EPL Talk Archives for January 2011

Don’t Count Them Out (EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review Show)

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If this weekend has taught football anything...it is not to write anyone off. Lesson learnt as Chelsea underestimated their London counterparts and came away with more questions than answers. Arsenal fans should be proud of their team, but the pod...

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Newcastle United Must Be Up for Physical Test at Stoke City

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After surrendering the only unbeaten record in English football to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening, Newcastle could be forgiven for seeking an easier task than a trip to the Britannia Stadium for their next outing. The Magpies went in to...

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It’s Time to Change the Face of UK Football: More Diversity Needed At All Levels

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There are 92 professional football clubs in the UK and around 25% of the players within those teams are black. Despite the fact that the number of black players has continued to rise there are still only two black managers: ...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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There's something beautiful about having just one Premier League to concentrate on today. For anyone watching, all of our focus and attention will be on this one game rather than watching others on our laptop or on split-screen. It isn't ...

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High Scoring Premier League Matches Are A Joy to Watch, But What About the Defending?

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Saturday's match between Chelsea and Arsenal was a joy to watch. Arsenal deservedly won the game thanks to one of the best performances I've seen from Theo Walcott in a Gunners shirt. But it was one of the most bizarre ...

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Carling Cup Quarter-Final Draw Sees Tasty Games for Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd

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The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2011-12 Carling Cup has been made, and there are quite a few mouthwatering matches in store. The draw revealed: Arsenal v Manchester City Chelsea v Liverpool Manchester United v Crystal Palace Cardiff City...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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The Premier League fixture computer hasn't been kind to soccer fans who live around the world with the early kick-offs of Everton against Manchester United followed by Chelsea versus Arsenal. Nevertheless, both of those games are quite a way to...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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The Premier League fixture computer hasn't been kind to soccer fans who live around the world with the early kick-offs of Everton against Manchester United followed by Chelsea versus Arsenal. Nevertheless, both of those games are quite a way to...

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Gareth Bale Models Great Britain Olympic Football Shirt: Photo

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Wales and Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has caused a bit of controversy after modeling the supporters shirt for the Great Britain 2012 Olympics football team. The issues are: The Welsh FA (and Scottish FA) don't want players from their ...

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Top 10 Flops of the Premier League

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A list of players who've either failed to live up to their name or price-tag, failed to adapt to the English game, and then the ones that were just plain rubbish is endless. But here are ten of my "favorite" ...

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Will Manchester United Lose Their Second In A Row?

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 "Fact Or Fiction" is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their ...

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Poll: Which of these EPL Clubs Are Most In Need of a Win This Weekend?

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With three of the Sky Six involved in big match ups this weekend, is it time to wonder which of those clubs need the win more? Manchester United are coming off their worst defeat in the Sir Alex Ferguson era. ...

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Download the Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City Wallpaper

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The frenetic pace of the season sometimes robs supporters of the chance to properly bask in the afterglow of a famous victory. Since their 6-1 evisceration of Manchester United on Sunday, Manchester City have already put down Wolverhampton Wanderers...

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Time’s Running Out For Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic

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This weekend sees Wigan entertain Fulham with both in desperate need of a result of any description. So what has happened to Wigan this year? Nothing much really if we're honest. Their form has been pretty abysmal for a sustained ...

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Another Premier League Derby Weekend (EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Preview)

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It's another weekend of derbies in the Premier League — everything from Chelsea against Arsenal to Spurs versus QPR. While we're not expecting another 6-1 result, Jesse Chula and The Gaffer discuss the mid-week Carling Cup results as well as ...

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Champions League: All English Clubs to Make It Through to Knockout Stages

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In the upcoming UEFA Champions League matches, Arsenal and Chelsea will play on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 and United and City from Manchester will play the next day. French side Marseille is coming to the Emirates for the return leg ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 9: Man City Achieve Record Points

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As the goals rained in at Old Trafford on Sunday, I was thinking about one thing. Could this be the first ever double digit point score for an APL game? Yes it could. The previous highest was Newcastle's 6-0 win ...

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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Who Will Win the Battle Between the League’s Most Attacking Sides?

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As if not having a derby that grabbed worldwide attention last weekend was enough, English football fans will face another derby of sorts this coming round. While, it might not generate the hype of the Manchester Derby, Chelsea versus Arsenal ...

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The Growing Disillusionment With England’s National Team

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It's long been a debate about what is more important to players and fans, club or country? With the explosion, especially in the last ten years or so, of the Premier League as the most exciting, well-watched league in the ...

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Arsenal 2-1 Bolton Wanderers: Carling Cup Match Report

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Two second half goals in the space of two minutes were enough for Arsenal to seal their place in the Carling Cup's final eight against a wasteful Bolton side. This was Arsenal's seventh win in eight games – a stat ...

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Which Of These 8 Managers Should Lead England After Capello?

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It's the hardest Job in football: The England manager position. As another crumbling failure's reign is nearly up, the FA face one of the most important decisions in their history. Do they go foreign again? Do they pluck for a Brit? Do they go...

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Man United 1-6 Man City: Tactical Analysis (Video)

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxkZGK85nt0 Manchester United fans will probably not want to watch this video as it may be too painful for some, but YouTuber JohnGME has analyzed a few of the goals from the 6-1 drubbing by Manchester City to expose the...

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Are Premier League Clubs Holding the Football League to Ransom?

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The EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) is about to set in and is due to drastically change the way youth players are developed in England. The changes will begin in the 2012-2013 season and it will mean that academies are ...

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Premier League Gameweek 9: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week nine of the Premier League. Cheers David Silva:Â The Manchester City midfielder has been one of the best players in the league so for this season. Queens ...

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Premier League Weekend Review: Local Rivals Embarrass United & Chelsea

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The headline from this past weekend's Premier League action will rightfully be dominated by what transpired in the Manchester derby, but City's destruction of 10-man United wasn't the only notable result of another exciting weekend in the English...

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Newcastle United: Loving the Surprise Team Of The Season

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After the incredible 6-1 win against Manchester United, Manchester City are now the leaders of the Premier League, five points clear of their Mancunian rivals. However the surprise story of this season so far though is Newcastle United, with the...

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Get Stuck In: Four Things We Learned From Premier League Week Nine

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Editor's Note:Â "Get Stuck In" is EPL Talk's weekly column featuring review, analysis and opinion on all the happenings in the Premier League each week from different EPL Talk bloggers and podcasters. If you currently write for EPL Talk and would...

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Robin van Persie Proving He Can Lead in One of Football’s Tougher Jobs

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"It's just a shame that Van Persie, a world-class player, came up with a piece of magic at the end. He is worth the entrance fee alone." – Steve Bruce What constitutes leadership seems fairly obvious: there's experience, charisma, success, ...

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Arsenal, Making of a Modern Superclub: Book Review

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 With a team that has as lush of a history as Arsenal, the idea of a lengthy tome about the club is near picture perfect. In Arsenal: The Making of a Modern Superclub, authors Kevin Whitcher and Alex Fynn ...

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Wigan Athletic’s Time in the Premier League Is Coming to an End

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Wigan Athletic are in the bottom three, along with North West neighbours Bolton and Blackburn, after an abysmal run of six losses on the trot. They are much maligned for their poor attendances despite football being Wigan's second sport behind...

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Why Always Me? (EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review Show)

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In one of the most entertaining weekends in the Premier League this season, there were plenty of talking points for Kartik Krishnaiyer, Jesse Chula and The Gaffer to discuss including Manchester City's thrashing of United, Liverpool's draw against...

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Four Talking Points From Man United 1-6 Man City

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I almost called it. If you saw my post on Thursday, I stated that Manchester City would play beyond the Carlos Tevez drama and that Mario Balotelli would be a factor. I also stated that the leaky defense would be ...

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EPL Talk Podcast Open Thread: Have Your Say About United vs City, and More

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In tonight's special episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, we want to give you — the readers — the chance to get in your thoughts and questions ahead of the show, so we can incorporate as much listener feedback as ...

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Mario Balotelli: Why Always Me? (Photo)

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Mario Balotelli has done it again. This time it's scoring an exquisite goal in the Manchester derby, and then lifting his Manchester City shirt to reveal a T-shirt underneath which said, simply, "Why Always Me?" Hats off to a brilliant ...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnaH24608qM The biggest match of the Premier League season kicks off this morning between Manchester United and Manchester City. This could give us an indication of who will win the Premier League. Not mathematically by any...

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5 New Features of EPL Talk

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=lswilhUBYxU Many of you will have noticed that we've been continually tweaking the design of EPL Talk over the past several weeks. While it's still a work in progress, I want to bring to your attention five new features that...

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Mario Balotelli Sets His House On Fire

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Mario Balotelli accidentally set his house on fire early on Saturday morning after playing in his bathroom with fireworks. Manchester City's Italian striker escaped from the house unhurt, but it's yet another incident in the very surreal life of Mr....

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Liverpool 1 – 1 Norwich City – Tactical Analysis

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The late game on the Saturday docket for the Premier League saw Norwich City equalize and hold on, earning a point at Anfield against Liverpool. Without Lucas Leiva, who was serving a mandatory match suspension for yellow card accumulation, Kenny...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

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Wolves against Swansea is the early kick-off today, and what a game it should be. Mick McCarthy's side haven't won in their last five games, while Swansea haven't won away all season. Something has got to give today. Wolves have ...

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West Bromwich Albion Can Finally Stop Being A Yo-Yo Club

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West Brom are clearly recognised by most Premier League fans and pundits as the yoyo team of the division. Over the last 10 years they have been promoted to the Premier League four times and relegated three times. Even their ...

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West Bromwich Albion Can Finally Stop Being A Yo-Yo Club

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West Brom are clearly recognised by most Premier League fans and pundits as the yoyo team of the division. Over the last 10 years they have been promoted to the Premier League four times and relegated three times. Even their ...

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DirecTV Threatens to Remove FOX Soccer From Its Programming

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DirecTV has threatened to remove FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer Plus from its programming by November 1st if the satellite provider is unable to make a deal with FOX. According to DirecTV, NewsCorp (the parent company of FOX) is demanding ...

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ESPN2′s Coverage of Liverpool Against Man Utd Nets 456,000 Viewers

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ESPN and FOX are not only competitive when it comes to bidding for World Cup TV rights. They're also very competitive in the TV ratings game, namely the number of viewers watching Premier League matches on U.S. television. EPL Talk ...

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Is Juan Mata The Most Important Player For Chelsea?

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"Fact Or Fiction" is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views ...

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FOX Wins World Cup TV Rights in U.S. for 2018 and 2022, Says Report

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FOX has won the English-language TV rights in the United States for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, says several sources to Sports Business Daily. "FIFA has informed the bidders and is planning to announce the winners at some point today...

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Manchester: A City Divided By Two English Football Clubs: Who Will Win?

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This weekend's game between the two Manchester clubs promises much and we all certainly hope it delivers. A City win would hand them a five point advantage over their bitter rivals, while a United win would propel them to top ...

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Is Shane Long the Premier League’s Bargain of the Season?

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About two weeks ago Roy Hodgson said that West Bromwich Albion's deal for Shane Long was "potentially the bargain of the season." Shane Long moved from Reading in the Championship to the Baggies for a fee of £4.5 million (potentially ...

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Marking Up The Manchester Derby (EPL Talk Podcast)

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The Preview podcast welcomes Kristan Heneage to focus on Sunderland's management structure as the pod previews the Manchester derby. Who will come out on top? Who will perform? Who has performed so far? Who needs to step up to the ...

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5 Things to Look for in the Manchester Derby

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Payback – August 7 2011 must still loom large in Manchester City's head when things took a turn for the worse after the first half of the Community Shield. Manchester City held a commanding 2-0 lead but goals by Smalling ...

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Alan Pardew Offers the Tranquility Newcastle United Have Been Waiting For

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 Since Sir Bobby Robson was relieved of his managerial reigns at St. James' Park, there have been a steady succession of suitors to his throne. Most notable and arguably most successful was Chris Hughton who was ignominiously sacked by ...

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Wolverhampton Wanderers: Flirting With Relegation, Year Three

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Wolverhampton Wanderers were off to a flying start this season picking up seven points from a possible nine. Unfortunately for Wolves reality has set in and the team hasn't gained a point in their last five. Losses to Tottenham, QPR, ...

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Man United vs Man City: The Biggest Match in Decades for Manchester

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This Sunday sees the two Manchester Clubs collide in what is the biggest match between the two for many a year. With no disrespect to Chelsea and the rest of the chasing pack, this is likely to be a match ...

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Aaron Ramsey and Sergio Aguero Rescue Arsenal and Man City in Champions League

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Winning has a magic quality about it. No matter how a team plays in the 90 minutes, as long as they win, their performance is seemingly erased from people's memories. We don't remember the game. We remember who won. Judging ...

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Emile Heskey Stars As The Powerhouse, A Soccer Player With Super Powers

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=0McFPYTCnXI He's been called many names before, but now he is known as The Powerhouse. A man who defies all odds, who can fall at the merest of touches. A man whose right foot drops like a thousand hammers. A ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 8

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For the last three weeks Manchester City have been slowly chipping away at United's lead, and their efforts have finally been rewarded as they have now reclaimed the APL's top spot. City's big win over a previously unbeaten Aston Villa ...

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It’s Time For Luis Suarez To Grow Up

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At last weekend's game between Manchester United and Liverpool at Anfield, striker Luis Suárez is accused of allegedly repeatedly muttering racial slurs at Patrice Evra. Rightly the complaint is said to be investigated further and has been commented...

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Long Live The King: How Crucial Ledley King Is To Tottenham Hotspur

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Ledley King went down with a groin strain in the 30th minute of Tottenham's draw with Newcastle United at St. James' Park on Sunday. Leading 1-0, Spurs conspired to blow two leads after King's departure. King is no stranger to ...

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Plan for No Promotion to and Relegation from the Premier League Is D.O.A.

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There was a report Monday that some of the foreign Premier League owners would start to push for the elimination of the relegation and promotion system. Any change in the in the way the Premier League handles its rules would ...

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Police Eject 60-Year-Old Manchester City Fan For Refusing to Sit Down (NSFW Video)

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=po0dZfS2CDg Watch any Premier League match in person or on television each weekend, and you'll see plenty of supporters sitting in their seats, but you'll also see many of them standing. In some grounds, you'll see a greater...

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Premier League Gameweek 8: Cheers And Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week eight of the Premier League. Cheers The International break is over: While there were some intriguing international matches, it's good to see clubs take the pitch ...

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Premier League Clubs Chasing The Money: Where Will It End?

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Off the pitch, it's been a really poor few weeks for English football. People wanting to renegotiate TV deals, and now suggestions that relegation should be scrapped. How long before the Premier League gains a backbone and stops being the ...

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Wolves Against Swansea: Comcast and ESPN2 Fail

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This Saturday's early kickoff between Wolves and Swansea may not be the match that everyone is looking forward to this weekend (I would disagree for obvious reasons), but it looks like ESPN2 and Comcast are having a tough time getting ...

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UK Government Vows to Leave No Stone Unturned About Hillsborough Disaster

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British Labour Party politician Steve Rotheram gave a passionate plea Monday to the House of Commons on the topic of the Hillsborough Disaster. The Liverpudlian MP, who was at Hillsborough on that fateful day in 1989, argued for the disclosure and...

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Does Harry Redknapp Really Want to Leave High-Flying Spurs for the England Job?

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Harry Redknapp probably has his best side to date at Tottenham Hotspur, much more superior than the team that took them into the Champions League two seasons ago anyway. Spurs are flying, having won four out of their last five ...

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What the England National Team Will Look Like At World Cup 2014

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It is never easy being an England fan. The side seems to be either woefully underperforming, in the middle of scandals or suffering from just sheer bad luck. Being an England supporter really should come with a health warning. For ...

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What the England National Team Will Look Like At World Cup 2014

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It is never easy being an England fan. The side seems to be either woefully underperforming, in the middle of scandals or suffering from just sheer bad luck. Being an England supporter really should come with a health warning. For ...

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United Delighted, Cities Impressed (EPL Talk Podcast)

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In the pod this weekend there is discussion of racism, flopping and drawing. That's just at Anfield. Sitting in The Kop this week are Jesse Chula and Joseph Weathered, whilst Kartik Krishnaiyer offers his views from inside Starbucks. Up for ...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

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Today features three mouthwatering matches in the Premier League. The massive derby between West Bromwich Albion and Wolves kicks things off early, which is followed by what should be an interesting game between Arsenal and Sunderland. And then...

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Mario Balotelli Scores An Overhead Kick For City Against Aston Villa: Video

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli continued his run of form with another goal, and this time it was a beautiful overhead kick against Aston Villa. The Italian scored his fourth goal in his last four games for City. The goal, ...

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3 Contrasting Opinions About Liverpool’s Performance Against United: You Decide

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Editor's note: Liverpool one, Manchester United one. A single point for both sides, but which club should feel pleased with their performance, and which manager made the correct decisions, or not? Here are three dissenting opinions from EPL Talk's...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOd9lXrdLck The Premier League is back after an excruciatingly painful international break. And it's back with a vengeance featuring the two most successful clubs in English football history: Liverpool and Manchester United,...

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Debut of ESPN Arena: A Jaw-dropping Virtual Soccer Analysis System On TV

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ESPN UK will today premiere a jaw-dropping virtual soccer analysis system named ESPN Arena during the Chelsea against Everton game (only on UK TV). The augmented reality system will allow ESPN pundits such as Kevin Keegan and Craig Burley to ...

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Will Arsenal Qualify For Europe This Season?

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"Fact Or Fiction" is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether ...

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The World Is A Ball Trivia Contest: Win A Copy of the Critically-Acclaimed Book

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This week, EPL Talk is conducting a trivia contest in conjunction with the John Doyle interview from earlier this week. If you are interested in winning a copy of the book The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness and ...

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Liverpool Full of Confidence and Boosted by Gerrard Return for United Game

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There's an undeniable, some might say, palpable level of excitement evident amongst Liverpool fans as they await the imminent return of their captain Steven Gerrard as a regular starter for the team. Gerrard's frequent and untimely headaches with a...

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5 Reasons Why PES 2012 Is Better Than FIFA 12

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For the past seven days, I've played both FIFA 12 and PES 2012. It's been years since I've had an opportunity to play the games on a powerful video game console. For the past few years, I've played FIFA on ...

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Liverpool vs Manchester United Preview: A Close Encounter

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Manchester United against Liverpool is one of the biggest games of the season, and frankly — as a football fan — I am filled with excitement. Certainly United's start suggests that at worst a draw is the result United will ...

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Looking Forward To The Weekend (EPL Talk Podcast)

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The return of the preview podcast. It brings a whole host of interesting issues with it! Kartik Krishnaiyer and Joseph Weathered join Laurence McKenna to talk about the break, TV and local rivalry. The pod sums up some of the ...

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Man City Moving Away Fans to Third Tier of Etihad Stadium

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Man City wants fans closer For Manchester City's upcoming Champions League game against Villarreal at Etihad Stadium, the Citizens will be moving the away supporters from their usual position behind the goal to the third tier of the stadium. As...

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FOX Soccer Extends FA Cup, Community Shield and England TV Rights In USA

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Good news for English football fans in the United States. FOX Soccer has renewed exclusive media rights with The Football Association (FA), the governing body of soccer in England, for six more years through the 2017-18 soccer season. The current...

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5 Steps to Sacking a Football Manager: A Checklist for Premier League Fans

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There is a lot of ardent disagreement right now regarding Arséne Wenger. As a fervent Wengerist, I dismissed the calls for his sacking as the siren call of narrow-sighted supporters. But as the losses pile together and the hopeless future ...

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Why Liverpool’s Threat to Sell Their Own TV Rights is a Pipe Dream

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Liverpool Football Club is trying to change the Premier League as we know it. The club is interested in breaking out and selling its own overseas TV rights instead of the current collective agreement by the Premier League where overseas ...

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Phil Jones is a Talented Centre Back, Not Right Back

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Phil Jones looks certain to play at the highest level for Manchester United and England for years to come. England need a fresher, more energetic and more youthful look next summer, and they will get that through Jones. He is ...

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Why You Shouldn’t Write Off Bolton’s Chances Yet

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Bolton are indeed in 20th position in the Premier League, but maybe it's not as bad as it seems after a quick glance at the Barclays Premier League table seven games into the 2011-12 season. Looking back at the results ...

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Capello Isn’t the Only Italian Manager Under Pressure

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For the managers of Ireland and England, all problems are relative. After England secured a place in the European Championships with a draw away to Montenegro, one might have expected a reprieve for Fabio Capello and his men. An undefeated ...

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England Still Has Plenty Of Issues For Capello To Sort Out

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England have qualified. I suppose, that is the main thing. However, they qualified with the same typical tendencies that usually send us out of these major competitions. Firstly, Wayne Rooney, and his red card. He is under a barrage of ...

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Interview with John Doyle, Author of The World Is A Ball

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John Doyle's book The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and the Meaning of Soccer is an account of one man's travels around the world following soccer. The journey begins in 2002 and takes readers through European qualifying and ...

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Football Manager 2012 Demo Now Available For Download

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On what may go on record as the most boring international break ever, the folks from Football Manager has come to the rescue with a demo of their upcoming release, Football Manager 2012. The Football Manager 2012 Demo is available ...

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Play the FIFA 12 PS3 Official EPL Talk League

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Now that we've relaunched the FIFA 12 league for the Xbox 360, it's time to invite EPL Talk readers to join EPL Talk's FIFA 12 league for the PS3. The PS3 league has been strong for more than one year. ...

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Montenegro Shows The World Why England Is Still Cr*p At Football

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The less said about England's performance from Friday against Montenegro, the better. They qualified for Euro 2012, but it was a less than convincing performance. When England walked out for the beginning of the second half, I had a feeling ...

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Will Wayne Rooney Lead The League In Goals?

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"Fact Or Fiction" is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views ...

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Rafael van der Vaart: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Good Rafael van der Vaart was an inspiring signing by Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp two summers ago. Bought for a mere £8 million from Real Madrid, he immediately made an impact in a new league. Typically one expects ...

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Gazidis Comments Show Disconnect with Arsenal Fans

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said that the Gunners can "cope" without playing in the Champions League. Many Arsenal supporters are upset with the ownership, and Ivan Gazidis' comments will only fuel more discontent towards the board. It is...

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Football Manager 2012 3D Match Views: Sneak Video Preview

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA3hd3xGbDs The release of Football Manager 2012 is just weeks away, but we have a sneak preview of what the enhanced 3D Match Views will look like. As you can see from the above video, the level of detail that ...

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Soccer Fan Jon Stewart References Arsenal and Man United On Prime-Time TV

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The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Former college soccer player and soccer fan Jon Stewart sneaked in a reference to Arsenal and Manchester United during The Daily Show on...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 7: Fulham Storm Up The Table

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In Gameweek 7 of the Premier League, there were plenty of goals, impressive wins for each of the top six and a jump of eight places for Fulham in this week's Alternative Premier League. Football is a funny old game. ...

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Niall Quinn Has Nothing to Be Ashamed Of At Sunderland

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We are all aware of some of the negative views that people have about our great sport. I even have a fair few of my own. But it is important to occasionally pat our sport on the back and remind ...

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Let’s Take Stock (EPL Talk Podcast, International Break Edition)

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The International break is a great time to take stock of the EPL season so far. Over this break the pod will be excreting podcasts about football issues and news. The usual analysis and feedback is there but without the ...

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Play the FIFA 12 Xbox 360 Official EPL Talk League

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If you have a fix for soccer and can't wait for your side's next match, do the next best thing and join your fellow EPL Talk readers from around the world in the FIFA 12 league. The format is a ...

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FOX Draws Audience of 2.1 Million for Spurs Against Arsenal TV Broadcast

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FOX's broadcast of the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal was watched by a TV audience of more than 2.1 million across FOX, FOX Soccer and FOX Deportes combined. Interestingly, when compared to the TV audience numbers for...

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An American Tale: Experiencing the Scottish Premier League In Person

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What a trip! My family's second visit to the UK — and everything went perfectly. Live football in a stadium with thousands of vocal fans. A thrilling come-from-behind draw after going down 3-1. Satisfaction and smiling faces walking out of the...

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Premier League Gameweek 7: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week seven of the Premier League. Cheers Norwich: The scoreboard doesn't reflect how well this newly promoted side played at Old Trafford. Jonas Gutierrez:Â He evaded three defenders ...

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7 Ways that the EU Ruling Against Premier League May Impact You

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has made a landmark ruling this morning that will have a dramatic impact on the Premier League. The ECJ ruled that it is not illegal for individuals in the United Kingdom to buy set-top box ...

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Scott Parker: The One That Got Away From Arsenal

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Scott Parker plying his trade for the lilywhites of North London. Oh how different Sunday's derby could have gone had Arsene Wenger listened to the calls for experienced reinforcements. The calls had been ringing all summer for experienced...

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Get Stuck In: Five Things We Learned From Premier League Week Seven

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Editor's Note:Â "Get Stuck In" is EPL Talk's weekly column featuring review, analysis and opinion on all the happenings in the Premier League each week from different EPL Talk bloggers and podcasters. If you currently write for EPL Talk and would...

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FOX’s Coverage of Premier League Brings Soccer to a Whole New Audience

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Monday morning, the day we all tend to dread. Roll out of bed, put on your threads and head off to either work or school to put in your "eight hours." For Americans like myself, one of the first talking ...

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From FIFA 07 to FIFA 10: Look How Far EA Sports Has Come (Video)

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While most gamers the past week have been laser focused on FIFA 12, we thought it'd be a good time to go back down memory lane to see how far EA Sports has come from the wonders of FIFA 07, ...

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The Ups and Downs of QPR’s Premier League Season So Far

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There hasn't been a dull moment at Queens Park Rangers yet, but that was bound to be the case wasn't it? With a manager more than willing to share his thoughts in front of a microphone and Joey Barton willing ...

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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Chasm Widening Between Two North London Clubs

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After the 90 minutes had been played, no one was surprised at the result. More than anything, that defines the new era in the North London derby. Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Arsenal at White Hart Lane was not simply three ...

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Derby Delights (Premier League Weekend Review Show, Gameweek 7)

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The pod focuses on the local clashes this week. The north east and London were both treated to a double bill of local rivalry. We take a look at what a difference local rivalry makes to the league and how ...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

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Today has plenty in store for fans of Premier League clubs and the league itself. There's a "little" derby today between Tottenham and Arsenal. Bolton, meanwhile, is trying to rescue their season with a home game against Chelsea. Swansea take on...

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Frank Lampard Still Important For Chelsea

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 Even after many years as a football fan, the sensationalism of the English media is still surprising. Although at times frustrating, I guess it's good that football gets most of its breathtaking drama from how the media constructs the ...

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Tottenham Battles Arsenal: Who Will Be The Pride of North London?

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As the footballing world gears up for the first north London derby of the season, the gap between Arsenal and Tottenham seems to be in-between ‘getting shorter' to ‘non-existent'. Indeed, some fans would argue that Tottenham are now Arsenal's equal...

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Wolves 1-2 Newcastle United: A Clockwork Orange

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Forty five minutes played, two-nil down. Where've we seen that one before? It is in fact the worrying statistic that now looms ominously over the Wolves' heads. In the last three games, we have found ourselves trailing by two goals ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

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Six Premier League matches kick off today with Everton against Liverpool getting things started at 7:45am ET/12:45pm BST. Before, during or after any of the games today, feel free to post in the comments section below to share your observations,...

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