Lunchtime Roundup 17th December

Afternoon all,

 

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is set to go before a Premier League tribunal this weekend as he fights a fine that he was given by City. Balotelli was docked two weeks wages at the end of last season as he had to miss eleven games through suspension

Manchester United defender Phil Jones epxects the return of captain Nemana Vidic to have a big boost within the squad over the christmas period. Vidic came on as a substitute against Sunderland this Saturday, this was the first time he had played first team football since September

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has said that he is planning to strengthen his squad in the anuary transfer window. The signings of Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher in the summer were meant to help steer Sunderland well clear of the relegation zone. But they are currently only one point above the relegation zone

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen believes that Aax midfielder Christian Eriksen would be an ideal signing for Spurs this January. Vertonghen played alongside Eriksen for two years at Ajax until he decided to move to Spurs this summer

West Ham and QPR are both set to battle it out to capture the signing of Shanghai Shenhua striker Nicolas Anelka. The French striker is said to be unhappy in China at the moment, and the club are in the process of terminating his contract.

Norwich are hopeful of signing Brighton pair Craig Mackail-Smith and Liam Bridcutt in January

Birmingham boss Lee Clark has said that Liverpool will have to pay at least £6 million to sign 19 year old goalkeeper Jack Butland

Blackburn Rovers manager Henning Berg has said that goalkeeper Paul Robinson still has a future at the club despite being left out of the club's 2-0 loss to Blackpool this weekend

The whole saga concerning the future of Portsmouth is set to be decided on January 15th. This has been decided after the original court case was adjourned

Torquay United striker Ryan Jarvis could be out for a minimum of 2 months after he suffered a punctured lung in the club's 1-1 draw with Northampton

And finally,

Nottingham Forest striker Billy Sharp  has once again become a father again. Sharp and his wife have decided to call their son Leo

 

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Lunchtime Roundup Tuesday 11th December

Afternoon all,

 

Roberto Mancini has insisted that Italian striker Mario Balotelli is not for sale. The Italian international has struggled to find form this season as he has only scored once in the eleven games he has played for City

Staying with Manchester City, Gareth Barry may face a fine from the FA after he used abusive language towards a match official during City's 3-2 defeat to rivals Manchester United this Sunday

Swansea's Spanish star Michu has made it clear that he wants to stay with The Swans as he is currently very happy with the team. He has scored 12 Premier League goals alrerady this term which makes him the Premier League's top scorer so far

Arsenal and Liverpool have both showed a lot of interest in signing Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic. But the Bosnian international has insisted that he is fully focused on Stoke at this point in time

Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu is set to be sidelined for up to 6 months after he under went knee surgery on an injury he picked up during Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Sunderland this Saturday

Arsenal are set to make a move for Manchester United's out of favour winger Nani. The Portugese international has not featured since the start of November and has also been left off the clubs calendar which also hinted at a possible exit

Leeds United are looking at re-signing Max Gradel. The 25-year-old left Leeds in the summer of 2011 for French side Saint-Ettiene. But this deal will only happen if they fail to sign West Brom's Jerome Thomas on a permanent deal

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton wants loan signing Wes Thomas to stay at Blackpool. The 25-year-old has scored once in his opening four games for them

Crewe goalkeeper Alan Martin has signed a contract extension with the club until 2014

Plymouth Argyle are set to announce former Colcehster boss John Ward as their new director of football

 

 

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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.

 

FA CUP 3RD ROUND DRAW

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 Monday 3rd December

Afternoon all,

 

New Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that he can't wait for the return of English duo John Terry and Frank Lampard. According to Benitez, the team is lacking character and the return of the pair would see the team gain more

Harry Redknapp has said that if he is able to save QPR from relegation then it will be the greatest achievement of his carer. QPR currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League without a win to their name

Newcastle are currently in negotiations with Demba Ba over a renewal of his contract. His current contract has a release clause of just £7 million so if any club were able to get him for this price it would be an absolute bargain

Phil Jagielka believes that Everton have a very strong chance of qualifying for the Champions League this season. Everton are currently lying in 6th place in the Premier League, 3 points off that 4th qualifying space for the Champions League

And now for some transfer news,

Fulham and Reading have both shown some considerable interest in signing Arsenal's out of favour midfielder Andrey Arshavin for as little as £3 million

Some very surprising news concerning Frank Lampard now, as Arsenal are lining up a move to offer the England international a contract in the January, as his current Chelsea deal is due to expire in the summer

Liverpool are looking at signing West Brom striker Shane Long for a whopping £12 million. The Republic Of Ireland international has already notched up 7 goals for the Baggies this season

Ipswich Town's on loan striker DJ Campbell is un sure whether Harry Redknapp will recall him in January. The 31-year-old was sent out on loan to Ipswich this season after it was said that he was not part of then QPR manager Mark Hughes plans

Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele has said that he wants to sort out a new contract as soon as possible. And has had no thought on leaving the club whatsoever

Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin is set to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Stanley have brought in Leeds United's Paul Rachubka on an emergency loan as a replacement

 

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Lunchtime Roundup 27th November

Afternoon all,

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident that midfield maestro Jack Wilshere will sign a new deal. Wilshere still has 2 years left on his current contract, so there is plenty of time for negotiations

Roberto Martinez still believes that Oman goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is at his best, even after his huge error this weekend practically gifted Reading a goal. Luckily for Al Habsi Jordi Gomez scored in the final few minutes of the game to see wigan come out 3-2 winners

Michael Owen is set to miss out on playinf former club Newcastle United tomorrow as he is still not fully fit after being out for a month with a hamstring injury

Wigan are on the verge of signing Sporting Kansas midfielder Roger Espinoza. The Honduras international sparked the attention of many scouts around Europe after impressing at the 2012 Olympics

Aston Villa right back Alan Hutton believes that there is no future for him left at Villa Park. The Scotland international completed a loan move to Nottingham Forest last week

Everton are planning to make a move for former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Gordon is a free agent after leaving Sunderland in the summer.

Manchester United are planning on making an ambitious move for QPR 's Morrocan playmaker Adel Taarabt. United are also planning on making a £15 million bid for Everton left back Leighton Baines

Michael Dawson has confirmed that he has shrugged off any interest shown from QPR. There were rumours saying that Harry Redknapp wanted to sign the Spurs central defender in January

Leeds are hoping to finalise a new deal for Senegalese striker El Hadj Diouf. His current contract runs out in January

Tyrone Barnett who is currently on loan at Ipswich from Peterbrough has said that he would be delighted if he never returned to Peterbrough. Peterbrough boss Darren Ferguson has also confirmed that Barnett does not have a future at the club

Port Vale have completed the signing of former Crystal Palace striker Calvin Andrew on a short term deal to fill the hole that was supposedley meant to be filled by Notts County's Jeff Hughes

 

 

 

Football Betting Tips - Saturday 24th November

Good morning Football Family!

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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):

ASTON VILLA VS ARSENAL - 8/13

CHARLTON VS HUDDERSFIELD - 7/10

IPSWICH VS PETERBOROUGH - 1/2

Treble pays 3.1/1

 

OVER 2.5 GOALS:

WIGAN VS READING - 8/11

ASTON VILLA VS ARSENAL - 13/20

BARNSLEY V CARDIFF - 7/10

Treble pays 3.84/1

 

FIRST GOALSCORERS:

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

 

BANKER OF THE DAY! BLACKBURN ROVERS TO BEAT MILLWALL - EVENS

 

Those are all my tips this weekend, fingers crossed a few come home!

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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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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