12:15 AM EDT, Sat October 25, 2014

Pre-Hull City Overnight Open Thread

Five questions to pass the time as we wait for kickoff from Anfield. 1) Which permutation of fullbacks will we see? Johnson/Enrique? Johnson/Moreno? Manquillo/Enrique? Manquillo/Moreno? Something else entirely? 2) Will Steven Gerrard be rested instead of playing his third match in seven days? (Sub-question: Hahahalsfdlkasjdf?!?!?!) 3) Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Emre Can: who starts, who rides the bench? 4) Will we see Adam Lallana in an attacking role, having started on the bench versus Real Madrid? 5) Final score? Bonus: Hull's owner, Assem Allam, is a delightfully forward-thinking,...
Anfield Asylum 2 hours ago
Fixing Liverpool: Borini Experiment, Midfield Tactics, and Problematic Defense

Fixing Liverpool: Borini Experiment, Midfield Tactics, and Problematic Defense

Liverpool are a frustrating team to follow right now -- we know what they're capable of but recurrent issues have prevented them from meeting their potential so far this season. Let's take a look at how Brendan Rodgers might solve his team's problems. The Attack: There's been a regression in goal production this season, and while that was somewhat expected after the departure of Luis Suarez, the magnitude of the issue is surprising. Daniel Sturridge's extended absence has been a primary factor in Liverpool's inability to finish off attacking moves, but there's more to it than that. Mario...
Anfield Asylum 5 hours ago

Into The Jungle: The Hull Preview

We go into the game against Hull, once again, with our backs against the wall. It's another must-win game, and players and fans alike know we need to be firing on all cylinders. US: 10:00AM-NBC Sports UK: 3:00PM- No Coverage Available Brendan Rodgers' side face Hull needing three points to help move their season in the right direction. In the narrow win at Loftus Road last weekend the Reds looked flat for most of the game, and despite making small strides in that department against Real, they failed to take anything from the game. There are no new injury concerns, but Mamadou Sakho, Jon...
Cartilage Free Captain 5 hours ago

Harry Kane owns the most adorable puppies in the world

Just when you thought Harry Kane Day couldn't get any better. Harry Kane, you guys. He scores hat tricks. He (tries to) block shots in goal. What's left for him to prove? What more could he possibly do to endear himself to the Tottenham faithful? How about HE OWNS TWO OF THE MOST ADORABLE PUPPIES IN THE WORLD D'AWWWWWWWW Everyone meet Brady and Wilson ❤️ #family A photo posted by Harry Kane (@harrykane) on Oct 10, 2014 at 4:14am PDT Yes, that's right. He named his dogs "Brady" and "Wilson." Which means his two favorite Spurs players were clearly Garry Brady and Wilson...
Cottagers Confidential 6 hours ago

Fulham Beat Charlton 3-0

Under the floodlights on the banks of the Thames, Fulham took all three points from South London rival Charlton. Fulham's great run of form under caretaker manager Kit Symons continued Friday evening as the Cottagers disposed of Charlton 3-0 with two early first half goals and a third in the late stages of the affair. Captain Scott Parker opened the scoring in the sixth minute after he received a driven pass across the box from Ross McCormack and first timed it into the roof of the net. The offensive barrage continued, and just six minutes later Hugo Rodallega controlled a parried shot from...
The Liverpool Offside 6 hours ago

Take a Look Around

The failings of others continues to make the panic of Liverpool fans seem misguided. For now anyway. Liverpool seem to be in some form of a crisis this week. There have been worrying and depressing developments such as alleged stupidity from Mario Balotelli, unnecessary furore surrounding the swapping of shirts, the biggest home defeat of the Brendan Rodgers era, Victor Valdes effectively joining Liverpool Manchester United, and Rodgers ruling out the sensible addition of a defensive coach. Defending? Defending you say? That's just a worrying and depressing continuation of affairs friend. A...

BRENTFORD: Jay Spearing to Make 100th Appearance

Wanderers captain Spearing prepares for landmark occasion at home to Brentford tomorrow Bolton Wanderers face Brentford at the Macron Stadium tomorrow at 3pm. Not a particularly exciting prospect I'm sure lots will agree. However, for captain and former Liverpool and Leicester City midfielder Jay Spearing the occasion will mark his 100th appearance for Wanderers. Spearing, a month shy of his 26th birthday, joined Wanderers on a season-long loan under former manager Owen Coyle in 2012, signing a permanent deal under Dougie Freedman the following summer. Saturday will therefore represent the...

Confirmed Transfer: Grant Holt Will Remain at Huddersfield

Well they have wanted him to stay and of course we have obliged Huddersfield that chance. We all know the story about Grant Holt, the striker we signed under Owen Coyle who would go on to be our saviour. Well that never happened, and following the arrival of Uwe Rosler the two haven't seen eye to eye. It got to the point were reports suggested that Rosler was losing the dressing room, so he had to move Holt on. That place turned out to be Chris Powell's Huddersfield town, where Holt has gone on to shine. The striker has already become an important figure in their team and he has a goal to...
Cartilage Free Captain 9 hours ago

Premier League Projections, Week 8

Top four in holding pattern, waiting on someone to do something. Another week, another post with the same top four. Liverpool played terribly but escaped with three points somehow from Loftus Road. Arsenal created chance after chance but their second-unit defense conceded a couple easy shots and Hull was clinical in earning three points. One would think that could open a window for someone to make a move on fourth place, but once again only Southampton took advantage. Spurs were beaten solidly by Manchester City while United continued its march of mediocrity with a draw at the Hawthorns. ...
The Tilehurst End 9 hours ago

Reading v Blackpool: Match Preview

Reading welcome Blackpool to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday for what is a must win game for both sides. Phil Owtram looks ahead to the game with all the key information. Reading v Blackpool League ChampionshipSaturday 25th October 2014, KO 3PMMadejski StadiumReferee: Gavin Ward Reading (17th)Form (all comps): DDLLLBournemouth v Reading: 3-0Reading v Derby: 0-3Brentford v Reading: 3-1Leeds v Reading: 0-0Reading v Wolves: 3-3 It went from bad to worse for Nigel Adkins’ men at Bournemouth on Tuesday night. A horror 13 minute spell saw a fairly solid first half performance undone when...
The Liverpool Offside 9 hours ago

Liverpool v. Hull City, 10.25.14

Preview, team news, ways to watch, live coverage, and reactions as Liverpool face Hull City at Anfield. So this has been a fun week. A completely absurd last-gasp win at QPR last Sunday followed by a tonking at the hands of Real Madrid midweek has left plenty to be desired from Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool, and the negativity that's been simmering since the loss to Aston Villa has started to boil over. In terms of results and standing things aren't a complete disaster; joint-fourth on points in the Premier League (with West Ham hosting Manchester City in the early kickoff tomorrow) and...
Bitter and Blue 9 hours ago

Who Should Start vs. West Ham United

City tries to recover after their no good, very bad trip to Russia I'm typing this at work so I got to be fast here. I feel strongly about this lineup and especially this formation. We still preface this exercise by stating unequivocally that Pellegrini is better at this than you and better at this than me. But for the love of christ, Tuesday hurt like a mother. I was so shocked, I didn't put up a five thoughts, partly because better analysis was available in the comments section in the PMT (nice job,Sonics097) and partly because how many ways can you say the following: Yaya is playing...
Cartilage Free Captain 9 hours ago
Pochettino on rabona: 'I only show emotion at home, and in my bed'

Pochettino on rabona: 'I only show emotion at home, and in my bed'

NSFW. Stoicism is nothing new to high level football. But in the wake of Erik Lamela's wundergoal for the ages Thursday against Asteras Tripolis, Spurs head man Mauricio Pochettino exhibited the level of emotion typically reserved for waiting in line at the supermarket, paying one's taxes, or connecting to the Internet on a 33.6 baud modem in 1998. Judge for yourself: Deservingly so, Pochettino was grilled by the press aimed at his lack of any real outward non-robotic response to the 'rabona'. His answer delivered and then some. Adjust your belt wear accordingly: "I only show emotion at...
Cartilage Free Captain 10 hours ago

Watch Jan Vertonghen ALMOST bag a rabona in practice

Erik Lamela's rabona? Jan Vertonghen says "pffft." Rabona madness continues all across Europe as the soccerati continue to process Erik Lamela's wonder-strike against Asteras Tripolis last night. The rest of the Tottenham squad are getting in on the action as well. Tottenham's official site tweeted a hilarious and impressive video of Jan Vertonghen attempting to rabona a ball into a bag hanging from the goal mouth earlier today. It's part of an upcoming "Ball in a Bag Challenge" video series that Spurs will be putting on YouTube a little later. AND HE ALMOST PUTS IT IN. Watch! ...
HUGE Stuart Holden Injury Update!

HUGE Stuart Holden Injury Update!

Everyone's favourite American midfielder has been discussing his rehab In conversation with ESPNFC, Bolton Wanderers American midfielder Stuart Holden has been discussing his rehab from knee surgery. He starts off with the news that we all wanted to hear: First of all, this is NOT a retirement announcement He continues: Not a day goes by where I'm not wishing I was out there, competing against the world's elite. It really hurts to watch my teammates run out on the field, score goals and celebrate in ecstasy. It cuts like a knife to know exactly what it would feel like to be in that...
Cartilage Free Captain 10 hours ago

Tottenham Hotspur prospect rankings: where are they now?

Last year we rated our prospects, let's see how we did. Back in June 2013, we ranked the top twenty prospects at Tottenham Hotspur with varying degrees of successful insight. Since then many of those players have washed out, and some are still developing into promising players. Meanwhile, our near-universally chosen number one pick, Tom Carroll, is still waiting until the world is ready for his greatness to prove how good he is. But in between, four of those players have become regulars in the first team: Andros Townsend, Nabil Bentaleb, Harry Kane, and Ryan Mason. Today we take a look...
The Tilehurst End 11 hours ago

Whitehawk's Ward deal cut short

In this week's loan report the winning run continues for Stuart Moore's Basingstoke as they made it six wins on the bounce, whilst Jon Henly made his name as a super-sub in Welling's clash with Staines. Elsewhere, find out how Royston Drenthe and Lewis Ward got on over the past week. Lewis Ward - Whitehawk FC (Vanarama Conference South) Appearances: 2 This week, we kick off with a straight forward and abrupt update from Lewis' loan team @TalkMurtyToMe returned to Reading I'm afraid — Whitehawk FC (@comeonyouhawks) October 18, 2014 I must hold my hands up here, I had no idea that his...
Roker Report 11 hours ago

Preview: Positive Response Required

Let's not dwell on last week too much - it was just one (embarrassing) defeat. The perfect tonic would be to witness those players who get the nod to face Arsenal giving everything they've got in order to consign the memory of last Saturday's thrashing to the dustbin of history! Sunderland Team News New signing Anthony Reveillere could be in line to make his debut for the club at right-back should his international clearance arrive in time, which would come in handy with Billy Jones crocked. Argentine Ricky Alvarez is edging closer to fitness but this Saturday will come too soon, while...

Bolton Wanderers v Brentford: Away Fan Q&A

I spoke to Brentford fan Billy Grant ahead of this weekend's game - read on to see what he had to say.... This weekend sees Neil Lennon's Bolton Wanderers take on the first home game of the latest new era, facing recently promoted Brentford at the Macron Stadium. We spoke to friend of the site, Billy 'the Bee' Grant, of beesotted.co.uk. He had the following to say when quizzed on a wide range of topics: 1) Mark Warburton is a new name to most fans, what can you tell us about him and his achievements to date? Mark worked in the city for years as a trader - that was where he met Brentford...
The Short Fuse 11 hours ago

Arsenal vs. Sunderland: Match Preview

It's back to league action as Arsenal head north. Arsenal vs. Sunderland English Premier League Stadium Of Light, Sunderland Saturday, October 25, 2014 7AM PT/10AM ET/3PM BT Form: ARS indifferent-to-poor | SUND they lost 8-0 last week, so US TV: NBCSN | Worldwide TV Listings: livesoccertv.com After a performance that could charitably be called "unconvincing" in Tuesday's Champions League game, Arsenal make the five hour bus trip up the A1 (note: they probably fly) to face a Sunderland side that's in not a little disarray after their own (actual) disastrous game last weekend, an 8-0...

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