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  • The best winning football tips last weekend included a win for Sheffield Wednesday at odds of 13/10, Middlesbrough at 2/1, Wolves at Evens, Cardiff at 1/2, Aston Villa at 3/4 and Wigan at 8/15.

    Some of those clubs are in action this midweek, but the main attention will be upon the first legs of the Champions League semi finals.

    Not so long ago it looked as though this would be a vintage year for English clubs in the competition. But now all hopes rest on the shoulders of Liverpool Football Club.

    Can they bring the . . .

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    By on 23rd April 2018
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  • So now we know. Finally. Arsene Wenger has announced his 22 year reign at Arsenal will come to an end this season. I am no Arsenal fan but I for one hope he can go out on a high and win the Europa League next month.

    Perhaps this weekend Arsenal supporters will award him the standing ovation his decades of work deserves, Yes, he's stayed longer than he should have. But any Arsenal fan who says he has not improved the state of the club as a whole is plain wrong.

    I was there at the press conference when . . .

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    By on 20th April 2018
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  • Just when you thought the Champions League was predictable and boring, it turns more into what the European Cup used to be in what my generation would call "the good old days."

    Then Roma turnaround a 3-0 first leg deficit against a Barcelona side that was, under instructions from their manager, too defensive in Italy. Barca players were urging their boss to let them be more expansive, even when they were 2-0 down on the night but still ahead on aggregate. But he would not let them. Foolish man.

    The next night, Real Madrid have an English referee . . .

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    By on 12th April 2018
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  • I went out of the house when Manchester City led Manchester United 2-0 at half time. It should have been 5-0 at that stage.

    I returned home to discover United had fought back to win 2-3 in part thanks to Paul Pogba remembering he was a gifted footballer and could have an impact on a football match. Which begs the question, why not more often, Paul?

    Credit to United players and management for turning it around in the second half. Heaven knows what was said in the dressing room at half time, but it worked. Man City . . .

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    By on 9th April 2018
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  • In a week when Ray Wilkins, one of the classiest English footballers I ever saw at close quarters passed away, it was pleasing to see so much good football played in the Champions League. Ray would have enjoyed watching those matches.

    Ronaldo's overhead kick grabbed the headlines and it was a fantastic goal. What I enjoyed most about it was his positioning. His reading of where the cross would end up and how he adjusted his body in anticipation of what he planned to do, was at least as impressive as the execution of the goal. If not more . . .

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    By on 5th April 2018
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  • As I write, Liverpool have grabbed a late win at Crystal Palace, whose own odds for relegation will now have been cut from the 7/1 that was available prior to that defeat.

    My player of the domestic season, Mohamed Salah, scored the late winner for Liverpool. That was his 37th goal in all competitions this season. If he carries on scoring next season as he has this, Liverpool will do well to hold on to him. The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona are sure to come calling and try to tempt the Egyptian to Spain.

    Salah is a . . .

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    By on 31st March 2018
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  • It never ceases to amaze me how often a football club sacks its manager moments after I have backed that team to lose their next match. So often after there is a change of management, the players of the struggling team pull their fingers out and go and win their next match.

    So it was that Charlton fired their manager hours after I had included the in form Plymouth to win at Charlton. A reasonable assumption considering Plymouth's unbeaten run and Charlton being without a win in four. But, hey presto! The one time Charlton talisman Lee Bowyer became . . .

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    By on 27th March 2018
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  • International friendlies. Two words to send a shiver through any punter. Why bother with these matches? The most likely winners are priced ludicrously short in the betting market. And then there are the countries who use these pointless matches to road test players. Gareth Southgate will likely do that for England. I don't envy him his task of finding a squad that can impress in Russia this summer.

    Wales are on a tour of China under the new management of Ryan Giggs. Of course Wales should win these games, especially if Gareth Bale is in the starting line up . . .

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    By on 21st March 2018
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  • The Champions League games this past midweek saw Manchester United knocked out of the tournament by Sevilla. A club ex Manchester Unuted player Ray Wilkins had labelled one that would be in the bottom six of the Premier League and which Paul Scholes had dismissed as one United would beat comfortably.

    What is it about the blinkered, little Island mentality of the English (not the British) that makes them think the best football in the world is only played in England, that all those foreign teams, with the exception of Barcelona and Real Madrid, are "ordinary" and that they would . . .

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    By on 15th March 2018
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  • Nobody in their right mind would condone the actions of some West Ham fans last weekend. Throwing coins at people is out of order, even when it is David Sullivan on the receiving end.

    But I get the frustration of so many West Ham supporters. The majority are reasonable people. It the 60's it was a family club and it was clear from the pictures from last Saturday that many parents still take their children to watch the Hammers. But I suspect some of those children will not be keen to return to the soulless London Stadium.

    West Ham . . .

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    By on 12th March 2018
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