Colin Illingworth

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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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

West Ham v Man United: Can Carroll outgun Rooney and RVP?

Meetings between West Ham United and Manchester United in the East End always tend to be lively affairs. Just four months ago the Red Devils needed a late moment of brilliance by Robin van Persie to force an FA Cup replay. Two years ago the visitors came back from two down to win 4-2 with Wayne Roon...

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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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Man City v Wigan: Can the Latics win the FA Cup final dress rehearsal?

Manchester City and Wigan Athletic will lock horns at Wembley in the FA Cup Final on May 11, but tonight they have the small subject of three Premier League points to play for. The champions have just disposed of the league leaders and fierce rivals United at Old Trafford and dumped FA Cup holders ...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Arsenal v Everton: Wenger hopes to end the Toffees' top four dream

Everton have only taken away six points from visits to the red half of north London during the Premier League era. Thats a shocking return for a team with hopes of making a late charge for a place in the top four, but could tonight be the night they record their first win at Arsenal since 1996? Ars...

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Monday, 15 April 2013

TheView Outside The Premier League: Bolton stay on Target but its a bad weekend For Leicester and Torquay

Bolton Wanderers have now completed their unlikely rise from 18th in the Championship table to a play-off berth. While teams like Middlesbrough and Leicester have faltered badly on the run-in, the Trotters have accelerated smoothly to the top six. Dougie Freedman is a manager who embodies old-fas...

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Stoke City v Manchester United: Can Pulis defeat Sir Alex?

The last time Stoke City got the better of Manchester United in the league Father Christmas had just delivered his presents. If you think that was a long time ago just wait until I reveal the date . . . 1984! Margaret Thatcher was the British Prime Minister, Do They Know Its Christmas was the UK nu...

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Newcastle United v Sunderland: Can Di Canio claim vital win over Pardew?

Sunderland havent won at St James Park for 13 years but boy do they need all three points today. The Black Cats are only out of the bottom three on goal difference having played a game more than FA Cup finalists Wigan Athletic and have a tricky run-in. Martin ONeill was shown the door and in walked...

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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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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Can Sunderland beat Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby?

The Tyne-Wear derby is the only game that matters to the good folk in the North East of England. Newcastle United are the hosts for this weekends massive game as the fiery Italian Paolo Di Canio aims to get his first three points on the board for the Black Cats, but can Sunderland beat Newcastle on ...

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Southampton v West Ham United: Can the Hammers stop the Saints?

Preview to come. Southampton v West Ham; Kick Off 3pm April 13 2013 Prediction Panel Arsenal Josh Ben Moshe 2 V 0 Aston Villa Frank Pattison 2 V 1 Chelsea Apoorva Ankur 1 V 2 Everton Chris Goodw...

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Reading v Liverpool: Reds tipped to rule over the Royals

Liverpool failed to beat West Ham United last weekend at Anfield but surely they will have no trouble beating all-but relegated Reading, will they? On a weekend that will be full of emotion for the Liverpool fans on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, they will expect to see Brendan Rodge...

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Everton v QPR: Toffees have Spurs in their sights

With Spurs not playing this weekend, Everton have the opportunity to close the gap on the boys from the Lane to just three points, but first they must get past former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and his doomed QPR side. The Rs missed out on three priceless points last weekend at home to Wigan Athleti...

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Aston Villa v Fulham: Can the Villa move three points closer to safety?

Matthew Lowtons screamer against Stoke City last weekend helped the Villans towards three crucial points in their fight for survial, but can they back up that victory with another three points against Fulham this afternoon? The Cottagers havent won at Villa Park in the league for 40 years, and are ...

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Arsenal v Norwich City: Can Wenger avoid getting in a flap against the Canaries?

With Chelsea facing Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday and Spurs having a week off, Arsenal have the perfect opportunity of moving up to third in the Premier League, but first they must get past Chris Hughtons Canaries. The boys from Carrow Road have been a real thorn in the side of...

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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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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Birmingham City and Leicester City are on the up

Birmingham City are on course to finish in the top half of the table under Lee Clark and the Blues fans are optimistically looking forward to the 2013/14 season. Off the pitch its been a good time for the Bluenoses too, especially Squarefootballs Steve Coulter, who has been our top Expert over the ...

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Stoke City: Should the Potters keep faith with Pulis?

Tony Pulis is coming under increasing pressure at the Britannia Stadium and some critics believe his time as Stoke City boss is over. The Potters have picked up a paltry five points from a possible 39, failed to score in eight of their past 13 outings and are sit just three points above the drop zo...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Aberdeen are out of the bottom three

Did you that Aberdeen - the only Scottish club to have won two European trophies - have not won a major piece of silverware since beating Dundee in the Coca-Cola Cup final way back in 1995? The Dandy Dons have been in the doldrums far too long but maybe the arrival of Derek McInnes will galvanise th...

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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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Monday, 08 April 2013

Manchester United v Manchester City: Can United avenge their 1-6 drubbing?

Manchester United have the title in the bag but City pride is at stake tonight as the two Manchester giants lock horns at Old Trafford. Last season City stunned the world by hitting United for six and going on to win the title on goal difference with the final kick of the ball at home to QPR. Howev...

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Manchester United v Manchester City: Who will win the derby?

Manchester United look like wrestling back the Premier League title from the clutches of their bitter rivals Manchester City at the first attempt, but who will come out on top when the two sides lock horns at Old Trafford tonight? Its Manchester Citys first visit to the Theatre of Dreams since they...

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Sunday, 07 April 2013

QPR v Wigan: Can the Latics escape the drop zone?

With Sunderland taking on Chelsea at the Bridge this afternoon, Wigan Athletic have the perfect opportunity to escape the drop zone and put the Black Cats in danger, but they must overcome a QPR side who although look doomed will not give up until its mathematically impossible. The Latics spring up...

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Newcastle United v Fulham: Can Jol defeat Pardew again?

Fulham have won five of the last seven meetings with Newcastle United but can the Geordies ease their relegation woes ahead of next weekends Tyne-Wear derby with a win today? Newcastle, who have lost their last two league games, could move up to 12th this afternoon with victory but Fulham are unbea...

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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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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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Spurs v Everton: Can the Toffees take advantage of Bale's absence

Arsenals win over West Brom yesterday has put the Gunners to within a point of Spurs in the battle for fourth place. The pressure is all on AVB and Spurs and today they host an Everton side thats also looking to secure a late place in the Champions League places, but how will Spurs cope without the ...

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Liverpool v West Ham: Can the Hammers end 50 years of hurt at Anfield?

Anfield has been a bit of a bogey ground for West Ham United. The Hammers havent won on the red half of Merseyside side since 1963 and have only managed to score just 28 times there during that period. Given that Big Sams men still havent registered double figures on the road this season, I think it...

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Sunderland: Can Paolo Di Canio save the Black Cats?

Paolo Di Canios arrival on Wearside has dominated the national news agenda. Both sport and news reporters have been deployed to dig the dirt on his controversial past and find out exactly what the people of Sunderland have thought about the appointment. But can the former Celtic and West Ham striker...

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Saturday, 06 April 2013

Norwich City v Swansea City: Can the Canaries keep the edge over Swansea?

Norwich City and Swansea City came up to the Premier League together in 2011, but while the Swans may have gone on to cup glory and taken all the plaudits for their brand of football, Norwich City remain unbeaten against their Welsh rivals. In their previous three meetings, Norwich have emerged vic...

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Stoke City v Aston Villa: Can the Villans drag Stoke into the relegation dogfight?

Aston Villa slipped back into the bottom three last weekend. Wigans late win against Norwich alongside Villas inability to beat Liverpool at home saw the two relegation battlers swap places down at the bottom. This afternoon Paul Lamberts men head to the Britannia Stadium. The home of the Potters u...

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West Brom v Arsenal: Gunners target fourth win on the bounce?

The Gods appear to be smiling on Arsenal. Both Chelsea and Tottenham have dropped points in recent weeks and Spurs look like missing their main man Gareth Bale for a few weeks through injury. Victory today will see the Gunners climb above Chelsea and move to within a point of Spurs, who face a trick...

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Reading v Southampton: Will Adkins get revenge on the Saints?

Nigel Adkins hosts his former side Southampton this afternoon in a game which the Royals will see as winnable, but can he get revenge on the Saints who have been in tremendous form in recent weeks. Reading currently prop up the Premier League but a win today could breathe new life into their faint ...

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Friday, 05 April 2013

West Brom: What should we do with Peter Odemwingie?

Some people are never satisfied. West Broms Peter Odemwingie certainly falls into that category. In most fans eyes the Nigerian international is living the dream. He is playing professional football and being paid, quite handsomely, for the privilege. However, Odemwingie is not a happy bunny. He ha...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013

West Ham: Should the Hammers shell out £18m for Andy Carroll?

West Hams on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll gave the Hammers board a little reminder of his talents at the weekend with two fine goals against West Bromwich Albion, but should the Irons shell out £18m to secure his services permanently? Theres no doubt in my mind that West Ham look a bette...

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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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Monday, 01 April 2013

Fulham v QPR: Time for QPR to hit form

Time is running out on QPR. They have eight games left to play to save their Premier League bacon and are seven points adrift of safety. However, a win tonight would see that deficit reduced to four points and put Aston Villa, Wigan and Sunderland under severe pressure. The Rs celebrated their firs...

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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Sunderland: Who will replace O'Neill at the Stadium of Light?

Martin ONeill has been shown the door by his boyhood club Sunderland, but who will now take on the challenge of steering the Black Cats to safety? With games against Chelsea, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Spurs left to play, and the likes of Wigan and Aston Villa putting a run of wins together, Sunder...

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Aston Villa v Liverpool: Villa target rare Liverpool double

Wigans late win over Norwich City yesterday has put Aston Villa back into the drop zone once again. Kones 81st minute strike lifted the Latics above Villa on goal difference, but can Villa complete a rare double over Liverpool to ease their relegation fears or will the Reds bounce back in style foll...

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Sunderland: Black Cats' own goal by sacking O'Neill

The clocks went forward in Britain this morning but Sunderland Football Club have made a decision which could set them back years. Following their unfortunate 1-0 home defeat to the runaway leaders Manchester United, the Black Cats board decided to do what they do best, axe the manager. We all knew...

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Everton v Stoke City: Can the Blues dispose of the Potters?

Everton bounced back from their FA Cup embarrassment to effectively end Manchester Citys title hopes and restore some pride back to the club. This evening they host Tony Puliss Stoke City who have won only once on their travels this season and scored just nine goals on the road. Surely this is anoth...

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Wigan v Norwich City: Latics target first league win over Norwich

Wigan get back to action following their controversial meeting with Newcastle United a fortnight ago and Roberto Martinez will be hoping his players can build on that fortunate victory. Wigan have to move on from the McManaman incident now and concentrate on survival. They are three points adrift o...

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West Ham v West Brom: Can the Irons outsmart the Baggies?

There may be 11 points separating West Ham and West Brom in the table but on the pitch there is nothing between them. Their last four meetings have all ended in draws and both managers would probably take a point if offered to them right now. Sam Allardyce, who is waiting to be offered a new deal a...

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Swansea City v Spurs: Can AVB copy Arsenal's formula at the Liberty?

A fortnight ago Tottenhams north London rivals Arsenal went to the Liberty Stadium and left Wales with all three points and a clean sheet. That was a huge result for the Gunners as it kept them in touch with Spurs and Chelsea. Tottenhams shock defeat at home against Fulham the following day made it ...

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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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Man City v Newcastle United: Can Pardew break City hearts?

Man City boss Roberto Mancini conceded the title this week but the fiery Italian will not accept any further drop in form from his players as Chelsea and Spurs breathe down their neck in the race for second place. Newcastle Unied arrive at the Etihad a fortnight after their controversial game with ...

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Sunderland v Manchester United: Sir Alex targets revenge

The one thing that hurt Manchester United players, staff and fans more than City winning the league in the dying seconds of last season was the reaction of the Sunderland fans. They revelled in Uniteds failure more than City toasted their title success and that bad taste in the mouth has remained wi...

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Arsenal v Reading: Will Arsenal give Reading another Royal beating?

New Reading boss Nigel Adkins has the chance to become an instant hero this afternoon and write his name in the Royals folklore, as the men from the Madejski Stadium have never taken anything from Arsenal apart from a good hiding. In five previous league meetings, all in the top flight, Arsenal hav...

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