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    Great month until the last game

    Awesome write-up, action in all sorts of comps

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    Great write up Mark. Plenty of matches covered there. Swans top! Could Mark's preseason predictions be true?

    Happy to beat Janis. Unlucky mate.
    Congrats AJ.
    Embolo firing on all cylinders!

    As for the loss to Norwich... You can't win em all... But I want to.

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    Congratulations AJ and Erkifino

    Hoping next month is better for us

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    What a weird month for most of us...win and lose.

    Great write up Markus...

    Just seen the save...Injuries to Vertonghen (2 weeks), Lukaku (10 days) and Dzeko (1 week) have given me a great start! Plus Richards is suspended for another match.

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    You still have Bruma, Ibrahimovic and Finnbogasson. I'm pretty sure I sold you some other defender...

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    Joe Hart and Chris Smalling clearly making a protest and saying they wanted to join the British Legion at Norwich!!
    Should have been an even better start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erkifino View Post
    You still have Bruma, Ibrahimovic and Finnbogasson. I'm pretty sure I sold you some other defender...
    I'm pretty sure, but don't quote me on this, but, forgive me mate, erm...2 of the players you mentioned are actually forwards?

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    A team should defend from the front

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    What a concerning month. A couple of huge wins but with a dodgy draw and a loss to Huddersfield. I need to have a re-shuffle i think.

    Bouncing straight back hasn't started as well as i hoped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    A team should defend from the front
    Are you asking Ibra to do some running around?

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    A decent enough start to the season. Won the European Super Cup versus Janis which is always a result that counts amongst the fans and staff.
    The intercontinental Cup was another nice one to stick in the cabinet, that becomes fuller and fuller yet feels so empty with that Premiership crown we so crave. Off to a good start in said competition with an easy 2-0 against Fulham, who haven't shown what they're made of yet.

    Quite a shocker to see Man Utd, Villa, West Ham and Southampton all drop points already. Guess I'll have to wait to do that, as our next month is an away game v the Pool and the rest are CL games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trunky View Post
    I'm pretty sure, but don't quote me on this, but, forgive me mate, erm...2 of the players you mentioned are actually forwards?
    Yessum. Bruma replaces Vertonghen, Ibrahimovic replaces Lukaku and Finnbogasson replaces Dzeko...

    That was my train of thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    Joe Hart and Chris Smalling clearly making a protest and saying they wanted to join the British Legion at Norwich!!
    Should have been an even better start.
    You should request Mark add the nickname Mike Smalling to him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erkifino View Post
    Yessum. Bruma replaces Vertonghen, Ibrahimovic replaces Lukaku and Finnbogasson replaces Dzeko...

    That was my train of thought...
    Replacements eh...

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    Great to have this back Mark and a helluva write up!

    I have a feeling Embolo is going to tear the league up 

    Championship boys with shaky starts especially the absent Kano!

    Congrats to Erk and AJ on the early season trophies

    Mark has the seemingly easiest CL draw – the other 3 groups look a decent challenge

    Very nice UEFA cup draws for you boys

    A few crazy results in the league already which is great to see


    I’ve not seen the save yet but gotta be happy with 2 wins, top of the table and 2 clean sheets. I am sure there are some tough games to come and although the absence of European football in South Wales is a bitter pill to swallow, the “Jacks” are going full throttle on the league campaign

    Bring on month 2

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    Spoiler!


    Cracking write up! Some goals flying around there. Breel is on fire.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ View Post
    A decent enough start to the season. Won the European Super Cup versus Janis which is always a result that counts amongst the fans and staff.
    The intercontinental Cup was another nice one to stick in the cabinet, that becomes fuller and fuller yet feels so empty with that Premiership crown we so crave. Off to a good start in said competition with an easy 2-0 against Fulham, who haven't shown what they're made of yet.

    Quite a shocker to see Man Utd, Villa, West Ham and Southampton all drop points already. Guess I'll have to wait to do that, as our next month is an away game v the Pool and the rest are CL games.
    Ahem! Newcastle dropped points too

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    Yes as suspected - complete shite! New formation and squad rotation about to hit the pool within 7 days of season start.

    and yes I am crying already............................ so what about it? real men cry all the time

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    Dream Team League - Season 7 - September

    The news ahead of September kicking off in the Dream Team League was dominated by one item and one item only. No, there was hardly a flicker of interest as Kaneman failed to register a team for a second month running which has left Leeds supporters completely exasperated in the Championship. It's something else entirely. It may well be the first time in seven seasons and it rocked everybody. There was no sign at all of AJ in the hot seat at Tottenham Hotspur.

    Even rival managers such as Manchester United's Janis89 and Erkifino's Aston Villa couldn't quite believe the news which could very well dampen AJ's initial intentions of winning the league title. Indeed, his season had got off to a fine start with glory in the Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup before Fulham were beaten in their first Premiership fixture.

    News of Kaneman's absence was also disappointing given that he'd already been resigned from the Dream Team League once after inactivity as the boss of Crystal Palace. It was something that Leeds fans were wary of when Kaneman took over at Elland Road and now their manager is only one strike away from being resigned once more.


    Premiership - H - Wigan - 3:0 (Matuidi, Lewandowski x2)
    Premiership - A - Aston Villa - 0:0
    Premiership - H - Arsenal - 1:0 (Suarez)
    League Cup - 2nd Round - A - Scunthorpe - 5:0 (Lewandowski x2, van Persie, Douglas Costa, Jese)
    Premiership - A - Chelsea - 0:0

    The Swansea supporters were delighted to see their team top of the league at the end of the first month in the Premiership but they'll be even more delighted to remain top after what has been a superb month for Redknapp69. Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez were key players in ensuring that the team came through games that they were expected to win against managerless teams but most importantly, they avoided defeat to Erkifino's Aston Villa despite a late red card for Diego Godin. A further point was registered against AMC while they also breezed into the next round of the League Cup after hammering Scunthorpe.


    Premiership - A - Ipswich - 3:1 (Morata, Pogba, Rooney)
    Champions League - Phase 1 - A - Dynamo Kiev - 1:1 (Rooney)
    Premiership - H - Sheff Wed - 1:0 (Morata)
    Champions League - Phase 1 - H - CSKA - 3:0 (Dzyuba x2, Cazorla)
    Premiership - A - Middlesbrough - 3:0 (Martinez x2, Rooney)
    Champions League - Phase 1 - A - Young Boys - 4:1 (Rooney x2, Martinez x2)

    It's goals galore for Janis89 this month who'll be pleased at an unbeaten month after a slow start to the season denied him two chances of winning a trophy. He'll certainly be impressed with his strikers smashing in the goals to help Man Utd climb from 6th to 2nd place while the results in the Champions League cannot be underestimated because the other teams in the group have started to build a good squad for themselves. Young Boys may only have one former Dream Team League reject but there are 12 at CSKA and 10 at Dynamo Kiev who have gone on to sign additional players as well.


    Premiership - H - Sheff Wed - 2:0 (Alessandrini, Mirallas)
    Premiership - A - Wigan - 3:0 (Mkhitaryan x2, Milner)
    UEFA Cup - 1st Round - A - Zeljeznicar - 5:0 (Lavezzi, Deulofeu, Mkhitaryan x2, Embolo)
    Premiership - H - Chelsea - 2:1 (Mkhitaryan, Mirallas)
    Premiership - A - West Ham - 1:2 (Lavezzi)

    Dermotron had made it publicly known that he was disappointed with Romain Alessandrini's lack of assists in Southampton's start to the season so far. He kept faith in the winger who appears to have taken his manager's comments on board and registered his first goal and also two assists in an excellent month for Southampton. Although a second taste of defeat in the league brought the month to a bad end, Dermotron will be delighted to see the Saints sitting in 3rd place having started the month in 10th place. After Breel Embolo had grabbed all the headlines so far, Dermotron may be concerned that the young striker scored just once in September but won't care as long as goals are coming from elsewhere. That's certainly the case for Henrikh Mkhitaryan who now has 6 in 13 games which shows he's enjoying life at St. Marys after a tough time at Everton.


    Premiership - A - Chelsea - 3:2 (Vidal, Gabriel, Destro)
    Premiership - H - Norwich - 1:0 (Destro)
    League Cup - 2nd Round - A - Stevenage - 5:0 (Falcao, Bony, Vidal x2, Gabriel)
    Premiership - A - Man City - 0:1

    After issueing Gabriel with a licence to roam forward, the young Brazilian has revelled in the role for Fodster with two goals to help Everton progress into the next round of the League Cup as well as maintaining their position of 4th in the Premiership. Mattia Destro has too impressed with two goals from the bench to contribute to the cause of the Toffees who will be disappointed with losing their second league game of the season against Man City.


    Premiership - H - Newcastle - 3:1 (Diego Costa x2, Cheryshev)
    Champions League - Phase 1 - A - Steaua - 3:0 (Diego Costa, Pelle x2)
    Premiership - A - Crystal Palace - 0:0
    Champions League - Phase 1 - H - FC Bayern - 2:0 (Miranda, Pelle)
    Premiership - H - Southampton - 2:1 (Pelle, Palacio)
    Champions League - Phase 1 - A - Porto - 1:1 (Diego Costa)

    You can certainly see that BobMem invested heavily and wisely in his playing squad this season with Diego Costa, Graziano Pelle and Miranda all getting on the scoresheet to help West Ham record an unbeaten month that means they have yet to taste defeat in 10 games so far this season. Pelle's 4 in 7 and Diego Costa's 8 in 10 have certainly helped as West Ham have climbed up a place this month into 5th. Meanwhile, the Champions League campaign has kicked off in style against Steaua who possess no professional players while FC Bayern only have two in their ranks. That Porto already have 12 former Dream Team League players probably makes them the toughest opponent of the three so a draw is still a credible result.


    Premiership - H - Swansea - 0:0
    Champions League - Phase 1 - A - Roma - 0:0
    Premiership - A - Fulham - 2:3 (Kjaer, Lacazette)
    Champions League - Phase 1 - H - Galatasaray - 4:0 (Lacazette x2, Robben, Iniesta)
    Premiership - H - Crystal Palace - 3:0 (Fabregas, Lacazette, Propper)
    Champions League - Phase 1 - A - Shakhtar Donetsk - 1:0 (Robben)

    Having been 2nd at the end of last month, Erkifino will be somewhat baffled at his Aston Villa's subdued start to September which saw them pick up a credible point against Redknapp69's Swansea but did likewise in their opening group game against a Roma side who own 8 former Dream Team League players before crashing to a shock 3:2 defeat against pyromyst's Fulham. That is the only blip of the month though as Erkifino and an inspired Alexandre Lacazette steered his team back on track with a win over Galatasaray (who have 4 ex-DTL stars) and a tougher than it sounds victory over Crystal Palace who have an already assembled squad left behind by Kaneman and Cafcjgreen. A 1:0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk is also worthy of a mention given that they already had 13 former DTL players and have since added some stars of their own. What will frustrate Erkifino though is that two key players in Fabregas and Iniesta were sent off in their last two games of the month.


    Premiership - H - Arsenal - 5:0 (Gundogan x2, Podolski, Pandev, Rode)
    Premiership - H - Hull - 2:2 (Kiesling, Gundogan)
    UEFA Cup - 1st Round - Leg 1 - A - AIK - 3:0 (Pandev, Podolski, Kiesling)
    Premiership - A - Newcastle - 0:1
    Premiership - H - Everton - 1:0 (Podolski)

    Going from 13th place to 7th in the space of a month will make Jesus a happy man in charge at Manchester City. They certainly started well with a thrashing of managerless Arsenal as Ilkay Gundogan found the net twice and followed it up with another goal against trunky's Hull in a 2:2 draw. Lukas Podolski then took over having already scored against Arsenal and helped Jesus to register a simple win over AIK who don't possess any professional players before unfortunately crashing to defeat against Mark's Newcastle. A 1:0 win over Everton courtesy of Podolski's 3rd this month helped Jesus to defeat Fodster and then climb into 7th place.


    Premiership - A - West Ham - 1:3 (Hernanes)
    UEFA Cup - 1st Round - Leg 1 - A - Lahti - 6:0 (own goal, Giuliano, Leandro Castan, Hulk, Firmino x2)
    Premiership - H - Man City - 1:0 (Lucas Silva)
    Premiership - A - Arsenal - 1:0 (Lima)

    With only four games on the schedule for this month, it's been a case of slowly, slowly catchee monkey for Mark's Newcastle as they opened with defeat against BobMem's West Ham but then registered two 1:0 victories over Jesus's Man City and managerless Arsenal. The two wins there have seen Newcastle climb up just one place to 8th in the table. The Magpies have also started impressively in Europe with a 6:0 thrashing of FC Lahti which may have been expected given that they have no professional footballers on the books.


    Premiership - A - Arsenal - 2:3 (Welbeck, Austin)
    Premiership - H - Everton - 0:1
    League Cup - 2nd Round - H - Wolves - 3:1 (Huddlestone x3)
    Premiership - H - Hull - 2:1 (Henderson, Lowton)

    Norwich had an excellent start to the season to put them into 5th place after the first month. ebfatz would have expected them to at least keep that going with a win over Arsenal who have never been managed in the Dream Team League. Unfortunately, they fell to defeat and followed that up with another one against Fodster's Everton. They did at least get back to winning ways with a surprising hat-trick from Tom Huddlestone in the League Cup which must have given the team some confidence to go on and beat trunky in a return to league action which sees the Canaries now occupying 9th place.


    Premiership - A - Man City - 2:2 (Finnbogason, Ibrahimovic)
    Premiership - H - Liverpool - 2:0 (own goal, Manoel)
    League Cup - 2nd Round - H - Nottm Forest - 5:0 (Herrera x2, Parejo, Finnbogason, Ibrahimovic)
    Premiership - A - Norwich - 1:2 (Dzeko)

    Despite a red card for Yaya Toure against Jesus's Man City, trunky's Hull were able to hang on to a point for a 2:2 draw Alfred Finnbogason looking to grab his chance in the side while Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also off the mark for his new club this season. trunky's season has been disrupted by injuries and suspensions already so victories over vinjwoods in the Premiership as well as avoiding any drama against Nottm Forest with a 5:0 win in the League Cup will be much welcomed. What will disappoint the Hull manager is a 2:1 defeat where despite a late Edin Dzeko strike, the team suffered their first defeat of the month and their second overall. Despite that though, trunky will be delighted to have climbed up into 10th place having originally sat 16th in the Premiership.


    Premiership - H - Tottenham - 4:0 (Leandro Damiao x3, Menez)
    Premiership - A - Hull - 0:2
    League Cup - 2nd Round - H - Blackburn - 3:0 (Alex Teixeira, Leandro Damiao, Kasaev)
    Premiership - H - Ipswich - 4:2 (Leandro Damiao x2, Halilovic, Menez)

    Having started the season off with players adapting to a new tactic, vinjwoods was clearly not quite satisfied with the results which sees his Liverpool side revert to a 4-5-1 formation. That was a tactic that saw Leandro Damiao revel in his role as a lone striker and he certainly did so with five goals this month as vinjwoods registered a shock win over AJ (even if he is AWOL) before crashing to a defeat at trunky's place. However, with the Brazilian striker and his midfield compatriots scoring goals, the club smashed in 7 goals in the next two games to register another win in the league as well as moving into the next round of the League Cup. Liverpool had been third off the bottom but have since climbed to 11th so the change of tactic has certainly paid off.


    Premiership - A - Middlesbrough - 2:0 (Jucilei, Immobile)
    Premiership - H - Aston Villa - 3:2 (Vesovic, Gentner, Immobile)
    League Cup - 2nd Round - H - Watford - 3:0 (Vesovic x2, Borini)
    Premiership - A - Wigan - 1:4 (Corona)

    Fulham's pyromyst was in a similar position to vinjwoods in having a tough start, so tough that the Cottagers were actually rock bottom after the first month. So it called for a change in tactic and a new one at that in the Dream Team League as pyromyst adopted a 4-1-2-1-2 which has proved popular this season but has put emphasis on the use of wing backs. That in particular was an excellent call as Montenegrin Marko Vesovic has ran riot on that left, scoring 3 in all 5 matches this month. What's most impressive though as after a routine win over managerless Middlesbrough, pyromyst celebrated potentially a first ever win over Erkifino's Aston Villa in a 3:2 thriller at Craven Cottage. His Fulham lads then followed it up with an excellent win in the League Cup to move into the next round but in typical Fulham inconsistency, then crashed to a 4:1 defeat to recently promoted Wigan who are managerless. A 24th minute red card for Jucilei may have a lot to do with that though. Nevertheless, it's been a memorable month for Fulham who are now 16th in the table.


    Premiership - H - Everton - 2:3 (Danny, Konoplyanka)
    UEFA Cup - 1st Round - Leg 1 - A - Sion - 3:0 (de Jong, Cabaye, Doumbia)
    Premiership - A - Southampton - 1:2 (Konoplyanka)
    Premiership - H - Swansea - 0:0

    On paper, the then 14th placed Chelsea squad had a very tough month ahead of them. Indeed in the Premiership, AMC had fixtures against Fodster, Dermotron and Redknapp69 who have all built formidable squads over the past seven seasons. As a result, it may be no surprise to only pick up one point in those three games. In fairness to AMC, the defeat to Everton was particularly unfortunate given that Chelsea were worthy of at least a point in that 3:2 thriller before they struggled at Southampton. A point against Swansea is not to be sniffed at though, especially after Nicolas Otamendi was sent off with 7 minutes left on the clock. At least the supporters did get to celebrate victory, as expected, with a 3:0 win over Sion to get their European campaign off to a good start.


    Premiership - A - Liverpool - 0:4
    Champions League - Phase 1 - A - Benfica - 0:5
    Champions League - Phase 1 - H - Leverkusen - 2:2 (Oliveira, Vietto)
    Champions League - Phase 1 - A - Ajax - 1:3 (Reus)

    AJ had made it well known that he badly craved the Premiership trophy so to go AWOL was a huge shock for everyone in the Dream Team League this month. Fortunately for him, Tottenham had just one game to play in the league which may not cost him too much. However, a 4:0 thrashing by Liverpool will not go down well with his supporters, particularly as Spurs drop from 11th into an alarming 19th place. The optimists will point out that AJ has only managed two games in the league so far this season though with most teams playing 5 or 6 so far and Arsenal already playing 7! The Champions League is where AJ was truly punished though as his weakened side opened the defence of the title they won last season with a 5:0 thrashing by Benfica (who have 4 former DTL players), a 2:2 draw against 10 men Leverkusen (with Adam Szalai starring for a team who have 9 former DTL players) and another defeat against Ajax (who actually have 20 ex-DTL stars). It does leave Spurs bottom of the table with victories required in their final 3 group games.




    Championship - A - QPR - 0:1
    Championship - H - Watford - 3:1 (Elyounoussi x2, Ruiz)
    Championship - A - Burnley - 2:1 (de Jong x2)
    League Cup - 2nd Round - A - Reading - 2:0 (Elyounoussi, Barrera)
    Championship - H - Sunderland - 5:0 (Kramer, Asamoah, Elyounoussi, Alvarez)
    Championship - H - Wolves - 4:0 (Zverotic, Abate, Kramer, Elyounoussi)

    peaceboy hadn't been happy with Derby's start to the season despite being 6th after 4 games. The Championship is a notoriously tough league to play in but the Derby manager felt that a tactic change was required and although his team started the month with defeat to QPR, the players clearly needed to settle into the new tactic but once they did, they enjoyed an excellent run of four wins for the rest of the month to climb up into 2nd place, being only two points from league leaders Bournemouth. Some had questioned peaceboy's decision to drop Andreas Cornelius, scorer of 2 in 4 games, but soon didn't care as Tarik Elyounoussi came into the side and promptly scored 5 goals which makes it 6 in 10 for the Norwegian forward. There was also a 5th win during September for peaceboy as they brushed aside Reading to enter the 3rd Round of the League Cup.


    Championship - H - West Brom - 2:1 (Verhaegh, Nguyen)
    Championship - A - Brentford - 1:0 (Belic)
    Championship - H - Bristol City - 3:0 (Sessegnon x3)
    League Cup - A - West Brom - 0:1
    Championship - H - Birmingham - 2:1 (Emerson, Payne)
    Championship - A - Blackburn - 2:0 (Belic, Isimat-Mirin)

    With Kaneman yet to make an appearance this season, the Leeds supporters were understandably downbeat as the month got underway. The first four games of the Championship had seen Leeds pick up just one win as they were 17th in the table. They wouldn't have expected, despite a missing manager and a weakened side, a run of five straight victories to follow this month to actually see Leeds go all the way up to 3rd place, on level points with peaceboy's Derby. The Leeds supporters will now be hoping for their manager to make a first appearance to help the club consolidate the push for promotion as they'll be well aware that one more strike will see Kaneman resigned from the Dream Team League.


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    Did Spurs play with all greys and no GK? How the hell do we lose 5-0 and 4-0?

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    When managers go missing, I always pick a standard 4-4-2 formation and field a weakened line-up (usually either the least expensive players in each position).

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    Awful month... Janis delicately poised to steam roll the league...

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    Decent month for West Ham. 3 points off the top with a game in hand!

    Looks like we're going to be hard to beat again, hoping to get fewer than last season's 4 league losses.

    Great stuff Mark, cheers

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    Very happy with the results.

    Was worried that we lacked firepower up top. Doesn't seem like it

    May our form continue when we meet tougher opponents

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    A win, a draw and a lose in the league...hey ho!

    Great write up Mark. Enjoyed this style.

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