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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: Today at 08:22:59 AM »
Not long now to the biggest club game in the world!
Cant see many if any changes from semi final team.  Be interesting to see if Can gets any minutes.  Only for the amount of injuries in midfield i wouldn't let him travel as it seems the Juve deal is done.

Bit harsh, he fulfilled his contract so if he wants to move on thats  his choice. Its not like he went on strike or anything, he just got a better offer elsewhere. He played a big role in the first half of the season so good luck to him. If he is fit he will be an important asset in midfield.

Its been pretty  quiet on here all week given what is at stake. United fans are petrified Liverpool might win so avoiding the thread (the child in particular, but no doubt he will reappear if Madrid win ::))   and Liverpool fans too nervous to post!

The Liverpool left/Madrid right is where the match will be decided in my view. There has been a lot of talk of Bale hitting form in the last few weeks so I would be nervous about him/Ronaldo and Marcelo teaming up against TAA on the Madrid left. On the flip side, Salah cutting in against Marcelo is a big opportunity for Liverpool. Marcelo was caught out badly a couple of weeks ago in a La Liga game and in the Bayern match. Salah  should get an opportunity to make runs in behind and thats where he has scored a lot of goals this season.

Read an article today and this summed it up. What makes this match so hard to call is that its a game between two teams whereby such are the defensive flaws and attacking brilliance on both sides, either team could win but equally it could be decided by a wide margin either way

 


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General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:14:34 AM »
Iniesta played his last ever game for Barca last night. Incredible career and one of the few players who seems to be genuinely respected and admired by fans of rival clubs.

One of the all time greats. The midfield partnership he and Xavi had for over a decade with Messi in front was a joy to watch.

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General discussion / Re: Another School Shooting in America
« on: May 18, 2018, 04:55:15 PM »
"multiple fatalities"

https://abcnews.go.com/US/active-shooter-incident-santa-fe-high-school-texas/story?id=55258606&cid=social_twitter_abcn

8 Dead reported on BBC. Tragic

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44173954

I had to reread the paragraphs at the end of that report. WTF

Shortly after the shooting began in the town of about 13,000 residents, a man carrying an American flag, wearing a Trump hat, and carrying a pistol on his hip approached news cameras.
The man, who did not give his name, said his goal was to "get to the school. Make America great again."  Another man then told reporters "we need prayers".

"This idiot is walking down the street with a damned pistol on his side where we just had kids get shot," he said referring to the other man.  "I'm a guns rights person. I have guns. But this idiot is walking down here and saying he needs to make America great again. That's is not what America we needs."


Edit. HiMucker beat me to it. That extract above is frightening.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:57:37 AM »
Surprised that Giroud and Dembele are in the squad ahead of Martial.

Giroud gives them something different so I can understand that, for me it was a tossup between Dembele and Martial.

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General discussion / Re: Gambling
« on: May 17, 2018, 04:45:02 PM »
I've worked in the gaming industry most of my adult life and know for a fact that many bookies shops exist solely for those FOBTs. This article explains it better than I could and bear in mind its from a few years back and the yield from FOBTs is probably higher now.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22934305

Closing the shops won't stop gamblers they're like druggies/alcoholics they will just find their fix somewhere else unfortunately.

That may be the case and possibly for 2/3 of the people who go to the bookie shop they wont touch the machines.. They wont be missed, and if that forces someone to go online and do it then that needs regulated stronger also..

 I would have a bet most weekends, and if I have anything left in my online account I'll snipe away during the week, but we are talking a couple pound here and there, but to watch (I'm only in briefly) on a Sat afternoon these fellas (and the odd woman) throw their dosh into those machine is unreal! Seen a lad throw £50 on 29 on roulette! nut job

But as you say, they will find other places to do it, might as well start somewhere though

Lad at worked was telling me this morning he spunked £3500 on those machines in a day, "addictive as fu*k" was his take on them.  £25 a go he was doing.

That's mad Ted.

That is crazy. Could he "afford" to loose it? What I mean is that there is probably a relatively small proportion of the population who would actually be able to access £3500 cash off the cuff. Even if I had it in my account I am limited to £500 per day from an ATM. I physically would not be able to go through that much cash without calling in at a bank. 

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:57:43 PM »
It does take a season to work players out, their movement, positioning and such, managers will try and work it out, they will try.

It's up to Salah to stay ahead of the rest, even if he scores half of what he's done this year that will be a good return.

I dont see any reason why he'd leave, he seems really happy there

I agree that the "targetting" becomes better as teams have more evidence to go on. Teams definitely coped better with him towards the end of the season (Pieters from Stoke stands out in particular).

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:43:35 PM »
Just don't know what to expect Saturday, United's record against the top teams in the league has been excellent the last 2 months so there's reason to be optimistic but who knows what United will turn up.

Jesus have a bitta confidence ffs! starting to sound like thon Liverpool fans, a boring 1-0 will do and put the season to bed..

Conte owes Jose one to be fair since winding him up during the season, which i believe actually got into his head.. Chelsea had great form up on till it mattered and where pretty shit, so pressure may be their issue..

Players now know its shit or bust now and while I'd love a 3-2 type game I just can't see it

Conte is a dead man walking. What's the chances he goes all out and picks 6 strikers or something mental like playing Hazard in Goals. That's what I'd do. Proper 2 fingers up to the Owner.

He'll still need to get results for himself to be fair, no love for Jose either and I actually thought Conte was a decent coach, but working for Chelsea must be the pits!!! Constantly looking over your shoulder, and pressure from the boss to play certain players!

Hazard for me should leave as he's better than that club

For me, Hazard is the poster boy for modern footballers. Turns it on when he could be bothered, but not 1 hoot does he give to the fans paying a king's ransom to watch their team.

Impossible to turn it on every week, he's being picked on in every game, watch on Sat how many times he gets hit by different players, he takes some hits and even the wee niggly ones, very much targeted..

Salah has had a charmed season with no real tackles going in on him, he's managed to ghost past players in most of his games, that will change next season, he will be targeted from the start

Hazard can be in out but for me one of the best players in the leauge, really do like watching him play

Seriously? Doesn't say much for the £000s paid every week to premier league managers and defenders that it takes a summer holiday for them to realize that the curly haired guy on the wing averaging practically a goal a game is a bit useful and they should try and tackle him. 

There is no question that Salah is highly unlikely to have a season like this years ever again. Nobody else has in the premiership last 30 years. He had one of those years where everything worked out perfectly for him, be it some of his strikes, Firminio's form etc. I'm just hoping he is around next year to be targetted.

On the final its hard to look past United. I know Chelsea had a decent run up to the Huddersfield game but they  had a reasonable slice of luck. Too many of the Chelsea players look to have no interest while United players probably know there is a potential clear-out coming in the summer so they could be playing for their future. Is Carrick fit and available? Would be a good way for him to go out, Great servant to United and seems a likable guy as well.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:10:20 AM »
Confirmed. Fair play to the lad - first year outta minor too.

Wait till he returns from the WC with his fragile confidence shot to bits by the media expecting miracles from him.

God forbid he makes a mistake which costs a goal, he'll be hounded.

Unfortunately thats the issue with TAA (& Gomez). Very good for 95% of the game but liable to make a naive mistake and get caught on the wrong side/ball watching that leads to a goal.

Makes you appreciate just how good Steve Finnan and Rob Jones (for some of you older lads  ;) ) were.

He left himself exposed when they played Man Utd and Rashford took full advantage
I haven’t seen him do it since. He’s only a pup be learning very fast. Not the finished product yet but will get there.
He was all over the place in Rome as well in fairness.

I thought that as well. He was outstanding against Sane in both games but in Rome he was poor. I take Blewuporstuffed point about all young players but for TAA it always seems to be the same mistake, a poor starting position against a wide player cutting in. With Gomez its the ball watching at the back post. Yes a coach should be helping these young guys to address this but at a certain point they need to cop on as well and 19 is old enough to do this.

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General discussion / Re: Gambling
« on: May 17, 2018, 10:14:36 AM »
I seen a friend blowing £300 pound in about 5 minutes on those machines going at £25 a spin, he was only 17 at the time.  That being said, had it been £2 only he still would have lost that £300, just would have taken him a bit longer.

Thats still an improvement in my book. More opportunity for him to come to his senses or staff to have a word.

I was in Vegas a few years ago and remember taking a wander through the VIP/High Limit slots section of the Venetian. I think the limit was $5000 per spin!

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 17, 2018, 10:09:21 AM »
Confirmed. Fair play to the lad - first year outta minor too.

Wait till he returns from the WC with his fragile confidence shot to bits by the media expecting miracles from him.

God forbid he makes a mistake which costs a goal, he'll be hounded.

Unfortunately thats the issue with TAA (& Gomez). Very good for 95% of the game but liable to make a naive mistake and get caught on the wrong side/ball watching that leads to a goal.

Makes you appreciate just how good Steve Finnan and Rob Jones (for some of you older lads  ;) ) were.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: May 15, 2018, 12:48:42 PM »
What are the rules on eligibility?
Are Errigal required to produce a list of players that aren't eligible for Thirds football at the start of the year?

As far as I know if you play a senior/reserve league game you aren't eligible to play for the thirds.

Clubs that have a thirds team usually run it separately from their senior/reserve team. Usually more of a sociable/recreational atmosphere and not used in a way that if someone is starring they are promoted to the reserve/senior team.

Perhaps not in this case. Errigal are definitely playing some of their Div 1 players in the III's team whenever the thirds are playing on a different day to the Senior teams. Surely this isn't fair to the Junior Clubs?

To be fair to EC I dont think this has been the case either. Obviously cannot comment on every game but they do usually seem to have a pretty clear line between the two squads. I know they have had Senior or Ex Senior players in the past but thats fair enough if they have dropped to the thirds for a reason (Committment/Fitness/age etc). Errigal are actually at a disadvantage  as they will likely never have a "superstar" in their thirds team (like McShane etc for Owen Roes") as they will obviously be in the 1st team squad. I took a quick look at some of the players featuring in the last couple of matches and while a few players seem stronger than usual, as long as they arent swapping between the squads thats ok in my book. A testament to the strength in depth and numbers they get out (and catchment area no doubt  ;)) so fair play. 

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:51:17 AM »
Big result for Errigal thirds last night beating Clogher who were previously unbeaten at the top of the table,  There are still about 6-7 teams with a realistic chance of winning the Junior league. Eglish setting the pace in Division 2 which is also very balanced this year with little separating teams from third place to twelfth. Will Eglish go the full season unbeaten?

Does seem to be very tight down there. I had expected one of the relegated teams from last year  to win that division comfortably (Eskra/Rock are going well to be fair but Castlederg struggling) but seems to be a lot of teams keeping pace with some tight games. EC III have now beaten Clogher and Rock in the last couple of weeks after a poor start. Any reason for the upturn?


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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2017/18
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:54:59 AM »
You would have to feel sorry for Sky, they’ll have to now spend four days feverishly promoting a highly unlikely scrap for 4th and an even more unlikely fight for the final relegation place  ;D
Super-ish Sunday

My worry is that Liverpool will do their best to make it interesting.. :( :(

Ha, I was also gonna say we’ll have 4 days of Liverpool fans saying it’s not over yet  :)

I actually think Liverpool might have been better needing to win on Sunday. At least then they would have come out on the front foot which is when they have played their best football. I can see 80 minutes of dull football with Liverpool having about 75% possession but no chances with everyone watching themselves for the champions league final. Brighton get a corner and Moreno, who was brought on to help close it out, volleys one into the top corner of his own goal....

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