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Who will make progress on the road to France 2016?

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth is back with a special offering of his tips, Euro qualifiers edition!

Northern Ireland to avoid Sunday blues

From a British point of view, Northern Ireland have been the revelation of the first four matches in qualifying for Euro 2016 and they have a golden chance to push their chances of a place in the finals by beating Finland in Belfast on Sunday.

A narrow defeat in Scotland in a midweek friendly should not have dented their confidence and though it's the first ever full international Northern Ireland have ever played at home on a Sunday, the atmosphere should inspire...

Leaky Lithuania present Wayne Rooney with chance of England goals record

England manager Roy Hodgson discusses how players cope with the demands of playing for both club and country and the importance of both.

Rooney to steer England home

The days when England would routinely put a stack of goals past the minnows of European football may be long gone (the minnows have improved and England have not) but when Roy Hodgson's side take on Lithuania on Friday in their Euro 2016 qualifier, there will be plenty of expectation that England can at least boost their goal difference.

The two sides have never met at senior level but England's under-21s put five goals past their counterparts recently, if that's any...

Liverpool to beat United but a bad start for Dick Advocaat at Sunderland

The ESPN FC crew examine the SPI predictions for the teams that will finish in the top four of the Premier League, and look ahead to Manchester United's challenging schedule.

It's a huge weekend in the Premier League as the battle for the top four intensifies. Here's a selection of the best bets ...

Liverpool to leapfrog Man Utd

There are few more intense rivalries in the Premier League than the one between Liverpool and Manchester United, a match that means more to the fans and some of the players than any other in the season, including their respective local derbies.

Every Liverpool-United match is important but this one could be crucial to both sides' Champions League...

Arsenal face Monaco test while Barcelona should cruise past Man City

The ESPN FC panel discuss Arsenal's chances against Monaco in the Champions League following their devastating home defeat in the first leg.

The last-16 of the Champions League resumes this week with Arsenal looking to complete a great escape while Manchester City travel to Barcelona still in the tie ... just.

Mission Impossible for Arsenal?

Having self-destructed in their 3-1 last-16 first leg defeat to Monaco, Arsenal find themselves in a perilous position.

They require a minimum of three goals on the night to have a chance of progressing to the quarterfinals but this is a classic example of a match that offers a golden opportunity...

Will Chelsea suffer a Champions League hangover vs. Southampton?

The ESPN FC crew discuss PSG's impressive performance at Stamford Bridge and explain why Chelsea came up short.

Hangover for Chelsea?

The common consensus, when British teams go out of the Champions League, tends to be that they it will benefit them when it comes to the Premier League; fewer fixtures, fewer problems, easier to focus on the task at hand. But for Chelsea, their exit at the hands of 10-man Paris Saint-Germain was a hammer blow and it wouldn't surprise me if there were an adverse knock-on effect this weekend.

Southampton are the visitors to Stamford Bridge this weekend and though Ronald Koeman's...

Chelsea to edge PSG, Basel spring a shock and Muller among the goals

The ESPN FC crew preview the second leg Champions League clash between Chelsea and PSG and disagree with the SPI giving Chelsea a 73% edge to advance.

The Champions League returns this week with the second legs of the respective last-16 ties and if Chelsea don't progress against Paris St-Germain it will be considered a huge failure.

That's because of the continued investment in the London club by owner Roman Abramovich, but more pertinently the fact that Jose Mourinho is desperate to win the competition with his side, having missed out in his first spell.

That's even before we mention the first leg, when Chelsea rode their luck a little to finish...