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The Weekend It All Came Together (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

The big names didn’t dominate the league this weekend and it gives a chance to assess what is going on for the rest of the league. It is BEAUTIFUL! Football won out as freedom of the pitch was granted to some of the best strikers of the ball in living memory (Riise missed a few too…)

But then the frustration set in and Spurs felt hard-done-by as the referee made some controversial calls which ultimately cost ‘Arry and the lads the game. How did you see it?

United beat Wolves 4 – 1, but is this a signal that the winds of change are blowing for Fergie? Kristan assesses, whilst Kartik weighs up their rivals. And we preview the Monday night game between Chelsea and City, the Spanish influence on both sides gives this an exciting edge, as we hope for some entertaining visuals. However with both sides desperate to continue their assault on the top of the table could we see some spanish spice spill onto the pitch?

Tweet along with the podcast and give us your views for the next show:

EPL Talk: @epltalk

Kristan: @kheneage

Kartik: @kkfla737

Laurence: @lozcast

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  1. Zac

    December 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Loving your work gentlemen, keep it up.

  2. Are-U-Really?

    December 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    About Dalglish’s comments, is it really different from Mr. Fergusons comments about the referees every other week? Guess we’ve gotten used to Ferguson making comments about the refs that we’ve tuned it out and not considered appalling anymore?

  3. Ryan

    December 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Just thought I should point out that Norwich didn’t buy Kyle Naughton from the Championship as Kartik stated on the pod, but is on a season-long long from Spurs. However, I understand the confusion as he has played almost his entire career in the championship as was particularly effective for Leicester City on loan last year.
    I have to wonder if Norwich or another mid to bottom side will be looking to purchase Naughton with the emergence of Walker at Spurs.

    • Ryan

      December 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      *season-long loan*

  4. Mike

    December 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    A little disappointed in the preview of the Monday night match on the pod, Biggest of the weekend! I’ll admit I am a City supporter and a fan of the podcast in general, but you guys seemed to not put forth any effort. You talked about David Luiz and Micah Richards and how they would fair in their respective defenses, however neither of them will be on the pitch, Luiz to suspension and Richards looks to still be nursing an injury. I do listen in hopes of getting more of an understanding of the EPL, as someone that is a relatively new fan of the league (about 6 years in). Being a City supporter, (myself and a bunch of friends (americans) selected randomly based on shirt colors when we started watching EPL, I’m NOT A frontrunner) I did have more a keen eye on this week, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on a huge match. No mention of Sturridge returning to his academy team, no mention of who was going to start at right back with Richards out and how Mata would fair against it. Maybe I am nitpicking, I’m still a fan, BLUEMOON!

  5. Mark

    December 12, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Talk about double standards!

    Modric’s dive against Stoke was ridiculous. If Luis Suarez did that, the press would have been going crazy about how Suarez is destroying the premier league. Why did EPL Talk not talk about that when you have talked about Suarez’s diving so much?

    Agree completely on Rooney and the press. The same goes for Barton, Suarez, Bellamy. The number of times players have given the finger or the “V” sign during matches and not been charged by the FA outnumbers the charges by orders of magnitude. Just this year, Meireles and Frimpong gave the finger (in the same match) and were not charged. Of course, if when Suarez does it, it is a stain on football and he must be banned.

    I think the FA is just clueless and unbelievable inconsistent. Every controversial decision has players surrounding the ref, but the FA charges Liverpool against Fulham? So inconsistent.

    I am a Liverpool supporter, but I don’t think the club matters so much (Gerrard has gotten away with a lot in the past). The press has their villains and will focus evidence that fits their narratives.

    Kartik – as for Liverpool’s striker issues, I would agree that Bellamy and Kuyt would normally be enough. I worry that Kuyt has been poor this year and Bellamy has chronic knee issues and rarely lasts the whole match. As for finding a new striker, I think that will depend on the FA and how they rule on the Suarez racism charge. I just don’t think it is as clear as you say. I think this is Dalglish’s big issue with how long it is taking for them to even schedule Suarez’s defense (as per news report).

    Carroll (and Liverpool) actually played well against Chelsea without Suarez in the CC match. He missed the penalty, but otherwise he was good. He has actually been playing much better in recent matches, but until he scores many goals, everyone will say that he is a bust. We will see, but I do think he is getting better. The odd thing is that he is not doing the thing he did really well at Newcastle, which is making good runs. He just needs to attack the 6 yard box like he did at Newcastle.

    • Laurence

      December 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

      Hi Mark,

      All great points. I’ll bring these up in the pod:

      If you wanna follow anything up just let me know:

      Just regarding the finger giving, it was a little more overt and not towards the fans in other circumstances. Suarez was quite clear about his intention, whereas Raul and Mani were possibly using it in jest…

      Agree that Carroll needs more time and has played well, but for what Liverpool need: results, those haven’t been great so far. The good thing is: he’s young, he’s tall and surrounded by talent. He has to be picking things up.



  6. jj

    December 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Podcast doesnt work. Error #2032

    • The Gaffer

      December 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks for bringing that to our attention. It’s now fixed.

      The Gaffer

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