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Old 12-31-2009, 03:59 AM   #2181 (permalink)
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Both of those are decent sides though (one of which is still in the middle of a pretty hefty transition), as evidenced by one of them beating (and outplaying) Chelsea and Villa and the other beating Man U - a tag I wouldn't credit Pompey, Hull, Bolton or Wolves with (a good win over Spurs aside). Plus the latics are only 5 points off the top 10 and therefore in about as much danger as anyone else in the bottom 10.

To sum up, once again, I see absolutly no cause for concern.
When most people pick their choices to go down around this time of the year, more often than not its the teams that are actually in the bottom 3 already, quite often teams not in there are the ones that go down. Nearly all the teams in the premiership have a decent squad of players anyway, and those that have weaker squads such as Burnley and Wolves for example, rely on home form, teamwork and spirit etc (even though both of these have some very good players: Eagles, Milijas etc) The key quite often is the manager and this is certainly the case with Martinez at Wigan and Brown at Hull, again Brown is a plucky character and may just be able to do enough to keep Hull up, it also depends how well key players such as Bullard performs (Not sure if he`s playing after his injury/or how long he`s out as I haven`t checked up on Hull recently) and getting lazy players such as Geovanni to perform and of course they have a great player in Hunt as well. West Ham are like Wigan but with a better squad of players and Zola is a great manager when the team is confident as like last season but I don`t think he`s the man for a dogfight at the bottom, but they have more quality player for player than some of their relegation comrades.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:04 AM   #2182 (permalink)
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I'm not about to make any predictions on who is going down this year. I'm concentrating more on who's staying up and I'm 100% sure that Burnley are gonna be there. They have a strong fighting spirit and a real loyal bunch of fans but not a lot of money to spend. That same 'underdog' survival instinct plus me wearing my B.F.C. shirt here in Georgia will pull them through.

By the way, I've always been a joint Man U and Burnley supporter since my days at primary school. Course, Burnley are always my first team.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YA'LL. You will be there 5 hours in front of us so have a good one!
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:09 AM   #2183 (permalink)
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I'm not about to make any predictions on who is going down this year. I'm concentrating more on who's staying up and I'm 100% sure that Burnley are gonna be there. They have a strong fighting spirit and a real loyal bunch of fans but not a lot of money to spend. That same 'underdog' survival instinct plus me wearing my B.F.C. shirt here in Georgia will pull them through.

By the way, I've always been a joint Man U and Burnley supporter since my days at primary school. Course, Burnley are always my first team.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YA'LL. You will be there 5 hours in front of us so have a good one!
Stoke pulled it off last season by turning their home stadium into a fortress, Burnley are certainly looking to do the same this season, problem is they`re very close to the relegation zone along with a lot of other teams. Their home form is good, but their away form and experience at this level is the big negative.

Likewise, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY on here
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:26 AM   #2184 (permalink)
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I dont think Burnley will go down. The second half of their season is gonna be much more important than their first though, just ask Hull fans. They have a small squad of players and they might not be able to ride out the last third of the season. If they pick up a few injuries they'll find themselves deep in the bottom three in no time.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:08 PM   #2185 (permalink)
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The only thing I was almost right about was the team sheet, Giggs didn't play but Park did.

5-0, I had a sneeky feeling it may have been 4 or 5, but it would've been far hopeful for me to predict.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:11 PM   #2186 (permalink)
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4-0 up for United now with a goal from Berbatov.
Sounds like Wigan are struggling with balls played in from wide.
Valencia is having a field day down the flanks.
The key to most of our victories this season, sometimes I've seen him when it's early in the match he's very uneffective and has 2 or 3 players around him. But when we get a goal and/or the game opens he's brilliant.

7 goals this season too? 4 more and he'll double his goal tally for his entire premiership career. (I think.)
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:43 AM   #2187 (permalink)
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Tomorrows FA Cup 3rd round tie versus Leeds and the way it's fans and the media are billing this game is seriously beginning to grate on my nerves.
The rivalry between these two sets of fans is and has always been, rather one sided, in that Leeds United fans seem to be under the impression that we, 'the only United' are their closest and bitterest rivals.
The truth of the matter couldn't be further from the truth.
Yes, Man United fans hate the Leeds with a passion, but not because we consider them rivals, but because they are a shower of irritating, wannabe non entities that ride on the back of the glorious name of Manchester United.
They have no reason whatsoever to hate United. I've got more time for City and Liverpool fans when it comes to these matters, as they have a valid reason and the feelings are definately mutual.
To me, these are the true football rivalries and not the imaginations of jealous sheep shagging Leeds fans looking to fabricate a football rivalry on a par with Celtic/Rangers.
We don't care about you! We don't consider you a rival on any level!
Stick to hating Huddersfield Town or some other inbred Yorkshire footballing back water dwarf of a club.
Fuckin' tykes!
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:06 AM   #2188 (permalink)
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Leeds arn't Man U's rivals.They're a feeder club.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:13 PM   #2189 (permalink)
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Good win for Wigan today, even if the gate receipts let the city down again (if I'd only have been there, the DW would've filled up in a flash ). Hopefully the lads can take a much-needed bit of confidence from that one.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:38 PM   #2190 (permalink)
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t'was a good win, im made up about that If i didn't support Villa it would be Wigan. Not for all the right reasons though, only because they have Rodallege. I could sit and watch that chap play for hours on end.

Villa 3 - Blackburn 1
Same scoreline in the next game we play them and I will be over the moon(League cup semi)
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