1:04 PM EDT, Wed September 28, 2016
Roker Report 17 mins ago

Roundup: Throw It All At West Brom Minus Januzaj & Di Canio Rides Again?

Loads in today's Roundup: The fragile state of all things Sunderland means looking ahead to Saturday's clash with West Brom feels a little grim; Januzaj is out and it's no bad thing; Sturridge to Sunderland has been rumoured; Paulo di Canio is linked with the vacant Leyton Orient job and an AFCON2017 update. The Looking Ahead to the Visit of West Brom Against a back-drop of five defeats in the opening six games and the sudden re-availability of Sam Allardyce, Saturday’s visit of West Bromwich Albion may be a tense affair. David Moyes could never have envisaged such a scenario when he...
The Short Fuse 56 mins ago

Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers interviews Arsene Wenger

The Arsenal manager spoke with NBCSN for a documentary, which airs this weekend. Roger Bennett, of Men in Blazers and NBC Sports fame, interviewed Arsene Wenger for a documentary film celebrating the Arsenal manager’s 20 years at the club. That documentary, “Inside the Mind of Arsene Wenger”, will debut on NBCSN on Saturday at 12:30pm EST. Until then, enjoy the 15 minute snippet Rog released in podcast form. Below are some choice quotes from the podcast. On whether he’d pick not winning trophies but playing with style or winning and play ugly: You cannot be a big club and say to...
Bitter and Blue 1 hour ago

Celtic vs Manchester City, 2016 Champions League: Confirmed Lineups, How to Watch Online, TV

Champions League nights under Scottish lights! Welcome back to our lives, UEFA Champions League! Manchester City will look to stay perfect this season and in the group stage with a visit to Celtic Park for a date with Scottish champions Celtic FC. This will not be an easy game, but the Citizens are overwhelming favorites. Pep Guardiola likes to be the favorite, since it obligates him to stick to his style even more and be the team on the front foot for 90 minutes. His style of play has turned the Sky Blues into one of the best in Europe in this early season, but every game is another step...

Ian Ayre Reveals His Greatest Liverpool Transfer Success and Biggest Failure

Liverpool’s outgoing CEO opens up about the club’s transfer business and will have most fans nodding along. For Liverpool fans, the £8.5M signing of Philippe Coutinho has been the definition of finding a bargain in the transfer market since pretty much the day the Brazilian made his way to England from Inter Milan. For many, it will be a hard transfer to top. And that many includes departing CEO Ian Ayre. “I remember sitting in the corridors at Inter Milan for what felt like five days,” said Ayre, reflecting on his most memorable moments at Anfield following news he would be moving...
Cartilage Free Captain 1 hour ago

Watch Luke McGee make an incredible penalty save for Peterborough

Great stop! Penalties are supposed to be a reward. As the attacking team you’ve put in hard work to get inside the opponent’s box and have been unfairly denied a chance to score. Usually the penalty taker has the advantage when it’s 1 v 1 with a goalkeeper from the spot. Unless that goalkeeper is Tottenham-owned Luke McGee. The 21-year-old shot-stopper is currently on loan at League One side Peterborough United. Against Shrewsbury on Tuesday, the Spurs keeper pulled off a fantastic save on a penalty attempt: Luke McGee's penalty save for Peterborough last night. #thfc #loanwatch...
Royal Blue Mersey 2 hours ago

Everton seek improvement against hot Palace team

Pardew’s men are unbeaten in four league matches Everton’s brilliant start to the league season came to end on Saturday with a 1-0 loss away to Bournemouth. It was a disappointing result and a disappointing performance though perhaps not the trainwreck it may have appeared to be. The Toffees face a different sort of challenge this week in a Crystal Palace team that is coming off three straight Premier League victories and sitting a respectable 7th place in the table. Crystal Palace overview Alan Pardew has always been a bit of an interesting case for the numbers folks, as his teams...
The Busby Babe 2 hours ago

The Great Red Debate: The keys to United’s apparent return to form

In this week’s Great Red Debate, Andi and Jack discuss the driving factors behind the Red Devils’ recent victories Ryan: Last time we convened for a GRD, it was all a bit doom and gloom: Manchester United had lost three games in a row and we did our best to assess the situation and point a way forward for José Mourinho’s men. And, in the week or so since then, United appear to have found their way out of the slump, stringing together back-to-back victories over Northampton Town and Leicester City. The former was a workmanlike, if rather unimpressive performance to overcome League...
Bitter and Blue 3 hours ago

Kolarov talks Champions League match against Celtic, new position, Pep Guardiola, more

The Manchester City defender spoke to the press on Tuesday The arrival of Pep Guardiola in the summer was a major rejuvenation for Manchester City, who were introduced to a fresh playing style, new signings, new philosophies and plenty of excitement. For a few players who seemed out of the door at the club, Guardiola has helped them rediscover their form, and they've become very important pieces in City's perfect start to the season. Aleksandar Kolarov is one of those players, and he's playing perhaps his best football at City by changing positions from left-back to central defender. His...
Royal Blue Mersey 3 hours ago

Who are the eight Premier League managers implicated?

The Daily Telegraph stings will uncover a lot more than Allardyce The Daily Telegraph carried out an elaborate piece of investigative journalism that resulted in the stepping down of England manager Sam Allardyce after just one game in charge, and the paper promises there will be more. While Allardyce will walk away into the sunset bitterly complaining of entrapment, it appears that the sting operation carried out could reveal eight current and former Premier League managers, as well as two Championship managers, who have also apparently taken ‘bungs’ - per the Cambridge dictionary:...
Coming Home Newcastle 3 hours ago

Matz Sels Deserves Better

It's hard to stomach the way that Matz Sels was treated on Twitter, resulting in the player removing his Twitter account. We call ourselves fans. We love this sport more than anything in the world. I would give up anything to see Newcastle United win the Premier League. That's called being a fan. We read the news and follow the club day in and day out no matter what. We call ourselves fans. But do fans insult the team to the point where it's called abuse? I may verbally abuse my television when I'm watching a match with poor mistakes, but never would I dream of taking to Twitter, Facebook,...
The Short Fuse 3 hours ago

Vardy: I snubbed Arsenal to continue Leicester dream

The English striker continues to talk about his non-move Loyalty is a rare thing in soccer. Feigned loyalty and badge kissing, however, is rampant. Not very surprising, though, as fans have a rather rabid reaction to players who either declare themselves “true to the club” (i.e. their man) and an ever worse one when a player moves on to another club or even threatens to. Gooners have been there a lot. See: van Persie, Robin; Narsi, Samir; Adebayor, Emmanuel; Fabregas, Cesc; Henry, Thierry; etc So when Jamie Vardy professes his love for Leicester City, after taking weeks to mull an offer...
The Busby Babe 3 hours ago

Shaw and Mkhitaryan will miss Zorya Luhansk, Rooney doubtful

Manchester United's captain has missed training with a back problem. It's press conference time! And it turns out that we were wrong. It turns out that although Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back in training, he will not be considered for Thursday's Europa League game against Zorya Luhansk. Also missing will be Luke Shaw, who is unwell. Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, has been struggling with a back problem but will be in the squad. On the positive side, Anthony Martial has recovered from his battering at Watford and is back in contention. And Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start on Thursday night and Sunday...
Cartilage Free Captain 3 hours ago

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Community Player Ratings

It wasn’t exactly a must-win match, but it was close, and Tottenham Hotspur left Russia with all three points and firm hold on second place in Group E of the UEFA Champions League. It took a while, as it always seems too, but Heung-Min Son finally broke the deadlock in Moscow in the 71’ minute. The South Korean’s form has been blistering of late and he continued his goal-scoring run that is making him practically undroppable. Jan Vertonghen also put in a good performance, keep gigantic striker Lacina Traore quiet for much of the night. Now it’s time for you to tell us what you think...

Rumour Mongering: Sturridge Linked with Stoke City and West Ham

Liverpool’s top recognised striker isn’t starting every match, which means links to a host of English clubs. Six months ago, Liverpool fans were asking whether Daniel Sturridge could be counted on to stay fit for any longer than a game at a go. Now, the striker has seemingly moved past the worst of his injury troubles. Yet he’s hardly seeing more action than when he was spending half his time on the trainer’s table. This has led to a whole other kind of hand-wringing. When Sturridge wasn’t fit, everyone was concerned that the team seemed so reliant on its injured striker. Now...
Bitter and Blue 4 hours ago

Celtic vs Manchester City, 2016 Champions League: Game time, TV schedule, live stream

The Champions League is back, and Man City have a big game UEFA Champions League football returns to Manchester City's schedule on Wednesday night, as the Citizens travel to Scotland to face Celtic FC in Glasgow in what promises to be a very difficult match for Pep Guardiola's side. The Sky Blues have won all ten of their matches so far, a truly amazing start to Guardiola's first season, which everyone expected to be very difficult, especially in the beginning. But the team has adapted quickly to the manager's unique ideas and produced amazing football so far, which is not only pleasing to...
Royal Blue Mersey 4 hours ago

Jagielka compares the defence under Koeman and Martinez

Club captain talks about improvements made Everton’s defence has come a long way from the last two seasons when they were one of the most porous in the Premier League. With just one change, swapping John Stones for Ashley Williams, the defence as a whole has caulked a lot of leaks and looks more like the backline that David Moyes left. In a far-reaching interview with the Liverpool Echo at Goodison Park during an Everton in the Community Showcase event, club captain Phil Jagielka talked about how Ronald Koeman has made some changes to the philosophy that Roberto Martinez left the team...
The Short Fuse 4 hours ago

FA to offer Wenger England’s managerial job

In the wake of Big Sam’s controversial departure, FA are looking to Arsène to take up the reins. Embroiled in controversy, Sam Allardyce has quit as England Manager after only one competitive game in charge. Now, with World Cup Qualifiers bearing down on them, the English FA is scrambling to find a permanent replacement and hope to land one with the clout to help them push past this uncomfortable position. Which is likely the motivation for approaching the Gunner’s boss. Numerous media reports are suggesting the FA are prepared to approach Arsène Wenger for England’s top job. He...
Roker Report 4 hours ago

Sam Allardyce Has Left England & Sunderland Lose Again

Last night, the FA announced they had parted company with Sam Allardyce after an undercover investigation from the Daily Telegraph caught the former Sunderland boss negotiating a fee of £400k to represent an overseas firm who were looking to profit from Premier League transfers. Sunderland lost their manager and preseason preparation for just one game, and it's they who lose again. In 1977 Don Revie left England and sailed off into football's wilderness. Unlike Sam Allardyce, Revie had the backing of the FA as he initially tried to wangle his way out of England and into the sunny climbs...
The Short Fuse 5 hours ago

Cannon Fodder News and Links: Don’t call it that

News and links for Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Well, I guess that’s one way to put it. Sam Allardyce on losing #England job: "Entrapment has won." Remains hopeful he will return to management soon https://t.co/Ez0dMM9tHr— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 28, 2016 A neat and interesting piece about football and “moneyball.” Bill Gerrard is a data analyst at AZ Alkmaar and worked with Billy Beane at the Oakland A’s. He talked to TSP here: https://t.co/Wukf69dAWL— thesetpieces (@thesetpieces) September 28, 2016 Yeah, Mourinho isn’t the kind of guy to...
The Short Fuse 5 hours ago

Arsenal to wear away kit in home Champions League clash with FC Basel

Because of clashing kits, UEFA have stipulated that Arsenal will wear yellow at home, not for the first time. Today’s Champions League Group Stage clash at home to FC Basel will feature a rare sight: Arsenal wearing something other than red and white at the Emirates. Arsenal will wear their yellow away shirts against the Swiss visitors, UEFA has stipulated, because Arsenal’s red and white home kits clash with Basel’s red, blue, and black home kits and Basel’s all-white away kits, due to Arsenal’s traditional white sleeves. Basel do not have a third kit. As the Dot Com recounts,...

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