Archive for August 2011

Man United thrash Arsenal‏ to go top

Monday, 29th August 2011 6:56pm
Manchester United posted its biggest winning margin of the season so far by beating arch rivals Arsenal 8-2.

In a match supposed to be between the top two teams of English Premier League, Man United made light work of their rivals to rocket to the top of the table.

The Gunners scored their first league goals of the season in this match but lie fourth from the bottom with just one point from three matches.

Meanwhile, Manchester City pushed Tottenham Hotspurs aside as they won 5-1 to make Spurs continue anchoring the table.

Man City now lie second on the table because of goal difference.

Swansea drew another blank in their match against Sunderland at Liberty Stadium.

The newly promoted side lost its first top flight match but then has managed to straight goalless draws at home.

Swansea is not the only one involved in goalless, its so far the most popular scoreline with six matches finishing goalless.

This week I will take a look at the different scorelines so far:


ScorelineFrequency
0 - 0 6
0 - 1 4
0 - 2 1
0 - 4 1
1 - 1 3
1 - 2 2
1 - 5 1
2 - 0 2
2 - 1 2
2 - 3 1
3 - 0 1
3 - 1 3
4 - 0 1
8 - 2 1

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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 0


Serie A opening round cancelled

Saturday, 27th August 2011 7:46am
The 2011/12 Serie A season opening round has been cancelled because of a strike by players.

The first match was going to AC Siena play Fiorentina.

Last week the opening round for La Liga was also cancelled because of a players strike.

TipsChallenge will for the first be running a Serie A tipping competition.


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Barca, AC Milan in same group

Saturday, 27th August 2011 7:25am
Defending champions Barcelona and former champions AC Milan have been drawn in the same group in the 2011/12 Champions League draw.

Barca were drawn in group H and will be joined by AC Milan, BATE Borisov and Viktoria Plzen.

In last season's draw the Serie A champions were drawn in the same group with Real Madrid.

Another Real Madrid/Lyon match is guaranteed after the teams were both drawn in group D. The other two teams in the group are Ajax and Dinamo Zagreb.

Elsewhere in the draw, English champions Manchester United will play Benfica, Basel and debutants Otelul Galati.

Arsenal will have Marseille, Olympiakos and the Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in its group.

Below is the full draw:


Group A: Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Manchester City, Napoli


Group B: Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow, Lille, Trabzonspor


Group C: Manchester United, Benfica, Basel, Otelul Galati


Group D: Real Madrid, Lyon, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb


Group E: Chelsea, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Genk


Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Olympiakos, Borussia Dortmund


Group G: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg, APOEL Nicosia


Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, BATE Borisov, Viktoria Plzen



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Arsenal reaches group phase

Thursday, 25th August 2011 1:54pm
Arsenal reached the UEFA Champions League group phase after beating Udinese 3-1 on aggregate.

The Gunners went into the second leg leading 1-nil and they managed to score two second half goals to win 2-1 and sent Udinese to the Europa League.

Some of the teams who also won their playoffs are Bayern Munich, Benfica, Oylmpiacos and Viktoria Plzen.

Meanwhile the teams have been divided into four pots for the Champions League draw as shown below:


Pot 1 - Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Porto, Inter Milan.

Pot 2 - Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Villarreal, AC Milan, Valencia, Marseille, CSKA Moscow, Benfica.

Pot 3 - Zenit St Petersburg, Man City, Olympiakos, Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, BATE Borisov, Basle, Lille.

Pot 4 - Borussia Dortmund, Trabzonspor, Dinamo Zagreb, Napoli, APOEL, Genk, Otelul Galati, Viktoria Plzen.


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Fenerbahce out of Champions League draw

Thursday, 25th August 2011 1:53pm
The Turkish Football Federation have withdrawn Fenerbahce from the 2011/12 Champions League draw because of an on-going match fixing investigation.

Fenerbahce had already qualified for the group phase as champions and they will now be replaced by runners-up Trabzonspor

Trabzonspor was scheduled to play in the Europa League.

The teams that remain in the draw are:


Pot 1 - Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Porto, Inter Milan.

Pot 2 - Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Villarreal, AC Milan, Valencia, Marseille, CSKA Moscow, Benfica.

Pot 3 - Zenit St Petersburg, Man City, Olympiakos, Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, BATE Borisov, Basle, Lille.

Pot 4 - Borussia Dortmund, Trabzonspor, Dinamo Zagreb, Napoli, APOEL, Genk, Otelul Galati, Viktoria Plzen.

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Man United pushes Spurs bottom

Tuesday, 23rd August 2011 1:50pm
The English Premier League champions Manchester United won their first match at home this season against Tottenham Hotspurs and pushed the London team to the foot of the table.

Man United won 3-nil with three second half goals and now have two wins from as many matches.

The win was not enough though to take top spot as rivals Manchester City sit at the top with a superior goal difference.

Man City followed their 4-nil win on the opening weekend against Swansea Cityto beat Bolton 3-2 at the Reebok.

All three promoted sides got something from their matches. QPR put their 4-nil loss against Bolton aside to win away to Everton 1-nil.

Norwich and Swansea both drew but Swansea are still to score a goal in the premiership.

Five teams Tottenham, Swansea, Fulham, Everton and Arsenal are still to find the back of the net this season as shown in the table below:


TeamGoals
Tottenham0
Swansea0
Fulham0
Everton0
Arsenal0
Wigan1
Sunderland1
Stoke1
QPR1
Newcastle1
W Brom2
Norwich2
Chelsea2
Blackburn2
Liverpool3
Aston Villa3
Wolves4
Man United5
Bolton6
Man City7

Total Goals Scored : 41

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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 1


Man City turns on the style

Tuesday, 16th August 2011 1:24pm
Manchester City started their 2011/12 English Premier League campaign with a convincing 4-nil win over newly promoted Swansea City.

The win leaves Man City second on the table behind Bolton Wanderers who beat another promoted team Queens Park Rangers 4-nil.

The third promoted team, Norwich had a reasonable start managing a one-all draw against Norwich.

The first round of the new campaign was marked by a string of goalless draws in the Newcastle/Arsenal, Fulham/Aston Villa and Stoke/Chelsea matches.

The Spurs and Everton match was postponed because of the London disturbances earlier in the week.

So in a round dominated by draws there were only three goal margins in nine matches:


Goal MarginFrequency
0 5
1 2
2 0
3 0
4 2
5 0

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Spurs/Everton match postponed

Thursday, 11th August 2011 11:27pm
The first round of the 2011/12 English Premiership season will kick off with nine fixtures after the match between Tottenham Hotspurs and Everton was postponed.

The match was postponed because of the rioting in the weekend in London and will be played at a later date.

The postponement leaves six matches on the opening day instead of seven.


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2011/12 English Premiership kicks off

Thursday, 11th August 2011 11:23pm
The 2011/12 English Premiership season will kickoff this weekend with the defending champions Manchester United playing West Bromwich Albion.

Last season United won its 19th title and it will become the first team to win 20 titles if it successfully defend its title.

Chelsea and Manchester City finished with the same number of points last season with City having an inferior goal difference and these two teams will be hoping to challenge the champions.

Last season only promoted side, Blackpool, went down and so the three promoted sides QPR, Swansea and Norwich will be hoping that they can both stay in the top division.

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Gunners draw Udinese, Bayern Zurich

Saturday, 6th August 2011 7:17am
In the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League play-off draw Arsenal will meet Serie A team Udinese whilst Bayern Munich play FC Zurich in the fight to reach the group stages.

Both Udinese and the Gunners finished fourth in their leagues and the second leg will be played in Italy.

Former champions Bayern will have to navigate past FC Zurich in order to reach the group phase having finished third in the Bundesliga last season.

Elsewhere in the draw former French Ligue 1 champions Lyon will face Rubin Kazan and Villarreal will face the Odense challenge.

The rest of the draw is as follows:

Arsenal vs Udinese

Bayern Munich vs FC Zurich

Wisla Krakow vs Apoel Nicosia

Maccabi Haifa vs Genk

Dinamo Zagreb vs Malmo FF

FC Copenhagen vs Plzen

Olympique Lyon vs Rubin Kazan

FC Twente vs Benfica

BATE vs SK Sturm Graz

Odense BK vs vsillarreal

TipsChallenge will be running a tipping competition for the Champions League starting from the group phase all the way to the final.


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Copa America goal summary

Saturday, 6th August 2011 7:10am
A total of 54 goals were scored in the 2011 Copa America with champions Uruguay topping the charts.

Paraguay and Venezuela conceded eight apiece and Colombia and hosts Argentina who each played four matches only conceded two.

Here are the number of goals scored by each team in the competition:


TeamGoals
Mexico1
Bolivia1
Ecuador2
Costa Rica2
Colombia3
Paraguay5
Chile5
Argentina5
Brazil6
Venezuela7
Peru8
Uruguay9

Total Goals Scored : 54


Goals conceded

Here is a table showing the number of goals conceded by each team:


TeamGoals
Colombia2
Argentina2
Uruguay3
Mexico4
Costa Rica4
Chile4
Brazil4
Peru5
Ecuador5
Bolivia5
Venezuela8
Paraguay8

Total Goals Conceded : 54

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