Monthly Archives: November 2011

Where could Man City fall down?

City have arguably too much talent available to win the league. The likes of Nasri for example, who would start week in week out for any other side in the league is being underused.

However, team unity is great when your winning, everyone is supportive and focused on their objectives.

Yet what money can’t buy is the ability to play the worst you’ve played all season and take all three points.

City’s international array of talents could quite possibly cost them on days like this.

They need I think a backbone of English players with the know-how when you have played three games in a week to make sure you are still giving your Read On..

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My Visit to Wembley – England Sweden.

I visited Wembley to see Fabio’s men take on Sweden, with friends of whom I socialize and play for our local football team with.
We were all visiting ‘new’ Wembley for the first time so it was more of a day out for us all.

There were two noticeable points from both the visits of Spain and Sweden, we played 4-3-3 twice with Phil Jones starting both matches in midfield.

I must state that I wanted to avoid seeing players from either the old guard or the next best players that England have.

So from the line up I didn’t want to see Barry and Downing and then later Milner. I wanted to see Read On..

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How could we improve the Football League Show?

The BBC have done a great job in getting these highlights.

They connect well to their working class fans who’s weekend starts as soon as they smell the dodgy burger vans of the football league.

Fortunately and unlike Match of the Day 1 you can catch the show back on the BBC IPlayer.

However I think they need to maximise the use of red button technology and produce three separate shows covering each tier of the football league.

Staying awake to well past 1am for perhaps a 30 second highlight is not appealing to the best of fans.

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Teams I would like to see go down! Wigan Athletic

The two man team of Dave Whelan and Roberto Martinez always speak well and come across as good football people.

What concerns me with them is their lack of investment in England based players. They seem to take numerous gambles on cheap low risk foreign imports from around the world.

In principle nothing wrong with that, but the fact they go abroad so much, means there asking almost every signing to be a big hit.
As Redknapp found out when he imported from Europe while at West Ham, they don’t always settle well.

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Opta Stats of the week! Solid Shawcross

3.3 – The average shots on target allowed by Man Utd’s defence with Nemanja Vidic playing, compared to 5.6 without since Aug 2010. Value.

” Vidic proves here the value of good positioning”

34 – Stylian Petrov has made more interceptions than any other Premier League player. Anticipation. #AVFC

” The Bulgarian is a consistent performer and often goes under the radar for fans other than the Villa faithful”

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