November 27, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round7

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This weeks matches to predict are:
Aston Villa v Fulham
Middlesbrough v Newcastle
Stoke v Hull
Sunderland v Bolton
Wigan v West Brom

The usual rules apply.

November 21, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round6

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This weekends matches are:

Chelsea v Newcastle
Liverpool v Fulham
Man City v Arsenal
Middlesbrough v Bolton
Portsmouth v Hull
Stoke v West Brom

Post your predictions by 3pm tomorrow afternoon.

Lawro has predicted:
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle
Liverpool 2-0 Fulham
Man City 1-2 Arsenal
Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton
Portsmouth 1-0 Hull
Stoke 1-1 West Brom

November 13, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round 5

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Round 5.

You know the rules by now, submit your predictions by 3pm on Saturday for the following matches:

Arsenal v Aston Villa
Blackburn v Sunderland
Fulham v Tottenham
Man Utd v Stoke
Newcastle v Wigan
West Ham v Portsmouth

Lawro has predicted:
Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
Blackburn 2-1 Sunderland
Fulham 1-1 Tottenham
Man Utd 3-0 Stoke
Newcastle 2-0 Wigan
West Ham 1-1 Portsmouth

November 06, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round 3

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This week’s matches:
Hull v Bolton
Sunderland v Portsmouth
West Ham v Everton

Same rules as usual, get your predictions in by 3pm on Saturday!

October 31, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round 3

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Beat Lawro is back to usual this weekend with six 3pm kick offs on Saturday. Post your predictions for the following matches here by 3pm on Saturday:

Chelsea v Sunderland
Manchester United v Hull City
Middlesbrough v West Ham
Portsmouth v Wigan
Stoke v Arsenal
West Brom v Blackburn

Lawro’s predictions this week are:
Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland
Manchester United 3-0 Hull City
Middlesbrough 2-1 West Ham
Portsmouth 2-0 Wigan
Stoke 0-2 Arsenal
West Brom 1-1 Blackburn

October 23, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round 2

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Round 1 saw a successful debut for our newbie Mark and an awful return for veteran Turze, but as Lawro proved last season, consistency is the key to top the league. So round 1 was just the start of a long season…

This weekend’s matches have been heavily affected by the European matches in mid-week. Therefore, we’re going to predict Saturday evening’s and Sunday’s matches too.

Get your predictions in by 3pm on Saturday for the following matches:
West Brom v Hull (Sat 1500)
Blackburn v Middlesbrough (Sat 1730)
Chelsea v Liverpool (Sun 1330)
Man City v Stoke (Sun 1500)
Tottenham v Bolton (Sun 1500)
Wigan v Aston Villa (Sun 1500)
West Ham v Arsenal (Sun 1600)
Portsmouth v Fulham (Sun 1700)

Remember to check your progress at:

October 16, 2008

The return of Beat Lawro

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It’s been a long summer, but RaW is finally running properly and RaW Sport is back in swing! This weekend sees the return of Beat Lawro.

With Lawro having beaten all of the RaW Sport team last year, he’s feeling confident, but he’s also playing tactical and holding has card close to his chest.

Lawro has yet to release his predictions, but the list of games to predict is as follows:

Arsenal v Everton
Aston Villa v Portsmouth
Bolton v Blackburn
Fulham v Sunderland
Liverpool v Wigan

Same rules as usual. 1 score for each correct result and an additional score for each perfect score.

Get your predictions in now!

August 21, 2007

Athletics World Championships

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Hey guys,

Check out the Sheffield’s review of the upcoming Athletics World Championships…would have put it on the blog but due to technical difficulties here it is in all its original glory!


May 26, 2007

This season's disappointments

So as discussed on todays show, my team of disappointments of the year. All of the players in this side either were disappointing in comparison to expectations, poor in relation to previous form, or simply not good enough to play in the side they do.

GK: John Filan (Wigan Athletic)
Particularly poor in his decisions, and his command of the area, the defence in front of him seemed nervous and apprehensive whenever he was required to make a decision. Particularly slow to recognise a threat or attempt to stop it.

RB: Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea)
Though he is far from the worst right back in the premiership, he is by no means good enough to play for Chelsea, weak defensively, and ineffective going forward, a constant weak link.

CB: Khalid Bouhlarouz (Chelsea)
Signed for 7 million as cover for Terry and Carvalho, this 25 year old was one of the worst signings of the season. Often found out of position with a poor reading of the game, his clumsy challenges, poor tackles and general inability to win the ball legally made him a defensive disaster.

CB: Anton Ferdinand (West Ham)
Often found wanting defensively this season, it would appear his relatively good first season in the Premiership was something of a fluke. Caught out too often by simple movement and touch, he lacked the positioning and reactions to keep the most average of strikers at bay.

LB: Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
I’m not saying he’s a bad player, but considering the amount of fuss made by him and Mourinho and him becoming a Chelsea player, he showed little to suggest he was worth it. Disappointing going forward, not given the freedom or opportunity to play the football he did at Arsenal, he showed nothing to warrant Chelsea feeling they were better off with him than Wayne Bridge or indeed, William Gallas.

RM: Aleksandr Hleb (Arsenal)
After a promising first season at Arsenal, showing good control and falir on the ball, he seemed to little offer little more than being a player to pass to and receive the ball back from. Rarely taking on defenders, and only scoring 3 goals in all competitions this season, Hleb has failed to show the form of Ljungberg or Pires of a few years ago. Arsenal lacked goals and genuine attacking threat from midfield, Hleb was one of the men culpable.

CM: Michael Ballack (Chelsea)
Having shone at the previous two World Cups, showing both goalscoring class, and great passing, Ballack seemed to offer Chelsea very little of difference this season to they had last. Only scoring 4 goals in the league, his contributions at time seemed minimal, and certainly not enough to warrant his place in the side over a genuine attacking midfielder, or warranting the movement of Lampard out of position at times to accomodate him.

CM: Stillian Petrov (Aston Villa)
Scoring 2 goals this season for Martin O’Neill, Petrov though by far the most talented player in Villa’s midfield, has failed to offer Villa a cutting edge and genuine threat. Slow to adapt to the pace and strength of the Premiership, he’s failed to recreate his Celtic form, and will be expected to offer much more next season.

LM: Mark Gonzales (Liverpool)
Having teased Liverpool fans for a year as he waited for his work permit, this Chilean international has shown very few of the qaulities he promised. Poor ball control, a lack of quality in his crosses, and an inability to get past people, he never showed the quality required of a Liverpool player. Moving on after just one season, he was a failer in the Premiership.

CF:Andrei Shevchenko (Chelsea)
Although his price was an inflated one, he has looked nothing like a £30 million striker. Whilst admittedly, Chelsea were not always playing to his strengths, or even playing him in his best position, the Ukranian star of Seria A struggled to adapt to the Premiership. Often wanting more time on the ball, and failing to cope with the league’s physicality, he seemed to lack the threat and danger he showed in his AC Milan days. Only scoring 4 goals in the league, his return was not good enough of a player who has shown so much.

CF: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool)
Appearing to be exactly what Liverpool required last summer, he failed to make a major impact on Benitez’s side. 12 goals from over 40 appearances is not enough from a striker who often looked unwilling to use his pace to chase balls in the channel, or potential lost causes. Rarely threatening when dribbling, and looking anxious in front of goal, he failed to show the quality required.

May 15, 2007

Insanity of a Chairman

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
– Benjamin Franklin

If thats the case then this blog can reveal the insanity of the chairman of a Premier League club.

Yesterday, Wigan appointed Chris Hutchings as the successor to Paul Jewell, quitting only a day after keeping Wigan in the Premiership on the last day of the league season.

Wind back to the end of the 1999-2000 season. Manchester United had won the league, and Bradford City, under the management of Paul Jewell stayed in the Premiership by managing a win on the last day of the season.

A few days later he quit.

Chris Hutchings was appointed his successor.

After just 21 matches in charge, Hutchings was sacked, and the club went on to be relegated.

Dave Whelan, by Benjamin’s Frankiln definition, is insane, appointing Hutchings in almost identical circumstances to 7 years ago, and believing he has made the right choice, a choice which will benefit his club, saying himself:

“I know Chris Hutchings and I know how good he is. I’ve every confidence he’ll push us forward.

Insanity? You can judge for yourselves, although wait till this time next season, and the league table might be able to do it for you.

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