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Carling Cup and Other Sunday Matches – Open Thread

Written by on February 27, 2011 | 12 Comments »
Posted in General

The first silverware of the English season will be handed out on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London as the Carling Cup is decided. Both teams are experiencing a trophy drought.

Many will have heard the oft repeated statistic of Arsenal not winning a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005. But if that’s a problem what about Birmingham City?

Formed in 1875 the Midland’s club only top flight honour came in 1963 when they lifted the English League Cup.

Birmingham have relegation worries but are currently enjoying their best form of the season with 5 wins and one draw in their last seven matches.

There is also West Ham at home to Liverpool and Fulham (and Mark Hughes) are at Eastlands to play Manchester City in the Premier League.

City really need to win to maintain any sort of pressure on Arsenal (above) and Spurs and Chelsea (below) – not a time to lose serve to use a tennis term.

In Italy the late game is Sampdoria at home to Inter while in La Liga Athletic Bilbao against Valencia has the makings of a good encounter.

Bayer Leverkusen needs to maintain the chase (although it looks futile) of Borussia Dortmund and are away to a Werder Bremen side that has now slumped to third bottom of the Bundesliga. How did that happen?

A win for Lille at home to Lyon will put them back to the top of Ligue 1 ahead of Rennes while three points for Lyon will only serve to tighten the championship even more.

An Ajax win at top of the table PSV could make the Eredivisie race very interesting. Full points for Ajax would pull them to within two of PSV while it would also give Twente (away to AZ Alkmaar) a chance to go clear at the top of the table.

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12 responses to “Carling Cup and Other Sunday Matches – Open Thread”

  1. Bryan says:

    “You can not say that winning League Cups is winning trophies.”
    Read in a French accent.

    Just in case…

  2. To be read in a Scottish accent “Is it shiny and does it have handles”

  3. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    The respective trophy droughts, if my Roman numerals are correct, are from:

    The Arsenal: MMV
    Birmingham City: MCMLXIII

    I believe Liver*ool are employing a strategy of goal conservation today. The less they score today means the more they will score v the Evil Empire (ManIOU) next week. I believe that is an example of reversion to the mean.

    Rumour has it that Mancini will deploy a more attack minded lineup at home today. What a novel idea! It’s about time I say. Isn’t it so quintessentially Italian to be über conservative until the very final moment?

  4. Soccerlogical says:

    Excellent CC final, shame Hleb isn’t fit.


    WOW never thought it would be that good of a match.let me be the first to say the Quad is dead!player of the match Ben Foster hands down.

  6. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:


  7. J says:

    Polish/French/Arsenal 101:

    moja piłka = ma ballon = my ball

    tragedia = tragédie = par for the course

  8. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Hats off to Birmingham City. Their trophy drought is much longer than AFC’s and the Gunners simply didn’t play well enough today to earn the right to lift the trophy.

  9. refan says:

    Bad luck TVN, three more to aim at though.

    Horrible day at the office for my lot. Gerrard walked most of it and was clearly unfit. Parker kicked Moreiles off the field. We let them play and failed to do the same. Gave them far too much space and did not press. Definitely a poor team performance and a kick in the pants deserved come Tues when the sorry lot turn up for training.

    Now for more serious matters……….Luke Donald vs Martin Kaymer.

  10. Rossoneri Red Devil says:

    Arsenal couldn’t stop the beanpole Zigic from winning headers all game long. Never underestimate an aerial presence. Lucky for you Barca doesn’t have that kind of forward.

  11. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:


    If you value an aerial presence so much why don’t you take both Zigic & Crouch for Ibra & Pato straight up? Or even any two of Pato, Robinho, and Cassano? Hell, give me the worst of your four and I’ll give you both of those beanpoles 2:1. I don’t think you’ll take me up on that offer.

  12. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Enough said. And the best team on the planet don’t have one. Don’t need one. Won a sextuple wihout one. Name one with an aerial presence that did. I’ll keep ordering the black stuff until you do …

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