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Author Archive for Rob Smyth

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Real Betis v Barcelona: La Liga live!

Live updates from Benito Villamarín Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm (GMT)Champions League quarter-finals: tie-by-tie analysis and verdictFeel free to email Rob your thoughts 6.39pm GMT Real Betis (3-4-2-1) Pau Lopez; Mandi, Sidnei, Bartra; Tello, Lo Celso, Ca…

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Fulham v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Live updates from Craven Cottage, kick-off 2.15pm (GMT)Millwall v Brighton: FA Cup – live!Klopp loves it too much at Liverpool to be swayed by the KaiserFeel free to email Rob your thoughts 1.45pm GMT Pre-match clickbait Related: Jürgen Klopp loves it …

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When Manchester United were a nation’s darlings – and Wolves found out why

We recall how Tommy Docherty’s thrilling team won a 1976 FA Cup classic at Molineux before the sides meet there againLet’s call it the Smash Hits double. In that beloved pop magazine’s annual poll it was not unusual for artists to be voted the best and…

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Arsenal v Rennes: Europa League last 16, second leg – live!

Europa League updates from the second leg (first leg: 1-3)Join Paul Doyle for live updates of Dynamo Kyiv v ChelseaLive scoreboard: Thursday’s latest scores and resultsAnd you can email Rob here with your thoughts 8.05pm GMT That didn’t take long. 8.0…

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The Fiver | A hint of glory and our collective noggin has gone again

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!What a year it’s been for English football. The national team won last year’s World Cup and this summer’s Nations League, and now Big Cup has started the long journey home as well! Liverpool’s impressi…

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Barcelona v Lyon: Champions League last 16, second leg – live!

Champions League updates from the second leg (first leg: 0-0)Bayern Munich v Liverpool: Champions League last 16, second leg – live!And you can email Rob here with your thoughts 7.16pm GMT Some pre-match reading from Our Sid Related: Cristiano Ronaldo:…

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The Fiver | Seven concepts, a PowerPoint presentation and Alberto Moreno

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver wouldn’t last five minutes if we had to hold a press conference. A gentle opener from Henry Winter – “Any injury updates, Fiver?” – and we’d be off, pointing out the window and demanding that…

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West Indies v England: third T20 international – live!

Live updates from the final match of England’s tourYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsRoy in line to replace Jennings for Ashes 8.14pm GMT 3rd over: West Indies 14-2 (Campbell 1, Bravo 4) The new batsman Darren Bravo clouts Willey up and over cov…

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Japan v England: SheBelieves Cup – live!

SheBelieves Cup updates from the 10.25pm GMT kick-offSteph Houghton: England can go toe-to-toe with world’s bestAnd you can email Rob here with your thoughts 10.33pm GMT 8 min England have had the better of the game so far, even if it hasn’t quite been…

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Everton v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

All the latest from the 4.15pm GMT kick-off at Goodison ParkRobertson: ‘Marco Silva was big for me, he improved us all at Hull’Got something to say? Email Rob 10.37am GMT Hello. This Merseyside derby is all about droughts. Everton want to beat Liverpoo…

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Real Madrid v Barcelona: El Clásico – live!

La Liga updates from the 7.45pm GMT game at the BernabéuBarney Ronay: Bale’s bloodless brilliance needs new settingAnd feel free to send your thoughts via email to Rob here 6.46pm GMT Gareth Bale starts for Real Madrid, which is good news for this Barn…

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Arsenal v Manchester City: Continental Cup final – live!

Updates from the 12.15pm kick-off at Bramall LaneStokes eyes revenge in final after long injury lay-offAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 11.24am GMT CONTI CUP FINAL | Tickets available on the gate today for the #ContiCup final.KICK OFF 12:15@Ars…

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The Spin | Questions facing England in West Indies 100 days out from World Cup

A new-ball partner for Woakes, whether Wood has a role and back-up batting at the top of the order are among the issuesEngland play 11 one-day internationals and two warm-up internationals before the World Cup starts on 30 May, but this five-match seri…

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Bristol City v Wolves: FA Cup fifth round – live!

Keep up with all the action from the 1pm GMT matchFA Cup fifth round: match previews for the weekend’s gamesFeel free to drop Rob an email 12.06pm GMT Pre-match reading Related: Adama Traoré: ‘I am self-critical, I need to do better in the final third’…

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Bate Borisov v Arsenal: Europa League last 32, first leg – live!

Live updates from the 5.55pm GMT kick-offThe Fiver: Unfit to face inferior playersYou can email Rob here with your thoughts 5.01pm GMT Read all about it! Related: Arsenal’s Petr Cech dreams of ending career in Europa League glory Related: Europa Leagu…

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Fix the top three, consider Root’s position: an England recovery plan | Rob Smyth

Changes are needed in the wake of England’s defeats in the Caribbean, but this is not the time for knee-jerk reactionsEngland have won eight of their past 11 Tests. They have also won eight of their past 19. They are not as good as they thought they we…

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Arsenal v Manchester United: FA Cup fourth round – live!

Updates from the 7.55pm GMT kick-off at the Emirates1999 semi-final was only game I smiled in, says NevilleAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 7.15pm GMT Pre-match reading Related: Unai Emery backs Mourinho sacking and warns of Manchester United t…

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Huddersfield Town v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 1.30pm GMT kick-offLive scores – all Sunday’s goals as they go inAnd why not email Rob with your thoughts 12.38pm GMT Pre-match readingIf you want a job done properly, get Paul Doyle to do it Related: David Wagner’s exit must ring in n…

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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…