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    Just under 2 hours until the Champion's make their 2007-08 debut. I'm really really hyped for this EPL season and specifically Man U. Can't really argue with the signings they've made but I really didn't like the idea of selling Smith. I understand he wanted to play first team football but Saha gets hurt at least once each year ditto Ole Gunnar. Smith is injury prone as well but he's at least another option! He's a different type of striker than the other and of course in a pinch he can fill in at midfield. Oh well though, can't worry about it now.

    No real word on what the starting 11 will be. Of course there are the locks. Rooney, Ronaldo, Rio, Vidic, Scholes, Van de Saar and Giggs will all start. Evra is close to a lock and probably Saha as well. Most fans are 50/50 regarding Carrick vs. Hargreaves. I think Carrick will get the nod though. United's attack is much much more fluid when he's in the side although against a team like Reading who aren't afraid to attack Hargreaves isn't a bad option.

    Sir Alex has stated that Anderson and Nani will be in the squad. Ideally they would get a run out with United holding a 2 goal lead. I'm not holding my breath though, I like Reading's team. They aren't afraid to play an attacking game against a bigger opponent(Steve Coppell comes from the United school of football) and it should be a fun and entertaining game to watch.

    Also Captain Neville is out for this one and no word on whether Tevez will feature. He wasn't able to play in any preseason games so he can't be fit. Wouldn't be surprised if he's on the bench though!

    A fun slate of games so far in week one. Here's to a good season everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    A tough result for Fulham they probably deserved a point but Arsenal definitley deserved to win. If that makes any sense.
    Makes plenty of sense in most of Arsenals games. You just knew if they ever scored the floodgates would open. They're either going to score two or three or zero.


    They're going to really miss Gilberto on corners and set pieces. So many corners today and not one resulted in anything remotely dangerous. Bendtner looks like he will be that guy in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VEGASKING View Post
    Makes plenty of sense in most of Arsenals games. You just knew if they ever scored the floodgates would open. They're either going to score two or three or zero.
    Agreed. Seemed like one of those games. Of course it helps when Fulham's backline is involved. Especially Zack Knight!
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    They're going to really miss Gilberto on corners and set pieces. So many corners today and not one resulted in anything remotely dangerous. Bendtner looks like he will be that guy in the future.
    Arsenal have never really been great at corners. Sol Campbell used to offer a threat but really they have never really been a squad that could really really make you pay for giving away corners.

    Bendtner was a guy who really impressed me though. I don't think Arsenal has had a forward of his capabilities. He's a bit like the traditional English #9 striker. A bit of a battering ram who can also hold the ball up effectivley. Arsenal have had tall forwards in the past like Kanu for example but they haven't been big aerial presences. I think Bendtner will be a really good option for Wegner. Especially in Europe.

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    Well, Arsenal's got their work cut out for them. They are not a threat in the air so as long as teams force them to play the long ball, they're done.

    The penalty on Bocanegra was ticky tack, but Tony Warner kept the game alive for Fulham.

    Chelsea vs. Birmingham
    Birmingham's goalie gave two of the three goals scored by Chelsea. With that said, Birmingham were clearly outclassed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    Just under 2 hours until the Champion's make their 2007-08 debut. I'm really really hyped for this EPL season and specifically Man U. Can't really argue with the signings they've made but I really didn't like the idea of selling Smith. I understand he wanted to play first team football but Saha gets hurt at least once each year ditto Ole Gunnar. Smith is injury prone as well but he's at least another option! He's a different type of striker than the other and of course in a pinch he can fill in at midfield. Oh well though, can't worry about it now.

    No real word on what the starting 11 will be. Of course there are the locks. Rooney, Ronaldo, Rio, Vidic, Scholes, Van de Saar and Giggs will all start. Evra is close to a lock and probably Saha as well. Most fans are 50/50 regarding Carrick vs. Hargreaves. I think Carrick will get the nod though. United's attack is much much more fluid when he's in the side although against a team like Reading who aren't afraid to attack Hargreaves isn't a bad option.

    Sir Alex has stated that Anderson and Nani will be in the squad. Ideally they would get a run out with United holding a 2 goal lead. I'm not holding my breath though, I like Reading's team. They aren't afraid to play an attacking game against a bigger opponent(Steve Coppell comes from the United school of football) and it should be a fun and entertaining game to watch.

    Also Captain Neville is out for this one and no word on whether Tevez will feature. He wasn't able to play in any preseason games so he can't be fit. Wouldn't be surprised if he's on the bench though!

    A fun slate of games so far in week one. Here's to a good season everyone!
    Ferguson said last week that Tevez won't feature today.

    Owen Hargreaves' knee isn't 100% so I think Carrick should get the nod early on.

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    Nani made it on the bench.

    Tevez not in the squad.

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    Hargreaves didn't make the squad either ditto Anderson. A bit of a makeshift 11 with the injuries United has. Silvestre gets a start at LB with Evra moving into the midfield.

    Giggs playing as a makeshift forward although he has played there before in the past, especially in recent years as he's lost some pace.

    I expect Nani to get an apperance, probably coming on for Silvestre with Evra dropping back to LB.

    Odd no true forward on the bench for United. However Reading are missing Leroy Lita.

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    Reading's doing alright so far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    By the way even though Alonso made this the Premier league thread, I think we should put all soccer news in this thread. No need to have different threads for each league.
    That's fine with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redxalonso View Post
    Reading's doing alright so far...
    A bit, the giveaways and dumb mistakes are starting to accumulate. And United are dominating posession. Reading is countering decently though, they have good speed in their lineup. But United's attack looks fluid.

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