The heat is on Chelsea near the top of the table in the Premiership after Liverpool defeated West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park thanks to a goal and an assist from Peter Crouch. Although Chelsea has one game in hand (versus Blackburn on Wednesday night), L
By John NicholsonAs unfashionable as it might be in these days of knee-jerk European anti-Americanism, the States are very dear to my heart. For me, as a country it still embodies much of what is desirable and noble about the human adventure, and no I don
The following article is one in a series posted on the EPL Talk Blog recounting my recent trip to England in search of better understanding the difference between watching Premiership matches in person compared to watching them on television. For previous
I don't know about you, but the past week has been pretty quiet on the football front. Maybe it's all of the anticipation about last minute transfer signings before the window closes, or no Premiership matches for a week.If you're like me and you crave go
Only three days remain in the January transfer window, and so far -- despite everyone's high expectations -- it's been a very quiet month. The future increase in funds from TV revenue was expected to propel clubs to use the money now. However, there have
I uncovered a new feature of the BBC Sport web site today that you'll definitely be interested in. It's an example of how technology is helping to improve the experience of following football matches online.
While the race is on to see which two teams will be the first ones to play in the world-class Wembley stadium in the 2007 FA Cup Final, I'd like to take a minute and savor the Fourth Round of the FA Cup and more importantly performances from three fantast
I had the fortune of watching the FA Cup tie between Manchester United against Portsmouth yesterday, not on pay-per-view but on BBC1. While the match was very entertaining, especially the first half, with United's attack after attack descending on Portsmo
We don't know always realise what power we have as consumers. Collectively we could bring massive institutions down with a few days. It just takes concerted action. For example, Google makes a fortune from its AdWord
Earlier this week, The Independent newspaper in England announced that the Premiership has grown so much in popularity that it now has 160 million viewers in 202 countries. Just for the Arsenal against Man United match, the worldwide TV audience was up to
Sunday's win by Arsenal over Manchester United was the best thing that could have happened to the Premiership. You can hear it in the podosphere and read it in the blogs and message forums. People are actually getting really excited about the Premier Leag
In another example of excellent investigative journalism from The Times newspaper, their chief sports reporter Owen Slot recently wrote a series of articles about the state of the football academy system in England.
Well folks, we now have a four horse race instead of a two horse race. After Liverpool and Arsenal both upset Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, the Premiership title race has gotten a lot more interesting all of a sudden.
Congratulations to Rafa Benitez and the Liverpool squad for getting the victory they deserved today. Rafa got his formation right by sticking with a 4-4-2 instead of his usual 4-5-1 against Chelsea, and the combination of Peter Crouch and Dirk Kuyt up fro
The Premiership announced yesterday record breaking TV rights deals around the world for the 2007/2008 season worth 2.7 billion GBP, which is $5.3 billion. This means more money will be spread amongst all of the teams next season with the title winner col
If you remember back to the last time Chelsea played Liverpool, the goal that separated the two sides was a wonderful twist and volley by Didier Drogba back on September 17th. Liverpool dominated most of the first half and hit the crossbar, but their fini
Without a doubt, this weekend's matches between the top four are mouthwatering. Sure, big clashes like Liverpool against Chelsea, and Arsenal versus Manchester United usually don't live up to expectations, but with so much to play for, I have a feeling th
I am an optimist by nature. To me the glass is always half full, and even if it's half empty, I will have enjoyed drinking it. I don't buy into the pervading culture of cynicism that is so fashionable in some circles. Books s
Visiting Blackburn for their recent match against Spurs, I was intent on stepping back into history. Rovers, after all, was one of the founding members of the football league in 1888 (along with nearby clubs Accrington, Burnley and Preston).
I alluded to it during this week's EPL Talk Podcast interview with The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter, but I believe Chelsea's record of unbeaten home matches in the league is about to end. The question, is, who will manage to beat them.
Back in September, I wrote a blog entry entitled "The Beginning of The End for Jose Mourinho," where the piece criticized Chelsea's performances at the start of the Premiership season and mentioned that they were playing more like Real Madrid of
In the topsy-turvy world of transfer dealings, sometimes you don't know if you're coming or going. But one thing is for sure and that's the end of David Beckham's career at Real Madrid. After not being named to the squad for the Spanish Cup match against
The next leader of the Labour party in Britain, and therefore the next Prime Minister, is a huge football fan. That's right, Scottish politician Gordon Brown is a Raith Rovers supporter who sold matchday programmes at the ground when he was younge
If you live near the Indianapolis area and you're interested in being an EPL Talk Correspondent for the day, hobnobbing with the celebrities and attending the biggest annual soccer event in the U.S. with a press pass strapped around your neck, let me know
The romance of the cup is an old cliche, but the FA Cup is very important in English football. It connects all levels of the league structure together for one big competition. The clubs with all the money and power in the gam
If you're looking for live commentary of Manchester United v Aston Villa on the internet, go here. The third-round FA Cup match kicks off at 9am ET. The audio is courtesy of Eat Sleep Sport (thanks for the tip BCjohn).
Liverpool fans marked today's FA Cup semi-final match against Arsenal by protesting against Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of The Sun newspaper, who blamed Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough Disaster in a cover story entitled 'The Truth' that was publis
While it's been common knowledge for a couple of weeks, Fox Soccer Channel officially announced today via press release that it has renewed the U.S. TV rights for the English Premier League through the 2009-2010 season.
For many of us who watch Premiership soccer on TV, we hear the same football commentators more often than we see some teams play. No matter who plays on a weekend, it's comforting to hear the familiar voices.
Maybe it's those tired legs or managers realizing that they have to score goals in order to win matches. Or maybe it's the leaky defenses? Whatever it is, it's working. In the Premiership from December 23rd 2006 until January 1, 2007, we've seen 109 goals