The Squawka Talker

The Squawka Talker

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Welcome to The Squawka Talker podcast, where we attempt to answer the big questions in football each week. What are the stats behind the stories and stars dominating the game?


"If you take emotion out of it - sacking Ranieri is the right decision"  

Nic English is joined by Greg Stobart, Evening Standard regular James Benge and Sky Sports' James Dale to talk Ranieri's sacking, Spurs' capitulation, Champions League, Europa League and pretty much everything under the football sun.

One-On-One with Tom Moutchi: "Meeting Emmanuel Eboué in the barbers was the strangest experience"  

Rory Briggs talks football, comedy and social media with award-nominated online comedian and actor Tom Moutchi. From his heritage in Ivory Coast to meeting Emmanuel Eboué in a London barbers, Tom shares his personal experiences with football and gives his verdict on Pogba, Arsenal, Wenger, Sanchez and the inspirational Didier Drogba.

"I'm getting bored of people saying the FA Cup is dead and boring. Lincoln is what it's all about!"  

Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt and George Elek to chew over all the action in the FA Cup fifth round, Europe's top five leagues and the all the action to come in mid-week as the next set of Champions League and Europa League knockout stage games are played.

"Thiago is the embodiment of both Brazilian and Spanish football"  

It's Friday and Nic English is joined by Oli Young-Myles, Greg Lea from FourFourTwo and Sanjit Atwal to pick apart Arsene Wenger's situation at Arsenal, all the big European action and preview the upcoming FA Cup ties.

"I think it's too simple to say Liverpool are good against good teams and bad against bad teams."  

George Elek is joined by Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed), Greg Johnson and Adam Cheng to analyse how the top 6 are performing statistically this season.

"This is the best chance for another club to win the Champions League, and Arsenal have the potential to do it."  

Greg Johnson is joined by Greg Stobart, Muhammad Butt and George Elek to review all the action in the Premier League and Europe's other top leagues as well as previewing the return of the Champions League and Europa League, with Arsenal taking on Bayern Munich, Manchester United hosting St. Etienne and Spurs travelling away to face Genk.

"It's not Wenger's fault that Granit Xhaka decided to become a cage fighter"  

It's Friday and Nic is joined by Oli Young-Myles, Morning Star Sports Editor Kadeem Simmonds to preview the big Liverpool vs Spurs game as well as the rest of the upcoming EPL action. There's also a bit of time to play Would You Rather? And look ahead to what European action we should be keeping an eye on this weekend.

One-On-One with Los Campesinos!: "How Euro 2016 shaped new album Sick Scenes"  

Rory Briggs is back again with lead singer of Los Campesinos!, Gareth David, to discuss football's influence on the band's new album 'Sick Scenes' (out Feb 24th), his adoration of non-league football, and discover his favourite elements of the beautiful game.

"Gabriel Jesus is a more mature player than Neymar was at the same age. He's for real!"  

Host Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt and George Elek to analyse the weekend's action in the Premier League and across Europe, including Chelsea's 3-1 win over Arsenal, the second coming of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City with Gabriel Jesus up front and all the action from La Liga, Serie A, Ligue and the Bundesliga, plus Cameroon's win over Egypt in the final of AFCON 2017.

"It's the best midfielder in the league versus a team with no midfield"  

Nic English is joined by Oli Myles, Adrian Kajumba and Rory Briggs to analyse the midweek action and look ahead to a potentially title-defining Chelsea vs Arsenal game. There's also time to laud Frank Lampard's career, discuss the Antoine Griezmann rumours and play a game of would you rather.

"Liverpool are 98% out of the title race now"  

Nic English is joined by Greg Stobart, James Benge from the Evening Standard and George Elek to analyse a rather flat deadline day, last night's big game between Liverpool and Chelsea and the rest of the midweek Premier League action.

"Klopp vs Conte is a hugely exciting tactical battle - no matter the form"  

George Elek replaces the poorly Greg Johnson to run through the weekend's FA Cup action and preview the potentially title-defining Liverpool vs Chelsea tie with Muhammad Butt and James McManus. There's also time to run through the best of the action from around Europe.

"People have worked out how Liverpool want to play - and how to stop them"  

Nic English is joined by Muhammad Butt, PA journalist Helen Rowe-Willcocks and Hush Kerai to preview the upcoming FA Cup ties, have a quick gander at the transfer market and enjoy a game of would you rather...

One-On-One with John Dillon: "West Ham will always hold Sepp Blatter in high regard"  

Rory Briggs is joined by 20-year veteran of football journalism John Dillon to discuss his love for West Ham, his opinion of the modern game and how boxing compares to football.

"If this was Fergie’s Man United, we’d be praising Arsenal for grinding out results!"  

Greg Johnson is joined by George Elek and Greg Stobart to pick apart another weekend of drama and action in the Premier League and across Europe's other top leagues.

"Tottenham Hotspur might just be Pep Guardiola’s bogey team"  

Ahead of another huge showdown between Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur, Squawka Talker host Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt, Oli Young-Myles and London Evening Standard journalist James Benge. Together they pick apart the results of the FA Cup third round replays, the state of Arsenal's season, Liverpool's hopes without Sadio Mane, Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United, the return of the Bundesliga and Real Madrid's faltering form.

Football IQ: How to win the January transfer window  

George Elek is joined by Squawka's chief reporter Greg Stobart, StatsBomb owner Ted Knutson and football agent Simon Festinesi to discuss how clubs, players and agents can make the most out of the January transfer window, avoid the common pitfalls and use the loan system to get the best short-term deal.

"Carrick is a sitting duck against a high-pressing teams like Liverpool"  

Nic English is joined by Greg Stobart, George Elek and Amar Singh to deconstruct Man United's draw at home to Liverpool along with the rest of the Premier League and headline European action.

"Henderson is a bigger miss than Mane - Pogba will dominate if he's out"  

Squawka Talker host Greg Johnson is joined by James McManus, Oli Young-Myles and football writer Greg Lea to discuss Manchester United vs. Liverpool, both side's mid-week EFL Cup matches against Hull City and Southampton, the rest of the weekend's Premier League fixtures and all the action around Europe, plus the African Cup of Nations.

One-On-One with Musa Okwonga: "Barcelona's passing was like music being written"  

Rory Briggs is joined by poet and author Musa Okwonga to discuss his passion for the game and get a few readings from his powerful back catalogue.

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