4 reasons Manchester City should believe they can win the Premier League this season

Once bitten, twice shy. Manchester City’s start to this season may have provoked praise for Pep Guardiola’s wonderful attacking options, but we have been here before. City won their first six Premier League games of 2016/17 and demonstrated precious few signs of the collapse that would...

We should all have sympathy for PSG's Edinson Cavani who is set to become a victim of the Neymar juggernaut

You wouldn't put up with it at your workplace. Imagine it: you're just about give that knockout presentation you've been working on since last Tuesday when Dominic (it's always a Dominic, isn't it?) from accounts comes over and grabs your laptop, in full view of all...

Manchester United v Burton: Martial tipped to end first-half drought and make claim for starting role

Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw the first time they met Burton in 2006 but don’t expect a repeat on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his first team. Burton’s record against Manchester United reads D1 L1, although they are yet to score...

Gibson: Luis Suarez is due a return to form for Barca while Betis won’t trouble Real Madrid

TUESDAY Barcelona v Eibar, 9pm It's four wins out of four for Valverde in La Liga and an important victory against Juventus in the Champions League. However, the impeccable start to the season hasn't come without trials and tribulations for the new Barcelona boss. They just...

Bandini: Dybala’s exceptional form could be covering up Juve’s flaws but Inter’s roll looks likely to continue

TUESDAY Bologna v Inter, 19.45 Inter fans know better than to get carried away. Their team has won four out of four and has a chance to pull clear at the top of the table on Tuesday - for 24 hours, at least - since Juventus...

Kane, Werner and Griezmann among five strikers Real Madrid could target as they search for a new number nine

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitting last week that “maybe” his team are a number nine short has led to much speculation about who the La Liga giants might target next – with names as divergent as Timo Werner, Alexis Sanchez and Harry Kane getting mentioned...

Andre Green’s misfortune is Albert Adomah’s gain and he looks ready to take his opportunity with both hands

For a side that has struggled badly on the road for a long time now, Aston Villa’s victory at Oakwell on Saturday was particularly sweet. Three goals and a third consecutive clean sheet have certainly lifted the spirits ahead of a Carabao Cup tie with Middlesbrough,...

Leicester v Liverpool: Both League Cup specialists still searching for first win in September

Neither Liverpool nor Leicester have tasted victory in any competition this month, so both Jurgen Klopp and Craig Shakespeare will be going all out for a win in the third round of the League Cup. But which team do the stats suggest will fare best? Liverpool...

AC Milan's recovery from their Lazio hammering has shown something special is brewing at San Siro

Having made a strong start to the 2017/18 campaign, confidence was high as the new-look AC Milan side travelled to Rome’s Stadio Olimpico just over a week ago. The club’s social media channels showed pictures of various players looking relaxed during their high speed train journey...

Jurgen Klopp has brought the Brendan Rodgers comparisons on himself but it’s the least of Liverpool’s concerns

It’s started again, then. And earlier than many would have expected. This time all it took was for a Liverpool side playing with 10 men to lose at the home of one of their top six rivals for the first time under their current manager, and...