Then, on Saturday, it's Chelsea vs Crystal Palace in the Saturday lunchtime kick-offs followed by the traditional 3pm games:
Burnley vs West Ham
Newcastle vs Bournemouth
Tottenham vs Sheffield United
... before Leicester vs Arsenal rounds things off at 5:30pm.
Sunday features Sky Sports' wet dream encounter between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield after Manchester United have taken on Brighton and Wolves have entertained Aston Villa in a Brummie derby.
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1 Posted 08/11/2019 at 21:13:04
2 Posted 08/11/2019 at 22:16:33
3 Posted 08/11/2019 at 22:31:08
He seems a really good young man and I wish him all the best. However I'll be surprised if he gets anywhere close to the lofty expectations that we once had for him.
Oh and his dive for the penalty for the other week was a complete joke. I can't believe VAR looked at that and stuck with the decision. It still fries my brain that Niasse was the only player banned for successfully conning the ref...when his â€˜dive' was far less clear cut.
Is that retrospective review process still in place or did they scrap it after sanctioning one player only?
4 Posted 09/11/2019 at 17:25:42
The manager and coaching staff seem to have good ideas. And the team really goes hard for 90 minutes without fear.
5 Posted 09/11/2019 at 18:57:18
6 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:03:48
7 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:05:16
8 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:09:33
9 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:09:36
Vardy just never seems to slow down does he? 33 or whatever and still faster than many 20 year olds.
10 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:13:03
History wind us nowt sadly
11 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:13:48
12 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:14:24
Jim, I thought Vardy would be done by now. His diet was poor, he was often out drinking, and doing all the things modern footballers avoid. His game is built on speed. So, you'd expect him to be in decline by now. That's not the case. I do think he plays a bit more conservatively now, less charging around for no reason, and he seems to save his energy for when he can use it. He is much smarter these days, and so he is still at his best. Fair play to the lad and kudos to Leicester for how they've handled him.
13 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:22:28
He done the treble a couple of times with Celtic. You could say so he should or you could say he still had to make sure Celtic stayed switched on to win all their cup games.
But the job he's done at Leicester has been very impressive up to now.
14 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:32:32
15 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:43:25
He had a poor first season at Anfield and finished below us. The next season he did a great job as Liverpool looked set to win the league until the "best player the world has ever seen" fell on his arse. The next season he went out the Champions League in the group stage, and finished in 6th for his final full season. The next year he was sacked after failing to beat us, with Liverpool languishing in 10th.
At Celtic, he had the best side and so did the treble treble. I know he had left before they wrapped the season up but he didn't need to be there to get credit for those three trophies. What let him down at Celtic was in Europe. First season bottom of the group. Second season 3rd in the group, just on goal difference against Anderlecht, smashed by PSG and Munich. Last season he couldn't qualify for the CL and Second in the EL group, struggling against Austrians, and getting easily beaten in the 1st round knockout by Marcelino's Valencia.
I'd say his managerial career has been up and down. He's had purple patches and slumps. At Celtic I judge him on Europe and so didn't see enough from him. I also think he is not a loyal guy, and he will leave Leicester if Man Utd come calling, which no other ex-RS manager would do.
But fair play to him, he's proving that he is a very good manager, he's in one of those purple patches and Leicester a fantastic team to watch.
16 Posted 09/11/2019 at 19:58:52
I enjoy watching this Leicester team, they play with pace and no little skill, the sort of game I'd like to see us play.
17 Posted 09/11/2019 at 20:20:23
Evertonians need to focus on us, and forget about ephemeral midtable sides who rank as mediocre in the big scheme of things. We need to get a grip on reality, and stop grasping at 'here today, gone tomorrow' models.
18 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:43:55
However, it's current implementation is so wildly inconsistent, and lends itself to a bent and crooked league.
It needs to be strictly defined, and used only to overturn the most egregious errors.
City just were denied a penalty. There's no framework to adjudicate these things. They might as well flip a coin.
19 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:47:06
20 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:48:42
21 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:49:36
22 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:49:40
23 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:49:52
Handball should have been penalty for City and Liverpool go straight down the other end and score.
Second goal looks very close to offside and there are NO replays.
24 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:50:50
It's not a one off. They go long a lot, but nobody ever mentions it.
25 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:52:44
26 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:54:18
27 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:55:51
28 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:56:40
29 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:56:51
On another point. Is there any other ground in the premier league where the supporters constantly boo and whistle the opposition whenever they have posession?
30 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:58:05
The penalty shout was a stonewall penalty. Whether Alexander - Arnold meant it or not, his arm was outstretched and clearly hit it.
31 Posted 10/11/2019 at 16:59:00
32 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:01:18
Regardless they are fluffing their lines as usual and the title is gone for them after today, whilst great on the eye they are too easy to beat.
Over to Leicester and Chelsea
33 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:02:09
I said against spurs that the VAR decisions would have gone for us if were wearing red and playing at Anfield.
Sky and the media want a Liverpool league win, just look at the pundits and the key premier league and sky bosses Liverpool have carefully and craftily infiltrated key positions everywhere they are a cancer.
34 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:03:35
Also, I think, for the non-penalty, the ball gets played on to the Liverpool player off the arm of the City player, so I suppose it evens itself out.
35 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:03:51
36 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:07:49
37 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:07:59
38 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:10:07
39 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:11:01
Retired referees have spoken about the event nature of certain officials decisions so it's not something new it is just magnified more because VAR has arrived.
40 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:11:32
41 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:12:26
42 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:13:39
43 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:14:01
It's a complete mismatch for several reasons.
1) These fucks never lose a home game and it certainly won't be to us.
2) There's no way our players have the mentality to last 90-99 minutes in that circus pressure cooker.
3) VAR won't allow us to get a result.
44 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:18:14
It would be funny if it wasn't so depressing. It's sickening the way they all fawn and crawl to Liverpool.
45 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:19:18
46 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:26:22
47 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:26:57
If this is football's future, then for me it won't last. Why won't referees make decisions any more and use the pitch side monitor?
This week has reeked of shithouse refs, with no bottle. And as we know at our old ground Old Nick spawns, the place is a curse for visiting sides.
48 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:27:25
49 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:31:00
50 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:31:55
Watching Man C - no team defending like that can win the league.
51 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:33:41
Make an excuse and leave, it DID hit the City players hand.
52 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:36:56
53 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:37:51
54 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:38:19
55 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:40:37
56 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:41:52
57 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:42:21
Yes they play dazzling football at times but they just look so easy to rattle.
Already that's three league defeats for them and that's basically them all but gone in this title race now unless they go on a 20 match winning run and somehow the Shite have a cataclysmic collapse
58 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:43:56
59 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:45:06
60 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:47:16
61 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:47:16
I've lost count the amount of times in the last few years when they've been 3-0 down with half an hour left.
62 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:47:33
63 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:48:50
64 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:49:46
Certainly dread the derby this year, for the first time I've got to be brutally honest and say I'd celebrate a draw there this season like winning the lottery on the same day we won the FA Cup.
65 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:50:26
66 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:50:31
67 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:51:27
Aguero unbelievably has never scored there in his time at City while Sterling goes there in great form and plays like a poor man's Aaron Lennon.
68 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:54:14
69 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:57:00
70 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:58:31
Both funny and unerringly accurate
71 Posted 10/11/2019 at 17:59:31
72 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:00:40
73 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:01:34
74 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:02:57
75 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:04:37
His lads are both gobshites though.
76 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:06:33
77 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:10:05
78 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:12:52
I really like Guardiola. I think the guy is the best at what he does. That said, does anyone think he'd succeed at a bottom club and without money? Particularly given his inability to sort out defences and now Kompany has gone how bad city look at the back.
He should come to Everton and prove himself!
79 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:13:06
He is but his family are Liverpool Season Ticket holders
80 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:15:17
81 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:15:43
82 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:27:20
VAR 3 - 1 City.
83 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:27:37
Please remember since the premier league started in 1992, Liverpool have had more penalities than any other team. Even more than the Fergie Title machine.
84 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:29:45
Can the shite fuck it up from 9 points clear in November? Most certainly. Will the media be awarding them the title now ? Most certainly.
85 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:31:51
86 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:31:58
87 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:32:31
88 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:34:23
89 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:39:31
Why can't we hear what they are saying in the studios? Why?Why?why?why?why?
Let's run it through because I'm sure Mike Dean or Michael Oliver will give a penalty for that same offence in the next three months, of that I'd honestly bet my life.
Just like Lee Mason will wave away the same thing he pulled Michael Keane up for the other week, but I'm going to keep my ears open but my lips shut now, because football doesn't want this, they want everyone talking about another injustice, and this will be the case until the cheats and the incompetent, are made to explain how they've come about their decisions?
Andy Robertson said the most crucial thing was getting the first goal, so it shows that Liverpool got very lucky today.
90 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:43:36
91 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:46:24
92 Posted 10/11/2019 at 18:48:02
93 Posted 10/11/2019 at 19:34:14
Add in the refusal to indulge sentimentality about under-performing players and they are the complete antithesis of this dowdy "grand old team".
As for Man City, despite their loot, they're as much a gang of chokers as us in big games.
94 Posted 10/11/2019 at 19:38:59
95 Posted 10/11/2019 at 19:55:22
At the moment, we have got either incompetence or corruption at the top of our game, and either one of these things is a major concern.
If it's corruption, then let's make them explain their decisions, especially if they've had time to review it in the studio; and if it's incompetence, then let's strike them off and go and get better referees from everywhere else. Give us the officials that we deserve, although in fairness to the refs, officiating would become a lot easier if we could start to weed out the cheating first.
96 Posted 10/11/2019 at 20:01:35
97 Posted 10/11/2019 at 20:18:31
98 Posted 10/11/2019 at 20:26:30
Said that earlier in the thread. Shouldn't be anybody who officiates in games IMO.
Trained technicians who know the rules but who don't play any part in the game.
99 Posted 10/11/2019 at 20:26:43
Different system, same shit every time.
101 Posted 10/11/2019 at 20:57:44
Liverpool will be getting parties booked, but can we stop them, and nick a win or draw?
Odds are stacked against us, but this Liverpool team is far from perfect and their defence got very, very lucky today. Surely their luck will run out soon, as it is becoming a nonsense, their level of luck and rediculous decisions.
So whilst we have our own BAFTA winner in Richarlison, they have a regular 11 Oscar nominees for every con trick, and diving trick in the book.
Surely the FA must now take a stance on very piss-poor referees, and VAR?
Yep I'm being very optimistic, but it's not the ale; in our predicament, we need every ounce of luck we can get.
102 Posted 10/11/2019 at 21:04:22
103 Posted 10/11/2019 at 21:17:20
It's very, very, testing times for Evertonians.
104 Posted 10/11/2019 at 21:27:27
The man in the studio should be blind and deaf, but that shouldn't stop him making major decisions, as long as the controversy remains, and the cheats keep getting away with murder.
I couldn't blame Liverpool for cheating today though, I just felt that City were done by an intimidated ref, a very fast counter-attack, and a Birkenheader with his one good eye on Liverpool, and Aguero also not playing to the whistle didn't help matters either.
105 Posted 10/11/2019 at 21:56:20
Lucifer Football Club =LFC
106 Posted 10/11/2019 at 22:49:44
107 Posted 10/11/2019 at 23:34:54
Virtually all Tranmere fans (except the hardcore) have some affiliation to red or blue and we all know Mike Dean's mum used to clean King Kenny's house.
The Salah goal shows he is close to being offside, but surprise, surprise he doesn't get done by an armpit like some,. no probs, it's a goal!
Little things, fine margins decide games but if the refs and the incompetants in the VAR suite are subconsciously biased, then subjectivity is interferring. If it was tennis or cricket a compuer model works out the decision. In rugby and football it's still down to people. Totally unsatisfactory.
108 Posted 11/11/2019 at 12:53:28
Sigh,at least I got more of the "real" footy to enjoy on Friday night!.
109 Posted 11/11/2019 at 17:58:43
As Tony @95 says, the bias is either unconscious or conscious. If the former, the incompetence is staggering, whilst if the latter the associated corruption is equally staggering. Either way, it is of major concern, and a massively important issue for what is supposed to be a great game. It is making a mockery of football.
110 Posted 12/11/2019 at 19:48:26
How they even measured that was impossible. Clear and obvious, what a joke
Oh yes I see Moutinho for Wolves did a Son tackle. Result, yellow card.
111 Posted 12/11/2019 at 19:58:51
For the Keane decision, he said correct decision - penalty.
A week later, the PMGOL say it was a mistake.
We need impartial people in the VAR studio, all refs seem to be swayed the same way, a way that's not good for the game.
112 Posted 12/11/2019 at 20:04:13
As for the City penalty, what should have happened (as it does in rugby league) is that play should have been brought back for Alexander Arnold's handball, however it should then have been brought back for the first infringement which was the handball from the City player which would have led to a clear goal scoring opportunity. The result - free kick to Liverpool.
In Rugby league, if Wigan knock the ball on, then St Helens do but then score a try, it is pulled back to the first infringement - the Wigan knock on.
113 Posted 16/11/2019 at 01:57:05
114 Posted 16/11/2019 at 16:30:52
115 Posted 16/11/2019 at 16:51:38
116 Posted 22/11/2019 at 15:09:53
Duncan is very bullish, and dispels lots of myths on there. Such as the much repeated notion that he didn't like football. I think he came across very well, and it's a pity he did not talk more to Everton-related media during his playing days.
On the subject of his current role, it's absolute rubbish that he "just puts the cones out". So, apologies Duncan. You are quite right about people repeating what their mate's, mate's, mate said. It's just a pity that you haven't come out and told us this before.
I was in the generation that idolised Duncan. I felt let down by him. I felt that he never seemed to give 100% to his career. Now, maybe he is right that he did not do most of the stuff he was accused of, but I did see him one time in town enjoying what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage and looking a little worse for wear whilst he was "injured", so when you hear more stories like this, it makes you believe them.
So, I'm not going to say that the interviews have restored my tarnished view of Duncan, but it does make me think that I jumped to too many conclusions and assumptions. but what else can you do when the fella meets rumour with silence, and never even speaks to his own club's media? Anyway, good stuff ToffeeTV, and thanks Duncan for finally setting the record straight.
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