England vs Chile Preview 15/11/2013

England will face Chile in as they start preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, England are probably one of the favourites along with Brazil, Spain, Germany and a few others, Brazil obviously topping the lot. As much as it would be a shock for England to win, it wouldn’t be impossible. Here’s my predicted England line up against Chile:

  1. Hart
  2. Walker
  3. Jagielka
  4. Cahill
  5. Baines
  6. Townsend
  7. Gerrard
  8. Lampard
  9. Rooney
  10. Sturridge
  11. Welbeck

A strong line up as England try to get into a rhythm playing together again as they prepare to play Germany the next week.

-SJ

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International Friendlies Predictions 15/11/2013

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES
Predicted score Fixture Kick-off
2-1 Estonia v Azerbaijan 12:00
2-1 Belarus v Albania 16:00
4-1 Czech Rep. v Canada 16:00
3-1 Denmark v Norway 19:00
1-3 South Korea v Switzerland 19:00
2-1 Turkey v Northern Ireland 19:00
2-3 Italy v Germany 19:45
2-1 Poland v Slovakia 19:45
3-1 R. of Ireland v Latvia 19:45
3-0 England v Chile 20:00
1-3 Scotland v USA 20:05

-SJ

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Can Arsenal win the League? Yes. Will Arsenal win the League? Maybe.

This post is going to be about Arsenal’s current form. Now we all know that Arsenal can win the League this season, the question that nobody seems so sure about is whether or not Arsenal will win the League. There are many myths about Arsenal having a poor defense and letting in easy goals. Maybe two seasons ago I wouldn’t have argued against those but last season, Arsenal had the second best defense in the league and this season, when Koscielny and Mertesacker have started and finished a game together, Arsenal haven’t lost. The midfield doesn’t need much said about it. I feel sorry for Arsene Wenger having to make a decision about which five to start each game. Up front Arsenal have Giroud. He looks a lot more confident in front of goal this season but its not his goalscoring which impresses me. I think that the best thing about Giroud is the way he holds up the ball, his first touch is class and his strength is also very good. Arsenal now look much more solid and in control which I put down to Flamini who could well be one of the best value signings the Premier League has ever seen. He’s made Arsenal a hell of a lot more solid, no more easy goals conceded and he was on a free. At the moment, I’m going to say that Arsenal can’t win the league due to squad depth but if they buy another striker in January and are still in the top two by then, I may just have to change my mind.

-SJ

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October Team of the Month (BPL)

Here’s my October Team of the Month:

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Formation: 4-4-2

  1. Artur Boruc (Southampton)
  2. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
  3. Dejan Lovren (Southampton)
  4. Winston Reid (West Ham)
  5. Jose Fonte (Southampton)
  6. Adam Lallana (Southampton)
  7. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
  8. Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
  9. Oscar (Chelsea)
  10. Segio Aguero (Manchester City)
  11. Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Subs:

  1. Asmir Begovic (Stoke)
  2. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
  3. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
  4. David Silva (Manchester City)
  5. Samir Nasri (Manchester City)
  6. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)
  7. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Here’s the link to the squad on Futhead: http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/2225977/

-SJ

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Premier League Preview: Sunday 10/11/2013

Sunday sees four absolute screamers take place with struggling to score Tottenham taking on in-form Newcastle. Relegation zone Sunderland take on under-achieving Man City. 1st place Arsenal take on 8th place Man Utd. Out-of-form Swansea host Stoke who are now playing football instead of rugby. The weekend should tell us a lot about the teams in the Premier League. Can Manchester United finally pull off a big win in the league? Will Arsenal continue their great form?Can Sunderland shock City? Can City continue their recent form to enter a Champions League spot? Can Tottenham score a goal from anywhere other than the penalty spot? Can Newcastle continue their great run? Can Swansea bounce back from Sunday’s Welsh derby? Can Stoke continue playing football on the ground? Here’s my score predictions:

  1. Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle
  2. Sunderland 1-4 Man City
  3. Man Utd 1-3 Arsenal
  4. Swansea 2-2 Stoke

Tottenham vs Newcastle will definitely be a close one. Tottenham are struggling for goals at White Hart Lane but are still looking solid defensively. Newcastle on the other hand look good on the attack and defensively. If it was at St. James’ Park, I would predict a Newcastle win but as Tottenham are at home, I predict a 1-1 draw.

Sunderland are looking better under Poyet than they did under Di Canio but I think that Manchester City will still be too good for them. City have started to look really good under Pellegrini, even though they aren’t yet in a Champions League spot, I still think they’ll win, I predict a 4-1 City win.

Manchester United may be at home but they look like a very average team this season with a few world-class players. Arsenal on the other hand look like this could be their year. Not an easy one to call but I still predict a 3-1 win to Arsenal who look astonishingly good at the moment. I must however note that I think Van Persie will score United’s goal.

Swansea look out of form and Stoke look in-form. That probably levels up the playing field. Its a close one to call and it could go either way but I think it’ll go neither way with a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

All in all, an immense day of football to round off what should be an immense weekend of football, whatever happens, Arsenal will finish top and Sunderland and Crystal Palace will stay in the relegation zone, the rest can all change.

-SJ 

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Premier League Preview: Saturday 09/11/2013

This Saturday may be overshadowed by the games that take place on Sunday but there’s still some real crackers in there. Cardiff travel to Aston Villa, West Brom travel to Chelsea, Crystal Palace will host Everton while Fulham travel to Anfield to face a strong Liverpool side, Southampton host Hull whilst West Ham travel to Norwich for the only televised match of the day. All games kick off at 15:00 GMT other than Norwich vs West Ham which kicks off at 17:30 GMT. My predictions for the games are:

  1. Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff.
  2. Chelsea 4-0 West Brom
  3. Crystal Palace 1-0 Everton
  4. Liverpool 4-1 Fulham
  5. Southampton 3-1 Hull
  6. Norwich 1-2 West Ham

I don’t see Aston Villa losing at home to Cardiff even though they’ve lost Weimann to injury. Chelsea look much more confident and are finding it easier to score now, I see them comfortably beating West Brom who are struggling for goals. Crystal Palace will definitely be the underdogs when they host Everton but I see an upset on the cards, with Palace’s fans behind their team making some noise, it could be possible. Liverpool looked nervy in defense against Arsenal but I think they will bounce back with Sturridge and Suarez sharing the goals equally, I predict a 4-1 win for Liverpool. Southampton may have lost to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup during the week but they still look a good side and I just can’t see Hull pulling that one off. Norwich lost 7-0 to Man City last weekend and I think they’re poor run will continue, at least the scoreline wont look as bad though.

All in all, this Premier League Weekend could tell us a lot about where some teams are and we have six nice games to kick it off. I for one know that I’ll be watching Match of the Day tomorrow.

-SJ

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Premier League Team of the Month-September

Formation: 4-5-1

Manager: Arsene Wenger

         Mignolet

      Coleman       Agger         Reid        Baines

Ben Arfa      Toure    Ramsey     Eriksen     Sigurdsson

        Sturridge

 

Subs: Lloris     Evra     Koscielny     Hazard     Ozil     Barkley     Rooney

In Form player- Aaron Ramsey

Here’s the FUThead link for the team: http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/1067339/

-SJ

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