Friday, January 19, 2007
The Scousers have something to prove here, and I think they’ll do the business. Fortress Anfield will return. The doubts will grow at
Aston Villa vs.
Martin O’Neill has plenty to worry about as his lads have slipped deep into the bottom half of the table. Deeper still is
Fulham vs. Tottenham
Spurs don’t have the spine to get a point. They’re woeful away from home and I believe Chris Coleman has done an astute piece of business by bringing in Montella. The guy has a keen footballing brain and I like him to do well in the Premiership. Throw in Fulham’s healthy home form and I see a victory for the Cottagers.
Boro managed three past a pathetic Charlton last time out so how many will the get at the
This is a tricky one, and I think it’ll be a draw. After their FA Cup roasting,
A trip to the south coast is not what Alan Pardew needs at the moment. I can’t see anything but Championship football for Charlton in ‘07/08 and this match will be another three points lost heading towards February. ‘Arry’s fine work is well documented but still deserves plaudits. A place in
A home win, no doubt. United have impressed of late but
Go back a few weeks and you would have seen Citeh on the skids and
I’m not sure what’s going on at Everton but they can’t find any consistency. Even though
The second of this weekend’s Super Clashes will probably provide more of the highlights. These two teams do not like each other, and the new blood on both sides will be made aware of that fact from the off. The last time Arsenal had any streak of note, Wayne Rooney took a dive and his side ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run at 49. This time it’s the far less impressive unbeaten streak at the Emirates, but you can be sure Sir Alex would love to get his name in the record books as the first manager to win at Arsenal’s new palatial estate. Henry and Ronaldo are both in form, so expect a pulsating fixture – these battles are never boring. And expect ManU to win. Because these are the types of matches they win.
Since the bright optimism in August, some of these individuals have fallen flat on their faces and must battle on to keep their jobs, let alone redeem faith in their ability and support of their tenancy.
After all, Real Madrid has gone three full seasons without a trophy. And that has not happened for more than 50 years. Whatever else one might think of Capello, he is a winner: Seven league titles in 14 years at four different clubs is a difficult record to match.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
OK, so not the strongest week. I got five correct and five wrong. Numbers can be deceiving, however. I did think that
You won’t see them hit much harder than that.
And I was pretty damn close with Everton and
This weekend brings two mouth-watering ties. Liverpool host
"We'll be all right now the Italian stallion is coming on," said a female voice in the Craven Cottage crowd.
He was showing support for his manager - and that is part of a captain's role.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
That is what is in danger of happening in Italy - despite the efforts of headline writers, TV show hosts and Inter fans - where Roberto Mancini's nerazzurri won 3-1 at Torino on Saturday to secure a record-setting 12th Serie A win in a row.
Full-back Kerrea Gilbert will return to north London with Cardiff to try and get the better of Tottenham in their FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday.
And Birmingham will include two of their three Arsenal loan players at Newcastle - Fabrice Muamba and Sebastian Larsson - with Nicklas Bendtner ruled out through injury.
BBC Sport asks the opinion of former Welsh captain and BBC Wales pundit Kevin Ratcliffe and Blues stalwart and former skipper Kevan Broadhurst on the quartet and whether they have what it takes to graduate from the Gunners academy.
However, it was not a surprise to me at all. If you look at Becks and what he has achieved at Manchester United and Real Madrid I think this is a good step for him.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007