Stoke City V Sunderland | A preview

Stoke City V Sunderland | A preview

Stadium of Light, Sunderland – 6/11/2010 Referee – Martin Atkinson Sunderland – Mignolet; Onuoha, Mensah, Turner, Bardslet; Henderson, Malbranque, Cattermole, Al-Muhammadi; Gyan (Goal x 2), Wellbeck. Subs – Richardson for Malbranque, Ferdinand for Mensah, Zenden for Al-Muhammadi. Stoke City – Begovic; Huth (Yellow), Shawcross (Red), Wilson, Faye (Yellow); Etherington, Whitehead, Collins, Walters (Yellow); Jones, Tuncay. Subs – Fuller (Yellow) for Walters, Delap for Whitehead. It was a much closer game than the scoreline suggested, with Sunderland edging out Stoke in …
Fulham V Blackburn Rovers | Preview

Fulham V Blackburn Rovers | Preview

After the tedium of an international break with the season being barely a month old, the proper football is back! Back! Back! And Sky have lined up possibly their lowest wattage Super Sunday line up in their history. If you manage to survive the excitement of Norwich versus West Brom they're serving up the highlight which is Fulham and Blackburn doing battle at Craven Cottage! Since all the buzz and, dare I say it, over inflated excitement of transfer deadline day …
Beware of the Backlash | Swansea City

Beware of the Backlash | Swansea City

Swansea city go on the road for the second time this season, and once again it is to a Champions league club with a new look after transfer dealings. However whereas Manchester City had just brought in Ageuro  who was to make a huge impact in the game, Arsenal have lost their talismanic captain Cesc Fabregas and possibly the most creative midfielder in Europe in Samir Nasri. [caption id="attachment_4193" align="aligncenter" width="286" caption="Now team mates at Arsenal"][/caption] Arsene Wenger's protestations that …
Spurs vs Wolves- A preview

Spurs vs Wolves- A preview

Undefeated Wolves welcome bottom placed Spurs to Molineux this weekend. Wolves’ excellent start is similar to last season when they were undefeated after three matches however, it didn’t last and they went on to gain only one point in their following six games. Spurs will be desperate to get their season going after consecutive heavy defeats against both City and United. It remains to be seen whether those results indicate more about Spurs or the Manchester clubs. In the same …
Liverpool V Stoke | The acid test?

Liverpool V Stoke | The acid test?

The term 'acid test' originates from the Californian Gold Rush in the second half of the 19th century.  Dealers needed to be able to distinguish gold from base metal, and therefore subjected their finds to the 'acid test' as gold does not react to most acids. Many LFC fans are convinced that Kenny Dalglish has struck gold this year with some excellent signings during the transfer window (and earlier of course).  Yes there was a sluggish start against Sunderland, but …
Stoke City v Liverpool | Weekend Preview / Rant

Stoke City v Liverpool | Weekend Preview / Rant

The last time these two met at the Britannia, Liverpool were in chaos. Still under the leadership of Roy Hodgson,  with Fernando Torres up front and Kyrgiakos still giving the fans nightmares, Liverpool’s season before Dalglish looked bleak. And indeed, shipping two goals to goal shy Stoke would signal to most teams that their season wasn’t completely on the right track. But while Liverpool turned it around, and Stoke cruised during the second half of the season, for one wonderful …
City V Wigan | 3 Points to Keep in Mind

City V Wigan | 3 Points to Keep in Mind

Heading in to week 4 after a nearly perfect start that includes the emergence of Edin Dzeko as the EPL’s top scorer, stellar pick-ups of goal scorer Sergio Aguero and former Gunner Samir Nasri, and a dominant and cohesive midfield, City faces a Wigan side that has yet to lose this season. City’s start to the season has been so great, even the Tevez problems have vanished in the minds of fans. Of course, a simple and efficient way of …
Spurs Vs City | A Preview

Spurs Vs City | A Preview

Man City seized the prized position of Champions League football last season at the expense of Tottenham. Sunday will be Spurs’ first opportunity to stake their claim to return. This will be the first real opportunity for Spurs and the first genuine threat to City’s 100% start to the season. It is 1st against last and a match-up of two of the most talented squads in the Premier League. It also sees the clash of the two big want away …
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