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Newcastle United

Predicted Newcastle Team To Play Luton Town Today

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I was duped this morning into believing Newcastle had been sold. It was a tweet supposedly from Sky Sports but it wasn't I'm sorry about that, and I have deleted [...]

Five Changes – Manquillo, Murphy, Shelvey, Perez, Diame All Start At Stoke City

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Rafa Benitez has just named his side to start at Stoke City this afternoon in a game between two sides fighting relegation this season. Newcastle are5th bottomof the league and Stoke are [...]

The Predicted Team To Start At Stoke City Today

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This is our fourthgame in the last nine days so someNewcastleplayers could be weary. In the last three games, we have taken 4 points, so that's not too bad, given our previous [...]

Manquillo, Joselu, Yedlin, Merino, Hayden, And Gayle Start – Lascelles On Bench

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The Newcastleteam to play at home against LeicesterCity this afternoon has just been announced. Newcastle have just one draw from the last six games and one win in the last 10 games [...]

Predicted Team For Chelsea Has Mitrovic, Hayden, Shelvey And Merino All Starting

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There were some verygood performances from ourplayers onTuesdaynight when we got a vital point and moved up two places in the Premier League to 12th place. It ended the rot of four [...]

Is This Rafa Benitez’ Best Team For Old Trafford?

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The questions for the Newcastle team selection for tomorrow will be who plays up front and who comes in for the injured captain Jamaal Lascelles. We have not been very good at [...]

Newcastle’s Team For Burnley Could Have Shelvey, Merino And Hayden All In Starting Lineup

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Rafa will have selection problems for thegame at Burnley on Monday night that will be televised live around the world. That's becauseRafs hasonly one player in the squad not available and [...]

Good Time To Recall This Player To Starting 11 Against Liverpool

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Newcastle were not at their best at Brighton last Sunday, and with so many players fighting for a start, we think Rafa will make some changes for the game on Sunday at [...]

No Changes For Tough Game At Brighton

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the tough game at the Amex Stadium against Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon. Here's the team as just put out on the Newcastle [...]

This Could Be Rafa’s Starting Eleven For Brighton

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After such a good performance from the side last Saturday in the 2-1 home win against Stoke City we don't expect many changes if any, tomorrow at Brighton & Hove Albion. Joselu [...]

Benitez Explains How And Why His Game Plan Was So Effective

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When asked after the 2-1 win at Brighton last Tuesday night whether it would be the same again at Huddersfield on Saturday, Rafa hesitated and then said it would be a different kind of game because Huddersfield like to hold ontothe ball a lot and would have lots of possession. Rafa was right about that [.

Rafa May Change Modus Operandi For Next Four Games

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In the next four games starting at home against Bristol City this afternoon it will be interesting to see just how much Rafa rotates his team as these next four matches are crunch matches. After Bristol City we have Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading all away from home in an 11 day stretch starting on Tuesday [.

Predicted Newcastle Team For Aston Villa – 2 Changes

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Newcastle played well in the second half at Norwich City on Tuesday night to geta 2-2 draw, but it was really 2 points lost based on the number of chances we created and missed. And the two goals we conceded were individual errors in the game and certainly Rafa will want to get cut those [...]

Christian Atsu To Deputize For Matt Ritchie – Maybe Not

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We thought it was more or less cut and dried that the impressive Christian Atsu would come in and start forMatt Ritchie tomorrow on the right wing, since Matt is suspended for this game due to picking up his 5th yellow card late in the game at Deepdale last Saturday. And while the odds are [...]

Pick the team/formation for Chelsea v Newcastle tomorrow.

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Come on Chelsea fans I want to hear from as many as possible on this. With no disrespect to Wigan or Reading, Newcastle is our first of the bigger games this season especially as we still have what happened at the Bridge towards the end of last season fresh in our minds.

Chelsea have started with two wins from two and will be looking to take another three points against Alan Pardew's good Newcastle side and as we all know, this is far from being a home banker!

Pick the team/formation for Chelsea v Newcastle tomorrow.

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Come on Chelsea fans I want to hear from as many as possible on this. With no disrespect to Wigan or Reading, Newcastle is our first of the bigger games this season especially as we still have what happened at the Bridge towards the end of last season fresh in our minds.

Chelsea have started with two wins from two and will be looking to take another three points against Alan Pardew's good Newcastle side and as we all know, this is far from being a home banker!

Daniel Taylor on United as favourites and Rooney staying put

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Daniel Taylor, chief football writer for The Guardian and author of This Is The One, has shared his thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season. What do you think happened?

Daniel Taylor: Lots of things.

English Premier League

This Could Be Rafa’s Starting Eleven Today Against Leicester

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It's always difficult to guess what team Rafa will start in any game. And with two players coming back from injury Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu it's no easier today [...]

Manchester City 1 – 1 Arsenal: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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This was going to be an open game but Mancini's team selection also made it a very interesting one. The Italian went with only one defensive minded midfielder, if you can call Garcia that, while picking Silva on one flank and Sinclair (what is he doing at City!?) on the other. It was difficult to understand the exact reasoning behind these choices.

PREVIEW: Chelsea v Newcastle - Questions asked - time to deliver.

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This afternoon will be Chelsea's toughest test so far this season as Newcastle come to Stamford Bridge. This is no easy game at all and by far from a "home banker" against Alan Pardew's side. Chelsea need to be at their best in ALL area's of the pitch today to get three points but will have to work hard to earn it.

The Premier League’s new guidelines for player use of social media

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As incidents of players getting in trouble for comments made on Twitter continue to occur, the Premier League has decided to issue a set of guidelines that "set out clear direction to players on the use of social media." It took several months to compile the guidelines and included the input of The FA and PFA.

Veteran forward talks up AVB exit

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Departing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has shed light on the manner in which former manager Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed in March, reaffirming that senior players had no involvement in the matter.

Villas-Boas was relieved of his responsibilities merely eight months into what was initially intended to be a long-term project, with the aggressive changes he made to the team selection policy identified as a key factor.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the Premier League final day

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The final Premier League games of the season this weekend, which means two things: 1. The title race, battle for survival and Champions League qualification will be sorted out 2. All we have to look forward to is Euro2012, which will consist of criticising Roy Hodgson's squad selection, tactics, team selection, substitutions, press conferences and [.

Robin Van Persie

Reactions To Victory Over Cluj

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1. Another game in Europe out of the way, another three points. We can see the stark difference in approach that the manager is taking with the Champions League this season. He's not pratting about with the team selection this season and it's great to see. We underestimated our opposition last season so it's really encouraging that we're going in to every game with such a strong team.

Holland v Germany – The First Must-Win Book Of The Euros

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After their shock 1-0 defeat to Denmark on Saturday, the Netherlands faces a must-win game against rivals Germany tomorrow. Lose, against a Germany side that comprehensively outplayed them in a November friendly, and the Dutch can forget about becoming European champions. Holland will be the first casualties of the Euros "group of death".

Champions League

Gervinho and Podolski clinical finishing saves our day: match report

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Montpellier 1 – 2 Arsenal

Firstly I should say I got it totally wrong with regards to the team selection tonight. I was convinced that Arsene would prioritise our game against Man City and would give the likes of Podolski, Cazorla, Gibbs and Gervinho a rest, or start them on the bench.

Gervinho and Podolski clinical finishing saves our day: match report

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Montpellier 1 – 2 Arsenal

Firstly I should say I got it totally wrong with regards to the team selection tonight. I was convinced that Arsene would prioritise our game against Man City and would give the likes of Podolski, Cazorla, Gibbs and Gervinho a rest, or start them on the bench.

Bayern Munich v Chelsea – Match Preview – UEFA Champions League – 19 May 2012

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The top club competition in the world comes to an end with Bayern Munich hosting Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final. The match will take place at the Allianz Arena which is the home stadium of Bayern Munich.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo

'Cahill and David Luiz trained the whole week so we are very hopeful, and Malouda will join the group today.

Ashley Cole

Any positives for Chelsea from last night ?

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Ok people I will be honest, I never actually got to see the game as I am in Suffolk this weekend for a wedding. I had admitted defeat and had set my SKY+ to record it, hope to catch some highlights this morning and write a quick post about the goals etc.

To my delight after we all had been out for a per wedding dinner, it was agreed to get to a pub down the road to watch the second half.

NAME YOUR STRONGEST CHELSEA ELEVEN FOR NEXT SEASON!

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Who do you think would be in our strongest eleven next season? It's an interesting question isn't it.

Knowing we have already signed Eden Hazard and Marko Marin this summer and with it looking like Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou are due to leave us along with Didier Drogba at the end of the month it will be interesting to hear your views.

Portland Timbers

Sapling Snapshot - Class of 2013

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Sapling Snapshot will look at the Timbers Academy, Pre-Academy and Alliance Clubs. The snapshots will feature individual athletes, some of the athletes could become Home Grown Players

The class of 2013 features three members of the Portland Timbers Pre-Academy '95 team and two invitees for the Timbers U-18 Academy Team's tryouts ranked by TopDrawerSoccer.

A Look At Potential HGP . . . Roberto Farfan

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Part four of a seven part FanPost series looking at potential Home Grown Player signings on the Portland Timbers U-23s (based on the "[Brent] Richards Rule")

Preparing for his senior season at Oregon State University, Roberto Farfan, is playing his fourth season with the Portland Timbers U-23s.

Euro 2012

Oranje Crushed: Why did the Dutch fail at Euro 2012?

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By Jared Mercer

Along with Spain and Germany, the Dutch were pre-tournament favourites, but they went home with three losses out of three games and exit Euro 2012 along with the Irish as the only teams to have gained zero points for their efforts in Poland & Ukraine.

England v Ukraine: Rooney returns to boost England’s Euro Odds

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England v Ukraine: Rooney returns to boost England's Euro Odds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Group C's winners and losers were decided on Monday night, as Spain and Italy won their fixtures against Croatia and Republic of Ireland respectively to make the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. The holders topped the pool, whilst the Azzurri make the next round as runners up.

Euro 2012 News: Fab to the rescue for Spain and England ready for France test

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Euro 2012 News: Fab to the rescue for Spain and England ready for France test - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England enter the Euro 2012 tournament on Match Day 4, with a mouth-watering clash against old enemies France sure to enthral, whilst co-hosts Ukraine are the last to feature as they entertain Sweden to complete a full round of fixtures.

Spoof: The Three Lions threaten to resign from England badge

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England last night received yet another crushing blow to their hopes of winning the European Championships. At a hastily arranged Wembley press conference, the Three Lions issued a joint-statement revealing that their position on the England badge was becoming 'increasingly untenable'. The three mournful looking mammals – who are kept behind titanium reinforced cages in the [.

England’s Euro 2012 Chances

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England's Euro 2012 Chances - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There are always plenty of ‘if's, but's and maybe's' when It comes to England at a major tournament; Euro 2012, though, will take that to a whole new level.

It says a lot about the upheaval surrounding the Three Lions that star man Wayne Rooney's suspension for the first two matches of the competition is almost seen as the least of their worries.

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Tottenham Set To Announce Harry Redknapp’s Replacement – The ‘ArryTron ‘Two From Eight’ Automaton Unit

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By Chris Wright

While still at prototype stage, we understand that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is seriously considering a like-for-like change at White Hart Lane after releasing Harry Redknapp back into the wild while the whole world slept last night installing an 'ArryTron Automaton Unit (catalogue code name: 'Two-From-Eight') as his new manager.

Tottenham Set To Announce Harry Redknapp’s Replacement – The ‘ArryTron ‘Two From Eight’ Automaton Unit

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By Chris Wright

While still at prototype stage, we understand that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is seriously considering a like-for-like change at White Hart Lane after releasing Harry Redknapp back into the wild while the whole world slept last night installing an 'ArryTron Automaton Unit (catalogue code name: 'Two-From-Eight') as his new manager.

The Rest

Preview: Manchester City v Chelsea - A marker for the season?

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This afternoon Chelsea travel to Villa Park to take on Manchester City in the Community Shield - the traditional curtain raiser for the new season.

Some people are saying that this game alone could show everyone where we are at compared to City and last season but I am not so sure.

For me, it's all about our performance today.