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English Premier League Preview Show, Week #4: EPL Talk Podcast

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Welcome back to the Premier League, returning from the international break. Forming the welcoming party, myself and Laurence McKenna look at the weekend’s action including an eight match Saturday commencing with our match of the week, a struggling Everton hosting Manchester United. That and the latest news from around the Premier League and a wrap-up of Euro 2012 qualifying on this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast.

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14 Responses to English Premier League Preview Show, Week #4: EPL Talk Podcast

  1. Slagging off England is what sells papers, the press don’t want to write about them playing well of getting 6 points out of 6 or being top of the group, or beating a side away from home that beat Spain in the world cup.
    This site is no different, if England had have drawn or lost, we would have seen endless articles of how bad England are, how crap the players are and how fabio should be sacked.
    As it is, hardly a mention, apart from an article slagging SWP off for the fact that he didn’t play that well when he came on for 10 mins.

    Is it any wonder why people hate the press and managers can’t stand to speak to them, they’re like vampires waiting for blood.
    This site is going the same way as the rags it claims to hate.

  2. Farley, how can you compare how far the U.S should go and how far England should go. There is a world of difference between the player talent. The U.S hardly ever gets out of its group whereas the England side often goes to the quarter finals. This U.S gets a walk into the world cup every 4 years and to be honest, taking that into account, their record in the competion is pathetic.
    If you look at the FIFA rankings, the top 3 teams in crapcaf are ranked 17th, 24th and 46th
    In England’s world cup group for qualifying you had England ranked 7th, Croatia ranked 9th and Ukraine ranked 25th.
    1 team from England’s group to go through, 3 teams from crapcaf to go through. How is that fair?
    If the U.S had to qualify out of the European section, they would never get to the World Cup so don’t sit there and try and compare how far England and the U.S should go like they have players of a similar talent level.

  3. My mistake, Ukraine are actually ranked higher than Mexico

    Current world rankings – 1 team to auto qualify for world cup
    7 England
    14 Croatia
    24 Ukraine

    Current world rankings – 3 teams to qualify from crapcaf
    18 USA
    25 Mexico
    46 Honduras

    This must be something FIFA needs to address, now we don’t a world cup full of European teams but giving three spots to your section is what causes people in your country like you to start trying to compare your very average team to the top ten in the world and sees good European sides like Croatia miss out so we can have the likes of Honduras there.

  4. Tell Lawrence to shut up as well, he knows nothing, the reason people including the BBC pundits think England should have reached the quarters is that they normally do, the reason the semi’s were mentioned was the group they were in and the draw they would have had to the semi’s if they had have won the group. Not to mention the fact they had just come off the back of winning their qualifying group by a distance. A group that wasn’t easy and they won 9 out of 10 games in it.

    If you are a country that normally gets to the quarter finals, you have just qualified out of a tricky group by a margin and you have what looks like a fairly easy path to the semi’s why would it not be realistic to think you have a good chance to get there?
    I didn’t hear people saying England were going to reach the final or win the thing, people were saying QF’s and maybe SF’s given the path they should have had to it. That is not or was not unrealistic given the path to the semi’s or how they had performed up to that point.

  5. Actually Lawrence does know something, he knows how to say ‘right now’ at the end of every sentence.

  6. Mark says:

    I turned the podcast on hoping to get a preview of the upcoming weekend of the EPL after the distracting break of Euro Qualifiers. Instead a podcast titled “English Premier League Preview Show” spends 1/3 of the time covering the same old ground about the England Nat’l team 1/3 on reviewing the news of other Euro qualifiers, 1/6 on reading all the non-game related headlines and reading off the fixture list and 1/6 on the previewing one game.

    When you guys do talk about the EPL its informative and entertaining, but if you’re not going to talk about the EPL please flag the podcast as such

    • Richard says:

      In one sense, fair. In another sense … these are regular shows we do. It’s the Preview and Review show, but in every show, we go off path, and in this one, we went REALLY off path.

      Regardless, apologies for the confusing, but as a programming note, every Monday we will have a show that will be called EPL Review and every Friday we’ll have one called Preview.

      But your criticism of that label … I think it’s completely fair. Hope you keep listening, and I’ll try to better describe the shows in the descriptions.

    • Laurence says:

      Thanks for your feedback Mark. I really appreciate it.

  7. Aldous says:

    Richard – you’re completely wrong about England. Tying USA and Algeria (Algeria?), beating Slovenia 1-0, losing by quite a margin to Germany, is not an “anomaly” – it’s a horrible performance for a squad that is supposed to be in the best 10 or 15 in the world. England’s group was perhaps the easiest draw of the tournament – no offense meant to USA fans. The England squad chokes at major tournaments, and has done so ever since I have watched international tournaments (about one and a half decades). And it’s not just the results. Not making the semifinals or the quarterfinals is one thing. Not making the late stages because of a clearly miserable performance (did you watch the football they played?) is another. The team was basically unable to play together. I think it played well for about 30 minutes in the entire tournament – about 15 against Slovenia and about 15 against Germany.

    • Richard says:

      Aldous: You and I basically agree. I called it the performances in the World Cup – specifically the US and Algeria performances – anomalies in the context of the whole Capello era. I agree they’re bad performances. That’s why I called them anomalous.

      Regarding choking at major tournaments, I just disagree. They usually do OK. Quarterfinals appearances, losing to good teams. Even in this tournament, they got beat by Germany. No shame in that.

  8. Seth says:

    This is off-topic, but probably in a good way, from the previous comments. But, I just wanted to flag this article for you three, since you spent so much time on this topic during the buzz that was the world cup:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/sunderland/7992484/Sunderland-striker-Asamoah-Gyan-forgives-Luis-Suarez-for-his-World-Cup-handball.html

    As you can probably gather from the link, Gyan admits he would have done exactly what Suarez famously did in the dying moments of their game. Out of everyone in the world, he was arguably the person the most affected by the incident, so perhaps this is the final word. Hope I’m not stirring the pot too much here!
    As always, appreciate the hard work, etc.
    Seth

    • Richard says:

      Let me try to predict the response of those people citing Suarez’s actions as the decline of virtue and culture … “just because the victim doesn’t realize they were wronged doesn’t mean a crime wasn’t committed.”

      • Seth says:

        It’s certainly more consistent with the claim that no crime was committed than when a victim complains of being wronged! Gyan is actually a bit more nuanced however. He says yes, it was cheating and he wishes the ref would have done something else (presumably give them the goal). But he also realizes that he would have done the same as Suarez, so he forgives him.

        I realize your response was lighthearted, so we can leave it there if you like. If you want to rile up Karthik, feel free to show him the article.

        Seth

  9. I love football, I’m the one of the chelsea fans in this malaysia.I’m pround of chelsea .

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English Premier League Preview Show, Week #4: EPL Talk Podcast

Welcome back to the Premier League, returning from the international break. Forming the welcoming party, myself and Laurence McKenna look at the weekend’s action including an eight match Saturday commencing with our match of the week, a struggling Everton hosting Manchester United. That and the latest news from around the Premier League and a wrap-up of Euro 2012 qualifying on this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast.

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