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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2022/23 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday.
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    • 3.8 • 235 Ratings

The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2022/23 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday.
You can subscribe to The Times and The Sunday Times to enjoy our award-winning journalism on your smartphone or tablet. Just search The Times online.

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    North London Is Red, Manchester Is Blue

    North London Is Red, Manchester Is Blue

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke, Charlotte Duncker and Tom Roddy.
    There were nine goals at the Etihad, but twice as many of those goals went City’s way. What did we learn from the Manchester derby? (00:00)
    Arsenal also got one over their local rivals - are there some big questions for Antonio Conte following the 3-1 defeat? (13:00)
    Wolves are on the lookout for a new manager after Bruno Lage departed on Sunday. Charlotte Duncker joins us with the latest (26:55)
    After Liverpool drew 3-3 with Brighton at the weekend, Hugh wants to know - is this the end of this era of success at the club? (37:16)
    Brighton were impressive and with Leandro Trossard scoring a hattrick, the conversation turned to the most underrated players in the Premier League (47:25)
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    • 59 min
    Scotland On The Up!

    Scotland On The Up!

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Michael Grant.
    The Nations League games are over - England haven’t won for 6 matches, they’ve been relegated too - but did we see positive signs against Germany (00:00)
    Scotland have had a much better Nations League campaign with promotion to the top group. Michael Grant was at their most recent matches and joins to discuss the positive trajectory in Scottish football (17:51)
    The Premier League returns this weekend with the North London derby at the Emirates - but is it the biggest meeting between the two sides in a long time? (28:22)
    Manchester United visit Manchester City for another derby match at the weekend. If United win - does it mean the ‘new’ United are here? (38:00)
    We finish with our Alternative Player of the Month - listen an cast your vote in The Times app (47:48)
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    • 56 min
    A Step In The Right Direction?

    A Step In The Right Direction?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Tom Clarke and Molly Hudson.
    England have been relegated from the top Nations League group - but is that the least of their worries going into the World Cup? (00:00)
    Wales have also dropped down a level, but Rob Page has his eyes on the World Cup. What kind of shape will Gareth Bale be in for the finals, though? (27:35)
    Arsenal set a new WSL attendance record at the weekend. Molly Hudson joins us to discuss what we learned from the last round of games (33:55)
    This section is called ‘Ruddy Angry’ and you’ll have to listen to find out why Alyson has lost her cool with Deadpool (43:10)
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    • 56 min
    Have England Regressed?

    Have England Regressed?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Jonathan Northcroft and Martyn Ziegler.
    England have two more games before the World Cup begins - but has Gareth Southgate got too many problems on his hands? (00:00)
    Ivan Toney is in the squad for this weekend’s Nations League matches - what chance does he have of becoming Harry Kane’s number two? (16:39)
    Is the game up for Trent Alexander-Arnold as an England player? (21:25)
    Harry Kane and other captains will wear ‘One Love’ armbands during these games and at the World Cup - but does it actually mean anything? (25:54)
    What will happen now Liz Truss has put the plan for an independent football regulator on hold? (45:14)
    A chat with former Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini ends up creating the most surreal games Hugh Woozencroft has ever come up with (52:07)
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Are Arsenal Actually Title Contenders?

    Are Arsenal Actually Title Contenders?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Alyson Rudd and Tony Cascarino.
    Arsenal continue to surprise many and will be league leaders going into October - how did they turn things around? (00:00)
    West Ham are having a disastrous season so far, but what can they do to turn things around - and is David Moyes the man to do it? (15:57)
    Spurs are third in the Premier League, only a point off the lead - but are they any good? (33:37)
    Leicester City are bottom going into the international break - but will they make a change in the dugout before their next game? (41:45)
    Fulham are impressing so far, but Nottingham Forest are struggling with all their new signings - which are most likely to stay up? (46:36)
    Hugh claims Aston Villa vs Southampton was the worst game he’s ever seen - but what about everyone else? (57:45)
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    SPECIAL: Ed Smith on his book 'Making Decisions'

    SPECIAL: Ed Smith on his book 'Making Decisions'

    Former England cricketer and national selector Ed Smith joins us to discuss his new book 'Making Decisions: Putting the Human Back in the Machine'.
    Tom Clarke sits down with Ed to discuss the analysis of data in sport and why it doesn't mean we'll simply rely on algorithms to pick squads and tactics in the future. We also hear his thoughts on the different mentalities of football managers and his love for Arsenal.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

SJCB1957 ,

Alyson Rudd

I usually rate the podcast as 5 star but Alyson Rudd’s obvious Liverpool bias is unprofessional & annoying. I subscribe to The Times because it is known for factual & objective journalism but her reporting is anything but and is damaging the reputation of The Times. It’s a shame because she is clearly an excellent journalist but she is putting her love for Liverpool first.

SalvadorConnor ,

What happened to Gregor?

good pod but misses him.

Nancy from Texas ,

Assists

I wish you could add the YouTube links to the assists you mentioned. Love the pod!

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