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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

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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West Brom v Arsenal: Gunners target fourth win on the bounce?

The Gods appear to be smiling on Arsenal. Both Chelsea and Tottenham have dropped points in recent weeks and Spurs look like missing their main man Gareth Bale for a few weeks through injury. Victory today will see the Gunners climb above Chelsea and move to within a point of Spurs, who face a trick...

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Friday, 05 April 2013

West Brom: What should we do with Peter Odemwingie?

Some people are never satisfied. West Broms Peter Odemwingie certainly falls into that category. In most fans eyes the Nigerian international is living the dream. He is playing professional football and being paid, quite handsomely, for the privilege. However, Odemwingie is not a happy bunny. He ha...

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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

West Ham v West Brom: Can the Irons outsmart the Baggies?

There may be 11 points separating West Ham and West Brom in the table but on the pitch there is nothing between them. Their last four meetings have all ended in draws and both managers would probably take a point if offered to them right now. Sam Allardyce, who is waiting to be offered a new deal a...

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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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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

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

Chelsea v West Brom: Will a West Brom win be the end for Benitez?

West Brom victories over Chelsea in recent seasons have resulted in a changing of the guard at Stamford Bridge. The Baggies have disposed of Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo in their past two clashes with champions of Europe. Some Chelsea fans will be praying the visitors can make it a hat-tr...

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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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Friday, 22 February 2013

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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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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Monday, 11 February 2013

Liverpool v West Brom: Can the Baggies beat Gerrard and co again?

West Brom Steve Clarke makes his first return to Anfield following his summer move to the Hawthorns and he would love to cap it with a double. The Baggies thrashed Liverpool on the opening day of the season 3-0 but have gone off the boil in recent months. Theyve lost five of their past six outings,...

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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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Sunday, 03 February 2013

West Brom v Spurs: Can Spurs close gap on Chelsea to a point?

Games between West Brom and Spurs always tend to be hard-fought affairs with three of the past five meetings ending in stalemates. However, Spurs hold the upper hand. They have won the other two clashes, havent lost at the Hawthorns since 2008 and know that a win today will see them close the gap on...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Everton v West Brom: Will the Baggies beat the Toffees?

There was a time when Everton were everyones first choice on their Goals, Goals, Goals coupon. David Moyess men were guaranteed to score and concede in every game. However, in their past two games they have managed neither to score or concede. Tim Howard and his defence will be pleased, but the fans...

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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

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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Saturday, 19 January 2013

West Brom v Aston Villa: Will the Villans regain their winning hold over the Baggies?

There was a time when all Aston Villa had to do was turn up to beat the Baggies. Between 1985 and 2011 Aston Villa dominated this fixture. But records are there to be broken and the Baggies luck changed on April 30, 2011, when Peter Odemwingie and Youssuf Mulumbu helped the 10-men come from a goal d...

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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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Reading v West Brom: Can the Royals boost their survial hopes with a win?

Reading beat West Ham at home a fortnight ago to give their survival hopes a huge lift. This afternoon they take on high-flying West Brom, but can they make it two home wins on the bounce? The Baggies have gone off the boil in recent weeks. They have lost five of their last eight outings and are no...

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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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Arsenal: Where will Andrei Arshavin be playing in February?

Andrei Arshavin was expected to be Arsenals saviour when he joined the club in 2009. Arsene Wenger shelled out £15 million for the Zenit St Petersburg ace and everyone at the Emirates was excited about his arrival. Unfortunately Arshavin has failed to hit the heights his talent deserved and is on th...

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Predict the Premier League: Wigan just one point off Sunderland at the top

Christmas and New Year was a busy period for the football family and there were hundreds of points up for grabs in our Predict the Premier League competition. Sunderlands Tony Ratton was the clear leader as we waved goodbye to 2012, but he is now just one point ahead of Wigans Jimmy Shine at the sta...

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