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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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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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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Birmingham City and Leicester City are on the up

Birmingham City are on course to finish in the top half of the table under Lee Clark and the Blues fans are optimistically looking forward to the 2013/14 season. Off the pitch its been a good time for the Bluenoses too, especially Squarefootballs Steve Coulter, who has been our top Expert over the ...

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Aberdeen are out of the bottom three

Did you that Aberdeen - the only Scottish club to have won two European trophies - have not won a major piece of silverware since beating Dundee in the Coca-Cola Cup final way back in 1995? The Dandy Dons have been in the doldrums far too long but maybe the arrival of Derek McInnes will galvanise th...

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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

Sunderland and Di Canio: Controversy creates cash

Several years ago TV producer and pro wrestling mogul Eric Bischoff wrote a tell-all book titled Controversy Creates Cash. It was a best seller and kept the wrestling community happy because of its dirt-dishing content and lurid look into the seedy underbelly of an industry that was notorious fo...

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Chelsea v Sunderland: Can Paolo Di Canio stun the champions of Europe?

Paolo Di Canio begins his toughest assignment yet this afternoon. With Aston Villa beating Stoke City yesterday, the Black Cats have slipped to within a point of the drop zone. Defeat today, combined with a Wigan win at QPR, and Sunderland will find themselves in the bottom three ahead of next weeke...

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Chelsea v Sunderland: Can Paolo Di Canio stun the champions of Europe?

Paolo Di Canio begins his toughest assignment yet this afternoon. With Aston Villa beating Stoke City yesterday, the Black Cats have slipped to within a point of the drop zone. Defeat today, combined with a Wigan win at QPR, and Sunderland will find themselves in the bottom three ahead of next weeke...

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Sunderland: Can Paolo Di Canio save the Black Cats?

Paolo Di Canios arrival on Wearside has dominated the national news agenda. Both sport and news reporters have been deployed to dig the dirt on his controversial past and find out exactly what the people of Sunderland have thought about the appointment. But can the former Celtic and West Ham striker...

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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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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Sunderland: Who will replace O'Neill at the Stadium of Light?

Martin ONeill has been shown the door by his boyhood club Sunderland, but who will now take on the challenge of steering the Black Cats to safety? With games against Chelsea, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Spurs left to play, and the likes of Wigan and Aston Villa putting a run of wins together, Sunder...

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Sunderland: Black Cats' own goal by sacking O'Neill

The clocks went forward in Britain this morning but Sunderland Football Club have made a decision which could set them back years. Following their unfortunate 1-0 home defeat to the runaway leaders Manchester United, the Black Cats board decided to do what they do best, axe the manager. We all knew...

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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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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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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Good times for Portsmouth

First let me apologise for the lateness of this update - its been over a month - but theres only so many hours in a day and this guy has only just discovered the wonders of Homeland and Claire Danes! So without further ado, lets get cracking. Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0 Liverpool gave Swansea Cit...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn, Portsmouth and Wolves in battle for second

Manchester United have blown away the rest of the Premier League to all but wrap up the title in March and so has Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin in our Predict the Premier League competition. Our leader is a whopping 33 points clear of his nearest challengers, Portsmouths Peter Rendle and Wolv...

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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

Sunderland v Norwich City: Can the Canaries outfox the Black Cats?

Did you know the home side in this fixture has emerged victorious in the past eight meetings? That will be music to the sound of Martin ONeills ears who could climb above rivals Newcastle United this afternoonand their opponents. The last time the away side ran out winners in this fixture was 16 ye...

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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

QPR v Sunderland: Is the Great Escape now on?

QPR gave their survival hopes a massive boost last weekend with a priceless victory over Southampton at St Marys, but can Harry Redknapps men take that confidence and belief into todays match against an out-of-sorts Sunderland side? Well the last time QPR defeated Sunderland Chesney Hawkes ruled th...

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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

Sunderland v Fulham: Will it be a black day for the Black Cats?

Sunderland won only their second league game of the season at Craven Cottage as they beat Fulham 3-1. Today they host Martin Jols side looking to take six points out of six against them, but the visitors will be looking to win their first away game since beating West Brom on New Years Day. February...

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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

West Brom v Sunderland: Baggies target seventh heaven

There was a time when West Brom couldnt buy a win against Sunderland. Well, thats not the case any more. The Baggies are unbeaten in their past six meetings with the Black Cats and most recently spanked them 4-2 at the Stadium of Light. This afternoon Steve Clarke entertains Martin ONeills men look...

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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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Predict the Premier League: Squarefootball chief leads the way again

Right weve got three weeks of fixtures to get through here so lets get cracking. Please cast your mind back to the midweek fixtures of January 29 and 30. Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 2 This was a huge game at the foot of the table and one that the visitors emerged from as victors. Goals from Ca...

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Predict the Premier League Experts: Squarefootball chief extends his head at the top

There was a time when Squarefootballs Antony Melvins position at the top looked under threat. Today he stands 31 points clear of his nearest rivals Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy and Wolves fan Chris Cox. Down at the foot of the table the bottom three places are still occupied by Sunderlands Sarsha...

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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

Sunderland v Arsenal: Can the Gunners tame the Black Cats?

Arsenal made ground on their top four rivals last weekend thanks to their narrow 1-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates and with 13 games left to play Arsene Wenger knows he can not afford any costly mistakes. Today the Gunners head to Wearside to face a Sunderland side that also makes it hard for Ars...

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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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Sunderland: Is the club's youth policy working?

Looking over Danny Graham’s stats it shows Sunderland’s new signing as having wracked up 82 professional goals at his last three teams. However, on the other end of the spectrum the Geordie only mustered a mere 10 goals between the ages of 18 (when he debuted for Middlesbrough) and 22 (whe...

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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

Reading v Sunderland: Can the Royals ruin Danny Graham's debut?

Sunderland are expected to give new signing Danny Graham his Black Cat debut this afternoon, but will the Geordie win over the fans by getting on the scoresheet straight away or will the comeback kings Reading ruin his big day? Brian McDermotts men jumped out of the relgation zone in midweek with a...

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Friday, 01 February 2013

Sunderland: Can Geordie Graham be a gem for O'Neill?

Look out, there’s a Geordie on the pitch! So the Danny Graham saga has finally ended with the much-maligned Geordie putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal after the Black Cats agreed a deal in excess of £5 million with Swansea. Graham was the only arrival at the Stadi...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Sunderland v Swansea City: Can the Swans shine at the Stadium of Light?

Swansea City are looking forward to a day out at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final, but can Michael Laudrup keep their feet on the ground as they travel to Sunderland this evening? The Black Cats have hit form, scoring three times against both West Ham and Wigan to move to within five points of ...

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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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