Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Barcelona go off for their Christmas break ten points ahead of their nearest rivals, Sevilla, after coming back from one-down in an awkward game at Villarreal. In this final column for the season, I would expect to be able to say for certain that the Catalans will take the title when summer comes, but you never know. There seem to be no really consistent rivals, no-one capable of a real challenge, but it's a funny old game. A couple of injuries to key players, a couple of bad results, but no. As Schuster said, it's surely Barcelona's year.
vs. Boro (90 minutes, 1 goal)
Dempsey grabbed his second goal of the season on Saturday, touching up Middlesbrough in the 59th minute for the third Fulham goal of the day. The 25-year-old midfielder scored after some great build up play from Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy. Johnson threaded the ball from the left flank to Murphy, whose pass to the right side of the box found Dempsey, setting up a perfect one-on-one with the keeper which Dempsey won with a low shot into the left corner. The Cottagers moved up to eighth place in the league table and are now just 12 points behind their total from all of last season, a huge improvement no doubt.
David Beckham began his Milan charm offensive but his new side remain nine points off the pace in Serie A.
Beckham receives lukewarm welcome as Serie A enters its winter break.
The title is still wide open as the midway point of the campaign approaches, with the usual suspects of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all firmly in the hunt.
Yet there has still been room for a few surprises, such as the emergence of preseason relegation favorites Hull City and Aston Villa’s bold attempt to crack the Big Four hegemony.
Yahoo! Sports takes a look at how the teams have stacked up so far and evaluates their chances for the second half of the season.
Mallorca, in debt and in danger, scrambled a draw with Sevilla at the weekend but the club remain in utter disarray.
Mallorca facing a battle with the banks and bulldozers
Everton 0 - 0 Chelsea
Chelsea scuppered by Terry's dismissal
Welcome to what seems like the 163rd Fiver Christmas Awards, although in truth they're actually only the ninth. Or are they the 10th? Nope, it's no good, we've lost both count and the will to live. Anyway, enough of the padding-ou ... hold on ... pleasantries. Let's get on with handing out these awards, and then we can all get on with our lives, eh?
Monday, December 22, 2008
What: Barclays Premier League
Who: Everton (7th, 25 pts) vs Chelsea (2nd, 37 pts)
When: Monday, 22 December 2008 – 20:00 GMT
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Team of the Week
David Beckham's love match with AC Milan
Ibrahimovic better than Ronaldo