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All purpose football thread 20-21 season

Discussion in 'off topic' started by lordsummit, Sep 9, 2020.

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  1. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    The ideal thread for posting all your football thoughts. Please keep all football discussion on this thread and please try to play nicely.
  2. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    My predictions for the new season are as follows :-

    Premier League Champions - Man City - very closely followed by Liverpool and not so closely followed by Chelsea, Arsenal, Man U & Spurs.

    Relegation - Aston Villa, West Brom & Fulham

    Champions League Winners :- Bayern Munich
    Europa League Winners :- Spurs

    FA Cup Winners :- Chelsea
    League Cup Winners :- Arsenal

    1st PL Manager to be sacked :- Dean Smith (Aston Villa)
  3. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    If his last two performances for England are anything to go by I hope Utd land Sancho for £100 mill.
  4. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    Anyone else disappointed with the ITV highlights of the England match last night?

    OK it sounded like a crap game and they had other games to show, but of the 10 minutes or so of 'highlights' much of it was multiple slow motion replays or close-ups of substitutions and concerned-looking coaches.

    I did see Grealish touch the ball briefly though.
  5. bernardhepworth

    bernardhepworth pfm Member

    That's good to hear Webster, but I'm not that confident City will be first. I don't see Spurs being anywhere near if Levy is only spend small amounts of money. Wolves have made some good signings, I think that they will be there or thereabouts.

    I'd like a tight battle, with the top six pinching points off each other so that means it goes down to the wire.
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  6. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    I think Everton could be a dark horse next Season. Some shrewd buys so far.
  7. seagull

    seagull Seabird flavour member

    I'm a bit concerned about our lack of strikers, we only have two and they are both still in the 'promising' category.

    We have offloaded three centre backs on loan and kept the best ones (Dunk and White). We only have two and a half specialist fullbacks.

    We have also sold our reserve goalie, our next in line injured himself in the friendly against Chelsea. I just hope that Maty Ryan stays fit. The only games he's missed were when he was playing for Australia.

    We only have three players left from the promotion squad and only one of those will be a regular starter.


    Lallana looks like a shrewd acquisition, if he stays fit, he fits Potter's gameplan perfectly. Trossard, Bissouma, Alzate and Mac Allister (all full internationals now) and Lamptey should improve with the experience they gained from last season.

    Overall, I am confident that we will improve again this season if we get more goals from the midfielders mentioned above.

    As for predictions, one team will win the league three will be relegated. None of them will be the Seagulls. I think we will finish around 12th.
  8. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

    Not sure what to make of LFC this season, other than Minamino in Jan, no purchases for 4 windows... the FSG business model is based on money generation from bums on seats from a 168 game a season Red Sox team and 19 Home games plus those from ECL and the other cups.... with no crowds since March they’ve said no money available so JK has to sell before buying... hope it works out?
  9. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    Looking forward to Leeds recreating that this weekend, 20 years on
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  10. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Excellent colourising on that old b &w footage...
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  11. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

    haha, didn't they have offside those days?
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  12. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Liverpool look favourites.They won the league and did so playing some fabulous football most of that time. If they can keep playing like that, there's no one better.

    Man City look good for second, but they have the look of something going wrong somewhere. Not sure what, not sure where, but a few poor performances and they could look vulnerable to a sustained wobble.

    Chelsea are looking good, but they're no where near the finished article in attack and still have a question mark or two in defence. Some sublime performances and hopefully fewer frustrating performances will see them finishing higher than last.

    Man U 4th
  13. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

    LFC will miss the noisy crowd at home more than most teams I think, should go close though unless they lose one of their stars?
  14. Hook

    Hook Blackbeard's former bo'sun.

    I think injuries will be the key. LFC have plenty of options for attacking and midfield, but losing Allison (as we saw in the CL), VVD or even Gomez could really hurt them on defense. Really don't trust Matip to stay healthy, but fingers crossed. Hopefully we also see one of their young central defenders emerge this year.

    Even without any major signings (beyond perhaps a Gini for Thiago swap), I still think LFC has a solid chance to repeat if they stay healthy. But obviously, last year was an anomaly, and the other top teams have added some pieces. Like everyone else, am fully expecting a close race for the PL crown and top 4 this year. Should be fun!
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  15. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Liverpool's appalling form since February will continue so they will finish well behind City.
    Arsenal third, Chelsea fourth.
    Everton a surprise success this season.
    Leeds top ten.
  16. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    City 1st
    Chelsea 2nd
    Liverpool 3rd (They can’t keep being lucky with injuries)
    Everton 4th

    Man United
    Villa all relegated.
  17. Spiderous

    Spiderous pfm Member

    Would you care to revisit your prediction from before the start of last season Bob?:)
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  18. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

    so since Feb, LFC W9 L3 D2 and City W10 L4...... City gained a point on the Reds?
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  19. Spiderous

    Spiderous pfm Member

    This will be a strange season with no crowds or partial crowds for most of it. It will be crap as a spectator sport, whether in person or on tv. As a season ticket holder I’m struggling to get remotely excited by it (I had to check today what time our game kicks off on Saturday. Normally I would be arranging pre-match meet-ups, meals and drinks). I hope my mood changes come Saturday.

    Anyway, predictions...
    1. Liverpool, by a very small margin to...
    2. City, by a very small margin to...
    3. United, by a.... to
    4. Chelsea.

    I think deciding the league, CL spots and UEFA league spots will go to at least the 35th game. No crowds will level things up a bit.
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  20. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    Nobody sticking Man Utd in amongst the top 5? Surprised at that as they're improving and have added a decent looking player in van de Beek. Expecting big things from Chelsea after their heavy spending spree. Liverpool have enough of squad to not have to invest heavily and have Thiago set sign.

    My predictions:

    Man Utd
    Sheff U
    West Ham
    West Brom
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