2018/19 Soccer Thread

Awww, crap. Arsenal can go to 4th and saint totteringham's day is ever closer.

slazev wrote:

Awww, crap. Arsenal can go to 4th and saint totteringham's day is ever closer.

Considering Arsenals schedule 3rd is where they could very well finish.

I'm sure Emery would take CL any way he can get in but 3rd would be a pretty epic first season considering how much better Liverpool and City are.

jowner wrote:
slazev wrote:

Awww, crap. Arsenal can go to 4th and saint totteringham's day is ever closer.

Considering Arsenals schedule 3rd is where they could very well finish.

I'm sure Emery would take CL any way he can get in but 3rd would be a pretty epic first season considering how much better Liverpool and City are.

Yeah, my son and I were talking about this tonight. Arsenal 3rd and qualifying for Champions League would be as good as anyone could have hoped for this season given expectations as the season started and how they looked last year. Kudos on a great job by Emery.

jowner wrote:
slazev wrote:

Awww, crap. Arsenal can go to 4th and saint totteringham's day is ever closer.

Considering Arsenals schedule 3rd is where they could very well finish.

I'm sure Emery would take CL any way he can get in but 3rd would be a pretty epic first season considering how much better Liverpool and City are.

Replace 4th with 3rd. Spurs are on such bad form in the league that I actually thought they were on fourth and the third place was just vacant.
Anyhow, it happened. Crappity, crap.

The race for second in the Championship took another turn in 12 crazy mintues this weekend. Leeds went from losing 2-1 to winning 3-2, as Sheffield went the other way to lose to Bristol. Norwich meanwhile are smiling, as I think they should be pretty settled in first now.
Going to be bloody nervous last 7 games.
Also I work in Huddersfield, they have already taken down all the home to a Premier League side signs down from the town.

Down. Officially.

Not a surprise, but still a disappointment. I genuinely was going into this season thinking Fulham were going to almost certainly stay up comfortably, and probably tally somewhere around 50 points.

Instead, over $100M spent got the absolute worst defense in the Premier League and 0.5 points per game.

What a crap season. I'd honestly be happier if they just forfeited the next 5 games.

EDIT: Actually, no. I'd like us to set a record for "Worst Premier League Defense" before we go down. Either most goals allowed or worst goal difference.

Meanwhile, Hertha BSC has a bear now.

Time to officially open this bad boy.

slazev wrote:

Time to officially open this bad boy.

Not going to lie. It looks like it definitely trumps the Emirates.

Curious to see what how the finances break down though to see if it's going to be an albatross around the neck.

They were tight with player spending for some reason, eh?

First game ended with a happy ending.

slazev wrote:

They were tight with player spending for some reason, eh?

First game ended with a happy ending.

It looks like the Swiss Ramble stopped blogging. Not sure if you are familiar with him but he would do amazing financial breakdowns of clubs.

Was a great resource in figuring out how the initial cost of moving to the Emirates hamstrung the club heavily.

One thing that I found curious was the debt repayments were the same year to year. Considering how silly the TV money is getting one strategy would be to backload the debt on the assumption 10 years from now TV deals will continue to outpace the payments even if they got larger.

Advantage of that less immediate pain. Spurs could easily fall out of the top 4 this year. Argument that 0 signings would be related. Not sure what the gate increase over a full season will be next year but not being in the CL would probably be an immediate wash.

Scattergun signings, lazy thinking, now the drop – what next for Fulham?

Let’s start with the goalkeepers. Marcus Bettinelli was Fulham’s No 1 during last season’s promotion challenge. He had waited patiently for his chance and started when they beat Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final. He was a key member of a winning team; the shirt was his to lose. Then they signed two experienced Spaniards just before the start of the new campaign.

Fabri was the first to arrive, joining from Besiktas for £5m, and Sergio Rico followed him after signing on loan from Sevilla on the final day of the transfer window. Two days before their opening Premier League game, Fulham had three senior goalkeepers. All they had to do next was work out who was first-choice. No sweat, right?

Maybe not. Bettinelli was not on the bench when Fulham lost to Crystal Palace and Tottenham. Fabri started both games, but the defeats convinced Slavisa Jokanovic to drop him. Not for Rico, though. That would have been too logical. Instead Bettinelli came in from the cold, played in the 4-2 win over Burnley and he kept his spot until the 4-2 defeat by Cardiff on 20 October, at which point he made way for Rico. Fabri, meanwhile, has not played a minute since 18 August.

Confused? Don’t worry. Common sense went out the window at Fulham a long time ago. It has been a mess from start to finish and the saddest part for this soft and naive side, whose fate was sealed by the 4-1 hammering at Watford, is that relegation seemed so avoidable. Unlike Huddersfield, relegated last Saturday, Fulham had money to burn. Everything seemed positive when they spent more than £100m on seven players and made five loan additions last summer. They never imagined they would go down with a whimper at the start of April.

I still remember starting my FM game with Fulham and immediately going "Wait... why do we have three first-team goalkeepers?"

And our defense has been absolutely absurdly bad this year. He was the Player of the Year last season, and I'm partial to him as an American, but Tim Ream has been dogsh*t this season (although not as bad as Dennis Odoi, who has been genuinely horriffic).

Liverpool were the better team tonight, although they had to work harder for the victory than the scoreline suggests. Beautiful goal by Salah though.

This is torture now. Please just let us win the league?

It truly is going to be cruel if you don't get it. Unfortunately, based on current trends, you absolutely cannot count on City to drop points from here on out.

City has Tottenham (H) and Man U (A) left though. City could play well yet drop points.

I hope it goes to the last minute of the last day.

There would be something hilarious and poetic about Liverpool doing to City what City did to United (and Arsenal did to Liverpool).

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

City has Tottenham (H) and Man U (A) left though. City could play well yet drop points.

I hope it goes to the last minute of the last day. :)

I think it’s more likely City will slip up against one of the mid to lower table sides - they are still a little prone to complacency I think. Mind you they have been doing a lot better at not doing that since Christmas.

We will see. It’s going to go down to the wire regardless.

Another interesting one is Liverpool vs. Wolves on the last day, if the Wolves get more of their magic level-up pills they take when playing top-6 teams.

Well that semi final (Man City vs Brighton) was boring, oh so boring.

Decent goal, if you like that sort of thing.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

Decent goal, if you like that sort of thing.

Nice! Definitely worth a look. Thanks for sharing.

Arsenal's easy run-in™.

Everton putting themselves strongly back in the running for The Everton Cup.

Everton have been looking more and more like a team with a plan, and more importantly, a team with a desire to win.

My Everton support isn't based around them winning as many trophies as they can, it is because at their heart they are a team that works hard, and doesn't back down. That heart has been missing for a while, but these past couple weeks have been much more enjoyable.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
Mr Bismarck wrote:

Decent goal, if you like that sort of thing.

Nice! Definitely worth a look. Thanks for sharing.

That link didn't work in my region, so I went looking for a YouTube video. Turns out that some other goals weren't bad either (although not as brilliant admittedly).

That video also doesn't work in my region. Damn you, region restrictions, damn you all to hell!

Hey, Arsenal lost!
It still might not be enough for Spurs to get top 4, but it certainly helps.

I was speaking with my wife's Best Friend's Husband last night - he's not a friend but more of an acquaintance for me.

Anyway he is an avid Man U supporter. He and I often banter a little bit about our respective teams when we meet but it's nothing nasty, just a bit of fun mostly. He's quite jealous of Klopp, thought Liverpool should have won the CL final last year and thought Ramos was a grade A bastard. He also hated Mourwhino, is really worried about United's debt structure and really really wants the Glazers gone - topics I fully sympathise with him about.

However last night he told me he'd rather United lose the game against City and lose any chance of making the Champions League next season than beat them and hand Liverpool the title. Some people etc etc. If you can't support your own team above all else, why the f**k are you bothering?

You're telling me he hates Liverpool more than Man City? I thought that was impossible for a Man Utd fan, especially now that City is such a big player in all competitions.

slazev wrote:

You're telling me he hates Liverpool more than Man City? I thought that was impossible for a Man Utd fan, especially now that City is such a big player in all competitions.

Makes sense, the Man U Liverpool rivally has a lot more history than City. For most of their lives, City have been the underachiving younger brother.

slazev wrote:

You're telling me he hates Liverpool more than Man City? I thought that was impossible for a Man Utd fan, especially now that City is such a big player in all competitions.

Before 2008, City barely registered for Premier League era United.