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How TV Aerials Work

2020.09.19 13:34 aerialshuddersfield How TV Aerials Work

How TV Aerials Work
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which was like counting down. And I thought that was really useful.” (FG2: Young age group, P1, male, 18 years) Overall participants expected that all media forms (print, broadcast, online, telecoms) should present information about the switchover to reach as many people as possible. Ultimately, communities communicate and word-of-mouth about personal experiences was as, if not more, trusted as information sources. Ensuring that people have the correct information to hand to be able to deal with all eventualities that are anticipated and possible with switchover was expected to be available by participants. Participants expected the level of detail provided to be appropriate to their needs (including regional specific information) and to err on the side of ‘wait and see’ to avoid consumers spending money needlessly. 7.6 Variables influencing satisfaction with messaging approach 7.6.1 Getting the most for your money For some participants choosing between the different platforms and products was a matter of value for money. Most people were already aware that set top boxes could be bought for less than £20 (e.g., via supermarkets), and many people opted for the cheap boxes. No one mentioned the relevance of the digital tick. Even those who opted for pay television were aware of the value for money aspect and were keen to get what they wanted for the best deal available, whether that was driven by particular content (channels) or by bundling with other services. “[I looked for what offered] Most channels for the cheapest price.” (FG3: Middle age group, P5, male, 41 years) “The reason I went for [pay television provider] is because [it] has the monopoly on sports. Then [other pay television provider] got on board but they don’t offer you much for your money to be honest.” (FG3: Middle age group, P1, male, 35 years) “We already had the [digital terrestrial television] boxes so we wanted as little expenditure as possible, so we carried on with what we’d got. Retune and go.” (FG3: Middle age group, P4, male, 47 years) 7.6.2 Desire to maintain a basic broadcast television service For some participants, particularly those who had switched to digital only because they had to, their needs were simple – to continue watching broadcast television after switchover. For some of these people, the wealth of information available was overwhelming and confusing. These participants simply needed to know how they could keep what they had. “Just [want] the television set. There were no underlying things going on. Just watch the sport, news. [Interviewer:
Keeping what you have] Yeah absolutely.” (FG1: Older age group, P1, male, 68 years) “I’m just confused with all of this. [free to view digital terrestrial television] and [pay television provider], it’s all the same to me, I don’t know what the difference is. I just added the box, and that’s how it is. [Interviewer: Did you see that as the simplest way for you to do it?] No, doesn’t make any difference. [Interviewer: Was it just about keeping what you had?] [he nods]” (FG1: Older age group, P4, male, 70 years) “I had to choose a way of upgrading and [free to view digital terrestrial television] was my way. [Interviewer: because?] [With pay television provider], there were too many channels.” (FG1: Older age group, P5, female, 73 years) 7.6.3 Desire to have more choice of programme content For others participants in the group, their digital television equipment decisions were based on awareness of services that afforded more choice. For most participants, popular pay television providers were top of mind and well-known and established brands. Based on what participants discussed in the groups, it appeared that they often did not make fully informed judgements and were not always actively in control of their purchase decisions; they were often in the right place at the right time for television provider sales staff to make a sale. Sales staff were often successful in winning over consumers by presenting their offer as a simple, one-stop shop. Bundled services were desirable to some participants. As illustrated in the second quote below, participants indicated that people are not comfortable with querying sales staff and could benefit from knowing the right questions to ask that are relevant to the households’ needs (e.g., recording preferences). “I chose [pay television provider] because I like certain channels [...] We could tailor to how we wanted, they were not going to go down, like other companies. I thought they have more competitive prices as well.” (FG1: Older age group, P6, female, 62 years) “I think what the problem is: we’re not comfortable at challenging the competitors at what they can offer us. I think if I go to them, they are going to offer me this, if I go to them they are going to offer me that. So we actually don’t bother, we just wander on accepting what we have. I have [pay television provider], when we moved in, that’s what we had, until we found [other pay television provider] better and cheaper. [...] it wasn’t until I ‘ummed’ and ‘arrghed’ I realised how easy it was to get.” (FG1: Older age group, P3, male, 67 years)
“I’d go under one system under [pay television provider]. [Interviewer: Why would you advise her to go for that?) Choice of more programmes, it’s just one system.” (FG1: Older age group, P1, male, 68 years) 7.6.4 Desired functionality Many participants had clear functionality requirements (e.g., recording) and made purchase decisions based on their awareness of the availability of desired function(s). Some participants were only aware at switchover of how their new television experiences were different to their old experiences, and were in the process of resolving them either before or after they had made significant digital television related purchases. “I tend to watch [pay television provider], because I’m able to freeze frame, pick up again, cancel all the advertising on the television.” (FG1: Older age group, P3, male, 67 years) “I knew I would have to do something because I wouldn’t be able to record.” (FG1: Older age group, P2, male, 69 years) 7.6.5 Simple, contract free Convenience and simplicity were important drivers for some participants. “[free to view digital terrestrial television], it’s one price, no messing about with phone lines or anything like that.” (FG3: Middle age group, P4, male, 47 years) 7.6.6 Replacing equipment For some participants, the discussion around the personas raised considerations that were perceived as relevant to decision making. For instance, some reported preferring to use switchover as an opportunity to update old television equipment rather than buying a set top box add-on. For some, notably more elderly consumers, a new integrated digital television may be the simplest, least hassle, and most easy to use option. “[Her television] is that old, she could just buy a new one.” (FG1: Older age group, P5, male, 73 years)
Technical research conclusions This study has analysed new data made available following a survey of domestic TV aerial system performance, conducted externally to this project on behalf of BERR in the first quarter of 2009. The key findings are: • The statistical performance of the domestic aerial is very similar to that determined in previous studies (1995 and 2003). • As before, aerial system gain was found to be inversely proportional to available field strength. • A trendline fitted to the data showed a dependence of -0.i on the available analogue field strength. • From this trendline, the assumed system gain of 7dBd is generally only achieved in locations where the available analogue field strength is 75dBμV/m or less. • 29% of households have some form of amplification in the system (33% for DTT, homes, 19% for analogue only homes). • Where amplification is used, it improves both the system gain and the C/N or MER. • Older installations exhibit somewhat lower system gain - a 30 year old system has an average gain some 10dB below a new installation. • Some 75% of households have grouped aerials. • There is no difference in overall gain between systems with ‘grouped’ and ‘wideband’ aerials. • Some 3.4% of households will require an aerial upgrade to receive PSB services, post-DSO. For reliable reception of all multiplexes, this figure rises to around 9.6%. 8.2 Consumer research conclusions 8.2.1 Insights relating to aerials and reception a. Most participants were aware that current roof aerials might need to be updated for digital terrestrial reception. Most reported that their awareness had been raised by a range of sources including word of mouth, newspapers and Digital UK. Some participants were aware of others in their community who had installed ‘monster’ aerials as a precautionary measure. Post-switchover, there was a sense that the significance of the aerial issue could have been down-played and that there was scope to reassure and more strongly allay fears about in adequate aerial systems. b. There was little direct experience in the groups of having replaced roof aerial systems, with the exception of some anecdotes about others. Most participants
therefore favoured a communications approach recommending people to ‘wait and see’ whether they would experience any reception issues at switchover which would need addressing, given the general expectation that the majority of aerial systems should be sufficient for digital terrestrial reception. c. A strong view that emerged, from the oldest focus group in particular, was that information regarding increased signal levels at switchover (relative to pre-switchover levels) should have been emphasised more than it was. Many were unaware the signal would be boosted at switchover, giving them improved reception with their current aerial equipment. Those who were aware of the power increase reported that they had been informed by sources such as the local press, sometimes too late for effective switchover preparations. There was mixed recall and recognition of receiving official switchover communications pre-switchover. d. The Digital UK leaflets shown to participants in the groups were considered both sufficient and useful, particularly for people without alternative platforms (e.g., satellite, cable or IPTV). Interest was expressed for an impartial advice source available across different media for provision of post-switchover troubleshooting information (potentially available via a pre-recorded phone line providing potential solutions to typical problems). e. There was little or no awareness of the formal aerial checkers such as the teletext test and the handheld aerial checker across the focus groups. Instead, participants reported noticing a range of indications pre-switchover, such as the signal strength monitor displayed on their (already connected) set top boxes and pixelation on their television screens, and inferring from these indications whether or not their current aerial installation would be sufficient for digital terrestrial television post-switchover. f. There were numerous reports from the focus groups of reception issues including pixelation, allocation of channels to unexpected channel positions, and loss of specific channels. Many participants reported using and persevering with equipment that gave them good enough but not optimal reception rather than fully resolving the issues. g. Use of indoor aerials was commonly reported. In fact some participants viewed indoor aerials as a first-stop solution to reception problems – to test or try out terrestrial reception with a low-cost solution. Some participants made repeated indoor aerial purchases, believing that ‘powered’ or ‘digital ready’ indoor aerials may improve their digital terrestrial reception. For some, investment in better roof aerials may have been a more effective longer term solution. h. Many participants were unaware of the transmitter from which they received their television signal. This was evinced by reports of unexpected loss of BBC2 for some participants believing that had already switched but who in fact were viewing broadcasts from a transmitter between its two switchover dates. There were several references made to loft aerials, and that with these it can be more difficult to identify from which transmitter residents received their television signals.
General insights relating to consumer experiences of switchover i. Overall, participants were prepared, often well in advance, for switchover with at least one television set already converted. Their preparedness was in the context of mixed understanding of some aspects of switchover. Post-switchover, many were still preparing for full conversion, whilst others were less bothered about converting non-main television sets. j. Direct switchover related expenditure was reported to be low and digital equipment was often purchased with switchover in mind rather than for switchover per se. Most participants opting for terrestrial television bought low cost set-top boxes. k. Participants reported that the hypothetical household ‘personas’ presented in the research groups were thought-provoking. The majority said that communications which incorporated this type of approach would benefit consumers, helping them to identify factors that may be relevant to their own switchover related purchase decisions. Numerous considerations were flagged by participants, prompted with the hypothetical households, as relevant to purchase decisions including cost (competitive pricing, a ‘good deal’), service (flexible packages; level of television consumption, regional broadcast preferences), and effort (consistency in platform and functions with existing household services, simplicity/ease). l. For the majority of research participants good value for money was of paramount importance. Perceptions of value were variable depending on whether participants wanted just what they had, or more choice. m. Most participants were pleased with their new digital television service although some cited commonly reported complaints including poor quality programming, adverts, cost, and having had no choice but to adopt digital television to continue watching television after switchover. The participants most negative about switchover were the oldest. The most informed who felt most in control were the middle aged group, and the youngest participants were most comfortable and least concerned about switchover.
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2020.02.22 17:55 jimmithy Post-Match Thread: Swansea City 3 - 1 Huddersfield Town

Swansea City 3 - 1 Huddersfield Town

Date: 21st February 2020 at 3:00pm

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27' - High pressure from the Swans forces a mistake. Feels like every Swans player has a shot that's blocked before Fulton calmly recycles out wide to Kalulu. The forward, in his first start for ages, beats his man with a step over and fires low at the keeper. The shot is parried and Ayew reacts quickest to redirect it home.
62' - Garrick replaces Kalulu
77' - Huddersfield get one back. Ayew leaves his man on the wing and comes inside to win a tackle, but the ball gets played straight back out to the right wing. The low cross is met in the middle by the outstretched leg of Mounie
79' - Quick reply by Fulton to put us ahead again. Missed the goal because I was writing this.
89' - Brewster holds the ball up well on the half way line and feeds Gallagher. Garrick is holding the line for ages, but they break through the defense, the sub rounds the keeper and Swansea will almost certainly come away with three points
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2020.02.22 15:58 jimmithy Match Thread: Swansea City vs Huddersfield Town

Swansea City 3 - 1 Huddersfield Town

Date: 21st February 2020 at 3:00pm

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27' - High pressure from the Swans forces a mistake. Feels like every Swans player has a shot that's blocked before Fulton calmly recycles out wide to Kalulu. The forward, in his first start for ages, beats his man with a step over and fires low at the keeper. The shot is parried and Ayew reacts quickest to redirect it home.
62' - Garrick replaces Kalulu
77' - Huddersfield get one back. Ayew leaves his man on the wing and comes inside to win a tackle, but the ball gets played straight back out to the right wing. The low cross is met in the middle by the outstretched leg of Mounie
79' - Quick reply by Fulton to put us ahead again. Missed the goal because I was writing this.
89' - Brewster holds the ball up well on the half way line and feeds Gallagher. Garrick is holding the line for ages, but they break through the defense, the sub rounds the keeper and Swansea will almost certainly come away with three points
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2020.01.17 23:07 gnorrn [OC] Where England's most successful managers come from

After hearing Neville and Carragher being unable to name any notable managers from Manchester or Liverpool, I wondered where England's most successful managers did come from.
A surprising proportion come from a relatively small part of the country clustered around the Tyne and Tees rivers in the North East. This is particularly striking in view of the fact that the clubs from that area have historically had less success than those in the North West of the country.
The criteria I used were:
I don't think these criteria are perfect (for example they include Hodgson but exclude Venables, who seems like a "bigger" manager to me), but you have to draw the line somewhere.
List of managers below. Apologies for any errors or omissions -- please let me know in the comments. A couple of managers didn't have birthplace info in Wikipedia and so were omitted.
It's striking (and a little sad) that (with the exception of Hodgson) none are still active, and few are still living.
Manager Birthplace Achivements
Tom Watson Newcastle Football League 1891-2, 1892-3, 1894-5 (Sunderland); 1900-1, 1905-6 (Liverpool)
Ernest Mangnall Bolton Football League 1907-8, 1910-11 (Man United)
William Garbutt Hazel Grove, Cheshire Italian Championship 1915, 1923, 1924 (Genoa); La Liga 1935-6 (Athletic)
Jimmy Hogan Nelson, Lancs. Hungarian League 1916-17, 1917-18, 1918-19, 1919-20, 1920-21 (MTK); Swiss League 1919-20 (Young Boys)
Jack Greenwell Crook, Co. Durham Copa del Rey 1919-20, 1921-2 (Barcelona); 1928-9 (Español); South American Championship 1939 (Peru)
Herbert Chapman Kiveton Park, Yorkshire Football League 1923–24, 1924–25 (Huddersfield); 1930–31, 1932–33 (Arsenal)
Thomas McIntosh Sedgefield, Co. Durham Football League 1927-8, 1931-2 (Everton)
George Allison Hurworth-on-Tees, Co. Durham Football League 1934-5, 1937-8 (Arsenal)
Tom Whittaker Aldershot, Hants, Football League 1947–48, 1952–53 (Arsenal)
George Raynor Hoyland, Yorkshire Olympic Games 1948 (Sweden)
Stan Cullis Ellesmere Port, Cheshire Football League 1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59 (Wolves)
Bill Nicholson Scarborough Football League 1960-1; UEFA Cup 1971-2; Cup Winner's Cup 1962-3 (Spurs)
Alf Ramsey Dagenham, Essex Football League 1961-2 (Ipswich); World Cup 1966 (England)
Harry Catterick Darlington, Co. Durham Football League 1962-3, 1969-70 (Everton)
Ron Greenwood Worsthorne, Lancs. Cup Winner's Cup 1964-5 (West Ham)
Joe Mercer Ellesmere Port, Cheshire Football League 1967-8; Cup Winner's Cup 1969-70 (Man City)
Don Revie Middlesbrough Football League 1968-9, 1973-4; Fairs Cup 1968-71 (Leeds)
Dave Sexton London Cup Winner's Cup 1970-1 (Chelsea)
Brian Clough Middlesbrough Football League 1971-2 (Derby); 1977-8 (Notts Forest); European Cup 1978-9, 1979-80 (Forest)
Bob Paisley Hetton-le-Hole, Co. Durham Football League 1975-6, 1976-7, 1978-9, 1979-80, 1981-2, 1982-3; European Cup 1976-7, 1977-8, 1980-1; UEFA Cup 1975-6 (Liverpool)
Roy Hodgson Croydon Swedish League 1976, 1979 (Halmstads); 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 (Malmö); Danish Superliga 2000-1 (Copenhagen)
Bobby Robson Sacriston, Co. Durham UEFA Cup 1980-1 (Ipswich); Eredivisie 1990-1, 1991-2 (PSV); Primeira Divisaõ 1994-5, 1995-6 (Porto); Cup Winner's Cup 1996-7 (Barcelona)
Tony Barton Sutton, Surrey European Cup 1981-2 (Aston Villa)
Joe Fagan Liverpool Football League 1983-4, European Cup 1983-4 (Liverpool)
Keith Burkinshaw Higham, Yorkshire UEFA Cup 1983-4 (Spurs)
Howard Kendall Ryton, Co. Durham Football League 1984-5, 1986-7 (Everton); Cup Winner's Cup 1984-5 (Everton)
EDIT: Added Joe Fagan -- thanks to giddy07
EDIT: Added Hodgson -- thanks to cantevenmakeafist
EDIT: Corrected date of Sexton's Cup Winner's Cup
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2020.01.17 18:04 jw_mentions Possible Discussion on /r/LegalAdviceUK in post "Being harassed by Jehovah's Witnesses, what actions do I need to take?"

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Submission Being harassed by Jehovah's Witnesses, what actions do I need to take?
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Author lowerchelsea
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TL;DR: Jehovah's Witnesses have tried to enter my home without my permission. They know I can't get a restraining order. What can I do??
The long version:
We have 3 access points to our house - Door 1, Door 2 and Door 3. We have no access to answering Door 2 (we don'tuse it as an entrance point so always have a vacuum and a pram placed in front of it), so if someone knocks, we have to walk outside from Door 1 and do the whole, "hi, we don't use that door" thing. Door 3 is a set of glass patio doors. This is relevant for later.
4 months ago, Jehovah's Witnesses knocked on Door 2. I walked round to the side to see who it was and was ambushed into conversation by Brenda, and it became very obviously immediately that she as a JW. I was 9 months pregnant at that point and Brenda asked me a lot of questions about my maternity leave and my husband's schedule. I thought the questions were innocent enough and answered them.
Since then, every week she has been back. Sometimes two or three times a week, but always at least once. She always brings a different person with her. I have asked her several times to stop coming back and to leave me alone. I feel like I have been targeted because she knows I am at home alone and therefore vulnerable.
I constantly have my blinds drawn and I am afraid to answer the door. She has tried several times to enter my home and I have always shut the door in time. I haven't answered the door in weeks. My husband is furious about the situation but he is never home when they knock.
About a month ago, I informed Brenda if she didn't leave me alone, I would file a restraining order. She said I couldn't do that as it was religious discrimination and that I can't file an RO against a whole church. I might be able to stop her from coming, but there would always be other people from the Church to come round. This weirded me out at the time but I gathered she was probably right. I told her to fuck off anyway and have gone back to ignoring the door.
Today, however, it went too far and I am genuinely nervous. There was a knock at Door 2. I am expecting an Amazon package so went out the front. I saw Brenda, said, "you need to leave me ALONE" and ran back inside. I locked Door 1 behind me.
I sat in the front room with my baby with the blinds down. She began hammering on the bay window as she walked from Door 2 to Door 1. When she got to Door 1, she began viciously attacking the door. I am not exaggerating. She was hammering on the door as hard as she could. I stood in the door frame to the living room and watched the door handle going up and down as she tried to enter. I stayed silent.
The person she had brought with her was stood at Door 2, I could see the silhouette through the frosted glass. They did not move from door 2 the entire time.
After 3 or 4 minutes of her trying to open Door 1, she walked around the side, again hammering on the bay window. I stood still for about a minute in the door frame. I was about to turn around, but then I saw Brenda stood at Door 3. From where I was stood, I could see out to Door 3, but someone stood at Door 3 would not have been able to see me.
She was trying to open Door 3 silently. I always keep that door locked thankfully. After roughly a minute of her trying to get in, she began pounding the glass.
This went on for about 10 minutes. I phoned the non-emergency police line and told them I felt like I was being harassed. The woman I spoke to was lovely and told me she could hear the noises through the phone.
She said I needed to phone the Church they were from, speak to the leader and file a complaint. She advised me to go to the Citizen's Advice Bureau and ask for help drafting a legal letter telling them they needed to stop. She told me that if they continued, she had logged the incident, and said I needed to phone back and quote that reference number as they would then send police officers to the Church to have a word.
After this call, I phoned CAB to try make an appointment and was told it would be 6 weeks, or I could try going in for a walk in appointment. I can't go to a walk in as I have a 3.5 month old baby and we would be there for hours. I also think 6 weeks is too long for me to be living in fear of answering my own front door.
I then tried to phone the branch Brenda is from. I live in Huddersfield, and when you google "Kingdom Hall Huddersfield", no phone number for that branch comes up ANYWHERE. Mirfield and Brighouse both have numbers though which I called.
Mirfield went straight to voicemail. Brighouse answered, but would not transfer me to Huddersfield. They transferred me to their service department in London.
The operator refused to give me the phone number for the Huddersfield branch. He said he could take my name and number and they could call me back. I refused to give my number and said I urgently needed to speak to the Huddersfield branch leader. He asked why, and I took a leap of faith and told him the truth. He told me that he could not give me the number, but he could take my name and number.
At this point I was pissed off, said some rude things and hung up.
I'm annoyed and distressed. I want this to end. I felt like I was in a bloody horror movie watching her try claw her way through Door 3.
HOW can I get this to end?? Should I phone the police again? Do I need to draft a cease and desist letter? Is it true I can't get an RO? Is there some sort of law they are breaking by trying to enter my home?
Please help. Thanks in advance.
ETA: I have made an appointment with CAB, but was hoping anyone would have any advice for something that is a bit more immediate.
Edit: Thank you so much for all the replies! I got a lot more help than I was expecting, so I'm sorry I can't reply to you all but rest assured I am reading EVERYTHING. A lot of people are recommending I call 01484 310832. That is for the Colne Valley Huddersfield constituency, not the Kirklees one who I am being harassed by! I have called every number I can Google and none of them have been for Kirklees!
Sorry, another edit: I DO NOT hate Jehovah's Witnesses. I am usually more than happy to have a 10 minute chat, which is why I didn't turn Brenda away when I first met her. This behaviour is completely out of the ordinary and today it genuinely terrified me. I did not mean to come across as though I think this is normal JW behaviour, I am very aware that it isn't, which is why I'm asking for help. Thanks!

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Author Inflatable_Potato
Posted On Sat Jan 18 04:22:06 UTC 2020
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"Apostate" is the word you're looking for. They will run, guaranteed. No one will come back to "encourage" you
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Author Inflatable_Potato
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I'm also an exJW and as much as I hate them - I agree this isn't normal behaviour for them at all. She is a complete mental case
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Author Shirley_Knott93
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I am an ex-JW. This is not normal behavior. Although they are persistent, when asked to leave they are supposed to leave. They also have a “Do not call” list. You can request to be placed on there. It’s good for 3 years.
Next time she comes I suggest calling the police. Witnesses are generally harmless, but she sounds like she may have some mental problems.
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Author lowerchelsea
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Thank you! This is all so overbearing to me. When I lived with my mum, I always used to invite JWs in for a brew because they've always been preachy but overall harmless and nice. This feels like a whole new level. I have never invited Brenda in for a cup of tea because I always thought something seemed off and today has really shown me I was right.
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Author makeshiftup
Posted On Fri Jan 17 23:42:20 UTC 2020
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Really? My dad is disfellowshipped and they leave him tf alone lol
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Author SwanBridge
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I hope you don't mind but I've cross posted this to the exjw subreddit, they might be able to give you good advice.
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Author longforgottenfader
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At this point I would say she might not be a real JW and you should indeed be concerned for your safety.
JWs, while completely mind washed and wrong, are obviously supposed to leave you alone the second you say so, the fact that she isn't means she is either mentally unstable or a criminal.
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Author lonely_unicorn_love
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If what I’ve been told is true about them, if Brenda continues to harass you after you tell her you’ve been disfellowshipped, she can get into A LOT of trouble with the church, even excommunicated herself. You should also keep a diary of when these visits happen (time, date, who came, how many, any threats made, did she open the door etc, any information helps) as it could help you should you need to take legal action.
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Author NYCalling
Posted On Fri Jan 17 23:40:13 UTC 2020
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Another Ex JW here.. I’ve been out for some time, but I can guarantee you, this is not normal JW practice.
I’m not defending them, but it sounds like Barbra is a bit mentally unwell. Her threat about more coming is most likely bullshit. I doubt anyone at the church knows what she is doing, and I highly doubt this behaviour would be encouraged.
With all the legal issues around JWs, the last thing they’d want is one of their own getting served in the middle of one of their services.
The best bet is seeing Citizens advice, and calling 999 if she makes a reappearance.
So you have a neighbour you trust that you could call if she comes around again?
I’m sure if you ring 999 if she comes back and say you’re home alone with a baby. someone is trying to break into your house and you’re terrified, they’ll come soon enough.
I’m sorry that you’re experiencing this.
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Author madameray
Posted On Fri Jan 17 18:45:03 UTC 2020
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I found this after searching for Huddersfield Jehovah's witnesses - 01484 310832. https://communitydirectory.kirklees.gov.uk/communityDirectory/organisationdetails.aspx?orgid=1328
Also found 01484432395 on the Charity Commission's page: https://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?regid=1067713&subid=0
Hope you get some help from the police soon to get this person away from you.
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Author Harrtard
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I wouldn't put too much faith in the "disfellowshipped" route working, they've most likely heard it all before and given you've had loads of opportunities to tell her previously she'll probably know you're lying.
Definitely call the emergency police line if she calls again but given the likely response time I would look into a couple of security cameras, even just dummy ones would likely put her off. Starting to play baseball may relieve some of your stress too, plenty of cheap bats available (and a glove and ball of course).
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Author SeveralFishannotaGuy
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No. Don’t lie to the police, obviously, but you can lie to the JWs all you want. The police will understand you were telling a reasonable lie to get them to leave you alone.
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Author Rawrbugg_1221
Posted On Fri Jan 17 22:44:32 UTC 2020
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THIS hahaha. JWs are straight up TERRIFIED of demons and will never come back to your house 😂
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Author fear_of_trains
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whenever you are put on the DNC list, when your area is being worked, the person leading the preaching that day will tell the people working your street not to call at your house.
One thing I would say is to write a letter (or have a lawyer write one for you) to the local hall, cc'ing in the branch saying that you want to be added immediately to the list.
Saying anything about blood transfusions, apostasy or disfellowshipping marks you as as a lost member but "one of them" whereas stating you do not want to be called on marks you as not.
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Author Chuhulain
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I don't think they're JW's.
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Author a60wattfish
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It sounds like you are wanting “Huddersfield, Lockwood Congregation Of Jehovah's Witnesses's”, who operate in Kirklees. If you search for that you will find their information on the charity commission website at http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1066669 and https://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?subid=0®id=1066669 . The second link gives a contact number, although that may not be for them. From digging I think it’s actually the phone number of the chair of the charity (although they could probably help?)
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Author warranpiece
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Not a solution. They will just send the elders instead. JWs have a policy of visiting the disfellowshipped in their territory at least once a year.
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Author YourJoyOffendsMe
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IANAL but I have experienced direct harrassment - someone trying to enter my home while my family and I were present.
  • Call 999 immediately. Stay on the call until help arrives. You have been advised elsewhere to give your details and hang up. Do NOT do this. Ensure they know you are home alone with a new born baby.
  • Film on your phone. You can get fairly decent CCTV from Aldi for about £120. Well worthwhile (but installation can be a pain).
  • Do not tell them you have been disfellowshipped. Don't stoop to their level and play games that they have much more experience in than you do.
  • If you do speak to them (and you don't have to) be firm and clear that entry is denied, you "reserve the right to self defence if you feel threated", and then stop. Wait for help to arrive.
  • Are you friendly with your neighbours? Speak to them about this situation. Even if you are home alone, try to build a support network.
  • Restraining orders without a conviction are expensive. If this comes to the point where she is charged with harassment, make sure you tell the officers you wish to have an RO application filed during the court process, as they are not automatic.
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Author pizzaqveen
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Jehovah's Witnesses have a Do Not Call list that they distribute to their followers on which houses to avoid preaching to. Downside is that they would have your address and come once a year to make sure you still want to be on that list. I would strongly suggest you going to the authorities or get a lawyer. I'm so sorry you're going through that.
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Author Mouthtrap
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Jehovah's Witness Kingdom hall in Huddersfield is available by phone at 01484 310382.
The alternative is to write a formal letter and address it to the Circuit overseer covering Huddersfield: the address for the kingdom hall is 3-5 Belmont Street, Huddersfield HD1 5BZ.
In the meantime, affix a clear notice to your door indicating that you do not want any religious callers at your door. Hopefully it will help. I would also report Brenda to the kingdom hall.
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Author Picksupvix
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Was literally just about to type this! Just say that you haven't been truthful with Brenda and you have actually been disfellowshipped from the truth. She will leave you alone after that.
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Author mylittlesafari
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Bizarre how many people here are suggesting any sort of continued engagement with somebody that actively tries to break into your home.
CCTV, and call 999 if/when she tries it again. Her religion doesn't protect her. It's absolutely insane to me, all these replies about JWs trying to get into people's homes. It doesn't matter if they're 'harmless', call the police and get them removed.
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Author TheCommonLawWolf
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Ex JW #6 checking in, the type of "ministry" she's engaging in is completely unauthorized and goes against pretty much every guideline and rule set out on how you should behave toward householders, in fact she's currently: "bringing reproach upon Jehovah's name" (a big no no) by giving you just cause to criticize a JWs behaviour on a public forum. If the local elders found out it would likely result in them coming down on her like a ton of bricks (not necessarily for any moral or ethical reasons mind, they just really hate looking bad in public like this). If you can't find a contact number for the congregation to report her and she shows up again (after following the other advice here, calling 999 etc) I'd recommend bluffing and telling her that you do have contact details for her congregation and intend to report her attempts to gain access to your home without permission to the elders and be sure that the other JW she's with hears this; she may be so batshit insane she sees her intimidation as justified to "save your soul at Armageddon" but I think its quite unlikely whatever random ministry partner's been forced grudgingly to work with her that morning by the ministry group leader will want to risk being reprimanded/ having their privileges in the congregation revoked and will likely dob her in to the elders at the first opportunity.
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Author 40yearslost
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I would also suggest posting no trespassing signs or specifically order a sign that says no Jehovah's Witnesses. The branch and Kingdom Halls will not stand behind them legally if they are arrested or the police get involved. This is a universal policy for all JWs worldwide. Even if you have to make a sign that violators will be prosecuted.
I'll be honest this doesnt sound like typical Jw behavior and I encourage you to call the police immediately. There are lots of crazy people out there and you have a little baby now. Sont take any chances.
Maybe also have an attorney draft a letter stating they cannot come on the property. Laws are different in every country but dont be afraid to look into this legally. This is very clearly harrassment.
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Author warranpiece
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Former JW here. I would not be interested in defending my former faith, but this is bizarre by even already bizarre JW standards.
First, new laws in the UK require person information not to be collected. You could contact that organization.
However, let me explain how it works, and I am pretty sure the JWs will not want issues and will put a stop to this.
First, sections of housing are broken into "territories". So it's a matter of calling the closest congregations, and finding out whose "territory" you are in. Once you know that, ask for the meeting times of that congregation. Usually wed or Thursday evenings, and on Sunday.
Then call that congregation during their meeting time and ask to speak to the "service overseer" or another elder. Explain that it is urgent.
Briefly explain, give the person's name, and specifically request to be put on the "do not call" list. Let them know that if you are not placed on this list, you will file a formal complaint.
Honestly .....that should do it.
This lady's behavior is very odd, and she may have some sort of mental illness. JWs are a nuisance, and a fundamentalist end time cult......but they are usually quite harmless and happy to leave when asked.
Let me know if there are any questions.
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Author firebirdharris
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Ex JW here (thank... god, i guess?). It's entirely possible that there isn't a specific number for the particular KH, however there will be several people that the head office should be able to contact that are responsible for that KH. There will also be a post box somewhere, more on that in the "less JW volunteered solutions"...
One thing I would suggest is if a none Brenda JW rings, don't open the door but insist that your home be put on the "Do not call list" and point out her harassment. At least when i was one, this was a list of (local) hostile to JWs houses that JWs would avoid, typically for our own safety, though at least in my ex-congregation we would put people on it if they asked for us to not call again (obviously Brenda hasn't heard of this... It seems she also hasn't heard about the one about not disturbing people if their curtains are closed in the morning).
The other thing to note is, are there other JWs going up and down the street at the same time and are they doing it on the weekend or weekdays? If it seems that it's just one or two pairs of JWs out "on the work" and they're doing it on weekdays, then they are probably "missionaries". These are particularly sad and obsessed individuals but also a bit rarer than "normal" JWs, making it a lot easier for congregations to ID the particular Brenda that's a problem, also Bethal will be more interested if one of their missionaries is going loco and giving them a bad rep, than if it was just a random JW (they also have more power against said missionary)...It's also possible that Brenda isn't a member of the most local KH too. Missionaries can travel quite a distance and will likely be knocking on doors all day long, so it's possible she lives within 30-40 miles of you, rather than <10miles (of course by the sounds of it, she's harassing you a lot, so she probably is local).
If she's doing this on her own then she's not doing it even vaguely how she's mean to, we were always told to go in pairs for our own safety, that would be very rough behaviour...
Less JW volunteered based solutions that may scare them off :D :
It may also be worth posting a letter to their KH address explaining the problem and (possibly) removing right of implied access to all the local kingdom halls, which may or may not be actually possible but will likely put you on the "DNC list" anyway (if Brenda still harasses you after that then she'll likely start getting in trouble with her own religion, possibly even disfellowshipped). Also post a copy of the letter to the head office in London (saying that you have in the letter to the local KH) and get the london one signed delivery so you have proof it was received (there's no point getting the local KH one signed, it'll never get delivered...).
However JWs can be a bit... unusual, so that may make it worse. I left about 15 years ago so some of their practices may have changed. Primarily they seemed interested in maintaining the perceived purity of their own flock (though what counted as purity varied) so someone giving them a bad reputation should concern them.
Regardless of what you may try above. Next time she bothers you, call 999 and wait for the police to arrive, 101 is for when the scary, banging, harassment, danger, is over, not during it. You've already contacted the police about it before so they have a history that it is a problem. Definitely film the incident from within your house if you can and definitely consider the RO route against her specifically, by your description it isn't JWs that are being the direct problem but HER and religious freedom doesn't give anyone a blank cheque to harass people...
PS: if Brenda actually seemed even vaguely reasonable or mentally responsible. I'd suggest learning some Voodoo chants and chanting them through the door. It's a fairly quick way of being put on the "DNC list" as it weirds out most properly indoctrinated and more reasonable JWs... But she doesn't seem the mentally stable sort. It's a pity really, it'll probably turn out that Brenda's severely mentally unwell and that the religion has been praying on her vulnerability as much as she is yours.
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Author Cozy_Conditioning
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Don't even assume it is a JW. For all you know it's some crime gang pretending to be JW.
Forget talking to a church. Call the emergency line if you see this person again. Tell them you saw this person trying to break in to your house and they are back. And keep some form of protection with you until they are in jail.
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Author warranpiece
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Actually the best way might be to say you are an apostate. Then invite them to discuss the dark lord on the couch with you.
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Author bonboncolon
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You straight up call the police. Get some cameras for entry points, obviously mainly the front door and back door. You need a plan if they come again - Is it possible for the husband to change his schedule? At least temporarily? Don't rely on making an appointment or complaint - They make it purposefully difficult and nearly impossible to complain.
I don't know if they are JWs because some are batshit and forceful, but treat them for what they are: harassers and strangers trying to force entry. Ignore any legal shit they spout, ignore, this has gone beyond the line. It went beyond the line when they came back the second and third time. You need to protect yourself.
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Author anomalous_cowherd
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Just telling her "I'm sorry but the reason I don't want to speak to you is that I was disfellowshipped" and keeping notes of when she tries to contact you afterwards is not even a legal matter, it's purely that HER church will give HER trouble for keeping on doing it. It's a beautiful solution!
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Author lowerchelsea
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Thank you! I will try that. The lady on the phone asked me if I had ever been involved with them in anyway and she told me it was imperative to the situation if I had been as they would take immediate action. I told her no, which is the truth.
If I tell Brenda etc I have been disfellowshipped and she continues and I then have to get the police involved, would I be in any legal trouble for lying?
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Author Tailend22
Posted On Fri Jan 17 16:38:53 UTC 2020
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When Brenda or any of her shit cult friends start hammering on your door in the future, open the letterbox and tell them very clearly that you have been disfellowshipped.
This is essentially the JW Cult version of being excommunicated by the Catholic church. You are considered far too full of sin to ever be saved and forever condemned to hell. JWs are supposed to stop talking to you instantly, less some of your sin wash off on them.
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Author kneeltothesun
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I found this page that says "Where Huddersfield, Lockwood Congregation Of Jehovah's Witnesses operates: Kirklees"
https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/huddersfield-lockwood-congregation-of-`jehovahs-witnesses`
Here is a number to them: Contact details Tel: 01484852773
https://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?subid=0®id=1066669
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Author lokkenmor
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  • 999 next time anyone from the JW comes round. Tell them you believe that someone is trying to force entry into your property where you (as a heavily pregnant woman alone) are, or latterly where you and your newly born child are. The Police should respond to that kind of a call fairly quickly. You can sort the why and wherefores and the they've-done-this-befores once the Police have arrived and have a handle of the immediate situation.
    Also the paper trail here is good to have. That pretty much makes the harassment case with no work required. Keep that Incident Number handy, give it to the Police next time they're round.
  • Record their behaviour and their banging on your doors, but DO NOT open to doors. Throw that up on YouTube and send it to the local press, that'll be a good a laugh.
  • You absolutely can get a injunction barring any member of an organisation from being near your person, or your home - this includes all members of a local branch of the JWs. You're not asking for an injunction because they're JWs; you're asking for an injunction because they're members of an organisation which, while acting as agents of that organisation, have engaged in a series of unlawful and unwanted behaviours, which are causing you distress.
  • CAB may or may not be useful. Lawyer would be better, because their lawyer will take notice at that right quick.
  • The Charities Register has a number of entries for local Jehovah's Witness organisations many of which - including the Huddersfield congregation - have phone numbers associated with them, That may be another avenue for you to explore in terms of getting in contact with someone (assuming you've not tried it before).
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Author DelightfulRam
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It was TL:DR, I'm in the middle of cooking tea, but essentially:
  1. You have a person repeatedly visiting your address, who coincidently is a JW.
  2. You've asked this person to stop visiting your address repeatedly. You want this to stop. Specifically, you want This person to stop.
  3. This person has ignored your requests, and has attempted to gain entry.
  4. You are classed as vulnerable, and are concerned about this person's behavior.
I would treat this matter as you would if it were any other person, the fact this relates to JW is irrelevant, providing you have not been discriminatory towards this person based on her religion. Report this to the police, and immediately call them if it happens again. Its a civil matter, unless a crime occurs (such as forced entry, not just entering your property which is trespass).
Provided you haven't been discriminatory towards her based on her religion, and have/are only objecting because of her behaviour you likely won't have any thing to be concerned about.
And if you get a RO against her, she can't come, but others can. They're less likely though.
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Author OxfordBlue2
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All good advice here. From a legal perspective, if you or anyone who happens to be with you are capable and willing, you are entitled to use no more than reasonable force to remove someone from your property. Anyone on your land is only there “by license” (=with your permission) and you’re entitled to revoke that license at any time (certain exceptions such as spouses, children and so on).
Be very careful if you decide to take this course of action. Tell the JWs you wish them to leave and warn them twice that you will remove them if they do not leave voluntarily. Use only the force strictly necessary to compel them to leave.
Also, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 may apply in your case. Your local police can (at their discretion) issue a notice to the JWS.
The same Act gives you civil remedies, including the right to seek an injunction.
If they show up again, definitely call 999, say you’re being harassed in your own home, and ask for officers to attend immediately. Make it clear you’re a vulnerable person at home alone with a small child.
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2020.01.10 18:01 just_boof_it [Pre-Match Thread] Aston Villa vs. Manchester City

Aston Villa vs. Manchester City
Competition: Premier League - Round 22
Date: Sun 12 January 2020
Kickoff: 16:30
Venue: Villa Park
Club Statistics
Form (all competitions): WLWLD
Goals per game: 1.3
Average Possession: 46.4%
Pass Accuracy: 78%
Shots per game: 12.8
Tackles per game: 15.6
Dribbles per game: 9.7
Club Statistics
Form (all competitions): LWWWW
Goals per game: 2.7
Average Possession: 60.5%
Pass Accuracy: 88.6%
Shots per game: 19.7
Tackles per game: 14.2
Dribbles per game: 12.1
Aston Villa Team News
  • Dean Smith has stated previously that he expects Matt Targett to be available for selection on Sunday. The defender had been missing with a hamstring injury since he limped off in the defeat to Watford on 28th December.
  • The Villa boss said at his Friday press conference that Keinan Davis is a couple of weeks away from a return while fellow forward Jonathan Kodija didn’t train due to illness.
  • Wesley, Tom Heaton, John McGinn and Jed Steer are all long-term absentees.
Manchester City Team News
  • Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson should return to the starting line-up for his first appearance since he was sent off against Wolves on 27 December.
  • Long-term absentee Leroy Sane remains on the sidelines but Aymeric Laporte will return to full training next week.
Match Facts
  • Aston Villa have lost nine of their past 11 Premier League meetings with Manchester City. Their only victory in that run came back in September 2013.
  • City have kept a clean sheet in eight of the last 10 league encounters.
  • Aston Villa have earned six points from their past three league games, which is two more than they managed in their previous nine.
  • City have beaten the Villans by an aggregate score of 11-0 in their last three matches in all competitions.
  • Dean Smith's side have only managed one point from their 10 matches against teams who begin this matchround in the top half of the table.
  • Manchester City have dropped 19 points in 21 league matches this season. They dropped 14 points in the whole of the 2017-18 campaign and 16 points in 2018-19.
  • Villa have won only three of their 49 Premier League matches against the reigning champions, losing the last 11 in a row.
  • Under Pep Guardiola, City have lost three of their four Premier League away games in January, winning only against Huddersfield last year.
  • Villa have scored 27 league goals this season, as many as they managed in the whole of their most recent season in the top flight in 2015-16.
  • Since the start of the 2011-12 season, no player has scored more Premier League goals against newly-promoted teams than Sergio Aguero's 31.
  • Jack Grealish has scored six league goals in 19 appearances, equalling his career-best tally set in the Championship last season.
Lineups? Predictions? UTV!
Where to watch
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2020.01.03 23:24 Kezyma Whole-History Ratings - Automated Premier and Football League Rankings

I originally posted this to /soccer but it got removed by the mods, so instead of trying to post there again, I figured I'd try posting here, I hope you find it interesting and I do intend to continue doing more of these here in future!
Unless any of you frequent /MMA, it's unlikely you'll have seen my previous posts about the Whole-History Rating system that I took and adapted/implemented for MMA. It's a non-linear rating system that was designed to be a major improvement on Elo and after comparing it with other rating systems, I chose it as the most accurate of the ones I'd tried and so far it has an overall prediction rating of 66% across a history of nearly 300,000 fights.
I've been following football for longer than MMA and I've been a season ticket holder at Oxford United since 05/06, so I figured I should at least see what this rating system produced when I ran it for football results. I put together a database of around 600,000 matches dating back to the earliest record of the FA Cup, including leagues from around the world and as many international results as I could find and then ran the rating system on that data. It took a lot longer than expected and didn't reach convergence (it basically didn't get to its peak accuracy potential before I stopped it running) however it got pretty close and these ratings wouldn't change much if I had left it running any longer.
Unlike with MMA, I don't really think football is in much need of an improved system for rankings since we already have divisions for that in the first place, although I do believe that leagues would be far better if goal difference was used instead of points (as it would prevent if not eliminate time-wasting in matches as well as make it mathematically possible for anyone to win the league from any point, theoretically speaking) but otherwise I can't complain much.
I've broken the teams up into their respective divisions, but the ratings should let you compare teams across different divisions too, so you can see how teams in one league line up to teams in another. It's worth noting before looking at these that they're meant to reflect the current skill of a team as they are right now and while results this season affect the ratings more than results beforehand, this isn't meant to be a league system since a solid win or loss streak can quickly take a team to the top or bottom of these ratings.
If you're interested in more information about the rankings, just leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer it, otherwise, you can find all my posts about it relating to MMA and the rankings site for MMA (as well as links to the original whitepaper): Previous Posts & Ratings Site

Premier League

# Team Rating
1 Liverpool 759.58
2 Man City 702.17
3 Leicester 607.68
4 Chelsea 568.71
5 Man Utd 538.71
6 Wolves 525.37
7 Tottenham 519.27
8 Everton 513.67
9 Sheff Utd 500.17
10 Arsenal 499.94
11 Crystal Palace 483.93
12 Southampton 478.76
13 Newcastle 476.08
14 Aston Villa 470.95
15 Watford 461.48
16 Brighton 449.51
17 West Ham 430.51
18 Burnley 421.93
19 Norwich 394.51
20 Bournemouth 381.73

Championship

# Team Rating
1 Leeds 462.88
2 West Brom 455.69
3 Brentford 414.60
4 Nottm Forest 413.71
5 Millwall 392.91
6 Hull 390.36
7 Swansea 381.97
8 Reading 378.40
9 Middlesbrough 378.28
10 Cardiff 378.26
11 Fulham 378.19
12 Sheff Wed 378.11
13 Preston 372.84
14 Bristol C 360.08
15 Derby 355.25
16 Blackburn 352.71
17 QPR 322.71
18 Barnsley 312.32
19 Charlton 307.37
20 Stoke 303.74
21 Huddersfield 301.92
22 Birmingham 298.79
23 Wigan 291.92
24 Luton 273.08

League One

# Team Rating
1 Portsmouth 370.25
2 Oxford 363.76
3 Coventry 338.77
4 Rotherham 332.98
5 Gillingham 317.40
6 Fleetwood 315.15
7 Bristol R 314.86
8 Peterborough 311.62
9 Shrewsbury 305.18
10 Sunderland 304.08
11 Burton 296.38
12 Wycombe 293.69
13 Ipswich 293.23
14 Accrington 286.77
15 Doncaster 276.62
16 Blackpool 274.64
17 Lincoln 267.88
18 Rochdale 245.16
19 Tranmere 236.87
20 MK Dons 224.60
21 AFC W'bledon 216.87
22 Bolton 206.44
23 Southend 125.88

League Two

# Team Rating
1 Exeter 296.07
2 Crewe 281.17
3 Colchester 274.69
4 Swindon 265.48
5 Plymouth 265.20
6 Northampton 246.66
7 Port Vale 241.07
8 Bradford 234.60
9 Cheltenham 233.61
10 Forest Green 233.01
11 Scunthorpe 232.99
12 Salford 227.92
13 Walsall 218.94
14 Newport Co 211.72
15 Mansfield 207.30
16 Leyton Orient 183.20
17 Carlisle 178.97
18 Oldham 178.23
19 Crawley 174.16
20 Macclesfield 167.15
21 Stevenage 166.94
22 Cambridge U 164.46
23 Grimsby 155.13
24 Morecambe 109.62

Conference

# Team Rating
1 Barrow 248.93
2 Harrogate 247.51
3 Stockport 223.13
4 Notts Co 216.53
5 Solihull M 212.60
6 Yeovil 211.26
7 Bromley 211.24
8 Dover 198.67
9 Boreham W 193.02
10 Hartlepool 192.75
11 Barnet 192.43
12 Eastleigh 191.20
13 Fylde 188.81
14 Halifax 184.42
15 Sutton Utd 166.95
16 Maidenhead 151.00
17 Torquay 146.98
18 Woking 143.09
19 Aldershot 141.51
20 Wrexham 138.33
21 Ebbsfleet 137.06
22 Dag & Red 116.86
23 Chorley 111.93
24 Chesterfield 102.29
And as a bonus, the top 10 ranked teams globally.
# Team Rating
1 Liverpool 759.58
2 Man City 702.17
3 Barcelona 654.64
4 Paris St-G. 627.30
5 B Munich 622.33
6 Leicester 607.68
7 Juventus 597.99
8 Real Madrid 586.26
9 RB Leipzig 580.53
10 Chelsea 568.71
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2020.01.02 16:05 MadlockUK 2020 Winter Silly Season

So I've taken upon myself to conglomerate the Winter Silly season for us. Please feel free to post articls and the like though let me know if I've made mistakes here within the comments. I will try to update as much as possible here.
In terms of strategy, it seems we're in the market for the following:
Again, just as a reminder the tiers are as follows:
The Sun is banned here in lie with other club subs and soccer

Staff Changes


Staff Position Source
- - -

New Contracts


Player Position Contract Length Source
Wes Morgan CB TBC TBC
Christian Fuchs LB/CB TBC TBC

Players In


Player Position Age Nation From Fee Contract Source
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Players Out


Player Position Age League To Fee Contract Source
George Thomas ST/MF 22 Eredivisie ADO Den Haag ? Loan, 6-months ADO Den Haag Official Twitter
Raul Uche ST 22 La Liga Real Valladolid ? Permanent Official
Camron Gbadebo CB 17 Premier League Man City ? Permanent Mercury
Andy King MF 31 Championship Huddersfield ? Loan, 6 months Official

Speculation

Player Rumour Source Tier Date Captured
Robin Koch Robin Koch has asked for £30,000 as negotiations continue for the German International defender Mercury Tier 3 24/01/2020
Jannik Vestergard There appear to be heavy links to the CB in our pursuit of a defender Mercury (confirmed by Sky and other sources) Tier 2 24/01/2020
Steven Bergwin We've been linked to the PSV striker from seemingly nowhere. Mercury Tier 3 24/01/2020
Bertrand Traore We are looking to may a loan-to-buy move for Olympique Lyon striker Bertrand Traore Sport Witness Tier 3 22/01/2020
Josh Brownhill We have been linked with a move for the promotion chasing Bristol City midfielder Mercury Tier 3 21/01/2020
Hamza Choudhury Hamza been linked with a surprise move to Newcastle, even after Bruce's criticism Mercury Tier 3 21/01/2020
Serhou Guirassy Guirassy has attracted attention of us and Villa with his attacking ability in Ligue 1 Daily Mail Tier 3 20/01/2020
Ryan Bertrand We're looking at Bertrand (a former pupil of Rodgers) from Southampton as back up and potential replacement for Chilwell Daily Mail Tier 3 17/01/2020
James Maddison Arsenal are to battle Man United for Maddison in the summer The Guardian Tier 2 16/01/2020
Islam Slimani Slimani has been linked to Aston Villa as they look for a striker in the depths of their injury crisis Mercury Tier 3 15/01/2020
Luke Shaw We've been linked with Shaw over rumours for Chilwell increase Daily Mail Tier 3 15/01/2020
Andy King King to be sent on loan to Huddersfield. He'll join with fellow PL winner Danny Simpson. Mercury Tier 3 15/01/2020
Wahid Faghir Wahid Faghir has allegedly had an offer made for him by Leicester City. The 16 year old has been described as 'the next Zlatan' Sport Witness Tier 4 13/01/2020
Papa Mendy Mendy linked with a move away to Real Betis due to lack of game time with us Mercury Tier 3 13/01/2020
Luke Shaw He has been linked with us for a potential LB for the club Mercury Tier 3 13/01/2020
Moussa Wague A RB we've been linked on in general areas. Rodgers has since denied needing this as we have Ricardo and JJ Mercury Tier 4 10/01/2020
Harry Wilson Wilson has been loosely linked to us from the summer though it's probably just speculation at this point Mercury Tier 4 08/01/2020
Odsonne Edouard Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is rumored to be a target of a £30m bid for us and as a potential successor to Vardy. Daily Record Tier 3 08/01/2020
Ben Chilwell Chilwell has been linked to a few clubs such as Man City (as second pick), Chelsea, and Spurs Mercury Tier 3 08/01/2020
Ricardo Spurs are looking to 'poach' Ricardo for £30m. It should be noted that Ricardo has laughed this rumour off before. Mercury Tier 4 07/01/2020
Papy Mendy Mendy is likely to leave at the end of contract if not sooner Mercury Tier 2 07/01/2020
Morgan/Fuchs Contracts to be extends for our skipper Morgan and Fuchs Mercury Tier 2 07/01/2020
Jarrad Branthwaite 15 year old wonder kid at Carlisle with offers from Everton at £500k reject. Leicester is one of the clubs in the offings. Daily Mail Tier 3 06/01/2020
Granit Xhaka Arsenal, like United, have apparently pinned their hopes on a cash plus player deal for Wilfred Ndidi Daily Mail Tier 3 06/01/2020
Jesse Lingard Lingard has been offered as a swap deal with £40m for Maddison Football365 Tier 4 06/01/2020
Eberechi Eze In competition with the Blades for a £12m bid for QPR attacker Mercury Tier 4 (Sun via Mercury) 03/01/2020
Hakan Calhanoglu We may be able to draw Calhanoglu away along with Demiral for €50m combined Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Daniele Rugani Italian International CB being consideered according to the Telepgraph Mercury Tier 2 (Telegraph via Mercury) 03/01/2020
Sam McCallum Coventry defender being eyed up by various PL sides including us. Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Merih Demiral We're 'really interested' in making a 30m move for the Turkish Defender at Juventus. Hell, it worked for us once right? Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Jarrod Bowen We've been linked with the Hull City on multiple occasions and it's the exact sort of winger we need. He's rated at around £10m and would be good competition for our current wingers. Mercury Tier 3 (via The Sunday Mirror) 03/01/2020
Vedat Muriqi A Turkish stiker that has been mentioned in the Turkish media outlets as linked with us. Mercury Tier 4 (Sport Witness via Mercury) 03/01/2020
Macauley Bonnne Charlton Athletic Striker who has had a good run at Charlton as they chase Championship promotion. talkSPORT Tier 4 03/01/2020
Chris Smalling One of the weirder rumours with the England international currently in Serie A, will his £18m be enough for us to go after him? NB: His stats have been very good at AC Milan The Mirror Tier 3 03/01/2020
Dwight McNeil The extraordinary winger at Burnley has been linked with a few clubs including us. Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Robin Koch Former teammate of Soyuncu, Robin Koch, is another defender on our radar. Mercury Tier 4 (Sun via Koch) 03/01/2020
Salif Sane Senegalese International defender linked with us last summer. We continue to enquire . . . Mercury Tier 2 (The Athletic via The Mercury) 03/01/2020
Akinkumni Amoo The 'little Nigerian Messi' is a rising star we've been linked to All Nigerian Soccer Tier 4 03/01/2020
Emmanuel Dennis Club Brugge striker is 'a priority of Rodgers' according to the French journalist with discussions under way with costings between £17m to £20m for him. Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Kristoffer Ajer Celtic Defender we have been linked with because of Rodgers most likely, and was linked previously in the summer. Daily Mail Tier 3 03/01/2020
Habibou Diallo Metz forward who has had good form in Ligue 1 in this season thus far. They are looking for around £7m for him and the second highest scorer behind Wissam Ben Yedder. The Express Tier 3 03/01/2020
Noussair Mazraoui Ajax defender who has been linked to us along with various other clubs. Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Ronald Sobowale A non-league striker who has been doing well and on trial with Middlesbrough. Could it be the next Vardy? Daily Mail Tier 3 03/01/2020
Victor Osimhen Liulle Forward who we have tried to sign before. Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Karem Baykus Trabzonspor midfielder Kerem Baykus who has been linked with us Fotospor Tier 4 03/01/2020
Serhou Guirassy Amiens striker who has been doing all right and reported by a local paper as being linked with us. Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Omar Elabdellaoui Former Man City defender and Norwegian International who has been link to us and other PL sides Daily Mail Tier 3 03/01/2020
Ronan Darcy Bolton Wanderers youngster Ronan Darcy is an upcoming striker though he is linked to the rangers as well Mercury Tier 4 (Sun via Mercury) 03/01/2020
Stephane Diarra Midfielder who has been linked to us and a few other British sides. Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
Ben White A Brighton defender on loan at Leeds who is impressing. The 22 year old fits the bill nicely with Brighton having a surplus of defender available. Mercury Tier 3 03/01/2020
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2019.10.01 15:08 D-Kelman Dear Brexiteer...

17,410,742 people voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, a process now famously known as Brexit. The country is now three years down the line, we have replaced Cameron with May and now May with Johnson, we're probably going for another General Election and absolutely nothing has been done to sort the problems that caused this.
Since I can't be bothered typing it out every time, let's call it 17.5 million people. In political circles, that's known as a "shitload". That many people voting for major reform of our entire system is something that warrants sincerity when analysing it, sadly this hasn't been the case with Brexit. We on the losing side chalk most of this up to populism, lies and let's be honest.... stupid folk. I'll put my hands in the air and say that the vast majority of people who voted against Brexit think that the vast majority of those who voted for it are intellectually inferior. We, the losers, think that you don't understand what you've done. We think you've cocked it all up a bit, we think you got angry at the "elite" and we definitely think quite a few of you are racist. That is not however the reason 17.5 million people voted to leave the EU. If anyone believes that over half of the UK is a bunch of raving mad racists, then they’re morons. 17.5 million people are not a monolith. They're not all twats and neither are we. This deserves a proper analysis where instead of guessing solutions and hoping they fit, let's take a serious look at the reasons why so many people would vote for such a drastic change.
I want to be clear and reiterate, I’m a 25 year old Remain voter who is giving his own opinion. I am not a professional at this. If I'm wrong, I'm a just a bog-standard bloke getting something wrong. Here’s my honest opinion why folk voted for Brexit, why I understand and why it’s fair for me to pissed off.
Small amount of history required. The United Kingdom closed World War II with a determination to strengthen Europe. Churchill was only too aware of the vulnerabilities within the continent and encouraged a pan-European approach which would allow nations to easier curtail any rogue state. He did however make the UK's position on Europe a little hazy:
We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not combined. We are interested and associated but not absorbed.
On 18 April 1951, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and West Germany signed the Treaty of Paris to become the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). We didn't. Which is weird but the reasoning is vitally important. The UK didn't want to sign up to such an agreement despite economic indications it would be profitable. Trading with Commonwealth countries was decreasing and joining the ECSC would surely offset it. There was at the time, great expectation that were the UK to join the ECSC the British legal system and parliamentary tradition would be altered and potentially disappear. Notably Labour were the strongest in opposition of European integration as they feared the effects it may have on their socialist principles.
Now, nobody needs a massive history lesson but it's important to quickly cover the rest. Weakening UK/US relations forced the UK closer to Europe and in 1970 negotiations began to join the now named, European Economic Communities (EEC). Despite some reservations the UK agreed a deal and joined the EEC in 1973. It wasn't that easy though, prominent Socialist Labour MP Tony Benn was concerned and wanted a further referendum on the permanence of the UK's relationship with the EEC. So divisive was the topic that Conservative MP, Nigel Farage's idol and definite racist; Enoch Powell inferred support for a Labour vote in 1974 so that they could back Benn's referendum. All of this considered, in 1975 the UK voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EEC with 67% of voters backing a Yes vote. It's interesting to consider here, we did not vote to join, that was decided for us and we certainly didn't vote on the permanence of our relationship, we just voted whether we stayed or not. To say that the UK walked into what we now know as the EU would be an understatement, we stumbled our way in. But, we were in.
Then around 20 years just sort of happened. Europe became less of a serious talking point and more of a political football. Thatcher's generally pro-European Conservatives were frustrated with the Maastricht Treaty which sought to protect workers rights and Neil Kinnock lead the generally anti-European Labour party to a policy of much greater integration in Europe. You can go through the period of '73 till now over and over again, the one thing you will conclude is that there never was consensus. Euroscepticism has always existed. Whether it's the Socialist who believes the European market-driven economics will harm equality or the Capitalist who believes the EU's focus on rights and bureaucracy will suffocate the UK economy, there was always opposition on both sides.
Euroscepticism is a perfectly valid stance to have. Whatever side of the aisle you come from, you've had team-mates who would call themselves eurosceptics. Some folk just don't believe in globalisation.
Okay, if I am to be honest about my Remainer stance, be honest about yours, this was never about Europe was it? You don't care about Brussels or regulations on bananas. Nobody cares about regulations on bananas. You feel pissed off that for almost half a century now, nobody gave a shit about your city/town/ village.
In 2016 a study from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) analysed the fortunes of 74 UK cities with populations of more than 100,000, developing an index of relative decline based on changes in employment rates, levels of highly qualified workers, the number and type of full-time jobs, net migration rates and population change (the previous sentence is entirely from a Guardian article, yup I’m THAT guy). In simpler terms they wanted to find out which city has regressed fastest. Where's the biggest shithole essentially.
Should we do a top 10 and bottom 10? Okay.
Cities showing lowest relative decline: Cities showing highest relative decline:
1) Milton Keynes 1) Rochdale
2) Cambridge 2) Burnley
3) Brighton 3) Bolton
4) Aberdeen 4) Blackburn
5) Crawley 5) Hull
6) Cheltenham 6) Grimsby
7) Worthing 7) Dundee
8) Cardiff 8) Middlesborough
9) Bournemouth 9) Bradford
10) Edinburgh 10) Blackpool
Now, my UK geography isn’t that bad but I’m still struggling with places like Crawley and Worthing. Let me put it this way, the North of England has been completely neglected. It’s honestly embarrassing seeing how systematic this decline is. Not one city in the South of England shows up until bloody Swindon at 26. This is a fucking joke. Too long we have looked at figures like these and talked about Thatcher and her deindustrialisation. Thatcher left in 1990. It’s 30 years later, I went to Huddersfield recently, it’s awful. We’ve completely forgotten vast swathes of England and if we want to pin this on the EU then that’s fine but let’s be very clear, absolutely every politician in the UK Parliament is fundamental aware of this issue and is doing nothing to solve it.
I have grown up in Edinburgh. I went to a private school, I’ve been to 4 continents, I know how to ski, I have a university degree and I am a notorious lazy bastard. For me and my friends to laugh at people on radio phone-in shows saying why they voted Brexit is just about the most fucked up thing going. I have had literally everything you could ask for handed to me and my side of the argument has the audacity to tell others that they are the ones who don’t understand.
Allow me to take a guess for a second. I’m being genuinely sincere when I say this because I truly want to understand. You’ve grown up in a city in North England like for example Grimsby. You’re one of the thousands who live in Grimsby and you love it. Of course you do, it’s home and with a proud tradition you and your family have always voted Labour. You proudly tell all that the last time Grimsby didn’t have a Labour MP, we were still fighting the Germans. You are what’s known as a “Safe Seat”. Nobody cares about you, nobody is campaigning in Grimsby because you’re just going to vote Labour. It stretches further though, you’re in such an entrenched Labour seat that not even Labour care too much about you and take it for granted you’ll always vote and, you do. You know that only two parties can win the election so you have to pick between the party that forgot about you and the party you hate. You vote Labour.
Grimsby continues to be neglected and you’ve had enough. You need someone to sit up and listen. The two party system has effectively taken away your only meaningful way of democratically showing disgust but now someone is giving you another option. Sweeping Europe is populism but you don’t care, all you see is someone actually showing up. Someone talking about Grimsby in that same positive light you always saw it in. You see someone who tells you that you’re right. They tell you it isn’t your fault and that the people running your country for the last 50 years have forgotten about you, instead favouring immigrants. Now there are fuck all immigrants in Grimsby. Nigel Farage stood for Parliament in South Thanet. There are no immigrants in either South Thanet or Grimsby but because of that, you don’t really know any immigrants. All you know is what you’ve been told and the only person who fucking bothered to speak to you were the populists so what the fuck are you supposed to think when they stand you in a polling booth and expect you to vote Labour? You don’t. You say fuck them. I’ve been taken for granted for too long. You mark an ‘X’ in the box next to UKIP or the Brexit Party. You’re proud. All of a sudden you matter. You made the difference. You’re part of a campaign and it’s full of patriots and “good decent” people.
I get it. Nobody cared and now they do. You wanted people to notice you and now they do. That makes complete sense to me. One question, why the EU?
Seriously, why the EU? When we actually sit down and look at the arguments it’s kind of crazy. We don’t want immigrants? The cities with the highest levels of immigrants tend to have the most pro-immigrant opinions. In Scotland we literally rely on European immigration, without it we’re seriously in trouble. I will say one thing, unfettered immigration is not fair and it’s not right, we in the Remain camp absolutely need to recognise that. There are people within this nation who need help and before we kick off about racism it is vitally important that we appreciate just how forgotten parts of our country are, while, in very broad terms, areas with larger amounts of immigration do tend to take more focus politically and higher public spending. Again, that’s fair. You can be angry about immigration. We need a much more sophisticated policy so that areas like Scotland can maintain higher levels while other areas can take less. Hopefully that might encourage spending to increase in the North of England and greater understanding of some of the immigrant communities. Here’s the thing though, I hope I would do the same. The vast majority of the people that have been subjected to some pretty heavy abuse and increasing violent attacks are just standard folk from across the world. If I told you that you could leave where you are and achieve a better life for your family by working elsewhere, would you do that for your family? Would you travel miles to set up a completely new life in a foreign land? Would you have the balls to do that? And before we say, “Nah, I’d stay and improve my home”, seriously why is Grimsby such a shithole then? Give credit where credit is due, the decision to move so far is, if nothing else, bold and I’ll be honest, I might be a snowflake but I massively admire anyone who is willing to not just say they’ll do anything for their family but actually go and do it.
What other key words have we got? Brussels? There’s this attitude in the UK that the Belgian capital and pretty much the entire country itself is pointless despite the Belgae dating back to the time of Julius Ceasar. Let’s not get into an argument over whether Belgium is a nice country or not, some folk like some places, some like others. If you don’t like Belgium, I can assure you, not even the Belgians give a shit. The properly debatable issue with Brussels is the fact that certain European Union institutions can be found there. The European Commission, the Council and part of the Parliament effectively make Brussels the Capital of the EU so when people say they don’t like Brussels, they’re really meaning they don’t like the centralisation of power outside of the UK. That in large part is Euroscepticism and a completely valid opinion. Like I said about Euroscepticism earlier, I can understand it. It falls apart here though when the solution to that is simply more power in Westminster, I mean absolutely nobody has an alternative to these laws just being transferred to the national Government. It’s seen as bringing power closer to home and as such becoming more democratic but answer me this. Have any of the recent UK votes, the elections or the referendums resulted in actions that you feel properly represent you? Nah. Taking back control in the fashion Brexiteers want is going to result in the same bullshit as before unless we properly look at what the real problems are. That’s the key. This has absolutely zero to do with a Bulgarian MEP giving his or her own opinion and anyone who tells you it does, they’re lying. Plus, if you were disappointed in how the EU was run, why did none of you vote in European elections? That includes Remainers. In fact, more so Remainers, at least the Brexiteers did something with the EU elections, most Remainers telling you how crucial the EU is, never even voted for that democratic assembly.
Money? That £350m we would get every week? That’s shite. You know it’s shite. There aren’t going to be more jobs, you aren’t going to earn more money, we all know that. Enough of the economical arguments. If you genuinely think the UK is going to be wealthier after leaving the EU, you’re betting on Scotland winning the next World Cup, while you’re not definitely wrong, it’s extremely likely that you are.
Let’s be completely honest with one another here, we have no idea what’s going to happen. There’s only one thing that we can take forward as a certainty and that’s that you and I have to share this island for the foreseeable future. I promise to not jump to conclusions and call you a racist. I also promise to go forward with Brexit, you guys won a democratic vote and I’m not going to stand in the way of that. You in return do not have to stop calling me a snowflake, you don’t have to change your view of the UK and you definitely don’t have to like me. You do on the other-hand have to understand my point of view. Economics aside, my girlfriend is from Spain. She only came here because of the EU. I can get behind a policy if it makes it easier to meet humans like her. I also think globalisation drastically reduces the susceptibility to major wars and helping to strengthen countries around us has a knock-on effect in my opinion. Not only does the EU really help minimise tensions, it does a great job of allowing all nations to participate in movements that are bigger than just our nation. It was far too fucking hot this summer. That’s not normal. We do need a global effort on climate change and the EU helps that in my opinion.
Whatever happens, I really don’t think you’re a twat. You’re entitled to think I am but I pledge to make a genuine attempt to help the forgotten areas of our nation. Also, I’ve never been to Grimsby. I have no idea if it’s a shithole. Photos do look bleak though.
TLDR: A letter from me, a Remainer, to Brexiteers on why I understand and I would have probably done the same.
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2019.09.11 07:50 debjay10 Hella Mega Tour UK & European dates

I figured it might be useful to leave an overview of the UK and EU dates here. Personally, I'm really upset FOB won't be along for Leg 2 und 3 (see below). I wonder if they will announce more dates without Green Day?
I'll probably travel to the UK for this (I'm based in Germany) but I'm wondering if it's worth it? I've seen FOB a bunch of times and I don't care too much for either Green Day or Weezer. I'm concerned that FOB will play a shorter set compared to Green Day and that there will be a lot of people who don't care for them. Since I have to pay for flights and accommodation on top of tickets, I'm really on the fence about this.
Leg 2: Europe
(Green Day only)
May 24, 2020 Moscow Russia Otkritie Arena
May 27, 2020 Helsinki Finland Suvilahti
May 29, 2020 Stockholm Sweden Tele2 Arena
May 31, 2020 Ålesund Norway Color Line Stadion
Leg 3: Europe (Green Day and Weezer only)
June 3, 2020 Berlin Germany Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide
June 10, 2020 Milan Italy San Siro
Leg 4: Europe
June 13, 2020 Nanterre France Paris La Défense Arena
June 14, 2020 Groningen Netherlands Stadspark
June 17, 2020 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
June 21, 2020 Vienna Austria Ernst-Happel-Stadion
June 24, 2020 Glasgow United Kingdom Bellahouston Park
June 26, 2020 London London Stadium —
June 27, 2020 Huddersfield John Smith's Stadium —
June 29, 2020 Dublin Ireland RDS Arena
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2019.08.04 18:40 DB_Cooper727 Team DBview - Manchester United [Premier League 2019-20 - 14/20]

Manchester United Football Club

by nitedfan

Welcome back to the first(? I've lost count) iteration of our long-running series, in which actually I really can't think of anything that even resembles humour to parody this opening paragraph. I apologise.
So yeah, Manchester United.
This will be a doozey.
About
"It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart." - Anne Frank on DB’s /soccer explusion.
Arrested 75 years ago today.

Last Season

Pos P W D L GF GA GD Points
6th 38 19 9 10 lol 65 54 11 66
Last season was another in what has become a long slog since AAlex Ferguson left. Our managers since have been nothing short of disgraceful. First, the club had the audacity to appoint the man that Ferguson handpicked to be his successor. Then we had to endure the hardships of the man who led Ajax to a Champions League win and dominated with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The man who was at the helm at the start of this season really was the pick of the bunch though. The inept hybrid of innovation and success, whose odorous little trophy haul “boasted” European Cups and League titles from across the continent was what we, the official United Supporters Club of Houston, Texas, had to suffer through with such great fortitude, saddled with such phenomenal mental trauma.
But then, In the Bleak Midwinter, a hero emerged. Following a humiliating 3-1 loss to Liverpool (which Travis and Brad still won't let me live down, the freaking bin dippers) Medusa saw her own reflection. Manchester United and all-round soccer legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over. He brought the United way back. The passion was there. The desire was there. No more shying away, Ole's at the wheel, oh let me tell you how good it feels.
BANG talk to you later Cardiff! Oh hi Huddersfield, nice idea but this is Ole's unstoppable train. Hmm Bournemouth, some nice cherries you have there, be a shame if a certain Norwegian PICKED them. Game after game the heads of the English soccer titans rolled at the feet of Ole's irrefutable boys. The Busby Babes had sex with the Class of 92 and Scotty McSAUCE was the result. Defenders could barely move they were so scared of Tony M, Rashy and Big Chungus. PogChamp feeding through balls oh yes Ole, oh yes. IT FEELS SO GOOD.
"they've had a good start, he's no miracle worker"
Oh is that right bro? Well sit down and strap in as I tell you a story about the most iconic Champions League Round of 16 game to have ever graced the sport. When Manchester United drew the impenetrable Paris Saint-Germain, much famed for their dominance of the most competitive league in Europe and their irresistible form in the Champions League, nobody gave Ole's lions a chance. After the first leg the salty ABUs giggled to themselves. 2-0 loss with Paul Pogba suspended for the second leg? My god, it'll be a massacre! But they forget. This. Is. Manchester. United. A team fabled for their never say die attitude, for their ability to pull something out the hat when all the chips are down. Whose fans - the best in the world - will NEVER turn their back on the team. You gave up. We didn't.
BAM Lukaku 0-1. Juan Bernat 1-1? THIS IS MANCHESTER UNITED, LUKAKU 1-2. Hear that? It's the sound of the Red Devils knocking on the door. The pressure is insurmountable, Kimpembe glances over at our dugout. He sees a man who knows we will win. A man who knows the United way. He sees our Ole. PENALTY! Marcus Rashford, cool as you like. Neymar looks on bewildered from the stands. He knows which franchise's jersey he'd rather be donning. He knows who he'd rather have driving him forward, who he'd rather have behind the wheel. Tell me, how good does it feel?
We went on to lose 4-0 to Barcelona in the next round, finish 6th and end the season empty-handed.

This Season

This season is already shaping up to be something special. The lightning speed of new boy Daniel "vroom vroom" James mirroring the elegance of Anthony Martial with inch-perfect balls sent to feet by the Pirlo-esque passing of Paul Pogba. An attack spearheaded by two of Manchester's finest in Marcus Rashford and something Greenwood. On the rare occasion that a player gets past McSauce, they'll have to deal with the hard-hitting defending of Arachnid Wan-Bissaka. All this emulsified by the tactical prowess of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Youth. Courage. Success. Oh, that doesn’t resonate with you? Hey, that’s fine, Manchester United didn’t reach the pinnacle of football by being like the run-of-the-mill club y’all support. See, before Ole we had a series of transfers that, whilst at the time may have been claimed to be in the vein of the United way, in retrospect turned out to be a string of red herrings. But now Ole’s back, so is the United way. Manchester United don’t build their foundations on spewing money everywhere like Manchester City and Liverpool. No, we’re different. We care about youth, we care about courage, and we define ourselves on success. This is why we’ve spent this summer going for young gems as opposed to spending silly money. Matthijs de Ligt, Jadon Sancho and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to name just a few of these players were targeted in hopes of showing clubs that you can still organically develop a football team in to a European Goliath by just putting a little faith in youth.
However, a dark cloud overshadows this. The Glazers once again threatened with their paltry sums to do nothing but accumulate more atop the £800m pittance they've spent in the last 5 years. Anger boiled over in tidal waves of sweat as the grease dripped down from shaggy locks whose humble abode lay atop my fair head. I tapped away vigilantly at my phone screen as the concoction of sweat and grease engulfed the display. Before all touch capability disintegrated in to a puddle of human despair, I managed to send out the tweet.
#GlazersOut.
A spark, prefixed by a hash. A revolution is afoot.
But this is no ordinary revolution, this is organised by some of the finest minds that Manchester United Reddit & Twitter has to offer. I'm trying to think of a way to say this humbly but I can't so I'll just say it. We got the hashtag to NUMBER ONE trending on Twitter. I'm welling up a little just thinking about it. The date was set for the protest. June 29th would be the fateful day the Glazers feel the wrath of the Red Devils, inhale the smog of the fiery pits of hell. Love Manchester United. Hate the Glazers.
Me personally? Well I wouldn't be attending, no. Think of me as a Field Marshal, like Haig if you will. I'm the orchestrator, my subjects will do the protesting - and protest they will. Green and yellow banners will unfurl, songs will be sung, fan groups will roll up in the bus-load à la the miners at Pride in '85. The Glazers will have sold up come closing hours through fear of being left completely at the mercy of the famous Manchester United fanbase. It will be the day we get OUR United back. Hated, adored, NEVER ignored.
20 people turned up.
Transfers
Highlights
Player Type From To Fee(£m)
Matthijs de Ligt Perm Ajax Manchester United £75m
Aaron Wan-Bissaka Perm Crystal Palace Manchester United £50m
Daniel James Perm Swansea City Manchester United £15m
All transfers from muppetiers
All incoming/outgoing transfers
Full 2019-20 squad
3 players to watch out for
⭐️ Paul Pogba
Despite the salty ABU infested media's attempts at trying to besmirch Paul by doing things like directly quoting him saying he wants to leave, true Red Devils such as myself and my friend Trevor know better. On his day indisputably the world's best midfielder, Paul bleeds Manchester United football club. He could have gone to any club, but he came to us. After we offered to double his wage and made him the most expensive footballer in the history of the sport. A man who never gives up on the pitch, never turns his back on the club, is never involved in any controversy. Who showed so much passion in the CL RO16 first leg that he got sent off putting us in a potentially precarious position for the second leg, although we ended up playing better without him. That's the kind of man you want to be the linchpin of your side, and the man I myself am rallying behind to slide that captain's armband on to that huge defined bicep of his.
⭐️ Michael(?) Greenwood
Wow. What a prospect this young man is. Having absolutely blitzed pre-season, he undoubtedly must have one hand on the PFA YPOTY award. Like most Manchester United fans, I know a lot about him and have been following his career trajectory for the best part of a decade now. Never before has a more talented footballer graced the academy of a team in English football, and - whisper it quietly - but give it 5 years and we may bump that from "English football" to "World football". With massive goals against the likes of Le*ds (scum!) he looks set to follow in the footsteps of Marcus Rashford and hit that prolific 1 goal every 4 games mark that really acts as a litmus test for separating the wheat from the chaff. The Lord Bendtners from the Emile Heskeys XD.
⭐️ Cristiano Ronaldo
Having started his pre-season on a strong note of having rape allegations dropped through lack of evidence (thots, begone!) Ronaldo is really shaping up for another season of doing Manchester United proud. Whilst the pedants may point out he left the club 10 years ago, and if he'd had his way he'd have left 11 years ago, it is clear Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely adores the club so we make a point of following his progress each season as if he didn't literally use us as a stepping stone, turn down every opportunity to rejoin us, and celebrate after scoring against us by flashing his abs. And at the risk of riling y'all up in the comments, c'mon dude, it's totally Ronaldo > Messi (no /s).
What the fans think
Thanks to /The_Donald for their help
How do you think this season will go?
I'm not sure really I'm more looking forward to the next transfer window and continuing to publicly support a man who puts children in cages.
  • Jroades267
I'm currently in a hotel in Kho Phangan and just saw the Lukaku news there and loudly screamed "HOLY SHIT LUKAKU" and this Thai lad a few balconies below replied "I KNOW!!"
  • TyperSniper (editor's note: literally nobody asked, Typer)
This pre-season has been immense. I have a feeling we’re being underestimated by people who haven’t been watching us. What Ole has managed to galvanise tactically is something completely new which I think is going to take the league by storm. Basically, when an opposition player is on the ball, two or more United players will run at him closing down any passing avenues. This decreases the chance of the opposition player making a dangerous pass, and increases the chance of a United player potentially winning the ball. Then, on the occasions when we get the ball, we start to move forward and kick it towards the opposition goal. It’s something completely new and in fitting with what you expect from Manchester United. I’m calling it “pressurising”.
  • paeders
Which player is going to be your star of the season and why?
ITK 27. I’m convinced that this one actually has a source.
  • Ubergorp
Harry Maguire. He is going to completely transform this defence. For the steal price of £140m we’ve managed to quickly storm right in to contention for the best defence in the league with AWB and Slabbers. Whilst Wan-Bissaka has been superb, and through his appearances in the ICC has essentially already paid back his price tag, Maguire really is going to be something else. Affectionately dubbed “Slabhead” by the United fans (god we’re clever and original) the all-conquering defender comes from defensive juggernauts Leicester, who conceded a mere 48 goals last season in comparison in to our disastrous 54 goals. Squawka Comparison Matrix with the right selected stats actually shows him to be a better defender than Virgil van Dijk, the so-called best in the world. He’ll easily win us 15-20 points and have us back in title contention.
  • AutoModerator
I was saying they look older than they are, not that I’m attracted to them!
  • Alleged Paedophile
How do you think the team will line up?
De Gea – Shaw, Maguire, Koulibaly, Wan-Bissaka – Fernandes, Pogba – Martial, Dybala, James – Rashford
  • “Reliable ITK” xisimon
The 11 of whoever is facing Liverpool
  • TopRed99

DB's Debrief

by the DB_Cooper727
As someone who has been permanently banned from both /RedDevils and /LiverpoolFC, DB feels like he’s best placed to be giving a preview on Manchester United.
The Manager: Usually found snorting lines of Carrington dust that he believes to be remnants of Alex Ferguson's dead skin, OGS has taken a slightly unorthodox approach to this window in buying from close to home. This, in part, is likely because he thought he wasn't yet worthy of using Ferguson's old scouting setup and first had to prove himself by signing players he already knew about. Whilst on the face of it you could argue he has a win percentage comparable to that of David Moyes, completely leans on Mike Phelan to do any kind of coaching work and has, by his own design, overshadowed his entire United reign with an inferiority complex in relation to Ferguson, Ole is a manager beyond his years. So much so that, despite being almost 5 years removed from his tenure at Cardiff, he still managed to deliver them a big 4th PL win under his tutelage when kamikazing his United side against them. Most worryingly for United fans, though, is the fact that the only people who like Ole more than they do is the fans of their rival clubs.
The Team: Through one technicality or another, United boast the incredible record of their entire team being academy products. Every United fan is well-versed in the intricacies of these technicalities and will be able to offer onsite assistance to anyone whose mind may stray away from their infallible club being fuelled by anything other than the United way. They also have an unnervingly brilliant ability at plucking absolute nobodies from clubs lower in the table and making them one of the best in the league without so much as a senior appearance. Take Wan-Bissaka for instance. I bet you can’t even name which irrelevant minnow he used to ply his trade for, but one thing we’re all able to agree on is that as of the 29th June he is indisputably one of the best right-backs in the league.
Why to like them: They ruined your childhood but now they’re shite. Like watching the kid who used to make fun of you for still eating Lunchables when you were in your teens drink himself in to having wet brain. Fuck you Jake you’re a burden on your family and your mum just liked Dignitas’ page on Facebook. Their record with managerial appointments and transfers is horrendously poor, to the point that if they managed to get a manager or signing right it’d be a surprise only dwarfed by the time Taylor Swift brought out Robbie Williams to sing Angels at Wembley. Rival fans can delight and revel in the fact they’ve become everything they used to criticise and mock. Spending loads of money on prima donnas, give nauseating recounts of their history, and the best moments of their post-Ferguson era have been the two times their local rivals beat their biggest rivals to the title. I realise these aren’t really reasons to like them, but come on, it’s Manchester United. DB can only bend the truth so much.
Why to dislike them: No Gun Ri Massacre, My Lai Massacre, Highway of Death. Their legends are littered with women beating, brother's wife pulling, granny shagging, chicken tongue-fucking dangers. Without even the slightest trace of irony they belt out verses about wanting to "go on the piss with Georgie Best", a man who denounced alcohol and the impact it had on his life whilst laying on his deathbed. Whilst for a spell in 2011 their club resembled a bastion of the civil rights movement, more recently their fans have shown a less progressive attitude as they fought back against organisations such as Kick It Out over the racial connotations of their Lukaku chant, defended a homophobic Patrice Evra rant, and claimed that someone who recently called Ashley Young the N word was, in fact, trying to say "like". However, I think we can all agree that which really stands out, tangled within this mesh of reprehensible and immoral actions, is their treatment of our oh so sweet and precious DB. His only crime? Correctly predicting the downfall of the /reddevils at the hands of the ITKs. Their potential saviour, only ever given the chance to be the villain. For shame.
Summary: Unban me from /soccer I’ll be such a good DB 😭.

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2019.07.31 15:46 BonemanAndTheBrisket OC: Top 126 Moments of Liverpool's 2018/19 Season (#76-#67)

Introduction
Part 1: #126-#117
Part 2: #116-#107
Part 3: #106-#97
Part 4: #96-#87
Part 5: #86-#77
Hello all! Yesterday I was carrying some takeout Indian food into my apartment, but as I went to open the door to the building, I dropped the box. It then proceeded to fall down 3 flights and land on the ground below. Amazingly, it was completely unscathed and hadn't even opened. As such I'm on top of the world right now. I truly hope things are going that well for all of you.
Today we've got some incredible team goals, the our first official moment from the Champions League final, and Liverpool legend Alberto Moreno Pérez. I won't keep you waiting, let's get into it.

Moment #76: https://streamable.com/3h1i2 (credit to u/pat_at_exampledotcom)

Date: 6/1/19
Match: Tottenham Final
Score: 1-0, 38'
Player(s): Matip, Robertson
Summary: Matip's insane pass under pressure in the final
This is, unfortunately, the last time Matip will feature in this list. That's mostly due to the incredible quality of the other players in our squad and the plethora of amazing moments we've had this year, but I'm still sad I couldn't include more of everyone's favorite giraffe.
Matip doesn't get enough credit in general, but whenever he does, it's usually for things like his aerial prowess or his funny-yet-effective driving forward runs. Quite rarely do people mention how genuinely good he is on the ball. Having three different top-class ball-playing center backs on our roster is one of the main reasons our attack managed to stay so lethal even after teams started to defend the front 3 more effectively. Between Van Dijk, Matip, Gomez, and Alisson, I've actually become comfortable with us trying to play out from the back, which was honestly unthinkable as recently as a year ago.
This clip here may be the best example of Matip's passing ability. Tottenham are pressing high and still have plenty of wind in their sails. Robertson makes a simple backpass that takes just a bit too much time to get to Alisson, who's now under pressure from Kane to get rid of the ball. He goes to Matip for an easy outlet pass, but Heung-Min Son, rapid as he is, has closed the gap between the two. Matip, now on the ball, is in a real conundrum. He doesn't have the time to turn right and find Alexander-Arnold on the wing, he can't go back to Alisson with Kane right there, Fabinho is cut off, and both Van Dijk and Wijnaldum have men bearing down on them. The only free player left in defense is Andrew Robertson, who's all the way on the other side of the pitch. The problem is that Christian Eriksen is cutting off the straight pass to Robertson, so in order to find him, Matip has to make a pass with just the right amount of spin on it, while putting a good bit of pace into it as well. And he has to do this basically from a standstill with Son breathing down his neck.
And that's exactly what he does. This pass is so pretty that it almost distracts from how important it was. 90% of center backs launch this ball out for a throw-in, turning possession over to the other team. The few that are crazy and confident enough to try to actually find a teammate here probably end up turning the ball over one way or another, which is even worse. Somehow, Matip finds the perfect pass, giving Robertson a golf course of space in front of him. He takes all of it and fires a deceptively difficult ball that Lloris manages to swipe away. Can you imagine if he'd scored this? If Matip got an assist here? This pass would be top 10, easily.
I love Joel Matip so much. I'd say we robbed Schalke, but you can't rob something that's free.

Moment #75: https://streamable.com/02fp5

Date: 6/1/19
Match: Tottenham Final
Score: 1-0
Player(s): Alexander-Arnold
Summary: Trent denies Son 1v1 in the final
We'll stick with the Champions League final for now, and come to a moment that most of us probably forgot by now. I only say that because I did, but it's quite possible that my memory is just shit.
First, we need to be honest with ourselves, the final was a bit shit. There's nothing wrong with that, most major tournament finals are, especially when there's 3 weeks in between the end of the season and the final. Of course, for Liverpool fans, it was a heart-pounding ride right from the start, but I found myself more than a bit frustrated at times with how much of the ball we were giving Tottenham. It was the right move, of course, I'm not criticizing the tactic, just saying that there wasn't much to enjoy from an attacking perspective. That's why a good few moments from the final ended up being on the defensive side of the ball, where we were, quite frankly, absolutely imperious.
It wasn't that Tottenham weren't able to create dangerous situations, quite the opposite really, they had more than a few moments where they'd managed to get their forwards in space with numbers. It's just that every single time, our back 4 and our goalkeeper denied them before that danger could manifest as a real chance. That's exactly what Trent manages here. Christian Eriksen, undeniably great player that he is, finds Son with a fantastic pass despite being harassed by Van Dijk the entire way. Son is now essentially 1v1, and he gets greedy, trying to take Trent out of the equation altogether. Trent sees the pullback coming through, and gets a vital boot in to clear the ball away, dissolving the situation before Son had a chance to shoot.
This moment didn't make many highlight reels (hence why I've pulled from a less-than-official one with a grey filter to avoid content identification), but the situation makes it incredibly important. If this is against Brentford in the League Cup, I'd probably hardly think twice about it, but in the Champions League final, up just 1-0, against one of the most underrated forwards in the world? I can't just leave this one out. Top class play from Trent.

Moment #74: https://streamable.com/p1918

Date: 8/25/18
Match: Brighton
Score: 0-0, 23'
Player(s): Salah, Firmino, Mané, Milner
Summary: Salah scores great team goal against Brighton
After a year in which our high-flying, "heavy metal" style of football got us one match away from the football Mount Olympus, Liverpool adopted a generally more sensible approach the following season. With world-class players at every single defensive position, it only made sense to lean heavier on the defense and not press like madmen quite as often, and the decision paid huge dividends.
Still, it's not as if we completely abandoned the gegenpress approach. The only thing better than an effective tactical approach is multiple tactical approaches, and being able to switch between poised, calm defense and wild out-and-out pressing at a moment's notice made Liverpool a headache for defenses to deal with.
That's precisely what happens here, as Brighton get lazy in possession. They've won a free kick in their end, and elect to take it short. It seems the sensible decision, as the front 3 aren't showing a press at the moment. But on the backpass, Firmino makes a casual, probing run forward. He's not trying to win the ball, but rather to persuade the defender to pass it where he wants him to. It works. The defender completely ignores Montoya on the wing and makes a panicked pass right down the middle, and the exact second he does, James Milner starts running like a bat out of hell. Bissouma's touch is a bit too heavy, and Milner's excellent anticipation lets him poke it away to Mané. Suddenly, out of seemingly nothing, Brighton are on their heels.
The commentator call from there about sums it up. Mané, Firmino, Salah!. It takes those 3 about 2 seconds to turn Milner's challenge into a goal, one that would end up as the match-winner no less. This sort of thing doesn't happen in 17/18, because teams see it coming. Being able to lull the opponent into a false sense of security is a powerful tool, because it means that your opponent can't relax even when they have time and space.

Honorable Mention: Van Dijk yelling at Trent

Virgil Van Dijk has of course been an amazing player in terms of his individual skill, but he's also everything we could have ever wanted in terms of a leader for the backline. In his first match against Everton in the cup, I remember being shocked at how much he was yelling. I thought "is this normal? Are defenders supposed to communicate this much?". As incredible and capable as all our other defenders are, Van Dijk really is the glue that holds everything together, and as such he can shout as much as he damn well pleases. Long may he scream.

Moment #73: https://streamable.com/8xhb5 (credit to Redmen TV twitter)

Date: 1/3/19
Match: City A
Score: 1-0
Player(s): Everyone
Summary: Incredible team goal vs. City
I'm going to be quite honest, I don't like thinking about this game. Every time I do, my brain gets filled with nasty, useless thoughts that just make me unhappy and ungrateful, and though I'm young, life is just too fleeting to spend any time focusing on things like that. Which is why I was initially more than happy to let sleeping dogs lie and just not mention anything from this match on this list.
But sweet Christ this is a pretty goal. So much interplay, so many passes that even this brilliant clip wasn't able to get all of them, so much quick thinking and moments of genius from the boys here. We were under pressure from City quite literally the entire time in this clip, but they never managed to even touch the ball. Rather than go through it play-by-play, which would take forever, I'll just highlight the particularly impressive moments:
-Trent's high boot pass to Mané that starts it off in this clip is very pretty to look at, and deceptively difficult to pull off on the sort of ball that Hendo gave him.
-Mané's settle and immediate pass to Gini might actually be the most impressive thing in this clip. I do not understand how he was physically able to pull this off, it looks almost like he takes two touches before hitting the ground.
-Fabinho's ball up to Firmino was pitch-perfect, love to see him spraying passes everywhere.
-Trent's cross-field pass to Robertson is fucking filthy, he makes the ball curve so subtly in the air like it's absolutely nothing.
-I will never, ever tire of watching Trent psych out Leroy Sané that hard. Sané couldn't have bit harder if he were Luis Suarez in a frustrating, physical match against world-class defenders.
-Trent finding Robertson that well 6 yards from net with his left foot will never cease to amaze me.
-I love Bobby Firmino so much.
Yeah, I think that about covers it. I'm going to move on now, but it really was an amazing goal.

Moment #72: https://streamable.com/eyrrz

Date: 4/9/19
Match: Porto H
Score: 1-0, 26'
Player(s): Henderson, Alexander-Arnold, Firmino
Summary: Hendo and Trent make things easy for Firmino
Pretty much every Porto moment so far has been, admittedly, a bit trivial. That can happen when you beat a team 6-1 on aggregate and only really have to sweat for about 30 minutes. However, at this point, the tie was still very much in the balance.
Liverpool had gotten lucky on Keita's opener (and frankly, a bit of good fortune was overdue after the constant tough draws in the Champions League), but in a match where you're clearly the better side, on such an important stage, you want to bury the opponent as much as you can. As we know all too well, there's nothing more scary than an underdog that's hung around too long.
Luckily, we had our beloved captain finally back in his best role, just in time to help tear apart a team in the CL quarterfinals. Pay attention to the defense when Hendo gets the ball. Positively everyone is back for Porto, they have 9 men behind the ball, one of whom is off-screen. Their backline has, no exaggeration, 6 men. And yet somehow, not a single one of them picks up Alexander-Arnold's run on the right side. Hendo, to his credit, gives no indication as to where his pass is going, and Salah intelligently lets it run for Trent, who has now somehow gotten past every single defender with one pass.
From there, it's child's play to get it straight across to Firmino. I'd say that he'll never score an easier goal in his life, but his opener against Arsenal at Anfield was at least this easy. This, incidentally, was also a no-look goal, which is always nice to see.
The feeling after the match was that Liverpool could have scored more, and to be fair we absolutely could have. But 2-0 is a fantastic result, and we couldn't have gotten it in a simpler way.

Moment #71: https://streamable.com/bmrwb

Date: 4/5/19
Match: Southampton A
Score: 2-1, 86'
Player(s): Henderson
Summary: Hendo polishes things off from his new position
Surprise everyone, it's a Jordan Henderson episode! Henderson finally being back in an attacking midfield role was a sight for sore eyes, and a rather ingenious move by Klopp too. Late in the season, teams are usually set, and everyone knows what to expect, so any innovation, no matter how small, can really help throw your opponent off. Klopp is a big fan of versatility in his players, so I'm sure he saw the value in Henderson switching positions this late on.
And boy would this decision pay dividends. Southampton away was honestly one of our toughest fixtures this season, Champions League included, and it took some absolutely heroic performances from the boys to get back into it. We'd grabbed the lead by this point, but nothing is ever certain in the Premier League. Southampton had been pushing for the tying goal, which left them wide open to the counter. Firmino gets the ball right near the endline, and steps back to beat his defender, but he's lacking the option in the middle that he needs.
Luckily, Jordan Henderson has made an absolutely gut-busting run right into the heart of the Southampton defense, and Firmino, himself a connoisseur of effort plays, decides to put it on a plate for him. Henderson taps it home and the match is over.
The celebration deserves some attention as well. It may honestly be my favorite of the season. Henderson's just scored his first goal for us in 2 years, an absolutely massive one, and he puts every bit of passion he'd built up over those 2 years into it. The mist flies off the grass behind his hand like skidmarks behind a formula-1 racecar. Everything about it is so satisfying. I, for one, cannot wait to see Henderson celebrate more goals this upcoming season.

Moment #70: https://streamable.com/eg9aj

Date: 4/26/19
Match: Huddersfield H
Score: 1-0, 46'
Player(s): Salah, Alexander-Arnold
Summary: Salah chips the keeper to put the game away
I'll be honest, going into this match, I was fucking exhausted. Just take a look at the league fixtures before this match. Burnley 4-2, Fulham 2-1, Tottenham 2-1, Southampton 3-1, Chelsea 2-0, and Cardiff 2-0. Some memorable matches, for sure, but 6 nailbiters in a row in the midst of a dead heat for the Premier League title. I love excitement, but I'd had about a month and a half of nothing but excitement. For once, I wanted an easy victory, one I didn't have to worry about, especially with Barcelona at the Camp Nou looming just 5 days later.
This match delivered on that on so many levels. In the first place, Huddersfield kept it level for all of 15 seconds (more on that later), and by the end, we were taking starters off and putting Ox on for a feel-good story (Moment #82).
And yet, going into halftime, the score was just 2-0. Granted, Huddersfield were extremely unlikely to score 2 against us, but we couldn't relax just yet, not the way we wanted to. We needed at least one more to really be able to coast through the rest of this.
Thankfully, we have Mohamed Salah. With about 50 seconds left in the half, Salah makes a dangerous run between two Huddersfield defenders, and Trent sees it all the way, delivering a perfect ball right up the middle. Lossl can see that both defenders are beaten, so he makes the right choice and comes out for the ball. Salah sees him coming though, and opts to chip the keeper. Lossl actually anticipates this well, but he doesn't manage to get a touch on it, and Salah's chip floats peacefully into the net. Liverpool now have the cushion they needed going into halftime, which allowed everyone to have fun and relax for a change.

Moment #69: https://streamable.com/dvryn

Date: 10/24/18
Match: Red Star H
Score: 0-0, 20'
Player(s): Firmino
Summary: Firmino opens the scoring to start the rout
Liverpool started off their Champions League redemption campaign more than well enough, with an incredibly memorable win against PSG that somehow probably doesn't even rank in the top 10 CL games this year (it really was a wild campaign). However, things took a turn for the worse against Napoli. Liverpool put out easily their worst and most lethargic performance of the season and suffered their first away defeat. Going into their easiest match on paper against Red Star at Anfield, Liverpool needed to win, and ideally win big.
They didn't get much credit for it, but Red Star were a far better side than their recent reputation suggested. They would of course go on to beat Liverpool in one of the few matches this season that didn't register on this list (although it did get an honorable mention), but even by this point they'd managed to hold Napoli to a draw at home. They were absolutely a resolute defensive side, capable of defending for 90 minutes and forcing teams to break them down.
As is so often the case with Liverpool, the first goal would be absolutely crucial in this game. Shaqiri gets the ball from Firmino in Red Star's half, but rather than step up and put pressure on the midfield, Red Star have opted to keep their defensive shape, not pressing Shaqiri until about 10 yards outside the box. The idea here is to cut down on the space Liverpool have to run, neutralizing their speed advantage. An unfortunate drawback of this approach is that it gives midfielders time to pick out a good pass, and that's exactly what Shaqiri does here, finding Robertson with a lovely threaded ball.
Robertson could cross, but he's a bit close to the goal and doesn't have any target at the back post yet. Instead, he opts to pull the ball back for Firmino and let the front 3 work their magic in the box. Firmino has two Red Star defenders directly in front of him, but he shows remarkable poise, taking a quick touch inside that completely turns one defender around, before firing his shot. He gets a bit lucky on this one, as it takes a deflection off a defender to fool the goalkeeper. It's slight, but you can just see it on the behind the net replay.
Still, great teams make their own luck, and Firmino's well-worked goal would open the floodgates, letting Liverpool get a very important rout over Red Star underway.

Moment #68: https://streamable.com/th1pd

Date: 10/27/18
Match: Cardiff H
Score: 1-0, 65'
Player(s): Mané, Moreno
Summary: Mané great goal to double the lead
Looking back, I'd forgotten just how tense this match was. For as early as Salah got on the scoresheet, it really took us a while to build on the lead, and we weren't able to really relax until very late in the match, as Cardiff managed to pull one back. This was a deceptively tough match, and in situations like this, the best way to beat a defense like Cardiff's is clever interplay, switches of the field and creative decision making.
Or you can just do it all yourself, like Mané does here. To be fair, Firmino does well to pull the ball out between 3 defenders and keep possession for the team, but this moment is all about Mané. He gets the ball and immediately turns inside, but his path is cut off and he has no choice but to turn back. This just invites more pressure on him though, and his touch outside is a bit heavy. Somehow he manages to get to it before the Cardiff player does, and then he manages to get to the rebound first to touch it through Moreno's legs. Now with just a little bit of space, Mané decides that he has everything he needs, and lets it fly. The strike is perfect, somehow finding its way inside the far post from a really tight angle. Almost makes you feel bad for Etheridge.
The real star here though? Alberto Moreno. Just look at his pass inside to Mané, the timing of it, the pace, how... straight he makes the ball go, it's breathtaking. And then the brilliant little basketball screen he does, letting Mané nutmeg him so that he can get past a defender, really giving it all for the team. Truly a heroic performance from the spaniard.
I kid, of course, but it was nice to see Albie get involved here, I was starting to wonder if he'd ever show up. For all his mistakes, I love that little goofball, and I wish him the best with Villarreal.

Moment #67: https://streamable.com/v08vs

Date: 2/9/19
Match: Bournemouth H
Score: 2-0, 48'
Player(s): Firmino, Salah
Summary: Firmino backheel to Salah
I have a confession to make. I am... American. I know, and I apologize. I understand if no one wants to be my friend anymore, I can't say I'd react any differently in your shoes. (Those of you who were here for the first post in this series know this fact, because I foolishly didn't realize that NBC sports is region-locked outside America)
All this to say, the only times I'd managed to see Liverpool in person were when they finally started making trips to the US. My family and I went all the way to Chicago to watch Raheem Sterling put one past Olympiakos in Soldier Field. I was too young to drink at the time, but I occupied myself on the party bus by handing out drinks to everyone. Then just this last year, we went up to Ann Arbor to visit my brothers and watched Xherdan Shaqiri score a bicycle kick against Manchester United. My foot was injured and in a boot that day, but I still jumped up and down like a kid.
Still, those were ultimately just preseason matches, appetizers, samples, the little puff of perfume they spray on you in the store even though you didn't want or ask them to and now you smell like Caroline Herrera's "Good Girl" all day. They don't compare to the real thing, seeing an actual league game at Anfield, live and in person. For so long, something like that was a dream, some far-off Mecca-esque pilgrimage that I might maybe make one day when I had a sensible job and enough vacation days saved up.
Luckily, I got a temporary teaching job in last year in France, where they hand out vacation days like candy. My mother, the absolute saint that she is, decided to come over to visit me, and she brought along my brother who, incidentally, is the real Liverpool fanatic in the family, the one who got everyone else to start watching with him. We'd all decided to visit England for my brother's first time in Europe, and, well, opportunity came knocking.
(I still remember the day my mom ordered the tickets. My brother and I got a text from her that read, and I quote "I'm trying to find good tickets, is 'The Kop' a good place to sit?". Bless her heart, she doesn't know quite as many club terms as we do.)
Going to an actual match really is different. In preseason, you're just there to have a good time. Any positive event is just a treat, something that lets you say "I say so-and-so score live". But this was the real deal, an actual match. As excited as we were, there was this tension in the air: "What if we lose?"
Luckily, we got treated to an absolute banger of a match. We couldn't really relax by this point, but we were tearing Bournemouth to shreds. Another goal was coming, and you could feel it. And what a goal it was. This first ball by Keita is absolutely sublime, he was on fire that day. But then Firmino manages to one-up it with a perfect little backheel into the path of Salah, who does what he does best and bends it into the far corner. I still can't really believe that I saw this happen live.
I may be over-rating this goal for sentimental reasons, but in my defense, we didn't actually score very many backheels this year, that was more of a 17/18 thing. Either way, this goal is pure quality.

Honorable Mention: Mané, Salah, Keita, Firmino, and Trent near-goals vs. Bournemouth

On the face of it, I got everything I could have asked for in this match. We won 3-0, played amazing football, and me and my brother got to chant our lungs out the whole match. But it could've been so much more. I'm not kidding when I say that we could've scored 8 that day, we were that good.
As proof, here are 5 straight golden chances that we missed, back-to-back. I didn't even have to edit them together, they all just happened in a row. First Mané somehow puts a point-blank header wide of the far post, then Salah strikes the crossbar, then Keita blasts a golden opportunity for his first Liverpool goal over the bar, then Firmino somehow doesn't score on a breakaway, and finally Trent takes a bit too long to line up his shot near the end of the match.
The Keita and Firmino misses hurt the most, I think. Keita was imperious that day and deserved to score his first (plus his picture was on the match program, so that would have been a wonderful little moment). Meanwhile, Firmino was the only member of the front 3 who hadn't scored, and we chanted his song for a solid 8 minutes to try to get him to score, and right at the end it he got that golden opportunity and missed it.
I can't actually be that upset about this, it was a wonderful experience, and I found everyone we met to be exceedingly kind and welcoming. Also, the meat pies were the best thing I've ever tasted in my life and made me want to move to Liverpool.
And that about does it! Apologies for getting so personal and sentimental at the end there, but given that this list is ultimately just my personal opinion, I felt like it was necessary to talk about these moments from my perspective. It really meant a lot to my brother and I to see that match, and we'll forever be able to say that we saw the European Champions play in person.
I'll leave on that positive note. Sincere thank you's to everyone who's been following and commenting all those nice things every day, it's really nice to know that people enjoy this series so much.

-Boneman

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2019.07.30 15:39 BonemanAndTheBrisket OC: Top 126 Moments of Liverpool's 2018/19 Season (#86-#77)

Introduction
Part 1: #126-#117
Part 2: #116-#107
Part 3: #106-#97
Part 4: #96-#87
Hello there everyone! Boneman here, back again with some more virtual carbohydrates to fill up this empty stomach of an offseason. Today is, in my opinion, when we really start getting into "memorable" territory with these moments, so apologies if my write-ups run a little long from here on out.
Today we've got a clinical finish in the Champions League, some eerie foreshadowing, a plethora of mistakes from opposing players, and some sentimental favorites. And we've still got 76 to go.

Moment #86: https://streamable.com/pf04l / https://streamable.com/z4ddc

Date: 4/21/19
Match: Cardiff A
Score: 1-0, 64' / 1-0, 80'
Player(s): Sean Morrison, Salah, Milner
Summary: Sean Morrison has a very bad day
One of last season's more peculiar developments was Mohamed Salah's growing reputation as a diver. To be sure, Salah has absolutely taken his fair share of tumbles to try to win penalties for his team, but the vitriol surrounding his actions was puzzling, as he really didn't seem to do so very often, or very egregiously. I won't speculate as to the motivations of the good people of soccer when it comes to this topic, but I'm sure we have a decent idea what they are.
What people forget is that once opposition teams realized how threatening Salah can be, they nearly universally resorted to extremely physical play to limit his impact. Anyone who watches Liverpool regularly can attest that, somewhere around the middle of last season, defenders started wrapping their arms around Salah and holding on for dear life. Anything to keep him from turning goalwards.
One such defender, the subject of this moment, is Sean Morrison. Being a center-back on a Neil Warnock side, Morrison leaned heavily into this approach. Back in October at Anfield, Morrison made a very physical challenge on Salah in the box that somehow wasn't called for a penalty. Certain referees will let things like this go, and in that case there just isn't much you can do if you're Salah.
But you can only get away with it for so long, and in the second match, Morrison got (rightfully) penalized for it. It was a big deal too, as Liverpool had only a 1 goal lead and desperately needed some cushion after Cardiff had just missed a golden opportunity to tie things up.
Who missed that opportunity, you ask? Why, Sean Morrison, of course. You may remember this one once you see it, I know I did, because it's truly a startling miss. I've seen players miss-time headers before, but in those cases the ball generally goes off the top of their head, or just a bit off-target. I have never in my life seen someone miss a header this badly. Lucky us, too, because Alisson completely missed the corner and left the net wide-open. Morrison had us dead to rights, completely botched his chance to score, and then gave Salah a freebie at the other end 15 minutes later. So hey, thanks for that one.

Honorable Mention: Milner's old man celebration

I couldn't talk about this game without mentioning this, easily one of the funniest celebrations I've ever seen. It's almost made funnier by how serious Milner is when he does it. He's doing a bit, but clearly has so much adrenaline and emotion pumping through him from scoring such an important goal. It's hilarious to watch in hindsight.

Moment #85: https://streamable.com/1tho9

Date: 1/19/19
Match: Palace H
Score: 2-2, 75'
Player(s): Milner, Salah, Fabinho, Julian Speroni
Summary: Milner creates great chance for Salah to tap in from point-blank range
We're going to stick with Milner and Salah for now, and introduce a new opposing player who will unwittingly contribute to Liverpool's success: Julian Speroni. The Palace match in the season's second half was probably a very entertaining game for neutrals to watch, but my feelings toward it are some mixture of frustration, apprehension, relief, mild panic, and then relief again.
Here in the 75th minute, we're smack in the middle of the "apprehension" stage. Palace have the match tied and time is running desperately short for Liverpool to find a breakthrough. Fabinho, given ample time and space on the ball, spots Milner's run into the box and tries to find him. Milner makes contact, but isn't able to get the ball across to Salah. Instead he sends a high, slow ball right above Speroni, who somehow manages to touch the ball backwards toward the net. It was probably going in anyway, but Salah had been sprinting onto the scene and wasn't about to be denied. Literally just before the ball crosses the line, he manages to get up and touch it home, flinging himself into the net in the process.
I was actually worried at the time that Salah had hurt himself, as he really hit that net hard. But nothing is more Mo Salah than that mixture of desire and reckless abandon. (His first ever goal for us bears a striking resemblance to this one as well.) This goal would end up being massively important. Although it wasn't the winner, Palace stretching themselves in trying to find the equalizer would eventually lead to them conceding off a counter, getting Liverpool a crucial win.

Moment #84: https://streamable.com/be2zy

Date: 9/15/18
Match: Tottenham A
Score: 1-0, 54'
Player(s): Michel Vorm, Jan Vertonghen, Firmino, Mané
Summary: Vorm mishandles the ball to give Firmino an important goal
You thought we were done with opposition mistakes? Not even close. For as well as Liverpool played early in the season at Wembley, Michel Vorm had a big part to play in our victory that day. After making a mistake to allow Wijnaldum to grab the opener (Moment #112), Tottenham found themselves down and being outplayed. Still, things can change in an instant, and Liverpool would end up needing all the breathing room they could get.
Vorm and Vertonghen were more than happy to oblige. Robertson gathers the ball on the left wing and plays a spectacular pass up to Mané, whose pace lets him get a free cross in. Vertonghen manages to get a leg to it, but the ball goes off the post, and his tackle has put Vorm out of position and on the ground. Vorm has one or two chances to gather the bouncing ball, but misses on both, allowing Firmino time to walk out of the net and rifle the ball home.
For all their defensive acumen, Tottenham really, really seemed to enjoy gifting us goals this year. Long may that continue.

Moment #83: https://streamable.com/ovv8v

Date: 4/5/19
Match: Southampton A
Score: 0-1, 36'
Player(s): Keita, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Salah
Summary: Keita gets his first Liverpool goal, Mané takes him for a ride
Moreso than any other match down the stretch in the Premier League, our match against Southampton felt truly dire for most of the first half. Liverpool could easily have conceded 2 or 3 goals early on, as Southampton's pressing had us all out of sorts. In the end, we were probably rather lucky to find ourselves down only one, but it still seemed a long way back.
No team can play its best every match, and in moments like these, the mark of a true champion isn't quality, but persistence and belief. You have to believe that the moment is going to come if you just keep going, and that's exactly what Liverpool did here.
It all starts with Salah, who overhits a cross to the back post that ends up falling for Robertson. Robertson puts in a cross of his own, but Salah can't make it and gets knocked down for his troubles. The ball, however, stays in play, and Trent manages to collect it and send in another cross. To some, 3 crosses in a row might sound like a team that's out of ideas, but the boys were clearly determined to win this match, so they were willing to roll the dice as many times as it took.
Finally, it pays off, as Trent's cross finds Keita, who directs it on target with just enough power to beat the keeper. Goal-line technology would confirm Keita's first Liverpool goal, scored at an absolutely crucial time. Mané would give him an absolutely adorable piggyback ride for his efforts. I love these two and cannot wait to see more of this from them.

Moment #82: https://streamable.com/33gc8

Date: 4/26/19
Match: Huddersfield H
Score: 4-0, 76'
Player(s): Oxlade-Chamberlain
Summary: Ox appearance and near-goal
There were plenty of "almost" moments this year, some fantastic goals that we almost scored, great narratives that almost came to fruition, etc. I decided at the start not to include these on the list, as it's nearly impossible to judge the value of a goal that never actually got scored.
I've made an exception here. A near-banger is one thing, but frankly, Ox's substitution alone would have merited inclusion. Here's a player that suffered a horrific injury in one of the most important matches of his life, had to watch his team lose the final without him, and then had to watch England make a great run in the World Cup without him, where one of their main concerns was a lack of viable midfielders. In a position like that, the thought of what could have been must absolutely eat away at you.
To go through all of that and find your way back onto the pitch again is an achievement worth celebrating in and of itself. But for one brief moment there, we all thought that Ox was going to get his dream return, a goal in his first involvement in a year. You can hardly blame him for getting a bit antsy with all of that on him, but in the end it didn't matter what he did on the pitch, his simple presence was enough.

Moment #81: https://streamable.com/vzi3w

Date: 12/11/18
Match: Napoli H
Score: 1-0, 93'
Player(s): Matip
Summary: Matip wins header at the end despite big hit from Koulibaly
A theme in this group of 10 so far has been effort. As exciting as it is that Liverpool have so many legitimately world-class players in their squad, more satisfying is the effort that they put out there on the pitch. Bill Shankly put it best when he said "For a player to be good enough to play for Liverpool, he must be prepared to run through a brick wall, then come out fighting on the other side".
It's the 94th minute, and Napoli have their backs firmly against the wall. If they want to continue their Champions League campaign, they have to score, and they have precious little time to do so, just enough for one last attack. For Liverpool's side of things, they're in a good spot, but a single mistake means that this will all unravel. Hamsik lumps a prayer forward for someone, anyone to go and get. Up forward to get it is Kalidou Koulibaly, easily Napoli's best aerial presence, the perfect man to win this must-win header.
Except he doesn't win it, because right behind him is Joel Matip, one of Liverpool's collection of aerial monsters. Knowing full well that winning this duel may end the match, Matip puts himself on the line and takes a monster of a hit from Koulibaly. He's down on the ground, clearly in some amount of pain, but he's provided that last little bit of effort that Liverpool needed. The whistle blows for full time, and Liverpool have escaped their group of death to progress in the Champions League.
Now, there's of course no guarantee that Napoli scores if Koulibaly wins this header, which is partially why this moment doesn't rank higher. But you have to applaud the effort from Matip, who put his body on the line to see out such an important result.

Honorable Mention: Matip runs in general

For as vital as he was to our title-winning season, Joel Matip doesn't actually feature very heavily on this list. He was consistently excellent on defense, and a legitimate threat whenever he carried the ball forward, but we never actually managed to score off of one of his little forays. I just want to take a moment to celebrate Joel Matip and all that he does for Liverpool. One of these days, he's going to take a ball forward, dribble through 7 players, round the keeper and score, and people will forget Maradona even existed.

Moment #80: https://streamable.com/29989

Date: 3/10/19
Match: Burnley H
Score: 3-2, 93'
Player(s): Mané, Sturridge
Summary: Mané rounds the keeper
Football is, objectively speaking, a very simple game. 11 men are tasked with getting a ball into a net using only their feet (save for the keeper), and they have to do so against another team of 11 men. There are little rules here and there, but even with all the timewasting and fake injuries, no sport is as simple and fluid as football.
But football is also a very strange game. With so much freedom, so many things can happen, and sometimes it can feel like this random confluence of events is trying to tell us something, or even foreshadow moments to come.
All this to say, 3 days before we played Bayern at the Allianz, Sadio Mané rounded a keeper to score a vital goal for Liverpool. Burnley, chasing a goal, give the ball away in midfield, Henderson makes a good pass up the side for Firmino, who finds Sturridge, who settles the ball well. He then turns and sends a fantastic ball up for Mané, who gets to it a split second before the keeper, touching it just past him and leading to an easy, game-ending finish.
I've got a soft spot for goals scored on the counter, and this one is especially well-worked and pretty. But after more or less forgetting this goal by seasons end, I was shocked to find that Mané had scored it when he did. I don't really know how to take this goal, other than as an omen from the gods, but regardless, football can be very strange.

Moment #79: https://streamable.com/61njk

Date: 4/17/19
Match: Porto A
Score: 1-0 (3-0 agg.), 65'
Player(s): Salah, Alexander-Arnold
Summary: Salah's clinical finish ends it in the quarter-finals
The Porto tie was ostensibly over once Mané grabbed a crucial away goal (which we'll get to in due time), but after all the crazy comebacks the CL has seen in just the past few years, including last year's heart-in-mouth fiasco in Rome, Liverpool fans weren't ready to relax just yet. After all, Porto had vastly outplayed Liverpool leading up to Mané's goal, and it only takes one goal to start an avalanche.
But thanks to Mo Salah, we were all able to rest a little easier. Trent finds himself on the break with space, time, and a few options, and he picks the right one. He plays a perfectly-timed ball up to Salah that sneaks just past the defender's outstretched leg, and Salah's pace lets him get there in time. 1v1 with the keeper, with a chance to end all doubt, Salah does what he does best, slotting it low and hard to the keeper's right, his shot sliding just inside the near post. It was a clinical finish in an important moment in the Champions League, during a match that initially didn't go very well at all for Liverpool.
Now up 4-0 on aggregate with just under a half hour remaining, Liverpool were assuredly through to the semi-finals, for a fortuitous date with Lionel Messi and Barcelona...

Moment #78: https://streamable.com/6003n

Date: 5/7/19
Match: Barcelona H
Score: 3-0, 79'
Player(s): Alexander-Arnold, Cannonier
Summary: Oakley Cannonier gives the ball quickly to Trent
First off, I'd like to apologize for the shit video and the loud music. I couldn't find any official highlight videos of this match that had this moment on there. It strikes me as the sort of thing that only Liverpool fans really know about and remember, but that's everyone else's loss anyway.
I hesitated to put this moment in at first, thinking that it belonged more as an honorable mention instead. However, there are a few points in its favor: first, in addition to being a ballboy, Cannonier is an LFC youth team player, which means he counts as a player. Second, even though his quick distribution doesn't technically count as a play in the match, Trent's corner wouldn't have been able to happen without it. Third, I like this moment and what I say goes.
Having your ballboys distribute the ball quickly in a match like this isn't a new tactic by any means, but no one's claiming that LFC somehow innovated the game of football with this. There's a reason this moment resonates with people, and it goes straight to the heart of what Liverpool is about. Yes, Liverpool have one of the best teams in the world, but Anfield isn't a fortress just because of them. It all goes back to something Klopp said back when he first got the job at Liverpool:
Klopp told the FSG executives that football was “more than a system,” that it was “also rain, tackles flying in, the noise in the stadium.” Most of all, he said, the Anfield crowd had to be “activated” by the style of performance, to spur on the team and vice versa in a self-amplifying cycle of exuberance.
Without getting too sappy, Liverpool F.C. is about togetherness. That value goes all the way to the club's core, back to Bill Shankly and his Socialist brand of football, back to the city's self-perception. The players feed the crowd, and the crowd feeds the players, over and over until the impossible becomes possible. I think people love this moment because it's a crystallization of that idea, of that "cycle of exuberance" that Klopp has brought back. Anfield is booming, a miracle is happening, and right in the thick of it is Oakley Cannonier, reminding the players in some small way that they aren't alone out there.

Moment #77: https://streamable.com/sxi2b

Date: 5/7/19
Match: Barcelona H
Score: 4-0, 95'
Player(s): Milner, Wijnaldum
Summary: Milner squats over the ball at the end
Here is yet another moment that I debated leaving out. It's 5 minutes into stoppage time and Liverpool have a throw in right next to Barca's right corner flag. The match is, for all intents and purposes, over.
You'd never know it by watching James Milner though. He takes the ball as far into the corner as he physically can, and when he's completely out of options, he squats over it, determined to not give a single inch until he hears that whistle sound. Gini Wijnaldum, the absolute fucking hero, does his part as well, coming up to get a foot on the ball, effectively locking it in place. Frankly, the whole setup looks planned, as if they somehow knew that Liverpool were going to be the ones timewasting at the end. It feels like they could've done this for another full minute.
Luckily, they wouldn't need to, as the referee had clearly seen enough and decided to call for time. Anfield lets out a well-deserved roar, the Barca players back off, and Milner rises to his feet, the job well and truly done.
Do we win this match without this moment? Yeah, probably. But god I love it. The resilience it exemplifies, the resourcefulness, the experience from our most veteran player exactly when we needed it, and the absolute refusal to give Barca anything until the very end. This was well and truly a very special match, easily the most special I've ever seen as a Liverpool fan, and as I said yesterday, I'm going to squeeze every last moment I can out of it.
Well, that's it for today. This one was a doozy to write, these things just keep getting longer (honestly, I may have to take a day off of these to catch up soon, we'll see). Still, I had a lot of fun writing it, and I take a massive amount of pleasure in reading people's thoughts on these, even little things like noticing that I'd gotten the Home and Away matches mixed up a few times on the last set.
Thanks so much to anyone who took the time to read all this, and stay tuned for tomorrow's list, where things will only continue to get bigger.

-Boneman

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2019.07.27 15:47 BonemanAndTheBrisket OC: Top 126 Moments of Liverpool's 2018/19 Season (#116-#107)

Introduction
Part 1: #126-#117
Hello again everyone! Welcome back to part 2 of this very long list, this time with links that will actually work for people in the UK! Today I've got a couple doozies for you. Some wonderful interplay, great finishes, goal-line technology, and some blind luck. Typical Liverpool, is what I'm trying to say.

Moment #116: https://streamable.com/vlrzd

Date: 3/17/19
Match: Fulham A
Score: 0-0, 25'
Player(s): Firmino, Mané
Summary: Firmino and Mané playing like no one else is there
This goal would get overshadowed by some more dramatic moments later on, but we should remember it for how simple and easy Bobby and Sadio made it look. Sadio gets the ball from Robertson, and already you can see the Fulham defense is on their heels trying to get back. Mané plays it into Firmino, who despite Fulham's protests is very much onside, as Fulham weren't keeping a defensive line so much as a bell curve. One pass back from Firmino later, and Liverpool have the lead. Two passes, two good runs, and two Liverpool players have unlocked an entire defense in a must-win game. I'm tempted to put this moment higher, but the defending really is atrocious. Absolutely no one picks up Mané running all alone inside the box, and no one steps to Firmino to cut off his shot. You can really see why Fulham let in all those goals last year. Still, nice bit of interplay from our forwards in an important game.

Moment #115: https://streamable.com/ypcfe

Date: 11/3/18
Match: Arsenal A
Score: 0-0, 61'
Player(s): Milner
Summary: Reliable James Milner great strike vs. Arsenal
I've spoken plenty already about how deadly we were from crosses last year (and I'll have plenty more to say about that later), but there's one aspect of the offense I'd like to criticize a bit. With so many balls getting lumped into the penalty area, there are bound to be deflections like this one that just sit up so perfectly, yet despite that, there were a distinct lack of those good ol' fashioned "have a go, son" screamers last season. Maybe it's just the result of watching Steven Gerrard in his prime, but god I love goals like this.
So let's give credit to James Milner for putting one in, and in a big fixture at that. It all starts with Robertson's ball up to Mané, who forces Leno to come out and collect his ball to Salah. Leno makes a mess of it though, and it sits up beautifully in the box, exactly what Milner was looking for. Before he even sets up to strike, Leno starts moving to his left, so Milner, penalty afficionado that he is, sends a screamer to Leno's right. So often we see players just take a random whack at balls like this, it's rare to see someone take a chance like this so intelligently. But that's just how James Milner is.

Moment #114: https://streamable.com/fr2jj / https://streamable.com/o7r0c

Date: 10/2/18
Match: Napoli A
Score: 0-0, 33' + 50'
Player(s): Alisson
Summary: Alisson 2 good saves on Milik
Honestly, when I started this list, I didn't expect to find much to talk about with this match. We played horribly, conceded late, and were lucky not to concede more. I'd forgotten, though, that Alisson actually had a pretty solid game, especially with these two saves on Arkadiusz Milik (who will appear again much, much later on in this list). The first save is certainly more visually appealing, with Alisson making a quick reaction to Milik's shot inside the box. The second one might be more impressive though. The defense gives Milik acres of space, and he turns, sets up a shot, and fires a hard, swirling effort that bounces right in front of Alisson as he goes to save it. Anticipating where that ball was going to land is no small feat, and Alisson gets extra credit for being the only member of the team alert to Milik's shot, as he followed it all the way.
Now, are these the sort of saves I'd expect Alisson to make? Yes, if only because we all know how class he is. But they still make the list because of how important they ended up being later on, as we only just squeaked by Napoli to make it out of the groups.

Moment #113: https://streamable.com/77y53

Date: 10/28/18
Match: Huddersfield A
Score: 0-0, 24'
Player(s): Salah
Summary: Salah the decisive factor in tough match
It's gotten lost in the flow of winning the Champions League, but people forget just how tough of a match this was. It seems ridiculous in hindsight, Liverpool, the European Champions, being tested by Huddersfield, one of the worst sides in top-flight history. And yet the xG stats say that Huddersfield basically played us even, 0.66 to 0.64.
Of course, it helps to have a player like Mo Salah, who can finish from even the tightest of angles. Trent plays a great ball to Shaqiri to put him in acres of space, and he picks out a great pass for Mo, who calmly runs onto it and manages to squeeze it past his defender and the keeper to find the bottom corner. In matches like this, where you're not likely to get open chances, finishing tough ones becomes all the more important. So very often, Salah has been that difference maker for us.

Moment #112: https://streamable.com/5thjn

Date: 9/15/18
Match: Tottenham A
Score: 0-0, 39'
Player(s): Wijnaldum, Michel Vorm
Summary: Goal-line tech awards Gini's header
Early-season top 6 matches can be tricky. You've only just started the season, and you haven't yet played against some truly top opposition. Having that first test on the road makes things harder, and can end up derailing your season, as it did to us for a bit the year prior against Tottenham. In matches like these, it's important to find a way to get on the scoresheet first.
And, predictably, Liverpool found a way to do it from a corner. Milner's corners are sometimes maligned, but every now and then he can manage a truly troubling cross, as he did here. It helps when the opposition has a backup keeper in Michel Vorm, who had a not-very-good day (this will not be his only appearance). Vorm reaches out to punch this ball, but immediately makes a mess of it, forcing Alderweireld to make a weak clearance. It falls right to Wijnaldum who, unable to get much power behind it, opts to lob it over the keeper. It just works, as Vorm's overzealous punch makes him a step late.
This is also, as far as I could find, our only goal all year that had to be confirmed through goal-line technology. So that's pretty neat.

Moment #111: https://streamable.com/n40at

Date: 10/24/18
Match: Red Star H
Score: 2-0, 51'
Player(s): Salah, Mané, Filip Stojkovic
Summary: Salah goes down the middle in the Champions League
I have good news and bad news. The good news is, this is our first Champions League goal of the list! The bad news is, it's pretty boring. Mané gets the ball in the box, escapes his defenders briefly, and as he touches the ball forward, Stojkovic gives him exactly the contact he was looking for, and Mané wins a penalty. Salah steps up and goes right down the middle to make it 3-0.
Frankly, if it hadn't come in the Champions League, this moment might've not even featured. After all, it was already 2-0, and given the gap in quality and the venue, Red Star were probably already beaten. Still, this goal would end up being massively important for goal-difference reasons by the end of the group stage. And really, how can you chronicle the European Champions without mentioning all the goals they scored in Europe?

Moment #110: https://streamable.com/0nigl

Date: 5/12/19
Match: Wolves H
Score: 0-0, 17'
Player(s): Mané, Trent
Summary: Mané opens things up on the final day
Had things gone differently, this goal could've been so, so much higher. For a brief moment, it looked like this would be the goal that won us the Premier League. It's bittersweet, to be sure, but I'll never forget how I felt when Brighton scored and we were 1-0 up.
The goal itself is rather pretty though. Mané makes a good cross-field pass to Trent, whose first touch is absolutely sublime. Hendo plays him in, and Trents cross takes the sweetest deflection for Mané, who makes no mistake right in front of the Kop. (Frankly, I'm still astonished that we beat a team as good as Wolves 2-0 both times in the league, when every other top 6 member slipped up against them.) Anyway, apologies, I'll do my best to not ruminate on the league too much from here on out. That ecstatic feeling didn't last, but that doesn't mean there isn't value in going the distance, and the boys did themselves proud.

Moment #109: https://streamable.com/6414x

Date: 1/12/19
Match: Brighton A
Score: 1-0, 92'
Player(s): Alexander-Arnold
Summary: Trent saves sure goal in close match
The festive period can be absolutely brutal, and it usually is for Liverpool. As long as I've been a fan, I don't think I've ever seen a holiday period where we didn't play one or two shit games and end up giving points away. Until this year, that is. It's astonishing to think about, but in all of December and most of January, Liverpool won every single (league) match that they played. That's a difficult feat, one that even this year's City couldn't match, and it takes both skill and luck to pull off.
Luckily, Trent Alexander-Arnold had plenty of both on this play. 3 minutes from time away from home, nursing a 1-0 lead against relegation battlers Brighton, Naby Keita loses the ball in a horrible area in our own half. Worse yet, Brighton get an incredible ball between Virgil and Robertson to put one of their players through. Trent is back covering the cross, but it takes a deflection that could have been disastrous. Trent, now in front of the play and running full-speed toward Alisson's net, sticks his leg out there and just manages to redirect it. It's not a clearance, but somehow the ball sneaks its play into the perfect area between two Brighton players, giving everyone time to get back and deal with the situation.
I'd have put this higher on the list, but it was almost certainly pure luck that the ball ended up where it did, so it's hard to give Trent credit for all of it. Still, it was a crucial play that likely saved the 3 points.

Moment #108: https://streamable.com/wcplm

Date: 1/12/19
Match: Brighton
Score: 0-0, 49'
Player(s): Salah, Pascal Gross
Summary: Salah draws penalty on Gross for the winner
Now I know what you're thinking, how on earth has a simple penalty gotten so high on this list? Well, two reasons. One, it was a match-winner in a game that we only just barely won, as we saw in the last moment. Two, Salah absolutely skins Gross alive here.
Look at Brighton's defensive shape when Salah receives the ball from Shaqiri. Seven men and a keeper, all in the box, blocking every single pass he could conceivably have. Salah's only option here, other than a tepid layoff to Shaqiri, is to beat his man 1v1. And though Pascal Gross assuredly knows this, he's still powerless to stop it. Salah didn't even have to do anything special to get it, he takes a touch toward the endline, circles back around to get some space, and uses his natural speed to burst right by Gross. Gross probably didn't need to drag him down, as there were still 3 defenders to cut off his shot, but such is the threat of Mo Salah. Defenders will put their arms all over him to avoid getting beaten, but one wrong move and he's gotten a penalty to win the game.
The penalty itself wasn't half-bad either, Salah puts it into the side-netting with the confidence of a player who knows his own immense quality.

Moment #107: https://streamable.com/ljgox

Date: 12/26/18
Match: Newcastle H
Score: 0-0, 11'
Player(s): Lovren
Summary: Lovren has a fucking go to open the scoring
I spoke earlier about how Milner's finish against Arsenal, banger though it may be, was actually deceptively intelligent, a nice change of pace from players just hacking at the ball and praying.
But sometimes you're Dejan Lovren, an absolute lad with the utmost confidence in yourself, and you just need to have a fucking go. It all starts from a corner taken short by Shaqiri, which lets Robertson put a high, looping cross into the box. It doesn't find a red shirt, but the header away gets scuffed and falls right to Lovren, who has just enough time to set up the strike and not overthink it. Frankly, this was probably blind luck, I wouldn't bet on Lovren scoring this one very often, but my word does he catch the ball sweetly here. It was also the opener in a match against a very resolute defensive side, so he gets credit for that.
And so ends Part 2. As always, feel free to comment whatever thoughts you have about these moments or this series, or even just about your day, some nice food you had, something nice that happened to you, whatever. I'll be back with Part 3 tomorrow!

Happy Pride to those in Liverpool!

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2019.07.27 15:46 NickTM Team Preview - Bournemouth [Premier League 2019-20 - 7/20]

AFC Bournemouth

by bluecherry94

Welcome to the triumphant return of the Premier League Previews, a series where a fan gives an overview of his team for your perusal, and I get an excuse to take pot-shots at other clubs. This will run until the eve of the Premier League, taking a look at each club in turn. We're continuing our seaside theme today with AFC Bournemouth.

About

Last season

Pos P W D L GF GA GD Points
14 38 13 6 19 56 70 -14 45
After the first 12 games of last season and sitting pretty in 6th place, rumour has it that certain Cherries fans had started picking which destination they'd prefer for a Europa league 1st qualifying round away day. However after yet more long-term injuries and a resulting loss of form the season fizzled out to a safe 14th place. Don't let the 14th place finish fool you as in my opinion this was the season where the most progression was made since promotion to the Premier League, with the team pulling off some brilliant results (see Bournemouth 4 - 0 Chelsea) and a slight tweaking the style of play, producing scintillating football at times.
The emergence of the deadly "front 4" providing goals and assists galore saw Callum Wilson finally get his deserved international call up and debut goal against the USA, resulting in him being linked to Chelsea for £40m+ in January. Ryan Fraser narrowly missed out on being the top assister in the Premier League to a certain £130m Galactico and has in result been linked with the likes of Everton and Arsenal for £30m (with a year left on his deal). David Brooks has emerged from young boy into a £50m player linked with Manchester United and Josh King continues to be one of the most criminally underrated strikers in the Premier League. With these 4 signed at a combined £13.4m, I'd say the efforts of Eddie's long term planning are coming to fruition.
As has been the issue with every campaign since promotion however, the defence has been the issue. 70 goals were conceded last year, a figure beaten only by Fulham and Huddersfield, who will be playing for Championship glory next season. However a return of 56 goals scored, the most outside the top 6 make up for this. Don't ever say you don't get value for money at Dean Court.
The final couple of games gave reason for optimism however. A brilliant debut against Spurs for young Irish keeper Mark Travers came as a pleasant surprise, as well as promising performances from young fringe players such as January signings Chris Mepham and Dominic Solanke as well as academy product Jack Simpson.
Overall, another entertaining season of good football was left with the bitter-sweet taste of what could have been after that early season form. Injuries to Lewis Cook and record signing Jefferson Lerma were absolutely key, and came at the same time as the drop in form, which is no coincidence. It is hard to complain as a Bournemouth fan, but you get the feeling that fans are starting to get frustrated at a stale-ness within the club. No progress has been made on a new stadium and the cups still seem to be an opportunity to give fringe players some minutes. The new training ground is however under way, so the pavilion outside the ground can stop being used for training soon enough and hopefully can be used as a tool to attract better players to the South Coast. As if the beach and the prospect of a house on Sandbanks was enough!

This Season

After spending £31m (Transfermarkt) on Chris Mepham and Dominic Solanke in January of last season, I wasn't expecting too much from the business this summer. Eddie had been chasing Mepham for what seemed like an eternity, so I'm excited to see what he'll bring to the table this season and Dominic Solanke seems to be hugely rated in the England setup, however he has a job displacing King or Wilson up top.
So far only 2 signings have come in, and they can now be described as very 'Bournemouth' signings. We seem to have found a niche in attracting some of the best young British talent in the Football League and offering them a chance at breaking into a team in the Premier League. Lloyd Kelly comes in for £13m as a highly rated left back who, again is highly rated in the England setup and performed well at Championship level last season for Bristol City. We've also signed right-back Jack Stacey from Luton Town who, I confess I don't know much about but he seems like a full back who loves to get forward and scored a few goals last season as well.
We're rumoured to be looking for a Goalkeeper, Centre Midfielder and a StrikeWinger in the rest of the window. We've been strongly linked with Jack Butland, who could go down as one of the best signings in our history if completed as he was very close to Jordan Pickford in competing for England's #1 spot, but his stock has dropped after playing for an underperforming Stoke in the Championship. That superb shot-stopper is still in there however and could be a massive signing. We also seem to be heavily linked with Philip Billing from Huddersfield. From afar I've heard stories about him having a bad attitude when not picked which you never like to hear, but Eddie could go after Anna from Love Island for all I care, I'd still back him to make the right decision on signing a player.
In terms of exits, we've managed to start being able to get good fees for our players. £20m rising to £26m for Tyrone Mings is a great deal for all parties. It's such a shame it hasn't worked out for Tyrone and I truly wish him all the best at Villa. Whoever managed to convince Sheffield United to not only target Lys Mousset, but fork out £10m for him deserves a heavy commission as a result of that sale. You can see he's got ability, but he's too friendly with Jordon Ibe and I don't think that's helped his attitude. It was a sad moment to see Marc Pugh finally leave, however it's absolutely the right time. As of the time of writing this, Harry Arter is still with us and I would love to see him charging around our midfield again.
To use the old cliche however, the best business this summer has been to retain the aforementioned front 4. Wee man (Ryan Fraser) still hasn't signed a new deal as of yet. With 1 year remaining I'd be gutted to see him go on a free, but I heard someone saw he liked a tweet begging him to sign a deal. Looking forward to the official announcement in the coming days.
I'd love to see us have a go in the cups, I've always said it would be a dream to see Bournemouth at Wembley and I feel we're established enough as a Premier League side to be able to afford the risk of a deep cup run. However as always, the priority has to be staying in the league.
Transfers
Highlights
Player Type From To Fee(£m)
Lloyd Kelly Transfer Bristol City Bournemouth £13.3m
Jack Stacey Transfer Luton Town Bournemouth £4m
Lys Mousset Transfer Bournemouth Sheffield United £10m
Tyrone Mings Transfer Bournemouth Aston Villa £20m
All fees from Transfermarkt
All incoming/outgoing transfers Full 2019-20 squad
3 players to watch out for
David Brooks
It's hard to put Brooksy in as a player to watch out for after a break-out season last year, but boy does he have talent. Dejavu occured when he got injured during the 4-0 battering of Chelsea which ruled him out for a while. I can see him progressing further this year and providing more game deciding contributions, could be one to watch out for in the Fantasy League too as he's got bags of goals and assists in him.
Lewis Cook
Had injuries not been a concept, Lewis would be a sure starter in England's midfield. Yet again his season was ended early with a ligament injury and he's only just come back into training. However given an extended run of games he can build a formidable partnership in midfield with yellow card machine Jefferson Lerma to put him right back in contention for another England call up.
Chris Mepham
As mentioned above, Eddie had chased Mepham for 18 months prior to him actually signing in January last year for £12m. Another one of those 'Bournemouth' signings who can come from the Football League and make an impact at Premier League club. Steve Cook and Nathan Ake have become the standout centre-back partnership for us over the last 2 years, however if last season's 70 goal concession is on it's way to being repeated, something will have to change and from the few performances (bar his debut away at Arsenal) he put in last season I can see him progressing to be a real leader in the team. I've seen him touted as a future Wales captain and I'd love to see him also develop the leadership qualities to be a key part of our team to come.
What the fans think
Thanks to /AFCBournemouth for their help.
How do you think this season will go?
We should be capable of making the top half of the table. I wouldn't be surprised if we fall somewhat short of this ambition at the start of 2020 when we have a number of easier fixtures. With another possible league cup quarter final in the mix this would be very much on the cards in my mind. I'd hope for 52-54 points if we're playing as good as we can but 46-48 would be expected.
It's going to very much depend on us getting over our injury problems, because they seem to rear their ugly head every season, but I am quietly optimistic of challenging our high points total of 16-17. If we get the luck we can maybe do a Wolves. We have a nicely settled team and I think that will work in our favour over buying lots. I wouldn't mind two or three new ins to replace outgoings though.
We’ll finish on our highest points tally to date, but not highest table position. We’ll be plagued by injuries a couple of these will be out for long periods (Wilson, Fraser, Brooks, Lewis cook) that will result in some non-starters having to step up.
Which player is going to be your star of the season and why?
David Brooks or Lewis Cook would be the best bets. Brooks is extremely technically gifted and I fully expect him to be one of our highest contributers in combined goals and assists next season. With the Euros coming next summer he should be attracting all sorts of admirers so this might be his last season with us. Cook on the other hand is essential to how Eddie Howe wants us to play. His passing ability is unmatched in our squad and he sets the tempo of how we play. He's back from a lengthy injury so I'm hoping his presence could revitalise the squads performances. Might not contribute in goals and assists but will certainly play a decisive part in whether or not we have a successful season.
It could be any one of four or five. At Bournemouth we don't really seem to do star players, but put it down to a team effort. Saying that, Ryan Fraser is going to be a key player, simply down to the fact that we still don't know for sure that he is staying. If Fraser stays then his partnership with Callum Wilson is again going to be pivotal.
I'm excited to see how our midfield shapes up this season too. Lewis Cook has the ability to really cement himself as a future England staple, and I really believe Jefferson Lerma can show how good he really is in his second season in England. Lerma is the tough man in midfield we have cried out for for years (ever since Marvin Bartley in L1 really - different standard, of course) and I can't wait to see Jeff terrorise his opponents again come August. At the back I expect Nathan Ake will be as dominant both positionally and in the air again. That man just has a sixth sense on where to be and when. On the right I hope that young David Brooks can continue to show the ability he served up in his first Premiership season last year.
Lewis Cook back from injury is ready to show us the quality that we know he has and start to fulfill his potential
How do you think the team will line up?
Boruc, Kelly, Ake, S Cook, Smith, Lerma, L Cook, Fraser, Brooks, King, Wilson. Formation: same 4-5-1 horseshoe when off the ball and using King and Wilson's speed to counter while relying upon Brooks, Fraser and Cook to make the right decisions to keep up the counters momentum, 4-2-2-2 on the ball with Fraser and Brooks working the space on the wing while Cook controls the tempo until we facilitate an opening with Wilson and King plugging the space in front of the opposition back four.
Line up
Agree with matey above: Boruc Smith Cook Ake Kelly Brooks Cook Lerma Fraser King Wilson

Wrap Up

by NickTM

The Manager: Eddie Howe has been highly rated since before he even stepped foot in the Premier League, and since then his reputation has only grown. With a glowing track record of developing talent and what is clearly quite an effective recruitment team behind him, that Howe is entering his seventh full season as manager is something of an achievement for Bournemouth themselves, given the bigger clubs that were circling every time they dumped one of their managers. His commitment to decent football has won Bournemouth a fair amount of admirers in the media, and for good reason.
The Team: Pace is all over this team, from the quick off the mark Nathan Aké at the back to Jefferson Lerma's charging around in midfield to the absolute array of quick forwards. Jordon Ibe, Dom Solanke, Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas, Ryan Fraser and especially Josh King all have pace to burn, and the threat of it alone is enough to keep teams off-balance. It was nice to see Callum Wilson return with a good haul of goals last year after some particularly nasty injury travails, and Bournemouth fans will be hoping Lewis Cook pulls off something similar. It's also a very English team, which will probably keep them afloat when the Faragian blackshirts march on Westminster next year and burn anyone with a particularly foreign sounding name at the stake.
Why to like them: Artur Boruc is always worth keeping an eye on in case he does something utterly insane. The aforementioned pace means some quite gorgeous raking through ball counterattacks can occasionally be seen, and when in more thorough possession of the ball Bournemouth's attractive style of play is pleasing on the eye.
Why to dislike them: Despite their reputation for positive football, a constantly overlooked feature of Bournemouth teams over the last few years has been their cynical fouling and approach to play that gets constantly glossed over by pundits in favour of talking about how plucky and small they are. Personally I've always had a small, nagging vendetta against them ever since a Bournemouth fan a few years ago adamantly insisted Junior Stanislas was better than Wilf Zaha.
Summary: Another season in the Prem for the smallest team in the league, and it's another season where they'll be hoping to stay up with authority. Enough time has passed now that lots of people are expecting them to push on a little this year, and if injuries don't rear their ugly head they could well be on their way to the top half.

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2019.05.14 17:36 Hey_-_-_Zeus 18/19 Crystal Palace Season Review [Long post]

(Disclaimer: The following will be biased to some extent, I am a Palace fan after all)
The 18/19 season has been very strange as a Palace fan, quite possibly the strangest I've ever seen in my lifetime. A mix of underwhelming success and some top level statistics having somehow finished in 12th place has left the fan base largely divided on several topics.
Will we Keep Wilf for another year?...And for that matter.... AWB, Luka, Sakho? Should we be happy with the season? Another year of Woyball? How many Speroni statues?
I will attempt to answer these questions in my Review of Palace's 18/19 season. This will be Very long, so read on at your own risk but there will be TL:DR's for each section to sum things up.

PRE-SEASON

Date Opponent H/A Result
Thu Jul 12 Helsingor A 2-2 D
Mon Jul 16 Halmstads A 1-6 W
Sat Jul 21 Oxford United A 1-3 W
Sat Jul 28 Reading A 0-4 W
Sat Aug 4 Toulouse H 4-1 W
Obviously pre-season games are never too accurate to go off. Most teams leave out the best players and give an opportunity to the youngsters to show their worth for the opening day and this year was no different. In the first game in Denmark, Roy Hodgson used 21 players of his 26 man squad with Kirby the only one to play all 90. This was very promising as a lifelong fan; I watch the youth teams and Kirby has always been a fantastic prospect. I was filled with hope for the upcoming season, this was only cemented afterwards by four Successive wins with a aggregate score of 17-3...
PRE SEASON TL;DR - Promising scenes, youth prospects shining. Fan Mentality: Cautiously Optimistic.

SUMMER TRANSFERS

Player Position Team Fee I/O
Vincente Guaita GK Getafe Free In
Cheikhou Kouyaté DM West Ham United ~£9.5M In
Max Meyer CM Schalke 04 Free In
Jordan Ayew CF Swansea City 1 Season Loan In
Yohan Cabaye CM Al-Nasr SC Released Out :(
Diego Cavalieri GK Free agent Released Out
Andre Coker CF Maidstone United Free transfer Out
Damien Delaney CB Cork City Released Out
Lee Chung-yong RW VfL Bochum Released Out
Bakary Sako LW West Brom Released Out
Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong LB Aldershot Town Free transfer Out
Matt Funnell GK Maidstone United Free transfer Out
Jarosław Jach CB Çaykur Rizespor 1 Season Loan Out
Jason Lokilo RW Lorient 1 Season Loan Out
Tyler Brown LB Kingstonian 1 Season Loan Out
James Daly CF Kingstonian 1 Season Loan Out
Ryan Inniss CB Dundee United Loan until 31st Jan 19 Out
Levi Lumeka CM Leyton Orient Loan until 9th Jan 19 Out
SUMMER TRANSFERS TL:DR - Lost Cabaye, Got Max Meyer, Guaita and Kouyaté. Fan mentality: Fairly Optimistic

HOLMESDALE FANATICS BOYCOTT

Before we Start with the actual season, It's worth explaining the Whole deal with the Holmesdale Fanatics as this was very relevant to a lot of the "Palace-politics" this year. The HF are Crystal Palace's ultras. English football doesn't really have an "Ultra culture" but Since the groups founding in 2005 we've been fighting that stereotype. Trying to keep the traditional down and dirty vibes to Selhurst park but looking to Europe for inspiration for how to take organised fan groups to the next level, the HF have been vital in Palace's atmosphere and virility online for many years now. Whether you're a hater or a lover as Palace (along with maybe Middlesbrough's Red faction) are doing our part to change English football norms for the better, taking the best parts of supporter groups such as Ajax, PSG, Napoli, Gladbach etc.... and combining it with that old school British feel. We're nowhere near them yet, don't get me wrong, but we're on our way.
The HF have succeeded in Inspiring a generation of Palace fans to come out in full voice to every game, Men's, Women's, Youth (occasionally) with their *Comical songs, *Constant Out-singing other fans Home or away, *Energy, *Tifo's, *And support and promotion of Good causes
The group are a major part of the club whether you like them or not and this year we saw just how powerful they are.
Discussions begun during the 17/18 season between HF representatives and the club about the decision to move the group from Block B (In the lower corner of the ground) to Block E (Same stand, but more central, behind the goal). Initially, the club agreed this would be fine and upon renewing their season tickets, they would all be able to move as a collective. The club started to tell current Block E season ticket holders they would have to move come summertime and obviously, due to long term regulars (20+ years) being displaced from rather good seating positions, they pushed back on the decision. The club were now in a situation whereby they had already given the green light to arguably, palace's most influential fans, but had simultaneously shot themselves in the foot and wound up a large section of lifetime paying ticket holders. When the promised day arrived, the club withdrew their promise to the HF and blocked the displacement of hundreds of fans. The HF hit back by Boycotting the clubs home games and simply not attending. It wouldn't be until the home game vs Burnley on 1st December that they made a return and turned Selhurst back into the lively soulful ground it once had been. Trust me, as someone who attended roughly nearly 3/4's of the games this season (fucking shift work on Saturdays), there was a considerable difference and they were missed atmosphere-wise, even if their "boycott" wasn't to your taste.
Something else worth mentioning that I find very interesting is that During this period, the PSG ultras and the HF formed somewhat of a pact. Collectif Ultras Paris Heavily backed the HF's strike as the Ultra Culture is something they strongly believe in and have partaken in Boycott's of their own before. This "friendship" was comically played out as when PSG played United in the CL RO16 1st leg at Old Trafford, On their way through London, the CUP picked up roughly 70 HF and took them along for the journey.
HF TL;DR - Until MD 15, our atmosphere was the worst it's been in over 10 years due to absence of Palace ultras because of an ongoing argument with the club; and this was worth mentioning as it had a considerable effect on performances, fan feelings and the balance of power at the club.
Fan mentality: Dreadfully pessimistic

START OF SEASON

Apathetic August
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Aug 11 Fulham A 0-2 W 4th Zaha, Schlupp 24,821
Mon Aug 20 Liverpool H 0-2 L 10th N/A 25,750
Sun Aug 26 Watford A 2-1 L 10th Zaha 20,014
Tue Aug 28 Swansea City (League Cup) A 0-1 W Second Round Sørloth 9,122
The First month back after summer wasn't exactly what we wanted. Away win to Fulham to kick things off was great, Seeing Zaha score twice in Three games was good too. Losing to Watford fucking tilted me as we toe-to-toed them in every stat and didn't deserve to come away with nothing. Losing to Liverpool isn't something that anything can complain about as they're one of the world's best teams, but god do I wish we had this fixture towards the end of the season rather than at the start. Palace have been a thorn in Liverpool's side for quite a while now and I feel that as our opening home game for this campaign, was probably the best time they could've played us. Despite AWB getting sent off for bringing Salah down as the last man, this month had looked very good for him and people were beginning to talk.
Sørloth scoring in the cup game at Swansea was fantastic, We all wanted him to do well and although he is young most of us wanted to give him some time. Seeing him potentially kicking off his form like that was great and it wasn't for another few months or so that our 9th most expensive signing ever proved to be more of a flop than flubber with erectile dysfunction.
Fan Mentality: Flat, Annoyed but secretively a little happy for Wilf, Sørloth and AWB
AUGUST TL;DR - Mixed start, Zaha and AWB doing bits, 10th in table, smack bang in the middle.
So-So September
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Sep 1 Southampton H 0-2 L 15th N/A 25,495
Sat Sep 15 Huddersfield Town A 0-1 W 12th Zaha 23,696
Sat Sep 22 Newcastle United H 0-0 D 11th N/A 25,679
Tue Sep 25 West Bromwich Albion (League Cup) A 0-3 W Third round Townsend x2, PVA 10,818
Losing to Southampton was one of the worst games of the season, not only at this point, but even looking back now. What an awful performance we put on and the fans were rightly pissed off. Couple that game with the Goalless Draw with Newcastle Where we frustratingly outplayed them in basically every aspect and it became clear what this season's problem was going to be..... That was scoring goals. Defensively we had some fantastic plays in the 8 games played so far and had very few complaints with the back line. The CB partnership of Sakho and Tomkins looked seriously impressive, AWB still getting better every game and PVA having an OK start to season, showing that he can get forward fairly well.
Sometimes it's not exactly clear what a teams problem is when they're playing poorly, as there isn't always an easy way to distinguish cause and effect. This luckily, wasn't the case to some extent. We knew what aspect of our game needed to improve and that being clinical in front of goal. Problem was, what do you put it down too? Is it Ayew not being able to keep up? Is it Roy playing wrong formations and having Zaha in the middle more often than on the wing, not utilising his strongest aspect? Was it just form, a combination of all three plus more or just divine intervention?!?! Who knew. Arguments began to develop, Fans started to split.
Fan Mentality: "Don't do a Palace again please Palace"
SEPTEMBER TL:DR - Very poor performances vs Newcastle and Southampton made it abundantly clear that our problem this season was scoring goals as defensively we were very solid. Zaha also scored an absolute banger of a solo goal vs Huddersfield.
On-your-fucking-bike October
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Mon Oct 1 AFC Bournemouth A 2-1 L 13th PVA 10,199
Sat Oct 6 Wolves H 0-1 L 14th N/A 25,715
Sun Oct 21 Everton A 2-0 L 15th N/A 38,668
Sun Oct 28 Arsenal H 2-2 D 14th Milivojevic x 2 Pens 25,718
Wed Oct 31 Middlesbrough (League Cup) A 1-0 L K/O N/A 11,850
My my my what a shit month. A draw with arsenal wasn't too bad however the usual Zaha "hate-brigade" came out for the 83rd minute equalising penalty he won calling it a dive, When IMO Xhaka gets drawn in like a mug and there is clear contact.
Still overall an awful month...A month that saw us have 47 shots and score 3 times (Only once from open play as two penalties) cemented the feelings from last month and the divide that split the fans begun to be more lopsided towards anger and pessimism with less for the "glass half full" wankers to back up My their points. Some very poor performances from Ayew, Sørloth and even Luka started making fans fearful of the drop... Thoughts like..
"It's been 5 years, we should be comfortably a top half PL team by now", "Roy has got to go" - (forgetting how well he had done the previous season after that awful FDB start) and, "Fuck Parish and his Johnny Bravo haircut" begun to fill the usual Twitter, Reddit and Discord feeds.
As an optimistic Wanker myself Some of the optimistic wankers fighting back by stating that Palace have 95% of the time since I've been born ALWAYS had a better second half to the season than first, Expecting something similar was the small glimmer of hope we could hold on to, as the next few months would tell.
Fan Mentality - REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
OCTOBER TL:DR - Awful month, bar the arsenal game. Less clinical than a back alley doctor and still no HF support with the club holding out brought us to our worst point of the season, were we getting relegated?
Nothing November
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sun Nov 4 Chelsea A 3-1 L 14th Townsend 40,407
Sat Nov 10 Spurs H 0-1 L 16th N/A 25,685
Sat Nov 24 Man United A 0-0 D 16th N/A 74,516
An international break came at a good time for us having our last 5 games before it being, Everton, Wolves, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs....Not exactly the easiest run of games. But hey, at least they were over with? And being the club in the entire bottom half at this point of the league to have the least games left to play vs the top 6 meant something right?
Having (imo) outplayed Spurs, albeit losing and drawing 0-0 with United away meant we were on the up. Well in my mind it did. Yeah we put on a less than desirable performance vs Chelsea but we should have lost all three of those games. Instead we drew one, lost one rightfully, and lost one but undeservedly. There was still time, this was something to build on. Hey, at least this win-less streak of 7 games came close enough to January that the board might take notice and sign a fucking striker? Lets be positive guys. We expected 0 points this month and we got 1, chill. We actually went to Old Trafford and had more shots than them, we forced them to defend to their limit, didn't let them break us down and didn't give them an easy day out. We can be proud of that at least. (In case you hadn't realised, I am the optimistic Wanker Palace fan I keep referring to in the 3rd person). The fans wanted more. I understood it and I didn't. For those of you who don't know, less than 10 years ago, Palace were in administration, sitting 22nd in the Championship. Things looked bleak but to go from that to where we were now in only 10 years is something to be proud of. A 10 year turn around of administration to a 6th strait year in the PL (and we still weren't in the relegation zone) is genuinely impressive. Things take time, let us see what January brings.
I was largely out numbered with my views.
Fan mentality - "FUCK THIS! WE SHOULD BEAT CHELSEA 9-0 AND SPURS BY AT LEAST 27 GOALS. United game was alright though"
NOVEMBER TL;DR - 2 losses, 1 draw. But in fairness our month was vs United away, Chelsea away and Spurs at home. Put in a good shift vs Spurs and United and we could build on it. Winter window getting closer, and our problems are obvious, perhaps the board will put 2 and 2 together and give us some kind of nocturnal mammal/DC superhero to wank over. (Spoiler alert)
Dandy Andy Towny's December of decimation
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Dec 1 Burnley H 2-0 W 14th Townsend, McArthur 25,098
Tue Dec 4 Brighton A 3-1 L 15th Milivojevic 29,663
Sat Dec 8 West Ham United A 3-2 L 16th McArthur, Schlupp 56,995
Sat Dec 15 Leicester City H 1-0 W 15th Milivojevic 24,738
Sat Dec 22 Manchester City A 2-3 W 14th Schlupp, Milivojevic, TOWNSEND 54,340
Wed Dec 26 Cardiff City H 0-0 D 14th N/A 25,206
Sun Dec 30 Chelsea H 0-1 L 14th N/A 25,781
Well where do we start....
Here, we start here
Ok, now this month had some excellent shit and some awful awful aspects to it. Lets do it chronologically....1st Dec the dispute between the club and the HF has ended! The club gave into their earlier words and decided (controversially) to displace the current Block-E residents in favour of the HF centralising their noise to create a new "singing section" for the start of the 19/20 season. With the HF back at Selhurst the ground felt like it had a weight lifted from their shoulders. This was one of the games I went too and my god, the atmosphere was insane. Not to mention the performance, we could've easily won that game 6-0 but were held to two by a struggling Burnley back line, If you don't believe me either look at the stats or better yet, watch the highlights. I think that may have been the best game we played all season. Maybe level with the City game this month too but in a different way. We DOMINATED them the entire 90 minutes and I imagine Burnley fans will say it was their worst performance this year (definitely one of). Townsend also scored another banger but due to what was to happen in 3 weeks time from this game, literally nobody even remembered this goal.
Now, the Brighton game..
Coming off of a win like that, we should've put in a better performance than we did. I hold my hands up, we were shit and outplayed by them. Tomkins made that stupid mistake and Wilf lost his head (For those of you who don't know, Wilf loses his head more often than the average player, and when he's mad, he forgets how to play football a lot of the time). I hated this game and every aspect of it. Off the pitch the Palace fans were attacked by the Brighton lot outside the ground and the police did their typical Guantanamo prison guard routine not allowing many Palace fans (with tickets) into stadium for no given reason other than to split us up.
West ham was a weird game. Both teams played pretty well I thought and hey, if we're going to lose, lets lose by scoring some goals instead of doing absolutely nothing. There was some controversial decisions but Palace v West Ham has always been a bit heated as we're more often than not next to each other come MD 38.
City away. OH MY FUCKING GOD. I'll tell you one thing, If you play with feathers, you'll get your arsed tickled. City took us for granted and credit to Roy for that game, It was a tactical beast from us. Our press was insane, If we played a press like that every game, we'd finish the season on like 4 points, but Nobody was expecting us to do what we did. I have argued this a million times and I'll argue it a million more....We definitely deserved to win that game, It was not luck. I mean, Yes the wonder goal helped but every team gets wonder goals every now and then. We defended tightly, Broke so effectively, won the ball back and put on the pressure quickly and completely took their midfield out of the game. Most importantly we were back to being clinical again, and that goal, fuck me, silky as a spiders arsehole.
Cardiff was a very frustrating game. VERY frustrating. We had 59% of the ball and 17 shots only for a 0-0 at home. Typical fucking Palace to be the most famous club in the world for a couple days beating City at the Etihad only to draw to Cardiff at home. Pisstake. But hey, another clean sheet and another point. Gimme.
Chelsea was once again thoroughly underwhelming. They paid us back for last season and really screwed us both games we played. Not much to say on this except maybe we needed grounding as we were still flying from the City win (Probably the best win Palace have ever had). Hands up here, they completely battered us.
Overall December was up and down. We lost to our rivals but beat City at the Etihad and came away with 2 goal of the month contenders and a goal of the season contender (Later to be voted by the public as the winner this Saturday). 10 points from 18 wasn't bad. You'd assume Liverpool and City to get 18/18 and Huddersfield to get 2/18 so we were kind of where we should've been, just a little above the average. Yeah we lost against Brighton but points wise, it levelled out having stunned City. We were ok, Transfer windows about to open and things are on the up.
Fan Mentality - "I'm mad about Brighton and Cardiff, but over the moon with Burnley and City......hmmmmmmm"
DECEMBER TL;DR - Lost to rivals in shit game. Beat City away with one of best goals I've ever seen. Looked like barce-fucking-lona vs Burnley but got held to 0-0 by Cardiff. Strange month. Oh yeah, and the HF came back after club caved and agreed to demands, this is what I meant earlier by fan power.
Jubilee January
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Wed Jan 2 Wolves A 0-2 W 14th McArthur, Ayew! 30,666
Sat Jan 5 Grimsby Town (FA Cup) H 1-0 W 3rd round FA Cup Ayew 19,967
Sat Jan 12 Watford H 1-2 L 14th Cathcart Own Goal 25,010
Sat Jan 19 Liverpool A 4-3 L 14th Townsend, Tomkins, Meyer 53,171
Sun Jan 27 Spurs (FA Cup) H 2-0 W 4th Round FA Cup Wickham, Townsend 19,491
Wed Jan 30 Southampton A 1-1 D 15th Zaha 28,339
January was again a weird month. We kicked off our Cup campaign with 2 clean sheets adding to our already impressive total. Grimsby were a good side and all credit too them, they brought a lot of away fans, I had a lot of respect for them that day. They were in full voice and It made me nostalgic of the lower leagues and how their fans get ignored on the whole because they're not top tier. Knocking out Spurs was just brilliant, A Spurs fan would defend themselves by saying "We played a weak squad"....but so did we lol....well weaker than we could've gone anyway. England's World cup hero Trippier missed a penalty to level the scores shortly before we doubled our lead. I started to believe (Foolishly) that another cup run was on our hands.
League-wise it wasn't bad I guess. We beat Wolves away to get revenge for earlier in the season in a good old fashioned championship style game. Lost to Watford again, which nearly made me have an aneurysm as I don't like the yellow midlanders but events later on in the month (ward-prowse) made the hornet's sting less Painful. The Liverpool game was insane and I actually did a write up prediction of it the day before, predicting line ups, [palace to score three and Milner to be sent off]. I was laughed at. In fairness I was laughed at understandably, Palace going to Anfield and almost beating them, don't be silly! But we really put them through their paces. This is another reason why I said earlier I wish we still had a game to play against them later on in the season. We're always better 2nd half so would've made for an interesting title race game, 2014 style.
Now Southampton. It was a dirty game. A dirty dirty game from both sides and probably very entertaining from a neutral perspective. Ref was also shocking for both clubs. For those who don't remember, highlights are here. Now, I'm not justifying Zaha's actions 100%, But what those highlights don't show is the hacking he endured that game. This isn't me being biased. He was treated very roughly almost as if the intent was to hurt him in that game. Southampton were smart about it, they knew what I said earlier is true (About Wilf losing his head) and they played that game. JWP fouls him, pretends to throw a ball in his face, Spits on floor in front of him and raises a hand to tap him on the cheek. Worst of all he Celebrated by punching the air when the red card is shown, I think he's a disrespectful little fucker, but Wilf could've handled that situation a lot better. Proper made a fool of himself by doing what he did, but I guess it was a heat of the moment thing, I understand he later apologised to the referee. Regardless of that, after nearly breaking Townsend's leg in half the ball falls to Wilf who scores. JWP hits back by being excellently positioned for the equaliser. In all honesty, a draw was probably the right result. We both played well and dirty, we both Deserved the goals we got and we both deserved reds imo. Looking forward to this game next year, will be lively.
JANUARY TL;DR - Up and Down, Fantastic performance at Liverpool that got the whole league looking. Beat the mighty Wolves away and knocked Spurs out of the Cup! Very frustrating games vs Southampton and Watford, but next season we shall see what happens.

WINTER TRANSFERS

Player Position Team Fee I/O
Bakary Sako LW West Brom Free In
Jacob Mensah CB Ramsgate Free In
Lucas Perri GK São Paulo Half Season Loan In
Michy Batshuayi CF Chelsea Half season Loan (£1M fee) In
Jonny Williams CAM Charlton Undisclosed Out
Jordon Mutch RM Gyeongnam Released Out
Sullay Kaikai LW NAC Breda Undisclosed Out
Jason Puncheon CAM Huddersfield Half Season Loan Out
Alexander Sørloth ST Gent Half Season Loan Out
Nya Kirby CAM Blackpool Half Season Loan Out
Joseph Hungbo MF Margate Half Season Loan Out
Oliver Webber GK Greenwich Borough Half Season Loan Out
Dion-Curtis Henry GK Maidstone United Half Season Loan Out
Jarosław Jach CB Sheriff Tiraspol 31st Dec 19 Out
Well Sako's foray to the midlands went well, having been released in January, we signed him again. Sako had 4 apps in an underwhelming stint with the Baggies. Nya Kirby is off to get some well deserved first team game time with Blackpool only to eventually get in the fans good books who I understand wanted to see more of him....Then there's Batman. Wow. I mean he's probably the biggest big name player we've ever managed to sign. Well maybe with the exception of Cabaye. His arrival split opinion once again amongst Palace fans. Well not 50/50 but not everybody was happy to see him come in. There was a lot of pessimism around him, quoting his Valencia form as the main reason. Let me put it this way....I know it's not just him of course, but before Bats came in, our average points per game were 0.88; After he came in, Our average points per game were 1.66. They almost doubled, and it was fairly clear to see why. He and Wilf linked up excellently, and he was the clinician we needed. Almost scoring the most insane goal with basically his first touch of the ball in a Palace shirt. He was officially signed at around 1:30AM GMT on Feb 1st after the extension was granted for the Paperwork. A very late signing and one that proved to be season changing. Arguably our best signing since we got Ian Wright from Dulwich Hamlets for a set of Dumbbells (I'm not joking).
WINTER TRANSFERS TL;DR - Sako back (which sparked some controversy over his wage bill), Sørloth gone out on loan in a ploy to make him seem better than he is by lowering the level of the league he plays in, only to attempt to sell him this summer and make back some of the £9M we spent on him I think. KaiKai has gone for good, which is a shame, I think he'll be a fantastic prospect in the next few years, keep your eye out.... Oh.... and this happened.
Fan Mentality - GTFI
Fantastic February
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Feb 2 Fulham H 2-0 W 14th Schlupp, Milivojevic 25,355
Sat Feb 9 West Ham H 1-1 D 13th Zaha 25,552
Sun Feb 17 Doncaster Rovers (FA Cup) A 0-2 W 5th Round FA Cup Schlupp, Meyer 14,010
Sat Feb 23 Leicester City A 1-4 W 13th Zaha x2, Batshuayi, Milivojevic 31,778
Wed Feb 27 Manchester United H 3-1 L 14th Ward 25,754
February was a great month all around for us. Before the United game we were 6 undefeated and we didn't expect to win that anyway! They were newly OLE'd and on a mad hype at the time, winning like a million-bajillion games in a row. We made our Leicester H2H for last two seasons an aggregate score on 13-1 in 4 games and we continued our "yet-to-concede-in-the-Cup run". We did the double over Fulham with two 2-0 wins and didn't let West Ham do the double over us thank god. A fantastic showing in Doncaster from our travelling fans made me proud as we made a lot of noise for the full 90 minutes. DING DING DING. We saw Bats get off the mark with a good goal and things were looking comfortable-ish.
Might I add, at this point in the season Palace were joint 4th In EUROPE for clean sheets joint with Man City + Atletico Madrid on 8, with more than Barcelona and Juventus which was pretty mad. Yet somehow we were 66th/98 (From Europe's "top 5" leagues) for goals scored, Joint with Fulham and Cardiff.
Also at this stage in the Season AWB was statistically the best tackler in Europe. I know a lot of you will say that means nothing, but for his first full season at the age of 20, is something very impressive. He pocketed Son, Hazard, Rashford, Anderson etc.... He really is turning eyes at this stage.
Fan Mentality - This was split massively, there were some huge upsides to the season so far but some terrible downsides too. Could not have been more split in opinion.
FEBRUARY TL;DR - Great month IMO, Bats scoring his first in red and blue, Wilf was back, we got 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, plus two more clean sheets and sit 5 points above relegation. We had more clean sheets than Barcelona and Juventus but scored as many goals as Cardiff.
MUGGED-RIGHT-OFF MARCH
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Mar 2 Burnley A 1-3 W 13th Zaha, Batshuayi, Bardsley (og) 19,223
Sat Mar 9 Brighton H 1-2 L 14th Milivojevic 24,972
Sat Mar 16 Watford (FA Cup) A 2-1 L K/O Cup Batshuayi 18,104
Sat Mar 30 Huddersfield H 2-0 W 13th Schlupp, PVA 25,193
Starting on the positives, we put in a good performance against a determined Huddersfield and unfortunately happened to be the hammer than sent them down. Fun fact for you, PVA has scored the final goal vs the last 4 teams we've relegated. Also the Burnley game was great and yet again one of our best performances that happened to be vs them..... and Wilf scored yet another fantastic goal. Brilliant day out and only slightly dampened by Burnley scoring a 89th minute consolation to wipe out yet another clean sheet for us :(
Ok positives of this c$£!y month over, onto the Brighton and Watford games we go.
Even I, a huge optimist was livid with the Brighton performance, we looked so weak and uninspired. It made me miss the days of Jedinak. Admittedly Brighton should've had a red card about 8 seconds into the game for an awful challenge on Luka, but none-the-less we didn't deserve to win. The players didn't deserve to get paid that day let alone get a point out of it. The state of Palace social media that day was sickening. I also got started on outside the ground after outside of Tasty Jerk which was nice.... But it's ok, because we've got an FA Cup Q/F coming up right ?
No.
Well we did have one coming up, But I was wrong to look forward to it. To be fair to Watford, they played well and we didn't reach 5th Gear. Batshuayi pounced on a defensive mistake to equalise but alas it was not to be. I wasn't as mad at the players/Roy for this one as we definitely put more effort in. We were just outplayed unfortunately and that's football. Hopefully Watford lose to Wolves in the Semi's and we go on to finish PL strong?
*Fan Mentality - Livid. All around Livid. Worst month this season, even though we won half our games. Our rivals and our semi rivals both doing the double over us hurt. We'll have to come back stronger next year.
MARCH TL;DR - Lost to Brighton again in a shocking performance that angered the fans, Knocked out of FA Cup by Watford which helped drown out any positivity of the 6 points and good teams goals we scored in the other 2 games.
AVERAGE APRIL
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Wed Apr 3 Spurs A 2-0 L 13th N/A 59,215
Sat Apr 6 Newcastle A 0-1 W 12th Milivojevic 51,926
Sun Apr 14 Manchester City H 1-3 L 13th Milivojevic 25,721
Sun Apr 21 Arsenal A 2-3 W 12th Benteke, Zaha, McArthur 59,929
Sat Apr 27 Everton H 0-0 D 12th N/A 25,789
Spurs in their new Stadium were always going to be hard to beat. Just a shame we couldn't get the first goal there, they played well to give them credit. Newcastle away was my favourite away day this year, The noise from the travelling fans was insane and it was a party up there in their 900th floor away end. Was a very close game in the end, either team of had it and on that day it happened to be us. Both teams had great chances and both keepers were on form that day, But a typical Wilf shimmy in the box followed by clinical Luka pen gave us the win. At this point in the season we are third in the '2019 only' table for away goals scored and 4th for the away form for the entire season. Impressive stuff, but less impressive when you consider at home this season we're 19th, only above Huddersfield. Very strange.
Even though we beat the first time round, Beating city again was always going to be an uphill task so no sleep lost over that one for me although we didn't play badly. With the Everton game I was happy with a draw. We managed to defend just about and big dick Vic pulled off some good saves to hold a dominant Everton to a goalless draw, hey, another clean sheet?
Arsenal was fantastic. Admittedly it was the only game this season I didn't watch, either on stream or in person. I was working and it was really busy that day, I had BBC live commentary up and I was over the moon. This season, We 2-2'd them at Selhurst and beat them away! First time in twenty-something years they haven't beaten us in a season! Upon watching the highlights, i saw why we won, We played very well and typical Palace away came out to play.
Fan Attitude - Safe from the drop, on for our highest ever points finish, some performances to be proud of
APRIL TL;DR - Very good games, winning away at Arsenal was fantastic and officially becoming safe from the drop meant we could focus on other things. Fairly even at Newcastle, managed to win and AWB impressing all the right people.
MEGA MAY
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat May 4 Cardiff City A 2-3 W 12th Batshuayi, Zaha, Townsend 32,133
Sun May 12 Bournemouth H 5-3 W 12th Batshuayi x2, Townsend, PVA, Simpson (og) 25,433
Bringing our season to a close with the security of being safe ahead of time was a relief. In fact we were on for our highest ever points finish in PL and due to back to back wins in May, we did it! We also got our most wins in 1 season ever, most clean sheets and highest ever GD!
We finished like this....
Position Team W D L +/- Pts
11 Watford 14 8 16 52/59 (-7) 50
12 Palace 14 7 17 51/53 (-2) 49
13 Newcastle 12 9 17 42/48 (-6) 45
Top scorer was Luka with 12 Goals from Defensive midfield. 10 Pens, 1 FK and 1 from open play. He equalled the record for most penalties in one season (Tied with Gerrard). He was also one of only 3 outfield players in the whole league to play every minute of every league game. And another fun fact for you, If Wilf was his own team in the league this year, he would've been 5th for penalties won. So we finished 1 place lower than we did last year but with more points. We had an insane away record but terrible home form. We saw Bats come and go and now I worry how we will adapt to having that ability on the front line.
To get to the Question I posed at the start,
No I don't think we'll sell Wilf this year, and for two reasons. Firstly, Roy has confidently said he wont go, no smoke without fire. Secondly, with 4 years left on his contract, we hold so much power in negotiations and will simply ask for way too much, More than anyone will spend anyway. Plus I want at least one season of VAR + WILF + LUKA'S PENALTIES. Imagine.
One more stat that I love is we played 50 games this year in all comps. 23 of those games were wins (46%) BUT of those 23 wins, 14 of them were clean sheets (~61%) When including all clean sheets (0-0's as well) we had 18 clean sheets out of 50 games (36%) WHICH IS MADNESS.
Awb wont be leaving either IMO. He'll be a fool to risk leaving now for a top side, as I'm sure Wilf will tell him about united. Better to get more experience and especially because he's so young. Luka will be staying, almost definitely, he seems very attached to the club and is an excellent leader. Sakho is the odd one out here. I feel he will Be leaving and for a club like Nice, Monaco, maybe even PSG at a push. He wants to go to France, that's no secret and he's good enough to be playing CL football so I wont hate on him if he goes.
In regards to being happy with the season, I think we should be. There is 100% room for improvement of course, I am not denying that. But the stats speak for themselves. Points total, Clean sheets, GD etc.... which leads me onto the next point....
Should we keep playing WoyBall? I think also yes. He has areas to work on for sure, but he's done wonders at the club since he came in and this summer we're heavily linked with a few potential replacements for Bats. The board have seen what he can do with a clinical striker and I feel may actually back him. If he stays, it will be 1 more season tops before he retires, Man deserves a sit down !
And about Speroni, We should have 1 statue. Outside the newly Named Speroni stand, the one on Speroni Road In Speroni's-ville

MANOSDEDIOS

You can see why I thought this was a weird season, basically some very contrasting stats that don't make too much sense and very zig-zaggy form. Hopefully next year we can replace some of the negatives with positives.
If you read this whole thing then thanks, and well done! Look forward to seeing you next season. :)
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2019.05.14 14:03 Hey_-_-_Zeus a

(Disclaimer: The following will be biased to some extent, I am a Palace fan after all)
The 18/19 season has been very strange as a Palace fan, quite possibly the strangest I've ever seen in my lifetime. A mix of underwhelming success and some top level statistics having somehow finished in 12th place has left the fan base largely divided on several topics.
Will we Keep Wilf for another year?...And for that matter.... AWB, Luka, Sakho? Should we be happy with the season? Another year of Woyball? How many Speroni statues?
I will attempt to answer these questions in my Review of Palace's 18/19 season. This will be Very long, so read on at your own risk but there will be TL:DR's for each section to sum things up.

PRE-SEASON

Date Opponent H/A Result
Thu Jul 12 Helsingor A 2-2 D
Mon Jul 16 Halmstads A 1-6 W
Sat Jul 21 Oxford United A 1-3 W
Sat Jul 28 Reading A 0-4 W
Sat Aug 4 Toulouse H 4-1 W
Obviously pre-season games are never too accurate to go off. Most teams leave out the best players and give an opportunity to the youngsters to show their worth for the opening day and this year was no different. In the first game in Denmark, Roy Hodgson used 21 players of his 26 man squad with Kirby the only one to play all 90. This was very promising as a lifelong fan; I watch the youth teams and Kirby has always been a fantastic prospect. I was filled with hope for the upcoming season, this was only cemented afterwards by four Successive wins with a aggregate score of 17-3...
PRE SEASON TL;DR - Promising scenes, youth prospects shining. Fan Mentality: Cautiously Optimistic.

SUMMER TRANSFERS

Player Position Team Fee I/O
Vincente Guaita GK Getafe Free In
Cheikhou Kouyaté DM West Ham United ~£9.5M In
Max Meyer CM Schalke 04 Free In
Jordan Ayew CF Swansea City 1 Season Loan In
Yohan Cabaye CM Al-Nasr SC Released Out :(
Diego Cavalieri GK Free agent Released Out
Andre Coker CF Maidstone United Free transfer Out
Damien Delaney CB Cork City Released Out
Lee Chung-yong RW VfL Bochum Released Out
Bakary Sako LW West Brom Released Out
Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong LB Aldershot Town Free transfer Out
Matt Funnell GK Maidstone United Free transfer Out
Jarosław Jach CB Çaykur Rizespor 1 Season Loan Out
Jason Lokilo RW Lorient 1 Season Loan Out
Tyler Brown LB Kingstonian 1 Season Loan Out
James Daly CF Kingstonian 1 Season Loan Out
Ryan Inniss CB Dundee United Loan until 31st Jan 19 Out
Levi Lumeka CM Leyton Orient Loan until 9th Jan 19 Out
SUMMER TRANSFERS TL:DR - Lost Cabaye, Got Max Meyer, Guaita and Kouyaté. Fan mentality: Fairly Optimistic

HOLMESDALE FANATICS BOYCOTT

Before we Start with the actual season, It's worth explaining the Whole deal with the Holmesdale Fanatics as this was very relevant to a lot of the "Palace-politics" this year. The HF are Crystal Palace's ultras. English football doesn't really have an "Ultra culture" but Since the groups founding in 2005 we've been fighting that stereotype. Trying to keep the traditional down and dirty vibes to Selhurst park but looking to Europe for inspiration for how to take organised fan groups to the next level, the HF have been vital in Palace's atmosphere and virility online for many years now. Whether you're a hater or a lover as Palace (along with maybe Middlesbrough's Red faction) are doing our part to change English football norms for the better, taking the best parts of supporter groups such as Ajax, PSG, Napoli, Gladbach etc.... and combining it with that old school British feel. We're nowhere near them yet, don't get me wrong, but we're on our way.
The HF have succeeded in Inspiring a generation of Palace fans to come out in full voice to every game, Men's, Women's, Youth (occasionally) with their *Comical songs, *Constant Out-singing other fans Home or away, *Energy, *Tifo's, *And support and promotion of Good causes
The group are a major part of the club whether you like them or not and this year we saw just how powerful they are.
Discussions begun during the 17/18 season between HF representatives and the club about the decision to move the group from Block B (In the lower corner of the ground) to Block E (Same stand, but more central, behind the goal). Initially, the club agreed this would be fine and upon renewing their season tickets, they would all be able to move as a collective. The club started to tell current Block E season ticket holders they would have to move come summertime and obviously, due to long term regulars (20+ years) being displaced from rather good seating positions, they pushed back on the decision. The club were now in a situation whereby they had already given the green light to arguably, palace's most influential fans, but had simultaneously shot themselves in the foot and wound up a large section of lifetime paying ticket holders. When the promised day arrived, the club withdrew their promise to the HF and blocked the displacement of hundreds of fans. The HF hit back by Boycotting the clubs home games and simply not attending. It wouldn't be until the home game vs Burnley on 1st December that they made a return and turned Selhurst back into the lively soulful ground it once had been. Trust me, as someone who attended roughly nearly 3/4's of the games this season (fucking shift work on Saturdays), there was a considerable difference and they were missed atmosphere-wise, even if their "boycott" wasn't to your taste. Another way to look at it is they got 3 months at home sleeping on each others divorced nigels sofas to cool off.
Something else worth mentioning that I find very interesting is that During this period, the PSG ultras and the HF formed somewhat of a pact. Collectif Ultras Paris Heavily backed the HF's strike as the Ultra Culture is something they strongly believe in and have partaken in Boycott's of their own before. This "friendship" was comically played out as when PSG played United in the CL RO16 1st leg at Old Trafford, On their way through London, the CUP picked up roughly 70 HF and took them along for the journey.
HF TL;DR - Until MD 15, our atmosphere was the worst it's been in over 10 years due to absence of Palace ultras because of an ongoing argument with the club; and this was worth mentioning as it had a considerable effect on performances, fan feelings and the balance of power at the club.
Fan mentality: Dreadfully pessimistic

START OF SEASON

Apathetic August
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Aug 11 Fulham A 0-2 W 4th Zaha, Schlupp 24,821
Mon Aug 20 Liverpool H 0-2 L 10th N/A 25,750
Sun Aug 26 Watford A 2-1 L 10th Zaha 20,014
Tue Aug 28 Swansea City (League Cup) A 0-1 W Second Round Sørloth 9,122
The First month back after summer wasn't exactly what we wanted. Away win to Fulham to kick things off was great, Seeing Zaha score twice in Three games was good too. Losing to Watford fucking tilted me as we toe-to-toed them in every stat and didn't deserve to come away with nothing. Losing to Liverpool isn't something that anything can complain about as they're one of the world's best teams, but god do I wish we had this fixture towards the end of the season rather than at the start. Palace have been a thorn in Liverpool's side for quite a while now and I feel that as our opening home game for this campaign, was probably the best time they could've played us. Despite AWB getting sent off for bringing Salah down as the last man, this month had looked very good for him and people were beginning to talk.
Sørloth scoring in the cup game at Swansea was fantastic, We all wanted him to do well and although he is young most of us wanted to give him some time. Seeing him potentially kicking off his form like that was great and it wasn't for another few months or so that our 9th most expensive signing ever proved to be more of a flop than flubber with erectile dysfunction.
Fan Mentality: Flat, Annoyed but secretively a little happy for Wilf, Sørloth and AWB
AUGUST TL;DR - Mixed start, Zaha and AWB doing bits, 10th in table, smack bang in the middle.
So-So September
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Sep 1 Southampton H 0-2 L 15th N/A 25,495
Sat Sep 15 Huddersfield Town A 0-1 W 12th Zaha 23,696
Sat Sep 22 Newcastle United H 0-0 D 11th N/A 25,679
Tue Sep 25 West Bromwich Albion (League Cup) A 0-3 W Third round Townsend x2, PVA 10,818
Losing to Southampton was one of the worst games of the season, not only at this point, but even looking back now. What an awful performance we put on and the fans were rightly pissed off. Couple that game with the Goalless Draw with Newcastle Where we frustratingly outplayed them in basically every aspect and it became clear what this season's problem was going to be..... That was scoring goals. Defensively we had some fantastic plays in the 8 games played so far and had very few complaints with the back line. The CB partnership of Sakho and Tomkins looked seriously impressive, AWB still getting better every game and PVA having an OK start to season, showing that he can get forward fairly well.
Sometimes it's not exactly clear what a teams problem is when they're playing poorly, as there isn't always an easy way to distinguish cause and effect. This luckily, wasn't the case to some extent. We knew what aspect of our game needed to improve and that being clinical in front of goal. Problem was, what do you put it down too? Is it Ayew not being able to keep up? Is it Roy playing wrong formations and having Zaha in the middle more often than on the wing, not utilising his strongest aspect? Was it just form, a combination of all three plus more or just divine intervention?!?! Who knew. Arguments began to develop, Fans started to split.
Fan Mentality: "Don't do a Palace again please Palace"
SEPTEMBER TL:DR - Very poor performances vs Newcastle and Southampton made it abundantly clear that our problem this season was scoring goals as defensively we were very solid. Zaha also scored an absolute banger of a solo goal vs Huddersfield.
On-your-fucking-bike October
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Mon Oct 1 AFC Bournemouth A 2-1 L 13th PVA 10,199
Sat Oct 6 Wolves H 0-1 L 14th N/A 25,715
Sun Oct 21 Everton A 2-0 L 15th N/A 38,668
Sun Oct 28 Arsenal H 2-2 D 14th Milivojevic x 2 Pens 25,718
Wed Oct 31 Middlesbrough (League Cup) A 1-0 L K/O N/A 11,850
My my my what a shit month. A draw with arsenal wasn't too bad however the usual Zaha "hate-brigade" came out for the 83rd minute equalising penalty he won calling it a dive, When IMO Xhaka gets drawn in like a mug and there is clear contact.
Still overall an awful month...A month that saw us have 47 shots and score 3 times (Only once from open play as two penalties) cemented the feelings from last month and the divide that split the fans begun to be more lopsided towards anger and pessimism with less for the "glass half full" wankers to back up My their points. Some very poor performances from Ayew, Sørloth and even Luka started making fans fearful of the drop... Thoughts like..
"It's been 5 years, we should be comfortably a top half PL team by now", "Roy has got to go" - (forgetting how well he had done the previous season after that awful FDB start) and, "Fuck Parish and his Johnny Bravo haircut" begun to fill the usual Twitter, Reddit and Discord feeds.
As an optimistic Wanker myself Some of the optimistic wankers fighting back by stating that Palace have 95% of the time since I've been born ALWAYS had a better second half to the season than first, Expecting something similar was the small glimmer of hope we could hold on to, as the next few months would tell.
Fan Mentality - REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
OCTOBER TL:DR - Awful month, bar the arsenal game. Less clinical than a back alley doctor and still no HF support with the club holding out brought us to our worst point of the season, were we getting relegated?
Nothing November
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sun Nov 4 Chelsea A 3-1 L 14th Townsend 40,407
Sat Nov 10 Spurs H 0-1 L 16th N/A 25,685
Sat Nov 24 Man United A 0-0 D 16th N/A 74,516
An international break came at a good time for us having our last 5 games before it being, Everton, Wolves, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs....Not exactly the easiest run of games. But hey, at least they were over with? And being the club in the entire bottom half at this point of the league to have the least games left to play vs the top 6 meant something right?
Having (imo) outplayed Spurs, albeit losing and drawing 0-0 with United away meant we were on the up. Well in my mind it did. Yeah we put on a less than desirable performance vs Chelsea but we should have lost all three of those games. Instead we drew one, lost one rightfully, and lost one but undeservedly. There was still time, this was something to build on. Hey, at least this win-less streak of 7 games came close enough to January that the board might take notice and sign a fucking striker? Lets be positive guys. We expected 0 points this month and we got 1, chill. We actually went to Old Trafford and had more shots than them, we forced them to defend to their limit, didn't let them break us down and didn't give them an easy day out. We can be proud of that at least. (In case you hadn't realised, I am the optimistic Wanker Palace fan I keep referring to in the 3rd person). The fans wanted more. I understood it and I didn't. For those of you who don't know, less than 10 years ago, Palace were in administration, sitting 22nd in the Championship. Things looked bleak but to go from that to where we were now in only 10 years is something to be proud of. A 10 year turn around of administration to a 6th strait year in the PL (and we still weren't in the relegation zone) is genuinely impressive. Things take time, let us see what January brings.
I was largely out numbered with my views.
Fan mentality - "FUCK THIS! WE SHOULD BEAT CHELSEA 9-0 AND SPURS BY AT LEAST 27 GOALS. United game was alright though"
NOVEMBER TL;DR - 2 losses, 1 draw. But in fairness our month was vs United away, Chelsea away and Spurs at home. Put in a good shift vs Spurs and United and we could build on it. Winter window getting closer, and our problems are obvious, perhaps the board will put 2 and 2 together and give us some kind of nocturnal mammal/DC superhero to wank over. (Spoiler alert)
Dandy Andy Towny's December of decimation
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Dec 1 Burnley H 2-0 W 14th Townsend, McArthur 25,098
Tue Dec 4 Brighton A 3-1 L 15th Milivojevic 29,663
Sat Dec 8 West Ham United A 3-2 L 16th McArthur, Schlupp 56,995
Sat Dec 15 Leicester City H 1-0 W 15th Milivojevic 24,738
Sat Dec 22 Manchester City A 2-3 W 14th Schlupp, Milivojevic, TOWNSEND 54,340
Wed Dec 26 Cardiff City H 0-0 D 14th N/A 25,206
Sun Dec 30 Chelsea H 0-1 L 14th N/A 25,781
Well where do we start....
Here, we start here
Ok, now this month had some excellent shit and some awful awful aspects to it. Lets do it chronologically....1st Dec the dispute between the club and the HF has ended! The club gave into their earlier words and decided (controversially) to displace the current Block-E residents in favour of the HF centralising their noise to create a new "singing section" for the start of the 19/20 season. With the HF back at Selhurst the ground felt like it had a weight lifted from their shoulders. This was one of the games I went too and my god, the atmosphere was insane. Not to mention the performance, we could've easily won that game 6-0 but were held to two by a struggling Burnley back line, If you don't believe me either look at the stats or better yet, watch the highlights. I think that may have been the best game we played all season. Maybe level with the City game this month too but in a different way. We DOMINATED them the entire 90 minutes and I imagine Burnley fans will say it was their worst performance this year (definitely one of). Townsend also scored another banger but due to what was to happen in 3 weeks time from this game, literally nobody even remembered this goal.
Now, the Brighton game..
Coming off of a win like that, we should've put in a better performance than we did. I hold my hands up, we were shit and outplayed by them. Tomkins made that stupid mistake and Wilf lost his head (For those of you who don't know, Wilf loses his head more often than the average player, and when he's mad, he forgets how to play football a lot of the time). I hated this game and every aspect of it. Off the pitch the Palace fans were attacked by the Brighton lot outside the ground and the police did their typical Guantanamo prison guard routine not allowing many Palace fans (with tickets) into stadium for no given reason other than to split us up.
West ham was a weird game. Both teams played pretty well I thought and hey, if we're going to lose, lets lose by scoring some goals instead of doing absolutely nothing. There was some controversial decisions but Palace v West Ham has always been a bit heated as we're more often than not next to each other come MD 38.
City away. OH MY FUCKING GOD. I'll tell you one thing, If you play with feathers, you'll get your arsed tickled. City took us for granted and credit to Roy for that game, It was a tactical beast from us. Our press was insane, If we played a press like that every game, we'd finish the season on like 4 points, but Nobody was expecting us to do what we did. I have argued this a million times and I'll argue it a million more....We definitely deserved to win that game, It was not luck. I mean, Yes the wonder goal helped but every team gets wonder goals every now and then. We defended tightly, Broke so effectively, won the ball back and put on the pressure quickly and completely took their midfield out of the game. Most importantly we were back to being clinical again, and that goal, fuck me, silky as a spiders arsehole.
Cardiff was a very frustrating game. VERY frustrating. We had 59% of the ball and 17 shots only for a 0-0 at home. Typical fucking Palace to be the most famous club in the world for a couple days beating City at the Etihad only to draw to Cardiff at home. Pisstake. But hey, another clean sheet and another point. Gimme.
Chelsea was once again thoroughly underwhelming. They paid us back for last season and really screwed us both games we played. Not much to say on this except maybe we needed grounding as we were still flying from the City win (Probably the best win Palace have ever had). Hands up here, they completely battered us.
Overall December was up and down. We lost to our rivals but beat City at the Etihad and came away with 2 goal of the month contenders and a goal of the season contender (Later to be voted by the public as the winner this Saturday). 10 points from 18 wasn't bad. You'd assume Liverpool and City to get 18/18 and Huddersfield to get 2/18 so we were kind of where we should've been, just a little above the average. Yeah we lost against Brighton but points wise, it levelled out having stunned City. We were ok, Transfer windows about to open and things are on the up.
Fan Mentality - "I'm mad about Brighton and Cardiff, but over the moon with Burnley and City......hmmmmmmm"
DECEMBER TL;DR - Lost to rivals in shit game. Beat City away with one of best goals I've ever seen. Looked like barce-fucking-lona vs Burnley but got held to 0-0 by Cardiff. Strange month. Oh yeah, and the HF came back after club caved and agreed to demands, this is what I meant earlier by fan power.
Jubilee January
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Wed Jan 2 Wolves A 0-2 W 14th McArthur, Ayew! 30,666
Sat Jan 5 Grimsby Town (FA Cup) H 1-0 W 3rd round FA Cup Ayew 19,967
Sat Jan 12 Watford H 1-2 L 14th Cathcart Own Goal 25,010
Sat Jan 19 Liverpool A 4-3 L 14th Townsend, Tomkins, Meyer 53,171
Sun Jan 27 Spurs (FA Cup) H 2-0 W 4th Round FA Cup Wickham, Townsend 19,491
Wed Jan 30 Southampton A 1-1 D 15th Zaha 28,339
January was again a weird month. We kicked off our Cup campaign with 2 clean sheets adding to our already impressive total. Grimsby were a good side and all credit too them, they brought a lot of away fans, I had a lot of respect for them that day. They were in full voice and It made me nostalgic of the lower leagues and how their fans get ignored on the whole because they're not top tier. Knocking out Spurs was just brilliant, A Spurs fan would defend themselves by saying "We played a weak squad"....but so did we lol....well weaker than we could've gone anyway. England's World cup hero Trippier missed a penalty to level the scores shortly before we doubled our lead. I started to believe (Foolishly) that another cup run was on our hands.
League-wise it wasn't bad I guess. We beat Wolves away to get revenge for earlier in the season in a good old fashioned championship style game. Lost to Watford again, which nearly made me have an aneurysm as I don't like the yellow midlanders but events later on in the month (ward-prowse) made the hornet's sting less Painful. The Liverpool game was insane and I actually did a write up prediction of it the day before, predicting line ups, [palace to score three and Milner to be sent off]. I was laughed at. In fairness I was laughed at understandably, Palace going to Anfield and almost beating them, don't be silly! But we really put them through their paces. This is another reason why I said earlier I wish we still had a game to play against them later on in the season. We're always better 2nd half so would've made for an interesting title race game, 2014 style.
Now Southampton. It was a dirty game. A dirty dirty game from both sides and probably very entertaining from a neutral perspective. Ref was also shocking for both clubs. For those who don't remember, highlights are here. Now, I'm not justifying Zaha's actions 100%, But what those highlights don't show is the hacking he endured that game. This isn't me being biased. He was treated very roughly almost as if the intent was to hurt him in that game. Southampton were smart about it, they knew what I said earlier is true (About Wilf losing his head) and they played that game. JWP fouls him, pretends to throw a ball in his face, Spits on floor in front of him and raises a hand to tap him on the cheek. Worst of all he Celebrated by punching the air when the red card is shown, I think he's a disrespectful little fucker, but Wilf could've handled that situation a lot better. Proper made a fool of himself by doing what he did, but I guess it was a heat of the moment thing, I understand he later apologised to the referee. Regardless of that, after nearly breaking Townsend's leg in half the ball falls to Wilf who scores. JWP hits back by being excellently positioned for the equaliser. In all honesty, a draw was probably the right result. We both played well and dirty, we both Deserved the goals we got and we both deserved reds imo. Looking forward to this game next year, will be lively.
JANUARY TL;DR - Up and Down, Fantastic performance at Liverpool that got the whole league looking. Beat the mighty Wolves away and knocked Spurs out of the Cup! Very frustrating games vs Southampton and Watford, but next season we shall see what happens.

WINTER TRANSFERS

Player Position Team Fee I/O
Bakary Sako LW West Brom Free In
Jacob Mensah CB Ramsgate Free In
Lucas Perri GK São Paulo Half Season Loan In
Michy Batshuayi CF Chelsea Half season Loan (£1M fee) In
Jonny Williams CAM Charlton Undisclosed Out
Jordon Mutch RM Gyeongnam Released Out
Sullay Kaikai LW NAC Breda Undisclosed Out
Jason Puncheon CAM Huddersfield Half Season Loan Out
Alexander Sørloth ST Gent Half Season Loan Out
Nya Kirby CAM Blackpool Half Season Loan Out
Joseph Hungbo MF Margate Half Season Loan Out
Oliver Webber GK Greenwich Borough Half Season Loan Out
Dion-Curtis Henry GK Maidstone United Half Season Loan Out
Jarosław Jach CB Sheriff Tiraspol 31st Dec 19 Out
Well Sako's foray to the midlands went well, having been released in January, we signed him again. Sako had 4 apps in an underwhelming stint with the Baggies. Nya Kirby is off to get some well deserved first team game time with Blackpool only to eventually get in the fans good books who I understand wanted to see more of him....Then there's Batman. Wow. I mean he's probably the biggest big name player we've ever managed to sign. Well maybe with the exception of Cabaye. His arrival split opinion once again amongst Palace fans. Well not 50/50 but not everybody was happy to see him come in. There was a lot of pessimism around him, quoting his Valencia form as the main reason. Let me put it this way....I know it's not just him of course, but before Bats came in, our average points per game were 0.88; After he came in, Our average points per game were 1.66. They almost doubled, and it was fairly clear to see why. He and Wilf linked up excellently, and he was the clinician we needed. Almost scoring the most insane goal with basically his first touch of the ball in a Palace shirt. He was officially signed at around 1:30AM GMT on Feb 1st after the extension was granted for the Paperwork. A very late signing and one that proved to be season changing. Arguably our best signing since we got Ian Wright from Dulwich Hamlets for a set of Dumbbells (I'm not joking).
WINTER TRANSFERS TL;DR - Sako back (which sparked some controversy over his wage bill), Sørloth gone out on loan in a ploy to make him seem better than he is by lowering the level of the league he plays in, only to attempt to sell him this summer and make back some of the £9M we spent on him I think. KaiKai has gone for good, which is a shame, I think he'll be a fantastic prospect in the next few years, keep your eye out.... Oh.... and this happened.
Fan Mentality - GTFI
Fantastic February
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Feb 2 Fulham H 2-0 W 14th Schlupp, Milivojevic 25,355
Sat Feb 9 West Ham H 1-1 D 13th Zaha 25,552
Sun Feb 17 Doncaster Rovers (FA Cup) A 0-2 W 5th Round FA Cup Schlupp, Meyer 14,010
Sat Feb 23 Leicester City A 1-4 W 13th Zaha x2, Batshuayi, Milivojevic 31,778
Wed Feb 27 Manchester United H 3-1 L 14th Ward 25,754
February was a great month all around for us. Before the United game we were 6 undefeated and we didn't expect to win that anyway! They were newly OLE'd and on a mad hype at the time, winning like a million-bajillion games in a row. We made our Leicester H2H for last two seasons an aggregate score on 13-1 in 4 games and we continued our "yet-to-concede-in-the-Cup run". We did the double over Fulham with two 2-0 wins and didn't let West Ham do the double over us thank god. A fantastic showing in Doncaster from our travelling fans made me proud as we made a lot of noise for the full 90 minutes. DING DING DING. We saw Bats get off the mark with a good goal and things were looking comfortable-ish.
Might I add, at this point in the season Palace were joint 4th In EUROPE for clean sheets joint with Man City + Atletico Madrid on 8, with more than Barcelona and Juventus which was pretty mad. Yet somehow we were 66th/98 (From Europe's "top 5" leagues) for goals scored, Joint with Fulham and Cardiff.
Also at this stage in the Season AWB was statistically the best tackler in Europe. I know a lot of you will say that means nothing, but for his first full season at the age of 20, is something very impressive. He pocketed Son, Hazard, Rashford, Anderson etc.... He really is turning eyes at this stage.
Fan Mentality - This was split massively, there were some huge upsides to the season so far but some terrible downsides too. Could not have been more split in opinion.
FEBRUARY TL;DR - Great month IMO, Bats scoring his first in red and blue, Wilf was back, we got 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, plus two more clean sheets and sit 5 points above relegation. We had more clean sheets than Barcelona and Juventus but scored as many goals as Cardiff.
MUGGED-RIGHT-OFF MARCH
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat Mar 2 Burnley A 1-3 W 13th Zaha, Batshuayi, Bardsley (og) 19,223
Sat Mar 9 Brighton H 1-2 L 14th Milivojevic 24,972
Sat Mar 16 Watford (FA Cup) A 2-1 L K/O Cup Batshuayi 18,104
Sat Mar 30 Huddersfield H 2-0 W 13th Schlupp, PVA 25,193
Starting on the positives, we put in a good performance against a determined Huddersfield and unfortunately happened to be the hammer than sent them down. Fun fact for you, PVA has scored the final goal vs the last 4 teams we've relegated. Also the Burnley game was great and yet again one of our best performances that happened to be vs them..... and Wilf scored yet another fantastic goal. Brilliant day out and only slightly dampened by Burnley scoring a 89th minute consolation to wipe out yet another clean sheet for us :(
Ok positives of this c$£!y month over, onto the Brighton and Watford games we go.
Even I, a huge optimist was livid with the Brighton performance, we looked so weak and uninspired. It made me miss the days of Jedinak. Admittedly Brighton should've had a red card about 8 seconds into the game for an awful challenge on Luka, but none-the-less we didn't deserve to win. The players didn't deserve to get paid that day let alone get a point out of it. The state of Palace social media that day was sickening. I also got started on outside the ground after outside of Tasty Jerk which was nice.... But it's ok, because we've got an FA Cup Q/F coming up right ?
No.
Well we did have one coming up, But I was wrong to look forward to it. To be fair to Watford, they played well and we didn't reach 5th Gear. Batshuayi pounced on a defensive mistake to equalise but alas it was not to be. I wasn't as mad at the players/Roy for this one as we definitely put more effort in. We were just outplayed unfortunately and that's football. Hopefully Watford lose to Wolves in the Semi's and we go on to finish PL strong?
*Fan Mentality - Livid. All around Livid. Worst month this season, even though we won half our games. Our rivals and our semi rivals both doing the double over us hurt. We'll have to come back stronger next year.
MARCH TL;DR - Lost to Brighton again in a shocking performance that angered the fans, Knocked out of FA Cup by Watford which helped drown out any positivity of the 6 points and good teams goals we scored in the other 2 games.
AVERAGE APRIL
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Wed Apr 3 Spurs A 2-0 L 13th N/A 59,215
Sat Apr 6 Newcastle A 0-1 W 12th Milivojevic 51,926
Sun Apr 14 Manchester City H 1-3 L 13th Milivojevic 25,721
Sun Apr 21 Arsenal A 2-3 W 12th Benteke, Zaha, McArthur 59,929
Sat Apr 27 Everton H 0-0 D 12th N/A 25,789
Spurs in their new Stadium were always going to be hard to beat. Just a shame we couldn't get the first goal there, they played well to give them credit. Newcastle away was my favourite away day this year, The noise from the travelling fans was insane and it was a party up there in their 900th floor away end. Was a very close game in the end, either team of had it and on that day it happened to be us. Both teams had great chances and both keepers were on form that day, But a typical Wilf shimmy in the box followed by clinical Luka pen gave us the win. At this point in the season we are third in the '2019 only' table for away goals scored and 4th for the away form for the entire season. Impressive stuff, but less impressive when you consider at home this season we're 19th, only above Huddersfield. Very strange.
Even though we beat the first time round, Beating city again was always going to be an uphill task so no sleep lost over that one for me although we didn't play badly. With the Everton game I was happy with a draw. We managed to defend just about and big dick Vic pulled off some good saves to hold a dominant Everton to a goalless draw, hey, another clean sheet?
Arsenal was fantastic. Admittedly it was the only game this season I didn't watch, either on stream or in person. I was working and it was really busy that day, I had BBC live commentary up and I was over the moon. This season, We 2-2'd them at Selhurst and beat them away! First time in twenty-something years they haven't beaten us in a season! Upon watching the highlights, i saw why we won, We played very well and typical Palace away came out to play.
Fan Attitude - Safe from the drop, on for our highest ever points finish, some performances to be proud of
APRIL TL;DR - Very good games, winning away at Arsenal was fantastic and officially becoming safe from the drop meant we could focus on other things. Fairly even at Newcastle, managed to win and AWB impressing all the right people.
MEGA MAY
Date Team H/A Result Table Position Palace Goals Attendance
Sat May 4 Cardiff City A 2-3 W 12th Batshuayi, Zaha, Townsend 32,133
Sun May 12 Bournemouth H 5-3 W 12th Batshuayi x2, Townsend, PVA, Simpson (og) 25,433
Bringing our season to a close with the security of being safe ahead of time was a relief. In fact we were on for our highest ever points finish in PL and due to back to back wins in May, we did it! We also got our most wins in 1 season ever, most clean sheets and highest ever GD!
We finished like this....
Position Team W D L +/- Pts
11 Watford 14 8 16 52/59 (-7) 50
12 Palace 14 7 17 51/53 (-2) 49
13 Newcastle 12 9 17 42/48 (-6) 45
Top scorer was Luka with 12 Goals from Defensive midfield. 10 Pens, 1 FK and 1 from open play. He equalled the record for most penalties in one season (Tied with Gerrard). He was also one of only 3 outfield players in the whole league to play every minute of every league game. And another fun fact for you, If Wilf was his own team in the league this year, he would've been 5th for penalties won. So we finished 1 place lower than we did last year but with more points. We had an insane away record but terrible home form. We saw Bats come and go and now I worry how we will adapt to having that ability on the front line.
To get to the Question I posed at the start,
No I don't think we'll sell Wilf this year, and for two reasons. Firstly, Roy has confidently said he wont go, no smoke without fire. Secondly, with 4 years left on his contract, we hold so much power in negotiations and will simply ask for way too much, More than anyone will spend anyway. Plus I want at least one season of VAR + WILF + LUKA'S PENALTIES. Imagine.
One more stat that I love is we played 50 games this year in all comps. 23 of those games were wins (46%) BUT of those 23 wins, 14 of them were clean sheets (~61%) When including all clean sheets (0-0's as well) we had 18 clean sheets out of 50 games (36%) WHICH IS MADNESS.
Awb wont be leaving either IMO. He'll be a fool to risk leaving now for a top side, as I'm sure Wilf will tell him about united. Better to get more experience and especially because he's so young. Luka will be staying, almost definitely, he seems very attached to the club and is an excellent leader. Sakho is the odd one out here. I feel he will Be leaving and for a club like Nice, Monaco, maybe even PSG at a push. He wants to go to France, that's no secret and he's good enough to be playing CL football so I wont hate on him if he goes.
In regards to being happy with the season, I think we should be. There is 100% room for improvement of course, I am not denying that. But the stats speak for themselves. Points total, Clean sheets, GD etc.... which leads me onto the next point....
Should we keep playing WoyBall? I think also yes. He has areas to work on for sure, but he's done wonders at the club since he came in and this summer we're heavily linked with a few potential replacements for Bats. The board have seen what he can do with a clinical striker and I feel may actually back him. If he stays, it will be 1 more season tops before he retires, Man deserves a sit down !
And about Speroni, We should have 1 statue. Outside the newly Named Speroni stand, the one on Speroni Road In Speroni's-ville

MANOSDEDIOS

You can see why I thought this was a weird season, basically some very contrasting stats that don't make too much sense and very zig-zaggy form. Hopefully next year we can replace some of the negatives with positives.
If you read this whole thing then thanks, and well done! Look forward to seeing you next season. :)
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2019.04.30 15:45 decho Pre Match Thread: Barcelona vs Liverpool [Champions League]

Match: Barcelona vs Liverpool
Competition: Champions League Semi-finals, 1st leg
Date: Wednesday, 1st May 2019
Time: 21:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT / Convert to local time
Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NET)

Lineups & Squads

Predicted line-up (via whoscored.com)

Official squad confirmed

Ter Stegen, Cillessen
Semedo, Pique, Alba, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Lenglet, Murillo, Todibo
Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Sergi Roberto, Arthur, Vidal, Alena, Rafinha
Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Malcom, Boateng
 
Injured or suspended: Rafinha (injured)
Not called: Todibo, Murillo, Boateng and Vermaelen
 
Liverpool (predicted): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Injured or suspended: Fabinho, Firmino, Lallana (doubtful)

Form

Barcelona - WWWWD (last game 1-0 win vs Levante)
Liverpool - WWWWW (last game 5-0 win vs Huddersfield Town)

Match Facts

  • Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • Barcelona are undefeated in their last 10 matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • Liverpool have won their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).

News & Articles

Barcelona

Liverpool

TV Guide

Livesoccertv Liveonsat FCBarcelona.com

More updates to follow as they come, stay tuned.

Quick links:

Line-up discussion Attending the game Other games

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2019.03.04 12:57 razzic Expected Stats Review – GW29: Top Performers, Underperformers and Overperformers

Hello, and welcome back to this Gameweek’s Expected Stats Review.
 
TL;DR: Visual summary – Season to date. (Defenders, Midfielders, Forwards)
 
TL;DR: Visual summary – Last 5 GWs. (Defenders, Midfielders, Forwards)
 
Quick notes following GW29:
 
Before we dive into this week’s numbers: For all questions regarding the nature and usefulness of ‘expected’ stats and the data here, please see my original post.
The TL;DR is: ‘expected’ stats are useful and strongly associated with actual performance but should be just one input to your FPL evaluations. Don't make any FPL decisions purely based on this. Go explore the full 'expected' stats data. Combine your analysis with other statistics. Make qualitative assessments of on-the-pitch performance, form and fixtures, use bookmaker odds, etc.
As always, the data is from understat. And as always, thoughts and feedback is very welcome.
 
For more thoughts and discussion, find me on Twitter @wiscostretford. My FPL team, by the way, is here.
 
 
Now, on to the stats for the season so far:
 
Last GW’s Top Performers
The ‘last GW’s top performers’ stats tells us which players have performed the best in terms of combined expected goals and assists (xG+A) in the last GW only.
 
Player ChangeThisGW Last3GWs
Alexandre Lacazette 1.73 3.51
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1.64 2.8
Raúl Jiménez 1.63 2.66
Romelu Lukaku 1.24 2.34
Ashley Barnes 1.17 2.45
Leander Dendoncker 1.01 1.03
Alex Iwobi 0.91 1.24
Gonzalo Higuaín 0.9 1.08
Salomón Rondón 0.88 2.68
Diogo Jota 0.87 1.26
Troy Deeney 0.83 2.17
Rúben Vinagre 0.83 0.83
Aaron Ramsey 0.82 0.82
Anthony Knockaert 0.8 1.11
Harry Kane 0.76 1.75
Paul Pogba 0.76 1.46
Mark Noble 0.76 0.85
Chicharito 0.72 1.79
Aleksandar Mitrovic 0.7 1.47
Chris Wood 0.69 0.97
 
Overall Top Performers
The ‘overall top performers’ stats tells us which players have performed the best in terms of combined expected goals and assists (xG+A).
 
Player Team Apps Min Goals Assists Shots Key passes xG xA xG+A
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 29 2479 17 7 94 53 17.63 8.45 26.08
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 28 2137 16 4 71 26 17.71 3.72 21.43
Sergio Agüero Manchester City 25 1879 18 6 92 25 17.1 3.78 20.88
Raheem Sterling Manchester City 26 2093 12 8 52 52 11.25 9.12 20.37
Harry Kane Tottenham 25 2167 16 4 85 27 14.08 4.4 18.48
Eden Hazard Chelsea 27 2163 12 11 72 72 10.22 7.85 18.07
Paul Pogba Manchester United 26 2203 11 9 85 39 13.28 4.04 17.32
Raúl Jiménez Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 2404 11 6 88 36 10.98 5.2 16.19
David Silva Manchester City 25 1826 6 5 44 56 7.48 7.9 15.38
Jamie Vardy Leicester 25 1930 10 3 51 19 12.43 2.86 15.3
Roberto Firmino Liverpool 28 2108 9 4 58 32 10.38 4.63 15.01
Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham 29 2565 10 2 100 26 12.33 2.34 14.67
Callum Wilson Bournemouth 21 1744 10 5 44 26 9.56 4.42 13.98
Ashley Barnes Burnley 28 1587 9 2 52 17 11.4 2.58 13.98
Sadio Mané Liverpool 27 2290 14 1 62 28 10.32 3.13 13.45
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 28 1879 12 6 58 23 9.96 3.37 13.33
Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton 29 2364 11 3 65 50 8.69 4.42 13.11
Joshua King Bournemouth 26 2230 9 3 52 29 9.39 3.55 12.95
Leroy Sané Manchester City 24 1506 8 9 42 34 6 6.91 12.91
Troy Deeney Watford 26 2165 8 4 52 33 8.51 4.3 12.82
 
Overall Underperformers
‘Overall underperformers’ indicates players with lower actual returns (G+A) than expected returns (xG+A) to date. This might be due to bad luck or lacking skill. The top 20 are shown below.
 
Player Team Apps Min Goals Assists Shots Key passes xG xA xG+A Difference
David Silva Manchester City 25 1826 6 5 44 56 7.48 7.9 15.38 4.38
Joe Ralls Cardiff 23 1673 0 0 21 30 1.3 2.82 4.13 4.13
Isaac Success Watford 23 871 1 0 25 19 3.15 1.79 4.94 3.94
Pascal Groß Brighton 19 1390 2 2 21 42 3.1 4.79 7.89 3.89
Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 22 822 6 2 35 17 8.98 2.54 11.52 3.52
Mohamed Elyounoussi Southampton 15 696 0 0 19 15 2.12 1.12 3.24 3.24
Sean Morrison Cardiff 25 2233 0 3 24 17 3.36 2.81 6.17 3.17
Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 9 491 0 0 20 5 2.69 0.43 3.12 3.12
Ashley Barnes Burnley 28 1587 9 2 52 17 11.4 2.58 13.98 2.98
Theo Walcott Everton 28 1932 3 2 33 20 5.19 2.78 7.97 2.97
Patrick van Aanholt Crystal Palace 29 2572 1 2 39 30 1.95 3.9 5.85 2.85
Chicharito West Ham 20 1039 5 1 35 4 7.61 1.23 8.84 2.84
Ayoze Pérez Newcastle United 28 2223 4 1 36 36 4.42 3.27 7.68 2.68
Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham 29 2565 10 2 100 26 12.33 2.34 14.67 2.67
Christian Atsu Newcastle United 21 1175 0 0 24 14 1.37 1.3 2.67 2.67
Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 14 661 1 0 18 21 0.82 2.84 3.66 2.66
Antonio Rüdiger Chelsea 27 2409 1 0 22 8 2.58 0.9 3.48 2.48
Ben Davies Tottenham 18 1354 0 0 8 14 0.29 2.13 2.43 2.43
Joe Bryan Fulham 19 1554 0 1 14 14 0.36 3.03 3.39 2.39
Willian Chelsea 26 1766 3 4 50 63 3.78 5.58 9.36 2.36
 
Overall Overperformers
‘Overall overperformers’ indicates players with higher actual returns (G+A) than expected returns (xG+A) to date. This might be due to good luck or exceptional skill. The top 20 are shown below.
 
Player Team Apps Min Goals Assists Shots Key passes xG xA xG+A Difference
Son Heung-Min Tottenham 23 1619 11 5 57 23 6.74 3.19 9.93 -6.07
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 26 1962 5 9 50 46 3.82 5.09 8.91 -5.09
Eden Hazard Chelsea 27 2163 12 11 72 72 10.22 7.85 18.07 -4.93
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 28 1879 12 6 58 23 9.96 3.37 13.33 -4.67
José Holebas Watford 24 2075 3 6 14 32 0.56 4.05 4.61 -4.39
Leroy Sané Manchester City 24 1506 8 9 42 34 6 6.91 12.91 -4.09
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 24 1057 3 6 23 22 3.09 2.22 5.31 -3.69
Sergio Agüero Manchester City 25 1879 18 6 92 25 17.1 3.78 20.88 -3.12
João Moutinho Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 2248 1 7 14 58 0.38 4.64 5.01 -2.99
Benjamin Mendy Manchester City 9 810 0 5 6 12 0.21 2.05 2.26 -2.74
Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool 21 1009 6 2 25 18 4.01 1.28 5.29 -2.71
Paul Pogba Manchester United 26 2203 11 9 85 39 13.28 4.04 17.32 -2.68
Shane Duffy Brighton 25 2187 5 1 29 4 3.19 0.17 3.36 -2.64
Marcus Rashford Manchester United 25 1730 9 6 61 24 9.09 3.29 12.37 -2.63
Anthony Martial Manchester United 20 1293 9 2 30 30 5.49 2.99 8.48 -2.52
Ciaran Clark Newcastle United 11 850 3 0 7 2 0.47 0.05 0.52 -2.48
Kyle Walker-Peters Tottenham 3 102 0 3 1 3 0.33 0.23 0.56 -2.44
Ricardo Pereira Leicester 26 2319 2 4 21 26 0.79 2.88 3.66 -2.34
Ross Barkley Chelsea 22 964 3 4 31 16 2.71 1.97 4.68 -2.32
Zanka Huddersfield 23 2061 3 1 8 8 1.48 0.39 1.88 -2.12
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2019.02.21 15:26 Doitlive_23 Leeds write up August - December Season 1.

So this is my first time doing something like this, if you guys like it great if not no big deal.
Started a CM with Leeds (not the most original but I've been following them in the championship for the last several seasons)
Doing 7 min Halves Legendary, now Currently I am using a slightly adjusted setting Speed down a tick for CPU and also pass accuracy decreased by 2, and Goalies at 90, mainly due to me transitioning from world class to Legendary, the second half of this season ill be playing with default sliders to give the CPU more of a chance. So here we go with the season: Lets start with a back story on the manager, saw the idea on here recently.
Leeds have appointed a new Manager from the USA with former ties to the club. Mike has been managing in the USA but previously managed the U23 team in Leeds as well as played for Leeds, Wolves, and Portsmouth in his career. Netting 50 goals in 200 league appearances, he was never the best on the team but always commanded the respect of teammates around him. Called a "coach on the field" he was forced into a early retirement due to a horrific Knee Injury in an F.A. Cup game at Sheffield United. After his recovery he got straight into coaching with Leeds U23 and has been with the Chicago Fire and L.A. Galaxy in different capacities gaining knowledge for a moment like this.
Speculation is that he is on a short leash, and with Leeds desire to return to the Premier League ASAP he knows he wont have any sort of honeymoon that other choices may have received.
Started out the season in August with Stoke City and Derby County, both away games. Stoke City, a relegation team from last season premier league were determined to start off on the right foot. It was a tight game, not much in terms of chances for either team, Stoke opened the scoring with a fantastic strike into the top right corner from the left side of the box by Diouf, that was answered moments later by a Pablo Hernandez Free Kick to tie at 1. Ultimately the good times didn't last and James Maclean scored the Game winning goal, Leeds condemned to 2-1 defeat in Mikes first game as boss. the next game was more of the same, facing Derby county away Klich scored a brace but it wasn't enough as Leeds lost 3-2. Talk around Leeds was that the board was considering a change already and impressed that onto Mike and his team. They got the message.
The next set of games, 13 to be exact, were all wins for Leeds, This included 3 1-0 wins vs Norwich, Luton in the League Cup, and Boro. Also were a fair share of high scoring games with a 6-1 win at Millwall and 6-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday where Kemar Roofe scored 3 and 4 goals respectively. During this winning run they scored 40 goals to 8 for the opposition, This was a stark difference from the first two games and calmed the nerves of the fans and board. The push for not only promotion but success in the league cup was right in-front of them. Wins over Villa, Luton, and Swansea found Leeds up against Bournemouth in the League cup, a 3-1 win saw them get matched with Manchester United, finally a team that could send Leeds a shock of reality. The game was at Old Trafford, with a spot to the Semi Final on the line, Leeds came out of the gate like gangbusters. One after another they pummeled the Manchester United goal scoring 3 in the first half! the final ended 3-1 to Leeds, the away fans singing Leeds, Leeds, Leeds, as the home supporters go home disappointed and angry their premier league side couldn't defeat an old rival whose side was considerably weaker on paper. This sent Leeds to the Semi Final where they will face Huddersfield Town in January. Now back to the Championship.
Leeds winning run ended with a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park. however their unbeaten run was extended all the way to 20 games and finally came to and end with a 3-2 loss against a good Reading side currently in one of the playoff spots. 17 wins and 3 Draws in the 20 games sent Leeds to the top of the table after a rough start with 0 points from the first two games. 60 goals for and 21 given up during that span showed Leeds had the offensive firepower to get past championship teams, but concerning is the 21 goals especially considering the last three games of this stretch Leeds allowed 3,3,2 goals respectively. Mike is already sending scouts around the country for any talent in lower leagues that deserve a raise in competition or upper leagues that aren't getting enough playing time and would be helpful next season if promotion is reached. After the Manchester United Quarter Final win Leeds closes out the month with games against QPR, Bolton, Villa, Rovers, and Hull. Wins over QPR and Bolton 3-1 and 7-2 sent Leeds back to their winning ways in the league. Extending their gap on first place to 7 points by Christmas. Another win over villa 4-1 brought them to 52 points on the season with two more games until the new year, and the opening of the transfer window. A record of 16-4-3 with 72 goals scored and 32 allowed this is surely to be a special season in Leeds.
It hasn't been all roses for Leeds in the locker room, injuries have hit this team hard, the backup GK Peacock-Farrell got injured in training for 5 months right before the first game, this wasn't a huge setback as the club had gotten Casilla from Madrid in the summer (I know they got him in the winter, just adjusting the storyline a bit). A bigger loss was that of Jack Clarke a promising winger for Leeds. He was hurt with an ACL injury in October and scheduled to come back as early as April. Due to that injury Mike did go out and make a move already agreeing to a transfer for a RM Matias Zaracho from Racing Club in Argentina once the window opens. the 20 year old winger with big upside will fit in nicely to a young improving roster. Also some players have been disgruntled, Berardi has requested to be transferred due to lack of playing time. Mike is reluctant to give him up in a season where they may need every body they have but he has no choice if he wants to keep the locker room in a good place. He will be looking for a RB in this window through loan or buy.
Got any tips for Mike to strengthen his squad? Keep in mind this transfer period is important not just for this season but for getting pieces to be useful next season in the Prem if we can hold on to a promotion spot (Currently 11 points above 3rd place). Here is how it currently stands:
ST: Roofe, Roberts, Bamford (Plays CM on occasion), Edmundsson
LM: Alioski, Dallas, Murphy (Youth Player)
RM: Harrison, Clarke (Injured until April), Hernandez (plays CM), Gotts, Zaracho (Available when Window opens)
CDM: Phillips, O'kane
CM: Brown, Klich, Forshaw, Nicell
LB: Douglas, Pearce, Davis
RB: Ayling, Berardi, Shackleton ( Also plays CM on occasion)
CB: Jansson, Cooper, Halme, Struijk
GK: Casilla, Peacock-Farrell, Huffer
I also have clips of some of my best goals to date I will eventually put together into a video perhaps or just release one by one, haven't quite figured that out yet.
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2019.02.08 18:02 Dawesy182 The DGW & BGW Summary

I provided a summary last year of how to use your chips and it went down well. This is my attempt at helping a few others out again this year. Obviously you may prefer other methods to those detailed below and I am interested to see other strategies so please share them! I am not saying these are the best methods out there however they should help those feeling a bit stuck. Feel free to just skip ahead to which option fits your remaining chips.
First of all the gameweeks will be as follows:
BGW - GW31
DGW - GW32
BGW - GW33
DGW - GW35
There is also a BGW27 but that should be easy enough to negotiate without this guide. Potentially Chelsea/Brighton could have another DGW somewhere along the line but too early to say.
The teams that will blank on some weeks are not confirmed yet but this post has the details of those dates. GW31 will almost certainly have more blank fixtures than GW33 which is important to keep in mind with a free hit.
Now all that is out the way, this is how i would use my chips moving forward.
All Chips
WC - GW30
FH - BGW31
BB - DGW32
TC - DGW35
No TC, No BB or No BB and No TC
Option 1
Transfer in players to make sure you have a full team for BGW31
WC - DGW32
FH - BGW33
BB / TC / None - DGW35
Option 2
Ensure sufficient players in Wildcard to field a full team in BGW33 after the 2 transfers you can save from the free hit.
WC - GW30
FH - BGW31
BB / TC / None - DGW32 or DGW35
No Wildcard (still not sold on this plan)
Transfer in players who will not blank in GW31 or GW33 (Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Leicester, Burnley & Liverpool). There may be more than this but these are yet to be confirmed so start with these and when other teams become available you can move them in.
FH - GW32
TC - DGW35
BB - Any week
I don't think you will have enough chances for a bench boost of DGW players so you can use BB whenever.
No Free Hit
Transfer in players who will not blank in GW31 (West Ham, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Fulham, Leicester, Burnley & Liverpool). There may be a couple more as well who you can start transferring in when this is confirmed.
WC - DGW32 (ensure full bench of players who play in BGW33 and at least 3 or 4 in the starting 11 who play in BGW33)
BB / TC - DGW35 (transfer in players for this week after BGW33 is over)
BB / TC - Any Week
Need to decide if TC will give you more than BB in DGW35. The other chip can be used in any week.
No Chips / No Wildcard and No Free Hit
First year playing? This is where it will hurt you using your chips early.
Create a core team of those that will not blank at all. (Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Leicester, Burnley & Liverpool). I recommend 7 of these players. This puts hopes on Liverpool, Leicester and Bournemouth. Then once this is built use your free transfers to get DGW32 players. Once DGW32 start to get DGW35. You can start to replace the core 7 players after BGW33. Weigh up in your own mind if hits are worth it at any stage.

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2019.01.21 22:18 SledDave The Monday After: Thoughts for GW23-24

Hey guys,
Last week I looked at all the in-form teams and their assets we should be bringing into our squads. Well it looks like everyone had the same idea, because we’ve hit a bit of a template now. Everyone’s getting the same amount of points with the same handful of players. So if you’re one of the unlucky few that missed the memo, then check out last week’s post, or go look at almost anyone’s team in the top 10k. It’s insane how close they all are.
Here’s my team and OR for this week. Like most managers I did quite well considering the disastrous injuries that hit us all last week. I made my first early transfer mistake of the season by using a free transfer to bring in Rashford for Jimenez before we were told how bad Kane’s injury was. It was the only straight swap I could do before Rashford’s rise in price, but if I had waited a day the obvious Kane to Rashford transfer would have been made! So I opted for Aguero against HUD and he at least returned, but managed just as many points as Jimenez. Hindsight strikes again! But all in all, it wasn’t too bad. Sitting pretty at around 4.3k.
So what went down GW23?
The big hitters hit and the medium hitters didn’t, with some little hitters emerging as tasty prospects for our teams. There weren’t many cleansheets to go around, but that’s okay because everyone’s in the same boat, apart from people who clung on to their city defenders, but that’s a small victory in the battle to win back all the CS they’ve missed. Due to how template things have gotten around here, I’ve decided to write about the teams that might fill the couple of differential spots we still have in our starting XI. I’ll also go over the blank gameweek coming up and the January transfers we should keep our eyes on. As usual, I use my twitter to keep the conversations going, including captain options, RMTs, my future transfer plans and thoughts on news as it breaks. So if you’re into it you can catch me there.
Alrighty then, are we good? Good. Let’s get into it.
Teams To Look At
Wolves – Most managers will have found themselves in a position with loads of cash in the bank after #KaneOut, while also owning certain 6-7m priced midfielders that don’t merit a place in the XI anymore. Awesome! It’s upgrade time. Surely there’s a player out there we can upgrade to that’s been playing well, has decent fixtures, and won’t blank in GW27. Pobga? Got him already. Hazard? Playing shite with shite fixtures. Sane? Hard fixtures and a blank coming up. Eriksen? Has no one to pass to anymore. Well shit. Ozil? Sanchez? What’s the point in spending money just because we’ve got it? I guess we’ll look at Jota (5.9) then. Although he’s hardly an upgrade on paper, before his injury he was garnering quite a bit of attention from managers with 2 goals and 2 assists in 3 games, showing a hint of what the hype was all about at the start of the season. Coming back from injury he started against Man City, built his fitness up a bit, then showed us all just what he’s capable of against Leicester: Scoring a 93rd minute winner and completing a fucking hattrick! Now I know you’ll be repeating the cautionary advice in your head that you hear in this sub all the time – “Don’t chase last week’s points” – but in this case I think we should make an exception. Wolves have one of the best runs in the league from now until March, and Jota has scored 5 goals in 5 starts, playing OOP beside Jimenez (6.6) who is joint 3rd for most assists by a striker this season. That’s a mighty fine looking duo! So even though he doesn’t cost more, Jota should be considered an upgrade for anyone looking to get rid of West Ham or Everton assets. Another asset for Wolves is the aforementioned Jimenez, who has been upgraded from differential ticker to template budget striker. Another assist on the weekend brings his tally to 5 assists and 6 goals so far this season, and with an ownership of 24% (probably much higher in the top 10k), his consistency might be costly in the long run for non-owners. He isn’t so cheap anymore though, and now that there’s a Wolves alternative you can expect a little bit of diversity. Moving onto the defence, there are 3 assets worth looking into. Bennett (4.1), Patricio (4.5) and Doherty (5.2). In our heads we have Doherty on a pedestal because of his consistent returns throughout the season, but the Wanderers have kept just 1 cleansheet in the last 15 gameweeks! That is the worst in the league, folks. The Irish lad has played a key role in attack this year, which is one of the main reasons he hasn’t been booted from everyone’s team yet. Bennett is dirt cheap and a regular starter, so he gets a pass I guess, but if it wasn’t for their fixtures, it would definitely be time to swap Patricio out for say Ryan (4.4) who is due back soon, Etheridge (4.6) who’s fixtures aren’t bad, or Leno (4.8) who is at least statistically more likely to keep a clean sheet. I won’t mention premiums here, but you get the point. There are lots of better options than to double up on Wolves. If you’ve got Doherty, I’d keep him, but it might be worth shopping around if you still have other defensive assets.
Cardiff – Speaking of other options it might be worth taking a closer look at Cardiff assets ahead of their decent fixture run. Now obviously I won’t be advocating for any of their attacking assets just yet, but it is worth noting that Camarasa (4.6) is still a viable 5th midfielder, and they’ve recently acquired Sala (?) who has scored 12 goals for Nantes this season. He’ll surely be starting every game and is worth keeping an eye on. From GW24 to GW31 the Bluebirds don’t play any of the top 6 teams, so a punt on their defence might be worth a wee punt. They’re cheap as chips which is good because all the best midfielders are expensive as fuck, and due to the diabolical Cardiff attack, the defence seem to acquire most of the bonus points, too. Etheridge is the clear choice, with save points and bonus points coming out his ears. Bamba (4.6) has been getting a few bonus points himself, and has been transferred in quite a lot over the last few weeks. Note that he will not be producing those David Luiz type assists so don’t hold your breath for attacking returns with him. He did ironically score a header against Brighton in GW12, but other than that, he’ll just be a cheap-ish alternative defender with a decent-ish run.
Crystal Palace – While I was watching the crazy Liverpool – Crystal Palace game, I jotted a few things down to take a look at later on. Obviously we are all aware of just how good Wan-Bissaka (4.5) is, but there were a few other players that I wanted to look into, and I thought, with the good fixture run, my notes might be worth sharing. First of all, Patrick van Aanholt (5.4) is not worth his value. He’s the highest scoring Palace defender with 85pts, but that’s just 7 higher than our hero Wan -Bissaka. So even without any real attacking threat, Wanny-B wins the day. But regardless of their fixtures and impressive mid table defensive stats, no one should be thinking of doubling up here. We saw why Speroni has been rotting on their bench for a thousand years, but to be fair to him it was an extremely scrappy game which usually results in a poor FPL performance for most keepers. We’ll never know what the score line would have been if Guaita (4.2) was playing, but we do know that when he’s fit he’ll be straight back into the team, unless Hennessey (4.5) gets fit quicker! There are conflicting reports of when they’re return dates are, so nobody knows who’ll win the fitness race. Annoyingly we’ll have to stay clear of the GKs here altogether until someone better than Speroni gets back, which is a shame because their fixtures are really good from now until at least GW33. I also noted that Zaha (6.7) played really well against makeshift Milner (5.6) despite his lack of shots. Milner had a hard time keeping up with the fast-as-fuck striker, and it cost him an early bath. Obviously, there are quite a few strikers that we would rather have in our team, but I would actually consider at least putting Zaha into the watch list. He’s looked decent in his last 3 games and the stats back his form up: Although not managing much against Liverpool, Zaha got 6 shots off against Watford and a few more against Wolves. He’s only managed 2 assists in that time, but he definitely has the fixtures to hit form, and with how close they came to beating the current #1, I wouldn’t be surprised if Palace keeps the momentum up. Last thing to mention is that Milivojevic (6.1) is the highest scorer on the team with 91 points. He’s still on penalties and takes plenty of shots and direct free-kicks, managing 39 points in the last 7 games. He’s also claimed quite a few bonus points when he does score or assist, due to all the tackling and passing he does in the middle of the park. So if you have some extra cash and feel like throwing a punt at someone who isn’t template, he definitely qualifies
Teams To Be Wary Of
Watford – I’ve been meaning to get a good Watford attacker into my team for ages now and I just never found a good time to do it. Now looking back at all the scores I’ve missed, I’m actually a little bit glad I didn’t. The Hornets had a really decent run of fixtures but never showed any consistency, resulting in some lacklustre points for owners. Now as the fixtures slowly get more difficult it might be time to say goodbye to anyone you’ve picked up in the last few weeks. I’m keeping this one nice and sweet. If you have a few transfers to kill, or you’re on your wildcard, just get them to fuck for now.
Tottenham – I hope I don’t really need to explain this one, but for everyone with your head in the sand: No Kane. No Alli. No Son. No fun! Eriksen (9.4) has lost all his targets up front, except for the very skilful Llorente (5.6), who had one of the worst games of anyone finally getting their chance at first team football that I’ve seen in recent memory. It was comical at first, but in the end I wanted him to score if only for his mental wellbeing. Lamela (6.1) managed a very healthy one shot on target, but this might not be enough to warrant our interest. He’s the same cost as Mili from Palace who shot 3 times against the best defence in the world. A fun comparison. Lucas Moura (6.8) is still a bit fucked and we’re not sure when he’s coming back. All in all I’d say Spurs were kind of screwed right now, and best avoided until they get their players back.
Huddersfield – They’re fixtures have all dried up and there isn’t much use for their defensive assets anymore unless you can keep them on the bench for 3 GWs. We’ll reassess from GW27 onwards, but for now I think it’s worth swapping for Brighton’s Duffy (4.6), Dunk (4.5) or another differential I’ve written about above. I had a wee look at Brighton last post if you’re interested. Just as a little extra though: Dunk and Duffy both average around a shot a game in the last 5 gameweeks. That’s pretty good considering the only shots they take are from their head during a corner. It’s even better when you consider they’ve had MUN, LIV, WHU. EVE and ARS in the last 5 gameweeks. Those heads should be back to consistent returns soon!
Plans And Strategies
Planning for GW27 – The first blank of the year is fast approaching and every manager will need to ask themselves the same question. Should I give a fuck, and if so, how hard should that fuck be given? Now if you’re thinking to yourself ‘that’s actually two questions’ can you please just focus on the task at hand? Blanks ain’t no joke, and considering we’ll all probably have either Everton or City assets (maybe both!) in our teams just now, we should go through the options now so we can at least start to plan ahead. However, there is no reason to go into crazy tinker mode over the double and blank gameweeks coming from GW31 onwards just yet, unless you no longer have your Wildcard, but that’s a big ass mess that I don’t have time to get into right now. Just promise me you’ll save your Wildcards!
Right, so as I was saying, we have EVE vs MCI getting postponed, and depending on who wins Friday night, CHE vs BRI or BUR vs TOT will also get shifted into another gameweek. So we have two options: start using your free transfers to slowly remove assets from each blanking team with the plan of bringing the good ones back in afterwards, or simply ignore the blankers and hope your other players do well enough to cover them. Both options have merit, and it’s gonna come down to how many players you’ll have that won’t be playing and how vital they are to your team (i.e. premiums). Right now most managers will be trying to offload their Everton players, so that’s not a big worry. The same could be said for their Tottenham and Chelsea assets. So really what we’re looking at is: Should I get rid of my City players? The answer is yes. Obviously blanks are bad, and non-blanks are good. So here’s an easy way to make sure this doesn’t completely fuck your team. Start to roll a free transfer along from now until GW27, your final free transfer being the last city player out. So then for GW28 you have 2FTs to start moving City players back in. OR you could get them out before the difficult ARS and CHE match ups. Either way, keeping them in your team is for managers who can’t successfully get them out in time, which should never really be the case. Plan accordingly lads!
January Transfer Window – We are coming up to the final week of the transfer window and things are starting to heat up. Yannick Bolasie has been recalled by Everton just in time for their blank and shite fixtures, Bournemouth sign everyone’s favourite Liverpool right back’s backup, and will Higuain ever confirm for Chelsea?!
Yes. It’s been quite tame. But here are a few players that you should have your eye on. Nasri (5.5) surprised everyone with how decent he looked against ARS and BOU, but seemed like he was missing Arny in the last game, which is annoying. Hopefully China falls through and we can get our glass ankle Terminator back. If that happens, I reckon Nasri would be quite a good 5th mid to have. I mentioned Emiliano Sala earlier, but he hasn’t played yet so he’s a wait and see, but we did get to see Babel (5.5), who wasted no time getting onto the pitch and into our hearts. Even with that ridiculous hair. He was bobbing and weaving and you couldn’t help but hope he scored. He had the most shots for Fulham and was joint top for key passes despite playing just 54 minutes. If Fulham’s fixtures weren’t fucking disgusting looking, I’d actually consider him a differential. But for now all we can do is enjoy the show. Lastly I wanted to mention Puncheon (4.2) as he’s probably the cheapest starting midfielder in the game worth looking at. Huddersfield don’t have the best fixtures, and Puncheon isn’t the best player, but for 4.2m you could sit him on the bench comfortably knowing he was taking one for the only team you really care about. Yours.
Hopefully more transfers develop so we’ll actually have something decent to talk about.
And that's a wrap! Feels weird not writing about the biggest and baddest of the FPL premiums, but hopefully the template breaks soon and we can get in and about those juicy double gameweek strategies! Thanks very much for reading, your feedback really is the reason I keep this up. I love talking to people that are just as obsessed as me! Anyway, as always, remember to use your Price Change Predictor of choice to help you with transfer planning, don’t get caught out by price rises, but also don’t jump in too early if you see one of your players limping up the tunnel. If you have any questions, or ideas about the series, let me know. Cheers, lads!
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