Liverpool Club Focus – Suarez and Carroll partnership develops in win at West Brom

Lively Liverpool secured their first Premier League win for almost a month as Kenny Dalglish’s vibrant side beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Hawthorns. Charlie Adam scored from the spot to give the Reds the lead with less than ten minutes on the clock, before £35m man Andy Carroll doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time. The result saw Liverpool briefly return to fifth spot in the table, but Tottenham’s win over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday meant the Reds slipped back into sixth before the weekend was…

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Tottenham Club Focus – Redknapp faces challenge to boost forward options

Tottenham Hotspur regained fifth place on Sunday, running out 3-1 winners against Queens Park Rangers. Spurs played some sublime attacking football during the match with a mix of possession, one and two-touch passing, movement and vision opening up the opponent’s defence on numerous occasions. A total of 25 shots – 10 on target – and 81% pass accuracy gave indications of how good Tottenham can be. Performances such as this will lead to questions of Spurs’ strikers. Emmanuel Adebayor, Rafael van der Vaart and Jermain Defoe have all started the…

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Manchester City Club Focus – Mancini makes a mockery of Mark Hughes’ criticism of his handling of Tevez

Last Saturday, as Manchester City were preparing for their top-of-the-table derby with Manchester United, their former manager Mark Hughes told the Daily Telegraph that the furore surrounding Carlos Tevez would not have happened under his watch. According to Hughes, Roberto Mancini was “too autocratic” and his handling of the Tevez affair demonstrated he was “out of touch with his players”. It was a stinging rebuke of Mancini’s managerial style and a vicious attack on the Italian’s personality. The former Inter manager, it was implied, lacked the ability to manage a…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Improving Rovers unlucky against Norwich but results needed soon

Blackburn Rovers extended their impressive unbeaten run over promoted sides to 11 games following a thrilling 3-3 away draw against battling Norwich. Unfortunately for the visitors, the cruel manner in which they were denied a deserved victory meant that the result felt more like a defeat. Steve Kean’s relegation-threatened side appeared to have sealed a valuable three points with just minutes of injury-time left on the clock, but the Canaries grabbed a dramatic equaliser from the spot to pile further misery on the struggling Lancashire outfit. Highly-rated midfielder Steven Nzonzi…

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Everton Club Focus – Uninspired Toffees toil to Man Utd defeat

Everton fell to their fifth Premier League defeat of the season against Manchester United on Saturday in a game which put the Toffees’ deficiencies under a glaring spotlight. On paper a single goal loss to the Premier League champions after a gruelling midweek Carling Cup match with Chelsea is far from disastrous, but the action on display throughout the 90 minutes told a different story. The statistics suggest that David Moyes’ side were dominant over their illustrious opponents, but that is sadly a case of the bare numbers failing to…

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Tottenham vs QPR: Prediction and betting tip

QPR travel to White Hart Lane for the first time since December 1995 and Neil Warnock’s men are desperate for another victory to keep them in the top half of the league. The Hoops won the Championship title last season and they got their first home win of the season in the West London derby with Chelsea at Loftus Road thanks to a Heidar Helguson penalty. Spurs gained victory at Ewood Park thanks to a brace from Dutch star Rafael van der Vaart and they will look to keep their…

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Man City complete loan deal for Portsmouth starlet

Portsmouth have signed Abdul Razak on a month-long loan deal, the BBC report. The 18-year-old has made just four appearances for Roberto Mancini and made his debut for his new loan club by coming on in their 3-1 away defeat against Derby. Mancini enthused of the promising youngster: “He’s a talented footballer and a very good young man. I believe he has the ability to become a very important player for Manchester City.” Pompey’s join caretaker-manager Guy Whittingham agreed: “Abdul is a gifted midfield player who Manchester City think very…

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Dave Whelan’s ignorant comments on race a stark reminder English football is not as acceptant as it likes to believe

The allegations of racist abuse which surround John Terry and Luis Suarez – strenuously denied by both players – following the events of recent Premier League weekends are, irrespective of the outcome, deeply disturbing. Whilst Terry and Suarez may yet be found innocent by investigations, the very fact that the accusations have been made suggests that underlying issues of race still persist throughout English football. The very fact that QPR and Patrice Evra felt moved to complain suggest that an atmosphere of discrimination still lurks within football. As someone who…

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New chapter opens in storied history between Wayne Rooney and Everton

Manchester United defeated Everton on Saturday to keep up their tilt at retaining the Premier League trophy thanks to a goal from Javier Hernandez, but what was most intriguing about the game was not so much what happened in the match, but what did not happen. Contrary to past games between the sides and Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments before the fixture, Wayne Rooney was greeted with little more fury than your average visiting player who has been similarly dogged by controversy. Indeed, Ashley Cole, who has no connection to Everton…

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Keeping Coloccini key to Newcastle’s fortunes

Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini has been the centre of speculation in recent days. With Liverpool reportedly pursuing his captain, Magpies manager Alan Pardew has been keen to dismiss any talk of parting with the Argentine, claiming talks are ongoing over a new contract for the central defender. Having made a strong start to their Premier League campaign, under Pardew’s guidance, Newcastle looked to have ushered in a period of stability following a manic spell on and off the field in recent years, culminating in their relegation to the Championship…

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West Brom 0-2 Liverpool – Reds stroll to win over former boss Hodgson

The Hawthorns, West Bromwich-Adam (pen) 8, Carroll 45+1 Liverpool coasted to victory at the Hawthorns as they overcame a lacklustre West Bromwich Albion side, putting the match to bed with an impressive first-half display. Roy Hodgson had overseen West Brom’s first victory over Liverpool in over 25 years last season, a small piece of revenge after his ill-fated spell in charge of the Anfield club, but whatever his master plan was on Saturday evening, it patently did not work. The sides lined up in like for like 4-4-2 formations. The…

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Onuoha set for West Brom loan move

The People report that Nedum Onuoha is set to sign for West Bromwich Albion when the transfer window opens in January. Onuoha, who has been frozen out at Eastlands, is looking for first team football as Roberto Mancini now only plays him in the Carling Cup ‘reserve team’. The deal is thought to be around £3m, although there will have to be some negotiation, as the defender currently earns £40k-a-week and the Baggies do not play their players higher than that – but former England Under-21 international would rather guarantee…

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Man City line-up Tevez swap deal with Napoli

Man City are planning a swap deal involving Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi and Carlos Tevez, according to the People. The Italian side, who have been linked with the Argentinean for some months, are hoping they can strike a deal with Man City by offering them the highly-rated Lavezzi in exchange, a player that has interested manager Roberto Mancini in recent months. However, the Manchester club face competition for Lavezzi’s signature as both the Milan clubs and Juventus have also been linked with “El Pocho”. See what the expert tipsters at OLBG…

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Man Utd back to winning ways in hard-fought victory over Everton

Manchester United got back to winning ways thanks to a Javier Hernandez goal against Everton, the Mexican forward pouncing on Patrice Evra’s driven cross to put United in front. And despite a bombardment of Everton pressure, United held on to secure a win. United were slightly fortunate to get all three points especially with Leighton Baines hitting the crossbar from a free-kick and Louis Saha unable to find his shooting boots against his former side. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be delighted that his side got back on track…

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Man Utd face new injury problems

Manchester United have been hit with a couple of injury worries to England internationals Chris Smalling and Ashley Young, The Sun reports. Smalling will be out for up to a month with a broken toe and did not take part in yesterday’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park. The 21 year old may now miss the England games against Spain and Denmark in mid-November. Ashley Young was absent yesterday also after suffering with a toe problem and midfielder Tom Cleverley was substituted after the ankle problem he had just returned from…

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Krasic not keen on Man Utd move

Juventus midfielder Milos Krasic has ruled out any reported transfer to Premier League champions Manchester United, according to the Metro. The Czech Republic star has been impressive during his time with the Old Lady and has attracted attention from United among other top European sides. Krasic first came to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s attention during his time at CSKA Moscow, where he impressed against the Reds in the Champions League. Ferguson was unsuccessful with an offer for Krasic before he moved to Juventus, but has not been undeterred and…

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Graham praises Arsenal winger Gervinho

Former Arsenal manager George Graham has spoken of the impression Gervinho has shown towards Graham and Arsenal fans so far this season, talkSPORT reports. The Ivorian forward was involved heavily in yesterday’s victory over Chelsea and is making steps to showing that his £10.6m transfer fee is worth every penny paid. Graham also said that some of the other Arsenal signings need to be given time to settle in at the club, but hailed the quickness that Gervinho has settled in to. The former Gunners boss said: ‘I’ve been very…

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Arsenal high in confidence after Chelsea win

Robin Van Persie’s hat-trick gave Arsenal a vital 5-3 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and showed critics how they can play, Sky Sports reports. The Dutchman’s goals were key in bringing Arsenal their eight win in nine games and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was delighted to get the victory over a close rival. A first Arsenal goal from Andre Santos and a finish from the outstanding Theo Walcott were the other scorers in Arsenal’s victory. Arsenal came from 3-2 behind to establish their lead in the dying moments of…

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Wenger delighted with van Persie after Chelsea hat-trick

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed striker Robin Van Persie after his performance in the Gunners’ 5-3 win over Chelsea, BBC Sport reports. The Dutchman scored a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge yesterday and helped fire Arsenal to their eight victory in nine matches. The 28 year old is playing magnificently at the moment and has taken his tally to 28 goals in his last 27 Premier League goals. Wenger has relied on his captain so far this season following the departures of big name players like Cesc Fabregas and Samir…

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Tough Carling Cup Quarter-Final draw for Chelsea

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup was made yesterday and Chelsea will host Kenny Dalglish’s revolutionised Liverpool side at Stamford Bridge. The tie will either be played on Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th of November. With only 8 teams left in the competition Chelsea will be fancying their chances of winning the first available silverware of the season come February. However with Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal still in with a chance of lifting the trophy themselves there is still a long way to go. Chelsea…

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Terry not distracted by race allegations

Despite conceding 5 goals at home to Arsenal, including a fatal slip which allowed Robin Van Persie to deliver what was the crucial goal to make it 4-3 to the Gunners, Andre Villas-Boas believes the recent racism allegations did not affect John Terry in yesterday’s game. Terry’s name has been across the media all week following last week’s spat with Anton Ferdinand but his manager, speaking in the Telegraph, claimed this did not affect his captain who managed to get on the scoresheet himself. “Has the situation affected John? No,…

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Villas-Boas rues Chelsea profligacy

Andre Villas-Boas was in an understandably sombre mood yesterday as his side were defeated 5-3 by rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. As the scoreline suggests it was an incredibly open game of football with many chances wasted as well as scored over the 90 minutes. In the opening exchanges Frank Lampard, Daniel Sturridge, Ashley Cole and Fernando Torres all missed good opportunities for Chelsea, which left Villas-Boas regretting the chances wasted. “There was a couple of decisive moments, in the first half we were creating a lot of problems but…

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