Posted: January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sorry folks… our avid readers, we were off the charts last time out with no blog update. Unseen circumstances. Our apologies. Well then, another weekend of the beautiful game is with us and as we have made it our norm, here are our thoughts for the games’ eventualities.


Norwich takes it up with Chelsea, with the Londoners on the road. The Blues seem to be getting to the right frequency as mid-January hits. Add that to Gary Cahill’s signing and the F-50 (Torres) moment of the week (spectacular bicycle kick), and there! Seems there is much to look forward to with Drogba’s departure to the African cup of Nations. Norwich on the other hand has done fine. No injuries to the squad mean consistency in the team and therefore they will be looking forward to the game already. Whether Gary Cahill makes an appearance is plausible and I’m sure the Blues’ faithful are eager to know what their backline would look like with his arrival. Upfront is sure as hell going to be El Nino, Sturridge and the supporting cast, whilst AVB could ring some changes to the midfield…with Michael Essien-The Bison-back in business. The likes of Hoolahan and Pilkington could provide the necessary fireworks for the Canaries setting this up nicely for what should be an entertaining game. Petr Cech could get away with a clean sheet if the plausible JT-Gary Cahill partnership rolls of the tongue in a 2-0 win! Sturridge, Torres to score?

Blackburn fans, all and sundry, should have stopped with all the hissing and sideways talk of getting Kean’s head. How about a win over the Champions and another over Fulham with a man less! They will surely have missed Yakubu enough as the Naija boy has been key to all their bright moments thus far, though Junior Hoillet is another. Mauro Formica could do the job on a good day.They visit Everton with quite some belief about them. The Mersey side themselves have done alright considering their early seasons blights. They will be boosted by Anichebe’s recent return from injury and the signing of Former United midfielder, Darron Gibson. Tim Howard has shown good form recently and surely Baines, another Everton along with Fellaini and Neville hero should be joining the party soon enough. After all is taken care of Everton should scrap the three points even with a vulnerable backline that might let in a few. 3-2 for the home side.

Fulham will be wholly irate that a struggling, relegation threatened side, Blackburn, skinned three points off them even with a man less. Quite upsetting for any for any side with hopes of a Europa league spot. It gets even trickier when Newcastle say hello at Craven Cottage. Alan Pardew has secured Pappis Demba Cisse in a five year deal to partner with break out star Demba Ba. This will be an interesting partnership when the two forwards make a comeback. Martin Jol should get accustomed to losing points after letting his side get sloppy after hard fought wins over sides like Arsenal. This should be a tight contest however and goals are abound as The Magpies have barely kept a clean sheet in their last 8 away games. Having Duff back to the side will be awesome were the likes of Zamora to make it too. Fulham have the manpower to get past the Magpies…Ruiz, Dembele but so too Newcastle…Cabaye, Ben Arfa. A 1-1 score line is fitting.


QPR look for points as Wigan come rolling. The Super Hoops could do with a new manager (Mark Hughes) as even Joey Barton is excited at the prospect. Hughes can muster some results if things work to his liking since he might have a better resume than his predecessor. The Latics on their part have made an impression of themselves lately, keeping it tight at the back. That gives them a platform for rolling a flush on the table if QPR are caught ball watching. Victor Moses, Diame, McCarthy and Rodallega are ones to look up to for killing the game in contrast to Joey Barton, Wright-Phillips, Helgusson (if picked ). This round could precipitate another draw, a goal apiece. Though Wigan could have their wheel of fortune in it.

Stoke held off a misfiring Liverpool who I for one don’t think cut for top four honours. I mean Liverpool haven’t had a season slump or injuries like Arsenal/ ManUtd, yet their best efforts rank them six in the league. Get it? Westbrom visit The Brittania for some hard ball. Stoke have been defensively astute ever since the Europa league pressures backed out a little and their brute backline should the basis for another win. Westbrom will have to throw everything at their foes or else they will be under siege when Delap gets to flexing. Magic in this one is at an equal platform as both sides haven’t had a Superman persona in their ranks to pinpoint. However, if guessing is your thing have a go with Etherington, Walters, Crouch for Stoke whereas The Baggies have Mulumbu, Odemwengie. Stoke should leave it at 2-1.

Sunderland handle the total footballers in their Game week 22 bout as Swansea, a pretty good passing side run through The Stadium Of Light. After O’Neill secured stability in The Black Cats this one should give some electricity. Swansea emerged victorious over Arsenal last time out, and will be craving that winning feeling again. Well, O’Neill could be just the buzz kill. The likes of Dyer and Graham have recently come out as the cast doing damage alongside Scott Sinclair and the Sunderland boss should be very aware. That being said, Sessegnon, Nicklas Bendtner and Korean forward could smash the Swans passing skills. Oh yes, leaving Cattermole out of that list seems odd as he is the ‘go-to-guy’ in literal ‘smashing situations’ for Sunderland. (With a long stare through the window into the horizon) I feel Sunderland should emerge winner and with the first goal as well. 2-1

Wolves will be looking for redemption after a shock exit in the FA cup to Birmingham City club. That redemption is a likely probability factoring in Aston Villa as the target in the crosshairs. But then again The Villans will be having the ‘Wolves pack’ in their crosshairs instead. So, Bent, Agbonlahor and Albrighton could be the marksmen for Villa as Wolves will be reliant on their main man Taylor-Fletcher. Kevin Doyle has remained in the side lines this season and Jarvis has not been himself thus far. Stiliyan Petrov could be the X-factor in the game since the Villa captain is one whom you can’t really put a finger on. Emmanuel Frimpong, Arsenal loanee, is doing well for Wolves and ‘DEEENCH boy” could have a thing or two in determining where the three points go. I will go for an away win never the less in a 2-1 result.

Bolton have finally let go their most prized asset, Gary Cahill to Chelsea. It would be interesting to see who Coyle turns to for filling in when misfiring Reds stop over. Liverpool will be missing Uruguayan star, Suarez when kick off begets the game.In his place will be Welsh forward Craig Bellamy, riding alongside Downing, Henderson and Gerrard. Former Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam will have another shot at making things tick with Gerrard and at the back Old Jamie will have a place on the bench. Bolton have their danger men in Klasnic, Davies but they shouldn’t put up much of a fight when they let in the first one. Not after Cahill’s departure. Not even Muamba or Davies could save them.Liverpool 2-Bolton 0.

Last time out Bosnian international Edin Dzeko discovered his scoring boots at White Hart Lane when Tottenham played host to City. Luka Modric to Chelsea rumours had left Tottenham with bad vibe and City skinned them whole. But how things change! Tottenham are playing the best football thus far, earning them a spot with the big shots at the top four round table but City is the ultimate beast of this jungle. We will probably look at this one as one of the potential title deciders in the long haul. On paper it should be a fantastic one and we all hope it plays out that way.Like in every clash of the Titans the small things will make the biggest difference. Bale will be closely monitored by the city department of defence, if Mancini’s tactics are anything to go by-read Nigel de Jong! Never the less VDV, Lennon and Modric could do the trick. However, City being themselves, with Silva and, or Kompany in the fray, things might turn out different. Adebayor is ineligible in this one but it would have been something if he’d make the cut. Aguero and Dzeko should punch the holes in the Tottenham shirt if the Blue moon of Manchester shines. Keeping an eye on Nasri and Johnson will be critical (if they start) for Harry Redknapp. City wins 3-1.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United! BAM BAMBAAM! This one is full of pedigree. Every sort of headline will feature when Sunday catches up with proceedings.’ REVENGE! KING HENRY vs. SCHOLES, RVP vs ROONEY, SAF and Le PREFESSEUR’ eye catching captions are definite. In recent years United have dominated Arsenal and more so the 8-2 mauling! Arsenal will be looking for revenge if not gratification after the full ninety as United will be keen to underline their top dog status as well. With injuries afflicting both sides, a couple of stars could miss this one out. Ashley Young, Rio Ferdy, Vidic, Cleverly, Fletcher for United and Vermalaen, Wilshere, Arteta, Sagna, Santos and Gibbs for Arsenal. Squad players will therefore feature but that doesn’t change anything. No sir. Not at all. However another high score is highly unlikely (sorry all Arsenal fans wishing revenge-me included) The Old Trafford scenario is one in a million to happen but I am positive the game will be blessed with goals. Key figures- Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, de Gea, Scsezcny (spelling anyone?) Ramsey, Nani, Koscielny and Jones. This is definitely a title decider whether you believe it or not. Rest assured it is. Not even the fans(12th man) can be overlooked. Arsenal will take positives out of being in the Last 16 of the CL compared to United while United will enjoy the memories of the first leg master class. It is impossible to capture the atmosphere in this on but this will do. Stupendously high charged! I leave you to imagine the rest but I have a reserved soft spot for Arsenal. (#Goonerfamily) That being that, 2-1 for Arsenal at the Emirates.

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