Premier League

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Were Aston Villa right to release Marc Albrighton?

He may only have been 24 but Villa’s decision to release Marc Albrighton brought down the curtain on a 16-year playing career at the club. Plucked from his junior team in Tamworth, Albrighton was first on the books as an eight-year-old and hadn’t looked back until last week. A series of fantastic ...

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Aston Villa: How will the fans remember the Randy Lerner years?

It’s official – Aston Villa are up for sale. The rumour mill had gone into overdrive in Birmingham as fans tried to piece together the jigsaw of what the future held for their club. It was perhaps the worst kept secret that chairman Randy Lerner was looking to cuts his losses – some reported £10...

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Squaefootball's Team of the Week - Week 38

After a season full of thrills and spills there were no final day shocks in the Premier League as Manchester City beat West Ham United to pip Liverpool to the title. Here is our final team of the week for the 2014/15 season. Goalkeeper: John Ruddy (Norwich) Ruddy may not be on the plane to Bra...

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Aston Villa: Can Villa stay up without gaining another point?

One point from their last six games should be enough for any team to be relegated. The way Villa have performed over the past few weeks has been nothing short of embarrassing and to be honest the team doesn’t deserve to be playing Premiership football next year. Of course every Villa fan wants th...

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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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Friday, 18 April 2014

Are Aston Villa on the rocks?

It seems it’s all going on at Aston Villa after the club suspended two senior members of its coaching staff. Assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and the head of football operations, Gary Karsa, will not be helping Villa’s push for survival for the foreseeable future. Neither have been in Villa fans’...

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Squarefootball Team of the Week - Week 34

Liverpool kept the Premier League title in their own hands as they saw off a resilient Manchester City side at Anfield on Sunday, but Chelsea are still on their tails following their hard-fought victory at Swansea - building up to one colossal match between the two a week on Sunday. Spurs also s...

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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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Will Aston Villa's away form see them to safety?

Everyone knows how poor Villa’s home form has been this year and how much of a threat the same side can be away from Villa Park, but perhaps not many people know how truly awfulthe record has been. Villa have set a record for the most home defeats in a single season during the current 2013/14 cam...

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Wigan close in on another amazing FA Cup feat

Wigan Athletic pulled off one amazing record in last years FA Cup - albeit an unwanted one. The Latics became the first club to win the competition and be relegated from the top division in the same season. Now a year on, they are threatening to make history again. West Bromwich Albion take pride o...

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 33

The race for the title is really hotting up, but so too is the battle for fourth asEvertonpile the pressure on struggling Arsenal. Liverpool returned to the top on Sunday following comfortable victories for Chelsea and Manchester City the previous day. Brendan Rodgers men were made to work at Upt...

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How Arsenal and Man United are set to rewrite Champions League history

What were you doing in 1995? Its an awful long way to think back and its the last time the premier European competition didnt see either Manchester United or Arsenal in the draw. Evertons win on Sunday means we might be about to see it happen again. United and the Gunners have been two of the most ...

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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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Saturday, 05 April 2014

How will Aston Villa cope without Benteke?

Villa fans couldnt believe their eyes as they watched the ticker tape roll past on Sky Sports News on Thursday with the devastating news that striker Christian Benteke will be out for six months. Its terrible news for the player whose World Cup dreams now lay in tatters, but now Villa, who are s...

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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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Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 32

Arsenal took a point off title-chasing Manchester City but Liverpool were undoubtedly the biggest winners of the weekend. Brendan Rodgers men strolled past a feeble Tottenham to top the table following Chelseas shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. Everton, Manchester United, Southampton, Swans...

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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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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Can the unpredictable Aston Villa cause an upset at Man United?

Following Sunday’s hammering at home to an average Stoke side Villa pretty much confirmed themselves as the most unpredictable side in the Premiership. To lose 4-1 at home to a side that was level on points before kick-off was hard to take, but surprisingly it wasn’t that embarrassing.The main r...

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Arsenal: Is Wenger set to bow out at the end of the 2013/14 campaign?

This season really is quite a strange one. It is amazing how in just two games Arsenal have not only lost out on challenging for the Premier League crown, but also find themselves fighting for the fourth spot with Everton, who, having played a game less than Arsenal, are just six points behind (Eve...

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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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Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 31

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger marked his 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners with a 6-0 drubbing by title rivals Chelsea. The lunchtime kick-off was the springboard for the second biggest goalfest in Premier League history. The past weekend provided us with goals, goals, goals. But they werent ju...

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Aston Villa: What's there points target now?

Two wins on the bounce and suddenly things have really turned round down at Aston Villa. It’s important no-one gets too carried away but a win’s a win - and a win at Villa Park has been like gold dust over the last couple of years. To beat Chelsea, regardless of how much influence the referee m...

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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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The Champions League last eight: Top quality or same old, same old?

When Manchester United struggled through to the last eight of this years quarter-finals it ensured that the last eightshowed a striking resemblanceto the Forbes and Deloittes lists of the wealthiest clubs in the world. The last eight come from the English, Spanish, German and French leagues. With t...

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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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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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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Squarefootball'sTeam of the Week - Week 30

Aston Villa blew the title race wide open on Saturday evening with their shock win over leaders Chelsea. Jose Mourinho had Willian and Ramires sent off and he too was shown to the stands by referee Chris Foy. To compound his misery, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all won too. It was a me...

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Arsenal must put aside the memory of the 2011 Carling Cup final

Its around this time in the season when Arsenals campaign starts to unravel. Yet another exit from the Champions League knockout stages following a few weeks where the Gunners have been caught in the race for the title - familiar territory. They could still win the title but not many would put m...

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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

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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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 29

Arsenal booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final at the weekend alongside Hull City and Sheffield United, while Manchester City were dumped out by current holders Wigan Athletic on their home patch. Meanwhile, back in the Premier League under-fire David Moyes saw his United side leave West Br...

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England need to take as many young players as possible to Brazil

So, hands-up all those who think England can win the World Cup in Brazil? Actually win it, not battle through a few matches, put up a sterling defensive action and then subside on penalties in the knockout rounds? Take no notice of the ludicrous odds on England most bookies feel compelled to chalk ...

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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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Saturday, 08 March 2014

Aston Villa: Is Randy Lerner making the right choices?

The fans have been quick to have a go at chairman Randy Lerner and manager Paul Lambert – myself included - this season. It’s been a very frustrating time down at Villa Park with the team struggling against relegation for the third consecutive season, with no change in those fortunes looking likel...

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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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Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Where now for Arsenal?

Judging by Arsenals fixtures, March is going to be the month of the season that will decide Arsenals fate this campaign. This is nothing new for everyone at the club, including manager Arsene Wenger and the players, acknowledged this fact prior to the match against Stoke City and on the importance...

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Bookies make Luis Suarez odds-on to be Player of the Year

March marks the beginning of the seasons run-in and as well as club prizes there are individual awards to be won. But this year the bookies are agreed that the PFA Player of the Year award is a shoe-in for Luis Suarez. All the firms currently running a book on this award have the Liverpool hitman a...

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Can Hull City Finally Make Their Mark In The FA Cup?

After the Capital One Cup Final Gus Poyet missed out on writing himself into the folklore of Wearside, but former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce still has a fighting chance of making history on Humberside. When the eight teams for this seasons FA Cup quarter-final were finalised, seven of themhad won ...

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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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Monday, 03 March 2014

Spurs installed as second favourites for the Europa League

Theres been a big debate about whether the Europa League is worth bothering with for teams chasing a Champions League berth but now that Tottenham have come so far it seems a waste not tofocus on winning the trophy. It would mean seven more games if Tim Sherwoods side went all the way, but as the m...

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Sunday, 02 March 2014

Aston Villa: Will Norwich have any fears of Lambert and Holt facing them again?

It’s a rhetorical question really because the answer would be a resounding no.The sad fact is Norwich fans will be travelling to Villa rubbing their hands together believing they can pick up three points and pull themselves closer to safety. In the meantime defeat for Villa really would start ge...

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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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