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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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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

West Ham v Man United: Can Carroll outgun Rooney and RVP?

Meetings between West Ham United and Manchester United in the East End always tend to be lively affairs. Just four months ago the Red Devils needed a late moment of brilliance by Robin van Persie to force an FA Cup replay. Two years ago the visitors came back from two down to win 4-2 with Wayne Roon...

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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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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

Liverpool v West Ham: Can the Hammers end 50 years of hurt at Anfield?

Anfield has been a bit of a bogey ground for West Ham United. The Hammers havent won on the red half of Merseyside side since 1963 and have only managed to score just 28 times there during that period. Given that Big Sams men still havent registered double figures on the road this season, I think it...

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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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Wednesday, 03 April 2013

West Ham: Should the Hammers shell out £18m for Andy Carroll?

West Hams on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll gave the Hammers board a little reminder of his talents at the weekend with two fine goals against West Bromwich Albion, but should the Irons shell out £18m to secure his services permanently? Theres no doubt in my mind that West Ham look a bette...

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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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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Should Big Sam be awarded a new contract at West Ham?

When Sam Allardyce landed his two-year deal at Upton Park his main assignment was to get West Ham back into the Premier League at the first attempt. Although they had a little wobble near the end, Big Sam got the job done through the play-offs. This season has target was to keep the Hammers in th...

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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

Chelsea v West Ham United: Can the Hammers do the double over Rafa?

West Ham United inflicted Rafa Benitez to his first defeat as Chelsea manager following a remarkable second half performance at Upton Park in December, but the chances of Sam Allardyces men recording a similar result today look slimmer than Kate Moss. The Hammers arrive at the Bridge this afternoon...

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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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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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Monday, 25 February 2013

West Ham v Spurs: Can the Hammers win it for Bobby Moore?

Twenty years ago on Sunday the football world lost one of the greatest defenders and nicest guys ever to have graced Gods green Earth. Bobby Moore was a national treasure and West Ham legend. He remains the only Englishman to have lifted the World Cup and will never be forgotten, but can West Ham ho...

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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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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Aston Villa v West Ham: Can Villa escape the bottom three?

Aston Villa were given a huge boost yesterday as fellow relegation battlers QPR, Wigan and Reading all lost, meaning victory today could see them jump out of the drop zone. But standing in their way is a West Ham side looking to win the battle of claret and blue. Paul Lambert has endured a horrific...

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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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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Fulham v West Ham: Can the Hammers hammer Fulham?

Neither Fulham nor West Ham enter this game in any form. Both sides have only managed two wins from their previous 10 league outings, but Fulham are a favourite opponent for the Hammers. Fulham have only got the better of West Ham twice in the Premier Legaue era - 0-2 in 2001 and 3-2 in 2010. The H...

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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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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn Rovers regain their form

The FA Cup has taken centre stage this weekend so this is the ideal time to update our Predict the Premier League tables. It has been a manic past fortnight with goals and shocks galore, but who has been the best at predicting this madness? Step forward Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy. He has been o...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn and Wolves narrow the gap on leader

Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy and Wolverhampton Wanderers fan Chris Cox have their sights on Predict the Premier League silverware and the current leader, Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin, will be looking nervously over his shouder. Both Mr Kennedy and Mr Cox cut the gap on Mr Melvin this past...

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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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