World Cup Qualifying Results 13th – 15th November

The first legs of 6 World Cup qualifiers contested by 12 hopeful nations have been played this week, and it is pretty much certain that 2 of these teams will be going to Brazil and two of these teams will be staying at home. Mexico thrashed New Zealand 5-1 in a fine display whilst Jordan were inevitably destroyed 5-0 at home by Uruguay. The only real surprise of these qualifiers came in France’s qualifier against Ukraine where the Yellow Blues came out victorious with  a 2-0 win. Despite some wonderful footballing displays there is still a lot to play for in the 2nd legs in many of these ties. A few teams can’t start celebrating just yet….

World Cup Qualifying 1st Leg Results

Date Venue Matches
13/11/13 20:30 Mexico City Mexico 5-1 New Zealand
13/11/13 15:00 Amman Jordan 0-5 Uruguay
15/11/13 19:45 Piraeus Greece 3-1 Romania
15/11/13 19:45 Lisbon Portugal 1-0 Sweden
15/11/13 19:45 Kyev Ukraine 2-0 France
15/11/13 17:00 Reykjavik Iceland 0-0 Croatia

-VE

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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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2014 FIFA World Cup: Who can still book a place in Brazil?

Over the next week or so a lot regarding the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be decided. The last 11 places will be confirmed and 11 teams will be staying home and missing out on Rio. Here we take a look at who has qualified and who is still in with a shot.

Africa

Definitely there: None.

This weekend 10 teams will battle it out in the second legs of their final qualification matches to try and take one of the 5 places still remaining for African qualification. The first legs saw Algeria beaten 3-2 at Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast beat Senegal 3-1, Ethiopia lose 2-1 at home to Nigeria, Tunisia and Cameroon play out a goalless draw and Egypt thrashed 6-1 by Ghana. The second legs will be played on the 16th – 19th of November.

Asia

Definitely there: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea.

After defeating Uzbekistan 9-8 on penalties to earn their place in an intercontinental play-off, Jordan will have to face a strong Uruguay team if they wish to proceed to their first ever World Cup. The game will be played on the 13th of November.

Europe

Definitely there: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Spain, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Four teams will progress from the play-offs.

Bosnia gained their first World Cup qualification by winning Group G ahead of Greece, who now must play a play-off to secure qualification.

Russia drew with Azerbaijan, which was enough to see off Portugal and win Group F, while England topped Group H with a 2-0 win over Poland.

The likes of Germany, England, Spain and Italy amongst others have secured qualification and now the eight runners-up must face the play-offs. Greece face Romania, Portugal take on Sweden, Ukraine must tackle France, and Iceland are handed the task of Croatia. The two-legged ties will take place on the 15th and 19th of November.

North & Central America and Caribbean

Definitely there: Costa Rica, United States, Honduras.

Mexico, who finished fourth in qualifying, face Oceania winners New Zealand in a two-legged intercontinental play-off, much like Jordan and Uruguay. After a 2-2 draw with Jamaica, Honduras took the final automatic qualification spot and therefore Mexico need to win this play-off to go through. This qualifier will take place on 13th November.

Oceania

Definitely there: None.

New Zealand completed the Oceanic qualifying stages with no real difficulty and now face a strong Mexico side, who have qualified for each of the last 5 World Cups, in a play-off on 13th November.

South America

Definitely there: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Colombia, Ecuador and Chile

Uruguay must take on underdogs Jordan to qualify for Brazil after finishing 5th in their group. They were level on points with Ecuador however a poor goal difference let them down. They are largely favoured to go through to the World Cup, but new boys Jordan won’t go down without a fight.

 

So there we have a roundup of who’s qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and who still has a chance of making it there. It could be a nervy few days for some of the bosses, one bad decision could lead to qualification failure. Whatever the outcomes are, we’re in for a week of drama, controversy and a whole load of goals.

-VE

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 Results and Table 9th – 10th November

Gameweek 11 – 09-10 November
09 Nov Aston Villa Aston Villa 2:0 Cardiff City Cardiff City
09 Nov Chelsea Chelsea 2:2 West Brom West Brom
09 Nov Crystal Palace Crystal Palace 0:0 Everton Everton
09 Nov Liverpool Liverpool 4:1 Fulham Fulham
09 Nov Southampton Southampton 4:1 Hull City Hull City
09 Nov Norwich Norwich 3:1 West Ham West Ham
10 Nov Tottenham Tottenham 0:1 Newcastle Newcastle
10 Nov Sunderland Sunderland 1:0 Man City Man City
10 Nov Man United Man Utd 1:0 Arsenal Arsenal
10 Nov Swansea Swansea 3:3 Stoke City Stoke City

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE 10 OCT 2013

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PTS
1
Arsenal
11
8
1
2
22
10
12
25
2
Liverpool
11
7
2
2
21
10
11
23
3
Southampton
11
6
4
1
15
5
10
22
4
Chelsea
11
6
3
2
18
10
8
21
5
Man United
11
6
2
3
18
13
5
20
6
Everton
11
5
5
1
14
10
4
20
7
Tottenham
11
6
2
3
9
6
3
20
8
Man City
11
6
1
4
28
12
16
19
9
Newcastle
11
5
2
4
15
16
-1
17
10
West Brom
11
3
5
3
12
12
0
14
11
Aston Villa
11
4
2
5
11
12
-1
14
12
Hull City
11
4
2
5
9
14
-5
14
13
Swansea City
11
3
3
5
15
15
0
12
14
Cardiff City
11
3
3
5
9
15
-6
12
15
Norwich City
11
3
2
6
9
21
-12
11
16
West Ham
11
2
4
5
9
11
-2
10
17
Stoke City
11
2
4
5
10
14
-4
10
18
Fulham
11
3
1
7
10
19
-9
10
19
Sunderland
11
2
1
8
8
22
-14
7
20
Crystal Palace
11
1
1
9
6
21
-15
4

Should Martin Jol go?

Should Martin Jol get the sack and if so, who should replace him?

-SJ