Thursday, 22 December 2011

No Plan B?

After a fourth defeat in the last five games QPR now after a promising start look to be facing a relegation battle. QPR need improvements and fast, in the Premier League it’s quite easy to get in a bad run and slip down the table. Now with trips to Swansea and Arsenal it will be very hard to see where their next win will come from. What QPR need to do is to invest in the transfer window and quickly. There's no point waiting till the 31st January they need to sort the deals out fast. A centre half, centre midfielder and a striker is a must. They have been linked with the likes of Bent, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko, Zamora and Jelavic as forwards and hope to snap up Bassong if Cahill leaves Bolton and goes to Tottenham. Whatever happens they need to improve and quickly or Warnock could face talking another team down the first time of asking. Remember at Sheffield United? He was funny in his press conferences, but never had a plan B, blamed West Ham and Tevez and went down.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The Only Way Is Europa.........

Here’s my little update from the world of football. Since my last blog both Manchester clubs have slipped out of the Champions League. It’s a blow for both teams as they would both fancy their chances of going the distance. The Europa League awaits them both but I fell City will take that tournament more seriously than United. Mancini has already said he would like to win it, and the noise from old Trafford are more of its an embarrassed feeling of being there.

In the Premier League, Tottenham's six game winning run came to an end at Stoke on Sunday. Arsenal are in the top four for the first time this season. They haven’t lost in the league since their defeat to Spurs back in October.
From the promoted sides Norwich are sitting in 10th Swansea 11th & QPR 13th. All three clubs will be more than happy to finish there come May.

Routed to the bottom are Bolton after their opening day win at Loftus Road they have only beaten Wigan & Stoke in the league. Losing the rest, but Coyle doesn't seem under pressure, not like his rival down the road Steve Kean. A man under pressure from fans since day one has had all type of stick. With a real battle on his hands to keep his job he will have to try and pick up wins fast as were nearing the transfer window, that could be a time when changes are made. Wigan sit in the last relegation place, but form has improved with two wins from their last three. However with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Stoke coming next it will be a hard Christmas.

In the Championship Southampton are sitting pretty at the top with West Ham second. As always the Championship is tight, with 8 points separating 3rd & 12th.In League One Charlton have a 5 point gap from Sheffield Wednesday in seconded. MK Dons are the form team with 7 wins from their last 7 games.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Euro 2012 Draw

Group A
Poland (co-hosts)
Greece
Russia
Czech Republic

The co-host Poland will be happy with this draw; they face the Euro 2004 winners Greece which will be tricky. Remember Greece played the opening game of Euro 2004 when they beat Portugal and went on to win the whole tournament. I think Russia will be the strongest team in this group. Czech Republic will fancy their chances in grabbing that second spot but I think the host will edge it.

First: Russia Second: Poland

Group B
Holland
Denmark
Germany
Portugal

The ‘group of death’ as there is in every tournament. This one will be pretty good viewing for every football fan. Holland, the 2010 World Cup runner-up are the seeded team and a lot of expectations will be on them to finally live up to their expectations and win a tournament since Euro ’88. Germany maybe the strongest team in this group after a very impressive World Cup this young side are dangerous and with likes of Gomez and Klose to pick from to lead their attack they’re one of the early favourites. Portugal got through via the play-off & hopefully we see Ronaldo take a tournament by storm, he is capable so will it be next year? Denmark are the weakest team in this group, but FIFA ranked 11th have nothing to lose, their expected to go out, however would you be surprised if they sneaked through?

First: Germany Second: Holland

Group C
Spain (holders)
Italy
Republic of Ireland
Croatia

The holders will have to be cautious in this tricky group. Italy them 2-1 recently and Ireland will show no fear. Spain will get through as their quality is very strong. Italy do have a bit of a striker problem and a lot will depend on Mario Balotelli, can this talented player show what he has on the national stage? Ireland again a team who got through via the play-off will go into this tournament with confidence. They way the fixtures fall mean they could have showdown winner takes all game against Italy. Croatia are no walk over’s though, a steady side hard to break down and with some talented players they will be a danger.

First Spain Second: Ireland


Group D
Ukraine (co-hosts)
Sweden
France
England

Again like their fellow co-hosts they will be happy with this draw. Getting England means a lot of hype around that game and beating them would go down in history. However heir best chance is finishing second. Sweden is a side who can’t be taken lightly and if they win their opening game they will fancy their chances. France after a very poor World Cup have had a bit of a clear out and this fresher side will think they can top this group. England will be pleased with this group. They have beaten Sweden recently, and should beat Ukraine. The danger is that first game against France where it’s a must not lose game.

First England Second: France