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TFF chit chat 15th, 16th and 17th September

Post by morganb » 14 Sep 2018, 10:02

SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

Tottenham 12:30 Liverpool

Saturday's early fixture is probably the weekend's biggest match featuring two of the top 5. Tottenham are coming into this game off of the back of a surprise defeat to Watford and Harry is showing signs of fatigue already. Alli (sprained fingers) and Lloris (hangover) are out. Liverpool are flying high but this will be a real test of their title credentials. It feels like Salah hasn't hit top form yet.

Bournemouth 15:00 Leicester

The first of the 3 o'clocks sees Bournemouth welcome the Foxes to the Vitality. Wilson is in good form at the moment but there are rumours that Fraser could be injured. Leicester's Maddison is one to keep an eye on, especially now Jamie Vardy is back from suspension.

Chelsea 15:00 Cardiff

The unbeaten Blues host the low-scoring Bluebirds at Stamford Bridge. Hazard has recently discovered a true vein of form but Morata is still struggling for goals. Cardiff put in a plucky performance against Arsenal last time out but have yet to record a Premier League win.

Huddersfield 15:00 Crystal Palace

At the Kirklees, Palace are the visitors. It sounds like the Eagles talisman, Zaha, could be missing for this clash (though he's back in training) and Palace don't win without him. Huddersfield are suffering from a bout of second season syndrome and could do with a result today.

Man City 15:00 Fulham

Fulham are on their way to Manchester to take on the reigning Champions Man City. There are a number of quality players in the Fulham side but Man City will probably have too much class for them today. Pep has been prone to a bit of rotation so far this season so be careful who you pick from City.

Newcastle 15:00 Arsenal

The Magpies versus the Gunners next. Newcastle are currently in the bottom three whilst Arsenal are sat comfortably in mid-table. Arsenal haven't kept a cleansheet yet this season so there might be hope for Newcastle today. Rafa is quoted as saying that Newcastle are simply seeking League survival, aimng to defend in numbers then hit on the counter.

Watford 17:30 Man Utd

Saturday's late match features a top of the table team up against a side who could be battling against relegation this season. High flying Watford are this year's surprise package so far, even defeating Spurs last time out. United are bang average with the spotlight shared between Pogba and Mourinho.

SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

Wolves 13:30 Burnley

Sunday's early game sees last season's Championship Champions, Wolves, take on Burnley at Molineux. Burnley are another side lodged in the bottom three whereas Wolves are just below Utd and Arsenal in the middle of the table. Expect the Clarets to perform better now they are out of the Europa League. Wolves are showing enough quality to be a Prem team for a while.

Everton 16:00 West Ham

Sunday's late match has win-less West Ham taking on Richarlison-less Everton. Walcott is an injury concern for the Toffees while goals are a concern for the Hammers. Could be another frustrating day for the Londoners. No bad boy Richarlison this week, which is a shame as he was on tip-top form for Brazil recently.

MONDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

Southampton 20:00 Brighton

And finally, from Southampton it's the derby of the week! Down on the South Coast both teams featured in this fixture are level on points with each other. The match could be seen as a battle of the strikers with an in-form Murray versus an in-form Ings. Nil-Nil then!

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Re: TFF chit chat 15th, 16th and 17th September

Post by theo29 » 14 Sep 2018, 10:59

thanks to morganb for his preview of week 6, the start of month 2. My view of the 10 games is X 2 ! X 1 1 X 1 1 X. What is his ? I like his reason for Lloris being a non starter, a little different to a thigh injury from the Man U game but there will be some transfers used because of it. His team in my Tff La Dolce Vita league is DARK (private) so no way of discovering how it affects him personally. It is possible that he may tell us...... but perhaps not. It's a good read as we return to action.

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Post by murf » 14 Sep 2018, 13:01

I've started a thread so we can all try and win the VIP Chairmen League-

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Simple logic is that we all start a league with a team we hope will do well, advertise the codes and stick teams in each others leagues so they get enough entries to be legal (10 teams needed in each - chairman+9)

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Post by Mins » 14 Sep 2018, 14:34

Doesn't sound so simple to me, but good luck...

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Post by Mystery » 14 Sep 2018, 18:47

I can return from my two weeks away from football now, suitably refreshed after having spent much of that time drinking and sunning myself. All the best all

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Post by DelR » 14 Sep 2018, 20:32

I'm hoping Zaha will be back in action very shortly, can't afford him to be injured. I notice Klopp has said there will be some squad roatation with all the games they have coming up, doubt it would be a weaker team against Tottenham.

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Post by Thomarse » 15 Sep 2018, 07:06

Anyone else notice that a lot of teams have 2 - 0 over spurs or a 3 - 1? Only for the brave ... But not like Kane has been on top, top form ...

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Post by happyhoppy » 15 Sep 2018, 08:52

DelR wrote:I'm hoping Zaha will be back in action very shortly, can't afford him to be injured. I notice Klopp has said there will be some squad roatation with all the games they have coming up, doubt it would be a weaker team against Tottenham.

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Post by Mins » 15 Sep 2018, 10:35

We've gone from one game a week for the top teams before the international break to two every week for the next month, so there will be tonnes of rotation going on in all the teams. It's going to be a time for holding your nerve when your guy does get a rest over this period.

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Post by murf » 15 Sep 2018, 11:03

Mins wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 10:35
We've gone from one game a week for the top teams before the international break to two every week for the next month, so there will be tonnes of rotation going on in all the teams. It's going to be a time for holding your nerve when your guy does get a rest over this period.
The stability of teams has been because of that rare lack of midweek games (usually an early PL set or 2), hence just one change in 4 games for Liverpool. This time last year Klopp was changing keeper and RB between league and CL. If it affects you then you just need to hope your guy is in the 'Premier league side' and not the CL one - and that isn't a good medium term sign!

I might want to wait 25 minutes before saying it but I can see TAA being rested, Matip at CB with Gomez to RB - or Clyne could come in. Moreno also could play at LB as Robertson had 2 internationals. Midfield tweaks too. Maybe not Fabinho today (after internationals) but soon. Klopp likes to pick players who had an international break (Moreno, Milner etc).

All other 'big' clubs will have similar issues so you mostly have to just ride it out or find someone less prone.

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Post by Thomarse » 15 Sep 2018, 11:31

#THFC: Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Winks, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane (C).

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Post by murf » 15 Sep 2018, 11:33

All that rotation talk and Liverpool make just one change - reversing the match 4 tweak to go back to the week 1-3 team! (Keita in for Henderson, Fabinho on bench)

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno, Shaqiri, Matip.

Spurs Substitutes
12Victor Wanyama
7Son Heung-Min
11Erik Lamela
24Serge Aurier
33Ben Davies
6Davinson Sánchez
22Paulo Gazzaniga

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Post by Darbyand » 15 Sep 2018, 12:24

Rose staying and staying fit a bit of a pisser for Davies holders. 2 out of 5 for Rose, is Davies in the CL team?

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Post by SamD » 15 Sep 2018, 12:39

The stability of teams has been because of that rare lack of midweek games (usually an early PL set or 2), hence just one change in 4 games for Liverpool.
Fake news?! There has been no midweek PL round of matches in first few months of season for almost a decade: last was in 2009.

Also, using Liverpool as an example of early season programme may be misleading. Although they were in Champions League play-off during first two midweeks last season, the fourth English club no longer needs to pre-qualify (as UEFA provides four places in group stage to each of four nations automatically).

Again, as an isolated example, Burnley's fixture list hardly shows "that rare lack of midweek games":
- last season, their only midweek tie in first five weeks was for League Cup
- this year, they were in six Europa play-offs on a Thursday by the end of August.

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Post by happyhoppy » 15 Sep 2018, 13:42

The inevitable Firmino goal.

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Post by jjmatadormc » 15 Sep 2018, 14:08

Putting in Aguero for Kane as standard but got to think he might get a rest next week if he plays in the UCL.

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Post by happyhoppy » 15 Sep 2018, 14:08

No Mendy in the squad
Zaha back.

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Post by buttonphobic » 15 Sep 2018, 14:13

happyhoppy wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 14:08
No Mendy in the squad Image
Zaha back.
Anyone heard anything re Mendy?

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Post by Spinynorman » 15 Sep 2018, 14:20

Of course I've got Lamela in all of my teams. :roll:

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Post by happyhoppy » 15 Sep 2018, 14:27

Liverpool blocks taking a hit there at the end.

Hadn’t realised Coleman was injured, guess Lukey is the obvious replacement and releases bit of cash.

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Post by Midlander » 15 Sep 2018, 14:27

What's the issue with Mendy then? Just rested?

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Post by happyhoppy » 15 Sep 2018, 14:31

Midlander wrote:What's the issue with Mendy then? Just rested?

Found this on Twitter Image

Mendy could miss out today. Not seen at training and supposedly seen at a bar last night.

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Post by SPR » 15 Sep 2018, 14:37

I don't think I can resist Mendy :arrow: Alonso

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Post by murf » 15 Sep 2018, 14:38

happyhoppy wrote:
Midlander wrote:What's the issue with Mendy then? Just rested?

Found this on Twitter Image

Mendy could miss out today. Not seen at training and supposedly seen at a bar last night.
Got about 20 minutes for City to confirm they are suspending him for sufficient time to make it worth me switching him to Alonso!!

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Post by Spinynorman » 15 Sep 2018, 14:39

murf wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 14:38
happyhoppy wrote:
Midlander wrote:What's the issue with Mendy then? Just rested?

Found this on Twitter Image

Mendy could miss out today. Not seen at training and supposedly seen at a bar last night.
Got about 20 minutes for City to confirm they are suspending him for sufficient time to make it worth me switching him to Alonso!!


I've already done where I can but often 0.1 short. :roll:

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Post by SPR » 15 Sep 2018, 15:25

Cardiff leading Chelsea :roll:

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Post by Midlander » 15 Sep 2018, 15:26

Chelsea cleanie gone. Bamba.

Fraser (King)

Sane (Fernandinho)
David Silva (Maybe Aguero & Bilva, deflection may negate them)

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Post by happyhoppy » 15 Sep 2018, 15:27

SPR wrote:I don't think I can resist Mendy :arrow: Alonso
I resisted this. So far so good.

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Post by Midlander » 15 Sep 2018, 15:42

Hazard (Giroud)
Fraser (Wilson)
King penalty

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Post by happyhoppy » 15 Sep 2018, 15:46

Wow I’m having a mare today. No Hazards. On top of everything else.

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