Lunchtime Roundup 10th December

Afternoon all,


Nine people have been charged by the police following incidents at the Manchester derby yesterday. But they are yet to charge anyone for throwing a coin at Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand

Sticking with Manchester United. French defender Patrice Evra has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to PSG. Evra has insisted that he wants to see out the remainder of his contract and does not wish to move

West Bromwich Albion players have stressed their anger at Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, after the Spanish midfielder dived to earn The Gunners a penalty in the first half, which Mikel Arteta cooly slotted home

Hatem Ben Arfa has insisted that he is very happy at Newcastle. The French ace has played a big part for the team this season, playing 12 times and scoring 2 goals

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has insisted that Irish goalkeeper Shay Given will not be leaving the club on loan. Given has found himself behind American Brad Guzan and has only started two Premier League games and two League Cup games

Chelsea are close to finalising the deal for Serbian teenager Lazar Markovic. The fee is believed to be around £8 million. Markovic has already represented Serbia at full level, and also scored in a friendly last month

Newcastle are set to renew their interest in French right back Mathieu Debuchy. Newcastle made a bid in the summer but Lille rejected it

Bolton have extended the loan signing of Norwich midfielder Jacob Butterfield until January 5th

Crewe have extended the loan deal for Fulham's 21-year-old striker Lauri Dalla Valle until mid January. The Finn has hit four goals in as many games so far for Crewe

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson has said that he wants his players to feed off of the home support when they line up to play Arsenal in the League Cup quarter final this Tuesday

And finally,

Bury have been placed under a transfer embargo. Ther embargo was issued as the League 1 strugglers took out a short term loan and haven't paid it back yet. But they hope to do so by next month


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Daily Football Roundup Monday 3rd December

Good evening all,


Here is a quick round up of the goings on in football today. The focus remains on the up-coming transfer window but now with games piling up some managers are starting to feel the pressure from above.


Sir Alex Ferguson’s has hinted today that Jose Mourinho could be the man to replace him at Manchester United when he retires. Mourinho has refused to comment on his future though avoiding any questions on the subject in a press interview.


Manchester City star David Silva has not travelled to Germany for his side’s final Champions League tie due to a hamstring injury. The playmaker is also a big doubt for the Manchester derby on Sunday with manager Roberto Mancini saying: “We don’t know if he can recover for the derby but we will try.”


The president of the Scottish FA has said the national team job is not being limited to Scottish managers although Gordon Strachan remains favourite to get the job. Campbell Ogilvie said they will appoint the best man for the job, no matter where he is from.


Newcastle United front man Demba Ba has apparently turned down the club’s latest contract offer sparking fears he will leave in January.


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, however, is much more confident of keeping his star striker through the transfer window. When asked if Christian Benteke was likely to leave he just smiled and said, “No chance.”


Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson has been given a vote of confidence from chairman Darragh MacAnthony. Despite a poor start to the season MacAnthony took to twitter to say: “Sacking the most successful manager in our recent history would be ridiculous.”


When Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Chelsea manager just months after winning the Champions League most managers came out to defend the Italian but today West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has stepped out in defence of owner Roman Abramovich. “He’s entitled to do what he wants when he has pumped so much money into the club, if you’re the manager you have to deliver,” Allardyce told reporters.


Adam Lallana said Southampton showed Liverpool too much respect in the 1-0 defeat played on Saturday. In an interview he said: “Maybe the occasion got to a few of us today in the first half, maybe we showed them too much respect.”


Arsene Wenger apparently launched a tirade of criticism at Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson after the defeat to Swansea at The Emirates on the weekend.


Yesterday saw the big boys join the FA Cup as the third round was drawn at Wembley by Ledley King and Fabrice Muamba. I have included a list of the full draw below.



1 Crystal Palace v Stoke City
2 Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United
3 Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City
4 Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth
5 Fulham v Blackpool
6 Aston Villa v Ipswich Town
7 Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town
8 Barrow or Macclesfield Town v Cardiff City
9 Barnsley v Burnley
10 Manchester City v Watford
11 Swansea City v Arsenal
12 Leicester City v Burton Albion
13 Millwall v Preston North End
14 Cheltenham Town or Hereford United v Everton
15 Derby County v Tranmere Rovers
16 Crawley Town v Reading
17 Aldershot Town v Rotherham United or Notts County
18 Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town or Hastings United
19 Accrington Stanley or Oxford United v Sheffield United
20 Southampton v Chelsea
21 Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
22 Peterborough United v Norwich City
23 Lincoln City or Mansfield Town v Liverpool
24 Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland
25 Nottingham Forest v Oldham Athletic
26 West Ham United v Manchester United
27 Hull City v Leyton Orient
28 Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City
29 Leeds United v Birmingham City
30 Bury or Southend United v Bradford City or Brentford
31 Luton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
32 Sheffield Wednesday v Milton Keynes Dons

Lunchtime Roundup 26th November

Afternoon all,


The FA are investigating into chants made by West Ham fans during yesterday's Premier League match versus Tottenham Hotspur. The West Ham fans made offensive chants towards the Spurs fans such as "Viva Lazio"

Ryan Shawcross has today declared that he is happy at Stoke City and wants to be a part of the clubs future. Shawcross has been linked with a move away from the club, with many Premier League clubs set to be interested in him

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has claimed that he is already very settled in London. The French striker has scored 4 goals for Arsenal so far this term since his move from French champions Montpellier

Sunderland boss Martin O'neill has admitted that Sunderland need to desperately sign some players in the January transfer window. Sunderland are currently only 2 points above the relegation zone

This is the complete opposite for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. The Liverpool manager has no plans to spend a lot of money during the transfer window as he thinks his team is coming together nicely

Now onto some transfer news,

Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin could be heading back to old club Zenit St Petersburg in a cut price £3 million deal

Liverpool and Stoke are both monitoring Lazio's 25-year-old Argentine striker Mauro Zarate. Some other major clubs in Europe are also monitoring him

Everton manager David Moyes is searching for a new Goalkeeper after he said that there is a lack of competition for current first team keeper Tim Howard

The company that currently owns Championship club Birmingham City has said that advanced talks are taking place with a group from Hong Kong regarding a possible takeover

MK Dons are hoping to extend the loan deals of Patrick Bamford and Zeli Ismail from Chelsea and Wolves respectively

And finally,

Leicester City's Hungarian striker Marko Futacs agent has said that Futacs will consider his options come January. The Hungarian has failed to make an impact since his move from Portsmouth in the summer


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Football Betting Tips - Saturday 24th November

Good morning Football Family!

I am going to run through some betting tips for today for your pleasure and to make your wallet a healthy one! ALL ODDS AT EVENS OR HIGHER!!

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Firstly Home Wins:

BLACKPOOL to beat Watford - 21/20

BLACKBURN to beat Millwall - EVENS

DONCASTER to beat Scunthorpe - EVENS

Treble pays 7.2/1


Away Wins:

READING to win at Wigan - 3/1

LEICESTER to win at Sheffield Wednesday - 6/5

SWINDON to win at Nott's County - 13/8

Treble pays 22/1


Both Teams To Score (BTTS):




Treble pays 3.1/1






Treble pays 3.84/1



Jermaine BECKFORD - 13/2 for Huddersfield away at Charlton

Billy SHARP - 13/2 for Nottingham Forest away at Wolves

Adam LE FONDRE - 7/1 for Reading away at Wigan Athletic

Dimitar BERBATOV - 13/2 for Fulham away at Stoke City

Christian BENTEKE - 7/1 for Aston Villa at home to Arsenal




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Football Roundup Friday 16th November

Good evening everybody,


It’s Friday evening, for some that means a weekend off, but for some it means you are just about to embark on another busy weekend of work. Whatever you are doing tomorrow there is a big day ahead in football. While fireworks are being set for ignition at The Emirates Stadium tomorrow, there has been plenty going on elsewhere.


For now I’ll stick with Arsenal, as Aston Villa and Belgium international striker Christian Benteke apparently told reporters back home that he dreams of playing for The Gunners. Manager Paul Lambert has since claimed that his comments have been taken out of context, and that ‘the big guy is more than happy’. He moved to assure Villa fans that he is going nowhere, and hasn’t mentioned moving at all.


Much has been made of job security today, with many claiming that the game tomorrow between QPR and Southampton could see one of the managers receiving a P45 by Monday. Both managers have since spoken out about the situation, claiming that they are not worried that they will be rendered jobless as a result of this game.


At the other end of the spectrum, today saw the manager of the month awards handed out for October.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates scooped the League 2 award, having guided his team to 3rd and only tasting defeat once.

With 16 points from a possible 18, Sheffield United had a great month, and manager Danny Wilson deservedly picked up the League 1 award.

Middlesbrough fans would be forgiven for dreaming of a long awaited return to The Premier League after watching their team win 4 and draw 1 in October, progressing to the Quarter Finals of the Capital One Cup in the process. Manager Tony Mowbray was rewarded with the Championship’s award as a result.

Last month saw Manchester United knocked out the League Cup by Chelsea, but in the League it was a different story, as the Red devils got the better of the The Blues in London. Victories at hometo Stoke and away to Newcastle added to a great month for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, meaning he picked up the Premiership accolade.


Many of you may remember Roberto Martinez rejecting a job offer from Liverpool in the summer. The Spaniard has today insisted he was ‘100% right’ in his decision. Wigan currently sit in 14th, one place and one point behind The Reds and the two clubs meet at Anfield tomorrow.


For more on today’s headlines, read the Lunchtime Roundup by Thomas Brooks.


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Lunchtime Roundup Friday 16th November


Afternoon all,

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding David Beckham over the past couple of days whether he would be moving to Australia, but that speculation has now been silenced as Beckham's management team has confirmed that he will not be moving to Australia

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa has revealed that he would one day like to play for Villa's Premier League rivals Arsenal. The 21 year old moved to Villa this summer for a total of £7 million from Belgian side Genk

Roberto Martinez feels that he made the right decision to reject an offer from Liverpool in the summer to stay with Wigan. The Latics are set to face Liverpool this Saturday

Jack Wilshere has asked for the Arsenal supporters to be pateient whilst he returns to full fitness. The Arsenal midfielder had been out for 14 months before playing in Arsenal's 1-0 win over QPR

Middlesbroudh manager Tony Mowbray has been named Npower Championship manager of the month. He guided Boro to five wins and a draw in October to see them sit very happily in 2nd place in the league

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has admitted that the signing of Fernando Torres has not quite worked as he planned it

Staying with Chelsea, The Blues are now stepping up in their chase to capture the signing of Athletico Madrid's star striker Radamel Falcao

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has said that he would love to play for his boyhood club Celtic before he retires

Hartlepool United have revealed that former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson applied for the vacant managers role at Victoria Park, but Livingston manager John Hughes was appointed instead

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins feels very confident coming into Saturday's must win game against QPR that both he and Mark Hughes will avoid the sack if one of the teams doesn't win. QPR have not been able to muster up a win in the Premier League this season, where as Southampton have only got one themselves

Wolves goalkeeper Wayns Hennessey has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he has undergone a second operation to help repair cruciate ligament damage in his knee


Football Roundup Thursday 15th November

Good evening everyone, by now you should be out of the cold, having endured what seemed like 20 hours of hard labour. All you want to do now is sit back and relax, put your feet up and catch up on the daily goings on in world of football. Enjoy the brew of your choice and have a read of today’s headlines.


Today has been a day of transfer speculation, mainly surrounding Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The figure being thrown about seems to be around the 40 million pound mark, which maybe inevitably points to Manchester City. Reds manager Rodgers has denied this, saying that Liverpool are looking to add players to their squad rather than selling their best players.


While on the subject of transfers, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris seems to be increasingly unhappy with his role at the north London club. He said the situation was ‘difficult’ but that he just has to stay professional.


More bad news for Spurs fans, influential midfielder Moussa Dembele seems to have lost his race for fitness ahead of the North London derby this weekend. Manager Andre Villas Boas said the game has ‘come too soon’ for the playmaker. AVB will have to come up with something to beat Arsenal, as he claims ‘We need to finish above Arsenal to finish in the top four, and Daniel(Levy) keeps telling me how important the game is’.


Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini stated today that he is happy at the club and is not looking to move away just yet. He continued to say ‘I want to play for one of the biggest clubs one day, but Everton are an ambitious club, I don’t think they’ll let their best players go just like that’. Many clubs are interested in the Belgium international, including Manchester United and Chelsea.


Another Chelsea target, Radamel Falcao has stated that he is not even thinking about a move away, as he stays focussed on the current campaign with Atletico Madrid. He went on to say he does dream of playing abroad in the future, but now he is thinking only of this season and keeping his performances at the same high standard.


A big topic of debate in the world of football has apparently been top of the agenda as Premier League chiefs met to discuss the financial restrictions being placed on clubs. While the majority of the clubs chairmen showed support for restrictions, there were differences of opinion on how they should be enforced. Arsenal and Manchester United for example feel clubs should be banned from operating at a loss, while others feel the restrictions should only be temporary regarding wage increases. But others feel there should be no restrictions at all, and that an owner should be able to subsidies any loss made by the club. The debate rages on and should hopefully be sorted out over the coming months, as the restrictions would take effect from the start of next season.


For more on today check out the Lunch Time Roundup by Thomas Brooks.

Football Roundup Wednesday 14th November



Afternoon all,

A round up of  the latest football news from this afternoon:

Raheem Sterling and Leon Osman are both set to start and make their England debuts tonight in the friendly against Sweden

The Metropolitan police have today decided that they will no longer investigate the complaint made against referee Mark Clattenburg by Chelsea

QPR are considering making a surprise move to bring former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka back to the Premier League

Staying on the topic of QPR, Joey Barton has said that he would like to make his current loan move to Marseille a permanent deal

Mohamed Diame who currently plays for West Ham is attracting a lot of interest from a lot of clubs including both Everton and Fulham

Everton's Jermaine Beckford currently on loan to Huddersfield has said that he is very happy and wants to stay on loan for the rest of the season

Wolves are considering a move to bring  Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong back to the club on loan

Hartlepool United have appointed Livingston manager John Hughes as their new head coach

Dagenham & Redbridge have signed Jake Caprice on a one-month loan from Blackpool

Former Bristol City chairman Colin Sexstone has become Plymouth Argyle's new director of football

Football Roundup Friday 9th November

Evening all,

A round-up of the latest football news from today:

Theo Walcott is locked in talks with Arsenal, although his situation is likely to be made clear one way or the other next month according to Manager Arsene Wenger

Martin Jol is in discussions with Fulham regarding extending his tenure with the club until 2014

Balu Chainrai has suspended his offer to by Portsmouth, as the clubs Supporters Trust as the clubs preferred bidder

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Hearts in the SPL are in big financial trouble, although Owner Vladimir Romanov could come through with a short term fix for the club to keep them in business over the coming months

Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian, has reiterated his desire to move to The Premier League with Chelsea

Chelsea have signed (awaiting confirmation from Chelsea website) right back Wallace from Fluminense

Charlton have signed midfielder Courtney Harris on a five-month contract

Swindon Town are set to sign Bolton right back Joe Riley on loan

Alan Pardew is keen to sign former striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool

Former Wolves and Everton forward Michael Branch has been sentenced to 7 years in jail for drugs offences.