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English Premier League

The Last Time The English Football Top Flight Was This Close Was Christmas 1974

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The last time the clubs near the top of the table of English football's top flight were this close was Christmas 1974.

Currently, Liverpool sit atop the Premier League table on goal difference above Arsenal who have the same number of points but not as good a goal difference as the Reds. Right behind Arsenal are Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton.

This is An Area Newcastle Must Improve

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Newcastle seem to get beat by more than one goal regularly when we lose, but we hardly ever win by more than one goal, which is at least one reason our goal difference has sucked over the last three seasons, sincewe were promoted straight back to the Premier League in 2010. Alan Pardew - plays [...

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 14-15 September

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1. It was a weekend for the new heroes to create goals. Both Mesut Ozil at Arsenal and Christian Eriksen at Spurs got debut assists. 2. The Special One might not enjoy such a special second stint if his side doesn't learn to convert its chances. 3. It's a good job the Aaron Ramsey death [...]

Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player In 4-0 Rout At Manchester City?

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Newcastle were no match for Manchester City today, and we were well beaten 4-0 and dropped two places in the league table into 15th position, but our goal difference took a hammering and it's now -15. Silva and YohanCabayestruggle for the ball today We cannot ignore the fact that a number of teams near us [.

Newcastle Move Up To 13th Place As Hammers Beaten

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With West Ham being beaten 3-2 at home by Tottenham tonight, Newcastle move one place up the league table and we go there by having scored more goals that the Hammers, as we are on the same points and same goal difference of -10. Gareth Bale - another brace at Upton Park tonight And [...]

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Everton thoughts

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The ledger now reads P17 W4 D1 L12, with a goal difference that tells us that this represents our futility so far.

The signs of improvement are everywhere and while other teams seem well able to beat big teams once in a while, the cut-throat Manchester City squad was never going to be one that this Fulham team could see off.

Everton thoughts

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The ledger now reads P17 W4 D1 L12, with a goal difference that tells us that this represents our futility so far.

The signs of improvement are everywhere and while other teams seem well able to beat big teams once in a while, the cut-throat Manchester City squad was never going to be one that this Fulham team could see off.

Real Madrid

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 16: Barca and Atleti Are Neck and Neck as Madrid Slip Up

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Barcelona and Atletico Madridboth won again to remain level at the top of La Liga as Atleti's three-goal margin brought them exactly level with the Catalans on points, wins and goal difference. Ten-man Real Madrid salvaged a draw at lowly Osasuna to trail the top two by five points.

Atletico Madrid survived an even first half at the Vicente Calderon to overcome fading Valencia 3-0.

Atletico Madrid Attempt to Break Up Spanish Monopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona

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Six games into the 2013 La Liga season, and the top of the table seems about right. Barcelona have won all six of their matches with a goal difference of +17, while right behind them are Atletico Madrid with six wins and a +13 goal difference.

Real Madrid have gotten off to another slow start in La Liga.

Former Madrid Manager Sparks Comical Brawl

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Former Real Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxenburgo was caught up in this comical brawl at the end of Gremio's 1-1 draw with Chilean side Huachipato in the Copa Libertadores group stage last night as the Brazilian's advanced on goal difference at the expense of their opponents last night.

However Luxemburgo's grinning and smiling seemed to get to Huachipato coach Jorge Pellicier who chased the Chuckling Gremio coach across the pitch before Luxembugo comically slipped and fell as player's rained in to strike him before riot Police and ball boy's got involved in the melee.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Timbers

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Notable Statistics Games: 6 Wins: 0 Draws: 2 Losses: 4 Goals For: 5 Goals Against: 9 Goal Difference: -4 Last Match: Whitecaps 2 – Timbers 2 Here are the highlights from that match: Current Cascadia and Western Conference Standings Projected Starting Lineup Injury Report Kenny Miller (adductor, questionable) Andy O'Brien (hamstring, doubtful) Jay DeMerit (Achilles) [.

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs LA

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Notable Statistics Games: 7 (One match in 2012 MLS Playoffs) Wins: 1 Draws: 1 Losses: 5 Goals For: 6 Goals Against: 15 Goal Difference: -9 Last Match: Whitecaps 3 – LA 1 Here are the highlights from that match: Projected Starting Lineup Match Details The Whitecaps will be taking on the LA Galaxy at StubHub [.

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Fire

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Notable Statistics Games: 3 Wins: 1 Draws: 1 Losses: 1 Goals For: 4 Goals Against: 3 Goal Difference: +1 Previous Match: Here are the highlights from that match: Projected Starting Lineup Injury/Absence Report Jay DeMerit (Achilles) Omar Salgado (foot) Russell Teibert (Gold Cup) Simon Thomas (Gold Cup) Let us know what you think of this [.

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Sounders

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Notable Statistics Games: 6 Wins: 0 Draws: 3 Losses: 3 Goals For: 7 Goals Against: 12 Goal Difference: -5 Last Meeting: Sounders 3 – Whitecaps 2 Here are the highlights from that match: Predicted Starting Eleven Injury Report Jay DeMerit (Achilles) Omar Salgado (foot) Prediction Whitecaps 2 – Sounders 1 This match will take place [.

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Sporting Kansas City

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Notable Statistics Games: 3 Wins: 0 Draws: 1 Losses: 2 Goals For: 5 Goals Against: 8 Goal Difference: -3 Last Match: Whitecaps 1 – DC United 0 Here are the highlights from the last match. Projected Starting Lineup Injury Report Jay DeMerit (Achilles) Omar Salgado (foot) Share your thoughts on this match in the comments [.

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Sporting Kansas City

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Notable Statistics Games: 3 Wins: 0 Draws: 1 Losses: 2 Goals For: 5 Goals Against: 8 Goal Difference: -3 Last Match: Whitecaps 1 – DC United 0 Here are the highlights from the last match. Projected Starting Lineup Injury Report Jay DeMerit (Achilles) Omar Salgado (foot) Share your thoughts on this match in the comments [.

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs DC United

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Notable Statistics Games: 3 Wins: 1 Draws: 1 Losses: 1 Goals For: 2 Goals Against: 5 Goal Difference: -3 Last Match: Whitecaps 0 – DC United 0 Projected Starting Lineup This lineup is a tricky one to predict as Rusin and Koffie are back but O'Brien and Lee did not make the trip to DC. [...]

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs DC United

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Notable Statistics Games: 3 Wins: 1 Draws: 1 Losses: 1 Goals For: 2 Goals Against: 5 Goal Difference: -3 Last Match: Whitecaps 0 – DC United 0 Projected Starting Lineup This lineup is a tricky one to predict as Rusin and Koffie are back but O'Brien and Lee did not make the trip to DC. [...]

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Chivas USA

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Notable Statistics Matches: 6 Wins: 2 Draws: 3 Losses: 1 Goals For: 7 Goals Against: 4 Goal Difference: +3 Last Match: 2-1 win for Chivas Here are the highlights from the last match: Projected Starting Eleven Injury Report Brad Rusin (calf strain) Gershon Koffie (quad strain) Omar Salgado (foot) Jay DeMerit (Achilles) Andy O'Brien (hamstring) .

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Revolution

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Notable Statistics Matches: 3 Wins: 0 Draws: 1 Losses: 2 Goals For: 2 Goals Against: 6 Goal Difference: -4 Last Match: 4-1 win for New England Here are the highlights from the last match: Predicted Starting Eleven Injury Report Brad Rusin (calf strain) Gershon Koffie (quad strain) Omar Salgado (foot) Jay DeMerit (Achilles) Andy O'Brien .

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Sounders

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Notable Stats Games: 5 Wins: 0 Draws: 3 Losses: 2 Goals For: 5 Goals Against: 9 Goal Difference: -4 Last Meeting The last time the Sounders and Whitecaps met was in September of 2012 at BC Place. That game finished is a scoreless draw, here are the highlights of that match: Projected Starting Eleven Injury .

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Impact

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Notable Stats MLS Games: 2 Wins: 1 Draws: 2 Losses: 0 Goals For: 2 Goals Against: 0 Goal Difference: +2 Preview The Whitecaps have their best ever chance at a piece of legitimate silverware since joining the MLS in 2011 The Caps have finally seemed to find some form as they are undefeated in 3 ... Continue reading »

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Timbers

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Notable Statistics Games: 5 Wins: 0 Draws: 1 Losses: 4 Goals For: 3 Goals Against: 7 Goal Difference: -4 Preview Both these sides are coming off victories in their previous MLS matches. The Whitecaps are coming off a 3-1 victory over the LA Galaxy, a game that saw a massive improvement over previous results.

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Impact

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Notable Stats MLS Games: 1 Wins: 1 Draws: 0 Losses: 0 Goals For: 2 Goals Against: 0 Goal Difference: +2 Preview The Whitecaps have never been crowned Voyageurs Cup champions before but they hope that 2013 can be their first. The Caps have only met the Impact in MLS play once back in the 2012 ... Continue reading »

Prediction Post: Whitecaps vs Galaxy

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Notable Whitecaps Statistics Against LA Games: 6 (One match in 2012 MLS Playoffs) Wins: 0 Draws: 1 Losses: 5 Goals For: 3 Goals Against: 14 Goal Difference: -11 Preview The last time the Caps met the Galaxy was in the first round of the 2012 MLS Playoffs when they lost out 2-1 to LA. Vancouver ... Continue reading »

Tottenham Hotspur

Top 10 Chelsea vs Tottenham pre-match talking points

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1. Rafa Benitez can relax For once the opposition manager will be disliked nearly as much as him. AVB was never quite the right fit in the Chelsea hot-seat, although he was still a better fit than Benitez. 2. Andre Villas Boas could ponder what might have been... but he doesn't want to John Terry's [.

Arsenal’s season could be decided on Goal Difference – So lets get more goals!

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Fellow Gooners, by KA

We are in the last stage of the EPL campaign , ManUre has just won the league and next week we will have to give them a guard of honour but the main thing which we should worry about (apart from winning) is Goal Difference, because it could end up in a situation where All THREE London team ends up with 70 Points and realistically its a possibility.

Bayern Munich

OTP Rebounds: Lecce player’s bizarre sex scandal, Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar flexes his maths muscles and Dani Alves: hair stylist

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Dani Alves reinvents himself as a children's hair stylist [Dirty Tackle] A tactical assessment of how Bayern Munich demolished Barcelona [Zonal Marking] Lecce player Ousmane Dramè offers to pay a prostitute with an iPhone 5, reneges, gets stopped in his tracks by a transvestite [101GG] Pique channels Travolta [Pies] Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has [.

Bayern Munich’s president is unhappy with the lack of competitiveness in the Bundesliga

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With five matches left to play, Bayern Munich have already won the Bundesliga title. They have lost only once this season. Their goal difference is 70. They even went six straight matches without conceding a single goal at one point. And as pleased with themselves as they must be, Bayern president Uli Hoeness says that the way in which they dominated the league this season is cause for concern.

A painful breakdown of Bayern Munich’s 9-2 win against Hamburg

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With a 20-point lead in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich added yet another exclamation point to their domestic campaign with a 9-2 win against Hamburg. Yes, nine. Including four from Claudio Pizarro.

Now, Hamburg are hardly a patsy of a side -- they're currently in the top half of the table (even though their goal difference took a bit of a hit).

The Rest

FIFA has drawn the ire of fans for is

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FIFA has drawn the ire of fans for issues off the pitch surrounding the World Cup. However, because of ambiguous tiebreaker rules, that focus could shift to the field of play in Brazil. Under very particular circumstances, a three-way tie could lead to confusion and more criticism for the governing body.

Bundesliga Week 14 Round Up – Insanity in Sinsheim

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Normally you would not be too bothered about a -2 goal difference after fourteen matches, that is unless you're the Hoffenheim coach. The good news is that so far, only Borussia Dortmund have scored more goals in the Bundesliga that Markus Gisdol's team. The bad news is that no other team has conceded more.

Prediction Post: Canada vs Mexico

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Notable Statistics Against Mexico Matches: 28 Wins: 4 Draws: 8 Losses: 16 Goals For: 19 Goals Against: 61 Goal Difference: -42 Last Match Final Score: Canada 0 – Martinique 1 Here are the highlights from that match: Projected Starting Eleven Match Details Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle When: 7:00pm PT on Thursday, July 11 How: Sportsnet [.

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Indonesia Super League

Sriwijaya v Persidafon 1-1 (Herman Dzumafo; David Laly) 2,234

This result will be a major disappointment to hosts Sriwijaya as they failed to defeat bottom club Persidafon. And they had to come from behind. The side from Papua were bottom...this point lifted them above PSPS on goal difference.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

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Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and the Houston Dynamo. For D.C. United, at least, the Dynamo may be the scariest thing on that list. Since moving from San Jose - RIP Quakes 1.0 and your correct use of blue instead of black as your home color - Houston has been nothing but trouble for United.

Club Tijuana face next test vs. Palmeiras in Libertadores Round of 16

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By DAN KARELL

Club Tijuana look to continue their impressive debut run in the Copa Libertadores, when Brazilian side Palmeiras come into the Estadio Caliente on Tuesday (9:30pm ET, Fox Deportes) for the first-leg match in the Round of 16.

Though Palmeiras were relegated at the end of last year, they still have a strong squad thanks to their participation in the Copa Libertadores and finished first in their group with three wins in six matches, just edging Argentine club Tigre on goal difference for the top place.

GIF It: Ron Vlaar’s 30-yard strike (Aston Villa 6-1 Sunderland)

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Aston Villa fans might have known that last night's match against Sunderland was going to be a good night from the moment defender Ron Vlaar stepped into midfield and drove the ball into the net from 30-yards. And the skipper's stunning strike ultimately set Paul Lambert's side on the way to a 6-1 thrashing of [.

HOW THE TOP OF THE NCEL PREMIER DIVISION LOOKS TONIGHT.

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Brighouse are sitting on top of the table with 81 points from 35 games and have a goal difference of +48. Boro' are 2nd with a game in hand, just 1 point behind and a superior goal difference of +69, our landlords Bridlington Town are then 7 points behind us on 73 from 33 games and they are 2 goals worse off than us with +67, I think one of these top 3 teams will eventually be crowned champions but in 4th place with an outside chance are Worksop Town, they are on 69 points from 34 games and have a goal difference of +30.

Winning mentality: The difference between United and City

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It was interesting to see Roberto Mancini claim that United's 15 point lead was down to being "lucky".

"Until now, United have been really lucky with ­everything, they have won a lot of games in the last minute – like against us when they really didn't deserve to win," Mancini told reporters.

The 2013 African Cup Of Nations: The Finale To Groups C & D

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Group C

Group C ended up as Group A's inverted evil twin – intermittently good at first, collectively allergic to goal attempts at the end. Having praised Eurosport for negotiating Group A's minefield of ever-changing team positions, I felt somewhat let down by the mess into which they mired themselves as Zambia and Nigeria threatened to copy each other into oblivion.