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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 UEFA.com 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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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. Maribor

COMPETITION: UEFA Champions League - Group Stage - Matchday 4
REFEREE: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
STADIUM: Anfield (Liverpool)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1
Time: 7:45 p.m. (BST), 3:45 p.m. (ET) 6:45 a.m (AEDT)
TV Info: BT Sport (UK), Fox Sports (U.S.)
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Betting Odds
  • Liverpool: 1.05
  • Draw: 13.00
  • Maribor: 34.00
Group E Table
Club Played +/- Goal Difference Points
1. Liverpool 3 +7 5
2. Spartak 3 +4 5
3. Sevilla 3 -1 4
4. Maribor 3 -10 1
Possible Starting XI
Likely XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Milner; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino
Likely XI: Handanovic, Rajcevic, Viler, Suler, Kabaa, Vrsic, Milec, Hotic, Pihler, Bobar, Tavares
Team News
  • Philippe Coutinho is an injury concern for Liverpool on Wednesday after missing their 3-0 win over Huddersfield through injury. He may not be risked by Jurgen Klopp.
  • Roberto Firmino suffered with cramp at the weekend, while Joe Gomez - available again in Europe after suspension - has a minor issue and Klopp may rest both here.
  • Dejan Lovren picked up an injury in the warm up before the Huddersfield match and isn't expected to feature here, with Ragnar Klavan set to start for the second match in a row.
  • Loris Karius returns between the sticks, while Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrew Robertson are all pushing for starts too.
  • Few changes are expected from the side that lost 7-0 to Liverpool at home in their last Champions League match.
  • Luka Zahovic is injured with a foot injury, which means Dare Vrsic should operate behind the striker.
  • Jasmin Mesanovic may also make his first Champions League start, with Marcos Tavares moving out wide.
  • Maribor have won only one of their nine games against England opposition in all competitions (D2 L6), a 2-1 win against Wigan Athletic in the 2013/14 Europa League group stages. They have also never kept a clean sheet in those nine games.
  • Liverpool's victory over Maribor in the previous round was the biggest away win by an English club away from home in European competition since Arsenal defeated Standard Liège 7-0 in the Cup Winners' Cup back in November 1993.
  • In fact, that result equalled the biggest margin of victory by an away team in the Champions League era - level with MSK Zilina 0-7 Marseille (Nov 2010) and BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar Donetsk (Oct 2014).
  • Liverpool come into this match enjoying an 11-game unbeaten run in the group stages (W3 D8, Champions League and Europa League).
  • Maribor are currently enduring a 14-game winless run in the Champions League (D5 L9) and have only managed to score one goal across their last four outings in the competition.
Form guide
Liverpool: DDDWLW
Maribor: DLWLWW
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[Pre Match Thread] Manchester City vs FC Basel [Champions League - Round of 16 - Leg 2]

Manchester City F.C. vs. FC Basel
Competition : Champions League - Round of 16 – Leg 2
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester UK
Date: Wednesday, 7 March
Kick-off : 19:45 BST | 20:45 CET | 14:45 Central USA
Referee : Pavel Královec
Assistants : Roman Slyško, Ivo Nadvornik
Fourth official : Jiří Moláček
Manchester City F.C.
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Line Up – TBA
Substitutes - TBA
Sidelined – Mendy, Fernandinho, Sterling (doubtful)
Form Guide
All competitions - W L W W W
Champions League - W W W L W
Pre-Match Press Conference Statements
"It's a Champions League game, a Champions League game is something special and you have to be focused. In football everything can happen – it can be a red card and they can score. Look at Arsenal in the Europa League [against Östersund].
We're almost in the quarter-finals but we're not and we have to be calm. In terms of the Champions League, it's a dream for all the teams to be there but if we get through it'll be just the second time in our history in the quarter-finals.
When people ask if we are favourites, the Champions League is a completely different situation. If it happened in the Champions League what happened in Wigan, 44 minutes and a red card, then you don't win the Champions League. Sometimes it's not about how you play. The Champions League is a completely different situation. Madrid, before the first game against PSG, was 'Oh Madrid are not good, PSG are a top team and playing well'. Three-one, it is a different competition, it is moments.
Their players [Barcelona] won a lot in the past ... That team dominated the last decade, 15–20 years. We won just the first title [as a group]. So to join this kind of team you have to be there a long, long time.
John is an extraordinary player and what he has done has shown me that. Now we have four excellent central defenders. Vincent Kompany for a long period was not able [to play] and now he played the last games. This game John has a chance.
How we control [the game], how many we concede, how we create. Tomorrow I'd like to see [a game] where nothing happens. We don't give a huge performance but we don't concede, we don't concede set pieces or counterattacks. "
Pep Guardiola
FC Basel
Manager: Raphaël Wicky
Line Up - TBA
Substitutes - TBA
Sidelined – Balanta, Vailati, Xhaka (suspended)
Form Guide -
All competitions - L W L L L
Champions League – W L W W L
Pre-Match Press Conference Statements
“They’re one of the strongest teams in the world at the moment. For City the only objective should be winning the Champions League. With this team they should be able to win all the titles this year. At the moment they’re one of the best two teams in the world. I said that a couple of weeks ago and also when the draw was made and they’ve confirmed that – they’ve maintained it and even improved their form.
It’s the second year under Pep and the team has moved up to another level. They’re playing football similar to what we saw in Germany and Spain [from Guardiola]. They’re one of the best two or three teams in the world and a favourite for the Champions League.
I’ve talked to my team and said, ‘Look, it’s incredible Basel are still playing in Europe at the start of March. We’ve worked hard to be here, we’re in a very difficult position but we have to enjoy this game and give our all, forget the first leg’. I could say, ‘You have to believe’ but it’d look a bit daft in front of the team. We have to set other targets – it starts 0-0 and we have to treat this as two halves and try to get something from the first half and see what happens. We want to grow into the game and get some rhythm. I always want to win but I set myself other targets for this game.”
Raphaël Wicky
  • City and Basel have met only once so far (in the first leg), resulting in a 4:0 win for City
Book Man City DRAW Basel
William Hill 1.17 7.50 17.00
Bet 365 1.18 8.00 19.00
Bwin 1.16 7.50 17.50
Tipico 1.20 7.00 17.00
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 12:00 GMT. Just a look at how the bookies rate this game, and not an endorsement for betting/gambling.
  • No team has ever progressed to the next round following a 0-4 home defeat in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie.
  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League games at the Etihad stadium (W9 D3), winning each of their last four, their longest run on home soil in the competition.
  • Manchester City have never failed to score in their last 12 Champions League games, also their longest run in the competition.
  • Basel have won their last two away games in the Champions League (2-0 v CSKA Moscow & Benfica). However, they have lost their two games on the road in the knockout stages of the competition by a combined score of 11-0.
  • This is Manchester City's seventh consecutive Champions League participation. They have made it past the Last 16 only once though, it was in 2015/16 when they reached the semi-finals (knocked out by Real Madrid).
  • Manchester City have scored six goals from corners in this season's Champions League (33 per cent of their total goals), more than any other team.
  • Ilkay Gundogan has scored two goals (his brace v Basel in the first leg) and assisted two more in his last four Champions League games.
  • Kevin De Bruyne has delivered four assists in his last six Champions League games after registering only one in his previous 23 games in the competition.
  • Dimitri Oberlin has scored in each of his last two Champions League away games (v CSKA Moscow & Benfica).
  • Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League on two occasions as a manager (2009 & 2011, both with Barcelona). A third trophy would equal Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley's record. He's also reached the semi-finals in seven of his eight previous seasons as manager but hasn't made the final since 2011.
Will be updated as more information emerges
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/r/Championship's Championship club by club season preview - part 1!

Part 2 here - Part 3 here - Part 4 here

On Friday at 8pm UK time, Reading and Derby County will kick off the 127th season of the English second division - also known as the Championship! 24 clubs will compete for 3 promotion spots to the Premier league (2 via automatic promotion and 1 via playoffs) and to avoid the 3 relegation spots to the third tier a.k.a League One.

Its looking like a really tight and competitive season. The league is absolutely full of ambitious player and managerial talent - the more time goes by the more it looks like a Premier League 2. If you want a competitive league with proper English football, that also has the spice of skilful players and forward thinking managers, it really is the place to go.

This is guide written by the fans who have come together on /Championship - an absolutely huge thanks to them. Do check out the sub, we try to keep it a good place to discuss the EFL, away from the rancid gloryhunting shithole that is /soccer (just kidding - I like this place). Lots going on, including a score predictor thread which is running all season.

This guide is in table order with the PL demoted sides first. Only 5 clubs today (because the Swansea one is a fucking novel and I can't fit any more in), the rest will be submitted tomorrow and Friday. Do bare in mind that not all the transfer news will be up to date as these guides were largely written a week ago. Point out to me if there are any clear errors with formatting or spelling.

Championship info, links and media

/Championship's 17/18 player of the season review

Season previews: The Guardian | Sky Sports | The Mirror
EFL focused podcasts: Not the Top 20 | The Totally Football League Show
The 17/18 table - Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham went up. Barnsley, Burton and Sunderland went down. This season West Brom, Swansea and Stoke join from the PL and Wigan, Blackburn and Rotherham join from League 1.
These are the bookies' favourites for promotion (via Oddschecker):
Club Odds
Stoke 2.75
Middlesbrough 4
West Brom 4
Nottingham Forest 4.5
Leeds 4.75
Swansea 5
And relegation:
Club Odds
Rotherham 2.2
Bolton 2.25
Ipswich 4.5
Reading 5
Hull 6
How to watch in the UK: Live rights are owned by Sky Sports. They are upping the number of televised matches this season. Reading v Derby on Friday is televised. The weekly highlights show previously on Channel 5 is moving to Quest TV, which apparently is on Freeview.
How to watch abroad: Depends, but in most territories, the iFollow Service is available, which is £110 to watch all a single club's matches. Bargain. I think the clubs that aren't on iFollow have their own similar streaming services.
Check out club Youtube channels - quite a few of them post extended highlights now with their own commentary, including Derby, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and more. (You may need VPN to watch if you're abroad.)

Swansea City by RafiakaMacakaDirk and my_knob_is_gr8

Location: Swansea, Wales
Nickname: Swans, The Jacks
Major honours: Football League Cup (2013), Championship Play-off Winner (2011), League One Winners (1925, 1949, 2008)
17/18 finishing postion: 18th (Premier League)
Transfermarkt squad value: €115.5 mil NOTE: This number is as of July 22nd, when we still have Mawson (€15 mil), A. Ayew (€15 mil), Bony (€10 mil), Clucas (€8 mil) and Fernandez (€8 mil), who are all pretty much expected to be sold, or loaned out, before the season starts. Without all of these players except Bony (who's injured for a while so it makes it unlikely he'll be sold soon), the squad value would be around €70 mil.
Manager: Graham Potter joined the Swans on 11th June 2018. In 2010, he became head coach of Östersund, who were in the fourth tier of Swedish football. 5 years later, he got the club promoted into the Swedish top flight and in 2017, they won Svenska Cupen which qualified them for the Europa League where they managed to get through the group stage. He’s been applauded for what he did at Östersund and the way he managed to build the club up from nothing. The year after his success in the Europa league he signed a 3 year contract with Swansea.
Potter is well respected by The Swans and after a few years of poor managerial and financial decisions his appointment is seen as a step in the right direction to bringing us back to our old ways of being a well-run club. Potter has been recognised for his "progressive" and "unconventional" coaching methods. At Östersund, he encouraged his players and staff to engage in community activities, such as performing in theatre and music productions which was designed to take them out of their comfort zone. Potter describes his style of football on the pitch as "tactically flexible, attacking, and possession-based". At Östersund, he deployed a flexible 3–5–2 formation centred on ball possession.
Best player(s)/ talisman:With many of our best players being rumoured with a move away what good players that remain at the start of the season is yet to be seen.
Alfie Mawson is probably our standout player. He’s been amazing for us since we got him and was a bargain at about £3m. He’s great in the air and is just an all round tank. Keeping him will be a huge boost for us and should be solid in the championship.
Federico "El Pajaro" Fernandez has also been strong at the back with Alfie. The pair played with each other for the majority of last season and together became a solid unit. We will most likely sell him to reduce wages though.
Jordan Ayew put in a great shift last season and was our top goal scorer. His work rate was immense and was able to drop back and defend when needed. He’s fast, able to beat a man and a decent finisher. Sadly all these players are transfer targets for other clubs and might not even be here at the start of the season. If we can keep a lot of our players we should have a decent season but who knows who'll be left by the end of the window…
Rising star: Swansea’s U23 had a great season last year and with Potter wanting a young and fresh squad, a handful have moved up into the first team.
Our standout youngster, Oliver McBurnie, joined Barnsley on loan in January last season where he went on to win a Championship player of the month award after 6 goals in 8 games and went on to win Barnsley’s Player of the year award. While only 22, he’s struggled to break into our first team but will most likely be our main striker for the coming season. Be on the lookout for his long legs, miniature shinpads and ridiculous sock length! LEGS LEGS LEGS!!!
Connor Roberts performed well at RB last season and adapted quickly to the premier league where he battled Kyle Naughton to be in the starting line up and did great when given the chance. Decent at going forward and professional at the back. Hopefully potter puts him ahead of Naughton.
What happened last season?: What Happened last season?: After our great escape the season before and with Paul Clement at the helm there was optimism that the 17/18 season could be our turning point where we start rebuilding 'The Swansea Way". How wrong we were.
After a disastrous transfer window where we sold Sigurdsson and never replaced him and started panic buying the week before the transfer window closed we were left an obvious hole in our team. We had no creativity in midfield and no one could kick the ball into the box to save their life. And just to rub it in further Renato Sanches turned out to be more disappointing than Bob Bradley. With the team sitting bottom of the table Clement was sacked in late December.
Then along came the wise talking Carlos Carvalhal who managed to rebuild the confidence the team had lost. Our results took a turn for the good, beating Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham consecutively at home. He pulled us out of the relegation zone and things were looking good. However, the good times were quickly followed by the bad times. Our form turned and we didn’t win a single one of our last 9 matches. We were quickly relegated after pitifully losing to both Southampton and Stoke in our last 2 games of the season.
Highlights (Or lowlights):
The pass by Renato Sanches that summed up his and our season
Swansea City 3-1 Arsenal
Summer transfer business (so far): At the end of last season, it was clear we needed several transfers, both in and out. However, this would all depend on the manager we got.
Yan Dhanda (Free, Liverpool): A 19 year-old Midfielder, Yan Dhanda left Liverpool this summer and joined the Swans in a free, before we even hired Graham Potter. At one time one of the most promosing youngsters in Liverpool's Academy, injuries slowed down his progress, and ultimately made him fall behind other players. Citing lack of first-team playing time, Dhanda decided to join us this summer in hopes of getting regular playing time in the senior squad. Through 3 pre-season games, Dhanda has been one of the brighest and most impressive players in the squad, even scoring a game-winning goal and smashing a penalty in a shootout against Genoa. With our current injuries and shenanigans involved in our midfield, Dhanda has a good chance of becoming a starter and hopefully guide our midfield during the season.
Jordi Govea (Free, Real Madrid): Another 19 year-old from Ecuador, Jordi was the first signing under Potter. Not much can be said about the lad, but this is what Real Madrid had as his bio:
Jordi is an Ecuadorian defender who possess three key qualities for a player in his position: he's skilful, is able to go past a player and has a good shot on him. He's left footed and is able to send in good crosses on the run.
With Martin Olsson currently as our starting LB, and Kyle Naughton as the backup, the hope is that Jordi can develop on our U-23 squad and hopefully move up to the senior squad in coming years. Also the only man I've seen do a medical while wearing jeans (https://twitter.com/SwansOfficial/status/1015251916132057089)
Joel Asoro (€2 mil., Sunderland): Yet another 19 year-old, a Swedish winger who has represented his country in the younger levels, he was Potter's first senior signing. With world-class speed, and some impressive skills, Asoro was able to score 3 goals and get 2 assists last season in 26 apperances for Sunderland. While these numbers may seem a bit disappointing, many of these games were sub appearances on a very dysfunctional team. Along with Dhanda, Asoro has been one of the most impressive players during preseason, constantly beating his man with either speed or skills, and whipping in good balls to Legs. At the current rate, Asoro appears to have a good chance of starting on the right wing spot, with Nathan Dyer and Luciano Narsingh backing him up.
Predicted starting XI: NOTE: This is gonna be assuming Mawson, A. Ayew, Clucas, and Fernandez are all sold by the start of the season. If by some reason they end up staying, they are pretty much guaranteed to start. Based on the pre-season games so far, a lineup looking like this would be plausible, with Rodon most likely to be replaced by a CB (possibly Scott McKenna) when we buy one. Our second unit is looking something like this.
Best case scenario: Graham Potter is able to motivate and make sure our senior players (Fer, Carroll, etc.) stay fit, along with our youngsters being able to make an impact as expected, and also we retain Mawson, Fernandez, and Clucas, we can finish in the top 2 and get promoted automatically.
Worst case scenario: Our worst case scenario, and something many of us fear of happening, consists of primarily 3 things. 1. Graham Potter isn't given enough time to build an identity with our squad and is sacked by the midway point of the season by the greedy, dumb American owners. . 2. We end up not replacing the players we sold properly like last summer, therefore having a squad with holes everywhere and no chemistry. 3. Our youngsters such as Asoro, McBurnie, Dhanda and company don't pan out and progress at all, thefore becoming mediocre players. This would all culminate in us looking like Sunderland, and making relegation a probability.
Prediction: Realistically I see us selling Mawson and company in the last days before the season starts and not replacing them properly until later on. Because of this, as well as our current injuries with Fer and Clucas, I can see us initially struggling to build an identity but over time, we will start playing like Potter wants us and finishing the season strongly.
8th place, missing the play-offs by 4 points
What will happen to your closest rivals?: The scum that is known as Cardiff City will break the record for lowest points ever accumulated in a Premier League season, getting 5 points all from draws, and will therefore get relegated with 17 games to spare.

West Bromwich Albion by Joelwba

Location: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands
Nickname: The Baggies, The Throstles
Major honours: 1x League title, 1x League Cup, 5x FA Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 20th in Premier League (relegated)
Transfermarkt squad value: £101.16m
Manager: Darren Moore or Big Dave as he's known to Albion fans. A club icon as a player in the early 2000s, he returned to look after our U23 squad before being promoted to assistant manager by Alan Pardew in January. Following the end of Pardew's horrific reign, Moore took temporary charge with Albion facing inevitable relegation. He led us to wins over Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and a draw with Liverpool, somehow taking our futile battle for survival to the final week of the season. Following this he earned the head coach role permanently. Moore is loved among the Albion faithful, largely due to his reputation as a player here. He heavily favours a 4-4-2 formation and at the back end of last season, tended to soak up pressure and play on the counter attack. It will be interesting to see how his approach differs in a league where we are one of the favourites, not fighting to survive (hopefully)
Best player(s)/ talisman: It's an interesting situation for Albion currently. There are plenty of Premier League quality players still in the squad. A lot depends on if they are picked off before the deadline shuts. Chris Brunt is a club stalwart and likely to be reappointed as captain. He is adored by the fans and in my opinion will be an incredible asset in the championship. His set pieces alone will bring 10+ goals to the side. Kieran Gibbs is a high quality player who appears to be set to stay and should make a big difference. Jay Rodriguez, Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli should all make a big difference in this division IF they stay. In all honesty I expect to lose a few of the above. Sam Johnstone appears to be an astute signing to replace the outgoing Ben Foster.
Rising star: Sam Field he's one of our own! He looked completely at home against some of the top Premier League sides last campaign. A box-to-box midfielder, he's full of energy and looks so comfortable on the ball. I expect him to be a major part of our side this season, having just signed a new long-term deal.
Kyle Edwards is an exciting attacking midfielder who has been impressing in pre-season. He may have a part to play following a loan spell at Exeter last campaign.
Jonathon Leko looked like a potential world-beater when he first came through a couple of years back. A lightning quick winger full of tricks. A loan spell at Bristol City and limited appearances later he seems to be losing his way. Will be an interesting one to watch.
Finally, the enigma that is Olly Burke. After signing with us last summer for £15m, he failed to impress any of the four managers we had over the season. He looks exciting when he comes on, without any end product so far, and was unfairly blamed for a loss at West Ham by Alan 'Coward' Pardew. We all know the talent he's got. Hopefully we can see it this season.
What happened last season?: Let's not talk about it... We finally escaped the stranglehold of Tony Pulis, only to opt for the human joke that is Alan Pardew and duly hurtled towards relegation. Four of our players stole a taxi and then played (and lost) the following weekend.
Pardew was sacked about 3 months too late, and Moore took over, restoring pride with some notable wins over Man Utd and Spurs.
This season we also lost the great Cyrille Regis, and the outpouring of emotion and the coming together of the club during the weeks after his passing was something special.
Summer transfer business (so far): We started by releasing Claudio Yacob, Boaz Myhill and Gareth McAuley. Yacob and McAuley will be greatly missed but it is perhaps the right time for them to go.
Jonny Evans departed for Leicester for a cut-price £3m, Ben Foster left for Watford and James McClean has departed for Stoke City.
Sam Johnstone has been bought in to replace Foster, with Jonathon Bond arriving as backup. Kyle Bartley has joined from Swansea City and it appears that Harvey Barnes will soon be arriving on loan from Leicester.
Finally, James Morrison is currently out of contract but still with the club. His future is uncertain.
I am very happy with Johnstone and Bartley. It has been a quiet window for Albion so far but that is largely a good thing. The squad is packed with Premier League talent and the window is more about keeping hold of them.
There is major interest in Dawson and Rondon, along with interest in Rodriguez, Hegazi and Chadli. If any of the above go, then we would need to replace. Otherwise I would be happy with another striker and another CB.
It is also worth mentioning that every player in the Albion side suffered a 50% wage cut upon relegation which means that we are financially sound despite relegation, but may lead to more big names leaving.
Predicted starting XI: This is my best attempt. It will undoubtedly be 4-4-2. We may see Nyom in at right back and perhaps Barry in for Field.
Obviously about half of this side could leave, so we shall see.
Best case scenario: The bulk of the side remains and the quality in the side shines through as we breeze to automatic promotion.
Worst case scenario: The better players leave or do not put the effort in. Moore cannot transfer his great start into his first full season in management. We become embroiled in a relegation battle
Prediction: It will be somewhere in the middle. I'd like to think we'll go up automatically but I think play-offs are more likely. 6th
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Villa won't go down but will settle into mid-table, despite the recent takeover.
I think Wolves will do well in the PL, although I don't know how long Nuno will last before a big club comes in.

Stoke City by mrmariomaster

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Nickname: The Potters
Stadium: bet365 Stadium, 30,089 seats
Major honours: 1972 League Cup
17/18 finishing position: 19th, Premier League
Squad value: £127.8 million
Manager: Gary Rowett signed from Derby in May. His honest attitude has brought lots of optimism to fans, who are looking forward to an overhaul of the Club. His style of play seems to change based on the squad he has available.
Best Player: Joe Allen was vital to the Club last season, giving us hope that we would avoid relegation. His massive new contract signed this summer shows how loyal and committed to the Club he is, and will be a vital player this season.
Rising star: Tom Edwards is a local lad who has won the Under 18 Player of the Year award twice in the Club. In the latter parts of last season he played some good first team football.
What happened last season: A pathetic attempt at a season that had been coming for a while under Mark Hughes. Paul Lambert was appointed in January, but a win rate of just 2 in 15 matches wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and miss out on the million pound bonus offered to him.
Transfer business so far: So far this has been a decent transfer window. Peter Etebo had an amazing World Cup for Nigeria and Benik Afobe looks really promising. Adam Federici has also been appointed to replace Lee Grant. Xherdan Shaqiri has left along with a few players like Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson who will not be missed. Badou Ndiaye also looks to be on his way out, but it looks like Jack Butland will stay with us, which is massive. Perhaps most surprising are the new contracts signed by our 2 best players last season, Joe Allen and Moritz Bauer.
Predicted Line up: Here is our predicted squad. I’m not sure what formation we will have. EDIT: This is a new version, complete with our rumoured new signings and in the right formation.
Best case scenario: Stoke will finish top with an all-time Championship points record.
Worst case scenario: A mediocre start to the season will see Rowett sacked and Stoke with a disappointing mid-table finish.
Prediction: I think with our squad and our new manager, we will finish 1st.
What will happen to our closest rivals? Port Vale will be relegated to the Vanarama National League.

Aston Villa by trueschoolalumni

Location: Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE
Nickname: The Villans, The Villa, Prince William's Club, David "Twat" Cameron's Second Club.
Major honours: 7 First Division wins, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intertoto Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 4th
Transfermarkt squad value: £67.77m and dropping fast
Manager: Steve Bruce (for now). Former Man Utd playing legend who's been a fixture of English football for decades. He joined Villa in 2016 after successful runs at Hull, Sunderland (yes they were good once) and Birmingham City. A bit of a promotion specialist, he's taken Championship clubs up to the Premier League 4 times in the past and just missed out last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Playoff Final. Tactically, he's fairly old school who prefers 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1, usually involving a big man up top. Fun fact: while managing Huddersfield in 1999 he wrote three novels, "Striker!", "Sweeper!" and "Defender!", which focus on main character Steve Barnes, a football manager. Barnes solves crime and takes on terrorists, and the books have become prized rarities. The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast managed to get a copy and read out some of the copy - suitably awful.
Best player(s)/ talisman: There's only one Jack Grealish. A Villa boy through and through, he's been with the club since 2001 (aged 6), and made his way into the first team in the 2013-14 season. He's been the centre of controversy a few times, most notably getting on the beers and passing out on a Tenerife street. Playing as a number 10, his quick feet and dribbling skills provide a number of goals and assists, as well as fouls. He probably went down a bit too easily when first in the Premier League, but time in the gym has noticeably toughened him up and he's a much more solid player as a result. One of the better players in the Championship, and due to Villa's abject finances, a transfer target for the likes of Leicester.
Rising star: Keinan Davis could possibly be it, potentially Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as well.
What happened last season?: Have you ever walked into a casino, spotted the roulette table and popped £10,000 on red? It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off. You've doubled your money if you win, but look like a right git if you lose. Villa figured this was a good way to approach 2017-18: spend millions on players, get in lots of loans, gamble everything on achieving promotion. After a so-so start, Bruce got the team playing well, stringing together a number of wins and moving through the playoff spots. Unfortunately they ran into a few teams playing out of their skin - champions Wolves ran away with the league and boasted a squad that included several Champions League players. Neil Warnock's Cardiff couldn't stop winning and grabbed the second automatic promotion. In the playoff final Villa came up against a Ryan Sessegnon-led Fulham and were just pipped at the post 1-0.
Summer transfer business (so far): It's one-way traffic, due to absolutely abysmal finances. Loan spells for Lewis Grabban, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone have all ended, which is almost the spine of the team (Johnstone in particular - he was arguably the best keeper in the Championship and personally bagged a number of wins). Plus clubs are circling to pick off whatever assets we have left (eg. Jack Grealish, James Chester). With no prospect of anyone new coming in, it looks like the youth academy will be getting a lot more game time.
Predicted starting XI: Possibly this, but half these players could be gone before the first match.
Best case scenario: Mid-table anonymity would have to be best case - Villa are a mess and could go down this time around.
Worst case scenario: Our finances are the real issue - they are dire. Villa need to find £9 million this month to avoid going into administration. Owner "Dr." Tony Xia is a billionaire, apparently, but tax bills went unpaid and the question remains if he's able to support the club as generously as he has in the past. Administration, points deductions and potentially relegation to League One are all real possibilities right now. It's not looking good.
Prediction: Due to financial irregularities in the 23 clubs above us, Villa will get into the Champions League and take out the likes of Atletico, Bayern and Real Madrid on the way to our second European Cup. "Taylor, Green, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball played in for Jack Grealish. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Keinan Davis!"
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Unfortunately the Scum managed to avoid League One in the final rounds of the season. Here's hoping they go one better. Agbonlahor to re-sign for one game: the Derby. And score the winner, again.

Middlesbrough by OneSmallHuman

Location: The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Founded: 1876
Nickname: The Boro (Or just Boro)
Major honours: The League cup 2003-2004 season
17/18 finishing position: 5th
Transfermarkt squad value: 79.34m
Manager: Tony Pulis became manager of us in late December 2017, replacing the sacked Garry Monk after a pretty lacklustre few months of the campaign (despite where our league position was). Pulis is known in England for being the man that is never relegated when in charge of someone in the top flight. We are all aware of Tony Pulis' style of football. You start by having a strong and massive defence and maximise your use of set pieces to gain an advantage. Pulis is a lover of all set piece plays, whether that is crossing the ball in from a corner or free kick, or launching a ball into the box from a throw in, they're all in his arsenal of weapons. 'Pulisball' as it is pretty much known. Pulis has achieved promotion from the championship once before with Stoke, and I hope he achieves it again with us this season
Best player(s)/ rising star: I mean, where else do I begin. Adama Traore. Arguably the best player in the championship on his day and is one of the most frightening dribblers in English football, maybe even world football. The winger is known for his speed and dribbling ability although is usually criticised for his lack of end product. Before last season I would've agreed, however 5 goals and 10 assists, with all but 2 assists coming before Pulis' arrival show the progression of the Spanish winger.
As for other members of the squad, Ben Gibson, the prodigal son. Boro through and through he's progressed into a commanding centre half with the ability to play out from the back thanks to Karanka. He gained attention and emerged as one of the few given credit after our disappointing premier league campaign but was only the subject of one bid upon our relegation, from now manager Tony Pulis. It remains to be seen whether he'll be here come the first game of the season, but I hope he will be.
As for future stars, Dael Fry, already has played 2 championship campaigns for us and looks as assured as a veteran of the game. Another centre half produced by our academy and he is being played in cdm this pre-season by Pulis, to add to his versatility. Hopefully a standout season for him, especially if Gibson does end up leaving. Finally, yes, he does always look as confused as images of him show.
What happened last season?: Well, the first half of the season was tragic under Monk. We played really poor football at times and looked like we hadn't defended a day in our lives. There was also no consistency in the team, we'd win one game then lose the next. A key theme under both managers however, was our inability to beat those around us in the table. After Pulis' appointment the results picked up and it ended with us finishing 5th in the table. We ultimately lost in the playoff semi finals to Aston Villa but honestly, we didn't think we'd even be in the top half around Christmas.
Summer transfer business (so far): Just the three deals to talk about so far. We've acquired Paddy McNair from Sunderland who looks like a decent player. He's been utilised in right back and midfield during pre-season so it looks like they'll be his positions for the season. I imagine he'll play alongside Clayts and Howson in a midfield three.
Aden Flint was signed from Bristol City and I think I'm in the minority when I say I don't like how much we paid for him. Obviously the man is a Pulis player but I'm a bit unsure about his defensive ability. That being said he's looked strong during pre-season and I'm sure Pulis will get the best out of him. Fabio departed our club for Nantes so we'll need more full back cover.
As for the rest of the window, I expect Gibson to leave but will be delighted if he doesn't. One of our strikers will also leave and Braithwaite should follow after his decent World Cup performances. We'll probably bring in a striker and a winger and hopefully hold onto Adama. That'd be a successful window in my eyes.
Predicted starting XI: My best guess The only other guess I could make is that Gibson might leave and then Ayala would start, but he's injured at this point in time. Britt might play over Gestede too if Pulis is feeling fancy.
Best case scenario: It has to be top of the pile right? It's not out of the question to imagine us up there and if everything clicks then we've got a chance. A defence that scores more than some teams' strikers, Adama channelling his inner Messi and finding consistency, Rudy/Britt/Bamford scoring for fun. It could be carnage.
Worst case scenario: I can't see us finishing outside the playoffs, if we did then that would be gut-wrenching. But if we did then that would most certainly be the worst. Realistically, it'd be losing in the playoffs... again, and if it were in the final again then god help me. Although saying this, now losing Bamford and maybe Traore will be a worst case scenario in itself, definitely if they're not replaced.
Prediction: Have to be confident, although it always kills me. 1st or 2nd. Tony Pulis and his nice white trainers carry us to the promise land. That being said, we never do it the easy way.
Best Match of Last Season Sorry Leeds fans, but it had to be. "Hattrick Bamford" as our Twitter account tweeted, 3-0 against Leeds with Adama running the show. Leeds clearly found some positive from the game as they're set to sign him off us. This was the sign of what we should've done more last season. Showed what Paddy could've been too if given an even more extended period in Striker by himself. Oh well.
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Who even are our closest rivals in this league? We're in geographical purgatory. Can't say Sunderland anymore so what? Leeds? Bielsa either turns them into the well oiled machine they hope for or he succumbs to the old Leeds ways and is sacked by December. As for the Mackems, probably promoted from League 1.
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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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29/01/19 Tuesday - Matchday Picks



1. WOLVES Vs. West Ham Premier League @1.44 @1.28 @2.10 @1.75
2. SWANSEA Vs. Birmingham Championship @1.44 @1.28 @2.15 @1.85
3. BLACKPOOL Vs. Wycombe League One @1.57 @1.35 @2.40 @1.95
4. Bristol Rovers Vs. PETERBOROUGH League One @2.00 @1.55 @3.00 @1.70
5. Gillingham Vs. ACCRINGTON League One @1.72 @1.40 @2.35 @1.57
6. LUTON Vs. Portsmouth League One @1.57 @1.35 @2.30 @1.90
7. Oxford Vs. BARNSLEY League One @1.57 @1.33 @2.25 @1.80
8. MK DONS Vs. Oldham League Two @1.40 @1.25 @1.85 @1.80
9. NEWPORT Vs. Port Vale League Two @1.53 @1.30 @2.20 @1.80
TOTAL: 9-Fold 1-9 @60.04 @14.16 @1,609.02 @186.08














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02/01/17 Monday - Matchday Picks


Happy New Year, everyone! Hopefully we can kick off 2017's soccer betting with a bang! I am going BIG again, due to my win on Boxing Day. As a general rule of thumb, I keep betting big until I lose. From experience, the wins come in waves. You have to ride the wave while the momentum is still there. Once the wave fades, it's time to dial the stakes back.
I will be updating this thread to show when I am cashing out: https://www.reddit.com/InnocentPossumsPicks/comments/5lhxjh/020117_monday_cashout_thread/
Let's see what we can do.


EVERTON Vs. Southampton @1.50 @2.20
BIRMINGHAM Vs. Brentford @1.66 @2.50
Bristol City Vs. READING @2.25 @3.30
Fulham Vs. BRIGHTON @1.83 @2.75
Wigan Vs. HUDDERSFIELD @1.61 @2.37
GILLINGHAM Vs. Oxford @2.00 @2.87
SCUNTHORPE Vs. @1.50 @2.10
Barnet Vs. PLYMOUTH @1.66 @2.37
TOTAL: @83.29 @1,699.78
Norwich Vs. DERBY @2.20 @3.20
Nottingham Forest Vs. BARNSLEY @2.10 @3.10
Coventry Vs. BOLTON @1.40 @1.90
CARLISLE Vs. Grimsby @1.44 @2.00
COLCHESTER Vs. Cheltenham @1.40 @1.95
WYCOMBE Vs. Newport County @1.30 @1.75
TOTAL: @1,416.29 @219,702.31


  • Everton are 7th; Southampton are 9th.
  • Everton's Last 5 Home Games: 2-2-1 (Win against Arsenal, Draw against Man U, Loss to Liverpool.)
  • Southampton's Last 5 Away Games: 1-2-2 (Win against Bournemouth, Losses to Hull and Palace.)
  • Everton only beaten once at Home. 94th Minute 0-1 to Liverpool.
  • Koeman knows Southampton.
  • Southampton falling apart a bit at the moment.


  • Birmingham are 11th; Brentford are 15th.
  • Birmingham Last 5 Home Games: 2-1-2 (Losses to Barnsley and Brighton, Drew with Villa.)
  • Brentford Last 5 Away Games: 2-0-3 (Wins against QPR and Bristol, Let in 8 goals in those 3 losses.)
  • Birmingham have only lost one other game at Home.
  • Brentford have only won one other Game Away.


  • Reading are 3rd; Bristol are 17th.
  • Reading have won 8 of their last 10, losing to Leeds and Fulham
  • Bristol have lost 9 of their last 10, beating Ipswich.
  • Not sure why the price is so high. Bookies seem to think Reading will drop in form almost every game.
  • Could potentially be a 'too good to be true' bet.


  • Brighton are 2nd (Game in Hand, 1pt behind); Fulham are 8th.
  • Brighton have only been beaten once Away, against Newcastle.
  • Fulham have a knack of beating good teams at Home, but they have lost to some poor teams too.
  • I think Brighton have the edge as their game was postponed due to fog.
  • They need to make the most of this game in hand to go top again.
  • It's more that I think Brighton won't lose, than that they will win, therefore worth having in; in case they do win.


  • Huddersfield are 4th, Wigan are 23rd.
  • Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last 6.
  • Wigan are yet to find a win in 6.
  • Wigan have lost the last 5 at Home.
  • Huddersfield have won their last 2 Away.


  • Gillingham are 16th; Oxford are 13th (Only 1pt Difference though)
  • Gillingham have only lost twice at Home, once to Sheffield.
  • Oxford have only won twice Away from home, once to Bury.
  • Oxford have lost to the likes of Shrewsbury and Coventry away.
  • Gillingham have beat the likes of Rochdale at home.


  • Scunthorpe are 3rd; Peterborough are 7th.
  • Scunthorpe are unbeaten at Home.
  • Scunthorpe are 11 points ahead for a reason.
  • Scunthorpe need a win to get back on top after losing a tough game at Bolton.


  • Plymouth are 1st; Barnet are 10th.
  • Plymouth have only lost twice Away, once to Carlisle.
  • Barnet have only won 3 times at Home, Against Hartlepool, Notts and Accrington.
  • Plymouth need to keep winning to stay on top so will be going all out.
  • 15 point gap between teams.


  • £85.00 on 8-Fold DNB @83.29 to Return £7,079.65
  • £10.00 on 14-Fold DNB @1,416.29 to Return £14,162.90
  • £4.00 on 8-Fold 1X2 @1699.78 to Return £6,799.12
  • £1.00 on 14-Fold 1X2 @219,702.31 to Return £219,702.31
  • £100.00 Total Staked to Return £247,743.98 Total.

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Wigan vs Arsenal odds, preview and predictions

Saturday 12/04/2014, 19:00, England FA Cup, Semifinals, Wigan vs Arsenal Wigan vs Arsenal Betting Preview Wigan Athletic fans had very few reasons to be enthusiastic about how their team performed this season, but things could take a turn for the better. Wigan sits in the fifth place in the Championship division and could return among the best English teams. They are also alive and kicking in the FA Cup, a competition they won last season, but they will have a hard time besting Arsenal. Wigan vs Arsenal Betting Odds At bet365 Wigan 7.00, Draw 4.60 Arsenal 1.50 Wigan vs Arsenal Betting Tips Bookmakers are reluctant to credit the reigning champions with a decent chance at retaining the trophy and the fixture against Arsenal appears to be the biggest obstacle. It comes as no surprise that a team playing in the Championship division is the underdog against a former Premier League winner. Even so, Wigan plays much better than it did a few months ago, and the arrival of Uwe Rosler is the main reason for this sudden improvement. They faced Manchester City in the previous round and back then, bookies were also expecting an easy victory for the Premier League giants. Rosler chose the correct strategy and made short work of their better opponents, to set up the stage for an epic confrontation with Arsenal. Wenger is under a lot of pressure after missing out on another Premier League title and is in dire need of a trophy. They trail Liverpool by 10 points with just five rounds left and even if they put together a string of convincing results, the gap seems too wide to cover. Arsenal is not in a great form either and is winless in the last four games, so everything is on the line for them. It would be excessive to blame injuries for their recent slump, although missing the likes of Ozil, Walcott and Ramsey didn't help their cause. Flamini is suspended, but Arsenal has plenty of options upfront and Podolski is going to be the main threat for Wigan tonight. There are no hosts and visitors in this fixture, as the game is hosted by Wembley Stadium, but Arsenal is expected to be the more offensive team. Key Facts Arsenal allowed an average of three goals per match in the last four games and despite Wenger's best efforts, the backline is still shaky. 9 of the last 10 head to head games, were high-scoring ones with at least three goals being scored in each of those fixtures. Wigan vs Arsenal Betting Odds Prediction Arsenal is the best team of the four still standing in the FA Cup and expectations are high for the Gunners to lift the trophy. They will come out firing on all cylinders and despite their absentees upfront and in the midfield, should keep Wigan under pressure. While Arsenal would be the dominant force tonight, their own defensive woes can't be ignored, so betting on at least three goals to…
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26/12/16 Monday - Boxing Day Picks!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!
2014 - £2,700.00 2015 - £1,600.00 2016 - £?,???,???.??
It is tradition that I go much bigger with my stake on Boxing Day. I have been saving up specially for it. I think this is the first time I have shared a Boxing Day picks. I didn't start frequently doing my write ups until the start of 2016, I think, but I could be wrong. We haven't had a win in so long. 2016 is a shit year but hopefully we can end it on a high. Last week we came within ONE goal of £1700 and TWO for £2200 but it just wasn't meant to be. I hope everyone has a fantastic Xmas day (Or just enjoys the holidays if Xmas isn't your thing). I also hope everyone has a great new year, but I think I'll probably be posting again before then. LET'S TEAR SHIT UP.


ASTON VILLA Vs. Burton @1.61 @2.00 @4.33
HUDDERSFIELD Vs. Nottingham @1.66 @1.80 @3.75
FLEETWOOD Vs. Bury @1.66 @1.75 @3.25
MILLWALL Vs. Swindon @1.65 @1.80 @3.50
PETERBOROUGH Vs. Gillingham @1.75 @1.66 @3.40
ROCHDALE Vs. Chesterfield @1.60 @1.75 @3.25
TOTAL: @20.73 @33.07 @2,042.52

BURNLEY Vs. Middlesbrough @2.00 @2.90 @3.10
Preston Vs. LEEDS @2.10 @3.00 @3.20
READING Vs. Norwich @2.00 @2.87 @3.30
Bradford Vs. SCUNTHORPE @2.25 @3.25 @3.40
MK Dons Vs. CHARLTON @2.50 @3.40 @3.40
Yeovil Vs. EXETER @2.10 @2.90 @3.30
TOTAL (6-Fold): @99.22 @801.52 @1,248.80
LEICESTER Vs. Everton @1.66 - -
BARNSLEY Vs. Blackburn @1.57 - -
Ipswich Vs. FULHAM @1.61 - -
ROTHERHAM Vs. Wigan @2.00 - -
PORT VALE Vs. Walsall @1.83 - -
GRIMSBY Vs. Accrington @1.83 - -
PLYMOUTH Vs. Wycombe @1.61 - -
Stevenage vs. CAMBRIDGE @1.83 - -
TOTAL (14-Fold): @8,357.39 - -


  • Aston Villa are 13th; Burton are 21st.
  • Aston Villa are 7-10-5; Burton are 5-7-10.
  • Aston Villa Home: 5-5-0; Burton Away: 0-5-6.
  • Aston Villa Last 5: 3-0-2 (Losses to Norwich and Leeds)
  • Burton Last 5: 1-1-3 (Win against Rotherham)
  • Aston Villa had a poor start to the season but seemed to have turned it around with their new manager and are climbing the table.


  • Huddersfield are 4th; Nottingham are 17th.
  • Huddersfield are 12-3-7; Nottingham are 7-5-10.
  • Huddersfield Home: 7-1-2; Nottingham Away 2-2-7.
  • Huddersfield Last 5: 3-1-1 (All 3 wins being most recent 3 matches)
  • Nottingham Last 5: 2-1-2 (Wins against Barnsley and a ridiculous match against Newcastle that was handed to them by the officials)
  • Huddersfield started very strong. They dipped in form but seem to be back on track now.


  • Fleetwood are 8th; Bury are 22nd.
  • Fleetwood are 9-6-7; Bury are 6-2-14.
  • Fleetwood Home: 7-3-1; Bury Away: 2-2-7
  • Fleetwood Last 5: 3-2-0 (Both Draws Away)
  • Bury Last 5: 0-0-5 (The back end of a TWELVE game losing streak).
  • Bury's streak has to end at some point soon, I just don't think it will be away to Fleetwood.


  • Millwall are 10th; Swindon are 19th.
  • Millwall are 9-4-9; Swindon are 6-6-10.
  • Millwall Home: 5-3-3; Swindon Away: 1-5-5.
  • Millwall Last 5: 2-1-2 (Losses to Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury where they conceded early then dominated the whole match but couldn't score)
  • Swindon Last 5: 1-2-2 (Win at Home.)


  • Peterborough are 6th; Gillingham are 13th.
  • Peterborough are 10-5-6; Gillingham are 3-1-7.
  • Peterborough Home: 5-3-3; Gillingham Away: 3-1-7
  • Peterborough Last 5: 4-0-1 (Loss to Scunthorpe)
  • Gillingham Last 5: 3-0-2 (Both Losses Away)


  • Rochdale are 5th; Chesterfield are 20th.
  • Rochdale are 11-3-8; Chesterfield are 6-3-13.
  • Rochdale Home: 8-1-2; Chesterfield Away: 1-2-8
  • Rochdale Last 5: 4-0-1 (Loss Away but even beat Scunthorpe at Home)
  • Chesterfield Last 5: 3-0-2 (Both Losses Away)
  • Rochdale at Home have won the last 8, scoring 20 and conceding 3.


  • Burnley are 16th; Middlesbrough are 14th.
  • Burnley are 5-2-10; Middlesbrough are 4-6-7.
  • Burnley Home: 5-1-3; Middlesbrough Away: 1-5-2
  • Burnley Last 5: 1-0-4 (Won at Home, Lost 3 Away and 1 at Home to Man City 1-2.)
  • Middlesbrough Last 5: 2-1-2 (Both Wins at Home to Hull and Swansea)
  • Burnley's recent form isn't stellar but they have had tough matches.
  • Only Arsenal, Man City and Swansea on the opening day have beaten Burnley at Burnley.
  • Burnley beat Liverpool at Home so i think hey can beat Boro with DNB for safety.


  • Leeds are... 5th! Preston are 11th.
  • Leeds are 12-2-8; Preston are 9-5-8.
  • Leeds Away: 5-0-5; Preston Home: 5-2-4.
  • Leeds Last 5: 4-0-1 (Loss Away to Brighton)
  • Preston Last 5: 2-2-1 (Wins against Blackburn and Bristol City, Draws against Nottingham and Burton.)
  • Preston had great form that has now slipped.
  • Leeds had a poor start but are now in tremendous form.
  • We should have enough to get at least a point, but I fancy us for all 3! DNB for safety.


  • Reading are 3rd; Norwich are 10th.
  • Reading are 12-4-6; Norwich are 10-3-9
  • Reading Home: 7-3-1; Norwich Away: 3-2-6.
  • Reading Last 5: 3-0-2 (Both losses Away to Leeds and Fulham)
  • Norwich Last 5: 2-0-3 (Both wins Home to Brentford and Aston Villa)
  • The price for this game looks great considering the form Reading are in.
  • And considering the form Norwich aren't in, away from Home. DNB for safety.


  • Scunthorpe are 1st; Bradford are 4th.
  • Scunthorpe are 14-5-3; Bradford are 9-10-3.
  • Scunthorpe Away: 7-1-3; Bradford Home: 5-6-0
  • Scunthorpe Last 5: 3-1-1 (Loss Away to Rochdale)
  • Bradford Last 5: 1-2-2 (The win was scraped against Northampton and they couldn't beat Charlton at Home).
  • Bradford unbeaten at Home but any team capable of ending that is Scunthorpe.
  • Bradford also draw a lot instead of sealing a win, so DNB for safety.


  • Charlton are 14th; MK Dons are 18th.
  • Charlton are 6-10-6; MK Dons are 6-6-10.
  • Charlton Away: 2-6-3; MK Dons Home: 1-4-6.
  • Charlton Last 5: 1-2-2 (Win 1-5 Away, two draws against Bradford and Sheffield Utd. Losses Away to Millwall and Home to Peterborough)
  • MK Dons Last 5: 2-1-2 (Includes a loss at Home to Chesterfield.)
  • MK Dons missing Potter due to suspension.
  • Charlton not amazing Away but MK Dons awful at Home.
  • Charlton playing well as picked up 2 great wins then had 4 very hard fixtures. DNB For Safety.


  • Exeter are 15th; Yeovil are 12th.
  • Exeter are 8-2-11; Yeovil are 8-4-9.
  • Exeter Away: 7-0-4; Yeovil Home: 6-1-4.
  • Exeter Last 5: 3-1-1 (Beaten of Carlisle, drew with Luton)
  • Yeovil Last 5: 2-1-2 (Both losses were past two games.)
  • Exeter have always been an 'Away' side in my mind.
  • Yeovil have always been a poor team in my mind so I can't help but feel this form of theirs will fade at some point.
  • Exeter Away record better than Yeovil's Home (Just). DNB for Safety.


Aston Villa, Huddersfield, Fleetwood, Millwall, Peterborough and Rochdale ALL to WIN (6-Fold) £50.00 @22.54 £1,1126.81
Burnley, Leeds, Reading, Scunthorpe, Charlton and Exeter ALL to win DNB (6-Fold) £15.00 @99.22 £1,488.37
Aston Villa, Huddersfield, Fleetwood, Millwall, Peterborough and Rochdale ALL to WIN AND Burnley, Leeds, Reading, Scunthorpe, Charlton and Exeter ALL to win DNB (12-Fold) £10.00 @2,236.17 £22,361.65
Burnley, Leeds, Reading, Scunthorpe, Charlton and Exeter ALL to WIN (6-Fold) £5.00 @801.52 £4,007.62
Burnley, Leeds, Reading, Scunthorpe, Charlton, Exeter, Leicester, Barnsley, Fulham, Rotherham, Port Vale, Grimsby, Plymouth and Cambridge ALL to win DNB (14-Fold) £5.00 @8,357.39 £41,786.95
Aston Villa, Huddersfield, Fleetwood, Millwall, Peterborough and Rochdale ALL to BTTS (6-Fold) £5.00 @33.07 £165.37
Aston Villa, Huddersfield, Fleetwood, Millwall, Peterborough and Rochdale ALL to WIN AND BTTS (6-Fold) £0.50 @2,042.52 £1,021.26
Aston Villa, Huddersfield, Fleetwood, Millwall, Peterborough and Rochdale ALL to WIN AND BTTS (6x 5-Folds @£0.75ea) £4.50 Varied £2,592.96
Burnley, Leeds, Reading, Scunthorpe, Charlton and Exeter ALL to DRAW (6-Fold) £0.50 @1,248.80 £624.40
Burnley, Leeds, Reading, Scunthorpe, Charlton and Exeter ALL to DRAW (6x 5-Folds @£0.75ea) £4.50 Varied £1,713.41
TOTALS: £100.00 - £76,888.80
  • £50.00 Main Bet, all 6 teams have a great chance of winning.
  • £15.00 DNB, Main DNB bet as I was close last week.
  • £10.00 Combination of the two, because if I ever hit both, it will be Boxing Day.
  • £5.00 Win 6-Fold, in case my DNB picks are insanely superb.
  • £5.00 DNB 14-Fold, since I missed by 1 last time, even like half winning and half drawing would give a nice return.
  • £5.00 BTTS, mainly to give a chance of whole stake returning if the rest goes to shit.
  • £5.00 Win BTTS Combos, in case I get the wins AND the BTTS.
  • £5.00 Draw Combos, in case all 6 of my DNB picks end as close as they look and all draw.






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