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Full Name: Aston Villa Football Club

Nicknames: The Villa, The Villians, The Clarets

Founded: March 1874

Staduim: Villa Park ( 42,788)

Owner: Reformer Acquisitions LLC

Chairman: Randy Lerner

Manager: Paul Lambert

EPL 2011-12 Position: 16th

Club Website:

Most Appearances: Charlie Aitken (657)

Youngest First-Team Player: Jimmy Brown (15 years 349 days)

Oldest First-Team Player: Brad Friedel (40 years 4 days)

Top Goal-Scorer:  Billy Walker (244)

Most Goals In A Season: Tom Waring (50)

Most League Goals in A Season: Tom Waring (49)

Top 5 Record Transfers: Darren Bent (£18m), Stewart Downing (£12m), Ashley Young (£9.65m), Juan Pablo Angel (£9.5m), James Milner (£8.5m)

First Manager: George Ramsay

Longest-Serving Manager: George Ramsay (41 years, 10 months)

Record Win: 13-0 vs Wednesbury Old Athletic

Record Defeat: 8-1 vs Blackburn Rovers

Highest Attendance: 76 588

Lowest Attendance: 2 900

Key Players: Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland, Charles N’Zogbia, Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor 



This is a top vs bottom, best vs worst. Basically France are at the top of the group and Sweden are at the bottom. For Sweden as Erik Hamren (their manager) said this is a game that is for pride, to make their fans happy and go into the World Cup qualifiers in good form. For France this game is very important so that they can come 1st in their group and play Italy instead of Spain. They are definitely favorites.

But lets see what the odds say:

Sweden: 4/1                                              Draw: 11/4                                                France: 4/6

My prediction is that France control the game and win 2-0. With the likes of Benzema, Evra, Ribery and Nasri they are a very good team and are likely to prove to be a good attacking threat.

So like the odds and everybody else says Sweden are the underdogs. But lets see if they can prove everyone wrong at 19h45 English time.

This is the BIG GAME!

England only need to draw to make it through but if they lose they are out of the competition. For Ukraine they can get no less than 3 points, and if they win they will make it through. With their fans backing them up Ukraine will be very confident and maybe give England.

One thing is that for England Wayne Rooney is coming back and unless he plays as awful as he did 2 years ago in the World-Cup he will make a difference. But it’s exactly the opposite for Ukraine as their star player Andriy Shevchenko is injured and they will struggle for fire power at the front of the park. England definitely have the advantage but does that mean that much?

Lets look at the odds:

England: 1/1                                          Draw: 12/5                                         Ukraine: 11/4

With the likes of Chamberlain, Young, Gerrard, Welbeck, Carroll, Rooney and Parker England are going to be hard to play against but then again Ukraine are at home. I reckon England will win 3-1.


Full Name: Arsenal Football Club

Nickname: The Gunners

Founded: 1886 as Dial Square

Stadium: Emirates Stadium ( Holds 60 361 people)

Owner: Arsenal Holdings plc

Chairman: Peter Hill-Wood

Manager: Arsène Wenger


Most Appearances: David O’Leary (772)

Youngest First-Team Player: Cesc Fabregas (16 years 177 days)

Oldest First-Team Player: Jock Rutherford (41 years 159 days)

Top Arsenal Goal Scorer: Thierry Henry (228)

Most Goals In A Season: Ted Drake ( 42 goals)

Most Goals In A Single Match: Ted Drake (7)

Youngest Goal Scorer: Cesc Fabregas (16 years,212 days)

Oldest Goal Scorer: Jock Rutherford (39 years, 352 days)

First Full-Time Manager: Thomas Mitchell

Longest-Serving Manager: Arsene Wenger (15 years 261 days)

Record Home Win: 26-1 (Paris XI)

Record Away Win: 7-0 (Standard Liege)

Record Home Defeat: 0-6

Record Away Defeat: 0-8

Highest Attendance: 73 707

Lowest Attendance: 4 554

Key Players: Van Persie, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Vermalaen

This for me will most likely be a very one-sided game. I think that Italy will control most of the game. Looking from Ireland’s perspective this is just a game to gain some respect but for Italy this is a game that if they don’t win they are out of the competition.

With the fire power up front like Balotelli and Antonio Di Natale they will probably score many and maybe make it through to the next round if the other team’s results go their way.

Here are the odds:

Italy: 4/11                                          Draw: 19/5                           R. Ireland: 8/1

This game starts at 19h45 English time and will most likely be a high             goal-scoring game and very entertaining.

My prediction, like I’ve already said, is that Italy will run riot and the final score will be 5-1 to Italy.

This is a very important game for both teams because they both have 4 points and are tie for the top of the group, so a win or a draw at least is vital for both teams if they wish to make it to the knock-out stage where they will most likely play England or France.

Croatia are the major underdogs and are going to struggle against a team as strong as the World-Cup winning side Spain who are striving in confidicence after their thrashing of the Republic of Ireland.

As usual lets look at the odds:

Croatia: 9/1                                                  Draw 11/4                         Spain: 4/9

My prediction is that Spain will easily win and Italy will make it through instead of Croatia.

Big Transfer Rumours

1. France and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, 21, admits he is interested in a move to Arsenal as Gunners manager Arsene Wenger looks to do business early in the transfer window. Full story: talkSPORT 

2. Luka Modric is close to moving to Spain, with Real Madrid desperate to sign the 26-year-old Tottenham midfielder. Full story: Daily Mail 

3. Barcelona are interested in making a move for Modric’s team-mate for club and country, 26-year-old defender Vedran Corluka. Full story: Footy Latest 

4. Harry Redknapp says: “I wouldn’t swap England’s front six for Spain’s!” Full story: Daily Mirror 

5. Liverpool are interested in versatile Schalke and Germany defender Benedikt Howedes,  24, and are readying an offer as manager Brendan Rodgers is concerned about his options in the centre of defence. Full story: Caught Offside 

6. The agent of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen,  25, insists the player’s move to Tottenham is still set to go ahead despite the sacking of manager Harry Redknapp. Full story: Metro 

7. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is eyeing Roma striker Fabio Borini, who is with Italy’s Euro 2012 squad. Source: Daily Express

8. Sky Sports understands that Gylfi Sigurdsson, who appeared to be on his way to Swansea, is speaking with Liverpool and other Premier League clubs. Source: Sky Sports

9. Bastia have emerged as possible summer suitors for defender Sebastien Squillaci Sun.

Other Transfer Rumours

1. West Ham are looking for a cut-price deal with a ‘buy-back clause’ for Joselu,  the 22-year-old Real Madrid striker who has caught Wenger’s eye. Full story: Daily Mirror 

2. Free agent Andy Johnson is in talks with QPR about a deal that will see him link up again with old boss Mark Hughes. Full story: the Sun 

3. Paul Lambert is being urged to sign French left-back Massadio Haidara from AS Nancy – a target for previous boss Alex McLeish. Full story: Daily Mirror 

4. Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has taken another swipe at Roy Keane after the former Republic captain delivered a second damning assessment of the current team. Full story: Metro 

5. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is swooping for Manchester City scout Barry Hunter as he builds an elite talent-spotting team for his Anfield project. Full story: Daily Mirror 




1. Manchester City

2. Manchester United

3. Chelsea

4. Liverpool

5. Arsenal

6. Newcastle

7. Tottenham

8. Aston Villa

9. Sunderland

10 Everton


For Netherlands they are mathematically in it but unless their is some kind of miracle they are out of the Euros, on the other hand for Portugal if they win this they stand a very good chance of making it to the quarters.

This is going to be a very good game with the likes of Nani, Ronaldo, Huntelaar, De Jong and Van Persie. I reckon that it will be very tight and both teams will play brilliant football. This game will be very tightly contested and starts at 8pm English time.

Here are the odds:

Netherlands: 6/4                                 Draw: 12/5                       Portugal: 7/4

Looking at the odds shows how close these teams are. My prediction is that Portugal will win 2-1.

This is not as important as the other game but Denmark are still desperate for a win. Germany have already basically made it to the knock-out stage and will most likely but their 2nd team in this game.

But for Denmark they need to win this to historically get out of the group of depth. Denmark won’t be a very easy team to play against as the beat Holland and gave Portugal a tough time eventually losing 3-2.

Now, if Germany put in their 2nd team they will probably be quite equal compared to Denmark but if they put their 1st team out I don’t think Denmark will stand any chance.

Here are the odds:

Denmark 5/1                                        Draw: 13/5                       Portugal: 8/13

So my prediction is that if Germany put out their first team they will win 3-1 but if they put out their second team they will lose 2-1.