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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

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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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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Saturday, 06 April 2013

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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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

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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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

Stoke City v West Brom: Can the Baggies overcome their bogey side?

Stoke City couldnt have picked a better opponent to play at this particular moment in time. The Potters are struggling with only one win in 10 but they have a great record against West Bromwich Albion, losing only one of their past 12 fixtures. West Brom thought they had broken their curse last sea...

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Stoke City: What does the future hold for Tony Pulis?

What construes Premier League success? Every thing is relative I suppose. For the two Manchester clubs itswinning the title, while Wigan Athletics main goal is to avoid relegation. In between we have the likes of Stoke City. A big club with a proud history. Last July I wrote an article...

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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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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

Stoke City v West Ham: Can the Hammers bounce back against the Potters?

West Ham were denied a share of the spoils against their fierce rivals Spurs on Monday night by a moment of sheer brilliance by Tottenhams Gareth Bale, but the question is how much will that have taken out of the Hammers who are the lowest scorers on the road in the top flight? The Hammers could ha...

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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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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Fulham v Stoke City: Can Pulis guide Potters to priceless away win?

Fulham entertain Stoke City in todays lunchtime kick-off and its almost impossible to predict as both sides have been unable to string a run of positive results together recently. Both the Cottagers and the Potters have won just two of their past 10 league outings, with Stoke - who won their first ...

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Stoke City 2 Chelsea 1 1972

This weekend sees League Two Bradford City and Premier League Swansea City locking horns in the final of the Capital One Cup. The Welsh side should be too strong for the Bantams, but Arsenal and Aston Villa have both fallen to Phil Parkinsons side this season and must not be underestimated. There h...

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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

Stoke City v Reading: Will it be a Royal day at the Britannia?

2013 has been a contrasting year for Stoke and Reading. The Potters are still waiting to record their first win of the new year while Reading have lost only once and jumped out of the bottom three, but can the Royals luck continue this afternoon? Brian McDermotts men head to the Britannia brimming ...

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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

Arsenal v Stoke City: Can Gunners shoot down Stoke?

Arsenal fluffed their big chance to cut the gap on fourth-placed Tottenham on Wednesday night as they fought back to grab a share of the points at home to Liverpool. Fortunately their north London rivals could only manage a draw with Norwich City, but can the Gunners pick up all three points this af...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

QPR: Crouch or Odemwingie - Who would you prefer?

Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to improve his struggling QPR squad. French striker Loic Remy has already come in to boost the clubs striking options but Redknapp is not finished. He has been in talks with QPR over their forward Peter Odemwingie and this morning its emerged that he...

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Stoke City v Wigan: Potters target first league win of 2013

Wigan are one of the few clubs who are undaunted about playing at the Britannia. Most teams baulk at the thought of playing in front of 20,000 passionate Potters, but not Wigan. In their past four Premier League visits they have won one and drawn two. That is an impressive record. Their only loss 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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Friday, 18 January 2013

Swansea City v Stoke City: Will Walters be on song to down the Swans?

Stokes Jonathan Walters has had an eventful week. Against Chelsea he had an absolute mare - scoring two own goals and missing a penalty - but in midweek he was back on form, scoring twice to book Stokes place in the next round of the FA Cup. I wonder what form he will be in this weekend when the Pot...

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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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Stoke City v Chelsea: Can Rafa banish the Blues at the Britannia?

Chelsea were punished by Swansea City for two sloppy mistakes in the Capital One Cup in midweek but can Rafas men bounce back this afternoon by beating Stoke City? The Potters are yet to beat Chelsea since they returned to the top table. Tony Puliss men have given the Blues a few tough games, but t...

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