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Whilst all you Premier League fans still have another week to wait, for those EFL supporters, the time has come, ten months of joy, pain, highs and lows begin from this weekend.

Whilst all you Premier League fans still have another week to wait, for those EFL supporters, the time has come, ten months of joy, pain, highs and lows begin from this weekend. Tuesday nights in the likes of Accrington, Plymouth, Grimsby or Middlesbrough have never been so eagerly anticipated - until you get to those destinations, on a cold, wet, Tuesday evening (you get where we're going).

The football finally returns this weekend if you love the EFL and although it's difficult to predict exactly what will happen on the opening day, we've sieved through all the games this weekend to pick out a six fold which could really keep the cold out in the Autumn and Winter months! How will JT get on this campaign? Will Birmingham be the top Midlands club - for a weekend, at least? Read on to find out more...

Time’s running out folks.

Time’s running out folks.

Yes we know it’s only July, but, typically, the Europa League and Champions League continues this week with a host of fixtures, but instead of rifling through every one of them, we’ve opted to take a look at five of the most notable clashes across Wednesday and Thursday evening this week.

Football | Fantasy Premier League Preview

With the Premier League fast approaching, Fantasy Premier League users will soon open up (If they haven’t already) their accounts once again for this season of football. 

Just when we thought the football was over – for a month at least – along comes Star Sixes, which is pretty much Masters Football, six-a-side battles in London’s O2 Arena, featuring a host of legendary players and also footballers from China and Scotland.

Well it’s fair to say most expected the Confederations Cup Final to have Germany and Chile battling it out before a ball was kicked in the tournament, and that’s proved to be the case, with Claudio Bravo’s three penalty saves against Portugal in the semi-finals proving to be the reason why they take on the experimental German side in St Petersburg.

As we all predicted and expected, England won’t be playing in the Final of the U21s Euros on Friday evening due to typically being knocked out at the semi-final stage on penalties against the Germans.

With Chile already waiting for the victors in the Final of the Confederations Cup, big hitters Germany take on Mexico in Russia, with the Mexicans the surprise package if they do reach the Final.

When you think of a word to describe this clash, the term ‘juicy’ could well be used. Both of these were two of the favourites to win the tournament and they now face off in a bid to be in the Final. It’s Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Alexis Sanchez, for goodness sake!

Things are hotting up in the U21s Euros over in Poland, and, with the Under-20s winning the World Cup a couple of weeks ago, the pressure is on England’s Young Lions to come up with the goods in Europe. However, to reach the Final, they must defeat the old enemy. It’s also worth noting that there’s no guarantees of winning the Final either, as Spain and Italy both battle it out to be in the last two.

Both of these sides will have high hopes of winning the tournament, but if Italy are to stand any chance, they’ll need to beat the Germans and hope for a favour elsewhere. The pressure is on for a squad which contains AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and the highly rated trio of Daniele Rugani, Domenico Berardi and Federico Bernadeschi.

Football | Germany v Chile | Confederations Cup | Preview and Tips

Two of the pre-tournament favourites clash in this mouth-watering class as Germany and Chile go head-to-head, a place at the head of the table on offer. With neither team really shining in their opening games, both will be eager to put down a marker for the rest of the competition.

Football | Slovakia U21s v Sweden U21s

Seperated by just a point, Slovakia and Sweden will both be looking to cement their place in the knockout stages here. With so much at stake, this could be a rip-roaring match unencumbered by fear.

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Whilst England gave themselves a great chance of progressing to the knockout round with a very decent comeback win against Slovakia in game two on Monday evening, this is England, they are against the hosts, and they never make it easy for themselves…

One of the real Under-21s games this Euros that caught our eye was this one, as Portugal and Spain battle it out in Group B in one of the oldest footballing rivalries, known as the Iberian War.

Who says Germans don’t take tournament football seriously? Known for their ruthlessness and efficiency, Joachim Lowe has opted for a more experimental squad for the Confederations Cup, but despite that, there will be a number of high profile names playing for them against Australia on Monday afternoon.

The Confederations Cup is just round the corner once again as eight sides do battle in Russia, in a sort of warm up for next year’s World Cup to be hosted in the same country, as we all know. And these teams aren’t the likes of San Marino and Kazakhstan. The tournament will definitely be worth watching.

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