Friday, December 28, 2007

EPL Boxing day mile post/Fulham makes a change

Former Blackburn boss Roy Hodgson has been named as the new Fulham manager. Lawris Sanchez paid the price for a disappointing first half to the season as he was sacked before Christmas. Ray Lewington has been in caretaker charge for the last two matches but The Cottagers have continued to struggle. Fulham were keen to make a swift appointment and John Collins had been tipped to take the reins. The questions is will it be enough to keep them from regulation?

After 19 games in the EPL it is shaping up to be one of the most highly contested campaigns in quite some time. The top of the table looks like this:
1. Man. Utd 14 - 3 - 2/ 45 (winners of 5 out of 6 setting a tough pace)
2. Arsenal 13 - 5 - 1/ 44 (2 ties and 1 lost in last 6 have cost them)
3. Chelsea 11 - 5 - 3/ 38 (4 wins w/1 draw last 6 but are 3 wins shy)
4. Liverpool 10 - 6 - 2/ 36 (4 wins but two costly losses in last 6)
5. Man City 10 - 5 - 4/ 35 (only 6pts last 6 matches 10pts may be too far back)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Carling Cup update/EPL match day 17

Ten-man Tottenham Hotspur ended Manchester City's 100 per cent home record and booked a place in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup with a 2-0 away win. Jermain Defoe opened the scoring before Didier Zokora was sent off for a challenge on Elano. City dominated much of the second half, but Spurs clinched the contest in the dying moments through a superb break-away goal after 83 minutes.
EPL Update 17 games in:

Arsenal 17 40
Man Utd 17 39
Chelsea 17 34
Man City 17 33

the match of the weekend has to be Portsmouth traveling to Anfield to take on Liverpool with both clubs sitting on 30 points.
Chelsea have won the race to sign Argentine hot-shot Franco Di Santo. The Blues have agreed a deal worth $7million (£3.4million) with his club - Chilean outfit Audax Italiano, and the 18-year-old will move when the transfer window opens in January.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Champions League/EPL Update

In Champions League action, marquee clubs Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Chelsea advance in convincing fashion, with Schalke also advancing but backing in with a draw. Meanwhile Olympiakos quietly went about their business and also moved on. Scores for the day included:
Meanwhile the only surprise in the EPL this weekend was a shocker as Arsenal suffered its first defeat of the year to Middlesbrough 2-1. This tightens the noose at the top of the table and going into this weeks matches, looks like this:

Team P Pts
1 Arsenal 16 37
2 Manchester United 16 36
3 Chelsea 16 34

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Champions League/EPL Update

The EPL is now 14 games in and Arsenal is looking for a little breathing room, but all of the top five clubs have upcoming matches they should win. The top of the table looks like this: Played Points

Man Utd1533
Man City1530

Champions League
Celtic booked their place in the knockout round by "backing in" after a 1-0 loss in San Siro. Celtic went into the game needing a point to be certain of finishing second in Group D, but with Shakhtar Donetsk going down 2-1 at home to Benfica, the Scottish giants were able to celebrate regardless of their own result, but they don't look like they have the fortitude necessary to go much further. The rest of the Champions League fixtures for December 11.
  • FC Porto Vs. Besiktas

  • Marseille vs. Liverpool

  • Chelsea vs. Valencia
  • Schalke vs. Rosenborg

  • Real Madrid vs. Lazio

  • Olympiakos vs. Werder Bremen

Friday, November 23, 2007

The fallout of England’s loss begins as Steve McClaren sacked as manager

The expected carnage, introspective, and accusations are in full force as Steve McClaren being sacked as manager of English national team appears to be just the beginning. A heart wrenching Craig Johnston critiqued everyone from the FA, to the players, and believes that the kids of today are not prepared to work hard to become better footballers. The FA itself requested a complete “a full root and branch” examination of the whole England senior team center. The fans claim that the FA is at the center of the problem themselves, believing they pick up their paychecks regardless of the outcome or performance on the pitch. Roy Keane believes there are too many egos on the England squad. What do you think? Was it coaching? Was it the players themselves? Lack of training from the very bottom? Post your thoughts here and on the soccer chat room.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dynamo take the MLS Cup, shock Revolution in the process

For the second year in a row, Houston Dynamo fell behind to the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup Final. And for the second year in a row, Dynamo came back to deny the Revolution victory, winning MLS Cup 2007 2-1 at RFK Stadium. The Dynamo are the first back-to-back MLS champions since D.C. United in the first years of league history.

For the Revolution, it was yet another heartbreak. They've played in four MLS Cup Finals -- bested only by D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy -- and have yet to lay claim to the MLS Cup trophy. Dynamo won the MLS Cup last year in their first season in south Texas, defeating the Revolution on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes. This puts them in dubious company with the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills of the NFL, as four-time losers of the final game.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Game Week 14

GameWeek 14

Many EPL Clubs will need to use the international break to get healthy and gear-up for what could be the opportunity to get separation or get back into the hunt. Here's what the top of the table looks like going into this weekend's matches:

Team Played Points
Man Utd1330
Man City1326

Arsenal almost promises to keep the pressure the lads from Manchester by taking on Wigan Athletic should easily get the desired result. Man U also should stay atop the table when they travel to Bolton. Meanwhile City does not have it quite as easy taking on 'middle of the table' Reading, but they are at home. Lastly, Chelsea goes to last place Derby County and will be at 28 points going into the break and Blackburn needs a win on the road to get back into the hunt. In one of the closest and most enjoyable races for the championship in years, which club is poised to take control of the Premiership this year?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

EPL Game Week 13

Arsenal still least the table but familiar names have found their way to the top. Going into the weekend the table looks like this:

Team Gms Pld Points
Man Utd1227
Man City1225

Chelsea and Man U are at home against tough opponents in Everton and Blackburn respectively, and will have to work to keep the pace. Liverpool is just outside the top tier(19 pts), can they get back in the hunt? Who else can make their presents felt in the month of November?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Henry out for at least one match

Henry has an Achilles tendon injury and definitely misses Thursday's Primera Liga fixture against Real Valladolid. The Frenchman is also struggling to be fit for Sunday's clash with Real Betis, can they win without him?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Becks makes an appearance.....whatever

Beck’s finally gets back on the pitch but is it too little too late for the Galaxy? If they squeak in as the last seed can they make a run?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

England’s hopes for Euro 2008 disappear in four minutes

Has England lost its chance to qualify for Euro 2008? A devastating loss on the artificial field at Luzhniki Stadium 2-1 to Russia takes their fate out of their hands and now they need Israel to upset the same Russian club on Nov 17 or they will be forced to watch the Euro 08’ from home. Numerous questions surround the game including, should it have been a penalty kick or just a free kick? The replay indicates Roman Pavlyuchenko was outside the box when he was taken down by Rooney. Also, should Steve McClaren resign? And lastly, how does this team, which such high expectations, end up needing and upset by someone else just to get in to Euro 2008? England, which would have qualified with victory, has only a game against Croatia on Nov. 21.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Big Week in the EPL

Arsenal leads the league in scoring and also leads the table. They may not get a break this week even though Bolton’s near the bottom of the table, because the dismissal Sammy Lee may motivate the Wanderers to play at another level. Man U coming off a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic, travels to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa who will be looking to get the win and pull into contention. Manchester City goes to Birmingham City on Saturday and tries to keep pace with the leaders who will probably get the result they want. Liverpool has fallen off the pace, but can they put it together? Can any of the 3 (Rovers, Chelsea, Villa) in the middle of the pack make a run?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Finally! The Champions League is here!

The Champions League gets under way today with the following matches:

Group A
FC Porto v. Liverpool
Marseille v. Besiktas

Group B
Chelsea v. Rosenborg
Schalke 04 v. Valencia

Group C
Olympiacos v. Lazio
Real Madrid v. Werder Bremen

Group D
AC Milan v. Benfica
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Celtic

Monday, September 3, 2007

Five Games in

The cream is rising to the top as names at the top of the EPL become to look more familiar. Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea are tied for the lead with Everton still surprising the field games in. The second tier also has some powerhouses names with Man City and Man U. Newcastle and Blackburn try to prove that deserve to be in the same breath with the others. As the schedule makes its rounds the big boys should get some separation. Who do you think should be coming out of the pack?

Monday, February 12, 2007

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