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Roker Report Score Predictions: AFC Wimbledon v Sunderland

Sunderland return to League One action with our first ever trip to AFC Wimbledon’s brand spanking new home at Plough Lane - will our panel back Lee Johnson’s side to claim all three points? Let us know what you think!


West Ham vs Burnley preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, kick off time & prediction

Previewing West Ham's Premier League game with Burnley at the London Stadium


Hamilton v Motherwell: Lanarkshire rivals assessed ahead of crunch derby clash

A closer look at the two sides ahead of a mouthwatering clash to kick-off 2021


Tactical Analysis: RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund

After a cagey first half stalemate, both Leipzig and Dortmund changed tactics and BVB got the better of the Red Bulls


Robbie Neilson's 7 vital Hearts challenges as third force Premiership ambitions dominate winter window thinking

The Jambos hold a five-point lead in the Championship despite a second league defeat in 10 games but there's work to do if they want to become a force to be reckoned with next season.


Messi on form, a new American star and Bayern beaten: Talking points from around Europe

Lionel Messi is bang in form in the new year, Schalke avoided matching the Bundesliga record for the most consecutive games without a win and there was a very rare defeat for Bayern Munich. AFP Sport rounds up some of the main talking points from across the continent: - Messi means business - Lionel Messi looks like a man on a mission at the start of 2021 and what could be his final six months as a Barcelona player. On Saturday he scored twice...


Atletico tighten grip on La Liga lead with win over Sevilla

Atletico tighten grip on La Liga lead with win over Sevilla


Garcia double as Athletic send Real out of Super Cup

Garcia double as Athletic send Real out of Super Cup


Reader’s Corner: Is Elliot Embleton the solution to Sunderland’s creative problems?

Welcome to Reader’s Corner, where we invite YOU, the good folk who skim these pages to offer your own articles up for our website. Today, Roker Report reader Jack Dodds says we need to improve our creativity – and the answer to our problems could lie within.


Angry Thomas Muller snaps during interview as Bayern Munich embarrassed in German Cup shock

Bayern Munich were dumped out of the German Cup by second division Holstein Kiel on Wednesday night, with Hansi Flick's side's penalty shootout defeat ensuring their earliest DFB Pokal exit since the 2000-01 season


Update on Kieren Tierney's calf injury

Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has avoided a serious calf injury and could return against Newcastle United.


Jose Mourinho unsure over the futures of Gareth Bale and Danny Rose

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn on the futures of Gareth Bale and Danny Rose.


Real Madrid may have been woeful in Athletic Club defeat, but Eden Hazard’s performance is reason to smile

Despite a dismal display from Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, Eden Hazard looked the sharpest he has done since joining the club and was a constant threat


Raphael Guerreiro Almost Signed for PSG in 2019

Our beloved Raphael Guerreiro nearly left the club for a reunion with Thomas Tuchel


8 next Motherwell manager candidates as Steelmen search for quick-fire Stephen Robinson replacement

The Steelmen are an ambitious club who haven't been shy to try new things on and off the pitch and get the chance to do so again.


Cardiff star Sol Bamba speaks for first time since devastating cancer diagnosis

Bamba, who told his team-mates of his cancer diagnosis on Monday before the club released a public statement, wants to attend the training ground and Cardiff games as much as possible


Eric Garcia set to join Barcelona on free transfer

Eric Garcia is expected to leave Manchester City and join Barcelona on a free transfer when his contract expires.


Faf de Klerk: South Africa is the dream but I'll play anywhere to save Lions series

“Cancellation would be truly devastating. The Lions is a once in a lifetime opportunity"


Key battles in Liverpool's Man Utd showdown

When Liverpool and Manchester United clash at Anfield on Sunday, there will be more at stake than just the usual bragging rights. No wonder Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer and will task Reds captain Jordan Henderson with subduing the midfielder on Sunday.


Cavaleiro leads way as Fulham battle back to draw at Spurs

Cavaleiro leads way as Fulham battle back to draw at Spurs


2020-21 Real Madrid Team Rotation and Playing Minutes

As some Real Madrid players begin to experience heavy legs from the mileage accumulated in 2020-21 to date, it is interesting to take a look at trends related to rotation and playing minutes over recent seasons. Despite the squad being healthier than has generally been the case in the last two years, Zidane has settled on a core of players since early December. This approach has pushed secondary players even further to the periphery. After 23...


Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace: 5 talking points as Gunners labour to Emirates bore draw

Arsenal could not break down Crystal Palace's stubborn resistance as Mikel Arteta's side failed to provide the spark required to see off the Eagles at the Emirates


Leicester City to Face Brentford in Fourth Round of FA Cup

Get your Oprah gifs ready for this one.


Amad Diallo has already identified reference point in Man Utd first team

The 18-year-old officially joined from Atalanta in the January transfer window after Manchester United struck a deal for the winger last summer


Liverpool in seventh heaven as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah doubles see Reds top table at Christmas

As much as a performance of champions, it was different individual displays of Liverpool’s exacting quality, and a goal of the month competition all in one match. This 7-0 win over Crystal Palace was a victory as special and as era-defining as anything we’ve seen in Jurgen Klopp’s half-decade in charge. And that in a season when they have been someway off their highest level. It was that good, that ominous for everyone else. It was also a...


Neymar on the spot as PSG clinch French Super Cup against Marseille

Neymar on the spot as PSG clinch French Super Cup against Marseille


Celtic and Rangers players unite in touching tribute to victims of the Ibrox disaster

Both sides of the Old Firm fell silent ahead of their crunch Premiership tie on the 50th anniversary of the stadium tragedy.


Willian gives honest assessment of struggles at Arsenal so far

Willian has admitted that he hasn't been good enough since joining Arsenal from Chelsea last summer and insists he is working hard to change that.


Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and pathway to England gives Hamilton kids hope, says Aaron Martin as he hails Scottish Premiership standard

The Accies defender raves about the standard of Scottish football and believes players can follow van Dijk pathway to top


Nigerian boy hopes for future in soccer after setting freestyle world record

Nigerian boy hopes for future in soccer after setting freestyle world record


Oh, Hull! Another SOL stalemate for Sunderland

A draw at home to Hull left Lee Johnson waiting for his first home victory in three attempts – and the performance only served to illustrate the issues facing the new head coach.


Celtic and Rangers' 6 box-office transfer options as forgotten stars search for redemption

Even the most of detailed signing plans can change when a big-name option becomes available.


Luis Alberto double inspires Lazio to Rome derby win

Luis Alberto double inspires Lazio to Rome derby win


Barca edge Sociedad in shootout to reach Super Cup final

Barca edge Sociedad in shootout to reach Super Cup final


Roker Roundup: Manager of St Johnstone left back linked to Sunderland wants him to stay

Whilst St Johnstone left back Scott Tanser has been linked with a move away - with Sunderland said to be interested in his services - their manager wants him to stay and sign a new deal.


Bayern Munich turn to Eder Militao as possible David Alaba replacement

Bayern Munich have identified Real Madrid's Eder Militao as a replacement for David Alaba


Starting XI: Is this the Sunderland side that will take on Northampton this afternoon?

Who do you reckon will make the starting eleven when Sunderland play their rearranged game against Hull City tonight?


Keane seals win for Everton at Wolves

Keane seals win for Everton at Wolves


5 questions facing Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool lose top spot to Man Utd

Liverpool trail their rivals by three points in the Premier League table after letting their lead slip but have a chance to make amends when they welcome United to Anfield on Sunday


Steve Bruce responds to 'personal' criticism from Newcastle United fans

Steve Bruce has responded to criticism from Newcastle United fans and admitted his side are in a relegation battle.


Wayne Rooney's 10 defining matches: Best and worst moments as Man Utd and England legend retires

Rooney earned 120 caps for England, scoring 53 goals, and won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, plus the Champions League in 2008


Foden grabs winner as Man City edge out dogged Brighton

Foden grabs winner as Man City edge out dogged Brighton


Jose Mourinho fires Tottenham title warning after they fail to "kill" Fulham

Mourinho was very frustrated after Tottenham were held by Fulham despite a glut of first half chances before hitting the post in the second half


Brian Rice hopes Premiership season can finish as clubs are warned about celebrating

The Accies manger discusses finishing the season, celebrations and having sympathy for lower leagues


Dai Greene: Olympics in doubt but we have to believe, we have to stay strong

“In order to keep my intensity up I have to believe Tokyo is going to go ahead, even though it’s kind of at a tipping point"


Danny Drinkwater arrives in Istanbul to seal Chelsea loan exit

Danny Drinkwater has arrived in Istanbul to seal a six-month loan from Chelsea to Kasimpasa.


Scottish Cup draw: Motherwell handed away tie as Hamilton host familiar foes

Airdrie and Clyde were also in the hat for the third round draw


Wayne Rooney – the greatest English player of his generation

Wayne Rooney should be remembered as the great English player of his generation as he retires to become permanent Derby County manager.


Jamie Gillan hoping for minimal Cleveland Browns role as last Brit standing in NFL play-offs

Cleveland Browns have been the story of the NFL play-offs so far - and Scottish punter Jamie Gillan hopes they can pull off another upset against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend


Is Zidane’s counter-pressing finally taking shape?

Zinedine Zidane’s version of positional play might finally be complemented with a counter-pressing scheme of its own.