The EPL and the Unbelievable Twists

May 06, 2014

As Yogi Berra was fond of saying, “It isn’t over until the fat lady sings” and the fat lady will not sing until the final whistle has blown on May 11, 2014.

Liverpool lost control of their destiny when they lost to Chelsea a week ago. It was an undeserved goal brought about by a slip by the veteran skipper, Steven Gerrard. In the final outcome, Liverpool was defeated 2-0.

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The Race to the Bottom, The Race to the Top

April 25, 2014

Sunderland is not going gently into that good night. They have 29 points and have played one game less than those vulnerable clubs fighting to avoid relegation. In the past week, Sunderland was on the verge of taking three points from Manchester City when a goal at the 90 minute by Samir Nasri earned Manchester City a draw.

Nasri’s strike robbed Sunderland of three vital points. Playing against the mighty Chelsea, the lowly Sunderland eked out a victory with a controversial penalty to defeat Chelsea and keep Sunderland’s hopes alive and to smash Chelsea’s hopes of winning the EPL title for 2014.

Fulham and Cardiff City are also fighting to escape relegation with 30 points respectively. Norwich and West Brom are also in danger. The three teams to be demoted will have their fates decided perhaps not until the last minute of the last game. The English poet T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month” but for teams in the EPL battling for survival May is the cruelest month.

The Race to the Top

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Robert Martinez vs Arsene Wenger

April 07, 2014

It was easy pickings for Everton as they ran roughshod over Arsenal, emerging with a convincing 3-0 victory. Everton should topple Arsenal from the exalted fourth spot to qualify for the UEFA Champion’s League.The Toffees have a game in hand and have amassed 63 points. The stumbling Arsenal have 64 points with five matches to play.

Under Manager Roberto Martinez, Everton not only plays the beautiful game but players like Barkley, Lukaku and Naismith are excellent passers of the through ball, running into space and finishing with conviction.

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Rodgers’ Red Army Marches to the Top

March 31, 2014

Brendan Rodgers’ Red Army has marched themselves to the top of the Barclay’s Premier League. Liverpool find themselves in a splendid position to win the title after a drought of twenty-four years.

Tottenham was in the way but as they did the first time they had an encounter in 2014, Liverpool outplayed the ailing Spurs 4-0. They got a gift from Spurs’ central defender, Kaboul at the opening minutes of the match, another from Suarez, a free kick from Henderson and a spectacular goal from Coutinho. For the ninety minutes, Spurs was not in the same class as Liverpool.

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Manchester United in Disarray

March 18, 2014

David Moyes is no Alex Ferguson. There is growing doubt if Moyes is suited for the job at Manchester United and the fear is that if he is brought back for next season, Manchester United will continue to gravitate to mediocrity.

Manchester United is missing a team concept. They play without intensity and devoid of purpose. There are an impressive eleven on paper but there is a dearth of chemistry.


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Liverpool is on Fire

March 03, 2014

Liverpool gave up ball possession to Southampton but their deadly counter-attacks gave them the coveted three points to leap above Arsenal and to sit in second place behind leaders Chelsea.

Rodgers opted to strengthen his mid-field so he left out Raheem Sterling and inserted Joe Allen. Liverpool was down to two Ss, Sturridge and Suarez, and not far into the first half, Suarez registered his twenty-fourth goal. Sturridge failed to score but whenever Liverpool went on the attack, both Suarez and Sturridge looked threatening.

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Tottenham Returns to Sputtering

February 24, 2014

Tottenham has made some strides forward in the post AVB age but they are still a middle tier club bereft of Gareth Bale.

Against Norwich they failed to score and for the lion share of the ninety minutes had difficulty putting passes together. In the latter part of the second half, Tottenham looked more threatening and then the not so new coach, Tim Sherwood, substituted Soldado for Paulinho. Soldado needs a Turkish bath as he was poised to score twice and as he has done all season “bushed” both chances.

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Arsenal Succumbs to Liverpool

February 11, 2014

During the arduous English Premier League season, teams falter at the sight of the home stretch. Fulham seems to be experiencing a free fall until they encountered the troubled Manchester United and eked out a draw. Crystal Palace which appeared doomed to relegation has gotten renewed life under the tutelage of Tony Pulis. Hull City that was coming on strong has hit a rough patch and has joined the race to the bottom. Cardiff City remains a lost cause as they were beaten by their cross-town rivals, Swansea, 3-0 over the Sochi weekend.X

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The EPL: No Easy Road

February 05, 2014

The EPL this weekend was not like the Super-Bowl. Every game was hard fought and a coronation is far down the road.

Liverpool pommelled Everton but was held to a draw by out-of-form West Bromwich. Rodgers has an incredible aggregation of attackers – Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling. With Gerrard back and Henderson growing into a hard working mid-fielder, Liverpool has emerged as a formidable opponent, yet West Brom shut down Suarez and only conceded one goal. That draw set back Liverpool and will make it difficult for them to qualify next year for the Champions League.

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DJ Phenom Holiday Caribbean Mix

January 30, 2014

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The End of Year Soccer Feast

December 30, 2013

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Liverpool had entered the sacrosanct home grounds of Manchester City where the EPL champions of two years ago simply defiled their opponents. That is what they did to the mighty Arsenal. They stomped all over Arsenal 6-3. But as Liverpool’s manager, Brendan Rodgers stated, his team had confidence in their own attacking prowess.

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