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until it's mathematically impossible for anyone but the eventual champions to win it.
Won't be 60 until after this evenings game.
You're not a journalist y'know. And I thought I had no sense of fun.
Torres got deservedly sent off for a thoroughly undeserved reason. I enjoyed that.
Good stuff all round, teams.
Our game against the Mackems was also pretty fast-paced and nervy in the 2nd half. Good stuff.
he threw himself at him. can't be surprised to get a yellow for it.
he played well though. i hope mourinho continues to ostracise him and arsenal buy him in january.
Torres was in full bitchface mode all game, once he started squabbling with Vertonghen it was inevitable he'd do something daft.
He only plays well if he's pissed off, but if he's pissed off he's 100% going to get sent off.
Times like that an online betting account would be helpful etc.
Not sure what Jose said to him but man alive he was pumped.
Berahino's goal was very, very nice.
but watching Robbie Fowler squirm and apologise on Final Score as Garth Crooks' eyes reached new levels of bulge was the undoubted highlight of my football weekend.
since the Keys/Gray fiasco, aren't they?
I guess BBC Sport are also pretty hypersensitive since Sky Sports were stung by the Keys/Gray fiasco.
I don't think it's hypersensitive myself. If Fowler doesn't want to look like a tit having to apologise, he should be more careful with what he says in the first place.
Because they know much of the press will leap on anything vaguely controversial that involves them and start ranting about it.
what a dickhead. get him off the tv. 'obviously i'm a big fan of lay...liverpoo...liverpool ladies...'. christ.
Arsenal, Spurs or Liverpool?
Think the smart money would be on Spurs but who knows which way Arsenal's season's gonna go.
They're probably the best equipped of those 3 squads, but that's just optimal conditions for them to make a bollocks of it
Liverpool never really got turned over last season, they just struggled to beat teams they were better than. Can see that changing with Coutinho and Sturridge bedded in and Suarez unsuspended. But I don't really watch them very often so who knows?
Think Spurs will do about the same as last season, AVB teams seem to have trouble closing out games, meaning they lose points in the last ten minutes or are reliant on wonder goals which they were lucky to get last season. From what I've seen so far I can't see that changing.
Arsenal are obviously the best but I'd be astonished if they kept up their current form. Will be interesting to see how they cope with a midseason flat patch as opposed to an early season one.
Arsenal to win the title, Liverpool and Spurs relegated.
October to January was really rotten in the league.
it still ends the same
nah i just mean arsenal won't win the league
anyway, we usually have a midseason flat patch because of injuries and the subsequent fatigue from our non-injured players. Think our injury crisis has come a bit early this season and we've done pretty well through it so if we can get over it and begin to rotate well we'll be fine i reckon, which will be nice
I meant from a perspective of being 'in the chase' rather than desperately trying to catch up to 4th place as in the past two seasons.
the Ruiz/Mutch bloot-off at Craven Cottage was obviously the pinnacle, but also a couple of great free-kicks from Lambert and Bacuna and a fine piece of Wanchopery by Amalfitano
And the soldiers allegedly joining in with sectarian chants in the stands.
However sectarian chanting with the troops doesn't surprise me. Is all that shite that's put a strain on our relationship! :(
but reading the scores pleased me mightily
More interesting question is who is going to battle relegation until March but still somehow end up nicking Forest's or Leicester's play off spot?
With Kiko Macheda ending the season as the Championship's top scorer?
because a) i like him, and b) it's funny when managers who've done rubbish with one team do really well with their local rivals
seeing as his coaching role at Derby in the 90s (under Jim Smith) is seen by most fans as the key reason for their relative success in that period.
Be more like a return for him. It's an interesting one. He's probably held with a lot of affection around the club still, but I don't reckon your average Ram would want him managing...
I'm sure QPR will miss him.
I'm sad for Nigel Clough because he is a good guy - actually a ''nice'' guy and as such it is a shame for him. He has done a good job to make the clubs financially viable which was a huge issue and he has also put in place a strong coaching/youth structure. Unfortunately for him, there doesn't seem to be any improvement in the team beyond a upper-mid-table finish - they haven't really looked like threatening the play-off places in the past few years.
I like McLaren based mainly on his successes with Jim Smith and he is obviously a good coach above all. He should never have been given the England job in the first place - he is a club manager and has proved he can do the business with generally unfancied teams.
The youth set up at Derby is starting to bear some good fruit and I understand that FC Twente had a similar set up so he will be walking into quite an enviable position and into a team that has potential with maybe 2 or 3 strong additions.
as the kind of guy who's probably a much better coach than he is manager. He does well at clubs where there's a strong managerial structure already in place which he can slot into as a head coach type figure, as at Twente, but will struggle at your average stuck-in-the-90s Championship club, as at Forest and England.
It's not really, is it?
Interesting that he didn't hold out for/want the Sunderland job though.
they showed some pointless footage of arsenals '100 years in islington' thing with a loads of local kids asking stupid question to charlie george and abou diaby. that is CLEAR football focus stuff, BBC. please never ever show anything like that again during the highlights.
amateur stuff. nearly as bad a pat nevins sensible soccer displays.
When did this "they're in a straight line" narrative start happening. Any chump can find a single frame with three+ players in a row during 90 mins of footage where they will pretty much position themselves in every formation imaginable. Doesn't make pointing it out insightful.
They did a weird thing where instead of showing a highlights reel of Fulham v Cardiff, the studio analysed it whilst they replayed the footage, it was thoroughly shit. And the lees said about MOTD3 the better.
Unfathomable that anyone could offer him a job to provide "colour".
That brand values sheet must be extremely persuasive
and have invited all the Tottenham humans I know (far too many)
to get their piss-taking underway in gradual installments throughout this week so I don't have to deal with one big rush next Monday morning.
There even used to be a tiny sliver of hope when playing away when Avram was in charge. Just **IMAGINE** providing less hope than Avram The Reaper Grant
you'll all get your turn
and say spurs haven't played any thuggy cloggers yet this season, they could be our undoing, not sure the likes of eriksen soldado and lamela will enjoy it or get much joy out of a big sam team.
Good at scoring penalties, mind. So far.
6-7/10, easy to see him improving once properly adapted though.
£1 million plus.. Forest Green, Luton
£750k - £1m..none
£500k - £750k..Barnet, Wrexham, Grimsby, Kidderminster, Cambridge, Gateshead.
£250k - £500k Aldershot, Lincoln, Hereford, Salisbury, Dartford, Chester, Woking, Halifax, Southport
Below £250k Macclesfield, Tamworth, Alfreton, Braintree, Nuneaton, Welling, Hyde
The difference between some of those teams is immense. I found it pretty interesting tbh. There doesn't seem to be a massive correlation between gate sizes and money spent, I assume sugar daddies are making up the difference in revenue income. Similarly, you'd expect full time clubs would be spending more than part time clubs but clubs like Macc and Tamworth prove you can be full time on a smaller budget. The Tamworth manager reckons his full time players are paid the same as Nuneaton's part time players, I guess you've got to get used to having fewer of them. Also, money can't buy you success - Nuneaton and Braintree are 2nd and 5th in the league.
Does it have a similar breakdown for other leagues?
so it might be inaccurate but no fans have piped up and said it's wildly inaccurate for their teams. No idea on other leagues I'm afraid.
at being this year's Crawley/Fleetwood. Other than them I'd say the budgets aren't too disproportionate to the sizes of the respective clubs. Interesting as you say though to note that some of the full-time teams are down the bottom of that.
I wouldn't say that figure is representative of spending across the last three years.
I'd be surprised if Gateshead's was that high.
They've been looking to build their own stadium for years.
And spent loads on players and managers.. and last season enjoyed their lowest finish yet. Depressing times for my hometown club.
Seeing the team he has brought with him, I am really optimistic
lee grant will really benefit from working with someone of his calibre.
Moyes finally figured out how to get Everton a top 4 spot
Barkley and Lukaku are sexy as fuck. Wasnt sure about Martinez at all but credit where its due...
I have this image in my head of Lukaku and Sakho hurtling into a challenge during the Merseyside derby at Goodison that is so forceful the old stands start to crumble. Two absolute behemoths, I like how Simon Burnton said on Football Weekly that Sakho broke the training equipment that tests strength.
You patronising cunt!
Other likeable teams (for me): Arsenal, Dortmund, Barcelona, Atletico. They're all doing alright for themselves, Everton the same. No need to patronise them.
They're a nice family club, much like Norwich.
There's not a lot to dislike about them, really. Only thing i can think of is that their fans appeal for absolutely everything, like at Stoke.
newcastle don't look very good
seemingly humble and peaceful too. 0% chance of staying at Everton though.
Ditto Barkley. Both will be playing for the big boys by next season, no doubt. Lukaku will return to Chelsea (he's already better than any of their strikers). Barkley will follow Baines to United to replace Rooney, £30m+ the pair.
is slightly redundant in September, isn't it?
Can you list some more teams you like?
stay tuned though
What a talent! Bit of gazza, touch of stevie, smidge of ballack. Kid has everything!
has he considered telling them not to do that before a game, because they do it an awful lot
We look like Stoke under Pulis, but without anyone big or strong.
don't think Everton are that much better in terms of raw talent, either. They're just a hell of a lot better organised, balanced and motivated.
Joe Kinnear has been standing behind Alan Pardew since the summer.
3-0 I give you £7.
Lukaku+Sturridge's current goals haul, let alone at the end of end is this season
This half time stuff is bullshit
Want to see them embarrassed, these seem like perfect circumstances for Deulofeu - would really like to see more of him; if he's as promising as people say and Everton can fit him in they'll be quite the team
Moyes may finally succeed and get Everton to finish above Manchester United.
he obviously can't and shouldn't really be expected to play against his own team.
Definitely feels really cynical from chelsea. Everton are the perfect team to send him to where he could cause the most damage to chelsea's rivals.
Maybe this is obvious and i'm out the loop here idk
I personally don't agree with the idea of player being loaned to teams in the same division at all. If it means that for a season or two top players spend their time benchwarming before deciding to move down to a club where they can play every week, or that the big clubs begin to realise that bloated squads of world class players are a financial burden and then decide to shift international squad players on, then so be it.