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A first glimpse of LVG: LA Galaxy vs United preview

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There is very little rest for the wicked, it seems. There's definitely been almost none for Louis Van Gaal who, less than two weeks on since his Holland side dismantled Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third spot playoff, will take charge of his first ever game as Manchester United manager tomorrow morning at 4.

World Cup predictions: Netherlands, France and Belgium to win

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For United fans once the England mess is cleared away the World Cup has been as interesting from a managerial standpoint as it has been from a players standpoint.

With United manager Louis van Gaal taking Netherlands to the Round of 16, Netherlands v Mexico will be watched for LvG's tactical approach to the game more than it'll be appreciated for the talents of United strikers Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.

Light at the end of the tunnel for United

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At long, long, last we've finally reached the end. Sunday's trip to the South Coast brings the curtain down on this seemingly endless, utterly shambolic, largely uninspiring campaign meaning we can all spend the next few months dreaming of returning to success, while our heads spin at the number of players United are linked with in the press.

It’s out with the old, in with the young for United

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On Monday, it'll be a year since Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his last ever game at Old Trafford but the way things have unfolded this season one'd be forgiven for thinking that 10 years have passed by since that rainy May afternoon. United's catastrophic season simply refuses to end, the feel good factor generated by David Moyes' sacking and Ryan Giggs' first game in charge evaporated in less than a week, as United were their usual inept selves on Saturday.

Giggs hoping for perfect double

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Over the last two weeks, football has been somewhat of an afterthought at United, with all the attention focused on David Moyes' successor who, presumably, will be unveiled next week and is extremely likely to be speaking Dutch.

Football, of course, still has a role to play in this most endless, disappointing and beleaguered of seasons, whose finishing line seems destined to remain something blurry on the horizon.

Giggs wants to play the United way

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"We're Man United, we're at home, I expect us to win and play well and we want to give the fans something to shout about, play attacking football, score goals, make tackles."

Ryan Giggs might only be in the Manchester United dugout for the next four games but if the above statement is anything to go by, then the remainder of the season could prove to be a world away from the dour, turgid, reality we've experienced for the last 10 months.

United’s last chance of redemption

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Having spent the first leg defending in the trenches that were dug around their 16-yard box while trying to hit Bayern on the counter, United travel to Germany knowing that, at some stage during the game, they'll have to shed the ponderous and dithering cloth they've worn all season and attack.

Resolutely.

United need a miracle

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The last time Bayern Munich traveled to Old Trafford, they found themselves 3-0 down in less than 20 minutes, only to claw their way back into the game thanks, in no small part, to Rafael's sending off, before Arjen Robben's wonder strike ensured they'd progress to the semifinal.

Such heroics are not likely to be needed tonight, when the German and European champions face United in what is arguably the most unbalanced of the four quarter finals and will likely prove to be the Reds' last Champions League at Old Trafford for who knows how long.

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What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers second match versus Colorado Rapids

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There has been enough off the pitch news surrounding the Portland Timbers and the Timbers Army for fans to keep up on, but nothing helps focus a group better like match day. The Colorado Rapids are just above the Timbers on the table, and a victory would give the home side a chance to build some momentum before a busy August and September.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake preview –Timbers try to find their identity in venue that has proven unforgiving

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The Portland Timbers haven't had much success in Salt Lake City over the years, but this isn't exactly the same RSL side either. The team said goodbye to longtime coach Jason Kreis, but they've been able to keep the same system in place with several veterans and longtime assistant Jeff Cassar stepping in as head coach.

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas preview – Hoping to rebound in the heart of Texas

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The Portland Timbers play their second road match of 2014 hoping to see their offensive fortunes change against a club, FC Dallas, where they enjoyed some success in 2013. FCD is one of the hotter teams to start the 2014 campaign with a diversified scoring group, but they have several questions on defense that should set this match up as a potential high scoring affair.

English Premier League

Steven Taylor, Haidara And Shola Ameobi Start – Loic Remy Missing

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Some surprises in the starting line-up today with Loic Remy missing the final game of the season, having picked up a knock in training, and Shola Ameobi comes in up front, so we'll have some difficulty scoring goals, with Newcastle having scored only one goal in the previous 12 games Remy has missed this season.

We've Taken It To The Wire

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Whilst it's highly unlikely Manchester City will slip to defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Sunday it's frankly miraculous that Liverpool have managed to put themselves in a position where they are still in with a shot at the title on the final day. If you'd of asked any Liverpool fan at the start of the season what they were expecting, nobody would have said this.

Reds Must Beat Palace To Keep League Title Hopes Alive

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After watching Everton fail to do anything right on Saturday evening Liverpool find themselves hoping for another twist in this title race as they prepare to face Crystal Palace. Whatever happens Liverpool still need to be victorious in this game to stand any chance of getting a shot at the league.

Magpies Win 3-0 And Fans Demonstrate Against Manager

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Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor scored the goals for Newcastle this afternoon, and we were the better side in the first half, but allowed Cardiff City far too much of the ball in the second half, and Cardiff had chances to win this game, before Loic Remy got his 14th goal of the [...]

Shola Ameobi And Remy Up Front For Newcastle

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Alan Pardew has announced his team and its a 4-4-2 formation with Shola Ameobi coming in for Dan Gosling to partner Loic Remy up front, and in the last home game, Shola got his first Premier League goal of the season against Swansea but we still lost that one 2-1. That is the only [...]

Surpising Poll Results Of Game Against Cardiff

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The mood of Newcastle fans is not good at the moment, and that;s reflected in our poll on the result of the game tomorrow, with just over 50% at the time of writing expecting us to be beaten at home to the bottom of the league team. Loic Remy - maybe he can [...]

Pardew – We Need Support – Not A Walkout

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With some (but not all) Newcastle fan organizations pushing for a walkout at the game after 69 minutes tomorrow, it's got to be very difficult for the lads to win the game, even if we manage to score a goal and are ahead at that time, and it seems a terrific chance for Cardiff City [...]

Debuchy, Remy And Sissoko All Start At Arsenal

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Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko all start the game tonight against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and that's the first time all three have started a game for over two months. Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Dan Gosling, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran; Moussa [.

Liverpool Ready For Chelsea At Anfield

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Liverpool welcome Jose Mourinho's Chelsea to Anfield on Sunday and whilst Brendan Rodgers bats away the ex Inter Milan coach's mind games, Liverpool are 100% ready to go out and walk another step closer to that elusive Premier League title.

Mourinho began this week by saying he would rest key players in the fixture, perhaps having one eye on a shot at another Champions League.

"Exactly The Same... We Go Again."

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After a scintillating fixture with Manchester City last weekend, Liverpool fans find themselves ever more excited as the blue side of Manchester also slipped up against Sunderland in the week dropping more points. As the Reds assess their situation they could even draw with Chelsea now and still go on to win the league but first there is the yellow and green of Norwich standing in our way.

Debuchy, Remy And Armstrong On Bench

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It's a surprise that both Loic Remy and MathieuDebuchy are starting on the bench today against Swansea, and why that's the case we have no idea, it's not like we don't need them in the team immediately. And surprisingly Luuk de Jong, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi all start and yes they are the [...

Is This Liverpool's Biggest Game In 24 Years?

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I'm back from Budapest and bringing you what hopefully will turn out to be an iconic match preview in the build up to a game that is easily the most important one in my lifetime as a Liverpool fan when concerning the league. The Reds prepare to face the might of Manchester City on Sunday whilst also assembling a fitting memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough as we near the 25th anniversary of that fateful day.

Santon, Gosling, Haidara Start – Armstrong, Ben Arfa On Bench

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As expected Davide Santon comes in at right back, but there's a bit of a surprise in that Dan Gosling is given a chance to add some much needed creativity to the Newcastle midfield and Dan gets a start this afternoon. It looks like Vurnon Anita will play out on the right wing in place [...]

Reds Aim To Hammer Home Their Title Credentials

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Liverpool make the trip down south on Sunday afternoon as they prepare to face Sam Allardyce's West Ham side. With the Reds sitting proudly on their perch, an away game against a side that can cause problems is a daunting task for Liverpool and as Brendan Rodgers has said many times we must take each game as it comes.

United seek more joy on the road

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If the "one step forward, two steps backward" pattern that United have established this season is anything to go by, expect the Reds to suffer a catastrophic defeat at Newcastle tomorrow,having delivered one of the most unexpected results of the season on Tuesday night.

The fact United travel to the North East with all the focus on Wednesday's return leg in Munich is extremely surprising, given the general and justified doom and gloom that surrounded the club ahead of Tuesday's 1-1 draw.

Can Liverpool End March On A High?

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Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday as they aim to collect a more convincing win after a somewhat nervy 90 minutes with Sunderland midweek. After confidently beating Spurs on their own turf, Brendan Rodgers will surely have faith in his side to seal the deal in the reverse fixture this weekend.

Haidara And Ben Arfa Start At Southampton

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Alan Pardew has produced a couple of surprises in that he has given a start to Massadio Haidara at left back, and a good move is that Ben Arfa is also in the starting line-up at Southampton today. Ben Arfa - starts today at St. Mary's And as half expected Luuk de Jong is relegated [...]

Reds Back At Anfield For Sunderland Tie

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Liverpool are back on the hallowed turf of Anfield on Wednesday evening as they prepare to face Sunderland. After a thoroughly exciting if somewhat worrying tie with Cardiff at the weekend, the Reds will be looking for a smoother win this time out.

Good news for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has no new injuries to contend with.

Unchanged Newcastle Team For Big Everton Test

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Alan Pardew has kept the same starting side from Saturday, when we beat Crystal Palace 1-0 and that made it three wins in our last four games. Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Shola Ameobi are again on the bench and they could see some action tonight against a very good Everton side and [...]

Liverpool

Liverpool v Newcastle 05.11.14

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
2-2 (a) 10.19.13
6-0 Liverpool (a) 04.27.13
1-1 (h) 11.04.12
0-2 Newcastle (a) 04.01.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-3 Palace (a); 0-2 Chelsea (h); 3-2 Norwich (a)
Newcastle: 3-0 Cardiff (h); 0-3 Arsenal (a); 1-2 Swansea (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 31; Sturridge 20; Gerrard 13; Sterling 9; Skrtel 7; Coutinho 5; Henderson 4; Agger, Allen, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
Newcastle: Remy 14; Cabaye 7; Gouffran 6; Ben Arfa, Sissoko 3; Sh Ameobi, Cisse 2; Anita, Debuchy, Dummett, Taylor 1

Referee:

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Sakho Flanagan
Gerrard
Henderson Allen
Sterling
Sturridge Suarez

No matter what happens, at Anfield or any other ground, make no mistake.

Liverpool at Crystal Palace 05.05.14

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-1 Liverpool (h) 10.05.13
1-2 Palace (a; League Cup) 10.25.05
0-1 Palace (a) 04.23.05
3-2 Liverpool (h) 11.13.04

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-2 Chelsea (h); 3-2 Norwich (a); 3-2 City (h)
Palace: 0-2 City (h); 1-0 West Ham (a); 3-2 Everton (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 30; Sturridge 20; Gerrard 13; Sterling 9; Skrtel 7; Coutinho 5; Henderson 4; Agger, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
Palace: Puncheon 7; Chamakh 5; Gayle 3; Jerome, Ledley 2; Bannan, Dann, Gabbidon, Ince, Jedinak, Mariappa, Murray, O'Keefe 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Sakho Flanagan
Gerrard
Allen Coutinho
Sterling
Sturridge Suarez

Bus Parkin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Liverpool v Chelsea 04.27.14

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9:05am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-2 Chelsea (a) 12.29.13
2-2 (h) 04.21.13
1-1 (a) 11.11.12
4-1 Liverpool (h) 05.08.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-2 Norwich (a); 3-2 City (h); 2-1 West Ham (a)
Chelsea: 0-0 Atletico (a); 1-2 Sunderland (h); 1-0 Swansea (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 30; Sturridge 20; Gerrard 13; Sterling 9; Skrtel 7; Coutinho 5; Henderson 4; Agger, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
Chelsea: Hazard 14; Eto'o 9; Oscar 8; Schürrle 7; Lampard 6; Ba, Torres 4; Ivanovic, Willian 3; Salah, Terry 2; Cahill, Mikel, Ramires 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Agger Flanagan
Gerrard
Allen Coutinho
Sterling
Sturridge Suarez

Repent, sinners, for the end is near.

Liverpool at Norwich 04.20.14

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7am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
5-1 Liverpool (h) 12.04.13
5-0 Liverpool (h) 01.19.13
5-2 Liverpool (a) 09.29.12
3-0 Liverpool (a) 04.28.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-2 City (h); 2-1 West Ham (a); 4-0 Tottenham (h)
Norwich: 0-1 Fulham (a); 0-1 West Brom (h); 0-3 Swansea (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 29; Sturridge 20; Gerrard 13; Skrtel, Sterling 7; Coutinho 5; Henderson 4; Agger, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
Norwich: Hooper, Snodgrass 5; Fer, Johnson 3; Howson 2; R Bennett, Elmander, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Redmond, Tettey, Whittaker, van Wolfswinkel 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Sakho Flanagan
Gerrard
Lucas Allen
Sterling Suarez Coutinho

Will Sturridge be available and who replaces the suspended Henderson?

Liverpool v Manchester City 04.13.14

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8:37am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-2 City (a) 12.26.13
2-2 (a) 02.03.13
2-2 (h) 08.26.12
2-2 (h; League Cup) 01.25.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 West Ham (a); 4-0 Tottenham (h); 2-1 Sunderland (h)
Manchester City: 4-1 Southampton (h); 1-1 Arsenal (a); 3-0 United (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 29; Sturridge 20; Gerrard 13; Skrtel, Sterling 6; Coutinho, Henderson 4; Agger, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
Manchester City: Y Toure 18; Agüero 15; Dzeko 11; Negredo 9; Silva 6; Nasri 5; Fernandinho, Navas 4; Kompany 3; Jovetic 2; Demichelis, Kolarov, Milner 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Sakho Flanagan
Gerrard
Lucas Henderson
Coutinho
Sturridge Suarez

There seem to be more questions about Liverpool's starting XI and formation than usual this week.

Liverpool at West Ham 04.06.14

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11am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
4-1 Liverpool (h) 12.07.13
0-0 (h) 04.07.13
3-2 Liverpool (a) 12.09.12
1-3 West Ham (a) 02.27.11

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 4-0 Tottenham (h); 2-1 Sunderland (h); 6-3 Cardiff (a)
West Ham: 2-1 Sunderland (a); 2-1 Hull (h); 0-2 United (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 29; Sturridge 20; Gerrard 11; Sterling 7; Skrtel 6; Coutinho, Henderson 4; Agger, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
West Ham: Nolan 7; C Cole 6; Diame 4; J Cole, Morrison, Noble 3, Carroll, Vaz Te 2; Collins, Jarvis, Maïga, Reid 1

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Agger Flanagan
Gerrard
Henderson Coutinho
Sterling Sturridge Suarez

You don't want to concede the flanks to West Ham.

Liverpool v Tottenham 03.30.14

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11am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
5-0 Liverpool (a) 12.14.13
3-2 Liverpool (h) 03.10.13
1-2 Tottenham (a) 11.28.12
0-0 (h) 02.06.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Sunderland (h); 6-3 Cardiff (a); 3-0 United (a)
Tottenham: 3-2 Southampton (h); 2-2 Benfica (a); 0-1 Arsenal (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 28; Sturridge 20; Gerrard 11; Sterling 7; Skrtel 6; Coutinho, Henderson 3; Agger, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
Tottenham: Adebayor 8; Soldado 6; Eriksen 5; Paulinho, Sigurðsson 4; Capoue, Chadli, Chiriches, Defoe, Dembele, Holtby, Lennon, Sandro, Townsend, Walker 1

Referee: Phil Dowd

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Sakho Flanagan
Gerrard
Henderson Coutinho
Suarez Sturridge Sterling

This won't be like Liverpool's last two matches.

Liverpool v Sunderland 03.26.14

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4pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-1 Liverpool (a) 09.29.13
3-0 Liverpool (a) 01.02.13
1-1 (h) 09.15.12
0-1 Sunderland (a) 03.10.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 6-3 Cardiff (a); 3-0 United (a); 3-0 Southampton (a)
Sunderland: 0-2 Norwich (a); 0-0 Palace (h); 0-3 Hull (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 28; Sturridge 19; Gerrard 10; Sterling 7; Skrtel 6; Coutinho, Henderson 3; Agger, Flanagan, Moses, Sakho 1
Sunderland: A Johnson 7; Borini, Fletcher, Giaccherini 3; Bardsley, Colback, Gardner, Ki 2; Altidore, O'Shea 1

Referee: Kevin Friend

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Sakho Cissokho
Gerrard
Henderson Lucas
Coutinho
Sturridge Suarez

Two questions.

Manchester United

Match Preview: Manchester United v Norwich

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A new chapter starts tomorrow when Manchester United take on Norwich at Old Trafford with Ryan Giggs at the helm following the sacking of David Moyes during the week. Friday morning Giggs held his...

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Moyes’ future up in the air?

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"These are wonderful times to be a Manchester United fan, particularly as the Reds look to clinch their 20th title when Aston Villa visit Old Trafford tomorrow." No, I haven't lost my marbles not all of them anyway I simply thought that nothing would illustrate how far we've fallen this season as the different circumstances surrounding this fixture eight months ago, hence the choice to recycle a line from last season.