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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Is Roy the right man?

I’d like to start by recommending that all England fans listen to this song as it truly is a classic:

Secondly, here is what I think the line up should be against Montenegro,

England starting XI: Hart

Walker   Cahill   Jagielka   Baines

Lampard   Gerrard   Wilshere

Rooney/Barkley

Sturridge                   Lambert

Finally, is Roy Hodgson the right man for the job? Speculation leading up to the announcement of the England job, was that Harry Redknapp was the man in line to receive the job. Having recently come out and stated that the FA are ‘clueless,’ I cannot express to you how glad I am that these were only rumours. Thankfully, the job was given to the somewhat reserved West Brom manager, Roy Hodgson on 1st May 2012. A year and a half on, what do we make of the England man? Personally, I think that England need to start playing a better style of football and I don’t think that Roy Hodgson is the right man to do this. I do however think that at this current stage in England’s turn around, he is the right man for the job. Roy is leading the three lions to what should be a comfortable qualification for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil where England plan to win the competition which of course is just as likely as Barcelona signing Nicklas Bendtner on a 20 year contract. As this is only a short post, I’m not going to elaborate much on England setting their ambitions too high and taking too long to turn things around. All I am going to do is answer the question. At the moment, Roy Hodgson is the right man to be managing England’s national team.

-SJ

Premier League Preview 28/09/2013

We head into the sixth round of the premier league with Arsenal at the top above Tottenham on goal difference, meanwhile Sunderland are bottom with just one point following the departure of DI Canio. The big match on Saturday is Tottenham vs Chelsea at White Hart Lane, meanwhile Arsenal travel to Swansea hoping to continue their superb away record (10 consecutive away wins,) Man City travel to Aston Villa, Cardiff to Fulham, West Ham to Hull, West Brom to Man Utd and Crystal Palace to Southampton. 

The main news coming from the Arsenal camp is that Arsene Wenger looks set to receive a new contract during his seventeenth year managing at Arsenal. He’s had some highs (unbeaten season 2003-2004) and some lows (eight seasons without a trophy.) He spoke in a press conference today stating that he was ‘honoured’ to have the backing of Arsenal owner Stan Kreonke. For me as an Arsenal fan, this comes as a great relief as in my opinion, we have the best manager in the premier league and possibly in the world. It would come as a great disappointment to the vast majority of Arsenal fans if Wenger wasn’t offered a new contract and personally, I hope that he ends his managerial career at Arsenal. 

Elsewhere, Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has commented that he has no regrets about his poor relationship with Jose Mourinho ahead of the London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea. Mourinho refused to make a comment during his press conference before the two sides lock horns. He did however generously say that Tottenham could win the Premier League this season along with five others including his own team. 

The League table is still very open at this early stage in the season and results this weekend should see Arsenal remain at the top with a trip to Swansea however if they fail to get a point, Tottenham, Man City, Chelsea or Liverpool could find themselves topping the BPL. Once again, thanks for reading and enjoy what looks to be a great weekend of football. 

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-SJ

Chelsea draw Arsenal in Capital One Cup fourth round

West Bromwich Albion 1 Arsenal 1; Arsenal win 4-3 on pens: match report

Chelsea will have to make a short trip along the A4 to visit North London rivals Arsenal in the most highly anticipated tie of the Capital One Cup fourth round. After easily strolling to a 2-0 win away at Swindon, Chelsea will play league leaders Arsenal as they look to proceed into the Quarter Finals of the competition. The Gunners needed a penalty shoot out win against West Brom to book the tie against Mourinho’s men after a 1-1 scoreline at the end of extra time.

Chelsea’s last League Cup match against Arsenal was in the final 6 years ago – Chelsea coming out on top with a 2-1 victory. This was the last time the Blues won the competition. Arsenal on the other hand, have to go back to 1993 to find the last time they won the trophy, with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in front of 74,000 spectators.

Elsewhere, Manchester United progressed to the next round as well after defeating arch-rivals Liverpool 1-0 at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez scored the only goal of the match, after the Mexican slotted home from close range, meeting a delicious corner from Wayne Rooney.The Red Devils, courtesy of that victory, have set up a date with Norwich City at home. Derby rivals Manchester City defeated Wigan convincingly on Tuesday night and will travel to Tyneside to face Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United in the next round.

North London club Tottenham will face Premier League newcomers Hull City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton face manager-less Sunderland.

Third Round Results

Tuesday 24th September

Burnley 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Manchester City 5-0 Wigan Athletic

West Ham United 3-2 Cardiff City

Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough

Southampton 2-0 Bristol City

Swindon Town 0-2 Chelsea

Watford 2-3 Norwich (After Extra Time)

Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Hull City 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Leicester City 2-1 Derby County

Fulham 2-1 Everton

Wednesday 25th September

Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

Newcastle United 2-0 Leeds United

Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Stoke City

Birmingham City 3-1 Swansea City

West Brom 1-1 Arsenal (After Extra Time. Arsenal win 4-3 on penalties)

The Fourth Round Draw in  Full

Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City

Newcastle United v Manchester City

Burnley v West Ham United

Arsenal v Chelsea

Birmingham City v Stoke City

Manchester United v Norwich City

Sunderland v Southampton

Leicester City v Fulham

Paolo Di Canio sacked as Sunderland head coach

Word has got around but if you didn’t know already, Sunderland coach Paolo Di Canio has been sacked after only 13 games in charge. The Italian had not won any of his 5 Premier League games this season, and the Black Cats are sitting at the bottom of the table, 2 points adrift of rivals Crystal Palace. Despite only being in charge for 13 games, Di Canio had already made a name for himself for being an animated manager, who often left the touchline to address his players. Sunderland ended last season only one place above the relegation zone, however a win against local rivals Newcastle led to the fans backing him. This season luck has not been on his side as Sunderland have already conceded 11 goals and have only secured one point.

Personally, I think that Sunderland were right in sacking Di Canio as only 3 wins in 13 games is not good enough at any level of football in my opinion, be it the Premier League or League Two. Take part in the poll below if you think that Di Canio should have been sacked or not.

-VE

My Match of the Day 21/09/13

This afternoon the Premier League saw some enthralling encounters with goals flying in left, right and centre. There were some shocks too, as Liverpool were defeated 1-0 at home against Southampton – this defeat bringing Liverpool’s unbeaten run to an end and sending Southampton up to 6th ahead of both Manchester clubs. Elsewhere there were wins for Aston Villa, Hull City, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.

However the match that i have picked as my ‘Match of the Day’ is West Ham’s 2-3 defeat against Everton at Upton Park. This match not only had 5 goals but also had the drama and controversy all so common in the Premier League. It was fast paced, end to end football with both sides going all out for the victory. West Ham will undoubtedly feel that they deserved more than to go home empty handed, but all credit is due to Everton, who persevered and eventually got the win.

The first half an hour  was filled with momentum, as both sides attempted to grab an early goal to send their team in front, however the 30 minutes saw few chances with Kevin Mirallas’ low shot on goal the only real attempt to break the deadlock. The hammers began to look lively and eventually scored the opener – Matt Jarvis surged inside from the left and found Morrison, whose effort from just outside the area flew in off Phil Jagielka.

Roberto Martinez’s side showed no signs of giving up and the Spaniard made two attacking substitutions at the break with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, and James McCarthy being brought on.  Soon after a final substitution was made as the injured Leon Osman hobbled off and was replaced by Oviedo. Everton piled on the pressure, and with West Ham barely able to escape their own half, Everton equalisesd through a sublime free-kick by Leighton Baines. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce decided to meet fire with fire by introducing two strikers in Mladen Petric and Ricardo Vaz Te, and it paid off when Nolan drew a foul from McCarthy after superb work from Petric – Noble dispatched the penalty.

Despite this, things took a drastic change for the worse from West Ham’s perspective, as goalscorer Mark Noble received a second yellow card and was dismissed after a challenge on youngster Ross Barkley. Leighton Baines converted the freekick with superb technique, joining Sebastien Larsson and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to score two direct free-kicks in a single Premier League match since 2008-09.

The match was fought fiercely by Everton and debutant Romelu Lukaku secured the win on 85 minutes when the Belgium international started a move before finishing it with an emphatic header from Mirallas’s centre.

All in all the match was an amazing display with Everton coming from behind to take the victory after a well fought battle from West Ham.

Final Score: West Ham United 2 – 3 Everton

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-VE

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