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Defensive Third and High Defensive Block Imagine that you are tasked with writing the storylines of the opening day of the new Premier League season. We are assuming, of course, that much like wrestling and beloved Australian soaps the sport is now a scripted enjoyable nonsense which some viewers begin to get too invested in…

Celtic v FC Astana Celtic’s biggest bit of business this summer has been keeping the services of star men Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney. Whilst the likes of Oliver Ntcham and Jonny Hayes will no doubt be important additions throughout the season for Brendan Rodgers’ men, any success in the Champions League will rely heavily…

1899 Hoffenheim vs Liverpool Saturday’s Premier League opening draw against Watford couldn’t have summed Liverpool up better. Jurgen Klopp’s side was deadly going forward, the trio of Mane, Salah, and Firmino all getting on the scoresheet. At the back, the Reds were all over the place. Two sloppy goals conceded from set-pieces – it was…

HAMMARBY v ÖSTERSUND Very interesting game since Östersund are preparing for the Europa League playoff and Hammarby has signed three new players during the last days of the transfer period. We should see at least Tankovic in the starting lineup. With three new players in, we should be able to see an improved Hammarby with…

Strasbourg v Lille – Stade de la Meinau at 14:00 Live at BT Sport We might only be one week into the brand new Ligue 1 season but sleeping giants Lille already look like a Marcelo Bielsa side, based on their opening weekend 3-0 victory Nantes. LOSC pressed their visitors relentlessly throughout. The high-energy style…

Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire Columbus Crew is hanging on to a playoff spot by the skin of their teeth right now. A relatively poor run of results, just one point obtained in three games has left them in the sixth spot. The main problem for them, as always has been away from home. They’ve…

Bordeaux v Metz – Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux at 19:00 Bordeaux suffered a premature exit from the Europa League last midweek, going out at the third qualifying stage on away goals to Hungarian outfit Videoton. So immediately head coach Jocelyn Gourvennec and his group was under pressure coming into 2017/18. With Les Girondins falling behind…

Amiens v Angers – Stade de la Licorne at 19:00 Amiens finished second in a hotly contested Ligue 2 last season to seal their place in France’s top-flight for the first time in the club’s 116-year history. A six-game winning streak to conclude their campaign – including a 96th-minute goal on the final day –…

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