sunderland Readying Double Swoop For The Wrong Targets Keeping goals out has been Sunderland's biggest problem so far this season and, if reports concerning their last-minute transfer activity are anything to go by, they have no interest in rectifying the issue. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:16:48 GMT Manchester City Are The Worst Club Kevin De Bruyne Could Join Based on some recent comments and decisions at Wolfsburg, it is only a matter of time before Kevin de Bruyne departs for Manchester City. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:16:29 GMT Manchester City Get Group Of Death Again While Manchester United Must Be Happy With Champions League Draw The specialists at fishing out brutal Champions League draws, Man City, have been paired with Italian, Spanish and German giants... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:49:25 GMT Audio: Manchester United To Spend £100m Before Next Tuesday's Transfer Deadline According to reports in today's media, Manchester United have a £100m war chest to spend during the final days of the summer transfer window, which closes at 6.00pm, Tuesday 1st September 2015. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:15:06 GMT Tottenham Move On From Berahino With Bundesliga Striker Bid Spurs are preparing to walk away from their long speculated interest in West Brom's Saido Berahino and have opened talks with Bayer Leverkusen over their South Korean forward Son Heung-min. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:49:43 GMT Bolton Favourites To Sign Kevin Nolan After West Ham Exit Kevin Nolan is on the lookout for a new club after leaving West Ham by mutual consent. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:45:26 GMT FC Midtjylland v Southampton: Tough Ask For Saints Southampton travel to Denmark with a real task on their hands after their struggles in the first leg at St Mary's against FC Midtjylland. Saints laboured early on in that game and a second half penalty from Jay Rodriguez made sure they didn't embark on this trip requiring at least two goals. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:40:34 GMT Chelsea Continue To Monitor Pogba Situation Chelsea's active summer of recruitment doesn't show any signs of slowing up, with the defending Premier League champions reportedly still in the running to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:44:17 GMT Barnsley v Everton: Big Match Stats And Facts Barnsley have not beaten Everton in any competition since December 1951 (D2 L6, including the Full Members Cup). Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:09:38 GMT Club Brugge v Manchester United: Big Match Stats And Facts Following their first-leg victory, Manchester United have won all five previous Champions League qualifying matches. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:09:17 GMT Leeds United And Chelsea Amongst The Five Most Unpopular Sides In History A difficult fortnight has left Jose Mourinho feeling all vulnerable and insecure. Apparently we take pleasure from his team losing and this is so very, very wrong. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:56:45 GMT Manchester United Set To Meet Neymar Buy-Out Manchester United fans, frustrated with Wayne Rooney's lack of goals of late, have been given something to ponder in the transfer rumour world today with talk of the Red Devils bidding £140m for Barcelona star Neymar. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:04:01 GMT Chelsea To Make Record Bid For Former Manchester United Midfield Star If there was an element of cloak and dagger to Chelsea's capture of Barcelona winger Pedro from under the noses of Manchester United, the club's rumoured next arrival wouldn't be anywhere as surprising. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:03:34 GMT West Brom v Port Vale: Big Match Stats And Facts West Brom have only failed to score in one of their last 13 League Cup ties. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:58:05 GMT Wolves v Barnet: Big Match Stats And Facts Wolves put five past Barnet in the second leg of their previous League Cup fixture in the 1998/99 season. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:57:46 GMT QPR v Carlisle: Big Match Stats And Facts QPR have been eliminated from the League Cup by lower-league opposition in seven of the last 10 seasons, with four of those defeats at Loftus Road. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:57:19 GMT Newcastle v Northampton: Big Match Stats And Facts Newcastle are unbeaten in 21 second round games (W19 D2), last losing in 1990 to Middlesbrough. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:57:00 GMT Bury v Leicester: Big Match Stats And Facts After failing to score in five successive League Cup games (2006-2010), Bury have netted in their last seven (16 goals). Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:56:40 GMT Burton v Middlesbrough: Big Match Stats And Facts Burton won their one previous meeting with Middlesbrough 2-1 in the 2010/11 FA Cup. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:56:22 GMT Aston Villa v Notts County: Big Match Stats And Facts Aston Villa and Notts County have met twice before in the League Cup, Villa winning through in 1970/71 and County triumphing over two legs in 1982/83. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:55:56 GMT Malmo v Celtic: Big Match Stats And Facts This is the fourth consecutive season that Celtic are appearing in the play-off round; they qualified in 2012/13 and 2013/14 but were eliminated by NK Maribor last term. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:55:37 GMT Arsenal v Liverpool: Interesting OPTA Stats Two of the Premier League's giants face each other in an early season clash as Arsenal host Liverpool. Opta presents the vital statistics. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:35:26 GMT Manchester City March On As Chelsea Seal First League Win Chelsea are off the mark with their first Premier league win, but they have ground to make up on Manchester City who head the table with a maximum return from three matches played. Joe Dyer fills you in on the big betting stories from Sunday in the Premier League... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:35:04 GMT Manchester United v Newcastle: Starting Line-Ups Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger makes his first start for the club in midfield, replacing Michael Carrick. Wayne Rooney continues up front alone. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:01:08 GMT Michael Owen's Weekend Premier League Picks Featuring Tottenham And Chelsea To say this season has had its fair share of drama already is a bit of an understatement - more of that later - but I think it has been calm enough sailing for Crystal Palace and Aston Villa so far, with three points from their opening two games. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:54:31 GMT Celtic And Manchester United Lead Triple-Header Of Top Saturday Matches There should be no trouble for at least two of the fancied sides, in what is a three course helping of televised action... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:44:02 GMT Crystal Palace v Aston Villa: Team News Crystal Palace have no new injury worries for this afternoon's Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Selhurst Park. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:35:01 GMT Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur: Team News Gokhan Inler could make his Leicester debut in thsi afternoon's Premier League clash with Tottenham after joining from Napoli this week. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:06:09 GMT Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday: Team News Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler is expected to make changes for this lunchtime's Championship clash with Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:02:23 GMT Manchester United v Newcastle: Team News Sergio Romero will continue in goal for Manchester United when they take on Newcastle at Old Trafford this afternoon because according to manager Louis van Gaal, David de Gea is still unable to focus following Real Madrid's interest in him. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:02:01 GMT Middlesbrough v Bristol City: Interesting OPTA Stats Middlesbrough are winless in three games against the Robins, losing the last two (D1). Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:20:13 GMT Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday: Interesting OPTA Stats Leeds have won four of their last seven matches against the Owls at Elland Road, losing only once (D2). Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:19:50 GMT West Ham v Bournemouth: Interesting OPTA Stats Can West Ham or Bournemouth bounce back from their recent defeats? Opta provides the answers. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:19:24 GMT Sunderland v Swansea: Interesting OPTA Stats Can Sunderland turn their season around when they host Swansea? Opta rates their chances. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:18:57 GMT Norwich v Stoke: Interesting OPTA Stats Can newly promoted Norwich build on their opening win of the season last weekend when they host Stoke? Opta gives you their statistical verdict. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:18:28 GMT Leicester v Tottenham: Interesting OPTA Stats Can Spurs get their first win of the season against a Leicester side yet to drop a point? Opta gives their statistical analysis. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:18:06 GMT Crystal Palace v Aston Villa: Interesting OPTA Stats Having both suffered defeat in their last games, will Crystal Palace or Aston Villa bounce back in style? Opta crunches the numbers so you don't have to. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:17:41 GMT Manchester United v Newcastle: Interesting OPTA Stats Manchester United will be looking for a third win in a row when they host Newcastle. Opta rates their chances. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:17:16 GMT Swansea's Jefferson Montero The Chosen One For Manchester United Fans Two games into the Premier League season and one player that has stood out above the rest is Jefferson Montero, and it appears his performances haven't gone unnoticed. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:03:49 GMT Audio: Manchester United Hesitance In Transfer Deals Is "Baffling" Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has told talkSPORT that Manchester United have paid the price for their hesitance in the transfer market this summer after losing out on two big-name stars to Premier League rivals. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:50:16 GMT Birmingham City v Derby County: Team News Birmingham City's Michael Morrison and Jon Toral will have their fitness assessed ahead of the visit of Derby County tonight. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:43:23 GMT Five Classic Encounters Between Arsenal And Liverpool It's fair to say that Arsenal and Liverpool have served up some pretty tasty fare over the last 15 years and ahead of their latest meeting we've put together a list of some of the most memorable cult clashes. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:33:48 GMT Real Madrid Offer Manchester United World Cup Star To Sweeten De Gea Deal Real Madrid Offer Manchester United World Cup Star To Sweeten De Gea Deal Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:12:10 GMT Birmingham City v Derby County: Big Match Stats And Facts Birmingham City have found the back of the net in 25 of their last 26 league encounters with Derby County. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:17:16 GMT Southampton v FC Midtjylland: Big Match Stats And Facts This will be the first time Southampton will have played a Danish side in European competition. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:58:41 GMT Manchester United In For The "New Laurent Blanc" Manchester United sources claim the club's search for a new centre-back is over after Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos spurned the Red Devils' advances to remain at the Bernabeu. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:39:25 GMT Memphis Set To Score A Bundle For Manchester United After Champions League Show When time is called on Memphis Depay's Manchester United career, it will be his display at Old Trafford against Club Brugge that will be remembered as the point it all started. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:31:38 GMT Wolves v QPR: Team News Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has no new injury worries for tonight's Championship clash with QPR. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:34:03 GMT Bristol City v Leeds United: Team News Bristol City midfielder Luke Freeman is suspended for tonight's Championship clash with Leeds at Ashton Gate after being sent off for a reckless high tackle on Brentford defender Harlee Dean on Saturday. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:33:03 GMT Celtic v Malmo: Team News Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci returns to the squad for the first leg of tonight's Champions League play-off against Malmo at Parkhead. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:32:45 GMT Manchester United Can Make Do And Sell De Gea The vast majority of Manchester United fans will be dearly hoping goalkeeper David De Gea will still be on the books and Nicolas Otamendi, or a centre-half of his ilk, will be at Old Trafford when the transfer window "slams" shut. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:34:30 GMT Norwich Close To Signing Serie A Striker It's extremely rare to see a newly-promoted side go through a summer transfer window without buying a new striker, but that is exactly the danger Norwich and Alex Neil face. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:32:41 GMT Benteke Anfield Debut Means Big Liverpool Future Lies In Store Liverpool striker nets on his home bow to follow in Suarez and Torres' footsteps... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:32:09 GMT Audio: QPR Stand Firm Over Tottenham Target QPR manager Chris Ramsey has told talkSPORT that the club will continue to stand firm over Tottenham target Charlie Austin. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:31:25 GMT Wolves v QPR: Goals Set To Flow This match sees two of the better teams in the division take each other on and I think the goals are set to flow. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:57:58 GMT Bristol City v Leeds United: Away Win On The Cards This selection may come as a bit of a surprise but I think that Leeds offer great value to take all three points at Ashton Gate. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:57:36 GMT Celtic v Malmo: Big Match Stats And Facts Celtic have kept three clean sheets in four Champions League qualifiers this season, scoring seven and conceding just once in total (W3 D1). Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:57:16 GMT Manchester United v Club Brugge: Functional Red Devils To Do Just Enough A clean sheet shouldn't prove beyond Man United when they host Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:11:36 GMT Audio: Agent Of Manchester City Target Furious After Practical Joke Patrick De Koster, the agent of Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne, has categorically denied suggestions the player has committed his future to Wolfsburg, telling talkSPORT he was the victim of "a stupid practical joke". Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:57:57 GMT Manchester United v Club Brugge: Strikers To Earn Their Keep "Favourable" was the oft-used word used to describe Manchester United's Champions League play-off draw against Club Brugge when it was made in Switzerland earlier this month, with Louis van Gaal's side overwhelming 2/7 favourites in the Tuesday's first leg at Old Trafford. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:03:31 GMT Derby County v Middlesbrough: Team News Derby manager Paul Clement has no new injury problems as he looks for his first win against Middlesbrough at the iPro Stadium tonight. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:31:37 GMT Manchester United v Club Brugge: Team News Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal would not reveal whether he will recall goalkeeper David de Gea for tonight's Champions League play-off against Club Brugge at Old Trafford. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:31:08 GMT Derby County v Middlesbrough: Back Boro To Land Early Season Blow The two title favourites go head-to-head in the Championship tonight and Mike Norman believes that while Derby are sure to improve it's Middlesbrough who are the better and more confident side right now and should be backed... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:19:42 GMT Manchester United v Club Brugge: Big Match Stats And Facts Manchester United have won all four previous Champions League qualifying ties, their last being a 6-0 aggregate win over Debrecen in 2005/06. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:19:00 GMT Liverpool v Bournemouth: Starting Line-Ups Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Ibe, Lallana, Benteke Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:01:03 GMT Audio: Wenger Calls For A More Clinical Arsenal After Crystal Palace Victory Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for a greater cutting edge up front from his Gunners side despite earning a hard fought 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon at Selhurst Park. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:39:13 GMT Odds Crash On John Terry To Leave Chelsea By End Of January Just to add further fuel to the Chelsea fire, Ladbrokes punters have decided that captain John Terry's time at the top is coming to an end. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:13:19 GMT Liverpool v Bournemouth: Cherries Eyeing Fairytale First Win If Bournemouth's first ever encounter in the English top flight, let alone the Premier League, was a dream realised, then their second really will have Cherries fans pinching themselves. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:53:34 GMT Audio: Mourinho Says John Terry Will Take Substitution Like A Great Captain Under fire Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has explained that his decision to take captain John Terry off at half time against Manchester City was tactical but insisted the Blues captain will take it well. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:45:27 GMT Manchester City Have Transformed The Title Betting But They Can Still Get It Wrong After a disappointing 2014/15, Vincent Kompany has started the season with two clean sheets and two goals... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:36:17 GMT Liverpool v Bournemouth: View From The Trader Liverpool left it late last week before Phillipe Coutinho's wonder strike won the game for them and gave them a perfect start to the season. This week they host Premier League newcomers Bournemouth who I thought were a shade unlucky to lose to Aston Villa on the opening weekend. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:11:17 GMT Liverpool v Bournemouth: Rodgers To Change Things Round Bournemouth's first away trip in the Premier League is a tough test at Anfield. Michael Cox looks at the tactical battle, while Alan Thompson provides the betting lowdown... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:25:56 GMT Spin It How You Want But Chelsea Are In A Muddle Manchester City struck a huge psychological blow over Chelsea at the start of the season. Ralph Ellis looks at the implications of the 3-0 defeat for the reigning champions... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:25:24 GMT Five Must Have Bets For The Week Ahead Featuring Manchester United And Middlesbrough Another excellent week of sport awaits us including Champions League, the Fifth Ashes Test and the Ebor meeting and the Betfair editors are back with their top five bets... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:06:58 GMT Liverpool v Bournemouth: Team News Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could name an unchanged side for tonight's Premier League clash with newly promoted Bournemouth at Anfield. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:48:46 GMT Liverpool v Bournemouth: Interesting OPTA Stats Liverpool have never lost to Bournemouth in six previous cup fixtures (W4 D2). They are 1.47 to win. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:51:48 GMT It's All Going Wrong For Chelsea After Thrashing At Manchester City It was a fascinating weekend in the Premier League, not least at the Etihad Stadium where Chelsea paid a visit to Man City. Cue drama... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:51:25 GMT Arsenal Change Targets From Benzema To PSG Striker Arsenal's hunt for the world-class striker that is going to propel them to the Premier League title has changed targets. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:12:31 GMT Manchester City v Chelsea: Starting Line-Ups Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Y Touré, Fernandinho, Jesús Navas, Silva, Sterling, Agüero Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:12:33 GMT Reading v Leeds United: Interesting OPTA Stats Reading have failed to score in their last two games against Leeds; they've never gone three without reply. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:41:41 GMT Audio: David Gold Says West Ham Want A New Striker West Ham chairman David Gold has told talkSPORT that The Hammers are still looking to bring in another striker before the transfer window closes. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:36:07 GMT Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Relegation Threatened Gunners Favourites To Win Up to their elbows in a relegation battle, Arsenal travel across the nation's capital to face Crystal Palace looking to prevent a second London derby loss in a week. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:20:08 GMT Sunderland Odds-On For Relegation After Crisis Meeting Dick Advocaat called a crisis meeting at Sunderland just two games into the Premier League season after the Black Cats suffered another heavy defeat in the top-flight. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:13:36 GMT Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Starting Line-Ups Arsene Wenger makes two changes to the side that lost 2-0 at home to West Ham on last weekend's opening day. Alexis Sanchez makes his first start of the season following his extended break after the Copa America to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Hector Bellorin replaces Mathieu Debuchy at right-back. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:42:35 GMT Tottenham To Ramp Up Berahino Chase Tottenham have finally decided to take a hit on striker Roberto Soldado, who joins Villarreal for a fee of around £10m, potentially paving the way for another centre-forward to replace him in north London. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:06:35 GMT Manchester City v Chelsea: City Off Day Will Be Just What The Doctor Ordered Two Premier League titans lock horns this weekend, and Kevin Hatchard says no-one should be distracted by Chelsea's off-the-field issues, as the champions will be as tough to beat as ever... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:57:50 GMT Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Gunners Under Pressure It's a big game for Arsenal already as they travel to Crystal Palace without any points on the board and Dan Fitch foresees goals for both sides... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:52:07 GMT Manchester City v Chelsea: Interesting Opta Stats Last season's top two come head-to-head as Manchester City host Chelsea. Opta crunches the numbers so you don't have to... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:35:47 GMT Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Interesting Opta Stats The pressure is on Arsenal when they travel to Crystal Palace. Opta delivers the cold, hard analysis... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:34:13 GMT Reading v Leeds United: Team News Reading could add new signing Paolo Hurtado to their squad for this afternoon's Championship clash with Leeds United. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:26:27 GMT Wolves v Hull City: Team News Wolves manager Kenny Jackett will select from the same squad as last weekend when they take on Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship this afternoon. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:19:54 GMT Manchester City v Chelsea: Team News Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is in contention to start this afternoon's Premier League clash with champions Chelsea at The Etihad. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:12:33 GMT Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Team News Crystal Palace have no fresh injury concerns for this lunchtime's Premier League clash with Arsenal at Selhurst Park. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:03:32 GMT Wolves v Hull City: Big Match Stats And Facts Wolves have lost only one of their last seven games in all competitions against Hull at Molineux (W3 D3). Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:53:20 GMT Reading v Leeds United: Big Match Stats And Facts Reading have failed to score in their last two games against Leeds; they've never gone three without reply. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:52:42 GMT Manchester City v Chelsea: Big Match Stats And Facts Manchester City have won only two of their last nine against Chelsea in the Premier League (D3 L4). Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:52:06 GMT Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Big Match Stats And Facts Crystal Palace have been beaten in each of their last five Premier League encounters with the Gunners. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:51:13 GMT