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2021-22 Premiere League Thread

Ed H in Pasadena

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Match Week #11 fixtures, starting with a big one tomorrow, given the precarious position both teams currently occupy. As mentioned earlier, the heat has to be on Dean Smith at Villa Park. They've underachieved this year, and it can't all be down to Grealish. Too much talent here.

FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER​

  • Southampton 20:00 Aston Villa

SATURDAY 6TH NOVEMBER​

  • Manchester United 12:30 Manchester City
  • Brentford 15:00 Norwich City
  • Chelsea 15:00 Burnley
  • Crystal Palace 15:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Brighton & Hove Albion 17:30 Newcastle United

SUNDAY 7TH NOVEMBER​

  • Arsenal 14:00 Watford
  • Everton 14:00 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Leeds United 14:00 Leicester City
  • West Ham United 16:30 Liverpool
Some HUGE fixtures this weekend: the Manchester derby, Everton/Spurs and a surprisingly huge one as 4th place West Ham host 2nd place Liverpool at London Stadium. The pub will be rocking for that one: our home base, and the local Hammers usually show out in force for this match (they have their own place less than two miles away, but as the origins of their supporters are with the three who started it all 15 years ago at our home base before it became our home base, they usually watch with us). It'll be electric.

Oh and theoretically, the Gunners can move into the Top 4 if results fall their way, though that would require overturning a 10 goal deficit in a single weekend. 😁
 

andyt

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Very strange that the Manchester Derby is the early match on Saturday. And while my Gunners could theoretically move into 4th with a massive result and and equally massive West Ham loss, they could also fall into 10th with a loss and wins by Wolves, Brighton, Spurs/Everton and Leicester.
 

Ed H in Pasadena

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Very strange that the Manchester Derby is the early match on Saturday. And while my Gunners could theoretically move into 4th with a massive result and and equally massive West Ham loss, they could also fall into 10th with a loss and wins by Wolves, Brighton, Spurs/Everton and Leicester.
True, but why depress you, Andy! 😁
 

Ed H in Pasadena

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Southampton 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa never really looked like they were likely to contend today. Dean Smith needs to figure out really quick what's going on, because it's going sideways so rapidly. 🙁
 

andyt

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Norwich beat Brentford for their first win of the season and then sacked Daniel Farke and his entire back room staff. They hope to have a replacement by their next match on November 20.
 

Ed H in Pasadena

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Norwich beat Brentford for their first win of the season and then sacked Daniel Farke and his entire back room staff. They hope to have a replacement by their next match on November 20.
Norwich is approaching Watford-level ridiculousness. NOW you decide Farke isn't the guy to take you forward? Not after the disaster that was 2019? Or earlier this year after the poor run in form? Buffoons!
 

Ed H in Pasadena

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Results from the Saturday and Sunday matches. Arsenal are closer to us than West Ham now, Andy.

PREMIER LEAGUE
Saturday 6 November
Man Utd 0 Man City 2
Brentford 1 Norwich 2
Chelsea 1 Burnley 1
Crystal Palace 2 Wolves 0
Brighton 1 Newcastle 1

Sunday 7 November
Arsenal 1 Watford 0
Everton 0 Tottenham 0
Leeds 1 Leicester 1
West Ham 3 Liverpool 2
 

Ed H in Pasadena

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The thing that worries me is, every once in awhile, Alisson will have a real, mind-boggling howler of a match. Today was one of those. Misjudged the flight of the two corners they scored on, and let Fornals' shot leak past him after getting to it.
Plenty of blame to go around, though. Trent was menacing going forward but to often exposed us in the back, which they exploited. VVD used to cover those sins but maybe he can't anymore? Andy Robbo was off-kilter again, the two MFs in front of Fabinho were no good (a worrying trend from Jordan Henderson) and Jota was poor, while Mane and Mo were good on a day we needed great (in particular, Mane's finishing was poor).
Hammers earned that win. And don't look now, but by year's end we could have another England RB in that mix. Ben Johnson looks very promising (analysis not just based on this single match, btw)
 
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Ed H in Pasadena

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The tables going into the international break (courtesy of Yahoo! Sports)

RankPremier LeaguePlayed (H | A)Won (H | A)Drawn (H | A)Lost (H | A)GDPts
1Chelsea11 (6 | 5)8 (4 | 4)2 (1 | 1)1 (1 | 0)2326
2Manchester City11 (5 | 6)7 (3 | 4)2 (1 | 1)2 (1 | 1)1623
3West Ham United11 (6 | 5)7 (3 | 4)2 (1 | 1)2 (2 | 0)1023
4Liverpool11 (5 | 6)6 (2 | 4)4 (3 | 1)1 (0 | 1)2022
5Arsenal11 (6 | 5)6 (4 | 2)2 (1 | 1)3 (1 | 2)020
6Manchester United11 (6 | 5)5 (2 | 3)2 (1 | 1)4 (3 | 1)217
7Brighton and Hove Albion11 (6 | 5)4 (2 | 2)5 (2 | 3)2 (2 | 0)017
8Wolverhampton Wanderers11 (5 | 6)5 (2 | 3)1 (0 | 1)5 (3 | 2)-116
9Tottenham Hotspur11 (5 | 6)5 (3 | 2)1 (0 | 1)5 (2 | 3)-716
10Crystal Palace11 (6 | 5)3 (2 | 1)6 (4 | 2)2 (0 | 2)115
11Everton11 (6 | 5)4 (3 | 1)3 (1 | 2)4 (2 | 2)015
12Leicester City11 (5 | 6)4 (2 | 2)3 (1 | 2)4 (2 | 2)-215
13Southampton11 (6 | 5)3 (2 | 1)5 (3 | 2)3 (1 | 2)-214
14Brentford11 (6 | 5)3 (1 | 2)3 (1 | 2)5 (4 | 1)-112
15Leeds United11 (6 | 5)2 (1 | 1)5 (3 | 2)4 (2 | 2)-711
16Aston Villa11 (5 | 6)3 (2 | 1)1 (1 | 0)7 (2 | 5)-610
17Watford11 (5 | 6)3 (1 | 2)1 (1 | 0)7 (3 | 4)-710
18Burnley11 (5 | 6)1 (1 | 0)5 (2 | 3)5 (2 | 3)-68
19Newcastle United11 (5 | 6)0 (0 | 0)5 (2 | 3)6 (3 | 3)-125
20Norwich City11 (5 | 6)1 (0 | 1)2 (1 | 1)8 (4 | 4)-215
 

andyt

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Starting on January 1, 2022, Chelsea, Man City, Manu U Spiurs and Cardiff will be allowed to have “safe standing” areas in their stadiums. All seaters have been compulsory in the Premier League since the 1994-95 season. Fulham were allowed to have a standing section for one season after they were promoted in 2001-02.
 

Ed H in Pasadena

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Starting on January 1, 2022, Chelsea, Man City, Manu U Spiurs and Cardiff will be allowed to have “safe standing” areas in their stadiums. All seaters have been compulsory in the Premier League since the 1994-95 season. Fulham were allowed to have a standing section for one season after they were promoted in 2001-02.
About time. They've done this in Germany for a long time now.
 

jeffbear

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About time. They've done this in Germany for a long time now.
Stadiums in Scotland have done it as well ... for like 5-6 years now I think. No real issues either. Plenty of sectarian singing and signs (sadly), but no actual violence.

Standing areas themselves were NEVER the problem. Clubs over-selling tickets, over-serving beer and stadium security failing to even give even a half-assed effort at managing ingress and egress were ALWAYS the problem.
 

andyt

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Paul Pogba suffered a thigh injury in training yesterday and could miss 2 months. He left France and returned to Manchester for further evaluation.
 

andyt

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Richard Deitsch from The Athletic tweeted that ESPN has bid on the US Premier League TV contract that expires at the end of this season. That would make for an interesting scheduling conflict for them. ESPN has College Gameday at 9:00 on Saturday mornings, right in the middle of the early game window. And then NBC usually has the 5:30 UK time match on Saturday on the network. ESPN/ABC are wall to wall college football on Saturdays. Are they going to take the SEC off the air to broadcast Villa-Burnley at 12:30 eastern? After college football? It’s college basketball. But they could also see it as a way to drive lagging ESPN+ subscrptions.

But NBC isn’t without warts. They’re shutting down NBCSN at the end of this year, with most of their sports programming moving to USA Network. We’ve seen that they’re not shy about putting a marquee game behind a paywall either. So it will be interesting to see what happens.
 

StormChaserBH

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Holy Thread Bump, Batman! :)

I don't see any way ESPN & Associates have room for the PL unless they do exactly that, move all of it to their pay/streaming service. NBC has been at least keeping 1 game per window on 'free' TV, even the big club 12:30 eastern games getting the main NBC exposure many/most weeks. Can't see ESPN being willing/able to do any of that.
 

andyt

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Holy Thread Bump, Batman! :)

I don't see any way ESPN & Associates have room for the PL unless they do exactly that, move all of it to their pay/streaming service. NBC has been at least keeping 1 game per window on 'free' TV, even the big club 12:30 eastern games getting the main NBC exposure many/most weeks. Can't see ESPN being willing/able to do any of that.
Clearly I was half asleep.

For those who didn’t see the original before I moved it, my post was originally on the 2014-15 thread.
 
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