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Sunday, January 24, 2016

It's the Typical Sunday Premier League Double Header




It's the typical Sunday double header starting with the Toffees vs the Swans from Goodison Park . The struggling Swans are playing their first match with their new manager. This is followed by what is Arsenal vs Chelsea, normally a match between two top teams, but Chelsea are struggling this year despite recent improvement under Guus Hiddinck. It will be interesting to see what transpires.

307 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

The match just kicked off about a minute ago

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, David - thanks for getting us going. Here are the teams on display at Goodison:

Everton: Howard, Oviedo, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines, Barry, Besic, Deulofeu, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Kone, Lennon, Cleverley, Osman, Pienaar, Coleman.

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Britton, Ki, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Ayew. Subs: Amat, Emnes, Nordfeldt, Eder, Montero, Naughton, Barrow.

Referee: Anthony Taylor

8:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning Bob. Glad to help. It's great to enjoy the pleasure of your company .

8:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Off the post from Besic then the ball goes out for a goal kick. Nice solo run, but he was given the freedom of Goodison

8:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

besic goes off injured. That's a huge loss for the Toffees. He had a shot go off the post early on. Clever Boy replaces him

8:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ross Barkley is down under a high challenge from Leon Britton . Play resumes.

8:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Deulofeu with a long range effort straight to Flappy.

8:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back with my cuppa and bagel. Great to join you, too. I'll be interested to see how Guidolin lines Swansea up.

8:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PENALTY SWANS . SOME COMICAL DEFENDING FROM THE TOFFEES AS TIMMY TRIPS JORDAN AYEW OFF A POOR BACK PASS.

8:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Penalty to Swansea!

And scored!

0-1 Swans - great start for the italian.

8:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! SIGGY SCORES WITH A PENALTY IN THE UPPER 90, SENDING TIMMY THE WRONG WAY. THEIR FIRST AWAY GOAL IN A MONTH

8:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now the Toffees have a free kick about 30 yards out

8:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Baines and back to Baines as Stones is offside.

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back, mate. Did you see how the penalty was won? John Stones was in the right back position and his back pass was short by a Stones throw. Also, Timmy mistimed the tackle and tripped Jordan Ayew.

8:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A long range effort from Ayew is well over and finds Row M

8:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A catalogue of errors from Stones and Timmy. But Swansea have been bright and lively and deserve their lead, IMHO.

8:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Gareth Barry flicks home a corner at the near post to level it!

1-1!

8:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Deulofeu has a shot come off of Neil Taylor for a corner off a cross from Baines.
GOAL !!!! 1-1 BARRY DIVERTS IN A NEAR POST CORNER FROM BAINES AT THE NEAR POST.

8:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Mirallis is down injured.If he has to be replaced then that leaves Roberto with only substitution remaining.

8:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Kevin Mirallas has gone down - Martinez has a real injury crisis here with Besic already off. Looks like Stephen Pienaar to come on.

8:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pienaar is on for Mirallis. Roberto can only make one more substitution the remainder of the match

8:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk heads just wide at the near post off a cross from Deulofeu. He wanted a corner, but didn't get his way

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How was Bbrekkies? Hopefully you are alert and match fit.

9:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Feeling great, mate - nice brekkies. I can't wait for the late one. This is merely the appetizer.

9:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The replay shows that Barry won't be getting his first goal in two years. it was a Jack Cork OG.

9:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. I was thinking opening act, but appetizer is a great description as well.

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Routledge gas a shot deflected for a corner off a free kick

9:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I reckon Barry’s goal may be re-awarded to Jack Cork. Not sure the flick was going in before it glanced off the Swansea midfielder’s calf.

9:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Timmy catches the corner and that is followed by what sounds like sarcastic applause from the Gladys Street End

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Jordan Ayew strike again!

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! AYEW WITH HIS AND SWANSEA'S SECOND AS THE SWANS GO 1-2 UP

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Again Stones and Timmy were involved. Stones' deflection made the save impossible for Timmy. Good strike from Ayew, though.

1-2!

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not a good start from Timmy, though. I could imagine the new gaffer bringing in a quality keeper to put some pressure on him.

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk is just wide from long range

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Will Everton miss Stephen Naismith as a foil for The Chunk?

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kate thinks that the Swansea boys look like sheep from a distance, with their white shirts and black socks.

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Timmy was beaten at the near post, but I think it would be harsh to blame him because the shot took a really wicked deflection off of John Stones. Also, the Toffees wanted hand ball when Ashley Williams won a tackle in midfield . He found Ki, who found Neil Taylor who passed for the assist

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That could very well be. I think they're supposed to look like Swans , but that is an apt description as well.

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

did you see the schedule for the next few days. The Monday nighter is Burnley vs Derby , which is 4th vs 5th. ON Tuesday is the Bees vs Leeds and Forest vs JFH's lads. Also, the second leg of the two Capital One Cup semis. with one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Angel Rangel is late with a challenge on Clever Boy and receives the first booking of the match

9:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That makes sense - I had never put that one together either. Very insightful, mate.

9:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick intended for Funes-Mori is just too high

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's a busy schedule for sure. Unfortunately, I've got a busier than usual schedule at work this week, so I'm unlikely to be able to follow much of it.

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

But I may do some updates on the implications for the PPP, particularly with the Capital One Cup.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate.Kate makes a good point too.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Stones does better this time.

9:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tough one for Leeds at Peter Griffin Park?

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coming to the end of what has been an entertaining half of football.

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Definitely so, but we picked a useful win against Bristol City yesterday, so we could afford a draw or loss.

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Leeds are six points better than their form from last season. Still - not good enough to really mount a playoff challenge.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. It will probably be a mid table finish for the Whites.

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - It's a good start for the new Italian boss at Swansea. They've done a real Italian Job on Everton so far. It has to get better for the Toffees in the second half.

9:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Swans are 1-2 up at the half amidst a chorus of boos from the home fans . A great start from Francesco Guidolin in his first match in charge of the Swans.

9:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back on at Goodison - Everton about to get us going in the second half. They'll have to do better. No changes as yet.

9:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Back from the bog and a minute into the second half.

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Everton trying to bring the match to the Swans.

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Routledge straight at Timmy off a run and pass from Ki

9:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! A missed sitter from Barkley as he blasts over from three yards as he had a wide open goal. His blushes were spared as the offside flag was raised.

9:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barkley makes one of those miss-of-the-season contenders, spooning Baines’ cross over the bar from virtually under it – but Baines was offside, so his blushes are spared.

9:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Flappy picks up a yellow for time wasting. A bit early for that, mate.

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Flappy booked for time wasting. A little early for that?

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two extremely similar comments. Great minds think alike.

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice cross from Delafeu but no one could get on to it. Pienaar whiffed it wide in the end.

9:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pienaar gets in on the act as he blasts over a close range effort off a nice pass from Delofeu.His was from a more narrow angle than Barkley's

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're on the same wavelength, mate.

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A win for Swansea would be a precious one, bringing them four points clear of the drop zone. Either way, Everton will be languishing in mid-table obscurity.

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tricky eun and nice cross from Deulofeu, but nobody was there to connect

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct, mate. Swansea would be four points clear and move three places up the table. The Canaries would be only two points clear.

9:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Williams clears out another good ball in from Delafeu from the corner. Williams will have to be immense to counter this onslaught.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Siggy straight at Timmy off a nice solo run

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice back and forth to the match now.

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Guidolin appears to be a nuts and bolts track-suited, training pitch kind of manager.

9:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lukaku tries a curler with his left peg but it's well wide of the mark.

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk curls a long range effort wide. He's been feeding off of scraps today, not chunks.

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's a 60 year old pragmatic Italian. An odd time in his career to make a move so far from home. I guess he has grown children and needs time away from the missus, but still wanting to coach at the highest level.

9:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's our old LHS buddy Gary Chirgwin's 52nd birthday today.

9:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Siggy booked for a naughty challenge on Clever Boy that was none too clever.

9:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Last change for Roberto - a recovered Seamus Coleman on for Oviedo. Looks defensive but Coleman can overlap and ping balls in.

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for Roberto as Seamus Coleman is on for Bryan Oviedo. I hope that move cuts the mustard

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks for the update . To be honest, he's not one of my FB friends. I really didn't know him at Lakenheath.

9:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I guess he was more my year than anything else. Another guy I played soccer with.

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leon Britton cuts out a pass from Barkley for a corner.

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Was he on the LHS soccer team? I don't remember him.

9:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Big shout for a pen - referee thought not.

9:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yeah - just for one year when I was a freshman, then he ran track. He had a British mum.

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think the Swans got away with one. That should have been hand ball on Neil Taylor and a penalty for the Toffees.

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rather interesting. I remember the name, but otherwise don't really recall him other than what I see on FB.

10:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - Chunk! Delafeu laid it on a plate for him again. Nothing on it.

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

another good Deulofeu cross that is missed. The Chunk should have done that at the far post instead of taking a whiff.

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jordi Amat on for Routledge. A defensive move as the Swans defend their lead with just under a quarter of an hour remaining

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Guidolin has seen enough. Rutledge being pulled in favor a more defensive option, Amat.

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Swans have weathered this well - just over ten minutes to gut it out.

10:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit flappy from Flappy there but his punch was effective in clearing the lines.

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

My United plays away to Derby County on Friday in the Cup.

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice one. No wonder why he earned that name.

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leon Britton is called for a foul on Barkley.

10:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This half hasn't been riveting. I'm looking forward to a short nap on the magical couch in a few minutes.

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There will be enough for a power nap ahead of what is hopefully a great match.

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk makes a decent save from a header from the Chunk off a good cross from Baines.

10:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - big miss from Seamus Coleman there after a super ball through from Stones.

10:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Guidolin is throwing Eder on to do some running. Goalscorer Ayew comes off to polite applause.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Coleman went past Ashley Williams off a nice pass from John Stones then shot just wide with just Flappy to beat

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Swans are aiming for their first ever league win vs the Toffees.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Like for like in the final roll of the dice for Guidolin as Naughton is on for Angel Rangel. Four minutes of stoppage time./

10:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're into four minutes of stoppage time - another time wasting substitution that would have UWS gnashing his teeth if he were watching.

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leon Britton called for a foul on Clever Boy

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Last chance saloon for Roberto and the Toffees.

10:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Boys
Just back from a chilly walkies
Bloody time wasting is right
What are your thoughts about my clock talk yesterday

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rubbish ball in from Baines but it's cleared for a corner. This has to be it.

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A late corner for the Toffees

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Coleman with another huge miss and that's it. Boos ring out while Guidolin celebrates his first win for the Swans. Good start for him but Roberto may be coming to the end of his reign at Goodison.

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off for a quick power nap.

10:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What a miss with the last kick of the game!!
Was last chance caused by the sub coming on and adding more time?

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed on and Coleman blasts over from two yards out as the Swans hold on for a much needed 1-2 win. Their first ever league win vs the Toffees./

10:24 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

On my phone again cuz I want to sit in a comfy chair

10:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, UWS - I'm fine with the system as it is. I know that there are some instances in which the vagueness with the ref's watch leads to controversial late goals but I'm fine with that. It adds to the excitement. I always hated in the early days of the MLS that there was a count-down with the stadium clock.

10:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - it's Graeme Le Socks on the mic and Mark Clattenburg with the whistle for this one. Gooner will not be pleased.

10:51 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Do you have any comments on my clock conversation? I was so adamant that I liked not knowing exactly how much time was left and would have arguements with American friends but the time wasting is just out of control and the added time is so inconsistent. If the clock stopped, the writhing in the ground would stop. Stupid late substitutions would stop.
I'm talking about stopping the clock for every stop of play but for injuries , subbing and goals
I've really changed my mind on this
Thoughts?

10:53 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I know what you mean about the clock on the board. Didn't like playing in college knowing that was no changes of scoring when the ball was no where near goal but these damn managers and players are using it as a weapon

10:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel now:

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerín, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Campbell, Özil, Walcott; Giroud. Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sánchez.

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fàbregas, Oscar; Costa. Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Hazard, Rémy.

Referee: Mr Clattenburg.

10:56 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Teams coming out with Theo leads them out
Didn't know he we a captain ever
5Live says cuz it's 10 yrs after joint the club

10:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - I thought you were proposing keeping the clock public like in the States. Don't like that. I agree with you. The clock should stop for all stoppages and the ref should add time for time wasting. But the time should still be up to the ref and a mystery to the crowd.

10:58 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Joining the club 10 yrs this week

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Gunners vs Chelsea is about to kickoff. A win for the Gunners puts them back on top ahead of Chelsea, who are rivals, but are struggling this season

10:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Theo has never had the impact that he should have. A useful servant but never a superstar. I doubt whether he's ever scored more than 15 goals in a season. Lots of injuries too.

10:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lots of needle between these two sides. We're set to go now.

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Theo is an odd choice as captain of the Gunners. The match is underway

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I wonder how Gooners feel about Theo being skipper.

11:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Campbell whiffs on an early chance. Shame. That would have set the game alight.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am sure Arsene is glad to see the back of Jose who sent United a six page essay asking them to make him their next manager. Poor in my opinion. I wonder if UWS agrees.

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oscar tests Cech at his near post. Nothing doing. Early corner for Chelski.

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Meat and drink for Cech who is riding Twilight hard for Keeper of the Year.

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oscar has a short deflect into the side netting for a corner that is caught by Cech agianst his old mates

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Azpi down under a challenge from Flamini. It didn't look that bad.

11:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They are running neck and neck for that honor.

11:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fab found his way to the by-line and pulled back a teasing ball. Cleared out.

11:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An unusual situation where Foxes fans will be rooting for Chelsea today

11:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

True - but the Foxes have a really difficult sequence coming up. I think that's the beginning of their fall from grace.

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hard to say. They will have next weekend off to rest and give a chance for knocks to heal. We all thought that would have happened by now, including Yours Truly.

11:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nice interplay there between Campbell and Giroud leading to Flamini alone in the area. Shame it fell to him.

11:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First bad challenge of the match - Oscar goes into the book amid howls of protest from the Gooners.

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oscar the grouch is booked for foul on Campbell's Soup

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor free kick is headed away by Costa, the first man

11:11 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Nice dive by Campbell
What an actor

11:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Campbell's not quite the answer for Arsenal; they're really missing Welly.

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He should get the Oscar!

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I actually believe that Campbell has performed better for the Gunners than Welly.

11:13 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Jose's agent has denied the letter
If I were him, I would say... United don't want me

I was upset waking up with no news about LVG!!

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Willian straight at Cech after ping pong in the Gunner's box.

11:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two bites at the cherry for Willian. Straight at Cech.

11:14 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Two chances for Willy
Saved by Cech

11:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Probably a good idea. I still think LVG will be around till the end of the season

11:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mert slides in on Costa and gets a straight red!

Arsenal down to ten men!! Wow!

11:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

End to end stuff
RED CARD for Merta

Wa he last man?
Yes

11:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Was he touched?

11:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I think that's harsh. It should have been yellow as I think Koz could have gotten there.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

willian goes on a solo run and plays through Costa .Merte tackles Costa from behind and is sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity. It seemed the correct decision based on the rules.

11:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Offside from free kick

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Willian with the free kick and Cech punches out. JT is scuffed up in the process. This one is going to blow up at a certain point.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cech punches away the free kick and is fouled by JT

11:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not sure there was touch

11:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm not sure either.

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It doesn't look like Kos would have been back in time to prevent Costa from shooting on goal

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

So that's a hat-trick of red cards for the Gunners vs Chelsea this season

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Giroud is none too pleased as he's replaced by Peter Gabriel. That change is a result of the sending off

11:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Kate's man is really annoyed about coming off
He was a doubt for the game

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Derisive cheers as Clattenberg gives a foul for the Arse. And Giroud is being sacrificed for Gabriel. Disgraceful decision from Arsene.

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd be annoyed too, as Arsene is essentially conceding a win there. He's going to play for a draw from this point on.

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Diego Costa nips in to score! Arsenal are in real trouble now.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! COSTA VOLLEYS CHELSEA INTO THE LEAD.

11:22 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is that giving up trying to win?

Goal
Chelsea take the lead
Now who's going to score the goal needed Arsene

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nice cross from Ivanovic after he whiffed at a pass from the left.

11:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sloppy stuff from Arsenal, as Ivanovic was allowed to whip in a cross unchallenged and Costa beat his man to the ball. Easy.

0-1

11:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Roon , Martial.... Did you see what happens when you attack the ball as it comes into the box

11:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So now Arsenal are in need of a goal and Wenger has taken his main striker off.

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

agreed. Now the Gunners need a goal and have taken off their top scorer.

11:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal have a corner now as Ivanovic clears out.

Terrible corner that hits the first man.

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ivanovic heads out a cross from Bellerin for a corner. Obi Wan heads away the corner.

11:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Monreal with another rubbish cross. Get under the ball!!

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelsea have already had more shots on goal than United did the entire match yesterday.

11:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Costa is caught for a deliberate handball - Gooners baying for a yellow card. They'd love to see the cheating Brazilian sent off.

11:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Blues playing it about for fun now.

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would too.

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess Alexis could be an emergency striker while Ox could be an attacking threat as well.

11:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The long lost Alexis warming up. What's the point of taking Giroud off and then sticking Alexis on?

11:29 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I don't want Chelsea to go on any type of run
Still haven't won back to back games

11:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It doesn't look like he made contact, but the fact that he went for the ball and didn't make contact still rules it foul under the current rules.

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arsene didn't expect Chelsea to score the next possession after the substitution so that wrecked his plans. I agree, UWS. I'd love to see them finish around 14th place

11:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great block by Gabriel as Fab wound up a shot.

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice block from Peter Gabriel off a shot from Fab after a fab solo run

11:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd love that, too. I'm still predicting mid-table. It's clear that some players like Costa had stopped playing for Jose and are now trying to pick up their form.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nacho wins a corner off of Ivanovic

11:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Monreal just doesn't produce the service needed out wide left. Another chance there wasted.

11:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner was taken short and OH!!! Inches wide by Theo, but he was offside.

11:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nice football there but Theo was offside when the ball was slid in. Shot was wide anyway.

11:34 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Fans in Leicester must be going potty

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What happened to UWS? Is he quizzing up?

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back. Foxes fans must be delighted.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Peter Gabriel called for a foul on Costa. I wonder if this is a reaction to the incident back in September.

11:38 AM  

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