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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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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

Norwich City v Swansea City: Can the Canaries keep the edge over Swansea?

Norwich City and Swansea City came up to the Premier League together in 2011, but while the Swans may have gone on to cup glory and taken all the plaudits for their brand of football, Norwich City remain unbeaten against their Welsh rivals. In their previous three meetings, Norwich have emerged vic...

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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

Swansea City v Spurs: Can AVB copy Arsenal's formula at the Liberty?

A fortnight ago Tottenhams north London rivals Arsenal went to the Liberty Stadium and left Wales with all three points and a clean sheet. That was a huge result for the Gunners as it kept them in touch with Spurs and Chelsea. Tottenhams shock defeat at home against Fulham the following day made it ...

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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

Swansea City v Arsenal: Defeat is not an option for the Gunners

Arsenal restored some pride in midweek with a couraegous victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but it wasnt enough to stop the Gunners from bowing out of the competition on away goals. Today they take on League Cup winners Swansea City knowing that defeat is simply not an option. Arse...

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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

West Brom v Swansea City: Can the Baggies get the better of the Swans at long last?

What a few weeks it has been for Swansea City fans. First they celebrated their centenary in style with a record win over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final, now their manager Michael Laudrup has signed an extension to his contract at the Liberty Stadium - keeping him there until 2015. But c...

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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

Classic League Cup Finals: Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1 2004

Squarefootballs Steve Coulter ends his look back at classic League Cup finals by taking a look back at Middlesbroughs victory over Bolton Wanderers in 2004. Potential England managers Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce locked horns but McClaren won and ultimately went on to manage the national team w...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Leicester City 2 Tranmere Rovers 1 2000

Bradford City and Swansea City will battle it out for the first major piece of silverware of the season this afternoon at Wembley with Phil Parkinson and Michael Laudrup looking to cement their place in their clubs history. Thirteen years ago Leicester City and Tranmere Rovers clashed in the League...

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Bradford City v Swansea City: Can the Bantams stun the Swans at Wembley?

This wasnt the glamour final everyone was expecting but what a final it will be. League Two Bradford City have defied the odds to reach Wembley and will face Premier League Swansea City who are looking to win their first major piece of silverware and avoid being victims of another Capital One Cup gi...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Birmingham City 2 Arseanl 1 2011

This was the day when Arsenal were widely expected to end their trophy drought. Unfortunately Birmingham City never read the script. This afternoon Premier League Swansea City clash with League Two Bradford City in the final of the Capital One Cup and the Welsh side will have to be careful not to b...

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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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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Oxford United 3 QPR 0 1986

Football is full of fairytale stories. Wimbledon in 1988 is arguably the biggest. Climbing their way through the Football League to beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final. But a close second is Oxford United, who hit the top flight and beat QPR in the final of the League Cup in 1986. As we continue our...

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Wolves 1 Nottingham Forest 0 1980

Wolves are currently staring consecutive relegations in the face, but lets look back at some happier times as we build up to this weekends Capital One Cup Final between Bradford City and Swansea City. The Molineux side took on Brian Cloughs legendary Nottingham Forest side, but came out on top than...

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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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Classic League Cup Finals: Swindon 3 Arsenal 1 1969

Bradford City entertain Swansea City at Wembley in the final of the Capital One Cup this weekend, but Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has taken a look back at some of the competitions biggest finals. This years competition has had more shocks than a night on Albert Square, but the League Cup has al...

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Classic League Cup Finals: QPR 3 West Brom 2

League Two Bradford City and Premier League Swansea City lock horns on Sunday in the Capital One Cup, a competition that has produced more shocks than a Hollywood thriller. To mark the big occasion, Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has highlighted some of the best League Cup Finals from the compet...

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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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Liverpool v Swansea City: Can Rodgers end five-game winless run?

Despite encouraging displays at Arsenal and Man City, Liverpools top four hopes were all but dashed by West Brom last Monday. The Reds dominated the game but just couldnt find a way past the impressive Ben Foster and completed the smash and grab with two late goals. This afternoon the Reds take on ...

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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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Bradford and Luton aim to rewrite history

I am never going again. Most football fans have uttered those five little words in their lives. Within a week were back in the old routine. No doubt thousands of Bradford City and Luton Town fans have considered turning their backs on their club down the years.You could hardly blame the Valley...

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Saturday, 09 February 2013

Swansea City v QPR: Can Redknapp revenge Loftus Road massacre

Swansea City have one eye on a date at Wembley while QPR have their utmost attention on beating the drop but despite a five-game unbeaten record the Rs have it all to do this afternoon. QPR were given a rude awakening on the opening day of the season as Michu made his mark on the Premier League wit...

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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

West Ham v Swansea: Hammers target win over Capital Cup finalists

West Ham lost their sixth game in 10 league outings in midweek against Fulham. Today they host a Swansea side that havent lost in seven. Will Big Sam be able to get the better of the Capital One Cup finalists or will the Swans head back to Wales with maximum points? The last time West Ham beat Swan...

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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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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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