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Weekend Watchlist


In this hectic world who has time to look at all the weekend's football action and pick out what might be the interesting stories or the entertaining aspects of the upcoming games on any given Friday? The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.

 

Luckily for you the TLW team are now offering you their time-saving, life-hacking services and letting you know what has caught their eye and taken their fancy in the coming weekend's fixtures. If you're after a short, sharp, weekly dose of predictions on what to look out for, wisdom, bad language, tactical analysis and cheap jokes you've probably come to the right place.

Will Moyes finally get a win?
 
Ok, we almost certainly already know the answer to this and it’s a big fat, resounding "What you talkin' bout Wilis?". Even so, this is the game I’ll be following with the most interest, just in case.
 
The law of averages dictates that Sunderland will win eventually, and although it’s highly unlikely that it will be this weekend against Arsenal, it would be hysterically funny if it was, because few things amuse me more than Arsenal Fan TV on a Saturday night after a bad result. Aside from Only Fools & Horses, Arsenal Fan TV is the funniest thing to come out of London.
 
So come on Moyesy, Alehouse Vic, Steven Pienaar, Jack Rodwell and the gaggle of ex United jabronis who now ply their trade on Wearside. Get yourself a win and ensure that we can all laugh at the Goons on the Gooners youtube channel. 

 

Dave Usher

@theliverpoolway

 
   
 
"Poetry" vs "Prose"
 
So Pep Guardiola, the "best coach in the world" (copyright the football media) faces his polar opposite in Tony Pulis this weekend. The arch pragmatist and spoiler against the ultimate artist and idealist. 
 
There's a growing sense that for all the admiration for the stuff his teams have played, people want to see the Guardiola bubble burst; they want to say, "It's easy with Messi or managing in a one horse race, but you're in England now".  And just as the pressure is growing (six games without a win) along comes Mr Ale House himself. 
 
Now I don't have a single problem with Pulis or his approach. It's shit but it's his shit - and it often works. However, in the grand scheme of "the beautiful game", I want to see the poet defeat the hack this weekend. 
 
Yes, I despise the oil cheats and a defeat for them deffo suits us, but ultimately football should be exciting and entertaining and lumping it long to Salomon Rondon is not my idea of either. 
 
Whether it turns out that way will be fascinating to watch though.
 

Paul Natton

@OxtonSoulBoy

 
 
 
Are Chelsea the real deal?
 
This Sunday we'll get to see Chelsea visit Southampton and it should give us a better idea of what sort of proposition they are going to be this season.
 
After Conte's boys were taken apart by Arsenal in September he reverted to his trusted 3-5-2 formation and results have improved. The only problem in figuring out if that's a permanent thing is that the teams they've beaten are Hull (complete garbage), Leicester (not arsed about the league this time around apparently) and Man Utd (an absolute shambles). So it's hard to know their level right now.
 
Southampton have got a great record at home and haven't been beaten at St Mary's since last February, they also have the second meanest defence in the league - with only Spurs bettering them. This suggests that the match should provide a stern test of the Chelsea revival and we may get a much better idea of just how serious a contender they are likely to be this season.
 

Stu Montagu
@SimianJustice


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Saturday 19:45 Juventus v Napoli.

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Burnley getting a result at old Trafford
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I admire the moral stance but want to see Man City get alehoused off the park.  Go Rondon. 

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What TK said. I'm all in on "the Hack" this weekend. Hope he Pulises the shit out of them.

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Fuck Manchester City. Hope they get bullied off the pitch.
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I admire the moral stance but want to see Man City get alehoused off the park. Go Rondon.

When Rondon bums City's defence it will underline exactly how good Matip is.
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I admire the moral stance but want to see Man City get alehoused off the park. Go Rondon.


I'm the same. Bus parking, shithousing, long balling and playing for set pieces into the box are just as valid as football philosophies as tiki gegen taki. I admire a good spoiling tactic, especially a week after we have beaten it.
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I don't admire anything about it, I hate it. I love it when it works against teams I don't like though, or if it benefits us in some way.

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It is part of why the league is so tough, as you face different styles of play week in, week out.

 

I think West Brom might be a culture shock for Guardiola.  They'll no doubt win the possession, but I wouldn't bet against Pullis getting a result.

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When Guardiola was playing Aguero and De Bruyne properly Man City looked like easily the best team in the league. For some reason he's decided to fuck them around a bit. Rather strange.
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It is part of why the league is so tough, as you face different styles of play week in, week out.

 

I think West Brom might be a culture shock for Guardiola.  They'll no doubt win the possession, but I wouldn't bet against Pullis getting a result.

Agree with this.

 

West Brom’s free kick taker, Brunt, is frequently referred to as the best dead ball specialist in the Prem. His introduction as a substitute against us was his first game after a long injury absence.

 

One corner, one goal.

 

Brunt lived up to his reputation.
I hope it’s enhanced against City.

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I hope all our rivals lose, whether it be to the team they are playing kicking them to death, downright cheating or refereeing incompetence. As long as they lose I couldnt give two fucks.
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Reckon the answer to my question is looking more like: "Yes, Chelsea are going to be serious challengers".

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West Brom’s free kick taker, Brunt, is frequently referred to as the best dead ball specialist in the Prem.

 

By who?

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