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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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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

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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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Friday, 22 March 2013

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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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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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

Wigan v Newcastle United: The Mags aim to avenge 4-0 drubbing

Wins for Aston Villa and Southampton yesterday has put extra pressure on Wigan Athletic to beat Newcastle United this afternoon. The Latics start the day six points adrift of safety, although they do have two games in hand, but are Roberto Martinezs men, who blew Everton away last weekend in the FA...

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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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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Newcastle United v Stoke City: Can the Geordies go level on points with the Potters?

Both Newcastle United and Stoke City lost 1-0 in the league last weekend but Alan Pardew will be hoping home advantage will help get his Mags back to winning ways this afternoon when the two sides meet at St James Park. The Geordies lost to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium while Stoke City went ...

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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

Swansea City v Newcastle United: Can Pardew bring Laudrup back down to Earth?

The Capital One Cup winners get back to league action this afternoon and Michael Laudrup will be hoping his heroes will not suffering a cup hangover, as Newcastle United will be gunning for all three points. The Swans made no mistake in the final last Sunday against Bradford City to cap their cente...

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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

Newcastle United v Southampton: Can the Saints turn over the Mags?

Newcastle United and Southampton are just three points above the drop zone but victory here this afternoon could see either side climb to 13th place in the table. The omens look good for the home side though as Southampton have only triumphed four times at St James Park in their history. March 1, 1...

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Man City 2 Newcastle 1 1976

League Two Bradford City and Premier League Swansea City lock horns on Sunday in the fial of the Capital One Cup. Both teams would have only dreamt of Wembley at the start of the season, but this weekend their dreams will become reality. The Capital One Cup has produced a number of magical moments ...

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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

Spurs v Newcastle United: Can Pardew do to AVB what he did to Rafa?

Newcastle United threw a spanner in Chelseas Champions League hopes last weekend, could they do the same to Spurs in todays lunchtime kick-off? In March 2008, Newcastle United ran riot at White Hart Lane, running out 4-1 winners thanks to goals from Nicky Butt, Geremi, Michael Owen and Obafemi Mart...

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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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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Aston Villa v Newcastle United: Can Pardew pile pressure on Paul Lambert?

Aston Villa have been dumped out of both the Capital One Cup by Bradford City and the FA Cup by Millwall within the past week. Tonight they may be consigned to the relegation zone if they fail to beat fellow strugglers Newcastle United. The boys in claret and blue are in crisis. They just simply ca...

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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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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Top 10 bargain January transfer targets

With one week left in the January transfer window it is crunch time for managers who want to bring in players hoping to improve their fortunes in the second half of the season. It also is the last chance for clubs desperate to avoid relegation to reinforce their squads. January rarely sees...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 23

Champions Manchester City beat Fulham 2-0 at the Etihad on Saturday to close the gap on Manchester United to five points after the leaders were held to a draw at Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea cemented third spot with a 2-1 win over Arsenal, as Everton missed the chance to move within a point of fou...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A boring birthday for the FA as the stars fail to shine

For most people, an evening out at the local pub will be a largely stress-free excursion filled with raucous banter, sorrowful introspection and a touch of casual xenophobia. Nights out in this great country have followed that tight format for hundreds of years, never wavering in the face of adver...

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Monday, 21 January 2013

Newcastle United: Would you be happy to sign Darren Bent?

Alan Pardew has lost his star striker in Demba Ba, lost out to QPR in the fight to sign French forward Loic Remy and on Saturday lost their first home game ever against Reading. That result has put Newcastle in real danger at the foot of the table and they now face a huge game next Tuesday a...

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Newcastle United v Reading: Can the Royals make history at St James' Park?

Newcastle United may have lost out on the services of French striker Loic Remy and club captain Fabricio Coloccini may be seeking a return to Argentina but here is some good news for all you Geordies out there . . . this weekends opponents Reading are still looking for their first away win of the se...

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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Why did Loic Remy choose QPR over Newcastle United?

At the weekend QPR boss Harry Redknapp conceded defeat in his pursuit of Rennes striker Loic Remy. The Frenchman had refused to meet with the Rs boss, leaving Newcastle United in pole position for his signature. On Sunday it was reported that Remy was on his way to Tyneside to tie up the deal, but...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 22

It was another action packed and controversial weekend in the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal and Manchester City both had players sent off on Sunday as Manchester United beat their old foes Liverpool at Old Trafford. Twenty-four hours earlier Chelsea put four past Stoke City at home, albeit wi...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A weekend of woe for Walters as the BBC put him centre stage

Do you remember the glory days of Saturday night TV? That wistful time before Simon Cowell was given the keys to the kingdom and filled the weekend evenings with a symphony of garish fairy lights, screeching teenagers and Louis Walsh. Things were so much simpler before: you knew where you we...

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Saturday, 12 January 2013

QPR, Reading, Wigan, Southampton, Aston Villa - Who will beat the drop?

Can QPR beat the drop? If you had asked me that a month ago I would have said no way. In fact it wouldnt have just been a no, it would have been a hell no! At that time I thought there was more chance of Carmen Electra declaring her undying love for me and whisking me off to Vegas to be wed by Elvis...

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