Wednesday, September 30, 2015

FC United of Manchester v Brackley Town

FC United of Manchester v Brackley Town

FC United of Manchester recorded their first win in the National League North in their new home of Broadhurst Park back on August 22.

Nearly 3,000 fans were in attendance for what was an exciting match with the hosts coming through on a beautiful summer's day.

FC United of Manchester v Brackley Town.

The visitors took the lead early on through Steve Diggin before FCUM stormed into a 3-1 lead by the 70th minute with goals from Matt Wolfenden, Sam Madeley and Tom Greaves. A late David Mayo goal for Brackley with less than 10 minutes to go ensured a nervy finish but FC United held on to raise the roof at the new stadium.

FC United of Manchester v Brackley Town, Broadhurst Park.

Broadhurst Park in Moston was completed in May this year with a capacity of 4,400. The first competitive fixture at the stadium was a 1-2 loss to local rivals Stockport County following a 0-1 friendly loss to Portuguese giants Benfica to open the stadium.

FC United of Manchester v Brackley Town.

FC United sit mid-table and face a struggle to get into the play offs in this their first season in the National League North.

FC United of Manchester v Brackley Town.

FC United of Manchester
Broadhurst Park
Lightbowne Road
Manchester M40 0FJ
Tel: 0161 769 2005

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Friday, September 25, 2015

George's Premiership Predictions September 26 2015

George's Premiership Predictions September 26 2015

The Premiership continues this weekend after games in the Capital One Cup in midweek. The match of the weekend sees table toppers Manchester City travel south to take on Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City lost their 100% record at home to West Ham last time out, but should be backed to pick up the points against Tottenham, for whom Harry Kane has yet to find his form of last season.

Manchester United face Sunderland who sit at the bottom of the league along with neighbours Newcastle. The Red Devils are still not firing on all cylinders but should find a way to heap more misery on the Black Cats.

Chelsea beat Arsenal in a bad-tempered affair at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal are away at in-form Leicester while Chelsea make the long trek to Newcastle who can't buy a win at this point and are rock bottom.

Pressure is mounting on Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers, the favourite in the Premier League sack race. Aston Villa have been equally poor but we reckon the pressure may get to the players and a draw seems likely.

George's Premiership Predictions September 26 2015

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Tottenham 1 v Man City 3
Leicester City 2 v Arsenal 2
Liverpool 1 v Aston Villa 1
West Ham 1 v Norwich City 2
Southampton 2 v Swansea City 2
Stoke City 2 v Bournemouth 0
Man United 3 v Sunderland 0
Newcastle 1 v Chelsea 3

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Watford 1 v Crystal Palace 1

Monday, 28 September 2015

WBA 1 v Everton 0

Soccer - Remy keen for chance to shine

Chelsea striker Loic Remy hopes he will be handed a starting spot this weekend when last season's Premier League champions take on his former club Newcastle United. With Diego Costa suspended, Remy was among the scorers in a 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Walsall on Wednesday, and the France international is keen to start against the Magpies at St James' Park. He said: "It's very difficult, I can't lie. When you come in you have to do the best, but when you are not playing much it is more difficult. "I don't have any pressure, I just want to feel better and with the game which is coming I maybe have an opportunity to play more. We will see." Remy, who has scored seven Premier League goals for Jose Mourinho's team in 20 appearances, can be backed at 6/5 to score at any time on Saturday, with Chelsea available at 7/1 to beat struggling Newcastle 2-0.

2015/16 Premier League Specials

Harry Kane to Score 20 or more Premier League Goals Yes 16/1 No 1/40

Premier League Match Bet - Who Finishes Higher

Arsenal 1/14 Spurs 8/1

Last time's predictions


FIFA Women’s World Ranking September 2015

FIFA Women’s World Ranking.
FIFA Women’s World Ranking September 2015

There is little movement in the FIFA Women's World Ranking published today.

World champions the USA continue top the list ahead of Germany and France with Japan's Nadeshiko in 4th, just ahead of England.

Top 20 Teams

2 Germany
3 France
4 Japan
5 England
6 Korea DPR
7 Brazil
8 Sweden
9 Australia
10 Norway
11 Canada
12 Netherlands
13 Italy
14 Denmark
15 China PR
16 New Zealand
17 Korea Republic
18 Spain
19 Iceland
20 Scotland

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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking is out on Friday, 18 December 2015.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

George's Premiership Predictions September 19 2015

George's Premiership Predictions September 19 2015

The Premiership moves on after the midweek matches in Europe. Only Chelsea and Spurs out the Premiership teams actually won. Liverpool drew and the others all lost.

Manchester City will have every hope of continuing their 100% record with a home game against West Ham, who have won at both Arsenal and Liverpool.

Manchester United face Southampton in another tricky away fixture. The Reds lost 2-1 to Swansea in their last fixture on the road. United will be without ex-Saint Luke Shaw after the young full back broke his leg in the game against PSV.

The standout fixture over the weekend is Chelsea v Arsenal with Chelsea enjoying a morale-boosting win at home while Arsenal lost dismally at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.

George's Premiership Predictions September 19 2015

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Chelsea 2 v Arsenal 1
Aston Villa 1 v West Brom 1
Bournemouth 2 v Sunderland 1
Newcastle 1 v Watford 0
Stoke 2 v Leicester 0
Swansea 2 v Everton 1
Man City 3 v West Ham 1

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Tottenham 2 v Crystal Palace 1
Liverpool 2 v Norwich 1
Southampton 1 v Man Utd 1

Victor Ibarbo hopes he will be given the opportunity to show what he can do when Watford play Newcastle United this weekend. The 25-year-old Colombia international joined the Hornets on loan from Cagliari on transfer deadline day and was an unused substitute against Swansea City on Saturday. Ibarbo, who featured in three games for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, said: "I'm always ready and hopefully soon I will play and show everybody what I can do. "I'm going to bring what my team-mates are already doing as I think they have started the season very well. I have a lot of pace and I think that is one of my main strengths as a player." Watford are available at 8/1 to beat Newcastle 1-0, with Ibarbo 3/1 to score at any time against Steve McClaren's side.

Soccer - Martinez wary of in-form Ayew

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been impressed with the signings Saturday's opponents Swansea City made in the summer. Andre Ayew in particular has caught Martinez's eye in the opening weeks of the campaign following his arrival at the Liberty Stadium from Marseille. The 42-year-old Martinez, who had a spell in charge of the Swans between February 2007 and June 2009, said of Ayew: "He has adapted to the physicality of the league. "He is a clever footballer, technically very gifted and he gets in very good goalscoring positions and is calm and composed." Everton have enjoyed a fine start to the season and last weekend beat Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park. They can be backed at 21/10 to win at Swansea while Steven Naismith, who scored a hat-trick against Jose Mourinho's side, available at 3/1 to score at any time on Saturday.

Last time's predictions


Friday, September 11, 2015

George's Premiership Predictions September 12 2015

George's Premiership Predictions September 12 2015

The Premiership is in to the fifth week of matches after the break for international matches.

Manchester City top the table with a 100% record and look early favourites to win back the title as Chelsea have struggled, losing at home to Palace the last time out.

Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford, buoyed by news keeper David De Gea has signed a new contract. Neighbours City are away at second place Palace. Arsenal face Stoke at home while Chelsea are away at Everton.

George's Premiership Predictions September 12 2015

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Everton 1 v Chelsea 1
Arsenal 3 v Stoke 0
Crystal Palace 1 v Man City 2
Norwich 2 v Bournemouth 1
Watford 1 v Swansea 1
West Brom 0 v Southampton 1
Man Utd 2 v Liverpool 0

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Sunderland 1 v Tottenham 2
Leicester 3 v Aston Villa 1

Monday, 14 September 2015

West Ham 2 v Newcastle 1

Mourinho Evens To Record Most PL Losses - Chelsea 5/1 To Finish Outside Top 4

Champions Chelsea have made a slow start to retaining their crown, so much so that odds firms are even money about the pre-season favourites losing seven or more Premier League games this season and 5/1 that they finish fifth or lower.

Manchester City have no such problems and before their trip to fellow high-fliers Crystal Palace, bookmakers have a market on their Premier League winning distance – the Citizens are also 50/1 to go through the season without tasting a top flight defeat.

2015/16 Premier League – Chelsea Finishing Position

1st 11/2 2nd 9/4 3rd 5/2
4th 9/2 5th+ 5/1

Total Chelsea 2015/16 Premier League Defeats

Over 6.5 Evs Under 6.5 8/11
Chelsea To Win A Major Trophy During 2015/16
Yes 6/5 No 8/13
2015/16 Premier League – Man City Winning Distance
GD 20/1 1 – 3 Pts 5/1 4 – 6 Pts 4/1
7 – 9 Pts 9/2 10+ Pts 8/1
Not Win Title 6/4
Manchester City to be unbeaten throughout 2015/16 PL season 50/1

Soccer - Koeman voices Wanyama support

Ronald Koeman is expecting midfielder Victor Wanyama to feature for Southampton against West Brom after a deadline day move failed to materialise. The 24-year-old former Celtic midfield powerhouse handed in a transfer request at St Mary's to try and secure a transfer away from the South Coast, but the Saints held firm with their line that Wanyama was not for sale. And head coach Koeman is confident that Wanyama now has his focus firmly on his immediate future with the Saints, with the Saints 6/4 to win at The Hawthorns. Koeman told reporters: "We know the future, Victor knows the future and I spoke to Victor and he's back with a real focus for the team - if he's back like that, he's part of the team. "When I spoke to Victor, already it was a different person than he was in the last week of the transfer window. It's possible that Victor will start this weekend. "If the player shows real commitment to everybody at the club, I can forget what happened in the last week."

Soccer - Pulis hints at Berahino return

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has hinted strongly that striker Saido Berahino could feature against Southampton this weekend. The England Under-21 frontman was eager to push through a deadline day move to Tottenham Hotspur, with Albion holding firm in their desire to keep him at the club for the time being. And, while Pulis remains none too pleased with his player's actions, he is content to move on and bring Berahino back into the Baggies fold. He told BBC Radio WM: "Saido's been exploited by a system I've said I don't like and I think it should be changed. "The fact that he wants to play for a top team, I wish most of the players here would have those expectations and ambitions. "The problem Saido has is in the way he's gone around it. He's not shown the respect to people around this club that he should have." West Brom are 11/5 to defeat the Saints, with Pulis waiting to see if record signing Salomon Rondon has recovered fully from his midweek international duty with Venezuela.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Nagoya Grampus v Gamba Osaka Nabisco Cup

Nagoya Grampus v Gamba Osaka Nabisco Cup

Nagoya Grampus hosted Gamba Osaka in a Nabisco Cup Quarter Final Second Leg yesterday in the teeming rain at Paloma Mizuho Stadium. The teams had fought out a 1-1 draw in Osaka so all was to play for in the return fixture, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

Nagoya Grampus v Gamba Osaka Nabisco Cup.

Grampus took an early lead through Ryunosuke Noda, who had scored for Nagoya in the first leg. Noda capitalized on a mistake at the back from Gamba and also had a huge slice of luck when his attempted pass in the box came back into his run leaving him an easy finish to the center of the goal.

From then on Gamba enjoyed the lion's share of possession and except for an outstanding display by ex-national team keeper Seigo Narazaki, would surely have been well ahead at half-time. As it was Hiroyuki Abe's 41st minute goal sent the teams in all square at the break from a Yasuhito Endo assist, as a huge downpour sent the 8,000 strong crowd hurrying for what cover there was at the Paloma.

Nagoya Grampus v Gamba Osaka.

Gamba controlled most of the second half and it seemed only a matter of time before they scored again. That there were no further goals for Osaka in normal time was entirely due to the 39 year-old Narazaki's heroics.

Just four minutes into extra time defender Keisuke Iwashita finally beat Japan's 2002 World Cup keeper when he headed Gamba ahead from a corner from Endo aka the "Japanese Pirlo." The game now seemed up for the hosts as the torrential rain continued to fall in bucket loads.

In desperation Nagoya reverted to their tried and trusted plan B which is to hoist it long to the head of the feisty Marcus Tulio Tanaka marauding up from the back. This tactic duly delivered and from then on until the end of extra time it was the hosts who pressed for and seemed more likely to grab a winner in front of their karaoke-singing fans.

Nagoya faithful behind the goal at the Paloma Mizuho Stadium.

The turning point in the match was the decision of ex-Gamba coach Akira Nishino to go all Louis van Gaal at World Cup 2014 and substitute the excellent Narazaki in goal for the portly 86kg Yoshinari Takagi as the match went to penalties.

The hapless Takagi never looked like saving a spot-kick as the shoot-out progressed to 9-9 with each side having missed one penalty (Yano blasting over for Grampus and Iwashita hitting the post for Gamba).

Thus it came down to the keepers. The rotund Takagi predictably slammed his shot against the bar while his opposite number Yosuke Fujigaya kept his nerve and duly converted to send Gamba into the semis where they will face Albirex Niigata, who knocked out Urawa Reds 5-3 over the two legs.

Nagoya Grampus v Gamba Osaka Nabisco Cup.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fifa World Rankings September 2015

FIFA World Fifa Rankings
Fifa World Rankings September 2015

Fifa's World Rankings for September 2015 were published on Thursday at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

Losing Copa America finalists Argentina are top followed by Belgium, Germany, Colombia, Brazil, Portugal, the Netherlands, Romania, 2015 Copa America winners Chile, Wales and England.

Wales are ahead of neighbors England for the first time since the rankings began as both teams seem odds-on to qualify for Euro 2016.

Algeria are the top African team in 19th place.

Asian Cup winners Australia are in 61st place; beaten quarter-finalists Japan slump to 58th. Near neighbors South Korea are in 57th place after making the final of the Asian Cup, where they lost narrowly to the hosts, Australia.

The USA are in 28th. Scotland are in 31st position. The Republic of Ireland are in 51st place, Northern Ireland are in 41st position.

1 Argentina
2 Belgium
3 Germany
4 Colombia
5 Brazil
6 Portugal
7 Romania
8 Chile
9 Wales
10 England
11 Spain
12 The Netherlands
13 Austria
14 Croatia
15 Slovakia
16 Italy
17 Switzerland
18 Uruguay
19 Algeria
20 Czech Republic

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