Opposition fans drive Man City motorists crazy

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NEW research has shown that fans of Man City are most likely to cut up cars with a rival team’s supporters inside.
A survey by Confused.com found that when it comes to driving etiquette, almost one in 5 fans (18%) would discriminate against drivers of cars with stickers/scarves of arch rivals displayed.
Manchester City fans are most likely to discriminate against rival drivers – possibly displaying Manchester United scarves/stickers in their cars.
Plus, they are almost twice as likely (31%) to discriminate than Man United fans (17%).
Second worst were West Bromwich Albion fans, followed by Sunderland fans, Cardiff City fans and Norwich City fans.

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Premiership Predictions – Relegation return for Championship hopefuls

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YESTERDAY I predicted a Chelsea Premier League win come the end of the season, and to be honest picking the winner was harder than an a tungsten carbide statue of Roy Keane.
At the other end of the table, it’s far more clear cut in my eyes.
The promoted teams from the Championship are, for me, in a different league. A lower one.
Or at least they should be – when you line them up alongside the likes of last season’s strugglers Sunderland, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Southampton and Stoke.
Of the three I’d back Cardiff City to put up the biggest fight, especially with their summer signings such as Caulker and Cornelius, but Hull City Tigers and Crystal Palace will need a miracle to turn over enough points to stay within distance of 17th and safety.
I can only see it going one way – meaning it will be the first time all the promoted sides have been sent straight back to Championship since 1998.

Chelsea to win Premier League say number crunchers

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JOSE Mourinho’s Chelsea are going to win this season’s Premier League – according to cold hard maths.
Statisticians at Bloomberg Sports have revealed their first ever Premier League end of season projections – forecasting the finishing position and points of every team in the league.
And their number crunching has revealed that the Blues will pip United and City to the title in a three horse race, with Moyes finishing third in his first season at United.
They predict that Arsenal will beat off their rivals to the last Champions League spot, and all the promoted teams – Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Hull City – will be relegated straight back to the Championship for the first time since 1998.
Bill Squadron, President of Bloomberg Sports, said: “As fans around the world debate the 2013-2014 Premier League season from a purely subjective standpoint, we are adding our mathematically-derived predictions to the debate.
“Using the same objective data analytics that drives our Match Analysis tool, we are pleased to unveil a purely data-driven projection for each team.
“Not only does this make for great content for fans, but it also provides data that helps them beat the bookie.”
For more information go to www.bsports.com

Exiled Welsh clubs given European option

WELSH ‘exile’ clubs such as Swansea and Cardiff are set to be given the option of qualifying for Europe via the Welsh Cup – but would have to withdraw from the FA Cup to do so.
A ban on Welsh clubs playing in the English league representing Wales in Europe has been in place since 1995.
But UEFA’s executive committee will rule next week on an application by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to allow exiled clubs to be admitted to European competition via the Welsh Cup.
Clubs competing in England that could opt in to the Welsh Cup include Swansea City, Cardiff City, Wrexham, Newport County, Colwyn Bay and Merthyr Tydfil.

Released Players XI

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AS SUMMER transfer season is now just about upon us, a number of clubs are already declaring their intentions when it comes to staffing.
For example, rumours abound that Michael Owen and Owen Hargreaves will no longer be owen-d by manchester United come the Summer, and even Joey Barton’s rise in form last season can’t secure a contract offer at Newcastle.
Now many clubs have yet to announce who’ll be dropping from their roster – meaning this reject squad could be boosted considerably in the coming weeks – but Goaltastic reckons a pretty decent lower-Premiership, upper-Championship side could still be formed by managers operating on a shoestring at present.
What do you all think to this line-up, made up of recently ex-Blackpool, Newcastle, West Brom, Bolton and Cardiff players?
GK – Kingson
DEF – Samuel, Campbell, Meite, Zuiverloon
MID – Reid, Cohen, Barnes, Elmander
ATK – Harewood, Bothroyd

Old Firm still too soft for Premier League

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LAST night’s Champions League Battle of Britain showdown between Manchester United and Glasgow Rangers was more of a standoff.
The match, which was about as much of a spectacle as watching me type this post up, eventually saw weary Rangers succumb to a late penalty from Wayne Rooney, making a total of one goal from 12 yards after 180 minutes of play between the two this season.
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From time to time the issue of the Glasgow giants of Rangers and Celtic and how they would fare in the English Premier League is discussed – and last night’s evidence should count as a massive argument to not combining the Scottish teams with their Southern counterparts.
Despite being top of their domestic league, Rangers were resorting to stifling tactics and a five man defence from the outset last night, and rarely progressed past the halfway line despite needing to win to retain any chance of staying in the Champions League.
Manchester United are a top team, but they’re not even at their top form at present – throw Scotland’s finest into a league with sides of their calibre and I worry you’ll end up with the Glasgow teams completing on a level with the teams from Swansea and Cardiff rather than London and Manchester.

Michael Chopra to represent India?

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CARDIFF City could soon have two newly-capped international strikers on its books – with Michael Chopra in talks with the Indian FA.
This week Jay Bothroyd managed an unlikely call-up to the full England squad ahead the friendly with France.
And his teammate Chopra, who has represented England up to under-21 level, has Indian grandparents and could therefore play for the subcontinent according to FIFA guidelines.
As a result the player has flown out to Dubai to talk with Indian manager Bobby Houghton about a possible call-up as well as watch the nation play against Kuwait.