Saturday, January 9, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: FA Cup Third Round begins, Suarez banned two cup matches

Yesterday's Scores
FA Cup- Third Round
Exeter City 2-2 Liverpool
(Nicholls 9', Holmes 45+1')-(Sinclair 12', South 73')
Liverpool put out a very young lineup to face fourth division Exeter City. Thanks to a Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday,l where yet played ask they're regulars, the only normal starter to play at Exeter was Christian Benteke. As a result they earn a replay on January 19 or 20 to go along with their already jam packed schedule. Fixture congestion is always a hot topic around this time of year, and I don't have many doubts that Liverpool wishes England had a more broken up schedule right now.

Ligue 1
Paris St. Germain 2-0 Bastia
(Motta 29', Maxwell 39')
We all know that France belongs to PSG and we are all just swimming along with them. This is just another small step on their way to a landslide victory in Ligue 1.

Liga MX
Queretaro 1-3 Atlas
(Villa 21')-(Gonzalez 26', Bergessio 40', 78')

Tijuana 1-1 Pachuca
(Guzman 20')-(Jara 43')

Copa America Qualifying
Trinidad and Tobago 0-1 Haiti
(Millien 83')

Panama 4-0 Cuba
(Gomez 4', Tejada PK 18', Cooper 42, Perez 89')

Panama and Haiti will round out the field of 16 nations to compete in next summer's Copa America tournament to be held in the United States. All ten South American nations will participate along with the USA, Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and now Panama and Haiti in the special event.

Luis Suarez was involved in some tomfoolery in the tunnel after Barcelona's 4-1 cup win over Espanyol this week. He was handed a two game ban for his trouble, but he is planning on appealing the punishment. In the likely event that the suspension is upheld, Suarez would be unavailable for the second leg of the tie and a potential quarterfinal match. Here's hoping Barca remembers to leave him out of the team so they don't pull a Real Madrid and get booted from the tournament.

On my podcast this week, I talked about a World Soccer Talk article concerning season ticket prices in the Premier League and how they relate to the NFL. It was a short, but interesting, discussion on the cost of attending a match in England versus going to an NFL game. News came today that several Premier League clubs aren't raising their season ticket prices for next year. In one case, West Ham, prices are actually being lowered. The Premier League is set to receive a windfall of cash next season thanks to a 70% increase in global television revenue. It's nice to see that the clubs are trying to keep things relatively affordable for the fans who want to come down to the stadium.

Arsenal have been hot on the trail of African Footballer of the Year winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month. The first winner of Africa's top award not to be named Yaya Toure in five years (something the Manchester City midfielder is quite bitter about) has thrown that to the wolves by saying he will not go to Arsenal. Borussia Dortmund is his home and he has no desire to pack up and leave.

Norwich are looking to stay up in the Premier League when this season is over, but their less than stellar defensive record is getting in the way. Yesterday they signed Ivo Pinto away from Dinamo Zagreb to bolster their defense. The Portuguese defender will feature mostly at right back for Norwich in the second half of the season.

Today's Matches
FA Cup- Third Round
Wycombe Wanders v. Aston Villa- 7:45am
Arsenal v. Sunderland- 10am- FS1
Birmingham City v. AFC Bournemouth
Brentford v. Walsall- 10am
Bury v. Bradford City- 10am
Colchester United v. Charlton Athletic- 10am
Doncaster Rovers v. Stoke City- 10am- FS2
Eastleigh v. Bolton Wanderers- 10am
Everton v. Dagenham & Redbridge- 10am
Hartlepool United v. Derby County- 10am
Huddersfield Town v. Reading- 10am
Hull City v. Brighton & Hove Albion- 10am
Ipswich Town v. Portsmouth- 10am
Leeds United v. Rotherham United- 10am
Middlesbrough v. Burnley- 10am
Newport County v. Blackburn Rovers- 10am
Northampton Town v. MK Dons- 10am
Norwich City v. Manchester City- 10am
Nottingham Forest v. Queens Park Rangers- 10am
Peterborough United v. Preston North End- 10am
Sheffield Wednesday v. Fulham- 10am
Southampton v. Crystal Palace- 10am
Watford v. Newcastle- 10am
West Bromwich Albion v. Bristol City- 10am
West Ham United v. Wolverhampton Wanderers- 10am
Manchester United v. Sheffield United- 12:30pm- FS1

La Liga
Barcelona v. Granada- 10am- beIN
Sevilla v. Athletic Bilbao- 12:15pm
Getafe v. Real Betis- 12:15pm
Real Madrid v. Deportivo la Coruna- 2:30pm- beIN
LEvante v. Rayo Vallecano- 4:05pm

Serie A
Carpi v. Udinese- 9am
Fiorentina v. Lazio- 12pm- beIN
AS Roma v. AC Milan- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Lyon v. Troyes- 11am
Angers v. Caen- 2pm
AS Monaco v. GFC Ajaccio- 2pm
Montpellier v. Bordeaux- 2pm
Stade de Reims v. Toulouse- 2pm
Stade Rennes v. Lorient- 2pm

Liga MX
Club America v. Puebla- 6pm- Univision
Monterrey v. Pumas UNAM- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Leon v. Santos- 9:06pm- NBC Universo
Morelia v. Cruz Azul- 9:30pm
Chiapas v. Dorados de Sinaloa- 10pm

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