It’s one of those strange weekends #EPLpreview

Burnley vs Manchester United. Normally not the most interesting game, but given the recent misfortunes of the Red Devils this has suddenly become one of the tastiest fixtures of the weekend.

You probably know that Man United have been…well…pretty crap for the last few weeks. An opening day home loss to Swansea was followed up by what I think was a fortunate draw at Sunderland. Then came Tuesday night, when the team was humiliated 4-0 by MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. Not even the signing of the truly world class Angel Di Maria has been able to lift the mood around Old Trafford — at least not judging by many of the Man U fans that I chat to in real life and on social media.

Burnley, similarly, have also had a somewhat sluggish start to the season. The newly-promoted side has lost its first two games, sitting second bottom on the table thanks only to QPR’s worse goal difference.

So, where does that leave this fixture?

I’m going to thoroughly fence-sit on this one. 1-1.

Been a tough few weeks for Manchester United. I predict that it'll continue this weekend. Burnley 1 - 1 ManU.
Been a tough few weeks for Manchester United. I predict that it’ll continue this weekend. Burnley 1 – 1 ManU.

But it’s not just this fixture that intrigues me this weekend. Everton vs Chelsea looks like an absolute cracker. The Toffees were unlucky not to beat Arsenal last weekend. At 2-0 up and playing the much better football, they should have walked it — especially at home. Chelsea, were also 2-0 up in their last fixture against Leicester City, but didn’t look terribly convincing. However, they showed their class and held on to get the 3 points.

I picked a draw on SuperBru, but, realistically, Chelsea should win it. I just think they have the class right through the squad to win this game. Truth be told, I think they’ll go on to win the league.

Then there’s Spurs vs Liverpool. The game I hate every season. Why? Because I hate both teams. It’s the fixture that I desperately want both teams to lose. Again, I picked a draw because, truth be told, I can’t bring myself to ever pick either team to win.

Spurs vs Liverpool. Grumpy Cat perfectly reflects my feelings.
Spurs vs Liverpool. Grumpy Cat perfectly reflects my feelings.

And let me finish off this preview with a word on my beloved Arsenal. It’s been an interesting few weeks for the side. Tough away draws at Everton in the league and in the Champions League qualifier against Besiktas, in the mix with hard-fought wins against Crystal Palace and Besiktas at home. I said on Twitter on Wednesday night that perhaps we’re starting to see a tougher, more resilient Arsenal. And I hope I’m right.

As much as the last few weeks haven’t shown Arsenal’s class and potential, I still think the team will beat Leicester City — and comfortably, too.

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The Times of India just instituted a bizarre Twitter and Facebook policy

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Wow. Okay. This is one of the strangest social media policies I’ve come across…

Originally posted on Quartz:

Hundreds of journalists working at the Times of India and its sister publications have received a peculiar request from their employer: hand over your Twitter and Facebook passwords and let us post for you.

Even after you leave the company.

Under a contract unveiled to employees last week, Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd—India’s largest media conglomerate and publisher of the Times of India, Economic Times, among many other properties—told staffers they are not to post any news links on their personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. This runs counter to many social-media policies in newsrooms across the world, which often encourage journalists to share content widely.

But BCCL, as the company is known, is telling journalists that they must start a company-authorised account on various social media platforms. They also have the option of converting existing personal social media accounts to company accounts. On these, they are free to discuss news and related material. The company will…

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Tiger attack at Gauteng circus

A tiger from a circus in Rietfontein, Joburg, escaped from its cage and attacked a circus worker, said Netcare911 spokesman Chris Botha.

In a press release sent out this morning, Botha said paramedics were called to the circus in Beyers Naude Drive at about 7.50am. A tiger, he said, had escaped from its enclosure.

A tiger escaped from its enclosure before attacking a circus worker. PICTURE: Supplied by Netcare911

“Exact detail as to how the tiger got out of the enclosure is still speculative at this stage,” said Botha.

“When (paramedics) arrived at the scene they found a man lying on the ground with severe bite wounds and lacerations to his neck and chest,” he added.

All information in this post comes directly from a Netcare911 press release.