Aston Villa VS Middlesbrough Preview

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Another game and another preview for Aston Villa as they face Promotion favourites Middlesbrough at home.

This is a massive game for this club because this game may decide on where we will finish and also may decide on the position of the manager Steve Bruce.

The 0-0 draw against Brentford was awful and I was watching that game and we was lucky to get a point, but we was should be getting 3 points against Brentford and a draw against Boro would be good for us but this is a must win game tonight.

There was loads of fans who are against Steve Bruce afater the Brentford game is understandable because we was playing negative football and not creating anything in the final third. Sam Johnstone and John Terry was key to keep us in the game because without them we would of lost that game.

Boro are in fantastic form so far this season with Assombalonga in form, former Villa player Adama Traore is in good form and other players are playing with confidence. With Andre Green, Kienan Davis and Josh Onomah all carrying injuries and they are three young players with bags of potential.

We have some good news as Jedinak was on the bench against Brentford and Kodija is back to full fitness as he played for the U23 squad for Villa and he will come back.

My prediction for this game will be a 1-1 draw but I want a 2-1 win for Villa.

 

 

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Bristol City VS Aston Villa Preview

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Weekend is here… well Friday actually because that’s when Villa are playing Bristol City away so let’s hope we win.

After we beat Norwich 4-2 and then thrash Wigan 4-1 in the EFL Cup we are going there with immense confidence and our players are in hot for like Hourihane who scored a hat trick against Norwich and also Scott Hogan who has confidence after scoring 2 against Wigan.

Our away form is dreadful at the moment but now after these two games we have found the right tactics to play against teams and now we can have a go at teams. The injuries we have, when Kienan Davis has a hamstring problem but he is doubt to start, Onomah is fit to play and Jedinak is close to full fitness to start. The long injuries like Kodija and Grealish.

Starting Lineup:

GK: Sam Johnstone

RB: James Bree

CB: John Terry and James Chester

LB: Neil Taylor

CM: Glenn Whelan

CM: Henri Lansbury

CAM: Conor Hourihane

LW: Andre Green

ST: Scott Hogan

RW: Albert Adomah

My predicted score for this game will be 3-1 Villa

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Aston Villa 4-2 Norwich City| Hourihane is the man!

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Aston Villa made light of their early-season wobbles as they deservedly beat Norwich City to claim their first Championship win of the season.

Our first win of the season has finally come and it was 4-2 win over Norwich City which was a massive game and a massive 3 points for us.

The game started with Villa creating loads of chances and one man upfront got his first debut which is Kienan Davis who was fantastic as he tormented the Norwich defence and it paid off with an assist Hourihane to make it 1-0 deservedly. Then it was made 2-0 when Lansbury came on as a sub to Andre Green who’s shot curled into the top corner in-front of the Holte End.

It was good for him as his potential is really high and if he keeps his focus on football then he will do well in his career. Half time went and it was a positive from the fans as we was comfortable and it would be a good day.

Second half kicked off and Norwich got a goal back when Murphy slot one pass Johnstone. Hourihane made it 3-1 when his deflected shot went passed the keeper and our 2 goal cushion is restored. Olivera made it 3-2 when John Terry lost him and he finished well. Then Hourihane completed his hat-trick with a long range into the bottom corner.

Most people said Hourihane was Man of the Match but it was close when Kienan Davis was really good and I think he should start against Wigan in the next round of the Cup. He’s strong, quick, and very confident when he had the ball on his feet.

Let’s hope this win can be the first of many and we can climb the table into where we should be by January and then challenge for the title.

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Premier League Weekend Review #1

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It’s back!! The 2017/18 Premier League season and I can’t wait for the new football season so let’s go!!!

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

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Arsenal end their curse of losing on the first game of the season with thrilling 4-3 win over Leicester City.

Arsenal started really strong as Lacazette gets his first goal for Arsenal with a terrific header. Then Leicester made it 1-1 when Okazaki heads in the net past Cech, then Vardy made it 2-1 and it was good attacking football from Leicester. New signing Kolasinac past to Welbeck to make it 2-2 before half time.

Second half kicked off and Leicester made it 3-2 when again Jamie Vardy puts it past Cech again. Wenger reacted when he subbed Giroud and Ramsey and they made an instant impact. Xhaka crossed the ball to Ramsey who smashed it past Schmeichel in the 83rd minute and then 2 minutes later Xhaka crossed the ball in and Giroud rised up and hits the back of the net and 3 points go to Arsenal.

Watford 3-3 Liverpool

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Watford scored a late equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Liverpool.

Watford took the lead with an header from Okaka past Mignolet and then Liverpool hit back with Sadio Mane with a clinical finish. Watford made it 2-1 with a goal from Doucoure before half time.

Second half kicked off and Liverpool got two goals from Firmino and then new signing Salah made it 3-2 and it wonderful attacking football from Liverpool. Then right at the end when Britos snatched 2 points from Liverpool.

With Coutinho out of the sqaud for the game which is a shock as he wants to leave so what will happen to Coutinho?

Chelsea 2-3 Burnley

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Chelsea started their defence of the title with an humiliating 3-2 defeat to Burnley.

The game started and Burnley were more lively and Chelsea were down to 10 men with a bad challenge from Cahill. Burnley made it 1-0 from Vokes with 24 minutes gone, then it was made 2-0 when Ward puts the ball past the keeper. Then 3-0 was made when Vokes again volleyed it in and it was a carnival for Burnley and humilting from Chelsea.

Chelsea pulled on pack in the second half with new signing Morata with a nice finish. But it was let down when Chelsea went down to 9 men when Fabregas got a second yellow and a red card. David Luiz made it 3-2 and they were close to gain a point but Burnley defended well and they deserved the 3 points.

Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town

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Huddlesfield Town made a dream start to their first season in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

They took the lead when Palace defender Joel Ward puts in in his own net. Then Steve Mounie made it 2-0 with a powerful header, and the confidence in a club playing in the top teir of english football since 1972 is through the roof.

Mounie who is the club’s record signing scored his a second goal to make it 3-0 and it was a canaval for the 3000 huddlesfield fan. This is Frank De Boer first game under Palace and it didn’t get off to a good start for him but I feel they will do well this season.

Everton 1-0 Stoke City

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It was a special moment for a certain Wayne Rooney who gets the only goal for Everton in a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

Everton who have invested in loads of players over the summer with the amount of money coming to the club. They dominated the first half and Stoke keeper Jack Butland was keeping stoke in the game until a header from Wayne Rooney made it 1-0 before half time.

The 31-year-old, who left the club for Manchester United in 2004, headed in his 199th Premier League goal as the Toffees beat Stoke 1-0 at Goodison Park. He is close to Shearer’s record but even if he breaks it he won’t be anywhere near Shearer’s class.

Southampton 0-0 Swansea City

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There was always one boring game on the opening day and this was one of them which is a 0-0 draw between Southampton and Swansea.

Both teams had chances to make it 1-0 and to be honest strikers on both sides had an off day and the one big chance when Southampton striker Gabbiadini hit the cross bar from a corner from Tadic.

Southampton had chance after chance after chance to make it 1-0 and it should of been 3-0 or 4-0 to the Saints and Swansea were getting destroyed and they got a sneaky point way from home.

West Brom Albion 1-0 AFC Bournemouth

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A certain new signing for West Brom described his goal a special moment as West Brom won 1-0 against Bournemouth.

Bournemouth had the majority of possession but failed to capitalise, and there was a sense of inevitability as a Baggies free-kick was safely nodded in by the Egyptian defender, for his first goal for the club.

Another Tony Pulis’ summer signing performed well, which is debutant Jay Rodriguez twice coming close and looking sharp. It was a tidy opening day performance for the Baggies.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester City

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Brighton fought against the mighty Man City but Man Ciy proved too strong for Brighton with a comfortable 2-0 win.

In the first half Brighton did really well as they were compact, they defended well and frustrated Pep Guardiola’s team and everyone thought they will struggle against Brighton who are playing in the Premier League for the first time in history.

Second half started and Man City was putting pressure on Brighton all half and it paid of with their man Sergio Aguero who was top scorer for City last season, opens his account for the season. then it was made 2-0 five minutes later with an own goal by Lewis Dunk.

Wasn’t convincing from Man City as they need to step up to show that they are title contenders for this season.

Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham made a winning start to the 2017-18 Premier League season as 10-man Newcastle endured a difficult return to the top flight.

First half was all Spurs the half as Kane, Alli, Eriksen etc having shots at goal and Newcastle were terrible as they couldn’t get out of their half. All the talk about what’s happening at Newcastle as their manager Benitez as he might resign because of Mick Ashley and they are not going after players.

Second half kicked off and it went from bad to worse as Jonjo Shelvey got a straight red card for stamping on Dele Alli due to frustration. It was stupid from Shelvey and he deserves a ban for that. Speaking of Dele Alli, he gived Spurs the deserved lead and I feel Shelvey will get the blame. It was made 2-0 when Ben Davies scored from an Eriksen assist.

Spurs started off strong and hope they will be title conteders again whereas Newcastle they need to sort themselves out before Rafa Benitez walks away.

Manchester United 4-0 West Ham United

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United started with a dominate 4-0 win over West Ham United.

Lukaku gived United the lead for his first goal at Old Trafford for Manchester United from a pass from Rashford. Lukaku seems to be a good signing for United as with his experience in the Premier League

Then second half kicked off and it was made 2-0 when Romelu Lukaku again when he heads the ball from a free kick from Mkhitaryan. It was 3-0 when substitute Martial opens his account for the season with a nice finish then Pogba scored from 20 yards out to make it 4-0.

One player stood out and it was Matic who controlled the game, won the ball back and he can be key to United winning trophies this season. It was a dominate game from Mourinho and I feel they are title contenders this season.

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Summer Transfer #2

Another blog on the summer transfer window and I’ve got a few transfers I’ve got to talk about.

 

Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus to AC Milan for €42,000,000

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On 14 July 2017, Bonucci was signed by Milan on a five-year contract for a €42 million fee, subject to a successful medical check.

Opinions: With new owners coming into the club and money is coming in. AC Milan are bring in players that will bring them back the glory days. Bonucci is one of those players that every club needs, because he’s one of the best defenders in the world and he’s a leader. I think it’s a really good signing and hope Milan will go back to the top.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu from Bayer 04 to AC Milan for €20,000,000

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Çalhanoğlu signed a 4-year contract with Serie A club Milan. He was then handed the number 10 jersey, last worn by Keisuke Honda, and famously worn by notable former Milan players such as Clarence Seedorf, Rui Costa, Dejan Savićević and Ruud Gullit.

Opinions: Another addition to the squad and it’s the Turkish wizard and every club was trying to get his signature and AC Milan won his signature. He’s god a excellent touch, dribbling skills and he’s a set piece specialist and finally he’s got unbelievable vision to find players in space. I think if AC Milan are in the group stage of the Europa League, they are favourites to win it.

Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco to Chelsea for £40,000,000

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Chelsea have signed midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco in a reported £40m deal. The 22-year-old France international has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League champions.

Opinions: This is the player that Chelsea have been linked with for a long time and it’s finally happen. Bakayoko was key to Monaco winning the French league and reaching the Semi-Final of the Champions League. He’s strong, good with the ball and I think he can partner with Kante. This means Nemanja Matic is out the door with Man United and Juventus who wants him.

Kyle Walker from Tottenham to Manchester City for £45,000,000

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Manchester City have completed the signing of Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker for an initial £45m. Walker, who has 27 caps and spent eight seasons at Spurs has signed a five-year deal with City. The deal, which comes to £50m including £5m of add-ons, could make him the most expensive English player ever.

Opinions: In my opinion Kyle Walker is nowhere near worth £45m because he’s one of those full backs who looks good going forward but he’s not really good when defending. But maybe Pep can work with him and prove me wrong but we will see.

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Summer Transfers #1

It’s back one again! Summer Transfer Window is here and I’ve got some signings that interested me. Let’s go!!!

 

Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United for £75m

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Manchester United have signed striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton for an initial £75m on a five-year contract. Mourinho said: “Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player,” and he also said “He will be a great addition to the group. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”

Opinion: This is the player we have all be talking about because which club will this striker go to and Manchester United have got him. He’s got everything like he can shoot and pass with both feet, he’s strong, good in the air and he knows the Premier League instead of Morata which United will have to spend more on.

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon to Arsenal for £46.5m

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Arsenal have completed the signing of France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club record £46.5m fee on a five-year deal. The fee – up to £52.6m with add-ons – will surpass the £42.4m Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Opinion: I think this is a really good signing for Arsenal because they have been looking for a top quality striker for a long time. This will leave strikers like Giroud, Welbeck and Lucas Perez to fight for their place. Also what will be the future of Alexis Sanchez if he goes.

Michael Keane – Burnley to Everton for £30m

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Everton have signed Michael Keane from Burnley for a fee that could rise to a club record-equalling £30m.

Opinion: This is an interesting signing because with Everton investing in loads of money from the new owner. This has sparkle upon all football fans and Michael Keane is a very good defender as he had a good few seasons at Burnley and he’s an international player in which he is representing England.

Mohammad Salah – Roma to Liverpool for £34m

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Liverpool have completed the £34m pounds signing of Roma’s former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian whose 25, has signed a five-year deal and has been a prime target for manager Jurgen Klopp.

Opinion: This is interesting because they have somebody in the position he plays which is Mane but maybe he can play on the right, Mane on the left and Firmino up front with Coutinho just behind which will look nice.

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Aston Villa signs John Terry!!

Aston Villa have signed former Chelsea and England captain John Terry.

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The 36-year-old defender, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expired on 30 June, has signed a one-year deal with the Championship club. I am delighted with this signing because if we signed him when he was in his prime he would worth like 30 to £40 million.

Even though he’s 36 he’s got something we sort of lack in defence and that is, leadership, a captain, can organised the back 4 and he will give Chester and Baker more confidence in defending.  He won 78 caps for England, played 717 games for the Blues and won his fifth Premier League title in May.

Villa finished 13th in the Championship last season but Steve Bruce’s side are among the favourites to win automatic promotion to the top flight in 2017-18. We still need to bring in players to strengthen for when we are in the Premier League next season so we don’t go back down.

I knew he would move to Villa because of pictures of him playing golf with Steve Bruce and he has chose Villa or Birmingham City and there was no way he was gonna play there because they can’t afford him as he’s on £60,000 a week.

Let’s hope he will be one of our best signing this season and hope we will get back to the Premier League

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