SoccerLens Archives for January 2012

Will Arsenal’s stunning comeback against Reading help them against United?

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Will Arsenal's stunning comeback against Reading help them against United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal mounted an incredible comeback from 4-0 down to win 7-5 after extra time at Reading in a truly extraordinary League Cup fourth-round tie at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

Player Stats: Chelsea v Manchester United

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Player Stats: Chelsea v Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea and Manchester United occupy the top two slots in the Premier League this season, and Sunday game already looks like a potential turning point in the title race

Despite a disappointing Champions League outing in the week, Chelsea's Premier League form has been dominant.

Sunday betting special: back Everton and Manchester United to finally beat arch rivals

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Sunday betting special: back Everton and Manchester United to finally beat arch rivals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two cracking games in prospect on Sky Sports 1 "Super Sunday" with Everton playing host to Liverpool and Chelsea taking on arch rivals Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Nike Maxim Hi-Vis Ball Lights Up Top European Leagues

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Nike Maxim Hi-Vis Ball Lights Up Top European Leagues - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The top leagues across Europe have been using the Nike Maxim footballs, but from this coming weekend onwards, the Nike Maxim Hi-Vis ball will be introduced to the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.

Aston Villa v Norwich City: can Lambert motivate his players?

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Aston Villa v Norwich City: can Lambert motivate his players? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

5 points from 8 games is a damning statistic for any manager. Projected over the course of the season, that's less than 25 points. It's relegation form, plain and simple, and Aston Villa are stuck in a rut because of it.

United getting a taste of their own medicine

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United getting a taste of their own medicine - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since the Premier League's inception in 1992, the rest of the league has had to endure endless last minute goals and miraculous comebacks from Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side.

For the first time, however, United are having to watch their bitter rivals, Manchester City, produce such moments of their own, with Saturday's dramatic victory over West Brom the perfect example.

Kirkland Assault Suspect Arrested

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Kirkland Assault Suspect Arrested - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

An Arrest has been made in connection with the ugly incident which took place during Friday nights fiesty Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

Gloucestershire Police have announced that a 21-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on suspicion of assault shortly before 1pm on Sunday after a Leeds fan ran onto the pitch and shoved Owls keeper Chris Kirkland in the face following his teams equaliser in the 77th minute of the Championship clash.

Tito Vilanova’s FC Barcelona vs. Deportiva La Coruña: Back to the drawing board

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Tito Vilanova's FC Barcelona vs. Deportiva La Coruña: Back to the drawing board - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Enough is enough. FC Barcelona's performance against Deportivo La Coruña showcased two personalities, if you will. For the first half an hour FC Barcelona were ruthless and efficient, leading 3-0 by the 18th minute, courtesy of Jordi Alba (3'), Cristian Tello (8') and Lionel Messi (18').

AVB’s chance of revenge: Tottenham vs Chelsea preview

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AVB's chance of revenge: Tottenham vs Chelsea preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham go head-to-head at White Hart Lane on Saturday in an early season indicator of where each side are in their respective ambitions this term. The Blues are undefeated and top of the pile after seven games, whilst Spurs have shown good form of late in their pursuit of Champions League football.

Premier League preview: the best weekend bets

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Premier League preview: the best weekend bets - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League football is back from the October international break and we have several key matches coming up this weekend, with Tottenham v Cheslea and Sunderland v Newcastle the pick of the bunch.

Here we look at the big matches coming up and the best football bets for each game:

Tottenham v Chelsea The big match on Saturday sees Spurs play host to Chelsea (12.

Sport’s bravest athletes with stories to inspire us mere mortals

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Sport's bravest athletes with stories to inspire us mere mortals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Professional sport contests can be decided by the smallest of margins; that extra bit of motivation, courage or bravery could well be the difference between success and ultimate failure. Regardless of the determination of most athletes to succeed, a small few stand head and shoulders above the crowd with their heroic efforts and extraordinary will to win.

Cristiano Ronaldo to make 100th appearance for Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo to make 100th appearance for Portugal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cristiano Ronaldo recieved a shoulder injury in the El Clasico last week but he is said to have recovered and will be available for selection on internation duty.

100th National Cap & Current Form

Portugal host Northern Ireland later today and if CR plays, it will be his 100th international cap in the national football team.

Cole vs Baines: Who should be first choice?

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Cole vs Baines: Who should be first choice? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of the toughest decisions England manager Roy Hodgson has to make throughout this World Cup qualifying campaignand, perhaps,beyond, is who hisfirst choice left back is.

In one corner you have a solid,established English footballing legend, and in the other you have one of the most in-form players in the Premier League at the moment, who is improving by the game.

Poland v England betting tips and preview

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Poland v England betting tips and preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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As England prepare to face Poland in today's Group H World Cup qualifier, they will be banking on their new-found pragmatism to pull them through one of the more difficult fixtures of this group.

Poland v England Preview: Obraniak is Poles’ best chance against Three Lions

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Poland v England Preview: Obraniak is Poles' best chance against Three Lions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Castrol Edge Performance data, Ludovic Obraniak can provide the requisite creativity for Poland against England in the absence of injured captain Jacob Blaszczykowski, with the French-born schemer impressing in his season's Ligue 1.

Newcastle United & Wonga – Lending Alan Pardew’s side a helping hand

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Newcastle United & Wonga – Lending Alan Pardew's side a helping hand - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Throughout the 17 years Liverpool advertised Carlsberg in bold white writing on the front of their many jerseys, I can't say I remember or have even heard about any controversy over the move.

England v San Marino: Chance for Baines, Jagielka & Lescott to show their quality?

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England v San Marino: Chance for Baines, Jagielka & Lescott to show their quality? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England v San Marino: England's third Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier is to be played against San Marino from the Italian Peninsula, later today (Oct 12).

England players and the new code of conduct – something has to give

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England players and the new code of conduct something has to give - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The power of social media these days is seemingly almost untenable, as footballers are seemingly being caught out on a weekly basis for displaying their sentiments to the world on any and all matters.

England v San Marino: Chance for Baines, Jagielka & Lescott to show their quality?

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England v San Marino: Chance for Baines, Jagielka & Lescott to show their quality? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England v San Marino: England's third Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier is to be played against San Marino from the Italian Peninsula, later today (Oct 12).

Three World Cup qualifiers to watch over the next seven days

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Three World Cup qualifiers to watch over the next seven days - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Domestic duty takes a back seat throughout Europe over the next week as World Cup qualifying is back, with two fixtures for most of the nations vying for a place in Brazil 2014. At this stage of the competition there will be the perennial miss-matches that provide one-sided football scores but a number of evenly-poised fixtures stand out from the next two rounds of games; here are three games not to miss.

New, solid Arsenal look the part

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New, solid Arsenal look the part - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's failure to win a trophy since 2005 has been largely down to two things: their vulnerability in defence and their failure to dig out victories in tight games. So far this season, however, both areas look greatly improved for Arsene Wenger's side, with an impressive win at West Ham on Saturday a classic example of their new solid, winning mentality.

FC Barcelona 2:2 Real Madrid – Status Clásico?

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FC Barcelona 2:2 Real Madrid – Status Clásico? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's probably club footballs' most talked about fixture. The El Clásico. Last night's match had hundreds of millions (some 400,000,000) viewers glued to their TV-sets. Catalunya's FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, often times billed as Spain's team.

Liverpool v Stoke: Potters never won in 49 games at Anfield

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Liverpool v Stoke: Potters never won in 49 games at Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are 1.5 with Betfred and Paddy Power to beat Stoke at Anfield, and the stats are firmly in their favour.

Stoke have never won away in the top flight against the Reds in 49 attempts (W0 D10 L39) the most winless games by one team at the home of another in top flight history.

Spurs to brush aside Villans with ease

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Spurs to brush aside Villans with ease - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham are not surprisingly long odds-on at 1.44 with Betfred to brush aside Aston Villa, and everything suggests a comfortable success is on the cards.

The Lilywhites have lost none of their last seven Premier League games against the Villans (W4 D3), and have won 14 and lost just two of their last 21 league matches at White Hart Lane.

City obvious favorites against Sunderland

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City obvious favorites against Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are a top priced 1.3 to beat Sunderland at the Etihad, but make little appeal at odds-on and a better value bet is for both sides to score at 2.2 with Boylesports.

City have lost none of their last 32 Premier League home games (W29 D3 L0), and have won have won nine and lost none of their last 12 in the top flight.

Chelsea to remain at top of Premier League

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Chelsea to remain at top of Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea look bankers at 1.22 with bet365 and Betfred to beat Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues currently sit top of the Premier League and their Champions League group, and come into the game on the back of a 4-0 win at FC Nordsjaelland in midweek.

Holt Hits Out at Hodgson

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Holt Hits Out at Hodgson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

GrantHolt hasexpressed his disappointment at not being acknowledged by England manager Roy Hodgson and says he has now given up hope of ever playing for the national squad.

The Norwich City striker, believes he should have been capped by his country after becoming the second highest English scorer in the Premier League during the 2011/12 season, however he was not considered for the 2012 European Championships and does not think a call-up will arrive.

Man City’s Roberto Mancini: Rich in embarrassment

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Man City's Roberto Mancini: Rich in embarrassment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When one thinks of Manchester City these days the first thing that comes into mind is the wealth associated with its billionaire owner, Sheikh Mansour, and thus their almost unrivaled spending power.

There's also the label that is attached to it ‘nuveau riche' or simply ‘newly rich'.

FIFA Laws of the Game: Ambiguity, Uncertainty & Room For Interpretation

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FIFA Laws of the Game: Ambiguity, Uncertainty & Room For Interpretation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The equivalent of Godwin's Law the rule of polite online debate which bans any reference to Hitler or the Nazis in Association Football is surely the invocation of the FIFA Laws of the Game to settle an argument over a contentious decision by a referee (perhaps it should be called the Rimet Rule?

Tottenham plan for success as Liverpool and Newcastle look to ‘get by’ in Europa League

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Tottenham plan for success as Liverpool and Newcastle look to 'get by' in Europa League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thursday night sees the second round of the Europa League group stages, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle all in action in tough games. With domestic fixtures this weekend in the back of the respective managers' minds, the outcome of Europa League matches featuring the Premier League teams will be influenced by team selection, with all three bosses placing varying levels of importance on the competition.

Tottenham Still Have Areas Where They Need To Improve

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Tottenham Still Have Areas Where They Need To Improve - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Right now, it's a pretty good time to be a Spurs fan. Saturday saw a first win at Old Trafford in 23 years, as Andre Villas-Boas's men faced it all, stood tall and did it their way against a relentless second half Man United assault.

Puma signs contract with Gael Clichy

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Puma signs contract with Gael Clichy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The German sports goods manufacturer Puma has signed a partnership agreement with the French international and Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy. He previously wore Umbro boots.

Last season, Puma also signed a contract with Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas who used to wear Nike.

The Best Sports Commercials On Television, From EA Sports To ESPN

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The Best Sports Commercials On Television, From EA Sports To ESPN - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Modern technology has turned commercials, one of the foundations of the American television viewing experience, into a shadow of their former selves. Ads are now easily avoided thanks to the plethora of viewing options that allow the view to skip over ads altogether, limiting the cultural resonance of even the best campaigns.

Soccer Is America’s Sport of Now

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Soccer Is America's Sport of Now - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For more years than most of us would care to remember, soccer has been trumpeted as America's "sport of the future." The belief was that one day (perhaps because there was once a World Cup here, or perhaps because so many of us spent our formative Saturday afternoons running aimlessly around fields nominally playing the game) the country would come to embrace soccer the way the rest of the world has for the better part of the last 150 years.

United’s midfield frailties highlighted again

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United's midfield frailties highlighted again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's defeat against Tottenham at Old Trafford on Saturday had been coming, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side punished for a lacklustre start to their Premier League campaign.

It is in midfield that United are looking most vulnerable at times, though, with a lack of pace and players who are either too old or inexperienced.