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(BBC)   City v Everton, Inter v Roma, Milan v Juventus, Marseilles v PSG. It's a big weekend before the International break, so get your booze ready and your seat comfortable: It's your Footy General thread. EPL kicks us off at 8:30 EDT   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 364
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2013-10-06 11:43:49 AM
YACOB

As much as I'd like to see Liverpool stay top, I need the FFPL points more.
 
2013-10-06 11:49:46 AM
Some atrociously bad officiating, but Arsenal will fire back after the half
 
2013-10-06 11:52:06 AM
Spurs the better team, but finding it hard to break down West Ham who are crowding the middle and parking the bus.  If defoe was a little taller, they would be ahead.  Oh well, hopefully they nab one in the second half.
 
2013-10-06 11:53:56 AM

Langston: ronnie2bucks: ouch.
yeah i watched the Seattle/Colorado game last night and the game seemed so different than when watching the EPL games.

It's level of talent, and especially technical ability. Passing, control, and shooting quality are all vastly different. There are times when you see brilliance in the MLS, but on the whole there's a noticeable dropoff. Take a look at first touches and it becomes evident quickly.


I think the key difference between the good and the great players is the degree to which they can do things consistently. You'll see moments of brilliance in a Sunday league game, but it will be the 1:100 time it went right. As you move up the league what happens is what was meant to happen more often.
 
2013-10-06 11:56:02 AM

Gonz: midpoint: Remember, we've been doing this on a formalised league basis since the Battle of Gettysburg.

I remember watching the first season of Downton Abbey ('cuz I'm classy like that) and thinking "they're going to London? They could stop by White Hart Lane and watch Spurs". For some reason, that really cemented just how deep the history of English footy goes.


Deepdale. Preston North End. In continuous use since 1875:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepdale
 
2013-10-06 11:56:45 AM

midpoint: Langston: ronnie2bucks: ouch.
yeah i watched the Seattle/Colorado game last night and the game seemed so different than when watching the EPL games.

It's level of talent, and especially technical ability. Passing, control, and shooting quality are all vastly different. There are times when you see brilliance in the MLS, but on the whole there's a noticeable dropoff. Take a look at first touches and it becomes evident quickly.

I think the key difference between the good and the great players is the degree to which they can do things consistently. You'll see moments of brilliance in a Sunday league game, but it will be the 1:100 time it went right. As you move up the league what happens is what was meant to happen more often.


Completely agree.
 
2013-10-06 12:00:59 PM
Ha. Shakhtar won 7-0 yesterday so Dinamo Kiev responded with a 9-1 victory today. Surprisingly, neither of them are top of the table.
 
2013-10-06 12:06:46 PM
What a miss by Anelka.
And another by Wilshere.
We've been taking lessons at the 2011-2012 Liverpool School of Finishing have we?
 
2013-10-06 12:07:29 PM
Anything Goes 2: Arsenal vs. WBA
 
2013-10-06 12:12:39 PM
Please god don't let this game go 0-0.
 
2013-10-06 12:20:05 PM
Whoever had the temerity to bank on Arsenal, all I have to say is: it's Arsenal. Why would you bank on them?
 
2013-10-06 12:22:20 PM
CAP'N JACK!
 
2013-10-06 12:24:09 PM
WILSHERE

Unlucky for Olsson to get that deflection.
 
2013-10-06 12:25:25 PM
Spurs give up a goal on a corner, sigh. Now have 25 minutes to respond.
 
2013-10-06 12:25:32 PM

Princip's Sandwich: Whoever had the temerity to bank on Arsenal, all I have to say is: it's Arsenal. Why would you bank on them?


Back when you could put your insurance on a banker I did it a couple times, but not now.
 
2013-10-06 12:26:20 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Please god don't let this game go 0-0.


See, this is why prayers need to be specific.
 
2013-10-06 12:27:07 PM

Unfreakable: cameroncrazy1984: Please god don't let this game go 0-0.

See, this is why prayers need to be specific.


Goddammit.
 
2013-10-06 12:31:55 PM
Sad, West Ham score 2 on extremely lucky deflections. Poor defending, but geez those deflections were luckky.
 
2013-10-06 12:33:17 PM
Arsenal should be down 3-1
 
2013-10-06 12:33:48 PM
West Ham have now dropped TWO goals on Spurs. I'm dropping points in FFPL, but honestly don't mind a bit.

Just need another goal from the Gunners for a happy morning.
 
2013-10-06 12:33:51 PM
Our sole Hammer has predicted a Spurs win.
 
2013-10-06 12:35:11 PM
OOOOoooh
 
2013-10-06 12:35:26 PM
This WBA Arsenal game is wide open.  Somebody must score here.
 
2013-10-06 12:35:30 PM
Kind of hoping for West Brom to score.
 
2013-10-06 12:36:20 PM
*click*
 
2013-10-06 12:38:58 PM
lololol Spuds
 
2013-10-06 12:39:06 PM

HaywoodJablonski: Arsenal should be down 3-1


Arsenal playing undisciplined, capriciously.
 
2013-10-06 12:41:53 PM
Wow
 
2013-10-06 12:42:30 PM
Okay so, who predicted a West Ham blowout?
 
2013-10-06 12:42:30 PM
Ozil to Bendtner heroics oncoming?!?!
 
2013-10-06 12:44:20 PM
Bendtner?! We're farked
 
2013-10-06 12:44:28 PM
Bendtner will probably get a hat trick in the next five minutes.
 
2013-10-06 12:44:52 PM
Best. Striker. In the World.
 
2013-10-06 12:45:37 PM

Princip's Sandwich: Okay so, who predicted a West Ham blowout?


Nobody. I predicted a narrow 1-0 victory for Tottenham because I thought they might have trouble finding attacking space if West Ham parked the bus. But I wasn't expecting this.
 
2013-10-06 12:46:27 PM
So I get a perfect banker from Chelsea, but lose points from Swans, Spurs, and Gunners. Eh, can't win them all.
 
2013-10-06 12:48:29 PM

ADubs86: So I get a perfect banker from Chelsea, but lose points from Swans, Spurs, and Gunners. Eh, can't win them all.


Got points from Chelsea, insured Swans, and botched the rest. -10 for the day, +110 for the week.
 
2013-10-06 12:50:00 PM
Wenger time?
 
2013-10-06 12:52:19 PM
Andy Carroll on Twitter: Absolutely buzzing with this result!!

Yeah, I bet you're buzzing, Andy!
 
2013-10-06 12:53:58 PM
I wonder how many Spurs bankers were placed. I'd expect a few.
 
2013-10-06 12:54:14 PM
Arsenal on top by goals scored by 3.
 
2013-10-06 12:54:39 PM
Hats off to West Ham, they had their tactics perfect and executed them flawlessly.  They deserved the points.
 
2013-10-06 12:55:39 PM
10 points on the day, +100 for the week.  Not bad
 
2013-10-06 01:00:57 PM

Stimied in a Rut: 10 points on the day, +100 for the week.  Not bad


Not bad at all.
 
2013-10-06 01:02:03 PM
While not team specific, i do have to give props to NBC for their coverage of the Prem. The difference between Fox Soccer and NBC's coverage is night and day IMO.
 
2013-10-06 01:02:10 PM
Enjoyable game. A draw was fair.
 
2013-10-06 01:04:15 PM
3-0 WEST HAM UNITED!!!!! COYI!!!!


/I don't even care I had the score wrong in the FFPL
//So happy!!!
 
2013-10-06 01:06:28 PM

689908: Enjoyable game. A draw was fair.


Deserved worse so I'm happy with the draw. WBA clearly came to play today
 
2013-10-06 01:08:08 PM

HaywoodJablonski: 689908: Enjoyable game. A draw was fair.

Deserved worse so I'm happy with the draw. WBA clearly came to play today


I think both teams could say they had opportunities to win, so the points being shared is probably about right.
 
2013-10-06 01:08:47 PM
Bad week for FFPL.  Pretty good one for the Liverpool with 3 points and rivals for 4th dropping points.

Net result, I get to go into the international break with a smile!
 
2013-10-06 01:20:35 PM

689908: Enjoyable game. A draw was fair.


As much as I hate to admit it, it was. Arsenal could have netted one, West Brom had several chances, but they played very well and absolutely earned that point.
 
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