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English Premier League

Five things we learned this weekend

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Another weekend of Premier League action is now in the books, and the table is starting to somewhat resemble normality. Title contenders Chelsea and Swansea City now sit atop the competitors, and annual relegation fighters Arsenal and Liverpool find themselves languishing towards the bottom of the table, still winless after two weekends of action.

Betting and Robin

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The start of the new Barclays Premier League season is almost upon us and betting is well underway on who will be next to lift the coveted trophy.

The recent acquisition of Robin Van Persie by Manchester United has not been enough to throw Man City off the top of the odds leaderboard.

Henry Winter on a new Keano, best Manchester XI and Rooney

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Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph Football Correspondent and columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, has shared his thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season. Bear in mind, these answers came before yesterday's news about Robin van Persie...

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season but we dropped eight points in the last few weeks of 2011-2012.

Henry Winter on a new Keano, best Manchester XI and Rooney

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Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph Football Correspondent and columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, has shared his thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season. Bear in mind, these answers came before yesterday's news about Robin van Persie...

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season but we dropped eight points in the last few weeks of 2011-2012.

Eden Hazard Joins Chelsea

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After a lot of fanfare and puffs of smoke, it appears that Eden Hazard has decided to put everyone out of their boredom/misery and has announced that he will be signing for Chelsea next season ditching the offers from both Manchester clubs.

Hazard seems to have really enjoyed the limelight in recent weeks, going on to Twitter to announce that he will be announcing his decision regarding his future later, only to leave everyone guessing, before leaving more cryptic clues a few days later.

The Championship Race for Promotion: Southampton, Reading and the Play-Off Candidates

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The Championship Race for Promotion: Southampton, Reading and the Play-Off Candidates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With 6 games to go in the season, the race for promotion to the riches of the Premier League is hotting up.

It is seemingly a three-horse race for the two automatic promotion places on offer.

Sir Alex Ferguson Begins His Mind Games, Again

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It's that time of year again, The Grand National horse race is around the corner and Fergie has begun testing his opposite number to see if he has the nerve to jump the final fences. Manchester City have still to negotiate some big fences in the form of Chelsea at home, a rejuvenated Arsenal away and, of course, United at home, whereas United have only the City game to trouble them as they turn for home.

La Liga: What is wrong with this picture?

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La Liga standing as of Feb 13, 2012 (From the Guardian)

Cast your eye at the number of goals scored by each club in the fourth column from the right. At this point is there any wonder why this is not even a two horse race anymore? The race for La Liga is effectively over as even Pep Guardiola has all but conceded defeat, for the rest it ended in September last year.

Redknapp Incensed by Balotelli’s Actions

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Man City were 3-2 winners over Tottenham thanks to a late Mario Balotelli penalty that ensured the Citizens remain top of the Premier League with a 3 point advantage over their city rivals United.

But once again City striker Balotelli is making the news for all the wrong reasons. Despite netting the last minute winner, the 21 year old Italy international,was 'lucky' to be on the pitch after stumping on Scott Parker.

Premier League between Manchester City, United and Tottenham, says Roberto Mancini

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Premier League between Manchester City, United and Tottenham, says Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini believes the Barclays Premier League title is a three-horse race between Manchester City, United and Tottenham all vying for the crown.

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The Season So Far…

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This season's Premier League is more difficult to predict than any other in recent history. The title race is a genuine two horse race: Man United's supremacy has finally been challenged by Man City, and the relegation battle is anyone's call. With so much unpredictability about, football betting tips with Onebooker is a sure-fire source [.

The Season So Far…

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This season's Premier League is more difficult to predict than any other in recent history. The title race is a genuine two horse race: Man United's supremacy has finally been challenged by Man City, and the relegation battle is anyone's call. With so much unpredictability about, football betting tips with Onebooker is a sure-fire source [.

AVB - Reds Still In Title Hunt

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Liverpool are still in the hunt for the Premier League title by virtue of their significant summer spending.
The Blues tackle Kenny Dalglish's men at Stamford Bridge on Sunday bidding to close the 12 point gap between themselves and table-toppers Manchester City.

Gerrard Haunted By Failure

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Steven Gerrard admits he is haunted by the fact he has never been able to win the Premier League.
The 31-year-old has tasted just about every success you can as a player with Liverpool winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and Carling Cup.
But the title medal remains nothing more than a dream at this point, and Gerrard admits that troubles him.

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Pompey’s Spider Trap: Chainrai Walks But His Web remains

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It appears us Pompey fans have upset Mr Chainrai and he no longer wants to own our club. In an spate of dummy spitting of some awe-inspiring magnitude on Wednesday he withdrew his bid to be our 'reluctant saviour' for a third time. Firing a tirade of self-exposing blame-shifting Mr Chainrai has taken up Portpin's bid and walked.

Pompey’s Spider Trap: Chainrai Walks But His Web remains

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It appears us Pompey fans have upset Mr Chainrai and he no longer wants to own our club. In an spate of dummy spitting of some awe-inspiring magnitude on Wednesday he withdrew his bid to be our 'reluctant saviour' for a third time. Firing a tirade of self-exposing blame-shifting Mr Chainrai has taken up Portpin's bid and walked.

Real Madrid

The Spanish Duopoly Strengthens With Malaga’s Downfall

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Within the past decade, La Liga has evolved (or devolved, depending on who you're talking to) into a two-horse race between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Between TV contracts, exposure and merchandise, the Spanish league is divided into distinct categories: the haves (two teams) and the have-nots (18 clubs).

Pirlo for Ballon d'Or

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The race for European Footballer of the year appears to be a two horse race: Messi and Ronaldo, but maybe there is a third player that deserves a look.

Last season Andrea Pirlo left AC Milan to sign with fellow Italian League superpower Juventus. The move paid off for the Old Lady and Pirlo.

A tale of two title races

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In an ideal world, there would be only two football clubs in Spain. They will both go around the country and play in 20 grounds every season, but they will always only play each other. That way, the other teams don't have to all exert the energy and pressure of playing each other in a meaningless fight for 3rd and below, or play one of these two teams and get hearts and souls crushed.

Barca Win To Keep Pressure On Madrid

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Barcelona looked like they were headed for a draw before Alexis Sanchez and Messi scored in the span of 10 minutes to hand the Catalans a much needed 4-2 win over Real Betis that reduced their deficit on Leaders Real Madrid to 5 points.

World Player of the year Lionel Messi scored a brace to bring his tally for the season to 19 goals, just 2 short of leading goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Chelsea

Chelsea’s capture of Hazard a serious statement of intent

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Chelsea's capture of Hazard a serious statement of intent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Highly-rated Lille attacking midfielder Eden Hazard has revealed that he is ready to join Chelsea next season, despite interest from both Manchester United and Manchester City. The Belgium international has been a leading light for the Ligue 1 outfit over the last 24 months, and will move to Stamford Bridge in a £32 million deal once the transfer window reopens.

An Analysis of Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea’s final games – 7 Cup Finals!

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Comparing the run-ins: by SV We are at a stage of the season now where the ‘every game is a cup final' attitude could not be more useful. We are in what I see as a three horse race for the 3rd and 4th spots; with the other two horses being Spuds and Chelsea. The [...]

London sides miss out

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Tottenham failed to close the gap on the top two after a thrilling 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane.
Both sides were chasing victory to keep pace with the runaway leaders, but cancelled each other out in a free-flowing encounter.

Controversial Chelsea skipper John Terry played 24 hours after discovering he was being charged with racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Juventus

Ibrahimovic Hat-Trick Moves Milan 4 Points Clear In Serie A

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Ibrahimovic marked his return from his three match suspension by scoring a hat-trick in Milan's 4-0 win over Palermo yesterday. The win coupled with Juve's 1-1 home draw with Chievo pushed the Rossoneri 4 points clear at the top of the Serie A.

Of course Juve still have a game in hand which should they win will bring them level on points with Milan, however, the Bianconeri will still remain in second spot because of Milan's superior goal advantage.

Pirlo Takes Juventus Top In Serie A

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The Serie A is shaping up to be a 2 horse race between Juventus and defending champions AC Milan especially after the Bianconeri's 3-1 home win over Catania last night that pushed them back into top spot in the table standings with 49 points, 2 above Milan who could go back on top with a Win at Cesena today.

The Rest

Celtic players cover teammate’s car in Post-It notes

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Spirits are high at Celtic, where they've already won the next few seasons worth of Scottish Premier League titles and on Wednesday, booked a place in the Champions League group stage. In fact, these early successes have come so easy that the players had the time to cover teammate Mohamed Bangura's Audi in Post-It notes.

Some A League Thoughts

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When it comes to countries nutty about sport, few are nuttier than the Australians. Australia; where a horse race can bring the county to a standstill; where men in tight, very tight shorts chase an odd shaped ball are often cheered on by 70,000 nutty spectators; where two types of rugby are popular and they excel in both.

Santi? Course he’s coming to town.

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Morning all,

and the main event this grey Friday is, of course, Santi Cazorla. Absent from training at Malaga yesterday he traveled to London as everything had been agreed between the clubs, underwent a medical and all going well should be unveiled as an Arsenal player today.

It is, perhaps, 12 months later than Arsene Wenger would have liked.

Euro 2012: The Final – Spain 4-0 Italy

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Football writers the world over will be frantically thumbing through their thesaureses this evening, desperately searching for new superlatives for a performance from Spain that we may well one day look back upon as the definitive of our age. Over the last few days a frankly tedious circular debate has been raging on the subject of whether Spain are "boring" or not.

Chris Bosh for Dwight Howard Next Season?

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Published early April 2012.

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