Dare To Dream

You may not have seen Dave Allen fight, in fact, you may not have even heard of him, however tonight, the White Rhino tops the bill at the O2 Arena on a card that features the likes of Derek Chisora and Conor Benn. Allen may not be the most talented boxer of all time, he may not even be the most talented boxer on the card. Yet, despite all of that, Eddie Hearn has listened to the people, and The Doncaster De La Hoya is headlining the event against former World Champion, Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne.  Due to his social media presence, Allen has gained a cult following among boxing fans by providing honest analysis, respectful interaction with fans and

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Maurizio Sarri And A Season Of Unfortunate Events

*All stats are based on the 2018-2019 Premiership Season and excluding any domestic or European cup competitions.  When Maurizio Sarri waltzed into Chelsea at the start of the season, he had the fans salivating at the style of football that was being played out on the Stamford Bridge turf. However at that point Chelsea were winning, and when, around week 12 of the Premiership season, the wins started to dry up popular opinion started to shift. Suddenly Maurizio Sarri became the most despised person at Chelsea Football Club. However, Sarri may be the unluckiest manager in the Premier League this season. According to Understat, who measure xPTS, Chelsea should be in 3rd place, which they are, but with 63 points, while

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Is This The End Of Chelsea’s ‘Golden Era’?

The recent turmoil of Chelsea FC has been well documented, from losing 6-0 to Manchester City, to Kepa Arrizabalaga refusing substitution in the league cup final, yesterday’s dismal 1-1 home draw to Wolves, and to top it all off the scandal of Chelsea signing under-age players and resultant two-year transfer ban. One cannot help but question whether this is the end of Chelsea’s reign as a premier league giant? Picture this: at the end of the 2018/19 season, Maurizio Sarri departs Chelsea after a ‘coup d’etat’ led by Kepa Arrizabalaga. As the preverbal Chelsea ship sinks further, Eden Hazard departs to join Real Madrid for a cut-price, due to the Belgian entering the final year of his contract. These two

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The Six Nations Week Four Takeaway

Tom Roberts has been reviewing every teams performance each week in the 2019 Six Nations. Check out his Week One and Week Two Takeaways below… Week One Week Two Week Three Scotland How did Scotland not win? The ability of this Scotland team is fantastic and they do play some seriously good rugby. However, their ability to not convert opportunities into points is costing them and will continue to cost them against top sides. The absence of multiple players through injury, especially Stuart Hogg, has exploited the lack of depth in the Scotland squad. They have still attempted to play their structures though and when they are successful in executing this they look good. Yet, they have to start being

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Nick Kyrgios Is The Villian Tennis Needs

He burst on to the mainstream tennis scene in 2015 when the young Australian took to the court to face World Number 1 and one of the greatest players of all time, Rafael Nadal. No one gave him a chance in this last 16 tie, it was supposed to be a formality, Rafa would come out and dismantle the 19-year-old before moving on to the quarter-finals and those who are more worthy of his time. However, this young man had evidently not read the script, defeating the Spaniard in just four sets, even playing some showboating shots to add insult to injury. Nick Kyrgios announced himself to the world that day and ever since, has been living by his own

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The Six Nations Week Three Takeaway

Tom Roberts has been reviewing every teams performance each week in the 2019 Six Nations. Check out his Week One and Week Two Takeaways below… Week One Week Two France France were awesome. If they had performed at that level for the first two weeks of this Championship they could be in a completely different position to the one they are in currently. However, let us not dwell in the past too much because off the back of a performance like that, France deserve any praise that comes their way. The main difference in their performance this week in comparison to week one and two was their defence. The Joue was still there, and my goodness it was wonderful to

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Tottenham Hotspur And Their Conquest For Trophies

If you take Spurs at face value, they have just built a state-of-the-art stadium, a fantastic manager and a squad that has some exceptional talent with some promising youngsters coming through. Therefore, at face value, you’d have to say the club is in a strong position. The issue with Tottenham though, is that their squad can appear stable once the cracks are papered over but look beneath them and you fear a single injury, departure or even a defeat can be the catalyst to the club fading back into mediocrity. This has been evident with injuries to key players revealing a razor-thin squad-depth; and with Pochettino’s future uncertain, it’s easy to foresee a mass exodus of players if he leaves.

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The Critics’ Picks – February 2019 Edition

Critic: Matt Evans Pick: Six Nations – England Vs Wales After a less than impressive 26-15 victory at the Stadio Olimpico, Wales equalled the longest unbeaten run in their 138-year Test Match Victory. 11 wins on the bounce for Gatland’s men. Between October 10h 2015 and March 11th 2017, England equalled the tier-one record for successive victories with 18 in a row. The wheels quickly came off England’s sweet chariot in 2018 though. But they’ve now been swiftly been repaired (much like England’s injury list). My point? Records and stats will largely go out the window in this Anglo-Welsh battle. The Millennium Stadium, as it is formally – and better – known, is a colosseum and provides the best atmosphere

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The Six Nations Week Two Takeaway

Scotland Last week I mentioned that Scotland’s lack of composure could haunt them against the top teams and unfortunately it cost them this week. When you commit 18 handling errors against one of the best teams in world rugby, you are not winning that game. Furthermore, Scotland should have gone in ahead at the end of the first half, camping on the Ireland try line, against teams like Ireland, you have to take those chances. Additionally, they failed to capitalise on the momentum they garnered at the end of the first half, managing to only have 33% possession in the second half, however, when they did have the ball, they were great to watch. The injury to Stuart Hogg was

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The Alex Scott Debate

Last week, people all across social media were debating the punditry ability of Alex Scott. Twitter, in particular, was divided on whether the first mainstream female football pundit knows what she is talking about or if she is just completely clueless. So, with a level head, I thought I would throw my two cents into the debate. Now let us start with the actual debate, does Alex Scott know what she is talking about when it comes to football? Yes, on the whole, she does know what she is talking about. Those who say she does not, are either not listening ; stereotyping the quality of her input on the basis of her gender or do not understand football themselves.

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