Sensational Palace in better form than Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Crystal Palace continued their majestic run of form with an away win at West Ham thanks toMile Jedinak's penalty. In their last eight games Pulis has seen his men record more points than Chelsea, with 16 compared to the "little horse's" 15.
Liverpool are on the verge of doing what many at least, if not impossible, thought unlikely at the start of the season. They defeated Manchester City 3-2, and are now on first place, and it seems only Chelsea will be able to threaten them. But with their splendid form it seems, if not impossible, unlikely that Liverpool should mess it all up.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards has reportedly told the club he wants to leave this summer. The one-time England right-time, now out of the international set-up for some time, has been linked with moves to Newcastle, West Ham and, most strongly, Liverpool. Several media outlets are reporting that the 25-year-old has told City of his [.
Liverpool team coach... pic.twitter.com/j3BkhOUVH5 Jack Lebeau (@JackLebeau66) April 6, 2014 West Ham owner David Gold has rejected suggestions from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard that the Hammers waged a dirty tricks campaign around Sunday's clash between the two sides. As we reported yesterday, Gerrard claimed that West Ham's gamesmanship included forcing the Reds' bus to [.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed some of the on and off-field tactics West Ham deployed to try to get the better of the Reds yesterday. The table-toppers emerged from Upton Park with all three points, but Gerrard claims the Hammers tried every trick in the book to ensure that wasn't the case.
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1. Rodgers' calmness is key to Liverpool's charge Liverpool started the season with a priority to finish in the top four but they have overachieved and for the past few weeks, they have become one of the favourites to win the league. That role came with huge pressure on a group of players without experience [.
It was easy to guess the general shape of this game well before kick-off. West Ham United had to impose their direct football and hope that they could soak up incisive football Liverpool had to offer. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce set his team up to play the long diagonal balls to Andy Carroll and play [.
Sometimes, the universe tries to trick me into believing that karma actually exists.
West Ham were able to impose their style on the game, to drag Liverpool down to its subterranean level. But, aside from one moment of madness from Anthony Taylor, Liverpool wrestled in the mud just as well as West Ham.
Liverpool are back in front at West Ham after a soft penalty award. Steven Gerrard scored his second spot-kick of the game after referee Anthony Taylor, who's having a nightmare, adjudged that Hammers keeper Adrian had brought down Jon Flanagan.
Two teams who have already comfortably met their objectives from the start of the season led by two managers who have perfected contrasting philosophies on how the game should be played and two strikers at opposing ends who were supposed to form a deadly partnership under Kenny Dalglish, but are now ready to lead the [.
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.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was keen to keep things on an even keel after yesterday's win over Tottenham. The Reds boss said he was purely focused on the next game, against Manchester City. It only took him a couple of moments to realise that his team actually have a fixture against West Ham to play [.
"It is without question that first-class football by floodlight is both spectacular and enthralling. With vision fixed to the pitch that alone is illuminated, there can be no distraction at all to disturb or frustrate attention. There is an accentuated feeling of expectation and excitement, and the speed of the players and of the game itself is, or seems to be, increased.
It is true that Arsenal Football Club, especially under the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger, have built a reputation for playing football the `right way`. A lot of fans have flocked to the the Gunners' banner because of that free flowing and entertaining style, but they may have to be disappointed between now and the [.
It has been a strange season for Santi Cazorla with Arsenal this season. The Spaniard who was so brilliant in his debut season with the Gunners has failed to hit the same heights that earned him the fans' vote for Arsenal Player of the Year last time, for whatever reasons, but he turned the clock [..
Mathematically speaking, Arsenal should not really be the favourites to finish above Everton and qualify for the Champions League for the 17th season in a row. The Toffees are thge form team and if they win all their games they will finish above us. Meanwhile, Arsenal have been in terrible form and cannot afford a [.
We watched the Arsenal game against West Ham last night, and after West Ham had taken a 1-0 lead, Arsenal's class finally showed through and they scored three goals to pick up all 3 points in a 3-1 win. Alan Pardew under pressure manager That takes Arsenal above Everton in the league with the [...]
Last night was the fourth time in four games that we've conceded the first goal to West Ham, and the fourth time we've come back to win. As I mentioned on yesterday's blog, it was always going to be tough against an Allardyce team under these specific circumstances, but we did what we had to.
After having played a long semi final on Saturday evening the main question would be how the legs would react to the fatigue. So it was no real surprise to see a lot of changes in the team. Half the team to be exact.
There is quite a bit of concern among Arsenal fans today, taking the edge off the pleasure and relief of the Gunners getting into the FA cup final. The main reason for this is that our depleted squad means that quite a few players who went through that energy sapping extra time and penalties against [.
Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup vs West Ham + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After needing a penalty shootout to overcome Wigan Athletic in the semi finals of the FA Cup on Saturday, Arsenal now turn their focus in the Premier League as they play hosts to West Ham United at the Emirates on Tuesday night.
There is little doubt that Arsenal have had some serious obstacles to overcome this season, not least the semi-final against Wigan, in which the Gunners were less than 10 minutes from disaster. But our hero of the day, Lukasz Fabianski feels that securing that coveted place in the Wembley final will be just the tonic [.
Whatever you think about Olivier Giroud, every Arsenal fan should be thankful that the big Frenchman has not joined the injury crisis and we should pray that stays the same until the end of the season. We also need the striker to be in a decent frame of mind for the next few weeks, because [...]
Cast your minds back, Arsenal fans, to just three weeks ago. Despite all the injury concerns, Arsenal were in great spirit. We had, admittedly, just gone out of t5he Champions League, but with two very creditable performances against the powerhouse Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. And we had just beaten our fierce north London rivals for [.
Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is a summer transfer target for West Ham, Hull City and Genoa, according to reports. The Italy international was a surprise signing from Serie A champions Juventus last summmer, but has failed to hold down a regular starting spot for the Black Cats, particularly since Gus Poyet was appointed manager.
Hull defender James Chester's knee secured three points for West Ham last night. The Tigers man appeared to lose control of his limbs, throwing his left leg at the ball, only to make a sweet connection with his knee. The ball flew into the top corner to hand (or knee) the Hammers a 2-1 win.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says his players were distracted by booing from their own fans during Wednesday's 2-1 home win over Hull City.
Hammers fans grew impatient with their side as they struggled to break down Hull's 10 men for the majority of the game after goalkeeper Allan McGregor's was sent off in the 26th minute for bringing down Mohamed Diame.
Luis Suarez wasn't among the goals today as Liverpool beat West Ham 2-1 to return to the top of the Premier League however it wasn't for the lack of trying and these two efforts which hit the crossbar had class written all over them!