Preview: Latics begin European journey with a trip to Belgium
A last minute goal from Ben Watson against Manchester City in the FA Cup final last season instated Wigan’s position in the realms of European football. However much for their cup success, the latics could not translate their performance in the league and after flirting with relegation for quite some time Roberto Martinez’s side was finally demoted to the second tier of English football.
By qualifying for the Europa league, Wigan became only the third English second division club to play in European competitions after Birmingham City in 2011-2012 and Ipswich Town in 2002-2003.
Arsenal has not taken the field since they defeated Queens Park Rangers on May 4th at Loftus Road. Since then, the league table has altered with Tottenham and Chelsea having won their respective matches, while Blues and Spurs also drew last Wednesday, keeping the Champions League qualification race very tight.
Wanting to keep their streak of consecutive Champions League appearances alive, Arsene Wenger's side will desperately need the full three points on Tuesday night.
After such a long gap in between matches, Arsenal could benefit from it, but it could also work against them. Wigan on the other hand will enter the match fresh off their shocking victory in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 10, 2013) – Manchester City and Wigan Athletic will lock horns at Wembley this Saturday to decide the winner of the 2012/13 FA Cup competition. English Premier League champions Manchester United and FA Cup titleholders Chelsea were among the favourites to clinch glory but both stumbled on the road to the final. The world’s oldest knockout tournament title will now go to either Man City or Wigan. Before Wembley transforms into a full house of supporters, check where to watch Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic and do not miss a single moment of it on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
The Citizens are hopeful of ending this season on a high. They suffered a group stage exit in the UEFA Champions League last year before officially losing their EPL crown to the Red Devils a few weeks ago. Roberto Mancini will be looking to guide his men to a fourth piece of silverware in two years.
Miami Beach, Florida (April 13, 2013) – The best games in the world deserve the best coverage and this is why LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) has prepared an exclusive 127-country list for the live stream and TV schedules of the FA Cup semi-finals’ Chelsea vs Manchester City match set to come up at 11:00am EST / 15:00 GMT / 16:00 (London time) on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Watch some of English football’s superstars such as Frank Lampard and James Milner battle it out for tickets to the FA Cup final at Wembley!
In the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, Petr Cech had a sublime afternoon in post. At the other end of the field, Demba Ba executed a stunning strike to send Manchester United packing. The reigning FA Cup champions look to have regained their form during the past few weeks.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 28, 2013) – Stamford Bridge will stage a fierce battle between Rafael Benitez’s Chelsea and Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United on Monday, April 1, 2013. Neither side will want to be fooled on this particular day so expect them to go for the kill. Count on LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) to give you accurate information on where to watch this Chelsea vs Manchester United FA Cup quarter-final replay live in Canada, UK, USA and more than 110 different locations across the globe.
The Red Devils astonishingly gave away an early 2-0 lead at Old Trafford on March 10. Javier Hernandez was offered a rare start in Fergie’s starting XI. The Mexican took advantage of this by breaking the deadlock after only five minutes.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 10, 2013) – Two devils will clash at Old Trafford in the English FA Cup on Sunday where the bitterness of exiting the UEFA Champions League in midweek still dominates at the Theatre of Dreams. Manchester United’s dream of winning the treble is gone and the mission of winning the FA Cup title for the first time since 2004 is yet to be accomplished.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are not guaranteed of European glory this season. In midweek, the Blues lost in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Last 16 tie against Steaua Bucuresti. As if the campaign was not challenging enough, Chelsea must not only think about bouncing back in Europe. This Sunday, the FA Cup champions face a hard task to defend their crown.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 8, 2013) – It is all about English football on Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Deportes and Fox Soccer Channel this weekend. All four English FA Cup quarter-final matches will air live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes while Fox Soccer 2Go will broadcast one game – Millwall vs Blackburn Rovers at 10:00 EST on Sunday – amid five English Premier League fixtures.
The clash at Stamford Bridge could produce high tensions as both sides were left furious and disappointed in midweek. Manchester United and their fans remain bitter about their UEFA Champions League Last 16 exit in which Nani was controversially sent-off.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 7, 2013) – Over 90 million homes in the United States will soon embrace the new and vibrant channel of the FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG), FOX Sports 1. FS1 will make history on the date of its launch – Saturday, August 17, 2013 – as one of the biggest sports network launch in history. With almost 5,000 hours of original programming, live events and news on an annual basis, soccer fans in USA can look forward to a great start of the 2013/14 season.
Confirming this huge piece of news for sports lovers in the United States, FSMG Co-President and COO Eric Shanks released this statement to the press on Wednesday:
It has been quite a long time since Arsenal won a piece of silverware, and to be honest, and rightfully so, Arsenal faithful are starting to reach the end of the line with their patience. The promise of spending money has been thrown into many conversations along the years, but the only thing Arsenal seems to be doing is dispatching some of their best quality players.
They not only have watched players like Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri walk out the exit door at the Emirates, but they have also failed to bring in proper coverage for the players they have let go.
Miami Beach, Florida (February 15, 2013) – Watch up to nine different matches from England on Fox Networks this weekend. Eight of these are FA Cup fixtures as the Fifth Round kicks-off while reigning champions Chelsea are yet to know their fate in the Fourth Round.
Fox Soccer Plus will air two matches – Luton Town vs Millwall and Milton Keynes Dons vs Barnsley, both scheduled for Saturday. These fixtures will also air on Fox Soccer 2Go. Between February 16 and February 18, Fox Soccer Channel will parallel Fox Deportes’ coverage.
This is where fans in the United States will be able to see England’s big guns battling it out as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will all be featured.
It does not matter at what stage of the campaign they are in or where they are in the league standings. Arsenal's critics are always alive and well, with this season being no different than the last.
Since their move to the Emirates from Highbury, Arsenal has struggled to find consistency in their game, as well as in the trophy case. With a drought of over seven years, the current FA Cup campaign could be the best chance Arsenal has to claim some silverware.
The Gunners will welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Emirates, knowing that they can not under estimate their opposition.
Miami Beach, Florida (February 15, 2013) – Gear up for three days of mouth-watering English FA Cup action from Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18, 2013. Live Soccer TV provides its users with genuine live streaming and TV schedule information. Make Sportsnet World your FA Cup home in Canada during the next three days.
With Sportsnet World, watch seven of the nine FA Cup matches set to take place. The coverage begins with the 7:45 a.m. EST broadcast of Luton Town vs Millwall on Saturday.
Arsenal have a tough UEFA Champions League clash against Bayern Munich coming up next Tuesday. Before that, they must host Blackburn Rovers. Catch this FA Cup fixture at 11:00 a.m. in what will be Sportsnet’s second live game telecast on February 16. Three hours after the Gunners kick off proceedings at home to Blackburn, underdogs Oldham Athletic will welcome Everton in the hope of kicking them out just like they ousted Liverpool in the previous round.
Having won just two of their last seven fixtures, Chelsea are heading towards the gloom they never expected following a successful closure to the preceding season. Luckily for the Blues, there is still time to make amends and get right back on track.
The FA Cup titleholders have a Fourth Round replay against Brentford. They are also targeting glory in the UEFA Europa League. The prospect of clinching the double seems realistic but there are five things Chelsea must do to rejuvenate their currently stressful season.
1) Get Fernando Torres firing or benched
A fit and firing Fernando Torres is more than enough to destruct stabilized defences on regular basis, this is proven by his record at former clubs Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. “El Nino” has probably been suffering from a lack of confidence ushered by a poor goal scoring record since he joined Chelsea. In Rafa, the Blues have a man who introduced Torres to English football.
Roman Abramovich has been an enigma; he is known to pull the trigger on managers far too easily. Everything looked hunky-dory when Jose Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea.
The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ won back to back titles with the club but something went a miss and he was gone in the wink of an eyebrow. No Chelsea manager has been as successful as Jose Mourinho was during his time at Chelsea.
This hire and fire policy of the owner has been criticized by several football pundits: why would a manager with a proven track record want to join Chelsea knowing that he would be gone in an instant should the club lose a few important matches?
In the last few years, there is no player who managed to delight and frustrate the Manchester United fans in equal measure than Dimitar Berbatov. While his supporters swear by his obvious talent and great footballing intelligence, his critics point to his lackadaisical attitude and languid style and declare him as a misfit into the Man United setup.
In his four seasons at Old Trafford, Berbatov managed to rack up 56 goals in 149 appearances. Those statistics do not indicate Berbatov's Old Trafford tenure as a flop, whatever might his critics say.
His performances in the 3-2 win against traditional rivals Liverpool and 5 goals against 7-1 win against their Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers outline the splendid skill and abundance of talent that Berbatov possesses.