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: October 16 — Results Roundup

Following on from where we left on Saturday, today’s footballing action in the premier league was exciting too with some good matches played today. Arsenal left it late to win a thrilling encounter with Sunderland 2-1 at the Emirates while Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur shared the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw. In another match, West Bromwich Albion beat Wolverhampton Wanderers comfortably at home with the scoreline 2-0.

Sunday, 16 October 2011


Arsenal

Van Persie (1, 82)

2-1
(HT 1-1)
Sunderland

Larsson (31)

Bookings:

Song (57)
Koscielny (63)
Van Persie (83)

Bookings:

Vaughan (52)
Larsson (55)
Brown (61)


Newcastle

Ba (48)
Sh Ameobi (86)

2-2
(HT 0-1)
Tottenham

Van der Vaart (pen 40)
Defoe (68)

Bookings:

Tiote (79)

Bookings:

Parker (75)
Modric (90+1)


West Brom

Brunt (8)
Odemwingie (75)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Wolverhampton

 

Bookings:

Berra (25)

Here’s how the table looks now after this round of matches:

Premier League table
Sunday, 16 October 2011 17:56 UK

P GD PTS
1 Man City 8 21 22
2 Man Utd 8 19 20
3 Chelsea 8 11 19
4 Newcastle 8 5 16

5 Liverpool 8 2 14

6 Tottenham 7 1 13
7 Stoke 8 -2 12
8 Aston Villa 8 1 11
9 Norwich 8 -1 11
10 Arsenal 8 -5 10
11 QPR 8 -8 9
12 West Brom 8 -3 8
13 Swansea 8 -5 8
14 Fulham 8 1 7
15 Everton 7 -4 7
16 Wolves 8 -6 7
17 Sunderland 8 0 6

18 Bolton 8 -10 6
19 Wigan 8 -8 5
20 Blackburn 8 -9 5

As always, via BBC!

Barclays Premier League: 15th October — Results Roundup

The Barclays/English Premier League (BPL/EPL) action is back after a 2 week gap (international break) and what better way to kick start the weekend than a showdown between Liverpool and Manchester United – arguably the biggest rivalry in the premier league. Both the Reds have a tremendous history behind and are managed by two legendary managers – King Kenny (Kenny Dalglish) and Emperor Ferguson (Sir Alex Ferguson).

The game was a tight affair in the first half but opened up completely in the second. Liverpool opened the scoring through a Steven Gerrard free kick – Gerrard of course returning from a long time out on the sidelines through a groin injury – and for United it was the little Mexican Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who equalized with a nicely executed header. The match ended 1-1.

Other notable fixtures included Aston Villa’s visit to Manchester City, where a win for the hosts could take them top of the table thanks to United’s stalemate at Anfield, and Bolton’s clash with Wigan.

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

Saturday, 15 October 2011


Liverpool

Gerrard (68)

1-1
(HT 0-0)
Man Utd

Hernandez (81)

Bookings:

Lucas (28)

Bookings:

Young (43)
Ferdinand (54)
Evra (65)


Man City

Balotelli (28)
Johnson (47)
Kompany (52)
Milner (71)

4-1
(HT 1-0)
Aston Villa

Warnock (65)

Bookings:

Barry (59)

Bookings:

Bannan (80)


Norwich

Pilkington (1, 63)
R Martin (10)

3-1
(HT 2-1)
Swansea

Graham (12)

Bookings:

Monk (4)


QPR

Helguson (16)

1-1
(HT 1-1)
Blackburn

Samba (24)

Bookings:

Hall (23)
Wright-Phillips (62)
Traore (64)

Bookings:

Nzonzi (52)
Lowe (77)


Stoke

Walters (80)
Delap (87)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Fulham

 

Bookings:

Delap (56)
Pennant (71)
Whelan (76)
Upson (77)

Bookings:

Duff (66)
Murphy (77)
Zamora (79)
Baird (87)


Wigan

Diame (40)

1-3
(HT 1-2)
Bolton

Reo-Coker (4)
Ngog (45+3)
Eagles (90+2)

Bookings:

Di Santo (45+1)
Figueroa (71)
Caldwell (73)
Alcaraz (79)

Bookings:

Pratley (23)
Robinson (63)
Boyata (67)
Petrov (82)

Chelsea is currently leading Everton by 2 goals to nil in the last fixture of the day.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Arsenal v Sunderland, 13:30
Newcastle v Tottenham, 16:00

Via BBC

Barclays Premier League: 1st October — Results Roundup

It was a fantastic start to an entertaining weekend of BPL action, featuring a comfortable win for Liverpool over 10-men Everton in the Merseyside derby, a lackluster win for Manchester United and a thrashing for Blackburn Rovers at the hands of Manchester City. Here are all the results from today’s action:

Saturday, 1 October 2011


Aston Villa

Agbonlahor (36)
Bent (62)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Wigan

 

Bookings:

Caldwell (19)


Blackburn

 

0-4
(HT 0-0)
Man City

Johnson (56)
Balotelli (59)
Nasri (73)
Savic (87)

Bookings:

Givet (59)

Bookings:

Zabaleta (69)


Everton

 

0-2
(HT 0-0)
Liverpool

Carroll (71)
Suarez (82)

Bookings:

Cahill (27)

Bookings:

Lucas (50)

Sent off:

Rodwell (23)


Man Utd

Anderson (68)
Welbeck (87)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Norwich

 

Bookings:

Welbeck (71)


Sunderland

Bendtner (24)
Elmohamady (26)

2-2
(HT 2-2)
West Brom

Morrison (4)
Long (5)

Bookings:

Larsson (19)
Cattermole (36)


Wolverhampton

Fletcher (88)

1-2
(HT 0-2)
Newcastle

Ba (17)
Gutierrez (38)

Bookings:

Henry (39)

Bookings:

Gutierrez (53)
Krul (90+2)

This paves the way for an exciting Super Sunday tomorrow, with the North London derby the standout fixture.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Bolton v Chelsea, 13:30
Fulham v QPR, 15:00
Swansea v Stoke, 15:00
Tottenham v Arsenal, 16:00

Manchester United is still top of league, ahead on goal difference from neighbors Man City.

Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011

There were four games played today, with Manchester United vs Chelsea the pick of the lot followed by Liverpool’s visit to White Hart Lane. So who did what in this double header super Sunday? Lets find out. Continue reading “Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011”

Whats wrong at the Northern Part of London?

It was a very sad Sunday in the North of London yesterday as both the Manchester sides thrashed their North London rivals. Manchester City rocked White Hart Lane by beating their Champions League qualification rivals of last year by 5 goals to 1. Edin Dzeko went home with 4 cracking goals to his name.

Over to Old Trafford and it was Manchester United who thrashed their arch rivals Arsenal by 8 goals to 2. That was some beating.

North London was in humilation and embarrasement. Both the Manchester rivals showed what they are made up of and sent an early warning to all the other teams in the premier league.

Coming to their rivals, Chelsea have amassed 7 points out of the possible 9. Liverpool has also started well as they too are with 7 points out of their 3 games. The only two arguable title contenders that are left out behind are the two North London clubs: Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. So, what’s wrong with these two sides?

Lack of new faces?

Arsenal have already lost their two big name players, Samir Nasri and Francesc Fabregas this season to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively. They have still failed to sign any replacements for them. They have brought in only  major signing that is Gervinho who was sent off on the opening day against Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have brought in a replacement for the blunder-man Huerelho Gomes in the form of 41 year old goalkeeper Brad Fridel. They also last week announced the signing on Emmanuel Adebayor on loan. He couldn’t play yesterday because he was not legible for the game as his parent club is Manchester City. But still Harry Redknapp will think he’s not done yet. Maybe Spurs need a replacement for their injury-prone defender Jonathan Woodgate who signed for Stoke City recently. Apart from that, he also needs to sort the ongoing saga surrounding star player Luka Modric for good.

Both these sides have another 48 hours or so to bring in some big signings and compete to be at the top.

Is it injuries?

Spurs’ side has been plauged with injuries at the moment. Ledley King, William Gallas, Alan Hutton, Steven Pienaar are all injured. Yesterday they played without a defensive midfielder as all three weren’t available as Huddlestone wasn’t match fit, Sandro has got a knee problem and Palacios went for a medical at Stoke to complete his signing.

Arsenal were with suspensions for Gervinho and Frimpong who both picked up red cards in the Gunners’ first two games of the season. They also have some injuries. Both Wenger and Redknapp would be looking for their players to get fit quickly. Redknapp yesterday got another 3 injuries as Kranjcar got a slight groin problem, Lennon had a hamstring problem and Rafael Van Der Vaart tore a muscle in his ankle. It truly was a day to forget for the clubs from North London.

Was it wrong tactics?

Same old, same old. Both these sides have been playing their formations the same way as last season. But Redknapp made a big mistake yesterday by playing in two attacking midfielders. Arsenal meanwhile have problems of their own. They played the same like last season with nothing new.

We all know that the season has just started. But there could be some more hammering coming up for both these sides as they have nothing new to offer. This is a real wake up call for these two sides.

That said, i’m pretty sure that these two sides will bounce back. The only question is, when?

What do you think is wrong with these two sides? Do drop in your comment! 😀

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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

Arsenal

 

0-2
(HT 0-0)
Liverpool

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)

3-1
(HT 2-0)
Blackburn

Pedersen (52)

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

Chelsea

Anelka (53)
Malouda (83)

2-1
(HT 0-1)
West Brom

Long (4)

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

Everton

 

0-1
(HT 0-1)
QPR

Smith (31)

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

Sunderland

 

0-1
(HT 0-0)
Newcastle

R Taylor (62)

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

Swansea

 

0-0
(HT 0-0)
Wigan

 

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
Via BBC

Barclays Premier League 2011-12: Opening Day Results

Ah Football’s back, life’s back. The world’s most entertaining and popular league – the Barclays (English) Premier League (BPL/EPL) is back and with a bang. The opening round of fixtures has just concluded with a host of unexpected results. This season is sure to be one of the most close fought ones. Here are all the results of today’s games:

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Blackburn

Formica (20)

1-2
(HT 1-1)
Wolverhampton

Fletcher (22)
Ward (47)

Bookings:Dunn (36)
Emerton (38)
Roberts (60)
Nzonzi (89)
Bookings:Johnson (19)
Stearman (21)

Fulham

 

0-0
(HT 0-0)
Aston Villa

 

Bookings:Murphy (21)
Dembele (82)
Bookings:Agbonlahor (45+2)
Heskey (58)
Petrov (82)
Dunne (84)

Liverpool

Suarez (12)

1-1
(HT 1-0)
Sunderland

Larsson (57)

Bookings:Carragher (45)
Henderson (60)
Adam (65)
Kuyt (72)
Bookings:Richardson (6)
Cattermole (27)
Bardsley (45+1)
Larsson (78)

Newcastle

 

0-0
(HT 0-0)
Arsenal

 

Bookings:Coloccini (45+1)
Tiote (67)
Barton (76)
Bookings:A Song (29)
Gibbs (48)
Rosicky (52)
Szczesny (78)
Vermaelen (90+1)
Sent off:Gervinho (76)

QPR

 

0-4
(HT 0-1)
Bolton

Cahill (45+2)
Gabbidon (og 67)
Klasnic (70)
Muamba (79)

Bookings:Hill (52) Bookings:Reo-Coker (31)
Cahill (76)
Sent off:Hill (90+4)

Wigan

Watson (pen 21)

1-1
(HT 1-1)
Norwich

Hoolahan (45)

Bookings:Diame (84)
Watson (85)
Bookings:Fox (1)
Morison (72)

The only fixture from today to get postponed due to the ongoing riots in England was Tottenham vs Everton.

Tomorrow’s fixtures include:

Sunday, 14 August 2011
Stoke v Chelsea, 13:30
West Brom v Man Utd, 16:00

Monday, 15 August 2011
Man City v Swansea, 20:00

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