Premier League Introduce Game-Changing ‘Head-to-Head’ Rule for 2019/20 Season

​As if we didn’t have enough change on the cards in the Premier League next season, with VAR and changes to the handball rule to get our heads around, the FA have thrown us another curve-ball, with the introduction of head-to-head records to separate teams in the division. 

Previously, when teams had finished level on points, goal difference had been used to decide who takes the higher position, with goals scored taking precedence if the former was level.

If sides could still not be separated by points, goal-difference or goals scored, however, under the previous rules, a playoff would be contested in order to decide league placing. 

Fortunately, that hasn’t yet been required, but after the title race last season came too close for comfort – with a playoff between ​Manchester City and ​Liverpool seeming like a genuine possibility prior to the last game of the season – the Premier League have ​moved to add a further layer to proceedings.

Should two sides finish level on points, goal difference and goals scored, the head-to-head record between the two sides will now come into consideration before a playoff is required. 

If the head-to-head record is level, then the higher position will be awarded to whichever side scored the most goals away from home. 


It effectively means that the playoff rule, which was already extremely unlikely to ever come into effect, is now entirely redundant, with the chances of two sides finishing with identical records on all fronts looking next to impossible. 


Transfer Rumours: Arsenal Respond to Tottenham Hijacking, Otamendi Eyes Valencia Return & More

Whilst most clubs have now begun their pre-season campaigns, it still doesn’t quite do enough to fill the footballing void. But fear not, as we have rumours galore to get you through the tought times ahead.

There’s plenty to whet your appetite as the two north London clubs continue their transfer window rivalry, while Newcastle are set to make their first signing of the summer.

Check out all of today’s gossip below.

Otamendi Wants to Return to Valencia


​​Manchester City’s defensive warrior Nicolas Otamendi is keen for a return to his former club Valencia and is happy to reject potential moves elsewhere in order to facilitate the move.

As reported by ​​Super Deporte, the Argentine favours a return to Valencia – the club he left in 2015, and a family member of the defender has told the Spanish publication that he “wants his children to grow up” in the Spanish city.

The deal itself will be a difficult one for the ​La Liga side to pull off, but such is Otamendi’s desire to make it happen, they remain hopeful of luring him back.

Premier League Big Boys Chase CSKA Moscow Star

Fyodor Chalov,Zoran Nizic

​Fedor Chalov has attracted interest from a host of ​Premier League and other European clubs following the 21-year-old’s fantastic season in the Russian Premier League in 2018/19.

​The Mirror report that ​Arsenal, ​Manchester United, ​Liverpool and ​Tottenham will compete with a host of major European clubs for the attacker’s signature this summer, after he scored 15 goals in 30 games last season.

Chalov was the league’s top scorer last year and is already being touted as the future of Russian football. In a stellar Europeancampaign, the forward grabbed widespread attention with goals against Arsenal and ​Real Madrid.

Daniel Sturridge Offered Serie A Opportunity

Daniel Sturridge

​Daniel Sturridge struggled for regular first-team football at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp and the Reds’ refusal to offer him a new contract did not come as a huge surprise.

With his career currently in limbo, the ​Daily Express have reported that Sturridge has been offered a lifeline by ​Serie A side Bologna, who are looking to recruit the former ​Chelsea man on a free.

However, one sticking point with this deal would be the Englishman’s wage demands, as he was believed to be earning around £120,000-a-week with the Merseysiders. Given the injury problems suffered by the striker in recent seasons, he may struggle to get a similar deal anywhere else.

Burnley Prepare Moves for Genk Duo


Not the busiest club so far in this summer transfer window, but ​Burnley looks set to make a double-swoop for Genk right-back Joakim Maehle and midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi.

As reported by ​The Sun, manager Sean Dyche is being pushed to sign Maehle by his scouts, who have returned from Belgium with glowing reviews of the young Dane.

His Ukranian teammate is also the subject of interest from the Clarets, with rumours suggesting they are lining up a £19m move for the pair. 

Newcastle Close in on Former Chelsea Youngster

Kyle Scott

​While the ​Magpies’ search for a manager continues, they are wasting no time in recruiting players, as they look set to complete a deal for out-of-contract Chelsea youngster Kyle Scott.

The English-born midfielder has represented the USA at international youth level, but failed to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge after just one first-team appearance.

However, Scott remains highly rated within the game and ​Football Insider report that he will sign a three-year deal with Newcastle within the next 48 hours.

West Ham Line Up Bid for Brentford’s Neal Maupay

Neal Maupay

​​West Ham are targeting a move for Brentford striker Neal Maupay, as their search for a striker to replace Marko Arnautovic continues.

Following failed attempts to bring Maxi Gomez, Salomon Rondon and Callum Wilson to the London Stadium, ​Football Insider report that the Hammers are now targeting Maupay, who scored 28 goals in all competitions last season.

The east London side have been told they will need to bid in excess of £15m, as they look to fight off competition from ​Aston Villa, ​Sheffield United and ​Brighton.

Palace and Brighton Show Interest in Leeds’ Roofe

Kemar Roofe

 They have built up a rivalry on the pitch and now ​Crystal Palace and ​Brighton look set to compete off the pitch, as they both show an interest in Leeds United man Kemar Roofe.

The striker has just one year left on his deal at Elland Road, and ​Sky Sports report that the two Premier League sides head a queue of clubs interested in the ​Leeds man, who bagged 15 goals last season.

The 26-year-old has also been in talks to extend his deal at the Yorkshire club, but with the prospect of a move to the top-flight, Leeds may struggle to convince Roofe to stay.

Arsenal Looking to Hijack Spurs’ Pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo

Nicolo Zaniolo

​Following reports that Arsenal were set to complete a move for Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba, north London rivals Tottenham came in with a bid at the last minute and now look set to hijack the deal.

In response, Unai Emery is looking to give Spurs a taste of their own medicine, as the Gunners prepare to compete with their rivals for the signing of Nicolo Zaniolo, who has also been linked with a move to ​Juventus.

The ​Daily Express report that Arsenal are prepared to match any offer on the table for the Roma midfielder, as they look to boost their options in the centre of the park following the loss of Aaron Ramsey to Juve.


Harry Maguire: Twitter Reacts as Man Utd Agree World-Record £80m Fee for Defender

Following a summer of speculation, a report on Sunday has revealed that Manchester United have finally agreed a fee with Leicester City for centre-back Harry Maguire.

The Red Devils will be forking out a world-record £80m for Maguire – the most ever spent on a defender,​ trumping the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk 18 months ago.

Speculation first arose after ​Maguire’s impressive World Cup campaign with England in 2018 and after a year of batting away interest, ​The Sun report that the ​Foxes have at last accepted a bid for the defender.

Comparisons with the fee ​Liverpool paid for Van Dijk have inevitably been made, and some people on Twitter clearly think the Manchester club are overpaying for the England international.

On the other hand, many accept that the market is crazy right now and are looking past the transfer fee, instead getting their hopes up for the 2019/20 season.

In a summer transfer window which has seen top class defenders such as Kostas Manolas and Matthijs De Ligt complete, or come close to completing, less expensive moves, certain corners of social media can’t help but focus on the fee.

The Englishman’s talent is there for all to see, but whether he has what it takes to cut it at the highest level continues to split opinion. And you can bet it will continue to do so for months to come…

Whilst one fan cites three precise reasons why Maguire should be welcomed with open arms.

Not a bad point to make! 


Daniel James Says He ‘Aspires’ to Emulate the Success of Manchester United Legend Ryan Giggs

​New signing Daniel James has claimed that he aims to emulate the success of Welsh legend Ryan Giggs at Manchester United. 

James, who was signed for £15m earlier in the window, made his senior debut for Swansea only 17 months ago and his remarkable rise doesn’t seem to be letting up. The youngster became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing for the club after a move to Leeds fell through in January. 

Before signing for ​United, the youngster broke through on the international stage after Wales manager Ryan Giggs put his faith in the winger. And, speaking to the ​Daily Mail, James was sure to praise the Red Devils legend for giving him a chance.

“Giggsy, as soon as I came into the Wales set-up, had ambitions for me,” James claimed. 

“The way he brought me and a lot of other youngsters through has been amazing. He spoke to me when I first signed for United. His advice was to be myself, which is what I will try to do.

“He wasn’t a bad player was he? What he did at Manchester United was amazing. Every young winger looks up to a person like him.

“It is amazing for me, when I go away on internationals, to learn from people like him. He is obviously someone I aspire to be like.”

Ryan Giggs

The youngster has set the bar high in terms of what he wants to achieve for ​United and hopes that he can emulate a career similar to what Giggs accomplished at Old Trafford.

Giggs appeared for the Red Devils a staggering 963 times over a 24 year period, scoring 168 goals in the process. He won 15 trophies for United, including 13 league titles and two ​Champions League trophies. The Welshman was part of the famous ‘Class of 92’ that was capped off after the treble-winning season in 1998/99. 

Bruno Fornaroli,Daniel James

Whilst emulating a career this good will be a difficult task, James has made a good start to his life with Manchester United and looked sharp during their pre-season game against Perth Glory. 

The 21-year-old will look to get up to speed during United’s pre-season tour so that he can hit the ground running once the Premier League campaign begins in August.  


British Grand Prix: The Formula 1 Drivers Who Are Also Huge Football Fans

The British Grand Prix is just around the corner, giving fans a chance to see some of the biggest names in the sport up close.

But, what do drivers do when the race is over? For some, the answer is simple – they go home and check the football scores. 

There are a number of drivers who are well-known football fanatics, are here are six drivers who call football their second passion.

Lewis Hamilton

Widely regarded as one of the finest F1 drivers of all time, Lewis Hamilton has won countless trophies in the sport, and he follows a side with a similarly rich history.

Hamilton is a die-hard ​Arsenal supporter, and he can often be seen sporting his beloved side’s colours. He admitted to ​Sky Sports that he has followed the Gunners since he was five years old, also revealing his admiration for legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

He went to school with Ashley Young, but their friendship probably hasn’t been so strong since Young headed to Manchester United.

Sebastian Vettel

Benedikt Howedes,Sebastian Vettel

F1 takes Sebastian Vettel all over the world, but wherever he goes, he always keeps an eye out for Eintracht Frankfurt’s results.

He told the ​Bundesliga ​website that he grew up close to Frankfurt’s stadium, and he soon fell in love with the club. He loves watching Frankfurt play, but will always at least make sure he knows how his team have performed before he heads out on the race track.

He’ll need to find time to tear down his Luka Jovic shrine, but hopefully there will be a new hero at the Commerzbank-Arena soon enough.

Carlos Sainz Jr

Carlos Sainz Jr comes from a family who love racing, but they also have a second passion – ​Real Madrid.

His father once ran for the Los Blancos presidency, and clearly managed to hand his love for Real over to his son, who told ​AS of his dream to have the Real badge feature on his helmet.

He was a huge fan of ​Cristiano Ronaldo, so there’s probably a little part of Sainz who followed Ronaldo to ​Juventus last summer.

Max Verstappen

Dutch wonderkid Max Verstappen is a well-known PSV Eindhoven supporter, but he risked incurring the wrath of his fellow fans by cheering on Ajax in the ​Champions League last season.

Verstappen clearly just wants to see Dutch football grow, even if it is not his side who are responsible for it.

Having said that, you wonder whether Verstappen was still so impressed with Ajax after they pipped PSV to the Eredivisie title by just three points last season.

Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly has never shied away from confessing his love for football, and the Frenchman always tries his hardest to follow Paris Saint-Germain.

He told ​Formula 1 that he can be found playing football whenever he is back home, and he has close links to PSG through a friend who plays for the club.

For his sake, let’s hope his friend is not ​Neymar, or he could be set for a pretty uncomfortable summer.

Daniel Ricciardo

Football is one of the most global sports around, and few sides can reach fanbases across the world quite like ​Manchester United – just ask Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian has followed the Red Devils for years and has been spotted with the likes of Michael Carrick and Jose Mourinho in recent seasons, and he has been trying his hardest to remain positive over the last few seasons.

He even featured in a tribute video to Carrick when the midfielder retired in 2018, jumping at the chance to praise a close friend and club legend.