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...


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...


Monday, 15 April 2013

Liverpool: Is playing in Europe an honour or a chore?

After rather toothless draws against West Ham United and Reading, albeit against magnificent performances from James Collins, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Alex McCarthy, Liverpool’s dream of a place in Europe next season has been left in ruins. Stating “It wont be the end of the world if we dont qual...


Saturday, 13 April 2013

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...


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...


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...


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...


Sunday, 07 April 2013

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Sunday, 31 March 2013

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...


Friday, 29 March 2013

Should Michael Owen be hailed as a football great?

Michael Owen burst on the scene as a fresh-faced 17 year old and took the Premier League by storm. He scored on his Liverpool debut against Wimbledon and hit 18 in his first full season in the first team. His lightening pace and accuracy in front of goal gave opposition defences nightmares. However,...


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...


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...


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...


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Liverpool: Will Rodgers ever find some consistency?

This was always going to be a difficult campaign for Brendan Rodgers and 13 defeats in all competitions illustrates how consistency has remained painfully elusive. What will frustrate the manager even more, though, is the fact Liverpool have shown they are capable of excellent football. Occasion...


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...


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Everton: Would you be up for a groundshare with Liverpool?

Listeners to talkSports Stan Collymore last week would have heard an interesting insight into world of Everton Football Club when he put a number of questions to a senior source at the club following their embarrassing FA Cup exit to Wigan Athletic. It was revealed that the Everton board would cons...


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Southampton v Liverpool: Can the Saints stop the Reds?

Did you know Liverpool have only won at Southampton four times in the past 25 years? Thats great news for Mr Pochettino as his Saints try to record their first win in four. Last weekend the Saints were denied all three points by a dogged Norwich City side at Carrow Road. That point kept them four p...


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...


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...


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Liverpool v Spurs: AVB has his sights on Man City

Spurs saw off their old enemy Arsenal last weekend. Victory today at Anfield will see them close the gap on second placed Man City to just two points. But Liverpool have their own aims and goals to achieve. If they can beat Spurs they will go above Everton in sixth place on goal difference, and they...


Arsenal: Could Xabi Alonso be on his way to the Emirates?

Reports in the media over the weekend suggest that the Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso is stalling over a contract at Real Madrid and that Liverpool may be interested in bringing him back to these shores, but could Arsenal convince him that his future rests with them in the capital? Theres no doubt ...


Thursday, 07 March 2013

Robin van Persie or Luis Suarez - Who would you rather have in your team?

Liverpools Luis Suarez took his goal tally for the season to 21 with his hat-trick against Wigan at the weekend. Those goals have moved him two ahead of Manchester Uniteds main marksman Robin van Persie. Now both men are fine players. They know where the goal is, have great feet and are born winner...


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...


Wednesday, 06 March 2013

Liverpool: Can Brendan Rodgers be trusted with money?

Brendan Rodgers inherited a club in turmoil. His predecessors spent big on average players; a fabulous model to ruin a club. Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson and, to a lesser extent, Rafa Benitez had been catastrophic in the transfer market and inevitably faced the axe. Starting with a bloated ...


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 ...


Saturday, 02 March 2013

Wigan Athletic v Liverpool: Can the Reds gun down the Latics?

Did you know Liverpool havent won at the DW Stadium since 2007? Up to that point Wigan were always an easy three points for the giants from Anfield, but not any more. However, with the goal threat of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge to complement the midfield drive of Steven Gerrard, will this be th...


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...


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 ...


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’...


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...


Liverpool v Swansea City: Can Rodgers end five-game winless run?

Despite encouraging displays at Arsenal and Man City, Liverpools top four hopes were all but dashed by West Brom last Monday. The Reds dominated the game but just couldnt find a way past the impressive Ben Foster and completed the smash and grab with two late goals. This afternoon the Reds take on ...


Why Liverpool need to axe Pepe Reina

Liverpool have just seen any small chance they had at fourth place and a spot in the Champions League disappear with their recent loss to West Brom. The defeat certainly accentuated the disparity between the two goalkeepers on the pitch. Ben Foster was fantastic and surely the reason West ...


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...


Monday, 11 February 2013

Liverpool v West Brom: Can the Baggies beat Gerrard and co again?

West Brom Steve Clarke makes his first return to Anfield following his summer move to the Hawthorns and he would love to cap it with a double. The Baggies thrashed Liverpool on the opening day of the season 3-0 but have gone off the boil in recent months. Theyve lost five of their past six outings,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Monday, 04 February 2013

Arsenal: Can the Gunners finish in the top four?

With 13 games of the season left to play Arsenal find themselves four points behind fourth placed Spurs in the battle for Champions League football. The Gunners have never failed to qualify for Europes elite competition under Arsene Wenger, but there are plenty of pundits tipping them to miss o...


Sunday, 03 February 2013

Man City v Liverpool: Can City keep their title hopes alive?

Manchester Uniteds victory over Fulham yesterday means Man City start the day 10 points behind the leaders. The champions simply must beat Liverpool this afternoon to have any hope of retaining their title, but Brendan Rodgerss Liverpool side are picking up points and plaudits with every game. Cou...


Thursday, 31 January 2013

Liverpool: What will Coutinho bring to Anfield?

Early in the transfer window Liverpool completed the long acknowledged signing of Daniel Sturridge and the club have further bolstered their ranks with the signing of Inter Milan starlet Philippe Coutinho. Coming through the youth system of Brazilian heavyweights Vasco da Gama, Coutin...


Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Arsenal v Liverpool: Can the Gunners see off Rodgers' Reds?

Arsenal wiped the floor with West Ham United last week before edging past Brighton in the FA Cup, but can they see off Liverpool tonight to keep the pressure on both Everton and Spurs in the battle for fourth or will Brendan Rodgers men bounce back from their FA Cup exit to make a late surge for Cha...


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League- Luton Stun Norwich, Stead Boosts Bristol City And Liverpool Fall At Icy Oldham

In ornithological terms Luton Town made the Canaries as sick as parrots but the Robins (Bristol City) went bob-bobbing along thanks to Jonathan Stead. The weekend saw FA Cup and league action mixed together and the biggest story was in Norfolk. The stat that Luton Town are the first non-leaguer...


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...


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...


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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