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Tottenham Hotspur Need This Win More Than Manchester United Do

Late Sunday afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur will be taking on the mighty Manchester United.

No, wait, that was 3 years ago.

They may not be the ‘Mighty Manchester United’ anymore, but, they still find a way to beat Tottenham.

Which is strange because Manchester United, nowadays, are considered to be a team that if you have a decent enough squad (e.g. Stoke City)  and half a decent manager (Mark Hughes) you are now, more than ever, likely to get a result from them.

A lot has changed.

Gone are the days, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s now famous ‘three-word halftime team talk’ when he said:

‘Lads, it’s (just) Tottenham.’

Gone are the days, when Manchester United was themselves the league contenders and Tottenham were fighting for the last Champions League spots with Arsenal or the Europa League positions with Stoke City, Everton and all the other teams that are only relevant to their own supporters.

This time, Tottenham Hotspurs are gunning for the Barclays Premier League and Manchester United are battling it out to make it to number 4. (Sir Alex Ferguson must be rolling over in his queen size bed)

The White Hart Lane outfit have had a wonderful season. They have played with pace, precision and with a mean defence.

Spurs would want to continue putting pressure on the league leaders Leicester City and nothing else but a win would be accepted.

Mauricio Potchettino insists that they will fight till the end.

“It’s important for us to be focused and prepared, but we can’t play when Leicester play. We can only do our job and be focused on the three points.”

“We will see what happens with Leicester. It’s important for us to believe and to fight. There are six games ahead and anything can happen in football.”

Manchester United have not lost at Tottenham in 14 visits. My youngest cousin is well into puberty, at 15 years old, and she hasn’t witnessed Spurs win at White Hart Lane against United.

Louis van Gaal’s side has been horrid to watch this season, because of their senseless possession football, their lack of chance creation, and because Jesse Lingard is a retard.

But don’t be fooled by the crappy football on display, United have the 2nd stingiest defensive in the league after Tottenham and even though they are bad, they are number five in the league, plus they do have players who can punish you in the final third.

“I think they have a very good squad. I have said that also last year,” Van Gaal said about Spurs.

“I think he has made a team of this squad of individual players. They are pressing high, they are playing a very good positional game and they score goals. They score a lot of goals.

“They also have a lot of clean sheets, so it’s a very good team in organisation structures, so I think that you can give credit to Mauricio Pochettino.”

Article by: Thabang Kgeledi @Chiz_ZoBoSportz

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Saturday Morning Weekend Predictions – 09 April ’16

Orlando Pirates vs Free State Stars

Orlando Pirates take on Free State Stars in what you can call a midtable clash since both eEa Lla Koto and Amabhakabhaka are sitting on 7th and 8th spots. With the same amount of points.

This has been a hot and cold season for Pirates but in Orlando, excuse me, if I may, use my Hip-Hop jargon “dey get turnt!”

Prediction 2-0 to Ezimnyama Ngenkani

 West Ham vs Arsenal

I know you’ve heard the term so many times that I’m sure you have started thinking to yourself which game isn’t a must-win.

This one though is truly one of those must-win games for both teams.

Arsenal is pursuing the English premier league and West Ham United is gunning for the champions league spots.

Arsenal has only lost one out of the last 8 fixtures against West Ham, but that West Ham team didn’t have Dimitri Payet.

But I still see an Arsenal win though.

Prediction 1-2 to the Arsenal

Sunderland vs Leicester City

Big Sam and his troops welcome Sunderland to the Stadium of Light.

Sam Allardyce is known to set up his team in a stubborn, parsimonious, non-Barcelona way, which works well for him.

Don’t get me wrong, it is terrible to watch but like I said its wooooorks for him.

This game may not be as simple as some pundits may make it out to be, then again, it can, but it all depends on who scores the first goal and my money is on Sunderland.

A goal from a set piece, or a goal from Jermain Defoe, or Jermain Defoe taking a set piece goal.

Either way, the goal has to come from Jermain Defoe.

Prediction 1-0 to the Black Cats!

Tottenham vs Man United

Tottenham Hotspur needs this win much more than Manchester United do. And therefore, this match will end in a draw.

Prediction 1-1

Southampton vs Newcastle

Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez, and anybody with Geordie accent needs a win. And they need a win badly.

Hey here is a stupid stat, Newcastle have lost their last eight away league games – their worst run since 1977

They are worse than when Kevin Nolan and the one legged Michael Owen were still around!

Anyway, at least,  Rafa Benitez relegation clause is still in place.

Prediction 2-0 to Southampton (6 games to go, Rafa!)

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona

Barcelona has a 10 game losing streak against Real Sociedad.

Okay so it’s only 6, it’s only 6 games they haven’t won against Real Sociedad. Excuse me for exaggerating a little.

In January, The Basques beat Barcelona 1-0 under David Moyes (who has since vanished off the face of the earth).

Barcelona had a bruising match against rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their champions league quarter-final last Tuesday.

They may be looking to rest a few battered bodies this weekend before their next battle on Wednesday against Atletico.

Real Sociedad will be wanting to continue their impressive run of results against the Catalans.

Prediction 2-2

Milan vs Juventus

Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is a man with a target on his back.

A loss to Juventus this weekend could spell the end for the Serbian.

In the devastating form that Juventus are in, having won 13 out of 14 league games in 2016, scoring 28 goals and conceding only two…

THE END

Prediction 0-3 Juve

In other less amusing but interesting enough to watch matches:

Crystal Palace vs Norwich City
Prediction 2-2

Espanyol vs Atlético Madrid
Prediction 0-1

Real Madrid vs Eibar
Prediction 5-0

Valencia vs Sevilla
Prediction 2-1

Napoli vs Verona
Prediction 3-1

 

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Can Manchester United overthrow rivals Liverpool? Short answer. Not really.

Another week, and another grey hair on Louis Van Gaal’s sculpt. Last week, his Manchester United side saw him take a convincing L against Liverpool.

Louis Van Gaal forever the optimist tried to convince everybody that everything was okay.

“We owe always the fans a big result because they are paying to see that,” Van Gaal told his prematch news conference on Wednesday.”

“We have to deliver. But, in sport, you can lose and win. That you have to accept.

“The challenge to beat Liverpool, being 2-0 down, is a big challenge. We have to believe. It starts with the players of course. It starts also with the fans. I have spoken only about the victory and that we have to believe in it.

This fixture will be Louis Van Gaal’s 150th, which begs the question; (in a hillbilly’s voice) “how in God name did has he make it this far???”

But, I suppose, some questions may never be answered, like what happened at Roswell, or is there a time limit on fortune cookie predictions? or what is another word for “thesaurus”?

Jurgen Klopp was optimistic about Liverpool’s chances.

“It’s one of the best things in football you can do, to play Manchester United you are the manager of Liverpool.

“We wanted the full package so we came here to train, stay. We are prepared.

“We know about the job we have to do. It’s difficult, of course, but the circumstances are different. I can hear it in your questions. You all ask whether United can strike back.

“It’s not worry. It’s football. The ball is round. Everything can happen. That’s how it is. But I’m not scared, I’m not afraid.”

Jordan Henderson added that he would like to see his Liverpool side progress.

“It was a good night for us last week, result and performance, so we can take a lot of confidence from that. But it’s only halfway.

“If we focus on our gameplan, it won’t matter what Man United do. It’s all about us. If we’re firing on all cylinders like last week, not many teams can live with us.

“Our energy levels will be high as always. We want to play real high intensity football. That will be key. We’ll prepare well in training, and hopefully we can do the business.”

Manchester United have little to no chance of winning this fixture but as we both know that stranger, more absurd, things have happened in football.

Maybe Manchester United might score the first two goals in the first two minutes. Maybe Liverpool can get two consecutive red cards. Maybe their bus gets stuck on the highway and Manchester United win as a result of a walk over. (In a hillbilly’s voice) Maybe maybe maybe!

Article by: Thabang Kgeledi @Chiz_ZoBoSportz

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Monday Football Ramblings 14 March 16

The Race for the Barclays Premier League Title: Tottenham defeat the pathetic Aston Villa, Manchester City slips up… again, and Leicester is still to play.

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Tottenham put the pressure back on to Leicester City by moving within 2 points of them with the win against Aston Villa. Only a fool would have betted against Spurs winning this game.Aston Villa is making a strong case to be the 2nd worst team in Premier League history (Derby County in 2007 managed to only win 11 points in their whole campaign so they are undoubted the worst team we have seen in the EPL). Manchester City was also playing against a relegation-threated team. But unlike Tottenham, they couldn’t put the lowly Norwich City to the sword. With the draw, Man City slip further away from the title and. Good luck fixing this mess Pep. Leicester plays tonight against another team who is fighting for their premier league lives, Newcastle. This won’t be easy because Newcastle has appointed my 2nd favourite manager in the world (after Costadine Papic) Rafa Benitez and the players will be looking to impress.

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The La Liga Wars – Episode 29: Barcelona batter Getafe, Atletico Madrid do likewise against Deportivo, and Real Madrid scrape past Las Palmas

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Even though Leo Messi missed ANOTHER penalty (Barcelona have missed 10 this season) it was another thrashing of a small team by a big team in La Liga. It seems like small teams in La Liga capitulate after Real Madrid or Barcelona score the first 3 goals in a game. Atletico also had a handsome home 3-0 win against Deportivo. Zidane and his Real Madrid side didn’t have it so easy in their game against Las Palmas. After Real Madrid scored their first goal early on I thought it would be one of those customary Real Madrid-against-a-small-team-7-0 (with Ronaldo scoring four of them) kind of match. It didn’t turn out that way. Only one goal down in the 2nd half Las Palmas threaten, and they got their goal to equalise. In the last minutes of the game, Real Madrid found a winner with a header from Casamero. Unconvincing. The story of Real Madrid season.

The Adventures Gary Neville in Spain: Gary Neville loses… again.

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After making a good run at the end of February (winning 4 of 5 games). Gary Neville is back to square one. In March Gay Neville’s Valencia have lost 3 of the 4 of their games. The way things are going I’d be surprised if good ol’Gary lasts another month.

 

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Monday Football Ramblings: 29 February 16

Race for the Barclays Premier League Title: Leicester City steal it in the dying minutes of the game, Tottenham come from behind, and Arsenal get beaten by teenagers

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It was another exciting weekend in the Premier League. Unlikely log leaders Leicester City topped the league by only two points by the start of the weekend. Lowly Norwich City came to visit the King Power stadium and it was expected that high scoring Leicester would put them to the sword. Well, It wasn’t to be that easy. Leicester only managed to score in the last minutes of the game to steal the 3 points. If Norwich had a better striker than Cameron Jerome (who was his usual horrible self)  they may have came away with something from this match. End of Saturday Leicester City 5 points ahead Spurs and Arsenal.

End of Saturday: Leicester City 5 points ahead Spurs and Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger and his title favourite Arsenal (according to the odds makers) visited Louie van Gaal and his team of underaged nobodies. Manchester United has 16 senior players injured. So LVG had to play a team of teenagers who probably haven’t hit puberty yet. Arsenal should have won this match. But, instead, made a hero out of 9-year-old, excuse me, 18-year-old Marcus Rashford who scored a brace. Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham came back from a goal down to beat a good Swansea City side.

Louis Van Gaal Entertaining us further by making an idiot of himself.

End of Sunday: Leicester City 2 points ahead of Spurs and 5 points ahead of Arsenal.

Capital One Final: City triumphant on penalties

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This was an entertaining cup final. End to end stuff. City scored first. City looked the better team for most of the game but complacency, bad refereeing decisions, and Raheem Sterling brought Liverpool back into the match.  Philippe Coutinho scores!  1-1. Extra time.

A quick note on Raheem Sterling: This guy isn’t worth 49 million. Thank you.

In extra time both teams looked knackered. Then again Yaya Toure does look fatigued in every match he plays in. 30 minutes are up. Penalties. City keeper Willy Caballero makes 3 great stops. The Spaniard in the hero. Raheem Sterling breathes a sigh of relief.

A quick note on Raheem Sterling: If he spent more time practising to be a better a player than getting his hair done he may be a better player

Gary Neville in Spain: Valencia 0- 3 Ath. Bilbao. Is it back to square one?

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The scoreline isn’t as bad as it looks. Okay it is. But, Valencia conceded the first goal in the 73rd minuted and two more 5 minutes later. This loss snapped Gary’s four-game winning streak.

The La Liga Wars – Episode 27: Atletico slay Ronaldo Madrid at the Bernabeu once again, and Barcelona keep racking up the points.

GRA321. BARCELONA, 28/02/2016.- El delantero del FC Barcelona Neymar (c) felicita a Leo Messi (d) tras marcar ante el Sevilla, durante el partido de Liga en Primera División que están disputando esta noche en el Camp Nou, en Barcelona. EFE/Alejandro García

Real Madrid can’t seem to find a way to beat Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. This is Atlei’s third consecutive win over Los Blancos. Real Madrid title hopes are all but over. ZIzou should and is going to get fired soon. Crisitiano Ronaldo, in a post match interview, noted that if all his teammates were on the same level as him Real Madrid would be number 1 [click here if u missed it]. Really? We all know Ronaldo is an a**hole but he may have taken it too far this time. He missed two clear-cut chances and really didn’t do much else in that game. So he should take a good hard look at himself in one of his 84 mirrors he has in his house. Barcelona had a tough game against Sevilla. Messi scored a brilliant free kick to get them level after then went behind early. Pique, in the second half, produced the game winner.

 

Premier  Soccer League Big Three in Africa: Kaizer Chiefs win a hard fought walk-over, Mamelodi Sundowns win against a world class Chicken Inn FC and Bidvest Wits make light work on Light Stars

Katlego Mashego of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2015 Telkom Knockout Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on the 16 December 2015 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Quick Summary: Kaizer Chiefs’ were handed a free win after the opposition didn’t pitch. Mamelodi Sundowns made life difficult for themselves by not putting away a team named after a fast food franchise. Bidvest beat Light Stars 9-0 on aggregate.

 

 

Article by: Thabang Kgeledi @Chiz_ZoBoSportz

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