EPL 2013/14 - The English Premier League Thread

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The composure Kolo Toure shows in that defence. It's unbelievable. What a player he is.
 

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How is he performing these days? He was absolutely excellent for Inter, I have no idea what he's able to do now.

It'll be very interesting though, always liked him as a player.
 

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How is he performing these days? He was absolutely excellent for Inter, I have no idea what he's able to do now.

It'll be very interesting though, always liked him as a player.
According to the stats 36 goals in 71 games in Russia, about the same as in Inter.

If only Torres could return to 3/4 his former self Chelsea would be unbeatable!

Lets not forget Willian!

 

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According to the stats 36 goals in 71 games in Russia, about the same as in Inter.
Eto'o free transfer, one year contract, that's interesting. :think:

If only Torres could return to 3/4 his former self Chelsea would be unbeatable!
If Only! I remmember him first at the 2006 World Cup, he was amazing!

Latest football transfers - August 2013 - BBC Sport

The Gunners have got Flamini back again, free transfer. And there's still some talk that Cabaye will leave Newcastle, well maybe. :lol:
 

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Chelsea and Tottenham have both had a very good transfer window.

Arsenal seems to be grasping for straws a bit by now. :b
 

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It's looked like that for a very long time now :p

Tottenham have made great purchases, I really think they're coming out strengthened of this transfer window, Bale or no Bale.

Also, Liverpool are doing very well against United right now.
 

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Saturday 31st August 2013

Man City 2-0 Hull
Cardiff 0-0 Everton
Newcastle 1-0 Fulham
Norwich 1-0 Southampton

West Ham 0-1 Stoke
Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland

Sunday 1st September 2013

Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd
West Brom 0-2 Swansea
Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham

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First points & wins for Newcastle and Palace, a bit of a relief for them. Not great games, but who cares!

Paolo Di Canio of Sunderland, annoyed at the performance and loss, criticised two of his players in the post-match interview (O'Shea & Ji Dong-Won) and had a general moan about the upcomming "international break" for the WC qualifiers. Some players were dicussing flights rather than concentrating on the game ahead. Interesting change from the normal predictable line of "manager speak", a bit outspoken TBH.

Man U a little off their best, Liverpool just deserved the win, but the game got a little bit bad-tempered at times. Passions of the old rivalry.
Best Liverpool start to a season for 19 years, apparently.

Arsenal also deserved the win against Spurs, who are still a bit disorganised with the new players and the Bale media noise, now resolved. The Gunners defence played much better than of late and Spurs will improve in a few weeks/months.

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Arsenal also deserved the win against Spurs, who are still a bit disorganised with the new players and the Bale media noise, now resolved. The Gunners defence played much better than of late and Spurs will improve in a few weeks/months.

:smile:
I watched that game, supporting Spurs (they seem as good as any to support and I like their colours). Liked what I saw from the midfield, although the defence got carved open once or twice. Townsend needs to learn to pass the ball rather than shoot every half chance he gets, maybe. Then he fell off a cliff in the last five minutes, looked totally buggered. A loss against Arsenal wasnt unexpected, there was enough about them to be encouraged for the rest of the season.
 

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I hope Eriksen steps up for Tottenham. He's got the potential to be a profile.

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I didn't see it, unfortunately, but apparently Eriksen had a very impressive debut! :D
 
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Saturday 14th September 2013

Man Utd 2-0 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle
Fulham 1-1 West Brom
Hull 1-1 Cardiff

Stoke 0-0 Man City
Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal
Tottenham 2-0 Norwich
Everton 1-0 Chelsea

Spurs & Christian Eriksen first. He was great and Spurs fans should be pleased with the new signing and the team looked more organised, but Norwish were pretty poor to be fair.

As for Ozil next, well how good was he? Looked like he had played for the Gunners for years, great debut and win. Arsenal went to sleep a bit at the start of the 2nd half and Sunderland were a bit unlucky when Altidore had a "good" goal chalked-off, due to a rick by the Referee.

Man U win again playing in first gear! Of such things, champions are made. Ashley Young, what's with all the diving, FFS? :rolleyes:

Very nice win for Everton and Martinez. A reminder to his "Special-one-ness" that that it's not just the top teams who can beat you.

Stoke should have won against Man C, who were pretty awful below form. This was probably due to a lack of leadership from Kompany and creativity from David Silva, who were both injured and unavailable.

Sunday 15th September 2013

Southampton 0-0 West Ham

The Saints should have won this one and played some nice football.
The Hammer's GK, Jussi Jaaskelainen had a great performance and was MotM.
But, a good away point for the Hammers who move into 10th place, which will please "Big Sam".

.. oh and, Liverpool are at the Swans, for a Monday evening game.

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Monday 16th September 2013

Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

Nervous. Swansea is going to be really tough because they have a fire lit under their butts at the moment. They need a win, badly.
That's a pretty good result for both teams and Liverpool are back on top of the League.

So, you should be happy with that. :p


EDIT:
(Didn't see the highlights yet.)

Ex-Liverpool Jonjo Shelvey scored first for Swansea and then had three "assists" for all the remaining goals.

Two for Liverpool, then the equaliser for Swansea! :lol:
A very unusual night's work for Jonjo.
 
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Saturday 21st September 2013

Norwich 0-1 Aston Villa
Liverpool 0-1 Southampton
Newcastle 2-3 Hull
West Brom 3-0 Sunderland

West Ham 2-3 Everton
Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

A poor performance and result for Liverpool, but the Saints were good value for the win. The absence of Coutinho and playing with four centre backs probably didn't help either.

On the other side of Liverpool, Leighton Bains scored two excellent free kicks for Everton and enable them to get a good away win and be the only remianing unbeaten EPL team.

Newcastle's loss to Hull was a bit of a surprise, they seem a little inconsistant.

Anyone know what Di Canio was trying to achieve at the end of the WBA match?

Sunday 22nd September 2013

Arsenal 3-1 Stoke
Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea

To play:
Cardiff vs. Tottenham
Man C vs. Man U
 

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What a walkover by Man City on United... it's like they were playing alone for the first 70 minutes.
 

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Sunday 22nd September 2013

Cardiff 0-1 Tottenham
Man City 4-1 Man Utd


What a walkover by Man City on United... it's like they were playing alone for the first 70 minutes.
Yeah, that just about sums it up. Man C wanted the win more and were first at everything for the first 50 or so minutes.

Spurs got the deserved winnner in the last minute of time, Cardiff worked hard but would have been lucky to just get a draw.

Swansea just had too much class for Palace and had a comfortable win. Palace are struggling at this level.

And Arsenal go top of the EPL after a good win against Stoke, who are changing their playing style under Mark Hughes. They didn't really challenge the Gunners defence much, which was busy up the other end scoring two of the three goals. :rolleyes:

Football Trivia / History:

The Manchester derby game was the 166th in the history of the clubs.
Arsenal celebrated 100 years of the move from south London, where they were originally called Woolwich Arsenal, the club team of the guns & arms manufacturer of the British government.

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Anyone know what Di Canio was trying to achieve at the end of the WBA match?
Ah, righto. He was organising the next stage of being SACKED by Sunderland.

Sunderland sack head coach after 13 games - BBC Sport

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Saturday 28th September 2013

Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
Aston Villa 3-2 Man City
Fulham 1-2 Cardiff
Hull 1-0 West Ham

Man Utd 1-2 West Brom
Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace
Swansea 1-2 Arsenal

Early days in the EPL for both Manchester clubs, nothing to worry about yet, I think. Steve Clarke had set up WBA very well and they went to Old Trafford with a game plan to win, which they did! Man C did better and were perhaps a little unlucky not to get at least a point.

Very nice performances from the Staints and the Gunners for their wins. Arsenal were playing exhibition style attacking at time, but still are a bit flaky at the back.

Spurs vs Chelsea was a good, lively game with a fair result, a bit bouncy at times but not too bad. Torres' second yellow, I don't think so and he played well again.

Fulham, ugh! Martin Jol has some problems there, for sure.

Sunday 29th September 2013

Stoke 0-1 Norwich
Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool looked very good again and Sunderland played very well too, despite the result. Two for Suarez who looked very sharp and teamed well with Strurridge.

Norwich desreved a win in a poor game with Stoke only having one goal attempt, which is pretty bad for any home team.
 
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