Friday's game saw Brighton slaughter Slaven Bilic's West Ham at the Olympic Park, whilst in the early game, Watford gave Chelsea a real fright but missed two glorious chances to finish off Conte's men, who came back to win 4-2 with two goals in the last 5 mins.

Half a slate of games kicked off at 3pm on Saturday, with both Manchester clubs in action. City finally broke down Burnley resistance, while a fine effort form Huddersfield saw them defeat Manchester united 2-1 at home.

Leicester City reap the dividends of a managerial change, winning 2-1 away at Swansea City to leapfrog Everton and push them back down to 16th place in the Premier League table before tomorrow's massive game against Arsenal at Goodison Park.

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Tony Marsh
1 Posted 20/10/2017 at 21:13:48
West Ham 2-0 down at home to Brighton. Another sacking coming up?
David Israel
2 Posted 20/10/2017 at 21:16:15
Possibly, Tony, but let's not get carried away if Slaven becomes available!
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 20/10/2017 at 21:17:41
Two highly rated young(ish) managers (Koeman and Bilic), Tony, who are now both staring into the abyss.
Kunal Desai
4 Posted 20/10/2017 at 21:34:44
Bilic getting sacked before Koeman. Another club in the hunt for a manager.
Colin Glassar
5 Posted 20/10/2017 at 21:37:36
You just know that Ancellotti will go to WHU while we discuss the merits of Big Sam versus David effing Moyes.
Ray Smith
6 Posted 20/10/2017 at 21:44:13
West Ham goal difference is now worse than ours and we move up to 15th if they don't score!!!
Rob Halligan
7 Posted 21/10/2017 at 12:17:03
Looks like the end for Bilic. The West Ham board are meeting today to discuss his future. You don't arrange a meeting the day after being hammered at home to say "Your job is safe"!
Soren Moyer
8 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:19:37
Watford is actually having a go at Chelsea! 1-1 now. That Silva dude knows what he is doing imo.
Martin Mason
9 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:21:16
Watford have had a great half against Chelsea and Cleverly has had a very good game. Why can't we play like that.
Phil Walling
10 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:27:13
Silva is certainly 'hot' at the moment. Strange that I read this week that he had little input on the players Watford signed 'in the window'.

Must be a bloody good coach, then!

Steve Ferns
11 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:39:24
He has no input, Phil. The Watford model is that they are owned by the Pozzo family. Watford is one of several clubs they own.

Their model is to sign lots of young talent and move them around their various clubs to develop and sell them. They then take money out of the club. It's all about making a profit from player sales. Which means they will only be too happy to sell Silva.

As for the purchases, I'm sure if Silva found a gem, they'd sign him, but they already have a scouting network setup that spans their family of clubs. So yes, he has very little say on signings other than to perhaps request they move certain players from their other clubs, now that Watford has rapidly risen to be their biggest club and certainly best money maker.

Stephen Davies
12 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:40:50
Like I said... Watford are not afraid of the Premier League Champions!
Steve Ferns
13 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:43:35
Yep, get on that phone to Silva now!
Seamus McCrudden
14 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:44:35
Should be out of sight by now – they're battering Chelsea!
Clive Lewis
15 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:47:33
Marco Silva for Everton please.
David Barks
16 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:48:25
Watford reducing football to a simple game. Play short one twos and move into space once you play the pass. The key is the distance between the players when making those passes. They're usually 10 yards from each other at most, not 20-30 yards like Everton players.

Daniel A Johnson
17 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:52:50
This is what amazes me sometimes. We go to Chelsea expecting a 5-0 drubbing whereas Watford turn up and have the balls to have a go.

For me the players have to take the lion share for our appalling attitude at times. There is a massive psychological problem at Everton that still hasn't been a addressed since the Moyes era.

Steve Ferns
18 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:55:26
Exactly David, you can see the coaching right now. This is what we need. We don't need to sell everyone and start again, we need a manager who can coach the players and sort it out on the training ground. For sure, we should still sign a striker and a couple more players in January, but someone like Silva could salvage this squad.
Tony Hill
19 Posted 21/10/2017 at 13:59:56
But why should professional footballers need coaching in pass and move, Steve? I think what sets Watford apart and what set Leicester apart a couple of years ago, is the opposite of coaching: they do the obvious things well, at pace and without fear.
Rob Birks
20 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:01:12
Arguably Watford are not as talented as us, but boy oh boy are they organized! Cleverley pulling the strings and showing our £45mill man how it's done!
Roy Steel
21 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:03:59
I'm watching Watford here getting tore into these so-called superstars, refusing to stand off and give them space and admire them which is what we do. Grit, fight and a willingness to die for the cause, and no shortage of skill and bravery.

Then you think of the shite we've been serving up, it would make you weep. No heart, no fight, no pride in the jersey... overpaid, overhyped cowards not fit to wear the shirt.

Steve Ferns
22 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:20:10
Watford will rue those missed chances. They should have won this game.
John McGimpsey
23 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:22:11
Sad times watching the Chelsea manager jump into the fans when they score. Yet we have a Dutch bellend who says "Everton" instead of 'we' or 'us'! Koeman out and take the jock and front bench with you.
Stephen Davies
24 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:26:54
Yes, Watford should have won that... at one stage they were all over Chelsea and missed some very good chances.

In the end the score flattered Chelsea and Watford had them on the ropes.

Kim Vivian
25 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:27:50
4-2 Chelsea. Hard on Watford that. They could easily have won that or drawn if chances had been taken but Batshuayi (should he be an Everton player if the transfer team had done it's job?) the difference. Could have had a hat-trick. Heard they were letting him go in January but that may be looking doubtful now. I think hes got 7 or 8 in all comps this season.
Steve Ferns
26 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:28:43
It's the kind of defeat that if Koeman had suffered, we could accept. We don't lose like that, we roll over and try to keep the score down.
David Barks
27 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:37:12
What a game that was. Watford shot themselves in the foot by missing at least three clear open-goal chances. I think it was the same player each time too, crazy. That was what football should be, entertaining!
Matthew Williams
28 Posted 21/10/2017 at 14:51:20
Watford had 'em on the ropes but let them back into it.

Silva might turn out to be another Bobby Bullshitter... time will tell!

Tony Marsh
29 Posted 21/10/2017 at 15:34:47
Leicester, Bournemouth, Huddersfield all winning. Bottom three, here we come.

Michael Kenrick
30 Posted 21/10/2017 at 15:34:51
Fun stuff at Huddersfield. Route 1 for their second goal. Love it. Jose looking sad.
Soren Moyer
31 Posted 21/10/2017 at 16:07:53
I never thought I would say this, but I want us to play the same way as Watford playing this season!
Michael Kenrick
34 Posted 21/10/2017 at 16:38:22
Lukaku turns provider at Huddersfield, brilliant cross from out wide. Hudders now under the cosh...
Ron Marr
36 Posted 21/10/2017 at 16:49:13
Yep Silva is flav of the month. No thanks.
Michael Kenrick
37 Posted 21/10/2017 at 16:51:00
4 mins of Fergie time for Jose, desperate stuff as Huddersfield hold on for hopefully a great win!

Yes! Well done, David Wagner!

Tony Marsh
38 Posted 21/10/2017 at 17:26:34
Rafa up to 6th with Newly promoted Newcastle and no money spent. Fat Spanish Waiter getting things done though.
Soren Moyer
39 Posted 21/10/2017 at 17:30:21
Never thought I would say this, but I want us to play the way watford are playing this season.
Michael Kenrick
40 Posted 21/10/2017 at 19:16:32
Fantastic goal from Boufal to win it for Saints, running through half the West Brom team from deep in his own half... Brilliant!

I have a vague recollection of a player in Blue doing something like that once against Newcastle...

Steve Brown
41 Posted 22/10/2017 at 16:12:13
Spurs 2-0 Liverpool after 12 minutes! ... small mercies.
Derek Knox
42 Posted 22/10/2017 at 17:15:48
Spurs 4-1, isn't it sad when that becomes the highlight of the day?
Jay Tee
43 Posted 22/10/2017 at 17:17:08
At least Spurs are cheering my day up.
Colin Glassar
44 Posted 22/10/2017 at 17:19:12
Some “consolation“ seeing media darling Klopp on the sidelines. He's got a right cob on.
Eric Paul
45 Posted 22/10/2017 at 17:24:06
Fuck the Red Shite, I couldn't give a flying fuck about them. We are in the shit and fuck them.

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