Liverpool v Fulham, Arsenal v Stoke, Wigan v Aston Villa and Newcastle v Birmingham all cancelled. Sunday’s battle between Chelsea and Manchester United is cancelled already as well.
Hot Dog Defense!: Ricardo Clark goes 90 minutes for for Eintracht Frankfurt in the midfield as they upset Borussia Dortmund…1-0. Good stuff.
Well at least one Phanatic was still stoked at the Emirates this morning. Arsenal v. Stoke City, of course, called off by flurries.
We’ll be back in the New Year with proper weekend previews. For now, a place for your weekend commentary and just some highlights.
• The Clint Dempsey Invitational
….or is it? The Deuce flies the cottage on Saturday to take on former boss man Roy Hodgson and the Reds at Anfield. The Home Grown Rule was unkind to the Liverpool faithful this past August, wasn’t it? A splashy acquisition of the overpriced Joe Cole over the peaking Clint Dempsey was very poor in retrospect.
Kind of unfortunate that the owners are now from New England now too huh?
• Bolton Still Seeing The Light
Look I’m fine with Stu Holden getting overexposure on ESPN and Fox Soccer. As long as there is the recognition that:
a) TSG’s been trumpeting him since way before the Haiti game okay, a) we don’t have to hear every two seconds that “his mum” is in the stands and b) his success isn’t something that is made out to be extraordinary; kid always had the talent.
The Boltons Wandererererer over to the Stadium of Light to take on Bruce’s Black Cats.
Oh and get this, Bolton’s headline-grabbing beautiful football they’re playing this year? There in the bottom three teams in terms of passing percentage! So it really is a lot more about the smash-and-grab jobs Holden and Muamba are authoring in the middle of the pitch.
• Will the Red Devils Make John Terryfied?
Some pundits just don’t learn. A little reflection on our pre-September EPL predictions, shows none of the TSG experts, myself included, picked Manchester United to pick up the Barclays silverware on the year. When will we learn? And we all know the Red Devils never peak until the turn of the year too….
Manchester United head to the ‘Bridge Sunday with a good chance to finally pick one up against their rivals on the road…but it’s not going to happen. Prediction? Chelsea 2, Manchester United 1 as Frank Lampard’s mere presence juventates the home side.
The Villians head to the DW to take on Wigan.
Does this all just go back to the Theirry Henry handball?
Time for the Villians to climb out of the Barclays cellar, however this week Villa’s Stephen Ireland has gone public with his demands to get out of Villa Park. This follows on the heals of Ireland’s Irish nattie teammate Richard Dunne having a publicized dust-up with the French manager last week.
Did Henry just wreck French-Irish relations for decades to come?
Want some insight on Wigan’s season? Click this link here, open the “soundboard”, goes seven columns over, 13 rows down and click the button. Yes Wigan, in the words of Arnold, “You lack discipline!”
It’s not the dreadful pitch at the DW Stadium. It’s Roberto Martinez’s inability to maintain a “disciplined” effort from the club. As we’ve said, Martinez, great commentator during the World Cup, but an inability to comprehend that his best laid managerial plans need to account for his team’s talent. Dare I say that Martinez would be a much better manager, a la Phil Jackson, commandeering and managing the egos of high-talent team?
No idea who takes this one and I’ve also made an absolute mess of this match preview… carry on…forget this happened.
• Milan vs. Roma
Update: Roma with a (near) shock 1-0 win)
The Milan Scudetto train is chugging forward nicely on the back of Oguchi Onyewu sparring parnter Zlatan Ibrahimovic and this week we learned that the Rossoneri might get richer by adding warchild Cassano into the fray. (Note: Cassano may be “the” only player that is a locker room cancer that TSG would still take on their team).
If Cassano signs for Milan, listen to the Ronaldinho-to-HDC rumors to get a few decibels louder.
Roma don’t shake their league slumber in this match-up by the way.
• The Yellow Sub Looks To Sink Mallorca
Villarreal rebounded from last weekend’s lost to a nine-man Getafe side with a 2-1 win in the Europa Cup over Club Brugge this week that saw Giuseppi Rossi bag a brace. Now, they’ll look to head into the turn of the year break with a win against a resilient Mallorca squad that hasn’t seen the expected impact from this year’s transfer prize Canadian Jonathan De Guzman (just one goal), but has gotten a huge effort from Pierre Webo who the club tried to move in August.