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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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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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

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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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,...

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Will Wayne Rooney leave Old Trafford in the summer?

Wayne Rooneys future at Manchester United has been called into question ever since he was dropped to the bench for Uniteds crunch Champions League clash with Real Madrid. United lost the game due to a horrific refereeing decision but both Sir Alex and Rooney insist that it was purely a footballing...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Was Rio Ferdinand right to withdraw from the England squad?

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand enraged England fans by pulling out of Roy Hodgsons squad last week to face the double header of San Marino and Moldova, but was Rio right to pull out? Rio was fuming when Hodgson left him out of the international fold for footballing reasons ahead of Euro 2...

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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

Man United: Should Sir Alex rest stars ahead of cup replay with Chelsea?

Its been a tough time to be a Manchester United supporter recently, I dont think any of us will recover from the defeat to Madrid for a long time - mostly due to the manner of the loss. Nevertheless, Manchester United are still performing well in the league and havent lost a league match sinc...

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Manchester United v Reading: Day of pain awaits the Royals

Sir Alex Ferguson has had a week or two to forget at Old Trafford. Dumped out of the Champions League, thanks largely to an outrageous red card, and then almost sent packing in the FA Cup by Chelsea, after racing into a two-goal lead, Uniteds Treble hopes have gone up in smoke. Fortunately there sho...

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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

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...

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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

If United win the Treble should Sir Alex retire?

The Premier League title is in the bag and home games against Real Madrid tonight and Chelsea on Sunday in the FA Cup put them in the driving seat to replicate their Treble-winning feat of 1999. But if United were to win an unprecedented second Treble, would that be the right time for Sir Alex Fergu...

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Will Man United finish off Real Madrid at Old Trafford?

Manchester United scored an all-important away goal at the Bernabeu in their first leg Champions League clash with Real Madrid but can they stop Ronaldo and co from doing the same this evening at Old Trafford? Sir Alex Fergusons game plan at Madrid was excellent with Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans and ...

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Man Utd v Real Madrid - Free Bet Offer with bet365

bet365 has a fantastic free bet offer to add to the excitement as Man Utd welcome Real Madrid to Old Trafford this evening with their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie in the balance. Place a pre-match bet on this much anticipated fixture today and you will receive a free In-Play bet to the s...

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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

Manchester United v Norwich City: Can the Canaries spoil Giggs' big day?

Manchester United star Ryan Giggs is expected to feature in his 1,000th competitive game this afternoon against Norwich City but can Chris Hughtons men spoil the Welshmans party? The Canaries defeated the league leaders 1-0 at Carrow Road in November and are searching for their first double over Un...

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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

Classic League Cup Finals: Aston Villa 3 Man United 1 1994

League Two Bradford City have been given no hope in beating Swansea City at Wembley this afternoon, but cup finals in England dont always go to plan. Just ask Manchester United! Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has been looking back at some of the competitions most classic finals. Here he turns his s...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Man United 0 1991

The first piece of silverware will be decided this afternoon when League Two Bradford City take on Premier League Swansea City at Wembley. The Swans are strong favourites for victory, but nothing can be taken for granted in this competition. Here Squarefootballs Steve Coulter takes a look back at w...

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

QPR v Man United: Do the R's have any hope against Fergie and RVP?

QPR fans have witnessed just eight paltry goals from their team this season at Loftus Road. Thats the fewest goals a home side has scored in the whole of the United Kingdom. Today they entertain runaway leaders and Treble contenders Manchester United, but can Harry Redknapps men mastermind a way to ...

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Manchester United: Can United win the Treble again?

The Premier League title looks like it is in the bag for Manchester United and the Red Devils have a home tie against Chelsea or Middlesbrough in the next round of the FA Cup, but can they go the whole hog and emulate their record-breaking season of 1999 and win the Treble again? Standing in their ...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Man United: Is this United side as good as the class of 99?

Manchester United are on course to repeat their Treble-winning heroics of 1999 and Sir Alex Ferguson believes his current side are actually better than the class of 99. But are the likes of De Gea, Rooney and RVP really up there with Schemichel, Keane and Beckham? Weve asked a selection of football...

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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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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Can Manchester United beat Real Madrid?

Premier League leaders Manchester United take on La Liga champions Real Madrid tonight in the glamour tie of the Champions Leagues last 16, but can Sir Alex Fergusons men keep flying the flag for England? The two sides havent met since the Brazilian Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for the visitors and w...

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Man United: Fergie's game plan for Real Madrid

With such a big game this evening, the anxiety of all fans involved is rising faster and faster. So lets take a look at what Manchester United need to do to make the second leg so much easier. It may seem obvious but everything will start at the back. It sounds like a cliche b...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Should Sky help Man United and Arsenal in Europe?

The Champions League returns from tonight with Manchester United and Arsenal the only English sides flying the flag for the Premier League. United take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday while Arsenal host German giants Bayern Munich on February 19 and theres every chance that both Premier ...

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Manchester United v Everton: Can Moyes stun Sir Alex again?

Im sure Sir Alex Ferguson has already sent Southamptons Mauricio Pochettino a bottle of his finest red wine after the Saints stunning victory over the champions Manchester City last night. City missed the chance to close the gap on United, meaning victory this afternoon will put the Red Devils 12 p...

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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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