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One thing we learned about every Premier League club’s tactics from their first game

One thing we learned about every Premier League club’s tactics from their first game

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ANALYSIS What has the opening weekend told us about every team's game plan? The first weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season is done and in the record books. It wasn’t the most thrilling, with no real shocks but we’re already seeing how sides are developing their tactics for the new campaign. Premier League managers have shown us a glimpse of their tactics this season You can stand still in modern football with your opponents scouting almost continuously so they can find holes in your side’s game plans. But what are the most noticeable tactics for each Premier League team? With just one game gone it’s foolish to draw a full conclusion as the sample size is too small, but they may be giving us a clue about their p...
'Half of Premier League clubs could play in empty stadiums and still make money'

'Half of Premier League clubs could play in empty stadiums and still make money'

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Half of Premier League clubs could have played in empty stadiums and still made a pre-tax profit in the first season of the current broadcast deal, BBC research has found.In 2016-17, during which clubs benefited from a record £8.3bn in global TV revenue, matchday income contributed less than 20p in every £1 earned by 18 top-flight outfits.The number of clubs that would have recorded pre-tax profits even if matchday income was taken away rose from two in 2015-16 to 10 in 2016-17. Dr Rob Wilson, a sport finance specialist at Sheffield Hallam University, said the previous £3.018bn broadcast deal struck in 2012 signalled a permanent change to top-flight football as a business i...
Carabao Cup first round draw: Championship, League One and League Two clubs in action as fixtures are revealed

Carabao Cup first round draw: Championship, League One and League Two clubs in action as fixtures are revealed

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UP FOR THE CUP The EFL Cup draw was broadcast EXCLUSIVELY on talkSPORT 2 live from Vietnam on Friday morning The fixtures for the first round if this season’s Carabao Cup have been revealed after the draw live from Vietnam on Friday morning. See EFL Cup first round draw IN FULL below! The pick of the ties include an all-championship clash between Leeds United v Bolton, League One newcomers Sunderland against Sheffield Wednesday and Frank Lampard’s Derby County against League Two Oldham Athletic. The draw was conducted by Premier League greats Louis Saha, Steve McManaman and Dennis Wise in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was split into two categories – the north and the south – to keep travel down ...
Tottenham Hotspur FC news: Several clubs interested in Eriksen but player is focused on World Cup, says agent

Tottenham Hotspur FC news: Several clubs interested in Eriksen but player is focused on World Cup, says agent

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Tottenham star Christian Eriksen in action Saturday, June 2, 2018 Tottenham Hotspur maestro Christian Eriksen is only concentrating on becoming a father and the impending World Cup, according to the player’s agent. The Danish dynamo, who has arguably just had his finest season in a Spurs shirt, is attracting suitors in the shape of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Still only 26, it’s believe Real are considering him as a long-term Luka Modric replacement, but Tottenham are reluctant to do any deal, and will be looking to hand their star a new contract as his current one only has two years to run. But Spurs fans shouldn’t be too concerned at the moment, report the London Evening Standard. Asked about Eriksen’s future, his age...
The other Dodo: Extinct bird that used its wings as clubs

The other Dodo: Extinct bird that used its wings as clubs

Science
The extinct Dodo had a little-known relative on another island. This fascinating bird ultimately suffered the same fate as its iconic cousin, but we can reconstruct some of its biology thanks to the writings of a French explorer who studied it during his travels of the Indian Ocean.In the middle of the 18th century, at around the time the US was signing the declaration of independence, a large flightless bird quietly became extinct on an island in the Indian Ocean. Today this bird is all but forgotten. Early explorers to the tiny island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean described a "Dodo" living on the forested island. Males were grey-brown, and females sandy, both having strong legs and a long, proud necks... but despite outward similarities to the iconic Mauritian bird, this wasn't in fac...