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  1. Darlo's last stand?

    Having recently been placed in administration for the third time in nine years, the administrators in control of Darlington fear the club may fold in a "very short time".

    There is now the very real possiblity that Darlo's match in the Conference at Barrow on Saturday could be their last.

    Those who support clubs who have suffered similar financial stress will have every sympathy with the long-suffering Darlo fans.

    For those whose biggest fear is that their chairman won't sanction the signing of a new £20million striker, then maybe this heartfelt posting - entitled Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more from MKDarlo on the Darlo Uncovered forum - may give a bit of perspective:

    Let’s make Barrow on Saturday a celebration of the ...
  2. Premier League Goal of the Week: Ben Watson’s penalty for Wigan Athletic

    Winner of this week's Premier League goal is Ben Watson’s penalty for Wigan Athletic at Stoke City
    - It’s unusual to select a penalty for a Goal of the Week award but this one came in unusual, maybe unique, circumstances.
    - Struggling ten-man Wigan appeared to be heading to a 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium until they were awarded a spot-kick in the 86th minute.
    - However, with regular penalty-taker Jordi Gomez off the pitch, Ben Watson was called off the bench in the style of an American football goalkicker.
    - So it was with his first kick of the game that the former Crystal Palace held his nerve and comfortably beat Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen to earn the Latics a valuable point.
    - Although it’s not unknown for a substitute to come on in the closing ...
  3. Premier League scorers and assists - predictions for 2nd - 3rd January 2012

    Season's Greetings! Here are our predictions scorers and assists for January 2nd and 3rd.

    Aston Villa Swansea City (0-2)
    Aston Villa scorer: Gabby Agbonlahor Assist: N'Zogbia
    Swansea scorer: Graham Assist: Routledge

    Blackburn Rovers Stoke City (1-2)
    Blackburn Rovers scorer: Yakubu Assist: Nzonzi
    Stoke scorer: Jonathan Walters Assist: Matthew Etherington

    Queens Park Rangers Norwich (1-2)
    QPR scorer: Helguson Assist: Barton
    Norwich scorer: Jackson Assist: Holt

    Wolverhampton Wanderers Chelsea (1-2)
    Wolves scorer: Doyle Assist: Frimpong
    Chelsea scorer: Torres Assist: Mata*

    Fulham Arsenal (2-1)
    Fulham scorer: Dembele Assist: Dempsey
    Arsenal scorer: Robin Van Persie* Assist: ...
  4. Premier League Preview Stats 2 - 4 January 2012

    Barclays Premier League
    2 - 4 January 2012
    Monday 2 January
    Aston Villa Swansea City

    • Swansea City have lost on all eight previous visits to Villa Park and the only goal they’ve scored on the ground was in the FA Cup semi-final in 1964 versus Preston North End.
    • Prior to scoring at Chelsea on Saturday, Darren Bent’s five goals in the Premier League for Aston Villa this season were all scored at Villa Park.
    • Swansea City are now the only Premier League team without an away win this season.

    Blackburn Rovers Stoke City

    • Stoke City have won five of their seven previous Premier League meetings with Blackburn Rovers.
    • Blackburn Rovers haven’t won consecutive Premier League games since November 2010, prior to Steve
    ...
  5. Premier League scorers and assists - predictions for 31st December/ 1 January

    Season's Greetings! Here are our predictions scorers and assists for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. This service will extended to probable line-ups in the New Year in support of those playing the intriguing Football Insider game on their Facebooks.

    (After Sunderland line-ups announced)

    Manchester United Blackburn Rovers (2-3)
    Man Utd scorer: Hernandez* Berbatov* x 2 Assist: Luis Nani* Antonio Valencia*
    Blackburn Rovers scorer: Yakubu x 2 Assist: Nzonzi

    Arsenal Queens Park Rangers (1-0)
    Arsenal scorer: Robin Van Persie* Assist: Alex Song
    QPR scorer: Bothroyd Assist: Wright-Phillips

    Bolton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-1)
    Bolton scorer: Klasnic Assist: Petrov
    Wolves scorer: Steven Fletcher Assist: ...
  6. Premier League and Football League suspensions weekend of 31 December

    Those players who receive their fifth yellow card of the season after Saturday's games (31 December) will not be subject to a one-match ban.
    So with a thought for those on four yellows, here's this week's lengthy suspension list:

    Start Date Player Club Term
    18/12/2011 JOYCE,Luke Accrington Stanley Three Match Ban (26/12,31/12,02/01)
    27/12/2011 JONES,Darren Aldershot Town Three Match Ban (31/12,02/01,07/01)
    ...

    Updated 30th December 2011 at 05:01 PM by 11v11 (C Sammon suspension withdrawn)

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    football league , premier league
  7. Premier League Preview Stats 30 December 2011 - 1 January 2012

    Barclays Premier League
    30 December 20111 January 2012
    Friday 30 December
    Liverpool Newcastle United

    • Newcastle United have lost all of their last three Premier League visits to Anfield by a 3-0 margin.
    • Liverpool have scored more than one goal in only one of their last five Premier League games.
    • In their last six Premier League games, Hatem Ben Arfa’s opener at Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day is the only goal scored for Newcastle United other than by Demba Ba.

    Saturday 31 December
    Arsenal Queens Park Rangers

    • Arsenal have won only two of their last 11 league and cup meetings against Queens Park Rangers.
    • Arsenal have failed to score
    ...
  8. Premier League Goal of the Week: Hatem Ben Arfa for Newcastle United at Bolton

    Goal of the Week: Hatem Ben Arfa for Newcastle United at Bolton Wanderers.

    • Against a struggling Bolton who were rejuvenated by the midweek win at Blackburn, Newcastle United ended a run of six games without a win with what eventually became a comfortable victory.
    • A draw had looked the most likely result though after a first half that lacked any notable chances.
    • The game turned on its head midway through the second period. After Bolton gave the ball away, full-back Ryan Taylor charged down left-wing. Faced with seven defenders in or around the Wanderers penalty area, Taylor’s precise cross on the run found an unmarked Hatem Ben Arfa who beat home keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with a crisp first-time effort.
    • It is Newcastle’s only goal in their last six Premier
    ...
  9. Premier League Performance of the Week: Manchester United

    Performance of the Week: Manchester United

    • United followed up their 5-0 win at Fulham last week with another 5-0 success, this time against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford, on Boxing Day.
    • The double quintet means that, if United avoid defeat against bottom of the table Blackburn Rovers on New Year’s Eve, they will return to the top of the Premier League table on manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday.
    • United have now hit 16 goals in achieving four successive Premier League victories.
    • They retained their record of having won all Boxing Day matches since 2003.
    • United have the the Premier League’s best record on Boxing Day, winning 15 of their 18 matches.
    • They also maintained their record of scoring in every league and cup game this season.
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  10. Premier League scorers and assists - predictions for 26-27th December

    Season's Greetings! Here are our predictions for Boxing Day

    (After line-ups announced)

    Chelsea Fulham (1-1)
    Chelsea scorer: Sturridge* Assist: Mata
    Fulham scorer: Dembele Assist: Dempsey

    Bolton Wanderers Newcastle United (0-2)
    Bolton scorer: Klasnic Assist: Petrov
    Newcastle scorer: Ibrahim Ba* Assist: Jonas Gutierrez

    Liverpool Blackburn Rovers (1-1)
    Liverpool scorer: Luis Suarez* Assist: Charlie Adam
    Blackburn Rovers scorer: Yakubu Assist: Hoilett

    Manchester United Wigan Athletic (5-0)
    Man Utd scorer: Hernandez* Assist: Luis Nani*
    Wigan scorer: Sammon Assist: Diame

    Sunderland Everton (1-1)
    Sunderland scorer: Sessegnon Assist: Sebastian Larsson
    Everton scorer: ...
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