With Manchester City running away with the league, the dynamic of the season for the Premier League’s biggest clubs has changed. Rather than focussing their efforts on the hectic upcoming festive schedule, should teams condition themselves to peak in February, ahead of crucial Champions League fixtures? By Jamie Braidwood
Liverpool’s captain is now the longest serving player at the club, yet has fast become the Anfield boo-boy. Are these jeers justified? By Luke Barry
For the past five weeks, Rangers have been looking for the perfect replacement for Pedro Caixinha. Current Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes seems to be the club’s first choice, but is he the right man for job? By Paige Beresford.
Missed Thursday’s Football Round Up show on Radio ENRG? Listen now as the team discuss a packed week of football as Celtic won the League Cup and extended their unbeaten run, but needed controversial penalties in their games against Motherwell in order to do so.
It’s one of the most tired and overused cliches in British football, writes Jamie Braidwood. The concept is designed to separate the strong from the weak. The title challengers from the bottlers. The hardened pros from the overhyped wannabees. Even Lionel Messi is not immune. Sure, he’s won eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues[…]
Missed last week’s Football Round Up show on Radio ENRG? Catch up now and listen as the boys discuss a full week of Champions League fixtures, as Liverpool were held in an enthralling night in Seville and Celtic were taught a lesson by Paris Saint-Germain. Plus, there’s a preview of the Scottish League Cup final and a discussion on Tony Pulis, as he became the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season.
Apart from a magical Christian Eriksen hat-trick and the emotional end of Gianluigi stellar Italy career, this year’s World Cup playoffs were fairly uneventful. But anything would compared to what happened four years ago, as Cristiano Ronaldo faced Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a place in Brazil. By Jamie Braidwood
Missed this week’s Football Round Up show on Radio ENRG? Catch up now and listen as David Ronney, Gregor Kerr and Luke Barry to discuss the week’s World Cup playoffs. The boys also discuss Michael O’Neill, after the Scottish FA made a formal approach for the Northern Ireland boss.
Life for a lot of Premier League teams isn’t a lot of fun at the moment. While the Big Six bask in their own superiority, the rest of the league, apart from a couple of exceptions, are fighting for scraps. Wins are scarce, the threat of the drop is real and the sack is only ever five games away. By Jamie Braidwood
Hibs return to Scottish Premiership action this weekend as they host St Johnstone. The Easter Road side have won their last four matches and will be looking to extend it to a fifth on Saturday. Featuring interviews from manager Neil Lennon and full-back Lewis Stevenson, The FRU’s David Ronney previews the upcoming fixture.