Premier League football (ps: It's not called the 'Premiership' — that's rugby!) returns this weekend but there's still a long wait until Everton host West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

The raft of fixtures kicks off early on Saturday with a chance for Spurs to get back to winning ways against Liverpool at Wembley.

Newcastle Utd vs Arsenal may be one to watch at 3 pm on Saturday, with Watford looking to extend their 100% record so far by turning over Manchester Utd at Vicarage Road in the televised tea-time game.


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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 15/09/2018 at 15:51:40
Spurs 1 Liverpool 2; score looks bad... what is worse, they deserved to win. Worse again, they have got a very good team and squad.
Steve Ferns
2 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:03:08
Dave, they’re going to have a great season. Thankfully Man City are just a bit too good for them.
Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:09:18
Steve (2),

Hopefully!!!

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:11:06
Yea, so much for my wishful thinking... but Man City are well on top of Fulham. Bournemouth also had a strong first half vs Leicester (a bit of a dubious penalty for the third, tho...)

Meanwhile, Ross Barkley is on as sub for Chelsea. Maybe I'll switch over and watch that now.

Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:19:13
Barkley playing fairly deep in midfield, getting a lot of touches. Neat and tidy, catch and release, not dwelling on the ball. Not giving it away. Even getting some applause from them Chavs!
Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:40:36
Michael,

I just wonder if and when Barkley will have a game at Chelsea where he really makes an impact and shows he is at the level of his squad mates.

Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:47:15
Interesting — almost the first time he does take the ball forward at feet, he is easily dispossessed. He really is not getting anywhere near the penalty area. Is that his job? Very boring.

Meanwhile, Chelsea score another two, Willian's a scorcher, with the ball coming to him behind Barkley off a deflection. Had that ball gone to Barkley, however, (he was right alongside Willian), I couldn't see him doing what Willian just did. Not in a month of Sundays.

He just seems to lack any confidence or drive. But maybe playing to instructions — take no risks, play well within yourself...

Rob Halligan
8 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:57:20
Chelsea go top on goal difference. Finish the season now!!
Michael Kenrick
9 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:59:07
Kieran, that's just what I was curious to see. This was certainly not that game. He was fine in the middle third of the pitch but, as soon as he crossed into the front third, his touch and confidence seemed to desert him.
John G Davies
10 Posted 15/09/2018 at 17:08:54
Liverpool have probably got a first team that could challenge Man City. A few injuries and that's them out if it.
Very, very difficult to make up a 25-point deficit in one season against a far superior squad.
Kieran Kinsella
11 Posted 15/09/2018 at 17:14:57
Michael

I wonder how many chances he will get. The safety first, avoid mistakes, tidy game is one way to slowly build confidence. I'd say it would probably work for Rodwell at Blackburn, but Chelsea have so many other options I cannot see them allowing anyone that type of time to settle in.

Michael Kenrick
12 Posted 15/09/2018 at 17:35:24
What a hideous kit Jose's boys are wearing at Watford! Fellaini and Lukaku look just ridiculous!

Deeny really should've given Watford the lead there, put his shot too close to De Gea, allowing him to pull off a good reaction save.

Michael Kenrick
13 Posted 15/09/2018 at 18:08:11
But United have been a step or two better than the home side, and Lukaku puts one in off his ample belly, to give the Mancs the lead. Two more chances that could have gone in.

Smalling makes it 2-0. Watford bubble bursts.

David Barks
14 Posted 15/09/2018 at 18:10:04
Lukaku goal with his abdominal muscles. And a second goal, from a corner.
Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 15/09/2018 at 18:14:56
No doubt Moshiri rapped up the Watford boss just before Lukaku's goal.
John Keating
16 Posted 15/09/2018 at 18:21:59
Michael, I have to agree with the Man Utd strip, bloody awful.

It's like Utd had a white strip and when it was Fellaini's turn to take it home for washing, his mam put it in the washing machine with a red towel.

Joe McMahon
17 Posted 15/09/2018 at 18:28:45
We need to go into hiding. The media adores them as it is, so what's it gonna be like when they do win their first Premier League title this season. Man City will win Champions League.
Brian Murray
18 Posted 15/09/2018 at 18:44:56
Joe,

Man City will have too much for them. They have no squad like City's. Relax. Plus, we will get four points off them this season, as long as we get the new men fit and they don't bring their own ref.

David Barks
19 Posted 15/09/2018 at 18:54:12
Commentator says Smalling was brilliant while defending that corner, as replay shows he had his arms completely wrapped around the man and was holding him from even being able to jump or move toward the ball. In other words, a clear foul by Smalling that should have been a penalty. It was so blatant, yet the commentators say great defending.
Michael Kenrick
20 Posted 15/09/2018 at 19:07:03
I was watching that too, David, it was very obvious. So much for clamping down on grappling in the area.
John G Davies
21 Posted 15/09/2018 at 19:50:37
Some performance off Doucoure there.

Exactly what we need.

Peter Mills
22 Posted 15/09/2018 at 21:53:25
In the Liverpool match against Spurs today, two incidents struck me.

1. Van Dijk played a quick free-kick back to Alison, who got himself into a bit of bother so picked the ball up as if it had simply been kicked to him to take the free kick. The referee ignored it, the commentators laughed and referred to it as “pragmatic refereeing”.

2. Liverpool were planning to bring on Henderson for Keite, and had indicated so to the 4th official, who lit his board accordingly. Firminho went down with his scratched eye, Klopp asked the 4th official to change his board, the 4th official refused on the grounds that Klopp had already made his decision. Discussion went on between them for several minutes, with the 4th official standing his ground. Next thing, Firminho is going off to be replaced by Shaqiri and the debate was forgotten about.

Am I bitter and paranoid, or do they just always get their own way?

Anthony Murphy
23 Posted 15/09/2018 at 23:33:36
Sadly, I think the RS will win it. Man City have lost De Bruyne and will not see the best of him for some time. Additionally, their desire to have a proper stab at the Champions League will distract them. A major injury to an RS key player or two may derail them, but they just aren't that unlucky, are they?

BTW, does anyone else agree that Man City documentary that everyone is raving about is as boring as fuck?

Dave Abrahams
24 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:14:54
Peter(22), I watched the game but to be honest I never noticed those two incidents, knowing you, mostly from your posts, you are simply telling the truth and as it is on tape, nobody can argue with the truth except the people who call us "The Bitters".
Peter Mills
25 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:45:04
Cheers Dave #24, say one for us all this morning and enjoy the match.

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