Colin Illingworth

Thursday, 24 April 2014

England: Rickie Lambert or Andy Carroll - who would you take to Brazil?

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert believes the final striking place up for grabs in Roy Hodgsons England squad for this summers World Cup will be a straight fight between himself and West Ham Uniteds Andy Carroll. But who would you take to Brazil? Lambert has enjoyed a wonderful season at St Mary...

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Man United: Moyes should never have replaced Sir Alex

Replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford hot seat was always going to be an impossible job. For David Moyes, the Chosen One, that turned out to be the case as the Red Devils went from champions to seventh in less than 10 months. But the former Everton manager should never have been given the...

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Szczesny or Fabianski: Who should be Arsenal's number one for the FA Cup Final?

Arsene Wenger faces a huge battle on his hand to clinch fourth place this season, but he also has a massive decision to make ahead of the FA Cup Final on May 17. Does he stick with Fabianski, the man who performed heroics in the penalty shoot out against Wigan in the semi-final, or does he replace...

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Arsenal: Top four or the FA Cup - What's your priority?

A few weeks ago Arsenal were being talked about as potential Premier League winners. Today they are in danger of not even making the top four. However, after nine years without a trophy, the Gunners could move to within 90 minutes of FA Cup glory if they can see off the cup holders Wigan tonight...

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Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Arsenal: Is it time for Wenger to go?

In January, Arsenal looked like potential Premier League champions. Today - following another heavy away defeat - they are in serious danger of missing out on a place in the top four altogether. And theres only one man to blame . . . Arsene Wenger. Now Ive been a long time supporter of the Frenc...

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Thursday, 03 April 2014

Manchester United: Should Evra stay or should he go?

When Patrice Evra was hauled off at half-time on his Manchester United debut in 2006 not too many people thought hed still be at Old Trafford eight years later. The Frenchman, signed from Monaco for £5.5 million, was given a stern introduction to English football in a Manchester derby. United lo...

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Manchester United v Bayern Munich: Can United defeat the German giants?

Manchester United and Bayern Munich are two of the biggest names in world football. Between them they have been crowned kings of Europe eight times, their national leagues 44 times and have huge fanbases around the globe. But despite their dominance, meetings between the two have been few and far...

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Liverpool v Spurs: Reds eye top spot

Liverpool fans could not have dreamt of a better Saturday afternoon had they tried. League leaders Chelsea fell at lowly Crystal Palace while third placed Manchester City drew away at fourth placed Arsenal. Those results mean victory this afternoon over Tottenham Hotspur will see the Reds lead the ...

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Manchester United v Manchester City: Will United derail City's title hopes?

Manchester United boss David Moyes has bought himself some time at Old Trafford with timely wins over Olympiakos and West Ham United - games that, lets be honest here, United should be winning - but he could truly endear himself to the crowd if he were to beat their title-chasing City rivals tonight...

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Chelsea v Arsenal: Can Wenger celebrate milestone with a win?

Arsene Wenger marks his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal this afternoon away at Chelsea, but will the Frenchman be celebrating with all three points come full time? There was a time when an Arsenal v Chelsea game always resulted in a win for the Gunners. No matter what Chelsea threw at Arsenal, th...

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Arsenal: Wenger's five greatest signings

As Arsene Wenger prepares to take charge of his 1,000th game in charge at Arsenal, we thought wed take a look back at some of Wengers greatest achievements - starting here with his work in the transfer market. Never one to splash cash just for the sake of it, Wenger has picked up a number of bar...

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Do Chelsea or Manchester United have a chance of winning the Champions League?

Premier League leaders Chelsea and current champions Manchester United this week booked their place in to the quarter-final draw for the Champions League, but can they actually go on and lift the most sought-after prize in club football? Well if you look at the latest odds from SkyBet the answer is...

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Manchester United: It's do or die time for Moyes, Roney and co

Manchester Uniteds hopes of finishing in the top four were torn apart by a rampant Liverpool on Sunday. Their fiercest rivals left Old Trafford with a 3-0 win, one that Wayne Rooney described as one of the worst in his life. And it could have been even more emphatic had Gerrard scored a hat-trick...

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Manchester United v Liverpool: Can Gerrard leave Old Trafford with title hopes still alive?

Englands two most decorated sides clash at Old Trafford this afternoon but, for the first time in a long while, its Liverpool who go into the game in the hunt for the title. The Premier League era has been dominated by Manchester United while Liverpool have been forced to take a back seat following...

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Spurs v Arsenal: Can Wenger pile more misery on Sherwood?

Its all going wrong for Tim Sherwood at the Lane. After a whirlwind start to his managerial career, Sherwood, who won the Premier League as a player with Blackburn Rovers, is discovering that being a manager in the modern game is an absolute mindfield. Having been drubbed by Chelsea and all but kno...

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Aberdeen: Will there finally be a happy ending to the Dons' recent horror story?

There was a time when being an Aberdeen fan was a glorious occupation. Under Sir Alex Ferguson the Dons were winning everything under the sun, dominating the Old Firm on their own patch and even seeing off European greats like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The Pittodrie story in the 80s was lik...

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Hull City v Manchester City: Could the Tigers compound an awful week for Pellegrini?

This time last week Manchester City were still in the hunt for the Quadruple. Seven days on and Manuel Pellegrinis position at the Etihad is being called into question after being knocked out of two competitions. Wigan Athletic stunned the football world last May when they beat Manchester City to w...

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Aberdeen v Inverness Caley: Five of the biggest cup shocks in British football

Aberdeen head into this Sundays League Cup Final with Inverness Caledonian Thistle as overwhelming favourites for the cup. The Dons are second in the SPFL, are the only league team to have beaten leaders Celtic this season and are also one game away from reaching the Scottish Cup Final. There wi...

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Three reasons why the Gunners have a chance

The Gunners are in Germany tonight looking to overturn a two goal deficit, but can they do it?Wengers men will have to score three goals without reply at least to go through. A daunting task at the home of the European champions. But its not within the realms of possibilities. There are three rec...

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Fulham look doomed, but who will be dropping in to the Championship?

Fulham are rooted to the foot of the Premier League and Saturdays defeat at Cardiff City could have a devastating effect on their hopes of beating the drop. The Cottagers lost that massive six-pointer in Cardiff and their 13-year spell at the top table of English football looks to be coming to an e...

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Friday, 07 March 2014

Where will Robin van Persie be come the start of the 2014/15 season?

Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie enraged Gooners around the world when he turned his back on the club in 2012 to sign for arch-rivals Manchester United. The Dutchman insisted the move had nothing to do with money and everything to do with competing and winning silverware. Van Persies deci...

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Thursday, 06 March 2014

Benteke joins Rosenthal, Torres and Van Vossen in the worst misses ever club

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke scored a sensational strike for the struggling Premier League side on Sunday in a rousing 4-1 home win over Norwich City. He left Villa Park the hero as he made a goal out of nothing to beat Norwich keeper Jon Ruddy. The big Belgian controlled the ball on his c...

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Arsenal, Mourinho, Pardew, City and Liverpool: Five things we learned this week in the Premier League

Week 28 in the Barclays Premier League proved to be an eventful one, especially for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. The former West Ham and Reading boss used his head - but in the wrong way - against Hull Citys David Meyler and will now surely have the book thrown at him by the FA. Elsewhere...

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Saturday, 01 March 2014

Southampton v Liverpool: Will the Reds title charge come undone at St Mary's?

Liverpool have the chance to move above Manchester City this afternoon but to do so they must achieve something they have managed only once in the past 15 years . . . beat Southampton on the south coast. The Reds are the team of the moment - theyve thrashed Arsenal and neighbours Everton and beat S...

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Stoke City v Arsenal: Wenger must beat his demons to keep title hopes alive

There are not a lot of places that give Arsene Wenger sleepless nights, but mention Stoke City and the Britannia Stadium to him and you can see the fear in his eyes. Arsenals record in the Potteries is dreadful. In six visits they have only emerged victorious once - and even that was marred by that...

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Arsenal: Should Wenger rest his star names for Bayern clash?

Arsenals Champions League hopes hang by a thread following their 2-0 defeat by the reigning champions Bayern Munich, but former Arsenal manager George Graham believes Arsene Wenger shouldnt waste his time or valuable resources in trying to overturn the impossible. Graham, who won the double as a...

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Chelsea: Can the Blues restore some English pride?

It has been a pretty pathetic seven days in Europe for our Premier League clubs. Arsenal, Manchester City, Spurs and Manchester United have all suffered defeat while Swansea City earned a point at home to Napoli. But the most shameful part of all this is that not one of them have managed to score...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 27

Premier League leaders Chelsea left it late to see off Everton at the weekend but the chasing pack of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool remained hot on their taills with vital wins of their own. Arsenal destroyed Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland at the Emirates, City struggled to see of...

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Liverpool: Can the Reds win the league?

Liverpool are potentially just 11 games away from winning their first league title in 24 years. Yesterdays seven-goal thriller at home to Swansea City kept the Reds within four points of the leaders Chelsea, but can Brendan Rodgers side really win the Premier League trophy? Bookmakers Coral have...

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Norwich City v Spurs: Will this be Hughton's last game in charge?

Norwich City are perched perilously above the Premier League drop zone and reports in the Press are again linking Celtic boss Neil Lennon with Chris Hughtons job, but can the former Spurs player derail Tottenhams top four hopes this afternoon and keep his job for yet another week? As an outsider yo...

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West Ham United: Does anyone still want Big Sam sacked?

At the beginning of 2014 there was a movement building in the East End of London. After a few grumbles of discontent about the way the Hammers were playing, the calls for Big Sams head snowballed following shocking displays in the cups against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City and the pressur...

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Liverpool v Swansea City: Will Rodgers come unstuck against his old side?

Red-hot Liverpool bowed out of the FA Cup last weekend in controversial circumstances at Arsenal but this afternoon they have the chance to keep the pressure on the top three and keep their Premier League title hopes alive. Brendan Rodgers will welcome some familiar faces to Anfield later when stru...

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Arsenal v Sunderland: Wenger must bounce back from Bayern defeat

Arsenal start the day in second place - 15 places above Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland - but you wouldnt know that from speaking to the fans. Gooners around the country are in despondent mood following Wednesday nights Champions League debacle. They came out of the blocks all guns blazing, bu...

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Chelsea v Everton: Will it be a blue day for Mourinho or Martinez at the Bridge?

Premier League leaders Chelsea kick off the weekend with a lunchtime kick off against Champions League hopefuls Everton, but will it be a blue day for Mourinho or Martinez? Chelsea dropped two crucial points in the race to the title last time out against West Brom. Fortunately for them neither Arse...

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Arsenal: Is it time to drop Mesut Ozil?

Mesut Ozils arrival in August sent the Arsenal fans delirious. After years of seeing the likes of Vieira, Henry, Nasri, Adebayor, Fabregas and Robin van Persie walk out of the door in search of honours, here we had a proven world class star stroll into the Emirates. However, over the past few mo...

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Manchester United: Has Rooney lost his senses by staying on at United?

If Press reports are to be believed, Wayne Rooney is about to commit his future to Manchester United in a deal worth £300,000 a week. But has the England international turned down the opportunity to become a true football great by opting to remain at Old Trafford? A few years ago Rooney threate...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Manchester City v Barcelona: Can England's number one Joe Hart stop Messi and co?

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told the world that they are now the most dominant force in Manchester, but can they go on to become the most dominant side in Europe? Tonight will be the acid test for Pellegrinis men, who have blown almost all of their rivals aside in the Premier League ...

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City: Who will win the 2014 FA Cup?

The Fourth Round of the FA Cup passed without any major shocks, but there will be two huge casualties this weekend when Arsenal take on Liverpool and Chelsea and Manchester City clash. But who will be crowned FA Cup winners in May? Manchester City are the bookies favourites right now. Pellegrinis ...

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Arsenal: Could Mario Balotelli really be on his way to the Emirates?

Arsene Wengers refusal to sign a striker in the January transfer window looks as though it may be coming back to haunt him. Thrashed by Liverpool last weekend and unable to break down Manchester United in midweek, the Gunners are in danger of letting their three-pronged charge for a trophy run o...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Arsenal v Manchester United: Can the Gunners bounce back from Anfield drubbing?

What a difference a few days make. On Saturday afternoon, most Gooners were feeling suicidal having watched their heroes ripped apart by a ruthless Liverpool side. Their 5-1 drubbing, combined with Chelsea’s convincing 3-0 win over Newcastle, saw the Blues topple the Gunners. It looked as though We...

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Saturday, 08 February 2014

Arsenal: Can the Gunners contain Liverpool's SAS?

Premier League leaders Arsenal host fourth placed Liverpool this afternoon but can the Gunners contain the free-scoring SAS? Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are undoubtedly one of, if not, the greatest strike partnerships in the game right now. They have a telepathic understanding and are terro...

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Friday, 07 February 2014

Manchester United: Vidic to leave Old Trafford

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has revealed that he will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season. The 32-year-old Serbian international was reportedly angered that he had not been offered a contract extension by David Moyes and Italian giants Inter Milan look favourites for his sign...

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Thursday, 06 February 2014

Arsenal v Liverpool: What's your favourite moment?

Premier League leaders Arsenal will be looking to extend their lead at the top this weekend when they host a Liverpool side keen to cement their place in the top four. The Gunners were the main beneficiaries of Chelseas surprise, but convincing, victory at the Etihad on Monday and keeps them firmly...

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 24

It wasnt a good week if you were a fan of Manchester United, Man City or Newcastle United. All three of them suffered big defeats this past weekend, but its Swansea City defender Chico Flores who has taken most of the flak following his disgraceful play acting at Upton Park. Chico went down like h...

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Monday, 03 February 2014

Arsenal: Would you have RVP back at the Emirates?

Arsenal fans around the globe will no doubt be having a little chuckle at the fortunes of Robin van Persie and Manchester United this season. As Arsenal start Monday morning on top of the league, the champions are holding yet another inquiry following defeat in the league. Robin van Persie was t...

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Manchester City v Chelsea: Will Mourinho attack at the Etihad?

Its the biggest clash of the Premier League season so far but will Jose Mourinho head to the Etihad with a plan to attack Maunel Pellegrinis men or will he park the bus like he did at Manchester United and Arsenal? The Special One made himself look incredibly daft last weekend when the Blues droppe...

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Sunday, 02 February 2014

West Brom v Liverpool: Can the Baggies stop the SAS?

Its been a terrible weekend for West Brom and they havent even lined up against the SAS yet! Saturdays results could not have gone any worse for the Baggies, as wins for Cardiff City, West Ham United, Sunderland and Stoke City put Pepe Mel right in the midst of a relegation battle. The Baggies st...

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Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Pressure on Wenger after transfer failings

Arsene Wengers failure to strengthen his attacking options during the January transfer window has enraged the Gunners. After being linked with the likes of Julian Draxler, Dimitar Berbatov and Miroslav Klose, the only person to walk through the doors at the Emirates was 31-year-old Kim Kallstrom on ...

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Saturday, 01 February 2014

Arsenal: Five handy facts on Kim Kallstrom

Arsenal had been linked with the likes of Julian Draxler, Jackson Martinez and even Dimitar Berbatov over the past month, so you can understand why they are so underwhelmed by the signing of Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom. However, Wenger has got himself an experienced and talented player, one...

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Arsenal: Five handy facts on Kim Kallstrom

Arsenal had been linked with the likes of Julian Draxler, Jackson Martinez and even Dimitar Berbatov over the past month, so you can understand why they are so underwhelmed by the signing of Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom. However, Wenger has got himself an experienced and talented player, one...

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