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What has Marcelo Bielsa changed at Leeds United

What has Marcelo Bielsa changed at Leeds United

By Max Hunter Leeds United finished last season in 13th position in the Championship with 60 points under, their second permanent manager of the year the unsuited Paul Heckingbottom. They had started that season on top form with surprise choice of manager the Spaniard Thomas Christiansen. Christiansen was sacked in early February and Leeds’s season disappeared from there and Heckingbottom […]

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Where did it go wrong for Great Britain at the 2018 Hockey Champions Trophy?

Where did it go wrong for Great Britain at the 2018 Hockey Champions Trophy?

By Sam Bannister The 2018 Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy was virtually a write-off for Great Britain, who, despite entering the tournament as Olympic champions, managed just one win from six games. After failing to win any of their round robin matches, Britain finally claimed their sole victory in the fifth-place play-off, against Japan, to ensure the tournament ended on some […]

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What do the Autumn Internationals tell us about the upcoming Rugby World Cup?

The Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup, is displayed at a commercial event for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Tokyo on November 8, 2018. - Former All Black legend Dan Carter on November 8 tipped Japan to reach the knock-out stages of their home World Cup next year and warned favourites New Zealand will not have it all their own way. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)        (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

By Will Hopper With the 2019 Rugby World Cup now less than a year away, let’s analyse the recent Autumn Internationals and what they can tell us about the upcoming tournament. There is no other place to start than with Ireland. The number two ranked team in the world have very much laid down the gauntlet with their recent results; […]

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Are England’s top teams ready for Champions League glory?

Are England’s top teams ready for Champions League glory?

By Kieran Cobley The group stages of the Champion’s League are almost complete. With only one more match for each team before the knockout stages begin, only two of England’s representatives are confirmed for the round of 16. Manchester City and Manchester United sealed their places in the next round. A 2-2 draw against Lyon made sure City got through […]

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Are England’s top teams ready to claim the Champions League trophy?

Replica Champions League football

With just one round of games remaining in the Champions League group stages, it’s time to assess each English teams’ chances of being the eventual winners of the competition. Manchester City The reigning champions of the Premier League and current leaders Manchester City have progressed into the Champions League knockout stages following a 2-2 draw with Lyon on Tuesday night […]

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Emery progressing well since Wenger’s departure

Doubts over Leicester City's title credentials creep back in as they lose 2-1 to Arsenal in February

By Tom Manley Arsenal have made a strong start to the season under new boss Unai Emery who replaced the beloved Arsene Wenger in the summer. It was a roller coaster final season for Arsene which saw his side get to the Carabao Cup final and the Europa League semi finals, however the Gunners were defeated in both of these […]

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Gary Ballance is the key to England success

England in action against New Zealand in 2004

By Max Hunter Since Jonathan Trott’s retirement from international cricket back in 2015 England have struggled to find a reliable number three batsman. During that time England have tried with seven different players and yet to find luck. Looking at the statistics of all the players Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance comes out on top. After Trott’s retirement the cricket world presumed […]

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How have mid-season international breaks affected Premier League clubs in 2018?

How have mid-season international breaks affected Premier League clubs in 2018?

By Sam Bannister Embed from Getty Images With no Premier League football taking place over the weekend due to the international break, managers across the country will be worrying about the amount of gametime their players are getting. Managers have long complained about the excessive schedule facing their players in the modern era, with players jetting off for international duty […]

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How to Win the NBA MVP Award

How to Win the NBA MVP Award

By Will Hopper When it comes to winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, over the last ten years we can see that only three statistics matter; points scored, games played and total wins. Six players have taken home the Maurice Podoloff Trophy since 2008. LeBron James has won the award four times, Stephen Curry twice and Derrick Rose, […]

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Do teams perform better when playing in front of more of their own fans?

LEEDS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Leeds United fans look on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road on August 28, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

By Ed McIntyre Embed from Getty Images You would assume that when football teams play in front of a large support of their own fans spurring them on would result in more success, and when teams have more success their attendances increase. But research shows that teams who do have a large following aren’t doing so well. Focusing on the […]

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