05/23/2022Was this the best of Manchester City's six title wins in the last decade?
Mike Calvin, Dominic Fifield and Richard Amofa assess an unforgettable final day, and Manchester City's dominance of the Premier League over the last ten years. A treble for Liverpool, culminating in Saturday's Champions League final, would be appropriate compensation. Antonio Conte has galvanised S
05/18/2022Will the season's most unlikely dream, Rangers winning their first European title for fifty years, come true?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson preview the final of the Europa League, a competition that has come of age. They recognise the youthful talent fuelling confidence in Eintracht Frankfurt's approach, but believed a combination of astute coaching, big game players and passionate support wi
05/16/2022Is Steven Gerrard fated to help Liverpool win the Premier League?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson consider the prospect of Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa preventing Manchester City from winning their fourth Premier League title in five seasons. They dwell on the lessons of brain training, hail Jordan Henderson as one of the great leaders of the modern g
05/12/2022Can Chelsea end an era by winning the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Seb Stafford Bloor take an in depth look at Saturday's FA Cup final. Chelsea, a club defined by trophy-winning, have their season, and most probably their short term future on the line at Wembley. Thomas Tuchel, like his squad, is at a crossroads. Liverpool, meanwhile
05/09/2022Are Manchester City a week away from clinching their fourth Premier League title in five seasons?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Seb Stafford Bloor believe Manchester City will consolidate their advantage in the Premier League title race, and caution against reading too much into the Steven Gerrard factor when Liverpool visit Aston Villa on Tuesday. Thomas Frank is mentioned as a potential mana
05/06/2022Will Manchester City end the season without a trophy?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Jordan Jarrett Bryan discuss whether Manchester City can recover from Champions League disappointment, and prevent Liverpool winning the Premier League title. They fear for Leeds in the relegation battle, but hail Rangers for reaching the Europa League final. See acast.c
05/02/2022Is the curse of the Champions League about to strike Manchester City again?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke assess this week's European semi finals, They fear for Manchester City in the Bernabeu, and though Villareal are likely to lose to Liverpool, they deserve greater respect. The atmosphere generated at both Europa League ties, at Ibrox and at Eintracht Frank
04/29/2022Will Jurgen Klopp build a dynasty at Liverpool?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke assess the immediate and the long term impact of Jurgen Klopp's decision to sign a new contract at Liverpool. They also analyse the Premier League relegation battle. Survival is in Burnley's DNA and although Leeds might struggle to get the win they need, E
04/25/2022Is history beckoning Liverpool?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson envisage Liverpool and Manchester City ending a season for the ages in the Champions League final. A historic quadruple for Liverpool cannot be ruled out. The Europa League could be a farewell present to West Ham from Declan Rice, and Jose Mourinho's retu
04/21/2022Is perfection the new normal in the Premier League title race?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Seb Stafford Bloor struggle to see Liverpool and Manchester City dropping points in the Premier League run in. They examine the rebuild facing Manchester United, and their new manager Erik Ten Hag, and also consider the merits of a play off system. See acast.com/privacy
04/14/2022Can Manchester City summon the resilience to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke analyse the second instalment of the saga involving Manchester City and Liverpool, looking at the lingering impact of their midweek exertions. They are divided on whether Chelsea, whose defence of the Champions League ended in Madrid, should have allowed C
04/11/2022Is it Advantage Liverpool in Europe?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Richard Amofa reflect on the intensity of the rivalry between Manchester City and Liverpool, and how that might impact the midweek ties in the Champions League. They suggest Chelsea's defence will end in the Bernabeu, hail Leicester's Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall as on
04/08/2022Who will win Sunday's showdown, Manchester City or Liverpool?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Dominic Fifield analyse all aspects of Liverpool's visit to Manchester City on Sunday, but cannot agree on the result, and its consequences in the Premier League title race. They discuss increasing elitism, dismiss UEFA's latest reform of the Champions League, and set
04/04/2022Is a successful defence of the Champions League beyond Chelsea?
Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Tony Hodson cast doubts on Chelsea's ability to repeat last season's success in the Champions League. They foresee problems for Manchester City against Atletico Madrid, but suspect Liverpool will have their semi-final place secured by the end of Tuesday's first le
03/31/2022Is it time to give Harry Maguire the support he deserves?
Mike Calvin, Anne Marie Batson and Adrian Clarke review Manchester United's issues, including the abuse of Harry Maguire, the form of Marcus Rashford, the appointment of a new manager and the need for a rebuild. They believe Jude Bellingham would turn Liverpool into a Hall of Fame team, and that Har
03/21/2022Who will blink first, Liverpool or Manchester City?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Jordan Jarrett Bryan discuss the relative merits of Liverpool and Manchester City, who are going for a quadruple and a treble respectively. Chelsea still seem capable of retaining the Champions League and Patrick Vieira is seen as a credible manager of the season candida
03/18/2022Are Liverpool the team to beat in the Champions League?
Mike Calvin, Dominic Fifield and Miguel Delaney analyse the quarter final draw for the Champions League. Liverpool face outsiders Benfica, Carlo Ancelotti returns to Chelsea with Real Madrid, and Diego Simeone will attempt to get inside Pep Guardiola's head. The panel see West Ham as credible conten
03/14/2022Is a European Super League still on the agenda?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Paul Hayward discuss another turbulent weekend for football, and suggest the idea of a breakaway Super League has never really gone away. They believe Chelsea will progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League, and suspect Atletico Madrid's Ronaldo complex wi
03/11/2022Is the Chelsea crisis a game changer for football?
Mike Calvin, John Cross and Patrick Barclay discuss the possibility of fundamental change in the wake of Chelsea's problems. Fan ownership, and an independent regulator, would be beneficial. Newcastle's visit to Stamford Bridge will be hugely symbolic, but the games of the weekend will be at Brighto
03/07/2022Are Manchester City and Liverpool delivering the best season in Premier League history?
Mike Calvin, Dominic Fifield and Adrian Clarke assess the balance of power between Manchester City and Liverpool, Premier League title rivals who should comfortably qualify for the Champions League quarter finals this week. They praise Thomas Tuchel for his dignity, sympathise with Ralf Rangnick's l
03/03/2022As the Abramovich era ends, what does the future hold for Chelsea?
Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Richard Amofa assess the fallout from Roman Abramovich's decision to sell Chelsea after nineteen consistently successful years. They highlight the gulf between Manchester City and Manchester United, suggest it is not too early to talk up Liverpool's chances of win
02/28/2022With England refusing to play Russia, is football on the verge of regime change?
Mike Calvin, Faye Carruthers and Glenn Moore analyse a tumultuous weekend for world football, and refuse to rule out the possibility of a boycott of the World Cup finals in Qatar. They celebrate the escapism of Liverpool's League Cup final win, mourn the departure of Marcelo Bielsa from Leeds, and l
02/25/2022With UEFA moving the Champions League final from St Petersburg to Paris, do sporting sanctions work?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Tony Hodson widen the debate about UEFA's decision to move the Champions League final, and their insistence that Russian and Ukrainian teams play at neutral venues. The panel previews Sunday's League Cup final, and assess Saturday's BT Sport game at Elland Road, where
02/21/2022Can Manchester United win the Champions League?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and John Cross discuss the Champions League challenges faced by Manchester United and Chelsea this week. They foresee Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku leaving their respective clubs in the summer, and focus on the revival of the Premier League title race. See aca