Friday, 17 August 2012

My Picks Of The Season

Premier League

1. Manchester United 
2. Manchester City 
3. Chelsea 
4. Arsenal 


West Brom 


1.Birmingham City
Leeds United - Play Off Winners 


C. Palace 

League One 

1.Sheffield United 
Preston Play-Off Winners



League Two 

1. Fleetwood Town
2. Chesterfield 
3. Southend
Rotherham Play-Off Winners 



Thursday, 16 August 2012

Premier League 2012/13 Preview


Have made some good business this summer but selling Van Persie to Man Utd shows they no long see themselves as title challengers. They seem to have become comfortable just finishing in the top four. This could be the straw that breaks the camels back for Gooners. The older generation fans will remember their battles with United in the 90’s & selling them their best player will be hard for them to swallow. I don’t think they will struggle as Podolski & Cazorla should be enough to cover the gap RVP leaves, but if they go another season trophy less Wenger’s days could finally be numbered.  

Key Man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the youngster done very well at the Euros a lot of pressure will be on his young shoulders, I think he will handle it.

Aston Villa

New boss new hope? I don’t think so. Lambert doesn’t know what he has let himself in for. Villa are a team who use to be good but will never ever reach them heights again. Last year they faded badly that could be down to the previous manager. Bent being injured didn’t help, Agbonlahor & Albrighton will miss the start of the season. Not got a great midfield and Given is coming off the back of a poor Euros. Lambert will need to work wonders to get them mid table.

Key Man; Darren Bent they need his goals need him fit.


Won the Champions League which is what Roman wanted for years, now he has got it how interested is he? Going by Chelsea’s deals this summer he wants to claw back the Premier League. Oscar & Hazard will be interesting to watch and if it works along with Mata & Ramires it’s an exciting midfield. Lampard, Terry & Cole will of course carry the flag for the old guard. If Chelsea get a big name centre forward i.e. Cavaini or Hulk they well could be champions again. Torres needs to get back to his old self too.

Key Man: John Terry the ever popular captain will have a lot coming to him this season, how he deals with it will be vital for Chelsea.


They finished above Liverpool last year and I think they could do well again this year. Jelavic proved to be a great signing & if he can carry on they will have a 20 goal a season man. Pienaar’s return will be helpful as Cahill has gone. Gibson & Fellaini are a decent midfield along with Osman.

Key Man: Nikica Jelavic came from the SPL and proved he can score in English football, big season for him.


Martin Jol will have his work cut out this year Fulham have let some good players go but still they have some exciting players Petric & Rodallega will be an interesting strike force. Looks like Dempsey will stay and Dembele will be vital.

Key Player: Moussa Dembelle a creative player who attracted interest from some big sides, another good season Fulham may struggle to keep him.  


Big season for the reds, last year a Carling cup win covered a very bad league season. King Kenny was not great he was way out of touch and made many mistakes. Rodgers is young & exciting manager we know his style of play and he wants to make a mark will be interesting to see which Liverpool players fit in to his plans.

Key Man: Luis Suarez will have a very tough time at every away ground this season his best way to answer his critics is keep his head down & score goals.  

Manchester City

Manchester City won the Premier League in stunning fashion on the last day; will anyone be able to stop them this year? It will be tough for them as United & Chelsea have improved but City have a fantastic squad
& have a habit of winning now which is a good habit. The likes of Silva & Toure will be key but if Mancini can get Tevez working that forward line will be unstoppable.

Key Man: Sergio Aguero the little man from Argentina was a hit in his first season all eyes will be on him to shine again.

Manchester United

Man United lost out last season on goal difference, Sir Alex won’t want to see the neighbours winning back too back titles. The capture of RVP shows he knows want they need. Kagawa is a great signing and it will be interesting to see how he will fit into English football.  Scholes is back for another season Carrick and Cleverley will be the centre paring. The United defence suffered a lot of injuries last season with no new defenders brought in a lot will rely of Ferdinand, Vidic and Smalling keeping fit.

Key Man – Wayne Rooney is United’s most talented and important player. If he has a season like he did United will be pushing on all fronts. His partnership with RVP could be the best the Premier League has ever seen.

Newcastle United

They over achieved last season, Pardew put together an excellent side which saw them get into the Europa League. He had a bit of luck as one striker was sensational for the first half of the season Ba, then his mate from Senegal came in January, Cisse and had a cracking second half to the season. If they both hit the ground running who knows what could happen.

Key Man: Papiss Cisse all eyes will be on him to see if the goals pour in again this season. If they do he could easily hit 20.


Lambert has gone but they have a more then adequate replacement in Chris Hughton. Norwich have brought in some good players but most importantly they kept hold of Grant Holt. The Canaries were comfortable last year I see the same for them this year.

Key Man: Grant Holt the big man said he wanted out but Hughton changed his mind. He will have to prove himself to some fans but he should hit double figures again.


They just survived relegation on the last day of the season, QPR have made a lot of movement in the transfer market brining in some big names. Hughes said they would never be in that situation again & with the players he has brought to the club, Park, Hoilett, Green & Fabio it looks like QPR mean business. They will have to improve their away form but with so many strikers Cisse, Zamora, Johnson, Mackie and Taraabt they shouldn’t struggle this season.

Key Man: Junior Hoilett going to QPR may have surprised most football fans, he is a quality player and can shine for QPR in their exciting forward line.


The Championship champions are back in the Premier League and will want to do a lot better then their flying visit last time. Manger Brian McDermott turned down Wolves and will now have a real crack in the big league. He is a calm character which will be needed with this talented Reading squad.

Key Man: Pavel Pogrebnyak, the Russian done very well in his short time at Fulham, Reading will hope he reproduces that form.


Newly promoted Saints done the back to back promotion, but the hardest job well be staying in the promised-land. Home form will be vital if they get St Mary’s bouncing they will have a chance.

Key Man: Adam Lallana is a very talented player and if he can make the step up he will be vital to Southampton’s success.

Stoke City

They have become a well established Premier League side now, under Pullis Stoke have grown and grown. The Britannia is a place where clubs don’t like to go. They had a taste of Europe last season they will want that again.

Key Man: Peter Crouch showed last season given the chance he will get the goals. His volley against City shows the quality he still has.


Martin O’Neill will have a full season to work with this Sunderland side, he made an immediate impact when he first arrived but the season did fade out. I expect Sunderland to be in mid-table and I wouldn’t be surprised with a cup run.

Key Man: Seb Larsson a creative midfielder who is deadly from the set pieces, he also had a decent Euros will be a big player for them.


New Manager Michael Laudrup may have a tough time to match what Rodgers did last season. Joe Allen will be a loss but Laudrup will play the way Swansea fans want if it is as effective as last season we will have to wait and see.

Key Man: Leon Britton is a classy player a lot more pressure will be on him with Allen’s departure he will have to step up.


AVB has a second chance to prove himself in England, he came with a lot of hype last year at Chelsea but it just didn’t work. Spurs a club who are know for foreign managers are taking a risk with AVB it can go either way. Their first 10 games will be vital he needs wins and the fans to be backing him.

Key Man: Gylfi Sigurdsson had a cracking half season at Swansea with a lot of clubs after his signature he picked Tottenham. He will shine I think in a very ambitious Tottenham side.  

West Brom

The Baggies have a new manager as the last one got the England job. West Brom were never in trouble last season but this time round it could be very different. If they start slowly it could be a long season for Steve Clark.

Key Man: Shane Long a player who tends to drift in and out they need him on form a very talented striker who could have a big season.

West Ham

The hammers won promotion via the play-offs; Big Sam got the job done in his own way. West Ham fans may not like his style of play but their back in the top flight. They have some talented players with a lot of Premier League experience, the only worry is if fans demand a change in style of play and it goes wrong for the east London club.

Key Man: Mark Noble is the heartbeat of the team, loved by the fans and gets goals from the midfield which will be key for them this season.


Pulled off a miracle staying up last season Roberto Martinez will be the key again to wherever they survive he seems to know how to get them going around March time, he may have to plan his turn around a bit sooner this time if they want to stay up.

Key Man: Franco Di Santo the ex Chelsea player seems to have found his level at the DW. He can blossom in this team. 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Euros Update

 England showed fight, spirit and team morale as they came out of a true battle against Sweden Friday night in a 3-2 win. They now know only a point is needed against co-hosts Ukraine will see them into the quarter finals. How should England play it? 

 I would bring in Theo Walcott for James Milner, Walcott changed the game when he came on, where as Milner is just a work horse. Ukraine are the weakest team in the group and England should go out to attack. I would also bring Rooney back in for Carroll who did an excellent job, however Rooney is England’s best player and will be chomping at the bit to play. We know he can link up well with Young & Welbeck as they play at club level and apparently Rooney has been on fire in training. 

So the team I would start would be:

Hart, Jones, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Walcott, Parker, Gerrard, Young, Rooney & Welbeck.

 Group A pulled off a massive shock as Czech Rep & Greece progressed. Czech Rep lost their opening game 4-1 to Russia who were many people’s dark horses. Greece pulled off another underdog miracle with an inspirational performance from Karagounis against the Russians to finish second. Groups B tonight will become very complicated as Portugal, Holland & Denmark can all end on 3 points. I think Germany & Portugal will progress.

Friday, 8 June 2012


Poland & Russia to qualify 

Germany & Holland to qualify 

Spain & Ireland to qualify 

France & England to qualify 

Outright Winners: Germany or France 

Top Goalscorer: Gomez, Benzema, Torres, Lewandoswki, Ronaldo are good each way bets 

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

20th Times

Manchester United look set to land their 20th league title with possible one of Sir Alex weakest teams, but how has he done it? Luck? or Experience? Or did Man City just mess it up so badly that United had to win it? Of course its not over yet but I don't see a United side losing a lead like this especially when they start to sniff a title there very hard to stop. In a crazy season for rivals City I think the major moment for the reds was when Man City came to Old Trafford and simple murdered United 6-1. United had beaten Chelsea and Arsenal already at this point but this blow sent shock waves around the Premier League and around the world. United's European form and cup form has been poor by their standards and that is down to a weak squad and some weak performances at home. Plus with back to back defeats to Blackburn and Newcastle saw Sir Alex call upon a old great. Paul Scholes returned in January and I think bringing him back could have saved United. Of course they have great players already but his calming influence I feel allowed others to progress and play in correct positions. United have showed the relentless power when it comes down to it they ground out those results and now with everyone fully fit they can get goals from anywhere. They did have a major injury crisis early season but every team does so that's no real excuse. Now on a run of 7 league wins on the spin United could even wrap up the title before their trip to 'the council house' as many reds call it. If they do I think it shows Manchester United even with a far weaker squad then Manchester City and even Tottenham they can still do the bizz, and no matter how much money you spend, trying to take a title away from them will take a lot more than just that.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Drop Zone

It will be three from Wigan, Bolton, Blackburn, Wolves and QPR who go down. I think that the three to go will be, Wigan- have had their time with the big boys and their half filled stadium won’t be missed. Wolves - letting big Mick go was a mistake he knows what it takes to get out of a relegation mess. Wolves thought they would get in a big name after him in fact they got his assistant. Bolton – have been awful all season how Coyle has got away with it is beyond me.

Blackburn will survive by the skins of their teeth and QPR because they have more talent in their side than the rest but they have underachieved massively.

United March ON

United are looking more and more like the side that go on a amazing winning run at the end of a season and will clinch them their 20th title. With players coming back from injury I feel they will take City all the way. The game at the end of April will be massive and probably the most important derby ever. United will want full revenge for their 6-1 lose & City will want to erase the FA Cup loss and do the double over the reds. It could well be winners are champions.

AVB Gone

Then nail finally came down on the AVB coffin yesterday, his three year plan only lasted eight months. His problem was that he tried to change to much too soon & in the wrong manor. AVB’s biggest problem was trying to deal with the senior players at Chelsea. It was clear that they didn’t rate him at all. Lampard looks like he was the biggest issue. AVB didn’t see him as a first 11 player, even though he has been a goal machine through-out his career at The Bridge, for some reason AVB didn’t fancy him. He also upset Ashley Cole who said he came to Chelsea to win trophies but with his tactics they won’t win anything. Drogba was another who he upset, he should have been a starter been AVB persisted in playing Torres. Drogba was that upset he even started giving his own team talks in the tunnel. Terry seemed to be the only player on his side however with all his team mates unhappy I’m sure they went to him as captain and wanted him to have a word with the gaffer. Chelsea on the pitch have been under-performing all season it’s clear the old guard needs to be changed but they also can’t afford to finish outside the top four. They are capable of beating Napoli 2-0, getting into the top four and even winning the FA Cup, if they will is a different story. What Di Matteo has to try and do is

1. Sit the senior players down and say the club need them now so get your act together.

2. Sort out the Torres issue, he clearly hasn't worked and may need time out in the reserves to learn how to score again.

3 Luiz, is he a defender or a midfielder? He has cost Chelsea goals at the back but he can find the net. It will be interesting to see how the players react to another new manager and who will be next in, it could be special.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Premier League 11 OUTSIDE Top 4

GK - T Krul

RB - R Taylor
CB - F Coloccini
CB - L Koscielny
LB -J Enrique

RM - S Sinclair
CM - S Sessegnon
CM - A Pilkington
LM - C Dempsey

F - R Van Persie
F - D Ba

My Premier League 11 outside of the current top four. Based on the season each player is having, you do you think I’ve missed out?


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Should John Terry captain England at Euro 2012?

As John Terry’s trail will be after the Euro’s should he still captain England at the tournament? Should he stand down? Or do you think he should be striped of it? Tough decisions have to be made, but being put back until after the tournament moves the problem to Fabio Capello and will he drop him again. Remember he has dropped him before but then reinstated him. That was for disrupting the dressing room, this case it a lot deeper and could have more repercussions. What will happen is Rio is picked? What if nations refuse to shake his hands at the tournament? What image will that set? Does keeping John Terry in the side say that he was innocent and did nothing wrong. Will he have the full backing of the squad? Yes not many QPR players will be in the squad if any but will the other 22 men be behind him? It’s going to be very interesting to see how the F.A and Capello deal with it. At the minute Chelsea and the police won’t have to.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Warnock Gone, But Not Forgotten

After the shock sacking, (well shock to some) of Neil Warnock on Sunday evening this leaves QPR in a very sticky situation. I said in my last blog on 22/12/11 that Warnock was in trouble. Now having got rid of the man who got them promoted to the Premier League after a good 15 years in the wilderness, the next appointment could be the most important in their history.

First I think every QPR fan would want to thank Warnock for what he did with the club in very difficult circumstances. The fans will have some very happy memories of him. He will go down in Rangers history and the fans will always have a special place for him. However they will want to remember him for the good things he did, and things were going bad. In the Premier League Warnock has been found out before. At Sheffield United he took them down and blamed everyone else. It was West Ham’s fault, Tevez fault, Liverpool’s fault for fielding a weaken team Fulham, the excuses came thick and fast but he never blamed himself.

This Season at QPR started well, but they have been found out at home by other mangers and teams and how easy it is to beat them. His team selections at times have been questionable. His choice to play strikers as wingers and publically grilling of players on the pitch after games when it would be better in the dressing room does not help. You may get away with these stunts in the Championship, where he is a fantastic manager, but in the big league it doesn’t wash. Remember the Premier League is 38 testing difficult games, where as in the football league it 46 games and you can easily go 8 games without a win and still turn it round with ease and get into a play-off position.

The media love him because they know you will be guaranteed a classic quote or quality sound bite. That is why his dismissal has been deemed ‘unlucky’ by most of the national press. In reality he is not enough for the Premier League.

Who QPR get next will be massive, at the minute it looks like Mark Hughes and with the players QPR have been linked with they all have worked with him before.

Whatever happens QPR have some massive games coming up and this will be once again interesting times at Loftus Road.