4:05 PM EST, Sat January 31, 2015
Royal Blue Mersey 51 mins ago

Robert Martinez satisfied after long-awaited win

Boss praises players after victory at Selhurst Park Roberto Martinez praised a "professional" performance by his players after they ground out a 1-0 victory away at Crystal Palace thanks to Romelu Lukaku's early goal. It was Everton's first win since December 15 and hopefully closes the chapter on what has been a torrid period of the season. The Toffees have now not lost in open play since New Year's day and finally appear to be gathering some momentum ahead of next weekend's Merseyside derby. Speaking after the game, Martinez said: "It was more than relief - it was real satisfaction. "Our...
Cartilage Free Captain 1 hour ago

DiMarzio: Roma reached agreement with Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches

Roma has apparently reached an agreement with Chiriches' agent... but not with the club, and that's a pretty important detail. Here comes the transfer window again! Our good friend Gianluca DiMarzio is reporting today that AS Roma has reached an agreement with Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches that would take him to Serie A... but that they haven't yet reached an agreement with the club. #Roma, avanza la trattativa con il #Tottenham per #Chiriches: trovato l’accordo con il calciatore, le ultime http://t.co/sCxTldsKBO #gdm — Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) January 31, 2015 So...
The Liverpool Offside 1 hour ago

Liverpool 2, West Ham 0: Dominant Reds Win on Sturridge's Return

Two second-half goals gave Liverpool a win on a comfortable afternoon at Anfield, with Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge netting as the host's defense kept another clean sheet. Liverpool 2: Sterling 51', Sturridge 80'West Ham 0 In a match that yet again looked to be defined by missed opportunities, Liverpool relied on their match-winners--one of whom hasn't featured since August--to earn what was largely a comfortable win over a blunt but nonthreatening West Ham side. First it was Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling combining, and then it was the long-absent Daniel Sturridge, in his...
The Tilehurst End 1 hour ago

Reading FC 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Welcome Back Reading

First half goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Nathaniel Chalobah earned Reading all three points on a bitterly cold afternoon at the Madejski Stadium. While the result was excellent, the performance will have done even more to warm the spirits of Reading fans who've had precious little to get excited about in recent months. Reading: Federici, Obita, Hector, Pearce, Kelly, Chalobah, Williams, Robson-Kanu (Blackman), McCleary (Mackie), Cox (Norwood), Pogrebnyak It's hard to remember the last time I walked away from the Madejski Stadium feeling as positive about Reading as I did today. While you...
Roker Report 3 hours ago

Sunderland vs Burnley: Player Ratings

Who was hot and who was not in the 2-0 win over Burnley? Costel Pantilimon - 7 Steady as always, despite a couple of awkward situations to deal with. Never really forced into that big save, though. Anthony Reveillere - 9 A hugely assured performance from a hugely assured footballer. Created the first goal into the bargain too. Santiago Vergini - 7 A very good performance. Looked much more comfortable back at the heart of a four-man defence, though Burnley never really tested him. John O'Shea - 8 Continues his quietly outstanding season. Commands the defence with genuine authority. Patrick...

Liverpool 2, West Ham 0: Rank the Performances

With a win against West Ham in the books, we want to know how you would rank Liverpool's performers and who your Man of the Match is. Liverpool continue their unbeaten run in the league with a 2-0 win over West Ham at Anfield. Dominating most of the game, Liverpool had (as usual) a variety of spurned chances in front of the net, but goals apiece from Raheem Sterling and a returning Daniel Sturridge plus two assists from Philippe Coutinho were enough to make everything click by the end of ninety minutes. Now let us know how you saw things. Clicking the thumbs up button is a vote to move...
Cartilage Free Captain 3 hours ago

Tottenham vs. West Brom: Final score 3-0, Spurs dominate, stay in hunt for fourth

This was a nice result. You don't take wins at The Hawthorns for granted. Tottenham Hotpsur went to the West Midlands today to take on West Bromwich Albion on the heels of an emotional victory in the Captial One Cup semi-finals. An away match three days after a cup semi-final where Spurs played a full-strength side? Against a Tony Pulis-led team with a strong midfield? Sounds like a recipe for a let-down, doesn't it? And yet, that's not what happened at all. Spurs dominated possession from the opening kick, scored two early goals, and added a third from the spot in the second half as Spurs...
Royal Blue Mersey 3 hours ago

Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton: Instant reaction

Everton win a football game!! After a traumatic few weeks any sort of win would do so it is of great relief to finally see the lads pick up three points against an in-form Crystal Palace side. Before I go off and celebrate, here are some points to ponder from the game: Naismith and Lukaku's partnership With troublemaker Samuel Eto'o out of the door there is now greater responsibility on the shoulders of Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith. Lukaku is a fine striker but will struggle without support, so it was encouraging to see him and Naismith link-up for the goal. The Belgian's decision...
The Liverpool Offside 3 hours ago

Saturday Open Thread: Dance the Rest of the Day

Chelsea's visit to Manchester City highlights the post-Liverpool slate, which has only a few further matches to follow. This is usually all about other teams and the hope that they'll do something stupid that we can laugh at, but today is about Daniel Sturridge's return and lovely, lovely goal. He is most certainly back: Right, so it's Manchester City hosting Chelsea at 5:30PM GMT/12:30PM EST, and not much else going on around the continent. Best bet is probably to go back and forth between watching the goal above and that match, and then realizing you've spent the last five hours...
Roker Report 4 hours ago

Sunderland 2-0 Burnley: First Half Goals Secure Comfortable Win For Sunderland

Sunderland claimed their second home league win of the season after comfortably defeating Burnley. First half goals from Connor Wickham and Jermain Defoe ensured Sunderland came away with all three points against Burnley. The game got off to a nervy start as both sides were cautious in their approach early on. However Sunderland were denied the opening goal on 11 minutes after Wickham fired the ball into the bottom corner but the referee blew up for a foul on Michael Keane when it looked more like he had slipped. It didn’t take the centre forward too long to put the ball in the net again,...
Bitter and Blue 4 hours ago

Chelsea v City: thread, TV + stream schedule

The vital matchup at the Bridge Well, we're here folks: the big one. So big, in fact, that this match will apparently set a new broadcasting record. According to the official site, an estimated amount of 650 million homes in 175 countries will have access to this match. This also includes a new record of 26 Premier League rights holders being present at the match to beam it all around the world. As many may recall, the derby of all derbies in April of 2012 (the 1-0 win over United en route to the title) set the previous record... and that was a 'mere' 19 total rights holders at that one....
The Liverpool Offside 4 hours ago

Liverpool 2, West Ham 0: First Thoughts

Liverpool 2 Sterling 51', Sturridge 80'West Ham 0 Pre-match thoughts: One more turn with Raheem Sterling as a false nine, but with Daniel Sturridge on the bench things feels much better. It'd be interesting to know if Steven Gerrard has a real "hamstring niggle," of if he's just worn out from playing 120 minutes a few days ago. Andre Marriner doesn't like poor Emre Can very much. First a flying elbow to the face goes uncalled, then just a couple minutes later gets whistled for winning the ball cleanly with a standing challenge on Ener Valencia. Not the greatest refereeing start. Of...
Roker Report 4 hours ago

Sunderland vs. Burnley: LIVE

Sunderland are playing football again, or trying to. Follow it here. Sunderland vs. Burnley: Confirmed Line-ups The teams are in! Gus Poyet makes fives changes from last weekend’s draw against Fulham. Pantilimon, Reveillere, Gomez, Johnson and Wickham all come in with Mannone, Coates, Jones, Rodwell and Fletcher missing out. Connor Wickham will partner Jermain Defoe up front as Gus Poyet changes to four at the back. Sunderland (4-1-3-2): Costel Pantilimon, Patrick van Aanholt, Santiago Vergini, John O'Shea (c), Anthony Reveillere, Seb Larsson, Liam Bridcutt, Adam Johnson, Jordi Gomez,...
7500 To Holte 5 hours ago

Villa in for Argentine playmaker?

Aston Villa are reportedly chasing Chievo's Mariano Izco before the window shuts With the loan signing of Scott Sinclair, Aston Villa looked almost ready to close the case on a successful winter transfer window, but all may not be as it seems. Tuttomercatoweb are today reporting that the agent of one Mariano Izco. Mariano seems to fit Aston Villa's 'rejects' transfer plan having only played 3 games for Chievo since joining them last year after a long stint at Catania. "It's nice - says Piraino - after a career with so many efforts the interest of a club like Aston Villa to Mariano, is...
Cartilage Free Captain 6 hours ago

Writers Prediction League: Tottenham Hotspur at West Brom

The writers at Cartilage Free Captain predict the result for Tottenham Hotspur's match at West Bromwich Albion, Dynamic Dane. Christian Eriksen saved Spurs bacon again last week, lifting Tottenham to a 2-1 home victory over Sunderland with an 88' minute goal. The win kept Spurs in the hunt for 4th place, just three points behind Manchester United. With the transfer window soon to close, can Spurs show solidity or will they mark to Daniel Levy that they need reinforcements? Spurs travel today to play West Bromwich Albion, currently 14th in the table but just three points above the...
Coming Home Newcastle 6 hours ago

INSTANT REACTION: Newcastle United 3 - 0 Hull City

The John Carver Experience has finally taken flight with Newcastle United taking an important 3 points at Hull City. 12 months from now, most people will look back at the story of the 2014-15 Premier League season and judge this match purely on the scoreline, and it will benefit from this fact.  Although Newcastle were marginally the better side on the day, the match was poor overall, fraught with long balls poor fouls and misplaced passes.  None of this will matter at all to John Carver as he earns his first three points of this current stint as caretaker manager. Hull City were taking...
Cartilage Free Captain 6 hours ago

West Brom vs. Tottenham: how to watch EPL online, tv listings, live stream link

Spurs take on the Baggies in the West Midlands. This could be fun. Happy Saturday, Spurs fans! Tottenham trek to the West Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion as EPL action kicks back into high gear. Spurs are coming off a hard fought draw (but really, win) against Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup, and now they're up against a tough Tony Pulis-led Baggies team that will not roll over at home. Will it be another post-Cup match hangover, or will Spurs find a way to put everything together on the road? Lineups: #THFC team: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Mason;...
The Busby Babe 6 hours ago

Manchester United vs. Leicester City: how to watch EPL online, tv listings, live stream link

The back four returns ... or so we think. So the teams are out for Manchester United's game at home to Leicester City today. The good news is that Louis van Gaal seems to have ditched the back three, and Adnan Januzaj is given a rare start after being one of only two players (the other being Marcos Rojo) who impressed against Cambridge United in last week's FA Cup farce. Alas, that there is good news means there is also bad, and it comes in the form of Ander Herrera's continued presence on the subsitute's bench. He, like us, probably thought the injury to Michael Carrick would give him the...
Bitter and Blue 6 hours ago

What does Bony offer to City?

Bony has mental strength, is improving year on year, can be as good as Dzeko and if he can form a partnership with Aguero, Manchester City will be deadly. Top 5 goal scorers across top six leagues since 2012-13: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Graziano Pellè, Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Wilfried Bony. Top scorer in Premier League in 2014: Wilfried Bony. Impressive!!! What sort of a mindset Bony has? What type of striker is Bony? What can we expect of Bony? At the onset, I would urge you to read this article on Bony "Wilfried Bony a dedicated heavyweight signing" which gives an excellent...
Roker Report 6 hours ago

Sunderland vs. Burnley: Confirmed Line-ups

The teams are in! Sunderland vs. Burnley: Confirmed Line-ups The teams are in! Gus Poyet makes fives changes from last weekend’s draw against Fulham. Pantilimon, Reveillere, Gomez, Johnson and Wickham all come in with Mannone, Coates, Jones, Rodwell and Fletcher missing out. Connor Wickham will partner Jermain Defoe up front as Gus Poyet changes to four at the back. Sunderland (4-1-3-2): Costel Pantilimon, Patrick van Aanholt, Santiago Vergini, John O'Shea (c), Anthony Reveillere, Seb Larsson, Liam Bridcutt, Adam Johnson, Jordi Gomez, Connor Wickham, Jermain Defoe. Subs: Vito Mannone,...

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