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 …
 Newcastle V Fulham | Preview

Newcastle V Fulham | Preview

After our little jaunt to the far side of the continent for a touch of European football out in Ukraine, it’s back to league action with our longest domestic trip of the season. Fulham are off to pay a visit to a Newcastle side who haven't scored against us in the last three meetings and are currently on a poor run of form against teams from London, having won one out of their last ten league games against Londoners. So are we …
Manchester United v Arsenal Preview

Manchester United v Arsenal Preview

Gone are the days of the fierce rivalry that used to make this a mouth watering matchup with multiple flashpoints including over exaggerated diving, pizza throwing, unpunished violent conduct, title clinchers and last minute penalty failures to name but a few. Now it's a mothballing contest, no more Keane v Vieira in the middle of the park but a genuine contest between Anderson and Ramsey. This is the case across the park with the exception of Evra of course. Arsenal …
Stoke | Same as last year, please?

Stoke | Same as last year, please?

20/11/2010 – Hawthorns, West Bromwich West Bromwich Albion 0 – Stoke City 3 Line Ups: WBA – Carson; Jara, Ibanez, Cech, Tamas; Mulumbu, Barnes, Scharner, Morrison, Thomas; Odemwingie. Subs – Cox for Morrison, Tchoyi for Barnes, Dorrans for Mulumbu. Stoke – Begovic; Shawcross, Wilkinson, Huth, Collins; Whitehead, Delap, Pennant, Etherington (Goal); Jones, Fuller. Subs – Tuncay for Pennant, Walters (Goal x 2) for Etherington, Wilson for Fuller. In a game where Stoke only managed 34.6% of possession – a stat …
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