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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:59 am    Post subject: The Football League thread: West Ham Promoted Reply with quote

Yes, I know that one of these thread already exists, however, it is Kempes who was in charge of it and sadly he seems to have vanished. So I feel that a new season calls for a new thread.

The Football league season begins this weekend and should kick off with a bang. This will no doubt be an extremely exciting season with much to discuss. I will try to put up a weekly game that attracts my attention similar to the other thread.

Monday night - West Ham vs Cardiff. That is going to be an insane game both on and off the pitch.

Discuss boys and girls.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone who isn't familiar with the Championship, here are the favourites for the title (i.e. the ones to watch)

West Ham 4/1
Leicester 4/1
Nottingham Forest 12/1
Middlesbrough 14/1
Reading 14/1
Southampton 16/1
Ipswich 16/1
Brighton 16/1
Blackpool 18/1
Cardiff 18/1
Leeds 18/1
Birmingham 20/1
Hull 22/1
Burnley 22/1
Portsmouth 33/1
Millwall 40/1
Bristol City 40/1
Derby 40/1
Coventry 66/1
Watford 80/1
Peterborough 80/1
Crystal Palace 80/1
Doncaster 100/1
Barnsley 100/1

I'm surprised Leeds & Cardiff are such long odds.

And I'm also surprised that a an already depleted and soon to be torn to shreds West Ham side are co-favourites with big spending Leicester.

Monday night is a cracker of a tie!

Coventry vs Leicester will be interesting just purely to see how Sven manages to gel all those new signings together.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Hull could suprise a few....after they got took over they were one of the better teams in the 2nd half of the season, and just stumbled once they got within playoff reach....also had a 19 game unbeaten run away from home or something....

If they play like they did the second half of the season once Pearson had brought in players after the takeover...ALL season they should be in contention at the top end...

BUT its the championship so unpredicatable its fun to follow...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally dont think Birmingham should be that long odds either.

I think Reading will be promoted this year along with Forrest and someone else like Cardiff or Birmingham. I just cant see West Ham bouncing back and I dont see Leicester being promoted under Sven, but the Championship is so random who knows.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Birminghams squad is distinctly average
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Birminghams squad is distinctly average


Especially without Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, and likely Dann and Foster when all is said and done.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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texans_uk wrote:
Birminghams squad is distinctly average


Especially without Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, and likely Dann and Foster when all is said and done.


Yet they have one of the best Managers in the league and a whole host of incredibly experienced players imo.

The likes of Carr, Ridgewell, Jerome and Zigic (who will probably dominate the Championship). They also have a fair amount to spend imo so I expect to see them making some moves.

I think they could surprise a few this season.
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kempus wrote:
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texans_uk wrote:
Birminghams squad is distinctly average


Especially without Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, and likely Dann and Foster when all is said and done.


Yet they have one of the best Managers in the league and a whole host of incredibly experienced players imo.

The likes of Carr, Ridgewell, Jerome and Zigic (who will probably dominate the Championship). They also have a fair amount to spend imo so I expect to see them making some moves.

I think they could surprise a few this season.


Jerome is going for £4m, Stephen Carr will be 35 soon other than that they don't really have anything that distinguishes them from the middle of the pack.

Chris Hugton was in a dream job at Newcastle lets not forget how good there squad was. Jose Enrique, Coloccini, Nolan, Barton etc. in the Championship are you kidding me?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chairman also said that they have to sell to stay financially afloat. Most likely Dann and Foster is going to go so the most important part of their team, their top CB and GK is gone. The terrible championship schedule is also combined with a terrible Europa schedule.

I definitely see Hammers going up. They kept most of their players while adding Kevin Nolan. And Fat Sam is a good manager in is own right. I would love to see Brighton go up like Norwich did last season. Poyet has them playing good football but I don't think they have a talisman like Holt on their side. I am always a sucker for history so I would like to see teams like Forest,Leeds or Southampton to go up.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

West Ham tried to ban Cardiff fans from attending on sunday, so most cardiff fans aren't going in protest (or they don't want the hassle of a bubble trip). I don't think there will be many cardiff fans there so i don't expect trouble.

I'll be working anyway Crying or Very sad

GET AT ME WEST HAM

MALKY MACKAY'S BLUE AND WHITE ARMY

probably cardiff lineup:

GK: David Marshall
LB: Andrew Taylor
CB: Mark Hudson
CB: Anthony Gerrard
RB: Kevin McNaughton
LW: Craig Conway
CM: Peter Whittingham
CM: Aron Gunnarsson
RW: Don Cowie
FW: Kenny Miller
FW: Robert Earnshaw
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finn54 wrote:
West Ham tried to ban Cardiff fans from attending on sunday, so most cardiff fans aren't going in protest (or they don't want the hassle of a bubble trip). I don't think there will be many cardiff fans there so i don't expect trouble.

I'll be working anyway Crying or Very sad

GET AT ME WEST HAM

MALKY MACKAY'S BLUE AND WHITE ARMY

probably cardiff lineup:

GK: David Marshall
LB: Andrew Taylor
CB: Mark Hudson
CB: Anthony Gerrard
RB: Kevin McNaughton
LW: Craig Conway
CM: Peter Whittingham
CM: Aron Gunnarsson
RW: Don Cowie
FW: Kenny Miller
FW: Robert Earnshaw


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dotmotion wrote:
Poyet has them playing good football but I don't think they have a talisman like Holt on their side.



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Birmingham are in massive trouble.

Jerome will be gone. Zigic will be soon if they can find anyone to take his 60k wages (for a horrendous player that is a sick amount) and even if he doesn't he will be terrible in the Champ. Ridgewell will end up at Albion most probably. Carr is one of there only Premier League players and he is 35.

The club could go into Administration i think.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to get everyone a bit more excited here is a short compilation of some of the Goals of the 2010-11 Football League Season.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/14394147.stm
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Blackpool off to a win with the first game of the season against Hull. A late Gary Taylor Fletcher goal the difference. That is a good win for Holloways men as I dont think the KC will be an easy place to go this season.
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