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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!

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.

May 14, 2007

My FA Premiership Team of the Year

So as the FA Premiership season has finally drawn to a close, I thought it fitting to reveal my team of the season. Admittedly, this is not entirely a team based on the inclusion of the best performers within the league, but those who I feel are most worthy of recognition, perhaps a subtle difference, perhaps not. The players in this team have not been put in because of their reputation, players like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard not featuring.

GK: Scott Carson – like Ben Foster also, he’s had an incredible season at a poor club and so has often been overlooked, but Charlton would have been relegated earlier than Watford if it weren’t for him. Although perhaps not as consistent as the record-breaking David James, Carson has improved significantly as a keeper, putting in a number of man-of-the-match performances for a side who offered him little protection.

RB: Gary Neville / Steve Finnan – both consistently good at the back and in their delivery of crosses, but both having injury problems at the end of the season – its personal preference I feel to separate them.
LB: Nickey Shorey – has looked like he’s been playing in the premiership for years, rarely caught out defensively and a major weapon going forward, good on the ball and delivering dangerous crosses and set-pieces.
CB: Nemanja Vidic – he looked like a clueless battering ram when signed last season, but he’s been immense at the back this season, hard in the tackle, strong in the air, and rarely rattled under pressure.
CB: Jamie Carragher – you know I’m right, and he should partner Terry for England. Yes really.

RM: David Bentley – I’ve always felt he wasn’t given a proper chance at Arsenal and Mark Hughes has really got the best out of him, a tireless runner down the flank, delivering dangerous balls and possessing a wicked shot.
LM: Ronaldo – What can i say that hasn’t already been said by so many? The best midfielder in the premiership, and possibly Europe.
CM: Paul Scholes – After being out for so long last season, his contributions to United’s midfield have been even more noticeable. A player with great vision and passing ability, his technique is matched by an often consistent mentality, showing maturity and composure on the ball.
CM: Michael Essien – Although he has been played out of position much of this season, his midfield performances have been world class and he’s looked much deserving of the reputation he joined Chelsea with.

CF: Didier Drogba – Chelsea would not have finished in the top 4 if it weren’t for Drogba, I honestly believe that. Showing a massive improvement in both his ability and his mentality compared to last season, Drogba has become the most complete striker in the league, a constant threat to defenders and a worker for his side.
CF: Dimitar Berbatov – In his first season in the premiership, he’s shown great ability on the ball, both in his finishing and passing. Creating as many goals as he has scored, he’s been a credit to Spurs, and a really exciting player to watch. He’s come in, adjusted to the premiership, and got on with it, playing some really entertaining football to watch.

February 23, 2007

RaW Sport's Big Ron Manager: Episode Three: Ron the Reducer

You can listen to episode three of ‘RaW Sport’s Big Ron Manager’, Ron the Reducer, by clicking on the link below:

Written by Peter Swan
Produced by Peter Swan and Rob Stevens

‘Big’ Ron Atkinson – Pete ‘Timmo’ Timothy
Jose Mourinho – Olly Whitehead
Peter Kenyon – Peter Lefort
John Terry – Peter Swan
Neil Ruddock – Peter Lefort
Ashley Cole – Sarah Cunnane
Garth Crooks – Peter Lefort
Jeff Stelling – Rob Stevens

February 21, 2007

RaW Sport Midweek Tonight

From 9pm we will be broadcasting live from the Rootes social bar bringing you live commentary and reaction from Liverpool’s clash with Barcelona. Not one to be missed.

February 09, 2007

RaW Sport's 'Big Ron Manager' – Episode One: The Ron Factor

Early each year RaW spends a month on FM. This is obviously a big thing as it stretches the distance over which we broadcast considerably from our usual AM frequency. To celebrate this year’s FM period we decided to write and record our own four part radio play based on the Sky One television series ‘Big Ron Manager’.

The Premise

Ron Atkinson is one of English football’s most successful, and most tanned, managers. Ron’s career has spanned three decades and has included success with massive clubs such as Aston Villa, Manchester United, and, um, Kettering Town. Now, however, Ron is operating as a self styled ‘football trouble-shooter’ ready for hire by any needy club. Last week Ron was called in by Premier League side Chelsea after a simply disastrous run of results which has seen last years Champions actually drawing games. Our cameras will follow Ron’s every move as he aims to help manager Jose Mourinho halt the decline and return his side to thrashing every opponent with alarming regularity.

RaW Sport’s ‘Big Ron Manager’ – Episode One: The Ron Factor

Written by Peter Swan
Produced by Matt Rebeiro and Peter Swan

‘Big’ Ron Atkinson – Pete ‘Timmo’ Timothy
Jose Mourinho – Olly Whitehead
Peter Kenyon – Peter Lefort
John Terry – Peter Swan
Garth Crooks – Peter Lefort
Cockney Journalist – Rob Stevens
Guardian Journalist – Sarah Cunnane
Jeff Stelling – Rob Stevens

You can listen to episode one which was broadcast last Wednesday by clicking on the link below:

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