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On January 9, 2010 Birmingham will face Manchester United at St. Andrew’s. Man. U. which is very popular among the EPL, experienced a 3-0 loss to Fulham December 19th. Their League Cup semi-final against Manchester City was postponed so it could be tough trying to secure this win. Mid fielder Michael Carrick insists that the team needs to get back to their winning ways and sooner rather than later. Even though they’ve gotten off to a slow start in 2010 Manchester United should be able to step it up when taking on Birmingham this Saturday.
We recently learned that Birmingham is looking to make Liverpool winger Ryan Babel their first signing of the January transfer window. A chance at regular first team football could tempt 23 year old Babel as he looks into securing a place in Holland’s World Cup squad. Be sure not to miss Saturday’s matchup of English Premier League teams Birmingham vs Man U at St. Andrews! Manchester United will take on Burnley next, January 16th.Football, Sports No Comments »
The recent Liverpool match has upped the Arsenal’s confidence and they are actually looking forward to this clash with Burnley on December 19, 2009. With all the fans excited about this splendid performance of the Gunners they are expecting nothing short of the title win. The coach Arsene Wenger has also opined that the boys are well equipped to cope with the pressures of the title race. There are some other factors doing their bit in the background. The injury sustained by Robin Van Persie has provoked the club to seek compensation from the Dutch Football Association. But the players are completely in focus about the task at hand and just like the other Arsenal matches, this one too promises to be a thrilling one. The team is ready to take the field with a 4-4-2 formation.
Steven Fletcher of Burnley is also pretty determined to prove his critics wrong in this match. The coach Owen Coyle is banking on the defenders Graham Alexander, Clarke Carlisle, Christian Kalvenes and Michael Duff. Then the manner in which the four midfielders protect the field is also important. Here the onus would be on Steven Caldwell, Chris McCann, Wade Elliot and Chris Eagles.Football, Sports No Comments »
Tottenham is reeling under some real pressure. It is an antagonistic situation where some of the players are in the best of form and there are some conflicting statements on the disciplinary attitude of some important players. So much so, that the club coach Harry Redknapp decided to cancel a Christmas party at the Tottenham hotspur. In this game scheduled on December 16, 2009, they will be looking forward to some fireworks from the defenders Vedran Corluka, Jonathan Woodgate, Ledley King and Benoit Assou-Ekotto. They need to carruy the responsibility of halting the Manchester City raring midfielders and aid Gomes to save the posts. They would actually be playing with a 4-4-2 formation.
On the other hand Manchester City is on a tremendous high following the win against Chelsea. Then the allegedly hot-headed Kolo Toure is in a mood to prove the statements of the coach wrong in this very match. There had been questions regarding his attitude and fitness. So, he would be the player to watch out for in this match. The coach Mark Hughes is particularly happy with the performances of defender Micah Richards. Injury worries are also there for Manchester City as well. This pertains to the knee ligament injury of Michael Johnson.Football, Sports No Comments »
Chelsea appears to be in a bit dampened mood as it has been four consecutive games that the club has not seen the face of victory. The 3-3 draw with Everton last Saturday has made the squad lose its confidence somewhat. The coach seems to be confident of a wonderful season for the club but going by the present performances, the boys would like to up their ante and strive to meet the expectations of the club boss and their fans. Carlo Ancelotti has repeatedly claimed that Chelsea is not in any sort of crisis. In this coming clash with Portsmouth on December 16, 2009, it might well be advantage Portsmouth.
Both the teams are playing this match with a 4-4-2 combination and here, you have the club boss Avram Grant drawing inspiration from his father’s achievements. A lot of responsibility would be on the shoulders of the strikers Kanu and Fredric Piquionne. The midfield needs the services of John Utaka, hayden Mullins, Bouba Diop and Sulley Ali Muntaru. The players will actually be looking forward to use this opportunity to prove their worth more so, as they have been recently been able to secure a ten pound loan.Football, Sports No Comments »
The Arsenal coach is heavily depending on the young guns and wishes them to get a feel of serious match practice as the team has already qualified for the Final 16. He is also hailed as one of the best managers of the world as he has shown great competence in dealing with the young players. But, the injury of the Tomas Rosicky, the Czech midfielder, has been a constant cause of worry. He had sustained the current injury after his brush-off with the Stoke player in the previous game. With a 4-4-2 combination, the team would be depending a lot on the performances of strikers Andrey Arshavin and Robin Van Persie against the match against Liverpool on December 13, 2009.
Liverpool had begun season with some of the most horrible performances but the captain Steven Gerrard sounds pretty confident when he states that his boys are ready to sustain till the finals and the fans also hope that the team would surely peak at the right time. The manager Rafa Benitez is of the opinion that the team’s striker Fernando Torres would have to take care of his form and performance if he wants to have in any positive contribution in the team’s success that appears to be quite alluring at the present moment.Football, Sports No Comments »
The clash between Chelsea and Everton has been long awaited by the fans of both the teams. It is slated to be held on December 12, 2009 and as group D winners, the coach Carlos Ancelotti is of the opinion that the teams captain John Terry would be available and also said that there were no clashes amongst the boys as per some of the media reports. A lot has been made of the freekick by Tevez in the earlier match. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that he is actually responsible for such a sordid effort and is expected to make amends for this in this upcoming match against Everton and has decided on a 4-4-2 formation.
On the other hand, Everton’s goalkeeper Tim Howard is pretty confident of the team’s performances particularly after his penalty save against Spurs. The team’s boss David Moyes is banking highly on his strikers Marouane Fellaini and Jo to change the fortunes of the team. The midfielders Steven Pienaar, Phil Neville, Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta would also have huge responsibilities on their shoulders. The current strategy is expected to be an offensive one as the teams boss has indicated in a press meet that it was a defensive error that had actually cost the game to Livelpool in the earlier match.Football, Sports No Comments »
James Milner, the midfielder must be a part of the World Cup team – this is the opinion of the Aston Villa coach Martin O’Neill. He is also of the opinion that it is the world cup pressure that is inspiring all the boys to give their best. In the match against Manchester United on December 12, 2009, the team has decided on a 4-3-3 standard formation and a lot would be depending on Brad Friedel, the goal keeper. If the reports are anything to go by, the ManU strikers would be targeting the goal posts hard.
The stage is set for an amazing battle of wits between the two club bosses, Martin O’Neill on one hand and the Man U coach Sir Alex Fergusson on the other. Fergusson has already stated that the fans can expect a charged up team with a lot of aggression in display. The player to watch out for would be Michael Owen after his match-defining hat-trick in the previous match. And, after having from the toughest of the qualifying groups, the fans are simply left wanting for more. The team is ready to take on the Aston Villa with a 4-4-2 combination. Watch out for Michael Carrick, the defender who has been drawing praises from all quarters.Football, Sports No Comments »
Enzo Maresca, the Olympiacos mid-fielder is drawing great hopes from his performance from the last match. He has garnered praises from the Atlanta club as well. He sure needs to put his talent to use in this match slated to be held between Arsenal and Olympiacos on December 12, 2009. The team has decided on a 4-4-2 combination and a lot will depend oh Jaouad Zairi, Dudu, Ieroklis Stoltidis and Luciane Galletti. Coach Zico is also banking highly on Matt Derbyshire and Diogo the strikers. The outright challenging claim that the team is well equipped to beat Arsenal has been already presented by defender Raul Bravo. It now needs to be seen on how much of this will be put to action.
The Gunners on the other hand is suffering due to injuries to almost all the important players of the squad. Their boss Arsene Wenger has stated to the press that he has never witnessed such a multiple surge of injuries affecting almost the entire team simultaneously in his entire career. But the team seems to the drawing great inspiration from Arsenal goalkeeper who ahs stated that he considers his present form to be the best in his career. The team would be playing with a standard formation of 4-4-2.Football, Sports No Comments »
The stage is set for the UFC 107 slated to be held on December 12, 2009. The location for this MMA is decided to be held at Memphis, Tennessee, united states of America. B. J. Penn will be putting his lightweight title for this event when he will be challenging Diego Sanchez on the 11-bout card. There is another fight scheduled between Frank Mir, the rest while UFC heavyweight champion and the flamboyant striker Cheick Kongo. This is his desperate attempt to win back the title from his opponent. There had been a reversal of sorts during the summers when Brock Larson was defeated by Mike Pierce. He would now be facing Jon Fitch in order to successfully rematch the champion status of George St. Pierre.
Penn had halted the dream run of Kenny Florian at UFC 101 and, now he will also seek to stand up to the challenge thrown in by Clay Guida at Octagon. This is anticipated to be a tough fight as the fans are also expecting a repeat of the earlier results. But then, Florian has also come prepared to throw a deadly punch. There is also a great deal of excitement surrounding the match between the veteran Paul Buentello and the young guy Stefan Struve.Sports, UFC No Comments »
The Ultimate Fighting Championship 107 is slated to be held between Penn and Sanchez. This is a mixed martial arts event that is due to be hosted on December 12, 2009. The location of this thrilling game is in Memphis, Tennessee at the FedEx Forum. With all eyes on this game, the UFC fans are in for some exciting moments. There will be a clash of favorites as well. The fan clubs of the players have a lot to smile and be bitter about. This is in reference to the decision taken on October 21, this year. Initially this title was to be fought between Thiago Alves and Paulo Thiago. But, later on the above mentioned date it was decided that the championship will be held between Alves and Jon Fitch.
Well, it is Paulo Thiago who has been the loser in this instance. There were some specific reasons behind these alterations. Injuries to the players were the prime cause of these changes. A lot of players were compelled to withdraw their names due to ligament and muscle injuries. So, with the curtain just day away to rise, both the selected champions are ready to prove their mettle on the ring.Sports, UFC No Comments » « Previous Entries