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FA Cup Break (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

EPL Talk Podcast Logo draftOne 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 Krishnaiyer and myself talk about this weekend’s action, results that saw the holders leave the FA Cup, before shifting to looking at the league. We talk time to talk about the clubs jockeying for Europa League spots and ask which of the league’s top teams will be the fifth of five, before taking a detailed look at the run-ins for Manchester United and Arsenal, seemingly the two remaining contenders in this season’s league.

A programming note: The second segment of this show – on in which Kartik and I focused on Champions League – had to be cut from the show for technical reasons. For those looking for the take homes: we both patted ourselves on the back regardin Spurs but also noted the continued slide of Serie A; we both admitted we undersold Arsenal while noting they seemed too self-congratulatory for taking a lead out of the first half; we both feel Chelsea’s match with Copenhagen will be an important confidence-boosting opportunity, and neither of us expect Manchester United to deviate from their typical, Champions League, opening leg approach: play conservatively and take the tie back to Old Trafford.

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  1. steve

    February 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I don’t understand Kartik’s reasoning sometimes. It’s one to think that United will win the title. It’s another thing to want United to win because you are fan or whatever which is fine because you are entitled to it. But to keep saying Chelsea is a title contender but somehow Arsenal is not because you don’t think they are good enough when in clear daylight you and I able to read the table and see Chelsea 8pts behind Arsenal and 12pts behind United with the same games played is embicilic at best. It makes listening to the pod downright nauseating and idiotic. You don’t have to like Arsenal, but lets apply simple logic here Kartik. The best part of being a fan is being able to pretend to know what’s giong to happen with preposterous predictions and trash talking among friends. But you insistance on Arsenal is illogical at best and unnecessary.

  2. Brian

    February 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Enjoyed the pod—-also, Jonathan Wilson has an interesting article on tactics in Italian football (basically, the lack of width/quality wingers in the Italian game and how Napoli’s success is in breaking the mold)

  3. Jeremy

    February 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Cillian, I dont even listen if Kartik is on anymore… join the boycott…

  4. Cillian

    February 21, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Another round of Gunner hating.
    All Kartik’s comments are I can’t see Arsenal, I can’t see Arsenal doing that.
    Perhaps some reasoning behind this.

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