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    Hope we do better than last season. They gave us a right battering.

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    Another loss at home on the cards. We might take the lead, but there’s every chance we’ll capitulate in the end. We’ve beaten the two teams worse than us...just...the remainder will not fall quite so easy. 0-2 West Ham.

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    Another opportunity to get a manager sacked, we’re gonna win 2-1.

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    Given the way West ham fell apart last night I suspect this will be a game where we fight it out for 70 mins and then both teams try their best to lose for the remaining 20. The least fragile team will win and the ref/var will probably have a big part to play in deciding.

    3-2 to saints, but it will be a hard watch

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    They are on a terrible run and are underachieving. We need to go all guns blazing with intensity from the off.

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    I'm guessing Ralph won't change much given that we have a relatively settled team and (apart from conceding late goals!) have performed pretty well lately !
    FWIW though, I'd bring in Valery for Cedric and consider Armstrong (if fit) and/or Boufal for a starting spot !!

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    Win this, and we are approximately halfway to safety, points wise. 36 is enough most seasons, although I do think it maybe closer to 40 this season as everyone seems to be taking points off everyone else. If we can get to the end of December passing the 20 point mark, I'd say we have a good shot at safety, if not more, so long as strengthening the team in January goes to plan.

    On paper West Ham have a very good team, but they seem to be underperforming. It's a decent chance to pick up 3 points, but we need to stop letting teams have easy rides against us. Boufal to start please!

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    We could actually go above them with a win, difficult to comprehend with how bad we have been. Given recent form, we do have a chance but it will be a cagey game. Saints 2-1 West Ham (Ings 41, 63, Antonio 81)

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    Unfortunately, as with us, most of their better performances come away from home. Hoping rather than expecting a win,
    but would not be surprised in the least to see the old go 1 up, sit back, let in a messsy equaliser and thencolapse completely to a 3-1 defeat in the final 5 mins.

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    We know that we have to score 2 or more to win any game, unfortunately I think they carry enough goal threat to score more than 1 against our shambolic defence. Can we take our chances for once and score 3? I doubt it.

    Saints 1-2 West Ham

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    McCarthy

    Valery Stephens Bednarek Bertrand

    Djenepo JWP Hojberg Boufal

    Long Ings

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    They are on a terrible run and are underachieving. We need to go all guns blazing with intensity from the off.
    We need to put pressure on them straight away, their confidence looks very fragile.

    They still have dangerous players though, Felipe Anderson might spark back into life and Antonio is always a threat.

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    Seem to have a similar problem to us, in that they struggle to play under the pressure of their own fans at home...who knows what might happen on Saturday, think we'll both score not sure either team will edge it. Will be some truly awful defending, but they leave huge gaps in behind Rice and Noble and one of them normally pushes up.

    If we can get on top early doors, I can see us going a couple ahead and their heads dropping.

    3-1 Saints. (or 2-2- of 1-3)

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    Watched them a couple of times recently, really poor. Not lacking talent (except at the back). If we beat their work rate we'll probably win. They aren't playing that much for the manager.

    BUT

    If they just played two fast wide players around Haller and play extremely direct, we'd be in huge trouble. Hoping they won't be that clever. But yeah, we can't deal with him in the air or anyone fast. McCarthy will flap at the crosses, Cedric will let people past to cross, Stephens will be on the floor.

    2-2 I reckon.

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    We'll be one up with 5 mins to go and lose 1-2. No staminer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morse View Post
    We'll be one up with 5 mins to go and lose 1-2. No staminer.
    Thats the spirit...

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    I watched WH v Arsenal last night, What a load of dross! WH didn't touch the ball for the first two minutes, Arsenal passed it around at the back, no attacks and no pressing from WH, mostly stood off and watched. The rest of the match was pretty sterile. WH with a lucky deflected header from a corner. Arsenal created a few chances got it to 1-3 and kept the ball.

    I hope WH play the same.

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    3 changes for me. Adams time to shine again

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    Let's hope Boufal doesn't kick any more furniture this week.

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    Pellegrini staying in charge for this one. Could we make it a hat-trick of getting managers sacked?

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    90mins of stress is my prediction. I long for a game where we cruise to victory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeG View Post
    90mins of stress is my prediction. I long for a game where we cruise to victory.
    Was thinking this at the Norwich game. The last time we were leading a game by 2 goals with 20 minutes to go (71') and didn't concede was in April against Wolves.

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    Antonio will bully us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyell View Post
    Antonio will bully us.

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    Didn't bully Arsenal last night and looked jaded and not fully fit

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    Antonio seemed to pull up at the end too

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyell View Post
    Antonio will bully us.

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    Antonio is like Shelvey if we allow him to as we have before he will destroy us on his own.
    Not rocket science - or is it....

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    We’ll lose; because we are just not very good

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    Loads of tickets left for this, relegation battle on tv but still considered 'Category A' match , £25 for an under 18 behind the goal

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    Ralph should stick with his current 'best XI' team who on the whole have been reasonable decent in the last 4 matches. No need for disruptive changes yet. Looking like a draw probably 2-2.

    Calls for Valery to be a starter are ridiculous as he has not played at all well this season whilst Boufal might well be at his most effective off the bench at HT when their defence is on half empty tanks.

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    Looking at KUMB, they seem even more pessimistic than us and most of them think they will lose.

    They probably don't realise how dross at home we are, I am just hoping that the two recent wins have given the team some more confidence, an early goal for either team could be massive as any confidence either team has remaining will drain away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRM View Post
    Loads of tickets left for this, relegation battle on tv but still considered 'Category A' match , £25 for an under 18 behind the goal
    Yeah, the prices are a ****ing joke. £40+ to watch relegation fodder against a middling team funded by dildos is silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    Yeah, the prices are a ****ing joke. £40+ to watch relegation fodder against a middling team funded by dildos is silly.
    The matchday pricing was clearly a gamble on us having a great season, the prices are completely out of wack with the quality on the pitch. Bought a ticket for my brother in law for the Palace game, and it was £41.

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    Hopefully we can repeat the Norwich/Watford games trick of finding a way to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baird of the land View Post
    Hopefully we can repeat the Norwich/Watford games trick of finding a way to win.
    Otherwise known as "hoping the other team are crapper than us".

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    Yeah, the prices are a ****ing joke. £40+ to watch relegation fodder against a middling team funded by dildos is silly.
    I think you mean dildaos? Fully expect Rice, Noble etc to have absolute stormers and rip us several new ones.

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    It'a on Sky anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Garrett View Post
    The matchday pricing was clearly a gamble on us having a great season, the prices are completely out of wack with the quality on the pitch. Bought a ticket for my brother in law for the Palace game, and it was £41.
    I'm pleased we aren't selling out at these prices. Club needs to get real. #GaoOut

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    I'm pleased we aren't selling out at these prices. Club needs to get real. #GaoOut
    Agree , low attendance serves them right, a seat near the half way line is going for a bargain er £65... plus £1.25 booking fee!

    Book soon to avoid disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    We’ll lose; because we are just not very good
    Sums you up, No thought of the opposition, why we've already got points, no detail. Always simplistic, always reductive, always zero insight and always solely negative. Merry fcking christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRM View Post
    Loads of tickets left for this, relegation battle on tv but still considered 'Category A' match , £25 for an under 18 behind the goal
    Never quite understood many team's pricing. If you're not selling out regularly you're getting it wrong. A full stadium behind the team is more helpful and makes you more money long term than loads of empty seats and a **** atmosphere. Pricing people out when wages don't go up isn't going to work as more and more games end up on TV. Within 5 years I bet all games are offered live so teams will need to wise up. TV revenue will grow, so focus on that and merchandising and stop ripping off fans who just want to attend games. £25 is enough for most these games, £35 for the top matches fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRM View Post
    Agree , low attendance serves them right, a seat near the half way line is going for a bargain er £65... plus £1.25 booking fee!

    Book soon to avoid disappointment.
    What a fecking joke that is after the last 3 and a half seasons of relentless shyte. Book soon to guarantee disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRM View Post
    Agree , low attendance serves them right, a seat near the half way line is going for a bargain er £65... plus £1.25 booking fee!

    Book soon to avoid disappointment.
    yeah, but you get a really great match day scarf to insulate your arse from the stone cold plastic seat you’ve paid £65 to sit in. Not all bad eh?

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    West Ham made an average looking Arsenal look good last time out. We have won the last two home games and should have beaten Arsenal. Nailed on Hammers win then!

    Saints to win 2-1, Ings & Djenepo ....Nobhead Noble with a penalty consolation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRM View Post
    Agree , low attendance serves them right, a seat near the half way line is going for a bargain er £65... plus £1.25 booking fee!

    Book soon to avoid disappointment.
    Save £20 by buying a cheaper ticket in Kingsland corner, walking down the concourse to the half way line and sitting there anyway.

    I used to change ends at half time during the Championship season under Portvleit. Reminded me of going to non-league grounds and I don't just mean the standard of the football at the time.

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    Boufal still can't play without injections. Valery still out with a virus.

    Armstrong back in full training, be great if he's fit to start so we can play 4-3-3.

    They've been poor this season but I still think Anderson and Haller will be too much for us. Be happy with a point going into the villa game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint97 View Post
    Boufal still can't play without injections.
    Anyone else got a cynical, 'mysterious injury just before the transfer window' feeling about this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post
    Anyone else got a cynical, 'mysterious injury just before the transfer window' feeling about this?
    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRM View Post
    Agree , low attendance serves them right, a seat near the half way line is going for a bargain er £65... plus £1.25 booking fee!

    Book soon to avoid disappointment.
    Newcastle have just given away 10,000 free half-season tickets this week. I'd think we'd struggle to shift many even for zilch, let alone around the £300 SFC are asking. Plus the booking fee, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cat View Post
    Save £20 by buying a cheaper ticket in Kingsland corner, walking down the concourse to the half way line and sitting there anyway.

    I used to change ends at half time during the Championship season under Portvleit. Reminded me of going to non-league grounds and I don't just mean the standard of the football at the time.
    Not many people take pride in being a free loader. Hope you can sleep at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post
    Anyone else got a cynical, 'mysterious injury just before the transfer window' feeling about this?

    Not really as he seems to fit with Ralph. I'd rather we took offers for Redmond and move on with Boufal and Djenepo

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