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Saturday football
North London plates up the hors d’oeuvres to the weekend’s Premier League action. It should be a tasty Latin dish of top versus third with just a point between them. You can picture the expression of anger and injustice in the losing manager – both have honed that look to perfection. For the neutral, a good start the day, you’d hope. Home win.

For all their woes, the Cherries remain in approximate mid-table position, a single point behind their visitors. Both sides, on their day, are capable of pulling off a win and it’s hard to differentiate between them. Draw.

A customarily modest start to the season for the hosts and, by their own standards, for the visitors too. Viera’s Palace should give their guests a proper game, but it would be a surprise if Chelsea, with the benefit of a fortnight under Drill-Sergeant Potter, don’t take all the points. Away win.

For all their relegation favouritism, Fulham have shown that they should not be underestimated. They’re in sixth place, dontcha know? A full three points ahead of the Barcodes, who haven’t yet got their season going and who should be higher than they are. Is today the day when it starts in earnest? A monochrome battle in store. Away win.

How long will Brighton keep shining with Potter gloss? Their present fourth place suggests it has some life in it yet. Liverpool, on the other hand, have some catching up to do. But as the old saying doesn’t go, a wounded Pool is a dangerous Pool. Home win.

The day’s other Scouse versus south coast game sees Everton buoyed by their first win of the season last time out. The Saints are an unpredictable lot, going down with a whimper one day and pulling the rabbit out of the hat against expectations the next. It could be their day, and they’ll certainly fancy it. Home win.

Timeo. Latin for ‘I fear’. The OS describes both sides as having made a slow start to the season. Other descriptions are available. But it’s true that both have managed six goals between them in fourteen outings. Which is piss poor and makes this arguably the least appealing game of the day. Still, there’s a brave (or plain stupid) TV scheduler who’s decided to put this on live for the benefit of insomniacs in Asia and beyond. The Latin duo of Scamacca and Paqueta must start, along with Cornet. There are contenders aplenty to warm the bench in their places. Wolves are tough to break down – they’ve conceded an average of just one goal a game (the same as leaders Arsenal) – and we simply cannot afford to offer them the freedom of the London Stadium. Yet: timeo – for another dodgy starting selection, for inappropriate substitutions, for players’ confidence on the wane, and for the effect of an increasingly exasperated crowd. We’ve all seen where that leads. But despite it all, do we – can we – dare hope for a belated, winning classic to warm the cockles of claret and blue hearts? Non on vestra nelly. Also Latin, of a kind. Draw, probably goalless.


Ten Hag seems to be getting something right at Old Trafford, albeit slowly, but this will likely be his sternest test to date. City will be just too good for his side, though he will hope to leave the Etihad with some pride intact. Home win.

You feel that Gerrard is now on borrowed time at Villa, despite a win last time. Leeds are similarly inconsistent although they come into this on the back of two defeats and a draw in their last three. A Tough one to call, which makes the fence the most inviting place on which to park a prediction. Draw.


The bottom two face each other. If there’s anything to encourage either side, it is the number of goals they’ve conceded: a whopping 39 between them in a combined 14 games. Other than that, the Foxes come into this on the back of six straight defeats (ouch) and Forest on four defeats. The fence beckons once more in what promises to be an intriguing, nervous and hard-fought midlands derby. Draw.


As October ushers in winter’s climatic pleasures, Sheffield United top this most dogged division sensing a delayed return to the place they left with such rancour in 2007. Lord Griffith would cheering in his grave. They host lowly Birmingham this afternoon, while tweeting up their backsides the Canaries visit still lowlier Blackpool. In the congested mid-table, Watford now under the command of Slaven Bilic, who will be renting rather than buying, have a tricky visit to Stoke in Sunday’s only game, but will know that a win could propel them into the top six. In the lower latitudes, the hapless Coventry maintain their steadfast claim to bottom spot as they host third-from-bottom Middlesboro. But just three points separate 11th position from the relegation zone, so pretty much anything can change rapidly with each passing weekend. Don’t keep your eyes off the Championship.

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Manuel 7:51 Tue Oct 4
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They won't win again until they play us.

Takashi Miike 1:01 Tue Oct 4
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in footballing terms, forest sounds like a nightmare job with that greek mr creosote cunt signing players the manager doesn't want, and his arsehole son interfering too

lowlife 12:28 Tue Oct 4
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Agreed - fucking hate the ‘professional’ foul. Just a scummy move by players that are often woeful/off the pace.

only1billybonds 11:55 Mon Oct 3
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Thought that was worthy of a red,the geezer had no interest in playing the ball.

Vexed 11:47 Mon Oct 3
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If Forest's cum faced manager is still employed tomorrow I'll be shocked. They're terrible. Lingard epitomises their uselessness, what an absolute bullet dodged he is.

ironsofcanada 11:37 Mon Oct 3
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Sven Roeder 11:09 Mon Oct 3

Lingard was worse, I agree. Now gone.

I wonder if Cooper played Championship Manager with this team or it was thrust upon him.

Side of Ham 11:21 Mon Oct 3
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The original Forest team that got the promotion tonked these at home last season in the FA Cup….no luck needed at all…..

ironsofcanada 11:20 Mon Oct 3
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Johnson with a proper touch of a ....there.

Sven Roeder 11:09 Mon Oct 3
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Kouyate hooked at half time
Has a yellow but hasnt been the worst

Sir Alf 11:08 Mon Oct 3
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That Forest defeat is hard to understand but those games come along for every team from time to time. We were disjointed and sluggish on the day IIRC but were still far superior in terms of chances created and should have won. But it just would not go in. Missing a penalty, hitting the woodwork 3 times, goal line clearances, their player avoiding a sending off for deliberately stopping a goal kind shot with his hand.

I remember a similar game in our favour when we beat Burnley at home. They hit the post 3 times maybe more, missed chances galore and bossed the game but we won. Post got MOTD as a joke :-)

goose 11:01 Mon Oct 3
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Forest are shit.
How the fuck did we lose to them?

Sir Alf 10:58 Mon Oct 3
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I still suspect Bournemouth will be in that bottom 3 end of season. Hard to know who else might be involved. Just hope we are nowhere near it longer term but lot of work and progress still required.

Forest looked certainties at this point though.

twoleftfeet 10:54 Mon Oct 3
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Cooper sacked tomorrow and unveiled as Middlesboro manager by Thursday.

zebthecat 10:53 Mon Oct 3
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Forest look doomed sadly.

Sven Roeder 10:48 Mon Oct 3
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4-1 against Forest would have been a fair reflection
Freak deflection against, missed pen, hit the cross bar twice, balls kicked off the line & goal disallowed
Plus the defender who handled should have gone off

The way they are playing that might be the only game Forest win
Bloke with the flappy eyelids might be getting his P45 tonight

Sir Alf 10:47 Mon Oct 3
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Lombard wanting too much time and space. Anonymous like he was last 6 or 7 games for us.

Hopefully Leicester get 6 or 7

paulon 10:43 Mon Oct 3
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The state of Forest fans bigging themselves up pre season as a returning giant when they signed LOMBARD

No more relevant than Watford these days

only1billybonds 10:42 Mon Oct 3
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Cracking 3rd goal. How the fuck did we lose to Forest?

LeroysBoots 10:42 Mon Oct 3
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Madison is quality

How the hell did we lose to Forest ?, They are utter garbage

Sven Roeder 10:40 Mon Oct 3
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Made a complete mess of that basic clearance to give the ball to Maddison.
Comfortably 2-0 , could have been more.
And now it is. Suspect Newcastle will keep coming back with more & more money for Maddison

If we'd signed Lingard I doubt we'd have gone for Paqueta.

Texas Iron 10:39 Mon Oct 3
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Missed nothing…

Lingard is crap…

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