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post Aug 14 2009, 09:47 PM
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With the Football Premier League starting tomorrow what hopes do you have for your team? Do you think they will get relegated, end up middle table or be part of the elite at the end of the season.

If your team is in one of the other leagues what hopes do you have for them? Are you a Reading supporter? Or maybe you are a Norwich supporter; who had a good start of the season by being beaten 7-1 (they've just sacked their manager Gunn by the way). So.... do you expect Norwich to get promoted this year?


As a Spurs supporter I see us challenging for top honours. When Harry Redknapp took over we were bottom of the league with 2 points. At the end of the season we finished 8th and was in the Carling Cup final.

If you are an Arsenal fan I must warn you that this section is to do with football; please move along to the next cubicle for a tickle and a cough. laugh.gif wink.gif
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post Aug 14 2009, 09:51 PM
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OH NO - It's the football season again.

AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggg
gggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! angry.gif

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post Aug 14 2009, 10:06 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Aug 14 2009, 10:51 PM) *
OH NO - It's the football season again.

AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggg
gggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! angry.gif



you sound like an Arsenal supporter... don't worry; just close your eyes and put a paper bag over your head... as most of them do wink.gif
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post Aug 14 2009, 10:53 PM
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Good times!!

Now if ESPN could make up their flippin' mind whether they were broadcasting in the US or not I'll set my alarm clock. Chances are they'll show the Chelsea game tomorrow which will be on at 4:45 am - better get the kettle on sharpish when that alarm goes.
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post Aug 14 2009, 11:45 PM
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QUOTE (Newbury Expat @ Aug 14 2009, 11:53 PM) *
Good times!!

Now if ESPN could make up their flippin' mind whether they were broadcasting in the US or not I'll set my alarm clock. Chances are they'll show the Chelsea game tomorrow which will be on at 4:45 am - better get the kettle on sharpish when that alarm goes.



Chelsea is my second team so you are half alright. If you had said Arsenal we would be praying for you right now.

Spurs won't be kicking off until Sunday; we've got Liverpool. A nice easy game to start the football season off with. laugh.gif
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post Aug 15 2009, 07:59 AM
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Theoretically, this should be a tighter season that the last one. I suspect Chelsea and Man Utd will be the favourites, but I suspect that Liverpool might make a better go of it this time. Spurs might make a better go of it, but can they keep up their form they showed in the second half of last season. I can't see Arsenal doing anything. I wouldn't be surprised if Wenger walked this coming season.
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post Aug 15 2009, 09:10 AM
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I'll be interested to see how Man City do this season with the amount of money that they have spent. I heard that Blackburns tactics today was to kick City as hard as they can tongue.gif

As for the Mighty Hammers, first page of ceefax and not having to sell our best players to pay off the Icelandics debt will do me fine for this season!
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post Aug 15 2009, 09:16 AM
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Well you're all going to be bitterly disappointed when Fulham lift the trophy then!
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post Aug 15 2009, 10:13 AM
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QUOTE (Iommi @ Aug 15 2009, 08:59 AM) *
Theoretically, this should be a tighter season that the last one. I suspect Chelsea and Man Utd will be the favourites, but I suspect that Liverpool might make a better go of it this time. Spurs might make a better go of it, but can they keep up their form they showed in the second half of last season. I can't see Arsenal doing anything. I wouldn't be surprised if Wenger walked this coming season.



I can’t argue with that evaluation. I would prefer Chelsea to finish top with Man Utd third or fourth. I think Arsenal will struggle.

It would be interesting to see how Man city does… they should, in theory, do better than they did last year. Aston Villa could be a dark horse.

Spurs should do better than last year as they seem a lot stronger; the only thing that worries me is their defence. They’ve got Woodgate, Dawson and maybe King out for the start of the season. They’ve got no problems in their strike force and midfield seems ok.

RIGHT; WHO DO YOU THINK WILL GET RELEGATED?
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post Aug 15 2009, 10:14 AM
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QUOTE (J C @ Aug 15 2009, 10:10 AM) *
I'll be interested to see how Man City do this season with the amount of money that they have spent. I heard that Blackburns tactics today was to kick City as hard as they can tongue.gif

As for the Mighty Hammers, first page of ceefax and not having to sell our best players to pay off the Icelandics debt will do me fine for this season!



West Ham have always been a dark horse and I think they will do well… how well I am not sure but they won’t suffer relegation. I think Blackburn will finish above the relegation zone.
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post Aug 15 2009, 10:17 AM
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QUOTE (Strafin @ Aug 15 2009, 10:16 AM) *
Well you're all going to be bitterly disappointed when Fulham lift the trophy then!



That is what I like to see on these boards a fantasist.

I do think Fulham will do well however. I’ve been to Craven cottage a number of times. I used to live not far from their ground; Barons Court.
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post Aug 15 2009, 10:41 AM
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I just been watching Gordon Strachen being interviewed in TV and he said the two most surprising teams for this season will be Fulham and Spurs.

Mark Lawrence has predicted that Fulham will win today and Spurs will draw with Liverpool 1-1. Personally I think Spurs can win. Liverpool have got injury problems and we have a strong force, apart from one or two problems in defence.
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post Aug 15 2009, 11:00 AM
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I think Spurs will do well, probably fifth for them, Man Utd will win the league. Fulham I reckon seventh, we are not used to playing so many games and that will show. I think it's too early to predict relegations but the obvious choice would be Burnley. Man City won't do as well as expected, I guess sixth. Chelsea second, Liverpool third, Arsenal fourth, and Spurs fifth.
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post Aug 15 2009, 11:06 AM
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QUOTE (Strafin @ Aug 15 2009, 12:00 PM) *
I think Spurs will do well, probably fifth for them, Man Utd will win the league. Fulham I reckon seventh, we are not used to playing so many games and that will show. I think it's too early to predict relegations but the obvious choice would be Burnley. Man City won't do as well as expected, I guess sixth. Chelsea second, Liverpool third, Arsenal fourth, and Spurs fifth.



I don’t think Arsenal will do that well and I can’t see Man Utd winning the league. Liverpool will do well, as will Chelsea. I think Spurs will do better than last year. I also predict that Spurs will win a trophy.


I don't think Burnley or Wolves will get relegated. In fact I think Burnely will do well.
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post Aug 15 2009, 11:40 AM
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I suppose I could claim an extra Nectar point by re-using my paper bag from last season...
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post Aug 15 2009, 11:56 AM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Aug 15 2009, 12:40 PM) *
I suppose I could claim an extra Nectar point by re-using my paper bag from last season...



That’s the spirit, think positive. laugh.gif
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post Aug 15 2009, 12:04 PM
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QUOTE (GMR @ Aug 15 2009, 11:13 AM) *
RIGHT; WHO DO YOU THINK WILL GET RELEGATED?



I think Hull will really struggle, didn't they win only one in their last 22 of the season? Portsmouth will be in trouble unless they can find a buyer with money and history suggests at least one of the promoted teams will go down again.
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post Aug 15 2009, 01:55 PM
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QUOTE (J C @ Aug 15 2009, 01:04 PM) *
I think Hull will really struggle, didn't they win only one in their last 22 of the season? Portsmouth will be in trouble unless they can find a buyer with money and history suggests at least one of the promoted teams will go down again.



I agree with that but I wouldn’t like to see Hull go down. I am glad they stayed up and I thought Newcastle deserved to go down. I also don’t think they will go straight up. Alan Shearer said he was discussed the way things have gone. They’ve sold and having replaced any of their players. They are the team to beat this season. I also can’t see Reading up either.
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post Aug 15 2009, 02:00 PM
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Looks like Hull were really unlucky to not get the draw against Chelsea today. I don't support Hull but I would like to see them do well.
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post Aug 15 2009, 02:04 PM
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Man city are off to a good start...
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