Debuts for Lacazette, Morata, Lukaku, Salah and Neymar

After a whole series of technical mishaps and dealing with contractors in the background, I finally managed to produce the new season’s first episode of the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar. With the Premier League and Ligue 1 the two active leagues amongst Europe’s top five this weekend, I provide predictions for every match that takes place this weekend.

Of the top six in the Premier League, I believe Arsenal, Liverpool and United have the trickiest fixtures, while a managerial battle between Frank de Boer and David Wagner provides novelty as Crystal Palace host Huddersfield.

Meanwhile in Ligue 1, excitement abounds ahead of Neymar’s debut in a tricky away match for PSG at Guingamp. It’s also going to be interesting to see if Rudi Garcia and Marcelo Bielsa can replicate good starts for Marseille and Lille respectively, away from home.

There are also league debuts for Morata, Lacazette, Salah and Lukaku. Lots to look forward to this weekend and the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar has you covered!

 

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Season 1 Proper of the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar launches this week!

Hi Everyone,

As most of you know in the midst of last season, I launched a dream project that I have wanted to do for so long – my own football podcast! Launching in the middle of the season ensured that I had the liberty to try many different things with the podcast while enabling me to learn a lot about the processes of a podcast. I still have a lot to learn and by no means is the podcast perfect. However, with the launch of the new European season only a matter of days away, I am excited to resume the podcast. There is only one benchmark that I am going to use this season – consistency of releasing episodes. I want 2017/18 to be remembered not only for being a great football season, but also a campaign where the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar provided great analysis and perspective that is genuinely unique and insightful.

With that being said, I have released a short tease of an episode for all of you, outlining my goals and vision for the podcast this season.

 

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Talking tactics with Michael Cox

One of football’s preeminent tactical analysts is the guest on this episode. Michael Cox talks to Wasim about the tactical evolution seen over the course of the Premier League’s existence, whetting our appetite for Michael’s upcoming book – The Mixer. From Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger, then Mourinho and Benitez, right up to Conte’s 3-4-3, Michael and Wasim talk tactics all the way!

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European Semis Review and Domestic Champions Preview

Real vs Juve and United vs Ajax are two European finals that have Wasim foaming at the mouth. Wasim also looks ahead to the weekend, where champions can be crowned all across Europe.

 

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Tuesday Football Medley Podcast

A busy midweek gets underway with some tasty fixtures on Tuesday. Wasim looks ahead to Hoffenheim vs Bayern, United vs Everton, the Rome Derby and other interesting games on the day.

 

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The Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar Episode 4

On this episode of the podcast, Wasim analyzes the continuous twists and turns in the battle for Champions League qualification in the Premier League.

You can listen to the podcast through the player below or subscribe through iTunes here.

The Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar Episode 3

On this episode Wasim looks ahead to Liverpool vs Arsenal as the race for the top four heats up. Can Liverpool and Arsenal gain something tangible at the end of the season?

You can listen to the podcast through the player below or subscribe through iTunes here.

The Through Ball presents the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar!

It’s the first of March and it’s time to get the Through Ball back in overdrive with posts, video and audio about my thoughts on the beautiful game!

Along with a site redesign, I am also launching a new podcast today. Have a listen to the prologue below and let me know your thoughts. It’s just a small sample of what’s to come!

This Football Weekend

As we approach the halfway point of the season, the pressure is mounting at the top end of leagues all across Europe. Teams will be looking to finish 2016 on a high note, but to do so they will have to overcome tough opponents. There are plenty of exciting big games and unpredictable fixtures taking place all over the continent and here are my picks for the matches to follow this football weekend. 

Friday, December 16th

Hoffenheim vs Borussia Dortmund (4th vs 6th in the Bundesliga)

Saturday, December 17th 

RB Leipzig vs Hertha Berlin (2nd vs 3rd in the Bundesliga)

Atletico Madrid vs Las Palmas (6th vs 10th in La Liga)

Guingamp vs Paris Saint-Germain (6th vs 3rd in Ligue 1. Guingamp manager Antoine Kombouaré will be looking to prove a point against his former employers)

AC Milan vs Atalanta (3rd vs 6th in Serie A)

Oostende vs Zulte-Waregem (4th vs 1st in a clash of Belgium’s most surprising teams)

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United (7th vs 6th in the Premier League)

Juventus vs Roma (1st vs 2nd in Serie A)

Sunday, December 18th

Bournemouth vs Southampton (10th vs 9th in the Premier League’s south coast derby)

Napoli vs Torino (4th vs 8th in a match between Serie A’s third-highest scoring teams)

Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven (2nd vs 3rd in the Eredivisie’s biggest rivalry)

Manchester City vs Arsenal (4th vs 3rd in the Premier League)

Barcelona vs Espanyol (2nd vs 9th in La Liga’s Catalan derby)

Lazio vs Fiorentina (5th vs 7th in Serie A)

Monaco vs Lyon (2nd vs 4th in Ligue 1)

Sporting Lisbon vs Braga (3rd vs 4th in the Primeira Liga)

Monday, December 19th

Everton vs Liverpool (8th vs 2nd in the Premier League’s Merseyside Derby)

This Football Weekend

European competition has concluded for 2016 and from now until February, the focus will be on domestic football on the continent. This weekend sees some heavyweight clashes across many different leagues. Here are my picks for the games to watch this weekend:

Friday, December 9th

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim (5th vs 4th in the Bundesliga)

Saturday, December 10th

Cologne vs Borussia Dortmund (7th vs 6th in the Bundesliga)

Bordeaux vs Monaco (7th vs 2nd in Ligue 1)

Leicester vs Manchester City (The Premier League Champions in 16th welcome 4th placed City)

Sunday, December 11th

Anderlecht vs Club Brugge (3rd vs 2nd in the Belgian Pro League)

Torino vs Juventus (7th vs 1st in Serie A’s Turin derby)

Manchester United vs Tottenham (6th vs 5th in the Premier League)

Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen (8th vs 9th, between two of Bundesliga’s European powers)

Benfica vs Sporting (1st vs 2nd in the Primeira Liga)

Paris Saint-Germain vs Nice (3rd vs 1st in Ligue 1)

Monday, December 12th

Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid (6th vs 4th in La Liga)

Roma vs AC Milan (2nd vs 3rd in Serie A)

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