In what many expect to be the game of the weekend, Manchester City face Manchester United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup for the first time since their 6-1 victory at Old Trafford back in October.
Manchester City will be without Mario Balotelli who is suffering with an ankle injury that kept him out of recent games against Sunderland and Liverpool. Brothers Yaya and Koule Touré will also not be available as they head off to the African Cup of Nations. Gareth Barry is suspended following his red card in the victory over Liverpool.
United will be looking for the victory following back to back defeats against Blackburn and Newcastle in the league and have no fresh injury worries.
Ferguson will looking for a response from his side and we expect United to win this one by a single goal as Roberto Mancini shuffles his side to accommodate the loss of Yaya Toure.
Manchester United to win 2-1.
After much speculation, Thierry Henry has finally signed a 2 month loan spell with Arsenal. The deal which will see Henry playing in January and February took longer than expected to complete due to a disagreement over the striker’s return date to current club New York Red Bulls.
The move is a bit of a no-brainer for Arsenal who are in need of a striker while Gervinho is away at the African Cup of Nations.
If Henry is half the player he was in his first spell at Arsenal he’s sure to bag a few goals.
After a series of results that went in their favour over the Christmas and New Year period, Spurs are now just 6 points behind league leaders Manchester City with a game in hand. Harry Redknapp will be doing all he can to play down the suggestion that Spurs could actually win the league as there are a lot of games yet to be played, but the reality is Spurs may wait a long time for another chance like this.
Former England manager Schteve McClaren has returned to his native Holland to take charge of FC Twente for a second time.
Schteve won the Eredivisie with FC Twente in 09/10 before moving on to manage German side Wolfsburg.
Comedy fans around the world will be queuing up to watch Schteve’s first interview as FC Twente boss as he reverts to his native tongue.
Here’s a reminder for those that missed Schteve’s interviews first time round…
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard scored in Everton’s 2-1 loss to Bolton last night. Former Manchester United player Howard was clearing a ball and the wind got behind it and the bounce took it over the Bolton keeper.
Despite the fact that Luis Suarez was found guilty of using racist abuse towards another player by an independent commission, Liverpool and the guilty Suarez have still both failed to apologise. If it weren’t such a serious case, Liverpool’s stance would be laughable.
Jermain Defoe yesterday sported a new blonde hairstyle in Spurs game against West Brom.
Spurs struggled to break down West Brom before Defoe broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute. It was a much needed 3 points for Harry Redknapp’s side as they look to keep the pressure up on Manchester City who beat Liverpool last night.
Manchester City breezed past Liverpool tonight in a game that really showed them as worthy title contenders. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring early on with a shot from outside the box that somehow made its way past Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. (more…)
PSG Sporting Director Leonardo today cast doubt over David Beckham’s proposed move to the club. “It’s over. It’s a shame” Leonardo told L’Equipe.
The Paris based club had looked like the most likely landing place for the former England captain as his contract with LA Galaxy came to an end. Beckham is thought to be keen on keeping his family where they’ve settled in California as he approaches his final years as a player
Galaxy are thought to have offered Beckham a one year rolling extension to his contract which now seems the most likely outcome for the midfielder.
Chances are even if you’re not a football fan you’ll have heard the name Joey Barton at some point. The QPR captain is never far from controversy and has graced as many front pages in recent years as he has back pages.
Barton is an outspoken man that appears to view himself on a higher plane than the players that surround him on the football field. Footballers generally talk in clichés and very rarely give any kind of insight to the world they inhabit, Barton doesn’t fit this mould. I’ve often heard him referred to as intelligent but it’s something I’ve always struggled to believe. A quick look at Barton’s twitter stream shows an individual that could find a fight in the most unlikely of places – often found insulting other low level celebrities based upon their appearance. The question is why is this supposed intelligent man getting involved in public playground spats?