7:24 PM EDT, Sat April 29, 2017
Bitter and Blue 2 hours ago
Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City, Premier League 2017: Predicted Lineups

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City, Premier League 2017: Predicted Lineups

Who starts for City on Sunday? After the Manchester Derby draw, life moves on for Manchester City in the Premier League, and their next game is a tough one, away to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. The Sky Blues need five victories in their next five matches to finish in third place and guarantee automatic qualification for the group stage of next season's Champions League and end the season with something to celebrate. This hasn't been the most successful campaign ever, especially since Pep Guardiola is the manager, but we're almost at the end and we could have a very bright future...
Royal Blue Mersey 3 hours ago
Everton vs Chelsea: Writer Prediction League

Everton vs Chelsea: Writer Prediction League

RBM’s writers have a big chance to makes some progress with Chelsea coming to Goodison Park After Everton was let down by its away form once again last week, the Toffees return to Goodison Park with Chelsea, the likely champions, providing the club’s stiffest home test of 2017. Our writers were quite surprised by Everton’s inability to find a way through West Ham United last week, which was perhaps naive. The Toffees have only four away wins all season (one of which came against Sunderland, which almost shouldn’t count) — though solid draws at Manchester City and Manchester United...
Roker Report 3 hours ago
Sunderland cursed indecision continues; Moyes' future remains unclear despite owner's statement

Sunderland cursed indecision continues; Moyes' future remains unclear despite owner's statement

David Moyes and Ellis Short have both instructed supporters to wait until the end of the season before discovering what happens next at Sunderland. Three weeks of uncertainty and indecision are now on the horizon. The very last thing the club needs. Despite Sunderland's fate having now been confirmed, owner and chairman Ellis Short says the club's plans for the future will not be communicated until after the season has concluded. Photo by Nigel Roddis/ Shrouded in darkness - Ellis Short's future intentions Despite Sunderland's fate having now been confirmed,...
Bitter and Blue 4 hours ago
Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City, 2017 Premier League: Players to Watch

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City, 2017 Premier League: Players to Watch

Will Negredo get a goal against his former team? Manchester City are heading to Middlesbrough with vengeance on their minds after a 1-1 draw at the Etihad last November in the Premier League. City looked as if they were going to walk away with a 1-0 win in that match, but Marten de Roon’s header earned Boro one of their few points this season. While City remain strong in the Top-4 race, their draw on last Thursday's Derby against Manchester United was not what they would’ve liked, especially with the amount of chances that they created. However, City need to look forward and prepare...
The Busby Babe 4 hours ago
Juan Mata in line for shock return against Swansea

Juan Mata in line for shock return against Swansea

It’s like Christmas come early! Get in! After being effectively ruled out for the rest of the season since undergoing groin surgery over the last international break, Juan Mata has been pictured with the rest of the playing squad at the team hotel for tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Swansea. José Mourinho hinted recently that Mata could be the first of the players with long-term injuries to make a return, but to see the Spaniard involved before the end of April is a significant surprise. Given that Wayne Rooney’s services may be required in midfield, having Mata available to...
Predicted Chelsea lineup against Everton: Strongest selection for toughest match left

Predicted Chelsea lineup against Everton: Strongest selection for toughest match left

Back in the fall, we used to joke that the next game was always going to be the biggest test for what was then a brand new and yet unproven 3-4-3 tactical system. The system has since proven its quality, perhaps never more so than in the 5-0 smashing of Everton in the reverse fixture, and so the narrative shifted slightly. Now, with Chelsea involved in a possibly close title-race, the next game is no longer a test. It’s a challenge instead. We know that the 3-4-3 can be all-conquering, but Everton away is never an easy conquest. Are Chelsea up to the challenge? We can only hope. ...
Roker Report 5 hours ago
Short speaks out - reaction to the Sunderland chairman’s statement in the wake of relegation

Short speaks out - reaction to the Sunderland chairman’s statement in the wake of relegation

In the wake of relegation from the Premier League, elusive Chairman, Ellis Short, speaks out. Like any supporter, my initial reaction is one of sadness, disappointment, anger and frustration. After 10 consecutive seasons as a top-flight club, the second longest in our 138-year history, it is hard for everyone to take. It is an especially cruel blow for our supporters, who have shown tremendous faith in the club. They backed the team, home and away, in huge numbers throughout the season and it is fair to say this season they have once again been relentless in their support. I am truly...
The Busby Babe 5 hours ago
Wayne Rooney may play in midfield against Swansea

Wayne Rooney may play in midfield against Swansea

Desperate times, desperate measures. Hello, reader. If you’re reading this, and you can do a decent job in midfield, please report to Old Trafford as soon as possible. Manchester United needs your help. Marouane Fellaini got himself stupidly suspended, Timothy Fosu-Mensah dislocated his shoulder, and Paul Pogba remains injured. As such, the only warm bodies available are Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick, the latter of whom is in no shape to be playing twice in four days, particularly if he is to be called upon next Thursday as well. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Assuming...
Royal Blue Mersey 5 hours ago
Everton vs Chelsea: Ten key stats

Everton vs Chelsea: Ten key stats

Ten key stats ahead of Everton’s clash with the Premier League leaders Everton host Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday seeking to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing draw with West Ham United. The Blues were far from their best at the London Stadium and will be keen to show their true form with a big performance against Antonio Conte’s team. They will also be determined to get revenge for the 5-1 mauling they suffered at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. Here are ten key stats ahead of the game: Teams Everton have faced Chelsea at home 18 times in the Premier League...
Bitter and Blue 5 hours ago
Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City, Premier League 2017: What to Watch For

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City, Premier League 2017: What to Watch For

The Sky Blues need a bright finale after a tough season. It’s no longer Derby day. Domestic Cups and European battles have ended with no reward. Still, Manchester City have to play every game like a final. More than that, they need to give themselves and their supporters tangible hope for next season. Here are three things to watch for on Sunday's Premier League match against Middlesbrough: 1. Something Special City have developed a sense of artistry across the pitch this season, but that has been overshadowed by frequent disappointing results. They have clear potential to absolutely...
Coming Home Newcastle 6 hours ago
CHN LIVE 4/22/17

CHN LIVE 4/22/17

Fact: Mitrović always finds a reason to take his shirt off Well this past week’s stream was interesting to say the least, we of course touched on promotion among many other things. Unfortunately, in the middle of typing a comment I accidentally ended the stream. So, we had to start over, which of course was exciting to say the least. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and share the video. Enjoy!!
Roker Report 6 hours ago
With relegation now confirmed, Ellis Short needs to clarify what lies ahead for Sunderland

With relegation now confirmed, Ellis Short needs to clarify what lies ahead for Sunderland

Today Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League with less than a whimper. After years of great escapes and short-term solutions now is the time for clarity. An 88th minute Josh King goal has today confirmed that Sunderland are to shuffle of the mortal coil that is the Premier League come season’s end. Relegation. It’s an awful feeling that confuses the brain. How should we feel? Sad? Angry? Relieved? Today leaves Sunderland fans in a state of discombobulation - unsure how to react to the news that with 4 games to spare, we have confirmed our own demise. As David Moyes...
Chelsea favorites and in pole position for Monaco midfielder

Chelsea favorites and in pole position for Monaco midfielder

The vultures are circling the picturesque city and stadium of Monaco, just waiting for the season to be over, ready to descend and pluck and peck and pick apart European football’s biggest darlings of the year. Chelsea are no doubt one of those vultures, one of the fatter and stronger ones, even, able to beat most of the others to the prize if we put our minds to it. Having already been linked to the vast majority of the Champions League semifinalists’ squad, one of the names that comes up most frequently is midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. The 22-year-old French international has been...
Roker Report 7 hours ago
Match Report: SAFC 0-1 Bournemouth - Sunderland's ten year Premier League stay is over

Match Report: SAFC 0-1 Bournemouth - Sunderland's ten year Premier League stay is over

Sunderland's drop into the Championship was finally confirmed today with a 1-0 loss at the Stadium of Light against a poor Bournemouth side. Josh King put the final nail in Sunderland's coffin as AFC Bournemouth snatched a late 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light. King's goal was the difference in a chaotic thriller on Wearside. Ultimately despite greater effort and more intent to attack. It was a familiar story for Sunderland under David Moyes, no goals and a defeat. Somehow Bournemouth and Sunderland went in at half time goalless after an action packed, end to end first half....
Roker Report 7 hours ago
Sunderland 0-1 Bournemouth: Player Ratings and Man of the Match poll - VOTE!

Sunderland 0-1 Bournemouth: Player Ratings and Man of the Match poll - VOTE!

Sunderland played slightly better this afternoon against Bournemouth but lost again, didn't score and are now confirmed as relegated. Here's how the players rated - vote for your man of the match in the poll at the bottom. Jordan Pickford - 6 Had very little to do in truth other than pick the ball out of his net at the end. One of the only players to come out of this miserable campaign with any credit. Donald Love - 3 It was a bad day at the office for Donald Love, who did very little right all afternoon bar clear a shot off the line in the first half. Needs to improve if he's to be...
Chelsea legend Mikel John Obi back in England for surgery on abdominal injury

Chelsea legend Mikel John Obi back in England for surgery on abdominal injury

According to various reports over the past day or so, Chelsea legend Mikel John Obi had travelled back to England — Chelsea specifically, as per most of those reports — to seek at least a second opinion on a bothersome abdominal injury that had kept him out for a better part of the last month for his new club Tianjin Teda of the Chinese Super League. Mikel had started and played all 270 minutes of Tianjin’s first three games of the new season, and even scored a goal, but he has not made an appearance since April 2nd. It’s unclear just how much Chelsea are or were involved, but it...
Royal Blue Mersey 7 hours ago
Everton have officially qualified for the Europa League

Everton have officially qualified for the Europa League

West Brom result hands the Blues a return to Europe West Bromwich Albion lost to Leicester City and thereby guaranteed seventh place at the very least for Everton, and the associated Europa League spot that will come with it this season. The Baggies now can only get to 56 points if they win all the remaining games on their schedule and the Blues lose out and stay on the current 58 points. With at least seventh place assured, Everton can now start planning on a summer campaign that will involve Europa League qualifiers. The Toffees will enter the competition at the Third Qualifying Round,...
The Short Fuse 7 hours ago
Copy of Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur 2017 online streaming: Start time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Copy of Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur 2017 online streaming: Start time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

It’s derby day, for the last time at the Lane. It’s been a long time since I’ve been utterly terrified of a north London derby. I mean, there’s always nerves, because you want to see your team win these pissing contests bragging rights deciders games, and they’re never, like, happy fun days, but this one’s different. Tottenham’s form chart for the last couple months looks like a seismograph: WWWWWWW while Arsenal’s is a little more, shall we say, varied: WLLDWLWW It’s fair to say that Tottenham have all the momentum right now, even with Arsenal having won three on the trot...
Bitter and Blue 8 hours ago
Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City, Premier League 2017: List of injuries, suspensions

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City, Premier League 2017: List of injuries, suspensions

Silva back? Manchester City return to Premier League action this Sunday when they travel to the Riverside to face a desperate Middlesbrough side very close to relegation. City dominated Boro the last time these two teams faced each other in the FA Cup last month, and City will hope to do the same this weekend. Pep Guardiola won't win any trophies and now wants to secure a Champions League place to end his season on a high (kind of). City can finish third above Liverpool and get automatic qualification to next season's European Cup group stage if they win all of their remaining five games....
Cartilage Free Captain 9 hours ago
Tottenham planning “fitting finale” for White Hart Lane

Tottenham planning “fitting finale” for White Hart Lane

The Lane will be torn down this summer, but the club won’t let it go without a worthy send-off. It’s official now: this will be the last season at White Hart Lane for Tottenham Hotspur. Yesterday, the club announced that it had invoked its option to play all of its home fixtures in the 2017-18 season at Wembley Stadium while it finishes construction on its currently unnamed new ground. But, as with any ground with that amount of history, Spurs aren’t letting it go quietly into that good night. On the heels of the Wembley announcement, the club submitted a release outlining a basic...

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