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Spoils departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson's party as Manchester United held to 5-5 draw.
The final gameweek of the season threw up some interesting surprises in terms of standout players along with some usual expected names. Here we review the last weekend of the English Premier League from the perspective of our favourite game, the FPL!
Goalkeepers: The obvious outstanding performer this weekend was Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer. He kept a rare clean sheet and made a total of 15 saves in an agile display, which also earned him 1 BP! Chelsea’s Petr Cech also earned 1 BP for making 9 saves in a 2-1 win against Everton.
With the last week of the season coming up, it will be that time of the year when fantasy managers make those last minute changes to their sides.
It’s that time of the year again, the last weekend of the season for all you FPL managers to show your game in your mini-leagues. In this article, we analyse the goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers who could make or break your final weekend.
The obvious choice for a goalkeeper this weekend is Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, who will face QPR at home. Priced at an affordable 5.8m, Reina has been excellent this season keeping 13 clean sheets with an average of 4.17 saves per match.
Another option could be the ever-reliable Joe Hart as Manchester City will host Norwich to the Emirates this weekend. Hart is the more expensive option at 6.9m, but has been on top of his game the entire season.
After 26 illustrious years at the club, culminating a massive 38 titles in his reign Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to put an end to one of the greatest managerial careers in the history of football.
Managing a club as memorable and historic as Manchester United is certainly not every manager’s job, the pressure to win titles every season and to manage some of the biggest names in the game is certainly a horrendous task.Add to this the pressure of having to replace the most successful manager in English football history.
Ferguson’s replacement certainly has to be someone of extraordinary character and expertise. Here we look at five individuals who are capable of replacing the Scot.
A firm favorite to take the hot seat at the Old Trafford, Moyes will be out of contract this summer having not signed a contract with Everton as yet.
The top four battle takes centre stage this week, as all three London clubs continue their quest of a Champions League spot next season.
With the title race already sealed and the fate of two out of three clubs to be relegated to the second tier of English football already decided, it still remains to be seen as to which clubs will occupy the third and the fourth positions in the Barclays Premier League this season and in doing so earn a Champions League spot.
Out of the three London giants, it is the West London side Chelsea who have the most challenging fixtures. The Blues, for a second consecutive season secured a place in a European competition final, after they defeated Swiss Champions Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the semi-final of the Europa League yesterday.
On Sunday, Arsenal take on newly-crowned English champions Manchester United at the Emirates and a lot of focus would be on former striker, Robin van Persie who returns to a ground where he was once a hero.
The striker controversially left Arsenal for Manchester United last summer for a fee believed to be in the reign of 24 million pounds and his departure has changed things significantly for both the sides.
A hostile reception awaits the Dutchman for his first return to a club where he became one of the most lethal strikers in England.
Last season, it was the Dutchman who confidently took the goal scoring burden on his shoulders and scored a career high of 37 goals in 48 games. Unluckily though, his exploits were not enough to guide the club to any form of silverware.
Rafael Benitez is set to leave his position as the interim manager of Chelsea at the end of the season which has led to speculation that the Spaniard could consider a return to Anfield.
As things stand in the Barclays Premier League, Liverpool are set to miss out on Champions League football yet again. This is indeed heart-breaking for the fans of a club that is the most successful side in England in terms of European silverware.
The last time the Reds won a European trophy was back in the 2004-2005 season when they beat AC Milan on penalties in what many people consider as one of the greatest finals in Champions League history. Since then however, the club has not been able to add to its European trophies.
Live 2013/14 EPL soccer action to hit several homes in USA; NBCUniversal becomes exclusive media rights holder to broadcast the 2013/14 season in both English and Spanish
Miami Beach, Florida (April 16, 2013) – NBC Sports Group has made an announcement that is sure to send vibes to 100 million homes across the United States. All 380 English Premier League matches will be covered in live multi-platform broadcast for the 2013/14 club football season. Keeping up with live TV listings for your favourite EPL fixtures will be an easy experience thanks to LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV). Our data team will provide users with accurate info on a regular basis.
The live telecast of the 380 Barclays Premier League fixtures will be seen on the following:
NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra website and application, NBC Sports Network, selected NBCUniversal Channels (including CNBC in USA), Mun2, Telemundo and Premier League Extra Time.
After downing Manchester United at Old Trafford, Manchester City will be looking to produce a similar performance against Chelsea in the semi-final of this season’s FA Cup at Wembley
Beating Manchester United at their own backyard is an achievement any side can be proud of. The achievement becomes even more special for a side like City that for almost two decades, could only look in envy over the success their neighbours had. However, the winds are clearly changing in Manchester with the ‘Blue moon’ rising.
Last weekend, Roberto Mancini’s side beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford in a vital Premier League encounter. The result means that the cash-laden side trails their bitter rivals by 12 points at the top of the table with just seven games left to play for.
Arsenal, Manchester United to play two games each this week, Santi Cazorla a good player to look at
The business end of the English Premier League is here. The fight for the title is as good as over but the battle for relegation is on in full swing. Expect loads of goals this game week as 11 games will be played.
The previous game week was a high scoring week with a total of 26 goals being scored. Nine teams scored two goals or more in their game with only one goalless draw between Liverpool and West Ham United.
This week Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, Fulham and West Ham United will be playing two games compared to the rest.
Manchester United vs Manchester City ends three-day action of English Premier League football; count on ESPN networks to broadcast it live on Monday, April 8, 2013
Miami Beach, Florida (April 4, 2013) – As always, LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) has it all packed when it comes to data of live stream and TV schedules for English Premier League fixtures. This weekend, our coverage is even bigger with four matches highlighting Matchday 32.
West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal, Liverpool vs West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton and Chelsea vs Sunderland are all worth watching live this weekend as the battle for a fourth-place finish incessantly heats up. The month of April is when each game looks like a final as Champions League tickets contenders wait to pounce on the mistakes of their adversaries.
The Reading v Southampton game could also yield goals with Rickie Lambert expected to score again.
So, its the 32nd match-day at the Premier League and with the business end approaching quickly, things will start to heat - even the slightest of errors could lead to loss of ground to opposition in football fantasy rankings.
Normally, I would start from the beginning but this is a week where the two Manchester teams go head to head against each other in a late-evening kick-off on Monday! Yep, that's right, Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford and it's a bit difficult to call this one.
Normally I would have put United as favourites by a couple of goals but more recently they haven't come out all guns blazing.
With Jose Mourinho all set to end another chapter in his managerial career by leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season amidst all the speculation, another managerial hunt is looming large
Managing a club as illustrious as Real Madrid is not everyone’s cup of tea but there are a few people out there who could handle the pressure.
1. Jurgen Klopp
The current manager of German champions Borussia Dortmund, is rumoured to be among the front runners for this post. The 45-year-old has helped Dortmund win back to back league titles and has attracted huge amount of interest from several top clubs across Europe.
Manchester United defence could also be looked at, with Rafael and Patrice Evra expected to earn loads.
It's the 31st match-day at the Premier League and the couple of weeks off would have done the teams and their managers some good. Even as a football fantasy manager, every once in a while it is a good thing to sit back and relax without the pressure of selecting those players and choosing those captains to get the batteries recharged. And when the gas-tank is fully refuelled, it's an even better feeling to get down to the business of strategising.
The week begins with Sunderland hosting the current leaders and almost certain Premier League winners Manchester United. With Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole out injured and United going through a period of strong defensive resilience, I cannot see where Sunderland will score their goals from.
EPL favourites Manchester United seek three more points at home to Reading; Spurs get Fulham date as Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool continue chase for Champions League football
Miami Beach, Florida (March 16, 2013) – LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) reminds you that Fox Soccer 2Go will air three 10:00 a.m. EST kick-offs from the English Premier League on Saturday, March 16, 2013. This will be followed by two more games on Sunday. Fox Deportes and Fox Soccer Channel will feature three of England’s best teams – Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, in its four-match coverage of the weekend. Fox Soccer Plus will feature Southampton vs Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham.
Arsenal exited this year’s UEFA Champions League in a glorious way. Their 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena was not enough to reach the Last 8 of the competition. However, this result could give enough confidence for the Gunners to finish the EPL campaign strongly. This Saturday, Arsenal play Swansea City at 11:00 a.m. EST, hoping to take advantage of Spurs’ slip away to Liverpool last weekend.
Arsene Wenger has lost his patience with the 22 year old, and dropped him on the bench for the important Bayern Munich tie. His compatriot Lukasz Fabianski is his short term replacement, but Wenger might be on the search for a new number one.
Polish international Wojciech Szczesny made a flying start to his Arsenal career, Arsenal had been long looking for a world class goalkeeper and in Szczesny, Wenger found someone who definitely had it all in him.
He put up some impressive performances for the Gunners and despite his age was able to defy all competition, Arsenal fans finally saw the back of Manuel Almunia with Vito Manonne and Lukasz Fabianski restored to the bench for longer periods. However since then Szczesny’s performances have been on a decline and his overconfident cocky behaviour is a worry for his manager, as well as his teammates.
He has put some below par performances, especially the one against Blackburn, which resulted in Arsenal being knocked out of the tournament. According to the Sportsmail, Wenger has been massively disappointed with Szczesny and mentioned that to him when informing him of his decision to drop him against Bayern.
Suarez's class and good form make him a blue chip while Michu has to get scoring sometime sooner than later.
It's the 30th match-day at the Premier League this season and the good news for all fantasy managers is that all the 20 teams will be in action unlike the last week-end.
Play begins with Everton hosting Manchester City at Goodison Park before Swansea welcome Arsenal and Manchester United take on Reading at home in Saturday action. On Sunday, Tottenham will hope to shrug off their loss at the hands of Liverpool as they take on Fulham last week before Chelsea look to build on their FA Cup performance against Manchester United when they play West Ham.
Jan Vertonghen scored a brace in Tottenham's defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield to improve his standing in football fantasy.
Only six matches were played over the Premier League's 29th weekend but it was not short of excitement for fans and football fantasy managers.
There were only two teams who did not score of the 12 that were in action and they played each other in a goalless draw. Norwich and Southampton fans could have expected a lot of goals in their match-up but Artur Boruc stopped a Grant Holt penalty to prevent any chances of that happening. Boruc was the goal-keeper of the week although Swansea's Michel Vorm also stopped a penalty in their game against West Brom.
Michu could be one to look out as Swansea take on West Brom
It is a condensed 29th match weekend in the Premier League with only six games to be played thanks to the FA Cup quarter-finals and football fantasy managers will have some thinking to be done.
Five of the top six teams in the Premier League table will be missing from action this weekend which could mean that many of your players may be absent from your fantasy teams. What will therefore be important is how you use the available substitution and who you choose as your captain.
The six matches in this 29th match weekend has Norwich playing Southampton, bottom-placed QPR taking on Sunderland, Reading and Aston Villa going head to head in a relegation battle, West Brom and Swansea fighting for the eighth spot, Newcastle looking to break the Stoke defence and Liverpool taking on Tottenham in what will be the game of the week.
With the press continually linking him for a summer exit, a host of clubs are hoping to sign the “special one”, including big spenders Mancehster City and PSG. However does Mourinho have his heart set on the Alex Ferguson’s post?
After a turbulent year in which Jose has fallen out with a number of senior players in the squad, the special one is expected to head for a departure this summer.
This was also reiterated by former Real Madrid defender Ivan Helguera, according to whom disagreements with star players including Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas could instigate a move away from Madrid.
"With everything that's going on, I think Mourinho will leave," said the defender speaking to Efe
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has claimed, that the Etihad side can still beat favourites Manchester United to the title. The Argentinean has urged his teammates to show the same spirit which led them to a title victory last season.
United’s noisy neighbours City, are currently trailing by 12 points to the leaders who show no sign of throwing away the title like they did last season. Aguero himself accepts the fact, that the current situation makes it very difficult for them to win the Premier League crown.
Whereas Roberto Mancini’s men have been on a very inconsistent run, having uselessly dropped points, their rivals Manchester United have shown no mercy. The side have not lost a single match in the league, in the last three months. Their last defeat surprisingly came at the hands of struggling Reading, who beat the Red Devils at the Madejski Stadium.