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Old August 5 2008, 07:18 PM   #376
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Nobody can say we didn't have a "shot" at the title. We came up four points short and had leads at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge that would have done it.
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Old August 5 2008, 08:11 PM   #377
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Nobody can say we didn't have a "shot" at the title. We came up four points short and had leads at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge that would have done it.
True. You seemed to utterly shatter after the Birmingham game though, and that run from that game onwards cost you ultimately.

BREAKING NEWS!

RANGERS are OUT of all European competition this year! They lost 1-0 to Kaunas earlier today. Apparently they were playing for the draw. If that's true, I am really glad they're out - their play in Europe annoyed me last year and now it's cost them both the UEFA Cup final and any Euro action all season long.

I wonder if the headhunters will start calling for Walter Smith to be sacked...
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Old August 5 2008, 08:55 PM   #378
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Nobody can say we didn't have a "shot" at the title. We came up four points short and had leads at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge that would have done it.
True. You seemed to utterly shatter after the Birmingham game though, and that run from that game onwards cost you ultimately.
I don't deny that. The idea that Arsenal somehow lack experience does make me laugh though, especially when we're being told that young players can't make it at the club either.
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Old August 5 2008, 10:09 PM   #379
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BREAKING NEWS!

RANGERS are OUT of all European competition this year! They lost 1-0 to Kaunas earlier today. Apparently they were playing for the draw. If that's true, I am really glad they're out - their play in Europe annoyed me last year and now it's cost them both the UEFA Cup final and any Euro action all season long.

I wonder if the headhunters will start calling for Walter Smith to be sacked...
Good riddence to that scum. The Champions League will be all the better for it.
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Old August 6 2008, 07:49 AM   #380
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^Well, Manchester will be for sure. They, at the very least, should have been playing a good few games behind closed doors for that.
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Old August 6 2008, 08:09 AM   #381
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How come CL Q/f's aren't in UEFA cup if there elmimated or is that just 3rd round losers ?

So PL predictions ppl ?

1st - Chelsea
2nd - Man Utd
3rd - Arsenal
4th - Liverpool
5th - Tottenham
6th - Portsmouth
7th - Everton
8th - Man City
9th - Aston Villa
10th - West Ham
11th - Blackburn
12th - Newcastle Utd
13th - Middlesbrough
14th - Fulham
15th - Wigan
16th - Sunderland
17th - West Brom
18th - Bolton
19th - Stoke City
20th - Hull City

I think Utd's injury/Suspension list, which now includes Rooney and Carrick could hamper there start and BIG PHIL has done a good job keeping the squad together and adding to it. RAFA's rotation early on will hamper Liverpool plus they have average full backs though Arsenal have problems due to lack of experience in the midfield but should claim 3rd again and may be a good shot for a cup.
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Old August 6 2008, 08:39 AM   #382
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Mine:

1. Manchester United
2. Chelsea
3. Arsenal
4. Liverpool
5. Portsmouth
6. Tottenham Hotspur
7. West Ham United
8. Aston Villa
9. Everton
10. Manchester City
11. Blackburn Rovers
12. Sunderland
13. Newcastle United
14. Fulham
15. Middlesbrough
16. Wigan Athletic
17. Bolton Wanderers
18. West Bromwich Albion
19. Stoke City
20. Hull City

Right now, I think Sir Alex may just force Ronaldo to stay and that will be the deciding factor. The top four will be bunched right up to the point where we could be in for a four way race on the last day.

Chelsea will take some time to adapt to Big Phil's new way. Arsenal will learn from last season's mistakes. Liverpool will push on, I expect goals going forward but they still don't look right at the back.

Everton have got problems. Not enough money for the kind of deals Moyes needs to kick on and all sorts of boardroom problems.. I see Portsmouth's potentially lethal new Crouch/Defoe partnership their powerful midfield behind them, a great, experienced defence and the best English manager in the Premier League finishing fifth.

My West Ham prediction is based on them being able to keep that massive squad of theirs motivated and fit. Aston Villa haven't done the business they need to do yet, but I think they're waiting to sell Gareth Barry first.

The promoted sides are going back down. Sorry.
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Old August 6 2008, 10:50 AM   #383
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I was putting this together myself the other day hopefully I'll do better than last year when the only teams I got right were Man Utd and Derby

1. Man Utd (hampered start due to injuries and suspensions? See 2007-08, cf. 1998-99)
2. Arsenal
3. Chelsea
4. Liverpool (rotactics and dodgy back will count against the awesome strikeforce)
5. Portsmouth (looking good. Light on numbers though for a 4-cup year)
6. Tottenham (after last year, they have to)
7. Villa
8. Everton (as Hermiod says, massive problems at the moment)
9. Newcastle (I can never tip them for anything higher, because that would mean actual success)
10. Man City (haven't got a strikeforce at the moment and I still don't trust Benjani)
11. Wigan (buying very good players, won't struggle this time. Maybe even a cup run)
12. Blackburn (not looking good for them if reports are true)
13. West Ham (maybe if they get fit, but I'm still not convinced by them)
14. Fulham
15. Sunderland
16. Boro (I can never tip Boro to do anything. Alves, Arca, Downing and Wheater are all very good but who else do they have really?)
17. West Brom

18. Bolton (I admit it - I WANT this to happen this year. I'm sick of Bolton and sick of Gary Megson. Also, they're rubbish anyway)
19. Stoke (Championship side)
20. Hull (Championship side)
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Old August 6 2008, 10:58 AM   #384
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I think the no Euro could help Rangers win the title as last year the UEFA cup run ruined the squad. Am sure Celtic fans will call for Gordons head should he not win it despite winning the past 3 (so fickle when they called for his head last year despite two last 16 CL finishes as well as 3 titles).

However I do feel Celtic come next year will begin a mini O'neill type domience of the SPL.
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Old August 6 2008, 12:05 PM   #385
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I think the money difference is going to be definitive and Celtic will dominate for the next couple of years at least.

(I have no idea what happened to my earlier post about the SPL :s
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Old August 6 2008, 12:06 PM   #386
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Interesting transfer news - Blackburn have signed Julio Santa Cruz, Roque Santa Cruz's 18-year-old brother.
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Old August 6 2008, 12:12 PM   #387
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That IS interesting... I don't think I've ever heard of a transfer where I have no idea what to think of it before. Where did that come from?!
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Old August 6 2008, 12:15 PM   #388
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^The BBC. It's still a "more soon" story in the scrolling banner at the top of the page for now.
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Old August 6 2008, 02:23 PM   #389
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Supposedly it's got something to do with keeping Roque happy, and he's also apparently a useful player.

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I think the no Euro could help Rangers win the title as last year the UEFA cup run ruined the squad. Am sure Celtic fans will call for Gordons head should he not win it despite winning the past 3 (so fickle when they called for his head last year despite two last 16 CL finishes as well as 3 titles).
Crazy isn't it? Though even winning three in a row isn't considered a massive achievement at Celtic by the fans. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Strachan take the soon to be vacant Blackburn or Everton jobs. He's probably achieved all he can, unless he really wants to push on in the Champions League this season. Or at the very least, win away.
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Old August 6 2008, 02:24 PM   #390
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^Soon to be vacant ? Paul Ince has just got the job. He'll get a year at least. David Moyes has just signed a new contract. It will take more than one bad season to oust him.
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