Lakenheath Old Boys

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Back at it in the Premiership!

After a particularly long and irrelevant international break, we're finally back at it in the Premiership this morning. We start with Aston Villa v. Chelski, two teams who have had disappointing seasons. Villa start their first match since parting ways with Remi Garde, while Chelski have come into Villa Park with an experimental new side. After that one, we've got Arsenal v. Watford at 10am. Join me for all of the Premiership action here on the LOB this morning.

155 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Since Villa are dead and buried, it's time for Premiership sides to have a good look at their first team, in case they want to pick their bones at the end of the season. Which players might entice other Premiership managers? Will Brad Guzan, for example, be playing in the Prem next season?

7:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelski line up with new recruit from the NY Red Bulls Matt Miazga playing center back alongside Branislav Ivanovic. We'll see if he's up to the pace of the Prem.

Hiddink can also call on Alexandre Pato, the enigmatic Brazilian who has washed up on the Chelski bench after a disappointing season in Italy.

7:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The tabloids are full of pictures of Villa players such as Micah Richards enjoying a debauched international break in Dubai. Villa fans are not best pleased with their behavior.

7:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel now at Villa Park:

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho, Westwood, Gana, Gil, Sanchez, Ayew, Gestede.

Subs: Okore, Bacuna, Sinclair, Veretout, Bunn, Lyden, Grealish.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Miazga, Baba, Fabregas, Mikel, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy.

Subs: Begovic, Oscar, Falcao, Alexandre Pato, Traore, Matic,
Clarke-Salter.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

7:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And the home side get us underway at Villa Park.

7:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelski have an early corner now - cleared out.

7:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now a free kick given away by Hutton.

7:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ruben Loftus Cheek is having a good time of it out wide right in his second start in the Premiership.

7:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pedro tries to curl one into the top corner - not too far away.

7:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Miazga has acquitted himself well so far in Chelski's backline.

8:02 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Morning Bob,
How are you mate? I am here for a bit before I have to take Jon somewhere but I will be back for the 10 o'clocker. I won't be around for tomorrow's matches because I have my fantasy baseball draft

Brighton take the lead against Burnley in a top of the table clash

8:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Villa fans giving their side some ironic "Ole" chaats now - very droll.

8:03 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still no Pato for the blues... why did they bring him in?

8:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, mate - how have you been. Thanks for joining me. MUR is off this morning on Math Club duty.

8:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't get it either. Hiddink is certainly resting players today - why not try him out?

8:05 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Got a nice link going for SS

Jeff must be a happy chappy. Hartlepool are on a long run of wins and are far away from trouble

8:06 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Here comes Pato!! Who came off?
Falcao on the bench!

8:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like Loic Remy limped off injured - I didn't see it either.

8:10 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

ONE NIL THE BLUES... BLACKS

8:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Loftus Cheek opens the scoring at Villa Park for Chelski. It has been coming.

8:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fairly simple goal. The ball was spread to Azpi who whipped in a cross. Loftus-Cheek all on his own slotted home a deflected effort past Big Brad.

0-1!

8:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Unbelievable fall for the Villa

8:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I could go for a spot of crispy duck from the local Chinese for lunch.

8:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Would you like United to pick up any of these Villa players at the end of the season? Will any Premiership sides plump for any of them?

8:13 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lost my link

8:14 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stuns me how players that get relegated think they are too good for the Championship but they're the ones that got relegated from the Premier League!!

8:15 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Two games coming to half time in the Championship
Blackburn 1 Preston 2
Brighton 1 Burnley 1

8:17 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Seagulls just retook the lead

8:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, there may be some players that are good enough to play at the lower reaches of the Prem and are too expensive for Championship sides to afford.

8:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Fab fouls again just after a booking... he survives

8:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lucky boy.

8:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Are you guys supposed to get any snow this weekend?
We are supposed to get a couple of inches
We havne't had a big storm at all
10.3 inches total all winter!!

8:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

BTW, I don't give a flying poop about El Classico today!!!

8:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pato was not happy with his teammate Rahman who had a chance to play a square ball to him.

8:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nor I - I'll be running some errands and cooking a squash casserole for a party later tonight.

8:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Off to take Jon
I'll be back mate

8:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

New caretaker manager Eric Black is on a hiding to nothing with this lot.

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio, mate!

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Loftus Cheek nearly put Chelski two up!!

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelski have a penalty now! Pato brought down by Sissokho there.

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Pato will take it.....

And slots it home easily. His first goal for the Blues!

0-2!

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back for the second half just in time to see Pato and Pedro combine beautifully to score Chelski's third.

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Villa's fans that turned out today really deserve better than this abject performance.

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelski are 0-4 inside an hour!

Pato did the damage again, drawing a good save out of Guzan, but Pedro was able to slot home from a tight angle. And then went off to kung fu kick the corner flag.

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

Jack Grealish replaces Gil, who was poor today. Bacuna also replacing Carlos Sanchez.

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Immediate impact from Grealish who whipped a great ball across. No one on the end of it.

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

Now Grealish has gone down in the box - nothing from the ref. But Grealish is trying to take on Chelski single-handedly.

9:16 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am back... how are Villa so bad?? Watch United draw with them at OT in a couple of weeks and LVG will be happy with the performance!

9:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

No goal line technology in the Championship... and Burnley have a goal not counted because of it
Still 2-1 Brighton

9:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Got my link up again

9:22 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Justice has been served... Burnley do get an equalizer.... Desmond after 5 minutes of added time

9:25 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Missed the start of the pre-game today
Is Rebecca off for good until the end of the season? Did she have her baby

9:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rahman nearly poked home Chelski's fifth goal.

9:29 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Villa down by four and now down to ten
Hutton with a second yellow

Again, did the ref really need to show the card

9:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now it's got worse for Villa - Alan Hutton is off for two yellows, the second for a studs up challenge.

9:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree with you - this side shouldn't be quite this bad. They're nearly as abject as the Derby side that only got 11 points.

9:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into stoppage time now - blow up, ref!

9:36 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That's it
Off for walkies
I'll be back

9:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's that - Villa have succumbed again. Wretched from them; professional from Chelski.

9:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Enjoy your walkies!

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

Next up we've got Arsenal v. Watford. The Gunners need to brush aside the Hornets today to have any chance at the title. Arsenal do have one more match (eight matches) to play than the others around them. But they are nine points back. Cor!

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

A lovely day in North London, as Arsenal kick us off. Here is the team news:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck.
Subs: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Giroud, Walcott, Chambers, Campbell, Cech.

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Ake, Mario Suarez, Watson, Abdi, Capoue, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs: Britos, Jurado, Amrabat, Guedioura, Pantilimon, Berghuis, Anya.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

10:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wenger hasn't given up the ghost on Ozil, who made some negative comments in the press about Arsenal's prospects this week.

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

GOAL! Well, that didn't take long!

Alexis with the opening goal for the Gunners!

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lovely ball floated in from Iwobi and Sanchez pulled a great save out of Gomez. No fear with the rebound. Arsenal in front within five minutes.

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

If this one continues in this fashion, I may well turn over to the relegation dogfight between Norwich and Newcastle on USA.

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The title dogfight between Brighton and Burnley ended up 2-2. Both should be in the playoff frame at the very least.

10:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Leeds are away to Rotherham today. Let's hope we can get to Championship safety.

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welbeck goes down under the shove from Prodl. File that under the "Seen them Given" category.

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Blimey! Citeh are already 0-3 up through goals from Fernando, DeBruyne and Aguero.

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

Two quick goals and West Ham are level with Palace. Lansing and Delaney with the goals at Upton Park.

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Norwich have had a goal disallowed against Newcastle, with Dieumerci Mbokani rightly flagged offside.

10:22 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

back from walk and there are goals every where!!!!
Cites are already three up
I now have to go to store!

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

Busy morning for you, mate. Enjoy!

10:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Iwobi notches the second for Arsenal. Great outing for him so far today.

2-0!

10:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Alexis returned the favor from the first goal by providing a slide rule pass to Iwobi for the second there. This one is over.

10:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bugger! We're down 1-0 to Rotherham (sigh)....

10:44 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am back from all my errands.... lots of goals in the Prem

10:54 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sorry about your lot

10:55 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So, 3rd, 4th and 5th place sides all winning. Pressure on 1st, 2nd and 6th

10:59 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Get the message from MUR?

10:59 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Three nil Gunners!!
Could they come all the way back!

11:05 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rangers take a 3-2 lead at Raith
They could be promoted to the Premiership today

11:06 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

almost a fourth
off the bar

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

I'm back from my shower and Arsenal have scored a third. So, this one is definitely over. I'm switching over to Carrow Road, where Norwich have a slim 1-0 lead.

11:09 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stoke two up

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

Leeds are still 1-0 down. Come on, you Whites!

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

How was your shopping, mate?

11:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Don't you love having choices!!

We could watch any game!!

From the Beeb
WHAT A MISS
Norwich 1-0 Newcastle
Posted at
11:09
Miss of the season! Got to be.

Andros Townsend cuts in from the right wing, and his low shot is only parried out to Papiss Cisse. It's a tap in, he could get down and head it in.

But he blazes it yards wide! Shocking...

11:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Derby tie it up in Wales

11:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I've been all over the place this morning
Taking Jon to driving course
Walking dog
trip to the store
Missed all the footer!

Cambridge take the lead at Acrington Stanley

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

If the scores stay the same
Norwich will have a 4 point lead on Sunderland and 6 ahead of New

11:15 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Fulham take the lead against MK

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

It's marvelous having all the choices. We're very spoiled.

11:16 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rangers winning
Hibs losing

Auld Firm derbies are going to be back



Pompey take the lead against Carlisle... what a trip for the visitors!

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

Big penalty appeal from the Norwich supporters but the ref is none too impressed. Play on.

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

Good decision by Anthony Taylor - no contact at all on Jarvis - he should have been booked.

11:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rotherham down to ten men

11:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lovely jubbly - come on, you Whites!

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

This would be a crucial win for the Canaries.

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

Alex Neill is kicking every ball now.

11:25 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I don't want Sunderland to survive

MK Dons tie it up at your place... I think Kate should have made the same


11:26 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Red card for the Hammers
Kouyate

11:26 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Swansea get a goal back at Stoke

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

Kouyate has been sent off for West Ham. Jeff Stelling blog says that it was a dreadful decision by Mark Clattenburg.

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

GOAL FOR THE TOON

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

GOAL! Mitrovic may just have saved Newcastle with that flicked header over Ruddy.

1-1!

11:30 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Cardiff retake lead v Derby

11:31 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

NORWICH RE-TAKE THE LEAD!!!

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

Several good chances there go begging for Norwich.

GOAL! Mbokani puts Norwich in front again!

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

I decided to watch the right match in the second half, that's for sure.

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

Nathan Redman now coming on for Norwich.

11:33 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Desmond at Upton Park

11:33 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Very much so

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

Fulham retake the lead at your place

Thanks for ignoring my joke from the last score update from your place


Desmond at Stoke

11:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wes Hoolihan now on.

11:39 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

LEEDS TIE IT UP!

11:39 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Undeserved BTW

11:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry, mate - I missed it. Boom boom!

11:40 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Top of the table Burton losing at home to Bury
Wigan walloping Shrewsbury

11:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We'll take it.

11:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not liking the scores today for City... United better keep pressure on

11:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I like it that Sergio Aguero scored one.

11:43 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

PENALTY FOR THE TOON!!!

11:43 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not me

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

COR! Penalty given to Newcastle. O'Neill raised is arm - called for handball. Tragedy for Norwich.

11:44 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Desmond at Carrow Road

11:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mitrovic to take it....

good pen into the bottom corner.

Desmond!

11:44 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great pen

11:44 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Merse thought the pen was almost saved


Wednesday take the lead at Hudders

11:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's the way to take one; none of this stutter step or Panenka nonsense. Just rifle it into the corner.

11:46 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hartlepool two up

11:46 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rangers could have been promoted but Raith has a last minute penalty

11:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Penalty saved.... Rangers are going to go up

11:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Walcott makes it 4-0

11:48 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Leeds are now down to ten men
Sylvestre... the keeper is off

11:48 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Toon going so close!

11:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Cisse nearly won it there - Ruddy scrambled across his line to keep it out.

11:49 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The red card results in a pen... goal to Rotherham

Sorry mate

11:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Uh oh - that sounds like a pen, no?

11:49 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bloody Warnock

11:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

BUGGGERRRR!

11:50 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

NORWICH SCORE THE WINNER!!!!!!!!!!

11:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Hoolihan has won it for Norwich!!!!

11:51 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Raith... tie it up anyway... no championship for Rangers

11:51 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Four nil City at Bournemouth

11:51 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So exciting... americans don't have a clue how exciting this is!!

11:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Aguero again?

11:52 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ends 0-0 at SoL

11:52 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Nope
Kolarov

11:52 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

All over in East Anglia!
What a big goal for the Canaries!!!

11:53 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Desmond at Upton Park

11:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - Norwich have pulled it out. A huge win over Toon. Sunderland have drawn against WBA so it's a great day for the Canaries.

West Ham have been held by Palace. That's great news for United.

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off to do some errands ahead of a party we're going to this afternoon. Cheerio for now, mate. I'll catch you tomorrow morning.

11:54 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Take care mate

11:56 AM  

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