Sporting Preview RSS news feed Sporting Preview News RSS Feed en Michael Owen's Weekend Premier League Picks Featuring Liverpool And Manchester United I wouldn't have thought it possible that, after only five games, my title fancies Chelsea would be available at 16-1 to win the Premier League. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:21:46 GMT Southampton v Manchester United: Big Match Stats And Facts Southampton have been solid at home; winning five and losing just one of their last seven PL games at St Mary's Stadium. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:12:29 GMT Liverpool v Norwich: Big Match Stats And Facts Liverpool are on a 10 match unbeaten streak against the Canaries in the Premier League, winning nine of the last 10 matches. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:12:05 GMT Tottenham v Crystal Palace: Big Match Stats And Facts Spurs have lost just one of their last seven Premier League matches (W3 D3 L1). Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:11:41 GMT Manchester City v West Ham: Big Match Stats And Facts Man City have won their last 11 Premier League games in a row. The English top-flight record is held by Arsenal with 14 straight wins. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:11:23 GMT Swansea v Everton: Big Match Stats And Facts Swansea have won just one of their 23 meetings with Everton in all comps (D7 L15), although that win did come last season in the League Cup (3-0 at home). Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:11:03 GMT Newcastle v Watford: Big Match Stats And Facts Newcastle United have lost just one of their last 16 league meetings with Watford (W9 D6 L1). Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:09:58 GMT Bournemouth v Sunderland: Big Match Stats And Facts These two have met six times before in all competitions, with Bournemouth yet to taste victory against the Black Cats (D2 L4). Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:09:36 GMT Aston Villa v West Brom: Big Match Stats And Facts Aston Villa have won two of their last three Barclays Premier League games with WBA and have lost just one of their last seven against them (W2 D4 L1). Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:09:14 GMT Chelsea v Arsenal: Big Match Stats And Facts Chelsea are unbeaten against Arsenal in their last seven Barclays Premier League encounters (W4 D3). Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:08:40 GMT Chelsea Record Routine Win But It's A Bad Night For Arsenal In Croatia It was a bad night for Arsenal as they became the third English club to suffer a 2-1 defeat in the Champions League this week, but Premier League champions Chelsea finally had something to cheer after their own poor start to the season... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:05:09 GMT Tottenham v Qarabag: Visitors To Ask Some Tough Questions Spurs have been struggling to hit top gear this season, and Kevin Hatchard thinks they might find life tougher than expected against Qarabag in their Europa League opener... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:04:31 GMT Bordeaux v Liverpool: Don't Expect A Vintage Performance Liverpool are at a low ebb after demoralising defeats to West Ham and Manchester United, but Kevin Hatchard thinks they can bounce back in France... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:04:04 GMT Ajax v Celtic: Bhoys To Struggle In Holland "Celtic were outwitted on their previous two Europa League trips abroad too, whereas Ajax have won four in five as hosts in the Europa League since 2013." Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:03:46 GMT Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal: Gunners Won't Have It All Their Own Way Arsenal are favourites to make a winning start in the Champions League on Wednesday night but won't necessarily have things all their own way, writes James Eastham... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:30:40 GMT Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv: Blues To Concede Again Having wasted the conspiracy card on the campaign that they coasted to the title and been similarly hasty in deploying the "everything is the physio's fault" trick, Jose Mourinho has seemed as off his game in media briefings as his team have on the pitch. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:30:20 GMT It's A Manchester Double In The Champions League As United And City Are Beaten It was a terrible start for English clubs in the Champions League with both Manchester City and United losing their opening group fixtures as well as suffering huge injury set-backs. Mike Norman has the details... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:30:01 GMT Manchester City v Juventus: Big Match Stats And Facts Manchester City have gone three games in European competition without a win against Juventus (D2 L1). Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:31:21 GMT PSV v Manchester United: Big Match Stats And Facts PSV Eindhoven have mustered only one win in their four previous matches against Manchester United in European competition (D1 L2). Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:30:58 GMT West Ham United v Newcastle United: Big Match Stats And Facts At the Boleyn Ground, the hosts have won just two of their last nine PL games against Newcastle, drawing three and losing four. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:24:19 GMT Chelsea Lose Again As Arsenal Go Second The Blues have got a bad case of the blues after suffering their third defeat of the season, and they are already double figure odds to win the league title as a result. Joe Dyer reports... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:37:57 GMT Everton v Chelsea: Starting Line-Ups Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Galloway; Barry, McCarthy, Besic Barkley; Kone, Lukaku Sat, 12 Sep 2015 12:50:46 GMT Manchester United v Liverpool: Updated Team News Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is a doubt for this evening's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford with a hamstring problem. He will take a late fitness test. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:54:41 GMT Arsenal v Stoke City: Team News Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects central defenders Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny to be available for this afternoon's Premier League match against Stoke at The Emirates. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:51:41 GMT Everton v Chelsea: Team News Everton manager Roberto Martinez will make a late decision on left-back Bryan Oviedo as his side prepare to take on champions Chelsea at Goodison Park this lunchtime. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:46:28 GMT Manchester United v Liverpool: Team News Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea looks set to return to Louis van Gaal's squad for this evening's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford after signing a new contract with the club this week. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:16:47 GMT Michael Owen's Weekend Premier League Picks Featuring Manchester City And Arsenal Manchester City were the clear winners in the transfer window - and that spells bad news for those who don't want this season's Premier League to turn into a runaway success for Manuel Pellegrini's side. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:54:33 GMT Shearer Says: Van Gaal's Time Is Up At Manchester United - Now He Has To Get Results I was thrilled to see Wayne surpass Sir Bobby Charlton's scoring record on Tuesday night, but the big question is why is he not showing that England goal-scoring form in the Premier League? Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:54:06 GMT Who Scored The Best Manchester United v Liverpool Goal Ever? Cantona, Fowler and Gerrard all make shortlist... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 21:42:23 GMT Serbian Striker Poised To Join West Ham The transfer window may have been closed for nearly two weeks now but that doesn't mean the clubs up and down the Premier League are neglecting their dealings in the market. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 21:29:21 GMT Shock Inclusion And Exclusion In Combined Manchester United And Liverpool XI The English Classico gives the Premier League the perfect reboot after the tedium of the international break, as Manchester United and Liverpool renew ingrained grievances at Old Trafford. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:31:28 GMT Middlesbrough v MK Dons: Big Match Stats And Facts Middlesbrough have won eight of their last 10 home league (incl. play-offs) games (D1 L1). Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:44:30 GMT Leeds United v Brentford: Big Match Stats And Facts Leeds have scored just one goal against Brentford in their last four meetings (D2 L2). Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:43:33 GMT Manchester United v Liverpool: Big Match Stats And Facts Manchester United have registered just one win in their last four top-flight games at Old Trafford (D2 L1), after winning six in a row prior to that. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:43:13 GMT West Brom v Southampton: Big Match Stats And Facts At the Hawthorns, the hosts have lost just one of their five Premier League games against the Saints (W3 D1), with the visitors netting just one goal in total on those five visits. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:42:55 GMT Watford v Swansea: Big Match Stats And Facts At Vicarage Road, Watford have lost their last two league meetings with Swansea, after winning each of the three games before that. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:42:38 GMT Norwich v Bournemouth: Big Match Stats And Facts At Carrow Road, the Canaries haven't beaten the Cherries in the league since 1951, losing five and drawing four of the nine meetings since then. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:42:20 GMT Crystal Palace v Manchester City: Big Match Stats And Facts Under Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace have averaged 2.4 pts away from home in the PL but only 1.3 per game at Selhurst Park. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:41:58 GMT Arsenal v Stoke: Big Match Stats And Facts The Gunners have won each of their seven home PL games against the Potters, their best 100% home record against any side in the Premier League. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:41:41 GMT Everton v Chelsea: Big Match Stats And Facts On home soil, Everton have lost just two of their last seven top-flight encounters with the Blues (W4 D1), albeit with those defeats coming in the last three clashes at Goodison Park. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:41:17 GMT Manchester United And England Captain Needs To Put On One-Man Show At Wembley Tuesday night is another significant one for Wayne Rooney as he attempts to finally break Bobby Charlton's 45-year England goalscoring record by reaching his international half-century against Switzerland. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:51:05 GMT England v Switzerland: Big Match Stats And Facts England have lost just once in 10 competitive fixtures against Switzerland (W6 D3 L1). Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:45:25 GMT Louis Van Gaal Manchester United Reject XI While the arrival of Anthony Martial dominated the headlines as far as Manchester United were concerned on Deadline Day the Frenchman is just one of a number of new arrivals at Old Trafford this summer. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:28:35 GMT West Ham's Strongest XI Does Not Include Jenkinson, Carroll And Obiang A transfer window that saw 13 new players arrive at West Ham, with four of those signing on a deadline day widely accepted to be a good one for the Hammers, suddenly hands Slaven Bilic some selection dilemmas. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:27:46 GMT Premier League Safety Beckons For Chelsea On-Loan XI Chelsea weren't absent of any activity on Transfer Deadline Day, with two defenders making their way to Stamford Bridge. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:27:26 GMT Manchester United's Money Is Safe: Martial Massive Outsider For Golden Boot Manchester United may have shelled out a reported £36m for Monaco teenager Anthony Martial but the fee is unlikely to rise in the near future despite a raft of add-ons being included in the deal. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:27:06 GMT Three Awful Liverpool XI's To Confound Harry Redknapp's Rant When Harry Redknapp left his last managerial post at QPR, an impending knee operation was cited as the reason. However, in light of his recent comments concerning Liverpool, perhaps amnesia played a part? Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:26:42 GMT Arsenal Fans Don't Need To Worry After Retaining Striker's Services The lack of transfer activity at the Emirates Stadium this summer is astonishing. Nonetheless, at least Arsenal's forward line is still flush with options, even if those alternatives to Olivier Giroud don't include Edinson Cavani, Karim Benzema or Jackson Martinez. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:26:22 GMT Tottenham Striker Shortage Tops The Biggest Deadline Day Misses The morning after the night before. It can be a moment of real clarity and realisation in any walk of life but, after a transfer deadline day that offered little in the way excitement, it provides more juicy pieces of gossip than the actual event. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:25:50 GMT San Marino v England: Three Lions Must Be Backed San Marino are a poor side but they have improved defensively and England may struggle to beat their previous heavy defeats of the Group E whipping boys, says Joe Dyer... Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:25:21 GMT Five Must Have Bets For This Week Featuring Germany v Poland A profitable week for the column last time with three winners from five selections, and with a variety of live sport to come in the next seven days the guys are confident of making more profit in this week's five 'must have' bets... Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:18:52 GMT The Window's Closed But Manchester United Aren't Finished Yet Manchester United have dominated the 2015 summer transfer Deadline Day, what with their bungling of the David De Gea to Real Madrid stealing most of the limelight before their over-the-odds capture of Monaco youngster Anthony Martial took over. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:11:28 GMT David De Gea From Manchester United To Real Madrid Heads Most Hilarious Deadline Day Fails In the wake of the David De Gea paperwork cock-up that has embarrassed Manchester United and Real Madrid, Stephen Tudor picks out five deadline day fails that had us howling on the carpet... Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:23:30 GMT Stoke In Final Hour Swoop On Crystal Palace Stoke are inching ever closer to finally replacing dominant midfield force Steven N'Zonzi, with a deal for Crystal Palace's Australian international Mile Jedinak creeping to completion according to reports. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:04:34 GMT The Tweet Tottenham And Manchester United Fans Didn't Want To See Perhaps the most linked footballer in the contract yet to move clubs during the summer transfer window is Queens Park Rangers striker, Charlie Austin. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:59:47 GMT Chelsea And Liverpool Bosses Feeling Sack Race Heat After Defeats Galling home defeats before the international break have seen two high-profile Premier League managers plummet in the betting to be the next top-flight manager out the door. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:59:10 GMT Manchester United Set To Sign Bundesliga Hotshot Manchester United's bid to add players only the most ardent of football hipsters have heard of looks set to continue with reported interest in Hakan Çalhanoğlu. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:39:32 GMT Wenger In Paris Isn't What It Seems For Arsenal Arsenal fans rejoiced at the start of transfer deadline day as news leaked that manager Arsene Wenger was on his way to Paris. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:35:17 GMT Tottenham Frustrated On Deadline Day As Numerous Targets Fall Flat Tottenham are usually good for a bit of action on transfer deadline days, but it seems the 2015 edition will need other clubs to provide the drama. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:32:02 GMT History Suggests Manchester United Are Onto A Winner With Anthony Martial History Suggests Manchester United Are Onto A Winner With Anthony Martial Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:28:47 GMT Aston Villa Ramp Up Defender Hunt With Liverpool Outsider Aston Villa have been extremely busy bringing in players over the course of the summer and are showing no signs of slowing their recruitment drive of transfer deadline day. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:24:50 GMT Michu To Celtic Really Could Happen On Deadline Day We've already been busy reacting to the news linking Steven Fletcher with a move to Celtic and now we're adding another striker into the mix. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:17:35 GMT Stoke City Star Lodges Transfer Request To Force Norwich Move Player power, once so prominent in football, looks to have died in the summer of 2015 as a third Premier League player submits a written transfer request in a bid to force a move away, and is told it's unlikely to change matters. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:13:54 GMT Odds Say Tottenham's Lingering Move For Berahino Will Bear Fruit Saido Berahino's proposed move to Tottenham is increasingly likely to happen in the final hours of the summer transfer window according to bookmakers Ladbrokes, who've shrunk the odds on the outcome. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:09:27 GMT West Brom Closing In On Liverpool Left-Back One transfer which looks like it will make the Deadline Day bus in the nick of time is a switch to West Brom for Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:05:13 GMT Elmohamady In, Mahrez Out At Leicester? According to local media, they're not expecting a flurry of activity at Leicester City on Transfer Deadline Day but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill from turning. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:57:22 GMT Have Hibernian Landed Chelsea Star As May Consolation? Hibernian look set to complete a season-long loan deal for Chelsea forward Islam Feruz as long-time target Stevie May looks to have evaded the clutches of the Edinburgh club. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:52:32 GMT Paul Pogba's Chelsea Move Looking Dead In The Water The collapse of David de Gea's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid may not be the only major deal involving European football's elite to fall through at the last minute. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:47:38 GMT Sherwood Tests Water Over Crystal Palace And Tottenham Strikers Having lost his most reliable source of goals this summer, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood would love to supplement his squad with another striker before the 6.00pm deadline hits. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:43:48 GMT Celtic Signing Fletcher Smacks Of Deadline Day Deja Vu Celtic have been busy building for the future by wrapping up a number of deals ahead of Deadline Day. But there's one story doing the rounds that has its roots firmly in the past. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:33:18 GMT Is Charlie Austin Really Going To Sign For Manchester United? Charlie Austin has been linked with a move away from Loftus Road for some time but rather than West Ham or Newcastle it's now Manchester United at the top of the betting! Could this really be happening asks Joe Dyer... Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:23:15 GMT Cech From Chelsea To Arsenal Heads The Five Best Transfers So Far This Window A busy summer of wheeling and dealing concludes over the next seven hours and there is sure to be swarm of ambitious bids and a number of panic buys. But some clubs have got their business done early and those players are already starting to make their marks. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:18:39 GMT Tottenham Have West Ham Worried With Deadline Day Midfielder Mission Tottenham efforts to fortify their central midfield with one of the Premier League's tougher cookies have switched from Southampton's Victor Wanyama to West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate on Deadline Day. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:59:13 GMT Manchester United Make Puzzling Move For Unproven Monaco Man Manchester United need a striker. Their showing at Swansea, Wayne Rooney's in particular, made that perfectly clear. The England captain is simply not suited to the role that Louis van Gaal is asking him to play. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:31:39 GMT Busy Deadline Day Ahead For Manchester United And Chelsea It shan't be long. Jim White has his yellow tie at the ready and Sky Sports have produced an advert in which they have somehow managed to make a fax machine a star. Deadline day is now associated with a media circus and half the time nothing actually happens. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:17:34 GMT 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