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The Premier League Relegation Zone: Who To Choose?

Each April, I take a view on the Premier League (EPL) relegation struggle, based on more than just football (this year my focus is partly to swerve my own team Kingstonian’s involvement in an ultra-tight battle to avoid the cultural wasteland of Ryman League Division One South. I watched Crystal Palace v Arsenal on Monday through the unlikely prism of “moral dilemma.” One which I solved in true Trevor-Brooking-on-Match-of-the-Day-in-the-1980s style…plumping for a draw. Having watched frankly too much football at Spurs from 1973 to 1992 (Screensport Super Cup, anybody?), a natural “Arsenal-to-lose” instinct remains. But Sam Allardyce… The man...

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The Emirates Stadium Mystery: Eating The Swans?

It has been a tumultuous fortnight for Plumstead Highbury QC, the surprise appointment as the new Arsenal manager. The initial warmth of the post-coital glow that accompanied the Gunners’ comfortable 2-0 opening day win against Stoke City is threatening to turn decidedly luke warm, like an unattended bucket of piss. Still, in the build-up to the team’s second match of the season, Highbury was bullish, even taking time out to dismiss some unfounded transfer chatter and reveal a lot about his tactical approach to the game. Nevertheless, having beaten Stoke using the daring strategy of playing just two at...

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Rangers: Not Relegated After All

The ruling took longer than expected but was simpler than expected. Rangers were not relegated in 2012. Don’t take my word for it (oh…you weren’t). Lord Bannatyne says so. The Scottish Court of Session judge’s decision in the Albert Ian Kinloch (AP) (Pursuer) v Coral Racing Limited (Defender) case was to “sustain the defenders third plea in law, repel the pursuer’s pleas in law and grant decree of absolvitor.” Which was obvious when you think about it. It is remarkable and reassuring that the law makes the answer to a superficially simple question such as were Rangers “relegated from...

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Manchester United: The Fragile Invincibles

The margins between victory and some form of salvation can be extremely narrow. Four minutes into stoppage-time at Old Trafford last night, Zlatan Ibrahimovic spared Manchester United’s blushes with a penalty kick which rescued a point from a drab and frequently ponderous performance against Everton. Seldom before in recent years has the gap between those who drink from a glass half-full and those who drink from a glass half-empty felt so great. A late, late equaliser may have tickled the neurotransmitters of those who recall the halcyon days of “Fergie-time” and the like, and those people can also take...

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Podcast 91: Football Theme Parks

https://archive.org/download/pc91c/pc91c.mp3 As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here and you can subscribe through Itunes here. We now also have a Facebook page for the podcast, which you can “like” by going here. And you can support us through subscribing right here, through Patreon. If you are a regular listener to our podcast, you will be painfully aware by this point that the goings-on at Arsenal Football Club have become something of an obsession recently. This has happened for a variety of reasons, but mainly is...

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