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Harry reckons Spurs can push for Champions League spot

Monday, November 30, 2009
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes his side can break into the top four this season. Spurs are currently third in the table, a far cry from where they were this time last year, fighting to stay out of relegation.

During the summer Redknapp brought in a number of players to boost his squad, and so far it has worked. They have been in decent form all season and have been banging in the goals, Jermaine Defoe in particular has been in excellent form.

''To get into the Champions League would be a great achievement. Everton did it once, but no one else has done it for a long time.''

Spurs are on good form, but to be honest, I can't see them getting into the top four by the end of the season. I do believe that the top four will be broken, but in my opinion, it's more likely to be Aston Villa. Watching Spurs play Arsenal a couple of weeks ago showed they cannot compete at that level.

Valencia may have to sell star striker Villa

Friday, November 27, 2009
Spanish side Valencia have admitted today that they may have to sell star striker David Villa in order to try and get rid of some massive financial troubles. Villa has been linked numerous times in the past with a move away from Spain but a move never materialised.

Villa is one of the top strikers in the world, and the news that Valencia may be willing to part with the Spanish striker will have alerted many clubs across Europe, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.

''The exit of Villa will be dependant on us identifying a suitable replacement.''

I would love to see Villa move on from Valencia and play in the Premier League. I don't think he would choose Liverpool considering their recent form and the face they might not make the Champions League this year, although its too early to tell. In my opinion it would be the two Manchester clubs fighting it out for Villa's signature. Not sure which he would choose, although both would prove a decent decision.

Sorry, wasn't able to put a photo for some reason, but most of you know what David Villa looks like anyway.

Neville takes a swipe at Liverpool's Champions League exit

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Manchester United full-back Gary Neville has rubbed salt into open wounds today as he launched an attack on Liverpool saying they got what they deserve. As we all know, Liverpool failed to make it out of the group stages and will know have to settle for the Uefa Cup.





Liverpool are in a crisis at the moment, their win against Debreceni was their first win in a long time, and even then it wasn't a very convincing performance. As if not making the knockout stage in Europe's biggest domestic tournament was bad enough, they have lost a number of points in the Premier League and currently lie in 7th, 13 points of leaders Chelsea.





''We are where we are because we deserve to be there and it's the same with Liverpool''.





Now Gary Neville is a very well respected players who has won many trophies in his time, but I don't know why a players who has fallen off the pace dramatically over the past few years can criticise a team who are going through a slump. Personally, I think Neville should concentrate on his own game rather than having a go at others.

Henry was ready to quit

Monday, November 23, 2009

Theirry Henry, one of the most talked about men over the past few days, admitted he was nearly ready to quit international football after his handball against Ireland last Wednesday. Henry has come under massive critisism and has seen his reputation tarnished in a matter of days.


He came under stick from media all over the world, even the French, as well as from players and managers. Apparently, the pressure almost made one of the worlds greatest footballers want to quit playing for his country.


''Yes, i asked myself the question.''


''The day after the match, and the day after that, I felt alone, really alone.''


Even though Henry cheated I can't but help feel sorry for him. Before this he had barely put a foot wrong and was a role model to many. However, he did pick the wrong game to cheat and get away with it. I still think he will bounce back eventually.


By the way, the winner to our Michael Sheen's 'You're The Boss' DVD and Football Manager 2010 was John Murphy, from Ireland. Congratualtions John you f*****g legend!


Ireland robbed

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I think it fair to say that last night, Ireland were robbed. One of the most blatant handballs i have ever seen from Theirry Henry allowed him the opportunity to set up William Gallas for the winning goal.


Obviously Henry shouldn't have done it and will have lost a lot of respect from people all over the world, but in my opinion, the referee and linesman were at fault. How both of them could miss it baffles me.


I feel sorry for the Irish players though. Last night was one of the best performances from the boys in green I have seen in a long time and they were very hard done by. The shot of Damien Duff crying at the end of the game showed how much it meant to the players and how hard they had worked.


I think the time has come for a video referee. It works in rugby and who's to say it won't help the beautiful game. My only problem would be it would slow down the game a lot, but considering dodgy refereeing cost Ireland a place in the World Cup, it should be brought into place.


Van Persie hoping to speed up recovery

Monday, November 16, 2009

Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie is hoping to speed up his recovery following an ankle injury while on international duty with Holland. The in-form striker in planning on using a strange method involving placenta fluid.


Arsenal fans and staff were gutted to hear about Van Persie's injury which was expected to keep him out for several months, but now it seems he will be back within 6 weeks. Not content with this, Van Persie is eager to try anything in a bid to continue his sparkling form.


''She is vague about her methods but I know she massages you using fluid from a placenta''.


I have never heard of this type of treatment, most of us haven't. Whether it works or not, I can't wait to see Van Persie back in action. The way he was playing, he is definitely one of the best strikers in the Premier League, lets hope his old injury problems don't come back to haunt him.

Celtic and Rangers staying in Scotland

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers have been denied the chance to play in the English Premier League. A proposal had been made to let Celtic and Rangers join the Premier League, but the proposal was seen as neither ''desirable or viable.''


The news will come as a blow to Rangers, who announced a staggering £31 million debt within the club. Obviously a move to the Premier League would have helped this, given the fact they would receive massive TV rights compared to playing in Scotland.


To be honest I think it would be interesting to see how Rangers and Celtic fair if they were to be put in the Premier League. I think it would take them a while to adapt as clearly the English Premier League is of far higher quality than the Scottish Premier division. I couldn't see either club making the top six, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool ( most of the time ), Manchester City, Sunderland and Aston Villa are better teams in my opinion.

Glen Johnson admits form is ''awful for a club like Liverpool''

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has admitted that Liverpool's recent from has been awful. They are currently 11 points behind leader Chelsea and have a difficult task to make it out of the Champions League group stages.

Liverpool have come under massive criticism for their poor form, not helped by a 2-2 draw last night at home to Birmingham. Surely a team hoping to challenge for the title should be beating Birmingham at home.

Liverpool have, to be fair, been done in by injuries lately. Captain Steven Gerrard was absent for a while with a groin injury and now top goalscorer Torres has been ruled out until December. Without Torres, Liverpool will struggle. Where will the goals come from? With Benayoun injured, maybe Ryan Babel will have a chance to prove himself.

In spite of this poor form, Johnson is confident they can turn it around. Johnson himself was on the injury list lately but came back against Birmingham and put in a very good performance from what the highlights showed.

''We will just look to get as many points as we can as quickly as possible then have a look at the end of the season and see where we are.''

In my opinion, Liverpool may forget about the Premiership and pray to god they make the Champions League knock-out stage. They definitely need to get a good run of form in the league if they are to even make the top four. What ever happens, they have their work cut out for them.

Pavlyuchenko set for Spanish switch

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Reports in The Mirror today have suggested that out-of-favour Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko could be on his way to Spain after falling down in the pecking order at Tottenham. Only a year and a bit ago he arrived at White Hart Lane for £14 million but is now a fourth choice striker behind Keane, Defoe and Crouch.


Pavlyuchenko will be anxious to move in a bid to get first team football before next years World Cup, should Russia qualify. Apparently Valencia are favourites to sign the lanky striker. Valencia are a club in massive debt and are expected to sell of a number of key players and they reckon they could get Pavlyuchenko for a fraction of the price Spurs paid.


To be honest, I think £15 was a ridiculous amount to pay for Pavlyuchenko. I watched him in Euro 2008 and I wasn't that impressed.Sure he is a good player but when you consider Andrei Arshavin only cost Arsenal £15.5 million, I think a price of £9 million-£10 million would have been fair.

Premier League Preview

Friday, November 6, 2009
The last weekend of domestic football before the international break. Ill miss the Premier League.

Fixtures and my predictions.

Aston Villa v Bolton (3.00) - Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton
Blackburn v Portsmouth (3.00) - Blackburn 1-1 Portsmouth
Manchester City v Burnley (3.00) - Man City 3-1 Burnley
Tottenham v Sunderland (3.00) - Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland
Wolves v Arsenal (5.30) - Wolves 1-3 Arsenal

Sunday
Hull v Stoke (1.30) - Hull 1-2 Stoke
West Ham v Everton (3.00) - West Ham 2-2 Everton
Wigan v Fulham (3.00) - Wigan 1-0 Fulham
Chelsea v Manchester United (4.00) Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United

Monday
Liverpool v Birmingham (8.00) - Liverpool 1-0 Birmingham

10 euro on the outcomes (bar Liverpool) would get you 6363.73 euro via paddy power.

Goal on the Week
My goal of the week for last week was Dimitar Berbatov's volley against Blackburn. A great goal from a player who has come under criticism over the past season.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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Torres could spend up to two months on the sideline

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Liverpool fans will be shocked to hear that leading goalscorer Fernando Torres could be out for up to two month if his troublesome groin problem requires surgery, according to The Sun. Although the injury isn't as serious now, if Benitez decides to play Torres against Lyon tomorrow night it could prove a disastrous decision.

Torres battled threw most of the game against Fulham at the weekend, a game which Liverpool lost 3-1. They now face a must win game against Lyon tomorrow night, defeat could see their chances of qualifying gone.

''But we have to take Fernando to Lyon because we do not have too many options''

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could also have to go under the knife for a groin injury. With Torres and Gerrard missing for such a long period, it would be disastrous for Liverpool, especially considering their recent form. While I understand the pressure Rafa Benitez is under I don't think he should play Torres tomorrow night. We all know how good Torres is but to put his fitness at risk would be outrageous, even if their Champions League hopes lie in the balance.

Do you think Benitez is making the right decision? How long will he last? Have your say in the poll on the right.

Upson free to leave Upton Park

Sunday, November 1, 2009

West Ham defender Matthew Upson is free to leave Upton Park in the January transfer window. The English centre-half has 18 months left on his contract at West Ham and boss Gianfranco Zola is keen to get money rather than see him leave for free. Upson nearly joined Liverpool last summer but a deal failed to materialise.


If Upson is to leave, it is likely to fee would be around £15 million.Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and Manchester City have all expressed their interest in the player formerly of Arsenal and Birmingham.


Upson has been a regular in Fabio Capello's England squad, but to be honest, I think £15 million is a bit steep for a 31 year old defender. To be honest, I don't think anyone in West Ham squad comes near that price-tag, with the exception of Carlton Cole whom I rate very highly.