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Author Archive for Rob Smyth

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Manchester United v Newcastle United: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-off at Old TraffordManchester United board back Mourinho as managerLeicester 1-2 Everton | Watford 0-4 BournemouthAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 5.33pm BST 4 min Nothing much to report so far. Newcastle look l…

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England v Brazil: women’s international football friendly – live!

Updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-off at Meadow LaneNeville praises Houghton for class after ‘horrific’ newsAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 12.14pm BST Pre-match reading Related: Steph Houghton praised by Phil Neville for class after ‘horrific…

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Chelsea v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offWest Ham compound Mourinho’s gloom with 3-1 winAnd feel free to email your thoughts to Rob 2.51pm BST But seriously folks. This feels like the perfect storm for a football match. Two attacking, unbeate…

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West Ham United v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-offSign up for The Fiver and get our free daily football emailAnd feel free to email your thoughts to Rob here 9.43am BST Good afternoon. Let’s start with a spoiler: Jose Mourinho won’t be at Manchester …

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Premier League team news and Liverpool v Chelsea buildup – live!

Latest news plus buildup to the Madrid derbyYou can email Rob with your thoughtsPremier League: 10 things to look out for 9.09am BST On This Day… in 2008, Wigan beat nouveau riche Manchester City. As if that could happen nowadays. Related: Premier Le…

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Arsenal v Everton: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 4pm (BST) kick-offSilva can kickstart Everton reign by defying history at ArsenalAnd feel free to email your thoughts to Rob 8.26am BST Hello. There’s one area in which Unai Emery surely cannot outdo Arsene Wenger: beati…

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Brighton v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League — live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offPochettino tells Tottenham to toughen upAnd you can email Rob your thoughts 4.41pm BST Pre-match reading Related: Pochettino, respect, and the ‘never kicked a ball in your life’ theory | Barney Ronay …

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Fulham v Watford: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-off at Craven CottagePremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 12.35pm BST 5 min Watford are an unpleasant team to play against, and they have already forced a few e…

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Denmark v Wales: Nations League – live!

Giggs puts his faith in youth as Wales bask in glory of Irish triumphFull-strength Denmark after deal is struck over players’ rightsAny thoughts? You can email Rob Smyth 4.29pm BST Denmark reached the last 16 of the World Cup, where they were beaten on…

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Tough runs under pressure: Alastair Cook’s best England Test innings

From a century on debut, via a career-saving innings against Pakistan, to an Ashes series in which Australia became sick of the sight of him: the former captain’s best Test knocksYou just knew. It was not just that Alastair Cook scored a century on deb…

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England v India: fourth Test, day one – live!

Over-by-over report from the action at the Rose BowlRoot defends dropping Pope | • Kohli: momentum is with IndiaVic Marks: England’s batsman must nail down Sri Lanka spotsEmail rob.smyth@theguardian.com 9.34am BST The tossMy flabber will be aghast shou…

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Newcastle v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 4pm (BST) kick-off at St James’ ParkSarri prepared for problems while changing Chelsea’s mindsetSunday scoreboard: all the goals as they go in around EuropeDrop Rob an email with your thoughts 3.42pm BST Rafa speaks! “We have some…

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Manchester City v Huddersfield Town: Premier League – live!

Updates as Manchester City host Huddersfield, kick-off 1.30pm (BST)De Bruyne injury blow exposes chink in City’s armourAnd feel free to email Rob to get in touch 1.28pm BST The players emerge from the tunnel to the familiar sound of Right Here, Right N…

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Wolves v Everton: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsScoreboard: all Saturday’s results and latest scores 5.02pm BST An email! By my estimation. we’ve had bubbles burst in the Premier League all afternoon, the bigger boys s…

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Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 12.30pm Premier League kick-offYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsPochettino: costs of Brexit helped lead to no signings 12.18pm BST The MBM season does not truly start until we receive the first email from the great Gary Na…

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India’s record-equalling generation face their defining Test at Lord’s this week | The Spin

Virat Kohli’s team for Edgbaston had eight men over 29 and probably need to win this series and the one in Australia to satisfy the captain’s stated ambition for his No 1-ranked sideIn Phoenix from the Ashes, his book of the 1981 series, the England ca…

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The weird and wonderful world of football conman Karlos Kaiser | Rob Smyth

In an extract from his new book Kaiser!, which accompanies the film of the same name, Rob Smyth looks at some of the tricks used by football’s greatest con artistEri Johnson, one of Brazil’s most famous actors, will never forget the first time he met f…

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Determining whether FH Hafnarfjardar play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver will never forget the moment we realised our love of football had become an addiction. It was when Granny Fiver asked where the spiralizer was and we instinctively replied, “CAN’T YOU FIND IT…

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Football transfer rumours: Gonzalo Higuaín to join Chelsea?

Today’s prattle moves with a purpose and it is so magnificentWe start with the big breaking gossip that Stoke will have to pay £10m if they want to take Tom Ince from Huddersfiel-Ach, let’s try that one again. Continue reading…

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How Alex Ferguson snatched Roy Keane out of Blackburn’s hands | Rob Smyth

The midfielder became one of Manchester United’s greats but he had almost signed for Kenny Dalglish’s team insteadHistoric moments usually have an epic quality. But sometimes, all it takes to change the world is for a few office staff to get that Frida…