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29 November 2010
RESULTS Sat 27 Nov Sampdoria 1-1 Milan, Juventus 1-1 Fiorentina Sun 28 Nov Internazionale 5-2 Parma, Bari 1-1 Cesena, Bologna P-P Chievo, Brescia 0-0 Genoa, Cagliari 3-2 Lecce, Lazio 1-1 Catania, Udinese 3-1 Napoli, Palermo 3-1 Roma
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26 November 2010
FourFourTwo's resident Gooner Ben Welch looks ahead to Arsenal’s visit to Villa Park on Saturday....
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26 November 2010
It is the number one club competition on the continent, but the Libertadores Cup has its flaws. It has nothing to do with the final being over two legs, nor does it have anything to do with it being a South American club competition in which North American teams play.
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26 November 2010
Technology has made the job of a football journalist much easier, but things haven‘t always been so straightforward.
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26 November 2010
A quiet week here on planet Anything Goes. It all started just fine when the BBC’s Rob Walker came out to do a piece on me for Football Focus.
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26 November 2010
Although we always appreciate the multitudes of you who lend us your time to read our ramblings (we say 'lend', you aint getting it back), there have been complaints, mainly from the magical pixies round the back of the website that upload it, that this Premier League preview blog, frankly, goes on a bit.So for one week only – promise – the previews will be reduced to 17 syllables, in haiku form.Don’t say we didn’t warn you.SATURDAYAston Villa v Arsenal (12.45pm, Sky Sports 2 & HD2, 5 Live Radio)Tale of two Fabs: CescHammyknack; AlmuniaNot Fabianski?What won’t happen: A red card: though games involving Arsenal games have produced more reds this season than any other team (eight), Villa spectators haven’t seen one (except on the telly)What will happen: Fabianski to keep his place in an away win despite return of Collins and Carew for VillaBolton v Blackpool (3pm)Wow – Bolton are good!But ‘Pool love the North: wins atWigan, Toon, Anfield.What won’t happen: Bolton to let up their amazing runWhat will happen: Charlie Adam to score from outside the box: he’s had 26 shots from that distance already. Home winEverton v West Brom (3pm)No Baggies win atGoodison since ‘70sAnd Brunt out too. Ouch.What won’t happen: An exciting high-tempo game between these two out of form teamsWhat will happen: This haiku thing to get really old really quickly (sorry, but in the words of the sadly departed Magnus Magnusson, we’ve started so we’ll finish). Bore drawFulham v Birmingham (3pm)Few injury woesFor either side, but FulhamHardly the form team.What won’t happen: Lee Bowyer to score again. Ever.What will happen: Fulham struggle to bounce back from last week’s thrashing but claim an important draw against an improving BirminghamManchester United v Blackburn (3pm, 2nd half only on 5 Live Radio, full commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra)Man United not On the telly? Surely not.Who watches Roo now?What won’t happen: Blackburn, looking so poor until recently, make it four wins from fiveWhat will happen: United do the job with little fussStoke v Manchester City (3pm, Absolute Radio Extra)What? Man City notOn the telly? Surely not.Two such graceful teams!What won’t happen: Stoke’s new proposal to the Premier League to be implemented: just count the second half. They’d be topWhat will happen: The grumbling around Mancini to die down a touch after another good away winWest Ham v Wigan (3pm)Victor ObinnaShot Count: 47. GoalCount: big fat zero.What won’t happen: Golazooooo! This pair have the two lowest shots-to-goals ratio of any team in the league this season. Cows arses need not fear banjo playersWhat will happen: A painful game but a crucial three points for West HamWolves v Sunderland (3pm)“Remember us, Mick?“We Black Cats were crap with you;“Now we’re good; how’s Wolves?”What won’t happen: Sunderland’s impressive seventh place to last into the New YearWhat will happen: Big Mick to taste relegation yet again? It’s looking increasingly likely, especially after an away win hereSUNDAYNewcastle v Chelsea (1.30pm, Sky Sports 1 & HD1, TalkSPORT Radio)Coloccini bannedAnd Williamson too, soFirst Toon start for Sol?What won’t happen: Chelsea haven’t lost three league games on the trot since the last millennium. Expect it to stay that wayWhat will happen: No Essien, Terry and Lampard spells trouble for Chelsea, but they muddle through to a drawSpurs v Liverpool (4pm, Sky Sports 1 & HD1, 5 Live Radio)Stoke loss, West Ham win:Reds veer from crisis to joyAs per. Calm down, dears.What won’t happen: A calm, reasoned, long-term review of Liverpool’s fortunes from their fans, instead of week-by-week schizophreniaWhat will happen: And indeed, as Spurs win it’s back to ‘The biggest disaster in the club’s history’ and calls for Hodgson’s head
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26 November 2010
Benfica and Braga entered the penultimate matchday of the Champions League group stages with everything to play for. But while the Minho Warriors have managed to keep their faint hopes of advancing to the Last 16 alive, the Eagles  were left ruing a gruelling night in Tel Aviv that they won’t forget anytime soon.

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