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    Dream Team League - Season 5

    Welcome Back!

    It has been precisely five weeks since the fourth season of the Dream Team League was concluded with Erkifino being crowned as the winner of the Premiership for the first time as the manager of Aston Villa, achieving the title by a clear five points to the runners-up, Swansea City, managed by Redknapp69.

    Joining Erkifino in landing silverware were Southampton, who won the FA Cup under Dermotron which made for a great end to a season which had endured a stuttering start. Elsewhere, the League Cup was won for the first time for Janis89 at Manchester United while Jesus also started the season with the Charity Shield for Manchester City.

    In those five weeks, we have once again seen a huge turnover of players in each Dream Team League squad while also welcoming Craig Forrest to the competition as manager of Ipswich Town but losing title challenger AMC at Chelsea who are now managerless for a fourth time having had moravcik, Liam and Ste117 in charge before the arrival of AMC.

    Craig Forrest's arrival to the Dream Team League was a welcome surprise but even more so in opting to start life in the First Division. There, he has built a squad from scratch which he hopes to challenge for a spot in the Premiership next season. There were fears that upon relegation, pyromyst would step down as boss at Fulham but he has embraced the challenge of restoring Fulham to the Premiership and will hopefully build a friendly rivalry for the title with Craig Forrest.

    Before the season gets underway, we will take a brief look at each team and their manager, highlighting the players who we believe will be key to their club in the next ten months while also playing 'Mystic Meg' and predicting their season ahead.


    Manager: Erkifino.
    Last Season: 1st.
    Star Players: Yaya Toure, Andres Iniesta, Arjen Robben.
    Prediction: 1st.

    We don't mean to pile on the pressure but it is clear that the transfer dealings in which Erkifino has completed this season has been more about making slight amendments to his squad as he retains the core of Bernd Leno in between the sticks, Jerome Boateng in defence, the likes of Yaya Toure, Cesc Fabregas and Sami Khedira in midfield and Wayne Rooney leading the line. One of the biggest deals of pre-season was the arrival of Andres Iniesta from Man City where it is widely acknowledged that the 30 year old Spaniard won the title for Jesus the season before last. We firmly believe that the addition of the Spanish magician will only enhance the squad even further as Erkifino bids to become the first manager to win back to back titles.


    Manager: Redknapp69.
    Last Season: 2nd.
    Star Players: Marco Reus, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez.
    Prediction: 3rd.

    Redknapp69 has twice come within touching distance of Premiership glory but ultimately failed at the last hurdle. The arrivals of Marco Reus and Luis Suarez will surely propel Swansea City even further, perhaps in Europe, but there are still question marks over the defensive side of the squad. Perhaps Redknapp69 has continued to invest too much in attacking players rather than defenders while the sale of Luka Modric shortly after signing the Croatian has left many Swansea fans scratching their heads. Modric could well have been the key to glory.


    Manager: BobMem.
    Last Season: 4th.
    Star Players: Per Mertesacker, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic.
    Prediction: 7th.

    While we don't wish to take anything away from BobMem's players, we do believe that finishing 4th and bringing Champions League football to the Boleyn Ground was an over achievement. The reason being is because there does not appear to be many world class players in a West Ham shirt although perhaps this is the ingredient for success. Instead, BobMem has West Ham well drilled with players who are willing to work hard for the cause. Players such as Stefan Kiessling were key last season and it is clear that BobMem has looked to take that pressure off the Germany striker by investing in new talents such as Jesus Navas, Gabriel, Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric. The latter will certainly have to settle in quickly to help the club qualify for the Champions League once more.


    Manager: ajvonkrondor.
    Last Season: 5th.
    Star Players: Joe Hart, Olivier Giroud, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
    Prediction: 4th.

    For the first time in two years, ajvonkrondor endured a trophyless season and will have been left even more disappointed by the failure to qualify for a Champions League spot. Some say that it was simply a one-off and the transfer dealings by the Spurs manager seems to indicate that too as he has kept faith with his squad while only making minor changes. The arrivals of Wojciech Szczesny, Iker Muniain and Marco Verratti suggest that ajvonkrondor has focused on strengthening the depths of his squad while the sale of Falcao will undoubtedly see a new striker lining up besides talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season.


    Manager: Janis89.
    Last Season: 6th.
    Star Players: Thiago Silva, David Silva, Sergio Aguero.
    Prediction: 2nd.

    By winning the League Cup last season, Janis89 made sure that he has now won something for three seasons in a row. However, finishing 6th in the Premiership is unheard of at Manchester United, especially the prospect of no Champions League football. Pundits pointed to the likes of Sergio Aguero as the reason for failing to do any better so Janis89 will need the Argentinian front man to hit the ground running this time around. Quite a few pundits though, are in agreement that Janis89 has done the best deals in the market during pre-season especially in landing David Silva who will resume a once dangerous partnership at Man City. He has also invested in the midfield area, signing Paul Pogba, Alan Dzagoev and Jese as well as signing up Robin van Persie and Alvaro Negredo to take the pressure off Aguero's shoulders. These dealings will see Manchester United restored to their former glory.


    Manager: Cafcjgreen.
    Last Season: 7th.
    Star Players: Nathaniel Clyne, Riccardo Montolivo, Mirko Vucinic.
    Prediction: 17th.

    Cafcjgreen surprised us all with a 7th place finish in the Premiership in a season in which they were expected to battle it out against relegation. That afforded him a huge chance to invest in an already thin squad but the Eagles manager has missed that opportunity, meaning that he will only be able to call upon 25 players for the duration of the forthcoming season. The squad just looks too thin and for that reason, he will certainly struggle this time around.


    Manager: Mark.
    Last Season: 8th.
    Star Players: Luisao, Sandro, Lucas Moura.
    Prediction: 8th.

    After touching the summit at one point last season, Mark was left fuming with the collapse of his squad as his Brazilian squad eventually signed off in 8th place. While he had cut the size of his squad down somewhat, he still has 42 players in his squad including some random names after breaking with tradition in signing players who weren't from Brazil. There are signs of improvement though as Sandro, Roberto Firmino and most especially Bernard indicate. However, it will only lead to a slight improvement in the league table.


    Manager: trunky.
    Last Season: 9th.
    Star Players: Javier Mascherano, Hulk, Edin Dzeko.
    Prediction: 10th.

    A look at the new faces at Hull does seem to show that trunky has invested well in his squad over pre-season. Pepe Reina in between the sticks, Javier Mascherano and Micah Richards in defence and Ander Herrera in midfield are all proven first team players and that can only serve to help trunky's bid to keep Hull in the top half of the league table.


    Manager: Jesus.
    Last Season: 10th.
    Star Players: Manuel Neuer, Ilkay Gundogan, Andre Schurrle.
    Prediction: 6th.

    After winning the title but finishing 10th the following season, it was perhaps no surprise to see that Jesus has radically overhauled his Man City squad to become the busiest manager during pre-season. He now possesses 16 Germans in his squad and some great players amongst them but nobody who will replace the influence of Andres Iniesta. Having said that though, we do expect them to improve on the 10th place finish but they will not challenge for the title.


    Manager: Fodster.
    Last Season: 11th.
    Star Players: Kevin Strootman, Arturo Vidal, Falcao.
    Prediction: 9th.

    Everton under Fodster have always finished in mid-table. This season, Fodster seems to be determined to buck the trend having made significant investments in bringing Falcao, Arturo Vidal and Wesley Sneijder to Goodison. We believe that'll be enough to finally break into the top ten and maybe earn a UEFA Cup spot but there are still concerns over the defensive side of the squad.


    Manager: Dermotron.
    Last Season: 13th.
    Star Players: Koke, Juan Mata, Javier Pastore.
    Prediction: 5th.

    When the star players are expected to be new signings, that says it all about the dealings that Dermotron has completed this pre-season. On top of that, he has also purchased Tino Costa, Mario Balotelli, Seydou Doumbia, Wilfried Bony, Matias Suarez, Alen Halilovic and Enzo Perez. These are players who will surely get the creative juices flowing in a Southampton team that struggled to gain consistency last season. That won't be a problem this time around but the question is whether the defence will be strong enough to help avoid the same situation this season.


    Manager: ebfatz.
    Last Season: 14th.
    Star Players: Glen Johnson, Gareth Barry, Mathieu Valbuena.
    Prediction: 14th.

    ebfatz has also been busy in the transfer market, continuing to plod along with signing British players. The trouble is, not many of them are players who are genuinely top of their game and as a result, we don't expect Norwich to change from the usual place of a bottom half finish. In fairness, Norwich did have a good start last season but eventually lost form and ended up in 14th place. They'll do well to match that this season after ebfatz continues to be reluctant to spend the cash to really improve his squad.


    Manager: vinjwoods.
    Last Season: 16th.
    Star Players: Asmir Begovic, David Villa, Romelu Lukaku.
    Prediction: 16th.

    After finishing the season just four points away from the relegation spots, that should have served as a severe warning for vinjwoods to really invest in his squad ahead of this season. Liverpool have indeed signed a few players but none who are seen as an upgrade on those who were sold or are still at the club. Another season of struggle lies ahead, I'm afraid and the Liverpool boss will do well to avoid doing a 'Fulham'.


    Manager: pyromyst.
    Last Season: 20th.
    Star Players: Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Scott Sinclair, Emmanuel Riviere.
    Prediction: 6th.

    I think it'd be fair to say that pyromyst did not heed the warning that failure to invest in his squad will lead to disaster for Fulham. As a result, Fulham won just four games last season as they were the whipping boys of the Premiership and now have First Division football to look forwards to. Many expected pyromyst to quit his post as manager of Fulham but surprisingly, he pledged to stay on and lead them back to the promised land. Unfortunately though, we're not convinced that it'll be as easy as that as he failed to make the most of the opportunity and didn't sign a single player which leaves him with 21 players for a gruelling campaign in the First Division. We don't feel that he'll be able to manage promotion but may just sneak into a playoff place if his team can settle in quickly


    Manager: Craig Forrest.
    Last Season: N/A.
    Star Players: Andre Almeida, Cheick Tiote, Hugo Viana.
    Prediction: 1st.

    The newest appointment to the Dream Team League turned down the chance of managing Arsenal, Chelsea, Derby, Leicester, Middlesbrough Sunderland or Watford in the top tier. Instead, Craig Forrest set himself the challenge of building his own squad at Ipswich Town in the First Division and we do indeed look forwards to seeing how his season pans out. 34 players are now on the books at Portman Road which brings comparisons to Dermotron's time in the league with Southampton where he was able to build the squad in his own mould and gain promotion at the first time of asking. We expect Craig Forrest to do the same having signed players who are capable of holding their own in the top tier, especially Cheick Tiote, Josue, Victor Ruiz and Michu.

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    Great write-up Mark. Looking forward to seeing Ipswich top the Championship table, and hoping to surprise the critics (again) and finish higher than the predicted 7th.

    Bring it on!

    Edit:
    Just want to add Mark obviously underestimates the Hammers! Here's his predictions from the previous seasons:
    Season 2: Prediction 8th - Finished 6th
    S3: P 9th - F 8th
    S4: P 7th - F 4th
    S5: P 7th - F ?...
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    Excellent write up Mark. Feeling the pressure already. I think one or two of the teams will definitely feel the write up harsh but that will spur them to prove you wrong. I'll try to prove you right. I hope you are right.

    Everton will be an interesting watch this season as will Hull. I think they've acquired some solid players. Squad depth may have it's say on them by season's end. Swansea remain as formidable as ever, plenty of attacking quality but thankfully it's XI v XI on the pitch.

    GerMan City will certainly be an intersting venture this year. West Ham bringing in Modric shold solidify them. Norwich bringing in experienced head Glen Johnson, he's a Prem winner don't ya know!?

    Janis and AJ always a threat, and Newcastle limiting themselves to Brazilians only makes a title challenge more of a challenge. Dermo looking to avoid 'torresgate'.

    Good luck to all involved and here's hoping pyro and CF get promotion back to the "big time".
    I hope Jamie shows up... oh and welcome back vin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erkifino View Post
    Dermo looking to avoid 'torresgate'.
    Haha that's why I have 7 'starting' midfielders in the squad

    5th would be a decent season if we manage it. Being there or thereabouts for the champions league spots would be a good season. Not happy with the defence at all (just don't tell them). Think I've improved in the keeper department so that will help. Enyeama gotten so extra training.

    Some of the top teams spent very well. A couple of world class players are the key to maintaining or improving.

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    Thanks for the write up Mark, an interesting and good read as usual.

    I'm looking to keep Hull in just above mid table this season...fingers crossed.


    Villa's midfield and forward line looks fantastic and are my tip for the top. Man Utd *spit*, Swansea and Spurs also look strong. I like Everton's squad as well, some good signings there. Should be an interesting season!

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    Have a punt on who you think will win the Prem here: http://www.champman0102.co.uk/showthread.php?t=6505

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    Fantastic preseason talk Mark! Nice to be off the pressure for once. Our main goal this season is to get back amongst the silverware. CL spot is also on the list. Just want to make sure we ger back on track again.

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    just waiting to start my assault on the first division

    good luck this season premmy boys haha

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    Pressure is on the Tractor Boys in Div 1 this year......

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    I am aiming for a steady improvement to mid-table with my satisfaction that last year was an underperformance by my squad! expect more goals this year from a team stronger than all its parts!!

    good luck all!!

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    Nice little round up to start the season Mark. Interesting that you've pencilled us in for a 6th place finish. I think we lack the firepower to make it that high and we will probably fall a couple places short. The transfer window was very interesting this time around, some big names moving clubs and other clubs benefiting from it too. I'm quite happy with how my squad has shaped up, we just need that cherry on the top of the cake to finish things off. This season is all about the rebuild and seeing how GerMan City shape up.
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    Inter-Toto No-Show

    July is always a rather quiet month in the Dream Team League. Most managers are busy drilling tactics into their players but usually, for a couple of managers, there is the small matter of a way into the UEFA Cup via the Inter-Toto Cup.

    This season, having led Crystal Palace to a 7th place finish last season, Cafcjgreen was put into the hat for the Third Round and faced up against France's Toulouse. However, the supporters of Crystal Palace were left shellshocked when their manager failed to turn up for the two legged fixture!

    As a result, the main news for this month is the announcement that Liam is returning to the hot seat at Chelsea, two years after he left the club following his efforts in keeping the club in the Premiership and winning the League Cup after the club had been left in a precarious position by moravcik. Chelsea have since seen Ste117 and AMC in charge before Liam's appointment.



    Inter-Toto Cup - 3rd Round - Leg 1 - Bursaspor - H - 2:0 (Gomis, Montolivo).
    Inter-Toto Cup - 3rd Round - Leg 2 - Bursaspor - A - 1:3 (Rodriguez).
    Inter-Toto Cup - Semi Final - Leg 1 - Toulouse - H - 4:0 (Montolivo, Vucinic, Allen, Parker).

    Player of the Month: Mathieu Debuchy.

    Fortunately for Crystal Palace and indeed Cafcjgreen, his players brushed aside the absence of their manager and recorded a 2:0 win over Bursaspor in the first leg at Selhurst Park although they did lose Dwight Tendalli to injury at the half-way mark. That should have set the Eagles up in a good position for their trip to Turkey but what followed was a nightmare opening 11 minutes in which Bursaspor scored first only for it to be cancelled out by Cristian Rodriguez. But the hosts then struck twice more to tie the game 3:3 on aggregate. The visitors managed to hold on and qualify on away goals. If the 2:0 lead from the first leg was enough then surely a 4:0 win in the Semi Final at home to Toulouse will guarantee one foot in the Final for Crystal Palace? They'd led 1:0 through a Riccardo Montolivo penalty before destroying the French outfit with 3 goals in the last 18 minutes of the game.



    Meanwhile, the draw has been made for qualification to the group stages of the Champions League. Returning Chelsea manager Liam will play against Czech Republic's Mlada Boleslav while BobMem's West Ham will face up against Greece's Olympiacos.



    Also, the League Cup draw for the First Round has been made and pyromyst's Fulham will start off against Crewe at home while Craig Forrest's Ipswich will travel to Cheltenham.

    Hopefully, the other 14 managers involved in the Dream Team League will be much more prepared for the start of their season compared to Cafcjgreen!

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    Back on track. Nice one Mark!

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    Yep, just posted in the discussion thread about my mistake yesterday. Apologies lads.

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    If I can't beat Mlada Boleslav then put 1000 on me to get relegated

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    Olympiacos might be tricky, but they won't have many players at this stage. Loser goes into the UEFA Cup, right?

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    Manager: Janis89.
    Last Season: 6th.
    Star Players: Thiago Silva, David Silva, Sergio Aguero.
    Prediction: 2nd.


    If we are to fight for the title we need attacking play, not defensive

    Going more attacking!

    We do hope we live up to these expectations
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    Phenomenal write up mark helluvan effort!

    Swans are confident for the new season are looking to learn lessons from previous 2 seasons

    Shame the Palace manager was AWOL but good to see they look like getting through - best of luck to all managers and especially those with European and League Cup games soon!

    Let's ave itttttttttttttttttttttttt!

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    It's Show Time!

    With Cafcjgreen being the only one to have fixtures in July, a month in which he didn't even submit a team, the remaining Dream Team League managers watched on enviously as they eagerly awaited the start of their own seasons.

    Well, that time has come! Along with Liam making a return to Chelsea, we saw 15 managers submitting their team sheets for what will be an exciting August but once again had Cafcjgreen missing at Crystal Palace, leaving him just one strike away from being resigned from the competition.



    Premiership - Man City - A - 1:2 (Schneiderlin injured, Huntelaar).
    Premiership - Liverpool - H - 3:2 (Ibrahimovic x2, Callejon).
    Premiership - Southampton - A - 2:3 (Verratti, Carvalho).


    Player of the Month: Jose Callejon.
    Position: 13th.


    An injury to Morgan Schneiderlin at Man City played a part in ajvonkrondor's first defeat in Tottenham's first game of the season although it was a very narrow defeat. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had scored no more than a consolation goal there but at least his strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on form to score two to open his account for the season along with Jose Callejon as vinjwoods' Liverpool were beaten 3:2. ajvonkrondor will then have been horrified that despite Marco Verratti and William Carvalho twice putting Tottenham ahead at Southampton, two goals conceded in the last three minutes of the game means that he has yet to taste victory away from home. To make matters worse, Ibrahimovic and defender Domagoj Vida have picked up injuries in training recently which has disrupted preparations for their next game in the UEFA Cup against BATE in the 1st Round.



    Champions Cup - Third Qualifying Phase - Leg 1 - Olympiacos - H - 2:1 (Rakitic, Douglas Costa).
    Premiership - Aston Villa - A - 0:2 (Albiol injured).
    Champions Cup - Third Qualifying Phase - Leg 2 - Olympiacos - A - 2:0 (Sokratis sent off, Rakitic, Gabriel).
    Premiership - Sunderland - A - 1:0 (Mertesacker injured, Kiessling, Besic injured).


    Player of the Month: Douglas Costa.
    Position: 17th.


    The season got off to a fantastic start for BobMem when Olympiacos were beaten 2:1 at home in the qualifying stages of the Champions League. It was a close call though as the Greeks had cancelled out Ivan Rakitic's debut goal before Douglas Costa came off the bench to score a 90th minute winner. Sadly, an abject performance against the Premiership champions followed where West Ham were beaten 2:0 with both goals coming after Raul Albiol was injured with a damaged foot. Confirmation of a place in the Champions League could have been blown apart after a 24th minute red card for Sokratis but luckily, Rakitic was in fine form to score again in Europe while Gabriel also scored his first goal to earn a 4:1 aggregate win despite playing with 10 men for 66 minutes. The month then ended on a high with a first Premiership win thanks to a late winner from Stefan Kiessling, so often the Hammers hero in the past. There was bad news for BobMem from this game though as Per Mertesacker (twisted knee) and Muhamed Besic (pulled hamstring) joined Albiol in the treatment room. West Ham sign off the month in 17th place but are one of four teams to have a game in hand. They will also prepare for the Champions League next month in a group consisting of PSG, Red Bull Salzburg and Benfica.



    Inter-Toto Cup - Semi Final - Leg 2 - Toulouse - A - 1:0 (Montero).
    Inter-Toto Cup - Final - Leg 1 - Spartak Moscow - H - 3:2 (Vucinic x2, Montero).
    Premiership - Hull - H - 1:1 (Montero).
    Premiership - Middlesbrough - A - 2:2 (Vucinic, Sissoko).
    Premiership - Watford - H - 3:1 (Vucinic x2, Parker).
    Inter-Toto Cup - Final - Leg 2 - Spartak Moscow - A - 1:3 (Vucinic).


    Player of the Month: Mirko Vucinic.
    Position: 8th.


    Despite the absence of their manager, Crystal Palace were able to qualify for the Final of the Inter-Toto Cup after a goal from Fredy Montero in France earned them a 5:0 aggregate win over Toulouse. They were then drawn against Spartak Moscow and managed a 3:2 win at home thanks to a brace from Mirko Vucinic and another goal from Montero. However, they ultimately failed to qualify for the UEFA Cup when Spartak Moscow won 3:1 at home despite Vucinic's late effort. At last, the Eagles suffered for their missing manager. Domestically though, they are coping OK after going three games unbeaten. trunky's Hull were the better team in the Premiership's opening game despite Montero's early goal but Palace drew 1:1 before then doing likewise in a 2:2 draw at Middlesbrough where they came back from 2:0 down thanks to Vucinic and Moussa Sissoko. Vucinic has been in fine form and scored another two goals in a 3:1 win against Watford which puts him on 7 goals in 4 starts (and 3 from the bench) while Shawn Parker got the other in that win which was their first in the Premiership.



    First Division - Wolves - H - 3:0 (Michu, Tiote, Beckerman).
    First Division - Blackburn - A - 4:1 (Michu x2, Cardozo, Ruiz).
    League Cup - 1st Round - Cheltenham - A - 1:0 (Kolasinac).
    First Division - Brentford - H - 1:0 (Josue).
    First Division - Birmingham - A - 5:2 (Cardenas, Josue, Michu x2, Ruiz).


    Player of the Month: Michu.
    Position: 2nd.


    There was a lot of interest at Portman Road as Craig Forrest got his managerial career in the Dream Team League underway with an easy victory over Wolves as Michu, Cheick Tiote and Kyle Beckerman scored on their debuts. Michu was proving that this was an easy level for him in the First Division as he then scored a brace at Blackburn along with Neri Cardozo and Victor Ruiz scoring their first goals. A Sead Kolasinac goal at Cheltenham was just enough for Ipswich to go through in the League Cup but it was a deserved win and they'll now face Fleetwood in the 2nd Round, also away from home. A different player then came to the fore as Josue scored the only goal of the game in a 1:0 win against Brentford before scoring again at Birmingham although Michu was back amongst the goals, scoring twice to leave him on five goals in five starts. Jose Maria Cardenas also scored his first goal in that game which was a 5:2 win along with Ruiz scoring his second of the season despite being a defender. Ipswich are playing with a confidence at the moment which gives their fans a lot of hope of promotion to the top tier as Craig Forrest completes his first month with five wins from five matches in total.



    Charity Shield - Aston Villa - N - 0:3.
    Premiership - Chelsea - H - 2:3 (Mata, Pastore).
    Premiership - Swansea - A - 1:2 (Bony).
    Premiership - Tottenham - H - 3:2 (Ansaldi, Mata, Bony).


    Player of the Month: Cristian Ansaldi.
    Position: 14th.


    Playing against Erkifino's star studded outfit was always going to be a tricky game but Dermotron will be disappointed to start the season with a 3:0 defeat, especially as his side rarely threatened Aston Villa. The performance improved against Chelsea in the Premiership opener but despite debut goals from Juan Mata and Javier Pastore, they succumbed to a 3:2 defeat and did likewise at Swansea when losing 2:1 with Wilfried Bony scoring late on. Memories of a similar slow start last season were evoked for supporters of the Saints but they at least registered their first win of the season in the final game of August. Playing against ajvonkrondor's Tottenham, Southampton had fallen behind twice with Cristian Ansaldi initially cancelling out Spurs' first goal. But with three minutes left on the clock, Mata and Bony both scored to secure a special victory which leaves Southampton 14th in the table. In other news, the UEFA Cup was drawn for the 1st Round and Dermotron will face Moldova's Tiraspol next month.



    Premiership - Watford - H - 1:0 (Johnson).
    Premiership - Chelsea - H - 2:0 (Valbuena, Hooper).


    Player of the Month: Darren Fletcher.
    Position: 5th.


    Opening their season with two home matches, ebfatz's Norwich have looked steady and solid as a Glen Johnson debut goal helped them to beat Watford while Mathieu Valbuena and Gary Hooper scored in a good 2:0 win against Chelsea. That marks the start of a very quiet month for ebfatz with just two games to play in August but September will be busy with Norwich having a game in hand in the league and a League Cup tie to look forwards to, away from home against Colchester.



    Charity Shield - Southampton - N - 3:0 (Willems, Boateng, Fabregas).
    Premiership - West Ham - H - 2:0 (Fabregas, Vietto).
    Premiership - Swansea - H - 4:0 (Maksimovic, Rooney x2, Iniesta).


    Player of the Month: Cesc Fabregas.
    Position: 3rd.


    It seems to be something of a tradition for defenders of the title to struggle in their quest to win it again. As a result, it was undoubtedly of huge importance for Erkifino to start the season well. They did just that as Dermotron's Southampton were easily brushed aside in the Charity Shield as Jetro Willems, Jerome Boateng and Cesc Fabregas got their seasons off to a fine start. Even more importantly, Aston Villa went on to start their Premiership campaign in style as Fabregas scored again along with Luciano Vietto in a 2:0 win over BobMem's West Ham before crushing Swansea 4:0 at home with the scoreline at 3:0 before Swansea lost a player to a red card. There, Nikola Maksimovic, Wayne Rooney and Andres Iniesta all got off the mark for the season. Three games in and three clean sheets, Erkifino cannot be any happier with that! Meanwhile, he will have to face Leverkusen, Ajax and Dnipro in the Champions League next month.



    Premiership - Arsenal - A - 0:1.
    Premiership - Man Utd - H - 0:2.
    Premiership - Derby - A - 3:1 (Sneijder, Falcao, Richardson).


    Player of the Month: Carlos Kameni.
    Position: 16th.


    Having invested heavily in his playing squad, Fodster will be disappointed to have started the season off with defeat against a randomly assembled Arsenal team. Facing Janis89 next at home was always going to be tricky but his side played quite well and can consider themselves unlucky to have lost by two goals. Most importantly, Everton got their first goal and their first victory of the season at Derby where Wesley Sneijder, Falcao and Kieran Richardson all scored their first goals for the club which leaves Everton 16th in the table. They will also face Charlton next month at home after being drawn in the hat for the 2nd Round of the League Cup.



    Premiership - Derby - A - 3:0 (Negredo, D.Silva, Biglia).
    Premiership - Everton - A - 2:0 (Negredo x2).
    Premiership - Newcastle - H - 0:1.


    Player of the Month: Fabio Coentrao.
    Position: 4th.


    Starting the season with two away games, Janis89 will be delighted to see the trio of Alvaro Negredo, David Silva and Lucas Biglia help Manchester United to victory at Derby before Negredo went on to score another two goals in a tough 2:0 win at Everton. The next and final game of August saw Mark's Newcastle arrive at Old Trafford for Janis89's first home game of the season which ended in a 1:0 defeat. In a game in which all had tipped the home side to win, they were actually unfortunate not to after Newcastle had scored with their only chance on target. The Red Devils will be hoping to get immediately back on track while also kicking off their European tour with 1st Round games against Club Brugge in the UEFA Cup.



    Premiership - Tottenham - H - 2:1 (Volland, Matip injured, Lasogga).
    Premiership - Derby - H - 4:1 (Lasogga, Huth injured, Schurrle, Volland x2, Sam injured).
    Premiership - Liverpool - A - 3:1 (Mustafi, Gundogan, Welliton).


    Player of the Month: Dennis Aogo.
    Position: 1st.


    Are Manchester City back? The one time Premiership champions had endured a tough season last year and many tipped them for another one after manager Jesus had overseen a dramatic overhaul at the club. Despite that, the new signings have settled in extremely well at the Etihad Stadium, beating ajvonkrondor 2:1 with debut goals from Kevin Volland and Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The newly formed partnership up front both scored again with Volland grabbing two against Derby along with Andre Schurrle also notching his first goal. After two home games, the team were tested with their first away game of the season and came up trumps with two other Germans scoring their first goals of the season - Shkodran Mustafi and Ilkay Gundogan although a fan favourite did grab the third in a 3:1 win over Liverpool, Welliton. The wins have put Jesus top of the league table which is even more remarkable considering the injuries that they have also picked up during those games. Fortunately for the Man City manager, Joel Matip and Robert Huth are already back in action while Sidney Sam is nearing a full return. In other news, Man City have been drawn against Crawley at home for the Second Round of the League Cup.



    Champions Cup - Third Qualifying Phase - Mlada Boleslav - H - 2:0 (Cabaye x2).
    Premiership - Southampton - A - 3:2 (Chicharito x2, Muriel).
    Champions Cup - Third Qualifying Phase - Mlada Boleslav - A - 4:1 (Chicharito x2, Cabaye, Otamendi).
    Premiership - Norwich - A - 0:2.


    Player of the Month: Pablo Armero.
    Position: 15th.


    Liam's homecoming at Chelsea got off to the perfect start as he engineered a 6:1 aggregate victory over Czech Republic's Mlada Boleslav. Yohan Cabaye scored three across the two legs while Chicharito grabbed a brace and Nicolas Otamendi got the other. That's put them into the group stages where they'll face Atletico Madrid, Feyenoord and Monaco. His charges also had to battle to earn a decent win at Southampton with Chicharito again scoring twice along with Luis Muriel opening his account for the season. However, it wasn't the same story after a below par performance against ebfatz's Norwich where Liam lost 2:0. That leaves Chelsea 15th in the table although they do have a game in hand and Liam has yet to make a Premiership return to Stamford Bridge!



    Premiership - Leicester - A - 0:0.
    Premiership - Arsenal - H - 2:1 (Diego Souza, Lucas Moura, Elias injured).
    Premiership - Man Utd - A - 1:0 (Lima).


    Player of the Month: Sandro.
    Position: 2nd.


    Mark will not be happy to start the season off with a bore draw at Leicester where his Brazilian side failed to put the ball in the net. However, they opened their first home game of the season with aplomb as Diego Souza scored his first Newcastle goal and Lucas Moura scored before Arsenal had a player sent off. Despite 53 minutes against 10 men, they failed to score again and lost Elias to injury. A 1:0 win against Man Utd was impressive but Lima scored with their only shot on target which means Newcastle are unbeaten and second in the league but haven't put in a polished performance yet. Meanwhile, they'll face Notts County next month in the Second Round of the League Cup.



    First Division - Charlton - H - 1:2 (Riviere).
    First Division - Millwall - A - 2:0 (Vossen, Diaz).
    League Cup - First Round - Crewe - H - 2:0 (Vossen, Halliche, Rakitskiy injured).
    First Division - Wigan - H - 4:2 (Riviere x2, Diaz, Pandev).
    First Division - Brentford - A - 4:1 (Laba, Riviere, Sinclair, Vossen).


    Player of the Month: Rafik Halliche.
    Position: 6th.


    With many tipping Craig Forrest to do well in the First Division, others weren't so sure about pyromyst given a lack of activity in the transfer market. A defeat to Charlton to start the season seemed to prove them right despite a goal from Emmanuel Riviere. Credit where it is due though, Fulham have bounced back incredibly well to beat Millwall thanks to Jelle Vossen and Marcelo Diaz with the latter scoring again against Wigan in a 4:2 win along with Riviere grabbing two goals and Goran Pandev scoring his first for the season. Another four goals arrived courtesy of Matias Laba, Riviere, Scott Sinclair and Vossen in a 4:1 win at Brentford that leaves Fulham 6th. Perhaps they can make it after all? It will depend largely on injuries though as pyromyst's 21 man squad currently has four players injured. In other news, a 2:0 win over Crewe with goals from Vossen and Rafik Halliche has set up an away clash with Sheffield United in the 2nd Round of the League Cup.



    Premiership - Liverpool - A - 2:0 (Reus, Alexis Sanchez).
    Premiership - Southampton - H - 2:1 (Reus, Llorente).
    Premiership - Aston Villa - A - 0:4 (Paletta sent off).


    Player of the Month: Marco Reus.
    Position: 6th.


    Marco Reus has certainly been a good buy for Redknapp69 after making a dazzling start to his Swansea career. He scored the first goal in a 2:0 win alongside Alexis Sanchez at Liverpool and struck again against Southampton along with Fernando Llorente as Swansea made a perfect start to the Premiership campaign. However, they all went to pot on their travels to Aston Villa where Erkifino came out on top in a 4:0 win that leaves Swansea 6th without even registering a shot at goal. If they can recover from that quickly, they'll be able to get their season back on track but their focus is now on the Champions League for their next match after being drawn into a group consisting of Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk and Athletic Bilbao.



    Premiership - Crystal Palace - A - 1:1 (Dzeko injured, Ucan).
    Premiership - Leicester - H - 3:0 (Ucan x2, Richards, Reina injured).
    Premiership - Arsenal - A - 2:2 (Mascherano injured, Dezko, Lavezzi).


    Player of the Month: Sebastien Corchia.
    Position: 7th.


    An unbeaten start to the season will please trunky although he'll be disappointed to start off with a draw at Crystal Palace where Hull City should arguably have won. At least Salih Ucan scored on his debut to earn a point and then followed it up with a brace against Leicester with Micah Richards also scoring his first Hull goal. Even away at Arsenal could well have ended up in a win having led through Edin Dzeko before falling 2:1 behind but seeing Ezequiel Lavezzi earn the Tigers a point. Worryingly, Hull lost a player in each of the three games to date but at least they have not been long term injuries with only Javier Mascherano still injured but just days from being 100% fit again. They must now prepare for a tougher month in which they'll also play in the League Cup Second Round against Cambridge United at home.



    Premiership - Swansea - H - 0:2
    Premiership - Tottenham - A - 2:3 (David Villa, Diamanti).
    Premiership - Man City - 1:3 (Mowatt injured, Diamanti).


    Player of the Month: Alessandro Diamanti.
    Position: 18th.


    Liverpool supporters are already grumbling after a poor start to the season has seen vinjwoods lose the first three games of his season. The knives were already out after underwhelming transfers but at least he has seen Alessandro Diamanti get off the mark with two goals, even if he hasn't actually started a game yet. David Villa too, has grabbed his first goal of the season. In all honesty though, vinjwoods has been given one of the toughest starts to the season and he can now hope that the only way is up with an easier run of games in September including a League Cup trip to Accrington.

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    Great write up Mark! Very happy with the win over Southampton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    Great write up Mark! Very happy with the win over Southampton.
    A decent win for you, that. Easily qualified for the CL as expected.

    Shame about losing to Norwich which blotted your copybook return.

    I think Ste and AMC have put together a much better squad for you compared to the one you inherited from moravcik.

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    4-0-0 in the league, 13 goals for and only 3 against.....and I'm in 2nd?

    Good month though... won't complain

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    Loving the write ups Mark...very pleased to be unbeaten, even if it was against poor opposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Forrest View Post
    4-0-0 in the league, 13 goals for and only 3 against.....and I'm in 2nd?

    Good month though... won't complain
    Yep, I can't remember who was top but I think they played an extra game so are above you.

    Quote Originally Posted by trunky View Post
    Loving the write ups Mark...very pleased to be unbeaten, even if it was against poor opposition.
    Yeah, 2 CPU teams and a missing DTL manager. Better than a defeat in any of them though!

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    Would prefer us to be The Grinders than The Entertainers. Disappointed with a couple of players showings, onwards and (hopefully) upwards

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