Sunday: Guz To Lift the Cup?, Killer Stu Quote…

Update: Maurice Edu, comes off the bench in the 26th minute, scores the winning goal for Rangers in the Old Firm clash at Ibrox Sunday in the 90th minute. That’s a huge goal for Edu, 1-0 Rangers.

Even more excellent match-ups as Sunday gets going.

• Number one on the docket. Brad Guzan and Brad Friedel go for the hardware at Wembley against Manchester United. Rumors abound that Wayne Rooney might watch this one from the bench. Wow….wasn’t getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Leeds enough for Sir Alex…now he’s risking the Carling. Are we really expecting Dimitar Berbatov….or even Michael Owen to step in and carry the load up top?

Claimin' some hardware?

The one rabbit in Ferguson’s hat…Antonio Valencia has been pummeling the competition lately. He should stay in here.

Here’s some commentary from our roundtable on this one:

Richard, EPL Talk:

Villa’s taken four points from United and has the defense to neutralize Rooney.  It’s unclear United can find goals on Rooney’s off days (see, Saturday, Goodison).  Villa has the strength on the flanks to match United, potentially using Downing or Young to pin Valencia.

O’Neill switched to Friedel in the last round of the FA Cup.  I think O’Neill does the same here. Penalty kicks? Friedel versus whomever gets Ben Foster’s iPod.

You can catch this one on ESPN360 by the way.

Lando takes on 'Arry...

• The last top squad for Landon Donovan and Landy, Tim and crew go White Hart Lane to beat-up on ‘Arry’s Rednapps.

More roundtable commentary:

Riley, Die Hipster Brewing:

Spurs/Everton!  Everton are on fire and Spurs figured out that benching Crouchy results in less long-ball and these things called ‘goals’ from a suddenly happy Pavlyuchenko.  My dream (and Fantasy Premier League) scenario: 4-3 Spurs.  Defoe and Modric each with two (assisting each other of course) and Donovan has a hat-trick.  Is that too much to ask?

A few other notes from this one:

» David Bentley is playing so well in Aaron Lennon’s absence that talk about his getting a look-see on Capello’s side is growing

» Don’t forget to check out Luka Modric, back from injury and starting to meet the expectations and praise lavished on him in 2008.

• The famous Old Firm game goes down at Ibrox on Sunday. It’s the only game on the Sunday SPL schedule and Mo Edu and DaMarcus Beasley will likely be participants.

• Got some free time Sunday? See if you can catch the Bayern Munich match-up with Hamburg. You already know about Arjen Robben who will be terrrorizing Bob Bradley’s side on Wednesday and Mark Van Bommel of Bayern Munich, but do you know about Hamburg defender Joris Mathijsen and the man featured in the clip below? Ankle-breaker Eljero Elia, who will likely start-up top for the Dutchmen.


Saturday follow-ups:


♦ While the soccer world will be buzzing about Ryan Shawcross’s ill-timed, but hardly malicious tackle that left Aaron Ramsey with a potentially career-threatening injury, isn’t it time that the FA take a closer look at Michael Ballack’s antics. Not even half the player he once was, Ballack is continually berating the refs, issuing cheap shots (last year on Patrice Evra, yesterday on Carlos Tevez) and today hoping to punch the ball in the goal blatantly with his hand.

Ballack is a dirty and, yes, malicious player and Chelsea and EPL are worse for it.

Hey EPL: "Because the Yanks Are Coming...The Yanks Are Coming!"

♦ Our community raved about Stu Holden’s performance for Bolton against Wolves Saturday. Well, not just ours. Here’s a sampling of board comments from the Bolton faithful:

» “For me, the outstanding player today was Holden. His vision and passing was bloody brilliant. He outshone Wilshere and Lee in my book.”

»  “One bloke sat behind me was referring to Holden when he uttered ” That lad is too good for our team!” I had to have a sly chuckle to myself.”

♦ Wow England’s defense Is…A…Mess. Beyond the Bridge-Terry festivities, Bridge has dropped the squad from his priorities and John Terry tiptoes up to Tevez before the 1st goal yesterday and nearly ushers it in. Rio Ferdinand is shelved and Micah Richards looked overweight, ambivalent, and clumsy yesterday. Now Ashley Cole is contemplating retirement? Yowsers.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce suggests Kieran Richardson be considered for the England left back spot. Bad idea; I would rather put Peter Crouch back there if I’m Capello.

More coming…

27 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/02/27 at 11:10 PM

    Correction: that wasn’t Terry gettin mixed by Tevez, that was Carvalho. Terry was just a few thousand steps behind the play. Either way, Hilario was hilarious.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/27 at 11:23 PM

      Oh that’s right Antonio…I’ll fix was Terry that pussed out on the tackle.


  2. I never thought I would be waking up at 7am to be watching Bolton of all teams play


  3. im really happy to see Holden make a positive EPL debut, hopefully he continues to get starts.

    Edu and Beas in the Old firm tomorrow could be a sign of things to come in the Netherlands camp, not sure if i favor Edu or Torres to start next to Bradley for this one, but knowing Bradley Sr. like i do, it’ll prolly be Edu…

    How many more disgusting injuries are my gunners gonna have to suffer??? its quite depressing.


  4. Posted by kaya on 2010/02/28 at 12:16 AM

    Hilario is a most unfortunate name for a keeper unless you do a scorpion kick.
    Damnit, I can’t believe I missed the Bolton game. I didn’t protest after the Arsenal/Stoke game skipped Bolton for the Real game since I was still so scarred form the Europa league game. Srsly? Holden was good? Tell me more.
    Dog’s Ballacks? Just one of many reasons I cannot stand Chelski. He’s been overrated since he was born.


  5. Posted by chris on 2010/02/28 at 6:13 AM

    Anyone have a link to the Everton live stream? Thanks!


  6. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/28 at 6:34 AM

    Mo Edu and DMB start on the bench for Rangers….Edu enters upon an injury at the 26th minute, 0-0 in the famous clash at halftime.


  7. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/28 at 6:49 AM

    Joe….if you read this….changing my tune on Gareth Bale…youngster is looking like a beast coming forward in the attack for Tottenham this morning.


  8. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/28 at 7:24 AM

    Donovan coming on in the 62nd for Everton.

    Anyone suggestions that Donovan was benched for his Europa Cup performance are way….ridiculous. Everton has struggled to move the ball all day in the central third of the field.


  9. Wow BIG NEWS…Edu scored the winner in the Old Firm match!


  10. Perhaps bigger news…Donavan just missed a SITTER to equalize the Spuds match…


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/28 at 7:39 AM

      Oliver…you and I are doing the remote control dance this morning….haha…thanks for filling in commentary…I have to run to my own soccer game.


  11. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/28 at 7:38 AM

    Oh wow…Landon just missed a gimme equalizer off a Rodwell pass….that was not good by LD10…this one was a gimme.

    77th minute….

    Rodwell crossed the ball across the goal face, Landon streaked in missed it off the post to the right…


  12. Posted by Bob on 2010/02/28 at 8:00 AM

    Friedel to start. Edu also scored in 1st half but was called back for handball on someone else.


  13. Carling Cup game shaping up to be an entertaining one, 1 all in the 13th minute


  14. Posted by Fireball on 2010/02/28 at 8:55 AM

    And this one from those message boards:

    “Holden looks a quality player, he is going to be our David Beckham, our dead ball specialist.”


  15. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/02/28 at 11:57 AM

    I remember Landon being a better finisher than that. No Excuse


  16. Posted by Jon C on 2010/02/28 at 12:59 PM

    Modric is a straight baller, been a big fan of his ever since Euro 2008. He makes Tottenham alot more dynamic in the attack when he is healthy.


  17. Posted by Pino on 2010/02/28 at 6:07 PM

    I was raised not to laugh at other people’s misfortune, however nothing makes me happier than to see Ballack’s career go down hill like this. His berating of officials and general carrying on is worse than most. He just come off as a complete deutschbag, please go back to Germany you are not wanted in the Premiere League.


    • i nominate you, Pino, for comment of the month for the utilizing the best german insult o of all, “deutschbag”. if you yourself coined this word, please go into a career of journalism and make this world a more smiley place.


      • Posted by Pino on 2010/02/28 at 10:38 PM

        Yeah i’ll claim it. Been calling him that for a couple years now. It sums him up pretty well.


  18. Posted by Jon C on 2010/03/01 at 1:35 AM

    Check out this Rangers board gushing over Edu (you have to register).

    Here is a quote:

    “could have had another goal , pressured septic every inch of the pitch, looked composed on the ball and in my eyes scored the goal thats won us the league”


  19. Posted by Steve on 2010/03/01 at 5:46 PM

    More praise for Stu Holden,,12306~1980251,00.html


  20. Posted by Scott on 2010/03/01 at 9:16 PM

    I am almost ready to turn in my Blues jersey after Ballack’s embarassment on Sat. I’ve despised his diving, screaming, ref baiting act since the first time I saw him play for Germany and cringed when Chelski brought him over. Agreed that he is one of the most overrated players who doesn’t get nearly enough crap for his unsportsmanlike behavior. Podolski slapped him during a GDR game two years ago for just being the d-bag that he is. Or maybe he got my email request…
    You guys are one of most enjoyable, readable and knowledgeable sites out here. Thnx


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