Friday, 14 November 2014

London Calling


As were reaching the half way point to the season here I look at the London clubs and how there doing so far with a fun grading system. Based on how the team is performing matching up to season expectations. 


Premier League
Chelsea - A*

 
Still undefeated in the league, Jose has got his side doing the business already. They look like they could win the league by February at this rate.

West Ham C+
 

Running along nicely, at the start of the season Big Sam was favourite to be sacked, he has put together his new look side which sees players like Downing shining and 'fan fav' Nolan out the team which has gone down very well.

Arsenal  D- 


The Gunners finds themselves way off the pace in the title race, Sanchez is doing well but Ozil is out injured and the team have forgotten how to defend. Wenger has to put his hand into them deep Puma pockets again in January or he could miss out on top 4.

Tottenham D -
 

They still seem to find new ways to be average at the Lane, the latest is Adebayor sounding off against the fans at home. Harry Kane has been the bright spark in what has been a dull season so far.

Crystal Palace C -
 

A turbulent start to the season as they lost their manager, Warnock has them where they would happily finish at the moment.

QPR D+
 

Have had a strange season so far, at home the look quite good, away quite poor. Since Rio has been out the team things have improved and the Zamora / Austin strike force is working well. Harry will of course dip into the market again but Rangers are improving so smart buys could see them stay up.

Championship  
Watford B+ 

Rattled through loads of managers so far this season but on the pitch there doing well. Two defeats on the spin is something manager Jokanovic will have to nip in the bud fast or it could be another gaffer in the door.

Brentford B+
 

Riding high the Bees, it seems Championship life easy easy for them. Good home and impressive wins over Derby & Forest in recent weeks shows that this small fish is coping well in the Championship sea.

Charlton B- 


Bob Peeters has Charlton punching above their weight at the moment but can it last? They have though lost only 2 games in the league the best in the division.

Fulham E -


A woeful start saw Felix Magath get the boot, things have improved since now with Kit Symons in the hot seat he will want to guide Fulham at least to the Play-Offs.

Millwall C -

Its what you can expect from a Millwall side managed by Ian Holloway, they will be battling their way through at the bottom of the table for most of the season, but 18th at the minute is fair.


League 1 


Leyton Orient F- 
Things not going well in the league as they sit 20th, the only saving grace is their in the Semi Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

League 2
AFC Wimbledon C-   
8 Points off the drop zone at the minute and they will take that all day long.

Dagenham & Redbridge F- 

A little closer to the trap door but I expect them to be there most of the season or even lower. They can close the gap over the weekend as they play AFC Wimbledon





Tuesday, 4 November 2014

English sides in Champions League..

A look at the English sides in Champions League action this week.

Real Madrid v Liverpool

 Out of form Liverpool head to Madrid which was always going to be the toughest game of the group. They were given a footballing master class at Anfield by the current European Champions as they won 3-0. Madrid are on a 11 game winning streak in all competitions and I only see that continuing. Liverpool are struggling, Mario Balotelli hasn't lived up to the hype, while Gerrard is struggling this season and it looks like he will be rested, or in other words 'dropped'. There is a clear over reliance on Raheem Sterling, if you keep him quite you keep Liverpool quite. They still can't defend, which cost them their first ever Premier League title. I see Real Madrid winning this 4-0 with Ronaldo scoring the first.

Arsenal v Anderlecht

 Arsenal could practically seal their place in the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a win here. The Gooners snatched victory against Anderlecht last time with two goals in the last two minutes. With Sanchez in fine form scoring 5 goals in his last 5 games, I can see him being on the score sheet once again. Theo Walcott is also back, he may not start but his pace & goals are another option for Wenger up top.

Manchester City v CSKA Moscow

 A win is a must for City here or the repercussions could prove critical. They let a 2 goal lead slip in Moscow and with Bayern to come to Manchester, City will be hoping that there already through, a trip to Roma on match day 6 was always going to be tough. However if City don't beat Moscow all of that could prove irrelevant. I think they will collect all three points and the main man Sergio Aguero to get the first goal.

Maribor v Chelsea

 Chelsea put Maribor to the sword last time running out 6-0 winners, it will be a similar score line here with over 3.5 goals for the blues. Jose hammered the Chelsea fans over the weekend after they got a draw against West London rivals QPR drawing attention away from his teams poor performance. This should be over quite early and then all eyes will be on Saturday as they have a tougher task against Liverpool.


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