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World Cup Qualifying Weekend – 12th-13th October 2013

4 To Watch Burkina Faso vs Algeria: Every football fan likes to see a new name in the quadrennial Jules Rimet, and with 32 sides competing these days, they always get their wish. And we believe hipsters should start ordering their Burkina Faso shirts right now. The Faso as nobody calls them, host Algeria on Saturday, and whilst their squad has few regulars in top European leagues (Jonathan Pitroipa, a pacey playmaker, is now at Rennes after seven years in the Bundesliga with Freiburg and Hamburg, captain Charles Kaboure, was once of Marseille whilst Aristide Bance is on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf having been successful in Germany previously with Mainz,) coach Paul Put has shot them into WC contention (terrible... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013
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England vs Montenegro

England welcome Montenegro on Friday in what is the first of two crucial games at Wembley as Roy Hodgson attempts to lead England to Brazil next Summer. England top Group H with four wins and four draws from their eight games, but further draws will almost certainly not be enough for automatic qualification. Both Ukraine and Montenegro are just one point behind and the pressure is most certainly on ‘Woy’s Boys’. England drew 1-1 in Montenegro back in March after Wayne Rooney’s early goal, was cancelled out by Damjanovic, in an evenly contested match. It’s fair to say England’s opponents are quietly confident they can spring a shock in London. It’s also not the case that they are weaker on... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
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Irish Manager

Ireland sacked Giovanni Trapattoni after defeats to Austria and Sweden last month left their hopes of making the plane to Brazil 2014 all but mathematically over. Since then, several names have been linked with the post, but the only thing we know for sure is that they’ll be a new manager by Christmas. The man who has been placed in temporary charge is not a well known name – Noel King, who’s spent time managing and coaching in the Irish leagues, the Irish Women’s team as well as the Irish under 21 side. Realistically, despite being as short as 6/1 to land the job full time, he’d be a massive shock. Even victory over Germany next week would likely not... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
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Capital One Cup 2013 – Round 3

Four to Watch Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur Whilst AVB has been keen to make capital (no pun intended) of the fact that this Capital One tie is at a tricky time for Spurs, the strength of his squad should allay any genuine concerns. Paul Lambert however has bigger problems – no Benteke, no Okore, Agbonlahor a huge doubt – but just hasn’t been kicking and screaming about it. Back the away team at 2.16 Newcastle United vs Leeds United Two Uniteds who should be doing much better, but whilst Newcastle are always one defeat away from a crisis, it seems Leeds are always one victory away from the great recovery. And following a hairy start to the league season,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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Carling Cup 2013

I mean the Capital One  Whilst the victory of Swansea City last season, and the extraordinary progress of Bradford City bolstered the reputation of the Capital One Cup as the home of more surprises than Holly Willoughby’s new television venture, the actual truth is somewhat less fairytale-ish. Swansea and Birmingham City aside (and the latter was a true freak,) every other final dating back to 2004 has been won by one of the Premier League’s traditional big five (sorry Man City), with more than half of those finals being contested by two of them. The return of Jose Mourinho also tosses another bucket of water onto the romanticist fire. Mourinho’s Chelsea won the competition in 2005 and 2007, and it... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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Europa League 2013

{Sigh} Ah, if it isn’t the poor relation coming around with his begging bowl. And what is this sign hung prominently around his neck? ‘We even have Wigan Athletic this year.’ Crikey, of course. If that won’t encourage a fellow human being to dip hand into pocket and give like he has never given before, then I don’t know what will. In truth, there hasn’t been a poorer relation on this earth since Barack Obama’s old man gave up farming. But nevertheless, the Europa League trundles on, and therefore so must we. So who will win it? Well, rather fittingly for a stupid handle-less trophy, probably a team that isn’t even in it yet (as Chelsea did last season.) Which... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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Champions League 2014 Preview

The Championssssssss dum dum dum dum So it is time to find out if last season was a minor blip or a sign of something more serious. Can what a local bylaw declares we must call the ‘English contingent’ produce a serious challenge in the Champions League, or will it be the Germans’ marching on once more? Or perhaps Neymar + Bale could guarantee a Barca-Real final in Lisbon. Dare we rule out the Italian giants? Or the nouveau riche French? Well given two of the current top three in the Prem aren’t even competing in the European Cup this season, English hopes look slim. And when one factors David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini’s large gap on their CV under... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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Premiership Preview – 12 September 2013

After a few days of the English press maligning their national side for getting the point they needed to keep World Cup qualification in their own hands, we’re delighted to get to the Premier League where of course 0-0 draws even when the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea meet never occur. Ho hum. Let’s get back on track with some tips for this weekend. Manchester United haven’t got off to a flier so far in the Premier League, taking just four points from three games, but against Crystal Palace they have what appears their easiest game of the season – with some bookmakers making them just 2/11 shots. Palace rallied to beat Sunderland in their last game, but away... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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England vs Ukraine – World Cup Qualifiers Sept 2013

Kevin Keegan famously said he’s not the sort of manager to go looking for a draw in Ukraine, but then again he was also a manager for a Group Stage exit at Euro 2000. Anyway, he isn’t in charge of the England team today, Roy Hodgson is and well, ‘Woy’ is exactly the sort of man for a draw in Ukraine in the biggest England game since Friday night. England have drawn their two proper tests on the road in this group, in Montengro and Poland whilst going into the game knowing they need to avoid defeat, will surely limit the amount England are willing to commit forward. It seems the most likely outcome, yet is the highest odds of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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International Footy 4 to watch

The business end of World Cup Qualifying is truly upon us and there’s a large amount of fans around the world hoping those first flights to Brazil they managed to nab were not in vain – should England lose in Ukraine, expect a round of applause from the middle class gap-yah kids looking to snap up cheap air-fares. Kevin Keegan famously said he’s not the sort of manager to go looking for a draw in Ukraine, but then again he isn’t in charge of the England team today, Roy Hodgson is and Hodgson we think is the man for a draw in Ukraine. England took the lead in both Poland and Montenegro only to be pegged back and that’s not... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013
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