Friday, November 10, 2006

Sanford's Premiership Predictions

Manchester City vs. Newcastle United

As poor as Citeh has been I can’t bring myself to pick Newcastle, especially away from St. James’ Park. This match has all the makings of a draw that both sides will soon look to forget. This season has the making of one both of these teams will soon look to forget.


Portsmouth vs. Fulham

Fulham have stayed up over the last few campaigns based on home form, and home form alone. Flip the coin and Fratton Park is the only reason Portsmouth still graces the top league in England. I see a few going in on the south coast.


Chelsea vs. Watford

It’s tough to ever go against Chelsea, especially at home. Watford have given a good account of themselves so far but will be no match for the galacticos at Stamford Bridge.


Sheffield United vs. Bolton

United grabbed their first win of the campaign last weekend and while I don’t see them repeating that feat, I do fancy them to get a point. Bolton have been exceeding expectations for a long time and I think they might be tiring a bit.


Everton vs. Aston Villa

I can’t imagine anything but a draw here. Playing at Goodison will only help the Toffees but both of these squads are draw specialists. Almost all of the action in this contest will take place in the midfield and whichever team can assert some superiority might be able to win but I don’t fancy it.


Wigan vs. Charlton Athletic

Even though Ian Dowie appears to have righted the Charlton ship after a tumultuous beginning, Wigan will win here. Paul Jewell has done a remarkable job shuffling his new recruits into a competent side that can play with anyone. Darren Bent gets a goal but Wigan gets two.


Middlesboro vs. West Ham

I’m envisioning a letdown for the Hammers here. Southgate’s charges are under fire after some ridiculously lackluster performances and I think they’ll do the business at the Riverside. West Ham have been in some emotional matches of late and it’ll tough for the lads to get up for this trip to the northeast.


Blackburn vs. Manchester United

Fergie's former underlings (Robson, McClaren, Bruce, etc.) usually do well against their old mentor, and I’d love to see Sparky pull one over on his old gaffer, but I don’t see it this time around. Blackburn is smarting from key injuries and Sir Alex has the Red Devils on a roll. Under different circumstances I could see Rovers grabbing a point but not this weekend.


Reading vs. Tottenham

I don’t have much confidence in Reading right now. The squad doesn’t have enough spine to compete against the big boys and Spurs are acting like big boys at the moment. I could see Reading being in deep trouble come February. They're just not getting the goals at the moment and the defense has been suspect.


Arsenal vs. Liverpool

The Gunners always get up for the matches against top opponents and after their slow start, Liverpool is again back to playing at their accustomed high level. But Wenger has a great record against Rafa, especially at home. This is a tough one to call but I’ll give The Arsenal the edge at home. A loss for the Gunners and the battle for the title becomes a two-horse race.


Manchester United and Chelsea prepare to slug it out again over Adu,,277-2446555,00.html

Cascarino: Poll best advised to lie low,,4465-2446392,00.html

Spain: Primera Liga Weekend Preview

Real Madrid visit Pampalona for a big battle with Osasuna, Valencia struggle with internal problems ahead of their clash with Athletic Bilbao, while it's second versus third at the Nou Camp as Barcelona host Zaragoza...

England: Premier League Preview

In the 12th round of Premiership action, Manchester United face a tricky trip to Blackburn, while Chelsea have a simple looking task at home to Watford. The highlight of the weekend is Arsenal’s home match against Liverpool on Sunday...

Gabriele Marcotti: What's eating David?;_ylt=AkuGQsR8sA5Zqp8FFQigQqUmw7YF?slug=cnnsi-whatseatingdavi&prov=cnnsi&type=lgns

Keane blasts 'cheats and divers' in Premier League

Italy: Serie A Weekend Preview

Roma face title test against struggling Milan...

Cardiff sniffing around Smith

Alan Smith to Cardiff on loan?! That's gotta suck...,,1944699,00.html

Lawro's Premiership Predictions

Thursday, November 09, 2006

United rubbish reports of trial for US starlet Adu

League Cup Wrap: Chelsea thrash Villa, Arsenal over Everton

Sissoko faces lengthy spell on sidelines

Wenger flies high over the Premiership cuckoos' nest

Marina Hyde asks, "Who, out of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger and Jose Mourinho, is the maddest?"

Why soccer in the USA is here to stay

Gascoigne fall reveals strength of Beckham,,27-2444411,00.html

Poll back under the spotlight in 'cheat' row,,27-2444844,00.html

Kevin Nolan column

The Bolton captain wants to tell us what the players do before and after matches on Saturdays...

Bundesliga: Bayern six points adrift after fourth defeat;_ylt=AlwUqX5q33gO7.UuhQ0TFfAmw7YF?slug=reu-germany&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Thursday's rumours,,1943359,00.html

Heroes of old would find the Premiership a sobering test

The pace of the game has increased so rapidly that golden oldies such as Stanley Matthews wouldn't have been able to keep up...

United's B-list fail to realise potential

Kieran Richardson is one of a handful of Man United fringe players whose careers are stagnating...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Carling Cup: Shrimpers shock United, Charlton through

Ferguson tries to keep shock defeat in perspective

Sure, it's embarrassing. But come on. It's one less thing ManU have to worry about going forward. They don't need the Carling Cup. I suppose Sir Alex will have less opportunities to look at his fringe players but I don't think he can be too upset. With the amount of fixtures these days, it's only an advantage to him in the Premier League and Champions League to be done with this low-grade competition... Sanford

MLS add up the benefit of Beckham swoop

Prepare for Posh and Becks to all over US Weekly next year. There will be loads of them in Hot Pics! and Stars - They're Just Like US! I can just see it now: Soccer mega-star David Beckham sneezes while lunching at Ivy!

NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship Preview

Gazza arrested on suspicion of nightclub assault;_ylt=Aisrr02jojnhp02t7XfME5omw7YF?slug=afp-fblengbritainpolicepeoplegascoigne&prov=afp&type=lgns

England axe caused Beckham real problems, says Capello;_ylt=AhF3r2bajs8zCRkB5rnnH2Qmw7YF?slug=reu-beckham&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Werder Bremen stays on top of Bundesliga

Bocanegra Enjoying New Role for Fulham

Big welcome for new laws calling time on the touts,,1941981,00.html

Is this the greatest problem football faces?

The situation at West Ham should raise concerns about the future of the game. For when a club doesn't own its players, corruption can be rife...

Seedorf Wants Oranje Return

I can't believe this guy is still only 30. It seems like he's been around forever and lost his starting spot at Milan 8 years ago because he was too old...

The Fiver,,415657,00.html

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Vinny and Gazza

I was talking with a buddy of mine the other day and he said he'd never seen the Vinny Jones/Paul Gascoigne ball grabbing photo. So here you go... -Sanford

Phil Ball in Spain

A bad week for Barca...

EPL Team of the Week

Diouf arrested on suspicion of wife-beating

Chelsea stars on the attack as row with Poll escalates,,277-2440493,00.html

LA confirm interest in Beckham as Real talks stall,,27-2440526,00.html

Tony Cascarino Column

Would you rather have Henry or Drogba?,,4465-2440487,00.html

EPL Table

Barclays Premiership Table

1Man Utd112128
6Aston Villa11518
14Man City11-712
15West Ham11-511
18Sheff Utd11-99

Serie A Table

Club, Played, Goal Difference, Points

1Inter Milan101024
16AC Milan1007

Sid Lowe in Spain

Betis coach Jabo Irureta isn't so much on the ropes as tumbling through them on to the judges' table below...

James Richardson in Italy

Milan's complaints about controversial refereeing decisions merely serve to deflect attention from far more serious troubles...

Scouting Report: Giles Barnes, Derby County

Can Barnes lead Derby back to the big time? If only...,,1941037,00.html

Richard Williams Column

Williams says, "Enough of managers having mid-life crises on the touchline"...

Gabriele Marcotti: Germany, you have a problem,,27-2439160_2,00.html

Monday, November 06, 2006

Prediction Results

I suppose I did OK. I got three right, three wrong and no perfect scores. I actually thought Newcastle would lose but wimped out and gave them the benefit of the doubt, which was obviously a mistake. Everton continued their miserable record at Craven Cottage and will have to wait until next year to break their 40-year run without a win at that cozy ground. And I underestimated ManU’s defense – I was sure Portsmouth would nick a goal or two. We’ll have another go this Friday… Sanford

Wenger and Pardew's Touchline Row

Here's a link to "The Big Fight"...

The Insider at White Hart Lane

Tottenham takes down Chelsea...

Chelsea face trouble, Pardew & Wenger Square Off,,277-2439648,00.html

West Ham United 1 Arsenal 0,,277-2439525,00.html

English Premier League match reports

Milan crisis continues with 2-0 loss to Atalanta

Real drop points as Sevilla go top in Spain

Pardew apologises to Wenger after touchline row

Former Italian captain Zoff robbed and beaten

Van Persie hit by coin at West Ham,,1940457,00.html

Ryan Giggs

The Welsh legend takes a look back...,,1939758,00.html

Monday's Rumours,,1940781,00.html

Mourinho calls on Poll to explain Terry's 'ridiculous' second yellow,,1940445,00.html