Five things to expect from Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football

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

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.