Hughes, We Have A Problem (Birmingham v Man City)
Hughes, We Have A Problem (Birmingham v Man City)

Is anyone else starting to get a little nervous for the Man City “project”? I was thrilled by the way the team were playing for the first two months of the season.  They were incisive, dashing, and had a swagger about them that said “we can do this”.  As sure […]

Wolves v Villa Match Highlights Problem With “Last Man” Rule
Wolves v Villa Match Highlights Problem With “Last Man” Rule

For two weeks in a row now, glaring penalty calls have been missed in the early Saturday EPL game.  Wolves’ striker Kevin Doyle was fouled twice, by my count, when through on goal, and last week it was Villa’s Agbonlahor who was being tripped in the act of shooting.  (Here […]

Is this a Workable Solution to the Gaël Kakuta Conundrum?
Is this a Workable Solution to the Gaël Kakuta Conundrum?

I won’t go into a great deal of prologue on the Gael Kakuta / Chelsea transfer ban situation - see here and here for related stories. Am I alone in thinking the solution proposed by Football (with a big F) stinks?  They’re talking about banning the movement of players under the […]

What will Huth and Tuncay mean to Stoke City?
What will Huth and Tuncay mean to Stoke City?

Stoke City this week completed the double-signing of Robert Huth and Tuncay Sanli from Middlesbrough.  As a Boro fan, I thought I’d run the rule over what these additions will mean to the Potters.  I can see ups and downs in both signings. First to Robert Huth.  I have to […]

[TweetBeat] Joleon Lescott Edition
[TweetBeat] Joleon Lescott Edition

TweetBeat takes the pulse of fan opinion and reaction – the emotional, the insightful and the trivial.  But mostly trivial though. Let’s start with a comment from the BBC Sport’s chief football writer, Phil McNulty, which induced varying opinions from a couple of Everton fans: philmcnulty: Time for Manchester City […]

[TweetBeat] Celtic v Arsenal
[TweetBeat] Celtic v Arsenal

TweetBeat takes the pulse of fan opinion and reaction – the emotional, the insightful and the trivial.  But mostly trivial though. Celtic v Arsenal – Before the game: digitalsnowtwit: Hoping for a good result for Arsenal tonight. Celtic at home is a mega tough task. A score draw would be […]

Five Referees at Every Europa League Game
Five Referees at Every Europa League Game

Without a lot of herald or press coverage, UEFA announced at the start of the week that there will be five referees on the pitch for all Europa League matches next season.  An additional pair of eyes will be stationed behind each goal, focusing on incidents in and around the […]

Arsenal v Boro – Does the Offside Goal Expose a Flaw in Refereeing?
Arsenal v Boro – Does the Offside Goal Expose a Flaw in Refereeing?

This is not a post to moan about a referee getting a decision wrong.  Rather, this particular incident got me wondering, “How is that supposed to work then?”  Maybe you have the answer… It’s been reasonably well accepted that Arsenal’s opener against Middlesbrough should have been flagged offside (video link). […]

Man Utd’s Pick and Roll Play
Man Utd’s Pick and Roll Play

Did everyone spot Nemanja Vidic’s contribution to Manchester United’s third goal against Chelsea on Sunday?  The tactic, reminiscent of basketball’s pick-and-roll, has been creeping into Premier League play over the course of this season.  Sunday’s example was the most blatant to date – and it still wasn’t picked up by the referee. […]

Manchester City: Lottery Winners Eating TV Dinners
Manchester City: Lottery Winners Eating TV Dinners

Manchester City are, we’re told, the world’s richest football club.  They harbor ambitions of winning…well…everything that Manchester United just won in the last 12 months.  But where’s the beef?  The players that City are buying – or trying to buy – are more UEFA Cup qualifiers than Champions League winners. […]

Middlesbrough’s Academy of North-East Starlets
Middlesbrough’s Academy of North-East Starlets

Middlesbrough may not be achieving much these days in terms of league position, but one thing they can take pride in is the rate they are churning out local young Premier League players. Boro regularly feature at least four local youngsters in the starting line up.  In their most recent […]

Preview: Middlesbrough v Sunderland
Preview: Middlesbrough v Sunderland

The Riverside will witness something interesting five minutes before the kick-off of this Tees-Wear derby.  Indeed, it could be one of the pivotal moments in the Teessiders’ up-but-mostly-down season. Will Stuart Downing be walking out in red along with his team mates, and if he does, how will the home […]

Two Crazy Offside Calls in the West Ham v Blackburn Game
Two Crazy Offside Calls in the West Ham v Blackburn Game

I enjoyed the West Ham / Blackburn game today, as a neutral.  There were goals, some red blooded tackling and a couple of contentious decisions to debate. The first was the own goal ‘credited’ to Samba that put Blackburn 2-0 down.  That Dean Ashton was in an offside position is […]

Premier League Bets for Week 3: Bolton, Sunderland, Aston Villa
Premier League Bets for Week 3: Bolton, Sunderland, Aston Villa

Another week, another punt at picking some winners from the Premier League deck. First though, a little look back at last week where I didn’t get any of my three picks right.   They were all long-ish odds and I think I can count myself unlucky with two of them.  […]

How to Watch the Best Premier League Game of the Day
How to Watch the Best Premier League Game of the Day

Does the following situation sound at all familiar? You record a bunch of Premier League games on a Saturday and Sunday because you’re too busy (or too asleep) to watch the games live.  You avoid the results.  You find some time later in the day to watch one or two of the […]

Can Liverpool Turn Luck into Fortune?
Can Liverpool Turn Luck into Fortune?

In one sense, Liverpool have had a perfect start to their season.  Six points from two Premier League games and successful passage into the next stage of the Champions League is the best they could have accomplished to date.  They’ve been almost-perfect at the back, conceding just one goal in […]

Potential Upsets This Weekend: Bolton, Boro, West Brom
Potential Upsets This Weekend: Bolton, Boro, West Brom

If you like a drop a couple of [your local currency] having a flutter on the football results, pull up a chair and let’s have a chat.  I like to look for value, rather than a sure thing, and here is where I see it this weekend. Newcastle v Bolton […]

Domestic Tips from Wheater and Pogatetz
Domestic Tips from Wheater and Pogatetz

  When Boro’s defenders aren’t busy keeping Spurs’ expensively-assembled forward line at bay, they like to kick back with a little baking. On the pitch, Pogatetz is a fierce tackler and Wheater uses his massive frame to ward off attackers.  Off the pitch, Wheater mixes the icing and Pogatetz applies […]