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Ben Darvill

I graduated with an upper second class degree in English and Creative writing from Cardiff Metropolitan University. I have been a freelance sports writer since leaving University and have written for a number of online websites. I am a Chelsea and England fan but I enjoy watching any team play as I have an intense passion for football.

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Was Antonio Conte too conservative?
12:30 Sunday 1st October 2017

It was not the type of game Chelsea's fans have been used to seeing at Stamford Bridge in recent months with the reigning champions usually so good in front of their own support. However, they were outplayed and outdone on Saturday as Manchester…

Are Chelsea already over-relying on Alvaro Morata?
10:00 Sunday 1st October 2017

It was not quite the goal-fest that many had hoped for, but it was an exceptionally interesting game nonetheless. The match saw Manchester City run out 1-0 winners over their London hosts as Pep Guardiola's men extended their lead over the…

Eden Hazard has the perfect chance to showcase his talent
16:20 Saturday 30th September 2017

Chelsea host Manchester City on Saturday as two of the Premier League's front-runners for the title take each other on. The match-up will see a host of talented players taking to the field in a game that could see a glut of goals and a lot…

Three things Chelsea must do to beat Manchester City?
00:13 Saturday 30th September 2017

It could prove to be one of the games of the season on Saturday evening as Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in a battle between the Blues' Antonio Conte and City's Pep Guardiola.  Both sides are in fine form, with…

Should Arsenal follow Manchester United's lead?
15:35 Friday 29th September 2017

Arsenal's 4-2 win over Bate Borisov on Thursday evening meant that Arsene Wenger's side maintained their 100% start to their Europa League campaign following their victory over German side FC Koln in their opening game. Their apparent ease…

Why didn't Crystal Palace wait?
18:39 Thursday 28th September 2017

The current Premier League season is seeing some of the best football played for some years in England with a number of sides setting the standard early on. However, there are a group of teams that are already looking like favourites to go…

Liverpool's goalkeeper problems are only going to get worse
10:30 Thursday 28th September 2017

Liverpool continued their Champions League campaign with yet another draw, this time with Spartak Moscow in a game that they dominated, but ultimately finished in a 1-1 draw. While the result revealed a lot about Liverpool, there was a particular…

Manchester United must replicate their performances in England on the European stage
15:02 Wednesday 27th September 2017

Manchester United's return to the Champions League was a long time coming, but after what feels like an eternity without them in the competition, they came back with a solid 3-0 win over Basel in their opening game. Had it not been for the…

Tottenham still have to improve on some key areas
11:00 Sunday 24th September 2017

Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders with a Tottenham side that were formerly a good team, but not a great one. The Argentine manager has led the London side to two near misses in the Premier League, while they have been learning their trade…

Three things we learned about West Ham in their defeat to Tottenham
18:00 Saturday 23rd September 2017

West Ham fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Totten Hotspur at the London Stadium on Saturday as their difficult start to the season wore on. In their last two games, they had taken four points but they have been since brought back down to…

Everton are still lacking a leader
14:40 Monday 18th September 2017

Everton's hammering at the hands of Manchester United was yet another example of why they are not yet ready to battle for a Champions League spot with the best in the Premier League. A 4-0 defeat means that the Toffees have now conceded 12…

Manchester City expose Liverpool's weak underbelly
16:24 Saturday 9th September 2017

In the final game before the international break, Liverpool hammered Arsenal 4-0 to expose the Gunners inability to defend and cope against an incisive attack. Every footballing channel openly mocked Arsenal, ridiculing them for yet again failing…

England National Team
England face a lose-lose situation against Slovakia this evening
15:45 Monday 4th September 2017

Gareth Southgate's England demolished Malta on Friday as the almost part-timers were no match for their far superior opponents. That should have been the headline in Saturday morning's papers, but it instead conveyed the fact that England struggled…

Manchester United have far tougher challenges to come
16:53 Monday 21st August 2017

Manchester United romped home yet again on Saturday as their powerful second-half showing allowed for a dismantling of Swansea City. The 4-0 scoreline was their second in a week and it has seen them rise to the top of the Premier League table. …

Where do Liverpool go from here?
17:30 Friday 11th August 2017

It is a saga that many expected to see following Neymar's exit from Barcelona, but it is a reality that Liverpool's fans will have been shielding their eyes and ears from, and with good reason. Early reports indicate that Philippe Coutinho's…