Why Alfred Schreuder would be the perfect Ten Hag replacement

After working under some of the most exceptional managers in his time as an assistant coach, Alfred Schreuder has been making headlines at Club Brugge this season, and now looks prepared to take over the helm at Ajax FC.

Nathan Jones – Luton Town – Tactical Analysis

Luton Town have been the the surprise package of the EFL Championship this season, particularly from a tactical standpoint, where Nathan Jones has his team firing on all cylinders. Furious over his players' love for table tennis, Jones has instilled a perfectionist mindset amongst his players that is challenging each and every individual to reach new levels of stardom. Here is our tactical analysis of Luton Town under Nathan Jones, with added Football Manager insight from FM expert Dhillon.

Longball Preview Show – West Ham’s European Tour + the Divock Effect

On this week’s Longball Preview, Kausty Kapoor joins Declan to review last week’s action in the Premier League and all the European action before taking a deep dive into West Ham vs Arsenal, and the relegation six-pointer between Watford and Burnley. Be sure to follow the show @mastermindsite on social media to never miss an update, as we continue to preview the remainder of the season! 

Longball – Roman Abramovich and the future of Chelsea

On this week’s show, Declan and John cover a ton of ground. In the beginning half of the show, Oliver Carpenter joins Declan to discuss the evolving situation with Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, and everything you need to know about the current Chelsea climate in this political context. In the second half, Jamie Smith joins us again to discuss Newcastle’s resurgence, Bielsa’s departure, and this week’s marquis match-ups.

Analyzing the Premier League table based on Expected Points (xP)

The use of probability models in football to calculate Expected Goals, Expected Goals Conceded and Expected Points, have taken off to new heights in recent years - with more fans, coaches, managers and even players paying attention to these hypothetical numbers. Between statistical probability, the actual result, and the expectations for all that has been produced, we analyze how many points each team should have won in each match, based on Expected Points.

What Philippe Coutinho will bring to Aston Villa

Earlier this month, Aston Villa agreed to a stunning season-long loan deal with Barcelona to enjoy the services of Coutinho, with an option to buy for a reported £33.5 million. The deal seems to be a perfect platform for the Brazilian to get his career back on track, while also adding a different dimension to Gerrard's squad in the process. Here is our review on what Philippe Coutinho will bring to Aston Villa, and the betting odds of the former Liverpool man achieving success with his new club.

Longball Premier League Preview – Everton say adios to Rafa, & Tuchel in Trouble

John and Declan take a deep dive into the world of Everton, exploring the club's continued struggle to find their identity and get a grip on reality. The boys then take a look ahead to this weekend's match-ups, including a testy affair between Tottenham and Chelsea, and the John vs. Declan derby as Manchester United host West Ham United. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media to never miss an update. 

Five teams that could make it to the AFCON Finals

The African Cup of Nations is underway and football fans are witnessing surprising results. The number of players playing overseas has made the tournament very competitive. Punters can place their bets on the best odds, exclusive CameOn. The following is a list of teams that could make it to the AFCON finals.

Understanding the anatomy of a football boot

There's a reason why the game isn't played in bare feet, there's a reason why every professional club has a 'Boot Room' somewhere in their home training ground, and there's a reason why boot makers try and make the most sophisticated pair of boots they can create. That is - cleats are more important to the game than you might think. So, in this feature, we’ll take you through the important parts of its history, development, and discuss how to pick the right boot for you and your players.

The Longball Premier League Preview Show – New Year’s Blues

John and Declan look ahead to an exciting match week, dissecting the intense title clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, and the all-important North London Derby! The boys also take a trip to the bottom of the table where Watford take on Newcastle in this weekend's relegation six-pointer. All of that and a whole lot more in this episode! Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media.

Deadline Day Podcast – Episode 1 – Better with a budget than Barcelona

On the first episode on our limited January Transfer Window series, John and Declan take you through the latest rumors and done deals all across Europe. This week the boys dive into where Newcastle should spend their newfound fortune, grade Everton's new fullbacks, explain Lille's fire sale, and Lorenzo Insigne's potential move to TFC! It's the best time of the year, and we can't wait to discuss everything January Transfer Window with you this month. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media.

A quick guide to football gaming

As the Christmas break approaches and you have more time on your hands, you may want to get stuck into some football gaming to keep yourself entertained. Whether you're standing shivering in the stands at halftime on a cold winter's day or sitting on the couch at home and feeling bored, there are many easy ways to keep yourself entertained via the use of football games. Even more, the use of football games can increase tactical understanding and knowledge on the game - for all you football educators and lovers of the beautiful game. But with a myriad of games out there to choose from, it can be difficult to find the very best games for increasing tactical knowledge and keeping yourself entertained. That's why we provide you this quick guide to some of the best footballing games around.

The Longball Preview Show – Stevie G’s Coming Home!

In this jam-packed episode, John and Declan talk about whether Arteta and Hasenhuttl should freshen up their job applications, if a Chelsea collapse is imminent, and how the Hammers will cope with only 2 healthy centre-backs. The boys then get into a debate about just how much a chance Villa have in their visit to the Merseyside, singing the praises of Steven Gerrard and his start to life at his new club. Submit any questions for the show to themastermindsite.com/contact.