zizou
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Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:40 am

Weekend Wrap...

So Chelsea opened their season with a impressive season, 2-1. Can anyone tell me why Owen got to retake that penalty, was it because Cuddicini moved before the spot kick was taken?

In the other games, Newcastle I thought was very unlucky not to win against Leeds, they had numerous chances to score, though I admitt Leeds took their chances and it payed off, 2-2. Man City strolled to a comfortable win with Anelka playing really well, while former great Fowler, had another game that he rather forget, 3-0

On Saturday, Man Utd opened their accounts with an easy win against Bolton, 4-0. Everyone is raving about how good this Ronaldo kid is, but I am still am not convinced, Bolton 's defence was pathetic for the last 20 mins. Interestingly enough, it took till the 70th minute for Man Utd to score their 2nd and Van Nistelrooy missed another spot kick...

My team Arsenal started out really nevy and hate to say it, Everton had most of the chances. Then Campbell was sent off (deservedly too I might add) and one Keown cam on place of the useless Wiltord, we returned to our old sleves again. Henry was a lone warrior up front and he won us a penalty, which he duly converted. We then proceeded to dominate the game untill the last 10 mins, when Radzinksi scored. However, we manged to hold tight and grind out a hard fought win, 2-1

Other notable results was Southampton fight back against Leiceister, 2-2 Phillips and Beattie look the goods. Fulham beat Middlesborough 3-2, Portsmouth made their debut in style beating a sorry Aston Villa who had Barry sent off for abusing the ref 2-1. Birmingham beat Tottenham 1-0 (yeah!), and Wolverhampton had a rude awakening to premier league reality, getting smashed by Blackburn 5-1.

Here's my team of the week,

GK. Maik Taylor (Birmingham)
RB. Sun Ji Hi (Man City)
CB. Amorouso (Blackburn)
CB. Ferdinand (Man Utd)
LB. Johnson (Chelsea)
RM. Emerton (Blackburn)
CM. Veron (Chelsea)
CM. Scholes (Man Utd)
LM. Giggs (Man Utd)
ST. Shearer (Newcastle)
ST. Anelka (Man City)

Star of the week was Ryan Giggs. Awesome free kick to open the season (who needs Beckham!), and scored another one and created lots of chances of Man Utd.

I look forward to everyone's opinions and comments.
 
buckfifty
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:50 am

Bolton 's defence was pathetic for the last 20 mins.

I wouldn't exactly use the term 'pathetic'. Leaky, maybe...  Big grin
 
CHRISBA777ER
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Mon Aug 18, 2003 6:05 pm

Very tired, got back very late last night long train journey back from Liverpool - but a great result and I have something of a hangover this morning.

I and 900-odd of my Chelsea supporting faithful outsang the Kop all game.

And may I just say, Jimmy - I am sorry I ever doubted you. All is forgiven.

How much was the Ref a scouser?

"There there Owen old chap, dont cry, i'll let you take it again"

Still a very good three points and how Eidur didnt kill the game off to make it two when he was through on Dudek i will never know. Unlucky son.

Man United looked good didnt they? I doubt they will play that well every week but its pretty clear who the team to beat is.

And dirty Sol Campbell got sent off - he deserved to go in the Charity Shield along with Ashley Cole, and Jeffers, but its nice to see Referees not standing for that kind of on field behaviour.

Am glad to see Pompey win too - villa look a crap outfit. I'll be pleased if they go down.

So its Leicester at home next saturday. I'll be there. Cant wait. Looking forward to welcoming Roman to the Bridge in true Chelsea style.

And to reprise a memorable song (one of many) from yesterday...

"Loads and loads of money!"

Rgds,

CM
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zizou
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:44 pm

BuckFifty,
Maybe I am a bit harsh, but Van Nistelrooy had enough time to literally bend over tie his shoelaces and score, there was no Bolton defender in coooooeeeee! of him....


Seems like you had a good time Chris. Watched the highlights today, and Terry had a awesome game, very solid. Though Kewell got past him on once occasion. Why on earth was Gallas not on the starting eleven? They could have played hoim at RB, eventhough Johnson had a great game for an 18 year old.

Interesting to note, that Chelsea is playing 4-5-1, very similiar to Man Utd last season. Hence with only 1 striker place up for grabs, you surely don't need Vieri or Crespo, when you have Mutu, Gudjohnson (such a a hard name to spell!), Jimmy, Carlton Cole or Mikael Forsell. An embarasment of riches there. We would duly swap you Wiltord for Gudjonhson!

Leicester didn't look too flash, and they got a dubious penalty at the start too. Should be a cricket score if Chelsea played the same way they did against Liverpool. Arsenal, play Aston Villa at Villa. Looks like Campbell might be suspended and maybe Henry too?

And now Pennant is going to Leeds on loan? Why?, in my opinion he should be given a chance to play instead of Wiltord on the right mid. Really don't know what Wenger is thinking, but I trust him, hopefully things will work out...
 
ryanb741
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:23 pm

I won £1200 at the bookies last year for betting that Southampton would get into Europe when they were bottom. I have just stuck some money on Phillips and Beattie being the highest scoring partnership in the Premiership (should be an easy win as the top sides usually play with a lone striker). I win another £600 if both Beattie and Phillips net over 20 each this year.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
 
zizou
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:54 pm

Ryanb741, you are off to to a good start, with both Beattie and Phillips getting of the mark. Especially Phillps, his goal was a corker! Even the camera had trouble keeping up to speed with the shot.. For only 3.2 million, I think the Saints have got a bargain.

Southampton has got a good side this year, and really should make it into Europe at least. Also, this Fritz Hall, apparently he is a big prospect, looking forward to seeing him in action soon...
 
CHRISBA777ER
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:59 pm

Chelsea still 8/1 for the Premiership title. I've had £50 on it when we were 16/1 outsiders before Roman came to town.

Worth a pop.

CM
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Banco
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:04 am

Sounds like a reasonable bet Ryan, for the reasons you say. You might want to offset that bet with another one on Anelka and Fowler at Manchester City, another partnership that may do very well this year for exactly the same reasons.
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zizou
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:06 am

800 pounds if Chelsea win, not too bad. With that, you can come down under for a nice holiday!  Big grin

How much for them to win the Champions League? Might be worth it to place a bet on that too....
 
CHRISBA777ER
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:53 am

Lets not start throwing money away just yet - sooner or later we will have to beat Arsenal in both the league and the champs league - aint gonna happen.

Arsenal could put out three one legged homeless people, a blind 90 year old woman, and Francis jeffers (on the bench) and we still wouldnt be able to beat them. We would be cruising at two nil up with ten minutes to go (as normal) and then one of the highly rated but as yet unproven one legged tramps would hit a cross field ball to the blind old lady which would get picked up by a freak gust of el-nino, and head towards the goal. Carlo would watch it all the way. Then, another even rarer gust of freak el-nino wind would stop the ball in midflight, and dart it into the top corner giving hapless Cudicini no chance.

Straight from the kick off, Chelsea would go up the field, and Gudjohnsen would crack an unstoppable left footed drive past the other one legged tramp, but would get it ruled out for being Swedish. When Eidur protests that he is in fact Icelandic, referree Mike Riley sends him off for dissent. Hasselbaink is given a straight red for having big ears and clean teeth. Jeffers somehow escapes without punishment.

The resultant penalty is well despatched by the blind old lady who picks the ball up and hurls it at the goal, carlo does well to parry, but the old lady picks the ball up and rolls it into the bottom corner. John Terry is sent off for daring to suggest that an Arsenal player might have cheated. From the kick off, Veron picks up the ball, and beats one tramp. Then the other. Jeffers appears from off the bench and ends his career with a baseball bat smack to the back of the argentine's bald head. Veron, clearly in need of major skull reconstuction surgery is booked for the foul whilst Jeffers rolls around on the floor pretending to have been caught very late by the prone Veron. Wenger brands the Argentine's twitching as "disgraceful, and a wonder he stayed on the pitch" - Jeffers then gets up and falls down again having been thirty feet away from Veron. He screams that the now lifeless Veron had kicked out at him. Veron is sent off. Refuses to leave the field of play. Is banned for ten games. Jeffers leaves the field of play, and returns presently with an anti tank rocket - he takes careful aim and blows Frank Lampard into tiny pieces. Wenger later claims he saw nothing. Neither did the papers apparently.

nineteen minutes into injury time, and Chelsea are still somehow clinging on for the point. Arsenal are queuing up for it. Then the breakthrough comes. The old lady hits a long cross field pass - looks destined for row z. It hits a low flying BA jet and bounces down onto the roof of the stand, and onto the field of play. Powering in with a majestic header Henry (who was not included in the starting 11 it must be said) appears from nowhere to head the ball into the top right hand corner. Cudicini wouldnt have had a chance, but he got sent off ten minutes ago for handling the ball inside his area.

Arsenal win three two.

The papers the next day are full of how "classy arsenal, full of British grit, overpowered and outclassed the foreign mercenary hordes of chelsea" and "they thouroughly deserved their victory" - "they were by far the better team throughout the 110 minutes" and "chelsea lacked commitment and desire after having five players killed by high calibre anti tank fire"





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Banco
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:04 am

Chelsea? Hard done by? You can't possibly have a chip on your shoulder like that Chris - please tell me it was totally tongue in cheek not a humorous, but genuine, whinge?

Now yesterday the re-taking of the penalty was a smidgen pedantic, but really, if you're going to get all beat up about it after one game you'll be suicidal come the end of the season.

When it comes to penalties think about Manchester City last season. They got one all year (and that was right at the end of the season), which is why it's ironic they got another yesterday in game one - and then it was pretty questionable. The City fans were quite amused by that actually.  Big grin
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Danny
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:47 am

I was happy to see Dudek excellent performance again in Liverpool. Hopefully this season is gonna be as good as first one in England.
Unfortunately he was the only one that day... maybe Owen played reasonably good. All the rest - rubbish.

Daniel
 
RayPettit
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:55 am

Anyone here doing the Fantasy Football league? At work we have a league using The Times one. After 'winning' the wooden spoon last season (a real one with a scroll to boot!) I think I'm at last off to a good start with bucketfuls of points. Goals from Beattie, Sheringham as well as Thompson, Arteta and de Boer from the old firms in Scotland are putting me in good shape...

R
 
ryanb741
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:07 am

I'm doing fantasy league at fantasyleague.co.uk. Last year I was 85th in the UK (out of 50,000) and I won my group. After 1 match I am 5th - but it is really early. The trick is to buy cleverly so you can get 3 strikers (out of a squad of 15). My team is;

GK - Brad Friedel
Full Backs - Wayne Bridge, Andy Griffin
Centre Backs - Jonathan Woodgate, Gareth Southgate
Midfielders - Paul Scholes, Harry Kewell, Joey Barton, Tim Sherwood, Steven Gerrard, Kishishev, Scott Parker
Strikers - Yakubu Ayegbeni, Thierry Henry, Michael Owen
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zizou
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:22 am

CHRISBA77ER, are you saying Arsenal are lucky? or are we just too good for you in the past...  Smile Remember Kanu's hatrick when you guys were beating us comfortably 2-0, were you at that game?

I am with the premier league fanatasy comp, www.premierleague.com, follow the links..

My team is

GK. Given, Wapenar
DF. Terry, Ferdinand, Distin, Mellberg, McEverley
MID. Pires, Sinclair, Barton, Emerton, Giggs
FWD. Henry, Anelka, Burchill

Few shockers there, but Giggs, Anelka and Terry did well this weekend, brought me a bagful of points...





 
CHRISBA777ER
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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:39 pm

Totally tongue in cheek of course chaps.

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RE: Premier League 03/04 (week 1)

Thu Aug 21, 2003 12:20 am

Dirty gooner Jermaine Pennant gets sent off for punching the opposition.

Dirty gooner Sol Campbell gets hauled up in front of the FA. Arsenal are so busy being outraged, they do not stop to consider themselves lucky that Ashely Cole was not similarly carpeted given his very similar incident.

Robbie Keane joins Freddie Kanoute on the long term injury table at Spurs.

Chelsea set to sign Hernan Crespo in £22m deal, and Alexei Smertin (acknowleged as one of the best man markers in the game apparently) for £4.8m. In preparation for Crespo's arrival, young Lion Carlton Cole is loaned to Charlton Athletic so that they do not need to rely on Jason Euell for goals again this season.

Bolton sign Portuguese hitman Mario Jardel. Eh!? He's class! How has he signed for Bolton? How does that work? Is he the same Mario Jardel that won the European Golden Boot a season or so back? If there are any Trotters fans here - if he is the same player, you have got a hell of a player on your hands - top top top quality player!

I have just had "Abramovich" and the numbers 3 dot 4 followed by "billion" on my Home top for this season.

Underneath, i have had printed "Loadsa Money" on the bottom.

Loking forward to welcoming Roman Abramovich to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, in true Chelsea style.



"DEBT FREE! WHEREVER YOU MAY BE! WE ARE THE FAMOUS CFC, AND WE DONT GIVE A F*** ABOUT THE TRANSFER FEE! 'COS WE GOT LOADS OF...MONEY!"

"FLYIN' HIGH UP IN THE SKY, WE'LL KEEP THE BLUE FLAG FLAG FLYING HIGH, FROM SIBERIA TO ANYWHERE, WE MIGHT WIN SOME SILVERWARE!"

"RO-MAN ABRAMOVICH, RO-MAN ABRAMOVICH, RO-MAN ABRAMOVICH, THERES ONLY ONE RO-MAN ABRAMOVICH"

Etceta etcera. : )

Rgds,

CM
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