WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
27%
  
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
11%
  
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
6%
  
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
35%
  
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done
21%
  



Coffee 7:25 Sat Sep 18
Saturday football
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS vs BRENTFORD (1230 ko)
Wolves put a nervy start to the campaign behind them last time out with a win at Watford. Brentford may be a different proposition. Still basking in the glow of their unlikely ascent to the top division, the Bees have been true to their word with their attacking approach. Will that be enough to take all the points at Molineux? Perhaps not, but they’ll hope to come away with something. Draw.

BURNLEY vs ARSENAL (1500)
Sean Dyche has just signed a four-year extension to his contract. But contracts these days are as disposable as a McDonald’s wrapper. His opposite number today knows that only too well; he also knows that the sword of Damocles hovers over his shiny mane by the thinnest of threads. Arsenal squeaked past lowly Norwich by the game’s solitary goal a fortnight ago and while that will have secured Arteta’s position for a few days more, it will have done little to quell the severe doubts permeating the Emirates about his future. Burnley remain in the drop zone, while that win propelled Arsa out of it. But still the home side probably go into this as favourites. It’s a funny old game, Saint. Home win.

LIVERPOOL vs CRYSTAL PALACE (1500)
Palace fans will be encouraged by the last two outings. Their team has shown courage, organisation and discipline – enough, they will hope, to get the through a tough first season under Viera. But today’s visit to Anfield is likely to be rather more of a challenge than they’re able to meet. Home win.

MANCHESTER CITY vs SOUTHAMPTON (1500)
Only the bravest Saints’ fan will expect anything from this. Damage limitation’s the order of the day. Home win.

NORWICH CITY vs WATFORD (1500)
History repeats itself, they say, and Norwich are doing their bit to demonstrate the validity of that hypothesis. Watford too, if with a tad less confidence in the outcome. First point of the season for the hosts. Draw.

ASTON VILLA vs EVERTON (1730)
It’s been a good start to the Rafa era for Everton. Villa’s season, though, is yet to get into gear. If form’s to go by, there’s little chance of that changing today. Away win.


*SUNDAY*

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs LEICESTER CITY (1400)
Brighton is the sort of club whose perennial target is survival. They’ve got the 2021/22 edition off to a good start and surprisingly sit three places and three points above today’s visitors. But not for long: the Seagulls will be outfoxed. Away win.

WEST HAM UNITED vs MANCHESTER UNITED (1400)
If, as anticipated, we’d beaten either Palace or Southampton, we’d be joint top of the table alongside today’s visitors. That’s one sign of how far we’ve progressed in the last year or two. Another is the hope, bordering on ludicrous expectation, that we should and will get something from this game. Thursday’s victory at Zagreb was like watching a well-oiled Daimler purring along the motorway. On display were confidence, ability and an almost total command of a challenge most of us didn’t really know the measure of. There was also a wealth of alternatives in both personnel and formation. It’s a luxury we’re not accustomed to. But is it all just an illusion or can we really lay the dark days of Grant, BFS and near-bankruptcy to permanent rest? Speaking of dark days in the recent memory, Man U have made an unusually good start to the season. The headlines for today’s game will be all about one player. And he’s reported to have put in a transfer request, although other reports say the Old Trafford club want to keep Jesse Lingard. Cavani is out for them, Ronaldo is probably in. Who will mark him (is that why Coufal sat out Thursday?) Antonio is out for us. Who will lead the line – Soucek and Benrahma? Bowen? Vladic? Much to contemplate, much to anticipate and, with a good dollop of fortune, perhaps also much to celebrate. Home win.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs CHELSEA (1630)
Second on goal difference at the start of the weekend, Chelsea have the manager, the money and the wherewithal to make them genuine title contenders. Spurs have the better stadium, which is all the superiority they bring to this encounter. Still, should be a good watch. Away win.


*PICK OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP*
With Derby set to enter administration and a 12-point deduction, other once-great clubs also fight for survival in the second tier. Cloughie would have had something to say about that – but then there’s little he didn’t have something to say about. Forest, bottom with just one point, travel to Huddersfield, while Hull host Sheffield Utd. It’s tight at the top, with just three points separating the top six. Leaders Fulham should beat visitors Reading with ease, and West Brom in second travel to mid-table Preston. The CHERRIES will hope to leave Cardiff with three points as Millwall do dour battle with Coventry.

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pdbis 11:45 Sun Sep 19
Re: Saturday football
Chelsea will get much better as the season goes on.

Sven Roeder 9:33 Sun Sep 19
Re: Saturday football
Watched the second half of the Chelsea game when I got home and although i believe had some of the first half .... the second was utterly embarrassing.
Chelsea were like men against boys and eviscerated them.
As the Sky panel said 6 or 7 wouldnt have flattered them and Spurs basically gave up and were going through the motions.
Roy Keane right to call out Kane. No effort, no fight and disinterested. A complete disgrace.

The top 4 is settled (sorry, Brighton) already and have said before that those teams will move further away from the rest.
Chelsea .... as long as Lukaku stays fit .... are definite title winning prospects plus retaining the Champions league.
With Tuchel instead of Lampard they are twice the team.
Such a shame that Fat Frank wasnt retained.

irisiris95 8:48 Sun Sep 19
Re: Saturday football
Chelski look pretty good.
I think it will be tough to get past the foursome of Liverpool, Man C, Manure, Chelski this year with our threadbare squad.

Will be tight between us , Neverton, Spuds ....and Brighton :P

stewie griffin 8:22 Sun Sep 19
Re: Saturday football
I assume Kane was TIRED again?

kylay 8:15 Sun Sep 19
Re: Saturday football
See if we had given a gutless performance the way Spurs are currently, I'd have been a lot more disappointed.

When did dele Alli become homeless?

The Stoat 4:57 Sun Sep 19
Re: Saturday football
Brighton 2nd as things stand

Westham67 3:12 Sun Sep 19
Re: Saturday football
I got every other result wrong but the ONLY one to get the City DRAW

Mad Dog 9:06 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
The Swansea player shouldn't have kicked it away as he was about to take the kick.

Swansea players being cunts again.

But should have been a red really.

Irish Hammer 8:51 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
https://twitter.com/footballjoe/status/1439264650353328131?s=21

Never touched him ref

charleyfarley 8:37 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Thanks Coffee

yngwies Cat 8:30 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Went to to Wolves today with Brentford. Great result for the bees and a fuckin good laugh.

the exile 6:38 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
City struggling to score against Southampton. Not such a bad result last week after all, maybe.

Manuel 4:50 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
I think Wolves are going to be another example of how difficult it is to replace a good manager.

Would love to see Burnley beat the Arse.

Percy Dalton 4:40 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Wolves look relegation candidates on that performance.
Jiminez is completely out of sorts and no wonder after that horrific injury.

Norflundon 4:12 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Never really watched much of Ivan Toni before but he has been absolutely different class in this game whether they win it or not best player on the pitch by a country mile some of his hold up play has been sublime

gph 3:49 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Thanks, Coffee

⚒️ 3:41 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Thanks Coffee

Sven Roeder 3:21 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Think when they'd lost their early games Wolves had had the most shots in the league.
Being so PORTUGUESE they will suffer with this new referee edict not to give free kicks when players throw themselves over every 5 mins.

Can understand Cech wearing a helmet as a keeper but not sure a centre forward whose strength is heading like Jiminez should be allowed to do the same. Play without it or retire.

ted fenton 3:21 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Wolves 0 Brentford 2 H/T

Block 3:07 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Tony could have had a hat trick.

Wolves relegation candidates.

Coffee 3:06 Sat Sep 18
Re: Saturday football
Brentford two up! Blimey.

They'll go above us if this continues. Upstarts.

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