Burnley – teamtalk.com 21 Nov 00:15

Monday Verdict: Ozil plays for himself; Ronaldo gone at the game

We question the motivation behind Mesut Ozil’s outstanding display against Tottenham, discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued struggles and Zlatan’s unbelievable arrogance – all in this week’s Monday Verdict….


Mesut Ozil was simply outstanding in the north London derby win over Tottenham on Saturday but the question has to be asked – just who was that performance for?

To say the German has been poor this season would be a massive understatement so where did a display like that come from and if he really is that good then why can he not turn it on more often?

That’s three questions, so here’s answer.

Sorry Gunners fans but he was not displaying his footballing genius or an ability to close down that he has hidden for the past four years for you, it was almost certainly for Jose Mourinho at Man Utd or Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona.

Ozil’s contract situation is common knowledge to all, along with the admiration that Mourinho has for the gifted playmaker, but just how can a player be so bad one week and so good the next – it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

The 29-year-old was literally everywhere at The Emirates in a high-profile game that Arsenal’s bitter rivals were being heavily backed to win. What better occasion for Ozil to remind everyone that he is still an amazing footballer – when he can be bothered that is.

Ozil’s next contract will more than likely be his last big pay day, unless he fancies a trip to China in his mid-30s, so at some point he had to make people sit up and take notice and an injury-hit Spurs were his perfect fodder.

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It does make you wonder just how Arsenal fans who savoured every minute of their first league win over Tottenham in three years were actually lulled into actually believing Ozil’s Lazarus-type performance.

He probably did enough in one game to be able to take a breather until the festive programme, so watch out Crystal Palace on December 28 you may just find yourselves up against the real Mesut Ozil again.




Cristiano Ronaldo endured another frustrating evening as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid shared a rare goalless draw in the first derby at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The match represented the seventh time in eight La Liga games this season that Ronaldo has failed to score as Real’s early season struggles continue.

Ronaldo made headlines in the week when defender Sergio Ramos defended the strength of Real’s squad as his team-mate had appeared to suggest after the Champions League defeat to Tottenham that it had been weakened by the summer departures of Alvaro Morata, Danilo, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe and James Rodriguez.

Manager Zinedine Zidane had played down talk of a rift between his two senior players, and apart from venting his frustration when a Toni Kroos cross went straight out of play, there was no sign of animosity between Ronaldo and his team-mates.

But just how well did Ronaldo play on Saturday night, let’s take a look…

Talk of the former Manchester United star waning has largely centred on whether he has lost a yard of pace. In his only footrace of the evening, Ronaldo was comfortably beaten to the ball by Atletico defender Juanfran when played through in the first half.

Having only scored once this season in LaLiga, it proved to be another frustrating evening in front of goal for the 32-year-old.

He did force two routine saves from Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak from free-kicks, but dragged a second-half effort wide of the target and spurned the best chance of the match late on.

Having hesitated eight yards out, Hernandez Lucas was able to block Ronaldo’s effort when a first-time shot would have taken the defender out of the equation.

A performance that will do little to end talk about Ronaldo’s lack of form – the Ballon D’or winner cut a peripheral figure for much of the contest against a well-drilled Atletico defence.

The fact that both his pace and killer instinct in front of goal let him down will have done little for the Portugal star’s confidence.


This probably applies to millions but sometimes, just sometimes you really should think before you tweet, but guess what some people just don’t care that what they may say might cause some offence.

Take Zlatan Ibrahimovic for example. A phenomenal talent who has had a remarkable career, while his comeback from a serious knee injury at 36 years of age has to be thoroughly applauded. But why is he so bloody arrogant?

Not long after his Swedish countrymen booked their place at a first World Cup finals in 12 years with an incredible play-off win over Italy, Zlatan appeared to take some of the glory for himself – despite retiring from international duty after Euro 2016.

He posted the following tweet replacing the S in Sweden for a Z, which immediately sparked rumours that he was looking to come out of retirement for one last swansong in Russia and automatically took some of the gloss off what the Swedish national team had achieved.

We are Zweden pic.twitter.com/rDXzRImev4

— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2017

There is absolutely no doubt that he was out of order – you only have to look at what Sweden coach Janne Andersson said when he was asked about a potential return for Zlatan in the aftermath of an history victory. Let’s remember they had just denied Italy a place at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958!

Andersson said: “We have a team that has [accomplished a triumph] during these qualifications. For crying out loud, talk about the players who did this.”

You really can’t blame him from being angry.


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Of course there is probably no doubt that Sweden will be a better team with Zlatan leading the line – he did score 62 goals in 116 appearances after all – but try telling that to the forward players who replaced him during qualifying, while he was earning a fortune strutting his admittedly brilliant stuff at Old Trafford or recuperating from that nasty injury.

Zlatan has since been quoted that he has no intention of boarding a plan to Moscow – unless he has a media job lined up – but the damage was done but a selfish act that was ill-considered and arrogant beyond belief, but hey that’s Zlatan!



If David Moyes hadn’t done “due diligence” when he took the Sunderland job, it would be interesting to know his thoughts after witnessing those first 90 minutes as West Ham manager.

The Hammers travelled to Watford with the circumstances looking fairly favourable for them to at least secure a positive result; the cliched ‘new manager syndrome’ coupled with Watford’s poor run of form made it an interesting litmus test for the side rooted in the bottom three.

With just two wins all season, Moyes has clearly inherited a squad low on confidence. That was plain to see in the first half as Watford started on the front foot, constantly being allowed to find overlapping runners and wreak havoc down the flanks. When Will Hughes sweetly struck the hosts in front inside 10 minutes, few could begrudge them a lead.


Cheikou Kouyate had two really good chances to draw the visitors level; but when your lucks out, it’s out. If Moyes’ face was grimacing at those misses, goodness knows what his expression was when Richarlison was found in yards of space before being allowed a free run at the full-back before slotting one past Joe Hart.

Chants of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” could be heard from the away end at one point during the match, and this is a fanbase which appears to be turning very quickly on the men at the top.

While Moyes racked up his 500th game as a Premier League manager, Marco Silva amassed his 251st game as a manager in any game. One must be impressed at how Silva set his side up to take advantage of a side that is looking for a way to a) score goals and b) keep them out.

Silva once again failed to rule out a move to Everton in his post-match comments, but you have to question why he would even consider it. A bigger club yes, but he is putting his stamp upon the Hertfordshire side, and his stock is constantly rising. His counterpart however is struggling to keep his reputation afloat.

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Burnley – teamtalk.com 20 Nov 22:08

Ref Review: And the referee at Old Trafford said no penalty?

It was bad decision after bad decision on matchday 12 of the Premier League and Arsene Wenger was not moaning this weekend.


Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.


Arsenal first goal against Tottenham

It seems you can’t keep Mike Dean out of the headlines. A frenetic north London derby and the venerable old whistler had a mare in the first half. That was never a free-kick against Davinson Sanchez in a million years in the build up to Arsenal’s first goal. And to add insult to injury (if you are a Spurs fan) Shkodran Mustafi was offside before putting Arsenal in front. Desperately poor decision from Dean, and a raging Mauricio Pochettinho said afterwards: “It is not one mistake, it was two. It was a foul and it was offside. It was very clear.”

Arsene Wenger was moaning last week after the defeat at Man City; he will not be moaning this week. Maybe decisions do even themselves out?

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Vincent Kompany yellow card v Leicester City

After getting a couple of favourable calls against Arsenal they got another one on Saturday. There was a a massive call after just three minutes at the King Power and Kompany was very, very fortunate not to get a red card. Jamie Vardy was blatantly hacked down when through on goal after a cynical lunge by the City skipper. “Off, Off, Off” screamed the home fans but the big Belgian somehow only ended up with a yellow. The only possible mitigation for the referee was the fact John Stones covering Kompany may have saved him from a red. Mighty contentious however and the general consensus afterwards was Kompany should have been dismissed.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Bournemouth first goal v Huddersfield

The Terriers were ultimately well beaten by the Cherries but they have a case that Bournemouth’s opening goal should not have stood. Callum Wilson climbed well to nod home from Jordan Ibe’s cross but in the build up Charlie Daniels almost cut Florent Haderjgonaj in two after a wild lunge. Ref Lee Probert was well placed but bizarrely declined to call the foul. It was a shocking challenge and you could tell by Daniels’ body language he was as stunned as anyone not to be carded for it.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Simon Francis red card v Huddersfield

The big Bournemouth skipper, lucky not to be dismissed against Newcastle before the international break, could not really grumble about his red card on Saturday after picking up two cautions. Francis protested to Probert after the second yellow but they were both blatant cautions and he had to go.

Verdict: Correct decision


Everton penalty v Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson was raging after Everton were awarded a controversial penalty at Selhurst Park, insisting Oumar Niasse’s tumble in the box was a “dive”. Ref Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot insisting Scott Dann had blocked off Niasse’s run as he made his way into the area. To be fair to Hodgson and Palace the exaggerated tumble was straight out of the WWE and it was a pretty scandalous decision on reflection.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Manchester United penalty appeal v Newcastle United

In the end the Red Devils ran out easy winners but if they hadn’t claimed all three points Romelu Lukaku’s first-half penalty appeal would have been the main talking point at Old Trafford. With the score at 1-1 Lukaku nearly had his shirt pulled over his head by a Ciaran Clark  but the referee was unmoved. Replays confirmed it was definitely a foul.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Pedro Obiang yellow card v Watford

Obiang had a torrid afternoon against the Hornets and was hooked early by new boss David Moyes, but not before collecting a yellow card for raking his studs down the back of Will Hughes’ Achilles. A genuinely naughty challenge from the Spaniard and a yellow all day long.

Verdict: Correct decision


Andy Carroll ‘elbow’ v Watford

Just six seconds into his Premier League debut and Marvin Zeegelaar was flattened by a flailing Carroll elbow as the big Geordie went up to win a header by the touchline. The Dutchman was left with a bloodied nose but Carroll didn’t even get a talking to from the ref. On another day he might have walked as it was a reckless and dangerous challenge.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award

Leicester City

The Foxes knew they were up against it when in-form City rolled into town but they will argue they should have been playing against 10 men after Kompany’s foul on Vardy. The Leicester striker was through on goal and the rules dictate that Kompany should have been heading for an early bath. He didn’t, and Pep Guardiola’s men went to on record a rather routine 2-0 victory.


Stonewall decision of the week

Simon Francis red card

Francis – who bloodied the eye of Wayne Rooney with a stray elbow earlier in the season -has been walking a disciplinary tightrope for a while now but saw red on the stroke of half-time at the weekend after picking up two yellows in quick succession for fouls on Huddersfield’s lively Rajiv van La Parra. Even Cherries boss Eddie Howe said afterwards he felt the referee “ended up making the right call”.


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Burnley – teamtalk.com 19 Nov 10:53

Paper Talk: Liverpool eye Brazil ace; shock name on Wales? shortlist

Liverpool have joined Chelsea and Arsenal in the race to sign a Brazil winger, while PSG will have to cough up if they want to lure Jose Mourinho from Manchester United, all in Sunday’s papers.


Liverpool are reportedly competing with Chelsea and Arsenal to sign Brazil winger Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 25-year-old is said to be ready to let his contract run down at Shakhtar and move for free in the summer, news that has alerted several of Europe’s top clubs, according to UOL.

However, the Ukrainian giants do not want to lose their star for nothing and are hoping that a deal can be struck in January.

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An asking price of £11.5million has reportedly been set for a player who is keen to remain in Europe.

Bernard started his career at Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro before heading to Shakhtar for €25 million in 2013. He also has 14caps for Brazil and has scored once for the national side.


Thierry Henry is the shock name on Wales’ shortlist to replace Chris Coleman (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are ready to offer Danny Rose an escape route out of Tottenham (Daily Mirror)

Brazil legend Ronaldinho believes Philippe Coutinho will be a huge hit at Barcelona (Daily Mirror)

Jose Mourinho will cost Paris Saint-Germain an eye-watering £30m if they want him this summer (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are bracing themselves for another attempt by Real Madrid to land goalkeeper David de Gea (Daily Mirror)

Michael O’Neill is the man West Brom want if they sack Tony Pulis (Daily Mirror)

Ronaldinho has predicted that a good World Cup for Harry Kane will spark a stampede among the world’s biggest clubs (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are set to poach sporting director Michael Zorc and chief scout Sven Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are lining up a £136m double move for Real Madrid’s Wales forward Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann (Sun on Sunday)

Patrick van Aanholt is the shock name on Pep Guardiola’s transfer hit-list (Sun on Sunday)

West Ham are to give David Moyes a £30m transfer war chest in January as the new boss targets William Carvalho and Hazam Barry (Sun on Sunday)

Everton will offer Watford £12m in a third bid for boss Marco Silva (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea are ready to take on Tottenham in the race for Watford winger Richarlison (Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool could face losing U17 World Cup winner Rhian Brewster as the striker could follow Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund (Sun on Sunday)

FIFA are trying to arrange talks with whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov to obtain extra evidence that Russian footballers benefited from their nation’s state-supported doping programme (Mail on Sunday)

Gianluigi Buffon is still recovering from Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup and will not play for Juventus at Sampdoria on Sunday (Mail on Sunday)

Mauricio Pochettino insisted that Danny Rose’s exclusion from the Tottenham squad for the north London derby was a matter of fitness after nine months out (Mail on Sunday)

Jose Mourinho is ready to enter the race to land Chelsea ace Willian if he leaves Stamford Bridge this winter (Sunday Express)

Cristiano Ronaldo ripped into Real Madrid’s players after their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid, according to reports (Sunday Express)

Real Madrid plan to sign Atletico star Antoine Griezmann when Gareth Bale is sold, according to reports (Sunday Express)

Cristiano Ronaldo is fed up of life at Real Madrid as they dropped more points and Barca moved 8 points clear in La Liga (Daily Star on Sunday)

Manchester City will let on-loan Joe Hart leave for a cut-price fee of between £3m and £6m next summer (Daily Star on Sunday)

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ESPN FC - Burnley News 18 Nov 21:48

Burnley 2-0 Swansea: Cork haunts former club

Former Swansea midfielder Jack Cork scored against his former club as Burnley sealed a comfortable win.

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Burnley 2-0 Swansea: Cork haunts former club

Former Swansea midfielder Jack Cork scored against his former club as Burnley sealed a comfortable win.

ESPN FC - Burnley News 18 Nov 17:59

Burnley beat Swansea to continue fine start to season

Burnley Swansea City 2 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Former Swansea midfielder Jack Cork scored against his former club as Burnley sealed a comfortable win. Former Swansea midfielder Jack Cork scored against his former club as Burnley sealed a comfortable win. Craig Burley recaps Saturday's Premier League action, including the North London Derby and both Manchester clubs' wins. Sean Dyche expresses satisfaction with Burnley's win over Swansea, but says his side never put the match away entirely. Paul Clement says any belief Swansea had going into their match at Burnley was sucked out of them after the first goal. Jack Cork helped heap the pressure on his former manager, Paul Clement, as Burnley swept aside Swansea 2-0 at Turf Moor. Cork was handed his England debut against Germany last week and continued making memories by nodding home the first goal against his former club, underlining Clement's increasingly curious decision to let him go in the summer. Ashley Barnes followed up with a rocket of a strike that caught everyone by surprise, handing the upwardly mobile Clarets their third win in a row and plunging...

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Barnes thumps in Burnley's second

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Cork turns in Brady's cross for Burnley's opener

English Premier League: Jack Cork (29') Burnley 1-0 Swansea

Burnley – teamtalk.com 18 Nov 15:27

Two first-half strikes enough for Burnley against Swansea

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Burnley – teamtalk.com 18 Nov 10:25

Predictions: Man Utd, City to win; derby stroll for Tottenham

Y.O.U.N.G frontman Chez is the latest to take on our Predictions challenge – and he fancies wins for Spurs, Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd – but Liverpool to lose more ground.

Just like last season, our writers will take on a different band or artist by making their Premier League predictions each week, while you can join in the fun using the story comment facility (below) or Your Say forum.

Last time out,  Shed Seven duo Rick Witter and Joe Johnson took us on – you can see who came out on top here.

This time around, it’s Y.O.U.N.G frontman Chez  a former Man City academy player and Man Utd fan – who lock horns with TEAMtalk’s Marshy.


There’s no respite for Arsenal. Fresh off the back of a 3-1 hiding at the Etihad before the international break, Wenger’s men now have the small matter of a North London derby to attend to. Read about this and much more in our latest Betsafe betting preview. 

Premier League matchday 12

Arsenal v Tottenham (12.30)


Chez: 0-2

Marshy: 1-3

Bournemouth v Huddersfield

Chez: 2-1

Marshy: 1-1

Burnley v Swansea

Chez: 3-1

Marshy: 1-0

Crystal Palace v Everton

Chez: 1-1

Marshy: 0-1

Leicester v Manchester City

Chez: 1-4

Marshy: 0-2

Liverpool v Southampton

Chez: 1-2

Marshy: 3-0

West Brom v Chelsea

Chez: 0-1

Marshy: 0-2

Manchester United v Newcastle (5.30pm)

Chez: 2-0

Marshy: 1-1

Watford v West Ham (Sunday, 4pm)

Chez: 2-0

Marshy: 2-1

Brighton v Stoke (Monday, 8pm)

Chez: 2-1

Marshy: 1-2

Chez Davis, life with Y.O.U.N.G and his passion for football

TEAMtalk: How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?

Chez:  My dad is a massive red and so was my grandad !!! It’s kind of in the “Davis Family” 😂 I loved Paul Scholes’ screamer against Barcelona and Wayne Rooney’s overhead against City – great moments! 

TEAMtalk: Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?

Chez: David Beckham for me or maybe the man [Ruud] van Nistelrooy.

TEAMtalk: What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the season?

Chez: Yeah the team’s getting there this year definitely, I think we still need a quality left-back (editor’s note – see this, Chez!) and another top central defender !!! Buttt Massive improvement on the last couple of years !! I’d be happy for 2nd and some champions league success … next years prem title will be ours

TEAMtalk: Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?

Chez: My soft spot is for our blue neighbours … I used to actually play for them at academy level before switching over to Burnley …but then music always pulled me back in somehow 😂

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Premier League fixtures in full

Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

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Banned Barton released by Burnley

Midfielder Joey Barton has been released by Burnley, one month after being banned from football.

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Lawro's final-day predictions v rock band Royal Blood

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on rock band Royal Blood in his predictions for the final day of the Premier League season.

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Burnley 1-2 West Ham United

West Ham end their season with an away victory as they come from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

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Heaton 'more than happy' at Burnley

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton plays down speculation linking him with a move from Burnley by insisting he is "more than happy" at Turf Moor.

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