Average start, as you said. Some good signings, but not sure about Long. Hope he'll do well though
@Louis O: Yeah not the greatest start but I'm liking how the new signings are performing. Hoping that Long, Martinez and Traore will score plenty of goals. Cheers man
Euro Under 21 Playoff Draw!
Today the draw for the European Under 21's playoff's was made earlier today with 7 place's currently up for grabs for the 2013 championship in Israel. Here we look at the draw, and who will be winners, losers and Bebe's.
Czech Republic V.S. Denmark
Czech Republic finished top of group 9 by one goal of Russia and totally deserved there place in this play off. They also have a number of good players, such as Chelsea's Tomas Kalas on loan from Levurkusen, Marek Stech of Yeovil and Udinese forward Matej Vydra who almost helped Watford into the premier league. Denmark were runners up in Group 4 by four points of Italy. They were seven points ahead of Wales in what was an easy group also containing Armenia and Azerbaijan, so we can't really say if they did deserve their place. But with players like Mats Albaek of Stade Reims, they will certainly give it a go, but it looks like it's Czech Republic's match to lose.
Italy V.S. Serbia
Italy won a fairly weak group in style, and will definatley be one to watch if they qualify. With Stephen El Shaaraway, Marco Verratti, Mattia Destro and Fabio Borini, goals should be a plenty, and with Marco Davide Faraoni and Mattia Di Sciglio they have some good defenders. Serbia where runners up to England in Group 10, by only 2 points, but I still don't see them beating the Italians in this match, even with some of the players they have. Lazar Markovic of Benfica provides some goals for them, and Aleksander Ignjovski keeps the midfield marshalled, but again, this is Italy's match to lose.
England V.S. Finland
What a chance for Evanna Lynch to prove herself, by qualifying for Euro 2013 Under 21's tournemount. She has the quality of players to do so, Wilfred Zaha, currently on loan at Tottenham, and Will Hughes, Now of Chelsea, both have been linked to play in the main England team, and in Nathaniel Clyne, Carl Jenkinson and Steven Caulker they have players with a year or two seasons premier league experience. Finland unfortunately don't have anyone to special in their squad, with Julian Riedel, the £95 k valued Levurkusen Defensive Midfielder being their best player. But, they did win their group, so they may be up for shocking England, but this really does look like England's match.
Greece V.S. Holland
Greece are an interesting team in this competition. Their main team is not necesarily the strongest team in the world, yet their Under 21's topped Group 8. Could this be a sign to come for the main team, with players like Kostas Fortounis of Kaiserslauten and Everton's Apostolos Vellios. Holland though, are favourites for this match and for the euro's. And it is obvious to see why. They won the 2006 and 2007 tournemounts, and they have players playing in top divisions like Luc Castiagnos of Twente, Chelsea's Marco Vin Ginkel, Feyenoord's Stefan De Vrij and the PSV trio of Luciano Narsingh, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jeffrey Bruma. In short they should easily beat Greece having remained unbeaten in qualifying from Group 2.
Ireland V.S. Spain
Sorry Ireland fans, but this is doesn't look good for your country. None of your players has any real experience higher than the Championship, with your best players being Aston Villa's Enda Stevens and Cardiff's Joe Mason. The Irish finished runners up to Holland in Group 2, but compare them to Spain and the players they have at their disposal. Bayren Munich's Tiago, Bilbao's Munian, Illarramendi of Sociedad, Manchester United's De Gea, Barcelona's Marc Bartra, Cristian Tello and Martin Montoya. And thats only a few of the players named. In short, I really don't expect this to be anything, but a huge thrashing of the Irish.
France V.S. Croatia
Why is there no game where I can say it looks equal? This looks more equal than any of the other games in this draw, but still France looks much stronger.The winners of Group 3 have the likes of Antoine Griezmann who was part of Sociedad's 4th place finish in La Liga last season, Raphael Varane who is a defender for Real Madrid, Akexandre Lacazette who is another youth product from Lyon (like Benzema and Ben Arfa) and Paul Pogba who has played for Manchester United and Juventus. Croatia can't match that but still have some good players like Inter Milan's Mateo Kovacic. Unfortunatly, even if Croatia take this to the end, I still feel France will win, but don't count the Croat's out yet, they won group 6 after all.
Russia V.S. Germany
This will not be an easy one to predict. Russia finished second by only a point to the Czech Republic, but still have to be respected and in Fedor Smolov they have a good goal poacher. But Germany won their group and have produced some of the best players of recent times in Mats Hummels and Marc Andre Ter-Stegen. This is one side that no-one can underestimate them. This will be a close one..If I had to pick a winner...I would say Germany.
So there you have it. The draw for the European Under 21's Championship Qualifying Playoff's. 7 of these 14 teams will travel to Israel next summer. But who will it be?
Capital One Cup Fourth Round Draw!
Earlier today the fourth round draw was made by two of the worlds current leading pundits, known as ex-scouts Akash and Glenn. The pair drew out 13 Premier League teams such as League Champions Manchester United and Capital One Cup holders Swansea, as well as three championship teams like FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic. But who is facing who?
The two main ties of the rounds are both rivalries and tough ones at that. David Moyes gets a taste for the first time of the Manchester United/ Liverpool rivalry, as the Theatre of dreams welcomes Brendan Rodgers side. United welcomed both Cabaye and Baines in during the summer, but it is striker Robin Van Persie, whos hat trick confirmed them as champions, that Liverpool should worry about most. Meanwhile, Liverpool signed Yarmolenko and loan signing Kolarov. But, Steven Gerrard remains top dog at Anfield, and will want to give United a defeat.
The other big derby is the first Chelsea Arsenal match for the new manager at Stamford Bridge, Evanna Lynch. She along with a number of new faces like Jackson Martinez and Marouane Fellaini came in, but they are so far performing lacklustre, as both Akash and Glenn, as well as other footballing pundits like Danny Mills, Alan Shearer and Chris Kamara have pointed out. Arsenal have no such worries having just dropped 2 points in 5 games. Despite only signing 2 new faces in Aiderwereld and Adrian, plus failing in a reported £42. 5 million signing of Ozil, Arsene Wenger has so far managed to make his side a tough one to beat.
The other big match, isn't a rivalry, but is interesting as it pairs the two cup winners of last season. Wigan Athletic joined Birmingham, in being a relegated cup winner, and they look favourites to be promoted this campaign. Swansea won the capital one cup against the fairy tale team of Bradford, winning 5-0, and in the last 16, they look to beat Wigan, and go one step further to claiming a second cup in a row.
Huddersfield V.S Fulham
Sunderland V.S. Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City V.S. Newcastle United
Wigan Athletic V.S. Swansea City
Manchester United V.S. Liverpool
Chelsea V.S. Arsenal
Crystal Palace V.S. Everton
Cardiff V.S. Stoke
Several excellent signings. It looks to be a complete restructuring of the club. Several people keep Torres instead of selling, perhaps to retrain him as an inside forward. Will you be making more signings in the January window? Perhaps selling Mata for Ronaldo?
Best of luck then
My game crashed last night. Fortunatly, I only had to replay the latest game. But, it did change the entire League Cup Draw.
Newcastle V.S. Chelsea
Crystal Palace V.S. Swansea
Everton V.S. Manchester United - One to watch, Moyes returns to Goodison Park.
Sheffield Wednesday V.S. Huddersfield Town
Wigan Athletic V.S. Stoke City
Sunderland V.S. Norwich
Cardiff City V.S. Arsenal
Fulham V.S. Liverpool
@tbendis: Torres never was part of my plans. I sold him straight off, although really I should of kept at least one senior forward, as the most senior forward at the moment is Jackson Martinez. As for Mata for Ronaldo, hahahahahahahahahahahaha you are funny :)but I do plan to bring in some players if I can get the budget (I spent £175 million brining in £76 million, at a starting one of £72 million. so that is £27 million that I got from wage adjusting in signing Hughes and Long) may send hughes on loan yet.
Some great signings, but a poor start. Jackson Martinez looks brilliant though
@TheMadridista: TWO MODERATORS!?! I must be dreaming. As for the start I think we may turn it around soon Martinez and Traore have seven between them, and play well together. I picture big things for them.