Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Liverpool v Man Utd (1330)
Liverpool will win this one - they know they have to if they are going to make any challenge for the title. They lost to United twice last year but Liverpool created a whole host of chances in the matches and were a little bit unfortunate, I feel.
Why people get excited about these games, though, I will never know. They are never good games to watch - they are absolutely awful!
With Chelsea tallisman Drogba missing, you have to think the game's outcome will depend upon Arsenal's sicklist. Van Persie looked sharp midweek, and obviously Wenger would love to see the return of Hleb and Flamini, but if Fabregas makes it Arsenal would be best able to take advantage. The past few games have really highlighted how important he is. He scores goals, isn't afraid to put his foot it, but above passes the ball early. This helps retain possession, opens up defenses and gives his team mates more time on the ball.
Arsenal will not 'fall' from top, says Van Persie
‘Puppet’ Avram Grant happy to pull own strings
William Gallas prepares to lead from the front
Things are slowly hotting up for the big match ups on Sunday. Both teams are on good form, so you have to think much will depend on Rafa's team selection. Everybody and his dog, after seeing Tuesday's performance, would just go with the same 11, but you never know will Benitez.
Queiroz fears Reds menace intensified by 'eagle' Torres
Rafael Benitez revels in position of strength
Gary McAllister's take
Ray Wilkins' take
Most people seem happy about the appointment of Capello except Paul Ince, France's Domenech [but he's never happy about anything], and it turns out Mamma Capello:
Evelina Tortul worries about Fabio Capello
Italians applaud selection and say ‘you won’t find dirt here’
Cascarino view: Hands should not be tied over choice of lieutenants
Saturday 15 December
20:00 Espanyol - Levante
22:00 Valencia - Barcelona
Sunday 16 December
17:00 Valladolid - Sevilla
17:00 Real Betis - Almeria
17:00 Getafe - Villarreal
17:00 Deportivo - Zaragoza
17:00 Mallorca - Athletic
17:00 Murcia - Racing
19:00 Recreativo - Atletico Madrid
21:00 Real Madrid - Osasuna
There are some other solid matches other than the those on Super Sunday this weekend. Tottenham travel to Pompey to face Harry's powerful squad and Manchester City host a resurgent Bolton. Everton's trip to Upton Park also merits a look... PREVIEWS
And in case you're the betting sort: FastEddy's Lines
Thursday, December 13, 2007
There are plenty of people in Germany who think Oliver Khan is great because every so often he'll rant and rave about the failings of other. In truth he's just a self-centred hypocritical dickhead. As is too often the case with Bayern, only their trainer, Ottmar Hitzfeld, comes out with any credit.
Kahn fined for pooping Bayern's party and criticising team-mates
Avram Grant maintains that Chelsea are playing more attractive football than under his predecessor, Jose Mourinho, but the rest of the world needs some convincing.
Grant sets sights on Arsenal with an aesthetic point to prove
West Ham 1 Everton 2: David Moyes's side book a Carling Cup semi-final place after a blunder from the West Ham keeper
Robert Green slips up to continue run of errors from England pretenders
So, the FA have gone for the Italian junkie Fabio Capello. It has to be said, this looks like a pretty good choice. The job is arguably impossible, what with the media, the unhelpful clubs and a general lack of real talent, but Capello has the authority and proven record to bring about improvement. Steve McClaren he ain't. There are tons of articles, so I've tried to pick out the better ones. According to the Telegraph he reads philosophy, watches Fellini, listens to Bach and admires the paintings of Giorgio De Chirico, so there'll be plenty of things to talk about on the team bus to games.
‘Deal me in’ says Fabio Capello as FA gets its No 1 man
Fabio Capello: I took drugs
Marina Hyde on the language barrier
Gabriele Marcotti:From Spain to Lake Lugano and London
Don Howe:England's midfield confusion will end
Barca's Michael Flatley
The Scots blow it, again.
Poor Rangers fail to tame Lyons
Darcheville blames himself for Rangers' exit
ManU's youth team makes good showing, but fan trouble is repeated.
Ferguson draws fringe benefits from youngsters' outing
Five Manchester United fans stabbed in Rome
Wenger maybe regreting the weaker team he put out against Slavia Prague
Giants lurk as Arsenal settle for second
Fenerbahce survive scare to make it through, but PSV fall short
Fenerbahce Through After CSKA Win
Inter Cruz Past Disappointing PSV
Meanwhile, the big fella is back for Barca.
Eto'o On The Mark As Barça Ease Past Stuttgart
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
OK, so that's Pepe Reina, Jerzy Dudek, Daniel Agger, Peter Crouch, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Andy van der Meyde, Dirk Kuyt and now Stevie G. that have been hit in Liverpool over the past year. My question: who's buying the rights to the movie?
Gerrard's house hit while he's winning at Olympique Marseille
According to Martin Samuel Capello needs to show England’s elite players how to win football matches again. No shit Martin...
Bully for England ... and an end to being beaten up in the playground
As Ferguson and Wenger back the Italian art buff's credentials it is revealed Gianfranco Zola may join the new coaching set-up. But according to LA boss Ruud Gullit it'll be no walk in the park.
Fabio Capello jets in eager to land England deal worth £5m a year
You don't fool around with Fabio Capello
10 things you need to know about Capello
10 things you didn't know about Capello
PSV fret as their top striker struggles to make their crunch game against Inter, Rangers and Lyons prepare to slug it out in Glasgow, while Wayne Rooney is made captain.
Wayne Rooney pesters way to United captaincy
Koevermans a doubt for PSV Eindhoven crunch
Walter Smith’s men will summon up muscle to make point
The coaches of Olympiacos and Schalke were ecstatic after their teams secured qualification for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Meanwhile Avram Grant really has changed things at Chelsea as the goals flowed non-stop against Valencia.
Lemonis Relishes Olympiacos' Historic Moment
Imperious Schalke Delight Slomka
Grant content to preserve unbeaten run as Cañizares denies wasteful Chelsea
The Arsenal goalkeeper has played four times for Germany this season and only three times for his club, but he will start tonight against Steaua Bucharest as Arsène Wenger rests his regulars before Sunday’s derby with Chelsea.
Jens Lehmann’s redemption begins as Arsene Wenger has an eye on the weekend
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Fabio Capello is expected to be announced as the England head coach within days after Brian Barwick, the Football Association chief executive, installed him as first choice for the job. The Times can reveal that preliminary contact has been made through intermediaries and, with José Mourinho out of the running, the pair are expected to meet this week.
This is an excellent choice. Quite simply, Capello is one of the top gaffers in the world. Of course, Sven was one of the top gaffers in the world when
Liverpool and Real Madrid, with an astonishing 13 European titles between them, face the humiliating prospect of being dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Troubled Inter striker Adriano has retained the Bidone d’Oro – ‘Golden Bin’ – award for Serie A’s worst player over the last year.
The top 10:
1. Adriano (Inter) 19.98%
2. Nelson Dida (
3. Ronaldo (
4. Ricardo Oliveira (Real
5. Tiago Mendes (Juventus) 5.99%
6. Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria) 5.89%
7. Luis Jimenez (Inter) 5.52%
8. Diego Tristan (
9. Francesco Coco (Retired) 4.51%
10. Alberto Gilardino (
"Despite the Fire's best efforts to keep Juan in Chicago, he determined that he needed to leave Chicago for family and personal reasons," Fire President John Guppy said. "While we certainly respect his decision, the timing of the departure was unexpected and is unfortunate."
Osorio does his best imitation of this man...
Michael Bradley's hat-trick helped fourth-placed Heerenveen remain on the heels of Holland's big three clubs with a win at the expense of FC Groningen.
I'm looking forward to this kid moving to a larger club -- hopefully sooner rather than later. -Ed.
Monday, December 10, 2007
If only he could control the ball this well with his feet
With Didier Drogba unlikely to feature for Chelsea until next February, Andrei Shevchenko is determined to take full advantage of another opportunity to prove his suitability to English football.
Shevchenko: I'll play my best for Chelsea
Wenger: 'It's going to be tight'
Blackburn 0 - 1 West Ham: Ashton wins it for Hammers
Reading 3 - 1 Liverpool: Rafa gets it all wrong
Manchester United 4 - 1 Derby County: Giggs gets his 100th league goal
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