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Leicester Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Yacob

I went over to the Foxes Talk forum to ask the questions, which were this week:

1 – Do you think that you will stay up this season? What about Newcastle?
2 – Nigel Pearson is a controversial character at times, do you like him? And has he done a good job this year?
3 – Will Pearson still be in charge next season regardless of whether you survive or not?
4 – If you could choose three teams to go down, who would it be?
5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
6 – Have you enjoyed your first season back in the top flight? Or is the Championship more entertaining?
7 – If your club was a fruit, what fruit would it be? And why would it be that fruit?
8 – If you do stay up, what do you need to do in the summer to ensure you aren’t involved in another relegation battle?
9 – What are your thoughts on Newcastle this season?
10 – Scoreline prediction?

MattP

1 – Do you think that you will stay up this season? What about Newcastle?
Yes think we’ll both stay up. Both have kind run ins, I’d fear for Newcastle if they were on 30 rather than 35 points though.

2 – Nigel Pearson is a controversial character at times, do you like him? And has he done a good job this year?
I love him and he’s done a tremendous job this season, we look like we’ll be the only one of the promoted sides to stay up and the way he’s kept the belief in the squad despite everything going against us has been incredible, they never gave up even when being three wins off 19th.

3 – Will Pearson still be in charge next season regardless of whether you survive or not?
Yes.

4 – If you could choose three teams to go down, who would it be?
QPR, Burnley, Sunderland.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Alan Smith

6 – Have you enjoyed your first season back in the top flight? Or is the Championship more entertaining?
Yes, it has good and bad points. We’ve had some great moments.

7 – If your club was a fruit, what fruit would it be? And why would it be that fruit?
Tomato, we start to grow in the Spring.

8 – If you do stay up, what do you need to do in the summer to ensure you aren’t involved in another relegation battle?
Similar tactics to the last month or so, a couple more additions obviously.

9 – What are your thoughts on Newcastle this season?
Fans were overly harsh on Pardew and are stil underly harsh on Ashley, all the problems in that club are down to him and his attitude.

10 – Scoreline prediction?
2-0 Leicester

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Sunderland Fans’ Thoughts on the Derby

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Yacob

This week I went to both RTG and Sundermad to ask the questions, which this week were:

1 – Do you think that you will stay up this season?
2 – Unfortunately Adam Johnson will probably get some abuse with people assuming he is guilty. Should he have been protected and not play again until it’s all cleared up either way?
3 – If you stay up will Advocaat sign on long term?
4 – Was it the right decision to relieve Poyet of his duties?
5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
8 – How important is the derby in terms of your season?
9 – Will the North East ever have successful sides again?
10 – Scoreline prediction?

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kingmonkey

1 – Do you think that you will stay up this season?
Just.

2 – Unfortunately Adam Johnson will probably get some abuse with people assuming he is guilty. Should he have been protected and not play again until it’s all cleared up either way?
If his head is right and he wants to play he should play.

3 – If you stay up will Advocaat sign on long term?
too early to say

4 – Was it the right decision to relieve Poyet of his duties?
**** yeah, he made going to match s***.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
WTF!!!

6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
sorry , can’t be arsed.

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
Rich tea – s***

8 – How important is the derby in terms of your season?
We need the 3 points more than the bragging rights. Still if we get beat I will not resort to equine abuse

9 – Will the North East ever have successful sides again?
No.

10 – Scoreline prediction?
0-0

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Manchester Utd Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Yacob

I went over to RedCafe to post the questions and as usual we got a good response. The questions were:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
2 – Do you think that Moyes was treated unfairly given that LVG has spent over £100m on players and there is no real improvement in the quality of football?
3 – Is there any merits to the Rooney in midfield experiment?
4 – How far away are you from being able to challenge the likes of Chelsea for the title?
5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
8 – Why do you think Di Maria and Falcao have struggled to adapt? Is it LVG’s fault or is there another issue?
9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
10 – Scoreline prediction?

roonster09

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
ManUtd 4th (Hopefully) and Newcastle 10th.

2 – Do you think that Moyes was treated unfairly given that LVG has spent over £100m on players and there is no real improvement in the quality of football?
No. He was not. We have improved, not much but at least we haven’t lost against every top 7 team like we did last season. Van Gaal spent money but he also lost most of the first team players. Still for the money spent we haven’t seen superb performance but I’m more relaxed that Moyes not in charge anymore.

3 – Is there any merits to the Rooney in midfield experiment?
None. Weakening 2 positions with 1 decision. He is our best striker and should be played upfront in every game.

4 – How far away are you from being able to challenge the likes of Chelsea for the title?
Hopefully next season with 1 or 2 big signings this summer and a fully settled squad.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
None.

6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
Relegated: Leicester, Burnley and Villa.
Top 4: Chelsea, ManCity, Arsenal, ManUtd

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?

8 – Why do you think Di Maria and Falcao have struggled to adapt? Is it LVG’s fault or is there another issue?
I can’t fault Van Gaal for Di Maria’s problems, he is played as winger, CM and a forward but he has struggled in all positions. He is still adapting not only to the league but also to Van Gaal’s slow build up play. Im sure he will be fine next season.

Falcao, I think injury has done him. He looks so slow he can’t outpace any defender. Didn’t even look sharp at all. It’s to do with injury and his ago IMO.

9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
I don’t think so. Europe is out of equation and no way you are getting relegated, so it’s better to wait till summer and see who’s available. Also one negative is if Newcastle appointed new manager then planning for next season could have started from this season but not sure who was available.

10 – Scoreline prediction?
1-1. Away form is very poor, so can’t see us winning this one at all. Maybe a draw or close defeat.

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Aston Villa Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Yacob

I headed over to the Villa forum Heroes and Villains to ask the questions. Check out the thread as well, it gets quite tasty after one of them visits TF and sees some of the questions suggested. This week’s questions were:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
2 – What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?
3 – Is your lack of goals due to not creating chances? Or just from being poor in front of goal?
4 – Do you think the club should have kept Darren Bent?
5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
8 – What is the general mood among Villa fans? Has it contributed to falling home attendances?
9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
10 – Scoreline prediction?

Monty

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
I fear this could be our year for the drop. Feel free to laugh at us if so, as we did at you lot (some of your fans do hold a grudge for a joke, don’t they? Oh well, idiots everywhere). As for your team, non-descript mid-table for you this season, which looks pretty great from where we’re sat.

2 – What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?
Underwhelmed by Sherwood. He might keep us up, but I have very very grave doubts long-term, and I also think there’s a good chance he will take us down, but that’s hardly all his fault. Overall, seems like just another English coach who thinks tactics are mints, but let’s see.

3 – Is your lack of goals due to not creating chances? Or just from being poor in front of goal?
Not creating chances. We’re unbelievably jittery in the final third, as well as clueless, static, devoid of confidence and unimaginative. Woohoo!

4 – Do you think the club should have kept Darren Bent?
No. Done at the top level. Might get a few tap-ins in the Championship, but you can’t afford to have a player in the top flight who just hangs around near the goal, not contributing, then touches the ball in from a yard and wheels away with his shirt over his head.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Juan Pablo Angel. I bet he’d look after the place neatly.

6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
Leicester, QPR and, I hate to say it, Villa to go down. Top four? Chelsea, City, Arsenal aaaand…someone.

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
A rich tea that’s been left in the cuppa for too long. Eventually the heat tells on us, and we fall apart into nondescript, undigestible mush.

8 – What is the general mood among Villa fans? Has it contributed to falling home attendances?
It is gloomy, and I imagine that it must have had an impact on attendances. Last season really did it, I think, almost more than this.

9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
I don’t think so. You’re not really in any danger, so you can afford the luxury of waiting until you have a chance of getting someone really good. The pickings are slim mid-season – look who we got!

10 – Scoreline prediction?
Ach, I dunno. 2-1 Newcastle? We might score, but that might be it.

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Palace Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Yacob

I headed over to the CPFC forums to ask the questions and the response was good considering I only put it up yesterday. Although I was told I had some front going on there… The questions were:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
2 – What are your thoughts on Alan Pardew? Was he a good appointment and do you think he is better suited to Palace than he was to Newcastle?
3 – How has your start been under Pardew? All positive?
4 – Will Zaha knuckle down again at Palace after fading at Man U? Will he ever reach his potential?
5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
6 – What are your views on the signing of Newcastle cult hero Shola Ameobi? Good bit of business?
7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
8 – How long will you be able to keep Bolasie for? Is he destined for bigger things?
9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
10 – Scoreline prediction?

SeaEagle

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
Pretty much as we are at the moment – Palace 13th and Toon 11th. Would represent a good year for us and clearly going to be a transition year for you

2 – What are your thoughts on Alan Pardew? Was he a good appointment and do you think he is better suited to Palace than he was to Newcastle?
I think that the issue at Newcastle was more Ashley than Pardew, but that both got tarred with the same brush. Clearly he has a strong affinity with Palace which has provided some welcome positivity and some good, if occasionally fortunate, results.

3 – How has your start been under Pardew? All positive?
So far, yes! I hope it continues like this for a while as it’s always difficult when things go less well for an ex-player managing (see Peter Taylor etc)

4 – Will Zaha knuckle down again at Palace after fading at Man Utd? Will he ever reach his potential?
Never given a chance at Man U – partly due to the unfortunate timing of Januzaj coming through at the same time. Never really looked settled at Cardiff, so it’s good to have him home and starting to show glimpses again. On his day he is unplayable for even the very best defenders – has potential to be really world class if his confidence and end product are improved.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
What a strange question.

6 – What are your views on the signing of Newcastle cult hero Shola Ameobi? Good bit of business?
Not too enthused. He’s just in there to make up the numbers for 4 months instead of AJ and Doyle. We might not even see him play.

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
Another strange question.

8 – How long will you be able to keep Bolasie for? Is he destined for bigger things?
Good player Bolasie, but inconsistent. Good thing is that with him, Zaha and Punch (and Gayle recently, though he’s not really a winger) we have 3 (or 4) players who can step up when others aren’t firing. I’m not sure we will see a bid big enough to result in us selling, and I think that we’re probably the right level for him at the moment.

9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
Bit early to tell really… I don’t think you’ll be in a relegation scrap and I don’t think you’ll challenge for Europe, so it’s a bit of a non-season for you. The main drawback is that a new manager won’t get to work with your players before the summer window to see what he needs (though apparently that isn’t the manager’s decision anyway?!). Carver seems like a decent bloke but can’t see him managing next season.

10 – Scoreline prediction?
1-1

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