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Friday, 19 April 2013

Premier League: Has Aston Villa's Brad Guzan been the best keeper this season?

Readings Alex McCarthy was in the form of his life against Liverpool at the weekend. The Royals shot-stopper denied the Reds at every opportunity with a string of world class saves. This got me thinking, who has been the best goalkeeper this season in the Premier League? Manchester Citys Joe Hart w...

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Chelsea: Can Rafa deliver Europa League and a top four place?

Chelsea started the season with the possibility of winning the Community Shield, Champions League, Premier League, Carling Cup, FA Cup, the Club World Cup, Super Cup and subsequently the Europa League. However, after being dumped out of the FA Cup by Man City, their only real hope of success i...

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 32

Another exciting week of Premier League and FA Cup football saw Manchester City and Wigan make a date at Wembly, Reading hold Liverpool, Arsenal beat Norwich City and Sunderland outclass Newcastle. But who made it into our Squarefootball Team of the Week? Heres Mitch Waddons best XI from the w...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Fulham v Chelsea: Can Fulham pile misery on the Blues?

Chelsea entered the season as champions of Europe. At the way things are going they may not even be in Europe next season.Manchester City ended their FA Cup hopes on Sunday, Arsenal start the day in third place and tonight Fulham could deliver their top four hopes a hammer blow. The last five meeti...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Millwall, Chiles and Aguero ensure unedifying scenes all round, but let’s keep the One Direction boys out of it

It was a weekend of football in which the seamier, more ugly side of the game sprang forth. A dispiriting reminder of a time we’d hoped had passed; a nightmarish collage of unedifying horror and depressing folly. Yep, Adrian Chiles was fronting the FA Cup again. Obviously, the game on Saturd...

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Chelsea v Man City: Who will meet Wigan in the FA Cup final?

Chelsea are the current FA Cup holders. This afternoon they take on the 2011 winners and current Premier League champions Manchester City, but who will meet Wigan at Wembley next month in the showpiece final? Between them, Chelsea and Manchester City have won the last four finals and with Wigan wai...

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Predict the Premier League: QPR, Spurs and Arsenal lead the way

Its been a good fortnight for the three London clubs - well off the pitch any way - with QPRs John Jaycock and Tottenhams Adam Crawford picking up 19 points, with Arsenals Josh Ben Moshe on 18. Its not been so good for Stoke City, Southampton or Norwich City, with the sides occupying the bottom thr...

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Predict the Premier League: Sunderland edge ahead of Wigan

Sunderland may only have six games left to save their Premier League status but Black Cat Tony Ratton is edging slightly closer to Predict the Premier League title glory. Mr Ratton, who has been favourite for the title for the majority of the season, has moved one point clear of his nearest rival W...

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Chelsea: The four players the Blues must release this summer

This year for Chelsea has been all about change and not in a subtle kind of way but in the way Saul changed during his historic journey to later become a priest. This change brought us the dazzling trio of Mazacar, or the three amigos, or whatever else you may like to call them, but in the pr...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs: Who will miss out on the top four?

Just two points separate Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs in the battle for a Champions League spot and the riches that come with it. But with only two places available one of them is going to miss out, but who? Arsenal have finally found their feet and won seven of their past nine league outings. They h...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Di Canio attempts to form his first impression while West Ham’s Brady dispels hers

Fascist, egotistical, divisive, authoritarian, plain bonkers; these words are ringing around all our ears right now thanks to a recent media storm it’s been impossible to escape from. No, not the death of a former Prime Minister yesterday, although I can see why you’d think that. Instead it i...

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Sunday, 07 April 2013

Chelsea v Sunderland: Can Paolo Di Canio stun the champions of Europe?

Paolo Di Canio begins his toughest assignment yet this afternoon. With Aston Villa beating Stoke City yesterday, the Black Cats have slipped to within a point of the drop zone. Defeat today, combined with a Wigan win at QPR, and Sunderland will find themselves in the bottom three ahead of next weeke...

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Chelsea v Sunderland: Can Paolo Di Canio stun the champions of Europe?

Paolo Di Canio begins his toughest assignment yet this afternoon. With Aston Villa beating Stoke City yesterday, the Black Cats have slipped to within a point of the drop zone. Defeat today, combined with a Wigan win at QPR, and Sunderland will find themselves in the bottom three ahead of next weeke...

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Saturday, 06 April 2013

Premier League: Where has all the excitement gone?

ThePremier Leagueseason should be coming to the boil, but for me its been strictly alukewarm affair.The last nine months have had an air of inevitability about them. Manchester United havebreezed to their 20th top flight title and even Sky have struggled to sell this title race. From them...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 31

Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Southampton, Wigan and West Ham all picked up three points in a weekend that produced a whopping 23 goals - five of which came at the Emirates. There was a number of outstanding individual performances at the weekend, but who has done enough to win...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Sunderland swap experience for explosive as all eyes focus on Wearside

On the day the new bombastic series of Doctor Who crash landed on to the screens of the BBC, there was the cataclysmic beginnings of a regeneration of a different kind in the otherworldly realms of the North East. That’s right, Martin O’Neill, football’s very own wide-eyed madcap enigma was u...

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Southampton v Chelsea: Can the Saints see off Chelsea?

Southampton tore strips off Liverpool last time out in the Premier League. This afternoon they host the Champions of Europe Chelsea, but can they inflict more pain on Rafa Benitez? Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League, following their win over West Ham and Tottenhams shock defeat at ho...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Chelsea: How have our recent signings fared this season?

Money is no object for Chelsea and owner Roman Abramovich. So much so that they have splashed millions in the transfer market over the past decade. Some have worked - Juan Mata - while others have been epic fails - Fernando Torres. Well Im going to take a look at some of Chelseas most recent ad...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Gazza’s running out of chances while England run riot in San Marino

Let’s face it, there’s an awful lot of guff on TV isn’t there? In the ever-burgeoning crevasse of broadcasting channels, the sheer volume of half-baked tripe and lightweight, hollowed-out husks of regurgitated twaddle leaves the average viewer starved of visual stimulation and viewing conten...

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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Premier League: Have Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Man United lost their sparkle in Europe?

Arsene Wengers Arsenal heroically bowed out of the Champions League against Bayern Munich meaning no Premier League side would feature in the last eight for the first time in 17 years. The French boss believes the English sides have suffered as the rest of Europe has finally caught up with them, but...

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Predict the Premier League: Liverpool are on top of the pile

Its been almost a month since the scores for Squarefootballs Predict the Premier League were last updated, so without further ado lets get cracking. Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0 The Reds were braced for a tough game against the Capital One Cup finalists, but Michael Laudrups mind was already focused...

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Predict the Premier League: Sunderland and Wigan remain neck and neck

Sunderlands Tony Ratton was the man to beat in our Predict the Premier League competition, but since the turn of the year Wigan Athletic fan Jimmy Shine and even Manchester Citys Callum Rothwell have both taken over top spot. However, today, as we update the league for the first team in a month, the...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 30

Arsenal gave their Champions League hopes a huge boost at the weekend by beating Swansea City. Tottenhams shock defeat at home to Fulham gave Gooners even more reasons to cheer, but the biggest reaction at full time definitely came at Villa Park as Aston Villa saw off QPR in a five-goal thriller...

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Chelsea v West Ham United: Can the Hammers do the double over Rafa?

West Ham United inflicted Rafa Benitez to his first defeat as Chelsea manager following a remarkable second half performance at Upton Park in December, but the chances of Sam Allardyces men recording a similar result today look slimmer than Kate Moss. The Hammers arrive at the Bridge this afternoon...

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Bale, Michu, RVP or Suarez: Who is your Player of the Season?

There have been some outstanding performers in the Premier League this season. Gareth Bales stunning goals and man of the match displays have helped Tottenhams top four dreams, Luis Suarez is currently topping the leagues scoring charts, Robin van Persies arrival at Old Trafford has all but wrestled...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Munich is top of United’s problems but Nani ain’t one

Last week saw a big few days for Manchester United. Prodigal son and spray tan admirer Cristiano Ronaldo sauntered back into town with the same cocksure swagger and over-preened sense of self-worth he left with four years ago, and along with his slightly misfiring team broke the hearts of his...

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Saturday, 09 March 2013

Chelsea, Everton, Man City or Man United: Who will win the FA Cup?

The FA Cup is taking centre stage this weekend and what a game we have instore at Old Trafford when Premier League leaders Manchester United take on the champions of Europe in Chelsea. Its a game where the winners will really fancy their chances of success, but can United or Chelsea really go on to ...

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Thursday, 07 March 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week

Arsenal lost the crunch north London derby while Liverpool and Manchester United went goal crazy, QPR gave their survival hopes a boost with victory over Southampton and West Ham became only the second side this season to win at the Britannia, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? Here i...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Comical Colin losing his seat could mean Match Of The Day 2 losing much much more

It could be argued that watching football on television has become a full-time endeavour. Well obviously for me it is because each week I force my rambling and churlish thoughts on the subject on to your computer screens in a senseless demonstration of puerile envy. But for all of us now, it ...

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Saturday, 02 March 2013

Chelsea v West Brom: Will a West Brom win be the end for Benitez?

West Brom victories over Chelsea in recent seasons have resulted in a changing of the guard at Stamford Bridge. The Baggies have disposed of Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo in their past two clashes with champions of Europe. Some Chelsea fans will be praying the visitors can make it a hat-tr...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 28

Arsenal and Spurs picked up three points at the weekend to put the pressure on Rafa Benitez and Chelsea. Spurs are now two points clear of Chelsea in third place with Arsenal just two behind the Blues, but with the north London giants squaring up to each other this weekend, Chelsea may have the op...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A lack of fanfare for the Final but Swansea make worthy champions nevertheless

There was a time in football, about six or seven years ago when it all became a bit tedious. Mourinho’s Chelsea and Fergie’s United were so far ahead of everybody else that those two goliaths monopolised the English game completely. It seemed as though every piece of silverware was theirs to ...

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Man City v Chelsea: Can Benitez outsmart Mancini?

Manchester City have lost just once at the Etihad in 42 Premier League games but Chelsea and Rafa Benitez will fancy their chances of making it two in 43 when they roll up at the champions this afternoon. Rafa Benitez may not be having the greatest of times at Stamford Bridge but victory today will...

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Stoke City 2 Chelsea 1 1972

This weekend sees League Two Bradford City and Premier League Swansea City locking horns in the final of the Capital One Cup. The Welsh side should be too strong for the Bantams, but Arsenal and Aston Villa have both fallen to Phil Parkinsons side this season and must not be underestimated. There h...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Schmeichel talks us through United’s trip to Madrid while Piers talks down to Owen

For me this past weekend’s football was filled to the brim with acute annoyances and irksome irritations. To start with it was FA Cup Fifth Round and all the best games were on ESPN, and as I’m still too cheap to upgrade it means I had to go without. On top of that, my beloved Leicester didn’...

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Predict the Premier League: Man City on top with Wigan and Sunderland in close pursuit

Manchester City may have blown their Premier League chances following their defeat at Southampton but Citys Callum Rothwell could be about to continue the clubs push for honours in our Predict the Premier League competition. Mr Rothwell, a former winner of this competition, has put his disappointme...

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 26

Manchester Uniteds victory over Everton at the weekend combined with Citys defeat at Southampton has put Fergies men 12 points clear of their rivals and the title looks to be heading back to Old Trafford. City just werent at the races and were duly punished by the Saints and United made sure the...

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Saturday, 09 February 2013

Chelsea v Wigan: Does Hulk Hogan really know best?

Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has told BBCs Mark Lawrenson that this game is going to break records. The Hulkster is predicting Chelsea to win 40-1. Of course those of us who actually know something about the beautiful game are fully aware that Wigan are more than capable of causing an upset, especial...

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Friday, 08 February 2013

Why Royal Mail's Dream Team fails to deliver the goods

Royal Mail has assembled its Home Nations dream team to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association. Legends of the game like Bobby Moore, George Best and Denis Law all feature in the special stamp collection, but eyebrows have been raised at some of the names who have missed out. H...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

QPR, Wigan, Villa, Reading or Southampton - who are going down?

The battle to beat the drop is really hotting up. With the promise of extra millions for clubs in the Premier League next season due to the new TV deals coming into play everyone is desperate to stay in the top flight. QPR, Wigan, Aston Villa, Reading and Southampton all picked up vital points at...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 25

It was another exciting week in the Barclays Premier League with wins for Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Reading, West Ham and Spurs. A total of 23 goals were scored as Manchester United extended their lead at the top to nine points, while those at the bottom all put in sterling p...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Deadline Day drama as Simon gets angry and Peter gets lost

The more attentive among you might have noticed we endured the annual manic torture–fest that is Christmas recently, indeed you may still be recovering from it’s stress-pounding effects even now. Probably the most excruciating facet of the festive period, aside from having to spend uncomforta...

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Saturday, 02 February 2013

Newcastle United v Chelsea: Can the Mags get the better of Ba and Rafa?

Former Newcastle striker Demba Ba returns to St James Park this afternoon but all eyes will be on under-fire Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez. The Blues let slip another two-goal lead in midweek against a Premier League struggler. This time it was Reading who came back to deny the boys from the Bridge, th...

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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Chelsea: Is it time for Abramovich to give Benitez the boot?

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a ruthless figure, just ask Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. The Special One won back-to-back Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge but was axed. Ancelotti won the league and FA Cup double but was fired, and even Roberto Di Matteo, the ma...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Reading v Chelsea: Will it be another Blue day for Rafa Benitez?

Chelsea were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Swansea City last Wednesday and almost humiliated by Brentford at the weekend in the FA Cup, but they are in the driving seat for third place having only dropped four points from a possible 24. Tonight they visit Reading, who have won three out of fo...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Not-so-safety Hazard means the game’s integrity takes another kicking

There just aren’t enough programmes on TV that include adults kicking children are there? Since the good old days of exploitation and corporal punishment were deemed “unacceptable”, we’ve slowly evolved into a culture in which little toe rags run around doing whatever the hell they please. Sm...

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Predict the Premier League: Good news for Villa

Aston Villa have been dumped out of both cup competitions this past week by lower league opposition and face a huge six-pointer with Newcastle on Tuesday, but there is some good news for those in claret and blue. Villa fan Frank Pattison was one half of our top pundits this past fortnight, along wi...

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Predict the Premier League: Wigan topple Sunderland

There are some things in football that I thought I would never see. Bradford City reaching a cup final, non-league Luton Town beating Premier League giants Norwich in the FA Cup and Wigan topping the Predict the Premier League table. Yes, youve read that right. After leading the table for about 20...

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Arsenal, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle: The top 10 FA Cup giant killings of all-time

Luton Town became the first non-league club in 24 years to beat a top flight side on Saturday as the Hatters beat Premier League Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road. Paul Buckles men rode their luck against the Canaries, but super sub Scott Rendell wrote his name in FA Cup folklore with a winner 10 mi...

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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Chelsea: Mourinho, Moyes, Klopp or Low - Who will be the next Chelsea boss?

Roman Abramovich finds himself in a sticky predicament. The Russian billionaire was prepared to pay whatever it took to bring former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge. His bottomless pit of money is usually enough to tempt anyone to get in the hot seat in west London, but Guardiola i...

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