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2019-20 English Premiere League Thread

jeffbear

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Villa pulled a 2-1 win out of their butts against Watford yesterday. Mings with a set piece goal in stoppage time. That pretty much flip-flopped the two, sliding Watford into the drop zone and Villa out of it. They went with three wingers up front, which won't work in the long run. With Kodja sold off, that new signing Samatta, the perpetually injured (or disappointing) Davis and the Bulgarian/American kid Vassilev are the only available forwards. That's a rough looking bunch, but hey ... probably still a better bunch than when they got the bounce in 2016.
 

jeffbear

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Villa improbably have landed in the Carabao Cup Final by cleaning up the 2nd leg against Leicester with a 2-1 win ... probably facing Man City again. City have a 3-1 lead in aggregate ahead of their second leg with United today. Ugh. Still ... a Cup Final is a Cup Final. Up the Villa
 

andyt

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Villa improbably have landed in the Carabao Cup Final by cleaning up the 2nd leg against Leicester with a 2-1 win ... probably facing Man City again. City have a 3-1 lead in aggregate ahead of their second leg with United today. Ugh. Still ... a Cup Final is a Cup Final. Up the Villa
Man U pulled one back but lost 3-2 on aggregate. In the not too distant past, getting to the Cup final would have put them in the Europa League, since City will qualify for Europe in another way. If Villa do win, they go into the Europa League 2nd qualifying round.

In the League, Liverpool won their match against West Ham that was postponed for their participation in the Club World Cup. With their win, they’re 19 points clear of Man City with 70 points in 24 matches.

In January transfer news, Spurs finally sold off Christian Eriksen, to Inter for £17 million. They also sent Danny Rose to Newcastle on loan until the end of the season, sent Giovani Lo Celso to Real Betis for £27 million and brought in forward Steven Bergwijn from PSV for £29 million and midfielder Gedson Fernandes from Benfica on an 18 month loan with an option to buy for £55 million. Man U sent captain Ashley Young to Inter for £1 million. He was on an expiring contract. AC Milan played backup keeper shuffle with clubs in England, sending Pepe Reina to Villa and bringing in Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth, both loan deals. Chelsea sent Victor Moses to Inter on loan. Arsenal sign center back Pablo Mori on loan from Flamengo. He was under contract at Man City from 2016-19, so Arteta knows him from there. They had sent him out to Girona, NAC and Deportivo La Coruña on loan.
 

jeffbear

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Man U pulled one back but lost 3-2 on aggregate. In the not too distant past, getting to the Cup final would have put them in the Europa League, since City will qualify for Europe in another way. If Villa do win, they go into the Europa League 2nd qualifying round.
Look ... hardware is always good, but if Villa somehow move heaven and earth and win that thing against City, which is such a long shot I had trouble actually typing it, then they should be given a free pass by fans and press to field a freaking youth squad in Europa League qualifying. Unless they get relegated of course, in which case it would be the only thing that matters.

Completely moot because City will pick their scoreline.
 
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