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  1. And they are off! The season begins with the Division One teams fighting to get up to the Premiership. In a quirk of the fixtures the two teams that got relegated last season faced off against each other in their bids to go straight back up. Burnley were at home and were the dominant team in this game but they didn’t deliver a goal even when QPR were reduced to ten men. QPR will walk away the happier of the two teams with a point and Burnley will need to sort out their finishing if they want to get back up. In another odd fixture match up we had last season’s bottom two teams against one another and both teams will be looking to improve on their position from last season. In this one though it will be Southampton who are the happier as they got the three points in a close tie with Bournemouth. Wolves who last season just missed out on the play offs were at away to Manchester City. Wolves will be looking to get to at least the play offs if not better this season. The game though had two teams that matched each other in nearly every department and so it was no surprise it was honours even with a goal each. Another two teams desperate to improve on last season were Tottenham and West Ham. Spurs have invested in a striker for their attempt to get out of the division while West Ham decided it was their defence that needed investment. Unfortunately for Spurs the defence took the honours . Time will show which was the better investment but for now it is one to the defence. Finally last year’s third in Watford took on fourth in Stoke at home. This was another game where there was little to choose between them and it was that way at half time with honours even at 2-2. In the end it was Watford who got the decider in the second half to edge the encounter. One game in and not learned a great deal. We do know there are a lot of teams that look very equal and it may be hard to separate them all come the end of the season.
  2. The first games are done, the new season started and just what do we know? Well title favourites and reigning champions Liverpool blasted away a Manchester United team who were all at sixes and sevens under the assistant manager. A plus for Liverpool and maybe warning for other teams is the fact there two main strikers both grabbed a brace each. United though will write this off no doubt and hopefully be back under the managers guidance for the next game. Newly promoted Chelsea, who came up as division one champions, faced off at home to a Crystal Palace who finished third last term. This would show what if anything Chelsea might have as a threat in the top league and they delivered a draw. With both teams scoring early it perhaps is too early to assess Chelsea’s ambition in the top division but they will be pleased with their effort and the number of shots they created. Palace may see this as a point dropped but facing a promoted team first is never easy as Arsenal also found out. The Gunners were at home to new boys Villa in what turned out to be a dire goalless draw. One shot on target all game was all there was to excite fans. Villa will thank their luck that have a point from this encounter as they delivered little with no shots at all and will have to up their game if they expect to have an impact in the premiership this season. Elsewhere last season’s runners up had a 2-0 win at home to Leicester. The score line showing a comfortable victory but those who were there no it was not as easy as it looks on paper as Leicester had more than their fair share of possession and plenty of shots at Everton’s goal. The difference came down to the better finishing in the end. The final game saw a tight Tyne/Wear derby that had, on the day, two even sides facing each other. It was decided by the one goal for the home side which was given to them by their opponents. Sunderland will be considering themselves unlucky not to have got anything from this match. Of course it is all early days and only one game in and a lot to play for but so far Liverpool look like they maybe the side that are the ones to beat again this season
  3. The U23 cup gets underway this weekend with 8 clubs hoping to get through into the last 16. The first tie will see Chelsea take on Manchester United. last season in what was then the youth cup both teams only got as far as the last sixteen of the competition. Chelsea were in the first round and got through to the last sixteen whereas United had a bye to the last sixteen. Both teams will want to do better this season but one is destined to fall at the first hurdle. Next Wolves will host last year's finalists Crystal Palace. Last season these two met in the youth cup semi-final and Palace embarrassed Wolves with a 7-2 hiding. This season they meet in the first round and Wolves will no doubt be out for revenge for last season. Can the winner of this tie get to the semis again? A London derby takes place in the third tie as Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur. Both teams did not do fantastic in this competition last season as Arsenal went out in this round last season and Spurs with a bye to the last sixteen fell at that point. A fiesty affair this could be as both want to make it to the last sixteen and beyond. Finally the last first round tie sees Sunderland face off against Aston Villa. Villa went out to Chelsea last season in this round and will want to at least go one better by making it to the next and into the last sixteen. Sunderland are another team that went out in the last sixteen and it will no doubt have bitter memories as they went out to rivals Newcastle. Can they get further this season? It is of course a two leg affair and so after the first leg it may still be all to play for but one or two tricky ties there and just who will go through?
  4. Who Will Go Down? Who will go down? Well with two games left there is nobody down yet. That said QPR do have a battle on their hands to stay up as they will need to win both games and hope the two teams above them Burnley and Sunderland don’t win. With Crystal Palace at home to start with that won’t be easy as Palace are fighting to get into the Anglo-American Cup for the first time. Then they have second placed Everton away to contend with, so not an easy run in to get six points from. Burnley are the other team currently in the relegation zone and are three points off safety and to be certain of staying up they also will likely need to win both games. First up they are at away to Arsenal who are not mathematically safe and a defeat here to Burnley would see them firmly in the mix on the final games. Get past Arsenal and it gets hard for Burnley who then have Manchester United at home. It gets tricky because United are also like Palace battling to make the Anglo-American Cup and finish top four. Should Burnley managed a win or even two then just above that drop zone are Sunderland just three points ahead of Burnley and with the same goal difference. That goal difference straight away could mean a win is not enough for Sunderland and to be certain of being safe they will currently need four points. What is worse for Sunderland is they face Liverpool next, with their only saving grace being they are at home. A point or three is needed from that before they face Newcastle away. Newcastle are not mathematically safe but with their goal difference they are perhaps all but. To be absolutely certain they just need a draw and Sunderland may well be hoping they get that against Everton who they face first but even if they did will they relax for a derby game? That coupled with the fact they still could achieve one of the final two Anglo-American Trophy spots and you are thinking not a push over then. The final team in the mix is Arsenal on 19 points. They need two points to be mathematically certain of playing in the Premiership next season. So beat Burnley and they are safe, lose and they need to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the last game. Of course it may not come to that as after the penultimate games the picture could be a lot different but one thing is for sure the fight to stay up is an interesting one and two games await to decide the relegation fate.
  5. A New Name On The League Cup Wolverhampton Wanderers exit at the hands of Burnley in round two means that the cup holders are out of the competition. The engravers will be looking at placing a new name on the trophy this year but who is left to claim the cup? Queens Park Rangers v Southampton Well last year’s Runners-Up Southampton are still in the last eight but could they go one step further this year? To do so they will have to beat Queens Park Rangers if they want to reach the semi-finals. That won’t be an easy task as Rangers who are in the competition for the first time will want to be in the semis, if not better this year. Stoke City v Watford Last season’s quarter-finalists Stoke will face new boys Watford. Watford weren’t in this competition last season as they are new to the league. So Stoke City will face a slight unknown quantity in Watford then. That said Watford are shaking a few trees in the league and sit second above Stoke. In their only meeting this season as well Watford took the honours as they ran out 1-0 winners in the Britannia in the league. Crystal Palace v Manchester City Crystal Palace of the Premier League take on Division One Manchester City in the Quarter Finals. This could be difficult to call over two legs. Palace are doing well in the league and will fancy progression to semis over two legs in this one. That said City managed to reach the quarter finals last year where Palace went out in the first round. Maybe there could be an upset then? Burnley v Manchester United An all premiershipship clash this. Burnley who are bottom now face second placed United knowing they are massive underdogs. Burnley will have nothing to lose then and will see this as a cup final. In fact as they sit bottom in the league this may well be their best chance of silverware this season.
  6. They all say it's early days but is it? We are over a quarter of the season in with 5 games gone out or 18, in fact nearly a third of the way through and teams are shuffling in the Premiership to avoid the drop and relegation. After five games we have just one point between the bottom six teams or over half the league. Amazingly five teams all sit on 5 points and are separated by goal difference or goals scored. All the bottom six are alike in that they all have only won one game so far. The fun fact here is that as six teams are involved they can't all have played the teams at the top but must have played some of their counterparts. That says they are even more alike and deciding who goes down this season may come down to goal difference in the final analysis. What may be more worrying for two of the teams is that they were in the top four last season and now both sit in the bottom three. Is that just a quirk? Is it teams coming up and in the Premiership are becoming closer in their abilities and players? Is that these two teams, Arsenal and Newcastle by the way, have played a couple more games as they are in the Anglo-American Cup that started early in the season. If that is the case will a good cup run for some of the others put them in greater jeopardy? Another thing to consider is goal scoring....what you say, well I'll say it again goal scoring. Sides need a proven goal scorer and laugh as you may I would just draw your attention to the top three teams who by the way are the only teams averaging more than a goal a game! All three of these teams have at least 4 goals if not more from their strikers this season and over 50 per cent are coming from the from line. Now look at the seven teams below these three and the most goals from any team is three and that is for the whole team. Six of the teams have 2 or less goals which is under a goal in every two games. One thing is certain you wont win games if you don't score goals. It seems to be clear then that a finisher or scorer is required and getting that elusive goal scorer may well make the difference in staying up. Will the bottom two come from these teams? Well last season three of the top four after 5 games finished in the top four. The team at the bottom was the team at the bottom after 18 as well. The team third bottom after five was relegated. So last season two of the bottom three after five games went down. It may seem doom and gloom but things can change as Manchester United were second bottom after five games and they turned it around to climb to 5th at the season end.
  7. The Cups get underway this season with the first round of the FMFA League Cup. The current holders Wolverhampton Wanderers kick off the defence of their title with a home tie against premiership opposition in Burnley and while they are currently mid table Wolves will think they have a good chance as Burnley sit in the bottom two in their division. The runners-up from last season also have a home tie and will no doubt be looking to go one better than last season. Southampton will host Aston Villa in a repeat of last season’s semi-final, so Villa will also wanting to be going further this season and believe they can start here. However it may just go either way as these two are only four points apart in the league. The other semi-finalist last term was Leicester City but can they make the final this season? To do it they will need to start by beating the new boys as Watford visit them. Watford have finally got a rhythm going in the league and sit second in Division One and will no doubt give themselves a chance over two legs against a mid-table premiership team. Can the premiership side show their class in this one though and let Watford know that life won’t be easy in the FMFA? Elsewhere we have some premiership sides kicking off in this round. Firstly fourth in the league Sunderland face off against Division One Manchester City. City currently third bottom in Division One will want to try and contain Sunderland in this first leg to have a chance of progression. Next we see Queens Park Rangers at home to West Ham United in a tie that might be one to watch as the Hammers sit in the top three of their league with Rangers in the bottom four of theirs. Premiership new boys for this season Crystal Palace travel to Bournemouth for the first leg. With Bournemouth bottom of Division One they will need to produce in the home tie if they want to be in that second round after the return leg. The other Premiership team left is Manchester United who face a Tottenham Hotspur side under new management. Spurs will have their work cut out in this one and doubly so having to travel for the first leg. The final game sees an all Division One clash as Stoke City host Chelsea. Chelsea are currently top of the division and will be looking to get in a good first leg but will Stoke surprise them?
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    COMPETITION

    Right the final counts were 1: West Ham 11 2: Everton & Burnley 5 3: Sunderland 3 4: Liverpool 2 5: Arsenal 1 The only team who managed 6 to qualify for draw was West Ham. @macca will get the youth player added to his roster. The rest get a free injury/suspension pack for entering and will be added to their totals for use when they wish.
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    COMPETITION

    We will extend the competition over the Easter Weekend so you have Good Friday to Easter Monday as well to submit stories to get to six. Updated to Yesterday Totals are: West Ham 6 (qualified for draw) Everton 5 Sunderland 3 Burnley 3 Liverpool 2
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    COMPETITION

    Right should have posted up who has done what by now. Anyway 4 weeks in and this is how many each team has so far. Totals from 14th Feb to 11th Mar are:- Sunderland 3 West Ham 3 Liverpool 2 Burnley 1 Everton 1 18 days left to get a minimum of 6 for the draw.
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    COMPETITION

    IT'S ONLY LENT This is a competition for Lent. For the heathens and non Christians amongst us Lent is the pre-Easter period and runs from 14th February 2018 until Maundy Thursday 29th March 2018. Basically it is 6 weeks approximately. So what do you have to do for the competition. Well that bit is easy you need to post the equivalent of at least 1 media story a week or a minimum of 6 in the period to get into the prize draw. Each piece must be at least 4 lines minimum which is approx 100 words. There will be enough prizes for all who manage to enter but the main prizes up for grabs are 1st prize: 1 x 19 year old 19 rated youth player. 2nd prize: 1 free scout pack (basically worth £5,000,000 credits) so if you haven't enough credits to scout a player you will have with this. 3rd prize: £5,000,000 to club finances. 1 free suspension/injury pack guaranteed as prizes for entrants who don't win major prizes Bonus is you will be getting your £500,000 for each media post as well so post the 6 and you bag yourself £3,000,000 just for the posting. I will post a weekly tab of how many each team has got in this thread. 1st time will be a week Sunday on 25th Feb 2018.
  12. Right there were only three people who entered this. Now I could get an independent opinion from some managers as to which was best but due to the few that entered I am changing it. As I have 2,500,000 credits at the moment I am going to give each of the three entrants 800,000 credits each. Well done @stocko74 @Daniel @David
  13. In FMFA breaking news we are reliably informed that the Southampton board have appointed a new manager to steer them away from the foot of the Wolf League. It is believed that Alice Derkacz is to take over the hot seat and will have a tough task ahead of her as they are currently seven points adrift at the bottom. The Saints do though have some quality players at the club with the likes of Luke Shaw, Ward-Prowse and Giroud. The big questions thiough are will they want to stay under the new regime? Will Derkacz want to keep them and will there big changes afoot in the squad at St.Mary's? The bright spot though for the new manager is they do have a good youth system and their U21s are currently second in the academy league division one. We all wait to see just what will happen under the new regime with Alice and will it become a "Wonderland".
  14. The Stringer (that's me folks) earns a few credits when he does an article. Not loads but as Tesco say, "Every Little Count" Needless to say the amount is currently £2,000,000 and rising on each article but here is the thing I can't use them so they are no use to me. So we are having a November competition to get your hands on the credits I have. To enter you need to do an article in the Daily Football section of at least 100 words but remember the more you do and the better the article then it may give you a better chance to win. Articles can be on what you like, e.g on our game (the FMFA), your team, the competitions etc. And there is a bonus.....yea you will still earn the £500,000 to your finances for the article you submit as well. You can enter more than one article it is up to you but it runs from now and closes 30th November at midnight. There will be two prizes:- 1st Prize - The Best Article will get 70% of my credits. 2nd Prize:- The second Best will get 30% of my credits. And to show I am no meanie every entry between now and 30th November will earn you an extra £200,000 to your credit fund.
  15. The Quarter Final Draw is out for The FMFA Cup and one thing is certain there will be a new name on the cup this year as current holders Tottenham went out in the group stages. We do though have three previous winners in the competition still in Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle but five teams edging to lift the trophy for the first time. So just who can lift the trophy this year then? Well the Quarter Finals are over two legs and the draw is Everton v Man U Newcastle v QPR Sunderland v Liverpool Southampton v Leicester
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