Man Utd Can Add To Brendan Rodgers Woes With Victory Over Liverpool

Manchester United will travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon looking to compound Brendan Rodgers miserable start to life at Liverpool, who are without a win in the former Swansea manager’s first four games at the helm. Despite a return of just two points from a possible 12, it would appear that bookmakers are finding it hard to separate the two teams in the betting ahead of this clash with the visitors holding the narrowest of advantage according to the odds, with Bet365 quoting the away win ... Continue Reading →

Threatening Weeks Ahead For Manchester City

Manchester City have become a proud club. Their foreign owners, AKA daddies, have invested a multitude of their fortunes into the Blue clad section of Manchester. They have run the club an annual debt of nearly 200 million pounds to restore order in their town. Fancy foreign men from far off lands grace the sidelines of their stands, and the grass field in their stadium. Everything has gone to plan. Countless teams have crumbled in their mighty presence, Tottenham away (5-1), United away (6-1). ... Continue Reading →

In The Stands: UEFA Champions League 2011/2012 Preview

In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu grabs a cold beer before looking ahead to another season of the UEFA Champions League – the pinnacle of club football. We all know how the theme song goes as 22 players lineup prior to kick-off looking vacantly at the stands where some European football bureaucrat in a grey suit, and unashamedly associated with Michel Platini stands aloof. The theme tune continues; ‘these are the Champions…the Champions…the Champions League teams blah blah blah’. Still, ... Continue Reading →

England vs Wales: Euro 2012 Qualifier Preview

England will be aiming for the victory they need to all but cement their place for Euro 2012 when they host Wales at Wembley on Tuesday night. Fabio Capello’s men are sitting pretty at the summit of Group G with 14 points after six games and a win over British neighbours Wales could prove decisive in the race to secure top spot and an automatic place in next summer’s Championship. Building on Victory Over Bulgaria The hosts come into match springing with confidence after an impressive 3-0 rout ... Continue Reading →

Barcelona v Manchester United: Champions League Final 2011 Preview

 In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu looks ahead to the 2011 UEFA Champions League final between Spanish champions Barcelona and English champions Manchester United at Wembley. Manchester United will not want to see this sight again. (2009 Final) Well, these are the champions. When the bigwigs over at UEFA HQ first conceived their idea of having an elite European club cup competition spanning a full season and incorporating the finest teams across the continent this was exactly the type of match the ... Continue Reading →

Manchester United v Schalke 04: Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg Preview

Manchester United take a 2-0 lead into their second-leg UEFA Champions League tie against Schalke 04 and will be looking to cement their place in Wembley’s final. Goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney gave Sir Alex Ferguson’s men a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win over their German hosts at the Veltins Arena last Tuesday. In what was widely considered to be their standout performance in this season’s European peregrination, the Red Devils will start the second-leg at Old Trafford as firm favourites ... Continue Reading →

Barcelona v Real Madrid: UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Preview

Barcelona will be hoping to cement their place in Wembley’s final as they seek to finish the job against Real Madrid. On a day in which humanity learned of the death of the world’s number one terrorist and America’s eternal foe Osama Bin Laden, two mortal enemies are set to clash again in a season-defining finale. Step forward Barcelona and Real Madrid – Spain’s proverbial powerhouses of football – both domestic and global. The uncompromising and unbending level of hatred harboured by ... Continue Reading →

Tottenham v Real Madrid: Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg Preview

The miracle of all miracles awaits or the expected dour formality as Tottenham seek to overturn a 4-0 deficit against Real Madrid at White Hart Lane. It was the group Hot Chocolate who sang the now infamous karaoke hit ‘I believe in miracles’. Indeed, never before has a particular song been so suitably applicable to a particular match of sport. We all know how the lyrics go. The question is do the entire Tottenham playing and coaching staff? Of course had Peter Crouch not endured his moment ... Continue Reading →

Schalke v Inter Milan: Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg Preview

Inter Milan have an uphill task as they seek to overturn a 5-2 deficit against Schalke in the second-leg of their Quarter-Final Champions League clash at the formidable Veltins Arena. A flurry of goals at the San Siro last Tuesday for Schalke has left the unpredictable German side looking at a potential semi-final berth for the first time in their history and the holders Inter maintaining the unfavorable stat of the holders never having retained the Champions League in its current format. Despite ... Continue Reading →

Shakhtar Donetsk v Barcelona: Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg Preview

Barcelona hold all the aces as they take a big lead into Ukraine for the second leg of their Champions League Quarter-Final tie. Pep Guardiola’s men put in a rousing display to triumph 5-1 at the Camp Nou last Wednesday and should a major catastrophe be averted, face a potentially mouth-watering semi-final clash with eternal rivals Real Madrid. Of course nothing can be granted just yet, after all, there have been quite a few memorable comebacks in Europe’s elite cup competition in recent years ... Continue Reading →

Barcelona v Shakhtar Donetsk: Champions League Preview

Favourites Barcelona host Shakhtar Donetsk at the Camp Nou in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals. A potential football spectacle awaits as two aesthetically pleasing sides are set to do battle with a place in the last four at stake. Of course, the hosts start as favourites but there is little room for complacency especially against a side who have traditionally given Pep Guardiola’s men much problems in the past. Rewind back to 2009 and the Miners produced a glowing performance ... Continue Reading →

Real Madrid v Tottenham: Champions League Quarter-Final Preview

InTheStands looks ahead to the first of the major UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final ties as nine-times winners Real Madrid host underdogs Tottenham. Van der Vaart will want to cause an upset against his former club The saying “be careful what you wish for” could suitably be applied to the situation in which both sides face come Tuesday night. Having both navigated their way past tricky last 16 opponents, both Real Madrid and visitors Spurs will have been quietly pleased having learnt their ... Continue Reading →