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After Luis Suarez sank his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic’s forearm yesterday in a Premier League encounter, he gave yet another evidence of his penchant for the outrageous
It was supposed to be Rafael Benitez’s day as he made a return to Anfield, however it was Luis Suarez once again who stole the headlines, this time not making a name for himself for his brilliance, but an imprudent act which surely brought a bad name to his club.
The Uruguayan international is arguably one of the best players in England at the moment and it is hardly surprising that Liverpool are so keen to keep him at Anfield despite his intolerable antics last night.
Luis Suarez was at it again! The ever controversial Uruguayan striker was captured biting the arm of defender Ivanovic during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea in the EPL on Sunday, April 21.
The match was full of events. It was marked by the return of Rafael Benitez to Anfield while Fernando Torres also came under the spotlight in pre-match discussions. However, one man, in particular, eventually got in the thick of the action: striker Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan star did everything possibly imaginable: concede a penalty through a handball for Chelsea's second goal, score a controversial 97th minute equalizer, and before that, even sink his teeth into Ivanovic’s arm to prove his hunger on the field!
Incredibly, this incident is only the latest of Luis Suarez’s multiple ‘bad boy’ stories. Three years ago, the South American striker committed a similar offense by biting the shoulder of PSV’s Otman Bakkal. Suarez, then at Ajax, was handed a seven-match ban by the Dutch FA.
As the season approaches its closure, one player will be crowned as the best performer of the current 2012/2013 campaign, here we take a look at individuals who are most likely to win the award.
Robin Van Persie
The most likely winner is the Dutch talisman Robin Van Persie, having made a surprise multi million pound move from Arsenal at the beginning of the campaign the striker has seamlessly adjusted into a highly competitive Manchester United side.
While his strike partners Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have misfired at times, the Dutchman showed superb consistency in the first half of the season driving his team ahead. He was labeled by many as a waste of money, given United’s prolific striking options, many regarded him to be a one season wonder, but the former Feyenoord man has defied all odds and is currently the best striker at the best team in England.
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.
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.
Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale go head to head; Fox Sports, SuperSport, TalkSport Radio and Abu Dhabi Sports among top channels to broadcast Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur live on Sunday, 10 March 2013
Miami Beach, Florida (March 10, 2013) – It is the biggest match of the weekend in the English Premier League. When Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur clash against each other at Anfield, the atmosphere is always electric. This Sunday, it promises to be even more engaging with the spotlight set on Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez and Welsh talisman Gareth Bale. See where to watch Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur live with LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV).
Suarez and Bale have been phenomenal for their respective club this season. The latter recently called his five-month-old daughter AVB in honour of the man contributing to his success – former UEFA Europa League winner and current Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas Boas.
Two of the Premier League’s hottest properties will go head to head this weekend, as Luis Suarez’s Liverpool welcome Gareth Bale’s Tottenham to Anfield this Sunday.
Both the players have been in blistering form this season, especially this year and are without a shadow of doubt, two of the most inform players currently.
Both the players have been instrumental in any kind of success their clubs have achieved this season. Take last weekend for example, a ruthless Liverpool side, ran rampant on strugglers Wigan Athletic beating the side 4-0. The victory was highlighted by a brilliant performance from their talisman Luis Suarez who struck a hat-trick, guiding his side to an easy victory.
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.
Shinji Kagawa and Luis Suarez dominated the headlines with a hat-trick apiece in the 28th match weekend at the Premier League this season.
Kagawa's is an interesting story given that he's been in an out of reckoning all season because of injury and poor form. Going into the weekend's game against Norwich he had had only two goals entire season for Manchester United and not too many fantasy owners would have gotten him into their line-ups.
So while this Kagawa hat-trick may not change things around too much for those at the top of the league - given that not too many would have had him in their teams - his goal-scoring adds another dimension to the Manchester United team.
With diving becoming a common practice in the England, it is massively damaging the spirit of the beautiful game. In order to protect the game from further abuse, should the FA make use of video technology?
With the ascent of high definition cameras used to televise football matches, viewers have not only been able to enjoy the intricate details of the most popular sport in the world, but have also been able to witness subtle details of “tricks” often used by certain footballers, such as Luis Suarez, in order to turn the match in their team’s favor.
In the season so far, Liverpool players have received six yellow cards for simulation since the start of last season - more than any other club and more than 25 per cent of the overall total shown.
An exciting month of February saw a lot of good performances, also including all the drama in the Europa as well as the Champions League. Let’s take a look at the top performers in the last month.
The Liverpool front man continued his amazing form in the month of February, scoring three goals in the progress. The number of goals might not reflect his actual contribution to the side, he has displayed an all round performance, notching up goals, linking up brilliantly with his teammates, setting up goals and also contributing to the defense from time to time. His best performance came in the Europa League, against Zenit when he scored a brace against the Russian side to inspire a possible comeback.
The Madrid Talisman capped an excellent month, with a brace against rivals Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey semifinal. The forward scored six goals in the month, which also included a hat-trick against Sevilla.
Others point-givers could be Mata, Ba and the Southampton v QPR game
You know it is the business end of the Premier League season when it is March and the football fantasy managers will be feeling no different. Injuries, suspensions and a rather weird looking second week of this month (match-day 29) make for an interesting this match-day week number 28.
First up let's look at the players who may not feature in the coming week. Robin van Persie's unfortunate knock with a camera meant that he had to be subbed off last week and with a vital upcoming Champions League mid-week clash for Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson may not want to risk him for the Norwich fixture. It should allow Javier Hernanadez another go as the leader of the attack with Wayne Rooney playing behind him.
You can love him or loathe him, but there is no denying that Luis Suarez is one of the most talented forwards in the league right now. He has been a mile above the rest of his teammates this season, with Liverpool having minimal chances of qualifying for the Champions League, the forward could be set for an exit this summer.
Luis Suarez has recently signed a long term contract with Liverpool, pushing away any potential bidders. Even though Suarez had a contract which would not end till the next four years, the Liverpool hierarchy were quick to recognise the fact that the Uruguayan would be instrumental to the growth of the club. Suarez was thus handed a pay rise as well as a contract extension, for his commendable 18 months in the English Premier League.
Suarez has repeatedly distanced himself from claims that he is looking forward to leaving the club in the near future, in one of his interviews when questioned as to whether he will leave, if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League he reiterated:
“But I want to say now that, if you want to know what will happen to me if we don’t qualify for the Champions League, then I will say this: I have a contract with Liverpool and I am very happy here. I will stay.”
Arsenal will host Liverpool on Wednesday night in a match that both teams really need to win. Brendan Rodgers' side can equal Arsenal with 37 points if they can grab the full three points at the Emirates.
Both sides had two very different weekends in the FA Cup. On Saturday, Arsenal eliminated Brighton with a 2-3 victory, but that victory did not come without some stress and hard work. The hosts came from behind on two occasions, but Theo Walcott's late strike sealed the deal for Arsene Wenger's side.
Liverpool was not as fortunate on Sunday when they traveled to Oldham and were defeated 3-2. Brendan Rodgers' side saw yet another title chance slip away, although they could well have equalized the match on a number of occasions.
Wednesday's match will prove vital for both sides. The Gunners have been extremely inconsistent this season, but they have enjoyed a lot of goals at home as of late. From their latest thumping of West Ham to their seven goal thriller against Newcastle, Arsenal fans have enjoyed some decent success at home as of late, with the exception of their defeat to Manchester City.
Before United takes to the pitch against Liverpool, let us explore five big factors which could affect this match.
Luis Suarez is a player who almost lives for controversy. Controversy has followed him around ever since he moved to Merseyside. Suarez’s previous controversy came last week when he handled the ball against lowly Mansfield in the FA Cup. He will surely have an impact on this game one way or the other.
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Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey rescued the club’s European season, after his two late goals in the second half handed Liverpool a much needed win against Young Boys last month.
Liverpool survived the fixture by winning 5-3. The two sides will meet once again in a crunch tie that could result in elimination from the Europa league for either one of the two clubs. Both sides are level on six points in Group A, and Anzhi is on top of the table with just one point separating the three sides. Udinese, now on four points, has an outside chance of causing an upset to finish above Liverpool and Young Boys if they win their remaining two games.
Brendan Rodgers will field a strong side for this match in contrast to his relaxed approach to the competition earlier. He handed several youngsters their debuts in this competition earlier, but he will not take this match lightly. If we go by the recent form in this competition, Young Boys are on a roll with back-to-back wins against Anzhi and Udinese. Liverpool on the other hand lost by a solidary goal in an away game against Anzhi.
A week after playing an intense English Premier League fixture at home to Manchester City, Liverpool will welcome Arsenal. The campaign is still in its early stages.
Daniel Agger was shown the red card against West Bromwich Albion on the first day of the season. He served his one-match suspension by missing Liverpool’s match against Man City. The Denmark international is expected to make the cut in Brendan Rodger’s roster for Sunday’s fixture against Arsenal.
In the absence of the injured Lucas Leiva, Nuri Sahin could make his debut after joining the Merseyside Reds on loan from Real Madrid. Meanwhile, starlet Raheem Sterling could survive competition from Stewart Downing after making a great impression on his debut last weekend.
After two consecutive scoreless draws Arsenal will travel to Anfield to take on Brendan Rodgers new look Liverpool. The Anfield outfit has had an opening day loss and drew with champions Manchester City last weekend. Both teams are looking to get their campaign under way with three points.
Since the departure of Robin van Persie much has been said of the Gunners lack of attacking quality.
But it is easy to criticize the Gunners attack when you forget that both Stoke & Sunderland really played for a draw.
Wednesday night was a bad one for Uruguay as a 1-0 defeat to Great Britain forced them to a first round exit at London 2012.
“I'm hurt because we lost and are going home. We all had a dream and that was to win the gold medal here,” Luis Suarez avowed after the game.
The captain was particularly targeted by the crowd throughout the match in Cardiff. Commenting on the incident, Suarez added:
“I can take the abuse. I don't mind. But I think it was a total lack of respect from the crowd to boo when we were trying to sing our national anthem. Those things should not happen.”
Speaking in defence of the Liverpool striker, Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates declared: