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The Football Huddle

The Football Huddle, is where Colm Ahern, Andrew Knowles and Dan Murphy put their heads together and attempt to deconstruct the beautiful game, pass by pass. They might fail while doing so, but at least you can chuckle at their ineptness.
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May 15, 2018

The Premier League season is officially over, which means it's time for a special bumper edition of The Football Huddle: the 2017-18 season review!

Are Man City one of the all-time great teams and do we back the Centurions nickname? Who is going to replace Arsene Wenger and can they bring glory back to Arsenal? Is a lack of spending from Daniel Levy holding Spurs back? Is Jose Mourinho a bully? Between Hodgson, Benitez and Dyche, who had a better season? Is Mo Salah the best Egyptian to ever come to the Premier League or is it still Mido? We answer some of these questions and more in almost two and a half hours.

As well as that, we look back at our predictions we made at the start of the year and see who does actually know this sport quite well and who needs to hand in their football and badge.

There are two more games to play this year, though, so we continue on with Win, Lose, or Draw. It's going down to the wire.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where it’s far more exciting than the Premier League.

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May 7, 2018

Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal couldn’t keep Stoke City in the Premier League as the club fell to Crystal Palace and into The Championship. West Bromich Albion keep the dream alive with heroics against Spurs -- at least until Swansea and Southampton tomorrow night. And Arsene Wenger said goodbye to the Emirates for the final time.

Dan Murphy pops in to update the goings on in with his beloved Bolton Wanderers and the much-maligned Neil Warnock, while Andrew goes through the events of a snippy El Clasico and Napoli’s continued whimpering conclusion to their season.


Joey Barton’s Banterrific Banterman Bonanza (In Memoriam until the end of the Season) involves some Ribena and a discussion on Steven Gerrard’s decision to become Rangers manager.


All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where it’s far more exciting than the Premier League.

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May 3, 2018

The scoreline in the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma flattered the Italian club, because while Liverpool's defence fell to the pieces in the second leg, Jurgen Klopp's boys were still definitely the better side overall -- and that's without an assistant manager. Bayern Munich could've done with a bit of luck against Real Madrid as they looked to stop the three in a row, but the born winners of the Bernabéu are out to make history.

The Premier League chat is relegated to a bit of a bounce around this week as Wenger is celebrated because he isn't a threat, and attention turns to the relegation zone which might actually give us something to talk about as we come to this season's conclusion. On top of that, it's all to play for when it comes to playoff places  and relegation in The Championship, and Napoli have basically thrown away Serie A.

The return of Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza (In Memoriam until the end of the Season) involves a man and his crane, some pundit banter, and the lovely James Milner.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where one man's end of season form is taking the league table by storm.

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Apr 24, 2018

After 22 years in charge, Arsene Wenger has announced that he won't be manager at Arsenal come the end of the season, but what does this mean for the future of the club (and Arsenal Fan TV). In the FA Cup, Manchester United and Chelsea grab their places in the final. And Sunderland have been relegated from The Championship.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the title race is far more interesting than the Premier League.

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Apr 17, 2018

Manchester City are the Premier League champions 2017/18; it's not like you didn't see this happening, but what you mightn't have predicted is that they'd be awarded the title after Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Brom. The only team that have Man City's number is Liverpool as they confirm their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, and Gigi Buffon doesn't do himself any favours after Juventus' loss to Real Madrid.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza (In Memoriam) includes an unlikely goalscorer and a circus bear, obviously.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the comeback is on.

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Apr 10, 2018

Manchester City have a horrendous week as Guardiola's men lose 3-0 to Liverpool in the Champions League and 3-2 to Manchester United in the Premier League. Everton and Liverpool's derby doesn't produce as many fireworks as the Manchester variant. And Harry Kane wants the goal that isn't his, and by God he's going to have that goal that isn't his.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where an abstaining Dan Murphy gets lucky.

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Apr 3, 2018

Spurs beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as Dele Alli reminds everyone he’s not a bad player. Manchester City destroy Everton as they edge even closer to the Premier League title. And Alan Pardew’s time at West Brom, and potentially Premier League management for good, is done.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where it pays to go it alone.

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Mar 27, 2018

The Three Lions roar in Amsterdam as Gareth Southgate's lads beat the Netherlands, and Dan is most definitely in it for the long haul. Elsewhere non-essential international friendlies took place. Good craic.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza sees a comeback for the ages, a t-shirt argument, and something Neil Warnock related.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where points are actually won.

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Mar 20, 2018

Manchester United may have beaten Brighton and sealed their place in the final four of the FA Cup, but without the island of personality that is Nemanja Matic, where would they be? Chelsea, Southampton and Spurs join them in the final stages of the FA Cup and there's a lot riding on this competition for all involved. In the Premier League, Mo Salah continues to shine as Liverpool demolish Watford 5-0.

The Champions League quarter finals have been drawn with the all England affair of Man City and Liverpool interesting most over on this side of the world, and Real Madrid vs Juventus exciting most others. Speaking of Real, Cristiano Ronaldo has remembered how to play football, but it's a little too late for a La Liga surge.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza sees a Newcastle fan kick Sunderland while their down, and Vodafone reward their customers.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where we only play for 90 minutes.

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Mar 13, 2018

Colm returns (unscathed) after his journey to the London Stadium as West Ham lose 3-0 to Burnley, Jamie Carragher spits at a moving car as Liverpool are outclassed by Man United, and Southampton need a new manager as Pellegrino's given the boot.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza continues the trend of violent acts as it includes a red card, a gun, and a head meeting an elbow.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where we're all terrible.

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Mar 7, 2018

Even though we were forced to miss a week, not an awful lot has changed. Man City beat everyone (and are Carabao Cup winners), Arsenal aren't fantastic, oh, and Brighton are pretty decent, too. Lionel Messi's efforts basically decide the La Liga title and, sadly, Fiorentina captain Davide Astori died of cardiac arrest at the young age of 31.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza includes Marco Reus' website, and a look at what's been happening with VAR since our last show.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where, foolishly, none of us got any points.

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Feb 20, 2018

The FA Cup 5th round proved more entertaining than we envisioned as Wigan's Will Grigg was on fire against Man City, and Rochdale's big Steve Davies came up trumps against Spurs. But the real story of the week revolved around four West Brom players, a few bags of chips, and a taxi in Barcelona.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza has a cross Mick McCarthy, a foolish Marek Hamsik, and a wonderful Twitter exchange.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where our predictions continue to get us points.

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Feb 13, 2018

Paul Pogba was hauled off the pitch as Man United lost 1-0 to Newcastle United leading many to believe there's trouble between the £90m man and his boss.  Spurs bossed their North London rivals around the pitch as Lacazette couldn't convert in front of goal. And we pay tribute to the late Liam Miller who lost his life to pancreatic cancer last Friday.

The Champions League is back again and brings with it some poor predictions, Wes Hoolahan has retired from international football, and Sky Sports have even more football to show you from next year.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza has a lot of balls (and past that there isn't much to say, really.

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Feb 6, 2018

Aubameyang has arrived at the Emirates and factored into Arsenal's 5-1 demolition of Everton, but Ramsey and Mkhitaryan contributed a bit, too. While penalties may have dominated the discussion around Liverpool and Spurs' 2-2 draw, let's not forget that we saw two impeccable goals from Wanyama and Salah on the day, too. And does Antonio Conte want to leave Chelsea already? Like, is he actively trying to get sacked from the club?

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza returns and features an unfit (and angry) Adam Lallana, and a wonderful piece of Scandinavian analysis.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where one of the lads scores an important win.

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Jan 30, 2018

VAR was the star of the show at Anfield as West Brom beat Liverpool despite losing many, many minutes to the video assistant referee. Newport County will be heading to Wembley in their FA Cup replay as they held Spurs to a 1-1 draw. And Leroy Sane was taken out in Wales, but Neil Warnock would have you believe it was England.

Rumour Has It heats up as Riyad Mahrez puts in a transfer request, Daniel Sturridge turns down Newcastle, and the Aubameyang / Batshuayi / Giroud triangle goes down to the wire.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the table is getting tighter.

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Jan 23, 2018

Watford lost 2-0 to Leicester City and it was the nail in Marco Silva's Hornet-shaped coffin as he has been replaced by Javi Gracia, but what's next for the man that was almost Everton manager? James McCarthy suffered a horrific leg break in a freak accident with Salamon Rondon in Everton's game with West Brom. And Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Swansea outlined where Coutinho would've been handy.

Rumour Has It looks at all the potential signings Chelsea might make over the next week, but more immediately we look at the Sanchez and Mkhitaryan swap deal between Man United and Arsenal.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where we've got some winners and some losers.

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Jan 16, 2018

Liverpool and Man City treated us to a seven goal thriller at Anfield as the home side defeated the champion elect with an in form Oxlade-Chamberlain, a sensational Firmino, and a song that we've taken into our hearts. Spurs destroyed Everton as Heung-Min Son was the humble star of a 4-0 thrashing. And after being a bit further down on their shortlist than he'd probably like, Paul Lambert is now Stoke City manager and has a serious task on his hands.

Rumour Has It starts off with one rumour confirmation as Ryan Giggs has taken the Wales job, and then swiftly moves onto Theo Walcott's impending arrival at Everton, the Sanchez/Mkhitaryan deal, and Antonio Conte's choice of sandwich filling.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where men predict badly.

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Jan 9, 2018

The FA Cup third round saw Arsenal fall to Nottingham Forest and the wannabe dog owner Eric Lichaj, Virgil Van Dijk becomes an instant hero at Anfield after helping Liverpool defeat their bitter rivals, and Erik Lamela is apparently a very nice man.

We also look at the biggest match-up of the week: Jose Mourinho vs Antonio Conte. The two managers throw barbs at each other in press conferences while we ask if it's all gone a bit too far.

Rumour Has It asks who Liverpool will replace Barcelona bound Philippe Coutinho with, whether Ross Barkley will ever reach that potential, and if Ryan Sessegnon is really 17.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the table is changing more than a popular restaurant in a hip and trendy place in town.

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Jan 4, 2018

Are there too many matches on over the Christmas period? Perhaps. Do the TFH crew try and cover all 20 Premier League games since the last episode? Without a shadow of a doubt. They start with the sublime 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea which, despite the controversy surrounding the penalty, was a wonderful game for the neutral. Man City actually fail to win a game as Crystal Palace hold them to 0-0 draw (but don't worry, because they won the one after that against Watford).

Shane Long finally scores, Adrian Silva finally plays a game for Leicester, and Bournemouth are finally out of the relegation zone. Yeah, a lot has happened.

Rumour Has It is in full swing as Coutinho looks set to be out the door of Anfield and on the plane to Camp Nou, Thomas Lemar might be going from Monaco to Liverpool, and Robbie Keane might be returning to his boyhood club.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the form team sees daylight between themselves and the rest of the pack.

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Dec 28, 2017

Burnley get a point at Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho complains about not having enough money to strengthen his Man United side. Harry Kane is better than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others as he breaks records against Southampton. And West Ham and Bournemouth battle it out in a six goal thriller.

Adele returns with Rumour Has It as it's that time of the year where the transfer window swings wide open and players get linked to every last football club going, but most importantly we can put the Virgil Van Dijk rumours to bed.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where backing the underdog pays off.

Happy new year from all of us at The Football Huddle!

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Dec 24, 2017

Liverpool and Arsenal leave a wonderful Christmas present under the fooballing tree with a 3-3 draw. Burnley may have been beaten convincingly by Spurs, but we take some time to congratulate them on their season thus far. And goals from Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy bag Leicester City a point against Man United.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where there is zero Christmas cheer.

The Football Huddle would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas!

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Dec 19, 2017

Manchester City get kicked around by Tottenham, but end up the arse kickers on the scoreboard. Lanzini's fall gets debated as West Ham defeat Stoke 3-0. And there's a new Fab Four in Liverpool, riding up the charts.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza gets sparky, and bitter.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where things are getting tight.

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Dec 12, 2017

Man City are now 11 points clear of their nearest rivals in Man United after beating them 2-1 in the biggest game of the season. Jurgen Klopp doesn't take too kindly to Everton's style of a play as the Merseyside derby ends in a 1-1 draw. David Moyes tries to change the fortunes of West Ham United by beating London rivals Chelsea by a single goal.

The Champions League draw brings with it some interesting ties as Spurs get Juventus and Chelsea look to take on Barcelona.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the spoils go to the one victor.

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Dec 5, 2017

The best game this season happened this past weekend at the Emirates stadium as Arsenal lost out to Man United and heroics from David De Gea. Manchester City sneak past West Ham United on the way to the most important game of their season. And the World Cup 2018 draw took place and saw England put in the same group as Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.

Joey Barton's Banteriffic Banterman Bonanza: In Memoriam includes a referee at Stamford Bridge, a goalkeeper in Italy, and confusion between Crystal Palace fans.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where a cautious approach proves fruitful.

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Nov 28, 2017

A Willian cross saves a point for Chelsea against the might of one Mo Salah and Liverpool. Crystal Palace's form picking up as Loftus Cheek and Zaha push the club further away from the drop zone. And Huddersfield make Man City sweat until Raheem Sterling saves the day.

Joey Barton's Banteriffic Banterman Bonanza: In Memoriam includes a tea-sipping comeback, a man in disguise, and a monkey.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the tension is constantly rising.

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