Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was reprimanded today, as he received his punishment for the first red card of his career. Spurs will be without Alli for their next three European matches. Tottenham crashed out of UEFA Champions League early, and then once relegated to Europa League, have since been eliminated from that competition.Follow paulmbanks
For the third time since late 2015, a terrorist attack coincided with European football on international break. The Paris attacks on Friday the 13th, November 2015 included three explosions occurring outside the Stade de France.
France were playing Germany in an international football friendly at the time of the terrorist bombing. Another atrocity occurred in March of 2016 in Brussels, again during an international break, and yesterday’s Westminster attack occurred on the one year anniversary.Follow paulmbanks
Today is a day to celebrate everything that’s adorable and lovable about dogs as we embrace the spirit of National Puppy Day. Yes, today is #NationalPuppyDay on this Thursday. Here we bring you adorable photos of three Arsenal players (Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey) with their lovable doggies, from social media as well as links to Tottenham Hotspur players Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld with their pooches.
On a related story, Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla named his dog after Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Follow paulmbanks
The summer preseason exhibition tour schedules are getting released in rapid fashion; with the International Champions Cup coming out yesterday. Most of the giant clubs in England have their slates finalized, for the most part, with just Liverpool in the “starting to take shape” phase right now. The Reds will likely be headed to the far east.
Arsenal FC and Chelsea are going there as well. Those are typically the top two markets for these usually cash cow international friendly global tours.Follow paulmbanks
Yesterday, Manchester United unveiled their 2017 summer USA preseason tour. It’s not all completely finalized yet, but the Red Devils will play matches in five different cities (as we have detailed at this link).
Today brought the announcement of the International Champions Cup, a preseason friendly “tournament” of sorts. The series crowns “a champion” as best you can with a bunch of preseason friendlies. United will play three matches in the ICC- against Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.Follow paulmbanks
It’s a six team race to decide the top four, and thus UEFA Champions League qualification, in the English Premier League. Before you consider the idea of throwing your hat into the wagering ring, you should peruse the football betting tips from Betting Gods. Also, you should become familiar with the various odds being offered at a multitude of sports books.
For that we consulted Odds Checker.com which lists out what all the leading casinos are offering at the current time.Follow paulmbanks
Chelsea FC, fresh off a 1-0 home win over Manchester United, will move on to the FA Cup semi-final, where they’ll face London rival Tottenham Hotspur. It’s an all big six club semifinal round, as Arsenal and Manchester City will meet in the other semifinal.
Both games are on April 22nd with kickoff times TBA.Follow paulmbanks
Tottenham Hotspur won big today, but likely paid a huge cost in doing so. Spurs striker and face of the franchise Harry Kane limped off less than ten minutes in after suffering a serious ankle injury.
It came during THFC’s 6-0 destruction of Millwall in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Here is the video of Harry Kane getting hurt, he was later seen leaving White Hart Lane on crutches, and in a protective boot. There’s been talk he could miss the rest of the season. There’s talk he could miss two months of action due to this latest setback, which would then effectively rule him out for the rest of the year.Follow paulmbanks
Always look forward to when ESPN FC and Analyst Shaka Hislop release their/his weekly power rankings of all the teams in Europe (which is a de facto power rankings for every team in the world, since European footy is the strongest of all). Chelsea remain the world’s top five this week.
They’re currently top of the table, leading Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City by ten points with just 11 left to play. The Blues have the title wrapped up and then some.Follow paulmbanks
Arsenal FC supporters should be excited about Trae Coyle. The youngster may just be the next big thing at The Emirates someday, and that day someday might not be too far off. The 16-year-old English midfielder currently plays for the Gunners under 18s club, and his potential is wowing people all across the internet.Follow paulmbanks
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored a hat trick (achieved in the first 37 minutes) in a home blowout of Stoke City on Sunday. It was his second hat trick in his last three competitions, and third in his last nine. Kane has also scored 13 goals in his last 12 across all competitions.
Is this as good as it gets; maybe so. He now has 22 goals on the season; having reached the 20 goal mark for the third season in a row.Follow paulmbanks
Tottenham Hotspur are certainly in a downward spiral right now. Having crashed out of the UEFA Champions League, last year’s third place finisher in the English Premier League then found themselves in the Europa League. They have since been bounced from the Europe consolation bracket by KAA Gent.
Spurs London rival club Chelsea are currently on top of the table by such a wide margin that the league title race is most likely over. Heading into a Sunday home clash against ninth place Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino admits his club is not ready to compete for a title yet, and they must add players this summer transfer window in order to rise up to that level.Follow paulmbanks