Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Transfer Tuesday Part 4

What's the latest? Here we go....

Neymar on his way to PSG? a deal that is just mega money as PSG look to trigger his release clause. But is he really going off to Paris? He wants a Ballon D'or its a Brazil thing. You can't win it when your not the best player at in your team so maybe. However FIFA don't give the award for PSG players. We shall wait and see on that one.

Virgil Van Dijk is on 'Van Strike' as he has been training on his own and wants out. What does training on his own mean? Kicking a ball against at wall at Southampton's training ground? No players talking to him?

Naby Keita looks like he will be staying at RB Leipzig as Liverpool have had 3 bids rejected. He did nearly cripple a team mate in training this week.

West Ham finally landed some players, the signing of Javier Hernandez 'Chicharito' is a good bit of business a proven scorer and for so cheap in today's market.

Over at Man City Pep got rid of all his full backs this summer, this week Benjamin Mendy and Danilo rolled in to go along with Walker.

Sanchez is back in London now so his transfer saga should come to an end soon. I can still see him leaving no matter what Wenger says.

West Brom are in search of a centre back after making a bid for Ben Gibson at Middlesbrough and keeping an eye out on Chris Smalling who will fall down the pecking order at United next season.

By @Sean_Footymad

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Transfer Tuesday - Part 3

Here's the latest from the past week.

Kyle Walker is now the most expensive defender in football as he sets off to Man City. Now to me Spurs always make good business for the books. Berbatov, Modric, Bale etc Levy is no fool. But if Tottenham really want to challenge again making themselves weaker & City stronger may not be the best way of going about things.

'Sanchez Saga Latest': He's making comments about playing 'Champions League' football, he may have to force a move out the club himself if he really wants to go. Bayern have said their no interested.

At West Ham it looks like Joe Hart will be their marquee signing after passing his medical. For me he is done and West Ham may come to regret this move. 

Chelsea's hunt for a new forward may bring the to the door of Sergio Aguero. You would think no way City would sell to a rival and a player who has done so much for them. It would be really REALLY annoying if they land him.

Man United making progress with Perisic but the Morata deal soon changed so they could quite easily swoop for someone else if the deal drags.

In the Championship, Birmingham City have been 'Redknapped', as he has been linked to Robbie Keane, Ashley Cole and Stewart Downing. Boro have splashed out £15m on Assombalonga

In Italy all things are a go at AC Milan. They have been on a summer recruitment drive bringing in some quality players, Bonucci, Andre Silva, Calhanglu & Ricardo Rodriquez to name but a few.

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@Sean_Footymad 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Transfer Tuesday

The biggest deal of the week has come as a bit of a shock as Man United ended there interest in Morata and focused their attention to Lukaku who they have landed, from under the nose of Chelsea. So United have replaced the goals they have lost in Zlatan in a big way. Stormzy will be happy.

Chelsea could now turn to Morata or Llorente who are now looking a little light up top. Costa looks like he has defiantly played his last game at Chelsea. Tiemoue Bakayoko, should be through the door next week to go with Antonio Rudiger who they signed from Roma, in what has to be the worst 'new player social media video' ever.

Rooney has returned home to Everton with his PJs and all. He will have a massive point to prove to all his doubters.

Liverpool and Tottenham have been kind of quiet, they don't want to get left behind with so many getting stronger. 

Elsewhere some other notable news, West Ham this week were linked to Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic. Some other signings worth a mention Will Hughes to Watford, he's finally got out of Derby. Along with Tom Ince to Huddersfield who have gone about their business nicely with 8 new faces so far.

Harry Maguire from Hull to Leicester City is also a good bit of business.

@Sean_Footymad 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Transfer Tuesday


A new feature this summer looking at some of the latest transfer gossip and deals with my take on them.

Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal looks likely, some big clubs have been sniffing around him for a few summers. Now he's fallen behind Olivier Giroud in the French pecking order, so a bit of a down grade. Probably means Sanchez gone then too?

Sanchez to Bayern Munich? Arsenal have said they won't let him go to another English club...yeah OK 'R.V.P' Man City he could easily end up there. City also have the most expensive deal for a English club so far, bringing in Bernardo Silva from Monaco. Pep you may want to buy some defenders though now.

Everton have done a bunch of business, there going to get the cash back with the sale of Romelu Lukaku which looks like a return to Chelsea. Sandro Ramirez looks good, Michael Keane & Jordan Pickford is a nice little English pairing. Imagine if they had the England Captain on loan hey?

Man United apart from Victor Lindelof it's all gone quiet over there. Alvero Morata apparently cut his honeymoon short to finalise the deal, but that went down well with the new Mrs.

Tammy Abraham has gone to Swansea on a season long loan. He said the night life in Newcastle is too dangerous for a man his age. Tammy must have Geordie Shore on series link.

John Terry has gone Aston Villa, he will be given a kind welcome at all Championship grounds around England.


West Ham linked to everyone under the sun.

By @Sean_Footymad  

Friday, 26 May 2017

FA CUP FINAL PREVIEW

Arsenal will be looking to become the 13 time FA Cup winners this weekend as they take on London rivals Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. There third final in four years, the Gunners will be seeking some joy on what has been a difficult season.

Standing in their way, Chelsea who are hunting down a double, which they last did (this double League & FA Cup) in 2010. Both teams have great records at the 'new' Wembley & will be quite comfy in their surroundings. For Arsenal they will be without Laurent Koscielny & Gabriel at the back. Which is a shame for the neutral as they don’t like Diego Costa could have made fun viewing. Chelsea should really be at full strength.

No top four for Arsenal is a huge blow, Champions League qualification is what they lived on, and for a team who is fragile most of the time a defeat against Chelsea could have severe repercussions.

Arsene Wenger’s position has never been under such threat, the toxic atmosphere through the season has grown and grown. This at times had made some funny You Tube videos through the season from a certain fan channel. Maybe sometimes the negativity has even spread to the pitch, so a FA Cup victory could either buy Wenger some time or send him off into the sunset.

Chelsea though will come into the match full of confidence, a Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season he could land an impressive double. After last week’s cheesy, cringe worthy, sickening or well deserved John Terry send off (depends if you like Chelsea or not really) focus will be locked in again, back to the serious stuff now. Chelsea are the favourites and rightly so. They steamed through the league campaign. For Arsenal its huge this game could it be Wenger and even Alexis Sanchez’s last game. An Arsenal win could paper over what has been a forgettable season. It’s the same for Chelsea with Costa, he could end up in China this summer so a farewell for him too.

I don’t think Arsenal will have enough to stop this Chelsea side. There strong and powerful in all areas. I can see lots of goals in this one, so an extra time victory for Chelsea is what I will go for.

What that means for Wenger God only knows, what it means for Chelsea is simply the Blues back on top of English football, and you know the clubs in Manchester are watching. 


By Sean Simara @Sean_Footymad

 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

A Quick Look...


A quick look back at how my Premier League picks went. I had Chelsea as the Champions, Antonio Conte's first season in English football could even land him a double. Chelsea were like a machine and just stormed there way to the title. As for the rest of the top 4 I had the Manchester clubs, only City though will be playing Champions League via league qualification though. Arsenal shockingly didn't make top 4! Fan TV on Thursday nights it seems for next season. For the drop the only one I got correct was Hull City, how could I not pick Sunderland! 

In the Championship, Newcastle winning the league was pretty easy to call. Even though they made hard work of it. Going against Brighton was a bit of an own goal.  Sheffield Wednesday going up is still on the cards via the play-offs. To go down I got Rotherham United right. 

For League One, Scunthorpe United got to the play-offs along with Millwall. The Lions are the ones with a chance of promotion this weekend as the face Bradford City at Wembley Stadium. Swindon Town were the only team I got right going down in League One.

League Two was slightly better as Doncaster Rovers & Plymouth are going up. For the drop Newport survived by the skin of their teeth on the last day of the season.

By Sean Simara @Sean_Footymad 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

NFL Divisional Games Preview


After a long and gruelling season we're down to the final 8 in the NFL. This weekend it's the Divisional Games, so after the bumps and bruises, touchdowns and interception through the year I look at who will be the winners and losers this weekend.

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons

First up will be Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons against the Seattle Seahawks. Ryan has had an MVP like season at the Falcons, they ended on 11-5. He rattled in 38 TDs, 7 interceptions and threw for just under 5000 yards. This saw Atlanta win the NFC South. Seattle Seahawks saw off the Detroit Lions with ease in their wildcard game. However The Seahawks have not been quite like the Seahawks this year for me. My pick in this is the Falcons at home. There rested up and will have two many tools for Seattle to deal with. Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan should have a field day, Falcons win.

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots


Tom Brady's ban at the start of the season didn't affect the Patriots, not one bit. They ended on 14-2, had a 7 game winning streak at the end of the season. They really are a professional set up. The Texans have done well to get this far, the Super Bowl may be in their home state but I think this is the end of the road for them. I predict Brady to be ruthless and take the Patriots to another Championship game. Brady looks on course to make an example out of the NFL who made an example out of him.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs


The Arrowhead Stadium is a tough place to go one of the hardest in the league. The Chiefs ended on 12-4, for me this could come down to trust and if the big players show up. The Steelers big three of Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown if they show up the game is over. However the Steelers do have a tendency to let you down on the road when it matters the most. This will be a tight one and it could come down to the home crowd, they have such an impact the red is right on top of you. But I'm going to trust the Pittsburgh Steelers here, they have the better players and should be victorious.

Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys

 

The best game of the weekend and the one I think all NFL fans will be glued to is this. The Dallas Cowboys had a sensational season 13-3 mainly down to their two rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The two tore up the league and everything that stood in their way. Prescott kept Romo on the sidelines there was no reason to bring him in and there is no reason now. The Cowboys defence also had a great year all is going so well.

The stage is set in a packed Jerry's World, 'America's Team' have home field advantage so can they get to the promise land once again? The only problem and quite a major problem is Aaron Rodgers who is once again on a MVP type season. He got 40 TDs this year along with another Hail Mary last weekend as he took apart a very good New York Giants defence. The Packers are on form and on fire with a 6 game winning streak. They will miss Jordy Nelson who fractured his ribs, but under the comfort of the Cowboys Stadium no cold, no rain, no snow can Rodgers break Cowboy's hearts? I think if anyone can its him, Dallas will be one and done and the Green Bay Packers move on.


By Sean Simara  
@Sean_Footymad