Almost exactly a year ago Scotland lost at home to Russia (6/9/19) and away to Belgium (9/9/19) in Euro 2020 group stage qualifiers. A hard sell if you were to travel back in time to then and try to convince Steve Clarke about the future but Euro 2020 has been postponed, many of the great goals you thought Matt Le Tissier scored simply did not happen - a beautiful strike instantly deleted, wiped out forever every time he tweets something idiotic - and our opponents tonight, the Czech Republic, have had to call up an entirely new squad and coaching staff with about a day's notice. Here's how we win!
A slow burning apathy, lacklustre communication and suggestions to try new people in different positions; the end of a relationship or the build up to a Scotland match? Either way it’s a date with Israel this Friday night. Here’s a quickfire report with some detail on how we can beat them and what team I’d pick to do so.
Leading up to when it all kicks off in Lisbon (go here when it is sensible to travel again btw) an interesting note about each of the twelve teams in the Champions League. Today the four possible teams for the first quarter final.
While the departure of another young talent was tough to take James Scott’s £1.5m move from Motherwell to Hull City should be seen as yet another great success story for the club’s youth academy. When the news broke on Friday evening that Scott would be making the move to KCOM Stadium there was a mixed reaction from the ‘Well support. For some, the overriding feeling was one of disappointment as a player that had burst on to the scene at the age of 17 and was in the midst of his first full campaign as a first-team regular had been lured away relatively early into his journey as a professional footballer. Others felt it was a victory for the club, as they continue to thrive under a fan-ownership model, and a demonstration that those in charge at Fir Park will no longer jump at the first attractive offer when it comes to transfer dealings. There certainly is merit to both arguments.
This week Owen and Gavin talk about Daniel Stendel’s first match in charge of Hearts, preview a crucial Bundesliga clash between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig and then scout SC Braga and FC København; the Europa League knockout stage opponents for Rangers and Celtic.
On this week's Pure Fitbaw podcast we discuss the managerial vacancies at Hearts and Hibs and suggest some candidates for the roles. Listen in now at Apple, Android, Spotify or by using the embedded player below for the full list and keep reading for an advance taster of some of the options.
On this bonus podcast episode, 'Stat To The Future', Owen (www.twitter.com/OwenJamesBrown) and Gavin (www.twitter.com/PureFitbaw) use data from Modern Fitba to take a look back at the players of the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership season
On this week's show Gavin and Owen discuss a high scoring lower league game, all of the Scottish Premiership action, what Celtic should do with the Kieran Tierney fee and Scottish players in the English Premier League.
As Scottish league action returns Gavin & Owen analyse and debate a bunch of matches, talking through stats, tactics and shocks, on the Pure Fitbaw Podcast. Listen right here!