Friday, September 27, 2013

George's Premiership Predictions September 28

George is back with his predictions for the latest Premier league fixtures this weekend.

Saturday 28 September 2013

Tottenham 1 v Chelsea 1
Aston Villa 1 v Man City 2
Fulham 1 v Cardiff 1
Hull 2 v West Ham 1
Man Utd 3 v West Brom 1
Southampton 4 v Crystal Palace 1
Swansea 2 v Arsenal 2

Sunday 29 September 2013

Stoke 0 v Norwich 1
Sunderland 0 v Liverpool 0

Monday 30 September 2013

Everton 2 v Newcastle 0

Soccer - Suarez vows to give his all

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has pledged to try his best to help the Reds enjoy a successful campaign after making his first appearance of the season. Suarez lasted the full 90 minutes of the 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United and is eager to play a full part when Liverpool head to Sunderland on Sunday. The South American, who is 14/1 with bookmakers to be top Premier League goalscorer this season, told his club's official website: "All the time I try my best on the pitch. I'm here to help the team and help Liverpool and I'll try my best. "I know it was a difficult moment, but for myself and for the team it's very important I'm back because I can help the team and (being) off the pitch I can't. "We'll keep going for the (rest of the) week and for the next game." Suarez netted 30 goals in all competitions last season, having scored 17 times during the 2011/12 campaign. ‎

Last time's Premier League predictions

Friday, September 13, 2013

George's Premiership Predictions September 14 2013

George had a good week out with his Barclay's Premier League predictions before the international break.

George correctly predicted Liverpool's home win over Man Utd and got the perfect score in the Man City v Hull and West Brom  v Swansea matches.

All in all George had two perfect scores and predicted the correct result in two other matches.

Saturday 14 September 2013

Man Utd 2 v Crystal Palace 0
Aston Villa 2 v Newcastle 1
Fulham 2 v West Brom 1
Hull 0 v Cardiff 2
Stoke 1 v Man City 1
Sunderland 1 v Arsenal 2
Tottenham 1 v Norwich 1
Everton 0 v Chelsea 2

Sunday 15 September 2013

Southampton 1 v West Ham 1

Monday 15 September 2013

Swansea 2 v Liverpool 2

Soccer - Mourinho continues to impress Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that Jose Mourinho has already instilled an 'us against the world' mentality at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho won the Premier League title twice during his first spell in charge of Chelsea, who can be backed at 2/1 with bookmakers to win the 2013-14 Premier League title outright. Terry said: "It is us against everyone else and I think that is what made us when he was here before and we are very much in the same mould again. "His man-management is excellent and he makes people want to play for him, he has it spot on. If there was a managerial manual, he would tick every box." Chelsea have started the new league season with two wins and a draw and face a tough trip to Goodison Park on Saturday. Chelsea can be backed at 7/4 to keep a clean sheet against Everton. ‎

Last time's Premier League predictions

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fifa World Rankings September 2013

FIFA World Fifa Rankings
Fifa's World Rankings for September 2013 were published this month 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 still on top of the FIFA rankings, where they have been since September 2011, followed by Argentina, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, World Cup 2014 hosts, Brazil, Netherlands and Croatia.

England are 17th, down three places, to their lowest ever ranking for a dozen years. Scotland are in 63rd position. The Republic of Ireland are in 59th place, an all-time low, Wales are in 52nd, Northern Ireland are 86th.

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

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Friday, September 6, 2013

September Split in South Korea

K League
The K League Classic Divides 

The first day of September marks the end of summer in South Korea and the end of the league as we know it. From now, until the end of the season, the K-League’s 14 teams will be split into two Known simply as Group A and Group B, the top half will fight it out for the title while those downstairs will be hoping to avoid relegation.

After 26 rounds, there are 12 left, meaning that the teams in each group will meet each other twice. Authorities hope that this leads to more meaningful games and more excitement. It does for the top half but for Group B, not so much.  

The Title Race is ON

Pohang Steelers are in pole position but only just. Two straight defeats going into the split have cut the lead that the three-time Asian champions have to a single point. Indeed, the top four are just three points apart. It is set to be quite a finish.

The Steelers are not the real story, though the absence of foreign stars is certainly unusual and of interest, and neither are Ulsan Horangi, a point behind in second. In the past few weeks, it has been all about FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Motors. The top two from 2012, have both put together quite a run of results.

Seoul, don’t forget, started the season with four points from the first seven games and even after that, for a while, were not exactly the model of consistency. Nobody ever really thought that the team would miss out on the top half of the league but the defence of the title looked over almost before it begun. But Choi Yong-soo’s men ended the first stage with 28 points from a possible 30 and even the two points dropped were done so in slightly unlucky fashion with a late winner ruled out when the goal looked good.

Some of the wins were dramatic in the extreme with last-minute victories something of specialty as the games against Incheon United and Daejeon Citizen showed. And then there was the long-awaited and much-enjoyed win over rivals Suwon Bluewings. It could be that the team's Asian Champions League campaign, a 1-1 draw in Saudi Arabia at the home of Al Ahli in the first leg of the quarter-final leaves the semi-final within reach, slows down the Seoul domestic charge.

The resurgence of Jeonbuk Motors since the return of Choi Kang-hee from his spell with the national team has been only a little less impressive. Just one defeat in 12 games, with 27 points collected have put the 2011 champions right back in it and that is even with the loss of playmaker Eninho to China.  

Four into two didn't go

On the final day, there was a four-way sprint to jump and hold on to the fast-retreating ladder that gave the final two spots in the upper level. Suwon didn't look to be in much danger of missing out and got the point they needed and, in the end, it was needed as the other three teams all won.

That meant Jeju United had no chance as the islanders, who have faded of late, needed Busan I’Park and Seongnam Ilhwa to slip. Few gave Busan a chance at Pohang but the well-drilled southerners team collected a dramatic 2-1 win at the home of the leaders. That meant that Seongnam had to win by two goals and the Yellows started well with a first minute strike against Gyeongnam but try as they might, they just could not get the second.

Beating the drop
Not that Seongnam and Jeju are in danger of relegation as they are 25 and 24 points respectively above the trapdoor. Daejeon Citizen have just 14 points, one less than Gangwon, the other team sitting in the drop zone.

Gangwon recently fired coach Kim Hak-beom, harshly in the view of many, and hired Kim Yong-kab, assistant at Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande. Kim has left a team that can't stop winning and is now with one that can't stop losing. He hasn't been able to stop the rot with four straight defeats making a losing streak of eight for the easterners.

Seongnam and Jeju may be safe but the likes of Gyeongnam and especially Daegu will have to watch their step.  

Hong searching for a win

Four games, one goal and no wins. It does not make for good reading but then it does not tell the full story for South Korea under new coach Hong Myong-bo.

July's East Asian Cup saw the Taeguk Warriors record goalless draws with Australia and China before being defeated by Japan in Seoul. The first two should really have ended in victory. The game against the Socceroos was as one-sided as a goalless draw could possibly be and the stalemate against China once again saw the opposition goalkeeper in great form and the home strikers in generous mood.

The game against the Asian champions was slightly different, and controversial with banners and flags making headlines. Korea put Japan under a good deal of pressure that the Samurai Blue largely withstood before snatching a last-minute winner.

Then came an August goalless draw with Peru in Suwon that followed earlier patterns of domination and then frustration. September 6 against Haiti in Incheon marks the first time that Hong has summoned the European-based stars. Failure to win that game will not go down well.