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2014-04-05 06:46:05 AM  
Yes. Probably not, but it would be glorious. I sure hope so.
 
2014-04-05 06:48:58 AM  
We're interesting rather than spiffy?

I'm not sure I approve.
 
2014-04-05 07:19:07 AM  
Come on Saints, do us a favor lads!!!
 
2014-04-05 07:19:19 AM  
Plucky overachievers Man Utd will be without Wayne Rooney due to a toe injury. Even worse, he's doubtful for Bayern.
 
2014-04-05 07:30:40 AM  

czetie: Plucky overachievers Man Utd will be without Wayne Rooney due to a toe injury. Even worse, he's doubtful for Bayern.


If Rooney is out and RvP is still out, where will United's goals come from? Can Welbeck create them on his own? I thought he was always more effective as part of a strike tandem.
 
2014-04-05 07:37:55 AM  
Actually, setting today's games aside for the moment, I have a question for everybody while we're waiting for the games to begin: as the Premier League season winds down, what is your biggest fear about your club? Is it falling out of CL contention? Relegation? Is it your coaching situation or your player situation? What makes you gnaw your fingernails down to the bone?
 
2014-04-05 07:40:54 AM  

SmackLT: czetie: Plucky overachievers Man Utd will be without Wayne Rooney due to a toe injury. Even worse, he's doubtful for Bayern.

If Rooney is out and RvP is still out, where will United's goals come from? Can Welbeck create them on his own? I thought he was always more effective as part of a strike tandem.


I got nothin'. And of course Utd need at least one goal (plus a couple of miracles) if they are to progress.

I agree about Welbeck, he is most effective inside the six yard box, poaching scraps and feeding off the chaos caused by a primary striker. Mata of course is cup-tied. So I think we're down to Welbeck and Hernandez, and the latter is very similar in style to Welbeck

I suppose Moyes could do something wacky like play Kagawa up front with Welbeck.

/Is it too late to recall Macheda from loan?
 
2014-04-05 07:42:36 AM  

SmackLT: Actually, setting today's games aside for the moment, I have a question for everybody while we're waiting for the games to begin: as the Premier League season winds down, what is your biggest fear about your club? Is it falling out of CL contention? Relegation? Is it your coaching situation or your player situation? What makes you gnaw your fingernails down to the bone?


Injuries. If Liverpool can stay healthy during these last 6, then the CL is pretty much a lock. Plus, I want to see Stevie, Luis, Studge, Hendo, and Radio Raheem during the WC.
 
2014-04-05 07:44:14 AM  

czetie: SmackLT: czetie: Plucky overachievers Man Utd will be without Wayne Rooney due to a toe injury. Even worse, he's doubtful for Bayern.

If Rooney is out and RvP is still out, where will United's goals come from? Can Welbeck create them on his own? I thought he was always more effective as part of a strike tandem.

I got nothin'. And of course Utd need at least one goal (plus a couple of miracles) if they are to progress.

I agree about Welbeck, he is most effective inside the six yard box, poaching scraps and feeding off the chaos caused by a primary striker. Mata of course is cup-tied. So I think we're down to Welbeck and Hernandez, and the latter is very similar in style to Welbeck

I suppose Moyes could do something wacky like play Kagawa up front with Welbeck.

/Is it too late to recall Macheda from loan?


He could always line up like City.
----------Welbeck-----------
Mata----Kagawa---Januzaj
----Fellaini---Carrick-------
 
2014-04-05 07:47:25 AM  
Biggest fear for Arsenal? A few of them, actually. They sort of swirl around, but this is the situation that keeps me up at night:

- Arsenal fail to qualify for fourth place in the league and miss out for CL football for the first time since Wenger came on board, finishing fifth for the first time in over a decade.

- Not adjusting to this, Wenger does his usual nothing during the first 7/8ths of the summer transfer window, waiting to see what "top, top quality" players he can get in the end, while Manchester United and Chelsea act early in the window to pick up some of the best available players. Players don't want to come to Arsenal because it doesn't pay enough to miss out on CL football.

- With a disastrous start and fans howling, Wenger and the board finally agree to part ways before Christmas. With a lack of available coaches, the board backs the only coach available at that time...Harry f*cking Redknapp
 
2014-04-05 07:47:55 AM  
What the hell was he thinking with that challenge??
 
2014-04-05 07:48:54 AM  

dietbubba: What the hell was he thinking with that challenge??


Bad move. Horrible defensive error
 
2014-04-05 07:49:53 AM  
And City lead in the first two minutes. Disastrous start for Southampton
 
2014-04-05 07:50:01 AM  

SmackLT: Actually, setting today's games aside for the moment, I have a question for everybody while we're waiting for the games to begin: as the Premier League season winds down, what is your biggest fear about your club? Is it falling out of CL contention? Relegation? Is it your coaching situation or your player situation? What makes you gnaw your fingernails down to the bone?


The ever looming spectre of bankruptcy, and the fear that they will just miss the play offs again and spend another season being MIGHTY in League Two.
 
2014-04-05 07:50:27 AM  
Gonna be a long day for the Saints.
 
2014-04-05 07:51:20 AM  

LucklessWonder: The ever looming spectre of bankruptcy, and the fear that they will just miss the play offs again and spend another season being MIGHTY in League Two.


Weren't they leading League Two for a while this season?
 
2014-04-05 07:51:26 AM  

Langston: - With a disastrous start and fans howling, Wenger and the board finally agree to part ways before Christmas. With a lack of available coaches, the board backs the only coach available at that time...Harry f*cking Redknapp


Some rumors Wheeler Dealer is going back to Spurs in the summer.
 
2014-04-05 07:51:32 AM  
FFPL report to follow for the main batch of games.
 
2014-04-05 07:56:07 AM  

Langston: Biggest fear for Arsenal? A few of them, actually. They sort of swirl around, but this is the situation that keeps me up at night:

- Arsenal fail to qualify for fourth place in the league and miss out for CL football for the first time since Wenger came on board, finishing fifth for the first time in over a decade.

- Not adjusting to this, Wenger does his usual nothing during the first 7/8ths of the summer transfer window, waiting to see what "top, top quality" players he can get in the end, while Manchester United and Chelsea act early in the window to pick up some of the best available players. Players don't want to come to Arsenal because it doesn't pay enough to miss out on CL football.

- With a disastrous start and fans howling, Wenger and the board finally agree to part ways before Christmas. With a lack of available coaches, the board backs the only coach available at that time...Harry f*cking Redknapp



that is one seriously depressing hypothetical. Please god no
 
2014-04-05 07:58:01 AM  

ADubs86: Langston: - With a disastrous start and fans howling, Wenger and the board finally agree to part ways before Christmas. With a lack of available coaches, the board backs the only coach available at that time...Harry f*cking Redknapp

Some rumors Wheeler Dealer is going back to Spurs in the summer.


I don't see him going back to White Hart Lane. The coach's name I keep hearing for Sp*rs is Van Gaal.
 
2014-04-05 08:02:28 AM  

Sachbash: that is one seriously depressing hypothetical. Please god no


A lot would have to go wrong for that to happen. Tomorrow will really determine where Arsenal is able to finish. Everton is excellent at home, but Arsenal is pretty good on the road (a few disastrous games aside) and Ramsey is back in the squad for tomorrow. I don't expect him to be a difference maker in one game, but Arsenal played so, so much better when he was on the pitch. I also don't see Wenger ever leaving mid-season. He's a stubborn old mule like that.

The "not doing anything during the early part of the transfer window" part, though, is classic Wenger.
 
2014-04-05 08:03:42 AM  
Saints look like Arsenal did last week, under the kosh, but they might be able to nick one.
 
2014-04-05 08:04:08 AM  

Langston: ADubs86: Langston: - With a disastrous start and fans howling, Wenger and the board finally agree to part ways before Christmas. With a lack of available coaches, the board backs the only coach available at that time...Harry f*cking Redknapp

Some rumors Wheeler Dealer is going back to Spurs in the summer.

I don't see him going back to White Hart Lane. The coach's name I keep hearing for Sp*rs is Van Gaal.


David Moyes might be available, and he's the perfect manager for a team that consistently just misses out on CL qualification.
 
2014-04-05 08:04:13 AM  
This game is why people love Southampton. Down 1-0 in the first two minutes but they're pressing hard and attacking, wanting to score a goal because fark you, Man City.
 
2014-04-05 08:06:39 AM  

Langston: ADubs86: Langston: - With a disastrous start and fans howling, Wenger and the board finally agree to part ways before Christmas. With a lack of available coaches, the board backs the only coach available at that time...Harry f*cking Redknapp

Some rumors Wheeler Dealer is going back to Spurs in the summer.

I don't see him going back to White Hart Lane. The coach's name I keep hearing for Sp*rs is Van Gaal.


Might not be available, Bayer Leverkusen just sacked Sami Hyypia this morning. Although, Sami might be a good pickup for Spurs.
 
2014-04-05 08:10:02 AM  
In other football games today England are crushing Monenegro 2-0 with 13 minutes on the clock

Of course its the women showing the men hows its done
 
2014-04-05 08:10:09 AM  
Come on J-Rod, don't miss the WC.
 
2014-04-05 08:11:32 AM  

ADubs86: Come on J-Rod, don't miss the WC.


That looks bad. I'll be astonished if that's not torn ligaments.
 
2014-04-05 08:12:03 AM  
Man, things couldn't get worse for Southampton.
 
2014-04-05 08:12:40 AM  

ADubs86: Might not be available, Bayer Leverkusen just sacked Sami Hyypia this morning. Although, Sami might be a good pickup for Spurs.


What I've heard (if England's news rags are to be trusted) is that Spurs have already met with him and he's expected to arrive at WHL after the World Cup. He himself said that he wanted to manage in England, and Spurs would probably be the best fit of the teams that need a coach that are in need of structure and that are also well positioned in the upper half of the table.

Poor Rodriguez. That's a huge blow for Southampton.
 
2014-04-05 08:17:19 AM  

Langston: Sachbash: that is one seriously depressing hypothetical. Please god no

A lot would have to go wrong for that to happen. Tomorrow will really determine where Arsenal is able to finish. Everton is excellent at home, but Arsenal is pretty good on the road (a few disastrous games aside) and Ramsey is back in the squad for tomorrow. I don't expect him to be a difference maker in one game, but Arsenal played so, so much better when he was on the pitch. I also don't see Wenger ever leaving mid-season. He's a stubborn old mule like that.

The "not doing anything during the early part of the transfer window" part, though, is classic Wenger.



Ya really hoping ramsey hits the ground running when we finally see him on the field again. Amazing how much of a factor hes been on the team this season. My biggest fear though is simply that Wenger would insta-resign if arsenal finish 5th, and that could goa long way to being avoided with a win this weekend.
 
2014-04-05 08:22:32 AM  
Wow. Penalty for Southampton
 
2014-04-05 08:22:32 AM  
PENALTY!
 
2014-04-05 08:22:49 AM  
Goaaaaal soton!!!

/some lazy ass defending on both sides today
 
2014-04-05 08:23:11 AM  

ADubs86: PENALTY!


And Southampton levels!
 
2014-04-05 08:23:30 AM  
No more than Southampton deserve.
 
2014-04-05 08:23:42 AM  
RICKIE LAMBERT!!!!
He's on the plane to Brazil.
 
2014-04-05 08:25:20 AM  

Sachbash: Ya really hoping ramsey hits the ground running when we finally see him on the field again. Amazing how much of a factor hes been on the team this season. My biggest fear though is simply that Wenger would insta-resign if arsenal finish 5th, and that could goa long way to being avoided with a win this weekend.


Ramsey's been a revelation. I would love to see him on the pitch tomorrow. Arsenal desperately need to get all three points.
 
2014-04-05 08:27:08 AM  

SmackLT: Actually, setting today's games aside for the moment, I have a question for everybody while we're waiting for the games to begin: as the Premier League season winds down, what is your biggest fear about your club? Is it falling out of CL contention? Relegation? Is it your coaching situation or your player situation? What makes you gnaw your fingernails down to the bone?


For Swansea, it's injuries. They just got everyone healthy for the first time since the start of the season pretty much.

For Real, it's collapsing after a good mid-season run.That and their penchant for buying players where they don't need them. I'm fine with right-back purchase if Arbeloa's gone, but everywhere else the team's already got enough players.
 
2014-04-05 08:27:37 AM  
Right now, while doctors are talking with Jay Rodriguez, I hope someone is whispering in his ear that his team just leveled
 
2014-04-05 08:29:43 AM  
After the debacles of Falcao, Jese, Benteke, Walcott and Valdes, I just hope Jay Rodriguez doesn't become another WC casualty.
 
2014-04-05 08:30:50 AM  
Wow. Was there really no offsides on that goal?
 
2014-04-05 08:31:25 AM  
And there was. Southampton must be pissed.
 
2014-04-05 08:31:29 AM  
Damn
 
2014-04-05 08:32:26 AM  
That was a huge blown call.
 
2014-04-05 08:32:29 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: And there was. Southampton must be pissed.


Looked offside to me. By a mile
 
2014-04-05 08:32:40 AM  
Too easy for City.
 
2014-04-05 08:33:15 AM  
Looks like that flick from dzeko fooled even the linesman
 
2014-04-05 08:33:47 AM  
And now it's 3-1.
 
2014-04-05 08:33:51 AM  

ADubs86: RICKIE LAMBERT!!!!
He's on the plane to Brazil.


Lambert will be lucky to be in the team as the press hive mind don't like players from smaller clubs
 
2014-04-05 08:34:23 AM  

Sachbash: Looks like that flick from dzeko fooled even the linesman


Thing is, he's even offside for the original pass.
 
2014-04-05 08:34:38 AM  
Way offside. Tough break for Saints.
 
2014-04-05 08:35:08 AM  
Damn again. Poor Southampton.
 
2014-04-05 08:35:55 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Sachbash: Looks like that flick from dzeko fooled even the linesman

Thing is, he's even offside for the original pass.


Shaw played him on on the pass into Dzeko.

And Dzeko makes this debate meaningless.
 
2014-04-05 08:36:17 AM  
Heads down going into the changing room. Heads up, Saints. Heads high.
 
2014-04-05 08:36:52 AM  

Norfolking Chance: ADubs86: RICKIE LAMBERT!!!!
He's on the plane to Brazil.

Lambert will be lucky to be in the team as the press hive mind don't like players from smaller clubs


They do tend to flock, don't they? On the plus side, it's easy to imagine them all suddenly flocking over to the "English players from smaller clubs are our best shot" position.
 
2014-04-05 08:38:15 AM  
Well if we could just call it a game here my banker would greatly appreciate it. NO MORE GOALS!
 
2014-04-05 08:38:28 AM  

ADubs86: Princip's Sandwich: Sachbash: Looks like that flick from dzeko fooled even the linesman

Thing is, he's even offside for the original pass.

Shaw played him on on the pass into Dzeko.

And Dzeko makes this debate meaningless.


Not really. A blown call leading to a goal can change the entire dynamic. Especially that late in the half,
 
2014-04-05 09:08:47 AM  
18 year old striker James Wilson is on the bench for MUFC :-)
 
2014-04-05 09:11:01 AM  

689908: 18 year old striker James Wilson is on the bench for MUFC :-)


He shall live on that bench now. Moyes needs someone to warm it after he let Zaha go.
 
2014-04-05 09:12:36 AM  
What do you guys think the over/under is on how many Southampton players leave this summer when the big teams come raid their roster? 4.5?
 
2014-04-05 09:13:58 AM  

689908: 18 year old striker James Wilson is on the bench for MUFC :-)


Who?
 
2014-04-05 09:14:28 AM  

czetie: Norfolking Chance: ADubs86: RICKIE LAMBERT!!!!
He's on the plane to Brazil.

Lambert will be lucky to be in the team as the press hive mind don't like players from smaller clubs

They do tend to flock, don't they? On the plus side, it's easy to imagine them all suddenly flocking over to the "English players from smaller clubs are our best shot" position.


Flock is a kind word, sheep is closer to the truth. All it takes is one journalist to have an original idea and as long as its not too complicated the rest follow. To give a great example the crap about Becham. He has never been Engalnd quality since he left Real but every time England play he had been championed by the press, so much so that every England manager had him in the squad just to get the muppets of their back.

Journalists in Britain have less technical knowlege of the game than Brian Clough yet write like they have a clue.
 
2014-04-05 09:14:40 AM  

Sachbash: What do you guys think the over/under is on how many Southampton players leave this summer when the big teams come raid their roster? 4.5?


Shaw gone, Lallana probably gone, Rodriguez probably gone depending on his injury. I'll take the under.
 
2014-04-05 09:17:18 AM  
Hodgson in the crowd. He must be lamenting Rodriguez's injury.
 
2014-04-05 09:21:47 AM  

SmackLT: Actually, setting today's games aside for the moment, I have a question for everybody while we're waiting for the games to begin: as the Premier League season winds down, what is your biggest fear about your club? Is it falling out of CL contention? Relegation? Is it your coaching situation or your player situation? What makes you gnaw your fingernails down to the bone?


that david moyes gets fired.
 
2014-04-05 09:24:13 AM  
Oh and 70 minutes in its England-8 Montenegro-0

Its real men women against boys girls stuff
 
2014-04-05 09:24:47 AM  

ADubs86: Sachbash: What do you guys think the over/under is on how many Southampton players leave this summer when the big teams come raid their roster? 4.5?

Shaw gone, Lallana probably gone, Rodriguez probably gone depending on his injury. I'll take the under.



ya maybe 3.5 would be a bit more realistic, but even after the three you named there's still several players who will be attracting interest: schneiderlin, chambers, clyne, wanyama, lovren, etc.
 
2014-04-05 09:26:25 AM  

Sachbash: ADubs86: Sachbash: What do you guys think the over/under is on how many Southampton players leave this summer when the big teams come raid their roster? 4.5?

Shaw gone, Lallana probably gone, Rodriguez probably gone depending on his injury. I'll take the under.

ya maybe 3.5 would be a bit more realistic, but even after the three you named there's still several players who will be attracting interest: schneiderlin, chambers, clyne, wanyama, lovren, etc.


I've heard of interest in Lovren.
 
2014-04-05 09:27:00 AM  
Poor Saints.
 
2014-04-05 09:28:47 AM  

Norfolking Chance: Flock is a kind word, sheep is closer to the truth.


I chose "flock" because when one bird turns, they all turn. And also because the average sports writer has a brain the size of a walnut.
 
2014-04-05 09:36:52 AM  
Yaya loosing it. Would have paid so much money to have seen him deck Nasir there
 
2014-04-05 09:53:54 AM  
None of this really matters. I said before Christmas that United wouldn't finish in the top four, and I decided somewhere along the way that I only want United to qualify for the Europa League if Moyes isn't going to be manager next season. So these games are all a bit meaningless.
 
2014-04-05 09:56:44 AM  
Five years ago today ... MACHEDAAAAAAA!!
 
2014-04-05 10:00:30 AM  
Reet, that's my Turnbull and Asser's ironed.
 
2014-04-05 10:03:50 AM  
Crap. Missed getting in my picks by 2 minutes
 
2014-04-05 10:09:36 AM  
Whether by choice or necessity, it looks like Utd are resting almost everybody for Bayern.
 
2014-04-05 10:13:01 AM  

Langston: LucklessWonder: The ever looming spectre of bankruptcy, and the fear that they will just miss the play offs again and spend another season being MIGHTY in League Two.

Weren't they leading League Two for a while this season?


Very very briefly at the start of the year.
 
2014-04-05 10:20:49 AM  
I just tuned into the Neufchatel-MU match. Ashley Young got legitimately hurt? How?
 
2014-04-05 10:23:16 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: I just tuned into the Neufchatel-MU match. Ashley Young got legitimately hurt? How?


You're not going to believe this. He was brought down shoulder-to-shoulder racing a defender to the ball, jumped right back up and continued the chase without any flailing or appealing. And somewhere in all that his thumb either got jammed or stepped on, and he needs to get it fixed up.
 
2014-04-05 10:24:17 AM  

czetie: Princip's Sandwich: I just tuned into the Neufchatel-MU match. Ashley Young got legitimately hurt? How?

You're not going to believe this. He was brought down shoulder-to-shoulder racing a defender to the ball, jumped right back up and continued the chase without any flailing or appealing. And somewhere in all that his thumb either got jammed or stepped on, and he needs to get it fixed up.


There's a first time for everything.
 
2014-04-05 10:25:57 AM  
Shinji!
 
2014-04-05 10:26:55 AM  
Fellaini's looking for a red card. That's another forearm to the face.
 
2014-04-05 10:26:58 AM  
Has Mata even had a touch yet?

And is Fellaini going to get himself sent off today?
 
2014-04-05 10:28:00 AM  
Setanta's as confused as I am.
 
2014-04-05 10:28:16 AM  

czetie: Has Mata even had a touch yet?

And is Fellaini going to get himself sent off today?


Gosling was betting on it.
 
2014-04-05 10:30:30 AM  
I've forgotten to do my predictions on time... Again....
 
2014-04-05 10:31:11 AM  
Oh... This is just great:

Evil Kagawa:

I wonder how Rooney getting injury of toe? Hmmm...

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2014-04-05 10:31:13 AM  

SomebodyElsesShoes: czetie: Has Mata even had a touch yet?

And is Fellaini going to get himself sent off today?

Gosling was betting on it.


Bizzarely, I'd almost prefer that explanation. The alternative is that Fellaini really is that stupid.

He's got a lot of previous from his Everton days, too.
 
2014-04-05 10:32:56 AM  
United has the best away record? Really?
 
2014-04-05 10:33:32 AM  
Palace is ahead!
 
2014-04-05 10:35:11 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Palace is ahead!


CP FTW

/Sits over there...
 
2014-04-05 10:37:52 AM  
Neufchatel's 'keeper almost made a hilariously bad blunder. But this being United, the ball just went to the 'keeper's head and away.
 
2014-04-05 10:38:44 AM  
Mata makes it 1-0.
 
2014-04-05 10:39:00 AM  
Nice goal by Mata.
 
2014-04-05 10:40:02 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: United has the best away record? Really?


I checked.  They do!
 
2014-04-05 10:40:45 AM  
You can't hit it any better than that.
 
2014-04-05 10:41:26 AM  
Lovely placement by Mata
 
2014-04-05 10:42:24 AM  

SomebodyElsesShoes: Princip's Sandwich: United has the best away record? Really?

I checked.  They do!


Which of the top 6 teams has the worst home record?
 
2014-04-05 10:42:30 AM  
Pardew on the phone.
 
2014-04-05 10:43:13 AM  
Utd's first shot on target. Is that Mata's first PL goal for Utd?
 
2014-04-05 10:43:41 AM  

SmackLT: SomebodyElsesShoes: Princip's Sandwich: United has the best away record? Really?

I checked.  They do!

Which of the top 6 teams has the worst home record?


Looks like it's Tottenham. 8 wins, 3 draws, 5 losses.
 
2014-04-05 10:44:20 AM  

czetie: Utd's first shot on target. Is that Mata's first PL goal for Utd?


Second. He scored in a match 1-2 weeks ago. I can't remember against who. I do remember he made it 3-1.
 
2014-04-05 10:44:41 AM  
Oh Chicharito....
 
2014-04-05 10:45:10 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: SmackLT: SomebodyElsesShoes: Princip's Sandwich: United has the best away record? Really?

I checked.  They do!

Which of the top 6 teams has the worst home record?

Looks like it's Tottenham. 8 wins, 3 draws, 5 losses.


Not who I would have guessed, actually.
 
2014-04-05 10:45:25 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Oh Chicharito....


Chicharito...ito...ito...
 
2014-04-05 10:45:50 AM  
When did Newcastle sign Post?
 
2014-04-05 10:46:32 AM  

Langston: When did Newcastle sign Post?


When it was revealed that Post's full name was Alain Post.
 
2014-04-05 10:47:51 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: czetie: Utd's first shot on target. Is that Mata's first PL goal for Utd?

Second. He scored in a match 1-2 weeks ago. I can't remember against who. I do remember he made it 3-1.


Yes, and now I'm slapping myself. I knew he'd scored once before, but for a moment I thought it was in the CL. And obviously that couldn't be right since he's cup-tied.

Half-time. I'll go get some coffee.
 
2014-04-05 10:50:47 AM  
Hull beating Swansea 1-0, proving that Swansea really can't string 2 results in a row recently. Banked on Liverpool again this time since it went well against Cardiff.
 
2014-04-05 10:51:21 AM  
When Dan Gosling matures, he'll be a whole different person.
 
2014-04-05 10:51:35 AM  

SmackLT: Princip's Sandwich: SmackLT: SomebodyElsesShoes: Princip's Sandwich: United has the best away record? Really?

I checked.  They do!

Which of the top 6 teams has the worst home record?

Looks like it's Tottenham. 8 wins, 3 draws, 5 losses.

Not who I would have guessed, actually.


Interesting stuff:  According to that site MIGHTY Oxford United have the second worst points per game of all teams in League two again top half teams, and the second best record against bottom half teams. And they have nearly equal home and away records.
 
2014-04-05 10:52:00 AM  
Mata scored against Aston Villa last week.
 
2014-04-05 11:00:54 AM  
It is your FFPL report!

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At the top my lead has been greatly eroded by nathanjr. Top three remains unchanged but Sachbash creeps up into 6th. Plenty of Arsenal supporters in the top, top echelons. At the bottom Cognitive_Displaysia is probably wondering what might have been if he'd had a beating heart for each round.

Chupacabra_Sandwich, Cajnik and Preebs I have lost count so I'm arbitrarily listing this as your Strike 2 zombie warning.

Dead_for_tax_reasons made his slow but steady way to 125 for the week. Incrementally better was krej55, using a +90 from Fulham Vs Everton to haul in 130. Score of the week though belongs to Princips_Sandwich with 135. Only one wrong result in the set - CP beating Chelsea. At the other end, Luckless_Wonder registered a Feeble 15, Mr_H zenned and Gonz_Hotspur was the only negative score of the round with a -25. Banker on the Toon Vs Southampton - presumably an attempt at satire.

Scouserduck, krej55 and dead_for_tax_reasons all moved up three. StRalphtheLiar dropped down three. I claim the BB presidency from Sachbash. Plenty of 20's about now. Hmm. The_Envoy clings onto Page 1 over MNMarkPW at the top of Page 2. He the last Page 1er to not make it to 1000 points yet.

Adubs86 is now the median FFPL player. As a league we rose 8 spots to 136th.
 
2014-04-05 11:02:50 AM  

midpoint: It is your FFPL report!

[img.fark.net image 451x106]

At the top my lead has been greatly eroded by nathanjr. Top three remains unchanged but Sachbash creeps up into 6th. Plenty of Arsenal supporters in the top, top echelons. At the bottom Cognitive_Displaysia is probably wondering what might have been if he'd had a beating heart for each round.

Chupacabra_Sandwich, Cajnik and Preebs I have lost count so I'm arbitrarily listing this as your Strike 2 zombie warning.

Dead_for_tax_reasons made his slow but steady way to 125 for the week. Incrementally better was krej55, using a +90 from Fulham Vs Everton to haul in 130. Score of the week though belongs to Princips_Sandwich with 135. Only one wrong result in the set - CP beating Chelsea. At the other end, Luckless_Wonder registered a Feeble 15, Mr_H zenned and Gonz_Hotspur was the only negative score of the round with a -25. Banker on the Toon Vs Southampton - presumably an attempt at satire.

Scouserduck, krej55 and dead_for_tax_reasons all moved up three. StRalphtheLiar dropped down three. I claim the BB presidency from Sachbash. Plenty of 20's about now. Hmm. The_Envoy clings onto Page 1 over MNMarkPW at the top of Page 2. He the last Page 1er to not make it to 1000 points yet.

Adubs86 is now the median FFPL player. As a league we rose 8 spots to 136th.


I did THAT well? Seriously?
 
2014-04-05 11:05:05 AM  

SomebodyElsesShoes: SmackLT: Princip's Sandwich: SmackLT: SomebodyElsesShoes: Princip's Sandwich: United has the best away record? Really?

I checked.  They do!

Which of the top 6 teams has the worst home record?

Looks like it's Tottenham. 8 wins, 3 draws, 5 losses.

Not who I would have guessed, actually.

Interesting stuff:  According to that site MIGHTY Oxford United have the second worst points per game of all teams in League two again top half teams, and the second best record against bottom half teams. And they have nearly equal home and away records.


For a long time they were terrible at home and awesome on the road this season. Sadly, their road form slumped rather than the home form improving to make things that even.

/Love that the MIGHTY thing has spread beyond my ironic use in their last relegation season.
 
2014-04-05 11:07:25 AM  
Mata gets a brace. Bad defending on that play.
 
2014-04-05 11:07:41 AM  

midpoint: It is your FFPL report!

[img.fark.net image 451x106]

At the other end, Luckless_Wonder registered a Feeble 15,


Hey, at least it was positive.

I believe my last 4 weeks scores were the two highest in the round, followed by a -30 and the feeble 15.

I am wildly inconsistent. I am the Kevin Keegan's NUFC of FFPL.
 
2014-04-05 11:07:54 AM  
Talk about walking it into the goal.  Newcastle really seems to have come out flat.
 
2014-04-05 11:08:16 AM  

LucklessWonder: midpoint: It is your FFPL report!

[img.fark.net image 451x106]

At the other end, Luckless_Wonder registered a Feeble 15,

Hey, at least it was positive.

I believe my last 4 weeks scores were the two highest in the round, followed by a -30 and the feeble 15.

I am wildly inconsistent. I am the Kevin Keegan's NUFC of FFPL.


He finished second twice.
 
2014-04-05 11:08:42 AM  
Another great goal from Mata!
 
2014-04-05 11:09:08 AM  

689908: Mata scored against Aston Villa last week.


Mata goals are like buses...
 
2014-04-05 11:10:06 AM  

midpoint: It is your FFPL report!

[img.fark.net image 451x106]

At the top my lead has been greatly eroded by nathanjr. Top three remains unchanged but Sachbash creeps up into 6th. Plenty of Arsenal supporters in the top, top echelons. At the bottom Cognitive_Displaysia is probably wondering what might have been if he'd had a beating heart for each round.

Chupacabra_Sandwich, Cajnik and Preebs I have lost count so I'm arbitrarily listing this as your Strike 2 zombie warning.

Dead_for_tax_reasons made his slow but steady way to 125 for the week. Incrementally better was krej55, using a +90 from Fulham Vs Everton to haul in 130. Score of the week though belongs to Princips_Sandwich with 135. Only one wrong result in the set - CP beating Chelsea. At the other end, Luckless_Wonder registered a Feeble 15, Mr_H zenned and Gonz_Hotspur was the only negative score of the round with a -25. Banker on the Toon Vs Southampton - presumably an attempt at satire.

Scouserduck, krej55 and dead_for_tax_reasons all moved up three. StRalphtheLiar dropped down three. I claim the BB presidency from Sachbash. Plenty of 20's about now. Hmm. The_Envoy clings onto Page 1 over MNMarkPW at the top of Page 2. He the last Page 1er to not make it to 1000 points yet.

Adubs86 is now the median FFPL player. As a league we rose 8 spots to 136th.


And Chelsea boned my banker.

/worth it
 
2014-04-05 11:11:38 AM  
I don't think I've had a BB higher than 10 since I first blew my banker.
 
2014-04-05 11:13:59 AM  
Utd finally playing up the middle rather than down the wings all the time.

Admittedly, this is a mediocre Neufchatel side, but this Utd performance has a lot of positive signs.
 
2014-04-05 11:14:32 AM  

czetie: Utd finally playing up the middle rather than down the wings all the time.

Admittedly, this is a mediocre Neufchatel side, but this Utd performance has a lot of positive signs.


This being Moyes, look forward to a complete capitulation in Munich.
 
2014-04-05 11:17:23 AM  
In the Championship, Leicester City can clinch promotion today after winning last night. Derby must not win and QPR has to lose for that to happen.

As of now, QPR just tied it up at Bournemouth. Derby at Middlesbrough is goalless.

Even if they don't lock it up tonight, the Championship plays again on Tuesday and Leicester is at home.
 
2014-04-05 11:17:54 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: czetie: Utd finally playing up the middle rather than down the wings all the time.

Admittedly, this is a mediocre Neufchatel side, but this Utd performance has a lot of positive signs.

This being Moyes, look forward to a complete capitulation in Munich.


I expect a capitulation so complete, it would make Neville Chamberlain blush.

/too soon?
 
2014-04-05 11:19:23 AM  

desertgeek: In the Championship, Leicester City can clinch promotion today after winning last night. Derby must not win and QPR has to lose for that to happen.

As of now, QPR just tied it up at Bournemouth. Derby at Middlesbrough is goalless.

Even if they don't lock it up tonight, the Championship plays again on Tuesday and Leicester is at home.


Leeds and Bolton looking at another year of Championship football. Most likely Blackburn as well.
 
2014-04-05 11:19:51 AM  
Well, Fulham has a lead
 
2014-04-05 11:21:28 AM  
I need a Newcastle goal for the perfect.
 
2014-04-05 11:22:04 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: I need a Newcastle goal for the perfect.


So much for that. Chicharito makes it 3-0.
 
2014-04-05 11:22:24 AM  
Nice passing for United's third goal.
 
2014-04-05 11:22:39 AM  
Kagawa's play-a-making has led to 2 of the 3 goals.
 
2014-04-05 11:22:49 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Princip's Sandwich: I need a Newcastle goal for the perfect.

So much for that. Chicharito makes it 3-0.


I love watching that speedy mexican.
 
2014-04-05 11:23:11 AM  

Lord Jubjub: Nice passing for United's third goal.


Kagawa play-a-making!
 
2014-04-05 11:24:00 AM  
What a goal from Chicharito! Great ball in by Januzaj for Kagawa who made a great run in and makes a great pass back to Chicarito who has a great finish for the third goal.  Great!
 
2014-04-05 11:25:57 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: What a goal from Chicharito! Great ball in by Januzaj for Kagawa who made a great run in and makes a great pass back to Chicarito who has a great finish for the third goal.  Great!


It was tempting to put my Banker on a MUFC away win, but a gentleman doesn't do that to his own team.
 
2014-04-05 11:25:59 AM  
Nani's still with United? I honestly forgot he was there until Setanta mentioned him.
 
2014-04-05 11:27:02 AM  
Neufchatel's strikers are trying to snipe fans. They can't be shooting at the goal with the locations the ball's been landing in.
 
2014-04-05 11:30:38 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Nani's still with United? I honestly forgot he was there until Setanta mentioned him.


Apparently so. It's a chance to rest some of the first team for midweek.
 
2014-04-05 11:31:59 AM  
CP strikes again.
 
2014-04-05 11:34:51 AM  

midpoint: LucklessWonder: midpoint: It is your FFPL report!

[img.fark.net image 451x106]

At the other end, Luckless_Wonder registered a Feeble 15,

Hey, at least it was positive.

I believe my last 4 weeks scores were the two highest in the round, followed by a -30 and the feeble 15.

I am wildly inconsistent. I am the Kevin Keegan's NUFC of FFPL.

He finished second twice.


shiat! Which 90s team am I thinking of then.
 
2014-04-05 11:36:29 AM  

SomebodyElsesShoes: CP strikes again.


Jimmy Saville approves.
 
2014-04-05 11:37:30 AM  
Championship: Bournemouth have taken the lead v QPR, but have just been reduced to 10 men after a straight red was given.

Derby still being held scoreless so if things hold, Leicester clinches a EPL spot
 
2014-04-05 11:37:51 AM  
Fulham seemingly unable to ever hold a lead nowadays. It's level at Villa Park.
 
2014-04-05 11:40:58 AM  
Bayern Munich lost today. Bit of a wobble?

Yes, I am kidding. This is classic Moyes, looking good against a mid-table side. Meanwhile Bayern rested a lot of players. But I do find more to be optimistic about in this style of play, with Mata and Kagawa playing through the middle, and Januzaj injecting speed.
 
2014-04-05 11:44:49 AM  

czetie: Bayern Munich lost today. Bit of a wobble?

Yes, I am kidding. This is classic Moyes, looking good against a mid-table side. Meanwhile Bayern rested a lot of players. But I do find more to be optimistic about in this style of play, with Mata and Kagawa playing through the middle, and Januzaj injecting speed.


Munich's first league loss of the season. I suspect Guardiola's pissed.
 
2014-04-05 11:44:56 AM  
Jeez, my predictions this morning are already shot...
 
2014-04-05 11:46:26 AM  
Fulham leads. It would've been sooner but a goal line clearance kept that from happening, but JUUUUST barely.
 
2014-04-05 11:49:55 AM  
He shiats when he wants, Jason Puncheon.
 
2014-04-05 11:54:46 AM  
Palace look like they'll avoid the drop. Meanwhile, I am enjoying Tan's descent into the Championship.
 
2014-04-05 11:55:14 AM  
That was fun. Attacking intent!
 
2014-04-05 11:57:13 AM  
The MIGHTY Oxford United lost a-farking-gain.
 
2014-04-05 11:58:16 AM  
Ole :-(

Silly man.
 
2014-04-05 11:59:16 AM  
QPR loses. Derby loses.

Farkers, please welcome Leicester City to the 2014-15 EPL
 
2014-04-05 11:59:49 AM  
Three ex-United lads in the Leicester squad.
 
2014-04-05 12:05:26 PM  
That was a second win against a top nine team this season :-)
 
2014-04-05 12:07:12 PM  
Well, we now know at least one of the new teams in the Premier League will be Leicester.
 
2014-04-05 12:11:33 PM  
We look good on the ball but we just can't put the ball in the back of the net and let in sloppy goals.

One more win and we might be safe. One more.
 
2014-04-05 12:19:22 PM  
I've gotten every result except for the Manchester matches wrong. My scores are normalizing it seems.
 
2014-04-05 12:59:45 PM  

Stimied in a Rut: I've forgotten to do my predictions on time... Again....


Yeah that was me this week.
 
2014-04-05 01:01:40 PM  
Stoke doing pretty well parking the bus here.
 
2014-04-05 01:01:53 PM  

dietbubba: Stimied in a Rut: I've forgotten to do my predictions on time... Again....

Yeah that was me this week.


I wish I'd forgotten mine.
 
2014-04-05 01:02:28 PM  

ADubs86: Stoke doing pretty well parking the bus here.


So, being Stoke.
 
2014-04-05 01:03:47 PM  
Dammit.
 
2014-04-05 01:04:36 PM  
Okay, that was nice.
 
2014-04-05 01:04:39 PM  
More like statuesque defending
 
2014-04-05 01:23:05 PM  

desertgeek: QPR loses. Derby loses.

Farkers, please welcome Leicester City to the 2014-15 EPL


That's going to make me feel old. They were a fixture of the old first division when I was a lad.
 
2014-04-05 01:39:37 PM  
There you go Charlie, do us a favor.
 
2014-04-05 01:41:29 PM  
Charlie Adam must believe Chelski are Tottenham if he already hurt Schurrle.
 
2014-04-05 01:50:50 PM  
Dammit Stoke. You took away the only positive I could've had today.
 
2014-04-05 02:08:32 PM  

czetie: desertgeek: QPR loses. Derby loses.

Farkers, please welcome Leicester City to the 2014-15 EPL

That's going to make me feel old. They were a fixture of the old first division when I was a lad.


They were a fairly regular early EPL presence as well. Of course the only Leicester players I recall are Lineker & Heskey...
 
2014-04-05 02:22:23 PM  
-10 so far with banker and insurance still to come.
 
2014-04-05 02:36:36 PM  
Reason #2034 to not put in predictions at 2am the night before:accidently insuring man city instead of man u, resulting in a 20 point swing
 
2014-04-05 02:39:04 PM  

krej55: Reason #2034 to not put in predictions at 2am the night before:accidently insuring man city instead of man u, resulting in a 20 point swing


You revkaed?
 
2014-04-05 03:23:57 PM  

midpoint: krej55: Reason #2034 to not put in predictions at 2am the night before:accidently insuring man city instead of man u, resulting in a 20 point swing

You revkaed?


If that means did I waste my banker in an exhausted, half drunken haze, then yes.
 
2014-04-05 05:04:23 PM  
Chelsea's wage bill overtaken by Manchester United for first time since 2004. Bonus: last season. Before Fellaini, Mata, and Rooney's new deal. United's wage bill will go down a lot in the summer, then up a lot too. Hopefully they all have Champions League clauses.

Small-town Eibar to be punished for their success?

How To Survive A Liverpool Title Win

The Roberto Martinez effect: How the Spaniard has improved Everton in his first season at the helm. The youth bit is interesting. A Moyes myth.

Some (old) quotes from Tim Howard about the differences between the two managers.
 
2014-04-05 05:10:42 PM  
Sir Alex Ferguson, May 2013: "It's a young squad, with a lot of good young players, and a lot of them are going to get better. But the big test is to win it three times in a row, as they've done before, so I hope the boys can do that"

David Moyes, March 2014:  "People are aware there is a squad that is a bit more ageing, so I think it would have been a tough season for whoever was in charge of Manchester United this year. And I actually think if Sir Alex was here this year it would be difficult for Sir Alex as well and I'm sure he would be aware of it."
 
2014-04-05 05:31:46 PM  

689908: How To Survive A Liverpool Title Win


That made me chuckle. I especially liked this comment:  I also really, really don't think we can say we knocked united off their perch. It's more like United went "ooh, look. I wonder what those spikey things are all the way down their, let's have a closer look" and just sort of dropped off their perch. Like a bloated bored lemming.

And on the 2nd comment, who do you think was being more truthful, SAF or The Chosen One?

/I don't think it was Fergie.
 
2014-04-05 05:56:03 PM  

desertgeek: And on the 2nd comment, who do you think was being more truthful, SAF or The Chosen One?

/I don't think it was Fergie.


I think if you're looking for an ageing, struggling squad, there's plenty there to suit your argument, and if you're looking for young players who can get better, there's plenty there to suit your argument too.

Moyes hasn't shown any interest in developing young players so far.
 
2014-04-05 06:00:29 PM  

689908: I think if you're looking for an ageing, struggling squad, there's plenty there to suit your argument, and if you're looking for young players who can get better, there's plenty there to suit your argument too.

Moyes hasn't shown any interest in developing young players so far.


Fair point. I just don't know if things would be any better with the kids. This was always going to be a bit of a transition year, they've just failed to live up to reduced expectations.
 
2014-04-05 06:31:48 PM  

desertgeek: 689908: I think if you're looking for an ageing, struggling squad, there's plenty there to suit your argument, and if you're looking for young players who can get better, there's plenty there to suit your argument too.

Moyes hasn't shown any interest in developing young players so far.

Fair point. I just don't know if things would be any better with the kids. This was always going to be a bit of a transition year, they've just failed to live up to reduced expectations.


The only change has been the manager and coaching staff. They'll get rid of several vastly experienced (old :-)) players in the summer, and replace them with maybe 4/5/6 first team players, which means more so-called transition next season too.

Things probably wouldn't be better this season with the kids, but there would at least be the promise of building something for the future. We could look at Powell or Zaha or Lingard or Michael Keane and say, 'Well, yeah, they're struggling, but they're young and learning and will be better next season.'

But what has actually happened is he has kept all the same players, made them all worse, blamed them, and convinced lots of people that the champions aren't good enough for his midtable tactics.
 
2014-04-05 07:29:54 PM  
Some great MLS matches today.
 
2014-04-06 08:33:52 AM  
Welp, I guess I'm rooting for Everton. Arsenal aren't going to keep Chelsea from the title, but Everton might save us from the Eurowasteoftime League.
 
2014-04-06 08:36:03 AM  
Okay, goddamn farking annoying goddamn alarm, I'm up already. SHUT THE HELL UP

Trying to mainline coffee. Let's do this.
 
2014-04-06 08:42:43 AM  
Everton is working their asses off. If Arsenal concedes the first goal, it would be very difficult for them to come back. They have to get on the front foot.
 
2014-04-06 08:44:59 AM  
Motherf*cker. Poor defense kills us yet again. Utter shambles.
 
2014-04-06 08:45:25 AM  
I just woke up and Everton lead. Sorry Gunner fans, apparently I'm Martinez's good-luck charm.
 
2014-04-06 08:46:34 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: I just woke up and Everton lead. Sorry Gunner fans, apparently I'm Martinez's good-luck charm.


GO BACK TO BED
 
2014-04-06 08:49:26 AM  
Arsenal fans: if Arsenal get bumped from the CL by Everton, is Wenger done?
 
2014-04-06 08:50:58 AM  

czetie: Arsenal fans: if Arsenal get bumped from the CL by Everton, is Wenger done?


Maybe. If he somehow gets bumped from the FA Cup though, he's almost surely gone.
 
2014-04-06 08:51:59 AM  
I think what hurts the most is how good Arsenal looked at the beginning of this season. They looked crisp and sharp, good offensive movement and great defensive shape. The last 10 games--even games they've won--they look like a Sunday park team scrambling around. It's baffling to see this team and think it's the same team that produced one of the best goals of the season against Norwich just a few months ago.
 
2014-04-06 08:53:16 AM  

czetie: Arsenal fans: if Arsenal get bumped from the CL by Everton, is Wenger done?



I don't think the club will ever really fire him, but I think he'll resign if they loose CL
 
2014-04-06 08:53:20 AM  

Langston: I think what hurts the most is how good Arsenal looked at the beginning of this season. They looked crisp and sharp, good offensive movement and great defensive shape. The last 10 games--even games they've won--they look like a Sunday park team scrambling around. It's baffling to see this team and think it's the same team that produced one of the best goals of the season against Norwich just a few months ago.


Well, you've lost Ramsey, Wilshere and Walcott for long stretches of the season, while Ozil's form cooled.
 
2014-04-06 09:01:26 AM  

Norfolking Chance: We look good on the ball but we just can't put the ball in the back of the net and let in sloppy goals.

One more win and we might be safe. One more.


Next week is huge for both of us, especially with your brutal last 4 matches afterwards. I wish you luck, I would hate to stay up at Norwichs expense, but it would be better than the alternative.
 
2014-04-06 09:02:53 AM  

czetie: Arsenal fans: if Arsenal get bumped from the CL by Everton, is Wenger done?


I don't see the Board sacking him, but what I don't really know is where his head is at. Arsenal is in a great position in a lot of ways: decent youth program, stadium debt under control, still quite a few quality players. The question is how Wenger wants to go out. I don't see him leaving after a season of failure (and fifth place is not what most coaches would consider failure). Like any coach, I think he wants to go out on top. I think he'd only leave if he honestly felt he couldn't do it--I don't think he's in that frame of mind yet.

Princip's Sandwich: Maybe. If he somehow gets bumped from the FA Cup though, he's almost surely gone.


It would make the normal anti-Wenger crowd louder than ever and would put a whole lot of extra pressure on Wenger. It depends on how the season ends, though. I think dropping out of the top four would be a bigger deal than choking out of the FA Cup. But if both happen--I think he might decide to leave if both happen simultaneously this season.
 
2014-04-06 09:04:35 AM  
Game over.
 
2014-04-06 09:04:36 AM  
Faaaaaark
 
2014-04-06 09:04:41 AM  
Its like Arsenal aren't even trying to defend
 
2014-04-06 09:05:07 AM  
F*cking Arsenal
 
2014-04-06 09:05:32 AM  
Ouch.
 
2014-04-06 09:06:22 AM  
Good thing I insured this.
 
2014-04-06 09:07:47 AM  

Langston: Game over.


Arsenal have too much quality to say that.  Amazing how different this is from a few weeks ago.
 
2014-04-06 09:10:00 AM  
Nice save by Howard.
 
2014-04-06 09:13:14 AM  
Remember when Arsenal beat this team 4-1 to advance in the FA Cup?
 
2014-04-06 09:14:27 AM  
Hey, Flamini can fix up his house now. 2-match ban for having 10 yellows.
 
2014-04-06 09:14:59 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Well, you've lost Ramsey, Wilshere and Walcott for long stretches of the season, while Ozil's form cooled.


Is that a factor? Absolutely. And the person in the prime position to address the known deficiencies was Wenger, who knew the issues going into the January window and picked up...an aging midfielder who was injured and has only played 30 minutes. Fans were begging for players to supplement the thin squad, and Wenger gambled with it. The gamble has failed.

If Wenger crashes out of the FA Cup and misses CL qualification, I don't know what will happen. If he gets one or the other, then I expect him to stay and his moves (or lack of moves) in the summer transfer window will likely determine his fate.
 
2014-04-06 09:24:11 AM  
Afternoon all.

In important news, I'm attempting slow-cooked spare ribs.

Insured a draw for this game.
 
2014-04-06 09:32:17 AM  

midpoint: Afternoon all.

In important news, I'm attempting slow-cooked spare ribs.

Insured a draw for this game.


Ribs sound good. I'm overdue.  I changed my pick from an insured win to an insured draw as well. At the moment, it seems starkly optimistic.
 
2014-04-06 09:34:23 AM  

SomebodyElsesShoes: Arsenal have too much quality to say that.  Amazing how different this is from a few weeks ago.


The quality exists. But the mental toughness has evaporated.
 
2014-04-06 09:38:14 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Good thing I insured this.


For some reason I had this as 1-1 and insured the Manchester United game.  I'm not sure WHY I did it that way, other then United screwing me over repeatedly this year but still..
 
2014-04-06 09:39:00 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: Some great MLS matches today.


The Portland-Seattle game was a lot of fun to watch.  I wish they'd show more on tv without having to go to PPV :(
 
2014-04-06 09:39:13 AM  
Speaking if Everton, Bryan Oviedo, who suffered an ugly leg break in the FA Cup 6 weeks ago is recovering well and may be fit in time for the World Cup.  Good news!

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/mar/13/everton-bryan-oviedo -c osta-rica-world-cup
 
2014-04-06 09:40:19 AM  

Langston: SomebodyElsesShoes: Arsenal have too much quality to say that.  Amazing how different this is from a few weeks ago.

The quality exists. But the mental toughness has evaporated.


So it never existed? How this team could use Viera in his pomp.

Meta-game for the afternoon. Which player from the past would you bring back to improve the current team?

For NUFC, a Peter Beardsley is my all time favourite player, but it is difficult to look past a healthy/fit Alan Shearer in respect of shouting, slapping and scoring.
 
2014-04-06 09:41:00 AM  

Mr_H: Stimied in a Rut: Some great MLS matches today.

The Portland-Seattle game was a lot of fun to watch.  I wish they'd show more on tv without having to go to PPV :(


Ok, I give in. I'm finally going to google where Portland is.
 
2014-04-06 09:45:02 AM  
What I'd like to see:

At the 60-minute mark, bring in Ramsey for Arteta and the Ox for Giroud. Two big attacking threats and more mobility in midfield. Have Flamini hang back to take the holding midfield role and break up play so that Ramsey doesn't have to run too much and can play a more creative role. Move Ox to the outside and Podolski to the middle.
 
2014-04-06 09:49:48 AM  
And now it's 3-0, shortly after I came back. Sorry  Langston.
 
2014-04-06 09:51:01 AM  
Wooooooooooooo Everton!!!!
 
2014-04-06 09:51:07 AM  
Wow that was fantastic from Miralles Great work.
 
2014-04-06 09:51:51 AM  
That's game over.

Man, Martinez is so much better than that other guy Everton had. You know, the Footballing Genius.
 
2014-04-06 09:52:32 AM  

midpoint: Which player from the past would you bring back to improve the current team?


A lot of supporters would say Thierry Henry, which is understandable considering Giroud's many weaknesses up front, but I'd actually bring back Patrick Vieira. Arsenal has not had a player like him since he left.

And after this third goal, I'm suspecting that  Princip's Sandwich didn't actually go back to bed after my rude outburst.
 
2014-04-06 09:52:55 AM  
I hope Everton manages to keep Martinez. It'd be nice to have a new challenger for the top spots.
 
2014-04-06 09:53:01 AM  
Should be an Arteta OG.
 
2014-04-06 09:53:34 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: And now it's 3-0, shortly after I came back. Sorry  Langston.


Heh, I was typing the previous response but you and I were on the same page.
 
2014-04-06 09:54:13 AM  
Martinez and Rodgers are going to do some work in the league next season.
 
2014-04-06 09:54:49 AM  

Mr_H: The Portland-Seattle game was a lot of fun to watch.


I gave that game the full 90 and was in knots when the Timbers had a 4-2 lead due to poor decisions by the defenders.  When Negal came on, Sounders pressed and got the tie in thrilling fashion.  It was one of the best games from both I have seen.
 
2014-04-06 09:55:17 AM  
RAMSEY back, that was a long 6 weeks
 
2014-04-06 09:56:18 AM  

midpoint: Langston: SomebodyElsesShoes: Arsenal have too much quality to say that.  Amazing how different this is from a few weeks ago.

The quality exists. But the mental toughness has evaporated.

So it never existed? How this team could use Viera in his pomp.

Meta-game for the afternoon. Which player from the past would you bring back to improve the current team?

For NUFC, a Peter Beardsley is my all time favourite player, but it is difficult to look past a healthy/fit Alan Shearer in respect of shouting, slapping and scoring.


Makelele for Real. They've had suspect defending ever since he left.
 
2014-04-06 09:57:16 AM  

Sachbash: RAMSEY back


Out since Boxing Day with a thigh injury?  Missing 14 matches?  Ouch, that's a long stretch.
 
2014-04-06 09:58:20 AM  
Isn't that Yaya Sanogo readying up? I think Wenger's giving up on this match and is using it as match fitness.
 
2014-04-06 09:59:09 AM  

ADubs86: Martinez and Rodgers are going to do some work in the league next season.


I was very surprised when Liverpool passed on Martinez for Rodgers a few years ago (especially since Whelan was backing him), and I even thought it may have been a mistake.  But it's obviously worked out so far for Liverpool.  And for Everton, so far so good.
 
2014-04-06 09:59:24 AM  

harleyquinnical: Sachbash: RAMSEY back

Out since Boxing Day with a thigh injury?  Missing 14 matches?  Ouch, that's a long stretch.


It's been brutal.
 
2014-04-06 09:59:38 AM  

Mr_H: Stimied in a Rut: Some great MLS matches today.

The Portland-Seattle game was a lot of fun to watch.  I wish they'd show more on tv without having to go to PPV :(


Yeah that game was great.  I watched the first half of Toronto/Columbus which was good, DC/NE was actually good, and some of Philly/Chicago was good.  The disappointing game, surprisingly, was RSL/KC the rematch of the MLS Cup final.  Really chippy and not a lot of clear cut chances.  Thank geebus for MLS Live.
 
2014-04-06 10:01:53 AM  
One small bright spot from this game: despite the scoreline, Szczesny has been quite good. He's made half a dozen good saves and no mistakes I've seen in positioning or timing.
 
2014-04-06 10:03:04 AM  

ADubs86: Martinez and Rodgers are going to do some work in the league next season.


Imagine, more CL teams in Merseyside than in London. It really could happen now.
 
2014-04-06 10:03:08 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: Thank geebus for MLS Live.


I've been tempted to get that, it worth it?  Are the games live or can you watch'em whenever?
 
2014-04-06 10:03:23 AM  
71-29 possession in Everton's favor in the past 10 minutes. Arsenal's getting thumped.
 
2014-04-06 10:04:50 AM  
Wow. Even if it came after he was called offside, that shot was Gervinho-worthy.
 
2014-04-06 10:05:17 AM  

SomebodyElsesShoes: ADubs86: Martinez and Rodgers are going to do some work in the league next season.

I was very surprised when Liverpool passed on Martinez for Rodgers a few years ago (especially since Whelan was backing him), and I even thought it may have been a mistake.  But it's obviously worked out so far for Liverpool.  And for Everton, so far so good.


I initially thought it was a mistake, too. But no one can argue that it hasn't worked out for everyone.
 
2014-04-06 10:07:40 AM  
Well that's a horrible stat.
 
2014-04-06 10:08:55 AM  

Mr_H: Stimied in a Rut: Thank geebus for MLS Live.

I've been tempted to get that, it worth it?  Are the games live or can you watch'em whenever?


I think it's totally worth it. You can watch the matches live or whenever you want.  The quality is incredible, you can watch multiple matches at a time if you want, and you can get the games on your phone with their app which works great.  I'm a big DC fan who no longer lives in the area so I got it to watch their matches, but I watch so many more games now that I can watch them anywhere.  It's a great deal too as when you resubscribe you get 20% off each year so I got the entire season for like $50 or $55 bucks.
 
2014-04-06 10:13:51 AM  
Ok, 'scuse me, I need to fall into a Meat Coma.
 
2014-04-06 10:14:23 AM  
Crossbar is Martinez's hottest new signing.
 
2014-04-06 10:14:59 AM  
Like Tim Howard needs Crossbar to actually help him
 
2014-04-06 10:15:04 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: I think it's totally worth it. You can watch the matches live or whenever you want.  The quality is incredible, you can watch multiple matches at a time if you want, and you can get the games on your phone with their app which works great.  I'm a big DC fan who no longer lives in the area so I got it to watch their matches, but I watch so many more games now that I can watch them anywhere.  It's a great deal too as when you resubscribe you get 20% off each year so I got the entire season for like $50 or $55 bucks.


Wow...that sounds like a pretty good deal.
 
2014-04-06 10:16:33 AM  
Some good blocking from Everton today.
 
2014-04-06 10:17:26 AM  

Langston: A lot of supporters would say Thierry Henry, which is understandable considering Giroud's many weaknesses up front, but I'd actually bring back Patrick Vieira. Arsenal has not had a player like him since he left.


Pretty much what i was thinking, with maybe Tony Adams.

Arsenal can be kicked off the ball easily (not that Everton are doing this, they are just outplaying them) and one thing you couldn't do is kick Viera off the ball, plus he would sort out players on his own team who thought they could coast through a game. His battles with Roy Keane were great to watch.


For Norwich its much harder as we havn't realy had a golden era until the last few years. I would say Grant Holt as he is a much better player than most people think and is very good at setting up other strikers.
 
2014-04-06 10:18:13 AM  

harleyquinnical: Stimied in a Rut: I think it's totally worth it. You can watch the matches live or whenever you want.  The quality is incredible, you can watch multiple matches at a time if you want, and you can get the games on your phone with their app which works great.  I'm a big DC fan who no longer lives in the area so I got it to watch their matches, but I watch so many more games now that I can watch them anywhere.  It's a great deal too as when you resubscribe you get 20% off each year so I got the entire season for like $50 or $55 bucks.

Wow...that sounds like a pretty good deal.


I wonder how close we are to the EPL disintermediating broadcasting by moving to operate in a similar way to MLB?
 
2014-04-06 10:18:35 AM  
This is what I expected unfortunately. This year has been the same old arsenal story: play well long enough to get hopes up, then get decimated with injuries and not have the depth the manage them.

My only hope for CL qualification is based on Everton still has two Manchester games this year while Arsenal's are mostly bottom of the table teams.
 
2014-04-06 10:18:54 AM  
That's an impressive streak for any team...4 games in a row with 3 goals.  Damn.
 
2014-04-06 10:20:40 AM  

nogalltogether: My only hope for CL qualification is based on Everton still has two Manchester games this year while Arsenal's are mostly bottom of the table teams.


Good luck with that.  I'm having flashbacks to last year's end of the season for Sounders FC.  It looked similar with bottom teams and no good came of any of it.
 
2014-04-06 10:21:28 AM  

nogalltogether: This is what I expected unfortunately. This year has been the same old arsenal story: play well long enough to get hopes up, then get decimated with injuries and not have the depth the manage them.


It's dreadful lately. Hurts to watch them.
 
2014-04-06 10:21:37 AM  
It's weird to see Baines get in someone's face.  Good of him to defend his teammate.
 
2014-04-06 10:21:57 AM  

harleyquinnical: That's an impressive streak for any team...4 games in a row with 3 goals.  Damn.


Imagine if Martinez got to manage a budget like the bigger teams get.
 
2014-04-06 10:24:41 AM  
Well done Everton, really great result.
 
2014-04-06 10:24:49 AM  
Good game, Everton. Well played and well coached and well executed.
 
2014-04-06 10:25:47 AM  
Goal difference just moved significantly in Everton's favour as well I s'pose.
 
2014-04-06 10:26:02 AM  

Langston: nogalltogether: This is what I expected unfortunately. This year has been the same old arsenal story: play well long enough to get hopes up, then get decimated with injuries and not have the depth the manage them.

It's dreadful lately. Hurts to watch them.


I elected not to watch most of today's game, as it has been so bad.
 
2014-04-06 10:26:19 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Imagine if Martinez got to manage a budget like the bigger teams get.


i can only imagine the success.  For a point of reference, I looked to Toronto FC this year, spending $100M for upgrades, and suddenly they are fiercely competitive.
 
2014-04-06 10:28:01 AM  

harleyquinnical: Princip's Sandwich: Imagine if Martinez got to manage a budget like the bigger teams get.

i can only imagine the success.  For a point of reference, I looked to Toronto FC this year, spending $100M for upgrades, and suddenly they are fiercely competitive.


They're really fun to watch as well.  Defoe didn't even play yesterday and they looked great.  I love being able to see Michael Bradely (who scored a great goal yesterday) play week in and week out.
 
2014-04-06 10:28:10 AM  
And as my brother just said, "at least the Puma gear is ugly so I won't be tempted to waste any more money on Arsenal stuff."

Good game, Everton.
 
2014-04-06 10:45:00 AM  
Agger out and Sakho in.  That makes me uneasy.
 
2014-04-06 10:49:17 AM  

SomebodyElsesShoes: ADubs86: Martinez and Rodgers are going to do some work in the league next season.

I was very surprised when Liverpool passed on Martinez for Rodgers a few years ago (especially since Whelan was backing him), and I even thought it may have been a mistake.  But it's obviously worked out so far for Liverpool.  And for Everton, so far so good.


I thought they offered the job to Martinez and he said thanks, but no thanks
 
2014-04-06 11:02:12 AM  

harleyquinnical: Stimied in a Rut: I think it's totally worth it. You can watch the matches live or whenever you want.  The quality is incredible, you can watch multiple matches at a time if you want, and you can get the games on your phone with their app which works great.  I'm a big DC fan who no longer lives in the area so I got it to watch their matches, but I watch so many more games now that I can watch them anywhere.  It's a great deal too as when you resubscribe you get 20% off each year so I got the entire season for like $50 or $55 bucks.

Wow...that sounds like a pretty good deal.


Yeah, I think I'm gonna have to pick that up.
 
2014-04-06 11:02:36 AM  
Oh goodie...its  those kits
 
2014-04-06 11:02:41 AM  
weird. the club has been taken over by rangers fans. and we're a 'pool club
 
2014-04-06 11:03:37 AM  

Mr_H: harleyquinnical: Stimied in a Rut: I think it's totally worth it. You can watch the matches live or whenever you want.  The quality is incredible, you can watch multiple matches at a time if you want, and you can get the games on your phone with their app which works great.  I'm a big DC fan who no longer lives in the area so I got it to watch their matches, but I watch so many more games now that I can watch them anywhere.  It's a great deal too as when you resubscribe you get 20% off each year so I got the entire season for like $50 or $55 bucks.

Wow...that sounds like a pretty good deal.

Yeah, I think I'm gonna have to pick that up.


Sadly, the Crew games are blacked out for those of us here in Columbus because of the stupid deal they made with Time Warner
 
2014-04-06 11:06:19 AM  
I banked on you Liverpool. Don't let me down.
 
2014-04-06 11:06:42 AM  

dietbubba: Agger out and Sakho in.  That makes me uneasy.


this is actually not a bad switch, sakho is stronger and better in the air.

/misses a clearance as a type...
 
2014-04-06 11:07:21 AM  
dietbubba:
Sadly, the Crew games are blacked out for those of us here in Columbus because of the stupid deal they made with Time Warner

Columbus is the closest thing to a home team I have (5-6 hours away). I used to be able to catch them on one of the local Fox Sports Ohio channels, but yeah, that deal screwed that up as well.
 
2014-04-06 11:08:05 AM  

dietbubba: Oh goodie...its  those kits


West Ham's kit?
 
2014-04-06 11:09:53 AM  

dietbubba: Sadly, the Crew games are blacked out for those of us here in Columbus because of the stupid deal they made with Time Warner


Sorry to hear that bit of news.  Stupid cable companies.
 
2014-04-06 11:12:57 AM  

harleyquinnical: dietbubba: Sadly, the Crew games are blacked out for those of us here in Columbus because of the stupid deal they made with Time Warner

Sorry to hear that bit of news.  Stupid cable companies.


More along the lines of "stupid Crew."  They signed an exclusive deal with them and that even means if you have the "season pass" package you are hosed.  Only MLS club that has done it.

Their response to complaints "Time Warner would be happy to have your business"
 
2014-04-06 11:15:48 AM  

Nadie_AZ: dietbubba: Oh goodie...its  those kits

West Ham's kit?


our 3rd kit. we were wearing it for the warmup before switching to the away. not sure why.
 
2014-04-06 11:17:37 AM  
And this is why I insured this match. Too sloppy early on
 
2014-04-06 11:17:46 AM  

socalnewwaver: Nadie_AZ: dietbubba: Oh goodie...its  those kits

West Ham's kit?

our 3rd kit. we were wearing it for the warmup before switching to the away. not sure why.


Very 'busy'. I like them simple.
 
2014-04-06 11:19:05 AM  

desertgeek: And this is why I insured this match. Too sloppy early on


I banked this one.  Had my insurance chip on Everton-Arsenal, thank goodness
 
2014-04-06 11:19:58 AM  
crossbar!
 
2014-04-06 11:22:05 AM  

Nadie_AZ: socalnewwaver: Nadie_AZ: dietbubba: Oh goodie...its  those kits

West Ham's kit?

our 3rd kit. we were wearing it for the warmup before switching to the away. not sure why.

Very 'busy'. I like them simple.


the 2nd or 3rd? having both, i can say the 2nd really isn't that bad.
 
2014-04-06 11:23:48 AM  

desertgeek: And this is why I insured this match. Too sloppy early on


Considering the breakaways West Ham has had, I'm surprised they haven't scored a goal.  The back lines of both teams are making it Hell for the offenses.  If there is a goal scored, I expect it to come from a strike outside the box.
 
2014-04-06 11:26:00 AM  

socalnewwaver: Nadie_AZ: socalnewwaver: Nadie_AZ: dietbubba: Oh goodie...its  those kits

West Ham's kit?

our 3rd kit. we were wearing it for the warmup before switching to the away. not sure why.

Very 'busy'. I like them simple.

the 2nd or 3rd? having both, i can say the 2nd really isn't that bad.


2nd isn't terrible.  3rd makes Bill Shankly cry
 
2014-04-06 11:26:21 AM  

nogalltogether: I elected not to watch most of today's game, as it has been so bad.


I commend your restraint. In retrospect, I wish I had adopted your strategy myself.
 
2014-04-06 11:32:36 AM  
"Carroll's pulled out."

/phrasing!
 
2014-04-06 11:33:14 AM  
drab start to the match, really
 
2014-04-06 11:33:40 AM  

socalnewwaver: Nadie_AZ: socalnewwaver: Nadie_AZ: dietbubba: Oh goodie...its  those kits

West Ham's kit?

our 3rd kit. we were wearing it for the warmup before switching to the away. not sure why.

Very 'busy'. I like them simple.

the 2nd or 3rd? having both, i can say the 2nd really isn't that bad.


The one they are wearing.

Sako has the best hair, by the way.
 
2014-04-06 11:38:31 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Sako has the best hair, by the way.


I won't argue this one bit.  It's very intricate.

dietbubba: "Carroll's pulled out."

/phrasing!


Quite a bit of that going on as well.
 
2014-04-06 11:43:31 AM  
Penalty!
 
2014-04-06 11:44:05 AM  
GERRARD PENO!!!
 
2014-04-06 11:44:08 AM  
Gerrard makes it 1-0.
 
2014-04-06 11:44:25 AM  
Captain Fantastic does it again!
 
2014-04-06 11:45:00 AM  

desertgeek: Penalty!


PK for Liverpool?
 
2014-04-06 11:45:26 AM  
That was another one of those avoidable handballs.
 
2014-04-06 11:46:28 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: That was another one of those avoidable handballs.


Avoidable and accidental.
 
2014-04-06 11:46:42 AM  
Gerrard almost always goes right.  You'd think the keepers would go that way more often than not
 
2014-04-06 11:46:53 AM  
Oh. My. God.
 
2014-04-06 11:46:55 AM  
West Ham leveled damn quickly. Now I need Liverpool to score again for a perfect.
 
2014-04-06 11:47:50 AM  

desertgeek: Avoidable and accidental.


Can't say I agree with the booking for it.
 
2014-04-06 11:47:58 AM  

desertgeek: Avoidable and accidental.


Agreed.  At least we got one back...
 
2014-04-06 11:48:05 AM  
Goddamnit! Carroll, drop dead you worthless piece of shiat!
 
2014-04-06 11:48:08 AM  
Wasn't that a foul on Mignolet? Why the hell was Carroll leading with his hand? Does he think he's Maradona?
 
2014-04-06 11:48:14 AM  
what a farking horrible non call
 
2014-04-06 11:48:27 AM  
You have to be kidding me.  How the hell is that NOT a foul?
 
2014-04-06 11:48:31 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: West Ham leveled damn quickly. Now I need Liverpool to score again for a perfect.


Stop looking at my predictions!

/seriously...I havent been doing that well, no good can come from peeking
 
2014-04-06 11:49:09 AM  
Do you think Carroll just motivated Liverpool?
 
2014-04-06 11:49:50 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Do you think Carroll just motivated Liverpool?


Skrtel might pull his neck and not his shirt.
 
2014-04-06 11:50:34 AM  
That's a horrible non-call. That has to be called a foul.
 
2014-04-06 11:50:49 AM  

dietbubba: You have to be kidding me.  How the hell is that NOT a foul?


I'm really asking myself the same question, as are the announcers.  So, how soon before Carroll is booked?
 
2014-04-06 11:53:38 AM  
An Anthony Taylor special there.  He sucks
 
2014-04-06 12:01:47 PM  
still can't believe both the ref AND linesman both missed that. what shiate
 
2014-04-06 12:03:48 PM  
lucas on for coutinho?
 
2014-04-06 12:03:51 PM  
Huh. Coutinho subbed out for Lucas. Any reason why? I was distracted for most of the first half.
 
2014-04-06 12:06:06 PM  

socalnewwaver: still can't believe both the ref AND linesman both missed that. what shiate


Looks like the lino saw it and was overulled by the ref.
 
2014-04-06 12:06:20 PM  
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Seriously, West Ham, blowing bubbles?
 
2014-04-06 12:07:20 PM  

Norfolking Chance: socalnewwaver: still can't believe both the ref AND linesman both missed that. what shiate

Looks like the lino saw it and was overulled by the ref.


He didn't signal for a foul right away though which didn't help the case for the foul at all.
 
2014-04-06 12:10:04 PM  

desertgeek: Norfolking Chance: socalnewwaver: still can't believe both the ref AND linesman both missed that. what shiate

Looks like the lino saw it and was overulled by the ref.

He didn't signal for a foul right away though which didn't help the case for the foul at all.


Looks like the ref has a history of bad calls. He gave Stirling a penalty to give Liverpool the lead vs Stoke that was "soft" to say the least

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/stoke-boss-mark-hughes-u nh appy-3015737
 
2014-04-06 12:10:23 PM  

Langston: nogalltogether: This is what I expected unfortunately. This year has been the same old arsenal story: play well long enough to get hopes up, then get decimated with injuries and not have the depth the manage them.

It's dreadful lately. Hurts to watch them.


Wow. I'm glad I've been too busy to get involved lately. This looks horrific
 
2014-04-06 12:13:02 PM  

Norfolking Chance: desertgeek: Norfolking Chance: socalnewwaver: still can't believe both the ref AND linesman both missed that. what shiate

Looks like the lino saw it and was overulled by the ref.

He didn't signal for a foul right away though which didn't help the case for the foul at all.

Looks like the ref has a history of bad calls. He gave Stirling a penalty to give Liverpool the lead vs Stoke that was "soft" to say the least

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/stoke-boss-mark-hughes-u nh appy-3015737


He is the worst ref in the EPL.  Remember the Aston Villa/Arsenal game at the start of the season?

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/aug/17/arsenal-aston-villa- pr emier-league
 
2014-04-06 12:15:21 PM  
You almost have to wonder if the referee has money on the games with his repeated bad calls
 
2014-04-06 12:16:02 PM  
This is the same ref as the card-orgy for Arsenal-Villa?