Last week it was the League Cup disrupting the Premier League’s well-oiled schedule, this week the FA Cup sticks its oar in. Only five fixtures survive but they are all vital games.
Chelsea get the opportunity to put themselves seven points clear at the top of the table whilst the likes of West Brom, Crystal Palace, Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich get to earn safety points at the other extremity. keep reading
With only a half slate of games this weekend due to the FA Cup get your football fix by listening to people talk about it.
The Guardian Football Weekly:
and the haircut discussion continues in Football Weekly Extra: keep reading
Tony Pulis might actually be a good guy with the best interests of the game at heart. (Express)
Why Red Bull Leipzig are a threat to the Bundesliga’s cherished membership model. Bloody East Germans and their capitalist models threatening the West’s peaceful shared life. (Guardian)
Conspiracy theory alert: Roy Hodgson left Jack Wilshire on during the friendly, even though he was developing a fracture in his foot, to find him six weeks rest in the lead up to the World Cup. Why else would he have been left on in such an abject fixture? (Sport.co.uk)
Zonal Marking’s Wednesday Friendlies: What We Learned. That mid-March international friendlies are junk? (ESPNFC)
Gareth Bale’s winner for Wales, oooff. keep reading
While the Premier League has become the domain of perfect, immovable barber cuts with little room for adverturism, the world of haircuts is a bit more exciting. Even CR7 is adding a few extra touches to the standard whole pot of gel on top.
Football Sports Team has a decidedly second-string look to it this week. With all the reshuffling occurring recently I’ve had to bench all of my stars as they’re out of action this weekend. Add to that some injury and suspension issues and things get really tricky. Check out the embarrassment of a team sheet after the jump and don’t forget to sort your team out too! keep reading
Congratulations Red/head and Charlie Bear who are our Beat The Bookie winners this week. They’ve both lucked in to a $50 TAB credit and are no doubt putting that to good use already. You’re probably aware that the season is flying by and there’s only 10 rounds to go. Our overall winner is going to walk away with a $5000 TAB credit and it’s looking really crowded on the leader board. Check out the current Top 20 after the jump. keep reading
“People looking at Raheem see him as a very small boy, see him maybe as a weak player.” – Steven Gerrard.
‘Hull Tigers’ – reasons why.
No world cup for the troublesome Tevez.
“I never celebrate a goal in the Nou Camp.” – Yaya Toure.
Joel Campbell is a versatile predator and is expected to get a run at Arsenal next season.
Football Ferns earn a late draw early in the morning.
Congratulations to Alexander Gunson of Tanning My Balls, he’s our Fantasy Football Manager of the Month for February. If you’re reading this Alexander, we’d love it if you could email us here: email@example.com so we can arrange for the delivery of your super-mega-prize-pack. Alternatively if you’re an associate of Alexander Gunson, you might like to tip him off about this information. Don’t forget to pick your team ahead of this week’s Gameweek 29 action. Also, we’re still on the hunt for a Sam Cao of EverGrande who was our January winner. Any tips on how to locate this gentleman would be most appreciated.
It’s been a niggly couple of weeks in the sports betting world. Our TAB account balance is hovering around the $80 – $100 mark as we continue to take one step forward and one step back. Simon’s ridiculous $5 daily NBA head to head multi bets have reaped some reward but it’s slow progress. Tom continues to press ahead with his NBA points total game, but again, it’s been hit and miss. Sam has gone back into his shell completely as there’s not enough Argentinian Football nor a big enough balance to work with. And now that the cricket season is over it seems Nick has virtually retired his hand. We’re in a bit of a lull that’s for sure, but we believe the future is bright and another steak meal at the Angus could be just around the corner. As always, we’ll keep you posted. Check out our activity report for the last week after the jump. keep reading
Andros Townsend received his actual caps for his England appearances this past year.
Leandro Bacuna has steadily assembled one of the best seasons of any Premier League rookie. Even though the Dutchman has played predominantly as a fullback he is currently the 18th ranked midfielder in Fantasy. Paul Lambert has noticed though. (AVFC Official)
Even though AC Milan had the running for large portions of their match against table toppers Juventus they lost 0-2. Zonal Marking investigates.
Petr Cech is a well broken in “little horse.” (Sky Sports)
Twitter interaction of the evening
Spain isn’t the only team with such an abundance of midfielders they can leave a player of Juan Mata’s quality out of their entire squad, Didier Deschamps is going to have an equally tough time with his French selections. (Who Scored)
Carlos Puyol has confirmed that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season. Even Marca have nice things to say about him, now.
While Mertesacker and Rosicky stay at The Emirates and sign new contracts. (FourFourTwo)
Manchester City’s focus on the League Cup allowed Chelsea to mince their way 4 points clear at the top of the table. In other action, Liverpool leap-frog over the Arse after they were undone by the Potters, the Hammers winning streak comes unstuck at the Toffees and the Canaries get crushed by a Belgian Beast. keep reading
Round 26 threatened to upset the balance in Serie A: Cagliari and Atalanta were planning on pulling away from the foot of the table. The European ambitions of Torino and Hellas Verona were put to the test against Sampdoria and Bologna. The contest for third place pit Napoli against Livorno hungry for points, and Fiorentina against Lazio keen to launch themselves back into the chase.
While the scudetto race met at a Milanese crossroads: AS Roma entertained Inter, and at the Scala del Calcio the spotlight was on a showdown that stops Italy in its tracks: AC Milan-Juventus.
GAME OF THE WEEK: keep reading
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