Tag Archives: Portsmouth

Gerrard deserved punishment for elbow

16 Mar

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard escaped FA punishment after elbowing Portsmouth’s Michael Brown in the head in Liverpool’s 4-1 win on Monday.  As much as I love me some Stevie G and Liverpool, he deserves to be punished for the totally unnecessary elbow (I’ll rant about the inconsistency of the FA at a later time).  It was a cheap shot that marred an otherwise excellent game for Liverpool. Check it out for yourself:

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Huge game today for Liverpool

10 Feb

Liverpool looks to pick up its first win of the season over Arsenal in three tries this afternoon.  The Reds are in fourth place coming into today’s game, only five points back from Arsenal, so a win today would be huge.  Arsenal defeated Liverpool, 2-1, on Dec. 13 in league play after knocking them out of the Carling Cup by the same score in October.

Liverpool’s got to be confident about their chances today after holding off Everton in the derby on Saturday.  The squad has been putting together some good results thanks to some quality finishes from Dirk Kuyt.  Defensively, they have gotten their act together and are playing as a much tougher and tighter unit.

Today’s other big match is Manchester United at Aston Villa.  Villa sits in seventh, but is only three points back from Liverpool.  United is two points behind leaders Chelsea, who play at Everton this afternoon.

In other interesting Premier League news, Portsmouth has one week to get its shit together financially.  The club has a huge outstanding tax bill and has failed to pay its players and staff on four occasions this year.  It’s a sad state of affairs for the club that has been around for 112 years.  Hopefully someone will come in to buy the club and help get it back on its feet.

Snow wreaks havoc on Premier League

8 Jan

Photo of the snowfall from Ryan Babel's twitter (he is good for something!).

As of right now, five Premier League matches for this weekend have been postponed due to the snow. No make-up dates have been scheduled yet. The big concern is the area around the stadiums as well as fans getting to the grounds. The Arsenal/Bolton match scheduled for earlier this week was also called off. Several Championship fixtures have been postponed, as well as all the League One and League Two matches.

EPL Matches postponed
Sunderland vs. Bolton
Burnley vs. Stoke
Fulham vs. Portsmouth
Liverpool vs. Tottenham
Hull vs. Chelsea

Premier League Schedule – December 26-27

24 Dec

The best game of the weekend is Aston Villa at Arsenal on Sunday. Each team has 35 points and a victory could vault the winner into second place, depending on the result of the Manchester United game. Liverpool desperately need a win to get their season back on track (I feel like I’ve written that sentence a lot this year.)

Saturday, December 26
Birmingham vs. Chelsea – 7:30 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Fulham vs. Tottenham – 8 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
West Ham vs. Portsmouth – 7:55 a.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Burnley vs. Bolton – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Manchester City vs. Stoke – 9:55 a.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Sunderland vs. Everton – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Wigan vs. Blackburn – 3 p.m. ET/Setanta (Delayed)
Liverpool vs. Wolves – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, December 27
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa – 8:25 a.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Hull vs. Manchester United – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Terrible outing by Liverpool

20 Dec

After dominating the first half hour against Portsmouth, the wheels completely fell off for Liverpool on Saturday.  Midfielder Javier Mascherano picked up a dubious red card, as well as an injury, towards the end of the first half.  From that point on, the Reds looked completely out of whack.  Although it was nice to see Fernando Torres back in the starting lineup, he got increasingly frustrated and kept talking back to the ref, something he doesn’t usually do.  The passing wasn’t crisp and they hardly challenged the Portsmouth goal at all in the second half.  Keep in mind, they were playing Portsmouth, the team in LAST PLACE in the league, a team Liverpool should be able to beat.  It’s a extremely frustrating loss in an increasingly disappointing season for Liverpool.  

Fulham pulled off another upset on Saturday as well, knocking off Manchester United, 3-0.  League leader Chelsea failed to take advantage of United’s slip-up and were only able to take a point from a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Premier League Schedule Dec. 19-21

18 Dec

Manchester United looks to go joint top with a win over Fulham on Saturday, while Chelsea looks to keep a three-point gap from their closest challenger against West Ham Sunday.  Meanwhile, Liverpool needs a win over bottom-dwelling Portsmouth if they want to keep any hope of a top four finish alive.

I will add the US broadcasts for Fox Soccer games later tonight as the new Foxsoccer.com website doesn’t seem to want to give me that information at the moment.

Saturday, December 19
Portsmouth vs. Liverpool – 7:45 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Aston Villa vs. Stoke
Blackburn vs. Tottenham
Fulham vs. Manchester United – 9:30 a.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Manchester City vs. Sunderland
Arsenal vs. Hull

Sunday, December 20
Wolves vs. Burnley – 8:25 a.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Everton vs. Birmingham
West Ham vs. Chelsea

Monday, December 21
Wigan vs. Bolton

Premier League Schedule – December 5-6

5 Dec

Fernando Torres will not feature in Liverpool’s game at Blackburn this weekend due to an ongoing groin injury.  It was rumoured that he would play this weekend, however I suppose we will have to wait a little bit longer for the services of the fantastic Mr. Torres.

Saturday, December 5
Portsmouth vs. Burnley – 7:30 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Arsenal vs. Stoke – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Aston Villa vs. Hull – 7 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Blackburn vs. Liverpool – 5 p.m. ET/Setanta (Delayed)
West Ham vs. Manchester United – 9:30 a.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Wigan vs. Birmingham – 8:30 p.m. ET/Setanta (Delayed)
Wolves vs. Bolton
Manchester City vs. Chelsea – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, December 6
Fulham vs. Sunderland – 9:55 a.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Everton vs. Tottenham – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)