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EPL 2016-17
« on: August 13, 2016, 05:00:56 AM »

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Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2016, 07:12:37 AM »

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Predictions

(1) Man City (2) Man United (3) Arsenal (4) Tottenham
(5) Chelsea (6) Liverpool (7) Everton (8] West Ham
(9) Leicester (10) Stoke (11) Bournemouth (12) Middlesbrough
(13) Southampton (14) Swansea (15) Burnley (16) Crystal Palace
(17) West Brom (18) Sunderland (19) Watford (20) Hull

I like Watford and Hull to get relegated. Last 4 teams fighting it out to avoid being 3rd team.

The two Manchester teams to fight it out for the title.

I think the rest of the big teams (CHE, TOT, LIV, ARS) are firmly in the trailing pack.

Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2016, 11:46:56 AM »

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So, Leicester lost today (vs Hull).

If they lose to Arsenal next week, will Riyad Mahrez push for an Arsenal move? Hope so.
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Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2016, 07:13:59 AM »

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So, Leicester lost today (vs Hull).

If they lose to Arsenal next week, will Riyad Mahrez push for an Arsenal move? Hope so.

He was pretty dreadful, today, was he not? 

Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2016, 05:07:56 PM »

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So, Leicester lost today (vs Hull).

If they lose to Arsenal next week, will Riyad Mahrez push for an Arsenal move? Hope so.

He's signed an extension with Leicester City.  I think Arsenal needs a defender or two and a striker (does this sound familiar?).  Xhaka should be a revelation, however...

Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2016, 07:26:35 PM »

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So, Leicester lost today (vs Hull).

If they lose to Arsenal next week, will Riyad Mahrez push for an Arsenal move? Hope so.

He's signed an extension with Leicester City.  I think Arsenal needs a defender or two and a striker (does this sound familiar?).  Xhaka should be a revelation, however...

Right on...

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37185258

So, we came from not willing to pay a 30 million valuation from Valencia to buy Skhodran Mustafi to agreeing to pay 5 million more because it has been desperate times?

LOL. Even when he's actually doing good business, you can't help but laugh at Arsene Wenger's transfer policy...

But hey, I'll take it. Finally done something, eh manager?
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Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2016, 08:43:23 PM »

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So, Leicester lost today (vs Hull).

If they lose to Arsenal next week, will Riyad Mahrez push for an Arsenal move? Hope so.

He's signed an extension with Leicester City.  I think Arsenal needs a defender or two and a striker (does this sound familiar?).  Xhaka should be a revelation, however...

Right on...

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37185258

So, we came from not willing to pay a 30 million valuation from Valencia to buy Skhodran Mustafi to agreeing to pay 5 million more because it has been desperate times?

LOL. Even when he's actually doing good business, you can't help but laugh at Arsene Wenger's transfer policy...

But hey, I'll take it. Finally done something, eh manager?

The great impediment to real spending on real players by Arsenal is majority owner Stan Kroenke.  Now that he has his moneymaking machine in Los Angeles, maybe he'll loosen the pursestrings a little at Arsenal.  By the way, how do you like your CL draw?  As a City fan, I assumed that UEFA would ensure that we were drawn in with either Bayern or Barca (former Pep clubs), and sure enough...


Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2016, 08:44:54 PM »

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Hey, Yoki, if you need a good young keeper, English too, we've got one we're attempting to sell - an opportunity for a real "bargain" for Wenger, and that is something we all know he really loves!  Cech isn't getting any younger, you know...

Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2016, 09:31:34 PM »

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Hey, Yoki, if you need a good young keeper, English too, we've got one we're attempting to sell - an opportunity for a real "bargain" for Wenger, and that is something we all know he really loves!  Cech isn't getting any younger, you know...

Is he better than Wojciecch Szczensny?

Honestly though, that's a poopy way to treat Joe Hart. I thought he's going to Everton on loan?
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Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2016, 09:37:35 PM »

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So, Leicester lost today (vs Hull).

If they lose to Arsenal next week, will Riyad Mahrez push for an Arsenal move? Hope so.

He's signed an extension with Leicester City.  I think Arsenal needs a defender or two and a striker (does this sound familiar?).  Xhaka should be a revelation, however...

Right on...

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37185258

So, we came from not willing to pay a 30 million valuation from Valencia to buy Skhodran Mustafi to agreeing to pay 5 million more because it has been desperate times?

LOL. Even when he's actually doing good business, you can't help but laugh at Arsene Wenger's transfer policy...

But hey, I'll take it. Finally done something, eh manager?

The great impediment to real spending on real players by Arsenal is majority owner Stan Kroenke.  Now that he has his moneymaking machine in Los Angeles, maybe he'll loosen the pursestrings a little at Arsenal.  By the way, how do you like your CL draw?  As a City fan, I assumed that UEFA would ensure that we were drawn in with either Bayern or Barca (former Pep clubs), and sure enough...

I'm a little bit pessimistic compare to most of the fans.

I've read Arseblog, and people seem to be okay with the group, and I get it. PSG with no Zlatan and a new manager. Really good team, but it's easy to expect that they aren't as good of a squad as they were.

And then we got Basel and Ludogorets. I don't fancy a trip to Eastern Europe, but hey, at least it's not Russia on a cold December night.

But Basel scares me. That squad gave Manchester United and Chelsea some fits. They really, really scare me.

As for you guys, hey, atleast this time you're getting Barcelona in the group stage and not at the knockouts. It's weird that Claudio Bravo will right away face his former team. That could be fun, and should be an easy group for you guys to get out. We took one of Monchengladbach's best players, so there's that. Does Brendan Rogers scare you? LOL

At least it's not Group D. Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon. What a way to have your first ever European tournament appearance, FC Rostov, here's your reward.

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Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2016, 06:39:46 AM »

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So, Leicester lost today (vs Hull).

If they lose to Arsenal next week, will Riyad Mahrez push for an Arsenal move? Hope so.

He's signed an extension with Leicester City.  I think Arsenal needs a defender or two and a striker (does this sound familiar?).  Xhaka should be a revelation, however...

Right on...

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37185258

So, we came from not willing to pay a 30 million valuation from Valencia to buy Skhodran Mustafi to agreeing to pay 5 million more because it has been desperate times?

LOL. Even when he's actually doing good business, you can't help but laugh at Arsene Wenger's transfer policy...

But hey, I'll take it. Finally done something, eh manager?

The great impediment to real spending on real players by Arsenal is majority owner Stan Kroenke.  Now that he has his moneymaking machine in Los Angeles, maybe he'll loosen the pursestrings a little at Arsenal.  By the way, how do you like your CL draw?  As a City fan, I assumed that UEFA would ensure that we were drawn in with either Bayern or Barca (former Pep clubs), and sure enough...

I'm a little bit pessimistic compare to most of the fans.

I've read Arseblog, and people seem to be okay with the group, and I get it. PSG with no Zlatan and a new manager. Really good team, but it's easy to expect that they aren't as good of a squad as they were.

And then we got Basel and Ludogorets. I don't fancy a trip to Eastern Europe, but hey, at least it's not Russia on a cold December night.

But Basel scares me. That squad gave Manchester United and Chelsea some fits. They really, really scare me.

As for you guys, hey, atleast this time you're getting Barcelona in the group stage and not at the knockouts. It's weird that Claudio Bravo will right away face his former team. That could be fun, and should be an easy group for you guys to get out. We took one of Monchengladbach's best players, so there's that. Does Brendan Rogers scare you? LOL

At least it's not Group D. Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon. What a way to have your first ever European tournament appearance, FC Rostov, here's your reward.

Amazing - Wenger spends  !  I think Arsenal has a chance to steal the group - why not?  You'll need to be careful with both Basel and Ludogorets, but it would be a shock to lose to them. 

Thanks for signing Xhaka, as now we won't have to face him again.  We'll have to see if we can steal a match against Barca and somehow win the group on goal differential. 

I think Begiristain really mismanaged the Hart situation.  I don't have any real issue with the decision, as I figured both Hart and Caballero were probably not long-term for Pep, but I believe he thinks he can get this squad performing at a high level pretty quickly, so Bravo is in, probably debuts at Old Trafford in the derby on Sept. 10th. 

Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2016, 09:08:35 AM »

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Very happy with how Chelsea are playing since the shift to a 3-4-3. I think Chelsea have looked the most complete and dominant team in the league since Conte changed his tactics and went away from that 4-2-4 which wasn't working.

I am really liking Chelsea's chances to win the league now. Liverpool and Man City both playing very good football as well. They are the top 3 teams for me. Then Arsenal, Tottenham and Man Utd lagging behind.

Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2016, 09:18:09 AM »

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Disappointed but not totally surprised by Man Utd.

Talent wise, I thought they were (and still rate them as) a top 2 team in the league alongside Man City entering the season. But Jose Mourinho is doing an absolute terrible job just like he did at Chelsea last season.

Mourinho has tunnel vision with that 4-2-3-1 even though it doesn't make the most of the players he has at his disposal. I'd love to see Man Utd shift to a 4-4-2 diamond. I don't know why Jose hasn't done that. Especially given the success he had with Porto in that formation and at times with Inter as well. I'd love to see Carrick at the base with Pogba and Herrera on it's sides. Then Mkhitaryan as AMC with Rashford and Ibrahimovic up front. They have Mata, Schweinsteiger, Martial, Depay, Rooney. Lots of players who can provide depth beyond the first choice players. Valencia would be awesome as an attacking right full back also. Shaw or Blind would be fine on the left.

Even a 4-3-3 just to get Pogba into a comfortable role where he can fully show his range of skills. Or a 3-5-2. Or a 3-4-3. All options that offer more of sound base for United's stars than what Jose is doing right now.

I hate how isolated Ibrahimovic has been up front.

PSG bought Cavani because Ibra needed a 2nd striker alongside him who can make runs and get in behind defenses. That was 3-4 years ago. This was well known before he came here. To get the most of Ibra you either have to (1) play a 2nd striker (2) get lots of quick attacking mids (not Rooney or Mata) who will make runs behind Ibra (3) play slow possession based football and gradually probe your way through teams.

Mourinho does none of these things. We know he isn't comfortable with possession football. He continues to play too many slow AMCs (Mata, Rooney, Pogba) who do not fit what Ibra needs. And he will not play a 2nd striker alongside Ibra instead shifting his striker out into a wing role.

And he is completely ignoring Mkhitaryan ... talk about self-sabotage!

Re: EPL 2016-17
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2016, 01:50:58 PM »

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Disappointed but not totally surprised by Man Utd.

Talent wise, I thought they were (and still rate them as) a top 2 team in the league alongside Man City entering the season. But Jose Mourinho is doing an absolute terrible job just like he did at Chelsea last season.

Mourinho has tunnel vision with that 4-2-3-1 even though it doesn't make the most of the players he has at his disposal. I'd love to see Man Utd shift to a 4-4-2 diamond. I don't know why Jose hasn't done that. Especially given the success he had with Porto in that formation and at times with Inter as well. I'd love to see Carrick at the base with Pogba and Herrera on it's sides. Then Mkhitaryan as AMC with Rashford and Ibrahimovic up front. They have Mata, Schweinsteiger, Martial, Depay, Rooney. Lots of players who can provide depth beyond the first choice players. Valencia would be awesome as an attacking right full back also. Shaw or Blind would be fine on the left.

Even a 4-3-3 just to get Pogba into a comfortable role where he can fully show his range of skills. Or a 3-5-2. Or a 3-4-3. All options that offer more of sound base for United's stars than what Jose is doing right now.

I hate how isolated Ibrahimovic has been up front.

PSG bought Cavani because Ibra needed a 2nd striker alongside him who can make runs and get in behind defenses. That was 3-4 years ago. This was well known before he came here. To get the most of Ibra you either have to (1) play a 2nd striker (2) get lots of quick attacking mids (not Rooney or Mata) who will make runs behind Ibra (3) play slow possession based football and gradually probe your way through teams.

Mourinho does none of these things. We know he isn't comfortable with possession football. He continues to play too many slow AMCs (Mata, Rooney, Pogba) who do not fit what Ibra needs. And he will not play a 2nd striker alongside Ibra instead shifting his striker out into a wing role.

And he is completely ignoring Mkhitaryan ... talk about self-sabotage!

Mou is a "specialist" in self-sabotage - just look at his stints at Real Madrid and Chelsea (TWICE). 

Re: EPL 2016-17
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