EPL Talk Archives for January 2011

For The Love Of Torres (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

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The fourth round of the FA Cup saw the league's top four barely survive, though the fifth of the Big Five (Tottenham) met their end at Craven Cottage. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer, and the returning Laurence McKenna discuss the weekend's results, outcomes that failed to producing the type of captivating upset we've come to hope for from our knock-out competitions.

EPL Talk Podcast Live Show: FC Cup Fourth Round Review, Transfer News Updates, Discussion

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Chelsea barely survived Everton in the first match of the FA Cup fourth round, a harbinger of what was to come for the Premier League's big five. Yes, Manchester United and Arsenal are through, but between a late comeback, a red card, and some dubious theatrics on a match-winning penalty kick, each had their problems getting through to the fifth round.

FA Cup Sunday, 4th Round: Open Thread

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While there were very few shocks in the FA Cup yesterday, today holds more hope that a top club may get knocked out of the illustrious tournament. On television we have Arsenal against Huddersfield, Notts County versus Manchester City and Fulham against Tottenham. Each of those games have important historic ties.

Can Manchester City Manage Expectations?

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Manchester City fans may be in for a rude awakening if they honestly believe they will win the Premier League this season. They may not win a title just yet, especially after coach Roberto Mancini has already indicated that his first aim is to get the team qualified for the Champions League next season.

Birmingham City 3-2 Coventry City: FA Cup Bonus Match Review

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In a departure from what some may have expected, this FA Cup tie between Birmingham City and Coventry City turned into a goal fest. The home side clawed back from a two-goal deficit to end up the victors, 3-2.

Starting Formations

BIRMINGHAM FORM: For a side who has been busy in both the League as well as making the Carling Cup final, it wasn't surprising to see them rest some starters.

FA Cup Saturday, 4th Round: Open Thread

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There are plenty of intriguing FA Cup matches scheduled for today including the tricky clash between Everton and Chelsea, where both teams will be tested, as well as Birmingham City against Championship side Coventry City and last but not least, Southampton against Manchester United.

Poll: Should Liverpool Sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea?

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The news that Fernando Torres believes that the time is right for him to move to Chelsea comes as a massive blow to Liverpool supporters around the world. However, at the same time, it offers Liverpool an opportunity to take the money from a Torres transfer and use that to buy new players.

Liverpool Agree £22 Million Fee For Luis Suarez

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Liverpool has announced that they have agreed a fee of up to £22 million with Ajax for the transfer of Luis Suarez, subject to the completion of a medical and agreement on personal terms.

The Uruguayan striker, one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup, has been the subject of intense transfer negotiations between Liverpool and Ajax for the past several weeks.

Bob Latchford Tribute: Friday Flashback Videos

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This week's episode of Friday Flashback Videos honors a legend of the game, striker Bob Latchford.

Latchford is best known for his wonderful career at Everton where the number nine excelled as one of the best headers of the ball as well as being clinical with his feet. He was Everton's top scorer for 1975 through 1978.

Special 1 TV: Sven Sacked (Video)

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It's with great sadness to report that Sven-Goran Eriksson has been sacked from the BBC's Special 1 TV show. The co-host has had a long and illustrious career beside The Boy and alongside The Special One. But due to his controversial remarks he made that have been leaked on the Internet, the BBC had no option other than to pull the plug on the former Manchester City manager.

Why Liverpool Should Sell Fernando Torres To Pave New Future For Reds

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It's no secret that Chelsea has a love affair with Liverpool's Fernando Torres. Chelsea has on repeated occasions attempted to pluck the World Cup winner from Anfield, to take him to the posher confinements of Stamford Bridge in swanky west London. So the news tonight that Liverpool has rejected a £40 million bid from Chelsea hardly comes as a surprise.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys: Instant Karma Got You

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The sacking and resignation of Sky's Andy Gray and Richard Keys for what has been branded all across the media as ‘sexist behaviour' raises many interesting questions.

Reports of a culture of bullying and intimidation featuring Gray and Keys have been detailed by people who worked around them.

I Always Wanted To Be A Professional Footballer; What’s Your Story?

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From my earliest memories, I always wanted to be a professional footballer. When I woke up this past Saturday, a smile crept on my face as I looked forward to a full menu of football matches to watch on television. But as I drove to Starbucks to get a morning tea before the early match kicked off, I had a thought that I hadn't had in years.

The Massey, Keys, Gray Area of Sexism and English Football: EPL Talk Podcast

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On Wednesday, Richard Keys resigned from his position with Sky Sports, the latest chapters in the saga that started Sunday, when audio of sexist comments from Keys and broadcast partner Andy Gray was made public. With Gray having been terminated by Sky on Tuesday, Keys' resignation marked the final piece in the demise of one of Premier League broadcasting's prominent teams.

Richard Keys Resigns From Sky Sports

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Richard Keys has resigned from Sky Sports.

"It is disappointing that Richard's career at Sky should end in these circumstances," said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports. "However, Richard recognises that his comments at the weekend were unacceptable and we note that he has made a full and public apology.

Richard Keys Interview: Sky Sports Presenter Tells His Side Of The Controversy

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Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys conducted an interview on live radio Wednesday to say sorry and to share his side of the story regarding the controversy that erupted Saturday and continues to this day regarding comments he made about female assistant referee Sian Massey and West Ham United vice-chairwoman Karren Brady.

Will Andy Gray Be Featured in FIFA 12? Here’s What EA Says

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Former Sky Sports presenter and co-commentator Andy Gray, who was sacked this week after another damning video was leaked, is synonymous for many soccer fans with the FIFA video game series from Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS).

Gray, for many years, has been the featured English co-commentator used on the successful soccer game.

Poll: Can Arsenal Go All The Way?

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After Tuesday night's impressive performance by Arsenal in their Carling Cup second leg semi-final victory against Ipswich, the Gunners now find themselves in the Carling Cup Final where they'll face the winner of tonight's second leg between West Ham United and Birmingham City.

Right now, everything is working out well for the Gunners.

The Players Who Built British Football: Remarkable Interview Series

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The recent death the England legend known as The Lion Of Vienna recently took me on a hunt of archival footage and interviews of Nat Lofthouse. In doing so, I uncovered an incredible collection of audio interviews with football legends which is a required listening for any soccer fan and reader of this site.

Richard Keys Video Reveals Sky Sports Presenter Making More Sexist Remarks

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A video of Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys was released tonight revealing more sexist remarks made by the man who is at the center of the controversy that ignited Saturday after he and Andy Gray said several sexist comments about female assistant referee Sian Massey.

In the newly released video, Keys discusses one of Jamie Redknapp's ex-girlfriends.

Blackpool 2-3 Manchester United: Bonus Match Review

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On a rainy day on the western shore of England, Blackpool put a scare into the Red Devils of Manchester in an entertaining match. In the end, United prevailed as the Tangerines were unable to finish off the League leaders, 2-3.

FORMATIONS: Both teams fielded 4-3-3 formations.

Cablevision Connecticut to Launch Fox Soccer Channel HD and Fox Soccer Plus HD

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Cablevision in Connecticut is scheduled to launch Fox Soccer Channel in HD and Fox Soccer Plus in HD beginning on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 according to a public filing with the state of Connecticut.

Fox Soccer HD will launch on channel 797 and will be available to residential customers (with the proper HD equipment) subscribing to the iO Package and above.

Andy Gray Sacked By Sky Sports

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Andy Gray has been sacked by Sky Sports according to Sky News.

The former Everton, Aston Villa and Wolves footballer, who rose to new fame as one of the top football analysts in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports, was sacked due to sexist comments made about female assistant referee Sian Massey who made her second appearance as an assistant referee in a Premier League match on January 22, 2011 for the Wolverhampton against Liverpool match.

Man United’s Eric Cantona Kung-Fu Kicks a Fan: This Week in Football History

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Fifteen years ago today, Manchester United took on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in a fixture that received worldwide attention.

Well into the match Manchester United forward Eric Cantona and Eagles defender Richard Shaw got into a scuffle. Cantona was surging on for a possible counterattack but was stymied when Shaw held onto his jersey.

Poll: Can Blackpool Upset Manchester United?

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Can Blackpool achieve the greatest shock of the 2010-2011 season by defeating Manchester United today at Bloomfield Road? On paper it seems practically impossible. But in reality, anything is possible especially for a club such as Blackpool which have become the media darlings of the blogosphere and have attracted tons of devotees in the United States and abroad.

Why The January Transfer Window Is Utterly Pointless

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Before the introduction into European football of ‘registration periods,' more commonly known as ‘transfer windows,' you may remember that players could pretty much come and go as they please, right up until the closing weeks of the season. However, times have changed and now, in England specifically, the summer window runs from the last day of the season right up until the 1st September.

Andy Gray Makes More Sexist Remarks About Sian Massey: New Video

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Video of Andy Gray has been released featuring the Sky Sports presenter making more sexist comments about Sian Massey, the female assistant referee from Saturday's Wolves against Liverpool match.

The video segment was a pre-match interview conducted at Molineux. In the video (fast forward to minute 1:00), you can hear Gray being told that a female assistant referee would be in the match.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys Suspension Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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Sky Sports announced this morning that they have suspended presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray due to the sexist comments they made about female assistant referee Sian Massey and West Ham United vice-chairwoman Karren Brady.

"I have spoken directly to both Richard Keys and Andy Gray this morning," said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.

Why Blackpool Should Have Accepted Adam’s Transfer Request

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As has been reported extensively this morning, Charlie Adam submitted a transfer request to Blackpool management today. The Seasiders in turn denied the request, clinging to the premise that Adam is worth more than the £4 million offer suggested by Liverpool.

Now, I've loved Blackpool thus far this season.

Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Manchester United is again alone at the top of the English Premier League, their 5-0 victory over Birmingham City giving them the lead after Manchester City lost Saturday at Villa Park, 1-0. Darren Bent's debut with Aston Villa saw him score the match's only goal, allowing Arsenal's 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic to vault the Gunners into second place.

Trials and Tribulations of Mastering Fantasy Premier League and IKTS

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Sometimes I wonder if there's a forcefield that surrounds the Fantasy Premier League and I Know The Score games available on the Premier League website. Why is it, for example, seemingly impossible to have a good week in both games?

With me, it's exceedingly rare when I do well in both games.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys Aim Sexist Remarks Against Sian Massey, Say Report

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Sian Massey, the female assistant referee who impressed many on her sophomoric Premier League appearance Saturday, has been the victim of several alleged sexist comments made by Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray according to Mail On Sunday newspaper.

During Saturday's match at Wolverhampton Wanderers's Molineux ground, Massey correctly ruled that Liverpool's Fernando Torres was onside for the opening goal against Wolves.

Have We Seen The Last of Manuel Almunia in an Arsenal Jersey?

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Arsenal's Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has given a strong indication that Manuel Almunia may leave in the winter transfer window. Almunia last played for the Gunners back in September where his errors condemned Arsenal to a 3-2 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

"Almunia is on standby, that means he is here," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Verizon FiOS Delays Launch of Fox Soccer Channel in HD

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It's been almost 12 months since DISH Network were the first TV provider to launch Fox Soccer Channel in HD. Since then, slowly but surely, other major TV providers such as DirecTV, some Time Warner regions and smaller cable providers have added the channel. Verizon FiOS customers have been enduring an agonizing wait to find out when the channel will be added to their programming guide.

Wolves 0-3 Liverpool – Spotlight Match Review

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In a match that may be seen as a turning point in their season, Liverpool endured a lousy pitch and some inspired second half play from Wolves to lodge a 3-0 victory.

Wolves Form: The home side was organized in a standard 4-4-2. The only change from their previous lineup was the return of skipper Karl Henry to the starting lineup in center midfield.

Sian Massey Stars As Female Assistant Referee in Wolves vs Liverpool Match

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Some viewers may have done a double-take early Saturday while watching the replay of Liverpool's first goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers to see if Fernando Torres was offside or not. With hair bobbing up and down, it was a female assistant referee who made the critical decision to keep her flag down, allowing Torres to run on and take a pass from Raul Meireles and for Torres to slide the ball into the back of the net.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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I can't remember the last time I had a chance to watch Liverpool play in the early Saturday kick-off, so it'll be a treat to see them play in the early match against a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who are cruising after they recent victories against Chelsea and Liverpool.

FIFA 11 Gods Predict Newcastle vs Tottenham Result

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Those video game designers at EA are getting smarter and smarter as each year goes by. So much so that they're now able to predict results of matches in the above simulation of FIFA 11 featuring Newcastle United against Tottenham complete with Martin Tyler and Andy Gray commentary.

Watch the video to see who won the match.

Open Letter From Tottenham Chairman Shows Strong Support For Olympic Stadium

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White Hart Lane. Photo by Captain Snaps'

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy published an open letter to Spurs fans today to share his feelings regarding the club potentially leaving White Hart Lane and moving to Stratford in East London, home of the Olympic Stadium. The issue has been a derisive one thus far among Tottenham supporters.

Special 1 TV: Arry’s Bargain Bin (Video)

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In this week's Special 1 TV episode, The Special One has plenty of treats for us including a rare one-on-one interview with Avram Grant, a special appeal for Robbie Keane and Harry Redknapp's Bargain Bin.

Plus there's a great piece from Pulp Fiction in this episode. And much more.

Atlanta Chiefs vs Manchester City, 1968: Friday Flashback Videos

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This week's episode of Friday Flashback Videos features a very rare video of a Manchester City from 1968 against the Atlanta Chiefs played at Atlanta's Fulton-County Stadium, home to the baseball team the Atlanta Braves.

The friendly match was played just a few weeks after Manchester City had won the league championship under manager Malcolm Allison.

Thinking About The Bentcrimony (Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast

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FA Cup third round replays and the built-up to the next round of English Premier League action was overshadowed this week by the shock transfer of Darren Bent, who – two days after handing in his transfer request at Sunderland – became the newest member of Aston Villa Football Club. The AVFC club record acquisition did not come without controversy, with accusations of tapping-up and an acrimonious response from Sunderland supporters clouding the days after the deal's completion.

Arsenal Will Tour United States In Future: Could It Be Summer 2011?

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Arsenal today announced that the club will be touring the United States for a preseason tour in the future. Whether it'll be this summer or a future summer, we'll have to wait and see.

"The question is when, not if [Arsenal will tour the United States on a preseason tour]," said Arsenal Chief Commercial Officer Tom Fox.

Martin O’Neill Comes to his Senses

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In what has to be one of the strangest stories so far to come out of the 2010-11 Premier League season, there were rumors abound going into West Ham United's match with Arsenal that even a win was not likely to save manager Avram Grant's job. That is not the odd bit of the story though, the real revelation that Martin O'Neill had been tapped to be his replacement by club owner's David Gold and David Sullivan.

This Week in Football History: The First Fixture was Broadcasted

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Eighty four years ago, the BBC brought forth onto Britain a new and revolutionary way to experience football. On January 22nd, 1927 a football fixture with live commentary was broadcasted for the very first time.

The honors of this inaugural and groundbreaking event were bestowed upon Arsenal who hosted Sheffield United in a Division One fixture.

Eric Cantona Appointed Director of Soccer at The New York Cosmos

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The King is back. Long live the King.

Yes, Eric Cantona, one of the greatest legends of the Premier League, has returned to the world of football after it was announced today that he'll be the director of football, achh I mean soccer, at The New York Cosmos. It's a safe bet that the Cosmos will become the 20th team in Major League Soccer in 2013.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 24

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Is he waving goodbye?

13 EPL matches this week, plus we find out who will meet at Wembley for the League Cup, before the league breaks for the FA Cup Round-of-32. If you get any deja vu, all of these reverse fixtures were played just 3 weeks ago on the 28th/29th of December.

Poll: Who Will Be More Successful, Pienaar At Spurs or Bent at Villa?

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Steven Pienaar has arrived at Tottenham Hotspur to complete his transfer from Everton to the North London club. The signing is quite a coup considering that Everton accepted bids from Chelsea and Spurs, but Spurs ultimately beat Chelsea at the end after offering higher wages. What does this say about Chelsea?

Liverpool Accept Ryan Babel Bid to Hoffenheim

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Liverpool have accepted a bid from Hoffenheim for striker Ryan Babel.

"The Bundesliga Club have now been given permission to discuss personal terms with the player, who has travelled to Germany," said a statement from Liverpool FC.

Bild, the German newspaper, quoted Hoffenheim's main financial backer, software billionaire Dietmar Hopp, as saying that Hoffenheim was in an "emergency situation" with the likely departure of Senegal striker Demba Ba and a long-term injury to Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi.

What Should Tottenham Do About Their Stadium Dilemma?

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I find Tottenham's desire to occupy the Olympic Stadium in East London quite fascinating.

The traditionalist in me says that Spurs should stay at White Hart Lane. The ground has the best atmosphere in the Premier League and over the course of the season it certainly wins them points and helps spur them on to important victories in the Champions League.

Darren Bent is Exactly What is Wrong With English Football

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Darren Bent is what I call a stupid English footballer. It's not a reflection on his intelligence per se, though I'm pretty sure he's no educated sophisticate.

Here is a decent player, not exceptional but decent. But he has a small football brain. He hangs on the shoulder of the defender and hopes to get a run in on goal.

How Sullivan And Gold Can Rescue West Ham From Relegation

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Avram, You're The Man.

Is West Ham's solution to saving the club from relegation as simple as the formula of sacking Avram Grant as soon as possible, sign Sam Allardyce to replace him and give the manager six players who can walk in to Upton Park and make an immediate difference?

Darren Bent to Aston Villa for £24m? Are You Having Me On?

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There was a audible gasp heard Monday around the world when media organizations and Twitter declared that Sunderland had accepted the bid of £24m from Aston Villa for the services of one Darren Bent. Yes, that one.

There are two schools of thought about Bent. Some say he's a footballing genius and a lovable chap.

Report: Sunderland Sells Darren Bent to Villa

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According to news reports today, Aston Villa have made a major move to fill a desperate need, signing Darren Bent from Sunderland for a reported £18 million transfer fee.

At the moment, the Black Cats are 12 points ahead of the relegation zone, where Villa reside at the moment. Will this be a reversal of fortunes for the two clubs?

A European Soccer Supporters Map Of The United States of America

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Inspired by the recent attempts by others to map which soccer teams people in London support as well as which teams people in Wales support, I wondered what a map of the United States would like broken down by which European teams residents support.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it's almost impossible.

English Premier League Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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The two Manchester clubs finished the English Premier League weekend tied atop the league, with Arsenal's win at West Ham United creating a gap between the top three and the other two recognized title contenders. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself take inventory of the entire league, but with particular focus on one of the more interesting title races we've had in many seasons, we ask whether Manchester United, in the wake of a good result at White Hart Lane, are consolidating their lead or keeping their pursuers alive.

Tottenham Miss Opportunity to Kill Man United Off In Final 20 Minutes

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When Manchester United's Rafael da Silva was sent off in the 74th minute for a second yellow card offense, United were there for the taking. Down to ten men, Sir Alex Ferguson issued the command to his players to bunch up, pack the midfield and defense and contain Tottenham as much as possible.

EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review Show, Live Stream And Open Thread

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The race at the top of the Premier League tightened-up this weekend. Manchester United got a good result at White Hart Lane (0-0), but with Saturday wins by Manchester City (4-3, over Wolves) and Arsenal (0-3, at West Ham United), the league's top three teams are within two points of each other.

Nat Lofthouse, England and Bolton Legend, Dead at 85

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Nat Lofthouse, one of the greatest footballers ever to represent England and a true legend, died Saturday aged 85.

Lofthouse was one of the most lethal centre forwards ever to play for England, scoring 30 goals in 33 appearances. Nicknamed The Lion Of Vienna, the honest and gutsy footballer played for his hometown club Bolton Wanderers where he scored 255 goals in 452 league appearances.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 23: Open Thread

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Depending on who you support and how passionate you are about your club, I'm sure there would be plenty of disagreement regarding which is the biggest Premier League match of the today. With Sunderland and Newcastle United as well as Birmingham City versus Aston Villa already in the bag, our attention today now turns to Liverpool against Everton followed by Tottenham Hotspur versus Manchester United.

Manchester City 4 – 3 Wolverhampton: Match Review

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On a day when the Barclay's Premier League came back into action after a Cup break, Wolverhampton made the trip north to face Manchester City. The match was won by City, but not without some tense moments brought on by some inspired play from Wolves.

CITY FORMATION: City started the match in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Fantasy League Tips – Gameweek 23

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Gameweek 23 provides us with a really super Sunday. We have the Second City, Tyne-Wear and Merseyside derbies to look forward to and if that's not enough there is Man Utd's visit to Tottenham to cap it all off. A day of goals, drama, high emotion and controversy is on the cards.

Aston Villa's short trip to St Andrews looks to be a close encounter, and it could be at the back where the points are to be had.

Premier League Links Of The Day: January 14, 2010

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A short interview with Bacary Sagna. Enjoy!

Here's the links:

  • Who has the best youth system? [Behind The Goal Post]
  • Villa go for Makoun [ESPN]
  • Charlie Adam [SI]
  • Gossip [Yorkshire Post]
  • Transfer talk [Telegraph]
  • Attendance talk [Offside Rule]
  • Becks to watch from sideline [Yahoo]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

Live Blog: Round 23

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Join me Saturday morning at 9:30 am ET for Round 23, featuring Chelsea v. Blackburn, City v. Wolves, and the London Derby clash of West Ham v. Arsenal. Look below for previews of each featured game.

Special 1 TV, King Kenny Exclusive: Video

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The latest episode of Special 1 TV has been released and it features an exclusive interview with King Kenny.

The usual cast of characters are featured on the show as well as some new debutants including Diego Maradona, the Blackburn Rovers owners and Harry Redknapp.

Be champions!

The Value Of Charlie Adam

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As the wintry January chill sets in, the transfer window is also upon us. And with clubs needing to dig deeper to find hidden gems with big clubs largely inactive, Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Birmingham City are reportedly engaged in hot pursuit of Blackpool trickster Charlie Adam.

Beckham And Spurs, The Leaked Text Messages: Comedy Video

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The proposed loan deal that may bring David Beckham to Tottenham Hotspur has been prolonged. But thanks to covert efforts by the BBC Comedy team, they were able to intercept Beckham's text messages between the star and Tottenham's Harry Redknapp as well as a cast of other characters.

West Ham v Manchester City, 1969: Friday Flashback Videos

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This week's episode of Friday Flashback Videos takes a trip back to 1969 to a match played between West Ham United and Manchester City on a slippery pitch at Upton Park.

The match features some legendary English footballers such as Manchester City's Francis Lee, Mike Summerbee and Colin Bell against West Ham United featuring Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp, Frank Lampard Sr.

Premier League Links Of The Day: January 13, 2010

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Old crossbar challenge for everyone today. Enjoy!

Here's the links:

  • What NFL team compares to your favorite EPL club [Bleacher Report]
  • Young Sunderland player makes FIFA list [FIFA]
  • Ex Villa player swept to sea [BBC]
  • Who's going to be relegated [Behind The Goal Post]
  • Nani the best so far?

How English Football Is A Contradiction

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Football can be a form of torture, seemingly designed to twist your blood into knots, defying any logic and contradicting even the wisest pundits and fans.

If Roy Hodgson had just lost to Manchester United and Blackpool there would be a full-throated cry from most Liverpool fans to get him out and bring in King Kenny.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 23

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Well, Happy New Year everyone. The festive fixtures came fast and furious, I was traveling, and while I posted the viewing times throughout, I had no time for comments. So I'm back with both for Gameweek 23, which are the 10 reverse fixtures from Halloween weekend. Only 15 more of these to go!

Fox Soccer Channel Unveils Super Bowl Sunday Programming, Soccer Style

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Fox Soccer Channel is planning on serving up a different taste of football on Super Bowl Sunday for viewers in the United States. Instead of the pigskin variety, Fox Soccer Channel will show the massive game between Chelsea and Liverpool live on Sunday, February 6, with a twist.

Originating from the Fox NFL Sunday set in Los Angeles, Fox will host a special hour-long pre-game show hosted by Christian Miles alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton, Keith Costigan and Kyle Martino exploring the long link between American and world football.

Top 10 Most Memorable Goals From Top Flight English Football

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We all have different memories, but when it comes to memories of the best goals ever scored in English top flight football, do most of us recall the same goals or not? And are these goals part of all of our conscious memories because we rate them so highly or because we've seen the goals replayed over and over again on any highlights package?

Premier League Links Of The Day: January 12, 2010

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Manchester United players doing some calisthenics.

Here's the links:

  • Bellamy arrested [BBC]
  • Blackpool vs. Liverpool tips [Footy Geek]
  • EPL sackings [Yahoo]
  • Podcast with Iain Macintosh [A Football Report]
  • Arsenal defensive options [Metro]
  • David Miliband coming to Sunderland [BBC]
  • Tottenham to Olympic stadium poll [Guardian]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

Premier League Links Of The Day: January 11, 2011

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Kenny Dalglish ahead of his fixture against Blackpool tomorrow.

Here's the links:

  • Fantasy tips [P.L.F.F.B.]
  • Dzeko interview [M.C.F.C.]
  • Beckham training with Spurs [Dirty Tackle]
  • EPL podcast [Roto Radio]
  • Week 23 predictions [Bleacher Report]
  • Football fan map [Big Think]
  • Mancini manager of the month [M.

Referees and The Confirmation Bias

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Seen this elsewhere today?

Referees. Eh? Who'd be one? Not me anyway. I watch football, play football, love football but would never want to put myself in the position that thousands of well wishing men & women do. They are vital to the function of the sport and a good referee can make a game better.

Wayne Rooney’s Brother Scores In MLS Combine: Video

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John Rooney, the younger brother of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, has been in South Florida this past weekend plying his skills in the 2011 MLS Combine where he scored a goal Monday (see above video) during a 2-0 win for his team.

This is the final chance for Rooney and prospective draftees to impress MLS coaches ahead of the MLS SuperDraft on January 13 in Baltimore.

Premier League Links Of The Day: January 10, 2010

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Short video today for everyone by way of SnappedUp. Think it get's the point across nicely though.

Here's the links:

  • Monday Gossip [Sinnacle]
  • FA Cup mention [That's On Point]
  • Davide Santon transfer [Sport]
  • Newcastle United blog [Espn]
  • Blackpool will try to keep Adam [Give Me Football]
  • Footballers feeling the tweet [Soccer Portal]
  • David Moyes thoughts [Inside Futbol]
  • Top 10 Twitter controversies [Mirror]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

What The North East Has Given To Football

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The only thing that matters in the North East this weekend

This weekend will see the Wear-Tyne derby as Sunderland and Newcastle look to grab local bragging rights once again. The last derby game, at St. James' Park, ended up with Sunderland on the end of a 5-1 drubbing and although that was considered one of the most anticipated derby games in recent seasons, Sunday's game should be just as heated for much different reasons.

Assessing Dalglish’s Impact On Liverpool

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Long live the King

Liverpool fans are often claimed to be some of the most rational and intelligent in the world. They hardly ever turn on a manager (and Hodgson very nearly turned on them first) and they know the difference between a bad team and a team that is being badly managed.

El Hadji Diouf Deserves To Be Banned For Sick Taunts

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I have a feeling that El Hadji Diouf has never read the book How To Win Friends And Influence People. If he had, perhaps the Blackburn striker wouldn't have behaved the way he did during Saturday's FA Cup game against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) where he stood over QPR's Jamie Mackie, who had just broken his leg in a tackle, and allegedly said "F*** u and f*** your leg.

Ryan Babel Tweets Photo Of Howard Webb Wearing Man United Shirt

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Ryan Babel could face disciplinary action from The Football Association (FA) after the Liverpool striker posted a Photoshopped image on Twitter of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.

The image was posted in jest after Webb awarded Manchester United a penalty versus Liverpool.

FA Cup Third Round Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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The FA Cup's full weekend came an went in the show of the new around Anfield Park, where Roy Hodgson and Liverpool mutually agreed to part ways before the Reds took the pitch Sunday at Old Trafford. There, Howard Webb tilted the match, giving a dubious second minute penalty. When Steven gerrard saw straight red just after the half-hour mark, Liverpool was on their way out of the FA Cup, their 1-0 loss to Manchester United a sour return to the bench for King Kenny Dalglish.

EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review Show, Live Stream And Open Thread

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Howard Webb, Steven Gerrard, and Manchester United ruined King Kenny Dalglish's return to the Liverpool bench, the Reds bowing out of the FA Cup after their 1-0 loss at Old Trafford. Regardless, the departure of Roy Hodgson from Anfield was the weekend's big news, the former manager leaving the club by mutual consent on Saturday.

FA Cup Third Round Sunday, Open Thread

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Two big FA Cup matches are on television today. The first featuring Manchester United against Liverpool, where Kenny Dalglish returns for his first game in charge of the club again. The second features Leicester City, managed by Sven Goran-Eriksson against Manchester City. Both ties promise to be very entertaining.

Stevenage Player Punched By Fan After Shock FA Cup Win: Video

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Immediately after Stevenage shocked Newcastle United in the FA Cup with a 3-1 win Saturday, Stevenage defender Scott Laird was punched in the face by a soccer fan who ran on to the pitch at Broadhall Way.

It's not known whether the person who punched Laird was a Newcastle United or Stevenage supporter.

Will Kenny Dalglish Be Liverpool’s Saviour?

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Kenny Dalglish, drawn by Ethan Armstrong

A heavy weight has been lifted off the shoulders of Liverpool supporters around the world today with the news that manager Roy Hodgson has been sacked. With caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish appointed, the Reds now go in to their FA Cup Third Round match against arch-rivals Manchester United with a renewed sense of belief and a sliver of a hope that Dalglish, one of the greatest players in the history of Liverpool, can rally the team to defeat United at Old Trafford.

Breaking News: Liverpool Sack Roy Hodgson and Appoint Kenny Dalglish As Caretaker

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Liverpool have sacked manager Roy Hodgson and have replaced him with Kenny Dalglish who has taken the caretaker manager role until the remainder of this season.

"We are grateful for Roy's efforts over the past six months, but both parties thought it in the best interests of the club that he stand down from his position as team manager," said Principal Owner John Henry.

FA Cup Third Round Saturday, Live Blog: Arsenal v Leeds And More

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Join me Saturday for the live blog/live chat of the FA Cup Third Round. The fun begins with the 7:45am ET/12:45pm UK kickoff featuring Arsenal versus Leeds United followed by keeping track of all of the goals going in across England during the 10am ET/3pm UK matches, and concluding with the 12:30pm ET/5:30pm UK match between Stevenage and Newcastle United.

Can Manchester City Survive The Turmoil?

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So I wake up this morning, a day off for me. I fire up the laptop, check the news, and see that Manchester City's splash signing, Edin Dzeko, would have preferred signing with Juventus according to his agent. You have to put two and two together, since that article doesn't do it for you, but the Juventus offer was less than Manchester City's offer, so it wasn't money that lured him to City, it was desperation.

Help Bring Major League Soccer Back to South Florida

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For those of you who'll be in South Florida this weekend, I'd like to invite you to an important meeting with Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber.

The meeting begins at 1pm Saturday, January 8th in Fort Lauderdale. Commissioner Garber will be there to meet with Miami Ultras and soccer fans who are interested in bringing a MLS team back to South Florida.

Special 1 TV: Mid-Table Madness, Video

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We have different senses of humor. Some dry. Some sarcastic and so forth. But out of all of the Special 1 TV episodes in recent memory, this one to me is the funniest yet.

You may not laugh as much as I did, or maybe even more, but be sure to watch the above video featuring plenty of jokes and mid-table madness discussion.

Premier League Links Of The Day: January 7, 2010

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Let's gear up for tomorrows FA Cup matches with a video. Take a look at the highlights from last years final.

Here's the links:

  • Aston Villa shaken up [Caught Offside]
  • Buy Beckham's 2008 Porsche [Ebay]
  • Manchester City played for the draw [A Different League]
  • Obi Mikel out until February [Sky]
  • Dzeko interview [M.

Manchester United v Liverpool, 1985 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Friday Flashback Videos

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It's a glorious FA Cup weekend in England, so it's apt that for this week's Friday Flashback Video series that we go back in the time machine to 1985 when Liverpool and Manchester United battled in the FA Cup Semi-Final.

The first video features the first semi-final between the two, which ended in a draw and had to be replayed (shown in the second video).

FA Cup Weekend, Early Transfer Rumors: EPL Talk Podcast

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The English Premier League takes a weekend off as English football shifts its focus to the FA Cup, the third round of which happens this weekend. We start today's show, the second half of a discussion we had on Wednesday, by looking toward this weekend, specifically Liverpool's trip to Manchester United, though that quickly descended into discussion of Liverpool and how important Sunday's result will be to Roy Hodgson's job and the club.

Does Any Premier League Club Really Want To Win The Title?

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Now that the Gameweek 22 matches have ended in the Premier League, it makes you wonder. I don't see anyone playing outstanding football or even close to it. Just when one of the top clubs seems to have the chance to kick some dirt in their rivals' collective faces they come a cropper.

How Arsenal Can Beat Barcelona

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Normally a European match is noticeable because of the clash of styles involved. Think Inter Milan's immovable object against Barcelona's irresistible force. Similarly, Tottenham have stunned Europe by using traditional English wingers and an old-fashioned target man. In the Europa League, Napoli played a three man backline against teams used to a more traditional back four.

Venky’s Are Turning Blackburn Rovers Into a Laughing Stock

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Have you ever been to Blackburn? I have. It's like many old Lancashire mill towns, a little bit grim, a little bit run-down and definitely not like either Milan or the Brazilian resort of Florianopolis and it's certainly not a regular haunt for wealthy Brazilians.

And yet the football club has been insisting this week that they have been ‘in talks' with Ronaldinho as though a deal to bring him to Ewood Park is ever going to happen.

Roy Hodgson’s Musical Walkabout: Video

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Roy Hodgson takes a walk to get his mind off Liverpool's poor run of form. He's followed by assistant manager Sammy Lee. Watch the video to see where their feet take them.

Related posts:

  1. Roy Hodgson Cannot See A Priest On A Mountain Of Sugar: Video
  2. Roy Hodgson's Change Of Heart Leads to Imminent Signing of Paul Konchesky
  3. Roy Hodgson Is A Saint After Turkish Journalist Interrupts Press Conference (Video)


Premier League Links Of The Day: January 6, 2010

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Talk Sport's interpretation of Edin Dzeko signing with Manchester City.

Here's the links:

  • Everton vs. Spurs recap [T.H.F.C.]
  • West Brom. eye Carew [A Different League]
  • Survey to help the English FA [E.F.A.]
  • Premier League rankings [Fan House]
  • Leon Best hat trick [Shields Gazette]
  • Interview of In Bed With Maradona [European Football Weekends]
  • Samba hopes for Gunners switch [Eat Sleep Sport]
  • Sturridge scores five goals [C.

Best Premier League Starting XI Featuring Injury-Prone Players

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If you could name an all-star starting eleven comprised of footballers who are habitually injured and who are currently in the Premier League, who would you pick?

With the assistance of EPL Talk's posse on Twitter, I've assembled my starting eleven. They feature Chris Kirkland who again got injured for Wigan on Wednesday night, Kieran Gibbs who has had a history of injury problems at Arsenal, the centre half duo of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King (you can always rely on those two to be injured), and the last defender, a certain Gary Neville.

The FA Cup – Pride, Passion, History, Giant KIlling: Video

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The third round of the FA Cup kicks off this Saturday. For many soccer fans, myself included, it's one of the best weekends in the year when you get to see several teams you normally don't see do battle against the giants of English football. Saturday's FA Cup coverage kicks off with Arsenal at home against Leeds United, and many eyes will be watching to see if Leeds can beat Arsenal like they defeated Manchester United last season in the same tournament.

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

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Only one of the English Premier League's top six clubs entering mid-week action came away with three points from Tuesday and Wednesday fixtures, and unfortunately for those looking for the title race to stay as close as possible, that club was league-leading Manchester United, winning 2-1 on Tuesday versus Stoke.

Mr. Hodgson Or: How We Learned To Stop Worrying And Blame The Manager

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The manager has risen from club secretary to official face of the club since the creation of football teams worldwide. He has moved from the man that kept the record books to man that is larger than the football team he manages. Commentators and pundits refer to Ferguson's United or Wenger's beautiful, passing football.

Did Steven Gerrard Miss His Penalty Kick On Purpose?

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Video: PL Highlights: Blackburn/Liverpool

Watching Steven Gerrard walk up to the spot to take the penalty late in the game against Blackburn Rovers, I was confident he would score for Liverpool. When faced with adversity, Gerrard often rises to the occasion. Earlier in the season, Gerrard cooly slotted home a penalty against fiercest rivals Manchester United even though the vast majority at Old Trafford was begging him to miss.

Premier League Links Of The Day: January 5, 2011

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Apparently EPL coaches aren't in favor of adding Ronaldinho to their club.

Here's the links:

  • Macheda to Sampdoria [The Scotsman]
  • Asian Cup preview [Gib Football Show]
  • Unrest in Ivory Coast [Unprofessional Foul]
  • Rossi want's to play at Chelsea [Sport]
  • Nani earns United three [Four Four Two]
  • Everton need a boost [A Football Report]
  • Fantasy notes [FF Scout]
  • City vs.

Poll: Who Will Win Today, Arsenal or Manchester City?

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Today's match between Arsenal and Manchester City could be a turning point in the season for either club. Arsene Wenger is painting it as a battle of a team that goes out and buys players compared to his club, who nurtures players through the youth ranks and buys the occasional player when there's a need.

Insight Communications Adds Fox Soccer Channel HD To Lineup

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The nation's 13th largest multiple system operator has just pleased soccer fans in a few major markets in Kentucky and Ohio. Insight Communications, offering cable, Internet and phone service, has recently added Fox Soccer Channel HD to its already broad selection of high-definition channel offerings.

Premier League Live Blog: Arsenal v Man City and 6 Other EPL Matches

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Hi all EPL Talk readers,

Join me at 2:30 PM ET for a live blog of the seven matches being played this afternoon, highlighted by the Arsenal v Manchester City match on ESPN2. Other matches include:

Aston Villa v Sunderland
Newcastle v West Ham
Wolves v Chelsea
Blackburn v Liverpool
Bolton v Wigan
Everton v Spurs

EPL January 5 Live!

ESPN2 Breaks Record for Most Viewed EPL Game In US History

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ESPN2′s live broadcast of Arsenal against Chelsea on Monday, December 27 was the most watched Premier League game in U.S. history. The match, which was broadcast from 3-5pm ET, garnered a 0.5 rating and was viewed by an estimated viewing audience of 610,000.

In comparison, the 2010 MLS Cup Final between Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas earned a 0.

Comcast Cable Commits Fox Soccer Channel Fail

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When EPL Talk reader Drew Meger realized that he was going to get home late today and would miss the live broadcast of Manchester United against Stoke City on Fox Soccer Channel, he decided to turn to his trusty DVR on Comcast and set the game to record for later viewing.

Except that the Fox Soccer Channel had disappeared from his DVR line-up (see above screenshot showing a missing channel 256).

Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City – Spotlight Match Review

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Old Trafford hosted the midweek Premier League duel between Manchester United and visiting Stoke City. United have been soaring, tied with crosstown City with two games in hand, and they haven't experienced a defeat this season. Stoke had won two of the last three matches and started the day in 8th place, looking to prove themselves against the league leaders.

ESPN’s Ian Darke Receives Award, and Other News

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ESPN's Ian Darke

I was away all weekend for a quick getaway to Orlando, so I didn't get a chance to post some news regarding interesting developments over the long weekend. First, I'd like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year. Let's hope 2011 is your best one yet (and for your favorite club team).

George Best Horror Tackle Against City’s Glyn Pardoe, 1970: Video

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If you think modern-day tackles by the likes of Nigel de Jong and Ryan Shawcross are horrible, take a look at the above video from a 1970 Manchester derby where United legend George Best comes late to a ball and fiercely tackles City's Glyn Pardoe. The result was a horrific broken leg for Pardoe, a double fracture in fact, and the referee didn't even immediately stop the play to award a foul or red card.

Blackburn’s Steve Kean and Worrying Similarities to Sammy Lee

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It's early days, but I'm beginning to see a lot of worrying parallels between Blackburn manager Steve Kean and Sammy Lee, assistant manager at Liverpool.

Lee was assistant manager at Bolton Wanderers for two years under Sam Allardyce. When Lee stepped up to become manager after Sam Allardyce left to join Newcastle United, Lee finally had a chance to make his name as a football manager.

Premier League Links Of The Day: January 3, 2010

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Figured I'd ring in the new year by showing the goalkeepers some love. They deserve it once in a while right? Check out some of the top saves in this video.

Here's the links:

  • Cole backs Hodgson [FSC]
  • Clubs waiting on Beckham [BBC]
  • United to Wrigley Field [Hot Time In Old Town]
  • Podcast [Opta Joke]
  • Why EPL is so great [That's On Point]
  • David O'Leary fury with video [Daily Mail]
  • Macheda loan thoughts [The Footy Blog]
  • Ameobi return [The Shields]
  • Thoughts on United [This Is Futbol]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

SiriusXM To Broadcast All Manchester United EPL Games On U.S. Radio

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SiriusXM (SIRI) today announced an agreement to broadcast all Premier League games featuring Manchester United via its radio, online and web apps. The first Manchester United match available to SiriusXM subscribers kicks off on January 4, 2011 when the Red Devils play home against Stoke City on Sirius channel 113 and XM channel 244 beginning at 3pm ET.

Why I Won’t Be Cutting The Cord Anytime Soon To Watch My Soccer

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It was 2004 when I cut the cord from Bellsouth, my local phone company. I got rid of the landline and Internet access, and signed up with Comcast for my Internet access and Vonage for my VOIP phone line. Then a few years later, I cut the "virtual cord" and dropped Vonage so that my mobile phone through AT&T Wireless became my home and work phone.

English Premier League Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Manchester United's kept their spot at the top of the league, no matter how many times Gary Neville tried to give it away. Macnehster City's even on points after their win over Blackpool, while Arsenal was convincing at a St. Andrews' Stadium that's often inhospitable to visitors.

On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Jesse Chula (filling in for the infirm Kartik Krishnaiyer) and talk about the weekend that was in our favorite football league.

EPL Talk Weekend Review Podcast, Live Show, Open Thread

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The Top Five have separated themselves from the league after Sunday's draw at Stamford Bridge. Ciaran Clark's stoppage time equalizer means five points separate fifth place Chelsea from Sunderland, the Black Cats' win over Blackburn vaulting Steve Bruce's charge over Bolton, into sixth place.