James Horncastle on consummate Conte and being a non-playing pundit
The Italian football expert is in the studio for episode 33 of the Betway Insider Podcast...
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The Italian football expert James Horncastle - who appears regularly on BT Sport and the Guardian Football Weekly podcast as well as writing for ESPN - joins stand-in host Adam Drury in the studio to discuss:
- Why he expected Antonio Conte to make such a quick start
- Conte's summer transfer market frustrations
- How David Luiz has turned his reputation around
- Diego Costa's controlled aggression
- Who he believes to be the best striker in the Premier League
- The rejuvenation of Victor Moses
- Whether the number of Italian managers that win the Premier League is a coincidence
- Whether Leicester could be relegated, and if Claudio Ranieri is culpable
- The responses Betway's Twitter and Facebook followers gave to this week's 'finish this sentence': Apart from Ali Dia, the most fraudulent signing in Premier League history is..."
- The fractured relationship between players and journalists in England, and whether the same problems exist abroad
- How he came to be an authority on Italian football
- Life as a non-playing pundit, and whether that is still used against him
- The success of BT Sport's Champions League Goals show
- His Insider 5 - which this week is a five-a-side team comprised of the best Premier League Italian imports
James also takes on Alan in the recently-revamped Wise Al, which involves the two placing a treble on the weekend's games, with the winner being the one whose bet returns most profit (if at all).
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