EPL Talk Archives for January 2009

EPL Talk Matchday Four Review: The Ugly Side of Football, Spurs & Chelsea top the table, Milan Derby and Champions League Draw

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Laurence McKenna joins Kartik Krishnaiyer for our weekly review show. Topics discussed include:

- Violence inside and outside the ground for West Ham-Milwall
- Eduardo's shameful dive versus Celtic
- Wayne Rooney and diving
- Arsene Wenger wrongly and comically sent off by Mike Dean
- Spurs benefit from an old friend's mistake
- Chelsea continue to roll
- Milan derby is no contest
- Manchester City unblemished
- Aston Villa, Everton and Fulham in Europe
- Stoke, a permanent premier league fixture?

World Soccer Daily Reborn As World Football Daily: Will It Survive This Time?

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(Can a simple name change effect results?)

Last Friday, August 21st, 2009 was in my opinion a small step back for football in this country. The controversial day marked the end of World Soccer Daily, the only daily football talk show in America. The sense of community that I & so many other American European football fans found at WSD will truly be missed.

Russian Football Now QuickCast: Rubin Rolls Spartak in Top Two Showdown

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With the Russian Premier League's most important match of the season in the books, Russian Football Now's Chris Riordan and Richard Farley took ten minutes to break down the result in their second QuickCast.

After their 3-0 victory, Rubin sits four points ahead of Spartak atop the league's table.

Man United 2-1 Arsenal: Did Wayne Rooney Dive?

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In a game of football, there are 9,500 seconds or more for players to score, so why are matches so often decided by a single controversial incident that flashes by in a few seconds?

Take Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday, for example. Never mind the fact that both teams had a handful of relatively easy chances to put the game away.

Interested in Writing For EPL Talk?

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Arsene Wenger Sent Off Against Man United: Video

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It was one of the most bizarre scenes you'll see in a football match if not comical. After Arsenal scored an equalizer in the game against Manchester United, the goal was called back because of William Gallas being in an offside position. Wenger then kicked a water bottle along the touchline in frustration.

Will The Big Four Be Separated This Season?

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In the race to finish in the top five in the Premier League to qualify for next season's Champions League, it'll be interesting to see how contenders Manchester City (Carlos Tevez), Aston Villa (Nigel Reo-Coker) and Tottenham (Peter Crouch) do against the usual suspects Liverpool (Steven Gerrard), Arsenal (Cesc Fabregas), Chelsea (Didier Drogba) and Manchester United (Michael Owen).

Michael Owen: Past his Prime or Past His Time?

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Toward the end of his book Inverting the Pyramid, Jonathan Wilson writes about the changing nature of modern football. A player he brings up to emphasize this is Michael Owen. To Wilson, Owen is a relic of a previous era.

"He appears a player left behind by the tactical evolution of the game," Wilson writes.

Russian Football Now Podcast: UCL Draw, Spartak-Rubin Preview

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Spartak Moscow's Welliton (facing) and Alex will try to lead their club into first place this weekend against leaders Rubin Kazan.

In partnership with a new site, Russian Football Now, EPL Talk presents the first episode of RFN's podcast.

On Thursday, Russian teams were drawn into two of the more difficult UEFA Champions League groups.

What will Huth and Tuncay mean to Stoke City?

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Stoke City this week completed the double-signing of Robert Huth and Tuncay Sanli from Middlesbrough. As a Boro fan, I thought I'd run the rule over what these additions will mean to the Potters. I can see ups and downs in both signings.

First to Robert Huth.

EPL Talk Podcast: Catching up with Paul Dempsey, August 2009

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Setanta Ireland's Paul Dempsey stops by for the first of what will be regular appearances on the EPL Talk Podcast. Among the topics discussed are:

The open nature of this year's Premier League
Manchester City
Harry Redknapp and Spurs
Giovanni Trapitoni's amazing turnaround job at the Rep.

Who Are Your Hidden Gems in Fantasy Premier League?

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If you're like me, you have rotten luck with Fantasy Premier League, the official fantasy football game of the Premier League. Just hours before the season started, I had Didier Drogba and Jermain Defoe as my two starting strikers. But after a change of heart, I decided to replace them with Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Tevez.

Champions League – Group Stage Draw

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Group A

Bayern Munchen
Maccabi Haifa

Group B

Manchester United
CSKA Moskow

Group C

AC Milan
Real Madrid
FC Zurich

Group D

Atletico Madrid

Group E


Group F

Dynamo Kiev
Rubin Kazan

Group G

Unirea Urziceni

Group H

AZ Alkmaar
Standard Liege


Manchester United along with Arsenal have fairly straightforward groups and both should be looking to come out on top.

Top 5 Premiership Flops That Found Form Elsewhere

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Working as a freelance journalist has its perks but one of the drawbacks is having free time when the rest of the world is out there earning a crust. This time must be filled somehow and today I found myself perusing the BBC website checking the scores from the early kick offs in the Europa League qualifiers.

Uefa, FIFA: Give Us Retroactive Punishment For Diving

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Eduardo steamed into the box. He shot past two Celtic defenders. Boruc charged out from his goal and slid to the ground but quickly realized he couldn't get to the ball. Boruc put on the brakes. His foot slid behind Eduardo and his arm bent back, clear of the striker. But Eduardo's body jerked forward as if shot in the back by a sniper.

Premier League Preview – Aug. 29-30

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Can Spurs be stopped?

Will the real Liverpool, Manchester United and Aston Villa please stand up?

When will Pompey spend some of their new found wealth?

Oh yeah, we have our first Big Four clash of the year with Arsenal visiting Old Trafford this week as well.

Perhaps this week in the EPL will get us closer to some of the answers to these and many other questions.

Can the big 4 be split?

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We are only a few games into the season and already we have seen a couple of unexpected results involving the big 4, these results may turn out not to be important at the end of the season but there does seem to be potential for slip ups from some of the big teams this year so does that open the door for a new member or two to the top 4?

Damn It, United…

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Last season Manchester United rarely looked their team-devouring best. They often struggled against the stubborn brick walls put up by sides they used to rout. They didn't dominate so much as scrape out the clutch wins. Loads of late goals in tight matches. Loads of slim margins. It wasn't a season of pure stellar performance, yet points are points and United still won the league.

EPL Talk Podcast: Questions Please For Mel Charles

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This Friday, Kartik Krishnaiyer, host of the EPL Talk Podcast, will be interviewing a legend in football, Mel Charles.

His name may be unfamiliar to many of you Stateside, so here's some background on the Welsh legend. Mel Charles (pictured above in a 1958 World Cup match when he blocked Pele from reaching the ball) is best known as the brother of Leeds and Juventus legend John Charles.

ESPN Garners Highest TV Ratings For EPL In US History

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Earlier today I wrote a post breaking the news that ESPN had garnered the highest ratings for a Premier League game in US history with a viewing audience of 374,799 for last weekend's Wigan against Manchester United broadcast. Well, I spoke too soon. That record has now been smashed by Monday's TV ratings for ESPN2's coverage of Liverpool against Aston Villa.

Stabbing And Major Crowd Trouble Delay Play At Upton Park

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In the build up to, and during, the West Ham/Millwall match violence took hold in and around Upton Park.

One man was stabbed in the chest, and a BBC reporter has heard that a second stabbing has occured. Another fan said that his father had to receive medical attention after having a dart thrown at his head.

ESPN2 Scores Record TV Ratings For Wigan v Man United

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ESPN2 recorded a record TV rating for a Premier League game on U.S. television this past weekend when it aired Wigan Athletic versus Manchester United.

According to an ESPN spokesperson, the Wigan vs Man United game generated a 0.3 rating and was watched in 289,876 TV homes with a viewing audience of 374,799.

Fan Diary #4: The Football Depression

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I have football-curious friends who want to come to the pub and watch Liverpool with me. So they say. See, they think watching Liverpool with me will be like watching regular season MLB, NBA or NFL games with me. That I'll be conversational. That I'll crack a lot of jokes. That I'll make plenty of eye contact.

EPL Soccer Viewers Get A Taste Of ESPN UK Experience

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The result may not have satisfied Liverpool supporters, but the coverage of ESPN USA's first Monday afternoon Premier League game of the season was splendid to watch.

Instead of utilizing the cast of characters from Bristol, CT, ESPN wisely decided to use the feed from ESPN UK.

EPL Talk Matchday Three Review Show

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The third round of fixtures is in the book for the 2009-10 Barclays Premier League campaign. Alexander Caulfied, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna break down all the action.

Included in the discussion is Jermain Defoe's hot start, Martin O'Neil's mastery of Anfield, William Gallas' sudden goal scoring prowess, Chelsea's Italian styled football, and much much more.

Lethargic and Disjointed But Liverpool Can’t Panic

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The unfortunate downside of modern technology means that any armchair fan can now comment on any team without actually seeing the game. As I type this, I'm listening to Radio 5 and Liverpool "fans" are calling for the head of Benitez. "The worst display I've ever seen from a Liverpool team" shouts one fan who obviously missed the F.

Burnley Already Upturn The Applecart

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Admit it, after the lacklustre opening day game against Stoke City, you simply couldn't see Burnley picking up anything from their next 2 games with Everton and Manchester United visiting Turf Moor. They were tough games, that most established Premiership sides wouldn't be relishing to have back to back so how the Clarets fans must have felt, I can only imagine.

Diamonds Are Back In Fashion At Stamford Bridge

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Carlo Ancelotti has certainly stamped his mark on Chelsea early in the season so far. A Community Shield victory, coupled with 3 Premiership wins on the bounce has seen Chelsea rise to the top end of the table. So far, so what then? Nothing surprising in that in itself, would we expect the any of the big four to not already be putting markers down for the early running.

Fan Diary #3: The Delayed Broadcast

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When I first started watching English football, I rarely got to watch the league matches live. I worked in a bar with no TVs. My friends George and Noel would bring us VHS tapes of the weekend matches. George taped the Setanta matches and my Noel taped the FSC matches (often tacking on Sopranos episodes from HBO after each match).

How to Play the BBC iPlayer Outside the UK

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How many times have you been on the BBC Sport or ITV Football website and you've been intrigued by a video that the publisher is promoting only to find out that a rights restriction message pops up when you try to play it? It's frustrating especially given that BBC Sport began preventing international visitors from even watching post-match football manager videos.

Can Anderson Be the Key?

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The Midfield Magician

Cast your mind back to May 2009, Manchester United were comprehensively and soundly trounced in Rome by a magical Barcelona side, inspired by Xavi and Iniesta. For many, the lack of quality in the centre of the park was plain to see, Carrick looked lethargic and unsure of himself, Fletcher was missed, this, a surprise in itself.

“Back on track” and Canny Nani Makes The Case For The Technical Director

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United and Liverpool "Back on track"

After big recent wins against Stoke and Wigan those bastions of consistency the general consensus amongst the pundits is that Manchester United and Liverpool are "back on track" after defeats at Turf Moor and White Hart Lane.

Poll: Which Football Leagues Are You Interested In?

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EPL Talk and MLS Talk are polling readers to help decide whether we should expand our blog network to include coverage of other leagues. Please take 10 seconds to complete the poll below and let us know if we added any sites to our network, which sites would you visit on a frequent basis (once a week or more).

Hold That Tiger: Altidore Sparks Hull Win

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Hull City manager had to wait three weeks to get young American striker Jozy Altidore into the lineup. Once he did, Tigers supporters had to wait only 28 seconds for him to have an impact.

With his first touch in the 61st minute, Altidore posted up in front of Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill and lobbed the ball backwards over his head into an open area in front of goal, allowing Kamel Ghilas to run in and score the game-winning goal against the run of play.

ESPN’s EPL Coverage At Its Best When It Stays Out of the Way

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When ESPN won the rights to show Premier League matches in the U.S., the biggest worry for most football fans in America was that the "Worldwide Leader" would somehow ruin the presentation of the game with subpar announcers and other bells and whistles that often make MLS matches annoying to watch.

Half-Forgotten Gems – Ipswich Town’s 2000-01 season

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The 2000-01 Premier League season was a bizarre one, ranging from the mundane to the improbable: On one hand, Manchester United won the title by 10 points, on the other hand, it was delivered with a poor Middlesbrough side winning 3-0 at Highbury. Whilst Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool were the top three, Peter Reid's Sunderland were second in late January.

Wigan’s Hendry Thomas: A Player to Watch

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Hendry Thomas is an unfamiliar name to many English Football fans. But from the vantage point of the CONCACAF region, he's becoming a giant, an emerging titan in the relatively weak word of Central American football.

Thomas, is Honduran, like his current Wigan team mate Maynor Figueroa and former Wigan man Wilson Palacios.

Burnley highlight flaw in big four armoury

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Before the new campaign got underway, many pundits were predicting the most open title race in years. Critics scoffed, but for once the result looks set to match the hype, after the champions became the second member of the 'big four' to lose in under a week.

Liverpool's opening defeat to Tottenham Hotspur certainly whetted the appetite but it could also have been perceived as a mere anomaly in an otherwise predictable process.

What Football Dreams Would You Make Come True?

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If you won the lottery, what football dreams would you make come true? What would you do with the money? Would you buy a club, give it to your favorite team so they could buy a player, or would you use it for something else football-related?

Yesterday, an EPL Talk reader named Mike posed the question and said he would bring Walthamstow Avenue, a non-league team back to life.

Will The Real Tottenham Hostpur Please Stand Up?

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What on earth is going on at White Hart Lane? Two games into the new Premier League season and Spurs have put together two convincing performances on the trot and have two wins secured.

Liverpool were put to the sword on the opening weekend, despite Rafa's bleating about penalties, Spurs should have had the game wrapped up at half-time if Robbie Keane had not been quite so profligate in front of goal.

Watch ESPN’s TV Commercial Promoting Premier League

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Now that the Premier League has launched on ESPN and La Liga TV coverage will debut on September 13, 2009, ESPN are beginning to promote upcoming games on its network with high-energy TV commercials. The first one featuring football supporters singing the "Seven Nation Army" theme by the White Stripes has been playing on the ESPN networks all week and is now available on YouTube.

Premier League Preview – Aug. 22-24

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Have a look at the table.

Go on, have a look.

It's always interesting to glance at a Premiership table and see Tottenham at the top while Manchester United sits mired in 10th.

Take heart, Red Devil fans. The season is still very young.

On the tube

Don't miss the weekend's TV schedule, which is, of course, subject to the whims of guys in suits who don't know a back heel from a back door

Now, on with the previews:

Arsenal vs.

Special1 TV Is Not Returning Says Setanta Ireland

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Special1 TV will not be returning to Setanta Sports in the immediate future, according to a Setanta Ireland representative.

The cult hit parody show featuring puppets of Jose Mourinho, Sven Goran-Eriksson and Wayne Rooney will not be returning to the airwaves in the foreseeable future unless the program is picked up by another broadcaster.

News About EPL On ESPN 360 and HD On GolTV

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Keeping track of all of the ways that soccer fans in the United States can watch the sport on television suddenly got very confusing in the past week with the addition of ESPN2 to the Premier League TV rights package, as well as the glittering array of Champions League matches being shown across Fox's TV networks nationwide.

Why Soccer Sounds Better With British Commentators

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It's been one of those weeks when business meetings got in my way of watching the mid-week Champions League playoff games, so I finally had a chance to sit down Wednesday evening to speed through five or more games that were waiting for me on my DVR player.

Fox's production aside (I thought they did a spectacular job for the first dip of their toe in the water; small improvements are still needed before the next round), the games for me seemed to have a magical quality about them.

[TweetBeat] Joleon Lescott Edition

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TweetBeat takes the pulse of fan opinion and reaction – the emotional, the insightful and the trivial.  But mostly trivial though.

Let's start with a comment from the BBC Sport's chief football writer, Phil McNulty, which induced varying opinions from a couple of Everton fans:

philmcnulty: Time for Manchester City to make that next Joleon Lescott bid.

Chelsea and Kevin Garnett Unveil Limited-Edition Shoe

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While most of the major Premier League clubs are transfixed on creating new fanbases in China only, most of the clubs have ignored the United States. Chelsea is one of the few exceptions, so it's interesting to see hear about Chelsea's latest announcement today that it has partnered with Adidas to develop a basketball shoe, which comes with an exclusive scarf and Chelsea jersey.

ESPN Reveals TV Ratings For EPL Debut Of Chelsea v Hull City

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The TV ratings are in for ESPN2's opening game of the 2009/2010 Premier League season, which featured Chelsea against Hull City. And the results are pretty decent especially considering that EPL Talk didn't break the news until 7:46pm ET on the night before the game. Plus, the fact that the game kicked off at 7:45 ET on a Saturday morning.

[TweetBeat] Celtic v Arsenal

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TweetBeat takes the pulse of fan opinion and reaction the emotional, the insightful and the trivial. Â But mostly trivial though.

Celtic v Arsenal Before the game:

digitalsnowtwit: Hoping for a good result for Arsenal tonight.

Arsenal Beat Celtic 2-0 at Celtic Park, All But Assure Champions League Qualification

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Arsenal beat Celtic 2-0 at Celtic Park, all but assuring their qualification for the Champions League group stages, with two away goals. It was not the presiding effort of their 6-1 away win at Everton, but the two deflected goals – from Gallas and Gary Caldwell's foot – fulfilled the requirement in what was arguably the most important match of the season.

Sensory Overload: The 21st Century Neutral

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Last week I made my Premier League New Year's Resolutions. One of which was to watch more of the matches.

So on day one of the new season I trekked down to the pub to catch most of the Saturday fixtures (at least the ones being televised in the States). The Chelsea/Hull match was early and it was aired on ESPN2 so I watched most of the first half at home.

Soccer On U.S. TV Is Becoming A Chore

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I had a discussion last week with a veteran of the soccer television industry, and I asked him whether soccer schedules these days were more or less confusing than how they used to be five or even 10 years ago. His response was a laugh followed by a definitive answer. Things are much more complicated now.

Fox Promotes Champions League Coverage (Video)

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We received a pleasant surprise today when a Fedex package arrived from Fox Soccer Channel. Inside was a box of promotional items to help promote Fox's coverage of the Champions League. Presumably the box is being sent to journalists and bloggers across the country. It's a classy touch from Fox, and just goes to show what a good job they're doing at promoting the Champions League coverage across FSN, Fox Sports en Espanol, FX and Fox Soccer Channel.

Fan Diary #2: Watching The Spurs Match With Mum

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While I tell myself it's a long season and one result cannot shape the year, I can't help but look to the opening fixture for a sign of what's to come. I mean, I've been waiting all summer for this! Let me know with some great football that this is going to be a great season!

2008/09 was Liverpool's best season in ages but it was full of frustration as well.

Attendance Figures From Opening Premier League Weekend

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The opening weekend of the 2009/2010 Premier League season was a success on the pitch and off the pitch. More than 350,000 football supporters packed the grounds around England despite the fact that many of the clubs with large capacities played away such as Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Sunderland.

Birmingham’s Fahey Looks Set To Claim His Chance

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As Manchester United and Birmingham City took to the Old Trafford turf on Sunday afternoon few eyes would have settled on the figure of Keith Fahey, Birmingham's Irish midfielder.

It has been a long journey for the former Arsenal and Aston Villa trainee but on Sunday Fahey finally arrived on the biggest stage of all.

Slow on the draw: Week One oddities

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What a start to the Premier League season... for precisely half of the Premier League clubs. For the other half, it has not been good at all. The reason? Every single game this weekend has ended in a positive result for someone, i.e. there have been no draws.

This fact alone is not necessarily positive: If there were 10 home wins out of 10 it would be a major cause for concern "Is the Premier League too predictable?

Saturday’s Premier League Matches: My Observations

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The opening day of the 2009/2010 Premier League season felt like a roller coaster ride especially for viewers in the United States most of whom were more exhausted than usual on Saturday morning after getting little sleep from the night before after hearing about the eleventh hour decision by ESPN to acquire the TV rights to the Premier League's early Saturday kickoff as well as Monday game for the upcoming season.

Arsenal Begin Campaign With Six Goal Stunner

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If there was an ideal start to a new season for Gooners around the world, this certainly was it. With Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky (again), Johann Djourou and Abou Diaby on the injury list, it looked like Arsenal were to start this year's campaign with substantial injuries, though having Cesc Fabregas, Andrei Arshavin and Robin van Persie on the team sheet can hardly be called less than full-strength.

Wiley 2–Hull 1: The Men in Black

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 If today's opening match fixture was a litmus test for the rest of the premier league season, my bet is on the match officials. As soon as the match kicked off I had that gut feeling of "here we go again". Now I know it's easy to accuse the officials of ruining the game for you, today's match however was no excuse.

New Look Man City Shows Great Attacking Flair, Comical Defending

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For as many times as Richard Dunne and Shay Given collided today, you might have guessed that they had never played together before in their lives.

Dunne's defensive woes today nearly overshadowed the lightning-quick start to Manchester City's season. In the third minute, Emmanuel Adebayor served up a through ball from the center circle that released Shawn Wright-Phillips far down the right wing.

Sky Sports Trailer For 2009/2010 Season

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And for fun, here's Special1 TV's parody of the video (thanks to reader Les Deux for the tip).

Still no word whether Special1 TV will be coming back, but we'll let you know as soon as we hear a definitive answer from Setanta Ireland.

Related posts:

  1. I'm On Setanta Sports Starring Jose Mourinho
  2. Sky Sports Promotes Upcoming Football Season With Video Trailer
  3. RTE Mocks Setanta Sports With Sellotanta Sports Video

Final Thoughts Before The Premier League Opener, part 2

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Read part 1 here.

The Manchester City Experiment

In an ideal world (read: my ideal world) Manchester City will finish in the exact same spot as last season. I'd love to see the cash they shelled out for players this summer come to naught in the table.

Breaking News: ESPN To Show Chelsea v Hull City Game

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Breaking news just in to the EPL Talk desk. ESPN2 will show the opening game of the 2009-2010 season between Chelsea and Hull City at 7:45am ET Saturday.

"Chelsea v Hull 7:45 AM on ESPN2 and look for the EPL every or most Saturdays in that time slot," reported ESPN Spanish-language announcer Roberto Abramowitz on the North American Soccer List.

Final Thoughts Before The Premier League Opener, part 1

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'Tis the season...

The Premier League finally kicks off again tomorrow and I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. I've been asking mummy for a shiny new League Title for months but I have this fear I'm destined for a pile of knee-socks and hand-knitted sweaters. Honestly, I might not sleep tonight.

Premier League Preview – Week One

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The 2009-2010 English Premier League season is less than 24 hours away and, for the next few hours, everybody is in a Champions League spot.

Of course, a pessimist would point out that everyone is also in the drop zone.


Let's get into some previews for week one, shall we?

2009-2010 Premier League: The Boys Are Back In Town

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The boys are back in town for the 2009-2010 Premier League season. Click on the above image for a full-sized picture showing a footballer from each of the 20 Premier League teams. The players are as follows:

  1. Arsenal: Theo Walcott
  2. Aston Villa: Brad Friedel
  3. Birmingham City: Kevin Phillips
  4. Blackburn Rovers: Ryan Nelson
  5. Bolton Wanderers: Gavin McCann
  6. Burnley: Chris Caldwell
  7. Chelsea: Didier Drogba
  8. Everton: Joleon Lescott
  9. Fulham: Clint Dempsey
  10. Hull City: Richard Garcia
  11. Liverpool: Ryan Babel
  12. Man City: Carlos Tevez
  13. Man United: Michael Owen
  14. Portsmouth: David James
  15. Stoke City: Rory Delap
  16. Sunderland: Kenwyne Jones
  17. Tottenham Hotspur: Peter Crouch
  18. West Ham United: Dean Ashton
  19. Wigan Athletic: Titus Bramble
  20. Wolves: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Looking forward to another spectacular season!

5 Ways To Watch Or Listen To Chelsea v Hull City

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We understand that ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel are still feverishly working on concluding the contract so that the early Saturday morning and Monday afternoon ET Premier League games will be available on ESPN2. However, no agreement has been completed as of writing, and we're now less than 24 hours away from the kickoff of the 2009/2010 Premier League season.

New Season But Arsenal’s Problems Persist

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This season promises to be a pivotal one in the reign of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Wenger has been one of the most influential managers in Arsenal's history but for the first time last year there were rumblings of discontent from the fans.

In the build up to the new Premier League season the Arsenal manager has again been bullish about his side's prospects.

EPL Talk Podcast #128: GOL TV, Setanta North America, and FSC 2009-10 Coverage Plans

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Rodrigo Lombello the CEO of GOL TV, Shane O'Rourke the President of Setanta North America and Dermot McQuarrie the VP of Programing and Production for FSC join host Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss football coverage plans for the new season.

Related posts:

  1. Setanta Sports North America: For Sale?

Premier League Ranked Best in the World by IFFHS

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Every year the IFFHS releases its ranking list of the top football leagues in the world. The Barclays Premier League won the honor for 2008, thanks largely to the fantastic performances in the Champions League from English clubs. This ranking was released in April, but on the eve of the Premier League season, I figured this would be a good time to revisit the list from last year.

Fernando Torres: The Next Golden Boot?

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Why do I care about the Golden Boot? What does it matter to me as a lover of a club? The Golden Boot doesn't guarantee titles (eh, Mr Anelka?) or even European placement (eh, Mr Phillips?) It is glory for the individual in a collective endeavor and should be a mere footnote to the supporter who hungers for team glory.

Premier League Eve: Tell Me Your New Year’s Resolutions

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On December 31st we throw a party, we have some drinks and we make promises for the new year. I'm going to eat better. I'm going to drink less. I'm going to get myself on track, baby! If we keep one or two of these promises deep into the year, we feel good. But the important thing is it's a new year.

5 Youngsters To Watch This Season

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The start of the new season brings with it hope and expectation for everyone, fans, managers and players alike. It does not matter what happened last season or in the summer, the slate is wiped clean come August and we are all allowed to dream.

For the precocious teenagers at clubs around England they are hoping this will be the season that will make their dreams come true.

Poll: Surprise Team Of 2009/2010 Premier League Season

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In previous Premier League seasons, clubs have come out of the starting gate that have shocked and surprised us. The shock was due to the clubs completely exceeding our expectations of where we thought they'd end up in the table or the cups that they would win. And in some examples, these were clubs that played entertaining football during those seasons and who gave some of the big teams in the Premier League a run for their money.

Questions Please for Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta and GolTV

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For the fourth year in a row, EPL Talk will be interviewing executives from Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta Sports and GolTV in a special preview of the 2009/2010 seasons of the Premier League, Championship, La Liga, Bundesliga and other major soccer leagues from around the world.

Every summer, there's always a host of changes and exciting developments at the different soccer networks in the United States, so we pose the questions you want us to ask to the big wigs at the networks that we watch religiously.

Buy A Jersey Of Your Favorite English Premier League Club

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This summer has been one of the best preseasons in years. We've been treated to the Confederations Cup, Gold Cup, World Football Challenge and plenty of so-so friendlies mixed in with the high-energy Community Shield. But now the season is upon us and the drama both on and off the pitch begins.

From A Guide For The Football Missionary In America

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I'm generally not one to promote proselytizing, but I found this old pamphlet in an antiquarian bookstore in southern Maine. It was written by St. Dickie of Assisi F.C., a reknowned football missionary and Premier League devotee who travelled throughout North America in the late 20th century, bringing the love of English association football wherever he went.

Sky Sports Releases Football Score Centre iPhone App

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Here's another reason to get an iPhone if you don't already have one. Sky Sports has released a free app (available in the AppStore for the Apple iPhone) entitled Football Score Centre.

The new iPhone app features a picture of Jeff Stelling on the opening screen. Once the app loads, you can see:

  • The latest sports news on a ticker,
  • Today's football fixtures,
  • The latest football scores updated in real-time,
  • and more.

Lescott’s head is turned but Moyes refuses to be bullied

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Everton are holding firm in the battle for Joleon Lescott after rejecting a transfer request from the England international.

Manchester City have been tracking the 26 year old for most of the summer and appear to have stepped up their bid, following John Terry's decision to stay at Chelsea.

What Makes Premier League Opening Weekend Upsets So Rare?

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What is it about the opening game of the World Cup that makes it more likely for an upset to happen than on the opening day of the Premier League season each summer?

In previous World Cups, Cameroon beat Argentina in 1990, Senegal beat France in 2002, Belgium defeating Argentina in 1982 and so on.

EPL Talk Podcast #127: Simon Evans, Laurence McKenna

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Simon Evans, sports correspondent for Reuters International joins us to discuss Serie A's place in the current European football landscape, Burnley FC's promotion and other issues related to the Premier League.

Following Simon, we speak with our newest correspondent Laurence McKenna who spends some time previewing the Championship and looking at the English transfer market.

Talk Of Manchester City Making A Top Five Is Premature

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If I was an Arsenal fan, I'd be fed up already listening to people saying that Manchester City were obviously going to usurp them as one of the "Big Four" sides. It's amazing what spending money does to peoples judgement when it comes to football and Manchester City have certainly caught more than their fair share of attention over the summer.

Can Hull City Avoid Second Season Syndrome?

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Looking at the predictions that are currently flooding the world of Premiership football, two teams are entrenched in a dogfight for who will finish bottom. No-one, but no-one thinks both Hull City or Burnley will stay up. One if not both of them, in the eyes of everyone think they're dead and buried before a ball is kicked.

Fan Diary #1: Is This Lucas Leiva’s Season?

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Saturday, 8th Aug 2009

It was the last of the pre-season friendlies. The last chance to gauge how our side looks going into the season proper. We gathered outside the pub in our red kits, awaiting the sound of the deadbolt sliding out of place. All season the sound of that door unlocking will be like Pavlov's bell to Boston's Liverpool supporters, a signal it is time to pour inside, choose the best vantage point and wait for the friend with the iPhone to announce the starting line-up.

2009-2010 Premier League Table Predictions

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It's that time of the year for you, the readers, and me to post the predictions for the final table of the 2009-2010 Premier League season before a ball has been kicked.

In some ways, I hope that the predictions are completely wrong. At least then we can say that the Premier League is unpredictable.

Join the EPL Talk Predictor Game

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EPL Talk's prediction competition for the 2009/2010 season is now open.

Named EPL Talk Predictor, the game allows you to predict the results of Premier League matches and compete against fellow readers.

EPL Talk Predictor is free to register and free to play. With EPL Talk Predictor, you can:

  • Place Fantasy Bets using Real Market Odds
  • Compete for Real £££ in our Monthly Competitions
  • Get the Best Pre-Match Predictions Around
  • Challenge Friends in Your Own Private FanLeague

In the EPL Talk Predictor Fan League, compete against more than 150 fellow readers.

Observations from Community Shield

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In the baking heat of London, Chelsea won the 2009 Community Shield on penalty kicks after a 2-2 regulation tie against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Here are some of my observations from the match. Feel free to add yours to the comments section.

  • The match was surprisingly much more competitive than I anticipated and it was clear that both teams wanted to win by fielding first-team squads and playing with a tenacity that has been missing from the Community Shield matches over the past several years.

CONCACAF’s EPL Connection Grows

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American football writer Ives Galarcep reports that Bobby Zamora and Jhon Samuel have recieved their Trinidad and Tobago passports after playing for England at the U-21 level. Both will be called into the full national side for this week's critical World Cup qualifer versus El Salvador.

EPL Talk Podcast: Brian Hough, the Football Pub and Transfer News

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On Episode 126, host Kartik Krishnaiyer is joined in a look at the Football Pub show by Brian Hough. Hough, also gives his take on all 20 EPL teams coming into the new season. Then we catch up with Misha Sher to discuss the ESPN rights deal in the US, and all things transfer market from Liverpool to Man City to of course, Real Madrid.

Do Supporters Need A Villain?

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Football supporters thrive on animosity. We need to be able to shake our fists in the air and yell all the bad words at our hated teams and players.

When Jose Mourinho left Chelsea, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, a gifted manager of a rival team was out the door. I wouldn't have that same level of dread when Liverpool faced Chelsea.

Community Shield Beckons

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In my mind, the Community Shield (previously known as the Charity Shield) was always a big deal for me. The winner of the FA Cup against the winner of the Premier League (formerly First Division). It had to be a massive exciting game, right? But year after year, it felt liked the jilted bride was left at the altar as the games hardly ever lived up to its promises.

Poll: Which Commentators Should ESPN Use For Premier League?

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ESPN faces a tough decision for it's upcoming Premier League games it'll be televising for U.S. television whether to use their in-house commentators in Bristol, CT such as Tommy Smyth, Adrian Healey and Derek Rae (if available, he's supposed to be taking a job with ESPN in the UK to commentate the SPL matches throughout the season), or to use the international feed that's available.

ESPN Adds Premier League To Soccer Line Up

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ESPN has acquired the TV rights to two of the weekly Premier League slots on US television for the 2009-2010 season. Beginning on August 15, 2009, each week ESPN will feature the 7:45am ET Saturday game and the 3pm ET Monday game.

Those two weekly timeslots were previously held by Setanta Sports who in the past had sub-licensed those games from Fox Soccer Channel.

FIFA 10 Trailer in HD

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The FIFA 10 Trailer has been released for the upcoming video game by EA Sports. This one is viewable in HD and features actual footage from the game, which is scheduled for release on October 2, 2009.

Here's the official trailer:

Some of the new or enhanced features in FIFA 10 will include:

  • The transfer system will be upgraded, so it's more authentic
  • Preseason friendlies will be introduced
  • Kit numbers can once again be edited
  • The fatigue of players will be more realistic and authentic
  • Total Football Experience will be a new feature giving players football news such as results, fixtures and player transfers,
  • A new Assistant Manager feature is available where he'll rotate your players and aid with team selection.

Altidore to Join Hull City on One-Year Loan

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American striker Jozy Altidore has confirmed that he will be playing for Hull City this season, and that a press conference to announce the deal will take place on Thursday afternoon.

ESPN is reporting that move is not a transfer, but rather a one-year loan designed to get Altidore more playing time against top competition.

Replacing Xabi Alonso

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If Steven Gerrard is the heart of Liverpool then Xabi Alonso was one of the lungs. So Liverpool just lost a lung. It's lung-wrenching. I know they have a potential organ donor lined up (AF Roma) and that a new lung (Alberto Aquilani) could be on the way already, but what if the operation doesn't take?

Portsmouth Supporters: May You Live in Interesting Times

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It's not just a Chinese saying. It's really a curse, and Pompey supporters are agonizing over it. Last season ended, mercifully, with retaining our Premiership status and a new, supposedly billionaire Arab owner showing interest. He was supposed to be a doctor, a UN ambassador for children, fronting a group of billionaire investors, worth billions himself, all of which turned out to be untrue or changing, or not quite true, or something like that.

Manchester City: Blue Moon Supernova

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Sunderland On Verge Of Bent Signing

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Darren Bent finally looks set to seal his Premier League transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Sunderland after the clubs agreed a fee for the 25 year old.

The deal is believed to be worth £14million and will bring to an end a lengthy and eventful pursuit from Sunderland boss Steve Bruce.

Altidore: “England Early in the Morning”

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Jozy Altidore seems to be handling this Twitter thing a little better than Darren Bent.

While Bent tossed his toys out of the pram in 140 characters or less, the teenage American striker calmly tweeted to his followers:

England early in the morning so im going to get some sleep ill tweet all day tomorrow on my bb and let you guys know whats going on!

Portsmouth On The Brink Again?

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What the hell is going on at Portsmouth? Despite Sulaiman Al Fayed passing the fit and proper persons test that the Premier League subjected him to, he's still not completed the takeover at Fratton Park. The fans of Pompey deserve better than this, it's not fair and it's getting beyond a joke.

Fooball Writing Today

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I am a football writer, but I am football reader too. I demand fresh information. I want it now. I want it in abundance. Coming up to a match, I scour the net for preview. Is player X still injured? Did player Y travel with the team? Did player Z's red card get overturned?  An hour before kick-off, I'm "handcuffed" to my laptop hitting the refresh button again and again until the starting elevens finally emerge through the haze.

EPL Talk Podcast: Alexander Caufield

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Episode 125 features Alexander Caufield, a Merseyside native and lifetime Liverpool supporter joins us on the show to preview the Premier League Season. Alex writes for Seattle based website Prost Amerika. Hear Caufueld's thoughts about Liverpool's potential title challenge, Manchester City's spending spree, and Burnely's chances to stay up among other topics discussed.

Should Wenger Bring Back Vieira?

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Murmers abound: Arsene Wenger may be planning a move for old Arsenal stalwart Patrick Vieira. This is either the perfect plan or a complete waste of time. I haven't figured it out yet.

The Vieira who once helped lead Arsenal through the glory days of trophies and titles could be what the Professor needs right now.

Premiership Promotion Preview No.3 Burnley

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OK, so if you're expecting sarcasm and a general belittling of Burnley, then I suggest you look for another article somewhere else on the internet. There will be no mention of pets, the diet of Burnley's population, nor its voting habits. Just a simple look at the side's footballing credentials and what next season means to the Claret fans.

The Damned United Movie Trailer: Now Available For US Release

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The Damned United will be making its cinematic debut in the United States on a limited release this September 25, 2009 in New York City and Los Angeles.

And now Sony Pictures has officially launched the movie trailer for the film. It's quite a bit different than the UK version.