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.

Officiating
Referee: Kenny Bayless
Judges: Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman
Prediction
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).‎
Stats‎‎
*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.
Prediction
Manchester United to win by the odd goal or two but I definitely think #ManchesterIsRed and who would want to be blue?‎

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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.
Prediction
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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Sunday, 22 March 2015

LVG "Like El Clasico"- Part 2

Liverpool host rivals Manchester United today and Louis Van Gaal(LVG) will have his first taste of Anfield in what he termed back in December - this fixture is like El Clasico.
‎Brendan Rodgers’ side are in the in-form team, winning their last five English Premier League(EPL) games. In fact the last time they lost in the EPL was back in December at the hands of the visitors.
In contrast United record reads three defeats in 24 games that at any other club would be more than acceptable form but at Manchester United that's just not good enough. And last week's 3-0 win against Tottenham was what most of the United faithful want to believe is there side having turned the corner.

Match Stats
*Liverpool could match the longest unbeaten run this season of 14 games a feat Chelsea hold. ‎
*United away have lost just once in nine in the EPL with 4 wins and 4 draws.‎
*At Anfiled Liverpool haven't lost in 14 games with 7 wins and 7 draws.
*United hold the record of the most wins than any other at Anfield in EPL history. (though they haven't won there in 8 years)
*Besides the Merseyside Derby (20) this fixture has the most red cards in EPL (15).‎
Prediction
For LVG it's a "Must not lose" yet for Rogers it's a "Must win" and that small but pertinent fact could in the end be the difference on the day. The time for the LVG era to kick on is today at Anfield. What I don't expect though is a draw.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

FA Cup Quarter Final - United vs Gunners

Manchester United host a rejuvenated Gunners outfit that has a quite appalling record at The Theatre Of Dreams. They've played ten, lost nine and drawn one since they last beat United in 2006 and you would have to go back 12 years for the last time they defeated a United team in a cup competition. That said they are well overdue a win there and Louis Van Gaal (LVG) would hope that doesn't happen today.
The Arsenal boss said on Friday he is not one to dwell on history, only the game in front of him, but even though this United side are far from what they used to be, any team with such a record will find it mentally tough to bet against such numbers. Especially because even with such uncharacteristic, some say bordering on boring, United play they still find themselves fourth in the English Premier League (EPL), and win more often than not at home. In the EPL only Chelsea have a better home record this term than LVG's men and they have just dropped 8 points in 14 matches (2 loses; a draw & 11 wins).
Realistically the FA Cup is Wenger & Van Gaal's only chance of silverware this season and yes the Gunners are still hanging in there in the Champions League but after conceding three away goals vs Monaco, it's highly unlikely they'll make it to the next round. In fact three-goal deficits in the competition have never been over turned by a side playing the second leg away. Needless to say its "do or die" for both teams and I do feel the winner tonight, will go all the way and win the FA Cup.
Ashley Young will definitely start for me and I'd be lying if I say I'm a huge fan of him but under LVG he has made a difference whenever called on so, he would be key to United progressing.
For the visitors Alexis Sanchez could prove a thorn in the side of United, as he has been a class act since arriving at the London Club.
All over the world all eyes will be on Old Trafford and one thing you can count on is that it will be another one for the history books, no doubt about that.

The question is though whether the Manchester or the London side will look back fondly while turning the pages.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Proteas dire, not on fire

However badly SA played in crashing to India by 130 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday - and badly is putting it kindly - there was no faulting AB de Villiers' willingness to take the disappointment on the chin.
Article sourced from the Times Live website.
"We were outplayed," De Villiers said in an assessment that was as scattered as it was comprehensive and excoriating. And so it should have been: he was talking about SA's biggest World Cup loss in terms of runs.

"All round, it was a pretty average performance by the bowlers," he said. "India's bowling was quite clever but it was definitely a poor batting performance [by SA].

"I almost don't want to think about it now. I just want to go feel sad in my room for now. But tomorrow we'll talk about it.

"You never want to lose by 130 runs. Your confidence takes a knock. It's up to the senior players to keep the confidence up against West Indies [who SA play in Sydney on Friday].

"We are going to have to chase after the younger players this week to keep their confidence up.

"We played the Indian spinners pretty well, but other than that it's pretty dark. We need to talk about what went wrong.

"We pitched up. We were emotionally ready. We weren't caught off-side in our attitudes. We just didn't play well enough."
De Villiers was particularly hard on himself and David Miller for being run out: "Two run-outs in the top six is absolutely unacceptable. It should have been my night or David's night. Instead, we were both on the sidelines, not having been dismissed by a bowler."

And, just to give SA another reason to forget yesterday, they were fined for a slow over-rate because India's innings ran 27 minutes late.
None of which will make the handful of SA fans in a crowd of 86876 - or, as MS Dhoni said, "Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and say there were 20000" - feel any better.

But there is something to be said for the fact that the captain is as bleak as they are. From that unity there might yet come strength.

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