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Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United started the new season pretty badly after a 3:1 home defeat against Crystal Palace. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side put a very poor display, and a lot of work is ahead of the Norwegian manager. It seems that the Red Devils failed again to produce a productive transfer window, as they signed just Donny van de Beek. Several names circulate around the club, but it is questionable how much they can improve the squad. The home side managed to book their first victory against Brighton last weekend, but only after a stoppage-time penalty that Bruno Fernandes converted. They faced the same opponent in a mid-week EFL Cup clash and were much more confident with a 3:0 win. If the hosts want to challenge the very top of the table, they need to improve significantly in the coming weeks.
Tottenham Hotspur is pretty unpredictable at the beginning of the new season. They also opened the campaign with a narrow 1:0 defeat against Everton and got back on the winning track after trashing Southampton 5:2. However, they failed to a late draw against Newcastle United and dropped two points. Everybody thought that Jose Mourinho’s side would lose against Chelsea in the EFL Cup, but the Spurs managed to see their way through the next round after a penalty shootout. Harry Kane and the lads played against Maccabi Haifa just 48 hours later in the Europa League qualifiers and managed to book a confident 7:2 victory. Another tough challenge is ahead of them, and we will see if they have enough strength to put another good display.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Although Manchester United doesn’t seem very confident at the start of the season, we believe they can benefit from Tottenham’s tight schedule. They have a couple of days more to prepare for this game, and they should be able to take all three points.

Goals Market Prediction

Their head to head clashes have usually been pretty moderate in terms of the total number of goals. Jose Mourinho should apply a bit more defensive approach, but we still should be able to see goals in both nets.
Manchester United to win @ 1.90
BTTS Yes @ 1.70
Correct score 2:1 @ 9.50
Read the analysis here and share your opinion with us!
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[Pre Match Thread] Liverpool vs Manchester City [Champions League - Quarter Finals - Leg 1]

Liverpool FC vs. Manchester City F.C.
Competition : Champions League – Quarterfinal – Leg 1
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool UK
Date: Wednesday, 4 April
Kick-off : 19:45 BST | 20:45 CET | 14:45 Central USA
Referee : Felix Brych
Assistants : Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp
Fourth official : Markus Häcker
Liverpool FC
Manager: Jürgen Klopp
Line Up - Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Laporte, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sane, Jesus
Substitutes - Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Sterling, Delph, Bernardo, Zinchenko
Sidelined – Matip (thigh), Gomez (ankle), Lallana (hamstring), Klavan (knock), Woodburn (knock), Brewster (knee)
Form Guide -
All competitions - W D L W W
Champions League – W D W W D
Pre-Match Press Conference Statements
“ We want to go as far as possible in the competition, so we have to face the best teams in the world. City's confidence is probably at an outstandingly high level, but we're in a good moment as well. I like difficult tasks, I like difficult jobs. For a manager it's the most interesting – what to do and how to prepare your boys as best as possible. It's a big opportunity and we'll try everything to win.“
Manchester City F.C.
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Line Up – Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Miller, Henderson, Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Substitutes - Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Masterson
Sidelined – Mendy (knee), Agüero (knee)
Form Guide
All competitions - W W L W W
Champions League - W W L W L
Pre-Match Press Conference Statements
"Everyone's talking about how tough Liverpool will be, but it would be the same for Barcelona, Bayern or Sevilla. In the quarter-finals, you have to expect your opponents to be one of the toughest teams in the world. The way we play is perfect for Liverpool. Of course we will try to do something [to stop them], but I feel the best way to win is to play how we've been doing as a group all season."
Pep Guardiola
  • The clubs have never met in UEFA competition
  • Liverpool have the upper hand domestically: W87 D46 L45
Book Liverpool DRAW Man City
William Hill 3.00 3.50 2.40
Bet 365 3.00 2.60 2.40
Bwin 2.90 3.60 2.35
Tipico 2.90 3.50 2.40
Payout odds in multiples of 1, i.e. odds of 2.60 means a total payout of €2.60 if you place a winning bet of €1.
Odds at 11:00 GMT. Just a look at how the bookies rate this game, and not an endorsement for betting/gambling.
  • Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno are a booking away from a ban.
  • Liverpool have failed to score in only two of their last 19 matches in all competitions, winning 2-1 at Crystal Palace FC on Saturday.
  • Liverpool have lost only one of their 23 games at Anfield in all competitions this season (W14 D8), although they have won only three of the last six (D2 L1). They have scored in all but three of those 23 fixtures.
  • The Reds have won seven of their last 12 matches in all competitions, losing three.
  • Liverpool's 2-0 win against Newcastle United FC on 3 March was their first clean sheet in their last seven home games; they subsequently kept clean sheets in the next two.
  • Mohamed Salah has scored 16 goals in his last 14 appearances for Liverpool, including the late winner at Palace at the weekend. The Egyptian has 29 Premier League goals in 31 appearances this season.
  • Nathaniel Clyne has not played for the first team this season due to a back injury – although he has been added to Liverpool's UEFA Champions League squad and was an unused substitute at Palace.
  • Joe Gomez had to be replaced early in England's 1-0 victory away to the Netherlands on 23 March with an ankle problem. Emre Can has been sidelined since 17 March with a back injury.
  • Salah was on target in Egypt's 2-1 defeat by Portugal on 23 March; new Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk scored in a 3-0 victory against the Portuguese three days later.
  • Dominic Solanke recovered from a toe injury to score a late winner for England Under-21s against Ukraine on 27 March.
Manchester City
  • Danilo, İlkay Gündoğan and Fernandinho will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.
  • City have won all but four of their 31 Premier League games this season. They have lost just one of their last 39 league fixtures, winning 33 and drawing five. They were 3-1 winners at Everton FC on Saturday and will be crowned champions if they beat Manchester United at home on 7 April.
  • Josep Guardiola's side have won their last three away games in all competitions, and four of the last five – keeping clean sheets in but one of all those victories. Their overall record away from home this season is W19 D3 L3 with 12 clean sheets.
  • City have scored 58 goals away from home, conceding 20. Only Crystal Palace FC, in the Premier League on 31 December (0-0), and third tier Wigan Athletic FC in the last 16 of the FA Cup on 19 February (0-1) have stopped them scoring.
  • Sergio Agüero has 15 goals in 15 games in all competitions in 2018, and needs one more to become the first player to score 200 for City. His four-goal haul against Leicester City FC on 10 February was the third time he has managed four in a Premier League match; no other player can match that.
  • Raheem Sterling has 16 Premier League goals this season – seven more than his previous best total of nine, with Liverpool in 2013/14.
  • City claimed the first silverware of the English domestic season with a 3-0 victory against Arsenal in the League Cup final at Wembley on 25 February, thanks to goals from Agüero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva. It is the fifth time the Citizens have won the competition.
  • Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal as Brazil beat Germany on 27 March. The same day, Kevin De Bruyne found the net as Belgium beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 – his first goal in 20 internationals, since May 2016 – and Nicolás Otamendi was on target for Argentina, although they lost 6-1 to Spain in Madrid.
  • Kyle Walker, Sterling and John Stones were in the England team that beat a Netherlands side captained by Virgil van Dijk and also featuring Georginio Wijnaldum 1-0 in Amsterdam on 23 March. The same day, Bernardo Silva started for Portugal in a 2-1 win against Mohamed Salah's Egypt.
  • Benjamin Mendy has not played since a cruciate knee injury on 23 September. Fabian Delph suffered a muscle injury on 5 March and has not featured since; Agüero has been out since 10 March with a knee problem picked up in training while Stones missed the Everton game with concussion.
  • De Bruyne was included in the Fans' Team of the Year 2017. The Belgian handed over a cheque from for €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) before the second leg against Basel.
Will be updated as more information emerges
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Pre Match Thread: Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Man UtdvsMan City

Competition: Premier League - Matchday 16
Referee: Michael Oliver
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday, 10 Dec.
Time: 4:30 p.m. (GMT)
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Betting Odds
  • Manchester United: 3.30
  • Draw: 3.40
  • Manchester City: 2.25
PL Table
Club Played +/- Goal Difference Points
1. Man City 15 +36 43
2. Man Utd 15 +26 35
Possible Starting XI
Manchester United
De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo; Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Young; Lingard, Martial, Lukaku
Manchester City
Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Sane
Team News
Manchester United:
  • Ander Herrera will partner Nemanja Matic in midfielder as Paul Pogba starts his three-game ban this weekend. A late decision will be made on Marouane Fellaini.
  • Jose Mourinho has confirmed Phil Jones and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are available this weekend, but Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick miss out once again.
  • All in all, Herrera and Jones should be the only changes from the side that beat Arsenal 3-1 last weekend.
Manchester City:
  • Pep Guardiola has confirmed David Silva will play in the Manchester derby on Sunday after overcoming an injury scare.
  • Vincent Kompany was not 100% in midweek and remains a doubt, while Fabian Delph was ill and may not be fully fit on Sunday.
  • Other than that, only Benjamin Mendy and John Stones are sidelined for Pep Guardiola this weekend.
  • Sergio Aguero looks likely to start at the weekend after he was given the night off on Wednesday.
  • After losing four Premier League games in a row against Manchester City, Manchester United have lost just one of their last five derbies against them (W2 D2 L1).
  • No away side has scored more Premier League goals at Old Trafford than Manchester City (27 - level with Chelsea) while only Chelsea (6) have won more games there as the visiting side in the competition than City (5).
  • Manchester United have lost seven of their last 12 league games against their local rivals (W3 D2 L7) – as many as they had lost in their previous 45 in league competition against them (W22 D16 L7).
  • Jose Mourinho’s side are on the longest current unbeaten home run in the Premier League (24 games - W14 D10 L0), with their last such defeat at Old Trafford coming against Manchester City in September 2016 (1-2).
  • Manchester City have now won 13 successive league matches – a joint-record within a single top-flight season, alongside Chelsea (2016-17), Arsenal (2001-02), Preston and Sunderland (both 1891-92).
  • If Pep Guardiola’s side win this match then they will equal the all-time English top-flight league record of 14 consecutive victories; set by Arsenal between February and August 2002.
  • Jose Mourinho has won just four of his 19 managerial meetings with Pep Guardiola in all competitions (W4 D7 L8), with just one of those wins coming in league competition (2-1 with Real Madrid at Barcelona in April 2012).
  • These are the two tightest defences in the Premier League this season, with Manchester United (9) having conceded one goal fewer than Manchester City (10); this despite facing more than double the tally of shots on target (64 v 27).
  • Manchester United’s cumulative xG conceded total in the Premier League this season is 18.79 (8th best), meaning that from the quality of chances they have allowed their opponents, the average side would have conceded 10 goals more than they have done (19 instead of nine).
  • Romelu Lukaku scored in both of Everton’s league matches against Manchester City last season – the only player to have scored in three successive league appearances against a side managed by Pep Guardiola is Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona between March 2009 and February 2010).
  • Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 21 goals in his 24 Premier League appearances so far in his career (15 goals, six assists).
Form guide
Manchester United: WWWWL
Manchester City: WWWWW
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[Pre-Match Thread] Liverpool vs Chelsea - Premier League


Matchday 34
14 April 2019
Kick Off: 16:30 GMT Convert to local time
Venue: Anfield
Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett Fourth official: Craig Pawson
Odds: Liverpool 8/11 Chelsea 18/5 Draw 14/5 (Via SkyBet)
Where to Watch
Pre-Match Conference: Jurgen Klopp
  • Liverpool return to action on Sunday, with Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea visiting Anfield in the Premier League.
  • The Reds come into the game buoyed from a 2-0 UEFA Champions League win over FC Porto and will be out to maintain their place at the top of the table with victory over the Blues.
  • Chelsea were also victorious in midweek, as they beat Slavia Prague 1-0 in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. Sarri's men were not at their best, but the victory was their fourth in a row in all competitions.
  • Liverpool top the table by two points from Manchester City, although they have played a game more than Pep Guardiola's side and know they can't afford to drop points if they are to be crowned champions.
  • Chelsea should provide a stiff test and are also in need of all three points as they continue their battle with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United for a place in the top four.
Jurgen Klopp:
  • "I feel the positive energy. It's a massive change from surprise we are up there to getting used to it and getting more confident.
  • "The five or 10 seconds after the Tottenham equaliser [at Anfield two weeks ago] was the best reaction in the stadium.
  • "We really feel as one with the supporters as a whole group. You don't walk alone, you're never alone in these situations.
  • "We are trying to keep this dream alive and at the moment it's all good."
Maurizio Sarri:
  • "To face Liverpool is going to be difficult for us but every game now is difficult.
  • "We know well the risks of this match but we also know that when we are able to play at 100% of our potential, we can gain points anywhere.
  • "We are in a very good physical and mental condition right now."
Match Facts
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 37 Premier League games at Anfield - only once in their top-flight history have they had a longer unbeaten home run (63 between Feb 1978-Dec 1980).
  • Chelsea have lost their last five Premier League away games against fellow 'big six' opponents, including all three this season by an aggregate score of 1-11. However, the Blues have won three of their last four away league games against sides starting the day top, including a 2-0 victory at Anfield in April 2014.
  • Chelsea have won three Premier League games in a row for the first time since September 2018, when they won their first five matches in the competition under Maurizio Sarri.
  • Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge netted the equaliser for his side at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture back in September; the only player to previously net both home and away against the Blues within the same campaign was Fabio Borini, who did so for Sunderland during the 2015-16 season.
  • Only three of the last 32 visiting managers have managed to taste victory in their first Premier League trip to Anfield (W3 D5 L24); Louis van Gaal in March 2015, Slaven Bilic in August 2015 and most recently, Paul Clement in January 2017.
  • Roberto Firmino has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League home games for Liverpool. However, the Brazilian has only faced Manchester United (8) and Everton (7) more often than Chelsea (5) without finding the net in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea's Eden Hazard has had a hand in more goals than any other Premier League player this season (28 - 16 goals and 12 assists). The only league season in which the Belgian has been involved in more goals was in 2011/12 with Ligue 1 club Lille (36).
Head to Head
  • Liverpool have not won any of their last six Premier League home games against Chelsea, drawing four and losing two of those - they have never endured a longer winless run against an opponent in the competition.
  • The Blues have only lost twice in their last 16 meetings with the Reds in all competitions, and both of those defeats came at Stamford Bridge.
  • Chelsea have already tasted victory at Anfield this season, winning 2-1 in the EFL Cup third round. They have never won twice away to Liverpool in the same season.
  • Liverpool wins: 77 Draws: 41 Chelsea wins: 63
Team News
  • Liverpool will welcome back left-back Andrew Robertson from a suspension that ruled him out of the midweek Champions League win over Porto.
  • Joe Gomez was named on the bench on Tuesday and is in line for a first appearance since early December, though Dejan Lovren performed well at the back against Porto. Gomes is with U23s so definitely out for today's game.
  • Chelsea have the full squad to choose from, except left-back Emerson, who missed Thursday's game, will be assessed before the game.
Predicted Lineups
Liverpool XI:
  • Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Chelsea XI:
  • Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard

Chelsea D L W W W
Liverpool W W W W W
Points Table
1 Liverpool 33 25 7 1 55 82
2 Man City 32 26 2 4 62 80
4 Spurs 33 22 1 10 30 67
3 Chelsea 33 20 6 7 23 66
5 Man United 33 19 7 7 19 64
Format Credit: u/YIIZWL
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Team Preview - Newcastle United [Premier League 2019-20 - 8/20]

Newcastle United

by AjaxTreesdown

Welcome to the triumphant return of the Premier League Previews, a series where a fan gives an overview of his team for your perusal, and I get an excuse to take pot-shots at other clubs. This will run until the eve of the Premier League, taking a look at each club in turn. Today from way down south we're going way up north, with Newcastle United.


Last season

Pos P W D L GF GA GD Points
13th 38 12 9 17 42 48 -6 45
Pre-season began 12 months ago with a lot of Newcastle fans filled with hope after a 10th placed finish. Mikel Merino and Aleksandar Mitrovic were sold to Real Sociedad and Fulham respectively, with their replacements being Ki Sung-Yeung on a free and Salomon Rondon on loan. Chancel Mbemba was also sold to Porto, while Fabian Schär and Federico Fernandez came in at centre back. Martin Dubravka and Kenedy returned to the club after impressive loan spells, with Dubravka signing permanently. Yoshinori Muto was also signed from Mainz as the most expensive purchase for us at £9.5m.
An awful start to the season saw us fail to win in our first 10 league games. In fairness, we did play 5 of the eventual top 6 in this time, but it was still a shocking run. Despite decent performances against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, we completely bottled games against Cardiff, Leicester and Manchester United, throwing away a 2-0 half time lead at Old Trafford. A scrappy game vs Watford in early November was our first win of the season. We beat Bournemouth and Burnley in our following two games, instilling hope into the fans that maybe we weren't terrible after all. We then won 1 game in our next 9. ¯\(ツ)
22 games into the season, we sat in 18th place on 18 points. we were 3 points away from Brighton in 15th and 7 points clear of Huddersfield at the foot of the table. Gameweek 23 saw us hosting Cardiff at home. We won 3-0 with a strong performance in a game that could have been the biggest result of our season, but 10 days later Manchester City came to St James' Park and we made headlines around the world by winning 2-1, in one of the biggest shocks of the season. Our midfield that game was Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff, who was thrust into the limelight after being praised by Pep Guardiola. The fans' mood was at an insane high, boosted again 2 days later when Miguel Almiron's arrival finally broke the club's record transfer fee.
The back to back victories and Almiron's arrival revitalised the team, narrowly losing to Tottenham, drawing with Wolves and beating fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield and Burnley quite convincingly. A 2-0 defeat away to West Ham dented the team's form (we only picked up 4 points from the next 4 games) and saw Sean Longstaff ruled out for the remaining 9 games of the season with a severe knee injury.
The following game saw us do what Manchester United had done to us 5 months prior. Everton led 2-0 at St James' Park at half time, but a Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez masterclass saw the game finish 3-2. This signalled the beginning of an unplayable run of form for Perez, scoring 8 goals in 9 games including a hat trick against Southampton in what might be the best performance I've ever seen from a Newcastle player. The final 3 games of the season saw us draw to Brighton, lose to Liverpool in the dying moments thanks to Origi being the biggest clutch player alive and a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Fulham. A 13th placed finish was far better than we hoped for after the winless streak at the beginning of the season. At the time we were overjoyed, but everything that has happened with the club since has made the positives from last season somewhat bittersweet.

This Season

At the time of writing, Summer has been nothing short of disastrous so far. The season ended with some optimism that Rafa Benitez was going to sign a contract extension, we would sign Salomon Rondon permanently and that a wealthy group from the Middle East were interested in buying the club and finally ending Mike Ashley's reign as the owner of the club. Rafa left has left and signed for Chinese second division Dalian Yifang, with Rondon joining him. The takeover seems to be dead in the water, with Steve Bruce being appointed as manager on a 3 year contract. As of yet, there have been no players signed to the senior team, while Ayoze Perez and Joselu have been sold. We're expecting Joelinton to be announced in the next few days for what will be another record breaking fee, but I'm not optimistic that he will be good enough to drag us up the table.
The most I can currently hope for this season is a relegation battle that sees us narrowly stay up. Right now, I'm not sure I'll even care by the time we get past January. A sad reality that a good number of Newcastle fans are facing.
Player Type From To Fee(£m)
Ayoze Perez Permanent Newcastle United Leicester City 30
Joelinton Permanent Hoffenheim Newcastle United 40
Jose Salomon Rondon End of Loan Newcastle United West Bromwich Albion N/A
All incoming/outgoing transfers Full 2019-20 squad
3 players to watch out for
Sean Longstaff
Longstaff's recovery from injury is something I worry about a lot. Rolando Aarons' progress at Newcastle was similar; a handful of promising appearances ended by severe knee injuries. We have slapped a £50m price tag on him to ward off Manchester United this summer, which I hope we don't end up looking foolish for. Longstaff's tireless work rate, tidy passing and his threat from range (he scored numerous screamers when at Blackpool 2 years ago) will be instrumental if he returns as strong as he was last season.
Florian Lejeune
While Fabian Schär and Jamaal Lascelles have been the centre backs to receive the plaudits in the last 2 seasons, Florian Lejeune has gone somewhat under the radar when he has been equal to, and sometimes even better, than the pair of them. His involvement in the squad has at times been restricted by the two anterior cruciate ligament tears he has suffered, despite him returning from both of them in half the time footballers usually take to recover. Lejeune's positional awareness and composure on the ball made him a consistently effective defensive partner to Lascelles and Schär, while his passing accuracy and range on the left side of a back 3 was a great asset to the attacking movements under Rafa Benitez. With Steve Bruce likely opting for a very direct approach this season, Lejeune's distribution will be very important.
Jonjo Shelvey
I wanted to say Miguel Almiron, as the only player remaining from the Perez-Rondon-Almiron front 3 that was so promising last season, but I think Jonjo Shelvey could be very pivotal player. A number of Rafa's outcasts from last season like Dwight Gayle, Rolando Aarons and Jack Colback will return to the fray much to the dismay of many fans. It's Shelvey however, that catches my eye. Shelvey has talent that few players in the Premier League possess, a pinpoint accuracy with diagonal long passing that is a dream to any wide player capable of exploiting space. The downside to him is just about everything else. His poor work rate and lacking athleticism means he often can't provide adequate cover to the defence and his temper (albeit improved in recent times) means he is always a potential red card. He's a player to watch for better or worse. His performances could result in us gaining 10 points this season, or losing that many.
What the fans think
Thanks to /NUFC for their help.
How do you think this season will go?
Not as well as any of us want it to, but also not as bad as many think it will go. So (optimistically) somewhere between 11-16.
I think we'll finish 13th if (and it's a big if) we make another couple of decent signings. I loved Rafa, but he would often freeze players out of the team for unknown reasons, and I think some of those coming back will have something to prove. My call for player of the season is Shelvey for that reason, I think he'll be called back in and his long Hollywood passes will work well with Almiron and another fast winger (ASM?).
We will all get increasingly annoyed as historically 'smaller' clubs than us like Wolves, Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester take an easy three points from us home and away. Their owners have actual ambition for their clubs and have proper facilities and coaching. We've got Steve Bruce in command and some wheelie bins for ice baths. The big 6 teams will beat us despite our plucky performances, we will play out grinding draws or fluky 1-0 wins against other relegation fodder teams like Brighton and Sheffield United. Meanwhile beloved ex-players like Shola Ameobi will get airtime on Sky Sports to tell everyone how great Mike Ashley is. If we don't get relegated then it will be a miracle, some fans hope that we do go down because they believe Fat Mike might be more likely to sell if we are in the Championship/League One.
Which player is going to be your star of the season and why?
Lejeuene. He's arguably our best player but his time with us has been marred with injuries. However, when he has played he has given us that boost we needed out from defence. He's a ball playing centre-back who also has great defensive capabilities. A trio of him, Schar and Lascelles will be key for us this coming season.
If Almiron can carry his form over despite losing the two players he linked up so well with it'll be him. If Joelinton can find his feet and score the goals to keep us up then him.
Isaac Hayden. He was quality at the back end of last season, and his personal problems appear to have subsided/been resolved to an extent. Hopefully, this means he will push on and make a case for a potential national team call up.
How do you think the team will line up?
GK Dubravka
Back 5: Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie
MF: Longstaff, Hayden, Shelvey
ST: Joelinton, Almiron
Dubravka. A back 5 of Manquillo Schär Lascelles Dummett and Ritchie. Longstaff and Hayden CMs, Almiron Joelinton Muto the forwards.

Wrap Up

by NickTM

The Manager: Well, beloved manager Rafa Benitez finally decided that enough was enough after his contract expired in the summer and went off to enjoy being filthy fucking rich in China, smuggling his boy Salomon Rondon through customs along with him. Equally beloved owner Mike Ashley decided that the logical choice to replace this Champions League-winning, multiple time La Liga-winning, two-time UEFA Manager of the Year was with... Steve Bruce. Oh boy. Look, as much as I like to use this section to poke some fun, I'm still a Palace fan, and thus I can't quite bring myself to align myself anywhere other than in line with your average Newcastle fan's reaction towards him. It was a pathetic appointment. Bruce, fresh off jumping ship from Sheffield Wednesday as soon as he saw an opportunity in the Premier League - managing to land Newcastle in hot water legally whilst he was at it, true to form - arrives with a mediocre track record in the Premier League and a spell managing bitter rivals Sunderland for one and a half incredibly average seasons. Baffling.
The Team: Benitez managed to cut out quite a lot of the deadwood and refresh the squad significantly during his tenure, which left Newcastle with a team that was reasonably balanced and able to compete across the pitch. Unfortunately, his departure was followed in quick succession by the aforementioned Salomon Rondon's loan finishing and also Ayoze Perez, a flaky but talented forward, departing to Leicester City for a hefty £30m sum. In order to compensate for the shortfall up front, a huge £40m was shelled out for Hoffenheim's Joelinton, who arrives with an okay-but-not-really-that-good goal record spread across two years out on loan at Rapid Wien and one at his former parent club. Much will be expected of him between donning the coveted number 9 shirt and the so-far limited effectiveness of last year's signing Yoshinori Muto. Elsewhere, the defence will look to continue the form that saw it become the most effective unit in the bottom half, and much has been made of the admittedly limited gametime Sean Longstaff has had in the Prem so far. Ultimately, it looks like Newcastle will be relying heavily on Joelinton to hit the ground running and Miguel Almiron to really show his class tucked in behind him.
Why to like them: I quite like DeAndre Yedlin as one of the United States' attempts to plonk a superlative athlete on a football pitch in hope he'll become a superstar. Miguel Almiron's a treat to watch play, and if the team loses there's always the faint hope one of their fans will go full Little Mac on an ungulate.
Why to dislike them: Half their identity is based on beating a League One team that they haven’t beat in 8 years. Their fans claim to hate Mike Ashley - which, let's be honest, they get a little hysterical about given they make him out to be absolute footballing Lucifer when there's probably half a dozen owners in English football alone that you'd choose him over - and yet have had about one sort-of-effective protest in the entire time he's been an owner. They're still so mentally broken by a bedsheet some bloke had scribbled a half-baked pun on that there's genuine animosity towards Aston Villa to this day. Couple that with all the proclaimations of being a 'big club' despite not really ever having achieved that much comparatively and you can see why so many fans in England often end up a little irked by them.
Also, Steve Bruce can fuck off, the pudgy northern mercenary wrister.
Summary: Newcastle weren't really good last year, and you feel the strength of Benitez' management was the thing really holding them together. With Rafa gone and an already significant outlay spent on a single transfer, things look even more grim this season. You wouldn't bet on Steve Bruce to maintain their integrity defensively, their forwards have been weakened at very least in depth, and whilst the midfield is solid it's not entirely inspiring. If you can find good odds on a midseason managerial sacking, I'd be tempted.


Aston Villa | Sheffield United | Norwich City | Brighton | Southampton | Burnley | Bournemouth
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Season Summary and my Game of the Season - Last Decade - Part 1

So I'm bored so I've compiled a list of my personal highlight game of each of the last 10 seasons. This is the first 5, I'll do the last 5 in another post at some point. I've added a brief summary of the season and the game to help set the context. I have added links to highlights for each game where possible.
Join me down memory lane. Love to get your thoughts and your own personal highlights of each season.
This has taken me ages and it made me realize how many amazing games we've played over the last 10 years. It's been so hard to talk about everything and I apologise if this is a wall of text. It has really reminded me to be grateful for being able to watch this club in this era.
I go to every home game but not the away games, so I probably have some bias towards the home games.
This was the first year we were chasing a top 4 spot. It was between Tottenham, Villa and City and it went right down to the wire. A win against Villa on 1st of May kept us in prime position, then a devastating 1-0 loss to Tottenham on 5th May in the penultimate game of the season kept us out.
We signed Lescott (Everton fans hated him), Gareth Barry, Kolo, Tevez and Adebayor that year. And Roque Santa Cruz and Adam Johnson, but let's not talk about them for different reasons respectively.
Mark Hughes got sacked in December because we couldn't defend for shit.
Weirdly this season is one I have some of the fondest memories for. We had top tier players for the first time in my life. It had a wild west feel, we had so many new players and we were in a mode where we could win or lose any game. It didn't have the same pressure as some of the more recent seasons because one loss didn't derail our whole season. Even though it ended in disappointment I still absolutely loved watching City this year. We also had arguably one of the best City kits of all time this year.
By far the worst game of this season for me was the 1-0 loss to United at home. Scholes scored a fucking injury time winner and I couldn't speak to anyone for about a day I was so pissed off.
City went 1-0 down at home to that seasons PL champions after the ball bounced off Adebayor's back into his own net. Adebayor then scored a poachers goal at the right end, then Tevez completed the comeback with a low curling free kick. But that wasn't it, Chelsea got a penalty and Lampard stepped up to take it. Given guessed right and saved, securing a 2-1 win.
This is my personal favourite because the atmosphere was rocking that night. I still remember how it felt, the Given save was celebrated more than most goals. It felt like we had arrived, we'd taken on one of the best teams in the league and won.
Honourable mentions: City 4-2 Arsenal (easily could have chosen this game instead, Adebayor slide) Chelsea 2-4 City, City 3-2 Sunderland (this game got Hughes sacked, every time either team attacked they looked like scoring), United 4-3 City (If we hadn't played 20 minutes of injury time and Owen scored this might have been the best game).
This was it, we finally broke our trophyless streak and got 3rd place! Momentous season with some big moments and some big signings. This was the year we signed David Silva, Yaya Toure, Balotelli, Dzeko and Milner. New heroes were born this season and this season set the scene for the next decade at the club.
Now, I'm sure a lot of people might go for the FA Cup final as their favourite, but for me the semi was mine. This was the first time I had ever seen City play at Wembley (now it's virtually every year). Arch rivals, the team I hated most for my whole life, both meeting in the semi final. City desperate to win their first trophy for 35 years, United desperate to stop them. I was personally shiteing it this game and was not expecting to win.
Berbatov missed a great early chance that made me blurt out a few swear words in front of my dad. It was a cagey game and we were cheering any half chance. Until up steps the man, the legend, Yaya Toure. Carrick gifts him the ball, he drifts past a defenders and slides it past van der Saar right in front of the City fans. Bastard man Paul Scholes kicks Zaba and gets sent off, City reach the final and ultimately win the trophy.
Weird reminder, Tevez was the captain this season. He didn't speak any fucking English and he was the captain. Kompany was in the squad and Mancini chose Tevez. Go back look at pictures of us winning the cup and he's lifting the trophy first. Just thought that was a funny side note.
Honourable mentions - FA Cup Final 1-0 vs Stoke, City 1-0 Tottenham (Crouchy scoring the top 4 deciding goal for the second year in a row).
If the last season was a great, this one was incredible. If you wrote a script like this year people would say it seemed far fetched. There was so much drama this year, even before the finale. It's so much talked about amongst City fans I probably don't even need to go into too much detail. You probably already know which game will be my favourite because it is completely unavoidable. I will just say a few words and I bet you can work it out - 6 games - 8 points, 6-1, 1-0, 3-2.
City raced into the lead this season, we didn't lose a game until 12th December vs Chelsea. In that run was the famous 6-1 win. Do I even need to discuss that. Jesus christ what an amazing feeling after that game. Compounded by the fact that we won the league on goal difference, so that game actually did decide the title.
Unfortunately we had a bit of a slump after the mid point of the season. A loss at Swansea really hurt us (some fan got pictured on TV crying when they scored, then 2 draws and a loss to Arsenal and it looked like typical City had come back and gifted United the title.
Tevez also had an unscheduled 6 month golf break mid season. I actually went to the Bayern away game, to date the only away CL game I've been too. Hugely disappointing game, we actually had a penalty shout in the first half and it could have gone very differently. Anyway, Tevez came back at the right time and was vital to the end of the season.
I would like to mention the 3-3 Sunderland game. I still use this game in my memory today for how even if a game looks like shit, if you fight back and can get a draw it might just mean the difference at the end, even if the odds are stacked against you. I remember Balotelli arguing on the pitch with Kolarov over a free kick at 3-1 down and the fans were so close to turning on him. Both of them ended up banging in goals from outside the box to draw the game.
Also please remember that Yaya Toure scored twice away at Newcastle in a very tight game to get us one step closer.
Also weird tidbit. After we drew 2-2 early in the season to Fulham I was interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester because I was going to the club shop and they wanted reactions. They asked me something along the lines of 'is this damaging dropped points or is it just a blip.' Think I said something about draws away from home not being the end of the world. No idea if it ever got aired because I didn't listen to it.
Do I need to say anything? I'll just use this space to remind people that the perfect angel that is Zabaleta also got a goal this day and Joey Barton is a shitbag.
I was at this game and it was both horrible and amazing. When we were 2-1 down even with 5 minutes left unlike most people I still had a weird certainty we were going to win it, maybe I was in shock or denial.
There were so many other fantastic games this season.
Honourable mentions: City 4-0 Swansea (Aguero's debut and 2 goals, a superstar was born), Spurs 1-5 City (Dzeko 4), United 1-6 City, QPR 2-3 City (forgotten game, but we actually beat them 3-2 earlier in the season in a very tough game), City 2-1 Chelsea (return of the golfer), City 1-0 United (Kompany's celebration is melted in my brain), Newcastle 0-2 City.
Phew, how do you follow up such an amazing season? With a disappointing one of course. Lackluster signings and Mancini allegedly losing the dressing room cost us this year. Our biggest signing Jack Rodwell only joined while I was driving down to Birmingham for the Charity Shield match vs Chelsea. We won that 3-2 but that was to be the only silverware that season.
Too many draws in the start of the season cost us and we never really got going this year. A lot of teams chanted 'boring boring City' due to Mancini's very defensive style. We finished rock bottom of our CL group, the second time in a row we had failed to qualify.
United carried by van Persie comfortably won the PL without us ever really being close. His free kick to beat us 3-2 at the Etihad was haunting (damn you Nasri block it properly). A horrible day out at Wembley watching us get giant-killed by Wigan sealed Mancini's fate.
The fans still loved him though. Some chanted 'you can shove your Pellegrini up your arse' at Wembley (I did not approve and this did not age well and he took out a full page ad in the MEN to than the fans. The fans responded with one for him in an Italian newspaper. taking one out in I still to this day absolutely love Mancini. He dragged us out of the shadow and showed nothing but fire and passion for the club. He was a true friend to the City fans and an all time legend.
A really tough game. Milner got sent off about 20 minutes in and we went 1-0 down through a Shane Long lucky goal. We still looked the better team and Dzeko was subbed on and scored a header.
It's still 1-1 heading into injury time and it looks like we've pissed away 2 points. But suddenly City break, Aguero slides a perfect ball through to Dzeko and he bangs it in from just outside the box. He rips his shirt off and celebrates with the fans after coming off the bench to score 2 goals to win a game we had played the majority of with 10 men. After scoring a late winner the month before vs Fulham away he cemented his unwanted label as a super sub.
Honourable mentions - United 1-2 City, Real Madrid 3-2 City (we looked like we had done them at home, but they snatched it with two goals with less than 5 minutes left), Arsenal 0-2 City.
Enter Pellegrini. This was our first title battle against Liverpool and foreshadowed the past two years. Big Bren did a great job at Liverpool, sending them into fits of hysterical bizarre memes in typical Liverpool fashion. This was very similar to the 2011/12 season in that we pissed away the title and then had to fight back to win it on a knife's edge. I remember reading articles mid way through the season talking as if Liverpool had already won the league. Their fans were singing "we're gonna win the league" in April. They brought out a book about nearly winning the league.
But then Gerrard slipped, Suarez cried, the Scousers dream had fucking died, City win, five in a row, we're all singing Edin Dzeko, Edin Dzeko.
Anyway enough indulgence in looking at them, back to City. We signed Fernandinho this year, along with Navas, Negredo, Jovetic and the legend that is Demichelis.
After playing some dreary football under Mancini at times, Pellegrini introduced flowing attacking football and now we turned the 'boring boring City' chants into ironic ones. We finally got out of our Champions League group for the first time, only to be knocked out by Barca in the next round.
Negredo was a great impact player for the first part of the season, but a shoulder injury vs West Ham seemed to make him permanently lose his form. Navas was a great injection of pace even if he couldn't cross to save his life.
This season belongs to Yaya Toure though. The man that had scored all the important goals to win our first 2 trophies found another level this year. He was borderline unplayable at times, scoring 20 goals from midfield. There were two highlights for me a run from the halfway line past Villa defenders and then a curled finish. The other was of course the league cup final goal vs Sunderland. Facing towards the touchline he curled it into the top corner from miles outside the box, don't think I've ever seen a goal like it.
Let me also take a moment to point out United's demise. Ferguson left and in stepped Moyesey. They were piss poor and finished 7th. They have never really recovered since this year.
A patchy start to the season got us off badly, but we recovered around DecembeJanuary to be back in the fight. Unfortunately the results from February did not go in our favour and with Suarez and Sturridge scoring for fun we fell behind. We lost 3-2 at Anfield (I hate that place) and then a 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland looked like all our title hopes were over.
Okay can I point out again that another come from behind draw against Sunderland, when behind in the title race, seems to have saved our title winning season? Why do things seem to repeat themselves in football? Crouch scoring in the same fixture two years in a row to seal the CL spot, then Sunderland going ahead at the Etihad only for us to peg them back in the last few minutes?
Anyway, step up Demba Ba, slip down Gerrard and we're back in the lead. Crystal Palace finish the job. Unlucky lads, you'll have to put the pre-made Champions scarves back in the cupboard for another year.
We just fucking smashed them. This was arguably a more dominant performance than the 6-1 game. They did not stand a chance this game even with 11 men.
Aguero started the scoring with a tricky volley with the ball played in just behind him. Yaya poached one just before half time. Aguero got one more before Nasri hammered a volley underneath De Gea. Ratbag Rooney scored a free kick, but honestly 4-1 flatters them. It could have been 10-0 on another day.
A small aside, before every derby game Rooney used to run right over towards the City fans, sometimes flapping his arms about etc. trying to wind us up. Loads of times when he's scored vs City he's cupped his ears and shit like that. Any time when we hammer them I used to love watching him walk off with his tail between his legs.
Honourable mentions - United 0-3 City, City 6-0 Spurs (Navas scored a banger 11 seconds into the game), Everton 2-3 City (big Joe Hart against Naismith save helped win the title), City 6-3 Arsenal, City 7-0 Norwich, Spurs 1-5 City, City 5-0 Fulham (Demichelis scored a wonder goal).
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Pre Match Thread: Liverpool vs Everton

Competition: Premier League - Matchday 16
Referee: Craig Pawson
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Date: Sunday, 10 Dec.
Time: 2:15 p.m. (GMT)
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Betting Odds
  • Liverpool: 1.30
  • Draw: 5.75
  • Everton: 10.00
PL Table
Club Played +/- Goal Difference Points
4. Liverpool 15 +14 29
10. Everton 15 -9 18
Possible Starting XI
Mignolet; Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Milner; Can, Henderson, Coutinho; Mané, Salah, Firmino
Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Williams, Baines; Gueye, Davies; Lennon, Rooney, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin
Team News
  • Alberto Moreno will miss the Merseyside Derby after being forced off at half-time against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday. Klopp will have to choose between James Milner and Andrew Robertson as his replacement.
  • Jordan Henderson will return to the starting XI after being given the night off in midweek.
  • Joel Matip is also sidelined for the home side.
  • Sam Allardyce will hope to have Leighton Baines available after he missed their last match through injury.
  • Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka are both fit to play on Sunday after overcoming injury problems.
  • Morgan Schneiderlin will have to settle for a place on the bench after featuring in the Europa League on Thursday.
  • James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Maarten Stekelenburg are all sidelined here.
Managers Quotes
Grande Samuel Allardiz:
"The whole occasion is a great test for the players," Allardyce said. "It is one they need to rise to and no matter how well Liverpool are playing at the moment it is a derby and anything can happen. All I can ask the players is to play their best game.
"We don't want to let the occasion overawe us... We know we probably won't have as much possession as Liverpool do but we need to ensure we maximise it when we do and use it in the right manner. Then when we get a chance, we need to be very clinical. Hopefully that can give us a good performance and at the end of that a result."
Jürgen Klopp:
"The challenge for all of us in the stadium is that we don't expect that we play football like we did in the last 20 minutes against Moscow," Jurgen Klopp said. "That was confident, that was flying, all that stuff - we have to start from the ground, from the basics again.
"We have to be ready for hard challenges. But, from our side for sure, it should not be only hard. That's all that we know about a game like this, and then we can win the game."
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competitions against Everton - just one game short of their longest-ever such run against their Merseyside rivals (15, set between March 1972 and April 1978).
  • Everton are winless in 17 successive Premier League visits to Anfield (D8 L9), since a 1-0 win in September 1999 thanks to a Kevin Campbell strike.
  • Indeed, Everton have won just one of their last 21 top-flight games against Liverpool (W1 D9 L11), a 2-0 victory in October 2010.
  • Liverpool have scored four 90th-minute winning goals against Everton in the Premier League - no side has scored more against a specific opponent in the competition (also Chelsea vs Wigan, Newcastle vs Tottenham and Tottenham vs West Ham).
  • This fixture has seen a record 21 red cards issued across the 50 Premier League meetings, with 14 for Everton and seven for Liverpool.
  • Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 15 goals in his first 15 Premier League games for Liverpool - more than any other player for the club. (12 goals, three assists).
  • Sam Allardyce orchestrated Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win at Anfield back in April 2017 – this was his first Premier League victory at the stadium, having won just three points in his previous 13 trips there (W0 D3 L10).
  • Should Everton win this match, Sam Allardyce would have defeated Liverpool in the Premier League as a manager with four different clubs (previously with Crystal Palace, West Ham and Bolton) – the only manager to have done this so far is Harry Redknapp (Spurs, Portsmouth, Southampton & West Ham).
  • Wayne Rooney has scored just two Premier League goals at Anfield in the Premier League, but both were winners in 1-0 victories for Manchester United (January 2005 and January 2016).
Form guide
Liverpool: WWWDWW
Everton: LWDLWW
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Pre Match Thread: Liverpool vs. Everton [Merseyside Derby]


Competition: Premier League - Matchday 16
Referee: Craig Pawson
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Date: Sunday, 10 Dec.
Time: 2:15 p.m. (GMT)
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Betting Odds
  • Liverpool: 1.30
  • Draw: 5.75
  • Everton: 10.00
PL Table
Club Played +/- Goal Difference Points
4. Liverpool 15 +14 29
10. Everton 15 -9 18
Possible Starting XI
Mignolet; Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Milner; Can, Henderson, Coutinho; Mané, Salah, Firmino
Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Williams, Baines; Gueye, Davies; Lennon, Rooney, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin
Team News
  • Alberto Moreno will miss the Merseyside Derby after being forced off at half-time against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday. Klopp will have to choose between James Milner and Andrew Robertson as his replacement.
  • Jordan Henderson will return to the starting XI after being given the night off in midweek.
  • Joel Matip is also sidelined for the home side.
  • Sam Allardyce will hope to have Leighton Baines available after he missed their last match through injury.
  • Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka are both fit to play on Sunday after overcoming injury problems.
  • Morgan Schneiderlin will have to settle for a place on the bench after featuring in the Europa League on Thursday.
  • James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Maarten Stekelenburg are all sidelined here.
Manager Quotes
Grande Samuel Alardiz:
"The whole occasion is a great test for the players," Allardyce said. "It is one they need to rise to and no matter how well Liverpool are playing at the moment it is a derby and anything can happen. All I can ask the players is to play their best game.
"We don't want to let the occasion overawe us... We know we probably won't have as much possession as Liverpool do but we need to ensure we maximise it when we do and use it in the right manner. Then when we get a chance, we need to be very clinical. Hopefully that can give us a good performance and at the end of that a result."
Jürgen Klopp:
"The challenge for all of us in the stadium is that we don't expect that we play football like we did in the last 20 minutes against Moscow," Jurgen Klopp said. "That was confident, that was flying, all that stuff - we have to start from the ground, from the basics again.
"We have to be ready for hard challenges. But, from our side for sure, it should not be only hard. That's all that we know about a game like this, and then we can win the game."
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competitions against Everton - just one game short of their longest-ever such run against their Merseyside rivals (15, set between March 1972 and April 1978).
  • Everton are winless in 17 successive Premier League visits to Anfield (D8 L9), since a 1-0 win in September 1999 thanks to a Kevin Campbell strike.
  • Indeed, Everton have won just one of their last 21 top-flight games against Liverpool (W1 D9 L11), a 2-0 victory in October 2010.
  • Liverpool have scored four 90th-minute winning goals against Everton in the Premier League - no side has scored more against a specific opponent in the competition (also Chelsea vs Wigan, Newcastle vs Tottenham and Tottenham vs West Ham).
  • This fixture has seen a record 21 red cards issued across the 50 Premier League meetings, with 14 for Everton and seven for Liverpool.
  • Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 15 goals in his first 15 Premier League games for Liverpool - more than any other player for the club. (12 goals, three assists).
  • Sam Allardyce orchestrated Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win at Anfield back in April 2017 – this was his first Premier League victory at the stadium, having won just three points in his previous 13 trips there (W0 D3 L10).
  • Should Everton win this match, Sam Allardyce would have defeated Liverpool in the Premier League as a manager with four different clubs (previously with Crystal Palace, West Ham and Bolton) – the only manager to have done this so far is Harry Redknapp (Spurs, Portsmouth, Southampton & West Ham).
  • Wayne Rooney has scored just two Premier League goals at Anfield in the Premier League, but both were winners in 1-0 victories for Manchester United (January 2005 and January 2016).
Form guide
Liverpool: WWWDWW
Everton: LWDLWW
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The Monday After: Thursday Edition GW35-36

Hey guys,
It’s been a few weeks of premier league madness since the last ‘Monday After’ post. Hopefully you all managed to get through the doubles unscathed and out the other side with a green arrow! As the hysteria dies down, we look towards GW36 with fresh eyes, a fresh team (for those who recently used their WC) and still loads of points to play for. So this post is going to highlight the teams we should have in our thoughts, the teams we definitely shouldn’t, and what to do with the Triple Captain Chip for those that are still to use it.
Here’s my team and OR update. After GW34 I had 2 suspended players, 2 Brighton defenders and no Sterling. To fix these issues I decided to gamble on a huge -12 that didn’t quite pay off. Foster lost out on a clean, whereas Ryan managed a goalless draw against Wolves. Eriksen scored the only goal against Brighton whereas Sterling managed just an assist. So I’m actually 16 points worse off than I would’ve been! A calculated risk but a risk all the same. I’m not down and out just yet, though. My OR is just over 2k.
If you’re interested, I use my twitter to go over all of my transfer ideas, fixture planning processes, captaincy options and thoughts on FPL news. I’m quite active and my DMs are open so if you’re looking for more info than just these posts, you know where to find me!
Here’s some useful links that help me write-up these TMA posts:
Premier League Fixtures – A great way to line up the fixtures for the specific gameweeks you want to see. Orders the teams from best fixtures to worst.
Player Analysis by Performance – Amazing tool that compares every player based on Shooting, Creativity and Attacking involvement. Options for looking at any combination of teams too.
Player stats per Game – Great for looking at team stats per player for Offensive and Defensive plays. Also shows heat maps!
Teams to Look At
Liverpool - Every week that goes by I wish more and more for the chance to own 4 or 5 Liverpool players in my team. There are so many great options and I want them all! Sadly, we can only have three, and because we're so close to the end of the season, the ones we choose now will probably be with us until the end, for better or worse. Salah (13.2) is still the highest priced player in the league, but his current ownership % is nearly half that of teammate Mane (10.0), who has been playing extremely well, particularly at home. With his slump now over, however, Salah is quite enticing for a home game against relegated Huddersfield, but if his cost is just too much for your team without taking hits, then maybe it’s best to stick with Mane. For less than the cost of Salah, you could get Robertson (6.8) and TAA (5.6) in your team, which may actually be a better choice than two attackers based on how consistent they’ve recently been in defence. The only caveat in that is the rotation before the Champions League games. Trent and Robbo did look quite tired during the last match, so you could opt for Van Dijk (6.6) instead for the guaranteed starts. Last but not least, we have Firmino (9.3), who in the last 3 games has been 2nd highest striker for Shots, Shots on Target and Chance Creation. He’s first for Key passes too. If you can’t afford Salah, and have cash to spare for a striker, he is always an option. Maybe not captain-able over the midfielders, but a decent option none-the-less.
Man City - With the Champions League out the way, and another KDB injury, it’s actually easier than ever to predict the Man City line up. Sterling (11.6) has played every game in recent weeks and continues to return for his owners with no signs of slowing up. Aguero (11.8) is much the same as he’s been all season: Played when fit. The only difference now is he isn’t getting subbed at 60 mins. Bernardo Silva (7.6) continues to improve and has looked good recently, getting into the box more, and taking more shots than he usually does. Could be an option for those looking to triple up in City attack. Other attackers are less nailed and so may be worth avoiding so close to the end of the season, but Ederson (5.6) has played out of his mind recently and deserves a look in here for those wanting a way into the City defence. He's managed save and bonus points due to his efficiency between the sticks, and is the main reason for the Cityzen's recent cleansheets. Other options include Laporte (6.1), the DGW God, who has a bit more attacking threat for half a million more than the Goal Keeper. Mendy (6.1) is unfortunately still a rotation risk and should be kept at arms length. If you’ve got nothing to lose, though, he might be fun to own. You could even get Alonso in as well for a Holy Trinity reunion.
Wolves - If City win the FA Cup, 7th place means a Europa League spot (I think!). Wolves are currently sitting in 7th, exactly 1 point ahead of Watford who they play next. We all know what happened to Burnley this year with Europe troubles, but a newly promoted team getting European football is surely an amazing achievement worth fighting for. Wolves have two good fixtures before playing LIV in GW38, so those with just one asset could think about bringing in a few more. The usual suspects are still contenders for your starting XI: Jimenez (6.9) is highly owned and is still a rank killer despite his recent dip in form. Jota (6.2) has came leaps and bounds since the start of the season and has been giving it his all these last few games. Passes the eye test and has amazing stats to back it up. He’s some player! Doherty (5.3) has been playing well recently, managing to get on the end of a set piece for his goal against Arsenal, but more importantly kept a clean sheet against Brighton! If you don’t already have him, though, it may be best to go for Jonny (4.3) who’s been showing some real promise these last few games. One to consider if you aren’t feeling like holding on to a Dunk or Duffy. The rest of the Wolves midfield are a bit hit and miss, and with so many decent ways to spend your money, it may be best to look elsewhere.
Everton - What a turnaround ending to their season! We all ditch Everton, casting them to the fire, and they rise like extremely frustrating phoenixes that we wish could have started this incredible form before we got rid of them. But then if that happened it wouldn’t be FPL, would it? Regardless of the past, their recent form surely must be considered. Despite his recent knock, Digne (5.3) is set to play this weekend and looks like the best asset on the team. Set pieces, clean sheet potential, loves a cross and loves a goal. What more can you ask for? A better GW38 fixture maybe, but with Spurs potentially locked in 3rd place by GW38, it shouldn't be a terrible match up. Siggy (7.3) is another player in form, and has found the consistency we’ve been waiting for all season: 6 returns in 8 games. With Richarlison (6.4) flagged for injury, our Siggurdsson will be looked to as the teams main goal threat, and hopefully won’t be dampened by Richarlison’s absence. Either way, he’s been a monster lately and you could do a lot worse than grabbing him for the last 3 games of the season.
Teams to be Wary of
Tottenham - Spurs are currently in a great position. They’re sitting in 3rd, 3 points ahead of 4th place Chelsea. They’re unable to catch Liverpool and City, but they have much better fixtures than Chelsea and Manchester United (6th) who play each other in GW36. They also have better fixtures than 5th place Arsenal who play Leicester away and Brighton who are fighting to stay in the top flight. The only difficult fixture for Spurs is Everton, but like I said above, with a win against West Ham and Bournemouth, 3rd place will be confirmed before the Everton game even starts. So what does this mean for FPL? It means uncertainty. It means rotation. If it wasn’t for a few injuries and a suspension, I’d wager that no Spurs attacker was safe from a benching against West Ham considering they have just two days to rest before Ajax on Tuesday. As it stands, we know that due to his yellow card against City, Son (8.8) won’t be playing in the first round of the Semi Final, so he’s safe for now. Eriksen has played 90 minutes in every game since GW20, so he should be okay too (we hope). Every other player has been rotated often enough to be concerned, so keep this in mind if you’re planning on transferring anyone in. There is definitely points to be had with Spurs assets, we should just be wary of who we’re choosing.
Man Utd - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘New Manager, New United’ hype is now officially dead. The 4-0 loss was hard to watch, and the defensive errors leave very little to be desired. Add in the rotation we’ve seen in the last few games and Man United have now become an FPL minefield. With only the Chelsea game to show improvement before their tasty fixtures in GW37 and 38, we may have to just avoid the Red Devils altogether. We can usually count on Huddersfield and Cardiff to botch their attempts on goal, though, so if you really want a piece of the Man Utd action, you could wait for GW37 and then go for a cheeky punt on Shaw (5.0) or Lindeloff (5.0) perhaps. Just don’t go selling the whole farm for under performing, lowly owned players who’ll just end up hurting your rank. We’ll reassess after Chelsea.
Leicester - Now I know this may be controversial, but I’m not sure that Vardy (9.0) does like playing against the bigger teams. He certainly has played well against the top 6 in years past, but in this season his ratio of returns against bottom teams vs top teams shows a Vardy who loves pushing around the little guy. We haven’t seen Rodgers take on the big dogs either, so that coupled with the huge price tag; I don’t think I’d want to own Vardy much longer. Arsenal’s horrible defensive form is pretty enticing I’ll admit, but after that it may be a good idea to look for another way to spend your cash. I don’t think I need to mention Leicester defenders here, and other than Vardy, there isn’t much to say about other attacking assets. Not worth taking hits to get rid of anyone before the Arsenal game, but certainly plans to move them to other assets might be worth while.
Plans And Strategies
Triple Captain Chip - What a headache! At least with our Wild Card and Bench Boost we knew roughly when to use them, but the TC can be such a minefield! It’s a good time as any to remember to be mindful that a captain can always blank despite the odds, and we shouldn’t be too disheartened if the TC doesn’t pan out (RIP Sane GW25). Having said that, let’s take a look at the options. You’ll notice I’ve only highlighted Liverpool or Man City, and that’s because I feel that they have the highest ceiling for points this close to the end of the season and with such a close title race.
Mane/Salah home vs HUD (GW36)
Sterling away vs BUR (GW36)*
Aguero/Sterling home vs LEI (GW37)
Aguero/Sterling away vs BRI (GW38)**
*No Aguero due to poor away form
**Only if BRI are already safe/relegated
Any of these games has the potential for big hauls, but just know that the vast majority are going to be picking Mane/Salah vs HUD for GW36. It’s the best fixture on paper and a must win game for the Reds. If you’re looking to stay the course and coast through on a similar OR to what you have now, then maybe your best bet is to follow the pack so as not to fall behind. If you’re looking to get ahead and need a differential pick, even picking GW37 or 38 would provide an opportunity to jump up in the rankings, but only if GW36 turns out to be a dud. It’s a risk that could pay off big or see you fall even further back than you are now. Good luck!
End of Season Guide - A few key points kept cropping up while writing this article today, so I’d thought I’d include them in case it’s useful to know. First off, hits are a lot more costly now, as the players you bring in only have 3 games to recoup the loss of the -4 + player transferred out. It’s important to add this to your calculations whenever you’re doing a pro/con on a transfer between now and the end of the season. If possible, avoid hits even more than usual. Second, please keep in mind that the teams fighting to avoid relegation are going to be much tougher to beat. Sounds like an obvious tip, but a lot of the time we glace at the fixtures without really checking who is where in the league and what we should expect. Games like Arsenal vs Brighton or Cardiff vs Crystal Palace in GW37 are now no longer easy to call in favour of the top half team. Brighton showed us against Spurs that they are willing to do whatever they can to stay in the premier league. Cardiff, Brighton and Southampton should all be playing much better than their current table placing suggests, so remember this when thinking about Captain options and potential transfers. Lastly, the exact opposite effect can take place on teams no longer fighting for anything. Keep in mind that teams already ‘on the beach’ might be more inclined to take it a little easier at the end of the season, so bringing in their assets can turn out a little frustrating. It’s always best to target players who still have something to lose!
And that’s a wrap! Good luck out there with your GW36 picks. We’ve not got long left to go now so it’s one final push to cement that OR you’re hoping for, or a few weeks of punts if you’re already miles behind and just going to have a laugh from here on out. As always, thank you so much for reading, and following these posts! There is a tonne of amazing, encouraging managers in this sub and it makes such a huge difference when making content. Without the feedback in my first few posts, I might not have continued, so cheers guys. You’re all awesome!
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EPL Quick Breakdown 4/13

Soccer is one of the least predictable DFS options out there. And as a sport that truly mixes and matches their lineups each week depending upon matchups, injuries and suspensions, you truly have no idea who will suit up and play each week until an hour or so before the game begins.
It’s this lack of clarity over who will play and at what position that makes individual projections quite silly in my mind. Someone could be a wonderful or terrible play depending on where the coach decides to play them and whom else is on the field with him at the same time. For this reason, I won’t be talking about individual players very often but mostly just breaking down the overall situation. I also won’t get too specific for numbers. If goals can only be scored in even numbers, then the difference between a team scoring .8 goals vs .9 is simply a rounding error and meant to imply they will have a tough time scoring, that’s really all you need – beyond that and you’re deep into meaningless noise.
This match has the highest implied goal total of 3.2 and the highest overwhelming favorite of -550 Tot. Tottenham is at home and vs a horrible team. However, 38% of bets are still on Huddersfield despite they have less than 1 implied goal. This could have a lot to do with the line sitting around +1500 so I wouldn’t read too much into this betting behavior. It’s also possible a lot of the action is based on Harry Kane’s recent injury.
Regardless of Kane’s status, this should be a good cash game lock to jam in a lot of Tottenham players as they both project to score the most and allow among the least goals. It also makes Huddersfield an interesting GPP play, it’s possible the betting public is onto something but my hunch is they’re running down narrative alley chasing very tempting odds.
This game is too close to call, which makes it intriguing for gpps as a lot people like myself usually avoid teams that aren’t overwhelming favorites. Southampton is favored at +140 but the line has since shifted to +160. The public overwhelmingly bets 78% on SOU vs 4% on the Wolves.
I think if there is a player or two here you like that’s fine but I’d hedge more on the SOU side of things given that they are home, the favorite and the public doesn’t seem to believe in the wolves one bit. I’d personally hedge more towards defenders and goalies here, you can’t get too carried away with strikers in a game with the lowest projected goal total of 2.5 unless you have some real conviction plays.
Everton are the favorites here but not by much and they are not playing at home.
The game has a decent implied total where both sides are expected to produce goals. Both teams provide a lot of fun DFS options and there should be goals on both sides with a likely 2-1 outcome.
The public is very split as well with 49/49 betting splits. If there is a player or two you like on either side, have at it.
This is just like the Everton game but Burnley doesn’t have nearly as enticing players to choose from and projected to score a little less. Burnley is playing at home and against a very bad team though and here the public is unanimous with 83% betting on Burnley.
I probably won’t touch this one but whomever starts at forward for Burnley will likely be a popular option given playing at home against a team so bad they aren’t worthy of a third letter.
Brighton is the slight favorite in Vegas but the overwhelming favorite in people’s hearts. 94% are betting on them.
Both sides are expected to score at least one goal but unless you can find a reason to disagree with the 94% who chose Brighton despite not very significant odds between the two then I’d definitely shy away from Bournemouth. Even if you’re one of those extreme contrarian guys, you need to have some sort of reason behind the play. As much as the public hates them, Bournemouth is still supposed to score and aren’t that much of a betting line underdog but I’d be sure you know why the public hates them before you proceed to invest in that financially.
Here we have another one of those classic DFS targets where one of the giants is playing one of the fill ins and are expected to dominate. Rosters will be loaded up with Manchester United players and particularly so in cash. They’re also expected to score more than 2 goals and let in less than one so everyone on the team is in a smash spot regardless of position.
Anyone who dares play someone from West Ham is a very brave and contrarian minded player ineed. Anyone who doesn’t play MUN must not play cash very often.
This should be an interesting one. Vegas treats it no differently than West Ham vs Manchester United but Crystal Palace is playing at home and usually has a very good defense. Crystal Palace also has a lot of very reliable and fun DFS options so despite their horrible matchup, some people will probably dip into that well again. On paper, none of those narratives are enough to stop MCI from just steamrolling them but I’m buying into the hype and definitely going be paying plenty of attention to the public betting lines on this one.
I’m always a sucker for Crystal Palace, but then I’m usually of the MCI mega stack roster as well. Going to be a soul searching slate for me. Of all the contrarian plays of playing heavy underdogs for gpp, jamming in a lot of Crystal Palace is the only one that makes any sense to me. But that itself probably means it’s not all that contrarian but more of a go to secondary option. I’m worried I’m selling myself false narratives from my own personal affections for both team and will ultimately fade both teams and pay attention to ownership for better decision making moving forward.
This is one of those perfect storms where two mega teams clash. Liverpool is actually a heavy favorite here but Chelsea is still expected to score at least one goal.
I think Chelsea could be a good play for gpp given that a lot of people avoid these situations – even more so the underdog. But I personally like to avoid these situations and let someone else take that route. On the flip side, this is one of those spots where if you love playing someone like Salah, his relative ownership will probably be quite low. I don’t want to be one of those cliche “anything goes in gpp” kind of guys but soccer is definitely a sport where that can work. There are just so many slates where only a handful of goals will be scored and if you only play the smart plays then you’ll never find yourself with that center back or do nothing midfielder who gets a goal and instantly rockets you into the top 5. Nobody ever won a gpp by playing Messi, he wins because of the other guys.
In general, their pricing gets inflated from all the games where they dominate possession and score in bunches. Neither Chelsea nor Liverpool will likely dominate the game so each player will get less touches, shoot it less, cross it less, etc etc. But you’re paying the same amount as if they were playing Cardiff. It’s just not somewhere I would willingly go. Having said that, this game still has a high implied goal total so there should be some good pieces here, just a matter of choosing correctly.
Final Thoughts
I’m typically a cash game player and don’t have much stomach for playing centerback fluke goal whack a mole. So I’ll probably just target the favorites, jam in who I like and fill out the rest with some of the more uncertain games for salary relief. Typical boring cash game play where the only differentiation is I chose the left back and the opponent chose the right back.
Good luck everyone.
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Pre Match Thread: Liverpool vs Everton (Merseyside Derby)


COMPETITION: Premier League - Week 30
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor
STADIUM: Anfield
TIME: 12:30 GMT - 13:30 CET - 07:30 EDT - 04:30 PDT
/SOCCERSTREAMS | Full Worldwide List
Betting Odds (via 888 Sport)
• Liverpool to win: 8/13
• Everton to win: 4/1
• Draw: 3/1
Club Played +/- Goal Difference Points
4. Liverpool 29 +25 56
7. Everton 29 +21 50
Liverpool: WLWWD
Everton: LDWWW
Possible Line-ups
Clyne Matip Lovren Milner
Mané Wijnaldum Coutinho Firmino
Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Moreno, Lucas, Wilson, Woodburn
Holgate Jagielka Williams Baines
Davies Gueye Barry
Mirallas Lukaku Barkley
Stekelenburg, Pennington, Dowell, Lennon, Valencia, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin
Injury News
  • Jordan Henderson, Ovie Ejaria, Adam Lallana, Danny Ings & Daniel Sturridge are all ruled out through injury
  • Séamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, Muhamed Bešić, Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy & Yannick Bolasie are all ruled out through injury
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Summer Transfer and Rumour Megathread 2017


I've hit the character limit here, this will now serve as a place for official actions by the club and an archive for the old rumours. You can check out the new rumour thread here.

Hey all, it’s that magical time of year again, and Shakespeare is on the hunt for some new foxes. I am making this thread to try to keep up with all the transfers and rumours, as well as give everyone a place to discuss transfer related topics. I’m going to be borrowing unabashedly plagiarizing from last year’s model a lot (a quick thank you to lgfualol and company).
Also, as the lcfc beta website was just put up, there isn’t much news about anything as I’m writing this.
At the moment I have a lot of free time at work as well as at home so hopefully I can keep up but I will also appreciate any help you provide staying up to date with the speculation and whatnot.
So, firstly and very importantly, Craig Shakespeare was appointed manager on a 3-year deal on 15 June.
Michael Appleton has been named the club's assistant coach.

New Contracts

First Team

Player Position Length Info
Harvey Barnes CAM 4 Years Link

Professional Contracts Signed (Youth)

Player Position Info
Sam Hughes CB Link
Alex Pascanu LB Link
Kieman Dewsbury-Hall CM Link
Lamine Sherif CM Link
Josh Knight CB Link
Max Bramley GK Link
Tyrese Shade ST Link

Players In - Permanent

Player Position Age Nation From Fee Contract Info
Harry Maguire CB 24 England Hull £17 million 5 years link
Vincente Iborra CM 29 Spain Sevilla Undisclosed 4 years Link
Eldin Jakupovic GK 32 Bosnia/Switzerland Hull Undisclosed 3 years Link
Kelechi Iheanacho ST 20 Nigeria Manchester City £25 million 5 years Link
George Thomas ST 20 Wales Coventry City £450,000 3 years Link

Players In - Loan

Player Age Position From Length Info
None so far

Players Out - Permanent

Player Age Position To Fee Info
Ron-Robert Zeiler 28 Goalkeeper VfB Stuttgart £3.5 million Link
Tom Lawrence 23 Striker Derby County Undisclosed Link

Players Out - Loan

Player Age Position To Length Info
Bartosz Kapustka 20 Winger SC Freiburg 1 Year Link
Callum Elder 22 Left Back Wigan Athletic 1 Year Link

Players Out - Released By Club

Player Age Position Senior Apps
Michael Cain 23 CM 0
David Domej 21 CB 0
Brandon Fox 20 LM 0
Cédric Kipré 20 CB 0
Matty Miles 20 RB 0
Kairo Mitchell 19 CF 0
Marcin Wasilewski 37 CB 77

Transfer Speculation!

I’m going to do my best to stick to good sources, but call me out if I post something from a shifty place and I’ll take it down or find it from a better source

Rumours from anytime this transfer season until 15/6/17:

Player Rumour Source
Gylfi Sigurdsson Skybet dropped our odds of signing him from 18/1 to 5/1 Link
Jamie Vardy Everton want him as a Lukaku replacement Link
Riyad Mahrez Wenger mentioned interest, but haven’t made an offer yet Link
Papy Mendy The Mercury understand that he could move on to France Link
Riyad Mahrez I guess Chelsea are eyeing the man too Link
Kelechi Iheanacho Odds dropped in our favor to sign the Citizen Link
Luis Muriel The Mercury said that we’ve been linked with him Link
Ahmed Musa His agent says the Fenerbahce deal is off but also says he’s probably staying in England Link


Player Rumour Source
Eldin Jakupovic BBC seem to think we are on our way to signing him Link
Nempalys Mendy French TV is reporting that Nice want Mendy back on a loan Link in French
Michael Appleton The Oxford boss is reportedly close to becoming Shakey's number 2 Link


Player Rumour Source
Kasper Schmeichel We've slapped on a £50 million price tag on the man to ward off United and Liverpool but it's also the sun reporting this so make of it what you will Link


Player Rumour Source
Chris Smalling The Star is reporting that the United man looks set to leave, with Leicester, West Brom, and Spurs are looking to sign him Link 1 Link 2
Eldin Jakupovic The Daily Mail claims we and Watford have both put in a £1.7 million bid for the Hull man, but it is the Daily Mail so believe at your own risk Link


Player Rumour Source
Che Adams Seems we've been linked with the young Birmingham striker Link
Jonny Evans The Telegraph is reporting that we are set to make a second bid for him Link
Michael Appleton Looks like after a weekend of negotiations he is set to join as Shakey's #2 Link


Player Rumour Source
Domagoj Vida Mr Geoff Peters says on twitter that Leicester are in talks with Dynamo Kyiv over the 28 year old Croatian defender Link
Jonny Evans West Brom's Gareth McAuley has said that Evans won't be leaving, as he is too important to the club. EDIT: The Mercury believe Leicester will make an improved £15 million bid for Evans. Link 1 Link 2


Player Rumour Source
Gian Marco Ferrari Sky Sport Italia are reporting that Leicester are interested to the 25 year old Sassuolo and Italy CB. Link
Kelechi Iheanacho The Telegraph report that Shakey is planning on a £25 million offer for the Nigerian striker Link


Player Rumour Source
Kelechi Iheanacho The Mercury are reporting that Leicester are set to make a move for him soon Link
Jonny Evans West Brom have reportedly slapped a £20 million price tag on him and rumours are circling that he has been offered a new £100,000 per week contract to convince him to stay Link
Sam Clucas The Hull Daily Mail are reporting that Leicester, among other PL clubs, are interested in Clucas Link


Player Rumour Source
Benny Ashley-Seal The Mercury say we are in advanced talks with the Norwich youngster and will sign him to the development squad soon Link
Kelechi Iheanacho Manchester City are demanding a buyback clause if we do sign Nacho from them. Edit: The striker has apparently followed Fuchs, Musa and Ndidi on twitter Link 1 Link 2
Jonny Evans Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill says £20 million is a steal for the man, supports the move to Leicester Link
Islam Slimani France Football report that they would like to have Slimani back on loan if Bas Dost leaves Tweet (in French)
Demarai Gray Playing for 90 are reporting that Tottenham are interested in Gray, and are considering meeting his release clause of £22 million Link


Player Rumour Source
Demarai Gray He's frustrated with his lack of game time and announced it publicly in an interview Link
Jonny Evans Reports claim that Leicester are going to make another bid after West Brom said no less than £20 million for him Link


Player Rumour Source
Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton had a £27 million bid rejected as Swansea slap a £40 million price tag on Sigs Link
Papy Mendy Newly appointed at Nantes, Claudio Ranieri wants Mendy to join the French side Link
Nathan Ake Leicester seem interested in joining the race late for the 22 year old Chelsea and Netherlands centre back, but Bournemouth are already confident they can sign him this window Link
Riyad Mahrez Is it finally time? Mahrez reportedly rejects Barcelona in favor of Arsenal, and the gunners look set to strike, with a big money deal looming Link
Tom Lawrence Newcastle are apparently interested in the 23 year old, but must pay £10 million for his service Link
Gregiore Defrel Leicester and West Ham are reportedly interested in the Sassuolo forward Link
George Thomas Leicester are interested in strengthening the development squad with Coventry City starlet Link


Player Rumour Source
Papy Mendy Player wants to return to France with Bordeaux Link
Adrien Silva Leicester and Spurs told £26 million for the Portugal international, but Pocchetino has no intentions of buying him Link
Thorgan Hazard It seems that French outlet FootMercato believe that Leicester (among other clubs) are linked with the Belgian Link
Kelechi Iheanacho Soccernet Nigeria are reporting that West Ham have made an improved bid for the young striker Link


Player Rumour Source
Riyad Mahrez Arsenal have reportedly offered the winger a 4 year deal, but the Mercury report that there have been no bids for the Algerian Link 1 Link 2
Gregoire Defrel The Mercury are reporting that Leicester are interested in the pacey striker, valued at £18 million Link


Player Rumour Source
Bartosz Kaputska His agent has said that he wants out this summer, and there are clubs around Europe looking to sign the young Poland winger Link
Papy Mendy The Mercury understands that Bordeaux have approached Leicester in talks over Mendy, but there hasn't been a bid made yet Link
Riyad Mahrez This is only somewhat relevant, but SPORT are reporting that if Verratti stays at PSG, then Barcelona will aim their focus at one of either Riyad of United's Herrera Tweet
George Thomas Swansea seem to be keen on signing him, but Leicester and a few other PL teams are interested as well Link
Islam Slimani Sporting seem to want to bring the Algerian back, but he has said he will only leave Leicester under "special circumstances" Link


Player Rumour Source
Nathan Ake Bournemouth have officially signed him Link
Gaston Ramirez After being blocked in the January transfer window, he seems keen to leave but Leicester are not interested Link
Ben Gibson After being priced at £25 million, Leicester are willing to wait to see how serious Boro are about the asking price Link


Horribly late on this one, apologies
Player Rumour Source
George Thomas Leicester have apparently made a £500,000 move for the Coventry City youngster Link
Gregoire Defrel The Mercury report that a move could be made as early as next week around £15.5 million for the Sassuolo striker Link
Sam Johnstone The United keeper has been linked with Leicester as well as other PL sides, I like this rumour more than the Jakupovic one Link


Player Rumour Source
Nathaniel Chalobah The Mercury are reporting that Leicester are interested in the young Chelsea midfielder Link
Riyad Mahrez Calcio Mercato are reporting that Arsenal are close to signing the winger Link in Italian
Kelechi Iheanacho According to Squawka, Leicester are prepared to make a £20 million offer for the young Nigerian. Odds on his transfer to Leicester have been cut dramatically Link


Player Rumour Source
Lovre Kalinic According to reports in Croatia, Leicester have bid £18.5 million for the Gent goalkeeper Link
Gregoire Defrel Roma have reportedly bid £13 million for the Sassuolo striker, but have had it rejected. The striker does seem interested in staying in Italy though Link
Ali Al-Habsi Leicester are interested in the Reading keeper, he has been named in the Championship team of the season for two years running Link
Vincente Iborra Marca are reporting that Leicester have made a £12 million bid on the Sevilla captain Link in Spanish


Player Rumour Source
Vincente Iborra The Mercury understand that a deal was reached and Iborra is set to undergo a medical with Leicester Link
Kasper Schmeichel This makes me sad. A lot of news outlets are reporting that if we sign Kalinic from Gent, we will let Kasper go Link
Troy Deeney Leicester have reportedly made a £20 million bid for the striker, but Watford have rejected it Link


Player Rumour Source
Gregoire Defrel Leicester are apparently trying to "press on the accelerator" to get the deal through amid Roma interest Link
Leonardo Ulloa The club is in talks with Ulloa about a contract extention Link


Player Rumour Source
Vincente Iborra Leicester have signed the Sevilla man Link
Kelechi Iheanacho The City striker is close to a deal with Leicester Link


Player Rumour Source
Demarai Gray Everton are reportedly joining Tottenham and Liverpool in showing interest in Gray Link
Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton are preparing a £32 million bid on the Iceland international Link
Riyad Mahrez Arsenal want him but only want to spend £35 million on him, while Leicester are holding out for £50 million Link
Gregoire Defrel The Frenchman has said no to Leicester, and is planning on joining Roma this transfer window Link
Mathieu Debuchy Someone on Foxes Talk understands that Debuchy has checked into a Leicester hotel, possibly hinting at a move to the Foxes Link


Player Rumour Source
Riyad Mahrez Arsenal feel £50 million is too much for the Algerian and have reportedly agreed to personal terms with Monaco's Lemar Link


Player Rumour Source
James McCarthy Everton have slapped a £25 million price tag on the outbound midfielder, Leicester are showing interest Link
Leonardo Ulloa Real Betis, Getafe and Levante have all shown interest in the man Link


Player Rumour Source
Gylfi Sigurdsson The Mercury are reporting that Leicester have had an enormous £40 million bid rejected in hopes of winning the fight over the Iceland international, they want £50 million for him Link
Riyad Mahrez Arsenal make an improved bid for Moncaco's Lemar as a move for Mahrez looks increasingly unlikely Link
Tom Lawrence Derby are looking to win the services of the Leicester man as a replacement for Tom Ince Link
Islam Slimani Craig Shakespeare has reportedly made the 29 year old striker available Link
Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester and Manchester City have reportedly come to a deal for the striker Link
Demarai Gray Shakey has promised Gray more game time, which means the young winger will be keen to stay at Leicester Link
Tom Lees Leicester seem keen on the Wednesday defender Link
Jonny Evans Reports claim that Leicester are planning on yet another bid on the West Brom defender Link


Player Rumour Source
Ron-Robert Zeiler The keeper is set to join Stuttgart according to reports Link
Eldin Jakupovic With the sale of Zeiler, City are expected to make a £2 million bid for the Hull keeper has competition for Schmeichel Link
Kelechi Iheanacho Just when you thought you'd heard the end of it, Spurs are now trying to hijack Iheanacho in an attempt to speed up a deal for Kyle Walker, but despite this a couple betting sites have suspended bets on the Nigeria striker's move Link 1 Link 2
Islam Slimani West Brom and Newcastle are interested in the Algerian striker Link
James McCarthey Leicester are reportedly set to make a £25 million offer for the Everton midfielder Link


Player Rumour Source
Ron-Robert Zeiler The German keeper has completed a move to Stuttgart for a £3.5 million fee Link
Yohan Benalouane The defender's agent has hinted at a move back to Italy, but nothing seems serious as of yet Link
Bartosz Kapustka The Poland international is set to join Freiburg on a loan, is currently completing his medical Link


Player Rumour Source
Riyad Mahrez Roma are looking for a replacement winger after the sale of Salah, and Mahrez might be the right man for them. Link
Eldin Jakupovic We want to sign the Hull keeper for £2 million, but Hull want to hold out for a better offer Link
Marvin Johnson The Oxford striker is highly rated by Appleton, and has had an impressive season, so Leicester are showing interest Link
Gylfi Sigurdsson Take from this what you will, but it seems Sigs has not gone to the states with Swansea, as he is uncertain about his future at the club Link


Player Rumour Source
Papy Mendy St-Etienne want to take the midfielder on loan, but Leicester want a full sale Link


Player Rumour Source
Bartosz Kapustka The Polish winger has joined Freiburg on a year loan with an option to buy for £5.3 million Link
Kasper Schmeichel United increasingly interested in the keeper as it looks increasingly likely that De Gea will join Real Madrid Link


Player Rumour Source
Eldin Jakupovic The Hull keeper is set to have his medical in Hong Kong in the coming hours, ahead of a £2 million move Link
Riyad Mahrez Roma have stepped up their interest in the winger, reportedly preparing a bid between £30 and £35 million Link
Aymen Abdennour Leicester have been linked with the 27 year old Valencia defender Link
Gylfi Sigurdsson Leicester are reportedly set to tempt the Iceland midfielder with a £125,000 a week contract amid Everton interest Link


Player Rumour Source
Demarai Gray Leicester and Gray are in contract talks as Mahrez nears exit Link


Player Rumour Source
Islam Slimani The striker is worried Leicester might price him out of a move to Newcastle as Leicester look to recoup as much of their investment as possible Link


Player Rumour Source
Kelechi Iheanacho Pep Guardiola has given his blessing to the young striker to move on from Manchester City Link
Papy Mendy The French midfielder's agent blasts Leicester for a "lack of respect" concerning his move to France, with a host of clubs willing to take him on loan, but Leicester holding out for a sale Link
Riyad Mahrez Spurs have joined the race for the Algerian, but will not bid £50 million Link
George Thomas The Coventry City star has been asked by his manager to decide his future Link
Mohamed Elneny Arsenal and Leicester had reached a £10 million deal on the Egyptian international, only to have it blocked by the player Link
George Hirst Wednesday have rejected a £1 million bid for the young striker Link
Ahmed Musa West Brom have been linked with the striker as he looks set to leave this summer Link


Player Rumour Source
Riyad Mahrez Shakespeare says he has rejected a £20 million offer from Roma for the winger Link
Harvey Barnes The midfielder has committed to Leicester with a new 4 year deal Link
Ahmed Musa Hull and West Brom are considering a loan deal for the striker Link


Player Rumour Source
Kelechi Iheanacho What a ridiculously drawn out piece of business. On the bright side, a couple days ago Pep said it was to be completed soon, and now today Vice-Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has said the deal is coming soon Link
Riyad Mahrez Speaking of drawn out business, Mahrez is still in Leicester blue, but Roma are ready to launch a £30 million bid plus add ons for the winger, I'm hoping that these add ons are significant because 30 seems a little short for me Link


Player Rumour Source
Riyad Mahrez The winger is set to snub Roma in favor of waiting on an Arsenal move Link
Islam Slimani Everton may switch their attention to the striker as an alternative to Giroud Link


Player Rumour Source
Adrien Silva Leicester again show interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder and Jornal de Noticias claim that Leicester are set to bid €22 million to try to gain his services. Link
George Thomas After a £300,000 bid was rejected by Coventry, Leicester are preparing a £500,000 bid for the striker Link
Riyad Mahrez Roma insist that the Algerian winger is their primary transfer target amid links to Samir Nasri Link


Player Rumour Source
Riyad Mahrez Roma have stepped up their bid to about 30 million, but Leicester won't budge for less than 50 million. Also, Liverpool have reportedly been keeping tabs on the winger (I don't believe this one so much) Link 1 Link 2


Player Rumour Source
Alassane Meite French reports are saying that Leicester have signed the young PSG striker, but there is nothing to back it up on the club website. My best guess is this is set to happen, possibly in the next couple days Link
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Match Thread: Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Chelsea vs Liverpool


Match Day 26
Kick-off: Sunday, 6th of Feb 2011 at 4.00pm GMT (11am East Coast, 3am Sydney)
Location: Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London
Referee: Andre Marriner (16 matches, 2 red cards)
Assistant referees: Scott Ledger & Adam Watts
Fourth official: Kevin Friend
Previous Fixture: Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield with Fernando Torres scoring two goals. The match marked the beginning of a form slump for the title holders. Soccernet Match Report
Television: Live on Sky Sports 1 (UK), Fox Sports (Aus) and Fox Soccer Channel (USA)
Websites: Liverpool Latest News, Chelsea Latest News

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Match News

Match Trivia

Pre-Match Press Quotes

We are more important than any player they have got. We'll play against whoever they put on the pitch. I would expect they would relish the battle against him [Torres] but they have competed brilliantly against everyone since I have come in
-- Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool Manager


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Match Odds

The price on Liverpool has been shifting a lot while Chelsea have shortened. A lot of money on Torres to score at $2.20
Agency Chelsea Draw Liverpool
SportingBet 1.53 3.70 5.75
William Hill 1.57 3.75 6.00
Bet365 1.57 4.00 6.00
Betfair 1.64 4.30 6.00
Bets: 2-2 is $19, while Chelsea to lead at half time and Liverpool to win is paying $41


Pos Team P W D L F A D P
1 Man Utd 25 15 9 1 55 24 31 54
2 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 54 27 27 50
3 Man City 26 14 7 5 42 22 20 49
4 Chelsea 24 13 5 6 46 21 25 44
5 Tottenham 25 12 8 5 35 27 8 44
6 Sunderland 26 9 10 7 32 31 1 37
7 Liverpool 25 10 5 10 33 31 2 35
8 Bolton 26 8 9 9 36 37 -1 33
9 Stoke 25 10 3 12 31 32 -1 33
10 Newcastle 25 8 7 10 40 38 2 31


Chelsea Liverpool
Top Scorers Florent Malouda 9 Fernando Torres
Didier Drogba 9 Steven Gerrard
Salomon Kalou 7 Dirk Kuyt
Nicolas Anelka 6 Maxi Rodríguez
Assists Didier Drogba 8 Steven Gerrard
Yellows Branislav Ivanovic 7 Fernando Torres
Reds Michael Essien 1 Lucas
Last 5 (home/away) W-D-W-D-L W-L-L-L-L
Last 5 W-W-W-L-D W-W-W-D-L
Avg. Scored1 2.2
Avg. Conceeded1 0.6
*1. Average at home for home team, away for away team *

Last 5 Results

Chelsea Result Liverpool Result
Sunderland (A) 4-2 Stoke (H) 2-0
Bolton (A) 4-0 Fulham (H) 1-0
Blackburn (H)) 2-0 Wolves (A) 3-0
Wolves (A) 0-1 Everton (H) 2-2
Aston Villa (H) 3-3 Blackpool (A) 1-2



In doubt:
Possible Starting (unconfirmed)
No. Player Pos
1 Petr Cech GK
17 José Bosingwa RB
2 Branislav Ivanovic CB
26 John Terry CB
3 Ashley Cole LB
5 Michael Essien CM
12 Jon Obi Mikel CM
8 Frank Lampard CM
39 Nicolas Anelka RW
9 Fernando Torres ST
11 Didier Drogba LW
No. Player Pos
22 Ross Turnbull GK
4 David Luiz CB
15 Florent Malouda F
19 Paulo Ferreira D
21 Solomon Kalou F
51 Josh McEchran M
43 Sala


In doubt:
Starting (Confirmed - LFC)
No. Player Pos
25 Reina GK
23 Jamie Carragher CB
34 Skrtel CB
5 Agger CB
34 Kelly RWB
2 Johnson LWB
21 Lucas CM
8 Gerrard CM
17 Maxi Rodríguez LM
4 Meireles CAM
18 Kuyt ST

Live Updates

Min Action
33' FUCK!! MAXI!!
45' HALF TIME - Awesome Game. Torres had one chance, runs onto a ball from Drogba that was cut across goal. Brilliant last second block from Carragher. And then there was Maxi. Maxi, maxi maxi. No doubt that video will be all over reddit within an hour.
65' SUBSTITUTION CHELSEA Solomon Kalou (9M pounds) has come on for Fernando Torres (50M pounds)
90' FULL TIME what a game, what a weekend!
(Apologies for not keeping up a running game log. I got a bit carried away watching the game. Almost had a heart attack)

Match Overview

Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1
Meireles 68'
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Match Stats

Chelsea Liverpool
0(0) Shots (on Goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner Kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Match Reports

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