The Premier League is finally out of the beginning stages and into the business end of the season; last week was a week of upsets, with Hull City and Southampton, registering surprise wins, and the mauling of Manchester United at the Etihad, was another shocker. This week yet again throws up some fiery match-ups. So get ready.


An early kick-off and potentially match of the week. This London derby might not be as significant or have the same intensity as the Tottenham-Arsenal one, but a lot is at stake. Both teams are vying for the top spot.  A loss here could halt the league campaign of either club. A Tottenham win could prove them serious title contenders.  Could this be a beginning of a new manager rivalry: Mourinho V AVB? This one could go either way. A draw could be on the cards.


Oscar: The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in this wonder kid, and he has proved him right. In a highly contested defensive match up, his skills could prove vital, for a Chelsea win.

Jan Vertonghen: With only one goal conceded in nine competitive games, Tottenham have been simply outstanding defensively. With “Jan the man” leading the defence. They look impenetrable. Want to bet on Football?



City showed their prowess last week, in their mauling of Manchester United 4-1, hence laying stake on the Premier League title. Although Villa are playing pleasing attacking football, their defence remains a weakness, which City would be looking to seize upon. It should be an easy ride for City at Villa Park.


Sergio Aguero: He is in scintillating form, having already scored twice in the Manchester derby and with the amount of goal scoring assists he gets from a world class mid-field (Navas, Nasri, Toure), not scoring in front of a weak Villa defence, would be a shock.



Fulham have looked out of sorts so far in their league campaign, recording just a single win, against a poor Sunderland team. Cardiff on the other hand are a hard working team and have played well so far this season. If Cardiff sticks to what they do best and work hard as a team, they could sneak out a tough win at the Cottage. Individual brilliance at disposal with Fulham might prove too much for Cardiff City.


Dimitar Berbatov: Has to get going someday soon, Fulham need some individual brilliance and Berbatov could be the go to guy. He should be desperate to get going in the League, especially after scoring in the Capital Cup tie against Everton.



West Ham haven’t won in the last seven away games and they have been plagued with injuries, especially Andy Carrol. Hull are the team in form, sitting 11th in the table, an overachievement thus far. Steve Bruce would be looking to maintain the momentum. Both teams would be high on confidence, registering wins in their Capital One Cup games.  The problem is West Ham don’t have many attacking options up front. Hull City should win this one, but have to fight it out.


Sone Aluko: Having already scored a match winner and assisted in another against Newcastle last week, he is our player to watch out for.



Winning against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup tie, in midweek, might have given some solace to United, after being brutally beaten last week. They won’t be facing a tough opposition in West Brom, who have had a horrific start to the season themselves. United have way too much talent at their disposal. United should win easily.


Wayne Rooney: He still has a thing or two to prove to the Man United fans, if Van Persie is sidelined again, he will be the centre of the United attack. He would be raring to score in front of his home crowd.



Pochettino’s team looks solid defensively having allowed only two goals in five matches. They have struggled offensively though having scored just thrice. But this could be a breakout game offensively against Palace. Palace have struggled so far into the Premier League campaign. Having won just once, against bottom side Sunderland. Having won back to back games against Liverpool and Bristol City (Capital One Cup), confidence should be high and Southampton should win this one.


Ricky Lambert: This is a match where, Ricky could easily score a hat-trick. Crystal Palace are weak defensively and Ricky will look to pounce upon any given opportunity to score, especially through set pieces.



Who expected Arsenal to be sitting on the top of the table, a week before the transfer window closed? Arsenal have won all of their last eight matches in all competitions. Now they face a stiff competition against a surging Swansea team, who might be low on confidence, after a loss to The Blues in the Capital One Cup tie. Both teams love to play attacking passing football; it would be a treat to watch. This could be an exciting match and it could go tilt either way, a draw is a certain possibility.


Aaron Ramsey: He has been in cracking form, having scored six of seven in 2013/14 competitive matches.

Mesut Ozil: He has settled in extremely well at the Emirates, creating assists, doing what he does best, we haven’t seen it since Cesc Fabregas and RVP days.

Michu: He can be a game-changer on his day, he just needs a glimpse of goal and when he gets it he usually scores.


 STOKE CITY V NORWICH CITY @ Britannia Stadium

With Mark Hughes at the helm, Stoke have undergone radical changes to their playing style, passing more and more, but the quality of the passing disintegrates the more they move into the opponents third. Still, they are sitting 10th in the table on the same points as Champions Man United (7 points) – so not a bad start!  Norwich has started sluggishly, Chris Hughton still hasn’t figured out what style and formation he wants his team to play since the departure of Grant Holt. Until he does, Norwich will struggle despite some quality additions on the players side of things, Stoke should win this one.


Kenwyne Jones: He has adapted to the passing style of football, while still posing an aerial threat.



Liverpool are coming off back to back defeats against Southampton last week and Manchester United in the Capital One Cup tie,so the dream start for Brendan Rodger’s men has come to an end! But with Luis Suarez starting his first league game of the season after serving his 10 game ban, Liverpool should be too strong for Sunderland. Sunderland on the other hand are manager less and should remain that way until the game. They haven’t won a game this season and are sitting bottom of the table. Liverpool should be comfortable winning this one; the question is by how many goals.


Luis Suarez: He is back; could he achieve the heights of last season? Could he propel Liverpool into the Champions League, with his goal scoring maestro? He has the potential, which we’ll all see, come Sunday.



Everton are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League. They have also kept clean sheets in their last seven home matches. They have easily adapted to Roberto Martinez’s style of play of passing the ball. Newcastle should be high on confidence after notching a win against Leeds United in the Capital One Cup tie. Seeing the recent stats on record, Everton seems a likely winner at home.


Leighton Baines: He is currently the best fullback in England (if not Europe), scoring two beauties last weekend against West Ham. He is the player to watch.

Romelu Lukaku: An important part of the Everton strike force and Martinez clearly has faith in him, and has been reward already with a match winner last week, definitely hungry for more goals.




Gareth Bale: Footballer, Superstar or Both?

Unless you were holidaying on the moon during this summer’s football transfer window, you’re sure to have heard about the world record transfer of Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Gareth Bale to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The transfer saga of the year finally ended on the second-to-last day of the transfer window with a move reportedly worth over £85m. The twenty-four year-old Welshman’s career over the last year has been impressive, netting 21 goals in the Premier League alone for the North London club in the 2012/13 season, double what he produced the season before. However, does one terrific season justify Madrid’s interest and considerable price tag? Will Gareth Bale be a success at Real Madrid?


Originally a left-back, Bale began his career in the Championship at Southampton and scored his first goal at the age of 17 with a net-rattling free-kick against Derby to bring the club level against their rivals. However, he went on to score just four more goals in 40 appearances for his club before the Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur swooped in and signed the teenager, who was later moved to a more attacking role on the wing in 2009, for £7m on a four-year contact.

Expected to flourish at his new club after a promising start where he scored goals against Fulham and North London rivals Arsenal, Bale unfortunately picked up an injury on his right foot against Birmingham City, which restricted him to just 12 appearances in the 2007/08 season. Then, after an unremarkable campaign in 2008/09, he had to have knee surgery after an MRI scan detected a meniscal tear in his left knee. This common injury among athletes happens when the meniscus, the cartilage between the shin and thigh bones, is moved or twisted in a certain way and doesn’t always require surgery, except in cases where the surgeon is positive the patient will benefit. With Bale under the guidance of expert physicians and reaping the benefits of the latest in medical advances, his recovery has been impressive. Repairing the tear also reduces the chances of the injury happening again, a crucial aspect for any athlete, especially in a contact sport such as football. Bale was out for two months, finally returning on 26th September in Tottenham’s 5-0 win against Burnley.

Despite these set-backs, the rest of Bale’s 2009/10 campaign was promising and in 2010/11 he hit the ground running, catching the eye of pundits and players worldwide, scoring 7 goals and assisting once in the Premier League and picking up the PFA Player’s Player of the Year award. However, most notably was his performance against European Champions Inter Milan where he scored a hat-trick at the San Siro. His goal tally proceeded to climb higher and higher in the following seasons, collecting both the PFA Young Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year for a second time, before completing his ‘dream move’ to nine time European Cup winners Real Madrid.

The Story so Far

Bale has appeared twice for his new club, scoring a tap-in, masterfully assisted by right-back Daniel Carvajal against Villareal, and assisting the second most expensive signing of all time, £80m Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal in Madrid’s 6-1 victory over Galatasaray in the UEFA Champion’s League group stage. The reception of the pacey wide-man from Real Madrid fans has been mixed; although the majority seem delighted with the club’s new signing, many are confused and frustrated at the colossal price tag, resulting in the sale of their midfield and assist machine, Mesut Ozil, to Tottenham’s main rivals, Arsenal, to fund the transfer.

The Question of Bale’s Predicted Success

It’s entirely possible that Gareth Bale could become one of the greats. For his national team, he has a moderate 39 caps and 11 goals, but in his club career he has scored 49 in 187 games. He can create goal-scoring chances out of nothing, was Spur’s best player in the 2012/13 Campaign, and can make scoring from a free-kick look easy.

However, if you compare Bale’s statistics with other players of his age, he doesn’t seem quite so impressive. For example, Theo Walcott of Arsenal started at Southampton at the same time and age as Bale; transferring to the Gunners in 2006 for a fee of reportedly around £5m. Since he joined the North London team, he’s scored 40 goals in 185 appearances (compared to Bale’s 44 in 147 for Spurs). Last season, the Englishman’s assist rate was almost twice that of the ex-Tottenham player, despite scoring 7 less goals, making Walcott statistically around the same mark as his competitor – a fact largely overlooked by the press – and is in fact valued at around £25m, a staggering £60m less than Bale.

Robin Van Persie, involved in the transfer saga of last summer’s transfer window after scoring 30 goals for Arsenal in the 2011/12 season, was famously bought from Arsene Wenger’s club by Manchester United for £24m. Even taking age into account, as Van Persie was 29 with one year left on his contract at Arsenal, is Gareth Bale worth £61m more than one of the best strikers in the world?

The answer is: probably not. Will Bale live up to this monumental hype that surrounds him and become a Real Madrid superstar? Perhaps. Or perhaps he’ll just be what he has been for his career so far: really good.

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FootieQuiz’s Premier League Preview: Week 5 Manchester Derby Weekend


Yet another round of Premier League matches is upon us this weekend. It promises to be as breathtaking as ever. Here we are going to analyse each game for this weekend.

NORWICH V ASTON VILLA (12:45pm) @ Carrow Road
This is going to be a crucial game for both teams. Villa, having lost their last 3 matches, need a quick bounce back. The loss of Jores Okore (ruptured anterior cruciate ligament) for nine months will see Paul Lambert making some adjustments in the midfield. City having made a sluggish start themselves, have maintained an undefeated home record and have gained all their 4 points at home. Maintaining it will be a tough task, against a young and energetic Villa side.

Christian Benteke: He is the highest premier league scorer for this calendar year with 18 goals, and he would look to add to his tally.

Libor Kozak: Could be his debut game against Norwich, already scored for his country Czech Republic against Italy , would be in high confidence and pairing up with Benteke could prove lethal to the opposition.

Johan Elmandar: Not having scored in his first 3 games, he would be raring to find the back of the net, and Villa haven’t been able to keep a clean sheet for the past 26 games, so it could be his day.


It’s been a dream start for Brendan Rodger’s side, sitting top of the league after 4 games, that too without Suarez, this is the last of his 10 match ban, before he returns. Liverpool has been on a 12 game unbeaten run, and indeed Rodger’s is trying to make Anfield a fortress which it used to be. Daniel Agger could be making a return from his injury suffered last week before the Swansea match. On the other hand, Pochettino’s side was the last side that beat Liverpool; he would take confidence from that fact, and would be looking to give a tough fight.

Daniel Sturridge: having scored 9 goals in 11 games, he is in red-hot form, no Coutinho and Suarez, the onus is solely on him.

Simon Mignolet: 3 clean sheets in 4 games is worth a mention , Daniel Agger is going to be back, a clean sheet and a couple of spectacular saves, would bring a smile on this high flying goalkeeper.


Both teams have been hit with injury problems, Hull are without their team captain Robert Koren, and is out for eight weeks, whereas Newcastle are without central defender Steven Taylor. This could be a third consecutive win in a row for Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse: Since April he hasn’t scored a goal, this would be a golden chance to open his account for the season.

Yannick Sagbo: The powerful striker is back from suspension and the tigers would be relying on him, with all the injury problems affecting the squad.


WEST BROM V SUNDERLAND (3pm) @ the Hawthorns
Yet another vital game, you can imagine, the league is just 4 games old and we are talking about how important each game is. That is the premier league. Both teams are in the bottom three, both teams would be hoping to kick start their league campaign with a win.

Stephane Sessegnon: After getting his work permit, the ex-Sunderland striker would be raring to show his class against his old club.



Both teams haven’t been prolific in front of goal this season, the Hammers haven’t scored since the opening day win against Cardiff(2-0) and Everton have only scored thrice, though Everton do have an unbeaten record.

Romelu Lukaku: Was ineligible to play against his parent club, he would be raring to make his debut, with a goal of course.

Ross Barkley: He is young, energetic and scores goals, this kind of talent, is what England needs, and he will have a go at a weak West Ham defence.


CHELSEA V FULHAM (5:30 pm) @ Stamford Bridge
London derbies are always exciting, and this is no exception especially with an added pressure on the Mourinho’s side to win, having not won a single game in a month and coming off back to back defeats. Now we know why Chelsea were pursuing Rooney so fervently, they dreadfully need a striker, who scores and PLAY JUAN MATA. Fulham on the other hand are not in form themselves. Berbatov, is doubtful for the game. They need someone to score goals from somewhere.

Juan Mata: Mourinho enough of the arrogance, you got to accept the fact that you need him, your side needs him.

Darren Bent: If Fulham have any chance of salvaging any points at the Bridge, Bent needs to get his goal scoring shoes on.


ARSENAL V STOKE CITY (1:30pm) @ Emirates Stadium
Mesut Ozil makes his home debut at the Emirates; Arsenal have won all their last six matches in all competitions. Stoke have had an impressive start to their season, and looks like a team who are willing to push forward.

Olivier Giroud: He has been in scintillating form, having scored five times already into the season.
Mesut Ozil: A genuine playmaker, who scores goals, he wouldn’t mind one against stoke, in front of his home crowd.


CRYSTAL PALACE V SWANSEA (3pm) @ Selhurst Park
Weariness could play a vital role in Swansea losing this game, they have already played ten games in all competitions so far, and captain Ashley Williams is a doubtful for the game, the Eagles will look to exploit that and look for a victory.

Gayle: A pacy striker, who will run havoc, for the drained Swansea defence.
Michu: He can be world class on his day, having already scored an equaliser against Liverpool; he would be high on confidence.


Cardiff would be looking to match the success they had against Manchester City at home, against Tottenham. Tottenham would be a tired bunch, but they have only let in one goal all season, they look a solid pack.

Steven Caulker: He would have a point to prove to his ex-team, He has been solid in defence, could score the only header from a corner and a win.

Christian Eriksen: He has already assisted four times in five games (premier league and eredivisie), looks a promising star, potential of creating some goal scoring passes.


MAN CITY V MAN UTD (4pm) @ Etihad Stadium
The match of the week, literally, the world would be glued to their TV sets, even the neutrals (kopites, blues, and gunners). It has so much at stake, any game between title contenders does. It’s just three points, but all the top teams dropping points, so early in the season, winning becomes important now. It’s beginning of a new era -MOYES-PELLEGRINI. Who will draw first blood?

Yaya Toure: He has been the best passer in the premier league this season, with 347 passes, 30 more than any other player in the league. He is a goal threat outside the box and gradually becoming a free-kick master.

Wayne Rooney: He is proving to be a central figure on the field for United these days; he has to step up for a big game like this. He was ‘world class’ in his last two games but this is the game to prove it right.


The FootieQuiz Top 10 Premier League Football Chants

The Premier League boasts some of the most impressive football stadiums in the world. Packed out arenas, some steeped in tradition others new modern shiny structures- The Premier League has it all.

However what makes English football stadiums unique in comparison with other European leagues such as Spain, Italy and France is the history of travelling away supporters. The tribal banter and rivalries that have built up over the years adds an extra level of passion that is unique to the English league. The pinnacle of this is the classic football chant.

Here is the Footie Quiz Top 10 Quality Banter Chants – our collection of some of the most witty, clever and relatively clean chants and tunes that you may have heard while watching a Premier League game from the stands:

No. Player/
Chant Tune Club Ground
1 Robert
“Huth! There it is!” Tag Team’s “Whoomph! There it Is”. Stoke City Britannia Stadium
2 Habib
“Sunday, Monday, Habib Beye Tuesday,
Wednesday, Habib Beye Thursday, Friday, Habib Beye, Saturday, Habib Beye,
rocking all week with you!”
Happy Days (theme tune) Aston Villa & Newcastle Villa Park & St James Park
3 Park
“Park, Park wherever you may be,
You eat dogs in your home country,
Could be worse,
You could be Scouse,
Eating rats in your council house.”
Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts” Man Utd Old Trafford
4 At Man Utd Fans “U-N-I-T-E-D
That spells f***ing debt to me,
with a knick knack paddywhack, give a dog a bone,
Ocean Finance on the phone”
“This Old Man” Man City Eithad
5 Bobby Zamora “When you’re sat in Row Z / and the ball
hits your head / that’s Zamora.”
Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” Fulham Craven Cottage
6 Djimi Traoré “Dont blame it on Biscan
Dont blame it on Finnan
Dont blame it on Hamann
blame in on Traoré
He just can’t
he just can’t
he just can’t control his feet”

Michael Jackson’s “Blame it on the
Liverpool Anfield
7 Cesc Fabregas “Lets talk about Cesc baby,
Lets talk about Van-Per-sie,
Lets talk about Theo Walcott, Kolo Toure and Nasri,
Lets talk about Cesc!”
Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” Arsenal Emirates
8 Johan Djourou “Clichy to the left of me, Sanga to the
right, here I am stuck in the middle, Djourou”
Steller Wheels “Stuck in the Middle” Arsenal Emirates
9 Christian Benteke “Don’t you wish your striker was quality,
Don’t you wish your striker was Benteke, Don’t cha!”
Pussy Cat Dolls “Don’t Cha” Aston Villa Villa Park
10 Ashley Cole “You gotta file, file,
file, file, file for divorce”
Cheryl Cole’s “Fight for
This Love”
At Chelsea’s Ashley Cole Most Premier League
grounds at the time!

Do you think we have missed any clean classics? If so leave a comment and if they are of sufficient quality we may even change the Footie Quiz Top 10 Quality Banter Chants.

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