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Rooney facing up to a month on the sidelines

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The last few minutes of the match between Bayern Munich v Manchester United couldn't have gone worse for the Premier League champions. Leading one nil after the first half, they conceded a soft goal from a free kick. Then, in the later stages of the match Bayern went on to take the lead and in the process of that goal, Wayne Rooney sprained his ankle.

This could not have come at a worse time for United. They play Chelsea on Sunday in what could decide the title. Rooney is definitely out for that game as well the second leg against Bayern in Old Trafford. He is also a major doubt for United's games against Man City and Spurs, two tough games in which they will need their star player.

United haven't been without Rooney for long this season, but now they will need to learn how to cope without their top goalscorer. With Rooney gone Dimitar Berbatov will more than likely be given the role Rooney was occupying. He has big boots to fill.

Torres believes best is yet to come from Liverpool

Monday, March 29, 2010
Well it wouldn't be difficult. Liverpool have been terrible this season and at some stage they were bound to start playing well, and probably just in time with a forth place spot in the balance. Liverpool will certainly need to be in top form to make the Champions League next year.

A 3-0 win at home to Sunderland confirmed that Liverpool weren't going to give up. It was the first time this season where we saw the real Liverpool. Steven Gerrard was playing in his preferred central midfield roll where he pulled the strings for what was probably one of his best games of the season.

Torres also showed that he is hitting top form with a great display capped off with a peach of a goal. However, he was adamant that he has scored better.

''I don't think its the best goal I've scored. Good yes, but I think I've scored better, and I hope there are even better to come.''

The big question is are Liverpool hitting top form too little too late? Can they still make fourth spot? Well, I don't think they can, but at least they have started playing well.

Liverpool get about the best news they have gotten all season

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Its sad to think that Javier Mascherano signing a new contract is the highlight of Liverpool's season. The Argentinian midfielder is expected to a sign a new contract with the Reds very shortly. Mascherano had been a target for Barcelona last summer and signing a new contract has signalled his intent to stay at Anfield.

I have said it before, and I'll say it again, its been a dismal season for Liverpool. With a Champions League spot seriously in doubt, they will need all the confidence they can get. Surely if they don't make 4th spot the likes of Torres will be packing their bags. Not Mascherano anyway.

"Liverpool know I want to stay. I don't think it will be difficult to arrive at a deal and we will see what happens in the next few weeks."

Personally I don't rate Mascherano very highly. He is a good defensive midfielder but offers nothing going forward and seems to just get yellow/red cards all the time and then smiles about it. If Liverpool could assure their fans that Torres will be at Anfield next season I'm sure they will be a lot happier.

Can Arsenal handle Messi

Monday, March 22, 2010

For those of you who don't know, Lionel Messi scored another hat-trick for Barcelona during the weekend against Real Zaragoza. As most of you will know, Barcelona play Arsenal in the Champions League quarter final and the question has to be asked, can they handle Messi?

This season already Arsenal have been raped by arguably the two most dangerous players in the Premiership, Drogba and Rooney. And after being drawn against Barcelona Arsenal fans will fear suffering the wrath of Messi's brilliance. The Argentinian ace has scored 25 league goals this season, and is currently in fantastic form. The best player in the world at the moment? More than likely yes.

Messi usually plays on the right side of a Barcelona front three, and loves to cut inside and cause mayhem. Arsenal's left-back, Gael Clichy, is a great outlet going forward but has failed to impress defensively. Really to have a chance against Messi you need to have him double marked, meaning whoever plays on the left wing will have to make defence his top priority.

However, concentrating so much on Messi would be a mistake. Ibrahimovich, Henry, Xavi and Iniesta will all need to be closely monitored. Basically, Arsenal have their work cut out for them. Can they do it? In my opinion, no. No good enough defensively, especially with Campbell centre-back, but they do offer a lot going forward, just not as much as Barcelona do unfortunately.


Walcott needs to play if he is going to make the World Cup

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Theo Walcott is in serious danger of watching this years World Cup on the television after being left out of the starting line up again today. After David Beckham was ruled out of the World Cup last week Walcott had one hand on his ticket to South Africa, but he will need to play in order to seal his place on the plane to South Africa.

In saying that, Walcott did make the 2006 World Cup squad, and he hadn't even played 90 minuted for his club, Arsenal. But four years down the line and England have a lot more options in that position. Lennon, Wright Phillips, Joe Cole and Milner can all play on the wing and two out of the four are playing most weeks for their clubs.

You can argue the point that Walcott has been injured for a lot of the season, but now at full fitness he has failed to make the starting 11 in the two Arsenal games, despite coming on and making a positive impact. In my opinion, he will make the squad but he will need more games in order to be ready for what is sure to be a hectic World Cup campaign for England. Is he good enough? Yes, on his day can be one of the most dangerous wingers there is. Consistency has been a problem, a problem he can surely fix if he's playing week in week out.

Blues preparing Torres bid

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will give Carlo Ancelotti £100 million to spend in next summers transfer window. The pair met yesterday to discuss transfer possibilities and apparently Fernando Torres is number 1 on their list.

Ancelotti has a huge list of players he would like to bring in including a new goalkeeper, Maicon, Schweinstieger, Sergio Aguero and of course Fernando Torres. Whether £100 million will be enough for all them remains to be seen, but I'm sure the player all Chelsea fans would like to see in blue next season is Fernando Torres.

With a lot of new faces likely to be coming in at Chelsea, several will be leaving. Fringe players such as Paulo Ferreira, Hilario and Juliano Belletti will be told they can move clubs, whilst Deco is already a near certainty to go and Nicolas Anelka will leave if he fails to agree a contract extension, although I'm sure Ancelotti will be desperate to keep the French star.

"Carlo has the full backing of Roman and that will mean the kind of money being spent this summer that we haven't seen since Mourinho was in charge.''

Personally I don't want to see Chelsea spend all this money. Of course its good to see some quality coming into the Premiership from abroad but with Chelsea and Man City outbidding everyone else it could ruin next seasons campaign.
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Carrick reckons Rooney can win World Cup for England

Monday, March 15, 2010

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick reckons Wayne Rooney will score a ridiculous amount of goals at this years World Cup and help England lift the trophy. As everyone knows, Rooney has been quality this season and Carrick reckons he can continue his form into the World Cup.

Its true Rooney will be key for England at the World Cup, and although some people wouldn't like their countries hopes resting on their shoulders Rooney will be keen to do what he can.

"I am sure he will keep his performance level up. Whether he can keep scoring or makes more of them, who knows?''

Personally I can't wait to see Rooney play for England at the World Cup. Hopefully he will continue the way he has been playing recently because if he does its sure to be interesting World Cup. Can England win it? No, not in my opinion, but who knows?


Premier League Preview

Friday, March 12, 2010
Another week, another round of Premier League games. Let see whos faces who, plus my predictions which are rarely all right but I'll give it a go.

Fixtures and my predictions
Tottenham v Blackburn (12.45) - Tottenham win
Birmingham v Everton (3.00) - Everton win
Bolton v Wigan (3.00) - Draw
Burnley v Wolves (3.00) - Draw
Chelsea v West Ham (3.00) - Chelsea win
Stoke v Aston Villa (3.00) - Aston Villa win
Hull v Arsenal (5.30) - Arsenal win

Sunday
Manchester United v Fulham (1.30) - Manchester United win
Sunderland v Man City (4.00) - Draw

Monday
Liverpool v Portsmouth (8.00) - Liverpool win

Tuesday
Wigan v Aston Villa (7.45) - Aston Villa win

Stick a tenner on the Saturday and Sunday results and you will win £3962.94. Not a bad return, but its a massive longshot.

If AC Milan are to qualify they need to stop Rooney

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Manchester United v AC Milan tonight promises to be a mouth-watering tie with United 2-3 up after the first leg. Milan do have a good chance of qualifying tonight however, but they will need 2 goals no matter what. However, scoring goals will not be the problem. Stopping Wayne Rooney is what will be key to Milan's success.

Its going to have to be a magnificent performance from Milan if they are to qualify. Scoring and winning by two goals is no easy feat against Man Utd, especially at Old Trafford. They do have the quality though. Ronaldinho showed he is still a top class player in the last leg, whilst they still have the likes of Huntelaar, Inzaghi, Pato (doubt) and not to mention Beckham who is returning to Old Trafford.

The defence is key however, and unfortunately, I don't think they are good enough. The first leg the defence looked very slow and just couldn't cope with Rooney, who I have backed to score first tonight.

My prediction - Man United 2-0 AC Milan

Finally, the top four will be broken

Monday, March 8, 2010

For so many years 4 clubs have dominated the English Premier League, Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool. However, with Liverpool losing 1-0 to Wigan tonight, I firmly believe the 'big four' will finally be broken.

Who will break the top four, who knows? It might not be broken at all, but if there was ever a year for a one team to cause a huge upset, this is it. Aston Villa, Tottenham and Manchester City are the team which surround Liverpool, with Spurs and Man City sitting above The Reds, and Aston Villa just below them. It gets worse for Liverpool though. Man City are 1 point ahead of Liverpool, but also have two games in hand. Tottenham are also 1 point ahead of Liverpool, with one game in hand. Aston Villa sit 3 points behind Liverpool, but they have three games in hand.

Now it could be too early to predict this, but its fair to say this is the best chance any team other than the 'top four' has had in years to make the Champions League. Not only could it ruin Liverpool, but it will give a chance for one of those teams to go down in history. My favourites to do it are Man City, and even though I hate how they will ruin the beautiful game as we know it with all the money they spend, I'd rather watch them in the Champions League than Liverpool any day.

Ferguson furious at Rooney

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson is furious at his star striker Wayne Rooney for playing for England v Egypt during the week. Rooney played most of the 90 minutes and is no a doubt for Manchester United's game against Wolves this weekend.

Ferguson was obviously upset to lose his key player and has no intention of hiding his disappointment in the player, but also the pitch.

"He didn't come off. I couldn't believe it and now he's a doubt for the Wolves game''.

"I think Wembley's a difficult pitch.''

"I thought a horse show had been on it by the time I went on it. It reminded me of a ploughed field.

Bendtner in it to win it for Ramsey

Monday, March 1, 2010
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is hoping that his team will win the league this year for Aaron Ramsey, who broke his leg in Arsenal's match against Stoke at the weekend in horrific circumstances.

Arsenal are in a very good position this year, three points off the top and the easiest run in by far out of the top three teams. However, they always seem to come up short but Bendtner believes they can win it. Despite getting three points at Stoke on Sunday, Bendtner was more concerned about his teammate.

"Aaron is one of my best friends and all my thoughts go to him. It is a totally horrifying injury.''

"I was standing right next to Aaron when it happened. Immediately there was no doubt at all that he broke his leg.''

"I think about how bad I felt when I was out for three months with my groin injury and this is just so much worse for Aaron.''

Whilst I recognise Arsenal are in a fantastic position, I still don't think they will win the league. Unless Van Persie comes back very soon and regains his fantastic form from before he was injured, they just don't have the firepower. You have to feel for Ramsey though, an injury is never nice but one as bad as that to such a young talent is horrible. If Arsenal were to win the league he would be deserving of his medal.

Apologies for no picture, it won't let me for some reason.