Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fifa World Rankings February 2013

Fifa's World Rankings for February 2013 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

Euro 2012 winners Spain are on top of the FIFA rankings on Valentine's Day followed by Germany, Argentina, and yes, England, then Italy, Colombia, Portugal and Holland. Croatia and Russia round out the top ten. Copa America champions Uruguay are 16th, while Brazil remain stuck in 18th, their lowest ever ranking. A resurgent Belgium stay 20th.

Ranking Team
1 Spain
2 Germany
3 Argentina
4 England
5 Italy
6 Colombia
7 Portugal
8 The Netherlands
9 Croatia
10 Russia
11 Greece
12 Côte d'Ivoire
13 Ecuador
14 Switzerland
15 Mexico
16 Uruguay
17 France
18 Brazil
19 Ghana
20 Belgium

Full world rankings

Previous Fifa World Rankings

Monday, February 11, 2013

Champions League Round of 16 Predictions

Champions League
George turns to the business end of this year's Champions League. Here are his predictions for the results of the first legs to be played this week.

Galatasaray v Shalke 04

With great support at home and Drogba and Sneijder as new signings expect Gala to come through 2-0 in Istanbul.

Celtic v Juventus

Celtic have great spirit at home but Juve have the class. Juve got a draw away to Chelsea in the Group Stage and we expect the same again, 1-1.

Valencia v PSG

PSG had a good group stage and we think they'll get a draw in Spain with an underwhelming Valencia side, 1-1 or 2-2.

Porto v Malaga

An all-Iberian clash between two of the "smaller" clubs left in the competition. Porto to edge it but we think there will be goals, 2-1 to the home side.

Arsenal v Bayern

Bayern are in very good form, Arsenal have problems at the back, recipe for an away win? No, 2-1 to the Arse.

Shaktar Donetsk v Dortmund

Dortmund have injury problems and were thrashed 4-1 at home by Hamburg at the weekend. Home win 2-0 in Donetsk.

AC Milan v Barcelona

This match ended all square 0-0 last season at the San Siro in the quarterfinals. A draw looks odds on again 1-1 or 0-0 again.

Real Madrid v Manchester United

Ronaldo and Benzema versus Rooney and RVP. We are going for a 2-1 home win for the Spanish champions.

Friday, February 8, 2013

George's Premier Predictions 9 February 2013

After the international break and a rare England win over Brazil at Wembley we are back in the saddle for the bread and butter of Premier League predictions.

The two Manchester clubs are pulling away in what is now surely a two horse race for the title.

The other race at the bottom to escape relegation to the Championship is far less clear cut.

Perm any three from QPR, Reading, Wigan, Aston Villa, Southampton and maybe, just maybe, Norwich or West Ham.

Saturday 9 February 2013

Tottenham Hotspur 2 v Newcastle United ‎0
Stoke City 2 v Reading 0
Sunderland 1 v Arsenal 2 ‎
Norwich City 1 v Fulham 1 ‎
Chelsea 2 v Wigan Athletic 0
Swansea City 1 v Queens Park Rangers 1 ‎
Southampton 1 v Manchester City 1 ‎‎

Sunday 10 February 2013

Aston Villa 1 v West Ham United 0 ‎
Manchester United 3 v Everton 1

Monday 11 February 2013

Liverpool 2 v West Bromwich Albion 0 ‎

Last time's Premier League predictions

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Macclesfield Town

Unfortunately Macclesfield Town are back in the Conference after surviving in the Football League from 1996-2012.

Macclesfield Town FC

Macclesfield Town play their home games at Moss Rose stadium with a capacity of 6,355 spectators.

Macclesfield have been in existence since 1874 and are nicknamed the Silkmen due to Macclesfield's connection with the silk industry.

Macclesfield Town FC logo

Previous Macclesfield managers have included Sammy McIlroy, who took the club into the Football League, Paul Ince and Brian Horton. Steve King is the current boss.

Macc reached the 4th round of the FA Cup narrowly losing 1-0 at home to Wigan after beating Cardiff 2-1 in the previous round.

Macclesfield Town FC