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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 3 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture Tottenham Hotspur 75 Manchester City 71 Liverpool 70 Manchester United 68 Arsenal 67 Saturday 13th May 12.30 Manchester City vs Leicester City Although Pep’s boys are one of the few teams Leicester have been arsed to show up against this season, lightning doesn’t strike twice. At least not if lightning were as lazy as Leicester City, although their places did show an impressive inclination to strike towards the latter end of Claudio Ranieri). Home win with certain City players fighting for their futures (hello Fabian Delph.) 5.30 Arsenal vs Stoke A trip to Stoke isn’t what it once was, rather like much of the midlands, a now decaying footballing force in what used to be a powerhouse.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 2 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture Tottenham Hotspur 74 Manchester City 68 Liverpool 67 (goal difference) Manchester United 67 Arsenal 63 Friday 5th May West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur Draw Saturday 6th May Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Forget Leicester City’s title win – a big game in May being played on a Saturday is the biggest shock in Premier League history. Looking with hindsight at the Eagles run-in, it is extraordinary that Big Sam had the gall to leave their survival bid so late. But that he certainly did, and having secured another season of top-flight antics at the Palace, this may be a game too far. City, just. Sunday 7th May 1.30 Liverpool vs Southampton A fixture that has bizarrely... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 1 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture As it Stands: Tottenham Hotspur 74 Liverpool 66 Manchester City 65 Manchester United 64 Arsenal 60 Sunday 30th April Midday Manchester United vs Swansea City A (insert correct collective noun here) of plucky Swans fighting for their lives head to Old Trafford, where similarly innocuous teams have managed to come away with a point this season. Yet despite an incoming Celta Vigo, United should have enough, particularly now boosted by the absence of Marouane Fellaini. A narrow home win, to add the Mourinho box set of them. 2pm Middlesbrough vs Manchester City Their victory over Sunderland in midweek served only to deliver Boro the league’s tallest dwarf prize. Fact is that they remain garbage, and the type... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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Premier League Title Run-In 2017

The Fixtures (Tuesday 25th April) Chelsea vs Southampton No walkover, but the Saints season was pretty much signed, sealed and delivered at Wembley two months ago. Home win to nil. (Weds 26th April) Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur Fresh from steamrollering Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, many will fancy Palace at home against Spurs. Yet perhaps Poch can coax one last big effort out of his men, and Allardyce is probably content to chillax with a pint of wine for the rest of the season. Surprisingly comfortable away win. Chelsea 78 Tottenham 74 (Sunday 30th April 2pm) Everton vs Chelsea A tough place to go, but the kind of place where titles are won at this time of year (think United... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017
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FA Cup Semi Final 2017 – Arsenal vs Manchester City

Wenger Shooting for the Stars Written in the stars as that little scampster Tinie Tempah might have said – Arsene Wenger to bow out at Wembley with a cup final victory over the hated Tottenham, in the process becoming the greatest FA Cup manager in English football history. Two problems – for starters, it is becoming increasingly clear that as day follows night, Wenger has absolutely no intention of leaving Arsenal, possibly ever. It would be no surprise to discover that having lost his cache in discovering incredible French teenagers (hello the entire Monaco squad,) the Professor instead turned his arm into an elixir for eternal life. You read it here first. The second problem of course, is Manchester City,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017
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FA Cup Semi Final 2017 – Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sticks and Stones may even Hurt Kante The top two beasts, and the standout sides in this year’s Premier League collide at Wembley on Saturday, and strangely for a semi-final, the talk is all about psychological victories, rather than an opportunity for a first major trophy in years for Spurs, or the opportunity for a double for the Blues. Quite why is unclear – the sides don’t meet again, so any one-off victory surely won’t have any repercussions at all for the defeated XI. Perhaps of more significance could be potential injuries – a cheeky kick to Christian Eriksen or N’Golo Kante could have a far greater impact on the last six matches – sticks and stones etc. Neither side... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 17 March 2017

4 to watch West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Having shown that they are far too good for Lincoln City, but nowhere near good enough for Bayern, Arsenal now get a fair test at the Hawthorns. This is exactly the time of the season when Wenger’s men step up a gear and make their push for the top four, whereas Tony Pulis’ sides have a predictable habit of sacking it off once they hit 40 points, a tally they have now reached (last year they didn’t win any of their final seven games having hit that landmark.) Ladbrokes will give you 7/10 on an away win, and we would take that right now as our bet of the weekend. Stoke City... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017
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FA Cup Quarter Final 2017 – Chelsea vs Manchester United

I say oy Lineker…..Noooo The big Quarter Final tie of the weekend, bizarrely pilfered for a Monday night by the Beeb. Yes folks – let us not forget that the next time Gary Lineker poses as the people’s champion, he is the bloke who this week has taken Champions League football away from the poor, and who on Monday, will stop young children from watching the biggest live match of the season on terrestrial television. A modern day Pol Pot. Although both of these sides have bigger fish to fry (as one is contractually obliged to write in football journalism) in the coming weeks, neither gaffer would mind this trophy in the bank. For Antonio Conte, he could potentially ape... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017
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Roly Poly Goalie on the Doley

The extraordinary over-reaction to the Sutton United goalkeeper eating a pie on the bench, during Monday night’s embarrassing home defeat to the part-time defenders and attackers of Arsenal, has cast betting on specials into the spotlight. We here at Oggs occasionally stray into such territory, but generally one is advised to stay clear unless, like Wayne Shaw, you possess inside knowledge. However, there is easy money to be made too. Yesterday, perhaps ironically, marked ten years to the day since Craig Bellamy celebrated the fact that he had got involved in an golfclub altercation with Jon Arne Riise, and also that he had scored at the Camp Nou, by getting out his virtual 5iron and having a swing. The odds... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
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FA Cup 2017 Preview – 5th Round

4 to Watch Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City Amidst the fury and the mayhem, old Pep may be calmly putting together a reasonable season for City, whilst at the same time completely ripping apart the spine of a team that had been together since the days of Mark Hughes. Expect them to progress here too, and with the way Huddersfield play, expect lots of goals and excitement. Ladbrokes will give you 15/2 on over 5.5 goals, and we will have a little nibble at that. Milwall vs Leicester City The Den one day, Sevilla the next. Such is the extraordinary tale of Leicester City these days. Typically, a side struggling in the league and with Europe to cope with wouldn’t... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017
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