The Premier League returns this weekend after the break for Internationals with another full schedule of televised games:
Saturday 3 April 2021
Chelsea v West Brom – 12:30 on BT Sport 1
Leeds Utd v Sheffield Utd – 15:00 on Amazon Prime
Leicester City v Man City – 17:30 on Sky Sports
Arsenal v Liverpool – 20:00 on Sky Sports
Sunday 4 April 2021
Southampton v Burnley – 12:00 on Sky Sports
Newcastle Utd v Tottenham Hotspur – 14:05 on Sky Sports
Aston Villa v Fulham – 16:30 on Sky Sports
Man Utd v Brighton & Hove Albion – 19:30 on BT Sport 1
Monday 5 April 2021
Everton v Crystal Palace – 18:00 on Sky Sports
Wolves v West Ham Utd – 20:15 on Sky Sports
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1 Posted 02/04/2021 at 10:52:27
They keep saying football is a business well I cant think of any other successful business who are prevented from pouring money into your company because your competitors don't like it. Now if FFP is to stop owners of football clubs spending money they havent got then transferring that debt back onto the club. Then make it a law that when an owner takes over a club he has to deposit a bond with the Premier league that states that if he leaves the club it will be in no worse financial position than when they took over.
2 Posted 02/04/2021 at 12:41:14
You are right on investment. A double-edged sword as many of us do get frustrated with how money dominates the modern game like never before. But in some ways hasn't it always had a degree of that (Mersey Millionaires etc)? It's a reality of the sport and no other business vector I know of would prevent a company investing in itself if it had the opportunity to do so. Within reason I guess as there are regulations in place to make things fair but FFP doesn't feel fair. That's the limit of my business knowledge, so I won't dig myself into a hole!!
On the transfer front, my son told me yesterday and I read this morning that our young 16 year old left back Thierry Small could reject a professional contract to seek first team football elsewhere. Now, that may be disappointing, but I like the attitude if true. If he feels he realistically isn't going to dislodge Digne for the foreseeable, then go and earn your stripes elsewhere. Nice to see a player driven by footballing motives.
3 Posted 02/04/2021 at 12:41:31
A good lawyer will tear UEFA to threads with regards FFP if these clubs are still allowed to spend Brian, but maybe Im just getting ahead of myself and dreaming Usmanov, might be ready to move forward with his plan?
4 Posted 02/04/2021 at 12:59:50
I suppose it's about how clever we are in how we declare any income, should we benefit from investment from someone like Usmanov. I'm not entirely read up on how serious that is.
Caveat upon caveat; my financial wizardry extends only to being not too bad at looking after my Natwest savings account.
Guess I'll watch Cheltenham v Tranmere this afternoon. Never a big fan of Tranmere despite their Merseyside roots for some reason but I did work in Cheltenham and have a few friends there.
5 Posted 02/04/2021 at 13:26:51
6 Posted 02/04/2021 at 15:44:41
7 Posted 02/04/2021 at 23:47:04
8 Posted 03/04/2021 at 13:36:39
It got a lot more interesting! Chelsea seemed to forget there was added time and were already in the changing room.
9 Posted 03/04/2021 at 13:54:22
10 Posted 03/04/2021 at 13:57:02
11 Posted 03/04/2021 at 13:59:28
12 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:01:42
West Brom have played very well in fairness.
13 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:02:03
14 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:03:11
15 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:20:48
For now, I'll settle for beating Crystal Palace on Monday.
16 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:25:29
17 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:28:24
18 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:43:39
Yet again, we look at the league and the possibilities with our games in hand. So far this season it's been a case of missed opportunities by ourselves!
Please no more excuses about injuries and tiredness. Every game a cup final!
19 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:49:36
20 Posted 03/04/2021 at 14:52:51
21 Posted 03/04/2021 at 15:39:43
22 Posted 03/04/2021 at 16:27:44
23 Posted 03/04/2021 at 17:13:22
24 Posted 03/04/2021 at 18:46:10
25 Posted 03/04/2021 at 18:55:12
Such an opportunity as this may not present itself again for a long time, regardless of summer recruitment. Ancelotti must seize it.
26 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:02:28
I guess theyre not in the bottom 3 for their defensive abilities either, but some of these relegation teams do have good prospects, Norwich for example with Buendia, Godfrey, Aarons etc.
Pereira today was good too,some of these players are producing some far better football than what we are currently serving up tbh.
27 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:06:45
28 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:08:13
If we got depressed at the gap between us and City, then so must Leicester be.
We have to take care of our own matters on Monday, but results are going well so far. Arsenal win or a draw next up?
29 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:10:28
30 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:12:37
31 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:37:26
Of course, it is by no means certain that he will stay in the Premier League.
32 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:39:20
33 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:45:16
34 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:47:45
35 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:49:04
36 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:52:22
37 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:54:40
I am now really enthused and looking forward to the new line of testosterone and asthma products pushed by FSG and plugged by Klopp.
38 Posted 03/04/2021 at 19:59:35
39 Posted 03/04/2021 at 20:02:09
Gonna be a very tough match and anything can happen, as proven today at Chelsea.
A bonus if theres a draw or the RS, get beat at Arsenal, as always good when they lose, but I cant see that game being a draw, based on current form, of both of these teams.
40 Posted 03/04/2021 at 20:12:27
41 Posted 03/04/2021 at 20:13:10
42 Posted 03/04/2021 at 20:21:37
43 Posted 03/04/2021 at 20:25:18
44 Posted 03/04/2021 at 20:33:41
45 Posted 03/04/2021 at 20:39:58
46 Posted 03/04/2021 at 20:43:25
47 Posted 03/04/2021 at 21:05:14
48 Posted 03/04/2021 at 21:15:14
Err. stay top 7. Fkin muppet.
50 Posted 03/04/2021 at 21:44:24
51 Posted 03/04/2021 at 21:55:54
52 Posted 03/04/2021 at 22:10:51
It just feels like we're 2 steps back all of the time... This season's top 4 is there for the taking, but we just seem to be stuttering along, missing each opportunity to get up there and get amongst the elite. It sometimes feels like Ancellotti is happy to finish top 6 rather than bust his balls for top 4.
53 Posted 03/04/2021 at 22:28:05
Arteta got a lot of credit last year despite poor league form as they won the cup. People overlooked the fact he inherited a cup team. The much maligned Emery got them to the Europa League Final in his one season. Prior to that, they were FA Cup Winners and League Cup Finalists in Wenger's last 2 years, plus a few charity shields.
So all Arteta did was watch the team he inherited have another good cup run while they got progressively worse in the Premier League.
54 Posted 03/04/2021 at 22:31:23
Hindsight is great but I think he would have struggled here more! At least Carlo has kudos with the players!
55 Posted 03/04/2021 at 22:31:55
56 Posted 03/04/2021 at 22:39:05
We could do worse than make a move for Pereira from West Brom in the summer. He has something we're badly missing.
57 Posted 03/04/2021 at 22:45:17
58 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:03:48
I'm ever the optimist but despite that and the impression I may give I am also actually a realist. Top 6 or 7 and Europa League and some entertaining trips abroad and I will consider this season a success.
I'd have preferred a draw tonight but does that start to cement us in at least top 8. Providing we take care of our own results, which is most important.
59 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:08:49
On today's game, I thought Furlong was typically average even when WBA turned it on, but I wasn't giving the game my full attention. What in particular did I miss?
As you said before, the left-back seemed a much more accomplished player. WBA weren't at the races until Thiago got his red but did put together a lot of fluent stuff after that with some excellent finishing thrown in. I wouldn't trust most of them to do that consistently for 90 minutes, week in week out though, and Chelsea really seemed to wilt.
60 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:09:12
61 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:09:55
A massive week for Everton, the opportunity is there starting with Palace, to turn them over.
Out of interest, does anyone know how James McCarthy's been doing, as I've not noted him playing too many games for them?
All have a Happy Easter.
62 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:12:12
63 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:17:20
64 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:17:43
65 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:27:41
66 Posted 03/04/2021 at 23:50:18
67 Posted 03/04/2021 at 00:04:25
Home form, accepted has been poor and inconsistent to date, I believe this game will see Everton,come back to life for a final burst, this season.
It's the next Cup Final game of this season followed by a Cup Final every match.
The chance is there, let's believe, and Everton can win.
Ruthless and to the final whistle, give their all and play for the shirt.
68 Posted 04/04/2021 at 00:07:28
69 Posted 04/04/2021 at 08:35:44
70 Posted 04/04/2021 at 08:44:38
71 Posted 04/04/2021 at 12:54:16
Whoever loses this should be okay but not out of the relegation water. I think they both have and should pick up enough points, but if Fulham get a win later they'd be looking nervously over their shoulders.
72 Posted 04/04/2021 at 12:59:28
73 Posted 04/04/2021 at 13:19:42
74 Posted 04/04/2021 at 13:26:44
75 Posted 04/04/2021 at 13:33:24
Southampton deserved that, it was coming. Although I felt for Pope, that was some save just before.
And as I type, Walcott messes up a 3 v 2 break with a poor attempted pass!!
76 Posted 04/04/2021 at 13:38:38
77 Posted 04/04/2021 at 14:35:30
78 Posted 04/04/2021 at 14:39:19
I never knew if this was true, but coaches always used to scream concentration from the sides just after scoring as apparently statistically you are most likely to concede within 5 or 10 minutes of scoring. Might have just been a motivational thing.
A short-lived inviting looking league table for about a minute then!
And now it's 2 - 1!
79 Posted 04/04/2021 at 14:40:49
80 Posted 04/04/2021 at 15:48:13
81 Posted 04/04/2021 at 15:48:16
82 Posted 04/04/2021 at 15:48:59
83 Posted 04/04/2021 at 15:51:10
84 Posted 04/04/2021 at 15:57:26
85 Posted 04/04/2021 at 15:57:53
86 Posted 04/04/2021 at 15:58:33
87 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:01:51
Please dont mess it up again!!!
88 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:03:18
1. Our crappy goal difference compared to the other teams in the hunt
2. We play Man City last game so effectively we've already lost those 3 points and will need to be out of sight by the time we play our second last game
3. We support Everton
89 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:14:33
90 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:17:19
Until a few weeks back, I had this down as the most given relegation non-fight I can remember. If Fulham get a result, Newcastle will be fretting with Brighton & Burnley nervous. And dare I say, Wolves not out of the equation? Although we want Wolves to get a result tomorrow.
91 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:18:12
92 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:19:27
Let's hope by then we need to win.
93 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:21:31
94 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:27:17
We won't make the top 4, not a hope.
95 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:29:35
Just for once it wouldn't it be great to have a goal difference that screams this team scores goals. Who can forget the 4th place finish and -1 goal difference.
96 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:30:00
97 Posted 04/04/2021 at 16:33:05
Until we start really truly competing with the top teams, we'll continue to hang onto their coat-tails as we are this season.
Everyone is inconsistent, including us so I don't see any reason to believe we're going to win enough of the last 10 games to suddenly become a real top 4 contender.
The only thing keeping us interested is blind faith.
98 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:21:40
99 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:25:09
100 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:46:10
101 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:52:08
102 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:53:19
103 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:54:08
104 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:57:18
105 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:57:18
106 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:01:56
107 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:05:51
108 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:11:08
109 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:13:04
110 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:14:11
111 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:18:44
112 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:19:33
I have no idea why, but I had a thought a couple of days ago. I wouldn't be surprised to see Celtic or Rangers take him.
113 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:22:23
114 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:24:12
115 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:26:50
116 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:29:11
That's the home game, the away match was the one postponed as as of now (on BBC anyway) we only have nine fixtures listed of the 10 remaining
117 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:30:43
I wonder if the FA just forgot about it, then will get tot he end of the season and be like...oh yeah, you guys need to play.
118 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:32:29
119 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:41:00
120 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:46:42
Then get something out of Tottenham and Arsenal.
They all count, but if we were to target games, those would be mine.
121 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:27:25
122 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:47:02
Yes, win tomorrow. Let's keep it simple!!
123 Posted 04/04/2021 at 20:24:58
124 Posted 04/04/2021 at 20:26:43
125 Posted 04/04/2021 at 20:30:16
I've always been cynical where and when the FA are involved.
126 Posted 04/04/2021 at 20:39:02
127 Posted 04/04/2021 at 21:03:54
How in the hell is that pen not called? Maguire's pullback was SO obvious.
128 Posted 04/04/2021 at 21:11:53
I will never pay to watch a Premier League game – it's a total joke. Anybody who thinks otherwise needs to see a shrink.
129 Posted 04/04/2021 at 22:06:42
130 Posted 04/04/2021 at 22:14:27
131 Posted 04/04/2021 at 22:31:53
You'd trade Ancelotti for Arteta?
132 Posted 05/04/2021 at 00:22:14
Don't think he has enough goodwill stocked up that he can afford too many repeats of Saturday though. The ropiest centre-back pairing anywhere in the league got an armchair ride.
133 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:43:15
Come on, Everton, overtake the moaning bastards and stay above them...
134 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:51:45
You know, Gerry, nothing that despicable bunch of a classless Club does, or comes out with surprises me anymore. They are vile individuals in the main but, in all fairness, not all of their fans are (maybe deluded but not all bad).
I have a few RS mates and sometimes even they are embarrassed, with what emanates from Satan's Den!
135 Posted 05/04/2021 at 12:01:38
136 Posted 05/04/2021 at 12:40:34
Just goes to show they're complete arseholes from the very top down!
137 Posted 05/04/2021 at 12:44:03
138 Posted 05/04/2021 at 12:50:38
139 Posted 05/04/2021 at 14:16:43
140 Posted 05/04/2021 at 17:19:31
141 Posted 05/04/2021 at 21:00:11
142 Posted 06/04/2021 at 20:38:56
Keiran Dowell got the 5th from a wonderful team goal.
Norwich very sensible in retaining Daniel Farke and retaining most of their relegated team from last season. Romping away with the Championship for a quick return to the PL.
Game link here for anyone interested. About to show the first half goals again at the interval.
143 Posted 06/04/2021 at 20:44:36
144 Posted 06/04/2021 at 20:45:40
145 Posted 06/04/2021 at 20:48:30
146 Posted 06/04/2021 at 20:51:29
147 Posted 06/04/2021 at 20:54:01
Not surprising given the scoreline and the home team's dominance not seeing a lot of Aarons.
Kieran Dowell fits very well in this set up also.
148 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:05:09
149 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:12:55
You should know better
150 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:15:18
151 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:17:29
152 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:18:15
Re. Farke, Norwich are wise and following the example of Dyche with Burnley and Curbishley at Charlton who got promoted with similarly sized teams, relegated then promoted again. If Fulham go down, I think they'd be wise to give Parker the same kind of opportunity to bounce back. Too many teams these days get promoted then sack their coach the minute it looks like they may even be in the relegation battle.
153 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:25:02
154 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:26:36
155 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:40:18
156 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:43:32
157 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:55:04
158 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:55:26
City wins at the death and Haaland is walking around sharing his phone links with all the City players. Damn, I really hope they don't snag him. He'd score 40 a season with that midfield setting him up.
Yes, BW, they sure are! Can't help but enjoy them.
159 Posted 06/04/2021 at 21:58:07
160 Posted 06/04/2021 at 22:02:34
What a joy to see players know what they are going to do with the ball before they even receive it. Skill and intelligence.
161 Posted 06/04/2021 at 22:13:29
I was also thinking that when Kenny, never went to Burnley, that maybe he might go to Norwich in the summer? Especially because it looks like they are going to sell Arrons.
162 Posted 06/04/2021 at 22:15:11
163 Posted 06/04/2021 at 22:21:05
164 Posted 06/04/2021 at 22:36:00
In front of an empty kop it might be.
What are your thoughts on Haaland? Whenever Ive seen him he plays like a lankier version of Mick Quinn: a goal hanger who gets tap ins
165 Posted 06/04/2021 at 22:49:55
De Bruyne is probably the best player in the World on current form.
Amazing City started without Aguerro, Sterling and Jesus up front but they make chances so easily which just shows how mediocre Everton's offence really is.
166 Posted 06/04/2021 at 23:15:31
Haaland is the real deal. The world's next #1 striker.
167 Posted 06/04/2021 at 23:24:39
168 Posted 06/04/2021 at 00:00:12
169 Posted 07/04/2021 at 00:10:29
Lol I havent seen him much. Just lots of tap in highlights. But now that you mention Beagrie there is a similarity but not sure if Lionel can somersault
170 Posted 07/04/2021 at 00:16:21
171 Posted 07/04/2021 at 20:20:15
172 Posted 07/04/2021 at 20:25:50
173 Posted 08/04/2021 at 11:00:16
174 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:58:52
175 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:29:23
176 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:37:24
Similar situation to us really, everyone hoping against hope, but 7th or 8th it will be.
177 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:57:53
178 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:01:51
It will be embarrassing, think Id rather finish 8th!
As a neutral, I only find the champions league interesting in the last 15 minutes of the semi- final second leg, the Europa league might pique my interest at the last 10 minutes of the final, but this new “ conference “ malarkey has lost my interest before its even started!
Even more so if were in it.
179 Posted 10/04/2021 at 07:27:42
Regardless of the valid suspicion of the benefit of being in the lesser European competition and having to go through a qualifying round in the Faroe Islands or Kazakstan, I think having European football may just tip a transfer of two in the summer in our favour. Also, following Rob Halligan's mini-series, a European tour for this fantastic fan base would be, well, fantastic.
I get what you and others are saying and from a footballing logic I kind of understand it, but I'm up for 7th and the manager's target is European football.
We entered the 3rd tier of European competition in 1984. We kick started against University College Dublin, had what was for many the greatest night in Goodison history and won our only European trophy. I'll take it giving that another go!!
180 Posted 10/04/2021 at 08:56:04
181 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:17:33
I would be more than happy to enter the EL provided the squad was considerably improved to compete at home and in Europe
182 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:29:44
Have to admit my ignorance on the new format Jeff. Will have a read up on that.
183 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:31:14
For me it's no surprise, that CL standard 'near misses' are always there or there abouts at the business end.
184 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:47:40
Personally Id prefer all euro competitions returned to the knock out format- but we know thats not going to happen.
Thinking back 35 years, I recall many fellow blues not that excited about being in the Cup Winners Cup - regarded by some as the 3rd competition. Of course it resulted in our only Euro win - and the most exciting game many of us have ever witnessed at Goodison.
If the Europa League or a new 3rd competition came close to replicating then Id certainly give it a chance - cant be any less exciting than the League Cup.
185 Posted 10/04/2021 at 12:56:15
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