2019/20 Premier League season

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#32
If only that was how football worked.

Huddersfield finished a league above Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham two years ago but finished bottom last season.
I know that's not how football works, but your example is a false equivalency, as I was comparing within the same league and same season, rather than comparing teams who were in different leagues in the same season.
 

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I know that's not how football works, but your example is a false equivalency, as I was comparing within the same league and same season, rather than comparing teams who were in different leagues in the same season.
You may finish above us, you may not, I certainly wouldn't be banking on it that you will because you finished 5 points ahead of us.
 

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apart from blind hopes for newcomers, the top half of the table will feature the usual suspects... id be surprised if mancity and liverpool werent in the top 3...

the real question is, how long will manU's weakness last? will they ever be a serious contender again, or did their dominance die when ferguson (and most of the main players) got old?

what id really love to see would be some sort of freak accident again, where a total outsider takes the lead, like leicester did... maybe sheffield? ;)

there is a cool visualization on youtube where you can see just how much of an outsider thing that leicester title was... shoots up from nothing, goes back to nothing...
 
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Well the fixtures have not been kind to us... at all. Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City in the first five games and then Chelsea and Man City in the last three. I still think we'll be fine, but this certainly doesn't make our job any easier.
 

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Well the fixtures have not been kind to us... at all. Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City in the first five games and then Chelsea and Man City in the last three. I still think we'll be fine, but this certainly doesn't make our job any easier.
We have a start where we need to be on the ball straight away this year.

Afcb a
Palace h
Leicester h
Chelsea a
Saints h

Chance of a few points on paper
 

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Those 3 home games are a chance to get points, if you don't get many points out of those it'll be a struggle.
 

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Agree with you both, needs to be really youd say. 2 wins 2 draws will do very nicely. A run in dec/Jan is ;city a, lpool a, west ham h, arsenal a, city h. That could be 0 points and minus 20gd
 

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Playing Brighton at home again first up.

Man City and Arsenal in the last 2 games so hopefully won't need point|!

Shame we have Leicester and Villa mid-week away...2 decent away trips.
 

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Well the fixtures have not been kind to us... at all. Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City in the first five games and then Chelsea and Man City in the last three. I still think we'll be fine, but this certainly doesn't make our job any easier.
That's exactly where you want them, surely.
 
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That's exactly where you want them, surely.
I suppose it allows us to potentially pull a shock off before those teams really get going, but it could just as easily back fire and see us lose three of our opening five. And that would be our momentum from promotion gone, as well as a pretty big blow to the confidence early on.

Even at our best, I expect absolutely nothing from games against Liverpool and Man City, so that then puts the pressure on to earn the points in the other three early games so we don't get cut adrift early on.

It probably doesn't make much difference in the end though, as we have to play everyone twice anyway.
 

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As tough as the Premier League now is, I'd like to think we can stay up, as the football we've been playing should be much more suited to a league where teams aren't trying to kick our creative players off the park.
Yeah, but it's also a much better league, where your creative players won't look as good. People always say this kind of thing, very rarely seems to work out in reality.

You conceded rather a lot of goals for a promoted side, against vastly superior attacking quality I'd question whether you'll be able to play the same way.

Teams at this level will be much more adept at playing through the press and controlling the midfield. Ultimately I feel your defence will be exposed. Hope I'm wrong.
 

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Rafa leaving Newcastle then.

Geordie faithful will be even more hostile towards Ashley now!

Better get the next manager right or there might be trouble ahead.
 

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Well that's Newcastle a big favourite to go down next season, Rafa did an unreal job just keeping that squad up.
 

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