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It has been the international break so we
have been away from your screens for two whole weeks.
We are making up for it with a jam-packed show this week.
We predict the future or at least the future of this weekend's
With the help of a football supercomputer.
Some young fans are surprised at training when two Man
And with it being officially FA girls football week,
we take a look at some great goals from the pros.
All that and loads more but first, let's quickly catch up on the
Since we last saw you, England have a new manager,
they have dropped their captain and could only manage a draw in
Wales got two draws, one good and one bad, if
Austria away was always going to be tough but Georgia
at home should really have been a win.
Things are not looking good for
Scotland either, only a point from their two
games has left manager Gordon Strachan's future uncertain.
And Northern Ireland had a great win, followed by a defeat
to the world champions so, on balance, not all
Off the pitch, there has been some fun and games too so time now
Notice something weird about the Wales
Surely this is a bit of a private joke, don't you think?
We all know it is six at the top and five
If you look closer, you can just about see the smirk on their faces.
Check out this training drill from the Norwich keepers.
They call it spike ball and as you can see, it
Now, your eyes don't deceive you, a team in Argentina have been
ordered to fix their wonky pitch which has been
No, it is not April Fools' Day, that pitch is really like that.
OK, the Premier League is back this weekend
and already, we have a change to our managerial merry-go-round.
Yes, Francesco Guidolin has paid the price for Swansea's
poor start to the season and in comes the league's first American
Oh, I have just seen him, come on, where are you?
And I'm sure that won't be the last time I refer to the
Anyway, here are today's Premier League
Loads of great games, including leaders Man City hosting
But there is a real standout one for me and that is
Not only is this the mouthwatering match but
there are loads of interesting links between these two for a statto
Take N'Golo Kante for example, one of the
players of last season for Leicester, now of
Bridge and playing against his former club for the first time.
You all know about Kante bid did you know that Leicester boss Claudio
Ranieri used to manage Chelsea over 15 years ago?
And he was in his Chelsea squad back them?
None other than a very youthful looking Robert Huth.
Now, of course, with Ranieri at Leicester, all
highly confusing and I couldn't talk Chelsea versus Leicester without
watching this amazing strike one more time.
Last season, of course, this is at the King Power, he goes one
Great goal and it was of course I probably got
people thinking that Leicester could be title contenders.
Right, you all know how much I like predicting
match results here on kickabout and you all know how bad they can be
Not today though because I have enlisted the help of a professional
who uses a supercomputer to make his predictions.
So, this supercomputer done, how does it work?
the results of matches and on playing ability of players
that we feed into a statistical novel of
football matches to try and answer some interesting questions.
Companies now collect data on the location
events that go on during a football match so the pass origin, the pass
destination, for example, is just one of the things that we include so
we run these algorithms across Europe, all the top leagues in
Europe so we know which players are playing the best at the moment.
I know this supercomputer uses algorithms but what exactly are
An algorithm is basically another word for equation.
We have inputs which, in this occasion, the
player ratings and outputs which, on this occasion, are the estimated
So an algorithm basically turns input into output that you are
Oh, well, don't keep us in suspense, Ian.
He will be looking at as the top names, your Messis, your Renaldos?
The people you would expect are up there but at the
moment, Son of Tottenham is actually play the best football of any
The basic task of predicting the results of a football
match is to try and estimate the number of goals
Well, I'm going to put that to the test now, Ian, because we
have asked you to predict some of our games,
some of the big games of
this weekend and the first one is Chelsea versus Leicester.
See you have crunched the numbers, let's see
Based on the players that are on each
team, we expect them to score about the same
number of goals but the
I know you have got all this data on everything from every player but
does it take into account, let's say, someone has a late night the
night before or has a dodgy tummy the next morning or how can you
possibly encounter and encompass that in the predictions you make?
All we can take into account is how the players
have been playing in the recent past.
That's very interesting to
know, we are going to do it one more time.
This game is the big match on
Monday night, Liverpool versus Man United.
Let's see what the supercomputer thinks to that one.
Can you tell us why the supercomputer
There we go, perhaps it not controversial to you, then.
But the supercomputer is neutral, he's unbiased.
Liverpool and United have both got strong
attacking lines and Liverpool forcing the three players and do the
same side, they are scoring lots of goals and we
expect them to carry on
scoring lots of goals the way they are playing at the moment.
Well, it's absolutely fascinating, Ian.
And in the lead up to this game, you will
never guess what your manager has been up to.
Well, Ian, as great as your supercomputer
is, I am just a tad disappointed it couldn't have predicted Jurgen Klopp
going bowling, I mean, what a guy though, right?
It's more evidence that he is one of the greatest
Now, whilst Jurgen was meeting some senior
football fans, two Man United players this week decided to
surprise some fans of the younger generation.
Jenny Buckley was there for Kickabout.
When I was at school, PE was one of the highlights
of my week and it looks like it is for these girls.
What they don't know is that their week is about to
What would you say to me if I said we have got
two Man United players coming to join yesterday?
They are going to come and take you on now.
You can join any team you like, boys.
We're just going to do some dribbling.
Show me what your faces did when you saw them.
I never actually thought they would be that massive.
It's the first time I have ever seen a player.
I just thought we were going to have like a
Then for those legends to come in, it was just unbelievable.
Young against McNaughton and still Ashley
Yes, it was very good, it was nice to the see the girls
and I think they were pretty surprised that we
had turned up today but it is always nice to see smiling faces.
What do you think, you have been having a
kickabout with them and watching them?
Dribbling around the cones and seeing the different
It's all about giving back and coming
down to see it first hand is fantastic.
To see the girls smiling, happy, being out there.
Obviously the weather is not the best but it happens and
the girls, they are loving it so it is good to see.
It's nice because as you know, is more famous for men and
everything but I think in the last four years,
getting promoted and the football is getting better so it is nice to see
them play and enjoy ourselves as well because I think women can do
It's just lovely watching them have a kickabout with
It's amazing, you see the faces when they come in as
To get an actual professional coming to play with
them today, they won't have stopped talking about it forever.
Some of the girls, the older girls, they
have been with me three, four years and just to give
that I had when I was playing and stuff like that, it's
Amazing to see two United stars helping celebrate
girls' football week, an FA intiative to get more
There's certainly inspiration at the top level so let's revel
at some of the best goals at this year's women's superleague.
Great goals and judging by what we are about to see, there are some big
stars of the future in the making as well. First up, here is Isabel.
Great goal. Look about celebration. She is loving it. Here is Charlotte
and she deserves a pot of gold because that is not one but two
rainbow flicks. It is catching because Brooke has done one write to
the back of the garden and she should be pleased. Brilliant stuff.
Those rainbow flicks also caught the attention of a certain kickabout
trickster. Well, Charlotte Lambrook, those rainbow flicks were
incredible. I tell you what, because you are so good at that, why did you
give this a try? -- why don't you give this a try? OK, I hope you
enjoyed about rainbow of the nation. Keep working hard and keep
practising. I will see you soon. Only John could tell the brain
befitted Ray combo. Make sure you had to be kickabout website to
upload your skills and to see more of John. On the subject of skills,
have you ever wanted to interview the phenomenal freestylers? Now is
your big chance. Just imagine yourself as a hotshot reporter like
me, film yourself asking your best question and upload it to our
website. We will show it to them, they will answer and it could
feature on a programme in the next few weeks. All this talk of skills
has got me even more excited for this week in's Premier League
matches. I will leave you with a selection of the best show voters in
the business. See you. -- showboaters.
Just Kidding is coming up next, so do not go anywhere.
And, Katie, I wonder if you can help me with a little something. Yeah?
Match of the Day spin-off aimed at children aged 7 to 13, bringing viewers the latest from the world of footie as well as top players and pundits.
Featuring goals, gossip, stats and skills, and all you need to know about the nation's favourite sport.