Saturday/Saturday: 2nd Edition!

 

Mags' beloved, and once mighty, Leeds United (pronounced: U-NIY-ehd)

 

Earlier this week the my team, the “Super Whites” of West Yorkshire, made hard work of what should have been a ‘doddle’. Instead of “Marching All Together” they ambled along half-arsed for much of the game. Playing Blue Square Premier giants Kettering in an FA Cup 3rd round reply, Leeds United were held 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes. And by all accounts the lesser known hopefuls did themselves proud, controlling 50% of possession and craving out some chances of there own. However, this prowess fizzled in 108th minute when Stars and Stripes countryman Mike Grella scored, beginning an 11 minute tirade that gifted United four goals; the final score being 5-1.

In a pitiful attempt to emulate Beckham, dragging along behind like a naughty schoolboy, Landon Donovan looks like he is heading to Europe just in time for the glorious English January weather. Think rain, with a bit of rain, sprinkled with freezing rain; lovely. According to sources, in The Venuists case; some bloke down the pub, he is heading in the direction of his cursing, Yank counterpart; Tim Howard and his team, Everton. At least it will keep him out of trouble whilst the MLS is out of session, we don’t want him hanging around with the wrong crowd at the local off-license of an evening now do we? Hopefully his turn on Merseyside will be far better than his magnificently poor stay at German side, Bayer Leverkusen, he only played seven games in five years (yeah, alright he was loaned back to the MLS for three of those). Little Timmy Howard seems to be fairing pretty well with The Toffee’

s, and prior to that Brian McBride made his mark, so it is possible.

My Funny Valentine: Beckham (left in a pretty fey take on what the English insist upon referring to as a "Mohican") and Landon Donovan frolic in the fair pastures of Los Angeles in route to a birth in the 2009 MLS Cup

 

Speaking of Merseyside, The Pool finally have El Niño back, and not a minute too soon. Fernando Torres has been greatly missed at Anfield in recent weeks, Liverpool have floundered without his pace, panache and goalscoring prowess. “Liverpool’s Number 9” has  made a massive impact since arriving from Atlético Madrid in ’07. So much so that he now seems to be as scouse as The Beatles, Cilla Black and Echo and The Bunnymen(?); as this recent NIKE ad illustrates:

And the burning question on everyone’s lips around the water cooler this week (yeah, right): What happens to former Arsenal goalkeepers? Well apparently they become incontinent; no really! Take this beautiful footage of Jens Lehmann taking a piss during; yes you read correctly, during, Stuttgart’s Champions League clash with Unirea this week. Obviously not the shy type, the former Arsenal #1, ducks behind advertising hoardings while play is still going on to relieve himself. No need to panic lads, nicely done Herr Lehmann.


On a dozzier note: whilst virtually all global eyes, apart from one rather large North American landmass perhaps, were focused last Friday night on the World Cup draw; one Mr Wayne Rooney slept through England’s date with destiny, waking up 5 hours later. And you thought two 90 games of football a week was knackering; no, no fatherhood is far more exhausting.

Woe be to the side that matches this squad in the 2010 World Cup "Group of Death!"

 

This weeks predictions:

Bolton V Man City

Man City are on song, there comeback against Chelsea proves that, and this week with key influential player Craig Bellamy set to be back in the starting lineup, I think City should dominate. Bolton can be tricky, but the lads from Eastlands will prove too strong.

Prediction: Bolton 1 –

3 Man City

Chelsea V Everton

Chelseas home record is stellar and although Everton fought back well against Spurs last week, they haven’

t been scoring as many as they need to in the Premiership. Chelsea should romp home.

Prediction: Chelsea 3 –

0 Everton

Man Utd V Aston Villa

Utd have a lot of injuries to juggle with, there is even talk of getting the youthful Sol Campbell in the January transfer window to plug the defense gaps, and Villa have been play great football recently. Nobody else will predict this with Man U at home, but I think Villa will get a draw…

they may even edge a surprise win.

Prediction: Man Utd 2 –

2 Aston Villa

Liverpool V Arsenal

Scouseland have the dynamic duo back in effect and this will be the deciding factor is this encounter. With Gerrard feeding Torres up front it will be too much for The Gunner to handle, especially at Anfield. Granted, Arsenal play great football and use all there strengths well, but Liverpool will win…

.. they bloody well need to for their sake.

Prediction: Liverpool 2 –

1 Arsenal

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