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Premiership Preview – 28 March 2014

Just as the media was predicting the first genuine four-way battle for the title, Arsenal have done their annual humpty dumpty impression. Their great fall leaves them more concerned about holding onto a Champions League spot than battling for the title. Onwards they stumble with Manchester City visiting the Emirates this weekend and few teams will fancy their chances more than Pellegrini’s men. The games in North London between the sides have been tight affairs of late, with the last six league meetings all going under 2.5 goals with none of those games seeing both sides scoring. City have 19 points from their last 21 available on the road, whilst Arsenal have just four wins from 11 in all competitions. ... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014
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Role Reversal

The Manchester Derby For many years a late-season Manchester derby offered little interest for Manchester City fans. Little that is, apart from an opportunity to throw a spanner into the United title charge. (Can one throw a spanner into a charge? Not a debate for right now.) Back in the good old pre-Prem days, City managed to nab a draw at Old Trafford back in April 1992,  a month in which a United collapse allowed Eric Cantona’s Leeds to finish top. And so to today, where United (who would presumably prefer to finish 7th than 5th-6th and face the dreaded Europa League,) have only one motivation left – stop the noisy neighbours winning the title. And in the process hand it to leaders... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 21 March 2014

4 To Watch Just seven days after 7-times League Champions Aston Villa beat 4-times League Champions Chelsea in the great shock result of all-time, the world is apparently still spinning. 777 planes are still missing, borders in Eastern Europe are still disputed, and Jose Mourinho is still fuming. All of which takes us to Stamford Bridge tomorrow lunchtime, for the biggest game of the season so far. Can Wenger pull it off? We are romantics if nothing else round here, and what more beautiful way could the great Frenchman celebrate 1000 matches than by beating Chelsea. Lay Chelsea +1 on the Asian handicap – a tight Arsenal win is where it is at. Everton’s fizz has slightly flattened of late,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 14 March 2014

It was another sobering week for English hopes in European competition ended up with the Benfica boss waving three fingers at Tim Sherwood. Whether the Tottenham boss would have preferred the more traditional one or two finger gestures is unclear but he didn’t seem happy. He may have reason to be even less pleased by the time The Gunners leave White Hart Lane after Sunday’s North London Derby. Whilst Wenger’s side are out of Europe, two battling displays against Everton and Bayern give Arsenal some momentum as the season comes to a close. Spurs by contrast were hopeless against Chelsea and outclassed by Benfica. Whilst their recent record at home to their biggest rivals is good (unbeaten in the last... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014
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FA Cup – 7 March 2014

Supporters whose teams are left fighting in the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup are likely to start singing of Wembley over the weekend and of course with both Semi Final’s played in North London, half of them will get to visit Wembley Way – one of the few places left in the world where grown men are seemingly allowed to use face paint. Indeed, Man City and Sunderland could both yet visit for the second and third times this season. With Champions League hopes hanging by an even thinner thread than their Premier League hopes, Arsenal’s last chance of a trophy surely appears to be the FA Cup. Roberto Martinez brings an Everton team that have not won any of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 28 February 2014

Twitter was rife with rumours that David Moyes was on his way from Old Trafford earlier this week, but even a 2-0 abject defeat to Olympiakos wasn’t enough to knock the former Everton boss from his perch. The good news for Moyes is that it cannot get any worse this weekend… for Manchester City’s involvement in the Capital One Cup Final means they have no fixture. Liverpool’s bid for the title challenge continues at Southampton this weekend in the late Saturday kick off. We like the look of goals as Liverpool’s League away games have seen over 2.5 goals in seven of their last eight, with five of those going over 3.5. The Saints have gone over 2.5 in four... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 21 February 2014

It was a midweek of despair for English clubs in Europe as Arsenal and Manchester City were humbled by the great and the good of Barca and Bayern to leave their European hopes looking thinner than Victoria Beckham. Meanwhile Tim Sherwood’s European adventure, whilst sounding like an exciting movie, was in fact a poor 1-0 defeat in Dnipro. Thank heavens for English Welsh European giants Swansea gaining a 0-0 draw with Rafa Benitez’s Napoli for a silver lining this week. It’ll therefore be a relief for many to get back to domestic action and Manchester City are perhaps the team with most to prove this weekend, having failed to really take the game to their Spanish opponents. Stoke are one... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014
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Euro 2016 qualifiers

No Good Anymore… The old cliché of ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it,’ clearly has a different meaning for the fools who run football. Of course for FIFA, everything is ‘fixed’ from World Cup venues to Presidential elections. But even at UEFA, it seems endemic and pointless meddling is very much trending. This Sunday throws up (literally) the draw for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, a traditionally dull event occurring at a time of the season when most football fans cannot see beyond their next match, let alone beyond the summer World Cup. Yet this time around, there will be some interest in the draw, given it launches the new 24 team ‘in-no-way-diluted-standard’ Euros. There will be nine groups, with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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Champions League preview – 17 February 2014

If Hull v Brighton isn’t enough to turn you to your television set on Monday night, then perhaps Tuesday’s offering will whet the appetite. Manchester City v Barcelona – two sides which have already scored over 100 goals this season, battling it out for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals. If there’s a downside, it’s that it is on ITV. Both City and Barcelona had encouraging wins on the weekend. City got revenge against Chelsea with a 2-0 FA Cup win, whilst Barca hammered Rayo Vallecano 6-0. The Spanish side have surprisingly only won one of their last six on the road in Europe (1-0 at Celtic in October) whilst City, since being beaten by Munich at home in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
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FA Cup roundup – February 2014

Ah, the magic of the cup is back and of course we’re truly delighted. All the managers involved are unquestionably going to select their strongest sides whilst all the teams who have been knocked out are cursing their luck at the opportunity for their players to have a rest. Well, something like that. One such manager with selection dilemmas is Gus Poyet, whose Sunderland side are back in the relegation zone and with one visit to Wembley already secured, there’s an uncertainty over how strong a team the Uruguayan will select. Our gut feeling is he’ll likely leave a few of the first team out and as such you should back Southampton at 2.34 on Betfair now before the price... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014
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