Friday, 28 August 2015

Herrera is our #10!

Louis van Gaal felt Ander Herrera improved after switching to No.10 in Manchester United's "relatively easy" 4-0 win at Club Brugge. Hearing that was music to my ears coming from the United boss.

After a quite disastrous first half I thought, as many of did that he wouldn't take the field in the second half. He looked over eager and rushed his passes, got himself booked and actually gave it away more than anything else.

The difference though was in the second half he played as a No.10. And the boy put up his hand for more regular first team minutes. He was superb not just in setting up Rooney's hat-trick goal and he scored with sublime composure showed once again that he deserves to start more.

I remember his first outing in a Manchester United jumper a Man of the Match performance in the USA in pre-season last season. Back then I knew little to nothing about him and since then he has made a positive influence every time he plays and even scores a few.

He forced Rooney further up the field and the rest is history - 90minutes with 3 goals, 6 shots, 4 on target and 52 passes at 87% accuracy. Good numbers any day.

So just like I could not wait on the Champions League Draw on Thursday I can't wait to see LVG's team sheet come Sunday vs Swansea.

Herrera Herrera Herrera #NeverDoubtedTheBoy

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Five differences between Ronaldo & Messi.

Article by Los Blancos
We’ve taken a closer look at Lionel Messi’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s attributes, and here are the differences between the Barcelona star, and the Real Madrid talisman.

While we know that Cristiano Ronaldo loves to shoot with power over precision, the little master Lionel Messi prefers to place his shots with precision. Both different styles of shooting, but both very effective.

We’re often used to seeing Messi going on long and dazzling runs, and while it works for him, that’s not the way the superstar ‘CR7’ does it. Ronaldo barely even tries to beat his man with skill anymore – but maybe that’s just his maturity.

The former Manchester United star is often known to be a more ‘complete’ player than Messi, and his great ability in the air seems to be everyone’s reason. It’s not often that Messi will out-jump his man, but Ronaldo does it time and time again.

We often see Messi delicately play a great through ball for one of his Barcelona teammates, and it has to be said – he passes better than Ronaldo does. The Portuguese star has probably less creativity, but he still makes up for that in other departments.

Time and time again we see Ronaldo fire the ball home with his left-foot, but we unfortunately can’t say the same for Lionel Messi. The Argentine’s weaker foot is considerably weaker than his stronger left, but it clearly doesn’t hinder his goal tallies.

You can decide who you think is the best, but for me there is only one CR7. 

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Friday, 26 June 2015

And then there was one. JCBA's Fantasy Footy15 winner is :

This  post has been a while in the making but it has finally arrived.

JCBA Fantasy Footy evolved this season from a two man show to a group of 6 members, with the  additions of Nice Time United, Gershwin, Chad and last but not least Jibby all joining Biggie Fc in chasing JCBA. Definitely adding to the drama that is Fantasy Footy and put up a good fight.

JCBA got through yet another Fantasy Footy Season unscathed  winning by a comfortable 96 points, but it wasn't always that plain sailing.

If we can recall way back in August 2014 he had a shaky start because after the GW3 he was 37 points behind the leader and not looking like himself at all. He also had a nail biting Segment 1 Final Day when if not for a late Hazard consolation goal in a surprising Spurs 5-3 slaughtering of Chelsea he wouldn't have won the segment.

So this brings us to the ceremonial part of this season the last post and the winner is:

                              JCBA  2145                             
 (Nice Time United 2049)

Segment 1 Winner
                              JCBA  1067                            
 (Nice Time United 1055)
Segment 2 Winner
                            JCBA  1076                             
(Nice Time United 994)
Highest Game Week Score
Game Week 28 JCBA 86
(Game Week 28 Biggiefc & Jibby 80)
Lowest Game Week Score
Game Week 36 Jibby 25
(Game Week 33 Jibby 27)

Most Game Weeks Won
(Gershwin 7)

 Most Game Week Wins In A Row
(4, 5,6)

Highest Average Game Week Score
(Nice Time United 53)
 Prizes Giving will take place before the new Fantasy Footy Season. Watch this space.
Congratulations again  to this years Champions JCBA. See you in August.

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Best Pound for Pound, if you ask me!

I don't care if anyone reads this today, or if anyone reads it at all but you must watch this fight.
Yes the main event is set to break all sort or PPV records after years of painfully waiting for terms to be agreed on, it is finally here!! It's a 147-pound showdown, with Floyd "Money" Mayweather's WBC and WBA (super) titles on the line against Manny Pacquiao's WBO belt.
If Manny wins he would become the first man in boxing history to in his boxing career to have become at some point the best Flyweight, Featherweight, Junior Lightweight, Junior Welterweight and Welterweight in the world without question.
Money, meanwhile, is a five-division champion, and his 47 wins no draws no loses makes it hard to deny his reputation as the best "Pound for Pound" of all time.

The "Money" legend would just be confirmed as we all agree he just has to face Manny... and beat him to truly make us "believe" his talk.
"Tale of the Tape"
Name: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Age: 38
Record: 47-0, 26 KO
Last Five Fights: Marcos Maidana (UD), Marcos Maidana (MD), Saul Alvarez (MD), Robert Guerrero (UD), Miguel Cotto (UD)
Significant Victories (Other than those mentioned above): Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Jose Luis Castillo (x2), Diego Corrales, Angel Manfredy, Genaro Hernandez.
"Tale of the Tape"
Name: Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao
Age: 36
Record: 57-5-2, 38 KO
Last Five Fights: Chris Algieri (UD), Tim Bradley (UD), Brandon Rios (UD), Juan Manuel Marquez (KO Loss), Timothy Bradley (SD Loss)
Significant Victories: Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez (2x), Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera (2x), Erik Morales (2x), Lehlo Ledwaba.

Referee: Kenny Bayless
Judges: Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman
Mayweather is the favourite for a reason and the five men they both faced seem to agree that's Marquez, Cotto, Hatton, Mosley and de la Hoya (though Oscar has said in his heart he would love a Manny win). I would go so far to say it won't make it to round 7 I'd even bet on it. This fight has come about four years to late for Manny i.m.o that is.
But when all is said and done Money will be confirmed as The Best Ever #TBH whether it goes the distance or not.

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

2nd Derby Day in Manchester for LVG!

The 169th Manchester Derby is upon us and who would want to be blue?
In recent years Manchester United supporters would look at this fixture more in hope of a win than the expect‎ation of one, and rightly so. But come kick off today it's the blue half of Manchester that find themselves in that boat.
It's been a while since United where favourites in the Manchester Derby and some would say it's about time. Ironically they have been in sublime form since their defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup and the Citizens have been in the direct opposite form.
I remember fondly how Sir Alex used to say winning the EPL back to back is the most difficult and how he would sell anyone if they come back after winning the league and lost their desire, their passion or their hunger. He was said to be able to see it in the players eyes and that just might be true for this crop of City players.‎‎
What he said:‎
Wayne Rooney : "We want to give United fans something to smile about when they go to work on Monday morning"
Sergio Aguero:‎ "If you score against United at Old Trafford it almost gives you shivers, because you can feel the tense atmosphere with most of the stadium being really quiet, but the away end going crazy."‎‎‎
Louis van Gaal: "I was more worrie‎d about Villa than Manchester City"
Manuel Pellegrini "Not impressed, no, because I think Louis van Gaal has a career as a manager where his teams are always offensive teams, teams that win titles everywhere.‎"‎
Manchester United‎
Striker Robin van Persie will not play against City today despite returning to first-team training. He‎ trained with his team-mates for the first time this week since he suffered an ankle injury against Swansea on February 21, but he will not be risked as manager Louis van Gaal does not believe he is match fit.
Defender Jonny Evans is suspended, Luke Shaw is out with a hamstring problem, Chris Smalling is a doubt through illness and midfielder Andreas Pereira is away with the Brazil Under-20 side‎.

‎Manchester City
Vincent Kompany is doubtful for today's derby with a hamstring injury.‎
Kompany felt the muscle tighten during Monday's Barclays Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace and will undergo a fitness test. ‎
Strikers Wilfried Bony (ankle/knee) and Stevan Jovetic are also out, as is defender Dedryck Boyata (knee).‎
*Since 2008 when City fell into millions, the aggregate score between the two in the EPL stands at 23-16 in their favour.
*City have scored 11 goals in their last three visits to Old Trafford. ‎
*City have also beaten United in the last 4 EPL meetings, 1970 was the last time they achieved that feat.‎
*City has lost 3 away matches now, losing one more you would have to go back to 2006 since they last lost 4 in a row away. ‎
*United have never been beaten 5 times in a row in their history.
*Rooney has scored 8 EPL goals vs City but only 3 have been at home. ‎
*United have been awarded 321 fouls to City's 241. ‎
*The overall head-to-head record tilts in United’s favour 69 and 49 wins each.
Manchester United to win by the odd goal or two but I definitely think #ManchesterIsRed and who would want to be blue?‎

‎Jade Christopher Bentley Adams signing off
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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Preview Arsenal vs Liverpool

Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal side to maintain their good form when they face Liverpool on Saturday in the early kick-off.
Arsenal have won nine of the past 10 matches in the Barclays Premier League and the manager has not given up hope of an unlikely title win, with his side seven points behind Chelsea having played a match more.

"We have the aspiration to win the next game and that's quite good enough,” he said. “After that, win the next one.
"Whatever is mathematically possible you have to try to achieve but that doesn't depend only on us. What does only depend on us in the final run is our performances and our results, so let's focus on that.
"After that if everything goes for us, you never know, but you can only master your own performances so let's focus on that and be realistic and continue to earn the right to win the games. That's what we want.
"You know after the international break it's always important that you come back and straight away you are on it. I'm not too much in mathematics now. We do that after the game. What is important is just for us to win the game and produce the performance."
Defeat by Manchester United last time out ended Liverpool’s unbeaten 2015 and was a blow to their hopes of a top-four finish and Brendan Rodgers knows his side can ill-afford to slip up again this weekend.
"Our possession wasn't good enough in the last game,” the Liverpool manager said. “We were never in position to receive the ball and to press the ball. We need to be technically better.
"We will go there tactically very clear. We need to get something from the game."
Rodgers is hopeful that Daniel Sturridge (hip) and Adam Lallana (groin) will face Arsenal after pulling out of the England squad, while Raheem Sterling missed England's friendly draw against Italy on Tuesday with a toe problem, but is in contention. Martin Skrtel and
Steven Gerrard will miss out through suspension.
Welbeck (knee) may return after also missing England's trip to Italy, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) remains sidelined. Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy and Abou Diaby played in a friendly victory over Brentford this week and it remains to be seen if they play any part.
Arsenal (from): Ospina, Szczesny, Bellerin, Chambers, Debuchy, Gabriel, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Coquelin, Diaby, Flamini, Gnabry, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott, Welbeck.
Liverpool (from): Jones, Mignolet,  Johnson, Jose Enrique, Lovren, Manquillo, Moreno, Sakho, Toure, Williams, Allen, Can, Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Lucas, Markovic, Balotelli, Borini, Lambert, Sterling, Sturridge.

Match Appointments
Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: D Cann, M Perry Fourth Official: M Oliver

Match Facts
Matches between Arsenal and Liverpool have had more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Barclays Premier League history (five).
There have been eight 90th-minute goals and two scored in the 45th minute in the last 12 BPL meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool.
Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 league matches against Arsenal.
Only Manchester United (seven) have won away at Arsenal more often than Liverpool (six) in the BPL.

Article sourced by Premier League website and pictures various.
I would love a draw in fact I would put money on it cos that would so suit the latters top four surge but on the day you would be bold as to bet against a home win.

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