Archive | December 2012

Manchester United Draw Real Madrid in Round of 16

The footballing world holds a collective breath upon the closing of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Draw Ceremnoy in Switzerland as Real Madrid draw Manchester United in the first knockout stage.

Other matchups include:

Galatasaray (TUR) vs Schalke (GER)

Celtic (SCO) vs Juventus (ITA)

Arsenal (ENG) vs Bayern (GER)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) vs Dortmund (GER)

Milan (ITA) vs Barcelona (ESP)

Valencia (ESP) vs PSG (FRA)

Porto (POR) vs Malaga (ESP)

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No Predictions

Just wanted to let you all know that we’ll have to abandon the predictions for this week (again). Sincere apologies, been almost impossible to collect predictions and weave them around the busy schedule.

Thanks for your patience.

The Manchester Derby: Part I

It is only fitting that Manchester City’s unbeaten streak at home would fall to pieces by the hands of Manchester United, in the 164th Manchester Derby, in the 91st minute, with a 3-2 scoreline.

Two first-half goals from the prolific Wayne Rooney sent the away support into raptures, a decorous reward for the fans who had strayed into enemy territory to support their beloved Red Devils.

Some impressive wide play by Ashley Young proved to be enough to allow United to score an early goal against the run of play (with City having procured more possession). Despite the mishit, Rooney’s finish was impressive nonetheless with Joe Hart only able to watch as the ball trickled into his net. Read More…

Reading vs Manchester United: The Seven Goal Spectacle

This is getting ridiculous now.

What should, theoretically, have been a leisurely stroll across the Madejski Stadium against relegation-threatened Reading transpired into a barrage of seven first-half goals. Manchester United managed to retain their league lead but the manner of their 4-3 win was far from impressive. Read More…

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Injury Update: Vidic Ahead Of Schedule

Manchester United captain, Nemanja Vidic has resumed full training following a series of ongoing problems with his knee (per The Telegraph) and could make his first appearance since September in United’s midweek Champions League game against CFR Cluj.

Ferguson is reported to have said: “It would be nice for him to play on Wednesday. We are not afraid of that.” Read More…

EPL Week 15: Predictions

Yet another Premier League week in an equally short span of time. Rotation policies will be tested, and fatigue will most certainly be in play.

An equation which may lead to some unlikely results.

Expect the unexpected when Benitez faces a tough away game against West Ham, Dembele/Dempsey meet their former employers at their former hunting ground and two possession-based teams in Arsenal and Swansea collide at Emirates Stadium. Read More…