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It has been the international break so we

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have been away from your screens for two whole weeks.

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We are making up for it with a jam-packed show this week.

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We predict the future or at least the future of this weekend's

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With the help of a football supercomputer.

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Some young fans are surprised at training when two Man

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And with it being officially FA girls football week,

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we take a look at some great goals from the pros.

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All that and loads more but first, let's quickly catch up on the

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Since we last saw you, England have a new manager,

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they have dropped their captain and could only manage a draw in

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Wales got two draws, one good and one bad, if

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Austria away was always going to be tough but Georgia

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at home should really have been a win.

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Things are not looking good for

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Scotland either, only a point from their two

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games has left manager Gordon Strachan's future uncertain.

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And Northern Ireland had a great win, followed by a defeat

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to the world champions so, on balance, not all

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Off the pitch, there has been some fun and games too so time now

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Notice something weird about the Wales

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Surely this is a bit of a private joke, don't you think?

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We all know it is six at the top and five

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If you look closer, you can just about see the smirk on their faces.

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Check out this training drill from the Norwich keepers.

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They call it spike ball and as you can see, it

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Now, your eyes don't deceive you, a team in Argentina have been

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ordered to fix their wonky pitch which has been

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No, it is not April Fools' Day, that pitch is really like that.

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OK, the Premier League is back this weekend

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and already, we have a change to our managerial merry-go-round.

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Yes, Francesco Guidolin has paid the price for Swansea's

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poor start to the season and in comes the league's first American

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Oh, I have just seen him, come on, where are you?

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And I'm sure that won't be the last time I refer to the

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Anyway, here are today's Premier League

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Loads of great games, including leaders Man City hosting

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But there is a real standout one for me and that is

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Not only is this the mouthwatering match but

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there are loads of interesting links between these two for a statto

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Take N'Golo Kante for example, one of the

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players of last season for Leicester, now of

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Bridge and playing against his former club for the first time.

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You all know about Kante bid did you know that Leicester boss Claudio

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Ranieri used to manage Chelsea over 15 years ago?

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And he was in his Chelsea squad back them?

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None other than a very youthful looking Robert Huth.

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Now, of course, with Ranieri at Leicester, all

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highly confusing and I couldn't talk Chelsea versus Leicester without

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watching this amazing strike one more time.

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Last season, of course, this is at the King Power, he goes one

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Great goal and it was of course I probably got

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people thinking that Leicester could be title contenders.

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Right, you all know how much I like predicting

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match results here on kickabout and you all know how bad they can be

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Not today though because I have enlisted the help of a professional

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who uses a supercomputer to make his predictions.

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So, this supercomputer done, how does it work?

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the results of matches and on playing ability of players

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that we feed into a statistical novel of

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football matches to try and answer some interesting questions.

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Companies now collect data on the location

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events that go on during a football match so the pass origin, the pass

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destination, for example, is just one of the things that we include so

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we run these algorithms across Europe, all the top leagues in

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Europe so we know which players are playing the best at the moment.

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I know this supercomputer uses algorithms but what exactly are

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An algorithm is basically another word for equation.

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We have inputs which, in this occasion, the

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player ratings and outputs which, on this occasion, are the estimated

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So an algorithm basically turns input into output that you are

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Oh, well, don't keep us in suspense, Ian.

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He will be looking at as the top names, your Messis, your Renaldos?

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The people you would expect are up there but at the

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moment, Son of Tottenham is actually play the best football of any

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The basic task of predicting the results of a football

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match is to try and estimate the number of goals

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Well, I'm going to put that to the test now, Ian, because we

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have asked you to predict some of our games,

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some of the big games of

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this weekend and the first one is Chelsea versus Leicester.

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See you have crunched the numbers, let's see

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Based on the players that are on each

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team, we expect them to score about the same

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number of goals but the

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I know you have got all this data on everything from every player but

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does it take into account, let's say, someone has a late night the

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night before or has a dodgy tummy the next morning or how can you

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possibly encounter and encompass that in the predictions you make?

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All we can take into account is how the players

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have been playing in the recent past.

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That's very interesting to

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know, we are going to do it one more time.

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This game is the big match on

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Monday night, Liverpool versus Man United.

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Let's see what the supercomputer thinks to that one.

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Can you tell us why the supercomputer

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There we go, perhaps it not controversial to you, then.

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But the supercomputer is neutral, he's unbiased.

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Liverpool and United have both got strong

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attacking lines and Liverpool forcing the three players and do the

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same side, they are scoring lots of goals and we

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expect them to carry on

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scoring lots of goals the way they are playing at the moment.

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Well, it's absolutely fascinating, Ian.

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And in the lead up to this game, you will

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never guess what your manager has been up to.

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Well, Ian, as great as your supercomputer

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is, I am just a tad disappointed it couldn't have predicted Jurgen Klopp

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going bowling, I mean, what a guy though, right?

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It's more evidence that he is one of the greatest

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Now, whilst Jurgen was meeting some senior

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football fans, two Man United players this week decided to

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surprise some fans of the younger generation.

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Jenny Buckley was there for Kickabout.

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When I was at school, PE was one of the highlights

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of my week and it looks like it is for these girls.

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What they don't know is that their week is about to

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What would you say to me if I said we have got

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two Man United players coming to join yesterday?

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They are going to come and take you on now.

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You can join any team you like, boys.

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We're just going to do some dribbling.

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Show me what your faces did when you saw them.

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I never actually thought they would be that massive.

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It's the first time I have ever seen a player.

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I just thought we were going to have like a

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Then for those legends to come in, it was just unbelievable.

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Young against McNaughton and still Ashley

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Yes, it was very good, it was nice to the see the girls

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and I think they were pretty surprised that we

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had turned up today but it is always nice to see smiling faces.

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What do you think, you have been having a

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kickabout with them and watching them?

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Dribbling around the cones and seeing the different

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It's all about giving back and coming

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down to see it first hand is fantastic.

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To see the girls smiling, happy, being out there.

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Obviously the weather is not the best but it happens and

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the girls, they are loving it so it is good to see.

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It's nice because as you know, is more famous for men and

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everything but I think in the last four years,

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getting promoted and the football is getting better so it is nice to see

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them play and enjoy ourselves as well because I think women can do

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It's just lovely watching them have a kickabout with

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It's amazing, you see the faces when they come in as

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To get an actual professional coming to play with

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them today, they won't have stopped talking about it forever.

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Some of the girls, the older girls, they

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have been with me three, four years and just to give

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that I had when I was playing and stuff like that, it's

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Amazing to see two United stars helping celebrate

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girls' football week, an FA intiative to get more

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There's certainly inspiration at the top level so let's revel

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at some of the best goals at this year's women's superleague.

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Great goals and judging by what we are about to see, there are some big

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stars of the future in the making as well. First up, here is Isabel.

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Great goal. Look about celebration. She is loving it. Here is Charlotte

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and she deserves a pot of gold because that is not one but two

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rainbow flicks. It is catching because Brooke has done one write to

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the back of the garden and she should be pleased. Brilliant stuff.

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Those rainbow flicks also caught the attention of a certain kickabout

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trickster. Well, Charlotte Lambrook, those rainbow flicks were

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incredible. I tell you what, because you are so good at that, why did you

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give this a try? -- why don't you give this a try? OK, I hope you

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enjoyed about rainbow of the nation. Keep working hard and keep

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practising. I will see you soon. Only John could tell the brain

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befitted Ray combo. Make sure you had to be kickabout website to

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upload your skills and to see more of John. On the subject of skills,

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have you ever wanted to interview the phenomenal freestylers? Now is

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your big chance. Just imagine yourself as a hotshot reporter like

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me, film yourself asking your best question and upload it to our

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website. We will show it to them, they will answer and it could

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feature on a programme in the next few weeks. All this talk of skills

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has got me even more excited for this week in's Premier League

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matches. I will leave you with a selection of the best show voters in

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the business. See you. -- showboaters.

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Just Kidding is coming up next, so do not go anywhere.

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And, Katie, I wonder if you can help me with a little something. Yeah?

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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.