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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur – 26 November 2016

Seconds Out… In the midst of a fight between these two at Stamford Bridge last season, a game of football broke out, a game marked by a wonderful goal from Eden Hazard that gave the title to Leicester City, and meant we all got to see Jamie Vardy’s kitchen. Great days! That contest was between Tottenham and the Chelsea who had sacked it off for the past few months. Can you only imagine what sort of violence the Chelsea of 2016, under the feisty Antonio Conte, can provide. Everything points to a home victory here. Chelsea’s terrific form against stuttering Spurs, the Blues great record against their London rivals, and of course, Spurs players being a little leggy after their... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 18 November 2016

4 to Watch Everton vs Swansea City A walloping by Chelsea meant that the international break perhaps fell at a good time for Ronald Koeman’s Everton, his halo-slippage now forgotten amidst headlines of Rooney, Alexis etc. Meanwhile Bob Bradley was probably enjoying Jurgen Klinsmann’s continued destruction of the United States soccer team. There may not have been much to enjoy for him in Wales of late, but we fancy the Swans to get something at Goodison. Both teams to stop the rot and share the spoils is 16/5 at Ladbrokes which will do us nicely. Middlesbrough vs Chelsea The in-form team before the break, up against a Boro side who aren’t going too badly thank you very much either. Yet... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016
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Manchester United vs Arsenal – 19 November 2016

Them again In a world of gegenpressing, and sexy new foreigners, it is important once in a while to remember the Premier League’s ultimate grudge match of the last decade – Jose vs Wenger. One of just two men who have lured the Frenchman into violence during his tenure (the other being Alan Pardew so Arsene clearly has good taste), Mourinho for once finds himself on the back foot against Wenger, shorn of an all-conquering side, shorn of Didier Drogba or above big physical specimens to bully Arsenal’s back-line, and above all, shorn of his old self-confidence. The run-up to Saturday’s match has been dominated by mass kvetching over who has the bigger injury problems, not to mention snaps of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016
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Saturday’s International Football (12 November 2016)

4 to Watch USA vs Mexico Of course football would have the final say. Just four days after the Don gets elected to high office by nigh on 60m Americans, along come his personal whipping boys, the Mexicans, to play a game of football. The setting – Ohio – is equally apposite, being the main blue-collar state that swung to Trump. It is the sort of build up to a fixture, where football men like Jim Smith would invariably declare, “they don’t need a teamtalk.” Whether the Mexican gaffer will be pinning up Trump speeches onto the dressing room walls is at this stage unknown, but expect them to come out firing. Take the 6/4 on the away side with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016
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England vs Scotland – November 2016

Head2Head: Gareth Southgate vs Gordon Strachan We live in a golden age of ex Middlesbrough managers. There they are, these masters of the universe, bestriding the footballing globe like they won multiple trophies at Real Madrid, rather than were dire failures at Middlesbrough. Terry Venables, Bryan Robson and Steve McLaren have all parked their bottoms on the Wembley dugout in the past two decades, whilst Big Jackie Charlton was a massive hit with Ireland. And lo and behold, this Friday night, the Battle of Britain will be contested between two failed ‘Boro bosses, Gareth Southgate’s England against Gordon Strachan’s Scotland. And it is a big game for both. If there is a loser on Friday night, they will be out... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016
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Arsenal V Tottenham – Winter 2016

Tottenham in ‘failing to live up to expectations’ shocker A terrific example of the bias of the London media can currently be found following the work of Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. Having fought for the title for the first time in living memory, the Foxes were tipped to slide back into mediocrity, get back in their box as it were, and normal life shall resume. Their shaky Premier League start has surprised nobody. By contrast, having fought for the title for the first time in living memory (and finished a terrific 11 points behind the Champions, beating them just once in four attempts last season), Tottenham Hotspur were fully expected to ‘kick on,’ challenge for the title this season,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 28 October 2016

4 to Watch Sunderland vs Arsenal One of a few matches this weekend that pit gritty Northern teams (and a Tony Pulis side) against a more aristocratic / poncey side full of foreigners. But whilst this may all be new to Pep, Arsene Wenger knows what it takes to beat this sort of outfit. The typical Arsenal performance up north is to look ruffled early on, but to eventually get to grips and win the game late. That is why we like Ladbrokes evens on the second half to have more goals than the first. Manchester United vs Burnley Having survived a potentially fatal bullet of losing at home to the noisy neighbours’ reserve outfit, a narrative of Mourinho winning... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 14 October 2016

4 To Watch Arsenal vs Swansea City Twenty years ago, another bonkers foreign bloke strolled into the Premier League, few expecting him and his ways to last too much longer. Arsene Wenger is still here of course, although for every Wenger, there has been several Christian Grosses or Jacques Santinis (strange foreigners appointed by clubs other than Spurs are available.) Which will Uncle Bob be? Too early to say of course, but this is a real hiding to nothing fixture. We like Arsenal -2 in the first half, available at 9/1 with Ladbrokes. Manchester City vs Everton A blip or a wobble at the Etihad? We may be about to find out. Amongst all the talk of thrilling games, the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Liverpool vs Manchester United – October ’16

Mourinho, Rooney, Anfield, Violence – A Match for the Ages It is a good time to be a nostalgist – (is that a word? It is now!) Liverpool riding high at the top, the great entertainers, whilst United, despite having spent an absolute fortune, are a laughing stock. And what is this – the two meeting in an evening kick-off, the sort of thing that used to be outlawed due to the proportionate relationship between hours until kick-off, and pints sunk by skinheaded rotters. Ah the good times are back. There are of course some outrageously interesting sub-plots to this match too. Wayne Rooney – you remember him – used to be good at football. What will his role be?... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016
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Slovenia vs England

The King is Dead…Long Live the King For almost twenty years now, the Football Association have been nothing if not predictable. Following Kevin Keegan’s lavatorial resignation, the FA wanted the opposite of King Kev – someone calm, demure, foreign. Enter dull old Sven, although it soon turned out that he was a bit of a mercenary, groping for gelt with Fake Sheikhs and the like. Of course, proud old English bosses would never do that, so Steve McLaren fitted the bill. But Steve (aside from being terrible) was far too matey with the players. Enter cold old Fabio Capello, but he was far too single-minded, standing up to the FA on issues such as whether his captain was a racist.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
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