Champions League Final Predictions, Saturday 26th May

Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

After an exciting season with many surprises, it all ends here with the UEFA Champions League Final tonight. Real Madrid take on Liverpool in what is one of the most anticipated games of the year, with millions of people watching worldwide. Both teams have earned the right to be there, but all eyes will be on Real Madrid as they aim to be the first team in 42 years to win the tournament a third time in a row.

Real Madrid have endured a tough campaign so far, finishing third in La Liga behind their Madrid rivals Atletico, and competition winners Barcelona. They finished 17 points behind the winners and better things will be expected next time around. Despite this, however, they are still considered favourites here, and it will be dubbed a successful season if they claim victory tonight. The Spanish side have won the competition more than any other team, winning it 12 times in their history. The side also host a number of superstar players, including competition all time competition top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo who has managed 120 goals in his Champions League Career so far.

Liverpool, on the other hand, will be pleased with their season so far having beaten rivals Chelsea to 4th place in the Premier League this season.  They have surpassed expectations so far to reach the final, particularly in beating fellow English side Manchester City in the quarter-finals. The Reds have not been as successful as their opponents in the Champions League over the years. Their only win came 13 years ago in 2005. However, under current manager Jurgen Klopp, they look like a side that is capable of beating anyone on their day.

Both sides are renowned for their attacking exploits and getting wins by outscoring their opponents. Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are the prime examples of this, leading their sides each week with both having scored 43 goals this season for their respective sides.  A high scoring game might be expected then, however, Liverpool are leading the competition defensively this season with a total of 6 clean sheets their so far. If they can shut out their opponents the way they have done previously this season then they will have one hand on the trophy.

We expect a tightly contested affair with no winner after 90 minutes, leading to extra time. From there anything could happen and it will likely come down to a moment of individual brilliance.  We believe Liverpool will eventually come out on top, with Mohamed Salah  being the one to get them there.

Match Prediction: Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool (1-2 AET)
Most Likely Goalscorer: Mohamed Salah


F.A Cup Quarter-Final Predictions, Saturday 17th March

The F.A Cup resumes again this weekend, with excitement building as we reach the latter stages of the competition. The remaining teams will be giving their all, knowing that a final at Wembley is just two wins away. There is sure to be plenty of action over the course of the weekend. Here are our experts predictions for Saturdays quarter-final games.

Swansea v Tottenham (12:15 GMT)

Our first match of the day sees two in-form Premier League teams go head to head for a place in the semi-finals.  Hosts Swansea have had some good results in 2018, including wins against heavyweights Arsenal and Liverpool in recent months.  These results will give them confidence that they can beat anyone on their day.  They’ll need to be on their best form however, if they are going to progress against Saturday’s opponents Tottenham Hotspur.  The London side are in some form of their own, having not lost in domestic competition since December.

Both sides will go into the tie without their top goalscorers.  Tottenham ace Harry Kane is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.  Meanwhile, Swansea forward Jordan Ayew is suspended after picking up a red card in his last domestic game. Swansea are also without Andre Ayew and Andy King, who are both cup-tied. With these key players missing out it, is hard to see where the goals are going to come from.  With this in mind we think that Tottenham will pick up a narrow victory to keep their unbeaten run going.

Scoreline Prediction: Swansea 0-1 Tottenham
Most Likely Goalscorer: Son Heung-Min

Manchester United v Brighton (19:45 GMT)

Manchester United host Brighton in Saturday’s other quarter-final. The hosts will be under some pressure as their supporters will be expecting some silverware this season. After bowing out of the Champions League in midweek, and with the Premier League title all but lost, this competition will be seen as their last chance.  Manager Jose Mourinho’s job will most likely be safe regardless, as they look set to secure 2nd place in the Premier League. However, winning the F.A Cup could improve his waning popularity amongst the fans.

After a fantastic February, Brighton now sit 7 points above the Premier League relegation zone. With that in mind they can afford to focus their attention on other competitions too. They will come into this with some good form behind them and they’ll be looking to win.  They should be able to give Manchester United a run for their money in their current form. We predict this game to be so close that extra-time will be required to settle the tie. Manchester United will find a way through in the end though, as they quite often do.

Scoreline Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Brighton (2-1 After Extra-Time)
Most Likely Goalscorer: Marcus Rashford

Do you agree with our predictions? You can post your thoughts in the comments below.  We hope you enjoy Saturday’s F.A Cup action!

Premier League Predictions, Sunday 11th March

After an exciting day of football on Saturday, we’re back again with our Premier League Predictions for Sunday’s matches. Our experts correctly predicted the result in five out of seven of yesterday’s games. This included the draw between Huddersfield and Swansea.  Here’s what they have to say today.

Arsenal v Watford (13:30 GMT)

Watford come into this game having lost just one of their last five.  Hosts Arsenal meanwhile, have only picked up 3 points once in this time frame.  After losing the EFL Cup final to Manchester City, there has been great unrest amongst the Arsenal fans.  The team’s form seems to be suffering as a consequence.  Despite heavy reinforcements in the transfer window, Arsene Wenger can’t seem to get his side going at the moment. With his job potentially on the line, this game is a must win for the Gunners. Watford will make tough opposition but we predict Arsenal to come out on top to get their form back on track.

Scoreline Prediction: Arsenal 3-2 Watford
Most Likely Goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Bournemouth v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

In Sunday’s only other match 12th placed Bournemouth host 4th placed Tottenham.  The visitors will be hurting after their midweek exit from the Champions League, going down 2-1 to Juventus.  They will be keen to bounce back and stay on track to qualify for the competition again next season. Bournemouth are one of a number of teams stuck in the relegation battle. A couple of bad results could see them dragged down the table. They will be trying everything they can to stay out of danger. It’s likely Tottenham will be too strong for them in this one. We’re going for at Spurs win.

Scoreline Prediction: Bornemouth 0-2 Tottenham
Most Likely Goalscorer: Harry Kane

Let us know what you think of our predictions? Our experts will be back again to have their say on future games.  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy today’s Premier League action!

Premier League Predictions, Saturday 10th March

Here are our experts picks for this Saturdays round of fixtures in the Barclays Premier League.

Manchester United v Liverpool  (12:30 GMT)

First up is undoubtedly the most anticipated game of the weekend, the North-West derby between Manchester United and Liverpool.  United have been struggling to get going in recent games, meanwhile Liverpool have been firing on all cylinders. Mo Salah has been in terrific form all season and will likely cause the United back-line a few problems.  We predict he will be amongst the goals again, leading Liverpool to victory. This could see them up to 2nd place on the table, overtaking their rivals.

Scoreline Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool
Most Likely Goalscorer: Mo Salah

Everton v Brighton (15:00 GMT)

These two teams head into Saturday’s game with contrasting form.  Everton’s initial good form after the appointment of Sam Allardyce has well and truly worn off by now, losing 3 of their last 4.  Visitors Brighton on the other hand are unbeaten in seven in all competitions.  Manager Chris Hugton has just picked up the Manager of the Month award and striker Glenn Murray has scored five in his past five games. We don’t see anything changing in this game, another Brighton win seems to be on the cards.

Scoreline Prediction: Everton 0-2 Brighton
Most Likely Goalscorer: Glenn Murray

Huddersfield v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

Huddersfield are a side well and truly up against it and find themselves deep in a relegation battle.  Saturday’s visitors Swansea are also in the mix and, like Huddersfield, are sitting on just 30 points  The Swans have had a new lease of life recently under new boss Carlos Carvalhal and have been climbing the table in recent weeks.  Come the end of the season this fixture could be seen as a vital game with both sides sitting just 3 above the relegation zone.  We predict a share of the spoils here with both sides going for it in a thrilling draw.

Scoreline Prediction: Huddersfield 2-2 Swansea
Most Likely Goalscorer: Laurent Depoitre

Newcastle v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

These sides come into this game occupying both places just above the relegation zone. Both sides  have each only had one win in their last five. Newcastle have been well-drilled defensively under Rafa Benitez this season and won’t be giving anything away in such an important game.  We predict a narrow win for the home side in this one.

Scoreline Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Southampton
Most Likely Goalscorer: Dwight Gayle

West Brom v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

It is still strange to think that this time 2 years ago Leicester City were running away with the title, and shocking the world.  Today they find themselves comfortably in the top half of the table despite not winning any of their last five.  Hosts West Brom find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table. Bar a large change in fortunes, they look certain to go down at the end of the season.  We predict Leicester will end their run of bad form here with a comfortable victory.

Scoreline Prediction: West Brom 1-3 Leicester
Most Likely Goalscorer: Jamie Vardy

West Ham v Burnley (15:00 GMT)

West Ham are starting to find themselves in a bit of trouble after things were starting to look positive at the beginning of 2018.  Visitors Burnley will come into the game with confidence after a run of good form and will be keen to leave with the 3 points. West Ham have been very poor recently and we don’t see that changing in this game. We’re going for the Burnley win here.

Scoreline Predictor: West Ham 1-3 Burnley
Most Likely Goalscorer: Marko Arnautovic

Chelsea v Crystal Palace (17:30 GMT)

Chelsea will have bad memories of the last time these two sides faced. Who could forget when Roy Hodgson got his first win as Crystal Palace manager. Five months on and Crystal Palace are still stuck in the relegation zone, and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea days look numbered.  With both sides in bad form, we predict quality will prevail and the home side will get the win.

Scoreline Predictor: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
Most Likely Goalscorer: Eden Hazard

That’s our predictions and we hope you enjoy what looks set to be a great day of football. We’ll be back soon with more Premier League Predictions.

NZ v ENG 5th ODI Preview

Saturday 10th March 11:00 NZDT                                                                                                            Hagley Oval, Christchurch

With the current ODI series locked at 2-2, Saturday’s decider at Hagley Oval looks set to be a fantastic game of cricket. There’s all to play for in the final game. The hosts came back from a seemingly unwinnable position to win by 5 wickets in the 4th ODI on Tuesday.  This came courtesy of an unbeaten 181* from the injured Ross Taylor. Taylor found himself out in the middle with New Zealand 2/2 in the 3rd over chasing 336 to win.  England will have been disappointed with their batting effort despite scoring 267/1 with 13 overs remaining. The middle order then collapsed losing 6 wickets for only 21 runs in the next 7 overs. England will want revenge come Saturday.

That win, however, will be sure to give New Zealand confidence heading into Saturday’s game.  They may sadly be without one of their key players. Match-winner Ross Taylor is facing a fitness battle after suffering a thigh injury in the last game. With Taylor in doubt, Mark Chapman could be recalled into the side to take his place.

For the England camp. They may shake things up after Tuesday’s game with David Willey returning to the side.  The bowler sat out the last two games after losing his place to Mark Wood.

A close game looks to be on the cards.  There’s all to play for. Both teams have had some strong performers with the bat this series. Each side will need to be on their game as a high total will be needed to win this Saturday.


  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Top NZ Batsman: Kane Williamson
  • Top ENG Batsman: Eoin Morgan
  • Most NZ Wickets: Trent Boult
  • Most ENG Wickets: Chris Woakes
Christchurch’s Hagley Oval