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Manchester teams looks to continue strong start

26 Aug

Both Manchester United and Manchester City have started the season in dominating fashion and will look to continue that form Sunday against Arsenal and Tottenham, respectively, teams both fighting for their first wins of the season.  Meanwhile, Liverpool aims to improve on last season as they take on Bolton, where they only won once in the first eight games of the year (yikes).  Definitely a solid slate of games this weekend, especially considering the top four clash between Aston Villa and Wolves kicks off action for game week three.

TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 27

Aston Villa vs. Wolves – 7 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Wigan vs. QPR – 7:23 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Swansea vs. Sunderland – 9:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Chelsea vs. Norwich – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Blackburn vs. Everton – 10 a.m. ET
Liverpool vs. Bolton – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, August 28
Newcastle vs. Fulham – 7:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Tottenham vs. Manchester City – 8:30 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
West Brom vs. Stoke – 9:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Manchester United vs. Arsenal – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Premier League predictions

12 Aug

The 2011-12 Premier League season starts tomorrow and I can’t wait. I am so ridiculously excited.  My prediction?  This is one of the closest title races in a long time and it comes down to the last couple weeks. As much as I hate to say it, I think that Manchester United will win its second straight title as Chicharito takes the league by storm. I peg Man City as runners-up as the team builds on its success last year. Even without Tevez, Sergio Aguero is more than capable of picking up the slack. Liverpool makes a triumphant return to the top four after two years out and Chelsea rounds out the top four.

Champion: Manchester United
Top Four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea
Relegated: Swansea, West Brom, Wolves
Golden Boot: Chicharito, MU

TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 13
Blackburn vs. Wolves – 2 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Delayed)
Fulham vs. Aston Villa – 9:30 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Liverpool vs. Sunderland – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
QPR vs. Bolton – 9:55 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Wigan vs. Norwich – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Newcastle vs. Arsenal – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, August 14
Stoke City vs. Chelsea – 8:25 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
West Brom vs. Manchester United – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Monday, August 15
Manchester City vs. Swansea – 3 p.m. ET/ESPN 2 (Live)

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Liverpool is consistently inconsistent

14 Dec

After thrashing Aston Villa earlier in the week, one would think that Liverpool would go into a game at Newcastle full of confidence and ready to earn another win, especially with all the manager drama at St. James Park.  Apparently that wasn’t the case as the Reds were justly flattened, 3-1.  That’s been the story all season – they’ve either been good or rubbish. There’s not much middle ground.

If Liverpool has any aspirations of ending up in the top seven, they will have to get points out of games against teams they should be beating.    Oh, and they will have to start converting clear chances at goal (cough *Torres* cough) and playing some defense would probably help too.  The Skrtel/Krygiakos combination failed rather spectacularly on Saturday and we are likely to be subject to the same central defense pairing again this weekend against Fulham.  However, Liverpool could be boosted by the return of Steven Gerrard this weekend. 

Before the Reds take on Fulham, they’ve got to play Utrecht in a meaningless Europa League game.  Liverpool should still be able to get a victory over the winless Dutch side to ensure finishing top of the group.

Liverpool dominates Aston Villa

6 Dec

Liverpool showed that it can put on a strong performance without stars Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres on Monday, defeating Aston Villa, 3-0.  Torres was not scheduled to miss the game,but his wife went into labor, which clearly takes priority.  It was a comprehensive victory for the Reds, who dominated much of the game.  LFC wasted no time in scoring as David N’Gog and Ryan freakin’ Babel netted goals two minutes apart in the 14th and 16th minute, respectively.  In all fairness, Aston Villa did not exactly put up much of a fight.  The visitors were disorganized, especially on set pieces.  N’Gog was unmarked in the box off a corner kick when he scored.  Martin Skrtel and Sotirios Krygiakos both had chances off set pieces as well.

The French teen also added an assist in the second half, setting up a goal from Maxi Rodriguez in the 55th minute.  It was a solid performance for Liverpool, who moves up to eighth with the win, topping West Brom on goal difference.  Pepe Reina did not have much to do, but his touch on a cross in the second half kept a sure goal from Villa out of the net.  With the shutout, Reina earned his 100th clean sheet in 198 league games.  That’s a pretty impressive stat.

The Reds play at Newcastle next week.  Yes, the same Newcastle that sacked Chris Hughton earlier today.  I think Dan Snyder has taken over ownership at St. James Park as this is exactly the type of stunt he would pull.  Why did they do this?  The man only led Newcastle back to the Premier League and has the team sitting in 12th place and has notched wins over both Chelsea and Arsenal.  Yeah, the team lost to West Brom over the weekend, but guess what, every team has bad games.  It’s not yet clear who the new manager will be, but hopefully if there’s someone in place by Saturday, Liverpool will start his tenure off with a loss.

Premier League TV Schedule – August 28-29

27 Aug

Week three of the young Premier League season kicks off tomorrow with Blackburn hosting Arsenal.  There’s really not any super intriguing games this weekend.  I guess you could say that Aston Villa/Everton SHOULD be the pick of the lot.  But I also said that last week about Blackpool/Arsenal and look how that turned out (6-0 Gunners in case you missed it). It’s also going to be a chance for Liverpool to pick up its first win of the season (and they should have a very good chance against West Brom).

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the TV schedule for the weekend.

Saturday, August 28
Blackburn vs. Arsenal – 7:45 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Blackpool vs. Fulham
Chelsea vs. Stoke – 9:55 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Tottenham vs. Wigan – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Wolves vs. Newcastle – 6 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Delayed)
Manchester United vs. West Ham – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, August 29
Bolton vs. Birmingham – 8:25 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Liverpool vs. West Brom
Sunderland vs. Manchester City
Aston Villa vs. Everton – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Three 6-0 games?!

23 Aug

Well, apparently I was really, really, really off about Arsenal/Blackpool being a good game on Saturday.  Arsenal was one of three teams to claim a 6-0 win over the weekend.  Chelsea defeated Wigan 6-0 and now has a goal difference of +12 after two games. Yikes.  Oh yeah, and the Blues have put 14 goals (14!) past Wigan in their last two meetings.  That’s just sad.  The surprise of the weekend came as newly promoted Newcastle put a beating on Aston Villa, 6-0.  Guess the loss of James Milner was more emotional than they thought it would be.  Even Joey Barton got in on the scoring action for Newcastle.

There have only been 19 6-0 games since the inception of the Premier League and four of them have happened in the first couple weeks of this season.  I doubt that kind of scoring is going to become a regular thing, but if it does, that is not a good sign for the competitive balance of the league.

O’Neill steps down as Aston Villa manager

9 Aug

Martin O’Neill has resigned as manager of Aston Villa less than a week before the start of the Premier League season. Reserve manager Kevin MacDonald will take over. At least for now.

Even if O’Neill wasn’t happy with the club’s decisions regarding top players like Gareth Barry and James Milner, he could’ve parted ways with the team earlier in the summer.  Unless you’re telling me that something SO BIG it couldn’t be ignored came up right now?  Doubtful.  It’s pretty lame to make a decision like this a mere five days before the season opener.  He’s putting the club in a very difficult place.  Villa is going to have a heck of a time finding a top tier coach for the position. And if they do, it will likely leave another club in the same craptastic situation.

Villa has the potential to put together another solid campaign this year, but the loss of Milner (?) could hurt those expectations.  Oh yeah, and the whole finding a new manager thing too.  That might not help.