EPL Talk Archives for January 2012

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 20: Open Thread

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While most of the attention has been off the pitch at the chilly reception that Rafa Benitez is expected to receive at Goodison Park in front of the Everton supporters, there's plenty of things on the pitch to discuss. Most ... Continue...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 20: Open Thread

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Fresh after beating Manchester City at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland opens today's Premier League football with another opportunity to see if they can knock one of the big EPL clubs off their perch — Tottenham Hotspur.The match kicks off...

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 20 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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After several nail-biting low-scoring games over the festive period, today's matches brought us an incredible 4.37 goals per game with 35 goals scored in eight Premier League matches. Here are the video highlights for all eight matches in the...

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Transfer News: Liverpool Approach Lazio for Modibo Diakite: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Liverpool approach Lazio for Modibo Diakite— 101 Great Goals Rafael Benítez braces himself for hostile reception at Goodison Park — The Guardian Video: Arsene Wenger praises Theo...

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Looking for Passionate Soccer Fans to Write for EPL Talk

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If you eat, live and breathe Premier League football and you have a passion for writing, EPL Talk would like to invite you to write for our site. Over the years, many soccer fans who have started writing for EPL ... Continue reading →

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Sir Alex Ferguson is a Great Manager, But Sets Bad Example With Ugly Tirades: The Daily EPL

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The controversy and drama resulting from Mike Dean's correct decision to award Newcastle United their second goal at Old Trafford from Boxing Day continues to roll on. In today's press conferences in England, there's been plenty of...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Getting Ready For Gameweek 20

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Should they be playing football? Lots of people want the Premier League to institute a winter break. Help the English National Team, they say. Give those hardworking players some well-deserved rest, they say. Bollocks, I say. Holiday football is...

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Presenting (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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When it comes to Christmas football it tends to help if you try to look at it without the Christmas: just focus on the celebration and sheer amount of football happening. Then think about how the players deal with it. ... Continue reading →

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Alan Pardew: Ferguson Should Have Seen Red for Accosting Officials: The Nightly EPL

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Earlier in the day, we reported that The FA decided not to punish Sir Alex Ferguson for accosting referee Mike Dean and the assistant referees at the beginning of the second half of the Boxing Day match at Old Trafford. ... Continue reading...

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Get Your Predictions In For Beat The Manager, Gameweek 20

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If you didn't get an iPad Mini for the holidays, or you want a second one, be sure to enter yourpredictions for Beat The Manager, gameweek 20. The deadline to get them in is this Saturday at 6:30am ET. We're ... Continue reading...

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Sunderland Suspend Season Ticket Holders Due to ‘Persistent Standing’

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Sunderland Football Club have suspended season ticket holders who have been persistently standing at the Stadium Of Light. The above photo shows one of the seats at the stadium where a season ticket holder has been suspended. The actions are ......

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Which Premier League Club Fills The Most Seats In Their Stadium?

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We're at the halfway point of the 2012-13 Premier League season, so I thought I'd share some research in regards to which clubs are doing the best off the pitch in terms of filling up the most seats available in ... Continue reading...

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Are Liverpool Just Flat Track Bullies?

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Ever since Rafael Benitez left Liverpool, fans have seemingly lurched from one crisis to another, even if that word is thrown about all too loosely these days. From struggles with ownership and transfers to constant managerial upheaval, Anfield has...

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How Biased Are You As a Supporter of Your Premier League Club?

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One of the many interesting aspects of running EPL Talk is how I get to read and interact with football supporters from all of the 20 Premier League clubs throughout each season. One of the things I find particularly enlightening ... Continue...

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Is This Manchester United’s New Home Shirt for the 2013-14 Season? [PHOTO]

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A photo of what appears to be Manchester United's new home shirt for next season has been leaked on the Internet. Designed by Nike, the new Manchester United home shirt features a black button down shirt collar as its most ... Continue...

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Bild say Manchester United are Closing in on Robert Lewandowski After “Mega Offer”: The Daily EPL

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Bild magazine in Germany is reportingthat Manchester United are closing in on signing Polish striker Robert Lewandowski after tabling a "mega offer." Ferguson has already said that United won't be signing anyone in the January...

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7 Observations From Premier League’s Boxing Day Matches

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While we romanticize about Boxing Day fixtures in English football, the two things I often forget are (1) the matches are often low-scoring encounters since the quality of the pitch and weather this time of the year isn't the greatest, ......

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Premier League Boxing Day, Gameweek 19: Open Thread

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If you had to pick one day out of the year that's the best day to watch Premier League soccer, today is it. The next best day is the final day of the season. But today there's everything to play ... Continue reading →

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Frank Lampard Told to Find a New Club by Chelsea: The Daily EPL

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According to a newspaper report that quotes a Stamford Bridge insider, Frank Lampard has been told by Chelsea that he won't be a part of the club's future. Despite making his 500th league appearance start last week where he celebrated...

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Chelsea’s David Luiz Reinvents Himself as Fulham Road’s Socrates: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Chelsea's David Luiz reinvents himself as Fulham Road's Socrates— The Guardian
  • Stoke City has the best defense in Europe says Andre Villas-Boas —The Guardian
  • Robin van Persie could have been killed says Alex Ferguson — Manchester Evening News
  • Ferguson has called on the FA to ban Ashley Williams for kicking ball at RVP's head — Sky Sports
  • Laudrup refuses to take Ferguson's bait as Swansea and Man Utd draw — The Independent
  • Michael Carrick's high pass mark spoilt by Manchester United finishing — The Guardian
  • Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' is Christmas No 1 — The Mail
  • Liverpool to hand Steven Gerrard new deal as Sturridge's arrival nears — The Guardian
  • ManchesterCity plan summer clearout of players — Football Economy
  • West Ham's Sam Allardyce bans full-contact training over Christmas — The Mail
  • England may stage penalty shoot-outs after friendlies to practice penalties — The Telegraph
  • Aston Villa and Norwich City reach settlement over Paul Lambert — The Guardian
  • Gary Neville forced to end dream of Tellytubby eco-home — The Mail
  • Do Reading have resolve to beat relegation?

Holiday For Some! (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Not everyone has to celebrate Christmas to bask in the light of a Barclays Festive Behemoth, so the pod gather around the flaming wreck of Aston Villa and take a look at the action of the weekend. First up, Chelsea. They then move to Manchester and take a look at the challenges facing both managers.

Is This Liverpool’s New Home Shirt for the 2013-14 Season? [PHOTO]

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A photo of what appears to be Liverpool's new home shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

Last week, we revealed what Chelsea's away jersey will be for the 2013-14 season, and now it appears that we have the design for the new Liverpool home shirt for next season, designed and manufactured by Warrior.

FA to Take No Action Against Ashley Williams For Clearance That Hit Van Persie’s Head: The Daily EPL

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The FA has wisely decided not to take action against Swansea captain Ashley Williams for his clearance yesterday that hit Robin van Persie's head. The incident happened after van Persie was fouled on the edge of the penalty area by Nathan Dyer.

Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps in a move to turn the public's attention away from a poor performance by Manchester United and two dropped points, bizarrely came out and said that Robin van Persie "could have been killed.

Get Your Beat The Manager Predictions In Before Boxing Day

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Gameweek 18 in the Premier League is over, but gameweek 19 will be here on Wednesday (Boxing Day). There's a full schedule of matches except for Arsenal against West Ham United, which has been postponed due to the Tube strike in London.

We're still crunching the numbers from gameweek 18 to find out who won the Apple iPad Mini, but here's your chance to get a head start on gameweek 19 through 25 to rack up as many points as possible.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to You From EPL Talk

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It's a special time of the year both for footballing and personal reasons. On behalf of everyone who writes and records for EPL Talk, I'd like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Wherever you live in the world, enjoy your football. And, most importantly, enjoy the holiday.

Wesley Sneijder Agrees Deal With Tottenham, Says Report In Italy: The Daily EPL

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Today Tottenham Hotspur supporters could be waking up to a brilliant Christmas present or an early April Fool's Day present. A respected Italian journalist has revealed that Inter Milan and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder will be joining Tottenham in the January transfer window.

We'll find out soon whether the report is true or not.

Frank Lampard Told to Find a New Club by Chelsea: The Daily EPL

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According to a newspaper report that quotes a Stamford Bridge insider, Frank Lampard has been told by Chelsea that he won't be a part of the club's future. Despite making his 500th league appearance start last week where he celebrated with a goal, the Chelsea veteran has been told that he'll be sold in the January transfer window.

Wesley Sneijder Agrees Deal With Tottenham, Says Report In Italy: The Daily EPL

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Today Tottenham Hotspur supporters could be waking up to a brilliant Christmas present or an early April Fool's Day present. A respected Italian journalist has revealed that Inter Milan and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder will be joining...

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to You From EPL Talk

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It's a special time of the year both for footballing and personal reasons. On behalf of everyone who writes and records for EPL Talk, I'd like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. ... Continue...

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Get Your Beat The Manager Predictions In Before Boxing Day

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Gameweek 18 in the Premier League is over, but gameweek 19 will be here on Wednesday (Boxing Day). There's a full schedule of matches except for Arsenal against West Ham United, which has been postponed due to the Tube strike ... Continue...

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FA to Take No Action Against Ashley Williams For Clearance That Hit Van Persie’s Head: The Daily EPL

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The FA has wisely decided not to take action against Swansea captain Ashley Williams for his clearance yesterday that hit Robin van Persie's head. The incident happened after van Persie was fouled on the edge of the penalty area by ......

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Chelsea’s David Luiz Reinvents Himself as Fulham Road’s Socrates: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Chelsea's David Luiz reinvents himself as Fulham Road's Socrates— The Guardian Stoke City has the best defense in Europe says Andre Villas-Boas —The Guardian Robin van Persie...

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Holiday For Some! (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Not everyone has to celebrate Christmas to bask in the light of a Barclays Festive Behemoth, so the pod gather around the flaming wreck of Aston Villa and take a look at the action of the weekend. First up, Chelsea. ... Continue reading →

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Is This Liverpool’s New Home Shirt for the 2013-14 Season? [PHOTO]

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A photo of what appears to be Liverpool's new home shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet. Last week, we revealed what Chelsea's away jersey will be for the 2013-14 season, and now it appears that ... Continue...

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 18 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Freezing weather and pouring rain didn't make England a perfect environment to play exciting, free-flowing football today. So, not surprisingly, most of the matches were very tense, close games with very little scoring. For readers in the...

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Daniel Sturridge to Have Medical at Liverpool on Sunday Ahead of a £12m Move: The Nightly EPL

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The big story of the day today, other than the astonishing poor refereeing in the West Ham-Everton and Manchester City-Reading matches (no, Carlton Cole shouldn't have been sent off, and yes Gareth Barry fouled the Reading defender), is that...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 18: Open Thread

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For Swansea City today, it's their biggest match of the season versus the best team in England, Manchester United. For United, it's a chance to maintain the six point lead at the top of the table. The Swans have beaten ... Continue...

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 18 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Freezing weather and pouring rain didn't make England a perfect environment to play exciting, free-flowing football today. So, not surprisingly, most of the matches were very tense, close games with very little scoring.

For readers in the United States, here are the match highlights from all of the Premier League games played on Saturday, December 22 (gameweek 18):

Wigan Athletic vs Arsenal


Video: Wigan v Arsenal Premier League Highlights 12/22/12

Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City


Video: Tottenham v Stoke City Premier League Highlights 12/22/12

Southampton vs Sunderland


Video: Southampton v Sunderland Premier League Highlights 12/22/12

Manchester City vs Reading


Video: Manchester City v Reading Premier League Highlights 12/22/12

Liverpool vs Fulham


Video: Liverpool v Fulham Premier League Highlights 12/22/12

West Bromwich Albion vs Norwich City


Video: West Brom v Norwich City Premier League Highlights 12/22/12

Newcastle United vs Queens Park Rangers


Video: Newcastle v QPR Premier League Highlights 12/22/12

West Ham United vs Everton


Video: West Ham v Everton Premier League Highlights 12/22/12

Daniel Sturridge to Have Medical at Liverpool on Sunday Ahead of a £12m Move: The Nightly EPL

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The big story of the day today, other than the astonishing poor refereeing in the West Ham-Everton and Manchester City-Reading matches (no, Carlton Cole shouldn't have been sent off, and yes Gareth Barry fouled the Reading defender), is that Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is on the verge of a £3 million move from Stamford Bridge to Anfield.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 18: Open Thread

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For Swansea City today, it's their biggest match of the season versus the best team in England, Manchester United. For United, it's a chance to maintain the six point lead at the top of the table. The Swans have beaten Arsenal, drawn Chelsea and lost to Manchester City 1-0, so the Welsh team's record against the top four is almost immaculate.

New Nike Match Ball for 2013-14 Premier League Season Revealed [PHOTO]

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Does January Window Transfer Spending Help Premier League Clubs?

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With the transfer window coming up, we can all count on one thing for certain. There will be non-stop chatter about what teams must do if they are going to "push for the top" or "avoid regulation". Rumors and arguments ... Continue reading...

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Point Pick-up Game (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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In Wednesday's pod we let Matt take charge of things as Chelsea visit Leeds. Rafa Benitez has now seen 17 goals during his tenure as Chelsea manager is this enough to appease those Blues fans that wanted him out before he'd taken charge of his first game?

Elsewhere, Arsenal put five past Reading then signed up five players to new contracts.

Win an Apple iPad With EPL Talk’s Beat The Manager Prediction Game

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If you haven't done so already, be sure to get your predictions in for this week Beat The Manager — the prediction game from EPL Talk. One lucky person who is on top of the leaderboard after this weekend's matches will win an Apple iPad Mini!

Note that previous iPad winners Greg Pierko and Adam Heap are ineligible to win the iPad this weekend, so even if those two EPL Talk readers end up in first and second place, the third place winner will receive the iPad Mini.

Fantasy Premier League Tips For Gameweek 18, First FPL Cup Week

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In the Fantasy Premier League this weekend, it's the first week of the Fantasy Premier League Cup where you're randomly pitted against another opponent. Whoever has the highest score will progress to the next round of the cup competition next week. So, it's imperative that you pick a great side this weekend to rack up the points.

Ronaldo: I Won’t Celebrate a Goal Against Manchester United: The Daily EPL

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Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he won't celebrate if (or when) he scores against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League games scheduled for February and March. That's a smart move by Ronaldo considering that Sir Alex Ferguson and his coaching staff is one of the main reasons why Ronaldo matured into one of the best footballers in the world.

Chelsea Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Chelsea's new away shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet.

The photos reveal an Adidas shirt that has a very French feel to it with the white shirt and red and blue trim. It's nothing out of this world, but the design is distinctive and memorable, which is what I look for in a shirt design.

Rafael Benítez Drops Real Madrid Hint for His Options After Chelsea: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Rafael Benítez drops Real Madrid hint for his options after Chelsea— The Guardian
  • Ryan Giggs can play for Manchester United for another two years, says Sir Alex Ferguson — The Telegraph
  • Sol Campbell says it is too easy to win England caps — BBC Sport
  • Roberto Mancini sets Manchester City a third anniversary trophy target — The Guardian
  • QPR'sJose Bosingwa fined £100,000 for refusing to be sub against Fulham — The Sun
  • John Terry's troubles delay David Luiz's move into midfield for Chelsea — The Guardian
  • Jonny Evans has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal at Man United — Sky Sports
  • Mario Balotelli sidelined with virus ahead of Reading match — The Independent
  • Sir Alex Ferguson holds out hope of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo — The Guardian
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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 18: Predictions

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Here are my predictions for today's matches in the Premier League:

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

The Gunners are the favorites on paper but their recent struggles don't invite a lot of confidence. Wigan are once again in a fight to avoid relegation but are much better at home than on the road.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 18: Open Thread

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For a change, we have eight Premier League matches in store today. And while it sounds like a cliche, there really are some intriguing match-ups today.

The early kickoff between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal should be a walk in the park for the Gunners. Or will it? Wigan is one of those unpredictable teams that you don't know which version will show up.

New Nike Match Ball for 2013-14 Premier League Season Revealed [PHOTO]

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A photo of the new Nike soccer ball for the 2013-14 Premier League season has been leaked on the Internet.

The grainy leaked photo pictured above shows the Nike Incyte official match ball with its original design. The one thing that jumps out at me is the bright orange Nike swoosh. In previous editions of the official Premier League match ball from Nike, the swoosh hasn't been a bright color.

Does January Window Transfer Spending Help Premier League Clubs?

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With the transfer window coming up, we can all count on one thing for certain. There will be non-stop chatter about what teams must do if they are going to "push for the top" or "avoid regulation". Rumors and arguments will be rampant. The blogosphere will be on full hype 24/7. There will be no peace until the window finally, blessedly closes with people blathering up to the last minute about possible deals.

Rafael Benítez Drops Real Madrid Hint for His Options After Chelsea: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Rafael Benítez drops Real Madrid hint for his options after Chelsea— The Guardian Ryan Giggs can play for Manchester United for another two years, says Sir Alex Ferguson — The Telegraph Sol...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 18: Predictions

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Here are my predictions for today's matches in the Premier League: Wigan Athletic v Arsenal The Gunners are the favorites on paper but their recent struggles don't invite a lot of confidence. Wigan are once again in a fight to ......

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 18: Open Thread

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For a change, we have eight Premier League matches in store today. And while it sounds like a cliche, there really are some intriguing match-ups today. The early kickoff between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal should be a walk in the ... Continue...

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Chelsea Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Chelsea's new away shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet. The photos reveal an Adidas shirt that has a very French feel to it with the white shirt and red and blue trim. It's ... Continue reading...

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Ronaldo: I Won’t Celebrate a Goal Against Manchester United: The Daily EPL

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Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he won't celebrate if (or when) he scores against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League games scheduled for February and March. That's a smart move by Ronaldo considering that Sir Alex...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips For Gameweek 18, First FPL Cup Week

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In the Fantasy Premier League this weekend, it's the first week of the Fantasy Premier League Cup where you're randomly pitted against another opponent. Whoever has the highest score will progress to the next round of the cup competition...

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Win an Apple iPad With EPL Talk’s Beat The Manager Prediction Game

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If you haven't done so already, be sure to get your predictions in for this week Beat The Manager — the prediction game from EPL Talk. One lucky person who is on top of the leaderboard after this weekend's matches ... Continue...

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3 Predictions for the Second Half of the Premier League Season

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As we approach the midway point of a remarkably strange Premier League season, a few recent observations (or overreactions) have led me to come up with three predictions for what should be a fantastic 5 month build-up to crowning another ......

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Point Pick-up Game (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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In Wednesday's pod we let Matt take charge of things as Chelsea visit Leeds. Rafa Benitez has now seen 17 goals during his tenure as Chelsea manager is this enough to appease those Blues fans that wanted him out ... Continue...

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Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle Face Tricky Ties in Europa League Round of 32: The Daily EPL

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The draw for the final round of 32 teams in the 2012-13 Europa League has been made. Tottenham Hotspur has a tricky tie against Lyon. Newcastle United will travel to Eastern Europe to play Metalist, while Chelsea plays Sparta Prague ... Continue...

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Everton Beams Christmas Message On Side of Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium

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Hats off to Everton Football Club for showing a lot of class today by projecting a friendly greeting on to the side of one of their neighbor's stands at Liverpool's Anfield ground. Everton did the projection to show their support ......

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Raheem Sterling Agrees New Five-Year Contract, Committing His Future to Liverpool Until 2017: The Nightly EPL

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England wunderkind Raheem Sterling has signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool, which will keep the left winger at Anfield until 2017. While Sterling has yet to reach his full potential, the signing of the young star is certainly a ......

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Manchester United Drawn Against Real Madrid In UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage

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It was the draw that none of the Premier League (or British) teams wanted. In the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, Manchester United has been drawn against Real Madrid. Arsenal has been drawn against Bayern Munich, while Glasgow ......

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Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals Secrets of His Success to Harvard Academics: The Daily EPL

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Fascinating quotes today from Sir Alex Ferguson hot on the heels of several interviews and classes he did at Harvard University where the football professor shared many secrets of his success of his managerial career — everything from dealing with...

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Worst Premier League Team of the 2012-13 Season So Far

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Since we're almost halfway through the 2012-13 Premier League season, I wanted to share my worst Premier League team for the season thus far. While there have been some incredible footballers this season, there have also been a lot of ......

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Leeds United vs Chelsea, Capital One Cup Quarter-Final: Open Thread

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Leeds United and Chelsea has traditionally been one of the big rivalries in English football both on and off the pitch. On the pitch, there are lots of memories of the two teams who battled each other during the early ... Continue reading →

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Where Arsenal Needs to Improve To Rival Legendary Gunners, According to Gary Neville [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville again shows why he's on top of his game by providing clear, easy-to-understand and eyeopening analysis, such as he did last night on Sky Sports before the Reading against Arsenal match. Neville backs up his...

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Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Poised to Sign New Deal: The Daily EPL

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One of the very few bright spots in Arsenal's season thus far is about to sign a new contract at the London club. Jack Wilshere, who recently returned from injury but still isn't 100%, is set to sign a contract, which will hopefully encourage other Arsenal employees to renew their contracts too — namely Theo Walcott and manager Arsene Wenger.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

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Swansea has never beaten Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Welsh club's 100 year history. Today, the Swans will be hoping to change that record against a reinvigorated Lilywhites team thanks to the return of Moussa Dembele, who has been a major differentiator for Andre Villas-Boas's side.

Premier League Saturday Gameweek 17 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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If you missed any of the highlights from Saturday's version of gameweek 17 from the English Premier League, here are the videos so you can catch up.

Newcastle United vs Manchester City


Video: Newcastle v Manchester City Premier League Highlights 12/15/12

Manchester United vs Sunderland


Video: Manchester United v Sunderland Premier League Highlights 12/15/12

Stoke City vs Everton


Video: Stoke City v Everton Premier League Highlights 12/15/12

Liverpool vs Aston Villa


Video: Liverpool v Aston Villa Premier League Highlights 12/15/12

Queens Park Rangers vs Fulham


Video: QPR v Fulham Premier League Highlights 12/15/12

Norwich City vs Wigan Athletic


Video: Norwich City v Wigan Premier League Highlights 12/15/12

Conversion Conversation (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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In Sunday's pod we start be analysing Chelsea's unfortunate 1-0 defeat at the hands of Corinthians. The Brazilian side needed a single goal to win the game in Rafa Benitez's final game (see what we did there?) as Chelsea manger.

We also dissected Saturday's lunchtime affair in which a plucky Newcastle were overpowered by a dominant Manchester City.

AS Claim David Villa is Heading to Liverpool Next Summer: The Nightly EPL

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It's a Spanish newspaper report, so I wouldn't count on it, but it looks like David Villacouldbe heading to Liverpool in the summer. Many soccer fans around the world would be licking their chops at the likelihood of Spanish sensation David Villa joining the Reds. But honestly, I can't see it happening.

Roberto Mancini Sanctioned Charges Against Mario Balotelli: The Daily EPL

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Mario Balotelli's substitution against Manchester United and his resulting strop down the tunnel could be the final time we see "Why Always Me" in a Manchester City shirt. The player has a tribunal hearing this week to protest against the £350,000 fine he received from the club for his disciplinary record.

Reading vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 17: Open Thread

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Today's final match of Premier League gameweek 17 features two teams, yet again, who are desperate for a win. Arsenal desperately needs a win to shake off the immense pressure the manager and players have had on their backs from the fans, critics and the press. Reading, on the other hand, need a win to move off the bottom of the Premier League.

Alex Ferguson Rules Out Any New Signings in the New Year: The Daily EPL

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Either Sir Alex Ferguson is playing mind games leading up to the January transfer window or he's trying to manage the expectations of the fans. Either way, the Manchester United boss has come out today and ruled out any new signings in the January transfer window, saying there is no real value.

Based on Manchester United's six point lead at the top of the Premier League table and their place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, I would tend to agree with him.

What a Difference A Win Makes For Arsenal, Wenger And The Club’s Supporters

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As an Arsenal fan, I am absolutely delighted with the victory against Reading after the recent humiliation at Bradford and the subsequent barrage of intense media scrutiny against the manager and team.

Before the match, Arsene Wenger knew he had to produce a performance and most importantly a result and he most definitely delivered.

Where Arsenal Needs to Improve To Rival Legendary Gunners, According to Gary Neville [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville again shows why he's on top of his game by providing clear, easy-to-understand and eyeopening analysis, such as he did last night on Sky Sports before the Reading against Arsenal match.

Neville backs up his opinions with clips, showing how the legendary Arsenal midfielders and forwards such as Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp raised the bar, and where the current crop of Arsenal footballers need to improve to reach those levels.

What a Difference A Win Makes For Arsenal, Wenger And The Club’s Supporters

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Alex Ferguson Rules Out Any New Signings in the New Year: The Daily EPL

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Reading vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 17: Open Thread

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AS Claim David Villa is Heading to Liverpool Next Summer: The Nightly EPL

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It's a Spanish newspaper report, so I wouldn't count on it, but it looks like David Villacouldbe heading to Liverpool in the summer. Many soccer fans around the world would be licking their chops at the likelihood of Spanish sensation...

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Roberto Mancini Sanctioned Charges Against Mario Balotelli: The Daily EPL

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Conversion Conversation (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

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Swansea has never beaten Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Welsh club's 100 year history. Today, the Swans will be hoping to change that record against a reinvigorated Lilywhites team thanks to the return of Moussa Dembele, who...

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 17 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

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Today's Premier League action kicks off with a match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James's Park. Unfortunately, very few people are giving United much of a hope in this match. And understandably so, given...

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Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshire Poised to Sign New Deal: The Daily EPL

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One of the very few bright spots in Arsenal's season thus far is about to sign a new contract at the London club. Jack Wilshere, who recently returned from injury but still isn't 100%, is set to sign a contract, ... Continue reading...

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Manchester City Near to Becoming Owner of MLS Queens Team: The Nightly EPL

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Bloomberg today confirmed a recently rumored report that Manchester City is interested in becoming an owner of a new Major League Soccer team in Queens, New York. MLS fan boys will love this, but the proposed name of the club ... Continue...

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FOX to Televise 2013 FA Cup Final On US Free-to-Air Network

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EXCLUSIVE: FOX Sports will televise the 2012-13 FA Cup Final live on US television on its free-to-air network TV stations nationwide, according to an EPL Talk source. The 2013 FA Cup Final is scheduled to be played at Wembley Stadium ......

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3 Reasons Why Juan Mata Is Having an Incredible Season at Chelsea

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Juan Mata has started the 2012-2013 campaign like a house on fire, and has clearly risen above his compatriots to be the outstanding player of the year thus far. With 6 goals and 6 assists in the Premier League and ... Continue reading →

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Robin van Persie Shirt Most Popular in North America: The Daily EPL

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In surprising news, Robin van Persie has surpassed Wayne Rooney as the footballer who is selling the most number of replica shirts in North America. No numbers were revealed as far as shirt sales, but the article includes the top ... Continue...

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What the Matchday Experience Was Like At Bradford against Arsenal

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Bradford City beating Arsenal will without a doubt go down in both club's histories for drastically contrasting reasons. The primary reason being that Bradford were no less than 65 places below Arsenal in the English league pyramid at the...

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Tom Cruise and Cast of Jack Reacher at Manchester Derby [VIDEO]

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As most of us already know, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise along with Robert Duvall and other cast members of the new film Jack Reacher appeared at the derby last weekend between Manchester City and Manchester United. Cruise and Duvall were ......

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Cuptastrophe’s (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Well the undoubted story of the week was Bradford's scalp of Arsenal in the Capital One Cup. The League two side took it all the way to penalties before Thomas Vermaelen's miss made sure it would be the minnows celebrating. ......

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Swansea City vs Middlesbrough, Capital One Cup Quarter-Final: Open Thread

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"Middlesbrough supporters travelling to Swansea for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup clash will have their journey paid for by the competition sponsors as a reward for being drawn away from home an incredible 12 consecutive...

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Everton Loan Move for Landon Donovan Unlikely to Happen in January: The Daily EPL

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Watching Landon Donovan suit up for Everton during the winter months has been one of the highlights of the past few years in the Premier League, but unfortunately it looks very unlikely that Donovan will be returning to Goodison Park ......

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What Professional Footballers Are The Same Age As You?

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Watching soccer has a way of making you feel young and old at the same time. As each new season begins, new players enter the league as older ones retire. There's an endless supply of talent coming through each team, ... Continue reading...

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Manchester United Prepare to Join Race to Sign Theo Walcott: The Daily EPL

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The race is on to sign Arsenal winger/striker Theo Walcott who has been unable to agree a deal with his club. Now,The Telegraphis reporting that Manchester United are preparing to join the race to sign the England star. The pressure ......

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I Am The Secret Footballer Book Review

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Depending on what you know about the real life of a professional footballer, youmay find I Am The Secret Footballer either intriguing, mediocre or incredibly unenlightening. The less you know, the more you'll learn. And there's nothing...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Get Ready For Gameweek 17

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Here are my Fantasy Premier League tips and some observations from gameweek 16, to help you prepare for gameweek 17. Torres scored: Suddenly, the world wants Fernando Torres (9.4) to succeed, which is strange. Torres isn't exactly the world's...

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Sunderland vs Reading, Norwich-Villa and Bradford City vs Arsenal: Open Thread

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It's not even halfway through the 2012-13 Premier League season yet, but we have a relegation dogfight on our hands tonight as Sunderland battles Reading. It's third bottom versus second bottom, in a match that is rescheduled after the...

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Martin O’Neill: I Am The Best Man for Sunderland, No One Else Can Do a Better Job: The Daily EPL

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Martin O'Neill is under pressure to deliver results, which makes today's home match against Reading a must-win for the Black Cats. A loss for Sunderland could see them drop to second from bottom. With the pressure on, O'Neill has...

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Fulham vs Newcastle United, Premier League Gameweek 16: Open Thread

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Fulham plays Newcastle United today at Craven Cottage in a match where both teams started the season well but have been faltering as of late. Newcastle will be buoyed by their victory against Wigan Athletic last week, even if a ... Continue...

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The Importance of Lucas Leiva

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This writer must confess, Lucas Leiva has never been his favorite Liverpool player. The Brazilian is articulate, tidy, and one of the best holding midfielders in the world. Still, my eye is shallowly drawn to flashes of genius, readily shown ......

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Premier League Sunday Gameweek 16 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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What a simply sensational day in the English Premier League today despite the unfortunate scenes near the end of the Manchester derby. Here are all of the highlights from the Sunday edition of gameweek 16 of the Premier League: Manchester ......

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Me ‘n’ The Derbies (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Derby weekend and Super Sunday did some dominating, but to put that in context the rest of the league decided that football was back on the agenda for them too. All accept Stoke and Villa. This week the pod break ... Continue reading →

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FA Could Turn to Retrospective Action to Ban Game’s Divers: The Daily EPL

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Hopeful news this morning for one of the most annoying facets of the professional game — diving. The FA could turn to retrospective action by the end of this season to ban the game's divers by tweaking the disciplinary code. ... Continue...

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New Jose Mourinho ITV4 Documentary: Full Length [VIDEO]

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ITV4 in England this past week premiered a brand-new documentary about The Special One. The new documentary about Jose Mourinho profiles the career of the former Chelsea manager, and features plenty of previously unseen footage and interviews. The...

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 16 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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While the biggest match of the weekend is tomorrow, there were plenty of highlights and goals to keep us entertained today. For readers in the United States, here are today's match highlights from Premier League gameweek 16 (Saturday): Arsenal...

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Clint Dempsey Can Be the New Gareth Bale, Insists Andre Villas-Boas: The Nightly EPL

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Peculiar words from Tottenham Hotspur Andre Villas-Boas today after the Portuguese manager has said that Clint Dempsey can be the new Gareth Bale. It's peculiar because I don't see Dempsey and Bale in the same role. At his best, Dempsey...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 16: Open Thread

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The biggest match of the season kicks off today at the Etihad Stadium with Manchester City hosting Manchester United. Will City's unbeaten run end today? Will Sir Alex Ferguson get into an argy-bargy with Roberto Mancini? Can United or City...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 16: Open Thread

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Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview: Manchester, A City Divided

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Purse-pective (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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UCL is done for a lil' while, are you licking your wounds or looking towards the draw? Both activities will make you look at your side and wonder how you got to be here. With that in mind the podcast take a look at the Champions League and what it means to be part of Europe. Why are some teams so poor and others so successful?

Mexican Crime Rate Drops When Chicharito is Playing: The Daily EPL

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Mexico has a solution to its crime rate problem: Play Chicharito more often! According to a recent study, the Mexican crime rate drops whenever Javier Hernandez (aka Chicharito) is playing.

Here are today's Premier League news headlines:

  • Mexican crime rate drops when Chicharito is playing — Soccerlens
  • Michael Oweninjury jinx strikes again as Stoke striker suffers setback — The Mail
  • Guillem Balague says Guardiola could be tempted by Manchester City — Manchester Evening News
  • Avram Grant rules out Chelsea return to help Rafael Benítez — The Guardian
  • Fulham defender Zdenek Grygera has retired from football — Sky Sports
  • Supportershave no voice to affect change at the top of football clubs — The Telegraph
  • Tom Cleverley adds to Manchester United midfield injury crisis — Manchester Evening News
  • Bryan Ruiz is ruled out for 4 more weeks after failing to recover from a hamstring injury — BBC Sport
  • Roberto Martinez says Wigan are close to signing Roger Espinoza — Sky Sports
  • Avram Grant believes the club need to rally around current manager Rafael Benitez — BBC Sport
  • Paul Lambert hails impact of Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood — The Independent
  • West Ham's stadium move will define the Olympic Games' legacy — The Guardian
  • Victory over Manchester City would be one of the 'best ever results' says Alex Ferguson — The Independent
  • Wembley hosting Euro 2020 final in multi-nation tournament moves step closer — The Telegraph
  • NemanjaVidic ruled out of Manchester derby — The Guardian
  • Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is unsure who will be his first choice goalkeeper — Sky Sports

The Daily EPL is your morning guide to the latest Premier League news headlines, so you don't have to spend an hour or more scanning the Internet.

Everton Wishes You A Very Happy (Or Merry) Christmas [VIDEO]

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Whether you're a supporter of Everton or any other soccer club, you have got to watch this video.

It'll pull at your heartstrings. It'll make you feel warm and fuzzy. And it'll help you appreciate the holidays, as well as remember those golden moments of your childhood.

Hats off to Everton for putting together this classy video.

Which Premier League Clubs Are Most Likely to Break the Top 4 Monopoly This Season?

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Remember when there was a Big Four and a Sky Six? What do you call what we have now?
A big 2.5?

Liverpool's demise in the past few seasons has, in my opinion, fallen them out of
the top echelon of Premier League clubs. They're still a massive side in terms of
fan base. But the club has lost it's clout and is far from being an elite club in
England anymore.

Udinese vs Liverpool, Bordeaux vs Newcastle and Spurs vs Panathinaikos: Europa League Open Thread

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Today's a massive day for Premier League clubs in the Europa League tournament.

Liverpool needs a win away at Udinese to guarantee a spot in the next round of the Europa League. A draw or a loss won't be good enough for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Newcastle United has already qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League, so they'll be playing several academy players today in their away match in France.

Sporting KC’s Kei Kamara Training with Stoke City for One Week: The Daily EPL

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Sporting Kansas City has announced that their star strikerKei Kamara is training with Stoke City. Typically these sort of trials don't result in anything, but it's a golden opportunity for Sierra Leone striker to show what he's capable of in front of Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

Do you think Kamara has what it takes to play in the Premier League?

Get Your Predictions In for Beat The Manager, Gameweek 16

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EPL Talk reader and current Beat The Manager leader Greg Pierko is pictured above holding his iPad 2 he won from EPL Talk for being on top of the leaderboard after gameweek 6. The reader who won his iPad Mini after gameweek 12 will be receiving his before Christmas (it's being shipped across the world to Australia).

West Ham Want to Introduce Safe Standing at Olympic Stadium: The Nightly EPL

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West Ham United co-owner David Gold says he wants to introduce safe standing at the Olympic Stadium in East London if West Ham United becomes the new tenants of the ground.

While Gold's desires are to be commended (to have safe standing terrace sections at the ground), his ideas will no doubt be rejected by the Premier League.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 16: Open Thread

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Six matches, all played at the same time today. This is going to be a short Saturday of Premier League matches unless you plan on taping games and watching them one after the other, to prolong the enjoyment.

Take your pick from today's ties — Arsenal vs West Brom, Swansea vs Norwich, Southampton vs Reading, Sunderland vs Chelsea, Aston Villa vs Stoke and Wigan vs QPR.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview: Manchester, A City Divided

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Whether you're a blue, red or neutral, this will be one match that will be watched worldwide.

A clash between the English Premier League's top two teams, which also happens to be a local derby, Sunday's game will without doubt be a fiercely contested affair.

It is a match-up between the top scorers in the league Manchester United, and the team with the meanest defense Manchester City.

West Ham Want to Introduce Safe Standing at Olympic Stadium: The Nightly EPL

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Sporting KC’s Kei Kamara Training with Stoke City for One Week: The Daily EPL

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Get Your Predictions In for Beat The Manager, Gameweek 16

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Udinese vs Liverpool, Bordeaux vs Newcastle and Spurs vs Panathinaikos: Europa League Open Thread

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Which Premier League Clubs Are Most Likely to Break the Top 4 Monopoly This Season?

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Bacary Sagna Joins Theo Walcott on Waiting List to Leave Arsenal as Pay Talks Stall: The Nightly EPL

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Arsenal supporters could be in for more headaches next summer if both Theo Walcott and now Bacary Sagna leave the club. Talks to renew the contract for popular Arsenal defender Sagna have reached an impasse after the Gunners have only ......

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Purse-pective (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Mexican Crime Rate Drops When Chicharito is Playing: The Daily EPL

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Everton Wishes You A Very Happy (Or Merry) Christmas [VIDEO]

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Chelsea vs Nordsjaelland and Manchester United vs Cluj: Champions League Open Thread

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Today is D-day for Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez whose side has the chance of making it through to the next round of the UEFA Champions League. In the past, Benitez has been a master tactician in the Champions League tournament. ... Continue...

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Liverpool FC Executive Box Gets Awesome New Mural Upgrade Courtesy of Warrior [VIDEO]

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Most of us probably can't afford to watch a match from an executive box at Anfield, but if we did, this is certainly one executive box we'd like to step into.

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Goal-line Technology to Make Debut at Club World Cup: The Daily EPL

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The turtle that is FIFA has decided goal-line technology will make its debut at this month's Club World Cup tournament in Japan, where Chelsea will be representing England. The technology is long overdue (terribly long, in fact; this has been...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: How to Get Ahead In Gameweek 16

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Now that gameweek 15 is complete in Fantasy Premier League, it isn't that much time until gameweek 18 kicks off where you'll be going head-to-head with other players in the Fantasy Premier League. It's time to make those transfers...

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Olympiakos vs Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City: Champions League Open Thread

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Two big matches in the UEFA Champions League today involving Premier League teams. Arsenal has a chance to finish top of their group if they beat Olympiakos in Greece and if Schalke doesn't beat Montpellier. If both of those matches ......

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Manchester City vs United: British Rappers Mouth Off In War Of Words NSFW [VIDEO]

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This is one of those videos that you have to see. You may hate it. You may love it. You may find it hilarious. You may it find it absolutely depressing. Two young British rappers —one a United supporter, the ... Continue reading →

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Fabrice Muamba Puts Collapse Down to Intensive Training: The Daily EPL

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Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton midfielder who collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane last season, has blamed his collapse on intensive training he was doing at the club. If true, it makes you wonder how closely Premier League clubs ... Continue...

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Arsène Wenger Loses His Usual Cool as Fires of Unrest Rage at Arsenal: The Nightly EPL

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Arsene Wenger is under pressure at Arsenal and the cracks are beginning to appear after an unusually edgy and confrontational press conference in advance of Tuesday's Champions League match against Olympiakos. The Guardian's David Hytner...

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FIFA 13 Christmas TV Commercial Starring Lionel Messi [VIDEO]

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"Giving is good, playing is better" is the tagline of EA Sports' new TV commercial to promote FIFA 13 for Christmas. The 20 second TV commercial features Lionel Messi who is in for a quite a surprise at Christmas time. ......

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Newcastle United vs Wigan Athletic, Premier League Gameweek 15: Open Thread

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Newcastle United hosts Wigan Athletic tonight in a game under the lights from St. James' Park. Wigan will up against it against a Newcastle side desperate to win after several losses in a row. Before, during or after today's Premier...

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What Changes Would You Make At Your Premier League Club In the January Transfer Window?

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We're getting closer and closer to the January transfer window, which is an opportune time for some Premier League clubs to make corrections to their side. Who do they need to offload, and which positions do they need to buy ... Continue...

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Sir Alex Ferguson Backs José Mourinho to Manage Manchester United: The Daily EPL

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In this morning's British newspapers, many journalists are salivating over the rumors in the Spanish press that Jose Mourinho has reached an agreement to leave the club in June. While there hasn't been any official announcement from the...

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Norwich vs Sunderland, Premier League Gameweek 15: Open Thread

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I always enjoy watching a match on television from Carrow Road. The quaint ground, good footballing side and colorful supporters are a refreshing sight to see in the Premier League. And today, they come up against the dark force of ... Continue...

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All The Better To Michu With (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Chelsea fans march on as Rafa feels his way into the role. No one knows what they expected from Rafa joining the club, but somehow here we are...Chelsea losing 3-1 to West Ham. History repeats itself in some ways. Sam ... Continue reading →

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 15 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Twenty two goals in eight Premier League matches is a decent return for a Premier League Saturday especially given the number of surprise results and end-to-end-action. Here are the video highlights from today's matches (for US readers only)....

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Benitez Admits He is ‘Not 100 Per Cent’ Sure He Will Last the Whole Season at Chelsea: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Benitez admits he is 'not 100 per cent' sure he will last the whole season at Chelsea — The Mirror Andy Carroll out injured for two months at West Ham — The Mail ... Continue...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

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What could be worse than West Ham United versus Chelsea? Perhaps QPR against Chelsea? Lazy jibes aside, let's hope that the early kick-off between West Ham United and Chelsea is far more entertaining to watch than I fear. In the ......

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Premier League Giants Lose Again. Get Used To It

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There's still a long way to go this season, but like I've been saying before the season started, this season will be the most competitive Premier League season in a very long time. The talent from top to bottom in ... Continue...

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Harry Redknapp Says He May Not Spend in January If QPR Are ‘Cut Adrift’: The Nightly EPL

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I almost fell out of my chair today when I read that Harry Redknapp said he may not spend in the January transfer window if QPR's survival hopes look doomed. Trust me, even though Redknapp said these words, this sounds ... Continue reading...

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