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About time we had a new thread for the upcoming season.

First day fixtures as follows:

FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST
Manchester United v Leicester City

SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton

SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST
Liverpool v West Ham United
Southampton v Burnley
Arsenal v Manchester City

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Chelsea sack Conte

It has finally happened, as we all knew it would. Another manager departure poorly handled by those in charge at Stamford Bridge. Don't know where he will end up with his wonderful hair piece but I imagine it will be back in Italy. Napoli's Maurizio Sarri has been the expected replacement for a while now, but no official confirmation has yet been made.

I wonder if any other managers will fall by the side in pre-season?
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With only a week and a half until the season kicks off, who do we see as title winners/challengers this season? Your three to go down to? Any surprise packages?
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1- Man City
2 - Liverpool
3 - Tottenham
4 - Arsenal
5 - Chelsea
6 - Man Utd

No idea on the bottom as gets harder each year to predict though if I had to pick one it would be Cardiff as a certainty, so expect them to now make mid table...
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I agree with you on all fronts there @VP. pretty much as I would have called it
I'm not sure Spurs will finish in the top 4 this season. They seem to have really missed an opportunity to push on by not bringing anyone in (so far) this transfer window. Liverpool have, however, so should do well this season but City still seem too strong to overcome over a season. As for United, Chelsea and Arsenal I really can't tell who will outdo the other.

At the other end, Cardiff have to be favourite to go straight back down. Fulham and Wolves may have come up with them but already look like decent Prem sides from their signings! Crystal Palace are down there I think, even if they hold on to Zaha. Assuming Benteke is as poor as last season too. That third relegation is another tricky one. Could Burnley have bitten off more than they can chew with Europa League games? Another club that has failed to sign anyone also. Brighton, Huddersfield, Bournemouth are teams that imo will always be close to the drop. Southampton shouldn't be but I don't rate or like Mark Hughes so it wouldn't surprise me.

If I had to, I'd go like this :

1. City
2. Liverpool
3. United
4. Arsenal
5. Spurs
6. Chelsea

18. Brighton
19. Huddersfield
20. Cardiff
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For me:

1. City
2. Liverpool
3. Spurs
4. Chelsea
5. Arsenal
6. United

18. Huddersfield/Fulham
19. Brighton
20. Cardiff

Think Spurs aren't exactly hurting themselves by not bringing anyone in. They will have to bring in a CB if Toby goes but they should be alright other then that.
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Arsenal v Chelsea friendly if anyone interested, already losing 0-1 http://buffstreamz.com/embed/55n-a.php
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Arsenal v Chelsea friendly if anyone interested, already losing 0-1 http://buffstreamz.com/embed/55n-a.php


It's also free to watch for those with Virgin TV on Premier Sports 1, channel 551.
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City
Liverpool
Arsenal
Spurs
Chelsea
United

Cardiff, Burnley & Bournemouth to be relegated.

3rd-6th is anyone's though, the top 2 are more or less confirmed for me
Citeh
Pool
Chelsea
Arsenal
Spurs
United

Mou to blow it all up again

Burnley
B'mouth
Cardiff

Have to agree with BJ, I think Burnley will struggle with EL, and B'mouth have been riding their luck imo
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So now not only is Rafa unhappy at Newcastle but so are the players. They've refused to partake in any of their media obligations in a dispute with the club.

Welcome to the club, Rondon
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So now not only is Rafa unhappy at Newcastle but so are the players. They've refused to partake in any of their media obligations in a dispute with the club.

Welcome to the club, Rondon


To be honest, they are right! Why even go for someone who scored 23 goals in 3 seasons when you have potential in your squad such as Gayle?
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There's a symmetry to this, given that last season, the team bonus structure was only agreed in the last few weeks and after direct negotiations between Ashley and the players, lead by Lascelles. Just appears this time that the dispute is more public, and could end up with a club fine if we don't do the broadcast graphics.

Still would've preferred to send WBA Joselu instead of Gayle. Though not really convinced by either at PL level.

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I'd rather Rondon leading the line than Joselu.

I don't think Gayle is that bad either, just doesn't suit how Newcastle want to play.
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I would rather have Gayle - though he was actually excellent in 2018 - he'll never be prolific but his all round game was actually very good. - I do like Rondon but I tolerate non-scoring forwards a lot more than most. Dubrakva and Kennedy were very good last season.

tbf that's a them I'd rather have Merino/Colback than Ki, Mbemba rather than Schar or Fernandez, and Mitrovic and Gayle than Rondon and Muto.

But the team beat practically everyone from January onwards - and we've still got that team plus four more. - We've only sold players the manager expressly didn't want.

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Brighton are my tip to struggle - they may have made the classic second season sign better but more unsuitable players - see also Chris Hughton's Norwich - when they brought in Hooper, Fer, Van Wolfswinkel and Redmond and everyone said they 'won the transfer window'.

My God - remember when a £25m splurge which includes Gary Hooper was considered a coup?

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Burnley also they give away loads of shots - but barely concede - and they now have a goalie who can't dive to his left - as well as Europa games to contend with
The Premier League is back!

And so is Luke Shaw. Glad to see him playing again and even scoring his first senior goal. Let's hope he stays fit and gets a good season because I really don't want to see Ashley Young at left back for England again!
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Luke Shaw played well, good to see him get a goal at last (even if he does play for those).

United didn't look great mind, thought Fred looked all over the place and picked up a debut booking. Leicester dominated after going behind, a more capable team going forward would of had united on the back foot I feel.
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I have no idea what to expect this season from the Mags. Depends which one turns up - the one that showed genuinely excellent form in the final three months of the season, or the one that picked up 1 point from 10 matches in the autumn. Unlike some pundits and the more pessimistic members of the fanbase, I don't think we'll go down, even if the pre-season atmosphere has not been great. Today might not be a bad opener, mind, given this match is effectively Spurs' pre-season as most of their better players came back late from Russia.

Fulham have had a better summer than Wolves of the two big-spending newbies, although part of me wouldn't be that surprised if Cardiff scraped their way to survive, as that seems to be the done thing now. Watford look like they could struggle if only because I wasn't that convinced by Javi Gracia, especially away, and they don't seem to have solved their problem at centre-forward, although their midfield is still pretty good. Europa League and only making 3 new signings means Burnley are going to have injury problems, although Leicester last night did have potential.

But you know... my pre-season guesses are usually wrong.
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City beating Arsenal 1-0 at HT.
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Good start to our season putting four past West ham but more importantly keeping that clean sheet!
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Petr Cech is nearly as bad with his feet as Granit Xhaha.
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Petr Cech is nearly as bad with his feet as Granit Xhaha.

He's clearly been in the gym all summer though!
Good start to our season putting four past West ham but more importantly keeping that clean sheet!


Didn't really test the new keeper did they though?
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Didn't really test the new keeper did they though?

Not at all, but last season we would of conceded from something haha
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Only me finding it funny that Tottenham have failed to get their stadium ready on time?
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Only me finding it funny that Tottenham have failed to get their stadium ready on time?


They were busy building that trophy cabinet.
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Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0 - A game with absolutely zero attacking quality in it.

Roll on 17:30 when Chelsea put four past us, at least there'll be some action.

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Last week showed some promise but this was just a turd of a performance, culminating in that last minute penalty miss.

Can we just have another World Cup instead?
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I thought it was a strange game for a midday kick off and to be televised. Glad I got dragged shopping and taxi-ing the missus to the hairdressers instead!
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