Football Writers Podcast
Will the season's most unlikely dream, Rangers winning their first European title for fifty years, come true?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson preview the final of the Europa League, a competition that has come of age. They recognise the youthfultalent fuelling confidence in Eintracht Frankfurt's approach, but believed a combination of astute coaching, big game players and passionate support will lead to Rangers winning their first European trophy since the Cup Winners Cup in 1972.
Is Steven Gerrard fated to help Liverpool win the Premier League?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson consider the prospect of Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa preventing Manchester City from winning their fourth Premier League title in five seasons. They dwell on the lessons of brain training, hail Jordan Henderson as one of the great leaders of the modern game, and wonder whether VAR will influence the battle against relegation.
Can Chelsea end an era by winning the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Seb Stafford Bloor take an in depth look at Saturday's FA Cup final. Chelsea, a club defined bytrophy-winning, have their season, and most probably their short term future on the line at Wembley. Thomas Tuchel, like his squad, is at a crossroads. Liverpool, meanwhile, are ready to produce another signature performance on a big occasion.
Are Manchester City a week away from clinching their fourth Premier League title in five seasons?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Seb Stafford Bloor believe Manchester City will consolidate their advantage in the Premier League title race, and caution against reading too much into the Steven Gerrard factor when Liverpool visit Aston Villa on Tuesday. Thomas Frank is mentioned as a potential manager of the season : his Brentford side may well send Leeds United down on the final day of the season.
Will Manchester City end the season without a trophy?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Jordan Jarrett Bryan discuss whether Manchester City can recover from Champions League disappointment, and prevent Liverpool winning the Premier League title. They fear for Leeds in the relegationbattle, but hail Rangers for reaching the Europa League final.
Is the curse of the Champions League about to strike Manchester City again?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke assess this week's European semi finals, They fear for Manchester City in the Bernabeu, and though Villareal are likely to lose to Liverpool, they deserve greater respect. The atmosphere generated at both Europa League ties, at Ibrox and at Eintracht Frankfurt, will be a revealing test of nerve.
Will Jurgen Klopp build a dynasty at Liverpool?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke assess the immediate and the long term impact of Jurgen Klopp's decision to sign a new contract at Liverpool. They also analyse the Premier League relegation battle. Survival is in Burnley's DNA and although Leeds might struggle to get the win they need, Everton are in real trouble.
Is history beckoning Liverpool?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson envisage Liverpool and Manchester City ending a season for the ages in the Champions League final. A historic quadruple for Liverpool cannot be ruled out. The Europa League could be a farewell present to West Ham from Declan Rice, and Jose Mourinho's return to England is unlikely to go well at Leicester.
Is perfection the new normal in the Premier League title race?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Seb Stafford Bloor struggle to see Liverpool and Manchester City dropping points in the Premier League run in. They examine the rebuild facing Manchester United, and their new manager Erik Ten Hag, and also consider the merits of a play off system.