11/23/2020
Will Jose Mourinho teach Jurgen Klopp a trick or two this season?
Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Art de Roche weigh up the managerial reputations of Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp. They see Chelsea as title challengers, believe Lionel Messi is an avoidable distraction for Manchester City, and draw parallels between goalscoring problems suffered by Manchester United
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11/19/2020
Who will prevail in the grind of this, the hardest season?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Dominic Fifield analyse Liverpool's capacity to overcome injuries and infections. They praise Brendan Rodgers, dwell on the promise of Mason Mount and look forward to the measured return of crowds. Speaking before news of Pep Guardiola's new City contract, they also e
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11/16/2020
Will the season be decided by the extreme demands on players?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Richard Amofa analyse the consequences of a crowded season. They hail women's football weekend, envisage Arsene Wenger as FA chairman, and predict a revolution in recruitment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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11/09/2020
Can Leicester shock the football world once more?
Mike Calvin, Anne Marie Batson and Dominic Fifield assess Leicester's chances of repeating their 2016 title triumph. They suspect Liverpool and Manchester City will reassert themselves, but praise the progress made by Southampton, Spurs and Chelsea. International football, though, is becoming diffic
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11/05/2020
Are Liverpool capable of becoming consistent champions?
Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Jordan Jarrett Bryan believe Liverpool have the ingredients required to develop a dynasty. They predict Everton will add to deep-seated problems at Manchester United, suggest Chelsea are coming together quickly, and feel Arsenal could make the top three.See acast.com/p
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11/02/2020
Are Chelsea capable of winning the Premier League this season?
Mike Calvin and Ade Oladipo do not share Darren Lewis's confidence in Frank Lampard's squad, even in this, the most unpredictable of seasons. The panel draws a damning contrast between Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, and sees the logic of Pep Guardiola returning to Barcelona. They also identi
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10/29/2020
Has Ole Gunnar Solksjaer finally proved his critics wrong?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Art de Roche deliver overdue praise for the Manchester United manager. They believe it is now or never for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and back Jurgen Klopp to steer Liverpool safely to the international break. They also consider the merits of British coaches, M
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10/26/2020
Which Premier League club has the best chance of winning the Champions League this season?
Mike Calvin, John Cross and Glenn Moore have faith in Liverpool's ability to overcome the loss of Virgil Van Dijk. They feel Manchester City are flat, Manchester United are fallible and Chelsea face a delicate balancing act. Also on the agenda : VAR, athletes as activists, and the England women's te
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10/22/2020
Who's doing the best job, Frank Lampard or Ole Gunnar Solksjaer?
Mike Calvin, Anne Marie Batson and Jordan Jarrett Bryan analyse managerial matters at Manchester United and Chelsea. They assess Liverpool's defensive options, consider Manchester City's title credentials, and disagree on the merits of Mesut Ozil. They also praise Marcus Rashford, and make a powerfu
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10/19/2020
Are Liverpool already at a huge disadvantage in the Champions League?
Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and Dominic Fifield believe the Champions League is more open than ever, in a compressed season shaped by injury to key players. Manchester City have the easiest group, Liverpool will struggle due to the loss of Virgil Van Dijk, Manchester United are vulnerable at PS
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10/15/2020
Will Everton seize bragging rights on Merseyside?
Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Richard Amofa believe Everton will never have a better chance of winning the Merseyside derby. They also call for Harry McGuire to be taken out of the firing line, hail Thomas Partey as a key Arsenal signing, and look at the future of the game, following the rejection
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10/12/2020
Can the future of English football be entrusted to the top six?
Mike Calvin, Sarah Shephard and Ade Oladipo consider the implications of Project Big Picture, the secretive plan for far-reaching change driven by Liverpool and Manchester United. They believe some proposals are "horrible" and "cynical", but can see the benefits in other aspects of the initiative. T
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10/05/2020
Is this unique season going to provide more surprises?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Glenn Moore believe we should expect the unexpected due to a unique set of circumstances. Liverpool's thrashing by Aston Villa is a blip, but Manchester United have deep-seated problems. There's praise for Jose Mourinho, Marcelo Biesla and Carlo Ancelotti, and a previ
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10/01/2020
Has Frank Lampard got the Right Stuff as Chelsea manager?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Anne Marie Batson express their faith in Frank Lampard, but consider Manchester United's transfer dealings "an embarrassment." They fear that football has lost the Government's trust, call for fans to be readmitted to grounds, and believe that international foot
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09/28/2020
Should the new handball laws be scrapped?
Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Art de Roche believe the new laws are damaging the game. They support Tottenham's complaints about a fixture pile up, call for greater support for the football pyramid, and analyse how Arsenal have stolen a march on Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.See aca
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09/24/2020
Is football doing enough to help itself through its greatest crisis?
Mike Calvin, Dominic Fifield and Adrian Clarke assess the extent of the crisis confronting football. They believe the PFA is betraying its members, and that Premier League clubs, preoccupied by a potential breakaway to form a European Super League, must do more to help those in the EFL.See acast.com
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09/21/2020
Are Manchester United in danger of being left behind?
Mike Calvin. Miguel Delaney and Richard Amofa highlight the flaws in United's transfer policy, and the lingering doubts about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's management. They examine the mounting pressure on Frank Lampard, the instant impact of Thiago, and the potential of new front threes at Spurs and Evert
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09/17/2020
Are Chelsea the real deal?
Mike Calvin, Anne Marie Batson and Jonathan Northcroft analyse the challenge facing Frank Lampard at Chelsea. They hail the return of Gareth Bale, discuss Mason Greenwood’s treatment by sections of the media, and call for change to protect football’s future.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-
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09/14/2020
Will Tottenham be a mid-table team under Jose Mourinho?
Mike Calvin, Ade Olapido and John Cross review the opening weekend of the Premier League season. They foresee problems for Jose Mourinho, praise Arsenal's progress under Mikel Arteta, and call for greater financial help for EFL clubs.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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09/10/2020
Who wins the Premier League, and who gets relegated?
Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Jordan Jarrett Bryan name their winners and losers in the new Premier League season. Top four, bottom three, surprise sides, biggest flops and best signings. Will you agree?See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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09/07/2020
Is the top four in the Premier League a closed shop?
Mike Calvin, Dominic Fifield and Miguel Delaney suggest only Arsenal have a realistic chance of breaking into the top four. Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United's weakest link? What does Frank Lampard need to achieve to survive at Chelsea? With Liverpool restricted financially, will Lionel Mess
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09/03/2020
Should England be playing in the Nations League?
Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Art de Roche throw a spotlight on England, and the relevance of international football. They look forward to this weekend's return of the WSL, hail Marcus Rashford as football's most powerful role model, and name their signing of the summer, so far.See acast.com/privacy
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08/27/2020
What impact would Lionel Messi have on English football?
Mike Calvin, Sarah Shephard and Richard Amofa consider the implications of City signing Lionel Messi. They also analyse the latest England squad, the Community Shield, and the chances of Premier League footballers refusing to play in protest at racial inequalities.See acast.com/privacy for privacy a
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08/24/2020
Does English football have a superiority complex?
Mike Calvin, Ade Oladipo and Adrian Clarke discuss Neymar's tears, Bayern's team ethic, and what Premier League clubs can learn from Champions League disappointment, They also ask whether our teams should take the Europa League more seriously.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information
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