Predicting football match results is a fervent pursuit for some, a monetary endeavour for others, and just plain old fun for many. Some, however, take this enterprise into the realms of hyperbole, such as Hollywood star and effervescent comedian Will Ferrell in this week’s Premier League predictions.
A known Chelsea fan, Ferrell has made his predictions known for this week’s upcoming Premier League matches for BBC Sport, alongside expert Mark Lawrenson.
His 5-5 prediction for Burnley vs. Swansea might seem a tad far-fetched to many, especially considering the kind of football both the teams play. While predicting a Leicester win over high flying Manchester City would surely set tongues wagging if the result ever comes to fruition.
But a prediction that would set many a Magpie fan heart aflutter would be his bombastic 10-0 for Newcastle over perennial favourites Manchester United.
The Newcastle supporters would be nothing short of euphoric if they manage to win against the Red Devils by any margin, but a 10-0 scoreline would unquestionably establish bragging rights for eons to come.
Check out all the predictions from Will Ferrell below –
With intolerance and racism on the rise and becoming the new norm rather than a rarity, football is no exception to it either.
Hot on the heels of Colombian midfielder Edwin Cardona’s racist gesture towards South Korean players in a recent international friendly, another South Korean footballer, namely Heung-Min Son, found himself to be the latest in an ever growing list of victims of racial abuse.
A self-proclaimed West Ham United fan hurled racial abuse at the Tottenham winger while waiting at a traffic signal recently, and even proceeded to upload the video online, where it quickly faced brickbats from footy fans for its insensitivity and gall.
Such blatant bigotry has been growing steadily in the past few years, and no amount of criticism or sanction seems to stem the outflow, thereby leaving a black mark on a distinguished sport.
Check out the video below –
Professional footballers often train in some of the most technically advanced environments to hone their skills. But sometimes, they also take to more modest environments to show off their wares.
Such was the case with 22-year-old Guinean midfielder Naby Keïta, who decided to display his ball control techniques by bouncing a ball with his right foot against a wall in an empty flat.
Liverpool fans took an instant liking to the video, which quickly went viral amongst them.
The furniture-less apartment, the bare feet, and Keïta’s reluctance to use his left foot, all became talking points, as the fans dissected the player’s potential, who is all set to transfer to Liverpool from German domestic side RB Leipzig in the 2018 season.
Check out the clip below –
Christian Ziege etched his name into Spurs folklore during the 2002-03 season, after the German curled home a mammoth 30-yard free kick into David Seaman’s net at White Hart Lane.
The former Bayern Munich and AC Milan player has never shied away from admitting his affection for the goal and what it meant to the fans & players at the time.
The German still holds the goal dearly apparently and posted a video of the iconic free kick on Twitter ahead of the North London Derby, much to the delight of Spurs fans online.
Spurs players will surely look to draw inspiration from the German’s stunning effort as they prepare to face bitter rivals Arsenal on Saturday.
Check out Ziege’s tweet including a video of the goal here:
Old Trafford was the place to be as various Manchester United players attended the 18th United for UNICEF Gala Dinner with their respective wives and girlfriends on Wednesday night.
The annual fundraiser for charity saw the likes of star players such as Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, David de Gea, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, to name a few, scorch the red carpet with their significant others around their arms, as they set the cash registers rolling for the good cause.
The event managed to raise around £160,000, which is to be donated to the underprivileged and destitute children in Thailand to fund their education.
Check out the pictures of United players with their stunning WAGs below –
While the sight of a foreign player doing a presser in English might not come across as something noteworthy, an English player doing the same in a foreign language is certainly a moment of rarity and real intrigue.
This was just what conspired when England international Eric Dier chose to do an interview in Portuguese following England’s 0-0 draw with Brazil on Tuesday.
Dier who grew up in Portugal was seen fluently responding to the post-match presser queries in Portuguese and the exhibition of the bilingual ability from the Spurs midfielder sure did leave a lot of people impressed.
Not surprising considering the rarity of such incidences from English players. Check out the interview below –
Celtic fans once more showed why they are so highly regarded after they came up with another brilliant gesture that won the hearts of people around the world.
Courtesy of the Celtic fan group ‘The Green Brigade’, the Hoops fans managed to pull together an estimated 19 tonnes of food along with a sizeable amount of cash for distribution towards different charities and food banks.
The donation which has become an annual event hosted by ‘The Green Brigade’ saw Celtic fans generously donate for the cause of charity and once more highlighted just why they won the FIFA Best fans award earlier this year.
Check out this Facebook post from Basics food BANK based out of North Lanarkshire revealing the awesome work Green Brigade are doing –
19-year-old Marcus Edwards displayed brilliant control and awareness as the Spurs youngster pulled off a backheel assist for the England U-20 side in the recent international friendly match against Germany.
Surrounded by German defenders on the left flank, Edwards played a delicate backheel pass to his teammate Harvey Barnes, who proceeded to deposit his team’s only goal of the night.
The goal, however, could not salvage the English colts a victory, as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat against the efficient Germans.
Nevertheless, considering Edwards’ deftness and finesse with the ball, as evidenced by his assist, it is safe to say that the future of English football and Tottenham looks bright and promising.
Check out the assist below –
Better known for his excellent dependable displays at the back of the team, Liverpool midfielder cum defender James Milner showed that despite his advancing years, he comes equipped with a deadly arsenal of tricks as his Reds teammates realized in a recent training session.
In a rondo training routine, Milner was spotted effortlessly spraying the passes to his team-mates huddled up in a circle while also shrugging the challenges of two team-mates trying to win the ball.
Impressive as his quick feet and change of direction were, Milner was also seen taking hilarious shots at his teammates who were chasing the ball throughout the routine.
Check out the funny video from Liverpool’s training session pre Southampton below:
The former England and Manchester United star was spotted waiting patiently for his meal at Nando’s yesterday.
Wayne Rooney might be one of the wealthiest Brits around but even he had to wait like any regular customer at the Didsbury outlet of popular restaurant chain Nando’s.
The English legend was perhaps eager to get his hands on the flame-grilled PERi- PERi chicken, which has also attained legendary status among culinary enthusiasts and has been a best seller since it’s introduction.
Wazza’s fabled return to boyhood club Everton has not exactly gone according to script with Ronald Koeman given the axe and the club struggling in the league.
The humbling experience at Nando’s comes at a time when the attacker is enduring a poor stint of form and has been unable to replicate Lukaku’s goal scoring feats in Everton blue so far.
Everton fans will be hoping Rooney can match his appetite for grilled chicken with his appetite for goals in coming games.
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