Friday, 31 August 2012

UEFA Europa League Coverage, EPL News plus UEFA Champions League and Capital One Cup Draws:

Hello and welcome to my latest EPL update, with a twist.

UEFA Europa League Coverage along with UEFA Champions League and Capital One Cup Draws also in this latest blog post:

Let me begin:



Tonight's UEFA Europa League Play-Off Round Action:

Newcastle United 1 Atromitos 0 (Aggregate 2-1)

Striker Haris Vuckic scored the only goal of the match for Newcastle in the 29th minute to secure European football for Newcastle this season. 

That's the one: Striker Haris Vuckic celebrates his first half winner against Atromitos at The Sports Direct Arena.

He hit a shot from outside the area near the wing, which swerved past the goalkeeper into the net.

Striker Demba Ba apparently hit the ball on the way in with his stud, but replays showed that there was no contact.

Newcastle got a stroke of fortune just before half-time after goalkeeper Tim Krul caught a striker with his arm inside the box, but the referee thought he was diving and gave him a yellow card.

Liverpool 1 Hearts 1 (Aggregate 2-1)






UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw:
(EPL Teams in LARGE)

Group A:
Porto
Dynamo Kiev
PSG 
Dinamo Zagreb

Group B:
Arsenal
Schalke
Olympiakos
Montpellier

Group C:
AC Milan
Zenit St. Petersburg
Anderlecht
Malaga

Group D:
Real Madrid
Manchester City
Borussia Dortmund
Ajax

Group E:
Chelsea
Juventus
Shakthar Donetsk
Nordsjaelland

Group F:
Bayern Munich
Valencia
Lille
BATE Borisov

Group G:
Barcelona
Celtic
Spartak Moscow
Benfica

Group H:
Manchester United
FC Cluj
Braga
Galatasaray

Very interesting CL groups, with Chelsea and Manchester United both having fairly easy groups (apart from Juventus and Braga) and should qualify for the Last 16, but you never know.

Arsenal should comfortably get into the Last 16, despite having the French champions Montpellier and Schalke in their group, which will be tough matches.

However, Manchester City will have trouble with Spainish champions Real Madrid, Dutch champions Ajax and tough German side Borussia Dortmund in their group.

They may be able to sneak a 2nd place, but they could get Europa League again like last season. 



Capital One Cup 3rd Round Draw:
(Ties involving EPL teams only) 

Manchester United vs Newcastle United
Manchester City vs Aston Villa 
MK Dons vs Sunderland
Arsenal vs Coventry
Crawley Town vs Swansea
West Brom vs Liverpool
QPR vs Reading
Chelsea vs Wolves
West Ham vs Wigan
Carlisle vs Tottenham 
Norwich vs Doncaster 
Southampton vs Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds vs Everton

Yesterday's Capital One Cup Match:

Everton 5 Leyton Orient 0 

New signing and £6million striker Kevin Mirallas scored twice, and set up two other goals for Everton, as they thrashed Leyton Orient and sped into the 3rd Round of the Capital One Cup.

Good buy: New Everton signing Kevin Mirallas scored twice against Leyton Orient yesterday.
I'm just starting: Kevin Mirallas celebrates his first goal on his debut in the Capital One Cup.
Back in business: Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe scores in the 35th minute against Leyton Orient.
 



EPL Transfers and News:

England manager Roy Hodgson has officially announced his squad for the upcoming World Cup 2014 Qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Goalkeepers:
Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City) , John Ruddy (Norwich).

Defenders:
Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka (both Everton), Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and John Terry (all Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Joleon Lescott (Man City)

Midfielders:
Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley (Man United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City) and Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

Strikers:
Andy Carroll (West Ham*), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Man United)


* means on loan, from Liverpool

West Ham have confirmed the season-long loan signing of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, with a permanent deal available in the summer, if they stay in the EPL.

Shock loan deal: Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has signed for West Ham on a loan spell for the rest of the season.
QPR have confimed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero for around £9million.
He only needs to complete his medical.

If they get relegated now, after all of the money spent on players... LOOOL


Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong has reportedly flown into Italy for talks with AC Milan over a permanent transfer deal.

Going to Milan: Manchester City defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong could be on his way out to AC Milan shortly.

In other news, new Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has already won his first trophy at the club, three days after signing for the Spainish champions.

Champions: Real Madrid (Modric second right) celebrate beating Barcelona in the Spainish Super Cup last night.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Spainish Super Cup yesterday (4-4 win on away goals) and Luka Modric came off the bench and played at The Bernabeu Stadium.

North-London Rivalry: Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric tussles with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song for the ball.



Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen's 18-year-old forward Samed Yesil in a deal worth £1million pounds.

Welcome to Liverpool: Germany winger Samed Yesli has already represented his country at U-16, U-17 and U-18 level.

Stoke City have made a £4million bid for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.

Wigan and Reading are both very interested in signing Marseille striker Jordan Ayew and are both ready to launch £4million bids before the deadline tomorrow night.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that winger Theo Walcott WILL remain an Arsenal player beyond Friday's transfer deadline day and may sign a new contract deal with the club.


Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed the news that Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is undergoing a medical at Fulham and should sign tomorrow on TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY.


Join me tomorrow for LIVE Commentary of Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup and Transfer Deadline Day throughout Friday..