EPL Talk Archives for January 2010

Premier League Links Of The Day: November 30, 2010

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Today's ‘Premier League Links Of The Day' features Rooney the "Street Striker". The English footballer is on the hunt for a player from the streets. Here's the links:

  • Team News [False 10]
  • Hart praises Tevez [Give Me Football]
  • Chelsea practice in the snow [Chelsea FC]
  • Elmander rumors [Manchester Evening News]
  • Birmingham vs.

American Intrigue: Promotion/Relegation

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I was listening to the EPLTalk Podcast Weekend Review this morning on the way to work (and it probably isn't said enough, thank you to Richard, Laurence, Kartik, and the Gaffer for this valuable resource!). Richard and Kartik discussed an impact game this weekend in the nPower Championship between Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City, which was taken by QPR 2-1.

Chelsea Face A Crucial Month

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October ended with Chelsea looking imperious and pulling away from the chasing pack at the top of the Premiership. The side seemed to playing with such verve and spirit that I simply couldn't see where any worthy challenge could come from. Manchester United were struggling to hit any real form, but continued to pick up points other sides would lose.

Poll: Who Will Win the 2018 World Cup Bid?

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The race is on to see who will win the 2018 World Cup bid. The winner will be announced on Thursday at the FIFA headquarters. Will it be England, Russia, Spain/Portugal or Holland/Belgium? Vote below in the poll to let us know who you think will win. And then add your comments in the section below regarding who you think deserves to win.

Should Fox Soccer Channel Do An ESPN-Style Premier League Production?

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Somewhere in the corridors of Fox Soccer Channel's headquarters in Los Angeles, California, an executive or two must have wondered whether Fox should consider adopting ESPN's approach to Saturday morning Premier League soccer. While Fox has continued its same proven formula for several years, ESPN raised the bar significantly this season by hiring pros Ian Darke, Steve McManaman and others to bring an English production exclusively to an American audience.

Premier League Links Of The Day: November 29, 2010

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Our second installment of ‘Premier League Links Of The Day' is here! Today's video features Dimitar Berbatov and his thoughts on his recent five goal performance.

Here's the links:

  • EPL's 10 dirties players [Bleacher Report]
  • Adrian Durham's team of the week [Talk Sport]
  • Carroll has the X-factor [Mirror Football]
  • Clint Dempsey backs Mark Hughes [F & H Chronicle]
  • Aaron Lennon's unbelievable week [Tottenham FC ]
  • Liverpool players adjusting to Hodgson [Liverpool FC ]
  • Ashley Young makes a blooper reel [Goal]
  • Bolton vs.

What Is The Premier League’s Dubious Goals Committee?

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Deflection king Frank Lampard has regularly benefited from the committee in the past

One of the more strange departments of the Premier League, the Dubious Goals Committee is a group surrounded in secrecy. But how does it work? And more importantly what does it actually do? In a report that has the potential to be as earth shattering as the BBC Panorama documentary exposing FIFA bungs, let's see if we can dig a little deeper in to the Premier League's Dubious Goals Committee.

Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool: Spotlight Match Review

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An intriguing meeting of current and past Top 4 football clubs in England took place Sunday, as Tottenham Hotspur edged Liverpool in the waning minutes to continue their push towards the top.

Tottenham v Liverpool 11th Minute Formation

Tottenham and Liverpool both assembled 4-4-2 formations.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 15

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Gameweek 15 of the Barclays Premier League was a brilliant example of just how exciting and intriguing the league can be. There were plenty of goals scored, a few standout performances and some entertaining matches both at the top and bottom of the table. Heading into the weekend, I had high hopes for Bolton v Blackpool which ended up a fantastically open match that ended 2-2.

The Guardian Gifts Qatar 2022 World Cup Bid An Easy Ride And Commits Ethics Fail

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If you were the Qatar World Cup Bid Committee, how would you generate some last minute favorable publicity before the votes were cast for the 2022 World Cup? One way would be to send journalists of influential newspapers on an all-expenses paid visit to Qatar. And then hope that the articles they write would put the 2022 Qatar World Cup bid in a positive light.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 15

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Gameweek 15 of the Barclays Premier League was a brilliant example of just how exciting and intriguing the league can be. There were plenty of goals scored, a few standout performances and some entertaining matches both at the top and bottom of the table. Heading into the weekend, I had high hopes for Bolton v Blackpool which ended up a fantastically open match that ended 2-2.

English Premier League Weekend Review: EPL Talk Podcast

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For the first time this season, Chelsea ended a match day below first place. That's quite an accomplishment – sitting atop the table for the first 14 match days – but it won't get as many column inches as Dimitar Berbatov's trick, becoming the fourth Premier League player to score five goals in one match.

EPL Talk Podcast Live Show: Weekend Review

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Last week ...

An audience of EPL Talk listeners got to hear the audio output from Richard's laptop degrade then fail in the middle of a live show. This week? Richard and Kartik try to top it. "Unplanned" power outages? Glasses of water knocked onto mixers? Or maybe just an unknown hot mic picking up "not for air" gossip?

Chelsea Title Challenge Continues To Cool With Draw Against Newcastle

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Kalou missed a sitter to pile on the misery at Chelsea

The problems at Chelsea continue to mount as a draw in the North East allowed Manchester United to overhaul the champions at the top of the table for the first time this season.

With an important month in the title race about to begin injuries, backroom drama and poor performances have left confidence shattered at a club that has only collected four points from a possible fifteen.

How You Can Watch BBC Panorama FIFA’s Dirty Secrets Outside The UK

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On Monday, BBC Panorama will air "FIFA's Dirty Secrets," a 30 minute exposé that "investigates corruption allegations against some of the FIFA officials who will vote on England's World Cup bid. Reporter Andrew Jennings exposes new evidence of bribery, and accuses some executives of taking kickbacks.

Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Podcast

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We finally have a change at the top of the Premier League, with Manchester United riding their undefeated start past Chelsea to a two point lead on the league. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, myself and Kartik Krishnaiyer will discuss that, Chelsea's continued struggles, five goal matches .

The Ten Most Overrated Players In The Premier League

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The Premier League has plenty of incredibly talented players, but who is getting more praise or attention than they merit, here is a countdown of the Premier League's most overrated players. Feel free to add your suggestions.

10- Matthew Upson –West Ham

Played a key role for England during the 2010 World Cup, Upson was often seen as England's third choice centre half.

How To Beat Chelsea

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What a difference a month makes. In the early weeks of the Premiership it was simply a foregone conclusion that Chelsea would steamroller their way to victory. Ancelotti had taken the discipline instilled in the Mourinho era, and allied it with a potent offense. Yet Chelsea have now lost four times in the league, and even three points against Newcastle would only see them tied for first with Manchester United.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

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Sunday's Premier League clashes feature two games that could have a big impact on league positions. The early kick-off pits Newcastle United at home against Chelsea. The Blues will be desperate for a win to keep themselves in the running for the league title. Newcastle will meanwhile try to see if they can repeat what they did against Chelsea earlier this season in the Carling Cup when the Toon beat Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – Live Blog – 28 November 2010

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Tottenham host Liverpool in the final EPL match of the weekend. Below is a live blog featuring coverage as well as a match preview.

Match Preview

Liverpool

They have struggled in away matches and will have a tough test to get a result at White Hart Lane.

How Would A World Cup In England Change The Premier League?

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On Thursday, England will find out if years of campaigning have been enough to see them announced as the host of the 2018 World Cup. With stiff competition from the likes of Russia and a joint bid from Spain and Portugal, there is plenty of work to be done if England are to host the tournament for the first time since 1966.

A Lack Of Harmony At The Bridge?

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There has been yet more off-field drama at Stamford Bridge with the announcement that Chelsea's director of football Frank Arnesen will leave the club at the end of the season. That makes it two big name departures from the Chelsea backroom team in a matter of weeks, following the sacking of assistant manager Ray Wilkins earlier this month.

Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal: Bonus Match Review

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Seeing that tomorrow's Spurs/Reds game was David The Yank's 4-star selection of the weekend, this will be the Bonus review.

Aston Villa v Arsenal Starting Formations

On a cold day in Greater Birmingham, UK, Arsenal visited Aston Villa looking to reverse the fortunes of the past week, including a home collapse against Tottenham and a Champions League loss to Sporting Braga.

Hit Or Miss? Dimitar Berbatov

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Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov stormed to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with a stunning five-goal haul as Manchester United demolished Blackburn Rovers 7-1 at Old Trafford. They were the first goals Berbatov has scored since September and were timely reminder to everybody that on his day, he is amongst the Premier League's very best.

Liverpool 7-0 Tottenham, 1978: Friday Flashback Videos

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If you asked me what was one of the best clubs teams I've ever seen, it has to be Liverpool from the late 70s and early 80s. A perfect example of this is the above video featuring Liverpool's incredible 7-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur during the 1978-79 season.

Out of the seven goals scored, the last is the best.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

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With the big match of the weekend between Tottenham and Liverpool not being played until tomorrow, it gives us the great opportunity to watch some intriguing Premier League games today.

The early kick-off between Aston Villa and Arsenal will see the return of Robert Pires on the same pitch as the Gunners.

Would You Rather Be Ferguson or Ancelotti Right Now?

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Which of these records sounds the superior one to you?

  • Played 14, Won 7, Drawn 7, lost 0

Or

  • Played 14, Won 9, Drawn 1, Lost 4

Ok, those of you not drunk will have spotted that these two records amount to the same amount of points. But I think psychologically, the first record looks instinctively superior because there is a zero in the lost column.

Is Owen Coyle’s Attacking Style at Bolton a Sign of Things to Come for Other Premier League Clubs?

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It's no secret that Bolton have played some fine football this season as their current fifth place position proves. While Bolton were once a side under Sam Allardyce who played anything but beautiful football, Owen Coyle has done wonders at the Reebok in an incredibly short time. With a cast of players largely similar to Gary Megson's Bolton who languished in the Premier League towards the bottom and with no real ambition, Coyle has been able to inject his brand of gusto-laden football into Bolton to the tune of some more than healthy results.

Premier League Links Of The Day: November 26, 2010

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Get ready for a daily dose of Premier League goodies. The ‘Premier League Links Of The Day' will feature some of the top articles, photos, and videos from the web, delivered to you on a daily weekday basis. As for the above video, it gets better the more times you watch it and definitely doesn't get old.

Special 1 TV: Wenger Goes Hollywood (Video)

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I'm always amazed by how many story lines are conjured up by the small cast of Special 1 TV. There's always something going on in real life with Jose Mourinho, Wayne Rooney and Sven-Goran Eriksson as well the phone-in callers such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and others. So it's no surprise that the Special 1 TV crew focused quite a bit on Wenger in this episode especially after Arsenal's collapse against Tottenham last weekend.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 15

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Hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving. Too bad there's no real football on Turkey Day.

Not sure why, but fewer delayed matches this week means we only get 8 of the 10 for the first time this season on broadcast television (all 10 of course available if you have espn3.com & foxsoccer.

The Untouchable Frank Arnesen

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The sporting director role, it just doesn't work in English football does it? Except it does, well did; very recently in fact. Chelsea's double winning side of 2009/10 had a sporting director and his name is Frank Arnesen, the only other man besides Roman Abramovic a Chelsea employee dare not cross.

Owners of the 20 Premier League Clubs, 2010-11 Season

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Last week Blackburn Rovers became the latest Premier League club to be bought out by a foreign consortium. The purchase of Rovers was a key moment in Premier League history because it brought the number of clubs that are majority owned by foreign investors to 10, representing 50% of the league.

What Are You Thankful For This Thanksgiving Day?

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Before I moved to the United States in 1984, I had never heard of Thanksgiving Day. The U.S. holiday, while still seeming a bit surreal and bizarre to me after all of these years, is now one of my favorite holidays of the year partly because it's the one focused on the family more than any.

Meet the Premier League Referees, Gameweek 15

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If you are a football fan who doesn't know the Premier League referees, where have you been hiding? These guys are constantly in the news for making dodgy decisions week in week out. This guide will show you who's who and which whistleblower could potentially ruin your team's afternoon this weekend.

Well this season is just getting harder and harder to predict. Having just absor

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Well this season is just getting harder and harder to predict. Having just absorbed last week's action Game Week 15 is here and no doubt will throw up plenty more surprises.

The Premier League weekend kicks off Saturday lunchtime at Villa Park. Two wounded team's line up looking to bounce back from disappointing results.

What If the Premier League Adopted A MLS Playoff System?

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There's been so much uproar during the past few weeks about whether the playoff system for Major League Soccer is a joke or not. First, the Eastern Conference Final featured two teams, San Jose Earthquakes versus Colorado Rapids, who were decidedly western teams. And second, the playoff system resulted in a final featuring the team that ended in fifth place in the final standings against the seventh place team.

Is the Premier League the Best League In The World?

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As Chelsea lost at home to Sunderland, the commentator, Martin Tyler was incredulous, saying how this proved how brilliant the Premier League was; it was the best in the world because any side could beat any other side

This struck me at the time as being a case of having your cake and eating it because the only reason he was hyper-ventilating about it was precisely because it was so unusual.

Premier League Footballer’s Post Match Interview: Comedy Video

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I came across this video which features Match Of The Day commentator Jonathan Pearce interviewing fictional football Jason Bent after a match.

It's definitely worth a good laugh and sums up some of the egotistical Premier League footballers who star in the division. The segment was included in the BBC 3 comedy, "Lee Nelson's Well Good Show.

So Who Should Tottenham Look To Buy In January?

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Harry Redknapp was right to be bullish after Saturdays amazing fight back against Arsenal at the Emirates, for too long Tottenham have promised much and delivered little. Spending wise Tottenham have ploughed millions in the club with little real achievement to show for it, but under Redknapp the club has begun to make strides on that investment.

Will This Really Be The Closest Premiership Ever?

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Well, I have to admit I'm perplexed by some of the performances of the Premierships traditional powerhouses this season. A month ago, most people would have been hard pressed to think anyone could trouble Chelsea for the title, now 6 points separate the top 6 sides. Suddenly, a real title race has begun at last as Chelsea suddenly developed a soft centre and ran bang out of luck.

Bolton Wanderers 5-1 Newcastle United: Bonus Match Review

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On Saturday night, I launched a themed series that will be called "Spotlight Match Review." I'm hoping these reports will be discussions of tactics and analysis that will engage our community. I'm not an authority; I'm a football fan who loves the game and wants to gain expertise in match analytics.

Play Up Bolton, Bolton Play Up

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In late October this website asked, Why no praise for West Brom? West Brom then promptly went on to win one more point in the following games. It is with that lesson that I must apologise to any Bolton fans if their team suddenly goes on a slide but it cannot go without saying any longer.

Why Venky’s Should Not Rename Blackburn’s Ewood Park

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The new owners of Blackburn Rovers, Indian poultry giant Venky's, are reported to be considering renaming Ewood Park either to Venky's Stadium or to adopt a different name depending if they can find a sponsor willing to purchase the naming rights to the stadium in Lancashire.

If the plan to change the name of the stadium goes through, this will be the first time in Premier League history that a current ground will be renamed to a sponsor's name.

English Premier League Weekend Review, Matchday 14: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea and Manchester United are now even atop the league, but the big story comes from North London, where Tottenham Hotspur put to rest that oft-cited statistic. Now Spurs have won a road match against a Big 4 opponent, beating Arsenal at the Emirates 3-2 on Saturday.

That, romps by Manchester City, Bolton and Liverpool, as well as discussion of the rest of Europe and mid-week Champions League action on this, the EPL Talk podcast.

Premier League Outcast XI: Best Footballers On The Bench

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What would be the best team you could name out of all the Premier League players who can't get a regular game for their club side? Lining up with a vintage 4-4-2 formation, here is my selection. I'd be interested to hear yours.

Goalkeeper – Shay Given (Manchester City)
When he arrived from Newcastle, Given was meant to be the long term solution to City's goalkeeping problems.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 14

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If you read last week's post and failed to believe me, then just maybe because of this weekend's matches and results you'll start to realize that this league isn't one that falls into the cliched colloquialisms that tend to surround themselves with the Premier League.

Supporters of both Manchester clubs will emerge from the weekend most happy while Tottenham fans are likely still too delirious to realize how ecstatic they actually are after winning away to Arsenal.

EPL Talk Podcast – Live, Weekend Review Show

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Join Laurence McKenna and myself as we stream this week's recording of the EPL Talk podcast, to start at 10 p.m. BST/5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST. You'll find the EPL Talk Ustream player direct below, or if you want to take part in the show by interacting with us and your fellow EPL Talk readers in listeners via the chat room, below.

Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Weekend Review Podcast

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Chelsea's stumbles are now troubles, having lost at Birmingham City, their third defeat in four. And while the Blues have hit a string of bad luck, Manchester United's caught some fortune, playing half an hour up two in their 2-0 win over Wigan.

On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, we'll talk about the two teams at the top of the league as well as the weekend's big story: Tottenham Hotspur winning at Arsenal for the first time since 1993.

Fulham 1-4 Manchester City…A Day Where City Come Good

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Ahead of City's trip to Fulham, the pressure was very much on Roberto Mancini. After a disappointing run of form which had seen the blues draw their last two games 0-0. A bad result in London could have spelled the end for Roberto Mancini, but what followed was their best performance of the season.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 14: Open Thread

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Sunday features two matches which are interesting for different reasons. We see the return of Robert Pires to English football courtesy of Aston Villa in their match against Blackburn Rovers. The second match of the day, meanwhile, features Manchester City against Fulham, where Mark Hughes has a chance to do one over against his old club.

Birmingham Defeat of Chelsea Fits Classic Top v Bottom Stereotype

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Ben Foster was on top form to deny Chelsea

Birmingham's victory yesterday was one of the classic stereotypes of the Premier League, a unfancied side in the relegation places prior to kick off defeating the reigning champions by going ahead and defending that lead with their lives.

Team of the Season So Far

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As the Christmas period is rapidly approaching, I've started to think about who have been the top performers so far this season.

I've steered cleared of the so-called "big four" clubs partly by choice, but partly because few would warrant a place in the team of the season so far.

Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Spotlight Match Review

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Arsenal v Tottenham Starting Form

The latest renewal of the North London Derby was held at Emirates Stadium between bitter rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. A 17 year drought for Spurs at Arsenal set the stage for an intriguing comeback that saw the race for the League trophy open up even more.

Could Tottenham Win The Premier League?

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After their stunning comeback in the North London derby yesterday, all the talk this morning is about Harry Redknapp's men. The White Hart Lane club have certainly showed their title credentials with that win, but could they really mount a serious challenge for the Premier League this season?

Interview with Alex Song and Benoit Assou-Ekotto: Video

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Alex Song and Benoit Assou-Ekotto sat down recently for an interview to discuss the North London derby and to answer some questions about who will win between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Plus the two players had a chance to play FIFA 11 featuring Spurs against Arsenal, and you'll have to watch the above video to see which team/player won.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 14: Open Thread

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It's another Super Saturday in the Premier League with Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby as well as several other intriguing matches including high-flying Bolton versus Newcastle, Birmingham against Chelsea, West Ham against Liverpool, Blackpool versus Wolves, West Brom against Stoke and the return of Wayne Rooney in Manchester United against Wigan.

Arsene Wenger Loses His Bottle Against Tottenham Hotspur: Video

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One of the defining moments from Arsenal's 3-2 loss against Tottenham Hotspur Saturday was Arsene Wenger showing his frustration by smashing his water bottle into the ground after Spurs came back from two-nil down to win 3-2.

Wenger hates to lose and is quite apparent when his anger gets the better of him as it did at the Emirates Stadium in the north London derby.

Picklive Real Time and Interactive Fantasy Football: Website Review

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The dawn of the internet age has catapulted fantasy football into a global phenomenon with millions of people watching the weekend's results coming in and simultaneously trying to calculate how the events unfolding will affect their team.

With the internet the ease of use, graphics and statistics have revolutionised the industry that started in the back of British newspapers such as the Telegraph and the Sun.

Should West Ham United Sack Avram Grant Or Not?

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The number of adjectives to describe West Ham's performance against Liverpool on Saturday are too many to fit on one hand. Lethargic, woeful, uninspired, dispassionate, lifeless, pathetic and flaccid, just to name a few. After the first half was over and West Ham United were losing 3-0 at Anfield, I thought that there was at least a chance for Avram Grant to work his magic during the halftime team talk and that the Hammers could come out playing better in the second half.

Spurs vs Man United, 1964-65: Friday Flashback Videos

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This week's video for our Friday Flashback Videos series comes to us courtesy of a recommendation by EPL Talk reader Andrew Kay. Here's what he said:

"I ran across a YouTube video today of a Spurs – Man. Utd game at the White Hart Lane that I remember and wondered if you had seen it.

Special 1 TV: Cabbage Man Under Pressure (Video)

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The latest episode of Special 1 TV has been released by BBC 3. And since the flavor of the month is Football Manager 2011, it's no wonder that the show focuses on several managers this episode including Mick McCarthy (eh by gum!), Roberto Mancini, Roy Hodgson, Sven, Roy Keane, Ferguson and Wenger.

Experience Of Robert Pires Will Benefit Aston Villa’s Youth

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This week saw Gerard Houllier make Robert Pires his first signing since arriving as Aston Villa manager. Back in 2001 Pires was labelled one of the best players in the world. He was winning trophies with club and country but that was nine years ago and the 37 year old legs just don't have the pace any more but as we have seen with players such as Ryan Giggs and Clarence Seedorf, a footballing brain always gets better with age and this can only be good for Villa's young squad.

The England Dilemma: How to Fix What Is Broken

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John Nicholson's interesting article on "England's Problem" raises more than one perplexing question. If England's difficulties on the world stage are indeed a result of the historic, endemic mindset of the English game, what can or should be done about it?

Do England just keep on doing their thing and hope through some weird alignment of the stars that they will one day catch lightning in a bottle?

Fantsy League Tips – Game Week 14

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It's the North London derby this weekend. Arsenal, who are fast becoming serious title contenders play Host to Tottenham. The Gunners sit second, 2 points behind Chelsea. Tottenham find themselves seventh after a much needed win against Blackburn last weekend. Three points for either side would see them make significant strides up the Premier league table, so a point a piece it will be at the Emirates.

Bolton vs Newcastle United Preview: The Other Match Of The Weekend

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This weekend's selection of Premier League fixtures sees one of the league's highlights with the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham, but a much less fashionable, though potentially crucial, fixture will take place at the Reebok Stadium between Bolton and Newcastle.

Both sides have so far surprised everyone with their impressive starts to the season that see both of them occupy top eight places in the table.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 14

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The first match is the must-see match this week: the North London derby. It includes the team most hungry for a trophy against the best player in the world right now, Gareth Bale. Yes, I said it. Week in, week out, he's matching Messi and Cristiano for that spot!

And a word about ESPN's production values for their Saturday game of the week.

England’s Problem Is Not Capello And Why Redknapp Isn’t The Cure

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Another England game and another torrent of outrage from much of the English press at how poor England is. Surprise surprise. There is a very vocal majority in the press who want to blame all this on Capello because it's easier than thinking deeply about it and much more preferable than stating that players who you laud week-in week-out are actually, at a decent international level, well below par.

England Lose, But More Injury Woe For Gerrard

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England's poor 2010 concluded as they slid to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to France, but the night may be remembered for the "Club v Country" debate returning once again. Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry and captain Rio Ferdinand all picked up injuries for the Three Lions, summing up a generally miserable year for the Italian.

FIFA 11 Goal Of The Week: 5 Brilliant Goals (Video)

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Sometimes we all need a bit of inspiration. So whether you play FIFA 11 or are thinking about getting the game, here are some amazing goals scored on FIFA 11 by actual players which will either make you drool or make you sick, depending on your outlook on life.

The goals are uploaded by fans on the FIFA 11 website and EA Sports then picks the top five.

Sunderland Humiliation Reveals Chelsea’s Desperate Need To Spend

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Sunderland's shock win at Stamford Bridge has sent shockwaves rippling through English football. How could a side that are a usually so brutally clinical be out-played and out-classed in their own backyard?

In many ways it would be unfair to be overly critical of Chelsea's display because it would take the shine of a Sunderland performance which was arguably their best ever in the Premier League.

The ‘Last Man Back’ Fallacy

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Over the Weekend and over the season there have been numerous fouls that, taken purely on fact, have been the same but have resulted in differing punishments. I refer to the ‘last man' foul, or denial of a ‘goal-scoring opportunity' to quote FIFA's rules. The punishments meted out in these circumstances have been the same a free-kick (or penalty) but there has been a perceived inconsistency as referees have given yellow and red-cards.

Henry and Comolli Tell Liverpool Supporters Not To Expect Any Major Changes

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I don't envy supporters of Liverpool Football Club. The stark reality for supporters, some of whom have not yet accepted it, is that Liverpool is a major transition period and it's going to do take a few years to regain stability before they can begin progressing again.

In the past 24 hours, Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli has stated that Liverpool's future lies in the development of home-grown talent.

Poll: How Will Wayne Rooney Do Against Wigan?

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Wayne Rooney looks like he'll start for Manchester United this Saturday in their match against Wigan Athletic.

Rooney, who has just returned from a sabbatical in the United States, will be stepping on to the turf at Old Trafford since October 16 when he played in the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Carlos Tevez and Rio Ferdinand Star In Sky Spoof Video

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Carlos Tevez and Rio Ferdinand got into a tussle in the Manchester derby last week, and now one witty bloke has put together a spoof video which shows a typical hyped Sky TV commercial featuring Carlito Tevez putting his fist into a place where the sun doesn't shine of one Rio Ferdinand.

Is Jeffrey Bruma the Man to Solve Chelsea’s Defensive Woes With Alex and Terry Sidelined?

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The BBC has reported that Alex has joined Chelsea's growing defensive injury list and is estimated to be out of action for between 6-8 weeks with a knee injury that requires surgery.

With John Terry injured this leaves Chelsea with only one fully fit recognised centre back and a major selection headache for Carlo Ancelotti as the decisive festive period approaches.

Wigan 1-0 West Brom: Positive Substitution Makes The Difference

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Wigan v West Brom, First Half

Saturday's match that sent West Bromwich Albion north to DW Stadium against Wigan Athletic provided an entertaining match of two clubs looking to assert themselves, albeit in different ways. Albion has been riding a strong first month, and wanted to continue to maintain real estate in the top half of the table, while the Latics have been clawing from the bottom ever since their Week One shock loss against visiting Blackpool.

Are British Tactics Not So Stupid After All?

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You expect me to believe that this man is a genius?

When continental football connoisseurs talk about beautiful football, the Premier League is never mentioned. Spain provides passing, technical quality and thrills from teams outside the big two. Italy, while being dour, somehow manages to be elegant at the same time, with its midfield maestros working amongst its Gattusos.

How Much Are You Looking Forward to England Against France?

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The England national team is on life support. Not the actual team itself, but the amount of enthusiasm and excitement that the team generates. Sometimes it's like watching paint dry as English footballers who dazzle us on weekends put in a hum-drum performance in a meaningless mid-week match for their country.

How Did You Discover EPL Talk?

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EPL Talk reader Dave C posted an excellent suggestion the other day in ideas for articles as part of EPL Talk's Readers Choice Month where we're allowing readers to suggest story ideas. He was curious to know how you found EPL Talk in the first place. Was it a recommendation by a friend?

What Did You Do Before the Premier League?

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It may seem like a bizarre question for some of you, but seriously, what did you and I do before the Premier League existed? Depending on how long or new you've been following the league, your answers will vary greatly. But based on the amount of attention we give to the Premier League and everything that happens on and off the pitch with it, what did we do before it existed or before we stated following it?

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 13

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The funny thing about the Premier League is that you never quite know how things will turn out until matters play out on the pitch. Before the weekend, many were waxing poetic on Chelsea's very realistic chance of thrashing Sunderland by four, maybe five to Sunderland's sad nil.

Origins of Nicknames for 20 Premier League Clubs

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Supporters of Premier League clubs often pride themselves on their nicknames, but do you really know the origin of them? Do you know the origins of the Baggies, Gunners, Red Devils, Toffees, Trotters, Hammers, Lilywhites and Citizens?

Let's take a closer at look some of the interesting stories behind each of Premier League club's nicknames.

English Premier League Review, Matchday 13: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea's troubles have the team at a season low, losing by three goals to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. But amongst the league's leaders, they weren't alone in their struggles, with Manchester United and Manchester City being drawn. The only club at the top that sawt three were the Gunners, impressive at Goodison, while Bolton, Spurs, and Stoke – yes, Stoke – round out the winners from the league's top half.

EPL Talk Podcast, Matchday 13 Review: Live Show

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The EPL Talk Podcast's weekend review show will be streaming live from the site's UStream site.

Use the chat room, below, the interact with the show (and others). We'll work to get your feedback on the show.

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When Will West Ham’s Patience With Avram Grant Run Out?

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Worryingly for West Ham United, Avram Grant's side is seeming to be in a pattern of repeating what Portsmouth did last season on the field. That is that they're frustratingly unable to get all three points. So far this season, the Hammers have played 13 matches. Out of those, they've won just once, lost six and drawn six.

Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Podcast, Weekend Review Show

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Has anybody seen Yuri Zhirkov or Ramires? Apparently Carlo Ancelotti is the only person who knows their whereabouts, the only reason why their names keep appearing on Chelsea's team sheet. With those ineffective midfielders featured Sunday at The Bridge, Chelsea was subject to one of the season's biggest surprises, with Sunderland posting an 0-3 result on the league-leaders.

Some Shock Names In The England Squad For France Friendly

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Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd is a surprise name in the squad

Fabio Capello has announced his squad for Wednesday's friendly with France and one name in the squad will certainly cause England fans to raise an eyebrow. Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd has received a surprise call-up and while it is a fitting reward for the 28-year-old's impressive start to the season, it does make you think about the strength of English footballers in the Premier League.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread

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Today gives us too very important matches for all four teams involved. Arsenal travel to Goodison Park to play Everton, a side that they usually has a difficult time beating. Except for last year when the Gunners won 6-1 on the opening day of the season.

While Arsenal will be focused on getting all three points so they can narrow the gap at the top of the table, it's also a vital match for Everton who, if they lose, will stay stuck just two points above the relegation zone.

Is The U.S. The Best Place to Experience the Premier League?

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Right now I'm playing with ESPN3.com's multi-screen view, where you can have as many as four games viewable in the same browser window at a time in what they call a mosaic. I'm watching replays of Barcelona against Villarreal, Scotland against New Zealand in rugby and Juventus versus Roma.

Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United: Five Key Observations

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In arguably the weekend's marquee match, undefeated Manchester United traveled to Birmingham to take on undefeated at home Aston Villa to open Premier League play on Saturday. The match itself placed 10th against 2nd in the league while it saw United coming off one of their best team performances of the season, Wednesday's Manchester derby.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread

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It's only been a few days since the last round of Premier League games but there should be some interesting matches played out today across England from Birmingham (Aston Villa against Manchester) to Newcastle (United against Fulham), to Stoke-On-Trent (for Stoke City versus Liverpool), London (Spurs against Blackburn) and more.

Do I Not Like That, The Final Chapter: Friday Flashback Videos

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Next week England plays France in a friendly at Wembley. Everything about the new England team looks classy. The world-class stadium, the picture-perfect England kits and the footballers, or should we say millionaires, who grace the pitch and who are managed by a suave Italian dressed in the finest suit.

Special 1 TV: Wayne Rooney Reports Live From Portland (Video)

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The latest episode of Special 1 TV has been released by the BBC, and in it we find out that Special 1 TV will now be shown on a weekly basis instead of every two weeks.

In the episode, Wayne Rooney reports live from a clinic in Portland where he's getting a lot of intimate recuperation.

Aston Villa’s Youngsters Breathe New Life Into Team

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With the injuries piling up at Villa Park the youngsters have been given a chance by Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier. Marc Albrighton broke into the team under care-taker boss Kevin McDonald but now youngsters Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark and Nathan Delfouneso have been given a run in the first team and the Villa kids were pivotal to the 3-2 win over Blackpool.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 13

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Well, perhaps I'm just really disappointed by the lack of action and goals in the Manchester Derby, but I'm in a foul mood, and am going to be very parsimonious in handing out the stars this week. No 4-star matches. The picks of the week are probably United visiting Villa Park, and Arsenal's Merseyside trip to Everton.

Fantasy League Tips Game Week 13

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It's been a busy week in the Premier League and the fun just doesn't stop. Game Week 13 is here already and we have another full fixture programme to look forward to.

 It's at the foot of the table where the excitement and the points are to be had this weekend. The bottom three are all at home and these fixtures would have been double underlined in red as winnable at the start of the season.

Ian Holloway Should Be Praised, Not Fined By Premier League

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Will Blackpool, like Wolves before them, be facing the prospect of a fine for fielding a weakened side against Villa last night? Manager ian Holloway made wholesale changes to his side but so what? They played well and narrowly lost.

The fact that the Premier League has given itself the power to make such judgements and fine clubs is 100 percent wrong to the point of insanity.

How Many Premier League Games In a Season Are Must-See TV?

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Pop quiz! Out of the 380 games in the 2010-11 Premier League season, how many matches would you say are a must-see? Sure, there are always matches that sneak up and surprise you with their quality, but how many in a typical season would you, before the season started, write down as must-see matches?

English Premier League Preview, Mid-Week Review: EPL Talk Podcast

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For the second consecutive match day, the English Premier League has given us a slate full of close, exciting matches. Whether it be a back-and-forth affair at Villa Park, leads being given-up and reclaimed at the Britannia, gifted equalizers at White Hart Lane or dramatically salvaged points at Goodison, the league was full of compelling fixtures.

Carroll Should be Given England Chance

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Newcastle United may have slipped to a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers, but their star striker Andy Carroll did manage to enhance is ever-growing reputation with another goal. Carroll's equaliser was his seventh goal of the season, a tally that will surely be enough to see him named in the England squad for next week's friendly with France.

Which Was The Most Entertaining Mid-Week Premier League Match?

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There were plenty of goals in the mid-week Premier League matches this week except for one . But rather than give away the results or tell what happened before many of you have had a chance to watch the games, feel free to vote in the poll below (which may also help some of the readers decide which match is worth watching out of the eight that were available to watch today).

Live Blog: Man City v Man Utd and 7 Other Gameweek 12 Matches

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Because of the vagaries of the Premier League schedule, we're faced with something exceedingly rare: a massive, massive Wednesday night in the Premiership, featuring eight (!) games.

We'll of course be focusing in on the biggest match of the day, the Manchester Derby, where United fans will, non-ironically, accuse City of attempting to buy the league, while City fans will of course wonder where in Manchester the United fans come from.

Winning, the Liverpool Way

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After the draw at St. Andrews I contended that Liverpool needed to change the way they played to get results. They were too narrow, with no pace and their full-backs went nowhere. It led to a dour game of football and a nil all draw that kept Liverpool in the lower regions of the table.

4 Ways to Fit the Premier League Into Your Busy Life

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With four kids, business meetings galore, writing for EPL Talk and managing the bloggers who write for the other eight sites in the network, my home life can be a bit of a shambles at times. I finally did my 2009 taxes in August. The house is a mess. My to-do list is way too long. And, to be honest, most of it is due to my insatiable appetite for soccer.

Is Extreme Partisanship Bad For Football?

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The partisan nature of football is one of the greatest things about the sport. It gives us the chance to get behind one team, to share banter with opposing fans and feel that ecstatic high when our team wins. But do we take things too far? I am not talking about violence or poor behaviour by a minority of idiots, we all know that there is no excuse for that, but would the game be better, perhaps even more enjoyable if we all occasionally took off our team's blinkers?

Fantasy League Tips Game Week 12

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Barely have you had chance to draw breath and it's time to do it all again. There's a full midweek programme of Premier League fixtures, game week 12 is upon us already, and it's going to be tricky selection wise as several managers may opt to shuffle their packs.

Tie of the week has to be the Manchester derby.

Chelsea Consider Move from Stamford Bridge to Earls Court

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Chelsea may be one of the richest clubs in the Premier League, but their matchday attendances are definitely not in the same league as the Big Four of English football. Rival clubs Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all have bigger attendances. The problem for Chelsea is not their inability to sell tickets.

Huddlestone Escaping FA Ban Shows Why Refs Need TV Replay

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Anyone who watched last Saturday's match between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur on television would have seen Tom Huddlestone's deliberate stamp on Johan Elmander. The numerous TV replays of the incident saw Huddlestone take out his frustration by stamping his foot down on the calf of Elmander (fast forward to minute 8:37 to see the incident).

Poll: Who Will Win This Season’s First Manchester Derby?

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The first installment of this season's Manchester Derby takes place on Wednesday at Eastlands. Manchester United are coming off of a dramatic win at home where South Korean midfielder Ji-Sung Park bagged a brace with the winner coming very late on. It was one of those weekends in the Premier League where not only did United win, albeit not very convincingly, but also a weekend where teams either side of the Red Devils lost.

7 Ways to Improve Fox Soccer Channel

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Love it or hate it, Fox Soccer Channel is the number source for Premier League matches on U.S. television. Sure it could be better. But I don't believe it's ever going to be Sky Sports or BBC, or even ESPN. But what it does do is provide essential viewing for soccer fans throughout the United States.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 11

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  • Trying Something New, & A Brace For Your Thoughts?

Authors Note: Due to the fact that I'm not as much of an ego maniac as some might think, this week on the Footballer of the Week, I'm going to let you (the fine readers) decide who gets the award.

Poll: When Was The Last Time You Kicked A Soccer Ball?

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I was driving down the road the other day when I had a thought. I watch and digest so much soccer on a daily basis that I wondered when was the last time I actually kicked a ball, which is such a central figure of the sport I watch. For me it was a few weeks ago during a kick-a-bout with my children before or after my daughter's last soccer match.

English Premier League Matchday 11 Review: EPL Talk Podcast

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The most exciting weekend to date in the English Premier League season saw the league leaders drawn back to the pack when Chelsea was upended at Anfield. Meanwhile, Manchester United was up to their old tricks, Arsenal's struggles continued, while Bolton and Newcastle captured imaginations.

EPL Talk Podcast, Weekend Review: Live Show

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For the first of what we hope will be many times, the EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review show will be streaming live via uStream, below:

Feel free to come to the UStream site to talk about the show and interact with the hosts via UStream's chat room.

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Liverpool Display Heroic Performance In Surprise Win Against Chelsea

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All across England and around the world, journalists and bloggers are writing about how Fernando Torres was the deciding factor in Liverpool's game against Chelsea on Sunday. The man who scored two world-class goals. The man who is back in top form. And so on. But rather than focus on Torres, who is well-deserving of the praise, I want to focus instead on the other ten players on the pitch and their manager, all of whom did a heroic job at Anfield to help guarantee Liverpool's biggest win of the season thus far.

More Injury Heartache For Owen Hargreaves

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Sir Alex Ferguson's gamble did not pay off

Owen Hargreaves suffered another injury set back just six minutes in to his Manchester United comeback. The likeable midfielder was making his first start in over two years, but was forced off early on with a hamstring complaint.

Speaking after United's 2-1 over Wolves, assistant manager Mike Phelan admitted the injury to Hargreaves was very disappointing.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

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There's not just one massive game today in the Premier League. There are three. The first features Arsenal at home against Newcastle United. A couple of weeks ago, Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 victory at St. James's Park in the Carling Cup, but I have a feeling that today's match will be much closer and Newcastle will be fired up to try to enact revenge.

Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Podcast

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Well, well, well ... look who's getting the open thread up in time to give you the opportunity to really shape the show.

This weekend, the English Premier League was reshaped, with Chelsea returning to the pack, Arsenal's struggle persisting, and Liverpool (yes, Liverpool) giving us one of the most impressive performances of the season.

Poll: Who Will Win Sunday, Liverpool or Chelsea?

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Sunday's massive match between Chelsea and Liverpool (11am ET, Fox Soccer Channel) should be a relatively straightforward game for the Blues. Considering how both teams have played so far this season, Chelsea should overpower Liverpool with ease. But such is the game of football that you never know.

ESPN Continues to Improve Its Premier League Production for US Viewers

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ESPN's Ian Darke

It's been a joy so far watching how ESPN's broadcast of the Premier League on Saturday mornings has evolved. It's grown, in such a short amount of time, to more of a Premier League show than just a soccer match. Today's broadcast of the Bolton Wanderers versus Tottenham Hotspur was a perfect example of that.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

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In today's Premier League action, there's plenty of promise in store for good soccer matches. Tottenham's visit to Bolton's Reebok Stadium should be a good one to watch with all eyes on Gareth Bale to see if he'll be tired from his mid-week marathon when he ran laps past Maicon.

In other games today, Fulham against Aston Villa should be one of the matches of the day.

It’s A Big Weekend For…Tottenham

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After their stunning victory against reigning Champions League holders Inter Milan in midweek it's back to the Premier League for Harry Redknapp's men this weekend and a tough trip to Bolton. A visit to the Reebok Stadium will be a far cry from the glory of Spurs' European exploits however in many ways this could be a tougher game for Redknapp's side.

Man City Supporters Show Their True Colors Against Lech Poznan

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Trust Manchester City supporters to add a little levity to an occasion. During Thursday's away match against Lech Poznan, the Polish supporters were jumping up and down to create an impressive display of team pride.

Some Manchester City supporters joined in the festivities in their own unique way.

Match Of The 70s, 1972-73: Friday Flashback Videos

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In this week's installment of the Friday Flashback Videos, we take the time machine back to the 1972-73 season in the old First Division of England.

If you haven't seen this before, it's definitely a must-see series of videos. In them, you'll see some of the legends of the game including Brian Clough, Don Revie, Bill Shankly, Charlie George, Martin Peters, Gordon Banks, Bob Stokoe, George Best, Tommy Docherty and many others.

Adam Johnson Should Start in the Premier League for Manchester City, Not Europa League

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Manchester City have now lost three games on the bounce after Thursday's Europa League match v Lech Poznan away. Losses to Arsenal at home and Wolves at Molineux in the Premier League have seen a few eyebrows raised in the direction of boss Roberto Mancini who seems to be a bit tactically naive as of late.

Gerrard Gives Liverpool And Rooney A Welcome Boost

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Steven Gerrard gave us all a timely reminder of his quality with a stunning hat-trick to help Liverpool overcome a stubborn Napoli side. Will this performance mark the general return to form of midfielder and could he be the inspiration for another England star to return to form?

We all know the ability that Gerrard has, and there is no need to harp on about the number of times he has come to Liverpool's rescue.

Fantasy League Tips Gameweek 11

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Phew!! Well what can I say? If it hadn't been for the antics of Nani and the reliable consistency of Charlie Adam, last week's effort would have been disastrous. This could end up being a cryptic tips column where doing the exact opposite will prove the most rewarding! I have always been taught to hold your hands up and admit when you are wrong, well my arms are aching having been raised apologetically all week.

Three Straight Defeats Could Spell The End For Roberto Mancini

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The ever increasing pressure on Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has reached a new height after City's disappointing Europa League defeat at Lech Poznan. It is now three straight defeats for Mancini and now means Sunday's trip to West Brom, a ground where City have already tasted defeated this season, is crucial.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 11 and 12

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We have our first mid-week contests coming up, so I think the approach I'm going to take this season is to list all 20 matches for the week ahead, rather than 2 separate guides, so take a deep breath, and here goes.

If there is one match all year I would give 5 stars to, I think it would be the Manchester derby.

The Best Of Gareth Bale Versus Inter Milan On Video

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Tuesday night's performance by Gareth Bale against Inter Milan was one of the most remarkable performances seen on English soil in quite some time.

Bale, the Welsh left winger, completely owned Maicon and beat the Brazilian on so many runs. Thankfully someone has captured all of Bale's wonderful runs and touches from Tuesday night in the above video.

Football Manager 2011 Review

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Football Manager 2011 (FM) is released this Friday in Europe and tentatively dated the 16 of November in the US. A Football Management ‘simulator' you are put in charge of basically any club of your choice in a ridiculously realistic setting. Playing Football Manager can often be like taking a degree in football, you learn the rules of each league, the transfer rules regarding ‘Bosman's' and the compensation clauses in signing youth players and also you will learn to love, hate and covet players you may never have heard of.

English Premier League Preview: EPL Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, I am joined by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna to look back on mid-week, Champions League action, talk about the news around the league, as well as look forward to this weekend's league action. From Arsenal's loss in Donetsk, to Damien Comolli's return to the league, to the Blues' Sunday trip to Anfield, it's all discussed on this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast.

Which Is The Most Exciting Soccer Team In England Right Now?

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It's an exciting time in English soccer right now. All four English clubs in the Champions League sit at top of their respective groups. And in the Premier League there is plenty to drool over as each week there seems to be another amazing goal or incredible incident.

But out of all of the selection of entertaining teams listed below, which for you is the most entertaining in England right now?

Has The Times Online Been a Success or Failure?

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In the ongoing saga that is The Times online and its red headed stepchild that is the paywall, some concrete numbers are starting to emerge pertaining to the overall success of the experiment.

First, the good news. According to TechCrunch, The Times online signed up 105,000 paying subscribers plus another 100,000 who were already long time print subscribers during the recent switch.

Steve McManaman Joins ESPN As Soccer Analyst

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Most of already presumed it, but now the news is official. Former England National Team player Steve McManaman has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst for its networks in the United States and United Kingdom.

In the U.S., he will primarily serve as a studio and match analyst for the network's coverage of Premier League matches, the U.

What The Henry-Beane-Comolli Connection Means for Roy Hodgson

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Damien Comolli is headed back to England. Comolli, the former Arsenal scout and director of football at Tottenham Hotspur, has been appointed by John Henry and his ownership team as director of football strategy at Anfield. The Frenchman, who was most recently the sporting director at Saint-Étienne, has established himself as a talent evaluator that thrives on finding undervalued players.

Spurs Play Breathtaking Football That Arsenal Would Be Proud Of

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Some nights of football defy you not to enjoy them. Even the most mean-spirited Arsenal fan must surely have felt at least a small stirring of joy in their souls at Spurs performance against Inter Milan. If Spurs can keep this kind of performance up and it is a big if, there will be two teams on North London capable of playing sublime if quite different kinds of football.

Who Should Tottenham Buy In The January Transfer Window?

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Tottenham's chances of qualifying for the knockout round of the Champions League increased significantly Tuesday night after an emphatic win against the current European champions, Internazionale Milan. Buoyed by Gareth Bale's man-of-the-match display, Tottenham Hotspur now sits in the enviable position at the top of their group and has one toe in the next round.

The Top 5 Transfers of The Season, so far

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Following on from the post yesterday detailing the 5 worst transfers of this quarter old season, now it is time to look at those who have excelled at their new club. However, I must also explain how I've come to my decisions so that a few obvious omissions may be a bit more palatable for fans.

How Good Is Gareth Bale?

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Once again Gareth Bale starred for Tottenham in the Champions League, with two stunning assists that helped the Champions League new-boys to a memorable 3-1 win over the tournament holders Inter Milan.

Bale had already sent out a warning to Rafa Benitez's side two weeks ago, when with Spurs four goals, and a man down, he ran the Inter defence ragged, ending the night with three excellent goals and a memorable hat-trick.

Manchester City Still Has So Much To Learn

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In some fans' and pundits' opinion, Manchester City appears to be the team best equipped to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title. But last Saturday 2-1 defeat at Wolves showed that despite all the talent there are evidently a few holes that need to be filled in. First credit must be given to Wolves who were outstanding and fully deserved their victory – coming back from a goal down after a soft penalty decision against (Richard Sterman) on David Silva, slotted away coolly by Abebayor.

Review: The Premier League on ESPN 3 with Xbox Live

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Xbox Live users received an update that included many new features including an application that allows ESPN 3 content to be streamed right to your television through an Xbox 360 this Monday.

For those unfamiliar, ESPN 3 is the re-branded ESPN web content provider available at http://espn.

Fox Soccer Channel Cancels Soccer Talk Live

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Fox Soccer Channel has canceled Soccer Talk Live, its weekly talk show featuring host Kyle Martino. The show debuted in August and lasted less than three months before the network decided to pull the plug.

"I'm thankful for everybody who helped bring Soccer Talk Live from concept to reality," said Fox Soccer Channel's General Manager David Nathanson.

Live Blog: Spurs v Inter Milan and Bursaspor v Man Utd

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Please come join me beginning around 3:15 PM ET/19:15 GMT as we live blog during two crucial Champions League matches.

PREVIEW:

Tottenham v. Inter Milan:

After giving up a 4-0 lead at the San Siro against Inter, Spurs rebounded with a Gareth Bale hat trick in the second half, leading many Spurs fans to believe that they could easily get revenge against Rafa Benitez's crew when they came to White Hart Lane.

Roy Hodgson Cannot See A Priest On A Mountain Of Sugar: Video

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Rafa Benitez came out on the attack Monday in yet another bizarre press conference where he inferred that Roy Hodgson "cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar." No, I'm not making this up and I have no idea what he's talking about, but watch the above video to see proof of how much of a raving lunatic Benitez is.

Who Are The Top Players in the Premier League?

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I read yesterday that Nani has declared, "Now I can say I am one of the top players in the world." After picking myself up off the floor I thought, "You idiot. You're not even one of the top players in the Prem, let alone el mundo." That of course, begs the question, "Who are the top players in the Premier League?

What’s Your Perfect Day Of Soccer?

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What's your perfect day of soccer? Think about what it would be like for you, and share it in the comments section below.

For me, it depends if I'm in Wales or Florida. If it's the latter, it's a Premier League Saturday kicking off with a tantalizing kick-off at 7:45am ET at home.

Top 5 Transfer Flops of the Season, So Far

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With a quarter of the season now passed, it is as good a time as any to reflect on the players and teams who have excelled and disappointed. First up are the transfers that have not met with expectations or values this season.

In evaluating a players performance after 10 games it is important to remember that not everyone will hit the ground running.

Spirit Of The Promoted Trio

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Blackpool may have got their first home league win in the Premier League after they edged past West Brom. But the 2-1 win was a lot closer than many would have expected after the Baggies were reduced to ten men during the first half.

While many would have predicted a very comfortable win for the hosts, what followed was an incredibly spirited display that really sums up the attitude of Roberto Di Mateo's side since their return to the Premier League.

A Few Thoughts About Hope

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Watching your side lose is never a pleasant experience but watching them be thrashed by your fierce local rivals is a leading contender for one of the worst ways to spend an afternoon alongside shopping during the sales or watching anything involving Piers Morgan.

As a Sunderland fan, yesterday's match was probably the worst Tyne-Wear Derby in my lifetime, worse even than the 4-1 defeat in Alan Shearer's last game in 2005.

United at Old Trafford: Lucky, Good, or Something Else?

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Full disclosure: I'm a Spurs fan. Have been for round about six years, which just so happens to be just before the last time Mark Clattenburg took charge of a Manchester United v Spurs fixture at Old Trafford. For any who needed their memory jogged (or who weren't fans at the time):

Look, Tottenham didn't deserve to win on Saturday.

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In a week holding fixtures such as Blackburn Rovers-Chelsea and Arsenal-West Ham United, you can be forgiven for being surprised at the lack of goal-fests. Chelsea and Arsenal stumbled towards unspectacular wins, whilst Manchester United undid Tottenham Hotspur with a comedy goal on their way to a 2-0 victory.

EPL Talk Celebrates Its Five Year Anniversary

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Five years ago today, EPL Talk launched out of nowhere. There was zero marketing budget. All it was could be summed one in one word: passion. From that day until now, all I did was write about the sport and league that has given me so much joy and that I've been passionate about all my life.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 10

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Saturday in the Premier League was eclipsed by the top three clubs in the table while Sunday witnessed two massive local derbies play out to incredibly different results. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United survived their respective matches to gain three points without dominating inferior opponents while Sunday's rivalries produced a 0-0 and an emphatic 5-1 demolition.

Why Hodgson Should Start David N’Gog

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Watching Bolton Wanderers against Liverpool on Sunday, the Reds seemed to do everything right except in the last third of the pitch where Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres both were completely off form. It was almost as if the two had never played together. The players, again and again, failed to link up with each other.