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9 minutes ago, tajjuk said:

 

And yeh this handball rule is stupid. Do it like Roy said, if its deliberate its a foul, if its not its not. Much simpler. 

That was the rule for years, the referee decided if, in his opinion, it was deliberate. However, all we got was managers, pundits the media and players complaining, all we got was manager (like Roy) calling for consistency. Instead of just accepting the referee had made an honest decision, they moaned and whined. So now we have a rule that takes subjectivity away, a rule that ensures a far higher level of consistency, and guess what, they don’t like it. Its only simpler if you accept the referees opinion, as football didn’t, we’re where we are now. 

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30 minutes ago, Lord Duckhunter said:

It’s not a lottery. A lottery implies that sometime they’re given & sometimes they’re not, that’ll be a pen every single time this season, unless the referee makes an error. Not an error of judgement, but the error of not following the rules. The way the rule is written, it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference whether it was impossible to avoid. 

Watching MOTD Pogba tugged one shoulder briefly then the other , player goes down VAR says no pen OK but further slow motion shows Pogbas knee banging into the back of the forwards knee so a pen !

I think it is as bad if not worse than before VAR . Regardless if “that is the rule this season “ arguement . I think that a lot of VAR incidents would soon be forgotten in the match and make it more coherent overall. At the moment it’s spoiling the enjoyment IMHO.

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7 minutes ago, East Kent Saint said:

Watching MOTD Pogba tugged one shoulder briefly then the other , player goes down VAR says no pen OK but further slow motion shows Pogbas knee banging into the back of the forwards knee so a pen !

I think it is as bad if not worse than before VAR . 

Whether it’s a foul is still a subjective decision, the referee with the help of VAR decides if it was a penalty in his opinion . Hand ball isn’t, VAR is used to check whether the ball hit his hand or not, it doesn’t matter what the refs opinion is.if the hands away from the body and the ball hits the hand/arm, it’s handball as the rules stand now. 

 

I agree. I didn’t want VAR, don’t confuse my posts for support of it. I’m just pointing out why we’re where we are. 

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1 hour ago, Lord Duckhunter said:

Whether it’s a foul is still a subjective decision, the referee with the help of VAR decides if it was a penalty in his opinion . Hand ball isn’t, VAR is used to check whether the ball hit his hand or not, it doesn’t matter what the refs opinion is.if the hands away from the body and the ball hits the hand/arm, it’s handball as the rules stand now. 

 

I agree. I didn’t want VAR, don’t confuse my posts for support of it. I’m just pointing out why we’re where we are. 

OK we’ll agree to agree then !

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43 minutes ago, SaintJackoInHurworth said:

What IS going on this weekend? Especially today!!

West Ham thrashing Wolves...

Leicester thrashing Man City away from home...

Spurs only managing a draw at home against Newcastle...

West Brom almost beating Chelsea...

It's certainly not been a good weekend for most Fantasy football managers either! 😲

And we won away at turf Moor! 

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Good luck to anyone predicting results! You'd have to be mad to bet on football this season.

The lack of preparation time, lack of summer break, hectic schedule, lack of fans and home advantage, it's a mess. But a fun mess.

Wolves game was crazy. Wolves are a good side but they just didn't turn up. We'll see a lot of that this season I think. Teams just randomly off the pace and stuffed out the blue. I was suspicious Semedo was just defensively rubbish though, he was every time I saw him for Barca. 

City's frailties are so similar to ours. It's ridiculous really. But any adversity and they can fall apart. Goals in quick succession, teams on the break, giving away silly fouls or individual errors at the back. The difference is, their defence/keeper cost about £250m! I really don't get the Ake signing at all. Huge problem for clubs like ours when average defenders are costing that much. 

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20 hours ago, saintquin said:

Perhaps we should call it "ball hand" now as it doesn't matter if it's accidental or not!

I have just seen the "handball" for Newcastle. What a complete joke. ( But it was against Moanrinho and Spurs, so I have zero sympathy in this instance ). I wonder what will happen the first time such a decision goes against Liverpool.

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Just now, St. Neil said:

No Reed or Lemina in the Fulham team tonight.

Think Reed is injured (no surprise there) and Lemina is probably just being Lemina.

Can't say we made a mistake letting either of those go, the mistake will be if we don't use those funds to replace.

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17 hours ago, adriansfc said:

Good luck to anyone predicting results! You'd have to be mad to bet on football this season.

The lack of preparation time, lack of summer break, hectic schedule, lack of fans and home advantage, it's a mess. But a fun mess.

Wolves game was crazy. Wolves are a good side but they just didn't turn up. We'll see a lot of that this season I think. Teams just randomly off the pace and stuffed out the blue. I was suspicious Semedo was just defensively rubbish though, he was every time I saw him for Barca. 

City's frailties are so similar to ours. It's ridiculous really. But any adversity and they can fall apart. Goals in quick succession, teams on the break, giving away silly fouls or individual errors at the back. The difference is, their defence/keeper cost about £250m! I really don't get the Ake signing at all. Huge problem for clubs like ours when average defenders are costing that much. 

I thought Ake was ok and is a decent player all round, its tough to judge a player in a relegation team but I always thought he looked solid but Bournemouth as a whole were a mess defensively.

Thing is you can spend all this money but your key players are your key players, City without Laporte and Aguero (and also Jesus to replace him) are much less of a team, especially when you then shift everyone else out of position to cover those absences. They then had Garcia who doesn't want to be there and played like that and I have never got what Mendy offers to that team he seems a very clumsy player who doesn't play like a Guardiola player as he seems to do lots of wasteful crosses and looks uncomfortable being asked to play more of a passing game, but then the other option is Zinchenko who is good on the ball (because he's a midfielder) but a liability defensively. 

I mean Liverpool conceded 3 against Leeds with their first choice team all available, so they were able to just cover it, had they had say Van Dijk and Mane or Salah missing then they might have lost badly to Leeds. 

That Man City loss was just a perfect storm, Leicester scored pretty much every attack, I mean Vardy could try that 100 times and he wouldn't score it, Maddison scored a worldie and the 2nd half Man City were playing a 4-4-2 with a target man and had no clue what they were doing. 

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Fulham sound like a bit of a disconnected team, from the board down to the first team.

Their transfer strategy last time was to invest a lot of money, you cannot blame the owner for that imo - he really backed them. The issue was the scouting (they chose the wrong players, generally) and the coaching.

Scott is still very young, still quite raw and with his tactical changes (they went to 3 at the back last night) you can see he has a lot to learn.

They have some good players though and they will pickup, but they will be in and around that bottom lot for the season.

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26 minutes ago, trousers said:

Chelsea 1 Palace 0 (Chillwell, 49 mins)

I was going to put Chilwell in my team next week when I have two transfers to use (as I have to cheap out on another defender to do it). Wish I'd been able to do it this week. Goal and assist already.

Chelsea have started the season a bit stutteringly (if that's a word) but it seems they're getting up to speed for us next week. I still think they're a top centre back away from being a title-winning team but they must be a lot closer this season if all the signings gel quickly. Certainly it could be their year next season.

 

No Loftus-Cheek today though...

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As unlikely as it would be to happen, and as much as I dislike Everton, it'd still be bloody funny if they did a Leicester and Liverpool had to hand their trophy over to them...

...and cue a Brighton equalizer immediately :lol:

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Not particularly impressed with Davies so far.  Pretty absent going forward.  Can't find space.  Completed a handful of passes but that's about it.  Not involved

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1 minute ago, Manuel said:

Not particularly impressed with Davies so far.  Pretty absent going forward.  Can't find space.  Completed a handful of passes but that's about it.  Not involved

He’s not what we need. Too lightweight and doesn’t really excel in any area (in my opinion of course).

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1 minute ago, skintsaint said:

Brighton look really shite.

It’s been a weird season so far. They were all over Utd but lost, thrashed Newcastle at St James’. Palace thrashed Utd at OT and got hammered by Chelsea.

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6 minutes ago, OttawaSaint said:

End to end isn’t it? Great game.

sure is. The new teams, Leeds and WBA, sure have brought some attacking football to the PL. Not so much on the defending side, but its certainly exciting.

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4 hours ago, Archers Road Stand said:

Another year of Liverpool pissing the league. City are nowhere near them. 

Everton are though. The Merseyside derbies will be the key fixtures in the title race this season.  Leicester will be top 4 challengers again but they don't have the same depth in their squad that Everton have.

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1 hour ago, Nordic Saint said:

Everton are though. The Merseyside derbies will be the key fixtures in the title race this season.  Leicester will be top 4 challengers again but they don't have the same depth in their squad that Everton have.

Everton will plummet once a few injuries to key players happens, they are already back to using Davies in midfield.

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