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EMILE HESKEY Q&A:
Former liverpool and england striker gives his verdict on england's world cup qualifying campaign, gareth southgate and tips Harry Kane to break the international goal scoring record
Premier League battle: North v South
Ahead of a massive North v South double-header in the Premier League this weekend, with both Manchester clubs facing off against Southern members of the division’s current ‘big six’, we’ve looked back at the history of the competition to see where the balance of power in England lies. Whose clubs have the edge, whose trophy cabinets are fullest and is the tide starting to turn?
EMILE HESKEY Q&A: FORMER LIVERPOOL AND ENGLAND STRIKER GIVES HIS VERDICT ON LIVERPOOL'S DOMESTIC AND EUROPEAN TROPHY HUNT, TRANSFER TARGETS AND RUNS THE RULE OVER JURGEN KLOPP
Emile Heskey, who played 150 times for Liverpool, winning 6 trophies with the club including the famous treble in 2000-01, spoke exclusively to sportingbet about Liverpool's season, transfer priorities and the future of Jurgen Klopp.
EMILE HESKEY Q&A: FORMER LIVERPOOL AND ENGLAND STRIKER TALKS LIVERPOOL VS UNITED AHEAD OF CRUNCH FIXTURE
The ex England and Liverpool man talks exclusively to sportingbet about the upcoming Liverpool vs United game, the key battles and the form of Romelu Lukaku.
WHAT MAKES AN ELITE CLUB?
The recent rise of Tottenham, combined with a decline in the fortunes of their neighbours Arsenal, has reignited the debate around what it means to be one of England’s elite clubs. To settle the argument scientifically, we’ve come up with five key characteristics of an elite club and analysed the data from the history of the Premier League to evaluate each contender. We’ve scored each team based on the trophies they’ve won, their performance in the league, their progress in Europe, the accolades earned by their players and their spending power in the transfer market to work out where the balance of power lies.
DARREN ANDERTON Q&A: FORMER TOTTENHAM GREAT TALKS ALL THINGS SPURS
The Ex England and Tottenham man talks exclusively to Sportingbet about transfer targets, Pochettino’s prospects, Danny Rose’s controversial comments and much, much more.
Premier League opening weekend
With the new Premier League season around the corner, we’ve analysed the opening day fortunes of every club, manager and player in the 25-year history of the competition. Discover which team are unbeaten in their opening fixtures so far this century, which top boss has never lost the first league game of a campaign and which striker could equal the record for the most Premier League goals on the opening weekend.
Does Spending Breed Success
With rumours swirling and the summer transfer activity starting to intensify, we’ve analysed every Premier League signing in the last decade to work out how much money clubs need to spend to keep up with the competition. We’ve also quantified exactly how much it costs to break into the top four and identified the three playing positions which have provided the biggest boost to clubs who have been willing to splash the cash.
England v Scotland
The upcoming World Cup qualifier between Scotland and England will be the 114th iteration of international football’s oldest local rivalry. To celebrate the history of the fixture, which dates back to 1872, we’ve compiled the best stats from the previous 113 games. These include Scotland’s surprising level of dominance, some prolific goalscoring feats – including the man who netted seven times in just three games – and how it compares to the game’s other long-standing derbies.
Champions League Final
We’ve taken a numerical look at the most interesting stories surrounding this year’s Champions League final. Gareth Bale should be optimistic about a return to Cardiff, but the prospects of the Juventus players lining up against their former club are less rosy. We’ve also compared whether Real’s supercharged attack or Juve’s miserly defence is likely to provide the biggest edge and looked back at the precedent for the Spanish giants’ attempt to secure the competition’s first ever back-to-back wins.
The FA Cup Final
This year’s FA Cup final will provide a rare spectacle: a local derby in the deciding game of a major knockout competition. Despite London having provided 12 different finalists in the tournament’s long history, this is only the sixth time that two have met in the final. However a look at the data behind Europe’s major cups shows that derby finals are worth the wait. Our research shows that goals flow far more readily, high-scoring games are more common and both teams find the net more often, so we should be in for a cracking game.
Joshua v Klitschko
To get fans warmed up for Anthony Joshua's world title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko, we've come up with a great boxing quiz involving famous past and present heavyweight warriors.
Can you go eight rounds with some of the most explosive punchers ever seen on the planet?
Most experts believe the Grand National has changed from a lottery to a high-class event in recent years, but the last decade has produced a 100/1 shock, a 66/1 upset, three 33/1 winners and a couple at 25/1, so picking out a winner remains incredibly tough. To help punters out, we've crunched the numbers to identify the trickiest fences, the trainers with the best – and worst – records and the benefits of both youth and experience
Cheltenham Gold Cup: How to choose between the favourites
A lot of punters are having to rethink their biggest bet of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival after Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack had to withdraw with a tendon injury.
Here at SportingBet we’re offering money back on your bet if your horse finishes second, and to give you even more help we’ve analysed the performance of every runner in the last 20 Gold Cups to help you choose between the current favourites .
Haye v Bellew: The alternative tale of the tape
There has been plenty of tough talk – and the odd punch thrown – ahead of David Haye’s fight against Tony Bellew, so treating it like any other run-of-the-mill contest would be doing it a disservice. We have come up with an alternative analysis which is every bit as varied as the insults that have been traded between the two fighters.
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