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Month: August 2008

Chelsea v Tottenham – Pain Preview

Chelsea v Tottenham – Pain Preview

The first game of the season we haven’t started favourites for and for good reason. Lose this game and it’s Tottenham’s worse ever start to a Premier League campaign. Although we have somewhat overturned the hoodoo Chelsea had over us in recent times, we have never beaten them at the bridge in the Premier League. Chelsea have gained more wins, scored more goals and accumulated more points against Tottenham in the Premier League than any other club. Team NewsBallack and…

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One Russian short of a Cold War

One Russian short of a Cold War

Firstly, I’m more than happy with Pavlyuchenko for around £12m. He’s more of an out and out striker than Arshavin and while he’s not as technically gifted, for half Arshavin’s fee it’s got to be good business. After all, how different can they be, they are both Russian! The deal hasn’t been formally announced by us yet but it sounds like a goer. “I could not decide if I wanted to go to England at first – first yes, then…

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Deflecting the heat

Deflecting the heat

The quotes in today’s press from Ramos have made me laugh. We have all known for weeks we need to let Berba go to Utd but only now we have lost our first two games, Ramos has decided to speak out. “We need to get this matter resolved before the transfer deadline. “If Berbatov goes, we will need time to sign a replacement. We want to have the best centre-forward we can possibly get. “This is the first time I…

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Nuls points

Nuls points

I really didn’t think we’d be in this position going into the Chelsea game. My biggest worry now is that we have two games coming up we could easily get nothing from and then The Sun and co jump on the Ramos out bandwagon. I thought some of the comments I read last week were ludicrous, this week they were so wide of the mark I actually found them hilarious. My two favs are probably ‘Ramos out we need Laudrup’…

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Spurs v Sunderland – Pain Preview

Spurs v Sunderland – Pain Preview

Last week’s predictions weren’t shocking but like Spurs performance, they weren’t great either. Another game where Tottenham start as favourites with the bookies but even shorter than last week because they are at home. Sunderland are the sort of team you would expect Spurs to beat at the Lane but they are dangerous to underestimate and the players they have brought in from us are likely to want to put on a show. Team NewsSunderland will be without Teemu Tainio…

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Let’s all laugh at Arsenal

Let’s all laugh at Arsenal

After all, they have been doing plenty of laughing at us since the weekend. Apparently, Arsenal could have signed Arshavin but they couldn’t afford his wages. According to Arshavin’s agent Dennis Lachter, Arshavin wanted just too much money. “Wenger was serious about buying Arshavin,” said Lachter in the Daily Express. “If Andrei could have tempered his financial appetite, it was quite possible he would be playing at the Emirates right now. “Arsenal were prepared to pay about £15million for him….

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Sunderland, please do us another favour

Sunderland, please do us another favour

I’m sick to death of the Berbatov and Arshavin saga’s but someone else appearing on the horizon has taken my attention – Anton Ferdinand. Please no, it has to be some kind of sick joke. He’s no better than Dawson as far as I’m concerned. In fact, we may as well have held on to Gardener. Just because he’s got the surname Ferdinand people are under the illusion he’ll be as good as Rio, doesn’t work like that I’m afraid….

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Don’t panic

Don’t panic

It’s one game people. I was as disappointed as anyone to lose the first game of the season but let’s keep things in perspective. Middlesbrough are a decent side at home and probably the biggest positive of all is the fact they often turn over the top four at the Riverside, it must be a sign! I was slightly puzzled by Ramos’ team selection with King and Bale left on the bench when it was so important for us to…

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No progress, Boro update and Fantasy League

No progress, Boro update and Fantasy League

It was all going on with Berba, Arshavin and Corluka a few days ago but nothing has progressed. It does still look like they are all a matter of days away from being sorted, especially Berbatov, but Ramos doesn’t seem too concerned by our current situation. “It is nothing to panic about,” said head coach Ramos. “We have performed very well in recent friendlies, they have been great attacking performances so it is not something that concerns me. “We are…

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Boro v Spurs – Pain Preview

Boro v Spurs – Pain Preview

Before each of our games I’m going to try and assess our chances and come up with a few punts along the way. Not easy before we have seen any real action but let’s see. Tottenham start the game as reasonably strong favourites especially considering we are the away side. It won’t be an easy game as Middlesbrough can beat anyone at the Riverside on their day and with a fit Alves in their side, it won’t be an easy…

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