EPL 2011-12: The Games I’ve Circled
EPL 2011-12: The Games I’ve Circled

So the fixtures are out, not long after the completion of the 2011 season.  Here are some of the matches I’ve circled and already entered on my calendar.   In a month or so we’ll find out which of the first few matches are moved to Sunday kickoffs, and who […]

EPL Sunday Viewing Guide, Gameweek 38
EPL Sunday Viewing Guide, Gameweek 38

And in the end The love you take Is equal to the love you make — Paul McCartney A terrific season comes to an end.  Manchester United has deservingly won the Championship.  We saw tremendous soccer at times from Arsenal and Chelsea and Manchester City, and at the beginning of […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 37
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 37

We’re winding down now, and nearing clarity.  United should win the title after a tremendous display of soccer against their arch-rivals Sunday.  And you can see them claim it with just a point at Blackburn early Saturday morning on the featured ESPN match.  The Champions League spots were sewn up […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 36
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 36

Three is a magic number Ya it is, it’s a magic number Somewhere in that ancient mystic trinity You’ll get three As a magic number The past, the present, the future, Faith, and hope, and charity, The heart, the brain, the body, Will give you three, It’s a magic number […]

EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 35
EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 35

Well, we were waiting all year for this weekend, only for Arsene’s men to melt quickly over their last 10 matches.  The only sides the Gunners beat in these last 10 were Blackpool and Leyton Orient!  Now they can hold out some hope for 2nd and play the role of […]

EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 34
EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 34

53 matches to go, with 12 this week.  While the title seems to be in United’s grasp, Everton have been playing well and will go for it with nothing to lose.  The battle for fourth may end up the most exciting, but with the City – Spurs showdown still a […]

EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 33
EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 33

And then there was one:  only United survive in Europe.  So the distractions from the league are dwindling.  Obviously a humongous match on Sunday for Stoke and Bolton at the Reebok, with one heading to Europe next year and a May 14 final at Wembley.  United is not likely to […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 32
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 32

It still feels like the biggest matches are ahead of us, but should be some interesting ones, especially at the bottom of the table, presuming United doesn’t look ahead too much to Tuesday night.  It’s a shame about Blackpool’s form.  Monday night football comes back with a pretty strong match.  […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 31
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 31

Hello again.  We’ve all enjoyed the international break and now the final run-in for this intriguing season, with more attention than I can ever remember to the all-important race to stay in the league!  Any of the teams from Bolton to Wigan could be playing championship football next year, or […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 30
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 30

It’s been a looooong time since the reverse fixtures to these Gameweek 30 matches were played in September.  We have two derbies, a top 4 showdown at Stamford Bridge, and the what-will-happen-next drama of another Sunderland-Liverpool showdown.  Plus two Europe matches requiring big English comebacks.  My star-giving parsimony has ended […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, FA Cup Quarterfinals
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, FA Cup Quarterfinals

Only 8 matches this week, and the teams from Manchester feature in four of them.  While the derbies were not as exciting this year as last, are we heading for an FA Cup showdown?  United and Chelsea should advance to the Champions League quarterfinals.  Meanwhile, Saturday is not the May […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 29
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 29

One hundred matches to go! (103 with a few make-ups on March 9 and April 20.)  And can anyone remember such a wide open season, with great races for the title, for Europe, for relegation?  Most of these 100 are going to be fascinating!  Can’t wait til May Day with […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 28
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 28

With Europa league continuing, plus FA Cup delayed fixtures and the long-awaited Chelsea v Man United midweek match, we get 15 matches this week involving EPL teams.  Only Spurs sit back and relax this week as the Gunners’ visit to White Hart Lane, to have been the featured ESPN2 match, […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, FA Cup Round 5 +
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, FA Cup Round 5 +

Special EPL Viewing Guide this week.  We have 3 make-up EPL matches, 2 FA Cup 4th Round replays, 6 FA Cup 5th Round matches, Liverpool’s return to Europe, and Chelsea & United’s first leg visits to Europe.  So 14 matches involving EPL sides:  that’s good enough for me! ****:  Must-see. […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 27
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 27

I did give 4 stars to all of last Saturday’s matches, didn’t I?  Oh well, it was a brutally cold, horribly rainy day in NYC on Saturday, and one of the few where I was able to sit back and watch most of them.  What a day!!!  Gameweek 27 is […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 26
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 26

I am back with a fresh post for Gameweek 26.  Please note that there were a couple of changes since my Monday posting, including Fox switching the delayed Spurs & Villa matches, and ESPN2 adding the Sunderland-Stoke Saturday morning match. I’m feeling pretty pleased with my 4-star choice from Gameweek […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweeks 25 & 26
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweeks 25 & 26

Well, I think I got the *s about right last week.  Some of you were wondering why United v Birmingham only got 2 * whereas Blackpool v United got 4, but I think you saw which was the match worth watching!!  Remember, these ratings are for neutrals.  With the FA […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 24
EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 24

13 EPL matches this week, plus we find out who will meet at Wembley for the League Cup, before the league breaks for the FA Cup Round-of-32.  If you get any deja vu, all of these reverse fixtures were played just 3 weeks ago on the 28th/29th of December.  So […]