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Author Archive for Rob Smyth

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Brighton v Liverpool, Leicester v Southampton and more – live!

Premier League updates and more news from further afieldLive scoreboard! Keep up with all the day’s games and goalsAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 2.22pm GMT The early kick-off has finished West Ham 1-0 Arsenal. It was a deserved win f…

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FA Cup fourth round draw – live!

Teams discover their fate in the draw for the next roundTies will take place between 25 and 28 January 9.01pm GMT Hello, good evening and welcome to a unique moment in human history. The draw for the fourth round of the 2018-19 FA Cup has never happene…

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Wolves v Liverpool: FA Cup third round – live!

FA Cup updates from the third-round tie, kick-off 7.45pm GMTFollow the draw for round four of the Cup after this matchAnd send your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.02pm GMT Adam Lallana, sad to say, will miss the game after suffering a minor in…

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The Fiver | An unwelcome distraction to Premier League title ambitions

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Everyone knows it needs to be put out of its misery. Everyone knows it’s living on former glories; that it hasn’t been the same since the late 1990s; that, for all the bullish rhetoric, nobody really c…

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Woking v Watford: FA Cup third round – live!

Minute-by-minute report on the action from the Kingfield StadiumWoking’s Geoff Chapple: ‘Never write off a shock’Any thoughts? You can email Rob Smyth 2.15pm GMT 15 min: Woking 0-1 Watford Success is booked for diving. Moments before the goal, by the w…

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Burnley v Newcastle: Premier League – live!

Live updates from Turf Moor, kick-off 8pm (GMT)Premier League: 10 talking pointsWomen’s Super League talking pointsFeel free to email Rob your thoughts 7.04pm GMT Burnley (4-4-2) Hart; Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor; Lennon, Cork, Defour, Brady; Vokes, Wood…

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Burnley v Newcastle: Premier League – live!

Live updates from Turf Moor, kick-off 8pm (GMT)Premier League: 10 talking pointsWomen’s Super League talking pointsFeel free to email Rob your thoughts 7.04pm GMT Burnley (4-4-2) Hart; Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor; Lennon, Cork, Defour, Brady; Vokes, Wood…

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Tottenham v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Updates from the Premier League’s 5.30pm GMT kick-off at WembleyPochettino battling skewed perceptions and stadium malaiseEmail Rob Smyth with your thoughts 4.49pm GMT Pre-match reading Related: The secrets of Maurizio Sarri: ‘You feel you’re on a diff…

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England v Croatia: Nations League – live!

All the latest from the 2pm GMT kick-off at WembleySouthgate using Croatia’s ‘favourites’ claim against themGet in touch: send Rob an email 1.30pm GMT This isn’t the only live football on the site this afternoon – Nick Ames is following Everton v Arsen…

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Manchester City v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Manchester derby updates from the 4.30pm GMT kick-off at the EtihadLive scores: all the goals from the games around the UK and EuropeEmail Rob.Smyth@theguardian.com 4.04pm GMT An email! “The Manchester Derby, and not even the derby match I’m looking fo…

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Liverpool v Fulham: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 12pm GMT kick-off at AnfieldJokanovic: I’m a fantastic coachEmail Rob with your thoughts 11.05am GMT Liverpool (possible 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Salah….

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Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-offThe most competitive league in the world? You must be jokingAnd feel free to email Rob with your thoughts 4.36pm GMT Related: Leicester v Burnley, FA Cup first round and more: football clockwatch –&nb…

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Cardiff City v Brighton: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offThe most competitive league in the world? You must be jokingAnd feel free to email Rob with your thoughts 11.33am GMT Cardiff (4-3-3) Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham; Camarasa, Gu…

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Ed Smith’s clever picks have given England a Ferguson-style makeover | The Spin

National selector is doing a brilliant job by using rotation to craft bespoke XIs as the former Man Utd manager once didIt’s often said that selectors, like wicketkeepers and umpires, are doing their best work when you don’t notice them. Since taking o…

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Jonny Bairstow is one bad series away from being under serious scrutiny | The Spin

In early 2018 England’s Test team had a million problems but Bairstow wasn’t one. Now, something doesn’t feel rightIn May 2013, Matt Prior was named the England Men’s Cricketer of the Year. It was hard to think of a more impressive, reliable cricketer….

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Sri Lanka v England: T20 international – live!

T20 updates from the 14.30 BST match in ColomboStokes found out who his friends are in the England squadAnd feel free to email Rob your thoughts 2.49pm BST Buttler drives Aponso low towards cover, where Chandimal swoops forward to take a good catch. Bu…

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PSV Eindhoven v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – live!

Champions League Group B updates, kick-off 5.55pm BSTFollow us on Instagram for our favourite photos and filmsFree free to email Rob with your thoughts 5.08pm BST Related: The Fiver | Uppity swines and the mega-rich 4.51pm BST Pre-match reading Relat…

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Golden Goal: John Barnes for Liverpool v QPR (1987)

Barnes epitomised the tag of ‘flying winger’ in the late-80s and never more so than with the nimble footwork that rounded off a 4-0 win to replace QPR at the top of the tableThe spreadsheet is the new diary. Modern life is defined as much by numbers as…

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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…