The Premier League returns with eight games on Saturday, including six 3 pm kick-offs, and just one on Sunday before Everton play Burnley on Monday.Saturday 11 September 2021
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur — 12:30 BST on BT Sport 1
Final Score – 16:00 BST on BBC One
Chelsea v Aston Villa – 17:30 BST on Sky Sports
Match of the Day – 22:40 BST on BBC One
Sunday 12 September 2021
Match of the Day (Repeat) – 07:00 BST on BBC One
Leeds United v Liverpool – 16:30 BST on Sky Sports
Match of the Day 2 – 22:30 BST on BBC One
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1 Posted 11/09/2021 at 12:03:02
I hate the Premier League era of early sackings and always believe you give a manager time. Howard Kendall.
But, we are in this era. And I fear for Arteta if it goes badly against Norwich today.
2 Posted 11/09/2021 at 12:47:38
3 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:03:44
4 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:05:20
5 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:07:11
6 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:23:32
Tottenham seem to have a gap between their midfield and the somewhat isolated Kane. Sound familiar?
Very unspectacular but vital save from Lloris and great covering from the defenders just prior to that to deny Gallagher.
At first glance, you're criticising the attacking player for not taking the chance, but that was good defending and goalkeeping.
7 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:28:11
8 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:47:23
9 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:48:40
10 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:49:19
Definite second yellow for the Tottenham who got himself involved in the above situation. No complaints with the second yellow and subsequent red.
11 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:49:20
12 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:51:27
13 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:52:23
Please Evertonians, don't ever sing that.
14 Posted 11/09/2021 at 13:57:58
15 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:00:16
16 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:03:23
What a clearance.
The lad Gallagher is having a fine game. Energy and desire to win the ball back combined with ability and vision when he has it. And he has delivery.
Aside from City and Chelsea, we should fear no-one this season.
17 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:03:31
18 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:04:17
19 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:04:32
Cracking little player.
20 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:05:11
21 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:05:13
22 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:09:38
23 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:12:38
24 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:13:20
25 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:13:41
26 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:14:05
Yeah it was my substitution. All planned. I knew it.
27 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:15:03
And what an impact. Have rated him a long time, he'll score a few I reckon. Great finish.
28 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:15:35
29 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:16:52
30 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:17:10
31 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:19:07
32 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:20:51
I know it's early days, but I wonder how much the uncertainty around Kane has unsettled Tottenham. And, no matter how much he declared he was staying, the underlying issue is he wanted to move but didn't get it. He's more an England player than a Tottenham one.
I thought this current Tottenham squad missed their boat 2 seasons ago.
And then Nuno. I personally think we got out of jail. The former Wolves manager who didn't do too well last season?
Top 6 and Europe is on.
33 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:20:58
34 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:21:01
35 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:22:00
36 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:23:55
37 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:29:10
Scholes and Viera from that era for me. But then there was Keane too.
38 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:33:17
39 Posted 11/09/2021 at 14:50:05
Meanwhile, to counter that 100%, the CR7 love-in is kicking off bigtime on the USA Channel.
40 Posted 11/09/2021 at 15:10:34
Couldve worn Jim-jams and outclassed the Ginge
41 Posted 11/09/2021 at 15:12:32
42 Posted 11/09/2021 at 15:43:11
Would loved to have gone for him. Maybe January?
43 Posted 11/09/2021 at 15:48:14
44 Posted 11/09/2021 at 15:51:00
45 Posted 11/09/2021 at 15:51:24
46 Posted 11/09/2021 at 16:01:52
I've watched Edouard a few times for Celtic and wasn't too upset we didn't get him. On the other hand, Paul Tran, I think, would have had no hesitation in signing him for the Blues.
It's all about different opinions, let's see how the lad carries on, maybe he is a natural goalscorer and we are wrong and Paul is correct, either way it's no use crying over spilt milk!!
47 Posted 11/09/2021 at 16:20:18
Palace's squad is paper thin and a couple of injuries may but your predictions back on the road
48 Posted 11/09/2021 at 16:48:47
49 Posted 11/09/2021 at 16:53:14
50 Posted 11/09/2021 at 17:44:30
51 Posted 11/09/2021 at 17:58:42
52 Posted 11/09/2021 at 18:04:06
53 Posted 11/09/2021 at 18:14:24
54 Posted 11/09/2021 at 18:59:52
55 Posted 11/09/2021 at 19:00:46
56 Posted 11/09/2021 at 19:26:08
57 Posted 11/09/2021 at 19:43:40
58 Posted 11/09/2021 at 19:55:21
59 Posted 11/09/2021 at 19:56:04
Embarrassing Everton fans who used to boo this guy. I wish I could remember the faces of those around me who did but there were that many of them then that would be impossible.
The guy is arguably the greatest striker to ever play for our club.
People may quote Sharp, Gray etc. Not having it for a second. Lukaku is a phenomenal goal scorer. You put him up against a defender and a keeper to beat with a run at them and there is hardly anyone better in the world. One thing about these modern day super stars, you just watch them, how many times do they fail to hit the target? Its hardly ever. They are literally never putting a shot wide of the mark.
Wonderful player who gave us a good few years wonderful service.
60 Posted 11/09/2021 at 19:57:05
61 Posted 11/09/2021 at 20:49:32
Im a big Rom fan but lets not overdo it. The greatest strikers in our history won stuff. Dean, Vernon, Young, Royle, Gray, Sharp.
Rom is a much better player than when he played for us, he is going to be seen as a world class striker once his career is finished but in a blue shirt not in the same stratosphere as the players mentioned.
62 Posted 11/09/2021 at 20:50:31
63 Posted 11/09/2021 at 20:53:29
64 Posted 11/09/2021 at 20:53:29
Im not having that either. He wasnt bang average, he was leading goal scorer every season he played for us and provided some great moments.
But I agree he was rubbish in the semi final
65 Posted 11/09/2021 at 20:53:58
Are you serious? Ever heard of Dixie Dean? Read his story and then come back at me...
66 Posted 11/09/2021 at 20:58:01
67 Posted 11/09/2021 at 20:58:26
A tricky one, I grant you. Difficult to weigh the charges - adult rape v sex with a minor - and determine which is more repugnante or who is more guilty. All the more so when neither charge has yet to be heard in an open court.
As for as the Everton player is concerned, given today's news I think it's reasonable to conclude that whether the charges are true or false, given the time these things take to come to trial, he has in all likelihood played his last game for the club.
Out of contract next summer, his name has not been included in our PL squad for the season.
68 Posted 11/09/2021 at 21:02:38
'If ya know yer 'istory', 'n all that.
69 Posted 11/09/2021 at 21:25:44
Not to mention Roy Vernon, Fred Pickering, Bob Latchford, Joe Royle. In later days, Kanchelskis and Lineker (relatively).
None of them spent as much time slagging Everton off either. And they never got their arl feller to weigh in like good old Roger did.
Mind you none of those lads had Raiola as an agent.
Just imagine if the best player you could remember playing for Everton was Lukaku. Id never have bothered
70 Posted 11/09/2021 at 21:54:59
Hopefully DCL can take that accolade off lukaku as being our greatest ever premier league striker, but it will take some doing to beat some of the names listed above, from which the name Dave Hickson seems to have been overlooked, not that I ever saw him play, but heard some great things about him, who was idolised by my dad.
71 Posted 11/09/2021 at 21:58:28
The criticism of his touch was (is) justified but in fairness he learned his lesson at Utd stopped bulking up and got back to being direct and rejuvenated himself at Inter. At the moment he is probably the best striker out there given the paucity of footballers worldwide but he's still awkward on the ball.
72 Posted 11/09/2021 at 22:10:00
Moise Kean – 4.5/10
A nightmarish return to Juventus for the young striker. Instead of helping his team grab a late winner, he gifted a goal to Koulibaly after failing to clear the ball on the corner kick in the right manner.
73 Posted 11/09/2021 at 22:11:08
He has. And if the charges are true, he has played his last game. Anywhere. Ever.
74 Posted 11/09/2021 at 23:21:34
Just watched history and a new Super Star being born.
This is why so many love sport.
What a great story.
75 Posted 11/09/2021 at 23:31:40
Apparently the Taliban have banned women from sport and said there is "no reason for women to play cricket".
How lucky are we to be able to debate football on this site. To share our joy at Emma"s success. Meanwhile, unspeakable monsters talk to our government.
76 Posted 11/09/2021 at 23:34:30
77 Posted 11/09/2021 at 23:43:44
I think we all know who this year's Sports Personality of the Year is going to be! 👍👍👍
78 Posted 11/09/2021 at 23:58:00
79 Posted 12/09/2021 at 01:41:59
My wife's a huge tennis fan and I've always tried to follow the Brit players' journeys at major tournaments so it's been amazing to watch Emma Raducanu just sweep through the US Open as a green teenager with almost no top-level experience and then win the whole thing.
What she's achieved isn't supposed to happen and she did it with such poise and composure. Absolutely brilliant to watch.
80 Posted 12/09/2021 at 02:13:55
The Canadian Fernandez was pretty special too... ranked 66 in the world coming in, I believe? Nobody ever heard of her before this tournament, either.
81 Posted 12/09/2021 at 02:40:43
82 Posted 12/09/2021 at 03:36:26
Boris Becker was my hero as a kid when I was a tennis player. I always had green knees after diving around trying to emulate his style. I got bored in the Federer era. Serena though I love. Shes a phenom, a unique talent so superior to the rest I have to respect her.
83 Posted 12/09/2021 at 03:46:32
But like the dominance by a few in football, it gets boring when the same people/teams win all the time. Thats why womens tennis is more interesting these days, more so when you have unknowns like Raducanu and Fernandez making history like they have this week.
84 Posted 12/09/2021 at 03:56:47
Yeah I get it. Post Graf womens tennis was pretty open so it will be fun going forward. Nice to see the British girl win but as she said herself “anyone could have won.” Also, I must say I was really impressed with both players post match interviews. Not an easy thing to do center court after a grueling game. But they were both magnanimous, humble and just Nice. Youd have thought they had great script writers but they seem to be just really decent, hard working respectful young women. Great role models.
85 Posted 12/09/2021 at 04:01:55
Yes I thought the same thing on sports personality. Poor old Gareth and Harry will miss out as the nearly men they are. Breaks my heart.
That said, 60 odd Olympian's won medals too so maybe the giant egos of the football world (and Gareth) will see a nominee list sans football players.
We are dominating the paralympics too. Far cry from the Maggie Thatcher days when lack of investment saw us shit at every sport.
86 Posted 12/09/2021 at 05:33:15
87 Posted 12/09/2021 at 06:33:19
Anyway, enough of my Tennis ignorance. I liked Becker but I'm no expert in any sense. A fantastic achievement by the young lady.
Back my comfort zone. I caught bits yesterday but mainly followed the scores.
Arteta bought some breathing space. I did genuinely worry for him had that gone wrong yesterday.
Early days, and not dismissing Liverpool because I'm an Evertonian, but I can see the top 3 of City, Chelsea & United forming early and staying there.
Likewise, early days and I try to wait until after Christmas, but Newcastle to be in the relegation mix? I say that through conversations with supporters. The mood isn't great and wasn't last year either.
Cristiano Ronaldo. 36 years old. How dare United buy a past-his-best galactico and former player with no sell-on-value. Okay, sarcasm aside, it shows what sheer hard work and looking after yourself physically can do as well as having the injury fairy on your side, which I believe he has had. I guess some of that is linked to my previous point about fitness and taking care of yourself as well.
Lukaku is a striker. He was here as a young, developing player to score goals and he did. I didn't care too much for his touch. I watched Gary, Gary Linekar. He scored goals. Lots of them.
88 Posted 12/09/2021 at 08:26:42
Everton have always had players who didn't like the tracking back side of the game, Some of them frustrated; some are still revered decades later. None reviled.
Anybody who thinks the Chelsea centre-forward didn't get the credit he deserved and was so despised by so many of our fans, simply because he didn't track back, is getting themselves involved in an argument they don't understand. If it wasn't for his antics off the pitch, he'd have been loved... and the fact that he was a lazy fat bastard wouldn't have mattered a fuck.
On the tennis: It takes two to make a great match and, while I take great joy in the performance of Emma Raducanu and share in the thoughts of those above, I think we should all recognise the incredible contribution from Fernandez, her little Canadian opponent. What a warrior. Talk about being carried out on your shield...
Women's tennis looks in rude health.
89 Posted 12/09/2021 at 08:57:47
What was Mings when he got that yellow card? I did actually glance over that at the time. Why does a centre back need to make a challenge like that near the oppositions penalty box? Use your head son.
Lukaku's second goal. I've often said it in the Kane vs Calvert-Lewin discussions. We don't get those kind of strikes from Dominic.
They're all different strikers, I get that. And we need to play to Dominic's strengths. Those 2 are just more complete and all-rounders.
90 Posted 12/09/2021 at 10:45:33
91 Posted 12/09/2021 at 11:15:36
"What happened to the presumption of innocence?"
I agree but my point is why are the responses to two players with sexual assault allegations hanging over them being treated so differently?
Is it the supposed nature of the assaults (Jay @ 67) or rank hypocrisy?
92 Posted 12/09/2021 at 14:10:15
Jeez... and what a shit manager, playing a 5 at the back and still the flanks are wide open.
They just got 9 new players to try to make the Champions League places. Seems like the same lot must be in charge of transfers for both senior teams.
93 Posted 12/09/2021 at 16:33:03
94 Posted 12/09/2021 at 16:37:40
95 Posted 12/09/2021 at 16:39:52
96 Posted 12/09/2021 at 17:16:51
97 Posted 12/09/2021 at 17:27:03
98 Posted 12/09/2021 at 17:43:54
99 Posted 12/09/2021 at 17:48:47
Whats the red card for? Was an unfortunate accident after the Leeds player won the ball.
100 Posted 12/09/2021 at 17:50:13
101 Posted 12/09/2021 at 17:51:34
102 Posted 12/09/2021 at 17:59:45
103 Posted 12/09/2021 at 18:08:23
104 Posted 12/09/2021 at 18:09:09
I thought it was a brilliant move created because two players both wanted to “really run” but I thought the last touch came off Salah, and that should have meant a goal kick rather than a corner, but maybe I'm a touch biased.
105 Posted 12/09/2021 at 18:13:11
107 Posted 12/09/2021 at 18:38:57
I don't think it was a red card and it looks really bad a manager from a top 6 team is allowed on the pitch just before the ref is giving a red card.
108 Posted 12/09/2021 at 18:58:01
There was an almost identical challenge later in the game on Mane, when the Leeds player won the ball, cleanly, and play carried on. It was just an unfortunate injury for Elliott, and I think the red card should, and probably will, be rescinded.
109 Posted 12/09/2021 at 19:03:09
110 Posted 12/09/2021 at 19:03:39
I highly recommend watching either rugby or the NFL as a pleasant change from football. Watching a game where courage, toughness and physical competition are respected, commended and admired is enormously satisfying. And hugely different to what football pretends to be now.
NB - You need RedZone to enjoy the NFL, otherwise you might as well just watch television advertisements on YouTube.
111 Posted 12/09/2021 at 19:16:17
I just googled the Son incident, when he was given a red card after a collision with André Gomes, and found out it was rescinded on appeal. It wasn't a unanimous decision though, the vote was 2-1, from a three-man commission.
112 Posted 12/09/2021 at 19:21:02
It looked a fair tackle to me and he even won the ball but I haven't seen any replays.
I would also add that I thought at least 2 of their goals were offside.
113 Posted 12/09/2021 at 19:56:21
114 Posted 12/09/2021 at 19:58:51
115 Posted 12/09/2021 at 20:46:42
Willie Kirk's team were well beaten in the Women's Super League as the Londoners recorded 27 shots on a disappointing afternoon for the Toffees.
In a now deleted post, Ismailov, who has been in his position since 2020, shared the one-word tweet late in the second half.
I don't see why Ismailov has decided/urged to delete his one-word response to the Women's defeat against Chelsea. Perhaps, if a few more honest truths were publicly aired by our board a few years ago, Everton's men's team may have achieved a bit more than they have.
As for the neighbour's exploits, I can't understand how so many Blues torture themselves by watching them at all, never mind watch them live and exclusive, week-in & week-out, I put the score up on text after I know their game has ended, fully expecting them to have won or at least not lost, always hoping that they have been beaten, and that's all I need to know when it comes to them – unless they're playing Everton of course.
I was shocked to see their game was the only Premier League fixture scheduled for today, whilst both Manchester clubs were not televised live in the UK at all this weekend, how much special treatment does one club need?
116 Posted 12/09/2021 at 23:02:40
But if so please prove me wrong TWRs.
And the Leeds lad getting sent off, and the MoD commentator saying the severity of the injury means the RedCard. What fekkn does that say, mean and allude, for this season?
Thats the finest King Edwards, in football nonsense.
Whats the point of VAR, and rules of the game, when the Oscar winning Mane and Salam, are dropping like theyve been dropped by a good punch, at every chance?
And seeing Mr Ed, and his reaction, today.
Rafa I hope you take the piss when we go back to our old ground.
117 Posted 12/09/2021 at 23:07:01
118 Posted 12/09/2021 at 23:15:13
In that one, Son was petulant. The injury was freakish, but the foul was deliberate. That was considered enough to rescind the red.
Struijk's will be rescinded without any doubt. I'm not even sure it was a foul.
I guess we'll see.
119 Posted 13/09/2021 at 01:20:18
It's week 4 in the Men's League but only week 2 in the Women's League.
4-0 defeats X 2 Vs City and Chelsea, both times post match comments have featured quotes about maybe not being 'brave' enough.
The Women's Football director...Usmanov's Nephew...posted, then quickly took down a 1 word post - Unacceptable.
Does he have a point. Or will plenty of others get 4-0 hammerings from City & Chelsea?
But if you're starting off from the 1st minute, at home, in the first day of a new season, with a big crowd behind you - with (as was reported by some sources) a back 5 ??
It's early days yet, but still...
120 Posted 13/09/2021 at 03:49:44
The Leeds lad to my eye delivered a perfectly lawful tackle with, as a consequence of an ungovernable nano-second of fractional movement between the two players, a distressing injury to the Red.
A red card was a massive injustice, especially when the powers that be can review ad nauseam post-match, before adjudicating.
121 Posted 13/09/2021 at 04:06:07
Pickford injures St Virgil and the whole bandwagon rolls into town and goes after him for days, weeks even months. Pickford didn't even get booked!!!
As for tonight – COYBs please don't cock it up.
122 Posted 13/09/2021 at 04:34:35
We have actually lost 4 players to double leg fractures - Oviedo, Coleman, McCarthy and Gomes.
123 Posted 13/09/2021 at 04:56:54
It's a fair point. Over here Robbie Earle and Mustoe thought it was “one of those things”, ie, not a red card. Terrible shame for the youngster but of course Klopp wants the whole Leeds team hung drawn and quartered. I've no idea what he was complaining about to the fourth official post the red card.
124 Posted 13/09/2021 at 06:25:26
Leeds; early days (been saying that a lot lately), but yet to win a game. Second season syndrome kicking in?
Over my playing time, I broke both ankles and one of my legs (fibula). Not all at the same time obviously! Personally, my recovery from the breaks was much quicker and easier than when I had ankle ligament damage (twice). That took a lot longer. I was back steady-state running soon enough, but the moment I tried to take to the pitch and it involved turning or changing, I had many a "not yet" moment.
There was no malice in the tackle and I believe the official reacted to the severity of the injury, not the tackle itself. Expect a few more red cards for Liverpool's opposition in the next few weeks. I think it was only last week Klopp was already bemoaning that the tackles he was seeing was a throwback to the 70s or 80s. Something like that, but he's already been onto this recently, so wait for his next pre-match press conference.
125 Posted 13/09/2021 at 07:00:42
126 Posted 13/09/2021 at 07:19:18
The ref didn't even give a free-kick (I don't think he did), so why the red card?
127 Posted 13/09/2021 at 08:30:58
Klopp seemed more interested in getting the player sent off, than he was over the freak injury to the youngest player in his team, but Im more interested in seeing how Everton do tonight, especially because the manager has had another fortnight to work with his squad.
128 Posted 13/09/2021 at 13:19:02
A long day, night and tomorrow morning ahead, but it's going to be worth it.
The dogs said so.
129 Posted 13/09/2021 at 15:47:17
130 Posted 16/09/2021 at 08:12:11
131 Posted 16/09/2021 at 08:55:18
I'm not usually one for conspiracy theories, or any of that hard-done-by stuff, but this lack of consistency is only going to fuel the belief that the rules are being bent towards the money clubs.
Meanwhile, remember all that fuss and anger about the attempted breakaway ESL? Well, if you do, then you have a better memory than most because it's like it never happened isn't it? Talk about business as usual.
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