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also its utd v liverpool u21s tonight.
I could probably live with the signing of Sagna, but mainly because it would be for nowt and get Arsenal fans all internet angry, but he's not going to get games ahead of Pablo Zabaleta is he. If he's happy enough to just come in and replace Micah Richards warming the bench that's fine.
Cesc's just a bit of a cunt, really. Would rather he went back to Arsenal and helped them to more North London Shields. Could probably stomach him as a backup player, but don't think he'd get near our strongest eleven.
Been a great servant to the club, supposedly turned down a couple of big moves in the past etc, so can't really begrudge him looking for a final big pay day and a more realistic shot at winning the league before he naffs off to the MLS/Qatar.
Not sure I see Cesc going anywhere this summer, it's probably just getting into contract renewal time and good old Darren Dein is trying to work his magic.
Suggests they probably back one of the youngsters to make the jump up as well. Tread on the tires but he's still looked one of Arsenal's better players recently.
Can we be sniffy about a cm who'll probably get you double figure goals and assists?
but I'm struggling to understand the rationale behind banning a shouty, sweary bastard with hardly an previous from stadiums for 6 games when a shouty, sweary, ostensibly violent bastard with a heady record of previous shouty, sweary, ostensible violence gets half that time. Admittedly Pards had other elements to his punishment, but that just makes it look even more like the FA's disciplinary committee make up their punishments as they go along. Like punishment pic 'n' mix.
Last home game on Sunday. I suspect we're going to utterly batter Norwich.
See also Terry v. Suarez.
to reassure "hard-working club owners" who felt they were being unfairly penalised by the English Player Tax.
Pardew brought a boombox, some dancing girls and a load of Monopoly money to his hearing
He doesn't go anywhere without them.
(with a weighting based on media OUTRAGE), but probably helps that Pardew did a snivelling little mea culpa straight after the game where he pushed the linesman, while neither Faria nor Chelsea seem to have apologised.
Also sounds like Faria, and Mourinho's bench as a whole, have a reputation for being particularly bad at hassling the officials etc. so he might well have ended up in a few ref's reports over the season or been quietly warned to stop being a prick.
means I only agree with you more re:battering
all transport is off this weekend and it's not even a strike!
If Sunday was at your place I'd be quietly dreading it, because we're by now demonstrably laborious against lesser teams away from home. Been a few fuck ups at the Bridge, but we generally turn teams over there one way or another. You going?
just for bants at this stage, I expect you'll fully stuff us. Getting there and back is gonna be tough, I'm guessing Fulham Broadway is mental after games only for it to terminate at Earls Court/South Kensington
Given the human traffic, it'll be only slightly slower from the away exit to head to Earl's Court rather than Fulham Broadway. Fairly sure the Piccadilly line is running fine from there.
yeah Piccadilly is fine, we may just walk to Victoria as that I think is the nearest relevant buses are. or walk to Clapham and get a 37. mmm
Imperial Wharf is about 10 minutes walk from SB and only one stop from Clapham. You'll be fine.
although depending on how long/busy imperial wharf is might be just as quick to walk it to Clapham, anyway aye, good to know, cheers!
Just walk towards the harbour. Normally not too busy there either.
Mind you, i'll be heading that way so you'll have to watch out for the old ultraviolence. What else you gonna do on a Sunday against Norwich!? etc. etc.
but as the rest of overground is off I'll be getting the 37 bus which is a bit closer to Wandsworth Bridge but we'll see. good to have options
It's a pleasant enough walk through a cemetery from there
No idea what the guy even does but he manages to get himself heavily embroiled in every controversy Jose is involved in. Now a 7 game stadium ban.
No doubt he's a chippy little bastard but it's admirable in a way that most people in world football know his name.
Seems like he's just Flea to Jose's Biff Tannen, but presumably he does have at least a nominal title
But he's mainly just there for the bants. Been with Mourinho at every single club he's managed as far as I'm aware.
Are we going to stay up? Doubt it even through the bookies think it's an even split. Fingers crossed.
I reckon you'll draw and Donny lose. I might even bet on it. Might even put it in the bets you've got a serious hunch on thread.
us (Blues) losing = no way out
but (relatively) anything can happen on the final day
Much prefer Birmingham as an away day to Donny. There's no way Leicester will let up, as they want the 100 points, and although Bolton don't seem to have downed tools, the one thing Lee Clark could always be relied on was to get a draw.
Blues have. I agree, psychologically Bolton will want Blues in their league as opposed to Donny. This is out only hope - Bolton mentally on the beach.
we can steal a win as long as we don't lose one first. If we do what we did against Wigan on tuesday and concede inside 5 minutes we're fucked.
It'll cause a black hole in that stretches from the Newcastle out to Scandinavia and all the footballs in the world will just gravitate towards it forming one massive dark mass with Pardews face on it but made of football.
I reckon Cardiff will get a slapping though :'( Championship beckons.
has been the half dozen times they've beaten Spurs.
Hope for one final dose of ole football on Saturday from Hollywood Sam Allardyce, before he retires in the summer and moves to the Black Country to farm turnips
He needs to be under a bit of pressure to really reach peak gilet-hurling greatness.
Sherwood's on course to match Villas Boas' record points haul from last season. The man's an enigma; demonstrably a fucking idiot, but somehow fairly competent.
whereas AVB was a prickly little oddball - seemed to have Wenger levels of stubbornness without the redeeming qualities of, you know, tactics and coaching and that.
Looking forward to Sherwood taking over at Forest at some point in the next year.
the "Sherwood Out" Camp which I have to say is very valid, also people forget he isn't even a real fan, cough cough http://tiny.cc/Wit_voor_het_leven Just saying maybe someone with a real Spurs heart should take over.
However I've also developed a sort of Stockholm Syndrome whereby I now genuinely believe we'll play decent football as soon as a 72-year-old Kevin Nolan calcifies into retirement.
and then the champions league is a week later. how have the managed to plan it so well this year? a world cup year as well!
hey it wasn't my decision, guy
very much worth watching valencia - sevilla highlights for of the best "everyone going mental" footage i've seen in a while, from about 4:20:
annoying misses out valencia lining up their entire team on the half way line to burst forward from the kick-off
I saw the final last year
I was working on for someone, cant say too much
resulting in Rakitic's name slowly falling off his shirt in the ensuing bundle
who's going down from the prem?
hopefully someone much higher up will capitulate tho.
If everyone else gets food poisoning or something :(
everton v wigan in about 2007 still holds that record.
Fulham will come down with us to probably cock-block us from automatic promotion next year
would have made us almost nailed on to win it next year if they had have gone down.
By beating Hull. As is the bottom three is more or less set now. Shame, because as discussed Villa and Sunderland could really do with a good hard relegating.
think we might get a result at home to Arsenal who should have nout to play for by then, but whether that's enough depends on how Sunderland, Villa and WBA do this week
cos y'know the FA cup and that, so you genuinely do have a pretty good chance. Unless gedion zelalem tears you apart, that is.
They just need to pur 'Arry in charge and they'll be Portsmouth-bound in no time.
With their remaining fixtures.
Cardiff, Norwich, Villa
Unlikely, but I'd quite like Sunderland and Fulham to survive. It'd be a shame to lose Norwich too, maybe we'll do them a favour on the final day if we've already cemented the 4th place trophy..?
potm connor wickham?
Not tempted by Welbeck so would probably go for Lambert for the backup
It doesn't REALLY matter who you pick, they're only having 3 matches and they'll get hammered in at least 2 of them
Adam le Fondre
He's been dire after a long lay-off.
Andy Carroll - 2 goals from 10 starts.
Carlton Cole - 6 goals from 9 starts.
Easy choice for Roy.
England's only hope is getting Hart to hoof it in the mixer and hope Carroll could make something out of acting like a mad horse in the opposition area.
grief I think I got a bit excited there :')
If he started aiming 2cm lower he'd be on fire.
Can't we just take the ones who are any good? Would we have enough for 11?
just to depress us all?
miroslav klose will probably win golden boot again though tbh
and spain don't pick any of theirs, so england have that in common.
how many of the england team would get in either of those teams? wilshere, obviously, but apart from him: we're fucked.
they both have angry strikers though, i know that.
have taken the mystique out of the World Cup, but I haven't a fucking clue who most of these players are. It's going to be great.
until they all did the quenelle
if they manage to get as far as the airport without going on strike or whatever.
maybe worse. abidal is still going?
Debuchy, Varane, Mangala, Digne/Evra
not featured: Joel 'watch your back, Giroud' Campbell
love big Joel Campbell
but this is Columbia, who are my 'second team' because of their cool kit and player names
i think i like columbia too.
that chelsea/madrid guy
also Mignolet, CHADLI
qpr's number 1 keeper
pick a couple of those innumerable walking yellow cards who play for real, bayern or psg
the chelsea midfield plus fernandinho
i hate brazil,
don't think i'm forgetting anyone
mertens, defour, aldeweireld etc. all pretty good but not at the same level i guess
lars bender would probably play ahead of khadeira. Oh and Reus will start, duh.
so will reus tbf
Both equally good obviously, just curious.
I doubt it mate.
at the same time
Suspect Carroll would perform better playing with non-shit players, but Lambert deserves it more than him based on this season.
Although if you take away penalties to judge how he's played as a goalscorer, Lambert only has 7 this season. That's about the same as Carlton, and he's barely played and, also, isn't very good. Think Lambert has some crazy Suarez-like number of assists though
we've got loads of great midfielders...right?
Most productive year of being it on the diagnil since he left Tottenham
Can't not take Carroll. Lambert is better and does the assists and hold-up play and all that, but come on:
You posted it yesterday as well. Chill.
Crazy ticket prices
Last weekend I ordered a new carpet and the salesman in the shop claimed he paid £800 for a ticket of a tout. What a fool.
Not that I would but at some of those prices, I could pay for my season ticket for the next 3 or 4 years, for one game.
With the way Cardiff are being run, I wonder what their fans would think.
Looking forward to a rip in space/time
'The vast majority want Pardew to go, but they wouldn't believe it would change an awful lot'
so other than being expensive - what would be the point?
I think they're just masquerading for their pre-emptive "this game will be shite" motion
He's such a selection problem because he's a) indisputably a good player but b) fucking shit at tournaments. He has to be picked even though he'll be shit, would be lovely to have the problem solved for us.
could pick a far more balanced and effective team without him but have to find a place for him due to his talent. a little like the lampard/gerrard/scholes problem in the early around 2002
in every England team ever
given it's the lack of definition to them that defines them, if you know what I mean
We were all thinking exactly the same thing Jose, honest mate.
if you looked at your left-back and it was Ashley Cole, how willing would you be to sacrifice your life for him?
It's West Ham v Spurs, assume a buddy of yours might have known the answer to that.
I don't bet on football but I had to do this. They'll either make me miserable and with money or make me a happy happy man. Preferably the latter
Is a long and lonely one, wrighty. Don't go where we can't find you.
Looking at those final day fixtures there's virtually no chance of an upset in any of the three
surely that's the opposite of the point you're trying to make?
Besides, QPR only had nothing to play for for about 3 minutes after they heard the Bolton result, and the useless pricks shipped two goals in that time. Are teams with nothing to play for for an entire 90 going to hold out? It's possible but I'd say it's unlikely
it was hardly the walkover many expected it to be. And having nothing to play for means nothing, it's the last day, you could slack off sure (and it's possible that might happen) but you might play with no pressure.
Approaching the end of every season i lump loads of money on teams with something to play for against those with nothing to play for, don't think i've won yet. It doesn't make sense, really, but teams tend to play with more freedom when nothing's on the line, and those with huge prizes at stake get more nervous. Honestly think any of the big three could drop points or even lose to Newcastle, Cardiff or West Ham a week on Sunday.
..okay, maybe not Newcastle, but you get my drift.