Premier League Preview 23/11/2013

 

After what many view as an unsuccessful international break for England, the Barclays Premier League is back and what a game to start it all up again. The early kick off is none other than the Merseyside derby, Liverpool vs Everton. Liverpool will travel to Goodison Park to face rivals Everton at 12:45. Everton manager Roberto Martinez has described the game as, “as good as a game of football can get.” Whilst Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers spoke about the derby saying that,”Both teams are up there and it’s credit to the players and the staff.” Everton have received eight red cards in the last 12 Goodison derbies meanwhile Liverpool have only received one. Liverpool normally come off better in these matches however it wouldn’t be a shock result if Everton won.

Predicted Everton Line up: http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/2802383/

Predicted Liverpool Line up: http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/2802973/

My predicted score is: Everton 1-1 Liverpool

I think that as good as SAS are, Everton are an extremely difficult team to beat, especially at Goodison Park so I think that Everton will concede first but then score and stay solid afterwards to hold out for a draw.

Teams                               Time                      Predicted Score

  • Everton v Liverpool                  12:45pm                     1-1
  • Arsenal v Southampton           15:00pm                     2-1
  • Fulham v Swansea                   15:00pm                     0-2
  • Hull v Crystal Palace                15:00pm                     3-1
  • Newcastle v Norwich               15:00pm                     4-1
  • Stoke v Sunderland                  15:00pm                     2-2
  • West Ham v Chelsea                 17:30pm                    2-3 

-SJ

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Premier League Fixtures 19 – 21 October

Gameweek 8 – 19 Oct 11:30
19 Oct 12:45 Newcastle Newcastle v Liverpool Liverpool
19 Oct 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal v Norwich Norwich
19 Oct 15:00 Chelsea Chelsea v Cardiff City Cardiff City
19 Oct 15:00 Everton Everton v Hull City Hull City
19 Oct 15:00 Man Utd Man Utd v Southampton Southampton
19 Oct 15:00 Stoke City Stoke City v West Brom West Brom
19 Oct 15:00 Swansea Swansea v Sunderland Sunderland
19 Oct 17:30 West Ham West Ham v Man City Man City
20 Oct 16:00 Aston Villa Aston Villa v Tottenham Tottenham
21 Oct 20:00 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Fulham Fulham

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Results

RESULTS  
 
Date

Matches

15/10/13 Azerbaijan

1:1 (0:1)

Russia

16/10/13 Uruguay

3:2 (2:2)

Argentina

16/10/13 Peru

1:1 (1:1)

Bolivia

15/10/13 Bulgaria

0:1 (0:0)

Czech Republic

15/10/13 Latvia

2:2 (0:2)

Slovakia

15/10/13 Belgium

1:1 (0:0)

Wales

15/10/13 Turkey

0:2 (0:1)

Netherlands

15/10/13 Romania

2:0 (1:0)

Estonia

15/10/13 Italy

2:2 (1:1)

Armenia

15/10/13 Sweden

3:5 (2:1)

Germany

15/10/13 Serbia

5:1 (3:0)

FYR Macedonia

16/10/13 Chile

2:1 (2:0)

Ecuador

16/10/13 Paraguay

1:2 (1:1)

Colombia

16/10/13 Jamaica

2:2 (1:2)

Honduras

16/10/13 Panama

2:3 (1:0)

USA

15/10/13 Denmark

6:0 (4:0)

Malta

15/10/13 Scotland

2:0 (1:0)

Croatia

15/10/13 Hungary

2:0 (0:0)

Andorra

15/10/13 Norway

1:1 (1:1)

Iceland

15/10/13 Switzerland

1:0 (0:0)

Slovenia

15/10/13 Israel

1:1 (1:0)

Northern Ireland

15/10/13 Lithuania

0:1 (0:0)

Bosnia-Herzegovina

15/10/13 Greece

2:0 (1:0)

Liechtenstein

15/10/13 England

2:0 (1:0)

Poland

15/10/13 Republic of Ireland

3:1 (2:1)

Kazakhstan

15/10/13 Faroe Islands

0:3 (0:1)

Austria

16/10/13 Costa Rica

2:1 (1:1)

Mexico

15/10/13 Cyprus

0:0

Albania

15/10/13 Portugal

3:0 (2:0)

Luxembourg

15/10/13 Ghana

6:1 (3:1)

Egypt

Note: Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Spain, Chile, Ecuador, and Honduras all secured World Cup 2014 qualification with their results.

Other already qualified teams: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Holland, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, USA

Premier League Results and Table 05-06 October

Gameweek 7 – 05 Oct 11:30
05 Oct 12:45 Man City Man City 3:1 Everton Everton
05 Oct 15:00 Cardiff City Cardiff City 1:2 Newcastle Newcastle
05 Oct 15:00 Fulham Fulham 1:0 Stoke City Stoke City
05 Oct 15:00 Hull City Hull City 0:0 Aston Villa Aston Villa
05 Oct 15:00 Liverpool Liverpool 3:1 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
05 Oct 17:30 Sunderland Sunderland 1:2 Man Utd Man Utd
06 Oct 13:30 Norwich Norwich 1:3 Chelsea Chelsea
06 Oct 13:30 Southampton Southampton 2:0 Swansea Swansea
06 Oct 16:00 Tottenham Tottenham 0:3 West Ham West Ham
06 Oct 16:00 West Brom West Brom 1:1 Arsenal Arsenal

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE 6th OCTOBER

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
PTS
1
7
5
1
1
14
8
16
2
7
5
1
1
11
5
16
3
7
4
2
1
10
4
14
4
7
4
2
1
7
2
14
5
7
4
1
2
17
8
13
6
7
4
1
2
6
5
13
7
7
3
3
1
10
9
12
8
7
3
2
2
6
7
11
9
7
3
1
3
10
9
10
10
7
3
1
3
9
8
10
11
7
3
1
3
9
12
10
12
7
2
3
2
7
6
9
13
7
2
2
3
7
5
8
14
7
2
2
3
7
9
8
15
7
2
1
4
8
11
7
16
7
2
1
4
4
7
7
17
7
2
1
4
5
9
7
18
7
2
1
4
5
9
7
19
7
1
0
6
5
13
3
20
7
0
1
6
5
16
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Match of the Day 28th September

Today seemed like a routine day in the Premier League, with the two Manchester clubs presented with what appeared to be ‘easy’ fixtures. Man U had a home fixture against West Brom and with the strength and depth of the club, they should have comfortably taken the 3 points. Furthermore, City had a game against 13th placed Aston Villa and you wouldn’t have been blamed for putting money on Pellegrini’s side to come out on top.

However things were way more different than expected. Man Utd ended up going home with no points at all after losing 2-1 courtesy of goals from Amalfitano and Berahino. The Red Devils now sit in 12th place, but this could worsen by the end of the weekend. West Brom on the other hand, have moved up to mid-table and are placed in 10th.

But the game which i think was the most enthralling of today had to be Villa vs Man City. It surpassed any other game today in drama, goals and surprises but also was a great display of football.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side had taken just one point from a possible six prior to travelling to Villa but a first away win looked promising for the visitors as they dominated early on.

The home side’s 3-5-2 formation was leaving them defensively fragile on the flanks and City repeatedly found spaces, with James Milner shooting wide while Samir Nasri’s deflected shot flew just wide of the upright.

Villa couldn’t create many chances and Joe Hart had very little to do. The closest they came to scoring was when a freekick by El Ahmadi narrowly sailed over the bar.

City on the other hand, were not to be kept out any longer and on the brink of half time Yaya Toure latched onto a volley after Nasri’s cross had been headed away from goal.

5 minutes after the break Villa were level. Bacuna, 22, slipped a smart ball to send El Ahmadi clear and though the Morocco international appeared offside, the flag stayed down as he fired past Hart to equalise.

Edin Dzeko quickly quietened Villa’s celebrations as the tall Bosnian got on the end of Samir Nasri’s corner to put City back in front and move them on course for that first away win.

But Villa weren’t down and out yet. Captain Ron Vlaar volleyed into the hands of Hart from Vincent Kompany’s poor clearance before the hosts were presented an even better chance to equalise when they were awarded a 73rd minute free-kick 25 yards out. They took full advantage as Bacuna confidently stepped up to curl a sublime effort that gave Hart no chance.

2 minutes later, Weimann completed the comeback after Kompany and Matija Nastasic allowed Guzan’s delivery to bounce and, racing towards goal, he tapped the ball into the net to secure a memorable victory over the title contenders. This win brings Paul Lambert’s side up to 9th in the table and leaves Pellegrini wondering what will be made of his side’s performance today.

All in all, this game was fast-paced, lively and dramatic – All aspects of the Premier League. Also it leaves us wondering who will win the League this year. Arsenal are very good contenders and may be in with a chance of winning a trophy after a long long wait. Well actually, lets not get too ahead of ourselves here…

-VE

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