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Old 08-09-2018, 08:01 PM
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English Premier League 2018-19


Kickoff is tomorrow at 3 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The opening game for the season is Manchester United v. Leicester City (GO FOXES!!).

Time for your predictions, commentary, hopes, dreams, etc.!!!


Mine: Foxes finally get it right again for most of the season, and secure a spot in the Europa League and/or win one of the two cups.

I don't see either Chelsea or Man U. winning the League. I don't think City will repeat. Could this mean, heaven forbid, 'Pool doing it????
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:55 PM
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I’m all on board for Liverpool this season. I’m even playing EPL fantasy in a league set up by my favorite Liverpool pub.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:45 AM
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I read tonight that Spurs made absolutely no acquisitions during the window. That is apparently a first for a Premier League team. Guess they like what they have!
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:11 AM
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I've seen predictions for my Southampton squad in the 12-13th range. That is too high.

And thanks for starting this thread. It's a fun league to follow.
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In the USA, it looks like NBC is doing their stupid NBC Gold paid streaming service again, a completely idiotic business decision. There aren’t enough Cardiff City supporters in the USA that are going to pay $50 to watching them online
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:12 AM
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In the USA, it looks like NBC is doing their stupid NBC Gold paid streaming service again, a completely idiotic business decision. There arenít enough Cardiff City supporters in the USA that are going to pay $50 to watching them online
I don't quite understand the idea behind how they have it set up. I mean, I know that they want to show a lot of games that will get high viewer numbers to promote the product, so having a fair number of Man U and Chelsea and 'Pool games free makes sense. But NBC must think that most of those supporters in the US are not serious fans, because otherwise, you'd think they would be exactly the peeps to shell out money for the right to view all their team's games. Instead, those teams play the minimum of games on the Gold, while we who root for teams not in the top six end up getting to see a rather limited selection of games, and mostly only games our teams are going to lose, since they are inevitably against one of the top six.

I might do it this year, but I won't be happy about it. I hate this new model of having to pay individually for everything you want to see. I know it will end up costing more than buying things for one price.
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I might do it this year, but I won't be happy about it. I hate this new model of having to pay individually for everything you want to see. I know it will end up costing more than buying things for one price.
Be careful what you wish for (not the personal you, but the collective you). People have been clamoring for a la carte programming for decades now. This is how it is going to be.
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The Liverpool match and Man City v Arsenal are being broadcast for free on Telemundo.
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:12 PM
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Utd should win in a canter frankly.
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:30 PM
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One weekend down, and it already looks like Liverpool v. the Cityzens for the title.
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Which means he’ll win the Continental Treble and take a big payday move to PSG.
He is at his best when he has his tantrums in the press.
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Let's start the Mourinho countdown clock. As of the 75 minute mark, Brighton 3 Man U 1
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United were awful. Not only poor on defense, but completely inept on offense, going the second half without really putting the goal in danger (except for Pogba's excellent shot). Mourinho is poisoning that team, which isn't the greatest assemblage of talent in the world to begin with (except for the proven talent of Pogba and Lukaku; see: World Cup 2018).
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Welcome to the boards, alex404! As a United fan, I hate to say it, but I think you're absolutely right. City won't be as dominant this year, but no-one has the strength in depth to seriously challenge them. The only way I can see them slipping up is if they focus on Europe so much that they put out seriously weakened teams in the Premiership and drop a few points, but their second-string is better than most clubs' first choices, so can't really see that having a big enough effect.

By the way, I checked out your link and it looks totally legit, but if you haven't already you might want to run it past the moderators of the board - I can't remember the rules on promoting your own stuff on this board, I think it's pretty strict. Either way, I hope you stick around.
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I know it’s all about the money, but that is one horrible football kit that Liverpool is wearing tonight!
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At least it doesn't have pink shirts or yellow socks...
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Welcome to the boards, alex404! As a United fan, I hate to say it, but I think you're absolutely right. City won't be as dominant this year, but no-one has the strength in depth to seriously challenge them. The only way I can see them slipping up is if they focus on Europe so much that they put out seriously weakened teams in the Premiership and drop a few points, but their second-string is better than most clubs' first choices, so can't really see that having a big enough effect.

By the way, I checked out your link and it looks totally legit, but if you haven't already you might want to run it past the moderators of the board - I can't remember the rules on promoting your own stuff on this board, I think it's pretty strict. Either way, I hope you stick around.
They lost imo the best player in the world, de Bruyne, for 3 months and now their starting GK with an Achilles tear. Bet they wish the 5ransfer window was still open like everywhere else
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They lost imo the best player in the world, de Bruyne, for 3 months and now their starting GK with an Achilles tear. Bet they wish the 5ransfer window was still open like everywhere else
Bravo is the keeper with an achilles tear, and he is the backup keeper to Ederson. I think they should be fine.
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If you’re in the USA, I suggest watching All
Or Nothing: Man City on Amazon Prime. It’s quite good, even if you’re not a city supporter.
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Looks like Watford may be continuing their recent trend of starting fast and then holding on for dear life, narrowly avoiding the relegation zone. Beats playing in the Championship, I suppose
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Old 08-25-2018, 01:46 PM
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Liverpool with a 3rd consecutive win and 3rd consecutive clean sheet.

And, they've loaned out Karius, odd to think that just a few months ago he was the starter in the Champions League final. I know nothing about football in Turkey, but I highly doubt Karius was thinking of kebabs in Turkey when he was starting in the Champions League final!

https://www.thisisanfield.com/2018/0...pool-struggle/
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:56 PM
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Tottenham 3 Man U 0

Wow, Mourinho meltdown ahead?

I only saw a few minutes of the match so can’t really comment as to how well Man U played. Obviously, Twitter is blowing up with all sorts of ‘Sacked in the Morning’ tweets.
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Man U started well - looking to respond to their lose to Brighton. But Spurs were clinical in taking their chances and United looked poor after they went behind.

Mourhino made six changes to his starting line up. It surely didn't help.

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Mourinho:

All our fans don’t read papers, all our fans don’t watch television, all our fans are more intelligent than than- They answered in an absolutely amazing way.

I think it’s safe to say that 99% of the people who buy Man U membership and buy tickets for Tottenham matches on a Monday night have more than a casual interest in football and expect more from Man U.
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United had two really good chances to take the lead, especially the open net shot from Lukaku in the first half. Perhaps if they had done so, it would be different result.

Second half, they made a hash of defense. Jones looked lost, and Smalling made an appalling error for the third. Indeed, I'm gonna start calling him Appalling Smalling.
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Those lucky Liverpool reprobates - in what was basically the last play of the game, the Spurs' Heung-Min Song's left foot was clipped, in the box, preventing him from getting a shot off (from, like, 12 yards out) as Liverpool preserved a 2-1 victory.*


Watched some more PSG brilliance yesterday. (I am going to really REALLY enjoy watching these flashy show-offs this season...artistry incarnate.)
Even without Neymar and Mbappe (the latter suspended, but did this last week), Julian Draxler, replacing Mbappe, did this prettiness yesterday, opening up his Ligue 1 account in impressive fashion, and adding new meaning to the phrase doubleheader.

*ETA - annoyed that neither the play-by-play nor the TWO colour commentators acknowledged the infraction's obviousness in the replay.

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Spurs' Heung-Min Song.
That should be Son.


Lucky duck Hotspurs, with three defeats in a row already under their belt this season, came to within a komodo dragon's breath to blowing a two-goal lead in the final minute of injury time against Brighton, when Seaguller Anthony Knockaert (apparently in a battle royale with depression) sent it past Gazzaniga, and then thirty seconds later (last play of game) Knockaert let go another strike from almost the exact same position, but a much weaker attempt.
On final whistle, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hilariously blew out a huge exhale before shaking hands with Brighton manager Chris Hughton.

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Good thing Arsenal's winning goal wasn't the second one in their 2-0 win over Everton. Goal #2 was quite offside, despite a nifty-looking final assist that was a lay-off off the inside of I Forget's boot. But oooohhh baby (as the annoying Bob Cole'd say) Lacazette's opening goal, and fortunately the winner, was a dan-dy. (you'll wanna enlarge the screen)

International powerhouses Wolverhampton go into Old Trafford and manage to scramble to a 1-1 result, putting a damper on Alex Ferguson's first visit back to a game since his brain haemmorhage five months ago.
Jose needs to turn it around quickly - pretty dismal display they put on, again.

And lucky ducks Chelsea should have lost 1-0 to the Hammers, but Yarmalenko missed a header from, like, zero feet out, right at the very end (Ruth Buzzi could have made it) and settle with 0-0 draw.

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Yes! Still my very own footy thread for the past couple of weeks as I lord over it, dark prince style - BWAWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAH!!!!!!!
And it is all mine! now, heh, heh.


If Man U's suckage continues for one more week, then rumours of Morhinho to be the first EPL manager to get sacked this season just might happen. There's been mumblings of Zidane possibly replacing him.

Chelsea was lucky to get away with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool - Shaqiri missed a glorious opportunity. I was surprised Klopp had him sub for Salah instead of maybe Forminho, who, formidable as he is, isn't quite the offensive threat Salah is, and what Liverpool were needing when they were still down 1-0 at the time of the subbing.

And speaking of formidable, Liverpool's front three (deservedly) make the headlines, however, the back two - Gomez and van Dijk (especially this game, except for the Hazard goal) can really shut the door down. And Hazard - what a season he's having.

Former Blues Sturridge tied it up with just a couple of fucking minutes left with an admittedly pretty nice goal

Here I thought David Luis was "getting on", but apart from a near-costly blunder near the end, he played a very solid game, with challenges up the yin-yang and crisp passing.
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My Foxes are starting to do what they need to do this year: win the games they are supposed to win. Nice move up the table has resulted. I would love to not have any silly relegation worries for a change.

Sturridge goal was just amazing. A rare example of Kantť not doing his job as a defender.

United looked pathetic. The way Arnautovic split the defenders for the third goal shouldn't happen to anyone in the Prem, even if the Hammers did commit a foul to get the ball back to start it off.
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Heh, not sure if I'd call that cold comfort.


Normally I don't like to post until I've seen all the weekend's games, but I had to come in here to show this fine down-the-pitch sequence and then deft inside of the left heel finish by Gunner Ramsey. (unfortunately a bit slow loading, and the full sequence doesn't start until -:23)
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Heh - the curse of no more Ronaldo?
In their worst run in 11 years, Real Madrid are goalless in their last four, after losing in the final play (ha!) of injury time against a surprising Alaves side that's managed to place themselves currently in La Liga's top three.
Bale was looking fragile - probably on the verge of another injury, and Benzema has been just flat-out invisible so far this season. (And now he has a hamstring injury!) Isco is continually one of the few players who has shown consistent quality.

First time Alaves have beaten RM since '31.
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..., and Benzema has been just flat-out invisible so far this season....
I think that is how Benzema has been for the past few seasons.
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It would be wonderful to get some new blood at the top of the major tables. Sevilla is currently leading La Liga by a nose hair, although the big three of Barca, Real and Atletico are in the next three spots. And with 20% of the Bundesliga season over, Bayern is sitting sixth, four points back of Dortmund. Now the odds of things continuing in this vein are probably pretty long but even great teams can get old and/or lose their mojo.
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I must say that I have to give props to the Arsenal for the third goal Monday against my beloved Foxes. That goal is classic Arsenal football, which I have enjoyed watching when they play it for years. The deft pass from ÷zil to Aubameyang at the end, done with the outside of the left foot because that's the one he had available, is sublime, perhaps even more sublime than the re-direction he scored on in the first half.

God help the rest of the League if Emery manages to get them playing like that regularly.
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Well, Foxes get lucky and survive with a draw against the Hammers. Mind you, it took #LCFC more than 45 min. to score against 10 men. Not exactly potent on offense right now.
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The Leicester owners helicopter has crashed moments after taking off from the pitch. Doesn't look at all good. Sorry, I can't post links with this device.
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Current news reports of the crash are very confused. One report says that the ambulances left slowly and not on blue lights, which is very bad news.

From the BBC:

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Sky Sports are reporting that Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha was also NOT on board the helicopter.

They earlier said Jon Rudkin, the Director of Football at Leicester City was also NOT on board.
But let us remember that the pilot was definitely on board.

Separately, Glenn Hoddle, the former England manager, has been taken to hospital.
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Left to be determined is whether or not the Chairman/Owner was on board.

I've seen the video; it's doubtful anyone survived. God help them.
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A sad update: the chairman and three other people are believed to have died.
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Heh - bit of zombie rehab, here.

Man U continue to turn up the suck, managing just a draw in Southampton. Only 14 games in, they're already trailing table leaders City by 16 points.

Saw awesome assist yesterday from Messi to interesting prospect Carles Alena. Quite the through ball.

Total cracker of a north London derby. Well, came down to earth a bit when Arsenal pulled ahead 4-2 over Tots. Great game.

Is Klopp weirder than Mourinho? (ok maybe not weapons grade effed up like coprophiliac Joachim Low, but skeevy enough)
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Missed edit window by, oh, millenia.

What a scary fuckin set of teeth that dude has.

Edit on the edit - ok maybe not scary, but formidable.

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I've noticed in the last few weekends that teams will sometimes do a substitution during the second half stoppage time. Is there really that much benefit to having one fresh set of legs on the pitch for two minutes, or is more of a delaying/confusion tactic ?
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Sometimes its just so a player will get a standing ovation coming off the pitch.
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Usually it's a delaying tactic by a team keen to hold of for a win/draw, though it can have other uses as noted by madsircool. Referees should be adding on at least as much time as the substitution takes, though, so it's probably more for breaking up play/letting the rest of the team have a quick breather before the final onslaught by the other side. I wonder if anyone has ever tried to compile stats on its effectiveness? Probably too difficult/too many other variables to learn much about it.
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Today's Liverpool v Manchester United result shows just how bad the situation at United has gotten. Unable to compete evenly over the course of 90 min. Scoring only on a bad mistake by the opposing 'keeper; no other serious threat offered to the Liverpool goal. Allowing an endless number of shots, corners, and so forth. And, most importantly, once again leaving the most expensive, and, arguably, best player on the bench the entire game against an opponent of the highest caliber. Yeah, it was a bit of bad luck that they had to swap in Bailly for Smalling right before kick-off, but still, the real trouble with the team wasn't the back line.

Standing 6th after almost a full half-season, one has to think it's been done with smoke and mirrors. How likely is it that the rest of the season will produce substantially better results?
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Today's Liverpool v Manchester United result shows just how bad the situation at United has gotten. Unable to compete evenly over the course of 90 min. Scoring only on a bad mistake by the opposing 'keeper; no other serious threat offered to the Liverpool goal. Allowing an endless number of shots, corners, and so forth. And, most importantly, once again leaving the most expensive, and, arguably, best player on the bench the entire game against an opponent of the highest caliber. Yeah, it was a bit of bad luck that they had to swap in Bailly for Smalling right before kick-off, but still, the real trouble with the team wasn't the back line.

Standing 6th after almost a full half-season, one has to think it's been done with smoke and mirrors. How likely is it that the rest of the season will produce substantially better results?
And those two game deciding lucky deflected goals for Liverpoo. I get that things are bad at Man U and Mourinho is evolving into paranoid 1944 Hitler, but Man U should have gotten a draw today and that is a good result for a visiting side.
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And those two game deciding lucky deflected goals for Liverpoo. I get that things are bad at Man U and Mourinho is evolving into paranoid 1944 Hitler, but Man U should have gotten a draw today and that is a good result for a visiting side.
ManU was absolutely played off the pitch the entire game. A draw would have been extremely kind to them. 64% possession and 36(!) shots, 11 on net. ManU had 2 on net. 3.1 vs 0.7 expected goals. The score line, if anything, flattered ManU.
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