OT: 2019-2020 EPL and other European domestic leagues

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The 2019-2020 EPL season has kicked off today, and Liverpool are leading Norwich City 4-0 at the half, with Norwich looking threatening going forward but utterly shambolic at the back. Alisson has gone off with what looks to be a hamstring injury.

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I think like last year City and Liverpool will run away as first and second in some order, but can any other team keep pace? Who will escape the "next four" to finish 3rd and 4th? Which middle table team will be a surprise? Absolutely thrilled to have the prem back

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Arsenal and Spuds will round out the top 4...Everton will surprise and possibly claim 5th place.

Thanks, GGC. The transfer thread is no longer necessary.

Hope it's just a hammie and nothing more for Alisson.

My bung-hole is perpetually clenched until news breaks, hoping that it's nothing major. The way his knee gave truly concerns me, at least we're up 4-0...

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looked to me like he slipped/twisted an ankle on his left leg but then immediately grabbed his right hamstring when he fell after he kicked. i hope it's a muscle and nothing more

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at least we're up 4-0...and in the 49th minute it could easily be 7-2

you never know, Poggers or Eriksen could always move to madrid

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Going to my first European club match tomorrow. FC Emmen v. Ajax! Anything I should know before going? I loosely follow EPL and MLS, but don't know anything about the Dutch league.

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European games are just such a different atmosphere. There really is nothing that quite compares. We went to Bayern-Leipzig in Munich last year and stood behind goal. Absolutely nuts, especially because most people absolutely loathe Leipzig.

Only thing I wish I'd known in advance is what an absolute madhouse it would be trying to leave. We essentially had to sprint out of the stadium and over to the S-bahn station just to keep up with the crowd.

Well, I've never heard of FC Emmen, and Ajax was about 10 seconds away from being a finalist in the European Championship. So, I would expect a big Ajax win. The Dutch league is...not exactly know for their defense. It's basically the Big XII.

Ajax has an American in their first team - Sergiño Dest (#28) who plays fullback. He started a number of games with the usual starters in preseason, so it's possible he could play. He may also be an unused sub.

Enjoy the match, it should be fun!

I would love it if more of the US youth players could go to Ajax that's the perfect place to grow and learn the game

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Luckily, they just acquired another U-20 international, Alex Mendez. He was a fixture for the US at the U-20 World Cup this past summer and recently joined. He will start out on Jong Ajax (reserve team) and hopefully work his way into the picture in the next couple years. I believe they also have another youth player, Joshua Pynadath. Many clubs in Germany and The Netherlands are starting to see the value in young US talent.

I've found myself watching a lot less EPL in favor of Bundesliga over the last few years. Excited that Koln is back in the top tier, though that complicates my rooting interests, especially given that the very first game is against Wolfsburg.

Unfortunately, AFN is hot garbage, and isn't showing ANY European games for the foreseeable future. Instead, we get the WNBA and the NASCAR truck series for the duration of deployment.

Something tells me if Norwich can sort out defending they could be a surprise they play fun stuff

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The first half of Spurs-Aston Villa was excruciating to watch. Tottenham had many chances and could not 'stick it in'. One match in and NDOMBELE is worth all the money.

The last 30 minutes were promising, but the key is to get that sharpness for all 90. Having Vertonghen, Son, and Alli would help.

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Arsenal will be fielding a fairly weak team tomorrow given injuries and the ridiculous situation surrounding Ozil and Kola. I hope they catch whoever is doing this to them and give them the jail time they deserve. Here's hoping Newcastle is as bad as everyone thinks they're going to be.

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Newcastle without Benitez probably means a relegation battle. The AFTV guys are up there and they interviewed a NUFC fan...it just sounds grim. They're trying to organize boycotts of matches, etc. The owner really is the EPL's Dan Snyder.

Should be a good opportunity for 3 points away even with a weakened roster.

The owner of Citeh's cousin bought Newcastle in the offseason...Mike Ashley is out as far as I know. Shameful indeed, though.

That didn't go through. Ashley is still the owner unfortunately.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Damn...I've had a soft spot for the magpies since Keegan was their manager....pity

Guendouzi, Nelson, Willock, Chambers, and Mkhitaryan all starting. Pepe, Ceballos, lacazette, and Luiz on the bench

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Mkhi has been an exclusively negative presence over the first 25 minutes.

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Guessing Mkhi and Xhaka both off at the half. Both have been awful.

Xhaka is doing some dirty work that's not being noticed. Think he's fine for now. Mkhi needs to be subbed asap.

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That was....a half of soccer.

Willock and Nelson look the part, good energy. Chambers looks good. Can't be totally disappointed, some good things going on that will pay off later for the club.

I'll never complain about 3 points on the road. The youngsters looked good, Auba was himself, and the defense was solid with some good protection from Xhaka and Guendouzi. The new guys all looked shaky as to be expected.

AMN was MOTM for me.

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Pulisic on the bench today for Chelsea. Shame, I was looking forward to seeing him playing in the EPL.

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Hell be on second half

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

I can't tell if yesterday's result was more of ManU showing the potential they have, or more of Chelsea just being that awful on the back line.

Probably a combination of both.

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Comes down to finishing. One team finished their chances, the other clanged the goal post a couple of times. Of course, that felt like most of the games this weekend outside of City.

I'm more of an optimistic united fan than most and I didnt even see that result coming. My biggest worry this season is if Rashford or martial cant deliver where the goals would come from. They showed up and Pogba showed more flashes from a deeper position that was encouraging. Thought he was better when he moved more forward into a more forward central role. That all said maguire and wan bissakka was a huge refreshing sight for sore eyes dulled by too many years of jones and smalling at the back. I'll be more intrigued how they play at molineaux against a testy wolves side before I get excited but this game was refreshing.

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Probably both. If Abraham had scored instead of hitting the post during Chelsea's initial burst it would have changed the flow of the game. The youth of this Chelsea team will be interesting to watch during the season. Everyone has been calling for it for so long but if you start Zouma and Christensen as a center back pairing in your season opener you're gonna have a bad time. Lazy defending from Zouma that led to the pen.

As a United fan, it was good to start off the season with a win no matter the opponent. Next week at Wolves will probably be a bigger test than the Chelsea game was. No disrespect to Chelsea, but they're definitely rebuilding and have the transfer ban and Wolves are on the rise. They had our number a few times last season, as well.

It was good to see the new United boys all have good games. I think I was most impressed with Maguire. He should be good being the most defensive defender in history and all, but a lot of pressure comes with that tag and he seemed to do fine. He had a lot of very calm headed clearances that I can't remember seeing from any United defender recently... probably because I've been watching Phil Jones flail at balls for the last 10 years.

Here's hoping it's not just a flash in the pan. I think if this United team can gain some confidence and momentum they'll be challenging for the title third place at least (I'm realistic, hahaha). Yesterday felt like a game with Fergie in charge and those have been few and far between since he left.

Cant agree more United had chelseas number with pace on the counter attack Zouma doesnt look all that good anymore. Maguire looked so refreshing not that the bar is awfully high from smalling and jones over the last few years but to see someone just dealing with it time and time again was nice. If the front line can be consistent enough top 4 should be achievable but if the youth in the front line and a few injuries hit hard we will be hoping the europa league route works. The best bit was how under Ole we actually are trying to press in packs finally instead of sitting back in a shell like Mou had us.

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Sitting Luiz is coaches choice. Letting him go is coaches madness.

Pogba and Luiz have some very real long ball capacity. They can drop it on a dime from far away. World class stuff that can impact games.

Yes u let some pacy forward devastate him in space he's going to show his age, but for fooks sake, the guy has some wisdom he could share with the team.

The formation was right but Kante must have been hurt.

Still the real problem to me was the soft play by Pedro, and another forward giving up the ball when you could least afford it. Combined with Aspilaqueta and the player never to be named who honestly doesn't look capable of playing at a premier league level.

Coach has got some work to do. If he can't sure up the center he's gotta find Azpiliqueta's speed and anticipation for him.

MM no business in the premier league. Decent skill no physical differentiation. CP may or may not stick in the league but he is 10x better than MM.

Russian really needs to start looking for a coach now. Lampard is too full of himself to course correct.

lol and people around here think dcwilson is negative about Fuente????????????????????????????????????

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Hope he doesnt watch the super cup today because if you thought United was devastating on the counter liverpool are gonna put 10 in the net today.

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My post may not travel well. Still maintain Lampard's judgement is highly suspect, but that midfield may save his bacon. Gonna be a hard year as they have Champion's schedule. Lotsa added pressure and matches for a team with some gaps... don't see how they can afford key injuries. Chelsea looked really good today, though I didn't intensely / analytically watch. Jorgino and Kante and mebbe even Kovacic looked like they had a very good day today. That midfield may save the day, though it will be tough because they are still lacking components. I wouldn't be surprised to see a 4-4-2 with Puliisic outside mid. Hope he can pull off that left forward position, he looked fairly nervous playing it today, even though he got some really hopeful stuff done (assist, goal called back offside, cross his boys just weren't paying attention to). Would be very exciting to see Pulisic as a part of a very strong midfield group. Still feel like he needs to be that false 9 type of middie... most dangerous when he has options...not sure Chelsea is the place to learn how to play it.

CesarA.... come on man.... letting the big man firmino beat you on the trap pull? Early in the half? Been a bad few days for this guy. I'll take Pedro getting his pocket picked (I think it was him) in the worst way again because he played relatively well... but damn son there are some guys who people pick on because they know they will give up howlers at just the wrong time. Stop being that guy. (in case he is reading this)

Not negative regarding Fuente. Mebbe the way things turned out woulda liked to see Bud have had a crack at the job... but understand why things got decided the way they did.

Sort of reminds me of home.

It's not a bad comparison...Lane and Anfield are both known as raucous atmospheres with a feverish fanbase and kind of an odd, disjointed architecture. Opponents hate playing there.

YNWA is one of my favorite traditions. Which is weird as a United fan, but it reminds me of Enter Sandman. It gives me chills every time just watching on TV.

Mood! 🏆 🏆s

We played like rubbish, but man, I'll never get used to the feeling of corralling silverware. Proud of my reds!

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My word... 3 of our new signings got significant minutes and all 3 were huge today. Ceballos was unreal. Absolutely massive. And Pepe was only on for 45 minutes but still won the most take-ons on the field. Luiz might have been partially or mostly culpable on the goal, but otherwise locked it down.

Really liking the feel of the squad right now. Don't think we'll get the result at Anfield, though Pool is showing vulnerabilities, but we're off to a good start this season.

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If this keeps up the top priority will be a permanent transfer for Ceballos. Really pumped to see him against the top sides.

A solid bit of bitching from Dyche about alleged Arsenal shithousing/diving after the match as well...imagine doing that with Ashley Barnes on your roster.

Don't get your hopes up for a permanent Ceballos transfer. The RM board LOVES them some young Spanish players and values them above all else. The only hope for Arsenal is that Zizou doesn't seem to rate him properly.

Just a couple weeks ago for a team willing to eat part of the golfer's contract, the Ceballos transfer probably could have been permanent. Zizou after tucking in the little Belgian, is on knees praying someone will notice the golfer can play some ball. Were I Zizou, I would march in with that ultimatum. Ceballos permanently with the proviso the golfer comes with. Who knows if Kroos can look young again and crush open shots like he did, mebbe zizou is just using the golfer as an example. Mebbe they even knock the little ball around in the golfer's back yard. Certainly the Golfer and Ceballos if packaged, and if they both keep playing well would make alot of Premeir GMs nervous about the balance of power.

Dang that first half spurs played alright, but KDB put in two majestic assists and could have had a third to Gündogan. It feels like they have 12 on the field sometimes. City is just so impressive

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Man, that disallowed City goal at the end. Seems correct according to the laws...but has that ever satisfied anyone here with CFB or the NFL when a game is decided by it? Instant replay is such a heavy issue and now it's the EPL's turn. Going to be interesting this year.

VAR is good, actually.

As a liverpool fan, I'm always going to be happy when city drop points. As a fan of the game, that was a disappointing way to finish what had been a pretty decent match. But as someone who had the first 6 correct in a 10 game parlay that was infuriating.

Who had Teemu Pukki for the golden boot?

Trying to decide whether to throw him into my fantasy team or not

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So did you? That man is on fire.

Probably won't be able to say it much this campaign, so on that note, "Liverpool, top of the league, Liverpool Liverpool top of the league" 😁

Edit: This aged well 😁 (thanks to Pogba [hoping he gets a fresh start in Jan.]), on to the first BIG test, Gunners are looking decent thus far this season, lot of youth and talent, looking forward to Saturday, good luck!

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Up the Reds! ⚽🔥🕊️🔥 #DownedTheGoons what a game! Had tons of chances left in the table for both teams. Really wanted that clean sheet. For another week though "top of the league, top of the league, Liverpool Liverpool top of the league!" #TheUnbearables

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#TheUnbearables

Is a pretty funny typo considering how hated Liverpool is by many fanbases in England haha.

I'd say on this board as well with all the chatter. Its a long season to start out so full of confidence

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Not full of confidence, we have till May, just feels good to start out well. I think any supporter would enjoy such a good start when you sprinkle in opportunities for silverware. We've played 2 a week for the first two weeks of the season. We've come out pretty well other than the community shield. It's a long season, by no means do I feel like we have it wrapped up. Just excited is all. Lots of improvement to go though, all 5 teams we've played have revealed weaknesses that we can work on.

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I said Unbearables on purpose 🤣, lots of Reds go by that title after becoming champions of Europe. Wasn't a typo 😂, would've been funny if it were though.

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Stumbled across this while watching one of my favorite Liverpool vlog's. This was from Saturday against the Gunners:

Edit: Better shot

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Well done for Pool. They played well, but Arsenal's tactics were all wrong. Even the commentators basically only talked the whole game about how Emery needed to adjust. Terrible game plan

Gunners played well, blew some early chances to grab the bull by the horns. Auby should've finished that chip chance. Pepe looked great. I'm certainly glad to get a matchup out of the way with you guys early on, because that front 4 will be dangerous mid-season.

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That's the thing, it could've been dangerous today, but Laca was left on the bench and Cebellos was invisible in the formation. Can't understand why Laca didn't come on before 80'. But anyway, Liverpool looks great once again. Of all the other big 6 teams, I actually kind of like Liverpool. Such a pleasing style of football and Klopp is entertaining. Until Arsenal are good enough to challenge again, I'm glad it's Liverpool leading the way rather than Chelsea or United

The game plan was fine out of the gates, he just needed to make the subs after the 2nd goal and not at the 80 minute mark. Overall I think we played okay, there was a 15 minute window where we looked terrible but otherwise his plan wasn't proving to be too bad.

Pepe is going to be a monster. The finishing will come, but 7 completed dribbles againat that defense at Anfield is impressive.

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Agreed, keeping it narrow, giving TAA & Robertson all the room in the world down the wings but not allowing the crosses to find anyone was working brilliantly. Two tugs of jerseys opened the game up and adjustments never came. The biggest thing against the stronger defensive sides is making the most of your chances. Auba should have done better, Pepe needs to settle in to his game but he looked great. I'm just encouraged that their best chances early all came from stupid Liverpool mistakes which are fixable. I really hope Alisson has a speedy recovery.

Harry Wilson with a rocket! Get those minutes in.

Doubt you'll ever see him in a Liverpool shirt again, Klopp doesn't really rate him...unless Milner retires after this year then he'd be sixth choice. He's better off moving on.

And really that will be fine too. I'm pulling for him to do well because for the time being he's contractually a Red, but more shots like this and we'll all be praising Michael Edwards for getting a mint for someone with no first team history for us.

I would love to make 25-30 off of Harry Wilson. Especially if Klopp doesn't rate him high.

Was funny to see Dom Solanke out there too, missed a golden opportunity to score.

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Spurs and United both losing to sides that will probably end in the lower half of the table certainly takes the sting out of another bad trip to Anfield for Arsenal.

The Pepe signing looks like it's going to be pure class, just like Aubameyang a few years back. Not good enough to beat Liverpool away at this point, but you have to like the direction the club is on.

Yeah I'm pretty happy with how we're trending (particularly off the field). I will say that even with the two wins and a relatively improved performance at Anfield, we need to find a way to progress the ball better in the midfield. Willock and Guendouzi are doing fine for their age, but they're not moving the ball forward, and Ceballos is 1 for 2 so far in that respect.

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Being a United fan lately reminds me of being a Hokie fan lately

Neutral to United and CP that last one even hurt me for United

"Can't argue with that logic" - Rick Sanchez

I should be used to it by now. This isn't Fergie's United. I've been following United about 15 years now and the first 9 or so years were really good to me so I try not to complain too much (and I know how much other fanbases hate United/their fans, haha). But it still stings, man.

And just to compound the misery Shaw pulled a hamy so itll be ashley young at left back for the next month or so. Yay

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O captain, my captain

Came out of the NLD with a point. I am nearly done with Granit Xhaka, and I don't understand the decision to bring Mhki on instead of Ozil or even Willock there. But whatever.

Of course we also had the typical blind eyes turned to diving by Harry Kane...can't have England's golden boy booked, I suppose. It's really tiresome.

Mhki is beyond useless. It's crazy how bad he's become.

Pepes exciting at times but needs to make better decisions.

Guendozzi was amazing...best game for him so far?

It's gotta be up there, he was fired up in the 2nd half. Not the greatest in the 1st half but that's forgiven. The entire midfield upped their game in the 2nd half actually.

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It was a good match though. Wanted 3 points but glad we could battle back and get the draw. Really great NLD for a neutral though I'm sure.

I agree, I tend to defend Xhaka but that one broke my patience. I like what he offers for switching the field quickly but it doesn't make up for those mistakes anymore.

And yeah, Mkhi was a wasted sub. And Pepe needs to get his shooting boots on cause he's about an inch away from being one of the most dangerous players in the league. LOVED Guendouzi and Ceballos in the 2nd half... we need more of that.

And if a guy goes down and you stop play but don't call the foul, that's simulation and should be a card. It happened twice and no cards. But whatever, at least he didn't buy the dives.

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Dele alli is an infuriating player to watch. Hes such a prick

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

glad to see the anti-arsenal conspiracy theory lives on despite xhaka only getting booked in stoppage time

lol... Okay. For the record I think Xhaka should have had a yellow for the bone head penalty he gifted you, but that's not what we were talking about.

Relax my dude. Not everything is an attack. I thought the game was great and everyone got what they deserved from it.

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Yeah I'm not sure why the foul in the box wasn't a yellow but it was a tight game. Dunno if either team would feel great after today this seemed to be the best arsenal could be and they managed to salvage a draw after a poor second half by Spurs who in their own way we're weird all game. Someone needs to teach son how to pass instead of aimlessly run at people with the ball till he gets dispossessed

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Vardy and the Foxes are having a party to start the season.!

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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LC is definitely a pleasant surprise in the top 3 of unbeaten teams. Great start to the season. So much parity thus far, love it!

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Vardy single handedly bailed my fantasy team out when Sterling shit the bed and that chip was filthy

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Not throwing shad AT ALL

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Well played sir, I made the edit. Darn cell phone keyboards...

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Great article that doesn't have any LFC bias, just a commonsense approach to fandom, and how social media/current culture has devolved things. I feel Ross does a great job at pointing out the 'shite' that social media/ulterior motivated journalism, adds to the footy community; he also does a great job at showing how one can sort through all of the static to get to the heart of true fandom through social media and other mediums.

S/N: Lo Celso out until late October.

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For some of my Red supporters on the site (and anyone else who wants to watch), thought it was interesting to hear the history of what a Scouser is, and why they don't consider themselves to be English. I can't get to this city soon enough, really hoping my plans to visit Anfield for my 40th birthday work out (2 year goal)

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So while many of us were probably watching and/or drinking away VT football...Norwich went ahead and beat City. Kind of a thing that happened there.

TEEEEMMMUUUUUUU

Pukki, get in Lad! Makes that win at the beginning of the campaign look that much better. #UpTheReds #GetEmCanaries

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Has anyone watched the Leeds show on Amazon? I can't get enough of the soccer shows..All or Nothing Man City, Sunderland show on Netflix, Juventus on Netflix, Boca Juniors on Netflix.

I hope amazon does an All or Nothing for a European team every season

I'm not even a Man United fan and The Class of 92 documentary (not the tv show) was incredible.

Tickled to death United won today. It's the little things nowadays folks. When you're a Tampa Bay Bucs fan, a United fan, and a Hokies fan sports can be a sore spot. Even missing Pogba, Shaw, Lingard, and Martial we didn't drop points. Gotta be pleased.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Honestly I was stunned we pulled it off missing pogba but I liked what mctominay did his passing was good as well problem is matic looked slow and our right midfield is an issue though

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Seriously...done with Unai just like that.

Horror show, unbelievable. Watford dropped points as far as I am concerned.

Same old Sokratis, and Luiz had been trash

And Guendouzi really has to calm himself. I like the captain-esque behavior of throwing a shove at a dude in defense of Pepe but he flashed the score at the fans when he was subbed (which aged horribly after they scored again) and had the worst move I've ever seen him make trying to play from the back straight into multiple Watford players and it turned into multiple shots on Leno. Blah.

Then the frustration with Ozil...an absolute dime of a pass to create a goal after not even playing until today. If we got the full potential out of that guy on a consistent basis it would open so many doors...

Yeah the trolling backfired horribly was funny as hell from an outsider.

The ozil thing is thats what weve been saying forever about him and how long before we all accept it isnt what he wants to do doing the say firmino style dirty work isnt his MO

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I don't think Emery is capable of getting the full potential out of any of our players, at this point. Square pegs in round holes all over the pitch when we should have the ability to make some square holes by this point. The likes of Mustafi, Luiz, Sokratis, Xhaka, etc. may not be the best players in the world, but at this point the amount of errors leading to goals HAS to be systemic.

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definitely systemic. playing a flat midfield three with ozil as a 10 tucked in behind aubmeyang and pepe doesn't seem like a bad idea. But for me, one of those three has to be torreira if you're going to pull it off. Guendouzi and Xhaka just aren't as positionally sound, and what they have in intensity they lack in composure and decision making.

If you want to play out of the back, why take off the most technically sound midfielder at 60' (Ceballos). Willock and Nelson are good players, but if Sokratis and Xhaka are getting rattled by the high press from the insistence on playing short goal kicks, how can you expect two young players to excel.

Can't wait to at least get Bellerin, Holding, and Tierney in the lineup, but that won't fix everything. Never should have let Ramsey leave.

edit: just compare Arsenal midfield and defense vs Watford and Norwich City against Manchester City

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I apologize in advance b.c I'm angry, but if any of you are in nova, please never let your kids play for vsa. Just watched an hour of their girls playing mma in what was supposed to be a soccer game. It was nothing more than kick the ball and punch the opponent. We've been playing and beating them for years, but I'm so tired of the nonsense. If you have an option, opt for Alexandria, they're a joy to watch and know what they're doing. Vsa is for those with no talent and who try to make up for it by being physical.

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That sounds like my high school soccer team before a new coach introduced culture to the program. We went to fights and maybe a game would break out.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

Lol, that sums it up perfectly. That should be there motto.

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Fucking James Maddison, again.

I mean how you spend your bye week is your business, but I might've kept that one quiet.

Well played. I actually laughed out loud.

Watford is uh... not good.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

That's the same team that drew (and could've won) against the Gunners. Watford is bad, but City is insane, credit where credit is due.

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Thought we'd see a new EPL record after that 5-0 start....schoolboy defending

How many games until Deeney snaps?

I guess the boys at City got a little tired of hearing about their Norwich loss...yikes.

Rodri was quoted last week "were going to murder our next opponent" he wasn't kidding

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Literally

Time to drop Sterling from fantasy fraudiola is at it again killing me when I needed a big game from him

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At least he didn't get the 3 minute cameo

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

True thats what he's famous for doing

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Don't look now but Leicester is top 4.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Done with Emery.

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I will not make kneejerk statements about the Arsenal manager. I will not make kneejerk statements about the Arsenal manager. I will not...

Glad Pepe finally opened his account.

Xhaka, Sokratis, and Luiz out. Of a cannon if you're Xhaka. Torreira, Chambers, and Holding in. Torreira is a true defensive midfielder, but even with the donkeys at the back needing help he's on the bench. I just don't get it.

edit: I am dying. You can't make this stuff up. 3-2!

Make sure Mustafi goes with Sokratis and Luiz. Xhaka can only be used as sub

It took 2 moments of last second pure individual brilliance to beat Aston Villa... at home. I think we gave up 4-5 SOG in the first 10 minutes. Emery is not setting this team up to succeed. We can blame individual players until we have none left (let's not forget that Torreira looked pretty bad at the end of last season too). Luiz was error prone before but his rate at Arsenal so far dwarfs anything he's ever done in the past.

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Yeah, I just try and not evaluate the manager on a match by match basis. Even though Watford and Villa were basically terrible matches for us given that they are looking like they're headed for the relegation scrap.

I think he's 100% gone if we are back in UEL next year, and should be. They'll probably be able to tell before the end of the season what the trajectory is looking like. He's definitely been backed. Not just in transfer spending...I'd imagine there are clubs that would have forced him to play Ozil because of the enormous wage, etc.

Another year in Europa would be dire times for the club financially and on the pitch as well. Aubameyang would be in the last year of his deal with no UCL football and would be almost certain to move on.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Cheering for United is as exhausting as cheering for VT nowadays. Sports suck man.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Glad I wasn't able to watch the game it's a fucking joke lingards our starting striker now and matic is still in the midfield ole looks lost but Woodward is the source

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Man the Blues played us tough, that was about as nervy of a game as I've watched in awhile. The boys looked uninspired and gassed at times. Kudos to Chelsea.

For me, starting 6-0-0 with a backup, off the scrap heap, keeper like Adrian is an amazing feat. The guy isn't the best at distribution, but he is an effective shot stopper (See Tammy opportunity). Kudos to Jurgie keeping the boys focused after a tough Napoli draw. We didn't look the best today but we got the job done. Hopefully we can rotate in the coming days with the Blades and MK on the horizon, and Leicester lurking (will require a strong side).

5 points clear after 6, I'll take it.

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Harvey Elliott looked great! The pace, the vision, the touch, all ahead of his time (16 yrs old). The only thing I could see that could use improvement is his finishing, those two cross bar clangers should've been netted. Arsenal will be a tough matchup, but I like our chances at home. What the hell happened with ManUre? Yikes! They pulled it out, but man, Ole might not make it through the season with a clunker like that.

Onto the blades we go, should be a tough matchup.

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Turned out to be a tough matchup, Sheffield will be a tough out for most teams this season. Onto the next one.

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So after being told Martial and pogba would both be back for the arsenal game monday now Pogba is looking a big doubt and martial is still hurt and theyre saying hes still a week or two away and rashford is still a while out so I'll watch but this should be easy pickings for arsenal monday night without those guys we are complete shit.

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AWB Lindelof Maguire Young

Matic Mctominay

Lingard Mata James

Greenwood

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The events of the last week sure have put a spotlight on how the big clubs in the EPL care about League Cup these days.

I think the FA Cup remains prestigious...but I dunno about this one. It's not even as fun to hear about Spurs losing to Colchester because they were probably out there walking it from the beginning.

the best part about it is that Son, Eriksen, Lucas, Lamela, Alli all played. Outside of Kane, you wouldn't have picked another spurs attacker if you were really really trying to win. So Poch decided in the match to go for it and to win, but maybe the players didn't. It was a weird in between squad with some kids but mostly tried-and-true vets, unlike Arsenal where the only vets that really played were ones who aren't first choice anymore (Mustafi) and ones who were coming back from injury.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Looks highly likely at this point that Leicester is going to challenge Spurs, United, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the table this year. I think City will get enough separation as the season goes on but the next 4 need to watch out.

It's our time again!

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To finish third? Not sure the foxes have ever done that before

Well....ok. I think I'm there on Emery now. Saved by Auba's quality and Utd players mistakenly stopping with the flag going up. They couldn't hit the broad side of a barn on a set piece.

I'm ready now, lads:

(sadly I'm only 80% kidding at this point)

Once again he sets up the team to constantly absorb pressure in a "big" game. Under no circumstances should Xhaka, Guendo, and Torreira all be starting together.

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My heart can't handle this...

Watched the game late, just finished it, Milner with balls of steel. I need the international break after this one.

Still top of the league!

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Relax! It's only October...but seriously, I have no idea how we're doing it but will obviously take it.

I know KH, I shouldn't let a potential draw get to me that bad, but man the time during that VAR check and Milner actually scoring was FOREVER long

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Foxes should have had a draw against Liver.

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Completely agree, the penalty was soft, I'd be the first to say that, but I'll take the 3 points that's for sure, especially after MC's banana peel today.

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8 points ahead after 8 games? Never in my wildest dreams...hard to not get excited at this stage

Exciting for sure but after being 9 points clear in December last year, I'm hoping the boys don't get too comfortable.

In Klopp we trust

Not even letting myself think about winning it all! Especially in October, great start, but a long way to go

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Sound strategy...wish I had that kind of discipline

It's tough man, I'm dreading the idea of having a nervy heart from October to May. I just feel like Stones coming back will sure up that backline for MC, and YOU ALREADY KNOW ManUre is going to fight hard against us with their backs up against the wall. I think if we go into January playing strong I'll be a little closer to where you're at right now.

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And United are losing to Newcastle and Fred is trying to send the ball out of the stratosphere this team sucks and the manager looks lost

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

As a Chelsea fan, this is the ml ost exciting season I have watched in a really long time. Really happy with the kids and the way they are playing. Just need to fine a way to stop leaking goals.

Can't complain all that much about being 3rd in the table, although that's at least partially because our competition is also very bad.

But once again we grind out a nervy win without many true chances, a function of a disjointed midfield, while playing the Xhaka-Guendouzi pivot while Torreira sits on the bench and Ozil is nowhere to be seen despite one of our biggest deficiencies (creating chances).

On the bright side, Chambers has been great recently and with the return of Bellerin and Tierney we might actually have a halfway decent defense after the break.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

OT: WHAT a weekend for sports for me, Liverpool eek out a win against LC, my Hokies beat Miami, Yankees go up 2-0, Manchester United lose and are 2 points above relegation, Everton's IN the relegation zone, and most importantly Man City lose. The only smudge on this weekend is my guy Danny Dimes falling short for the first time for my Giants. I'm on cloud 9 this Monday morning.

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What a difference 2 weeks makes, LFC draw at United, Giants lost two straight, Hokies are still doing decent, but my Yanks ran out of injury magic.

Kudos to ManU showing up big time. I drank a little bit of the Kool Aid throughout the week, and thought we'd run over them. Can't take a Derby for granted, it brings the best out of a squad. Hate losing 2 points, hate losing the record of 17 straight, hate not equaling both 18 straight, and 9 to start the season. Wanna get this bitter feeling away from me hopefully with a win at Genk.

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Ozil is going to outlast Unai Emery. I would have never believed it a year ago. I hope he's staying fit, I am sure Ljungberg will want to play him.

I don't even know what the philosophy at Arsenal is anymore. There will be a better starting XI on Thursday night in the Europa League because there's a possibility that Bellerin, Tierney, Torreira, Ozil, Lacazette, and Ceballos could start. That's 6 quality players that are either not playing in the PL at all or are subs. Holding is probably close as well. The PL XI is a joke right now.