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The latest news, insight, analysis and big name guests from the Premier League and the Football League, plus Scottish, International and European football. Join us!




Everton exit for Rafa Benitez

Welcome to a bumper episode of the pod - there is only one place to start and that’s at Everton after the news that they have sacked their manager, Rafael Benitez. Steve Crossman is joined by former Everton forward, James McFadden, ex Liverpool defender, Stephen Warnock and Match of the Day’s Danny Murphy to break down what actually went wrong at Everton and what’s next for the club. They also hear from passionate Everton fan, Ped from Toffee TV who gives a fans verdict on the news. Not only...


Blue skies for City whilst clouds gather for Rafa

It’s been busy at both ends of the Premier League table as Manchester City go 13 points clear at the top whilst questions loom over Rafa Benitez’s future at Everton. Ben Haines is alongside Macclesfield defender Alex Bruce and EA Sports presenter Nubaid Haroon to talk about whether we’ll get close to seeing another team with City’s dominance in the league. Is it time up for Rafa? Matt Jones from the Blue Room podcast believes he was never the right man for the job and that Everton are at...


Derby doubt & Tuchel’s table topper clash

Darren Fletcher is joined by former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder, Gus Poyet and the ex West Ham and Brighton centre back Matthew Upson as they look ahead to some of the biggest games in the Premier League over the weekend. At the time of recording, the north London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea is in doubt after Arsenal requested a postponement because of a lack of available players – the guys look ahead to that game and debate if Mikel Arteta’s side should be granted their...


72+: Derby daring to dream and Ryan's Plymouth Lowe-down

Aaron Paul is joined by Derby County defender Curtis Davies and Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe. The guys share their thoughts on Chris Maguire’s controversial celebration in Lincoln’s 3-1 win at Sunderland. After scoring the first goal of his hat-trick, Maguire celebrated right in front of the Sunderland manager Lee Johnson, who released him from the Stadium of Light last summer/ Curtis takes us inside the Derby dressing room, which is full of optimism after three wins and one draw in...


Arteta’s Arsenal hold on

Steve Crossman is joined by Izzy Christiansen, Dion Dublin and Ian Dennis after what was an excellent defensive display from Arsenal, which saw them draw 0-0 with Liverpool in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield, despite playing for over an hour with 10 men. Granit Xhaka was sent off after 24 minutes, which means he will miss both the second leg and the North London derby, leaving Arsenal with an extremely inexperienced midfield. So does Mikel Arteta need to make moves before the...


Spurs sunk as Blues cruise

As Chelsea book their place at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final Matt Upson and Clinton Morrison have their say on a comfortable night for Thomas Tuchel's side and why Tottenham's toothlessness over both games will be difficult for Antonio Conte to accept. There are an important three points for West Ham in the top 4 race as bottom club Norwich suffer a sixth consecutive league defeat and fail to score once again. We look at the form of the red hot Jarrod Bowen and ask if a first...


5 Live Sport: Premier League Football 2021-22: West Ham v Norwich City

Live football commentary of West Ham v Norwich City in the Premier League.


Euro Leagues: Serie A's struggling giants

Steve Crossman is joined by Julien Laurens, James Horncastle and Kristof Terreur as they reflect on one of the games of the season in Serie A where Juventus beat Roma 4-3 and discuss why the two sides are so far behind in the race for the title. Also on the show, the team talk about Vinicius Jnr and Karim Benzema who are enjoying one of the great partnerships in world football just over a year on from the day Benzema told his teammates not to pass to the Brazilian because he did more harm...


MNC: Petrol station beers and relegation fears

Mark Chapman is joined by Chris Sutton, Rory Smith and Rob Green for the Monday Night Club. Cambridge United’s Harrison Dunk joins us to reflect on their incredible 1-0 win at Newcastle in the FA Cup third round and reveals how they celebrated with a beer from a petrol station… The guys discuss what impact that will have on morale at St James’ Park in Newcastle’s bid for survival, why Burnley would be mad to sell Chris Wood to Newcastle and how Claudio Ranieri is still holding on to his job...


Grabban's goal sends Gunners out the FA Cup

The magic of the FA Cup strikes again after Nottingham Forest knocked Arsenal out in the third round. Emma Saunders is alongside former West Ham and Aston Villa teammates James Collins and Nigel Reo-Coker, and Football Daily regular Ben Haines to ask what went wrong for Arsenal? The panel discuss Tottenham's 3-1 win over Morecambe and they look ahead to the huge fixture that is Manchester United v Aston Villa. And does Nigel Reo-Coker really hate the FA Cup? Find out why he has a bee in his...


FA Cup 3rd round magic

Extra time, cup upsets and goals galore - the FA Cup third round didn't disappoint. Ben Haines is joined by former Hull City and Ipswich Town defender Alex Bruce and ex-Everton and Birmingham City forward James McFadden to look back on a day that summed up 'the magic of the FA Cup'. League One Cambridge United went to St James' Park and stunned Newcastle United. Hear from their manager Mark Bonner and a very shocked fan who made the journey. Meanwhile, we ask if the exit could be a blessing...


Man City's Cole-powered win and Coutinho heads to Villa

Emma Saunders looks ahead to the weekend's FA Cup 3rd round ties with the help of former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin and ex-Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. They react to Manchester City becoming the first side into round four following a 4-1 win at Swindon, with Cole Palmer impressing for the Premier League side. There's also a look at Chesterfield's run to the 1997 FA Cup semi-finals, with ex-player Jamie Hewitt joining the podcast. And Spanish football journalist Eduardo Alvarez tells...


72+: FA Cup third round special

Aaron Paul is joined by Neil Warnock, Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor and former Hull City defender Alex Bruce to look ahead to the third round of the FA Cup. Kidderminster are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition. Their manager Russ Penn tells us how they plan to make Reading feel uncomfortable when they visit Aggborough Stadium. Lyle lets us know how the Forest players are feeling ahead of their game against Arsenal and reveals how Steve Cooper has transformed the team from...


Euro Leagues: Are Barcelona back?

Are Barcelona back? That’s the question that Steve Crossman, Spanish football author Guillem Balague, French football expert Julien Laurens and Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur are asking. Can they afford Erling Haaland even though they haven’t registered new signing Ferran Torres? The panel discuss what Barcelona needs to do to bring in one of Europe’s biggest stars. Where will Philippe Coutinho go? And former AFCON winner Radhi Jaidi joins the pod to preview the tournament. 2’10...


Advantage Chelsea after sorry Spurs display

Mark Chapman is joined by former England and Arsenal midfielder Karen Carney, former Crystal Palace forward Clinton Morrison and John Murray to react to Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final. We hear from the managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte. And Theo Delaney from The Spurs Show podcast joins us to discuss whether that was one of their worst performances under Conte. Liverpool's semi-final first leg against Arsenal on Thursday is off after...


Lukaku's apology gives Chelsea closure

Kelly Cates is joined by former Liverpool and Everton midfielder Don Hutchison and The Athletic reporter Adam Crafton. Liverpool's League Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Thursday is in doubt after Liverpool made a request for the game to be postponed, with more of their players being unavailable due to covid cases, injuries and illnesses. How likely is it that their request will be accepted and what impact could a postponement have on the competition? We hear from Thomas Tuchel, who says...


MNC: United’s Divisions and Lukaku’s Decisions

Steve Crossman is joined by Micah Richards, Chris Sutton and Rory Smith for the Monday Night Club. The panel reflect on Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves at Old Trafford before hearing from Ralf Rangnick and Bruno Lage. Next up is talk of the title race after a thrilling weekend for the Premier League’s top three teams. Romelu Lukaku’s interview is then up for debate before attention turns to the January Transfer Window. TOPICS 03:15 – Reaction to Wolves 1-0 win over Manchester United...


City 10 points clear after Stamford Bridge Classic

Ben Haines is joined by Gary Caldwell and Anita Asante to break down Sunday’s Premier League matches. We hear from Thomas Tuchel about why he dropped Romelu Lukaku and what he made of his side’s frenetic 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Peter Mcpartland from Toffee TV tells us about the atmosphere at Goodison Park as Rafa Benitez’s Everton lost 3-2 to Brighton. We then discuss whether this is the year that Burnley go down after their 3-1 defeat at Leeds, and how impressive...


Last gasp City break Arsenal hearts

Rodri’s last minute winner gave Manchester City a 2-1 win over Arsenal in an incident fuelled game. Ben Haines is joined by former Crystal Palace and West Ham midfielder Jobi McAnuff and The Daily Telegraph’s Luke Edwards to discuss Arsenal’s improved performance, City's relentless winning streak and whether the referee should have checked for a penalty on Martin Odegaard? With West Ham and Tottenham both winning their games, how close is the top four race? Plus, they preview Chelsea v...


Unhappy Blue Year?

An unhappy Romelu Lukaku has brought "noise we don't need" according to Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea prepare to face Liverpool as we kick off 2022. Pat Nevin and Vaishali Bhardwaj join Aaron Paul to discuss the big game at Stamford Bridge, and explosive comments from Middlesbrough's Chris Wilder who reveals the EFL ordered him to recall loan players in an attempt to get their weekend fixture played. Owen Coyle also joins the pod with a classic Sir Alex Ferguson anecdote to help mark the great...