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English Premier League Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Manchester United’s kept their spot at the top of the league, no matter how many times Gary Neville tried to give it away. Macnehster City’s even on points after their win over Blackpool, while Arsenal was convincing at a St. Andrews’ Stadium that’s often inhospitable to visitors.

On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Jesse Chula (filling in for the infirmed Kartik Krishnaiyer) and talk about the weekend that was in our favorite football league. Are Chelsea still a title contenders? How much will Joe Cole’s goal mean to Liverpool? What do Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Everton, and Fulham need to do to turn around their seasons?

We talk about all this plus looking back on 2010, naming out XIs of the season as well as out top players, kids, coaches and moments. That and your input on this edition of the show.

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English Premier League Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

EPL Talk Podcast Logo draft 300x242  English Premier League Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk PodcastManchester United’s kept their spot at the top of the league, no matter how many times Gary Neville tried to give it away. Macnehster City’s even on points after their win over Blackpool, while Arsenal was convincing at a St. Andrews’ Stadium that’s often inhospitable to visitors.

On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Jesse Chula (filling in for the infirm Kartik Krishnaiyer) and talk about the weekend that was in our favorite football league. Are Chelsea still a title contenders? How much will Joe Cole’s goal mean to Liverpool? What do Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Everton, and Fulham need to do to turn around their seasons?

We talk about all this plus looking back on 2010, naming out XIs of the season as well as out top players, kids, coaches and moments. That and your input on this edition of the show.

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12 Responses to English Premier League Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

  1. Edikan Umana says:

    To the first man who gave his line-up? Didier Drogba? Ashley cole? come on

    • Richard Farley says:

      Drogba’s tied for fourth in the league in goals this year after winning last year’s golden boot while on a league winning side, and I think it’s fair to say that, as you watch his physicality and skill, his goal scoring numbers actually underscore his impact.

      As for Ashley Cole, I don’t have clean and cool goal scoring numbers to defend my position, but I also feel this isn’t one where much defense is necessary. I talked about Leighton Baines on the pod, but is there somebody else I should have considered?

      • BBC says:

        Can’t stand Chelsea, but agree with both selections. . . . Richard – Are you a supporter of any EPL team? I’ve never heard you mention it

        • Richard Farley says:

          Hi BBC:

          When I was young, I got into English football by watching late night replays on my regional sports channel, most of which were of Manchester United. I developed a huge affinity for Ryan Giggs (I can still see the footage in my mind) and for a time thought that I supported United, but as time went on I quickly discovered that I was a Giggs fan but not a United supporter.

          It’s not just football. Across all sports, the teams I adored as a child became less-loved, almost despised. Why don’t I like the Lakers anymore, I asked myself? It’s because Magic wasn’t there. The Raiders? Because Marcus Allen got traded. Example after example it became clear that I didn’t actually like teams. I liked individual performers.

          -rf

          • BBC says:

            Thanks for the response.

            Without a team to support, though, it’s probably not fair to take shots at the Liverpool and Swansea supporters on the podcast. . . . which isn’t to say that it’s not enjoyable to listen to

          • The Gaffer says:

            No offense taken at any Swansea jibes. We get so little coverage in mainstream media that we’re glad to take the lumps whenever possible!

            Cheers,
            The Gaffer

          • Richard Farley says:

            And I actually quite enjoy the Swans. It was both my and Chris’s misfortune that he came on after that QPR match.

          • Richard Farley says:

            True! I hope nobody takes me that seriously on that. The only reason I do is to generate some good-natured conflict w/ Laurence and Chris. It works the other way, too. This week when Laurence was reserved about Liverpool’s victory, I said something like “Oh, come on! Enjoy the three points! Don’t get too morose!”

      • Edikan Umana says:

        For Drogba, I’ll backtrack on that one as I forgot to factor in the form from last season as well.

        However, with Ashley Cole he had a great start to 2010 but a terrible finish in my opinion. He’s even getting bested by Walcott which is nothing on Walcott but just shows how much Cole has fallen. He hasn’t seemed to recover from his off the field affairs with Cheryl and he just hasn’t been showing that form that makes undoubtedly the Premier League’s best left back.

        I’d say it’s between Evra and Cole as they have basically been displaying similar form. Both had a great end to last season and haven’t been their best this season. Sometimes I think that a player’s reputation clouds one’s mind from actually seeing how their form really is. That’s my opinion. I’m surprised you didn’t include Evra. I’m not sure whether you considered him or not.

        • RIchard Farley says:

          I absolutely considered Evra, but I would have listed him behind Leighton Baines, even behind Ashley Cole. But to each their own. I thought Cole had a great year. I’ve found Evra has made a number of strange decisions on the ball through the beginning of this season. This weekend was a great example. Three times in the first half I charted him as having given away the ball in the final third. Two times it looks like he wasn’t under much pressure.

          Maybe my notes are wrong. I also don’t remember being particularly surprised by this. But again, to each their own.

          Hope you enjoy the pod.

          • Edikan Umana says:

            Oh okay well then my mistake. Truth is we can’t notice everything and as good as Ashley Cole has been I don’t think he’d be my Left back for 2010 but that’s just me.

            I enjoy the pod. You lot say some good stuff and some things I have no idea what you’re trying to say but I like the setup.

            My projection is that Evra or maybe even Baines will outdo A. Cole in terms of performances for 2011. Each to their own right? ;)

          • Richard Farley says:

            Yes, but this is also why you need a number of people giving feedback on these things. Everybody has their own eyes, their own biases.

            I was looking up some passing numbers last night, and over the last two months it doesn’t look like Cole’s been that much better than Evra. Cole tends to complete more passes (slightly) but they both tend to be in the high single digits each match for incompletions.

            And really: I think both of us could make very convincing cases for Cole or Evra. They’re both great players.

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