FA Cup 4th round draw announced: Manchester United get Liverpool, Chelsea slated for QPR — #RacismRow all over again?

Well, they couldn’t have scripted this. Two of the most talked about fixtures during the close of 2011, both of which witnessed a cult accusation of racism – one solved and another yet to reach climax – will be replayed in the 4th round of the world’s oldest cup competition, the FA Cup. Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season saw Kop striker Luis Suarez racially abusing United captain Patrice Evra and subsequently being suspended for 8 games, along with a fine. Both the clubs will now face off in the next round of FA Cup, to be played over the weekend of 28 January 2012.

Another incidence of racism that struck Britain, and also the world of football, was Chelsea captain John Terry allegedly racially abusing Queen’s Park Rangers’ defender Anton Ferdinand. Ironically, the fixture will be replayed in the next round of FA Cup as well.

It’s funny how two captains – one a victim and another an accused – will have to lead their respective teams out onto the football pitch against the same team (respectively) who caused them significant trouble to end 2011 on an unpleasant note.

Anyway, here are all the fixtures of the 4th round of the FA Cup:

  • Brighton or Wrexham v Newcastle
  • Sunderland v Middlesbrough
  • Dagenham & Redbridge or Millwall v Southampton
  • Hull City v Crawley Town
  • MK Dons or QPR v Chelsea
  • West Brom v Norwich
  • Blackpool v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Arsenal or Leeds v Aston Villa
  • Stevenage v Notts County
  • Watford v Tottenham
  • Liverpool v Manchester United
  • Derby v Stoke
  • Everton v Fulham
  • Macclesfield or Bolton v Swansea
  • Sheffield United v Birmingham or Wolves
  • Nottingham Forest or Leicester v Swindon

Manchester United beat 10-men Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad stadium earlier during the day to progress from the 3rd round.

Barclays Premier League: 24th September — Results Roundup

There were 8 matches played today in the Barclays Premier League (BPL/EPL), with the last match of the day, played between Stoke City and Manchester United, just concluding. It was an exciting, end-to-end match with both sides have their moments. In the end they both cancelled each other out as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Nani scored for the Reds and Crouch scored for the Potters. This was Stoke’s first ever point against MU as the champions dropped their first point of the season.

Here are the other results from the day’s action:

Saturday, 24 September 2011


Van Persie (46, 71)
Song (89)

(HT 0-0)



Steinsson (58)

Sent off:

Wheater (55)


Torres (29)
Ramires (36, 76)
Drogba (90+4)

(HT 2-0)

Williams (86)


Mata (33)
Cole (86)
Mikel (90+4)


Dyer (54)
Monk (76)
Taylor (89)

Sent off:

Torres (39)


Johnson (og 11)
Suarez (38)

(HT 2-0)

Fletcher (49)


Lucas (34)
Carroll (57)
Kelly (67)


O’Hara (4)
Henry (32)
Ward (39)
Hunt (42)

Man City

Balotelli (68)
Milner (89)

(HT 0-0)



Y Toure (31)


Rodwell (20)
Neville (25)
Osman (30)
Cahill (63)
Jagielka (87)


Ba (27, 30, 54)

(HT 2-1)

Hoilett (37)


Lowe (57)
Nzonzi (59)
Olsson (55)
Salgado (90+5)

Sent off:

Olsson (69)

West Brom


(HT 0-0)



Hangeland (50)
Grygera (60)
Baird (66)


Diame (50)

(HT 0-2)

Van der Vaart (3)
Bale (23)


Gohouri (26)
McCarthy (71)
Sammon (76)


Adebayor (90+3)

Sent off:

Gohouri (63)

There are 2 more fixtures to be played this game-week. They are:

Sunday, 25 September 2011

QPR v Aston Villa, 16:00

Monday, 26 September 2011
Norwich v Sunderland, 20:00

Carling Cup 3rd Round Draw Announced!

The draw for the 3rd Round of England’s oldest competition, the Carling Cup, is out now. The popular English domestic cup competition kicks off in the week commencing 19th September. Lets check out the draw for the 3rd round. We are in for some crackers.

Th Standout

Manchester United’s trip to Leeds in the Carling Cup in the stand-out fixture of the third round.

The last time the two old foes met was in the FA Cup in January 2010, when Leeds heroically beat their Premier League counterparts 1-0 at Old Trafford.

All the fixtures in full:

  •  Cardiff v Leicester City
  • Wolverhampton v Millwall
  • Chelsea v Fulham
  • Aldershot/Carlisle v Rochdale
  • Arsenal v Shrewsbury
  • Burnley v MK Dons
  • Leeds v Man Utd
  • Brighton v Liverpool
  • Nottm Forest v Newcastle
  • Man City v Birmingham
  • Blackburn v Leyton Orient/Bristol Rovers
  • Swindon/Southampton v Charlton/Preston
  • Everton v West Brom
  • Crystal Palace/Wigan v Middlesbrough
  • Aston Villa v Bolton
  • Stoke v Tottenham

32 teams left in the competition. After these fixtures have been played it will be down to the final 16. One mistake can spell doom for any team. Which team do you fancy to win this year?

UEFA Europa League 2011/12 Draw Announced

Yesterday we saw the UEFA Champions League draw was out. Today its the second tier competition in Europe, Europa League’s chance to grab the headlines. Lets check out who has been drawn with whom from Group A to Group L.

Group A

  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Rubin Kazan
  • PAOK
  • Shamrock Rovers

Group B

  • Kobenhavn
  • Standard
  • Hannover
  • Vorskla

Group C

  • PSV
  • H. Tel-Aviv
  • Rapid Bucuresti
  • Legia

Group D

  • Sporting Lisbon
  • Lazio
  • Zurich
  • Vaslui

Group E

  • Dynamo Kiev
  • Besiktas
  • Stoke City
  • M. Tel-Aviv

Group F

  • PSG
  • Atheletic
  • Salzburg
  • Slovan Bratislava

Group G

  • AZ Alkmar
  • Metalist
  • Austria Wien
  • Malmo

Group H

  • Braga
  • Club Brugge
  • Birmingham City
  • Maribor

Group I

  • Atletico Madrid
  • Udinese
  • Rennes
  • Sion

Group J

  • Schalke
  • Steaua
  • M.Hafia
  • AEK Larnaca

Group K

  • Twente
  • Fulham
  • OB
  • Wisla Krakow

Group L

  • Anderlecht
  • AEK
  • Lokomotiv Moskva
  • Sturm

So, now you know the draw of the group stages. Two teams will qualify from all twelve groups and the third place team in the Uefa Champions League will join these teams in the Round of 32. The Europa League is looking set to be a cracker this time around.

UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Draw Announced

The draw for the upcoming UEFA Champions League season have just been announced. Barcelona are the defending champions while Manchester United were the runners up last term. Manchester City are the most popular debutantes in the draw.

Group A

  • Bayern Munich
  • Villareal
  • Manchester City
  • Napoli

Group B

  • Inter Milan
  • CSKA Moscow
  • Lille
  • Trabzonspor

Group C

  • Manchester United
  • Benfica
  • Basel
  • Otelui Galati

Group D

  • Real Madrid
  • Lyon
  • Ajax
  • Dinamo Zagreb

Group E

  • Chelsea
  • Valencia
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • KRC Genk

Group F

  • Arsenal
  • Marseille
  • Olympiakos
  • Borussia Dortmund

Group G

  • Porto
  • Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Zenit St.Petersburg
  • Apoel FC

Group H

  • Barcelona
  • AC Milan
  • FC Bate
  • Viktoria Plzen

Barclays Premier League: Day 2 Results Roundup

Super Sunday on Match Day 2 of the English premier league saw 3 games being played between Bolton and Man City, Norwich and Stoke, and Wolves and Fulham. There were 3 different kind of results today, with a thrilling away win for City, a nail-biting draw between Norwich and Stoke, and a comfortable home win for Wolves. Here are the stats from the day’s action:

Sunday, 21 August 2011


Klasnic (39)
Davies (63)

(HT 1-2)
Man City

Silva (26)
Barry (37)
Dzeko (47)


Muamba (44)
Davies (44)


De Laet (37)

(HT 1-0)

Jones (90+4)


Woodgate (37)
Shawcross (39)

Sent off:

Barnett (63)


Doyle (42)
Jarvis (45+1)

(HT 2-0)



Doyle (42)
Hunt (71)


Dembele (47)
JA Riise (60)

Tomorrow’s fixture:

Monday, 22 August 2011
Man Utd v Tottenham, 20:00 (early morning Tuesday at 00:30 for Indian viewers)


Barclays Premier League: August 20 Results Roundup

The second round of premier league games went under way earlier today and we’ve got some fantastic results for you. First up was the mouth-watering clash between Arsenal and Liverpool which ended in more heartbreak for the Gunners as The Kop ran away 2-0 winners with a little help from lady luck. With Frimpong’s red card, Arsenal now have more players sent off than they have points! Moving on, Aston Villa and Chelsea both recorded their first home wins of the season, while Everton and Sunderland both suffered shock defeats at home. Swansea and Wigan, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw.

Saturday, 20 August 2011



(HT 0-0)

Ramsey (og 78)
Suarez (90)

Bookings:Frimpong (8)
Lansbury (89)
Bookings:Carroll (28)
Lucas (45)
Sent off:Frimpong (70)

Aston Villa

Agbonlahor (12)
Heskey (25)
Bent (67)

(HT 2-0)

Pedersen (52)

Bookings:Heskey (55)
Delph (58)
Petrov (80)


Anelka (53)
Malouda (83)

(HT 0-1)
West Brom

Long (4)

Bookings:Lampard (34)
Terry (90)
Bookings:Tamas (7)
Mulumbu (45)
Olsson (60)
Odemwingie (90+1)



(HT 0-1)

Smith (31)

Bookings:Osman (81) Bookings:Hall (39)



(HT 0-0)

R Taylor (62)

Bookings:Brown (36)
Cattermole (67)
Bardsley (68)
Bookings:Cabaye (25)
R Taylor (38)
Barton (68)
Sent off:Bardsley (89)



(HT 0-0)


Bookings:McCarthy (18)
Gomez (25)
Moses (76)

Tomorrow’s fixtures:

Sunday, 21 August 2011

  • Norwich v Stoke, 13:30
  • Wolverhampton v Fulham, 14:00
  • Bolton v Man City, 16:00

Monday’s fixture:

Monday, 22 August 2011

  • Man Utd v Tottenham, 20:00

The UEFA Champions League draw

The UEFA Champions League draw is out and here are the fixtures:

  • Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Milan vs Tottenham
  • Valencia vs Schalke
  • Inter vs Bayern Munich
  • Lyon vs Real Madrid
  • Arsenal vs Barcelona
  • Marseille vs Manchester United
  • Kobenhaven vs Chelsea

The first legs will be played in February and the second legs in March. Full details below:

Which team do you think has got the easiest draw?