The Premier League programme for this week began on Friday where Antonio Conte suffered his first defeat as Chelsea boss when his side proved incapable of coming back from two down to Liverpool, losing 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday sees leaders Manchester City take on Bournemouth at home, while Arsenal travel to Hull City, Champions Leicester host Burnley and West Brom play West Ham.

On Sunday, Tottenham host Sunderland, Manchester United visit Watford, Southampton meet Swansea and Stoke travel to Crystal Palace.

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Matt Butlin
1 Posted 16/09/2016 at 20:49:19
RS doing us a favour so far. I can see us topping the table this time tomorrow. COYB.
Phil Malone Jnr
2 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:01:02
Matt, you see Bournemouth beating Man City at home?
Chris James
3 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:32:17
I'd rather it ended in a draw tonight for them vs Chelsea although I think generally the RS's back line is way too fragile to sustain a challenge this season, I prefer it when there is a points margin!
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:50:07
Yes, Matt, I think we are going 2nd if this score holds.
David Barks
5 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:52:47
Jesus I can not stand Klopp. Amazing what red will do, I used to really like him in Germany.
Mike T Jones
6 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:55:13
David barks @51. Think blue, not red. Evertonians stop with the comparisons to the shite.
Peter Mills
7 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:59:23
I know it is petty and small-minded, but I never want the RS to get anything out of a match.
Simon Smith
8 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:00:06
Neither Chelsea or Liverpool looked good tonight. Chelsea especially looked as lethargic as they were last season.

I really think we can push the so called "top teams" this season.
Simon Smith
9 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:01:31
Peter, I'm exactly the same. Most my mates are dirty reds and it pains me to see them do well
Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:04:53
Mike, how do stop thinking about them when they are playing? Not comparing them, just want them to lose, no matter who they are playing. I'm 70 odd years of age but it's like a kick in the stomach whenever they get a result like tonight. I wish it didn't bother me but it does.
Mike T Jones
11 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:08:54
Dave. Let it go. We have to lose the inferiority complex. Do you think Koeman or Moshiri feel kicked in the stomach. Concentrate on what we can do moving forward.
Eugene McLoughlin
12 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:14:27
What I take from tonight's match is that Kante wasn't much good... Our Idrissa Gana Gueye looks superior!! We'll fuck the RedShite!!
Eugene McLoughlin
13 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:15:53
Sorry about language!!!
Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:16:03
Don't watch enough football these days, but I've just watched that match tonight. Liverpool, deserved the victory, but I was surprised at how poor Chelsea played, especially considering the match was at Stamford Bridge.

By poor, I mean they never played with nowhere near enough aggression, and they reminded me of Everton, because they never looked like they had a real leader out on the pitch.

Hopefully times are changing, since Ashley Williams, has come into the side, because although we could have been better in the first half the other night, it was so much easier watching us play, because we seemed so much more organised from the back.

Big game tomorrow because if we keep getting points on the board, then confidence will keep growing, both on the pitch, and in the stands, which could help Goodison, get back to being a ground no away team really fancies playing at.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:20:24
Mike, it's not an inferiority complex, I hated the bastards winning when they were in the Second Division for eight seasons and were no threat to us. I always think they are in league with the devil. I know it's irrational but that's the way I am with them. But I never thought they were better than us, even when they were.
Gerry Quinn
16 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:29:19
Still can't get my head round Lallana being an Evertonian and then joining THEM. I find that astounding. Is there any Evertonian on here who would ever think of doing that? He can't have been that stoic a fan...
Mike T Jones
17 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:34:51
Dave, I'm on your side fellah. But I want to concentrate on us. I'm confident for tomorrow. Feel positive for the future. I love Koeman's blunt but understated style; he oozes leadership. I don't care about them.
Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:43:07
Mike, yes I'm confident for tomorrow and the future under Koeman who will make sure we keep improving, we are moving forward after a long depressing period I am pleased to say.
Ste Traverse
19 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:46:04
Gerry, Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush, Steve McManaman, Steve McMahon, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, David Thompson (one of the lesser known ones I know) and now Adam Lallana, it's hardly a new thing for boyhood Blues ending up plying their trade over the park.

As for the RS winning and moving us up to second, sweet! I was hoping they lost or drew (with Chelsea being around us), but there is, for once, a little bonus at seeing that lot win.

Lev Vellene
20 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:53:08
Gerry, We have enough samples of EFC/LFC childhood fans joining the other/dark side...

Lallana may be a boyhood EFC fan, but if EFC didn't come to get him, then he's got to do the best for himself that he could!

Isn't Carragher (?) Blue still, despite playing for LFC for a career too long for our preferences... Or if you don't think that is true, very considerate when he rates our play?

David Ellis
21 Posted 17/09/2016 at 03:09:49
I just can't stand the Reds. Being a teenager in the 70s was hard and surrounded by plastic Red fans wherever you go.

However, I think it's okay to discuss them now because they clearly are a direct rival this season (at least so far). They have done well with a tricky fixture list and have already played Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs away and getting 10 points. They also thrashed the reigning Champions. But they looked lethargic against a bus-parking side, Burnley, and have shipped a lot of goals (no clean sheet??).

Chelsea have not looked that impressive this season. Were unlucky against Swansea but lucky in their other victories. Costa is a walking liability. Terry is surely past it and David Luis is just not a defender in my book. There's something rotten in that squad.

Man Utd have lost two on the bounce and their manager isn't so good when things get rocky. Let's hope that Watford (and phantom Everton target Deeney) get a result to the tune of Z-Cars. The knives are already out at Old Trafford.

As they are at the Emirates – Arsenal should be better than they are and the fans are impatient.

Man City – look the real deal. West Ham have a new stadium hangover. Leicester will struggle to do it all again and have Champions League commitments. Other teams in the league don't look any stronger than last season. And then there is us – we are definitely stronger... trying not to let my hopes get too far ahead of myself but these are exciting times.

David Chait
22 Posted 17/09/2016 at 04:23:36
Gerry: Ashley Williams was a massive Red. Pics of him in his outfit meeting his hero John Barnes. Would you swap players?
Paul Kossoff
23 Posted 17/09/2016 at 07:01:07
Dave 10, well said, I'm the same, fucking hate them and I can't stand the evil spawn even getting a point.

I wonder if teams like Chelsea 'who are made up of foreign imports' do eventually lose all identity, and are just mercenaries who couldn't give a toss about the fans, manager or club.

It seems that teams like them need to be 're-animated' every couple of seasons because the players are already looking elsewhere.
I would love Everton to be made from born Evertonians, but that's just a dream that will never happen.

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 17/09/2016 at 07:46:08
I'm with you Dave, I can't stomach that shower and I always want them to lose. Like David Ellis, I got the mickey taken out of me something rotten by those horrible shits when I was a kid. I fucking despise them.

I've always hated (well, disliked) every other team in the league apart from WHU, but since the porn king and the used car salesman took over, I can't stand them either. Hatred, channeled in a positive way, can be good for you (in football at least).

Laurie Hartley
25 Posted 17/09/2016 at 08:00:17
Dave # 15 - Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Our Iceman will take us to Mordor this season and we will settle the account of the last 50 years. I can feel it in my bones.

Russ Foderingham
26 Posted 17/09/2016 at 08:48:38
Dave @ 15. Nobody hates the RS more than I do, and I am not even a true scouser. My parents moved to Liverpool in 1968 when I was ten and I've had the blue bug ever since. I've been back in London since 1979 (surrounded by plastic reds) ... Just makes me prouder than ever to be a Blue!
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 17/09/2016 at 09:34:56
Laurie (25) I am always calm when I watch them, even in a derby game, I can appreciate their good moves and players, I just don't want them to win!!!

When we beat them in this season's derby, it will just be a small deposit of what we owe them.

Dave Pritchard
28 Posted 17/09/2016 at 09:57:24
Chelsea were so poor it gives me hope that we can finish ahead of them. RS were good but not as outstanding as Sky etc are making out. Only one game and early days etc but all we can do is keep winning and keep the feel-good factor going.
Colin Glassar
29 Posted 17/09/2016 at 10:28:55
I've put Sky Sports on at three different times today, to see if there is any news, and all three times Klopp and/or the RS have been on. It's like a mix of Nightmare on Elm Street with Groundhog Day.
Rob Halligan
30 Posted 17/09/2016 at 10:50:58
Same here Colin. I've just got up and put it on. First thing I hear "let's have more reaction to Liverpool's win on the Friday night football".

My take on the game, it was a game of two halves. Chelsea were rubbish in the first half, but the much better team in the second half.

No credit awarded to the shite from me!!

Laurie Hartley
31 Posted 17/09/2016 at 11:37:53
Dave (#27)

I am probably expecting too much out of one game. A small deposit will do nicely for starters.

My aversion to all things to do with them is down to my dear dad who used to call them "the scabby 'eads".

Brian Porter
32 Posted 18/09/2016 at 09:45:06
I just hope John Stones enjoyed his time on the bench for City yesterday. Not an automatic choice for Guardiola obviously. Maybe something he'll have to get used to. [Just being bitchy, I know.]
Patrick Murphy
33 Posted 18/09/2016 at 13:55:59
Bournemouth, Southampton, Hull City, Man City and Watford, yes the fixture list has been very unkind to the Mighty Manchester United hasn't it?

As I type, they are losing 2-1 to Watford and the Hornets have a penalty to convert – which they have. Good job we've had such a kind set of opening fixtures isn't it?

Brent Stephens
34 Posted 18/09/2016 at 13:57:48
3-1 Watford. Well, well.
Tony Hill
35 Posted 18/09/2016 at 13:59:17
Shocking from Man Utd. How long, Jose?
Frank Crewe
36 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:00:50
Tony. Hopefully a long time. I don't want Man Utd giving him the bullet then come sniffing around Koeman.
Eugene McLoughlin
37 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:08:33
I tell you all. Players like Rooney, Gerard and Terry don't know when they are finished and they have way too much power in the dressing room. Koeman would never let that happen, I'd say!
Tony Abrahams
38 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:08:46
Have to agree with everything Dave Pritchard has said.
Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:10:50
Tony (34) United will improve, surely they can't be as bad as they were today, just never looked like a team, all over the place, no real cohesion and Pogma!! Well he can't be as bad as that, twelve or more times the price of Gana? the transfer prices bear no reality to the quality.
Eugene McLoughlin
40 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:27:55
Hughes getting sacked in the morning! Palace 2 up!!!
Jamie Crowley
41 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:36:33
Watford... yet another example of how well we've done thus far.

True, we've not played any "big boys" other than Spurs. But we've been convincing and outstanding against teams we should beat and no-one else can say that.

Except Man City... and they look in an honest moment like they'll win the league.

The games you should win are the truly important ones. Win home and away against the bottom 13 teams and you're on 78 points. Let's win the ones we should, all the way to a Champions League spot. Simple!

[Getting a bit carried away...]

Joseph Terrence
42 Posted 18/09/2016 at 17:58:24
Watching the Spurs-Sunderland game and I hope we're in for Duncan Watmore come January/August. Willing to run for days and is very direct; looks quite a player and I'm sure Big Ron would love him.
Michael Kenrick
43 Posted 18/09/2016 at 23:34:56
Brian (#32), I was tempted to believe the same, that John Stones was feeling the strain under a more demanding manager...

That was until the comms happened to mention that Stones would have been the only ever-present in the City side if he had started against Bournemouth. I guess that's what rotation is all about with their massive squad.

Is anybody really checking this homegrown stuff and tracking the players that are being used by the Sky Darlings? At least 8 homegrown in a maximum squad of 25? (Excluding U21s) I don't recall anyone ever being warned, fined or penalized since they introduced this 3 or 4 years ago...

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