Week 3 of the 2018-19 Season in the Premier League kicks off with Champions vs Champions, Manchester City visiting Molineux and the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers, which promises to be quite a game of football.


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John G Davies
1 Posted 25/08/2018 at 12:54:39
Stones dropped again?
Dermot Byrne
2 Posted 25/08/2018 at 12:58:20
I know a decent gastro specialist if that helps John #1
John G Davies
3 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:04:54
Thanks Dermot.
A ball bag specialist would be of more help 😁
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:05:36
Squad rotation for Stones... but Wolves made a great start again, and just crazy that they allowed their goal to be offside after brilliantly slicing through City's defence.

Then an absolutely brilliant save at the other end. But City are exerting more control now.

Dermot Byrne
5 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:12:04
🀣
John Keating
6 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:13:57
Wolves playing really well. No fear. Good to see teams taking City on at their own game.
Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:16:16
Some fantastic stuff here... great movement and intensity.
Dermot Byrne
8 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:19:17
Split here. By nature, I want underdog to do well but equally want City to win every game all season so RS still do not win with their best team for decades.

I want that Liverpool open top bus sent back again!

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

9 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:26:49
Just tuned in now, so haven't seen the first half, but it sounds as if Wolves are giving City a game.

Given the fanfare Wolves received before the season started and their summer transfers, I thought in their opening game of the season against us, at home, in front of a pumped-up crowd, they were quite timid and tepid. All the more so that for the majority of the game we were reduced to 10 men.

I'm not sure if that was down to first game nerves and a touch of over-cautiousness on their part, or a reflection of just how well Everton played, even with a man down.

Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:30:40
I think that word β€œintensity” is what the modern game is all about, Michael?

Wolves have got good individual players, but are playing like a team. Early days, it's a long season, but hopefully more teams are going to have a proper good go at the big teams this season?

John Keating
11 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:33:48
Jay
Wolves first half totally different from against us.
A bit like City playing City !!
Excellent to watch first half and suspect against us first game they were a bit timid but now third game in. Leicester were dead lucky last week and so far today the game could go either way. I suspect Pep will bollock them at half time but to be honest City have played well just that Wolves have matched them all over the park.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

12 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:40:27
Cheers John.

Based on your appraisal then it would appear, contrary to popular belief (playing newly promoted teams early on is always difficult), it worked in our favour playing Wolves first up before they discovered 'we can compete in this league'.

John G Davies
13 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:41:14
City's zonal marking defending a corner.
Centre half on edge of the box, picked up touch tight by?
David Silva.
Michael Kenrick
14 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:44:15
Zonal marking on a corner! Handball!!! Brilliant!!!
John Keating
15 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:45:33
Marking was atrocious, City not Everton ! Zonal
Michael Kenrick
16 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:46:12
City will be screaming... shoulda had a penalty there.

Possession stats are 30-70 to City.

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:49:04
They got no luck at Leicester, last week Wolves, but they have just had a big slice of it there though. I’m very paranoid when it comes to Martin Atkinson, but I reckon 100% he would have given Silva a pen, if that would have been against Everton?
Phil Sammon
18 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:49:33
Why should it have been a pen? Silva kicked the Wolves player instead of the ball
John Pierce
19 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:56:10
Lovely header that. Perhaps Boly should have used his hand to stop him?
Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:56:41
Couldn’t believe City, never looked to shoot from that free-kick, shows you what I know.
John G Davies
21 Posted 25/08/2018 at 13:59:11
Bullet header.
Come on City.
Tony Abrahams
22 Posted 25/08/2018 at 14:11:10
I used to have loads of respect for City fans, but I find most of them to be bad wools now. Talking to one the other week, about who was going to win the league, and he said, well we know who won’t win it, meaning Everton. He had just told me before that, that at least when they were shite, you could get a ticket for the away games.

I started laughing at him, and told him that’s why I hate City now, smug bastards. Everton have won fuck all for years mate, but you can’t get an away ticket for love nor money, and it’s never been any different either.

Hate city, but I was fuckin delighted when they won at Goodison, just after Gerard had slipped on his arse!

Michael Kenrick
23 Posted 25/08/2018 at 14:23:39
Good draw for Wolves. Sneaky goal. City hit woodwork 3 times.
John G Davies
24 Posted 25/08/2018 at 14:28:26
Tony they have changed mate.
Only team that can stop the other crowd winning the league in my opinion though.
They have my support in every game they play apart from two
Michael Kenrick
25 Posted 26/08/2018 at 17:41:45
Loved that Newcastle goal... just loved it.

But a fine forearm smash to take out Giroud in the build-up. A red card if we had VAR?

But the way Joselu nipped ahead of the defender and fired that perfect header... loved it!

Jim Bennings
26 Posted 27/08/2018 at 21:14:42
Spurs look good tonight, United all over the place and expect Mourinho gone by end of September.

We need to aspire to reach the level Spurs are at.

When they sold Gareth Bale in 2013 they have improved with each passing season and have now overtaken neighbours Arsenal as North London’s upwardly mobile club with Champions League appearances on a yearly basis.

We can’t keep saying β€œthis time next year” at Everton.

It needs to start happening this season with a 7th place finish and a real assault at a domestic trophy πŸ†

Next season needs a real attempt at knocking Arsenal off their 6th place and then in 2020/21 we need to be looking at seriously breaking that top four up and start seeing something for the money we have spent.

Rob Halligan
27 Posted 27/08/2018 at 21:43:14
Spurs 3-0 up at manure. If people think our defence needs sorting, you want to see United's. It's dire.
Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 27/08/2018 at 21:43:52
Any bets on whether Mou still has a job by Saturday?

(Hee-hee-hee-hee-heeeeeeeeeeee)

Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 27/08/2018 at 21:51:11
Yeah, Rob, and to think some of the folks here thought we should be in for Lindelof and/or Smalling and/or Rojo.

And then we beat them to Mina.

I'm laughing my ass off at Mou's train wreck.

Brian Murray
30 Posted 27/08/2018 at 21:51:29
They can always ask big Sam to steady the ship. He's great for insomnia as well.
Brian Murray
31 Posted 27/08/2018 at 21:53:43
Jose makes Moyes look like the Messiah.
Kunal Desai
32 Posted 27/08/2018 at 21:57:18
Β£90 million for Lukaku is now looking like great business.
Michael Kenrick
33 Posted 27/08/2018 at 21:58:41
So what's Jose's next trick?

Is he walking after that little disaster?

Darren Hind
34 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:00:25
Rob

Got on Spurs at 19/10. Skinny odds if your only having an Ayrton, but in my view, certainties after the way Man U played at Brighton.

Here's a real outside shout; Man U to finish bottom half

Rob Halligan
35 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:05:55
That about Β£30 return Darren? I'm no good at working out bets.
Darren Hind
36 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:06:41
Not yet Michael, but he really is drinking in the proverbial last chance saloon
Darren Hind
37 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:08:44
29 quid mate
Rob Halligan
38 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:11:44
All the lads will be in the Winslow on Saturday Darren so you can buy us all a pint with your winnings. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Rob Halligan
39 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:13:51
Jose stood outside the tunnel for a good couple of minutes clapping the fans Michael, like it was his final goodbye.
Mike Gaynes
40 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:16:16
Rob, I had exactly the same impression.

And I'm watching his postgame interview. He looks almost serene.

Or dazed.

Tom Bowers
41 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:20:52
Does anyone else out there agree that Premier League managers are grossly overrated ?

I say that because, week-in & week-out, ther see goals scored from corner kicks whereby nobody is assigned to the goalpost areas.

Today was a typical example of a header by Kane which may have been cleared by someone on the line. The first goal was crucial in this game and Mourinho only has himself to blame.

Granted, Lukaku should have opened the scoring and apart from that why didn't he have at least Rashford or Sanchez playing alongside.

Yes, Jose, your days are numbered.

Rob Halligan
42 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:25:05
With or without Jose, United are stuck with that defence until January. At least we have players who can now come in and improve some of our defending. Come January United could be miles off the pace. They could be looking at needing to score 3 or 4 goals every week to win.

We need to be targeting United as the team to catch and overtake for the top six.

Darren Hind
43 Posted 27/08/2018 at 22:35:26
I wo'nt be this time Rob, I'm at an Under-12 quarter-final - life and death - but I will catch up with you Winslow guys in the coming weeks. Cant wait to meet Harrison. I do expect to buy.

Funny really, you would think meeting up with guys you only know from a website would be kinda weird.

This season I will also actively seek out George in the DH for obvious reasons and would love to have a bevy with Tony A – both Cardinal Godfrey boys. Andy Crooks is on my list of would-like-to meet too.

Then its Mike Gaynes, but he'll keep, at least until after the Ryder cup. Got plenty of battles ahead before I cozy up with him

Andy Crooks
44 Posted 28/08/2018 at 19:43:32
Darren, It does seem odd to think of meeting the Evertonians behind the names. I reckon, though, that we could put faces to the names, have a beer and still go back to proper debate.

There is not one person on this site that I would not like to have a beer with. So, Mike Gaynes, let us know your dates and let us have a convention of the curmodgeons. I will be there.

Paul Tran
45 Posted 28/08/2018 at 19:53:06
Yes, I keep trying for a bit of work in Liverpool, so even if there's no game to go to, I could meet some of you lot and continue arguing and laughing!
Tony Abrahams
46 Posted 28/08/2018 at 19:59:43
Things look like they are starting to take shape for a ToffeeWeb bevy, it could be when Mike comes over, but I'd love it to be at Wembley stadium... Please God!
Geoff Lambert
47 Posted 28/08/2018 at 20:15:28
Ledson just been sent off.
Brian Harrison
48 Posted 28/08/2018 at 20:23:49
I have heard for years from ex-players and coaches moaning about foreign coaches coming over and taking the place of British coaches. They always complain that they never come and take a club in the bottom half of the league.

Well, when Pochettino took over at Southampton, all of the numbskulls on Soccer Saturday said "Who is he?" I bet they're not asking who he is now. But the best might be Bielsa who, for some crazy reason, came to take over the basket case that has been Leeds Utd.

Pochettino calls him God and Guardiola says he is the best coach in the World. Early days, I know, but he is already having a major impact. Should he bring Leeds back to the Premier League, that will certainly make the "Why appoint foreigners?" brigade take notice.

The Premier League is now dominated by foreign coaches and, apart from Alex Ferguson, they have dominated the silverware in the last 15/20 years. Now I agree – not all foreign coaches are good and certainly Spurs with Santini and Gross will testify to that, but by-and-large they are a lot better than their British counterparts.

John G Davies
49 Posted 28/08/2018 at 21:37:59
Steve Ferns
50 Posted 30/08/2018 at 23:17:36
Does anyone remember ToffeeWeb used to have a comparison table? Apparently whoever did it copied an idea that used to be in the programme in olden days.

Anyway, the way it works is you start with last seasons table. Then you take out 18th and replace them with the Championship champions (Wolves), 19th with the runners up (Cardiff) and 20th with the play-off winners (Fulham).

Then each game week you look at the corresponding fixtures and remove them from the table so everyone goes down to 37 games and then add in the results as they come in. This then gives you a good indication as to where everyone might realistically finish come the end of the season as you can see just how much Burnley are dropping off and Watford are zooming up the table.

It's too hard to post the full table here, but I'll do a short form:
01 Man City ===== 100 (same)
02 Spurs ======== 82 5 points better
03 Man Utd ====== 78 3 points worse
04 Liverpool ===== 75 same
05 Chelsea ====== 75 5 points better
06 Arsenal ====== 62 1 point worse
07 Everton ====== 52 3 points better (+2 Saints and +1 Bournemouth)
08 Leicester ===== 49 2 points better
09 Watford ====== 48 7 points better
10 Burnley ======= 46 8 points worse!
11 C Palace ====== 45 1 point better
12 Bournemouth == 44 same
13 West Ham ===== 41 1 point worse
14 Newcastle ===== 39 5 points worse
15 Brighton ====== 39 1 point worse
16 Southampton == 36 same
17 Huddersfield === 36 1 point worse
18 Cardiff ======== 34 1 point better than Stoke
19 Wolves ======== 33 same points as Swansea
20 Fulham ======== 32 1 point better than WBA

So we have overtaken the free falling Burnley (I tipped them for relegation in Pre-Season), and our nearest rival is Leicester, unless Watford can maintain their fine form. Meanwhile, we have gained 4 points on Arsenal and have the projected gap now down to 10 points (from 14).

For the next round of fixtures, here is a selection of last season's results:
Leicester 2 Liverpool 3
Everton 2 Huddersfield 0
Stoke (Cardiff) 1 Arsenal 0
Burnley 0 Man Utd 1

So we need to win just to stay as we are, Arsenal should overturn that shock defeat and pull away to 13 points ahead, and Burnley can bounce back a lot if they beat an under pressure Man Utd side.

Steve Ferns
51 Posted 30/08/2018 at 23:33:40
Our next five fixtures are as follows:

Huddersfield (H) - won 2-0 last season
West Ham (H) - won 4-0 last season
Arsenal (A) - lost 5-1 last season
Fulham (H) - drew 1-1 with WBA last season
Leicester (A) - lost 2-0 last season

So we have two home games we won last season comfortably that we need to win again. West Ham ain't as easy as it was last season, despite their dodgy start. There's a bad result against West Brom to rectify by beating Fulham (who have started well and won't be easy). We also have two tough away fixtures.

Steve Ferns
52 Posted 31/08/2018 at 16:29:27
I've been winding the RS up all day: "Actually, you've not had a great start, you've only won the games you won last season and you've scored 4 less goals in doing so. Whereas, Spurs have 5 better points than last season and so it's actually them that made a great start and are in second."

It's gone down a treat.

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