1. We’re going to see a very sweaty, very red Wayne Rooney
England’s worst climate fears have been realised: England v Italy will be played in Manaus in the Amazon rainforest in ridiculous levels of humidity. We might see a more slender Wayne Rooney than ever before.
2. There’ll be no brollies in the rainforest
Roy Hodgson knows that, even if you’re heading to a rainforest, as England manager you cannot afford to take anything to shelter from the downpours.
3. Group G has more Boateng than a sailing club.
Brothers Kevin Prince, of Ghana, and Jerome, of Germany, will go head-to-head once again in a Group G. read more »
1. Liverpool fans were forced to remember that Luis Suarez couldn’t always singlehandedly dig them out of a hole before he had Daniel Sturridge to help out.
2. Defeat at Upton Park proved to be a Hammer blow for Martin Jol’s Fulham career. Defeat at Sam Allardyce’s striker-less West Ham was clearly the final straw as far as Shahid Khan was concerned.
3. Tony Pulis’ six months off were not spent plotting a new wardrobe: the baseball cap it back at Crystal Palace. read more »
Once the dust has settled on this week’s international fixtures attention will inevitably turn to this weekend’s action, and that means Everton vs Liverpool.
The history of the Merseyside derby teaches us that no matter how many soccer betting lines you look at, the game is almost impossible to predict but usually memorable. So, instead of weighing in with our forecast, we’re going to look at some of the most controversial moments in the history of the fixture.
1. Kevin Sheedy scores a free-kick gives the ‘V’ sign to the Kop
Is this the precise moment when the Friendly Derby stopped being friendly? It wasn’t the friendliest of gestures, that’s for sure.
Sheedy grabbed a stunning consolation goal at Anfield in a 3-1 defeat for his side in 1987. If his free-kick was memorable, his celebration made just as much of an impression. read more »
1. Arsenal five points clear by the start of November – you’d have got great odds on that after the opening day defeat to Aston Villa.
2. The SAS partnership might need to go for counselling. Daniel Sturridge was theatrical in demonstrating just how disappointed he was with Luis Suarez during the defeat to Arsenal.
3. John Ruddy’s Joe Hart Halloween costume was unbelievably realistic. read more »
1. The loan system strikes again! Fabio Borini managed exactly what his Liverpool team-mates couldn’t do last week by beating Newcastle.
2. Despite the derby win and a jump to a whopping four points, we would advise Sunderland fans to ensure a period of reflection before getting any Gus Poyet or Fabio Borini tattoos.
3. Joe Hart has reached a new low: the Manchester City goalkeeper managed to out-blunder Fernando Torres. read more »