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(Short List)   The EPL doesn't start til tomorrow and we've already had the first coach sacked. Young stars, volatile assistants, the rebirth of Man Utd, new formations and a seven-way title fight all lie in store over the next nine months   (shortlist.com) divider line 71
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2014-08-15 06:18:38 PM
I've been waiting all damn summer for the season to get back in swing. I can't wait for tomorrow. Oh, and

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2014-08-15 07:29:23 PM
Well, he wasn't sacked. He quit after he wasn't given the transfer power he wanted.

Palace is stupid for not giving him that, considering they'd be taking Norwich's spot in the Championship if it weren't for him. What if they'd hired Pepe Mel instead of Tony Pulis?
 
2014-08-15 07:31:03 PM
Seven-way title fight? I don't think so. Five-way chase, max. Three teams with a legit shot are City, Chelsea and Arsenal. United will improve, Liverpool will threaten but won't be able to sustain a serious push with all the extra CL games
 
2014-08-15 07:35:40 PM

SmackLT: Seven-way title fight? I don't think so. Five-way chase, max. Three teams with a legit shot are City, Chelsea and Arsenal. United will improve, Liverpool will threaten but won't be able to sustain a serious push with all the extra CL games


The next two teams would be Spurs and Everton. Everton already have had the first big injury blow of the season in Barkley being out 6-8 weeks. Spurs scored one more goal than Swansea did last season and I doubt Pochettino will make a big enough impact to vault them to the top spots.
 
2014-08-15 07:39:46 PM
At this point, I'm just hoping Deandre Yedlin can start playing for Tottenham Hotspur in January rather than June.  Would love to see him on the pitch as the Spurs make a push for the championship.
 
2014-08-15 07:54:59 PM

Princip's Sandwich: SmackLT: Seven-way title fight? I don't think so. Five-way chase, max. Three teams with a legit shot are City, Chelsea and Arsenal. United will improve, Liverpool will threaten but won't be able to sustain a serious push with all the extra CL games

The next two teams would be Spurs and Everton. Everton already have had the first big injury blow of the season in Barkley being out 6-8 weeks. Spurs scored one more goal than Swansea did last season and I doubt Pochettino will make a big enough impact to vault them to the top spots.


Yeah, but do you see either of those two teams seriously challenging for the title?
 
2014-08-15 07:56:39 PM

SmackLT: Princip's Sandwich: SmackLT: Seven-way title fight? I don't think so. Five-way chase, max. Three teams with a legit shot are City, Chelsea and Arsenal. United will improve, Liverpool will threaten but won't be able to sustain a serious push with all the extra CL games

The next two teams would be Spurs and Everton. Everton already have had the first big injury blow of the season in Barkley being out 6-8 weeks. Spurs scored one more goal than Swansea did last season and I doubt Pochettino will make a big enough impact to vault them to the top spots.

Yeah, but do you see either of those two teams seriously challenging for the title?


Title, no. Top four, perhaps Spurs if they can score more than once a match. Or Everton if they can overcome the Barkley blow and Martinez can work his magic again.
 
2014-08-15 08:00:00 PM

Princip's Sandwich: Title, no. Top four, perhaps Spurs if they can score more than once a match. Or Everton if they can overcome the Barkley blow and Martinez can work his magic again.


Losing Barkley will be big for them. Everton may slip this season.
 
2014-08-15 08:00:12 PM

SmackLT: Seven-way title fight? I don't think so. Five-way chase, max. Three teams with a legit shot are City, Chelsea and Arsenal. United will improve, Liverpool will threaten but won't be able to sustain a serious push with all the extra CL games


This
 
2014-08-15 08:01:43 PM
Add the article mentioned the 3-5-2, United was quite enjoyable to watch using that formation when they were at Michigan Stadium. Lots of offense.
 
2014-08-15 08:02:50 PM
Is this our thread for the weekend?
 
2014-08-15 08:03:34 PM
As for the Swans, it all depends on whether Bony, the big Ivorian, stays with the club. If he goes, we're in big trouble.

/Last season's announcing mandates that "the big Ivorian" must be uttered after every Bony mention
 
2014-08-15 08:04:23 PM

harleyquinnical: At this point, I'm just hoping Deandre Yedlin can start playing for Tottenham Hotspur in January rather than June.  Would love to see him on the pitch as the Spurs make a push for the championship.


If the Spurs want to keep him at RB, he's not supplanting Kyle Walker anytime soon. Curious though if, considering Yedlin's athleticism, Tottenham dares to convert him to something else.
 
2014-08-15 08:07:38 PM

Princip's Sandwich: Title, no. Top four, perhaps Spurs if they can score more than once a match.


They have the talent to do so, but a lot of guys last year just looked lost. Hell, Erik Lamela might as well have been a MLS-level squad player last year.
 
2014-08-15 08:10:09 PM

Killer Cars: Princip's Sandwich: Title, no. Top four, perhaps Spurs if they can score more than once a match.

They have the talent to do so, but a lot of guys last year just looked lost. Hell, Erik Lamela might as well have been a MLS-level squad player last year.


The epitome of that was being manhandled 2-0 by West Ham. Andy Carroll's West Ham.
 
2014-08-15 08:13:45 PM

Princip's Sandwich: Killer Cars: Princip's Sandwich: Title, no. Top four, perhaps Spurs if they can score more than once a match.

They have the talent to do so, but a lot of guys last year just looked lost. Hell, Erik Lamela might as well have been a MLS-level squad player last year.

The epitome of that was being manhandled 2-0 by West Ham. Andy Carroll's West Ham.


Is it too early to start talking shiat about Andy?
 
2014-08-15 08:15:14 PM

harleyquinnical: At this point, I'm just hoping Deandre Yedlin can start playing for Tottenham Hotspur in January rather than June.  Would love to see him on the pitch as the Spurs make a push for the championship.


There is no way Yedlin is going to be playing for Spurs that quickly.  Especially since he has a logjam in front of him for playing time.  I mean, I realize he played decently in the World Cup, but you don't go from MLS+backup player on USMNT to getting lots of time on a pretty good Premier League side in about 6 months.

He'll go out on loan for a while til at least next season.
 
2014-08-15 08:16:53 PM

dietbubba: Princip's Sandwich: Killer Cars: Princip's Sandwich: Title, no. Top four, perhaps Spurs if they can score more than once a match.

They have the talent to do so, but a lot of guys last year just looked lost. Hell, Erik Lamela might as well have been a MLS-level squad player last year.

The epitome of that was being manhandled 2-0 by West Ham. Andy Carroll's West Ham.

Is it too early to start talking shiat about Andy?


Considering he's already injured himself with 0 league minutes this season, I'd say it's not too early.
 
2014-08-15 08:22:37 PM
Hurt himself doing 12 ounce curls?
 
2014-08-15 08:24:51 PM

dietbubba: Hurt himself doing 12 ounce curls?


Tore ankle ligaments on West Ham's New Zealand tour. Out for 4 months. Why West Ham were touring New Zealand, I don't know.
 
2014-08-15 08:25:49 PM

Krazikarl: There is no way Yedlin is going to be playing for Spurs that quickly.  Especially since he has a logjam in front of him for playing time.  I mean, I realize he played decently in the World Cup, but you don't go from MLS+backup player on USMNT to getting lots of time on a pretty good Premier League side in about 6 months.

He'll go out on loan for a while til at least next season.


I'm sure that is part of the plan.  I haven't heard to whom such a loan will be with.
 
2014-08-15 08:26:11 PM
While I would feel a whole lot better about Arsenal's chances this season if we had one, preferably two more signings, but I do like this team a lot....

City and Chelsea will be tough, very, very tough.  Should be a very entertaining season.
 
2014-08-15 08:30:55 PM

Princip's Sandwich: dietbubba: Hurt himself doing 12 ounce curls?

Tore ankle ligaments on West Ham's New Zealand tour. Out for 4 months. Why West Ham were touring New Zealand, I don't know.


Same diffference
 
2014-08-15 08:31:31 PM
1) Men In Blazers have their first videos up for NBC, previewing the top 7 teams for the EPL, just scroll down a bit to find the links.

2) Just a reminder that I created the Fark Association Football Fandom Survey for any fan to take part in. I'm hoping to post the 1st results later tonight on my profile page, but I can't promise that they'll be done.
 
2014-08-15 08:32:48 PM
ManU, the DUKE of the EPL...
 
2014-08-15 08:48:01 PM
Selfie of the wife and I this summer at Liverpool-Olympiakos
 
2014-08-15 08:49:03 PM

Killer Cars: harleyquinnical: At this point, I'm just hoping Deandre Yedlin can start playing for Tottenham Hotspur in January rather than June.  Would love to see him on the pitch as the Spurs make a push for the championship.

If the Spurs want to keep him at RB, he's not supplanting Kyle Walker anytime soon. Curious though if, considering Yedlin's athleticism, Tottenham dares to convert him to something else.


No way he's right back.  My thinking is that he's Aaron Lennon's replacement in a few years.  Having him and Townsend on the wings with Walker at RB means insane speed for years to come.  Like you said though, he won't be playing this season.
 
2014-08-15 08:50:02 PM

huscarl91: ManU, the DUKE of the EPL...


That would be Chelsea. Coach everyone hates, they wear blue, most of their players are Dbags, their fans are super annoying and don't know any of the history because they only started supporting the club last year...
 
2014-08-15 08:52:04 PM

dietbubba: Selfie of the wife and I this summer at Liverpool-Olympiakos


Hmmm, maybe the photo would help....

or not since Fark keeps "throwing away the non image URL"
 
2014-08-15 08:53:07 PM
Is there a predictor game league again?
 
2014-08-15 08:53:48 PM

Bolo78: Is there a predictor game league again?


Look for midpoint's profile and the info will be there.
 
2014-08-15 09:00:38 PM
Sorry about the size, but if I resize it simply will not work


img.fark.netTrying again
 
2014-08-15 09:08:58 PM

Stimied in a Rut: huscarl91: ManU, the DUKE of the EPL...

That would be Chelsea. Coach everyone hates, they wear blue, most of their players are Dbags, their fans are super annoying and don't know any of the history because they only started supporting the club last year...


Can't we hate both
 
2014-08-15 09:10:57 PM
i'll be watching Dynamo vs Union. God I want the Union to do good but they are from Philly so I know they are bound to let me down
 
2014-08-15 09:34:42 PM

dietbubba: Is this our thread for the weekend?


Nah, there should be one tomorrow (I'm presuming we'll get a couple submissions tonight)
 
2014-08-15 10:29:16 PM

Princip's Sandwich: Why West Ham were touring New Zealand, I don't know.

 
2014-08-15 10:30:32 PM

StRalphTheLiar: Princip's Sandwich: Why West Ham were touring New Zealand, I don't know.


Since Fark doesn't want to upload images tonight...

i1078.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-15 10:34:58 PM

StRalphTheLiar: StRalphTheLiar: Princip's Sandwich: Why West Ham were touring New Zealand, I don't know.

Since Fark doesn't want to upload images tonight...

[i1078.photobucket.com image 654x373]


But Sam Allardyce is too big to be a hobbit...
 
2014-08-15 10:43:12 PM
"new formations and a seven-way title fight all lie in store over the next nine months "

So...the queen is pregnant again?
 
2014-08-15 10:50:17 PM
Can I get some suggestions on a team to support? I've never been a soccer fan and have zero connection to any EPL team but I watched quite a few games last year and was really getting into it.
 
2014-08-15 10:50:59 PM
I am in the predictor but if anyone wants to play Fantasy PL, here is the website: Link

I put the scoring at week 2 like midpoint does. For classic scoring, use code: "2608206-547414"
For head to head, use code: "2608206-547440"

If someone can post this in the thread tomorrow, it'd help. If there are other leagues too, we can default to them. Just wanted to have a fantasy league to mirror predictor for those interested.
 
2014-08-15 10:52:30 PM

ImperialHazman: Can I get some suggestions on a team to support? I've never been a soccer fan and have zero connection to any EPL team but I watched quite a few games last year and was really getting into it.


Tottenham. They are good enough that you won't have to worry about them going down. They aren't a front runner though so you can join without being a bandwagoner. They spend but don't have unlimited dollars, but you run the risk of cheering for a team that always gets just close and never actually wins it.

And their logo is a cock and balls.
 
2014-08-15 10:56:03 PM

TheManofPA: ImperialHazman: Can I get some suggestions on a team to support? I've never been a soccer fan and have zero connection to any EPL team but I watched quite a few games last year and was really getting into it.

Tottenham. They are good enough that you won't have to worry about them going down. They aren't a front runner though so you can join without being a bandwagoner. They spend but don't have unlimited dollars, but you run the risk of cheering for a team that always gets just close and never actually wins it.

And their logo is a cock and balls.


Why is it The Gunners but just Spurs? I get the whole verb tense agreement thing but did they just decide they don't like definite articles?
 
2014-08-15 10:59:26 PM

TheManofPA: ImperialHazman: Can I get some suggestions on a team to support? I've never been a soccer fan and have zero connection to any EPL team but I watched quite a few games last year and was really getting into it.

Tottenham. They are good enough that you won't have to worry about them going down. They aren't a front runner though so you can join without being a bandwagoner. They spend but don't have unlimited dollars, but you run the risk of cheering for a team that always gets just close and never actually wins it.

And their logo is a cock and balls.


Plus, One White Hart Lane is a fine place to catch a match. Just a long haul from the closest Tube station.
 
2014-08-15 11:01:19 PM
Paddy Power's Premier League Odds:

Chelsea: 2/1
Man City: 13/5  (2.6/1)
Man United: 9/2 (4.5/1)
Arsenal: 6/1
Liverpool: 12/1
Spurs: 66/1
Everton: 100/1
Everyone else at 1000/1 or worse.
 
2014-08-15 11:06:18 PM
I'll throw some caveats out there and yes, this decision will be exactly this arbitrary: Man U seem like the Yankees of the EPL to me so I've decided to just go ahead and start hating them now. I have a co-worker who is a HUGE Liverpool fan and the schadenfreude at the end of last year was overwhelming. I guess they're out. My grandson likes the cannon crest and thinks "Baggies" is funny so I those to are out front early.
 
2014-08-15 11:08:43 PM

ImperialHazman: Can I get some suggestions on a team to support? I've never been a soccer fan and have zero connection to any EPL team but I watched quite a few games last year and was really getting into it.


What do you want in a team? Or perhaps more importantly, what do you NOT want in a team? Do you want a front runner or a team that does more with less? Do you want to follow one that has a lot supporters near you? Are you a win-at-all costs type? Do you prefer a dynamic offense or a rock-solid defense? High-priced superstars or a team that develops youths?
 
2014-08-15 11:08:47 PM

ImperialHazman: TheManofPA: ImperialHazman: Can I get some suggestions on a team to support? I've never been a soccer fan and have zero connection to any EPL team but I watched quite a few games last year and was really getting into it.

Tottenham. They are good enough that you won't have to worry about them going down. They aren't a front runner though so you can join without being a bandwagoner. They spend but don't have unlimited dollars, but you run the risk of cheering for a team that always gets just close and never actually wins it.

And their logo is a cock and balls.

Why is it The Gunners but just Spurs? I get the whole verb tense agreement thing but did they just decide they don't like definite articles?


You know, I don't know why. I'll just say "too many extra letters." ;)
 
2014-08-15 11:20:19 PM

SmackLT: ImperialHazman: Can I get some suggestions on a team to support? I've never been a soccer fan and have zero connection to any EPL team but I watched quite a few games last year and was really getting into it.

What do you want in a team? Or perhaps more importantly, what do you NOT want in a team? Do you want a front runner or a team that does more with less? Do you want to follow one that has a lot supporters near you? Are you a win-at-all costs type? Do you prefer a dynamic offense or a rock-solid defense? High-priced superstars or a team that develops youths?


Well I'm a Cardinals fan (baseball, not football) so I guess a perrenial contender is good and they are known for building talent vs buying it. Definitely like to see a team pushing forward. Again, I'm new so I don't really appreciate a 1-0 soccer match the same as I do a 1-0 baseball game yet. I'm in rural Kentucky so unless Chelsea are going to field a NASCAR team as well supporters of any team near me will be rare.
 
2014-08-15 11:23:56 PM

TheManofPA: ImperialHazman: Can I get some suggestions on a team to support? I've never been a soccer fan and have zero connection to any EPL team but I watched quite a few games last year and was really getting into it.

Tottenham. They are good enough that you won't have to worry about them going down. They aren't a front runner though so you can join without being a bandwagoner. They spend but don't have unlimited dollars, but you run the risk of cheering for a team that always gets just close and never actually wins it.

And their logo is a cock and balls.


Excellent analysis of Tottenham. NSFW language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GTLM89pN0A
 
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