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Friday, 24 January 2014

FA Cup: Man City are favourites but can Arsenal or Chelsea win the cup?

Manchester City are the bookies favourites to win this seasons FA Cup but anything can happen in the worlds greatest cup competition. The fourth round gets under way tonight with Premier League leaders Arsenal hosting the 1987 winners Coventry City. The Sky Blues head to the Emirates for a reminder...

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Arsenal: Can the Gunners win the Capital One cup?

Premier League leaders Arsenal host second placed Chelsea in the Capital One cup on Tuesday night - not an easy game by any stretch of the imagination - but can the Gunners beat the Blues in pursuit of their first piece of silverware in nine years? Given the severity of the draw Arsenal find themse...

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Manchester United favourites for Capital One Cup glory

David Moyes got revenge on Liverpool for their Premier League defeat at Anfield earlier in the season by knocking Brendan Rodgerss Anfield side out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night. That result, combined with a favourable home draw against Norwich City in the next round, has installed the R...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Manchester United's Lingard auditions for role in four-midable club

Manchester United’s on-loan midfielder Jesse Lingard scored four times on an extraordinary Birmingham City debut, helping his team to a 4-1 win over hapless Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend. However, he isnt the first, and he wont be the last, player to be so four-midable in front of goal...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Dave Blackburn's predictions 2013/14

The return of the most action-packed and exciting league in the world is only three days away, but what will the Premier League produce this season? For a start there will be no Sir Alex Ferguson. The Manchester United boss has retired, leaving David Moyes to deal with the mess that is Wayne Ro...

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Monday, 12 August 2013

Championship: Who will win the Golden Boot?

Watfords Troy Deeney scored the Championships first hat-trick of the season in the Hornets 6-1 annihilation of Bouremouth at the weekend. His effortsin front of goal has taken his tally to four and currently tops the chart in the race to become the Championships top scorer. But will he end the seaso...

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Dave Disciascio's predictions for 2013/14

The Premier League season is just days away and we at Squarefootball are getting ready by staring into our crystal balls and predicting our winners and losers for the season ahead. Weve already had Mitch Waddon predict title glory for Manchester City while Jim Barry has plumped for Jose Mourinh...

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Jim Barry's predictions 2013/14

There are only days remaining until the most exciting league in the world kicks off for another action-packed season of goals, controversy and talking points. The action is already under way in the Football League and Scotland, but who will be the biggest winners and losers during 2013/14 campaign?...

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Sunday, 04 August 2013

Who will win the 2013/14 League Cup?

Swansea City stunned everyone last season by clinching the League Cup in Michael Laudrups first season at the Liberty Stadium, earning the Swans a long-awaited return into Europe. But who will be victorious at Wembley this time? The competition kicks off on Monday with Preston, who drew with Wolves...

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Saturday, 03 August 2013

Championship: QPR, Reading and Bolton get the nod for the Premier League

The 2013/2014 Championship season gets under way today with Queens Park Rangers being pushed as the favourites to make an immediate return to the Premier League. The Hoops, managed by wheeler-dealer and former England manager contender Harry Redknapp, will be hoping to utilise Tony Fernandes’s for...

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

The shortest reigns in football management

With Mark Hughes on the verge of becoming Stoke Citys next boss, Jose Mourinho set to return to Chelsea and Manchester City having agreed a verbal deal for Malagas Manuel Pellegrini, all three of them will be hoping for a long stay in English football. However, Hughes has already had his first Hugh...

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Bolton end the season on a high

Bolton Wanderers may have missed out on a play-off place on the final day of the Championship season but Dave Blackburn ended the final day of the Premier League campaign on a high. Mr Blackburn was our top pundit with 12 points thanks to correct scores at Chelsea and Wigan, along with correct resu...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Title glory for Squarefootball chief

Squarefootball chief Antony Melvin has been the man to catch all season in our Predict the Premier League Experts section. Apart from a brief spell around Christmas where Blackburn Rovers fan Terry Kennedy claimed pole position, Mr Melvin has been head and shoulders ahead of the rest. At one stage ...

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Portsmouth make late surge for the title

Portsmouth may be preparing for life in League Two but Pompey fan Peter Rendle still has a chance of ending the season with silverware following his points haul in our Predict the Premier League competition. Mr Rendle has pulled in an impressive 34 points to top the weekly chart and goes into the f...

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Friday, 17 May 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Can Wolves or Portsmouth beat the boss to the title?

The Premier League season comes to an end this weekend and Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin already has one hand on our coveted Predict the Premier League trophy. Mr Melvin has been the man to catch all season and goes into the weekend a whopping 18 points clear of his nearest rival, Wolves fan C...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bruce goes through Hull as the Championship season ends in drama

There are not many days in the course of the long football season that the glitzy farce of the Premier League is shuffled into the background like an ugly sister at a wedding. Usually, as the weekend rolls around every pundit, fan and newscaster is eagerly sharing their thoughts on Van Persie...

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Sunday, 05 May 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Hull City enjoy the rollercoaster but Peterborough lose out in musical chairs

To call it high drama doesnt even do justice to the last day of the Championship. All three major issues - promotion, play-offs and relegation went to the last minute. At the KC Stadium Hull City made sure they did it the hardest of hard ways before finding a way back to the Premier League. Going...

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: West Ham and Bolton are on the up

West Ham United beat Wigan 2-0 at the weekend to end any fears of slipping through the Premier League trapdoor and it was a double celebration for Hammers fan Mitch Waddon. Not only did our man toast the Irons win on the pitch and make a cameo appearance on Soccer AM, he has also been our top pundit...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Joy for Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers may have a battle on their hands to stay in the Championship this season but Wolves fan Chris Cox - and former Predict the Premier League winner - could end the campaign with something to celebrate as he is in second place and has moved nine points clear of Portsmouth in our ...

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Birmingham City and Leicester City are on the up

Birmingham City are on course to finish in the top half of the table under Lee Clark and the Blues fans are optimistically looking forward to the 2013/14 season. Off the pitch its been a good time for the Bluenoses too, especially Squarefootballs Steve Coulter, who has been our top Expert over the ...

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Aberdeen are out of the bottom three

Did you that Aberdeen - the only Scottish club to have won two European trophies - have not won a major piece of silverware since beating Dundee in the Coca-Cola Cup final way back in 1995? The Dandy Dons have been in the doldrums far too long but maybe the arrival of Derek McInnes will galvanise th...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Di Canio attempts to form his first impression while West Ham’s Brady dispels hers

Fascist, egotistical, divisive, authoritarian, plain bonkers; these words are ringing around all our ears right now thanks to a recent media storm it’s been impossible to escape from. No, not the death of a former Prime Minister yesterday, although I can see why you’d think that. Instead it i...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Championship: Who's going up and who's going down?

The Championship is arguably the toughest football league in the world. Anyone can beat anyone on their day and a couple of wins can take you from relegation fodder to play-off material. There are only eight more games of this madness left before the crazy world of the play-offs get under way, so le...

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Good times for Portsmouth

First let me apologise for the lateness of this update - its been over a month - but theres only so many hours in a day and this guy has only just discovered the wonders of Homeland and Claire Danes! So without further ado, lets get cracking. Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0 Liverpool gave Swansea Cit...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn, Portsmouth and Wolves in battle for second

Manchester United have blown away the rest of the Premier League to all but wrap up the title in March and so has Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin in our Predict the Premier League competition. Our leader is a whopping 33 points clear of his nearest challengers, Portsmouths Peter Rendle and Wolv...

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Monday, 04 March 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Middlesbrough peg back Cardiff and Hull City take advantage

Just when it seemed that Cardiff were beginning to set the seal on a successful promotion campaign Middlesbrough spoilt the party on Saturday and revived their own flagging hopes into the bargain. When confidence is low sometimes it takes an addition from outside the dressing room to cut through ...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A lack of fanfare for the Final but Swansea make worthy champions nevertheless

There was a time in football, about six or seven years ago when it all became a bit tedious. Mourinho’s Chelsea and Fergie’s United were so far ahead of everybody else that those two goliaths monopolised the English game completely. It seemed as though every piece of silverware was theirs to ...

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Birmingham City 2 Arseanl 1 2011

This was the day when Arsenal were widely expected to end their trophy drought. Unfortunately Birmingham City never read the script. This afternoon Premier League Swansea City clash with League Two Bradford City in the final of the Capital One Cup and the Welsh side will have to be careful not to b...

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Monday, 18 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Shrewsbury surprise Tranmere, Cardiff win again and Burton Albion make a move

Tranmere Rovers were hoping to steal a march on their promotion rivals with their game with Shrewsbury Town staged on Friday night. Unfortunately, Ronnie Moores side had one of those nights and the Shrews went away with three vital - and unexpected - points. Rovers were down to 10 men very earl...

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Predict the Premier League: Squarefootball chief leads the way again

Right weve got three weeks of fixtures to get through here so lets get cracking. Please cast your mind back to the midweek fixtures of January 29 and 30. Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 2 This was a huge game at the foot of the table and one that the visitors emerged from as victors. Goals from Ca...

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Predict the Premier League Experts: Squarefootball chief extends his head at the top

There was a time when Squarefootballs Antony Melvins position at the top looked under threat. Today he stands 31 points clear of his nearest rivals Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy and Wolves fan Chris Cox. Down at the foot of the table the bottom three places are still occupied by Sunderlands Sarsha...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Deadline Day drama as Simon gets angry and Peter gets lost

The more attentive among you might have noticed we endured the annual manic torture–fest that is Christmas recently, indeed you may still be recovering from it’s stress-pounding effects even now. Probably the most excruciating facet of the festive period, aside from having to spend uncomforta...

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Monday, 04 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Concern builds at Nottingham Forest and Wolves but Sheffield Wednesday are buoyant

Nottingham Forest took a big gamble when they ejected Sean ODriscoll with the club on the edge of the play-offs and playing in a settled style - and Saturdays defeat by Birmingham City will have added to the concerns of Forest fans. The club are now in 11th spot and the 2-1 defeat at St Andrews c...

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Arsenal, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle: The top 10 FA Cup giant killings of all-time

Luton Town became the first non-league club in 24 years to beat a top flight side on Saturday as the Hatters beat Premier League Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road. Paul Buckles men rode their luck against the Canaries, but super sub Scott Rendell wrote his name in FA Cup folklore with a winner 10 mi...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn Rovers regain their form

The FA Cup has taken centre stage this weekend so this is the ideal time to update our Predict the Premier League tables. It has been a manic past fortnight with goals and shocks galore, but who has been the best at predicting this madness? Step forward Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy. He has been o...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn and Wolves narrow the gap on leader

Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy and Wolverhampton Wanderers fan Chris Cox have their sights on Predict the Premier League silverware and the current leader, Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin, will be looking nervously over his shouder. Both Mr Kennedy and Mr Cox cut the gap on Mr Melvin this past...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A boring birthday for the FA as the stars fail to shine

For most people, an evening out at the local pub will be a largely stress-free excursion filled with raucous banter, sorrowful introspection and a touch of casual xenophobia. Nights out in this great country have followed that tight format for hundreds of years, never wavering in the face of adver...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A weekend of woe for Walters as the BBC put him centre stage

Do you remember the glory days of Saturday night TV? That wistful time before Simon Cowell was given the keys to the kingdom and filled the weekend evenings with a symphony of garish fairy lights, screeching teenagers and Louis Walsh. Things were so much simpler before: you knew where you we...

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Friday, 11 January 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Squarefootball chief increases lead at the top

The festive period was jammed packed with football and this is the first update of our Predict the Premier League Experts table of 2013. We may be in a new year, but its the same old story at the top of our table, although there are changes at the other end. Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin rema...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Portsmouth get 2013 off to a flying start

2012 was another painful year for Portsmouth but hopefully they will follow Peter Rendles example in 2013 and not Dan Taylors. Mr Rendle was our top pundit over the festive period, picking up 39 points from a possible 117, to climb into the top four. It wasnt such good news for his fellow Pompey fo...

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Saturday, 05 January 2013

Whose name is on the FA Cup? Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United?

The FA Cup Third Round gets under way this weekend and everyone is dreaming of Wembley. Even the big boys, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs will all be looking forward to a sunny day under the arch in May. But who will win the FA Cup this season? Chelsea are the current ...

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Can Aston Villa and Birmingham City both avoid the drop this season?

No more heroes anymore, lamented Hugh Cornwall and the Stranglers. The punk anthem may be rebornduring match days at Villa Park and St Andrews. Aston Villa and Birmingham City fans may loath each other, but right the Brummie brothers are in the same boat. Sadly the vessel is barely seaworthy an...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Festive joy for Squarefootball chief, Wolves and Aberdeen

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City ensured there were points to be had this past weekend, but the Gunners and Citys slender wins, combined with Liverpool and Chelseas goalfest, meant maximum points were hard to get. Here is a rundown of who scored what on the weekend of December 22/23....

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn fall further behind the leader

The title race for our Predict the Premier League title was a two-horse one until recently. Ever since Blackburn hit the top spot the wheels have come off of Terry Kennedys juggernaut. As we prepare for Christmas dinner, Squarefootballs Antony Melvinis eight points clear. At the bottom, Aberdeens C...

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Squarefootball chief extends lead over Blackburn

Squarefootballs Antony Melvin has extended his lead at the top of the Experts Predict the Premier League table to five points, but with a hectic festive period just around the corner anything could happen and Blackburns Terry Kennedy or Squarefootballs Hugh Larkin could easily be top by the time we ...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Great week for Leicester City

Leicester City were top dogs in the Experts section of our Predict the Premier League competition in Game Week 16. Chris Pettitt, our hilarious TV critic, was the only pundit to pick up double figures to top our weekly chart. His haul included two correct scores and four correct outcomes. Mr Pettit...

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn, Leicester and Wolves hit form

We have three game weeks to run through here so lets not waste any time. Week 13 Sunderland v West Brom The Baggies beat Martin ONeills men at the Stadium of Light 2-4. At the time it moved them up to third. Eight of our experts expected an away win, but nobody thought it would be such a high s...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn are toppled and Aberdeen are off the bottom

Its been a few weeks since I had the opportunity to update the Predict the Premier League table and a lot has changed. For a start Blackburns Terry Kennedy has been replaced at the top by his long-term rival, Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin. Mr Kennedy and Mr Melvin have been the Manchester Uni...

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Friday, 30 November 2012

Isn't it time for Neville, Goodman and Shearer to stop sitting on the fence?

On the whole Im quite a laid back sort of guy. The world keeps spinning round and Emmerdale is on every night. So I just go with the flow. But like every mortal sole there are a few things that drive me round the bend. The latest addition to this every growing list is the bland world of f...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Michael Owen ensures we’ll remember, remember the fright of Movember

When the wise Jedi minds of future generations look back at the metrosexual, iPad-obsessed, self-serving era we currently reside in, they will quite rightly grimace and ask just what the hell we accomplished. We allowed Piers Morgan to prosper when he really shouldn’t have; we created and fo...

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