Today saw the release of the English Football League fixtures for the 2018/19 season. First match of the season will see Derby travel to Reading on Friday August 3rd in one of 4 Championship matches being shown live on Sky over the first weekend of the new season.
Also live will be Sheffield United at home to Swansea in an early evening kickoff on the Saturday, followed by Leeds at home to Stoke on Sunday and Hull v Aston Villa in the Monday night match.
The regular season will run through to 5th May 2019 with the Championship play-off final 27th May. For a full list of Championship fixtures see:
Stoke and West Brom are joint favourites to win the Championship at 6/1 with BetVictor followed by Middlesbrough at 8/1 and Swansea & Leeds at 10/1.
Favourites to be relegated are Bolton and Rotherham.
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The Premier League fixtures for next season have been announced. The new season kicks off on Saturday 11th August 2018 and the highlight of the opening day fixtures sees Arsenal play hosts to last season’s Champions Manchester City.
It also sees Manchester United at home to Leicester and last season’s Championship winners Wolves kick off life back in the Premier League with a home match against Everton.
The other teams back in the Premier see Cardiff travel to Bournemouth, while Fulham entertain Crystal Palace.
Unsurprisingly Man City are favourites at 4/6 with Betfair to retain their title, with Liverpool second at 5/1, followed by Man Utd 13/2, Chelsea 11/1, Tottenham 12/1 and Arsenal 30/1.
Favourites to be relegated are Cardiff, along with Huddersfield and Fulham.
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For the full list of fixtures see https://www.premierleague.com/news/720651
Forget the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup. Thursday 23rd November see’s the most important match-up of the season, when Man City take on Man Utd in an unlikely fixture at Wychwood Park near Crewe.
For anyone wishing to show their undying support for either of the two Manchester clubs, it’s an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is and purchase either of these novelty car registration plates.
Both plates are listed for auction with a guide price of £700, but my guess is they’ll sell for a lot more than that. The question is which will reach the highest price. The outcome is sure to prove once and for all, which of the 2 clubs is the best supported team in Manchester and provide fans with bragging rights for many years to come.
With their huge pay packets, players often struggle to spend all the money they earn, so what better way could they find than to adorn their Bentley, Aston Martin or Ferrari with such a plate and show their allegiance to their club?
Going into the match-up Manchester United hold the advantage, as their lot will come up for sale after that of Manchester City’s, so they’ll know the price they have to beat, when bidding in this one off event.
Details of the auction can be found at http://www.dvlaauction.co.uk/index.php/live-auction/. The event will be streamed live, exclusively from the DVLA webcam (unless there’s a bidding war between Sky Sorts and BT Sports to screen it live).
If you wish to bid for either plate, you can do so either in person, by going to the auction or via phone, Internet, sms or absentee bid.
Bear in Mind that either plate can only be put on a car that’s registered on or after March 2017. It is illegal to alter the spacing on car registration plates to make numbers look more like letters.
Scotland missed out second place in Group F of the European World Cup qualifying. Had they beaten Slovenia on Sunday it would be them rather than the Republic of Ireland in the draw for the four play-off ties to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.
The play-off draw will be held in Zurich on 17 October, starting at 14:00CET. Teams will be seeded according to the FIFA rankings published the previous day, with the highest-ranked quartet in Pot 1 and the remaining sides in Pot 2.
Current FIFA rankings for the countries in the play-offs are as follows:
Switzerland – 7th
Italy – 17th
Croatia – 18th
Northern Ireland – 20th
Sweeden – 23rd
Denmark – 26th
Republic of Ireland – 34th
Greece – 47th
The teams will play on a home-and-away basis, with the first leg taking place between 9th and 11th November and the second legs played over the following three days.
The winner of each tie will go into the draw for the World Cup finals on 1st December.
For more details see the UEFA site : http://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2506867.html
The website Goal report that Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev has admitted he is bewildered over how Paris Saint-Germain circumvented Financial Fair Play rules in bringing Kylian Mbappe to the French capital.
Having previously smashed the world transfer record with the arrival of Neymar, PSG pulled off another coup by landing Mbappe from their Ligue 1 rivals.
Read Goals full take on the PSG situation at: http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/i-cannot-understand-how-paris-saint-germain-did-not-break/6rknirfji7jf1q68hwmez2bfw
Football Fancast report that Jurgen Klopp has dropped a big hint that Philippe Coutinho could be in line for a return to the Liverpool squad for their visit to Manchester City on Saturday.
Coutinho featured for Brazil in the World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Friday, coming off the bench in the 58th minute to score a goal less than 20 minutes later.
He looks fit and ready to play and Klopp is quoted as saying “We still have a really good player in the squad who can play”.
Read the full Football Forecast article at: https://www.footballfancast.com/football-news/jurgen-klopp-open-to-philippe-coutinho-return-despite-transfer-drama
There’s a host of World Cup qualifying games being played between now and the 9th October, but it’s not always easy to find which channel is showing which match, especially when a lot of the matches are hidden behind the red button.
You probably already know tonight’s main match between Malta and England is live on ITV, but if you’d rather watch one of the other qualifiers then you’ll need to know where to find it.
I could write them all down for you here, but what’s the point when the guys over at Live-FootballOnTV have already done it for you.
See their list of Live world cup football on TV at: http://www.live-footballontv.com/live-world-cup-football-on-tv.html
Cyprus Mail Online takes a group-by-group preview of the 9 European World Cup qualifying groups. So far each of the teams have played 6 of their 10 qualifying matches, with the remaining games being played between now and 10th October. The group winners automatically qualify for the finals in Russia, with the 8 best second place teams going into the draw for the 2-leg play-offs.
Some of the groups look to be fairly settled already, while others still appear wide open. With teams playing 2 qualifiers over the next week, there’s a lot to play for and the qualifying positions should be a lot clearer after this round of matches.
See the Cyprus Mail preview at: http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/08/31/group-preview-world-cup-qualifiers-europe/
The draw for the group stages of the Champions League will take place tonight at 5:00pm UK time. UEFA will be streaming the draw on their official website, or BT subscribers can see TV coverage of the draw on BT Sport 2.
See the UEFA post for updated pot details and draw notes: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2493305.html
Sky Sports reports that despite Gareth Southgate calling Wayne Rooney this week to say wanted him back in the England squad for the upcoming matches, Rooney has decided the time is right to retire from International football for good.
Bang goes his chance of beating Peter Shilton’s all time England appearance record.
Read the full story on Sky Sports at: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11001765/wayne-rooney-retires-from-england-duty