Football

Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace: 5 talking points as Gunners labour to Emirates bore draw

Arsenal could not break down Crystal Palace's stubborn resistance as Mikel Arteta's side failed to provide the spark required to see off the Eagles at the Emirates


Willian gives honest assessment of struggles at Arsenal so far

Willian has admitted that he hasn't been good enough since joining Arsenal from Chelsea last summer and insists he is working hard to change that.


Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and pathway to England gives Hamilton kids hope, says Aaron Martin as he hails Scottish Premiership standard

The Accies defender raves about the standard of Scottish football and believes players can follow van Dijk pathway to top


Roker Report Score Predictions: AFC Wimbledon v Sunderland

Sunderland return to League One action with our first ever trip to AFC Wimbledon’s brand spanking new home at Plough Lane - will our panel back Lee Johnson’s side to claim all three points? Let us know what you think!


Barca edge Sociedad in shootout to reach Super Cup final

Barca edge Sociedad in shootout to reach Super Cup final


Sheffield United 1-3 Tottenham: Player ratings as Ndombele lob seals win

Player ratings from Tottenham's 3-1 win over Sheffield United, thanks to goals from Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele


8 next Motherwell manager candidates as Steelmen search for quick-fire Stephen Robinson replacement

The Steelmen are an ambitious club who haven't been shy to try new things on and off the pitch and get the chance to do so again.


Roker Roundup: Manager of St Johnstone left back linked to Sunderland wants him to stay

Whilst St Johnstone left back Scott Tanser has been linked with a move away - with Sunderland said to be interested in his services - their manager wants him to stay and sign a new deal.


Mason Mount repays Frank Lampard's faith with vital goal to save Chelsea's season

Frank Lampard has often relied on Mason Mount in his time of need, and the Chelsea youngster repaid his manager's faith with a huge display against Fulham


Soccer: Sauerbrunn named captain of U.S. women's national team

Soccer: Sauerbrunn named captain of U.S. women's national team


Reader’s Corner: Is Elliot Embleton the solution to Sunderland’s creative problems?

Welcome to Reader’s Corner, where we invite YOU, the good folk who skim these pages to offer your own articles up for our website. Today, Roker Report reader Jack Dodds says we need to improve our creativity – and the answer to our problems could lie within.


Tactical Analysis: RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund

After a cagey first half stalemate, both Leipzig and Dortmund changed tactics and BVB got the better of the Red Bulls


Jaded Liverpool lack guile to open up solid United

Jaded Liverpool lack guile to open up solid United


Starting XI: Is this the Sunderland side that will take on Northampton this afternoon?

Who do you reckon will make the starting eleven when Sunderland play their rearranged game against Hull City tonight?


Mount strikes as Chelsea edge 10-man Fulham

Mount strikes as Chelsea edge 10-man Fulham


Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd: Player Ratings as defenders stand out but strikers struggle at Anfield

LIVERPOOL 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED: Neither side could find the breakthrough in their goalless draw at Anfield, in a result that will further emboldened Manchester City's title challenge.


2020-21 Real Madrid Team Rotation and Playing Minutes

As some Real Madrid players begin to experience heavy legs from the mileage accumulated in 2020-21 to date, it is interesting to take a look at trends related to rotation and playing minutes over recent seasons. Despite the squad being healthier than has generally been the case in the last two years, Zidane has settled on a core of players since early December. This approach has pushed secondary players even further to the periphery. After 23...


Faf de Klerk: South Africa is the dream but I'll play anywhere to save Lions series

“Cancellation would be truly devastating. The Lions is a once in a lifetime opportunity"


Messi on form, a new American star and Bayern beaten: Talking points from around Europe

Lionel Messi is bang in form in the new year, Schalke avoided matching the Bundesliga record for the most consecutive games without a win and there was a very rare defeat for Bayern Munich. AFP Sport rounds up some of the main talking points from across the continent: - Messi means business - Lionel Messi looks like a man on a mission at the start of 2021 and what could be his final six months as a Barcelona player. On Saturday he scored twice...


Jose Mourinho fires Tottenham title warning after they fail to "kill" Fulham

Mourinho was very frustrated after Tottenham were held by Fulham despite a glut of first half chances before hitting the post in the second half


Adama Traore has lower xG than Wolves centre-back Willy Boly this season

Wolves winger Adama Traore is having a poor season that centre-back Willy Boly has a higher xG thanks to a goal & assist vs West Brom.


Robbie Neilson's 7 vital Hearts challenges as third force Premiership ambitions dominate winter window thinking

The Jambos hold a five-point lead in the Championship despite a second league defeat in 10 games but there's work to do if they want to become a force to be reckoned with next season.


Amad Diallo has already identified reference point in Man Utd first team

The 18-year-old officially joined from Atalanta in the January transfer window after Manchester United struck a deal for the winger last summer


Is Zidane’s counter-pressing finally taking shape?

Zinedine Zidane’s version of positional play might finally be complemented with a counter-pressing scheme of its own.


Liverpool in seventh heaven as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah doubles see Reds top table at Christmas

As much as a performance of champions, it was different individual displays of Liverpool’s exacting quality, and a goal of the month competition all in one match. This 7-0 win over Crystal Palace was a victory as special and as era-defining as anything we’ve seen in Jurgen Klopp’s half-decade in charge. And that in a season when they have been someway off their highest level. It was that good, that ominous for everyone else. It was also a...


Brian Rice hopes Premiership season can finish as clubs are warned about celebrating

The Accies manger discusses finishing the season, celebrations and having sympathy for lower leagues


Timo Werner is struggling, but Chelsea fans can't give up on him just yet

Timo Werner still has time to justify his £47.5m transfer fee and Chelsea fans shouldn't give up on him just yet.


Wayne Rooney's 10 defining matches: Best and worst moments as Man Utd and England legend retires

Rooney earned 120 caps for England, scoring 53 goals, and won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, plus the Champions League in 2008


Luis Alberto double inspires Lazio to Rome derby win

Luis Alberto double inspires Lazio to Rome derby win


Jamie Gillan hoping for minimal Cleveland Browns role as last Brit standing in NFL play-offs

Cleveland Browns have been the story of the NFL play-offs so far - and Scottish punter Jamie Gillan hopes they can pull off another upset against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend


Angry Thomas Muller snaps during interview as Bayern Munich embarrassed in German Cup shock

Bayern Munich were dumped out of the German Cup by second division Holstein Kiel on Wednesday night, with Hansi Flick's side's penalty shootout defeat ensuring their earliest DFB Pokal exit since the 2000-01 season


Double for Stones as Man City crush Palace to go second

Double for Stones as Man City crush Palace to go second


The Rangers and Celtic touchline drama TV cameras missed and Kristoffer Ajer's emphatic celebration

It was another action packed derby at Ibrox as Steven Gerrard's side moved 19 points clear and we've rounded up five key moments.


Oh, Hull! Another SOL stalemate for Sunderland

A draw at home to Hull left Lee Johnson waiting for his first home victory in three attempts – and the performance only served to illustrate the issues facing the new head coach.


Raphael Guerreiro Almost Signed for PSG in 2019

Our beloved Raphael Guerreiro nearly left the club for a reunion with Thomas Tuchel


Leicester City to Face Brentford in Fourth Round of FA Cup

Get your Oprah gifs ready for this one.


Hamilton v Motherwell: Lanarkshire rivals assessed ahead of crunch derby clash

A closer look at the two sides ahead of a mouthwatering clash to kick-off 2021


Celtic and Rangers players unite in touching tribute to victims of the Ibrox disaster

Both sides of the Old Firm fell silent ahead of their crunch Premiership tie on the 50th anniversary of the stadium tragedy.


Who is Manor Solomon? Things to know about the coveted Israeli star

Manor Solomon is attracting interest from across Europe, including Arsenal. Here is everything to now about the Shakhtar Donetsk star.


Cardiff star Sol Bamba speaks for first time since devastating cancer diagnosis

Bamba, who told his team-mates of his cancer diagnosis on Monday before the club released a public statement, wants to attend the training ground and Cardiff games as much as possible


Nigerian boy hopes for future in soccer after setting freestyle world record

Nigerian boy hopes for future in soccer after setting freestyle world record


How England's golden generation have fared as managers & coaches

Wayne Rooney is the latest of England golden generation from the mid-2000s to become a manager after landing the Derby job - but how have the others fared?


West Ham vs Burnley preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, kick off time & prediction

Previewing West Ham's Premier League game with Burnley at the London Stadium


Bayern Munich turn to Eder Militao as possible David Alaba replacement

Bayern Munich have identified Real Madrid's Eder Militao as a replacement for David Alaba


Ndombele stunner helps Tottenham win at Sheff United

Ndombele stunner helps Tottenham win at Sheff United


Jose Mourinho hints at Dele Alli's Spurs ending with latest axe and Tanguy Ndombele comments

Once again Alli was nowhere to be seen as Tottenham comfortably beat Sheffield United 3-1 while Ndombele played a starring role in the victory


Fernando Torres is coaching Diego Simeone's other son in Atletico Madrid B

Fernando Torres promoted to coaching Atletico Madrid B team


Last-gasp David strike earns Lille 2-1 win against Reims

Last-gasp David strike earns Lille 2-1 win against Reims


Garcia double as Athletic send Real out of Super Cup

Garcia double as Athletic send Real out of Super Cup


Scottish Cup draw: Motherwell handed away tie as Hamilton host familiar foes

Airdrie and Clyde were also in the hat for the third round draw