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(BBC)   The EPL 12/13 season is about to get underway. Come for the camaraderie and action. Stay for the cheap digs and disappointment (bumped from the weekend for today's game)   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 467
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2012-08-18 08:04:06 AM
Agenda:

1. Rolecall and pledges of Allegiance
2. New Boys
a. Teams
b. Farkers
3. Swapsies
a. Managerial changes
b. Major transfers
4. Predictions
a. Champions
b. Champion League Slots
c. Relegations
d. Round one
e. Fark Fitba Predictions Challenge [Com. C. Sandwich]
5. Any other fitba
a. Rangers
 
2012-08-18 08:05:43 AM
Come On You Irons!
 
2012-08-18 08:18:41 AM

midpoint: Agenda:

1. Rolecall and pledges of Allegiance
2. New Boys
a. Teams
b. Farkers
3. Swapsies
a. Managerial changes
b. Major transfers
4. Predictions
a. Champions
b. Champion League Slots
c. Relegations
d. Round one
e. Fark Fitba Predictions Challenge [Com. C. Sandwich]
5. Any other fitba
a. Rangers


Top Four:
City
United
Arsenal
Newcastle

CL Champs:
Madrid

Relegations:
Swansea
Norwich
Reading
 
2012-08-18 08:19:27 AM
Let's do this chums!

ADubs86's Sure to Be Totally Wrong Predictions for the 2012/2013 Season:

Champions:
Manchester United (sorry, have to go throw up now)

CL Places:
City
Chelsea
Tottenham

EL Places
Arsenal
Liverpool

Relegated:
West Ham
Wigan
Reading

POTY:
Fernando Torres

Golden Boot
Fernando Torres

Golden Glove
Petr Cech

MOTY
Paul Lambert

Sack Race Winner:
AVB


All right, there it is.
COME ON YOU REDS
YNWA
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-18 08:39:58 AM
hypocaffeinemia's Sure to Be Totally Right Predictions for the 2012/2013 Season:

Champions:
Chelsea (not my choice, but it is what it is)

CL Places:
Arsenal
City
United

EL Places:
Liverpool
Spuds

Relegated:
Wigan
Reading
QPR

---

COME ON YOU GUNNERS
 
2012-08-18 08:44:24 AM
Champions: MCFC

Chelsea rebuilding. Arsenal selling, MUFC squad imbalanced and light by championship challenging standards in central mid and fullback.

CL Places: MUFC, Chelsea, Newcastle

Relegated: Wigan, Reading, Southampton
 
2012-08-18 08:47:52 AM
First off, need to start wtih WOOHOOOOOOO, PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER!!!!
 
and of course:
www.goldfishdigital.co.uk
 
2012-08-18 08:50:49 AM
Happy new season to everyone! This year I am following it from the Central time zone as I have moved for grad school. Excited to watch matches in an hour, but most looking forward to the Spurs match at 1130 my time.

Top 4:
United
City
Arsenal
Chelsea

Europa League:
Spurs
Liverpool

Relegated:
Reading
Southampton
Swansea
 
2012-08-18 08:51:57 AM
I missed something out on the agenda. New strips

www.soccerbox.com
 
2012-08-18 08:52:29 AM
Oh wait, swap Southampton with QPR on my list, forgot QPR barely survived last season. Also I think Real Madrid wins the Champs league this year as well.
 
2012-08-18 09:00:06 AM
Champs: mcfc

Champs league: united, Chelsea, honestly think 4th is a crapshoot, but let's of with Arsenal

Europa: totham, nufc, lpool. One will get in from the cups. Hopefully nufc.

Relegated: wigan, Swansea and reading.

If nufc can get through the season without any major injuries I think we've got a shot for fourth but considering we have no depth it's going to be tough.
 
2012-08-18 09:00:28 AM
Prediction: A manager will get fired, maybe two, even three; a player will suffer a horrific injury which will have us all wringing our hands over tackling; crappy teams will get relegated; and good teams will make it to Europe. I don't know why but for some reason this season feels really unpredictable to me.
 
2012-08-18 09:02:14 AM
And calling out predictions early, I'm gonna go with:
 
Champions: Manchester United
 
The fact that they were barely edged out last year on goal differential considering their injuries throughout the season and total loss of Vidic, they're coming out hard and gonna take back the title from City. Picking up Kagawa was a good move and Van Persie gave them a huge emotional lift. I predict that RvP will stay healthy this season and pitch in about 15-20 goals and their back line will be formidable. I doubt that they'll have as many injuries this year as last.
 
Top Four:
 
1. Manchester United
2. Arsenal
3. Chelsea
4. Manchester City
 
A lot of people think Arsenal is too high, City is too low and Chelsea is nearly impossible to predict. I'm stacking it like this because I believe that
 
Arsenal will have a better defense this year with fewer injuries (and Bould's coaching will help), Cazorla is a huge pickup and will transform the midfield, which had creative struggles last year, and Wilshere will come back.
 
Chelsea bought a whole lot of talent and I think they're showing will be better. I also think Torres will get his groove back. I'm still not sure about Di Matteo's coaching, but he did admirably last year and I think he'll do pretty well this year but we'll see how he does with a full season.
 
On paper, Manchester City is the team to beat, but they enjoyed last season with virtually no injuries and a bench that was stacked. Being hungry and winning a crown is one thing, defending it is another. I see them having some slip-ups this year, particularly if they have injuries to any of their key players. They stayed the same while all of their rivals improved.
 
2012-08-18 09:03:42 AM
Also agree with Liverpool and Tottenham in the Europa League spots.
 
Not as sure about relegation, but my guess would be:
 
West Brom
Reading
Southampton
 
2012-08-18 09:08:31 AM
Champs : liverpool (I told you last year that this year's our year)

CL spots: city, united, Chelsea

El spots: spurs, arsenal

Relegated: QPR, Southhampton, Reading


May I say, I'm kinda disappointed in RvP. Right move maybe. But I always thought he would be an arsenal man.

Goddamn I'm excited for this day!
 
2012-08-18 09:08:38 AM

ADubs86: Johnsoattractive and successful African-American


Ah Filter I love you.

Let's try that again:

Reina
Johnson
Skrtel
Agger
Kelly
Lucas
Allen
Gerrard
Downing
Borini
Suarez
 
2012-08-18 09:09:40 AM
img.photobucket.com

COYS
 
2012-08-18 09:11:41 AM
So I'm really not trying to ham it up like I did last season...

...but I really am still drunk from last night and I'm about to go to Atlanta's #1 (aka only) Arsenal bar to watch the Gunners score 200 goals in a single match. Today's the day!

BCML's Still Drunk Predicitions:

TOP FOUR:
1. Arsenal
2.-4. Fark all y'all
 
2012-08-18 09:15:42 AM
Champs: MCFC

CL: Chelsea, MUFC, Pool

EL: Arsenal, Tottenham

Relegated: Swansea, QPR, Wigan

CL Champs: Barca

That's all I got.

www.footballdebate.com
 
2012-08-18 09:17:11 AM

Cognitive Displaysia: Champs: MCFC

CL: Chelsea, MUFC, Pool

EL: Arsenal, Tottenham

Relegated: Swansea, QPR, Wigan

CL Champs: Barca

That's all I got.

[www.footballdebate.com image 256x256]


...sorry about Dempsey.
 
2012-08-18 09:17:16 AM

Cognitive Displaysia: Champs: MCFC

CL: Chelsea, MUFC, Pool

EL: Arsenal, Tottenham

Relegated: Swansea, QPR, Wigan

CL Champs: Barca

That's all I got.

[www.footballdebate.com image 256x256]


You're a Fulham guy? I thought you were Liverpool for some reason.
 
2012-08-18 09:21:40 AM

IlGreven: Cognitive Displaysia: Champs: MCFC

CL: Chelsea, MUFC, Pool

EL: Arsenal, Tottenham

Relegated: Swansea, QPR, Wigan

CL Champs: Barca

That's all I got.

[www.footballdebate.com image 256x256]

...sorry about Dempsey.


Yeah, the Dempsey thing is really grinding my gears too. I really like supporting the man but he's kinda acting like a douche here. You're an American who is super successful in the glory league, you're a hero at your club, and you're pulling this shiat.
 
2012-08-18 09:22:37 AM
Predictions for today:

Arsenal v Sunderland - 3-1
Fulham v Norwich - 1-2
QPR v Swansea - 1-1
Reading v Stoke - 2-1
West Brom v Liverpool - 2-2
West Ham v Aston Villa - 2-1
NUFC v Spuds - 1-1
 
2012-08-18 09:23:53 AM

IlGreven: Cognitive Displaysia: Champs: MCFC

CL: Chelsea, MUFC, Pool

EL: Arsenal, Tottenham

Relegated: Swansea, QPR, Wigan

CL Champs: Barca

That's all I got.

[www.footballdebate.com image 256x256]

...sorry about Dempsey.


Me too. Life goes on. Now if we lose Moussa too...dont even want to think about it.
 
2012-08-18 09:26:13 AM

Langston: Cognitive Displaysia: Champs: MCFC

CL: Chelsea, MUFC, Pool

EL: Arsenal, Tottenham

Relegated: Swansea, QPR, Wigan

CL Champs: Barca

That's all I got.

[www.footballdebate.com image 256x256]

You're a Fulham guy? I thought you were Liverpool for some reason.


No sir, though confusion is understandable. Only a few of us here: Me, Chup. Sandwich, couple others.
 
2012-08-18 09:26:55 AM

midpoint: Predictions for today:

Arsenal v Sunderland - 3-1
Fulham v Norwich - 1-2
QPR v Swansea - 1-1
Reading v Stoke - 2-1
West Brom v Liverpool - 2-2
West Ham v Aston Villa - 2-1
NUFC v Spuds - 1-1


Youre not giving pool the victory over west Brom today? I wish Steve jobs installed a punch you in the face button on my iPad.

/this year's our year
 
2012-08-18 09:31:08 AM
Thank God, Ian Darke got out of Mexico alive.
 
2012-08-18 09:31:38 AM
Predictions for today and through the weekend:
 
Arsenal v Sunderland  2-0
Fulham v Norwich City 1-2
QPR v Swansea 3-1
Reading v Stoke City 1-1
West Brom v Liverpool 0-2
West Ham v Aston Villa 1-1
Newcastle v Tottenham 2-2 (this one is the hardest to predict)
 
Wigan v Chelsea 0-3
Man City v Southampton 5-0
 
Everton v Manchester United 0-3
 
2012-08-18 09:33:19 AM
I must also add, I am loving my new Liverpool home shirt. Throwback style and super comfy.
 
2012-08-18 09:36:56 AM
Come on you blues!

/Bought new Man City away shirt last time was in UK, sweet!
 
2012-08-18 09:43:41 AM
Come on, clock! Be 3:00 already
 
2012-08-18 09:49:04 AM
Morning, farkers. Here for most of the 1st half of WBA v Liverpool before I must get ready for work.

Predictions that'll probably be utter shiat:

EPL Champions- Man City

2- ManU (Something will go wrong with the team and they'll be too saddled in debt to buy anyone in January)
3- Chelsea
4- Arsenal (in Wenger they should trust
5- Tottenham
6- Liverpool (contention for a spot in Europe on the final Sunday will be a successful season, in my book)

Relegation- QPR, Reading and WBA
 
2012-08-18 09:56:51 AM
Title - Liverpool
EL - Liverpool
CL - Liverpool will find a way
Relegation - Everton, Chelsea, Man Utd
Perfect season ends with my marriage to Martin Kelly and my being presented two baby tigers and a lifetime supply of Gulden Drak

Our year!
 
2012-08-18 09:59:00 AM
Football? The real football?
encrypted-tbn2.google.com
 
2012-08-18 09:59:30 AM
Top 4:
United
City
Tottenham
Chelsea

Europa League:
Arsenal
Liverpool

Relegated:
Reading
Southampton
West Brom Albion
 
2012-08-18 09:59:47 AM
I don't make predictions, and I never will.

City will win the league again. There's no reason why they won't. The first one is the hardest. I don't trust United anymore. Eight points clear with six games left will do that to you.

Team; Points; Player who will exceed expectations; Player who won't meet expectations.
1. Financial Dopers II; 90; Zabaleta; Rodwell.
2. Source of all that is good and pure in the world; 80+; Kagawa (if played in correct position); Sir Ryan Giggs, sadly.
3. Financial Dopers; 75; Oscar; Hazard.
4. The Captain Sellers; 70+; Cazorla; Podolski.
5. Tottenham; 67; Caulker; Parker.
6. Best team on Merseyside; 57; Gibson; Jelavic.
7. Second best team on Merseyside again; 55; Kelly; Reina again.
8. Newcastle; 50+ (isn't that a magazine?); Cabaye; Cisse (oh yeah, I went there).
9. Fulham; 45; one of the Irish lads; one of the non-Irish lads.
10. We play on the floor; 44; one of the big lads up front; one of the small lads not up front.
11. Sunderland; 43; David Meyler; Sessegnon.
12. Aston Villa; 42; Bent; Stephen Ireland again.
13. Fabio and Park; 41; Fabio and Park; everyone else.
14. Swansea; 40; Michu; one of those lads who has 90%+ passing success but nobody ever notices anything he does.
15. Just get relegated already; 40; Crouch; Delap.
16. Wigan; 40; McCarthy; Al Habsi.
17. Southampton; 39; Lallana; Rodriguez.
18. Reading; 36; Ian Harte (is still alive?); Pogrebniak.
19. West Brom; 34; Long; Odemwingie.
20. Championship players; 30; Butterfield; Holt.

Top scorer: Aguero (apologies for the lack of originality).

Player of the year: Aguero (apologies for the lack of originality).

First manager sacked: Di Matteo. The guy who had a lower points-per-game record than AVB.

Champions League: Real Madrid.

Hope for the season: that Tom Cleverley stays fit for 30+ league games. Everything else will take care of itself after that. It won't happen though.
 
2012-08-18 09:59:57 AM
Here we go.
 
2012-08-18 10:00:31 AM
No Giroud or Ox for Arse? Are they injured or what?
 
2012-08-18 10:00:45 AM
YAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY
 
2012-08-18 10:01:42 AM
Arse 3-1 Sun
Ful 2-1 Nor
QPR 1-1 Swans
Read 0-0 Stoke
WBA 1-1 Liv
WHU 2-1 Villa
 
2012-08-18 10:01:51 AM
Top 4:
Man City.
Man U.
Chelsea
Newcastle

Europa League:
Spurs
Liverpool

Relegated:
Reading
Southampton
QPR
 
2012-08-18 10:02:03 AM
ok hers mine

Campions : ManU. (If City have a long run in the CL)
2-City
3-Chelsea
4-Arsenel
5-Spurs
6-Newcastle
7-Liverpool

Dropped: Southampton, Reading and Swansea
 
2012-08-18 10:02:26 AM
Song is a bigger loss than RvP in my opinion. Another season started with low expectations.
 
2012-08-18 10:05:02 AM
Glasgow Rangers playing their first game in the fourth tier.

Currently: Rangers 0 - East Stirlingshire 1.

Attendance 40k plus - more than all of SPL combined.
 
2012-08-18 10:08:53 AM

midpoint: Glasgow Rangers playing their first game in the fourth tier.

Currently: Rangers 0 - East Stirlingshire 1.

Attendance 40k plus - more than all of SPL combined.


I need to see what the Ranger's lineup looks like..heh
 
2012-08-18 10:09:06 AM
Come on you Gunners! Hopefully won't have to use Sad Gunnersaurus too much this year
 
2012-08-18 10:11:58 AM

gotons: midpoint: Glasgow Rangers playing their first game in the fourth tier.

Currently: Rangers 0 - East Stirlingshire 1.

Attendance 40k plus - more than all of SPL combined.

I need to see what the Ranger's lineup looks like..heh


RANGERS TEAM TO PLAY EAST STIRLING: Alexander, Broadfoot, Bocanegra, Goian, Macleod, Black, McCulloch, Wallace, Little, Sandaza, Shiels. Subs: Gallacher, McKay, Kyle, Emilson, Crawford
 
2012-08-18 10:12:19 AM
What the hell was that?

There is a player called Agger. He was called for a foul. It was horsecrap.
 
2012-08-18 10:13:35 AM
I sorta think West Brom just got a break there. Downing on a great run called offside and I can't tell if he was or not.
 
2012-08-18 10:15:09 AM
Swansea go top with the first goal of the season
 
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