Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Midweek EPL, Copa del Rey, Big Sam and Bolton, Tevez Yes, Mata No

Wow. Hump Day is here. How did that happen? We'd better get to it. So, Southampton edged Palace, Villa finally won a match, and Hull and Sunderland drew. Richard Jolly reckons Tim Sherwood's passion may just be enough to keep Villa up.

Yes, he has a pulse.

Today we've got West Ham vs. Chelsea, Spurs vs. Swansea, Arsenal at QPR, Everton at Stoke, Leicester at City, Burnley at Liverpool, and Newcastle hosting Manchester United. We had some midweek general previews yesterday, and here are some additions:

Newcastle United vs. Manchester United: Preview

This is a great piece on one of the more interesting stories in English football back 10 years ago or so. The Editor remembers that Bolton team quite well. They were unique and incredibly annoying.

More MLS Season Previews? Why not? Because the season might not begin on time? That's a decent reason. Regardles, we still think it's time to examine the Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution and NYCFC. Speaking of NYCFC, dear God, this is bad. NYCFC has a terrible new song thingy. Ugh. Who decides these things?

Over in France in League Uhhhhhhh, things is tite, yo! Nobody seems to want the title. Lyon, PSG, and Marseille keep screwing things up. Let's take a look.

Down in Spain, it's the second leg of the Copa del Rey semis between Villarreal and Barcelona. The first leg finished 1 - 3, with Villarreal grabbing that all-important away goal to take back to El Madrigal. The other semifinal features Espanyol vs. Athletic Bilbao. That one finished 1 - 1 in the first leg.

Back over in Italy, Juventus are flying high and on their way to yet another Serie A title. Much of their success has to do with the form of one Carlos Tevez. Adam Bate examines how the Argentina striker has really made it count in Turin this season. On the flip side, Juan Mata has become persona non grata at United. What went wrong with him? Jim White takes a look.

That'll do. Hopefully you can catch some of the matches later today. Good luck with that!



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