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Birmingham v Middlesbrough Friday night sees two out of form sides collide as Birmingham entertain Middlesbrough, with both seeking a morale-boosting victory before the league stops for the international break. Birmingham have endured an inconsistent, but not necessarily unexpected, start to the campaign, whereas Middlesbrough are clearly still adjusting to life under the Jonathan Woodgate…

Philadelphia Union v New York City FC Philly have made the playoffs and will be at home in their first match whatever the outcome here. Victory vs NYC this weekend combined with an Atlanta slip up could see them secure the second seeded spot, whilst might ultimately make things easier down the line. It’s been…

Odd v Vålerenga I have to say I was impressed with Odd last week. They had struggled on the road for quite some time but put up a really good performance away at Godset, winning 3-2. Bear in mind that was against one of the in-form teams in the league at a difficult location. Clearly,…

Arsenal v Standard Liege Unai Emery is Mr Europa League. The Spaniard has won this competition more than any other manager with 3 titles to his name when at Sevilla. He also managed to get his Arsenal side to the final in Baku last year, only failing to beat Chelsea in the penultimate game. He’s…

Saint Etienne v Wolfsburg There’s a tight looking game in France on Thursday evening with Saint Etienne hosting German side Wolfsburg. The hosts have seen back to back 1-0 scorelines with a win and a loss against Metz and Nimes respectively. At home they’re usually solid defensively and the return to fitness of centre half…

THE ‘PHENOMENAL’ NORWEGIAN TALENT By scoring a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Red Bull Salzburg, the gifted Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland emphatically announced himself on the big stage. Putting Genk to the sword in Salzburg’s 6-2 demolition of the Belgian side, he amazingly became the third youngest player to bag a UCL triple…

Lille v Chelsea You could argue that these two sides were hard done by on matchday 1. Ross Barkley missed a penalty in Chelsea’s home defeat to Valencia, the hosts outshot Los Che 14-7 and were surprisingly profligate. Lille on the other hand lost 3-0 at Ajax but that was far from the full story…

Wigan v Birmingham It was similar emotions for these two teams over the weekend in the Championship. The only good thing about Wigan losing away at Fulham was that it was at least played on Friday night, giving them extra time to prepare for this game. Also, the club paid for them to stay overnight…