3 Up Front is back and you’d be crazy to miss the latest blockbuster of a show! In a three-pronged attack on your footballing senses host Adrian Clarke, along with star pundits Iain Spragg and Iain Macintosh are in fine form as they tackle all the burning issues including;
The shambles that is Liverpool and Everton. Poor starts to the season have had fans wondering if their seasons are already over, reminding fans of slow starts from last season and the reliance of both Everton and Liverpool on a small number of players. Liverpool’s financial troubles are well documented, but their Carling Cup exit has pundits really getting on their backs. To quote the opening paragraph of Tim Rich’s report in the Guardian:
No club treasures its history more than Liverpool and its lowest point is generally agreed to be the FA Cup defeat by Worcester City several months before Bill Shankly walked into Anfield like Jimmy Cagney in a tracksuit. That was away from home with Liverpool stagnating in the old Second Division and in an age before rolling news and the internet, the damage was limited to headlines in the Liverpool Echo. Last night, Liverpool were at home, they were playing a side 69 places below them and there were cameras everywhere.
Fact or Fiction: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere – is he the best teenager since Rooney? There has been plenty of hype surrounding the Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, with Arsenal fans calling him the most exciting young talent to come out of the youth ranks since Cesc Fabregas and England fans comparing Wilshere’s rise to that of Wayne Rooney. Is Wilshere the real deal, and can he keep his feet on the ground? The pod discuss this and more in Fact or Fiction.
The X-aggerated Factor: Could Hatem Ben Arfa be the new Ginola? The French youngster has had a chequered path to the English Premier League, falling out with several of his fellow young footballers before landing a spot at newly promoted Newcastle. In an environment where he’s likely to be a star talent, can Hatem Ben Arfa fulfill is potential and help Newcastle stay in the Premier League?
The Shoot-Out: Milan Jovanovic’s other jobs, blow up dolls, Alex Song and Cobblers. Iain Macintosh and Iain Spragg go head to head in this week’s devious shoot-out, who will come on top? And can you get more questions right than the two Iains?
The trio also discuss the big game of the weekend, Manchester City v Chelsea, and give their bets of the week.
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