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    I dot know why I fucking bother!

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    Norwich better enjoy being that high in the table. It won't last for long!!

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    That looks like a massive write up Mark

    Will check it out tomorrow

    But delighted with the start for Swansea! - 2 trophies in the bag already

    Battered Trunky in the Charity Shield - could have been more. Understanable though given he's only starting out on his journey

    Always a good battle v AJ - A really even match and somewhat flatters us with the result but we did miss a pen. Clinical finishing otherwise! Super Cup Champs!

    An easy 3-0 win over CPU Arsnal and then our shooting boots went missing v vinjwoods - extremely thankfull to a last minute goal there!


    Looks like a reasonable CL group that I would hope to qualify from

    Alexis Sanchez and Cahill injuries are a bit of a blow

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    Another Inter-Toto Cup in the bag for the Saints. Most be record title holders at this stage

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    apologies to those who put all the work into DTL but I am back now to take part in the season. I have been ill again since the T20 big blast final but feeling better now. I am back to full health now so - sorry all the auction stuff was wasted on me I will do best with what I have now. I hope that teams need to be in by tomorrow night so I will work at it now and post later.

    cheers folks for all the work - lets go Man City

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    Dream Team League - Season 9 - September

    ebfatz, Janis89 and vinjwoods are three managers failing to submit a team for the month of September. There will be no coverage of the fortunes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Norwich City as a result.



    Life at AFC Wimbledon started incredibly well for drkshadow1, managing four wins in a row in League One including a shock win over Portsmouth while also progressing in the League Cup, all without conceding a goal.

    That continued for another game as September got underway with a 5:0 hammering of Bournemouth. Andy Carroll got the ball rolling and along with Marko Arnautovic, notched a brace with an own goal confirming the victory. The first goal of the season was conceded at Colchester in a 1:1 draw in the next game though despite taking a 3rd minute lead through Diego Perotti. A goal was also conceded against Chesterfield which came after a red card for Oriol Romeu with the scores at 1:0 at the time thanks to Perotti. Chesterfield had pulled one back afterwards but a hat-trick from Carroll made sure of a big win. It was business as usual in the next two matches though with two clean sheets recorded in 3:0 wins over Scunthorpe and Barnsley. Petr Jiracek and a brace from Carroll earned victory at Glanford Park in Scunthorpe and Carroll made it 7 goals in 3 games with another brace at Barnsley where Arnautovic was also on the scoresheet.

    AFC Wimbledon had dropped from top spot when drawing to Colchester but the three wins afterwards puts them back at the top of the table, 6 points clear of Swindon in 2nd place. Unfortunately, the team did suffer their first defeat of the season in the League Cup, holding Fods' Everton all the way to extra time despite Daniel Agger being sent off in the 64th minute. A 107th minute goal was a cruel way for drkshadow1 to bow out of the competition although his team managed only 1 shot in all that time!



    The return of Derby County to the Premiership didn't start well for peaceboy with his team rooted to the foot of the table after three winless games. It led to a change of personnel which may have done the trick as Derby picked up their first win of the season in a 3:1 win over Man Utd as Ciro Immobile got himself a brace along with a goal from Yann M'Vila. An Adnan Januzaj strike at Fulham then made it two wins in a row before scoring once more against Everton only to concede a 90th minute goal, meaning that peaceboy had to share the points with Fods.

    A 2:0 win over Walsall also saw Derby make it through to the Third Round thanks to Diogo Figueiras and M'Vila but they will face Redknapp69's Swansea. Those three unbeaten games this month has lifted Derby up from the bottom into 14th place, an excellent month for peaceboy!



    Just one point picked up in three games left Everton 17th at the end of September. An injury to Wesley Sneijder forced Fods into some changes to his team while also changing his passing style. Did it pay off? You have to say that Everton were indeed the better side at Swansea, taking a lead through Alex Sandro's penalty but they conceded twice in the second half to suffer an undeserved defeat. The next game at Fulham saw their first league win though, seeing goals from Julian Draxler, Stefan de Vrij and Yaya Toure result in a 3:1 win although Gabriel suffered a month long injury. Mattia Destro came into the side but failed to score against Newcastle. Fortunately, Draxler and Toure were both on target once again to defeat samsami 2:0. It looked as though Everton wouldn't make it 3 wins unbeaten at Derby though when James Ward-Prowse popped up right at the death to earn Fods a point.

    It was a late show in the League Cup for the Toffees too where despite playing 10 men since the 64th minute against AFC Wimbledon, it took a 107th minute goal from Destro himself to earn victory. It came at a cost though with Draxler getting injured. Coventry away await in the next round of the League Cup and Everton are sitting in 10th place after a much improved month.



    Thanks to Champions League action, Hull played just two league games last month and winning them both saw them 4th in the league. AMC's men were able to make it 3 in 3 thanks to an Alvaro Morata brace helping Hull to down Middlesbrough 2:1. They tasted defeat for the first time in the next league game, 2:0 to Dermotron's Southampton but recovered well to beat West Ham with Carlos Bacca this time helping himself to two goals.

    Hull stay in 4th place after October but have a game in hand on all three teams above them. Meanwhile, life in the Champions League got off to a flyer as Morata, Bacca and Santi Cazorla all scored to beat PSG 3:1. They did lose to Roma in Italy next time though where Lucas Leiva was sent off but then had a brace from Romelu Lukaku and a Bacca strike to thank in a 3:1 win against Club Brugge. Hull are top of the group with the same points and goal difference as PSG. Meanwhile, the Tigers have been drawn against Charlton as they enter the League Cup in the 3rd Round.



    8th after a win, a draw and a defeat in the first three games, Mark was hoping for a much improved month in October. He got just that as Stoke were beaten 3:1 thanks to Gary Hooper, Steve Sidwell and Adrien Silva but despite Hooper scoring again next time out, Hull were 2:1 victors. It started badly against Liverpool too, going 2:0 down before a late comeback earned a point with Sidwell and Victor Caceres scoring. The last league game of the month was a real entertainment affair with 7 goals being scored but only two (Rolando and Silva) were scored by Middlesbrough as AJ's Tottenham won 5:2.

    It's been a mixed bag for Mark and Middlesbrough are now 12th. They also managed a 2:0 win against York with Hooper and Mohammed Abdellaoue scoring but lost Marcos Rojo to a late red card. They'll take on Norwich in the next round.



    samsami had a poor start to the season, picking up only a point in the opening 3 games for Newcastle. That led to a change as Radja Nainggolan was dropped in favour of Victor Wanyama who helped to inspire a 2:0 win at West Ham, assisting one of the goals as Gerard Deulofeu and Sebastien Corchia got samsami's season going. Nainggolan was actually drafted in next time out and scored along with Paulo Dybala but Dermotron's Southampton scored twice too in a 2:2 draw. The Magpies then drew a blank at Everton despite more chances, losing 2:0 but bounced back in style with Dybala, Nainggolan and Mario Pasalic scoring in a 3:0 win over Arsenal.

    Nainggolan seems to have found his shooting boots as he scored once more in the League Cup as Accrington were beaten 4:1. Lucas Silva, Pasalic and Mathias Ginter also scored to set up a 3rd Round clash against Leeds. Newcastle had been in the bottom 3 at the start of the month but had climbed up to 11th.



    Proving that they are certainly favourites for the title, pyromyst won 4 in 4 in League Two last month. They recorded three more victories in their first three games of October without conceding and scoring 9 goals. Robert, Hasan Ali Kaldirim and Havard Nordtveit helped beat Leyton Orient 3:0 before Jonathan Rodriguez and Marko Simic saw out a 2:0 win at Cambridge United. Koh Myong-Jin then joined in on the act alongside Rodriguez (2) and Nordtveit as Doncaster were hammered 4:0. But it all went wrong at Mansfield as Carlos Sanchez and Adam Matthews were injured in a shock 1:0 defeat. The team recovered well enough at Morecambe though as Welliton finally scored his first goal of the month along with Simic to win 2:0.

    There's no change to the league table as Plymouth remain top by 2 points. Sadly, they won't be playing in the League Cup any further after Fulham got their revenge on pyromyst for walking out of Craven Cottage. Koh Myong-Jin had given Plymouth a lead but goals from Odion Ighalo and Vedad Ibisevic, both pyromyst buys, put Fulham through much to the delight of their supporters.



    There was a surprise in store for Portsmouth after just 1 win in 3 games. trunky decided to change his tactic and the end product was a 3:0 win against Peterborough with goals from James Milner, Diego Costa and Edin Dzeko although Victor Moses picked up an injury. Away at Burton Albion, Pompey proved they were back in business as Milner, Viktor Fischer (2), Stewart Downing, Diego Costa and Dzeko (2) earned a thumping 7:0 win! Fischer carried on with another brace at Gillingham with Igor Portnyagin also on the scoresheet in a 3:1 win and Valere Germain joined in the fun with Downing as Millwall were beaten 2:0.

    Despite the 4 wins, scoring 15 goals in the process, Portsmouth climb just 6 places into 6th and are now 9 points behind drkshadow's AFC Wimbledon. There was also the small matter of the League Two club playing in Europe as they started off at Athletic Bilbao which looked tricky, returning home after a 0:0 draw. trunky will also see his side enter the League Cup next month but has been handed a horror draw, Aston Villa!



    Southampton are without a win after a draw and a defeat started their season off despite several games under their belt in Europe. A 2:2 draw at Newcastle where Marcus Rashford and Ezequiel Lavezzi scored for Dermotron meant they had now gone 3 league games without a win. That finally came to an end as Hull were beaten 2:0 thanks to an impressive Henrikh Mkhitaryan who scored both goals. The Armenian scored once again alongside Chris Martin as Stoke lost 2:1, moving Southampton up to 9th.

    The Saints also played the first leg of the UEFA Cup at home against Macedonia outfit Shkendija. The away side surprisingly got a goal but Southampton scored 5 through Rashford (2), Yunus Malli, Lavezzi and Breel Embolo. Dermotron will also take part in the League Cup as Southampton were put into the hat in the 3rd Round where they'll take on Watford.



    Redknapp69 will have been delighted with an unbeaten start that puts Swansea 5th at the end of August. A 2:1 win where Luis Suarez scored an equaliser and Robert Lewandowski scored a 90th minute winner helped to beat Everton but despite twice as many chances as Liverpool, Swansea lost their first game 1:0 at Anfield. Lewandowski and Suarez both helped Swansea once again with goals in a 2:0 win over Ipswich to get back to winning ways immediately and it was down to captain Maxime Gonalons to beat Chelsea 1:0.

    Meanwhile, in the Champions League, the Swansea started off with a fine 5:0 win against M'gladbach as Suarez and Lewandowski got themselves a brace along with Diego Godin. In Switzerland, it all could have started so badly as Basel missed a penalty before then having a player sent off. The Suarez and Lewandowski team scored once again along with Daniel Sturridge to earn a convincing 3:0 win in the end. Next up was a trip to Russia where Max Meyer got his first goal of the month alongside Lewandowski to record a 2:1 win that puts Swansea 3 points clear in their group. Redknapp69 is also just a point behind the Premiership leaders and will take on Derby in the League Cup as they enter the 3rd Round next month.



    Although they have only played one game, AJ was understandably frustrated at Spurs after losing that game along with the chance to win the Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup. It didn't get much better for him as although Arturo Vidal scored against Chelsea, they scored twice first to record a shock victory. Spurs then took on Aston Villa and came home with a point thanks to Alexandre Lacazette. At the 4th attempt of asking, Spurs finally picked up a win in a 5:2 thriller against Middlesbrough. Lacazette scoring twice along with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ivan Rakitic and Marco Reus. Hopefully that means AJ's season will now get going in the Premiership but they remain in the relegation spots.

    Elsewhere, the defence of the Champions League trophy began badly as Vidal scored once more in a 2:1 defeat. Spurs turned it around against Shakhtar Donetsk, winning 4:0 thanks to Lacazette, Jose Callejon, Juan Jesus and Max Kruse. Lacazette, Kruse and Rakitic then found the net as Benfica were beaten 3:0, leaving Spurs a point behind Monaco. AJ will also have the chance to get revenge on Chelsea as Spurs will face them in the 3rd Round of the League Cup.






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    Darn!

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    Great write up Mark. A good month for Portsmouth despite the 0-0 in the UEFA.

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    ..........................

    I would love to say a lot of things, very few of them positive or suitable for a younger audience. I'll stick with "ok, lads,we've had another slow start even though I had no such wish. I'll see if I can haggle a bit with Trunky. Maybe he'll buy the slow start, or trade it for a midseason freefall...".

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    Top work Mark. Lovely write up.

    First time i have EVER been top of ANY league since starting the DTL

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    Nadgers - should have been a clean sweep of wins for Swansea

    We lose against Liverpool having 14 shots............and 14 shots on target - and thier keeper onl gets an 8 - WTF?!

    Still a strong start all round

    Cracking effort on the write up Mark

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    Still very happy with the results so far and enjoy reading marks write ups alot. However i can not be happy with 1 shot against everton i would warn eveyone about the poor performance if it was me managing. they got lucky

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    Awesome read, Mark

    I think injuries gonna kill me this season with such a small squad

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    Dream Team League - Season 9 - October



    October begins without vinjwoods for a second successive month which puts his job at Manchester City under threat as he is now one strike away from being resigned from the Dream Team League.

    The focus this month is surely on the Premiership where five unmanaged teams make up the top 10 as the DTL managers struggle to get their seasons going, including Aston Villa topping the table by a single point. At the other end, can AJ turn things around at Tottenham to take them out of the relegation spots for the first time?

    Meanwhile, in the Football League, the season has got off to a fine start for both drkshadow1 and pyromyst in their respective leagues. The signs are there that Portsmouth are also improving although they lie 5 places away from top spot in League Two.



    Starting Position: 2nd.

    Premiership - H - Fulham - 3:0 (Sturridge x2, Alexis Sanchez) - 1st.
    Premiership - A - Norwich - 3:1 (Suarez x2, Strootman) - 2nd.
    Premiership - A - Tottenham - 2:1 (Alexis Sanchez, Coman) - 1st.
    Champions League - Phase 1 - Group A - H - Zenit - 3:0 (Sturridge, Alexis Sanchez x2) - 1st.
    Premiership - H - Newcastle - 1:0 (Lewandowski) - 1st.
    Champions League - Phase 1 - Group A - A - M'gladbach - 4:0 (Lewandowski, Suarez x2, Sturridge) - 1st.
    Premiership - A - Middlesbrough - 1:0 (Sturridge) - 1st.

    Reports: At long last, Swansea have managed to overtake Aston Villa into first place and are 5 points clear. Robert Lewandowski was missing for a few weeks but returned to carry on where he left off in being the 3rd top average rated player in the league with 8.38. He only has 4 league goals though with Luis Suarez being top scorer for Redknapp69 with 5, 2 goals behind the joint top scorers in Eder(!) and Edinson Cavani. The form of Swansea in going 12 games unbeaten has seen Redknapp69 awarded Manager of the Month.

    Concerns: The major concerns for Redknapp69 has cleared up now with Lewandowski back to full fitness. He has lost Marc-Andre ter Stegen to a 1 match ban though after a recent red card.



    Starting Position: 3rd.

    Premiership - H - Newcastle - 3:0 (Pogba x2, Gotze) - 3rd.
    Premiership - A - Hull - 3:1 (Ibrahimovic, Boateng, Odegaard) - 3rd.
    Champions League - Phase 1 - Group G - H - Wolfsburg - 2:0 (Candreva, Ibrahimovic) - 1st.
    Premiership - H - Liverpool - 4:1 (Odegaard, Thiago Silva, David Silva, Aguero) - 3rd.
    Champions League - Phase 1 - Group G - A - Galatasaray - 3:0 (Pogba x2, Aguero) - 1st.
    Premiership - A - Tottenham - 2:1 (Ibrahimovic, Gotze) - 3rd.

    Reports: Janis89 has seen his side go 9 games unbeaten now after returning to the hot seat after disappearing last month. It's seen his Man Utd side close the gap on Aston Villa to just 1 point in the chase for top spot. Jamie Vardy (8.40) has played a huge part in that, being the 2nd best player in the league, closely followed by the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Gotze and Paul Pogba. Indeed, Vardy is the top scorer for Janis89 but only with 4 goals which is some way behind the league's top scorer with 7. One player who has stepped up this month too is Martin Odegaard who has earned the Young Player of the Month award.

    Concerns: A 10 day injury to Jerome Boateng is a blow in a key stage of the season but Man Utd have no other worries with only Joe Bryan out for a few days.



    Starting Position: 4th.

    Premiership - A - Aston Villa - 0:2 - 7th.
    Premiership - H - Man Utd - 1:3 (Morata) - 7th.
    Champions League - Phase 1 - Group D - A - Club Brugge - 2:0 (Morata x2) - 1st.
    Premiership - A - Fulham - 1:1 (Morata) - 7th.
    Champions League - Phase 1 - Group D - A - PSG - 1:1 (Morata) - 2nd.
    Premiership - H - Everton - 2:1 (Sergi Roberto, Bacca) - 7th.

    Reports: Hull haven't moved from 7th since losing to Aston Villa and haven't quite recovered from that either despite a recent win over Everton. Sergi Roberto (7.86) is the surprising name seen as their best player to date which says it all about the attack minded players not making an impact. Alvaro Morata has come alive this month though and is the top scorer for Hull with Carlos Bacca on 5 goals each. They are 7th and 8th in the league table respectively.

    Concerns: 36 players in the squad for AMC and he doesn't have anyone injured, anyone suspended and nobody playing silly buggars by going AWOL either. It could put Hull in a good position for November.



    Starting Position: 9th.

    UEFA Cup - 1st Round - Leg 2 - A - Shkendija - 2:0 (Pique, Martin).
    Premiership - H - Crystal Palace - 4:3 (Lavezzi, Rashford x2, Martin) - 8th.
    Premiership - A - Man City - 0:1 - 9th.
    UEFA Cup - 2nd Round - Leg 1 - A - Groningen - 3:0 (Martin, Lavezzi x2).
    Premiership - H - Chelsea - 1:1 (Martin) - 10th.
    League Cup - Third Round - H - Watford - 2:1 (Fabinho, Mata).
    Premiership - A - Liverpool - 2:1 (Felipe Anderson, Mata) - 8th.

    Reports: Chris Martin has been the surprise star of the month with 5 goals in 9 starts after Marcus Rashford picked up an injury. No-one seems to be stepping up to the plate on a consistent basis for Dermotron at the moment with Ezequiel Lavezzi rated the best player with an average of 7.56 and his 4 league goals also makes him the top scorer.

    Concerns: Thankfully Marcus Rashford is now only a day away from full fitness and the only other concern for the Saints is a 2 week injury to Zoltan Stieber who has yet to feature this season anyway.



    Starting Position: 10th.

    Premiership - H - Ipswich - 0:2 - 13th.
    Premiership - A - Crystal Palace - 4:1 (Destro, Draxler x3) - 10th.
    Premiership - H - Man City - 1:1 (Alex Sandro) - 11th.
    League Cup - Third Round - A - Coventry - 2:0 (Destro x2).
    Premiership - A - Hull - 1:2 (Pastore) - 12th.

    Reports: It's been a tough month for Everton but Julian Draxler is the outstanding candidate for Fods with an average rating of 8.14 that puts him as the 4th best player in the league right now. His goals (5) also puts him 6th in the top scorer's table.

    Concerns: Thankfully, Everton's squad that had been hit by injuries last month now looks to be more evenly balanced with only Peter Tschernegg a concern, being injured for a week with a calf strain.



    Starting Position: 11th.

    Premiership - A - Man Utd - 0:3 - 14th.
    Premiership - H - Fulham - 4:1 (Icardi, Nainggolan x2, Dybala) - 12th.
    Premiership - A - Swansea - 0:1 - 12th.
    League Cup - Third Round - H - Leeds - 3:0 (Pasalic, Dybala, Icardi).
    Premiership - H - Derby - 0:1 - 13th.

    Reports: The smallest squad in the league hasn't quite got going yet despite the best efforts of Victor Wanyama (7.64) who is currently the 33rd best rated player in the league. It's clear that the front two are not scoring enough as Radja Nainggolan's 4 goals makes him the top scorer for the club.

    Concerns: Thankfully, samsami hasn't got to worry about his squad size for November as Mamadou Sakho is the only absentee with a twisted knee keeping him out for 10 days.



    Starting Position: 12th.

    Premiership - H - Man City - 2:0 (Ralls, Abdellaoue) - 9th.
    Premiership - A - Chelsea - 0:1 - 11th.
    Premiership - A - Aston Villa - 2:4 (Akpom, Caceres) - 13th.
    League Cup - Third Round - A - Norwich - 0:2.
    Premiership - H - Swansea - 0:1 - 14th.

    Reports: It all started well for Mark this month at Middlesbrough but his squad have followed it up with four straight defeats. Cheick Tiote (7.50) is arguably their best player and is doing his utmost to plug the gaps whereas Gary Hooper is the club's top scorer but failed to find the net this month.

    Concerns: Where to begin? There is a defensive crisis on Mark's hands as Davide Santon, Emilio N'Sue, Yoon Suk-Young and Rolando are all out injured Marcos Rojo still has a one match ban to serve.



    Starting Position: 13th.

    Premiership - H - Tottenham - 1:0 (Rooney) - 8th.
    Premiership - H - Swansea - 1:3 (Oxlade-Chamberlain) - 15th.
    Premiership - A - West Ham - 2:2 (Welbeck, Noble) - 12th.
    League Cup - Third Round - H - Middlesbrough - 2:0 (Austin, Rooney).
    Premiership - H - Aston Villa - 4:3 (Rooney x2, Welbeck, Lallana) - 11th.

    Reports: After a month of inactivity, ebfatz's return has seen improved fortunes on the pitch with two wins and also being the first side to beat Aston Villa in the league this season. Adam Lallana (8.14) is in scintillating form and is the club's joint-top scorer too with 4 goals alongside Danny Welbeck.

    Concerns: The squad is looking good at Norwich with only Mark Noble to worry about as he strained his knee ligaments in the Middlesbrough game, ruling him out for a further 3 weeks.



    Starting Position: 14th.

    Premiership - A - Arsenal - 2:3 (Negredo, David Luiz) - 15th.
    Premiership - H - Ipswich - 2:0 (Boly, Laxalt) - 13th.
    Premiership - H - Crystal Palace - 6:1 (Immobile, Laxalt, Negredo x2, Mirallas, David Luiz) - 7th.
    Premiership - A - Newcastle - 1:0 (Immobile) - 5th.

    Reports: Although Derby lost to Arsenal, peaceboy has masterminded an amazing turnaround in moving up to 5th in the league! David Luiz (7.86) has been crucial in the run and Ciro Immobile's 6 goals have also been a major factor, placing him just one goal behind the top scorers in the league. In fact, David Luiz's form has been so good that he has won the Player of the Month award.

    Concerns: The Derby squad is being tested with injuries to Diogo Figueiras, Marcel Buchel and Javier Espinosa although one could argue that they are not first team players with only Figueiras managing game time (7 starts).



    Starting Position: 19th.

    Premiership - A - Norwich - 0:1 - 19th.
    Premiership - H - West Ham - 4:0 (Schweinsteiger, Kruse, Lacazette, Rakitic) - 16th.
    Premiership - H - Swansea - 1:2 (Douglas Costa) - 17th.
    Champions League - Phase 1 - Group H - A - Benfica - 0:0 - 2nd.
    Premiership - A - Arsenal - 0:4 - 17th.
    Champions League - Phase 1 - Group H - H - Monaco - 4:0 (Witsel, Kruse x2, Douglas Costa) - 1st.
    Premiership - H - Man Utd - 1:2 (Rakitic) - 17th.

    Reports: Although Spurs are now out of the bottom three, the supporters were not impressed with the derby day humiliation at the hands of Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette (7.89) is doing his best to help AJ's team but has scored only 4 goals which suggests the problem for Spurs.

    Concerns: Arturo Vidal and Shkodran Mustafi are currently out injured which is a blow for AJ. So too are Asmir Begovic and Marlon with Begovic's injury being a major concern given that Makysm Koval is the only other goalkeeper on the books.



    Starting Position: 1st.

    League One - H - Fleetwood - 5:1 (Fernandes, Assombalonga x2, Kruse x2) - 1st.
    League One - A - Notts Co - 1:1 (Perotti) - 1st.
    League One - H - Bury - 4:0 (Maidana, Assombalonga x3) - 1st.
    League One - A - Rochdale - 3:1 (Motta, Assombalonga, Perotti) - 1st.
    League One - H - Peterborough - 1:1 (Kruse) - 1st.
    League One - H - Shrewsbury - 4:0 (Zuniga, Fernandes x2, El Kaoutari) - 1st.
    League One - A - Sheff Utd - 3:1 (Fernandes x2, Perotti) - 1st.

    Reports: AFC Wimbledon continue to sit pretty at the top of the league, being unbeaten in all 16 games to date although trunky's Portsmouth are now starting to close the gap. Diego Perotti has the best average rating in the club with 8.21 being the third best in the league. Andy Carroll is the club's top scorer with 9 goals but had been dropped this month.

    Concerns: Daniel Agger, Ventura Alvarado, Thiago Motta and Marko Arnautovic are all out injured at the moment. Alvarado has yet to feature but the other three are all key losses.



    Starting Position: 6th.

    UEFA Cup - 1st Round - Leg 2 - H - Athletic Bilbao - 2:0 (van Ginkel, Milner).
    League One - A - Swindon - 1:1 (Dzeko) - 9th.
    League One - H - Carlisle - 2:0 (Toulalan, Fischer) - 6th.
    League One - H - Southend - 5:0 (Fischer, Soldado, Diego Costa x3) - 3rd.
    League One - A - Bradford - 6:0 (Diego Costa x3, Dzeko x3) - 2nd.
    League One - A - Walsall - 3:0 (Dzeko, Moses x2) - 2nd.
    UEFA Cup - 2nd Round - Leg 1 - H - Villarreal - 4:1 (Milner x2, Diego Costa, Fischer).
    League One - H - Port Vale - 5:0 (Moses x3, Vergini, Dzeko) - 2nd.
    League Cup - Third Round - H - Aston Villa - 2:0 (Dzeko, Fischer).
    League One - H - Bournemouth - 4:0 (Diego Costa x2, van Ginkel, Dzeko).

    Reports: Portsmouth have certainly sprung to life after a stuttering start and are 7 points behind drkshadow1 but with two games in hand. Diego Costa is the league's top average rater with 8.91 and is joint top scorer in the league with 12 goals alongside two other players.

    Concerns: Injuries are blighting the Portsmouth squad with Jordan Amavi, Jeremy Helan, Harrison McGahey, Valentin Fischer and Roberto Soldado all currently out. Paulo Machado is also doing trunky no favours in going AWOL.



    Starting Position: 1st.

    League Two - H - Barnet - 1:0 (Welliton) - 1st.
    League Two - A - Crewe - 5:0 (Rodriguez x3, Welliton x2) - 1st.
    League Two - H - Northampton - 3:0 (Wynne, Rodriguez x2) - 1st.
    League Two - A - Stevenage - 4:0 (Frimpong x2, Welliton, Mikel Rico) - 1st.
    League Two - H - Hartlepool - 2:0 (Wynne, Frimpong) - 1st.
    League Two - A - Wycombe - 3:1 (Rodriguez x2, Akpa Akpro) - 1st.
    League Two - H - Accrington - 0:0 - 1st.

    Reports: pyromyst continues to enjoy life at Plymouth in the lower leagues with his unbeaten run extended to 8 games, conceding just once in the process. Front duo Welliton (8.46) and Jonathan Rodriguez (8.36) top the average rating chart in League Two but Welliton is two goals behind in the hunt to be top scorer.

    Concerns: Koh Myong-Jin has a one match ban to serve in November and Juan Forlin is out injured for a week.

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    Can you edit Chris Martin's nickname to Coldplay Settling back into the 8th place groove

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    Lots of games, clean sheets and goals. Happy to be still in the UEFA Cup but especially pleased to beat Aston Villa in the League Cup.

    Nice work again Markus.

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    Yep, meant to point that one out as you are the first team to beat Aston Villa this season. They then lost to ebfatz in the league for the first time too!

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    Great write up Mark, poor start to the month but managed to squeeze out a few results towards the end of it.

    Glad to see Sergi Roberto playing well, apart from Cazorla it's been notoriously difficult to get my midfielders to contribute much.

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    Well, thank you for all the hard work, Mark. If only my Spurs team had the same attitude. Inconsistency is the name of the game.

    Well, at least we can focus on Europe now that the title has gone out of reach...

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    I felt for you when you lost to Arsenal!

    Losing to Swansea and Man Utd is no great shame but you're definitely struggling to get going.

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    no news there

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    Nice one Marko, really like the style of the report, with the injury updates too. How are West Ham getting on?

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    Another great read, good to see Drax on fire.

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    Top stuff as ever Mark – I like the “concerns” piece


    Goals all around the team which is great to see from the Super Swans! 

    Tight game v Ebfatz’s Norwich – the scoreline flattered us – well played mate

    Smash and grab away win Vs AJ who was by far the better team – unlucky mate


    Janis – Fair play on Vardy – you paid enough for him! Does he go back in ahead of Aguero/Ibra?!

    AMC – Tough month for you there. Are you in danger in not progressing in CL if you lose and PSG win?

    Dermo – A very mixed month! What’s happened to Embolo?!

    Fods – Drax worth his weight in that hefty gold you paid for him – wanna sell him to me?!

    Samsami – Putting up a decent fight but quite bunched where you are in the league

    Mark – Poor month and dumped out of the cup – ned to steady the ship with the injury crisis next month!

    Ebfatz – Looks like you’re on fire. Beat Vill and deserved a better result against me. I knew I shouldn’t have sold you Lallana

    Peaceboy – What a turn around – punching above your weight - Swansea have a double header against you in league and cup next month!

    AJ – What the heck is happening? Massive final CL group game as well to secure progress

    Drkshadow1 – Absolutely flying! Can’t believe you have Agger!

    Trunky – I still when I see Costa killing it in the lower divisions – he must be like a kid in the sweet shop!

    Pyro – looks like your strikers are cutting the mustard for you – think they are good enough for the next step up the league ladder?

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