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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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Saturday, 13 April 2013

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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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...

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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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Saturday, 09 March 2013

Norwich City v Southampton: Can the Saints march out of Carrow Road as winners?

Just three years ago Norwich City entertained Southampton in League One. Today they meet in the Premier League indicating just how far both sides have come in a short space of time, but can the Saints - who sit just three points off the drop zone - beat the Canaries and ease their relegation woes? ...

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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

Southampton v QPR: It's do or die for the R's

QPR have picked up seven points from seven games under Harry Redknapp but thats nowhere near good enough if QPR are to beat the drop this season. This afternoon they visit a Southampton side that is only three points clear of the drop zone themselves so its all to play for, but who will come out on ...

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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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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

Southampton v Man City: Can the Saints march to victory over the champions?

The champions had to come from behind at the Etihad to beat the Saints on the opening day of the season but did you know that Southampton come out on top against Man City in head-to-heads? The Saints have marched off with 25 league wins compared to Citys 23, but youd expect Mancinis men to inch clo...

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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

Wigan v Southampton: Will there be a goalfest at the DW Stadium?

Wigan came back from two down to steal a point from Stoke City in midweek but it wasnt enough to ease their relegation fears as Newcastle beat Villa and Reading drew at home with Chelsea. Today Roberto Martinezs men host a Southampton side that have suffered only one defeat in their past seven leag...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Man United v Southampton: Can the Saints be devils to United's title hopes?

Manchester Uniteds lead at the top of the table was cut to five points at White Hart Lane following Clint Dempseys late equaliser. That result has given Manchester City hope of catching their rivals and retaining their title, but there is little chance of United slipping up tonight against Southampt...

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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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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Southampton: Have the Saints lost their soul?

Le Tiss scoring worldies, Mick Channons whirling arm, the famous red and whites striped shirts. Throw in Lawrie Mac and The Dell and there you have my iconic images of Southampton Football Club. The Saints have always had something to charm the neutral. In recent years new South Coast he...

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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

Southampton v Everton: Will Pochettino get off to a winning start?

Southampton stunned the football world on Friday by sacking Nigel Adkins. Here was a manager who had guided the Saints to back-to-back promotions and had just come back from two goals down to draw at the home of the champions of Europe. The Saints had also moved clear of the relegation zone, but it ...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Chelsea v Southampton: Can the Saints shock Rafa's men?

Chelsea demolished Stoke City at the weekend, albeit with a little help from the Potters Jonathan Walters, and will be looking to repay the Chelsea fans following their recent 1-0 home defeat by rivals QPR. But Southampton, fresh from their controversial win over Aston Villa, will be keen to pile th...

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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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Aston Villa v Southampton: Can the Saints do the double over Villa?

Southampton won their first league game of the season against Aston Villa in September. Nigel Adkins men went goal crazy, smashing four past the hapless Brad Guzan in 32 second half minutes. With both sides hovering dangerously above the drop zone can the Saints complete the double over the Villans ...

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Friday, 11 January 2013

Predict the Premier League: Good times for City, Wigan, Everton, Reading and Arsenal

Manchester City may be losing their grip on the Premier League title, Wigan are in danger again of going down, and Everton and Arsenal are battling it out for a place in the top four, but all four teams have reason to celebrate today as they piled on the points over the festive period. Manchester C...

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