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Q: 2022 Summer Transfer Window - How many 1st team players will we sign before August 6th
a. None as Sullivan will wait until the last week before he gets his scattergun out the cupboard
24%
  
b. A couple of freebies paraded as superstars, usual hype to follow
25%
  
c. I'm more optimistic as surely they know we need to strengthen, 3-4 with decent money spent.
48%
  
d. Who gives a toss as we have a great squad already, I've already ordered the new replica kit, socks and all and can't wait to wear it at our first game, down the pub of course, I bleed claret & blue
3%
  



The Mercernary 6:13 Fri Feb 11
The Race for Europe - February
Thought it might be worth having a monthly thread on the race for Europe.

Table:
4th West Ham; played 24; GD +11; Pts 40
5th Arsenal; plyd 22; GD +9; Pts 39
6th Man Utd; plyd 23; GD +6; Pts 39
7th Tottenham; plyd 21; GD +1; Pts 36
8th Wolves; plyd 22; GD +2; Pts 34
9th Brighton; plyd 22; GD 0; Pts 30
10th Soton; plyd 23 GD -7; Pts 28

Fixtures:

West Ham

Leicester away
Newcastle home
Wolves home

Arsenal

Brentford home
Wolves home

Man Utd

Soton home
Brighton home
Leeds away
Watford home

Spurs

Wolves home
Man City away
Burnley away
Leeds away

Wolves

Spurs away
Leicester home
Arsenal away
West Ham away

Brighton

Watford away
Man Utd away
Burnley home
Villa home

Soton

Man Utd away
Everton home
Norwich home

Sorry if it's a lot to take in but I thought it was a critical month. Not sure when Arsenal are going to fit in all of their fixtures as they were due to play Chelsea and Liverpool this month but those games have been postponed.

Wolves are clearly going to have a massive say in the race this month and could be right up there. Spurs have a run of 3 away games that will hopefully see them falter.

As for us... who knows!!

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pdbis 9:54 Thu Feb 24
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Arsenal are going to finish above us whatever the result tonight so a win for them would be best to stop Wolves getting closer. Hard to see us qualifying for Europe the way we are playing at the moment. Some people seem to think we will suddenly start playing well when Europa starts again, I'm not she we will.

Manuel 9:31 Thu Feb 24
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Fwiw, our target now should be 6th, anyone still dreaming about 4th needs sectioning. So, I think the 2 teams we should be looking to finish above is Spurs and Wolves, so therefore want them to lose all their games. But here's an idea, how about our rabble win a game of football, or even pass the ball to each other for a start?

Fortunes Hiding 9:04 Thu Feb 24
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Arsenal are 5-4 to finish on top four and Wolves are 20-1, we are 19-1.

I think a draw, best result for us, as there is a point lost overall

Mex Martillo 8:34 Thu Feb 24
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Good result last night for us, Burnley beating Spurs.
Important game tonight, Arsenal v Wolves
We will go down to 6th
I'm not sure what I prefer a draw or a Wolves win
A Wolves win puts them in 5th, and more pressure to beat them at the weekend. But a win would get us back to 5th.
A draw and we need Arsenal to drop pints at the weekend to get back to 5th.
An Arsenal win is the worst result as they would start to get away from us.

twoleftfeet 11:23 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Brighton have been the better side but 1-0 down now.

Fortunes Hiding 10:58 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
360

But are we gonna beat Arsenal?
I’m not too sure.

Romfordboy 10:52 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Ha they may win but Brighton cureently have 55% possession at old Trafford


How the duck did we lose twice to them

Romfordboy 7:51 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Obv I think we are right in the mix for top 6 and have every confidence but can you imagine if we would have got that one striker we would have been a shoe in for fourth.

Still bitter

threesixty 5:40 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
I think goal difference tells you alot about form and who is most likely to succeed right now.

Even though Spurs have lots of games in hand just look at there GD.. it's not great at all. As shit as we are meant to be our GD is very well corralated with our league position. We are suprisingly a very good team. Rarely beaten by more than 1 goal (I think thats only happened once in 50 games or something).

It also means we concentrate for the full 90 unlike most of the teams around us.

Looking at the stats it's really Arsenal that are in pole position for the 4th spot. Beating Arsenal is a must for us. They have the right GD and the right amount of games in hand.

I dont see it for Man U. They need a result tonight or I just dont see them getting that 4th spot. Too much drama there.

I'm also hoping we develop a siege mentality over this cat thing. I dont give a shit if anyone likes us or not as long as we win.

Westside 5:30 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
They'll get the money when they sell up - it doesn't actually have to be in their sky to be theirs. And they're not spending it, are they?

The sale (option) price is already agreed. More cash in the bank, won't increase the sale price. And would be unlikely too, even if the sale price wasn't agreed,

Mike Oxsaw 5:27 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
They'll get the money when they sell up - it doesn't actually have to be in their sky to be theirs. And they're not spending it, are they?

Westside 4:24 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Judicious use of luck in our owner's eyes is trousering any extra money cup runs and a higher league position bring in.

How are they trousering the money? They don't take a salary, or dividends. They take their loan interest payments, which hardly need a cup run or a higher league placing, to service.

Manuel 4:10 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Alwaysaniron - I wouldn't disagree with your FA Cup comments. Wiith City, Liverpool, Chelsea still in it, winning it is almost the equivalent of winning the CL. Losing to Soton won't be a disaster.

the exile 3:54 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Forme, the thing is that we just don't look like a top 4 team. On the positive side, we don't know we're beaten until the final whistle, and that resilience has brought some late goals recently. But overall we look unconvincing. Bowen has been brilliant, but he can't make up for all of the players who have been well under par recently, especially, Coufal, Cresswell, Soucek, Fornals and Antonio. I would rather be where we are in 4th than playing catch-up, even with games in hand, but I think the final outcome depends on these factors in this order:
1. Our own form - as mentioned above, too many of our players are just not on it at the moment, whether it's exhaustion or just a loss of form.
2. The form of the teams behind us. Arsenal and Wolves both have upward momentum. Man Utd are as patchy as us. Spurs have been terrible but it's hard to believe that will continue much longer.
3. Injuries - apart from attacking midfielders, we just haven't got the squad depth to deal with this.
4. Luck - some might say we've had more than our fair share lately.

Mike Oxsaw 3:50 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Judicious use of luck in our owner's eyes is trousering any extra money cup runs and a higher league position bring in.

So long as we finish 17th or above, they've met their business plan objectives for another year.

daveyg 1:57 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
Russ.
Agree with you about being 4th.
Not bringing in one or two quality players early has hindered us.
That could change if one of the top 8 go on a 4 game winning run . All are capable, all are capable of losing 4 in a row. Look at Spurs, who would of thought that they would lose 3 in a row after a good window.
I think we have had a lot of luck the last 3 games. Poor team selection and no use of the inform u23's. Lucky against a non league team, lucky to just scrape a win against the worst team in the PL, lucky with a last minute equaliser,that could of gone either way after being dominanted by Leicester.
Now a bit of luck with both Newcastle full backs out.
We need to attack down the flanks to expose this and to keep Saint M quiet.
Let's use that luck and dominate.
I fear though Moyes will settle for stalemate to near the end of the match.

Alwaysaniron 1:55 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
I'm never a fan of 'all eggs in one basket' but I would, this season, be in favour of all our eggs in 2 baskets. As much as it will piss loads of on this site, I'd fuck off the FA Cup. Southampton are flying right now and I think they'll win anyway. Let's give the Europa League a real go and push on regardless in the Prem. Knackering our players out in the FA cup this season seems a bridge too far and frankly worthless. (I'll await the usual (FA Cup is great) suspects cunting me off)

Manuel 1:26 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
To an extent where you finish can be outside of your control. But what we can measure, ref progress or not, is final points tally compared to last season, I'd be surprised if it's more.

SUM A DING WONG 1:25 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
The thing is we have to work harder to try and break teams down who are sitting back, in comparison to the top teams, as we don't have the quality of the those teams.

Also, our best results happen mostly when we're playing on the break and conceding possession, which is again, more of a tiring way to play and win a game.

This all takes its toll, in terms of trying to keep up with the top teams.

So it's a combination of not having quite enough quality and tiredness, that will probably see us fall short in terms of qualification for Europe and/or win a trophy.

I say probably, as we still have a chance, but it my eyes, not as much as would have, had we invested better in the previous two transfer windows, obviously.

Lee Trundle 12:56 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
It's also a shame that we dropped points against Man Utd. We were arguably the better team in both the league games, yet we came out of them with 0 (ZERO) points and they picked up 6.

The owners and manager have dropped a bollock. A new signing last January galvanised us and pushed us on a bit.

We have nothing this time apart from knackered legs and players out of form.

Russ of the BML 12:52 Tue Feb 15
Re: The Race for Europe - February
stewie griffin 12:37 Tue Feb 15

Spot on.

I can't believe we are still 4th with the way we have dropped points at home. Obviously tells you how shit Spurs, Man Utd and Aresenal have been this year.

That was another reason why I was so disappointed at our window. We had to capitalise and kick them while they were down. Bringing three or four new faces into the squad was the key. This opportunity may not come again.

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