Published on October 30th, 2021
Monday mornings at work are for one thing and one thing only – standing around, pretending to do work but instead talking about the weekend’s sporting action with your colleagues.
It’s where the hot takes are borne, where you express your opinions on the tactical ineptitude of a manager and lavish praise on your favorite players.
If for some reason you’ve missed the latest action or just aren’t as up to date on the latest news as you should be, these classic Monday morning debriefs can feel quite exclusionary.
If your schedule is getting on top of you and you’re running out of time to keep up with your favorite sports fear not because we’ve got you covered.
Below are a list of great tools, apps and websites that you can use to keep up to date with all the latest sporting action.
1. Fantasy Football
Football is becoming increasingly scientific, there is no place anymore for hunches or feelings, the game is instead all about raw data. If you want to keep up to date with all the latest player trends and form guides, fantasy football is the game to play.
Spend just 30 minutes a week picking your team and looking at the form guides, ratings and statistics and you’ll immediately become more informed.
That player that you’ve always rated, because of the way he dribbles might go down in your estimations when you see how infrequently he assists his teammates.
Likewise, you might suddenly realize that the player you had pegged as an old carthorse is actually vital to his team’s style. If you regularly find yourself falling foul of the football bets odds, playing fantasy football could help.
After a couple of months of playing you’ll have a much better knowledge of the league you’re following and as a result, be better placed to make informed and successful bets.
(Fantasy Football allows you to keep up to date with the form and stats in a fun and competitive way.)
2. Newspaper Apps
If you want to stay abreast of all the drama on and off the pitch you should download a newspaper or magazine app. If it’s the Premier League you’re interested in the two best free and paid options are The Guardian and The Athletic.
The former is free to download and free to use and will give you access to some of the best football journalists in the UK. On your morning bus ride to work you can catch up with the opinions of Jonathan Wilson – the author of ‘Inverting the Pyramid’ – and the satirical cartoons of David Squires.
For more frequent and in-depth coverage you can sign up to The Athletic and read multiple daily articles that go into forensic detail about the sporting issues close to your heart.
If time is at a premium you want something that allows you to catch up with all the latest sporting news and action on the go. Podcasts are therefore the perfect medium as you can listen to them whilst driving, commuting or even cleaning the house.
You’ll get the views and opinions of experts straight into your eyes along with detailed reviews of all the latest action. If you regularly find yourself having nothing to say when your friends are discussing sports, listen to podcasts and regurgitate some of the professional opinions you hear!
(The Football Ramble is a podcast that blends insight, opinion and humor perfectly.)
Match of the Day is a sporting staple in the UK and is enjoyed by millions of viewers every Saturday night. Unfortunately though not all of us can sit down at 10.30pm on a Saturday to watch all of the Premier League highlights.
If you’re one of those people then maybe it’s time think about catching up on the latest action on YouTube. On the app you can find bite sized highlights packages of your favorite sports games which you can watch any time and any place.
It saves you having to make time for a full length match or an hour and a half long highlights programmed late on a Saturday.
(Use YouTube to get bite sized highlights packages that you can watch on your coffee break.)
5. Live Scores Apps
The best way to keep up to date with the latest sporting action is to use a live scores app. If you’re a football fan one of the best to use is the official Sky Sports Scores app.
On it you’ll find the very latest news about all of your favorite sports, but on match day you’ll also find live, up to date scores so you’ll never be out of the loop.
In addition to that, big games like the recent clash between Manchester United and Liverpool have minute-by-minute updates that you can read in real time.
What ways do you keep up to date with your favorite sports? Let us know in the comments section below.