EPL Talk Archives for January 2012

Tip for Supporters of Premier League Clubs Who Love Listening to Commentaries

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You may have missed the news, but recently talkSPORT this season has been broadcasting live commentaries of every single Premier League match to listeners outside Europe. talkSPORT has aggressively expanded their coverage. But one of the new facets...

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Play Beat The Manager For Your Chance to Win An Apple iPad

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We've given away two brand new Apple iPads to two EPL Talk readers already (one in Maine, the other in Australia). And you could be the winner of your very own Apple iPad if you're at the top of the ... Continue reading →

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Mid-weekness (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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It was the first round of mid-week games, with goals, gaffs, and torrential rain! Harry finally took the QPR dugout but was only able to get a draw on his debut do you think the wheel....I mean 'football manager' ......

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Real Oviedo: the Remarkable Story of a Club the World (including Michu and Cazorla) United to Save: The Nightly EPL

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For a change, our lead story in tonight's Nightly EPL column is a feel-good story about soccer fans from around the world, including two Premier League footballers, who went on a mission to save Spanish club Real Oviedo from going ......

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Lucas Leiva Returns to Liverpool Squad for Visit of Southampton: The Daily EPL

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After a three month absence due to injury, Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva returns to Liverpool's squad for this weekend's match against Southampton. Anyone who watched the documentaryBeing Liverpoolshould feel a pinch of affection...

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What Has Been the Secret to Swansea City’s Success So Far This Season?

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With Swansea's impressive 3-1 victory Wednesday night against West Bromwich Albion, in a game where the Swans completely outplayed the Baggies, especially in the first half, Michael Laudrup's side has now reached 20 points — halfway to...

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Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 14 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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There's something about a full schedule of midweek football in the Premier League. Night games are a completely different feel than a weekend daytime match. Some teams become more inspired. And, as you'll see below, some footballers...

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Arsenal Defender Laurent Koscielny Out Until Christmas With Groin Injury: The Daily EPL

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Arsenal suffered another injury this season after defender Laurent Koscielny was taken off early in the match against Everton with a groin injury. The defender will be out until Christmas. Koscielny joins several other injured Arsenal players...

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See How Your Premier League Team is Doing After 14 Matches Compared to Last Season

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I am the first to admit that comparative tables prove absolutely nothing when it comes to the EPL, but that doesn't stop me from creating them and pondering over the results. After Wednesday's matches, it occurred to me to take ... Continue...

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Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 14: Open Thread

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Today's one of those rare days in the Premier League where we have eight matches being played at the same time. If you live in the United States, four of them will be on ESPN3.com (one of which is on ... Continue reading →

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Roy Hodgson Questions Hunger & Desire of Young Footballers Making Their Way in the Game: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Roy Hodgson questions hunger & desire of young footballers making their way in the game — The Telegraph Fox Sports actively is positioning Fox Sports 1 to sports industry insiders— Sports...

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Puma Raceoff: Win Signed Boots

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This summer, Formula One Star Nico Rosberg of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 team, challenged some of the best from the world of sport to try their hand in Formula One. PUMA RACE OFF sees sporting stars such as Michael ... Continue reading →

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Europa League Could Be Scrapped in Favor of Expanding Champions League to 64 teams: The Daily EPL

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UEFA is considering scrapping the Europa League and expanding the Champions League from 32 to 64 teams. UEFA says it'll make a decision in 2014, but if the proposed move is approved, it could mean that 7 Premier League clubs ... Continue...

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Sunderland vs QPR and Aston Villa vs Reading: Premier League Tuesday, Gameweek 14: Open Thread

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All eyes will be on Harry Redknapp today as the man takes charge at Queens Park Rangers. This is Redknapp's seventh managerial job. And he'll be hoping that the lucky number seven pays off today with their tricky away match ......

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Why Pep Guardiola Should Set His Sights on Manchester United, Not Chelsea

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Money can by many things and it certainly has for Roman Abramovich. Ironically, all the money he has spent on managers has come at a cost. He will never be able to recruit a manager who demands complete control of ... Continue reading →

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Update Your Team Before Today’s Deadline

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Don't forget that this afternoon (or evening, depending on what part of the world you live in) starts a new gameweek. Gameweek 14, to be exact, with all 20 Premier League teams playing over the next 48 hours. Here are ... Continue reading...

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The Role of a Central Midfielder in a Possession Based Team

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Researching or studying football tactics can seem like an overwhelming task, simply because aside from the basic framework provided by the rulebook, so much else is left fluid. Formations, player roles, player positions, they all mean something...

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Fury Of Chelsea Supporters Should Be Directed At Roman Abramovich, Not Rafa Benitez

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At Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the booing and protest signs aimed at new Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez were misdirected. In Rafa's first game in charge for the Blues, the man was simply trying to do his job. The anger and ... Continue...

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Beat The Manager, Gameweek 1-12: iPad Winner Announced

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We're proud to announce that the winner for gameweek 1 through 12 of Beat The Manager, the prediction game from EPL Talk, is Adam Heap. Adam scored 832 points, which moved him into second place. First place Greg Pierko won ... Continue...

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Gary Neville’s Punditry is the Best, But Others Need to Raise Their Game: The Daily EPL

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Tell us something we didn't know already. Alan Shearer is awful. Gary Neville is the best by a country mile. Of course, we're talking about their punditry skills. Not their football skills. But still, the article by Michael Cox is...

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FIFA 13 for the Wii U Review: A Good Game That Just Falls Short in Extra Time

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I was one of the lucky few that managed to get a Wii U this past week, and overall it's a decent new system with the biggest selling point of the GamePad tablet being the way it changes the way ... Continue reading →

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West Ham Fans Filmed Making Nazi Salutes Towards Tottenham: The Daily EPL

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A small segment of West Ham United supporters have dragged the club's name through the mud this weekend after sickening"Adolf Hitler is coming for you" chants and Nazi salutes aimed at Tottenham Hotspur supporters in this past...

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The Blueprint NBC Should Use For Its Coverage of the EPL on US TV

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NBC Sports will be the sole broadcaster of the English Premier League beginning with the 2013-14 season on US television and the Internet. While we're looking forward to their broadcasts, here's our blueprint for NBC to help them perfect...

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Arsene Wenger at the Root of Arsenal’s Problems

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Arsene Wenger was rightfully under fire from Arsenal supporters and the press following the Gunners' disappointing 0-0 result against Aston Villa from this past weekend. Chants of "You don't know what you're doing" rained down on Arsene Wenger from...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread

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After last Sunday's solitary Premier League match, we have four in store today. Kicking off the action is Swansea City against Liverpool, live from the Liberty Stadium in Wales (8:30am ET kickoff time on ESPN2 for viewers in the United ......

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Why Rafael Benítez May Never Be Accepted by Chelsea Fans: The Nightly EPL

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Sure, I go away for a week on holiday and nothing happens! Well, not exactly. Mark Hughes and Roberto Di Matteo get sacked. English clubs sputter in Europe. Harry Redknapp and Rafael Benitez return to Premier League management. And West ......

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It Boourns (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The Premier League hierarchy maybe be changing yet again, managers come and go but the league remains. It does not remain stable though, as United go top whilst City and Chelsea look flat. Swansea draw with LFC. Newcastle drop to ... Continue...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread

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Six Premier League matches today. Four tomorrow. Most of these should be routine wins for the top Premier League clubs, or are they? Sunderland kicks things off with a home match against West Bromwich Albion, for the early kick-off. For ......

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Lazio vs Spurs, Liverpool vs Young Boys and Newcastle vs Maritimo: Europa League Open Thread

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How about some traditional football on Thanksgiving Day? No, not that football, but some real football with three live Europa League matches featuring Lazio versus Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool against Young Boys and Newcastle United versus Maritimo....

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Happy Thanksgiving Day to EPL Talk Readers: What Are You Thankful For?

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I'd like to personally wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving Day on behalf of EPL Talk. Today's a perfect opportunity to reflect and to consider what we're all thankful for. For me personally, I'm thankful for my...

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What’s Di Matte with them? (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Sometimes things just end because it feels wrong, but sometimes things end because you are too scared to see what will happen. With that said, should RDM have gone from CFC? The pod discuss this in part one and look ... Continue reading →

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Juventus vs Chelsea and Galatasaray vs Manchester United: Champions League Open Thread

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All eyes will be on Turin today as Chelsea hopes to get a good result against Juventus with only two matches remaining for the Blues in Group E. The two teams played out a memorable 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge ... Continue reading →

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Manchester City vs Real Madrid and Arsenal vs Montpellier: Champions League Open Thread

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Manchester City's dreams of making it through to the next round of the UEFA Champions League could officially be over today if they lose against Real Madrid at home. Or they could be back on again with a victory. Needless ... Continue...

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West Ham United vs Stoke City, Gameweek 12: Open Thread

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Today's the perfect opportunity for both West Ham United and Stoke City to dispel the myth that all both teams do is play the ball long into the opponents box. It's an opportunity to see two physical sides play some ... Continue...

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Trailer for FIFA 13 on Wii U: GamePad Sets a Course for Gaming’s Future [VIDEO]

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Today, Nintendo launches Wii U, a brand-new video game console that is the successor to the popular Wii video game system. There's a lot of positive buzz regarding the release of Wii U so far. But, for us soccer fans, ... Continue reading...

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What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold… (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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...alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, okay now Wenger: we bon' break this thing down for just a few seconds. So don't have have me break this thing down for nothing, I want to see your team on their best ... Continue...

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Fulham vs Sunderland, Gameweek 12: Open Thread

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If you have any small children or pets at home, today is probably a good day to move them away from the television set. What they are about to see today could be damaging to their eyes. I kid, of ... Continue reading →

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Sir Alex Ferguson Claims Liverpool Halted Michael Owen’s Potential: The Nightly EPL

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Here are the Premier League news headlines tonight: Sir Alex Ferguson claims Liverpool halted Michael Owen's potential— The Mail Mark Hughes insists he has no intention of resigning as QPR boss — BBC Sport Hillsborough police accused of...

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Sam Allardyce Open to Nicolas Anelka Deal to Bring French Striker to West Ham United: The Daily EPL

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Big Sam is open to bringing Nicolas Anelka under his wing. The West Ham United manager gave Anelka a new lease of life when he managed the mercurial striker at Bolton Wanderers. I don't know about you, but I'd love ... Continue...

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Fulham Owner Mohamed Al Fayed Ready to Sue Premier League Over Fair Play Plan: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Mohamed Al Fayed ready to sue Premier League over fair play plan— The Mail Tottenham and Arsenal now battling mediocrity as well as each other — The Guardian Mark Hughes goes into 'El...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 12: Open Thread

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There are several must-see matches to watch today beginning with the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. In previous seasons, the derby has been an explosive match that has often weeble-woobled back and forth throughout the 90...

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Are Liverpool Taking the Wrong Type of Shots?

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When Brendan Rodgers got the Liverpool job, he brought in a very Spanish-Dutch style of play. Possession is everything. All offensive and defensive work starts with the ball. When you are without the ball you need to win it back ... Continue...

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How Arsene Wenger Let a 16-Year-Old Zlatan Ibrahimovic Slip Through His Fingers: The Daily EPL

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The list of players that Arsene Wenger had a chance to sign over the years has included Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba, as well as many more. But another footballer that Arsenal had a chance to sign was a 16-year-old ... Continue reading...

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Beat The Manager Standings, Gameweeks 1-11: The Winner After Gameweek 12 Gets An Apple iPad!

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There are some massive Premier League matches in store this weekend with a lot on the line, but there's also the opportunity for one lucky EPL Talk reader to win an Apple iPad. EPL Talk reader Greg Pierko won the ... Continue reading...

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Sweden 4-2 England Highlights From Unique Pitchside Camera Perspective [VIDEO]

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The English Football Association has released a very unique set of highlights for the Sweden versus England match, which feature match highlights filmed by a pitchside camera. The unusual effect harkens back to football film highlights from the...

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I thought you said billion… (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Wildly enjoyable international friendlies for all involved this week. Go to EPLTalk.com to see Zlatan's goal: it's worth the typing. But you've clicked, poked and hit to here so the pod decided to talk mo-nay in section one. What...

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Manchester City May Make January Bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suárez: The Nightly EPL

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According to British tabloids, Manchester City may make a January bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. This is one story that I'd like to see come true, but I have a strong suspicion that it's complete BS. Reason being is ......

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Tottenham’s Mousa Dembélé Ruled Out of Arsenal Match With Hip Injury: The Daily EPL

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A big blow for Tottenham Hotspur this week after Mousa Dembele has been ruled out of this Saturday's massive North London derby. Instead of receiving surgery to fix his hip injury, Tottenham Hotspur resorted to alternative options, but...

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Sweden vs England, Friendly: Open Thread

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England plays Sweden in Stockholm today in a friendly where Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will earn his first cap. England was invited to play as Sweden's opponent in this historic match. It'll mark the inaugural match at the Friends...

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Stunning Bicycle Kick From Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sinks England [VIDEO]

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic single-handedly defeated England Wednesday night in an incredible performance where he capped his four goals in splendid fashion by scoring an absolutely stunning bicycle kick from outside the penalty area. With the ball going...

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Nobody Knows Who to Mark in Manchester City System, Admits Aleksandar Kolarov: The Daily EPL

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Gifted Manchester City left fullback Aleksandar Kolarov has admitted that nobody knows who to mark in the Manchester City defensive system. And judging by the team's performances, especially in the UEFA Champions League, he's correct....

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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What an excellent day in the Premier League today — especially the end-to-end action in the Arsenal versus Fulham and Aston Villa against Manchester United matches.

In case you missed any of the match highlights, here they are for US readers:

Arsenal vs Fulham


Video: Arsenal v Fulham Premier League Highlights 11/10/12

Everton vs Sunderland


Video: Everton v Sunderland Premier League Highlights 11/10/12

Southampton vs Swansea


Video: Southampton v Swansea City Premier League Highlights 11/10/12

Reading vs Norwich City


Video: Reading v Norwich City Premier League Highlights 11/10/12

Wigan Athletic vs West Bromwich Albion


Video: Wigan v West Brom Premier League Highlights 11/10/12

Stoke City vs Queens Park Rangers


Video: Stoke City v QPR Premier League Highlights 11/10/12

Aston Villa vs Manchester United


Video: Aston Villa v Manchester United Premier League Highlights 11/10/12

Arsène Wenger Unfazed By Worst-Ever Premier League Start for Arsenal: The Daily EPL

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For the neutral, yesterday's 3-3 draw between Arsenal and Fulham was a pulsating match that ebbed and flowed. For Arsenal fans, it's another lost opportunity to grab three points. And for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners, it adds up to their worst-ever Premier League start.

To be fair, Fulham deserved the point yesterday.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

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Three matches are on deck today, and each of them have the potential to be memorable for several different reasons.

The early kick-off today is Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur. Last season's match between these two at the Etihad Stadium was an instant classic, which featured two very cruel blows for Spurs — the fierce tackle by Nigel de Jong, and the last gasp miss by Jermain Defoe.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 11 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Three big matches in the Premier League today, and there were plenty of talking points and action to chew over. Here are the highlights from Sunday, November 11 in the English Premier League:

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur


Video: Manchester City v Tottenham Premier League Highlights 11/11/12

Newcastle United vs West Ham United


Video: Newcastle v West Ham Premier League Highlights 11/11/12

Chelsea vs Liverpool


Video: Chelsea v Liverpool Premier League Highlights 11/11/12

Motions Eleven (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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We've passed the ten game point in the Premier League and as we all say, it's time to look at the sides in a wider context and break down where they have been and where they are headed this season. Some evaluations might sound a little harsh but this is the point in the season that people begin to look at why they are so happy or sad with their sides.

Brendan Rodgers Says Finishing 7th Will Make It A ‘Fantastic’ Season For Liverpool: The Daily EPL

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Sitting in 13th position in the Premier League, Liverpool's season so far has been one of impressive draws against Chelsea and Manchester City, two league wins against Reading and Norwich, and a mixed bag of other results.

If we haven't realized it already, this is not your father's Liverpool.

My Life As a New Arsenal Supporter After Year One

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In the summer of 2011, I converted from casual fan of this English sport to an emotionally attached supporter of Arsenal Football Club. I wasn't around to enjoy The Invincibles. The days of Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira and Adams are only YouTube history lessons for me. The same goes for the 1989 moments told in the film "Fever Pitch.

Mark Clattenburg Left Off Premier League List for Third Straight Week: The Nightly EPL

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Here are the Premier League news headlines:

  • Mark Clattenburg left off Premier League list for third straight week — The Mail
  • Steven Gerrard is cleared to win his 100th cap against Sweden — BBC Sport
  • Premier League continues to maximise TV revenue on a global scale — The Guardian
  • John Terry to be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering knee injury — The Independent
  • Daniel Sturridge: I'd score 20 a season if Chelsea gave me a chance — The Guardian
  • James McClean auctions poppy-less Sunderland shirt raise for cancer hospital — The Mail
  • Wayne Rooney out of friendly in Sweden after Villa Park injury — The Independent
  • ESPN is worth $40 billion — Deadspin
  • Tottenham planning web TV channel to expand global profile — Sports Business Daily
  • Gary Speed son set for Wales U16 debut a year after dad's death — The Mail
  • Mario Balotelli adamant he wants to stay at Manchester City — The Guardian
  • Swansea have recalled Leroy Lita from his loan spell at Birmingham City — Sky Sports
  • Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng out for 10 days due to injury — Sport.

No Rebranding In the Works for FOX Soccer; FOX Still Committed to Soccer Coverage: The Daily EPL

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Fox Sports' co-president Eric Shanks says that losing the Premier League TV rights in the United States to NBC (beginning with the 2013-14 season) is "a bummer." The executive says that FOX Soccer will not undergo a rebranding (there have been many rumors that FOX Soccer would become FOX Sports 2 or 3.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Trials and Tribulations of Gameweek 11; Tips For Gameweek 12

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Proper center forwards: Once upon a time, strikers scored goals. Real goals. Not the "precise" finishes that plague modern football, but good, honest, in-off-your-back-or-maybe-even-a-little-bit-lower-than-your-back net-busters. That's the way football should be played. (I'm joking.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Trials and Tribulations of Gameweek 11; Tips For Gameweek 12

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Proper center forwards: Once upon a time, strikers scored goals. Real goals. Not the "precise" finishes that plague modern football, but good, honest, in-off-your-back-or-maybe-even-a-little-bit-lower-than-your-back net-busters. That's the way...

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No Rebranding In the Works for FOX Soccer; FOX Still Committed to Soccer Coverage: The Daily EPL

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Fox Sports' co-president Eric Shanks says that losing the Premier League TV rights in the United States to NBC (beginning with the 2013-14 season) is "a bummer." The executive says that FOX Soccer will not undergo a rebranding (there...

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Mark Clattenburg Left Off Premier League List for Third Straight Week: The Nightly EPL

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Here are the Premier League news headlines: Mark Clattenburg left off Premier League list for third straight week — The Mail Steven Gerrard is cleared to win his 100th cap against Sweden — BBC Sport Premier League continues to maximise ......

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My Life As a New Arsenal Supporter After Year One

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In the summer of 2011, I converted from casual fan of this English sport to an emotionally attached supporter of Arsenal Football Club. I wasn't around to enjoy The Invincibles. The days of Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira and Adams are only ......

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Brendan Rodgers Says Finishing 7th Will Make It A ‘Fantastic’ Season For Liverpool: The Daily EPL

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Sitting in 13th position in the Premier League, Liverpool's season so far has been one of impressive draws against Chelsea and Manchester City, two league wins against Reading and Norwich, and a mixed bag of other results. If we haven't...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 11 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Three big matches in the Premier League today, and there were plenty of talking points and action to chew over. Here are the highlights from Sunday, November 11 in the English Premier League: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Video: Manchester...

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Motions Eleven (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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We've passed the ten game point in the Premier League and as we all say, it's time to look at the sides in a wider context and break down where they have been and where they are headed this season. ... Continue reading →

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

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Three matches are on deck today, and each of them have the potential to be memorable for several different reasons. The early kick-off today is Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur. Last season's match between these two at the Etihad...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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What an excellent day in the Premier League today — especially the end-to-end action in the Arsenal versus Fulham and Aston Villa against Manchester United matches. In case you missed any of the match highlights, here they are for US ......

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Arsène Wenger Unfazed By Worst-Ever Premier League Start for Arsenal: The Daily EPL

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For the neutral, yesterday's 3-3 draw between Arsenal and Fulham was a pulsating match that ebbed and flowed. For Arsenal fans, it's another lost opportunity to grab three points. And for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners, it adds up to...

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John Terry No Longer Automatic Chelsea Pick, Says Roberto Di Matteo: The Nightly EPL

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In another example of Roberto Di Matteo's maturity and growth as a football manager, the Chelsea manager has said that "I don't think anybody's guaranteed a starting place [on the Chelsea team].They all have to work and be...

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FOX’s Liverpool-Newcastle Broadcast Scores More Than 1 Million Viewers On Tape Delay

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FOX's broadcast of the Liverpool against Newcastle United game, which was shown on tape delay on the free-to-air network, scored a 0.7 national TV rating with an estimated TV viewing audience of 1.03 million people. The match had been shown...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

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Seven matches today. No early kick-off due to teams needing more rest from the Champions League and Europa League matches in mid-week. So, instead, we have six matches being played at once at 10am, and then the late kick-off between ... Continue...

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Manchester City vs Ajax and Schalke vs Arsenal: Champions League Open Thread

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No pressure Manchester City. But you're expected to win today. It doesn't have to be convincingly —although that would help. But it's time to start playing at the peak of your abilities on the European stage. That's not to take anything away from Ajax of Amsterdam, but this is a match that City should win especially since they're playing at home.

Former Barcelona Scout Being Considered For Similar Role at Manchester City: The Daily EPL

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If you can't beat them, join them. After Manchester City recently acquired former Barcelona manTxiki Begiristain to become its football director, Begiristain is now reportedly close to signing a deal with acquire Barcelona's former scoutBojan Krkic Sr. (his son plays for Milan on loan).

Manchester City are making plans to build for the future, which includes following the successful Barcelona model.

Should They Stay Or Should They Go? Mark Hughes, Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott [POLL]

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Today's your lucky day. You're the chairman of Queens Park Rangers, Reading and Southampton. You face the decision of whether to stick with your current manager, or replace him. What do you do?

Firing someone is always a difficult decision. There are so many variables involved. Is it really the manager that is failing, or is it the players who are unable to carry through with the manager's instructions on the pitch?

Beat The Manager Standings, Gameweeks 1-10: Find Out Where You Rank

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There's no change at the top of the Beat The Manager standings from gameweek 9 to gameweek 10, but the pack behind leader Liverpool supporter Greg Pierko is closing the gap.

After the end of gameweek 12, we'll award a brand-new Apple iPad to the frontrunner. So if you haven't posted your predictions for gameweek 10 yet, or you're new to the game, go ahead and play the game today (or register here).

Braga vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Champions League Open Thread

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While most of our eyes will be on either Braga against Manchester United or Chelsea versus Shakhtar today, there's always the treat of Celtic against Barcelona live from Celtic Park.

No matter which match you chose to watch today, you should be in for a treat. Manchester United is hoping for a win to cement their place in the next round.

Lights Go Out (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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The Champions League doesn't let up this week. Instensity across Europe as English sides stall and stride, just in different ways. Manchester hasn't been this contrasted in a while now, stark were the reactions to both results. Mancini furious as Fergie seemed to flick a (light) switch and his players lit up.

Jack Wilshere and Leon Osman Named in England Squad to Face Sweden: The Daily EPL

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England has named their 23-man squad for their upcoming friendly against Sweden. Everton's midfielder Leon Osman has got called up for the first time, while Jack Wilshere — fresh from his injury — is also named, in addition to Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling.

Before we get to the Premier League news headlines of the day, I want to commend how brilliant the Glasgow Celtic supporters were yesterday during their match against Barcelona.

Anzhi vs Liverpool, Spurs vs Maribor and Bruges vs Newcastle: Europa League Open Thread

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After a brilliant day of UEFA Champions League matches yesterday, I'm looking forward to three intriguing Europa League matches with Anzhi against Liverpool (early kick-off, Noon ET) followed by Tottenham Hotspur versus Maribor and lastly Bruges against Newcastle United.

Liverpool team news: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Flanagan, Shelvey, Henderson, Coady, Downing, Cole, Morgan.

What’s Going Wrong at Manchester City?

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On the back of the most enthralling, satisfying and successful season in the club's history, there should be an air of positivity surrounding Manchester City. 'That goal' from Aguero, and the numerous connotations it brought should have been the dawning of a new era, the 'Blue Moon rising' at last.

Fluminense Full-Back Wallace to Join Chelsea Says Club: The Daily EPL

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Chelsea is on the verge of signing Fluminense full-back named Wallace according to The Independent newspaper. The gifted right back could be adequate cover for Branislav Ivanovic.

As of press time, we're not able to confirm nor deny whether Wallace is any relation to the character Wallace from Wallace & Gromit.

Fluminense Full-Back Wallace to Join Chelsea Says Club: The Daily EPL

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Chelsea is on the verge of signing Fluminense full-back named Wallace according to The Independent newspaper. The gifted right back could be adequate cover for Branislav Ivanovic. As of press time, we're not able to confirm nor deny whether...

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What’s Going Wrong at Manchester City?

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On the back of the most enthralling, satisfying and successful season in the club's history, there should be an air of positivity surrounding Manchester City. 'That goal' from Aguero, and the numerous connotations it brought should...

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Anzhi vs Liverpool, Spurs vs Maribor and Bruges vs Newcastle: Europa League Open Thread

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After a brilliant day of UEFA Champions League matches yesterday, I'm looking forward to three intriguing Europa League matches with Anzhi against Liverpool (early kick-off, Noon ET) followed by Tottenham Hotspur versus Maribor and lastly...

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Jack Wilshere and Leon Osman Named in England Squad to Face Sweden: The Daily EPL

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England has named their 23-man squad for their upcoming friendly against Sweden. Everton's midfielder Leon Osman has got called up for the first time, while Jack Wilshere — fresh from his injury — is also named, in addition to...

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Lights Go Out (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Braga vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Champions League Open Thread

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Beat The Manager Standings, Gameweeks 1-10: Find Out Where You Rank

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There's no change at the top of the Beat The Manager standings from gameweek 9 to gameweek 10, but the pack behind leader Liverpool supporter Greg Pierko is closing the gap. After the end of gameweek 12, we'll award a ... Continue...

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Former Barcelona Scout Being Considered For Similar Role at Manchester City: The Daily EPL

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If you can't beat them, join them. After Manchester City recently acquired former Barcelona manTxiki Begiristain to become its football director, Begiristain is now reportedly close to signing a deal with acquire Barcelona's former...

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Should They Stay Or Should They Go? Mark Hughes, Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott [POLL]

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Today's your lucky day. You're the chairman of Queens Park Rangers, Reading and Southampton. You face the decision of whether to stick with your current manager, or replace him. What do you do? Firing someone is always a difficult...

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Manchester City vs Ajax and Schalke vs Arsenal: Champions League Open Thread

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No pressure Manchester City. But you're expected to win today. It doesn't have to be convincingly —although that would help. But it's time to start playing at the peak of your abilities on the European stage. That's not to...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Lessons Learned to Help With Gameweek 11

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Wigan messes everything up: One of the beautiful things about football is its capacity to surprise. Giant-killers make the FA Cup – England's oldest football competition, now sponsored by an American beer company – so much more than just a ......

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6 Statistics That Illustrate Why Queens Park Rangers Are So Woeful

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I think it's fair to say that there are many problems with QPR as a team that are keeping them from reaching their potential. The team undoubtedly has talent but a lack of cohesion and discipline on top of poor ... Continue reading →

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Revealed: Which Top 4 Premier League Club Is In The Pocket Of Referees

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Every season you hear the same statements being thrown about: "Manchester United get all the cards," "The referees are in Sir Alex's pocket" and so on. So I've taken a look at a breakdown of how cards were given and ... Continue reading...

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Southampton Boss Nigel Adkins Says He is Favorite to be Sacked: The Daily EPL

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You have to admire Southampton manager Nigel Adkins for coming out and saying that he's the favorite to be the first Premier League boss to get sacked this season. Typically managers under pressure will go on the defensive and will ......

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Manchester United to Honor Sir Alex Ferguson With Old Trafford Statue: The Nightly EPL

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With Sir Alex Ferguson edging closer and closer to retirement (it has to happen sooner or later, right), Manchester United announced today that it will be erecting a statue of Ferguson outside the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at Old Trafford ......

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Arsenal Have The Players But Not The Mentality To Compete

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Arsenal is under the microscope yet again. At the beginning of the season, it was "No RVP, no goals, and no Song." Now it's cries of "Wenger OUT," even more-so after the loss at Old Trafford. But, wasn't this the ... Continue reading →

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West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton, Open Thread

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It's been several weeks since we've had a Monday match to watch. And today we're treated to West Bromwich Albion against Southampton. Steve Clarke's West Brom side has been one of the most under-the-radar sides this season in...

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West Brom Face Transfer Window Fight to Extend Lukaku’s Loan Deal From Chelsea: The Daily EPL

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One of the bright shining stars so far this season has been the emergence of Romelu Lukaku as a powerful force in his position as striker for West Bromwich Albion. Last season, Lukaku seemed to be in the shadow of ... Continue reading →

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Efforting? (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Perspective isn't always a good thing in the Premier League. By that, the pod mean that you can justify anything from a perspective, you just have to chose the right one. At this point in the season, it's about time ... Continue...

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Roberto Mancini Writes Off Manchester City’s Champions League Chances: The Nightly EPL

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Is Roberto Mancini using reverse psychology, or is he being serious, or perhaps downplaying his team's chances in the UEFA Champions League to help manage the expectations of his bosses? Whatever the case, this week's must-win match...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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Today's two matches in the Premier League feature Reading against Queens Park Rangers followed by Liverpool against Newcastle United. But, in many ways, it's Mark Hughes versus Brian McDermott leading into Brendan Rodgers against Alan...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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We had a few surprise results on Saturday on a day where there were we had a change at the top of the table. Here are the match highlights from Premier League Saturday, gameweek 10 of the 2012-13 season: Manchester ... Continue reading →

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Ferguson Claims Man United Could Have Put Six Past a Poor Arsenal: The Daily EPL

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It was an awful day at the office for Arsenal Football Club on Saturday with a poor performance compounded by Jack Wilshere's red card. And made even worse by two other things: (1) Andre Santos asking Robin van Persie to ... Continue...

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Referees Have Held Talks About Not Taking Charge of Chelsea Games and Even Discussed Strike: The Nightly EPL

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The Sun has an exclusive story tonight that referee officials have already held talks about not taking charge of Chelsea games and have even discussed strike action in response to the club claiming that referee Mark Clattenburg has made racist remarks.

Hopefully the officials will not strike, but the sooner this particular case is resolved, the better.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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Seven Premier League matches today. Each of them are excellent match-ups in what promises to be an excellent day.

With the clocks changing in the UK last week, and the US not changing theirs until tomorrow, all of the games will be one hour later than usual for us today before things get back to normal tomorrow.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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We had a few surprise results on Saturday on a day where there were we had a change at the top of the table. Here are the match highlights from Premier League Saturday, gameweek 10 of the 2012-13 season:

Manchester United vs Arsenal


Video: Manchester United v Arsenal Premier League Highlights 11/03/12

Swansea City vs Chelsea


Video: Swansea City v Chelsea Premier League Highlights 11/03/12

Norwich City vs Stoke City


Video: Norwich v Stoke City Premier League Highlights 11/03/12

Sunderland vs Aston Villa


Video: Sunderland v Aston Villa Premier League Highlights 11/03/12

Fulham vs Everton


Video: Fulham v Everton Premier League Highlights 11/03/12

Tottenham vs Wigan


Video: Tottenham v Wigan Premier League Highlights 11/03/12

West Ham vs Manchester City


Video: West Ham v Manchester City Premier League Highlights 11/03/12

Ferguson Claims Man United Could Have Put Six Past a Poor Arsenal: The Daily EPL

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It was an awful day at the office for Arsenal Football Club on Saturday with a poor performance compounded by Jack Wilshere's red card. And made even worse by two other things: (1) Andre Santos asking Robin van Persie to swap shirts at HALF TIME (see video below), and (2) Fergie saying that his side could have put six past the Gunners.

Referees Have Held Talks About Not Taking Charge of Chelsea Games and Even Discussed Strike: The Nightly EPL

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The Sun has an exclusive story tonight that referee officials have already held talks about not taking charge of Chelsea games and have even discussed strike action in response to the club claiming that referee Mark Clattenburg has made racist...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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beIN SPORT to Be Distributed On Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks

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beIN SPORT today announced it will be carried by Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will offer the network in English and a separate network in Spanish on TV and on demand. ... Continue...

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Beat The Manager Standings, Gameweeks 1-9: Find Out Where You Rank

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The race to win Beat The Manager, the free prediction game from EPL Talk, is going strong with 300+ readers battling it out to see who will win the next Apple iPad we're giving away.

EPL Talk reader Greg Pierko won the Apple iPad for having the top score from gameweek 1-6. Now the race is on to see who will win the next iPad giveaway, which will be conducted after the end of gameweek 12.

Sir Alex Ferguson ‘Convinced’ Mark Clattenburg is Innocent: The Daily EPL

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Trust Sir Alex Ferguson to stir up some trouble and to put more pressure on Chelsea Football Club, the team that sits atop the Premier League table. Ferguson has come out today and said that he's convinced that Mark Clattenburg is innocent — i.e. that Chelsea is lying. Who knows what may happen after this whole ugly incident blows over?

What Swansea Have Done Right

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Today, where so much money rests on the result of a team's soccer season, the number of clubs that aren't being managed with the idea of sustainable competitiveness is crazy. Players come, players go. Even top clubs such as Arsenal or Manchester United are constantly faced with the threat of superstars leaving, while Real are forced to spend viciously every few years to attract the next set of galacticos.

EPL Talk Celebrates 7 Years of Soccer Coverage

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Today, EPL Talk celebrates seven years of bringing you soccer coverage.

The independent website began life in early November, 2005. Since then, we've been through a lot. We launched a print magazine in 2006 as well as our EPL Talk Podcast (which is still running). In 2007, we launched the first-ever soccer vodcast.

Report Card On Liverpool Under Manager Brendan Rodgers

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Traditionally, November's first week is an important one for the English Premier League. Managers new and old are being evaluated, having overseen approximately 10 matches for which credit or blame must be assigned. Every year managers at the foot of the table are under pressure, although, the manager under the most scrutiny this season is probably Brendan Rodgers.

beIN SPORT to Add Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to Its Distribution

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beIN SPORT today announced it will be carried by Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will offer the network in English and a separate network in Spanish on TV and on demand. Additionally, both networks will be made available to authenticated subscribers through the TWC TV website (www.

Report Card On Liverpool Under Manager Brendan Rodgers

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EPL Talk Celebrates 7 Years of Soccer Coverage

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What Swansea Have Done Right

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Sir Alex Ferguson ‘Convinced’ Mark Clattenburg is Innocent: The Daily EPL

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Trust Sir Alex Ferguson to stir up some trouble and to put more pressure on Chelsea Football Club, the team that sits atop the Premier League table. Ferguson has come out today and said that he's convinced that Mark Clattenburg ......

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Beat The Manager Standings, Gameweeks 1-9: Find Out Where You Rank

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The race to win Beat The Manager, the free prediction game from EPL Talk, is going strong with 300+ readers battling it out to see who will win the next Apple iPad we're giving away. EPL Talk reader Greg Pierko ... Continue reading →

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Top-Flight Soccer Crowds in England On Course for 40-Year High: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's main news headlines:

  • Top-flight football crowds in England on course for 40-year high — Sporting Intelligence
  • Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United | Capital One Cup match report — The Guardian
  • Steven Caulker charged by Serbian police — Tottenham Hotspur
  • Henning Berg confirmed as new manager of Blackburn Rovers — The Independent
  • Chelsea face referee backlash if accusations against Mark Clattenburg are baseless — The Independent
  • Jamaica Football Federation flies to England to resolve Raheem Sterling's intl future — Sky Sports
  • SeppBlatter thinks 'idiots' run English game — NBC Sports


Capital One Cup draw

  • Leeds United v Chelsea
  • Swansea City v Middlesbrough
  • Norwich City v Aston Villa
  • Bradford City v Arsenal

The Nightly EPL is tomorrow's news today.

Chelsea Launch Probe After Photo Appears to Show Chelsea Fan Making a Monkey Gesture: The Daily EPL

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Any apparent racial remark or gesture is under the microscope in the Premier League nowadays particularly after the events of the past 12 months involving numerous different incidents. And now, a new scandal has emerged after a Chelsea fan apparently made a monkey gesture at Manchester United's Danny Welbeck in last night's League Cup game.

A Brave New Dawn Beckons For the English Premier League On US TV Thanks to NBC Universal

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Every summer, we all get extremely excited about the start of a new Premier League season. But next summer, viewers in the United States will see a brave new dawn beckon as NBC Sports becomes the new rights holder to the world's most popular and entertaining sports league.

For soccer fans in the United States, it gives us an opportunity to see the league through a new set of eyes.

Diego Maradona Goal Against England (No, Not That One) Featured In Animation [VIDEO]

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Diego Maradona's sensational goal against England in the 1986 World Cup will long be remembered. No, not the handball one, which —in some circles — is better known, but the one where Maradona snaked through half of the England team and scored one of the best World Cup goals of all time.

Artist Richard Swarbrick produced the wonderful animation.

What’s Missing From Your Premier League Viewing Experience?

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NBC Universal has a lot of work ahead of them in preparation for their Premier League debut on US television next August.

We've already discussed which A-team of presenters, commentators and pundits we'd like to see on NBC Sports beginning next summer, but what other recommendations do you have based on what's currently missing in your Premier League viewing experience.

Ghouls Galore (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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In a special Halloween episode of thr EPL Talk Podcast, the podcast crew discuss the ghoul-fest we were treated to mid-week thanks to the League Cup where Reading-Arsenal and Chelsea-Man United produced an incredible 21 goals between them.

Plus, there's plenty of Premier League previews for this upcoming weekend.

Ghouls Galore (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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In a special Halloween episode of thr EPL Talk Podcast, the podcast crew discuss the ghoul-fest we were treated to mid-week thanks to the League Cup where Reading-Arsenal and Chelsea-Man United produced an incredible 21 goals between them. Plus,...

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What’s Missing From Your Premier League Viewing Experience?

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A Brave New Dawn Beckons For the English Premier League On US TV Thanks to NBC Universal

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Diego Maradona Goal Against England (No, Not That One) Featured In Animation [VIDEO]

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Chelsea Launch Probe After Photo Appears to Show Chelsea Fan Making a Monkey Gesture: The Daily EPL

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Any apparent racial remark or gesture is under the microscope in the Premier League nowadays particularly after the events of the past 12 months involving numerous different incidents. And now, a new scandal has emerged after a Chelsea fan...

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Top-Flight Soccer Crowds in England On Course for 40-Year High: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's main news headlines: Top-flight football crowds in England on course for 40-year high — Sporting Intelligence Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United | Capital One Cup match report — The Guardian Steven Caulker charged by Serbian...

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