Sunday Forecast: Stormy With A Chance For El Nino?

Will he kiss this badge?

Wrong day for The Shin Guardian to be working on a Saturday.

Dempsey with a bucket, Arsenal leak four to “earn” a draw. Mighty Unitey chewed up by Wolves.

Sunday we’ll be firmly planted before American footie.

Early on West Ham vs. Brum and Celtic vs. Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

Then the Fernando Bowl as the new look Anfielders take to the Bridge. Does Liverpool go with a 1-3-6-1 or whatever that was late last week?

See you Sunday.

18 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nelson on 2011/02/05 at 11:31 PM

    Awesomeness with the spurs bolton game too. Kranjcar beasted a goal. Holden faired well and had a few close chances. Hoping pool bring it to Chelsea and win.


  2. Posted by John on 2011/02/06 at 6:51 AM

    Lets go you reds!


    • Posted by Steve Trittschuh on 2011/02/06 at 11:54 AM

      How bout dem reds!!!


      • Posted by JasonPrice on 2011/02/06 at 12:09 PM

        Wow, Steve Trittschuh, whom I met at the Scots club in Kearny with the 1990 World Cup Squad as a wide-eyed 13-year-old. One of the greatest days of my young life. Strange throwback there.


  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/02/06 at 8:17 AM

    I can see Torres turning “our Carra” inside out!


  4. Posted by dth on 2011/02/06 at 8:49 AM

    Would’ve liked to see Suarez start because he’s a lot more fun than Maxi Rodriguez.


  5. Posted by John on 2011/02/06 at 1:35 PM

    Lots of different things to take but the difference between why Dalglish did with the squad and what hodgson did with the squad is startling. Sandwich players even down to poulson.


  6. Posted by JUVY ANN on 2011/02/07 at 1:07 AM



  7. Posted by Colin on 2011/02/07 at 6:28 AM

    Newcastle’s comeback against Arsenal is one for the history books for sure. Cheik Tiote is my new hero.


  8. Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/02/07 at 7:18 AM

    I was not thrilled with the Torres purchase at the beginning and am less so after watching what Ancellotti (or his boss) did with the lineup yesterday. The problem is in their midfield and with Drogba/Anelka you would have found goals eventually by adding a quality CDM and or wing MF.
    Dalgleish was brilliant IMO in playing the 3-5-2 to win the MF battles and daring Chelsea to play over the top and channel balls to the top 3. Which they refused to or couldn’t do with any regularity.
    Lessons learned:
    Ancellotti as tactician- suspect at best and trending downward
    Kalou- first sub in a MF overrun? – Terrible.
    Mereiles- taking over Stevie’s role in game after game. He’s building a Lpool legend very quickly.
    Maxi over Suarez- probably the last time you’ll see that. (Maxi=Mr Nearly..)
    Carragher- gallant performance but I can count on one hand the number of times they ran a forward at or through him. Should have been tested constantly with channel balls throughout.
    Hats off to Pool for a solid win.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/02/07 at 8:52 AM

      I thought the midfield was pretty evenly contested, the 4 v 4 cancelling each other out. Liverpool’s fullbacks were better at providing width than Chelsea’s. Chelsea changing from a diamond to 4-3-3 was a little puzzling though. And what I’d be worried about is the fact that I cannot remember Chelsea forcing Reina into a notable save in 90 minutes. To be honest, I thought Liverpool were pretty comfortable at the back [maybe except Carragher’s saving block from Torres], leaving Chelsea to take pot shots from far out.

      Ancelotti needs to grow a pair and drop one of his strikers. Anelka playing at the top of a diamond is not the answer to fit Anelka, Torres and Drogba in the XI.


      • Posted by John on 2011/02/07 at 9:43 AM

        Worth noting that the thing to be scared about for Chelsea in regards to Torres is that he looked exactly the same as he has for Liverpool in the last year and a half.

        No burst, slightly disinterested and lacking in the final effort.


  9. Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/02/07 at 9:54 AM

    Slightly off topic but is anyone concerned that the switch to Villa for Baby Bradley can seriously jeapardize his match fitness for USMNT? I really don’t see how he becomes a regular 90 min per game player as he was a MG.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/02/07 at 10:16 AM

      Nope. Bradley’s better than Petrov and Reo-Coker; Hogg and Bannan are too young (and do different stuff anyway). A Makoun-Bradley combination would work nicely, I think.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/02/07 at 10:51 AM

        Why are you so sure that Bradley is better than Petrov? You have not provided any rationale? The other thing is that Downing and Young have played central in Villa’s midfield recently – I am not sure that Houllier knows his best team or formation…

        I think that this is his first real test because he hasn’t faced this much competition for places at club level in his career yet. I think it will push him to that next level just to get into the team, and he knows that if he doesn’t play well there are many players who will take his place. That’s got to be good for the USMNT. But the downside is that he needs to be given that chance. Looks like Houllier has given the first chance to Makoun, but I guess that is to be expected as he is not a loan player. I do expect Bradley to feature at some point because why else would Villa take a player on loan with an option?


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