Liverpool Top At Christmas

Posted by adminNo CommentsDec 25, 2013
Liverpool Top At Christmas

Liverpool are officially top of the league at Christmas. The team that is top of the league by Christmas usually goes on to become the winner of the Premier League. The last team that failed to win the league when top at Christmas was Liverpool, who were top of the league in 2008. This is an oman that Liverpool will want to banish this time around. However, Liverpool have a large amount of difficult fixtures ahead of them as they have to go to title contenders Manchester City and Chelsea before the new year.

The Premiership has been been extremely tough this year with a whole host of teams making their claim for the title. No team has managed to maintain the top spot and teams such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all looking for the top spot  in the division. We may not know who is going to take the title but we know one thing, there will be a lot more ups and downs before the winner is crowned.

There is no doubt that Liverpool will want to consolidate their position at the top of the league with two victories over their title rivals and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the second half of the year.

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England Dealt Though Group

Posted by adminNo CommentsDec 16, 2013
England Dealt Though Group

England World Cup The draw for the 2014 World Cup has been officially made with England being handed a though group as they have been drawn against Costa Rica, Uruguay, and 2006 winners Italy. Many pundits have labelled the group as being difficult and there will be a lot of interest across the world. There isn’t as much expectation surrounding England this year compared to the last World Cup, however, the nation will still hope that England play well and hopefully get out of the group.

The location of games has also created a few concerns for English fans. The first game against Italy will be in the humid jungle of Manaus which is a different environment for many of the players. Roy Hodgson has recently been quoted about the difficulty of the fixture by stating that: “The conditions in the north will be tough, so we will both be in the same boat.” Hodgson also commented on the toughness of the group. “With Uruguay and Italy in our group we almost have two number one seeds in our group” Hodgson stated. “We know how good Italy are because we lost to them in the quarter finals at the Euros. It does not surprise me that  at all to get a tough draw, but I’m still very positive about the whole affair, as you never know.”

There is no doubting the difficulty of England’s group with Italy and Uruguay obviously being the favourites. Qualifying from the group will be a tough task and qualifying will be a bonus for England. However, the fact that England have made it to Brazil means a lot for the whole country. During a World Cup year the economy benefits in England. The whole nation has football fever and the whole country spend more. The very fact that the England  national team have made it to Brazil creates a lot of interest and will certainly provide the nation with a talking point during the summer. Now the World Cup draw has been made the national will be looking towards the World Cup in Brazil that kicks off in June. More information about the World Cup will be mentioned on Girls Guide to Football so stay tuned in.

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Manchester United Endure Poor Form

Posted by adminNo CommentsDec 16, 2013

Manchester United are one of the biggest teams in the world and are the most successful team in England. At the end of last season Manchester United won the Premiership title under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. However, at the end of the season the iconic leader stood down as Manchester United boss only to be replaced by Everton manager David Moyes. Manchester United have endured one of the worst starts to a season in years and pressure has started to mount on David Moyes. They have endured a disastrous start to the season as they have lost winnable games against West Brom, Everton, Manchester City, and most recently Newcastle United.

Although many Manchester United fans have voiced their opinions about David Moyes, there is still a certain degree of calmness around the club. Manchester United notoriously keep hold of their managers with legends such as Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson. When Sir Alex Ferguson first managed Manchester United he had a large amount a criticism as the club struggled under his guidance. However, Sir Alex managed to turn it around and is now regarded as a Manchester United legend.

Although there an increased amount of pressure on David Moyes, there is still time for him to turn it around. David Moyes took a team that was struggling at Everton and managed to transform them into a side that was challenging towards the top end of the division. David Moyes was Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement and will be given time in his current role. Moyes’s tenure at Manchester United will continue, however, football is a results business and if Manchester United stay in their current position of 9th questions maybe asked.

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Football Betting Corruption

Posted by adminNo CommentsDec 16, 2013
Football Betting Corruption

Campbell QPR A revelation in football betting occurred this week, with professional footballers D J Campbell, Sam Sodje, Akpo Sodje, and Cristian Montano all being placed under arrest after match fixing allegations.

Match fixing has been a big issue in sport over the past few years. In 2011 Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif, Mazhar Majeed, and Mohammed Amir all got arrested for cricket match fixing. This seems to have crossed over to football in recent times with footballers being questioned over match fixing. D J Campbell had played in the Premier League for Birmingham, Blackpool and QPR, before moving to Blackburn at the start of the season. At the start of the week Blackburn Rovers released a statement, that read “Following reports in today’s national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker D J Campbell has been arrested.” The match fixing allegations came about by Sam Sodje. Sam Sodje told an undercover Sun reporter that he could arrange red and yellow cards in exchange for money.

This is a shocking revaluation and there is no place for it in any sport. There is definitely no place for this behaviour in sport and the police and the perspective football clubs have acted in the correct manner. This recent revaluation has certainly opened the eyes of many football fans across the UK with questions being asked about behind the scenes betting. It will be interesting to see if this scandal reveals any more footballers who have fixed matches in the past. There is no doubt that the careers of the footballers in question are over and  hopefully the recent media attention will stop footballers match fixing in the future.

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Champions League Knockout stages

Posted by adminNo CommentsDec 16, 2013

The Champions League group stages have come to an end with all of the English teams making the knock-out stages. After this weeks matches there were wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea. Arsenal put in a disappointing performance as they lost to Italian outfit Napoli. Both Manchester United and Chelsea finished at the top of their respected groups however, a disappointing Arsenal, and a buoyant Manchester City finished second in their group. Manchester City managed to beat the European Champions Bayern Munich 3-2 in Munich.

The knock-out stages of the draw will create  lot of  interest from the English public. There are a lot of potentially massive games that could be drawn up and many will be watching to see the draw. This time last year Arsenal were drawn against future European Champions Bayern Munich which turned out to be one of the ties of the tournament, and many will be hoping for the same.

It will definitely be interesting to see how the draw pans out and there will be many different teams watching the draw and hoping. Many of the English teams will be hoping that they don’t get drawn against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich.

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