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Old 04-02-2017, 03:52 PM   #471
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:50 PM   #472
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Leicester struggling big time......don't know what the hell is happening with Liverpool.....
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:56 PM   #473
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Its gonna be a great 2nd place race untill the end of the season. So far it looks like 5 teams are battling for it.
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:30 PM   #474
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Its gonna be a great 2nd place race untill the end of the season. So far it looks like 5 teams are battling for it.

Can a battle for 2nd place ever be considered great?

It's the relegation battle that where the interest is now.
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:41 PM   #475
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liverpool are performing at about the level they are at they over achieved at the start never a top 4 team could argue everton are a better side
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:41 PM   #476
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Can a battle for 2nd place ever be considered great?
Then its gonna be a GREAT race to win a place in CL next year
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Well, if nothing else, Everton are producing some exciting games at the moment !!.

What a rollercoaster that was on Saturday - with 20 mins to go they had scored twice in ten minutes to pull it back to 3-2 and i thought "Oh, oh ... we might throw this away yet .... "

Our defence is overall getting better, but the whole team still has periods where they relax and switch off a little too much - these seem to be getting fewer though. I think that Ronald's current strategy (?) of reducing the average age in the team is helping that quite a bit.
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Old 06-02-2017, 06:43 PM   #478
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Then its gonna be a GREAT race to win a place in CL next year
Personally I think it's getting worse with more and more teams satisfied with a top 4 finish.

I'd be more concerned how easily Chelsea are winning and the quality of teams not improving.

It have been good to have lost one of the CL places, due to the coefficient, and part of the safety net afforded to teams. It'd also be good if the FA cup got a CL slot to in an attempt to make it more meaningful again. Force teams to actually win something to earn a CL place.

It's time to stop football rewarding teams that are just happy plodding along being there or thereabouts the top 4.

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Old 06-02-2017, 08:15 PM   #479
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Of course they are satisfied...they get loads of money from TV right because of it. Its the same reason why the lower 3 clubs try so hard every season to not get relegated. They lose 40 mio + pounds if they get relegated.

To be fair there are way to many games and fixtures in England and its hard on top teams to compete in all of them. Its hard around Christmas when teams have to play 4-5 matches within 3 weeks + cup games + PL games can be hard on players and teams. Lets not forget some teams lose their best players due to the African cup every year (Mane gone alongside his pace is why Liverpool are loosing).

I like the fact the competition is more competitive than it was say 10 years ago. Back then you had the top 4 teams and that was that. There were no surprises like Leicester last year. Top teams got top players and lower teams had to sell them to progress. Its different now...the lower teams have started spending 20+ mio on players and they can afford to keep their best. Its not only 4 teams that are on top now, its 6 or 7 and the rest are not that far behind.

As for PL...I agree with you on that. I think the top 2 teams should be given a PL place while 3rd and 4th should qualify for a spot.

Despite English teams not coping well in Europe over the last few years the Premier ship certainly is the most exiting to watch league in Europe.
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:57 PM   #480
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Since the 2006 season only 7 different clubs have finished in the top 4. Leicester last year was nothing short of a miracle.

So there's actually only a regular 6 fighting for 4 spots. The same 6 again this year.

In the last few previous season Southampton have done well. End result is they sell their best players to bigger English teams with more money.

Leicester won the league and sold their best player and were on the verge of selling Vardy too.

Other than a small blip the established clubs will rule the roost. The odd time a club closes that gap they use their financial clout to open the gap again.


It's similar at the bottom. There's a whole heap of clubs who yo-yo back and forward on a regular basis. They've never got a hope of winning anything. They've not even got the financial power to spend enough to secure their premier status and can't risk it unless they get relegated.

It's not as competitive as people make out when the league table follows the same pattern as regularly. With the amount of money in the CL now it's going to be a hard cycle to break.

The other issue is the viewing numbers for the league are dwindling. The average viewing figures for a game is barely 1m now. That's only propped up by the big games.

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