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
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Coffee 7:22 Sat Sep 11
Saturday football
Today marks a sad anniversary. Nineteen years ago, midway through the first half of a dour midweek game at Upton Park, Jason Roberts of West Brom connected with a through ball on the halfway line. Presented with the freedom of our half, he sprinted past Repka, Breen and Winterburn – admittedly, not an achievement to add laurels to posterity – before slotting the ball past a helpless David James. It was to be the only goal of the night, and not even the combined talents of Sinclair, di Canio, Carrick, Cole and Sinclair could fashion a reply. Today, we find ourselves in the best position in a middle-aged person’s memory, not just in league position but for squad quality, feel-good factor and the general sense of expectant optimism emanating from the club. Like my dreams.

Palace got their first point – and goals – of the season last time out. They deserved both. Will that have given Patrick Viera’s side the confidence to really take the game to the league leaders? Hope may spring eternal, but it doesn’t always tally with reality. Away win.

In normal, non-Covid times, predicting the result of this would be a doddle. Not so today, as the bottom two teams meet. It’s hard to see Arteta making a success of the Arsenal gig, and many Gooners will hope that the sooner he is relieved of his responsibility, the better for all concerned. But that doesn’t help to see the outcome of this one with even a smidgeon of clarity. Norwich will sniff opportunity, but can they cut the mustard? Draw.

Both sides will be delighted with their starts to the season, having amassed a combined eleven points from their opening games. Brentford, many people’s favourites for the drop, have thus far made good on their promise of attacking football. Can it reap further dividends today? Home win.

Both sides have six points from their opening three games. The Mancs are stronger in every department, but will expect the Foxes to give them a game. Blue moon rising. Away win.

If you enjoy counting TV cameras, there’ll be no better place for it today than Old Trafford. All eyes will be on you-know-who in the main arena as next door remains sadly empty, a victim of Covid (IPL variant). No Brucie bonuses on offer today, not a chance. Still, the highlights should be entertaining enough. Home win.

The Saints are nothing if not determined. They’re probably better than their early record suggests and will look for a point or more today. We have two or more new signings to fit in. One at least is likely to start – Zouma in defence. All West Ham eyes will be on Nikola Vlasic, looking for early signs of what he can offer our attack. Will Moyes start him or play safe and bring him on as a late sub? Then there’s the David Luiz double who joins his Czech mates to add steel, one hopes, to defensive midfield. Pablo Fornals marked his first start for Spain in midweek with a goal to add to those he’s already bagged for his club. Can he add to his tally today? Genuine goal threats for us: Antonio, Benrahma, Fornals, Bowen, Soucek. It’s been a while since the ranks were so bloated with firepower. Away win.

Wolves are still pointless and will want to change that state of affairs pronto. Uninspiring Watford have a win under their belt. Could be valuable come May. Draw.

Without Kurt Zouma, Chelsea may be fragile in defence. In the real world, this should be utterly routine. Home win.


If there’s going to be just the one game this afternoon, this fixture fits the bill. You’re never quite sure what you’re going get with Leeds. Will it be the exciting, attacking play they’ve shown themselves capable of, or their leaky, disorganised alter ego? There should be a good atmosphere, even if the game is without a few Brazilians. Away win.


Rafa’s Toffees have made a good start. Burnley haven’t and may be looking at a painfully long season ahead. The neutral may be looking at a painfully long ninety minutes. Home win.

Meanwhile, the second tier is taking shape. Leaders Fulham travel to lowly Blackpool this afternoon, while second-placed West Brom entertain Millwall. Sheffield United have amassed just two points from their five games to date and sit one place above bottom side Notts Forest.

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Lee Trundle 11:31 Mon Sep 13
Re: Saturday football
The officials in this game have been absolutely dreadful for Burnley.

Sven Roeder 11:29 Mon Sep 13
Re: Saturday football
Everton fans might stop whining about Benitez now
Mad 7 minutes for Burnley

Sven Roeder 10:35 Mon Sep 13
Re: Saturday football
As said the Leeds player making a genuine attempt to win the ball and in no way endangering an opponent by reckless play.
Was just an UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT which happened as part of the game.
Not even a yellow for me

I recall SON got his red overturned when he got angry at GOMES of Everton and chased him down and put his studs in his achilles which caused a terrible injury.

Burnley dominating the first half hour v Everton.
Everton look clueless without DCL & lucky not to be a couple of goals down ..... Wood had a heading chance from 2 yds and chickened out when he saw Pickford coming (KIWI KOWARD).
Everton crowd very quiet.
McNeil still looks far too good a player to still be at Burnley.

Lily Hammer 10:39 Mon Sep 13
Re: Saturday football
Sold, I hope he can get back to his level, because even though I love to stuff Liverpool and wish defeat on them, most games, I wouldn’t wish career enders on anyone, and he has really impressed me for someone so young.

My fear for him is that once joints have dislocated once, the second time is easier, third time even easier. I think of Winston and Bryan Robson’s shoulders. Ankles, for top level footballers, must be under so much strain in the best of condition.

fraser 9:13 Mon Sep 13
Re: Saturday football
I dislocated my ankle and broke in 3 places too, was a tad uncomfortable.

Was at a very funny angle too, the Mrs didn't have to cover her eyes though.. Modern footballers are so gay

Northern Sold 2:47 Mon Sep 13
Re: Saturday football
Lily... I dislocated my knee twice playing football (first time managed to put it back in myself.... foot was at 20;past...stupidly tried to play on before ligaments started screaming)... back after 3 or 4 weeks... far from career ending... no dislocations are career ending

Lily Hammer 9:53 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
He’s Norwegian, fraser, and also follows Mansfield, so not altogether intolerable.

fraser 9:37 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Lily - That's sickening, I mean fancy having a Liverpool mate...

Lily Hammer 9:36 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Just this second got a text from a Liverpool mate who says it was his ankle, dislocated, and the medics got it back in place, but there’s bound to be bad ligament damage. Still potential career ender.

Lily Hammer 9:33 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Leeds should appeal the red. Not a foul, just really unlucky for the lad. Horrific injury. I thought it was his knee bent the wrong way, which would have been the end of his career, but on a second viewing it looked like his broken his leg between the knee and ankle, which he has a good chance of recovering from.

goose 8:47 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Post update
Leeds 0-3 Liverpool

The Athletic
The Premier League have clarified to The Athletic that Leeds defender Pascal Strujik was sent off due to “the intensity and endangerment of Harvey Elliott”.

What a load of old cunt.

Pedro 8:22 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Weak ref

Klopp should have been shown red for entering the field of play

collyrob 8:22 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Fuck sake

Kaiser Zoso 8:21 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
The Ox looks finished. Hope no one links us with him any more.

collyrob 8:18 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Never a red card. That klopp cunt moaning as usual.

Mane has gone to the dogs as well hasn’t he.

Pedro 8:15 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Ref didn’t even give a foul.

How can he then send off? Apparently “was always going to show a red and var checking that was correct!” That’s a joke

Ref didn’t even look at screen

twoleftfeet 8:12 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Klopp got him sent off.

twoleftfeet 8:11 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Never a red, debatable it was even a foul.

ray winstone 8:09 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Seen the tackle on Twitter, fair challenge just an unfortunate tangle of legs. Never a red.

LeroysBoots 8:05 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
See Billy Horschel won the PGA with his West Ham bag !?!

goose 8:04 Sun Sep 12
Re: Saturday football
Looks like a bad injury for Elliott but it never looked like a red card.

They wont show any replays but at first look it was just a normal tackle - not sure it was even a free kick.

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