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Five things to expect from Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football

| 18.08.2016

This year’s Premier League is one of many firsts. It’s the first time the title will be kept in the Midlands for the duration of the season, it’s the first time a player with two ‘kh’s’ in his name will play in the top flight (cheers, Henrikh Mkhitaryan) and it’s the first time we’ll regularly be seeing live matches on a Friday night.

So what can we expect from Sky’s new show? We’ve compiled a list of five things to look out for tomorrow night…

Jeff Stelling to use the line “the countdown is over”

Here’s a joke that will run and run. Friday Night Football brings with it two faces of the popular daytime TV show Countdown, as the glamorous Rachel Riley joins her former Channel 4 colleague Jeff Stelling on the show for her Sky Sports debut.

Given she’s a Manchester United fan it’s quite fitting that her first assignment will be to cover her beloved Red Devils against Southampton.

And it’ll certainly take a mathematician to work out Jose Mourinho’s total spend this summer (yep, we went there).

Rachel Riley to be given a football conundrum to solve

I’d probably just about manage to crack Jordon Ibe in a conundrum, providing his first name wasn’t included. But Miss Riley may fancy her chances of solving this one…


Let us know if you work it out in the comments section below. The rest of the Ladbrokes News team are struggling…

Viral complaints from non-football fans that there’s too much of the stuff on TV nowadays…

…shortly followed by calls from football fans for a live Premier League game every night of the week.

Sickies in Southampton

If you’re a business owner on the south coast of England, the chances are you’re going to be very short staffed tomorrow night.

So go on, bosses – shut up shop early. Live a little.

Secret Celebrity Big Brother fans to face tough decision

What to watch? FNF or CBB? Don’t worry folks – Rylan will understand.

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Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.