Busacca’d!!! (Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast
Busacca’d!!! (Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast

There were two English Premier League matches mid-week, but our main focus of attention was Champions League, where one North London club qualified for the quarterfinals while their rivals were sent home empty handed, jaw slacken. For the second year in a row, Arsenal’s Champions League met its end in […]

Kuyt, Kuyt, Kuyt (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast
Kuyt, Kuyt, Kuyt (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

Liverpool has snapped a three derby losing streak to Manchester United, with strong performances from Dirk Kuyt, Luis Suárez and Raúl Meireles leading the Reds to a 3-1 victory over their rivals. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna talk about the Red […]

EPL Talk Podcast Live Show, Open Thread: North West Derby Day
EPL Talk Podcast Live Show, Open Thread: North West Derby Day

Manchester United has their first losing streak of the year, failing to show against Liverpool after their mid-week loss to Chelsea. But don’t disparage the Reds’ performances, particularly those of Luis Suárez, Raul Meireles, and hat-trick hero Dirk Kuyt. Liverpool snaps a three-match losing streak to United, beating the Red […]

Still Since 2002 (Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast
Still Since 2002 (Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast

If we learned anything in the wake of the Carling Cup Final, it’s that six weeks is a long time. At least, that’s what’s implied every time Arsenal’s silverware drought is evoked. But if six years really is so long in Premier League years, how long is nine, because that’s […]

Any Given Sunday (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast
Any Given Sunday (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

Arsenal’s six year drought without silverware persists while a 48-year dry spell ends for Birmingham City on what announcers called the biggest day in the club’s history. On Sunday, Brum got an 89th minute goal from Obafemi Martins en route to a 2-1 win over the Gunners and the Carling […]

EPL Talk Podcast Live Show, Open Thread: The League Cup Edition
EPL Talk Podcast Live Show, Open Thread: The League Cup Edition

The first piece of silverware handed out in 2011 goes to Birmingham City, the Blues pulling the upset of Arsenal on Sunday, defeating the Gunners 2-1 in the League Cup final. For the Blues, it’s only the second major trophy in the club’s history. For the Gunners, it’s a bitter […]

The Preferred Side Of A Nil-Nil (Mid-Week Show): EPL Talk Podcast
The Preferred Side Of A Nil-Nil (Mid-Week Show): EPL Talk Podcast

Which side of a nil-nil would you rather be on? It’s a serious question, because in Champions League, after one leg, it matters. Taking a 0-0 on the road has entirely different implications than coming back home with one. Yet there’s still debate as to which situation is preferred. José […]

FA Cup Break (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast
FA Cup Break (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

One of the virtues of being a league-focused show is being able to use the FA Cup weekends as a time to reset, take inventory of what’s happening around the league, and focus on topics we normally don’t have time to address. On this weekend’s edition of the show, Kartik […]

Two Horse Race (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast
Two Horse Race (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

A spectacular Wayne Rooney goal capped a 2-1 Manchester United victory Saturday, but did the loss shove the Citizens out of the title race? On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna talk about Saturday’s big match, one that keeps United five points clear […]

If We’re Lucky, We’ll See A Goal, This Time (Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast
If We’re Lucky, We’ll See A Goal, This Time (Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast

The weekend preview edition starts with Olympic Stadium news and the potential return of Chris Hughton, which I discuss with a special guest. Making his first appearance on the show is Kevin McCauley (manager of CartilageFreeCaptain.com, managing editor of WorldSoccerReader.com, and contributor at SBNation.com), filling in for Kartik Kishnaiyer and […]

Where To Go When Our Crude Tools Can’t Capture Carlo’s Trequartista
Where To Go When Our Crude Tools Can’t Capture Carlo’s Trequartista

Numeric annotation of formations was on my mind before I started firing off emails late last year. Even before I got his response, I’d seen Michael Cox’s thoughts on the practice, the Zonal Marking owner giving his views to Tom Williams. When the AFP writer asked Cox why we annotated […]

But What About Carlo (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast
But What About Carlo (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

On a historic weekend of football in the English Premier League – one that saw a record number of Saturday goals, Manchester United’s first loss of the season, and a memorable capitulation from Arsenal – the story was Kenny Dalglish; or, the story was Carlo Ancelotti, depending on how you […]