Monday, 25 February 2013

Good for football Swansea won

 I'm glad Swansea won the Capital One Cup Sunday for many reason. One for the good of football, a great footballing side who keep in on the floor are reaping the rewards. They also will represent the Premier League a lot better then Bradford will in the Europa League next season. Also having a League 2 side win one of the major cup competitions in England, how would that look to the rest of Europe? I think they would see it as weak and that any old side can do it in England, it can't be that strong. I respect everything Bradford did to get to the final and their fans were great, but it was just a jolly for them at Wembley and the better team won in the end. It puts Micheal Laudrup right in the spotlight, with Real Madrid and Chelsea being linked to him already he could find his first season in England one that pushes him even higher. The same goes for Michu the signing of the season for me he could find his future away from the Liberty Stadium. I feel however they both will be at the club the start of next season. 

  The Premier League is done Man United won't let a 15 point lead slip not now. The exciting part for me is the race for top four. From the contenders Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton I said Chelsea and Tottenham will be my two. I stick by my picks, Chelsea have been shocking at times this season, their not playing for Rafa but I can still see in the end the big three Terry, Lampard & Cole guiding them to a top four finish. As much as Rafa tries to leave them out and back Torres the truth is he still needs them badly. Tottenham I back to finish better then Arsenal which is all they need, the fact that Bale is playing out of his skin at the minute helps too. 

  Down the bottom its game over for QPR routed to the bottom no matter what Harry says that he still believes they can stay up, they can't score goals and if you can't score you don't win games. For me its hard to say it but were down. Hopefully we take Reading and Aston Villa with us would make it slightly better. 

Friday, 22 February 2013

Weekend Football Preview

 A full card of Premier League fixtures returns this weekend after the FA Cup break. Manchester United can extend their lead to 15 points on Saturday if they see off bottom of the table QPR. Man City play Chelsea on Sunday and anything but a win will surely see off any small title hopes. QPR could well find themselves adrift even more this weekend. Reading face Wigan so one of them will drop points. Aston Villa are at Arsenal whose confidence will be a major low after their Champions League defeat. On Sunday Newcastle host Southampton, so it’s a big weekend at the bottom of the Premier League.

 The top four race will be interesting viewing this weekend. Chelsea who sit in third are at the champions Man City, so Arsenal will look to close the gap on them as they play Aston Villa on Saturday. Tottenham play their east London rivals West Ham on Monday night. Everton go to Carrow Road on Saturday and if their real top four contenders they will have to get all 3 points.

 I predict wins for Arsenal Man United and Spurs. Can see Reading beating Wigan and Newcastle drawing with Southampton. 

 Also hope for the good of football Swansea win the Capital One Cup Sunday!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Champions League Preview

 Now we reach the stage of the last 16 for the Champions League who will be the winner come May at Wembley Stadium.

 The holders Chelsea find themselves out at the group stage this is the first time this has ever happened. The Premier League champions Manchester City also find themselves out, without even winning a game. So is the Premier League the best league in the world? Arsenal have little chance of winning it & Manchester United I feel will get let down by conceding too many goals and a weak midfield. However that argument is for another day.

 From the sides left in the tournament of course Barcelona & Real Madrid are the favourites. However I feel the winners could be not from these two massive clubs. Barcelona have of course the best player in the world but a small issue is their defence. With Puyol & Pique picking up injuries more often and playing Mascherano at centre back may be their down fall. If they were to have brought a centre back in January that would have sorted the problem, but I feel that it could cost them in the end. Real Madrid had a fantastic chance last season to reach the final but lost the semi final at the Bernabeu. I think Mourinho’s boys will get very close again but may find themselves unlucky again. Drawing Man Utd is hard but it seems the dressing room is split with Mourinho acting like he is on his way out this may stop them winning it.

 I think it could be the year for a German team. Borussia Dortmund are a fantastic young side with players such as Gotze, Reus, Lewandowski and Hummels all attacking attention from European heavyweights this side could go all the way. The other side are Bayern Munich, they much like Dortmund play similar style, clear leaders in Germany and they will want to go one better then last year. An outside chance is money bags PSG they drew Valencia in the next round which you would expect them to beat. Plus with Beckham around the club is on a high. Juventus may be a dark horse as the old lady with great home support and solid Italian defending could see them go a long way.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Jack's Back!

 After his long term injury Jack Wilshere made his return to the England side with a man of the match display against Brazil last night. The Arsenal midfielder showed his class in which was only his 7th appearance for his country. It's clear he will be a massive part of the England side in the future. He is one of the countries most naturally gifted footballers like Rooney, he is strong, likes a tackle, a good passer of the ball, the only criticism his maybe his lack of goal scoring. This can of course all be worked on & improved. He played in a three man midfield along side Tom Cleverley & Steven Gerrard against Brazil which worked well. Gerrard’s experience with the two youngsters along side him doing most of the running seems to be Hodgson’s plan for the future.
 Wilshere is a very talented footballer and his injury did set him back but it looks like he will come out of it an even better player. His determination and passion to succeed shows the character of the man. For him, England & Arsenal to reach their potential he has to become the 'key man' in the side. For England it’s vital they don’t waste him or throw him on the wing to fit in others like England have done in the past. He should play in the middle of the park, in the same role as he did against Brazil, in the future if he improves his goal scoring rate he could push a little further forward making him the number ‘10’ or the play-maker role. His connection with Gerrard & Rooney is key at the minute but in the long run I feel it will be himself, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Rooney, Oxlade-Chamberlain & Walcott that will prove vital to how well England play & how far they go in tournament football.

 For Arsenal it’s clear their building the team around Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott & Podolski. They still do need a bit of steal in defence and maybe another striker but you can see what Wenger is trying to do, spending as little money as possible. He tied down the younger players to new deals, but at Arsenal that don’t mean much. He could really be the main man at the Arsenal just like Henry & Vieira. He will for sure be the captain one day, but they must start winning trophies so he sticks around. He does have all the potential to be a great player for club and country. Jack can do that as long as he is stays fit and is used in the right way.   

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

A little look at Super Mario

 Now Mario Balotelli has left the Premier League for AC Milan, if you
look back on his career in England it was over shadowed by his antics
off the pitch. From fireworks, to giving money to homeless people, the
college & prison visits he done a lot in a short time. He also did ok
on the pitch picking up a Premier League winners medal and FA Cup &
Community Shield medals. So when you hear Alan Shearer slag him off
about what he has done in the game, Balotelli can show him this along
with his honours in Italy during his time at Inter Milan, much more
then Shearer has even done.

 It’s a shame English football probably won’t see the best of Mario. He
was a character & I feel a pretty good player when he wanted to be. I
think City let him go 6 months too early. Aguero hasn’t been on his
firing best as he was last season. Tevez has not done much this year
and Dzeko is in fact Man City’s top goalscorer with 11 in all
competitions. However he is mainly used as a sub. Keeping Balotelli
until the end of the season would have given them another option up
front. Man United’s fire power this year has got them to the top of
the league and I think that will give them the title in May. The likes
of Rooney, Van Persie, Hernandez & Welbeck have all done well and as
long as they don’t pick up loads of injuries or go off form, they
should win the league.