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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 pionts clear at the top of the league.

But although we spend some time talking about this weekend’s derby, we take time on this week’s show to look at the bottom of the table – a relegation battle that few clubs have been able to escape. Where six of the seven bottom teams got points this weekend, today seemed a good day to catch-up on what’s going on at the bottom of the table.

Finally, we look at the week’s upcoming matches. Chelsea goes to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham on Monday, needing three points to keep pace with Tottenham, no in fourth place. Then, Champions League forces its way back onto the agenda. On Tuesday, Spurs are in Milan while Wednesday brings the Emirates a visit from Arsenal.

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EPL Talk Podcast Logo draftA 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 at the top of the league.

But although we spend some time talking about this weekend’s derby, we take time on this week’s show to look at the bottom of the table – a relegation battle that few clubs have been able to escape. Where six of the seven bottom teams got points this weekend, today seemed a good day to catch-up on what’s going on at the bottom of the table.

Finally, we look at the week’s upcoming matches. Chelsea goes to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham on Monday, needing three points to keep pace with Tottenham, no in fourth place. Then, Champions League forces its way back onto the agenda. On Tuesday, Spurs are in Milan while Wednesday brings the Emirates a visit from Barcelona.

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28 Comments

  1. Hussain

    February 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Haha so you put me under moderation ? Get a grip

    • Richard Farley

      February 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      I knew I should have read the whole thread before responding 🙁

  2. Hussain

    February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

    & since you will have much to criticize me on my point about arsenal having experience, Arshavin, Fabregas, Van Persie, Nasri are all winners and experienced, Clichy and Sagna too! This is their season!

  3. Hussain

    February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Gaffer, i am not a Gunner, a Newcastle fan, but honestly the way your friend rubbishes arsenal’s title chances is just Laughable, they are the team that seem to have a perfect blend of youth and experience at this time, are already in a Cup Final, still in the FA Cup and favorites to be in the Quarters which means if they beat Orient, they are just one match away from their 2nd Wembley trip, and if they beat barcelona which i am highly hopeful of since the way they played the first half against us was the best football i have seen keeping Barca in mind too! Arsenal will win the League for sure in my opinion, United cannot expect to come to us and take all 3 points, they have only 5 home games remaining now, and if they are gonna be anywhere close to what their away form this season has been like, they are not winning the title, they have to play Chelsea twice, Liverpool away, Arsenal away, Us away, WHU away, Wigan away, its going to be a tough tough ride for them!

    • The Gaffer

      February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

      Hussain, let’s see where Arsenal ends up at the end of the season and then we’ll see who was correct.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Hussain

        February 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

        I would absolutely love that Gaffer, make sure you bring Kartik along for that League Review Show and if Arsenal do win the league, please make don’t embarrass yourself and States Football, and just stop doing the Previews and podcasts, Just do match Reviews from the next season on, Newcastle to finish top 15, Arsenal to win the League!

      • Richard Farley

        February 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        This is pretty strange – the idea that if Arsenal wins the title then the EPL Talk Podcast should only do review shows. Mind you, if Arsenal does win the league, Kartik’s preseason prediction will hold true.

        Kartik is far from the only person in the media or blogosphere to diagnose Arsenal as he has post-St. James’ Park. That doesn’t justify him or make him right, but it certainly doesn’t condone treating him as if he’s yelling at the moon.

        We all have our favorites. I picked United at the beginning, Laurence picked Chelsea. You picked whomever you thought would win the league.

        Obviously, most of those predictions will be wrong. That they are doesn’t justify people being harsh toward each other or taking the fun out of making picks.

        C’mon now, all. Let’s try not to read into, get too upset by, one man’s words. Kartik’s obviously a very well-informed man, one that just happens to disagree with you.

  4. JC

    February 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    More importantly, what are you doing in PDX this week? Something soccer-related? Feels weird to know that I might not be the biggest Premier League fan in town at the moment. 🙂

    In regards to the Chelsea factor, I think it’s important to remember that they have a 6 point swing with the leaders still in their hands. Arsenal has a three point swing. This means that Chelsea can get to within 6 points of United just by beating them twice. Arsenal can get two within 1, which is obviously closer still, but it’s not as if these teams are really far apart from each other (chelsea and the gunners, that is). And all of this sounded a lot better before the Blues played to a draw at Fulham today.

    As for Sturridge, every week he plays like this and every week Torres plays like this, neither one is making either transfer look too good. In other words, would you rather have Sturridge or Torres right now? It’s still has to be the latter, but not as much as it was in December.

    • Richard Farley

      February 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      Lots of things going on this week, most of which are actually soccer-related, though the evenings turn into vacation.

      Chelsea’s schedule is a double-edged sword. It could bring them within the edge of a title race, though their success against United might clear the path for Arsenal, not them. But they play the best team in the league one more time than Arsenal, two more times than Spurs or City. Their matches with United could cost them Champions League.

      I actually wasn’t that impressed as others by Sturridge this weekend, but oh did Torres look poor at times on Monday. And I was very disappointed Drogba a.) only got 20 minutes, b.) none of which were with Torres.

  5. Dzelkovic

    February 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Richard Farley i really like this podcast, but you love to hit my pet peeves by pronouncing Zlatan Ibrahimovic as “Zatlan”. zLatan, not zatLan.

    Also, Dzeko is pronounced like jeko. Not zeko.

    Sorry to be “that guy”, and it’s hard to correct someone without sounding like a prat, but if you’re going to do a football podcast, you should pronounce their names correctly. Minor issues. Still like the podcast.

    • Richard Farley

      February 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Dzelkovic.

      • Dzelkovic

        February 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

        It’s good to hear a football podcast from a bunch of regular guys with no pretentious attitudes or one-sided bias views. Of course you all have the teams you support, and thats fine, but you all still touch on both sides to every game. It’s what makes this podcast great and for that i thank you.

        • Richard Farley

          February 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

          Thanks, Dzelkovic, and let me know about any other corrections. I’m not anything close to a professional broadcaster, but there’s no reason why I can’t try to improve. And, if it doesn’t get better, we can at least have some fun with it.

  6. Arnav

    February 14, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Two horse race between manchester united and Chelsea! ROFL ! Most biased group of people ever ! Counting off Arsenal , despite the fact that they just 4 points behind with an easier fixture list than United. Totally baseless and stupid this podcast is !

    • Laurence

      February 14, 2011 at 7:16 am

      Who said that?

      • Jeremy

        February 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

        Kartik said that. He is an idiot. I look forward tot the podcasts that he misses.

        • Jeremy

          February 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

          And as i listen, he just said it is a 5 team race for fourth as Arsenal is closer to 4th then the top?? WTF. I just stopped the pod cast and will never listen to another one with Kartik, he says stupid things all the time.
          DONE

          • The Gaffer

            February 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

            Jeremy, Kartik picked Arsenal to win the Premier League title earlier this season, but after the collapse against Newcastle United, it sounds like he threw out all hope that the Gunners would pinch United to the title.

            Cheers,
            The Gaffer

          • Jeremy

            February 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

            Well Gaffer,
            If the 26 minute meltdown has changed his mind completely, then i wonder if Tiote, takes that volly 100 times how many does it nestle in the bottom corner for the draw, or if RVP’s late winner was not wrongly called offside, is Arsenal still the title favorite? I understand that Arsenal might lose the title due to these maybe by 2 points, but i dont see how that changes them from Favorites to as he said “closer to battling for 4th then for the title”

            • The Gaffer

              February 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

              RVP’s goal near the end of the match was clearly offside. In the meantime, hopefully Kartik can answer your comments.

              Cheers,
              The Gaffer

  7. Garry moniz

    February 14, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Can Liverpool make the champions league position in the premier league by seasons end? And Daniel sturridge, is he the best january signing judging on performance at new clubs

    • Laurence

      February 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

      Good Question and great point!

      Daniel has always been impressive. Stay at Bolton or does he have a future at Chelsea?

      • Richard Farley

        February 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        Depends if he and Elmander can agree on where he’s supposed to be making his runs …

        Though who knows where Elmander will be at the end of summer.

  8. Why?

    February 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Two horse race? I would not count Chelsea out of this race at all even though they seem poor at the minute. I don’t think City are in it and never have but they are still in with a slight chance it may be slim but they are, I look at the Arsenal and just can’t see it going to them. Utd’s away form will bring Chelsea back in. But time will tell.

    • Tim

      February 14, 2011 at 1:31 am

      I think its a little past Chelsea to get back in the race at this stage. Right now, United is at 57 points. Hypothetically, say they average 1.5 points (a little bit low of an estimate in my opinion) per match remaining on the schedule; that average would give them 75 points. Chelsea is currently at 44 points and to match United, they would have to get 31 out of a remaining 39 points to match the point total of Man United and I have seen nothing out of Chelsea to make me believe they could go on that type of run. And if Man United averages more than 1.5 points a match on their remaining fixture list, which they should, the task gets even more monumental for Chelsea. In my opinion, it is down to a 2 horse race.

      • Richard Farley

        February 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

        Kartik obviously disagrees, as he said on the show (as some, below, noticed), but given Carlo Ancelotti is holding out little hopes of a Blues league surge, it’s difficult to see them overcoming increasing odds.

  9. jdoe

    February 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    …while wednesday brings the Emirates a visit from the *Camp Nou*.

    • Richard Farley

      February 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      The stadium in Barcelona’s coming to London?

      Just kidding. Corrected Arsenal to Barcelona.

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