Premier League Fixtures & Team News | 5 Nov 11


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Fixtures for the weekend matches in the English Premier League.

5 Nov 11


Newcastle United vs Everton

In – Royston Drenthe (Everton)

Doubtful – Cheik Tiote (Newcastle), Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin, Tim Cahill (Everton)

Out – Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Marouane Fellaini (Everton)


Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion

Doubtful – Peter Odemwingie (West Brom)

Out – Marouane Chamakh, Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Paul Scharner, Shane Long (West Brom)


Aston Villa vs Norwich City

In – Barry Bannan, Jermaine Jenas (Aston Villa)

Out – Zak Whitbread, James Vaughan, Elliott Ward, Daniel Ayala (Norwich City)


Blackburn Rovers vs Chelsea

In – David Dunn (Blackburn), John Terry (Chelsea)

Out – Ryan Nelsen, Michel Salgado, Scott Dann, Vince Grella (Blackburn)


Liverpool vs Swansea City

In – Kemy Agustien (Swansea)

Out – Steven Gerard, Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)


Manchester United vs Sunderland

In – Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)

Doubtful – David Vaughan (Sunderland)

Out- Michael Owen, Chris Smalling, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young  , Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Simon Mignolet, John O’Shea (Sunderland)


QPR vs Manchester City

In – Kieron Dyer (QPR)

Doubtful – Adel Taarabt (QPR), David Silva (Manchester City)

Out – Shaun Derry, Akos Buzsaky, Rob Hulse, DJ Campbell (QPR), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)












The Curious Case of Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez


Love him or hate him but you cannot ignore the brilliance of a certain Anfield player nowadays. On his bad days he comes with a couple of assists or wins a penalty for you. And the good ones makes the opposition cry, quite literally. But this article is not about Luis Suarez the player in a football field but rather than the perception of fans and pundits across the world about the player in the field.

Suarez, as brilliant as a player is for his club and country has come under criticism recently. People seem to have gotten over the ‘hand of god’ incidence from this last FIFA World Cup. But some of his antiques has not gone down well with some people. Experts and some of the fellow players have labeled him as a blatant diver. Some says he instigates the refrees every time he goes down. And recently he is also accused of being a racist by Patrice Evra.

Paul Scharner of West Bromwich Albion has recently accused Luis Suarez of a ‘nice dive’ apparently. You can check out the full story here. To be honest the accusation seems completely absurd as Suarez didn’t even appeal for a penalty. It might have been a soft touch but the referee took the decision without Suarez’s influence.

Racism is something which we cannot delve into for the lack of evidence present to us but everyone has seen the stuff he does in a match. It can look like that he sometimes does go overboard with the complaining and might have taken a dive or two but he is also pretty misunderstood at times.

Maybe its envy or naivety with some people but here at Thick Accent the verdict is clear. Luis Suarez is a beautiful footballer and will be an Anfield legend very soon if not already.

For reasons check out this immaculate article.





Billy Sharp Smashes Incredible Volley as Tribute to his Son (Video)

Beautiful yet tragic but immensely heartfelt for this day & age. Doncaster’s forward player Billy Sharp smashed home an incredible volley in the fixture against Middlesbrough. Sharp lost his 2 day old son Luey last Saturday but was courageous enough to play this match. Just after scoring the goal the bereaved father revealed a t shirt which said ‘Thats For you Son’.

As tragic it is for Sharp’s family, Football fans all across the globe got to see that there is still courage left in Footballers. Even though Doncaster lost the match 3-1 to the visitors, the respect was evident on everybody present at the stadium as even the referee did not show a yellow card for the incident. All the players and everyone present  at the Keepmoat stadium presented Billy Sharp with a one minute applause for the Footballers mettle.

Another significant aspect of the match was the first match for El Hadji Diouf for Doncaster.

But this match will go down in history for the bravery shown by an impeccable footballer and human being.

Check out the video below to see the goal.



Barclays Premier League | The Most Watched League in the World

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Barclays Premier League



According to a new research carried out by SPORT+MARKT, a sports business consultancy firm, Premier Leagues is the most watched League in the World. With a stomping 70 percent of the world’s football watching population getting high on Barclays Premier League most of the weekends and some mondays.

This should not comes as a surprise to anyone who follows Football on a regular basis. EPL has dominated every other league since it was taken over by Barclays in 1992. The league has grown every year and amount of money that it generates and then splashes back at buying players is astounding.

Read the rest of the article here.




Manchester United vs Manchester City | Premier League | 23 Oct 11

Manchester United vs Manchester City | EPL | 23 Oct 11 | Match Preview

Kick Off: 13. 30 Hrs (UK time)

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester


Heavy duty stuff is what this derby match would be, hopefully. Top of the table clash, this one fixture would be for the legendary banters. A win for either side will be monumental. While leading the points table, the winner of this fixture will also have the right to be a smug till the other club wins the next derby between the Manchester clubs. Smugness is basically related with the supporters of a club rather than the players and manager. If we can come to terms with the theory of smugness, we might as well proceed with the task in hand here.

Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa  4- 1 at home in their previous game. Whereas Manchester United were the second best in their clash against Liverpool. United were able to hold on to one point as Liverpool could not convert any of their chances and they had a lot of chances. Nemanja Vidic could return for this fixture which will go do well with gaffer. Rio Ferdinand and Johnny Evans, both were caught out of positions against Liverpool. Rooney & Nani should start against City with Welbeck in front.

Manchester City does not have a problem with their squad as it is filled with quality everywhere. James Milner &Mario Balotelli both scored great strikes against Aston Villa and have put down a solid case to start against United. Roberto Mancini has a tough task choosing a winning side and it becomes harder if everyone is playing well.

Speculating on form, City would probably edge United out but Old Trafford is bitch of place to win any match against Manchester United.

Less than 6 goals in the match will be very unfair to the supporters even the neutral ones or specially the neutral ones.






Manchester City Revival | Transfers Galore! | Part 2


Part 1

So last we were doing this, we had seen the power of money displayed by Manchester City. With respect to transfers, the 2010 January window was very quiet with only Patrick Viera, the only big name, joining the Blues on loan from Inter Milan.

With that we come to 2010 summer transfer window which saw other clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United & Chelsea also buying big. Especially Liverpool, who were recently taken over by the John W Henry led New England Sports Ventures. We shall be looking in to Liverpool’s progress this season too.

Players bought during summer 2010

1) David Silva (from Valencia)

2) James Milner (from Aston Villa)

3) Yaya Toure (from Barcelona)

4) Mario Balotelli (from Inter Milan)

5) Jerome Boateng (from Hamburg)


Again more than 100 million pounds utilized in the transfers. But the 2011 winters transfer saw Edin Dzeko as the only major buy for the club. Wolfsburg got a whopping 27 million pounds for the Bosnian striker.


Players bought during summer 2011

1) Gael Clichy (from Arsenal)

2) Stefan Savic (from Partizan Belgrade)

3) Sergio Aguero (from Atletico Madrid)

4) Owen Hargreaves (from Manchester United)

5) Samir Nasri (from Arsenal)


Little more than 80 million spent on the transfers. But some very astute buys which included 2 players from Arsenal & 1 Manchester United personnel and a super star striker from overseas. It indeed looks like Manchester City have played this very smartly this time around. It all depends upon Roberto Mancini now, as to how does he handle his resources this season. The club is playing for top honors in England and in Champions League. They have the squad for the challenge in front of them. All it needs is smart & proper usage of their resources.

Now the question of concern is, can money buy success? And thats’ where it is still at. Manchester City might have just won just one trophy since 2008  but they have gradually climbed the ladder and the results are just starting to show. Just like Liverpool, all the blue mancs think that this is going to be their season. And they do have a case much more than their Anfield rivals.




Manchester City
Manchester City




Manchester City Revival | Transfers Galore! | Part 1

This post is kind of a story/review/memoir of the blue side of Manchester after 2008. Precisely after the takeover from the Abu Dhabi United Group. Manchester City after 2008 has been hard to ignore. Be it playing wise or the substantial amount spent on transfers of players or the controversies generated by all some of the superstars of the game. And its not just Carlos Tevez creating drama, there have been plenty more of them hoopleheads.

So we basically start when Mark Hughes was the manager at the club. Lets have a look at the major signings Manchester City has had since 2008.


Sheikh Mansour
Sheikh Mansour

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Players bought during summer 2008

1) Vincent Kompany (from Hamburg)

2) Shaun Wright Phillips (from Chelsea)

3) Zabaleta (from Espanyol)

4) Robinho (from Real Madrid)


About 75 million pounds were paid to get the services of all the players during the summer transfer window of 2008/09 season. Since then Komapny & Zabaleta have prove their worth in the Premier League. High flying also started well but just wasn’t destined to be a blue manc.


Players bought during January 2009

1) Wayne Bridge (from Chelsea)

2) Shay Given (from Newcastle United)

3) Craig Bellamy (from West Ham United)

4) Nigel de Jong (from Hamburg)


A less successful transfer window for the club, still more than 35 million pounds were used in the transfer window. A very prominent figure for a Premier League in the January window.


Now we have the best & the most exciting list of players bought during the summer transfer window of 2009. Here we go.


Players bought during summer 2009

1) Joleon Lescott (from Everton)

2) Kolo Toure (from Arsenal)

3) Carlos Tevez (from Manchester United)

4) Emmanuel Adebayor (from Arsenal)

5) Gareth Barry (from Aston Villa)

6) Roque Santa Cruz (from Blackburn Rovers)


Mother of all transfers in the history of football & the world possibly, Manchester City splashed money above 120 million pounds. They got two defenders, 3 strikers & a defensive midfielder. Everyone was astonished with the price tag of a certain Joleon Lescott back then. Some of them still are, but he has proved that he is as good as anybody in the team right now.

Part 2

Javier Bardem Will Be The Next Bond Villain

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour on Nightline, Spanish actor Javier Bardem has confirmed that he will play the villain in the next James Bond movie. The movie has been aptly named Skyfall.

Javier Bardem has played one of the best roles of his life in a negative character in ‘No Country for Old Men’, which also starred Tommy Lee Jones. So this comes as no surprise as Sony Pictures have gone for the best this time around. After roping in Sam Mendes to direct the next Bond flick, the trio of Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig & Javier Bardem seems fanfuckingtastic.

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Javier Bardem



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Is Liverpool Correct in Demanding Bigger Share of TV Rights?

Alright, this could be a debate which would probably divide the world amongst Scousers & other people. Now that it is proven inevitable, lets proceed with the argument at stake here. Managing Director of Liverpool Football Club has made a statement about dividing the TV rights equally amongst all Premier League clubs.

Ian Ayre, Managing Director, has demanded the Spanish model to be applied for the division of TV rights. Clubs in Spain such as Barcelona & Real Madrid negotiate their own TV rights, which is miles better than the other La Liga clubs. Which makes the rich a little more richer.

He said  “Maybe the path will be individual TV rights like they do in Spain. There are so many things moving in that particular area. With the greatest of respect to our colleagues in the Premier League, but if you’re a Bolton fan in Bolton, then you subscribe to Sky because you want to watch Bolton. Everyone gets that. Likewise, if you’re a Liverpool fan from Liverpool, you subscribe.”

But it can also be fair as the clubs which are in favorable conditions have reached this status due to history, success or a large investment of capital. May be the last point does not act as a valid reason. But clubs like Manchester City, PSG alike have risen in the interest level for common football fans. Fans are generally curious about the state of affairs of the clubs because of their buying prowess.

Precisely Ian Ayre stated that ” But if you’re in Kuala Lumpur there isn’t anyone subscribing to Astro, or ESPN to watch Bolton, or if they are it’s a very small number. Whereas the large majority are subscribing because they want to watch Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal.”

The current deal from 2010 till 2013 stands at a staggering 1.4 billion pounds.

Meanwhile both Manchester United & Chelsea have distanced themselves from the idea of changing the Premier League’s distribution of TV rights. Both the clubs have stated that they will continue to back the Premier League’s decision on the distribution of TV rights.