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As tight as it gets in race for CL spots

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The Reds celebrate during Sunday’s 4-3 win over Manchester City/SB Nation

By Ray Hamill

Rarely has the race for second in something ever looked this exciting.

But that’s a part of what makes the EPL special. There’s a lot more at stake than just who wins the title. There’s the race for the Champions League and Europa League spots at one end, and the race to avoid relegation at the other.

On Sunday, Liverpool pulled out a 4-3 thriller at Anfield to end Manchester City’s 30-match unbeaten run in league play, a run that included 20 wins in 22 games this season.

This game, however, was more about the Reds winning than City losing. Continue reading “As tight as it gets in race for CL spots”

Wild week for all football codes

wild week photoBy Ray Hamill

It’s been a fun week for football, on both sides of the Atlantic.

In addition to a classic college championship game in the U.S. on Monday, we witnessed arguably the best EPL game of the season early Sunday, in the midst of a packed weekend of great NFL playoff action.

The week got off to a flying start when Nick Saban’s Alabama came from 13-0 down to defeat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to clinch a fifth national crown in nine years.

It was also Saban’s sixth national championship overall, a remarkable tally by any standards.

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It’s not getting any better for the Gunners

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Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles reacts during Sunday’s FA Cup loss to Forest/Fox Sports

By Ray Hamill

A disappointing season for Arsenal got even worse over the weekend when the Gunners were dumped out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle.

The defending champions fell 4-2 to Nottingham Forest, a below average Championship team, adding more pressure on beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger, who surely is in his final season at the helm.

The Gunners will now turn their attention toward Chelsea and Wednesday’s first leg of the League Cup semifinal.

Wenger’s team has recently also lost ground in the race for a top four spot in the EPL, claiming just six points out of a possible 12 over the busy Christmas period.

Continue reading “It’s not getting any better for the Gunners”