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Premier League Predictions 2018/19

As the 2018/19 Premier League season is about to get underway – I go through each team and give my thoughts on where I think they will finish in the league this season.

20th – Cardiff City

The team who finished second in the Championship last season, I think will last just one season in the top flight before they go straight back down. They will not go down without a fight, as is the norm with all Neil Warnock teams, but will go down nonetheless.

19th – Huddersfield Town

David Wagner’s team had a great season last time out, their first in the Premier League, and at times played some hugely entertaining football. They had some brilliant results at The John Smith’s Stadium, and will be looking to build on that this time around. Unfortunately, I think they will end up dropping back down into the Championship.

18th – Watford

With the departure of Richarlison, and not much else coming into the football club, I think Watford are going to struggle this season, and with the board liking management changes, who knows who will be in charge come the end of the Season, and in my opinion, into the Championship next season.

17th – Fulham

I believe Fulham have strengthened significantly to stay up this season, they’ve made some fantastic additions to the squad with Mitrovic and Schurrle coming in. I feel they will just have enough to stay up… Just.

16th – Newcastle United

Depending on whether Rafa Benitez gets the players he is after in the remainder of this window in my opinion will determine Newcastle’s season. The squad is largely unchanged from last season, but I feel that turmoil off the pitch will have some consequences on it, and the team will suffer as a result. It could be a rocky road for Newcastle this season, they may flirt with relegation, but will be fine.

15th – Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton had a decent first season in the Premier League, and I feel that Chris Houghton’s astute business in the transfer market has been enough for Brighton to be save again this season.

14th – Crystal Palace

Some brilliant signings from Roy Hodgson, and a great team togetherness along with a manager with a wealth of experience, I can see a decent season for Palace, with some big results and a decent finish between the bottom and mid table.

13th – Bournemouth

Eddie Howe’s men have so far given a great account of themselves in the first two seasons in the Premier League. This season I see no different, If they can turn The Vitality into a fortress, and keep the likes of Defoe, Ibe and Wilson banging in goals, they will be just fine.

12th – Southampton

Mark Hughes has not done a great deal of business in the transfer window so far, but the addition of Jannick Vestergaard to the back line will help to fill some of the void left by Virgil Van Dijk. I think a mid-table finish will be a pretty good season for The Saints.

11th – Leicester City

Premier League Champions two seasons ago, Leicester haven’t looked the same team since, but with some of the quality they have they will have a good mid table finish, if as expected, Harry Maguire is to join Man United, then Leicester will need to bring in another Centre-Half to replace him, I feel this uncertainty will mean they fall to 11th.

10th – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Some fantastic business from Wolves, bringing in the likes of Portugal internationals Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho. The way they strolled to the Championship Title last season was frightening, and there is no reason why they can’t build on that and have a fantastic season by finishing Halfway up the table come May.

9th – Burnley

The Europa League could hamper Burnley, and as they don’t have the biggest of squads, this could come back to bite Burnley, I don’t think they will be anywhere near the bottom of the table, but I also don’t think they will be as high as they finished last season, I feel that the further they go in Europe, the further they will fall down the league, however the signings of Joe Hart and Ben Gibson looks like some good business from Sean Dyche.

8th – West Ham United

Wow! What a transfer window, some absolutely superb additions to the West Ham team from Manuel Pellegrini, building on the squad that Slaven Bilic, and then David Moyes had assembled, he will get the best out of the players he already had there and has added a sprinkling of quality in the form of Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmelenko, West Ham could be set for one of their best seasons in a long time, possibly a good Cup run, they could well sneak into Europe via that route, and I believe will just miss out on league position.

7th – Everton

Marco Silva has picked up the scraps left by Sam Allardyce and Ronald Koeman/David Unsworth before him. He has added to the squad bringing Richarlison in from Watford and Lucas Digne to provide competition at Full-Back. I believe that Everton will have enough quality to have a fantastic season, and with a very ambitious manager, I don’t think this will be a short term project, a solid seventh place finish will be a great start.

6th – Tottenham

The only London team in the Champions League also have a new home to get used to. Pochettino has not yet added to his squad, and there are more linked with leaving the club than arriving. Tottenham could struggle, but I think they’re too good to finish below 6th.

5th – Chelsea

Once shoo-ins to win the league every season, it’s my opinion that Chelsea will struggle this season, as it brings another new manager, another new set of tactics, and another few additions to the squad.  Keeping Eden Hazard is important for them to finish fifth, without him, they may struggle massively. There is also the goalkeeping situation with Courtois going AWOL, leaving only Willy Caballero and veteran Rob Green as the recognised senior keepers. Don’t be surprised for another to join them.

4th – Arsenal

New manager, same story, Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal I think will end in a fourth place finish, and once again dine at Europe’s top table next season. The additions to the backline looks to have solidified their defence somewhat. I think, with the addition of Europa League football this season, Fourth and a good European campaign, will be seen as a great season

3rd – Man United

The current United squad have enough quality to challenge for a Champions League spot, but I think will finish a fair way behind their two biggest rivals. I can see Mourinho being a managerial casualty before the January window, and the new man could well propel United up the table and into third.

2nd – Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp did his business early, and with no nonsence, he pinpointed his targets, and he got his men! He just needs to get them to gel on the pitch, with a fantastic depth to his squad, there is no reason that Liverpool cannot finish as the closest challengers to Man City, and even go on a good FA Cup run. But I still think they will end the season with just the eighteen league titles to their name.

CHAMPIONS – Man City

I can’t see anyone getting close to City, they haven’t done much to the squad since last season, the addition of new record signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester will only benefit the rest of their squad. Don’t be surprised to see City breaking more records this season.

 

Keep checking back at the halfway point in the season to see how my predictions are going.

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Talk and Beans: World Cup 2018 (Recap)

Episode #56 of Talk and Beans is the World Cup 2018 recap special. Scott and Tom are joined by Dan to go through their favourite moments, games and goals as well as the importance of V.A.R and how to keep improving it, England’s performance, Neymar’s antics, Gareth Southgate becoming an unexpected hero, the big teams that imploded and looking back on the predictions made on the podcast before the World Cup kicked off.

Plus, Dan has a bit of a rant, Tom’s Croatian admiration continues and Scott struggles with the final being so close to England heartbreak.


Check out more Football content from Rebellious Noise including this video of Talk and Beans guest Dan picking his World Cup 2018 Team of the Tournament.

Talk and Beans: World Cup 2018 (Predictions)

Episode #52 of Talk and Beans is the World Cup 2018 predictions special. Scott and Tom are joined by Dan to go through their favourite kits, thoughts on the current England squad and their chances as well as predicting the entire tournament bracket to see who comes out as World Cup Champions at the end of the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Plus, Top players that are missing out, World Cup hype and more!

Check out more Football content from Rebellious Noise including this video of Talk and Beans guest Dan going through Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

VIDEO: Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup 2018 Squad

Gareth Southgate has picked his 23 man squad that will travel to Russia for the 2018 World Cup and Dan is here to compare the differences between his own picks and the England manager’s. There are plenty of talking points about the England team chosen to head to the World Cup including the big decisions to leave out Jack Wilshere, Jojno Shelvey and Joe Hart in favour of younger and less experienced talent such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nick Pope. Who will be England’s number one? Is there enough balance of veteran experience and youth? We will find out this summer in Russia.

You can find more football content on RebNoise.com and on our YouTube channel so don’t forget to subscribe! Dan will also be joining the Talk and Beans boys with World Cup podcast specials this year and don’t forget to check out more from Rebellious Noise on all of our Social outlets.

The tournament kicks off on June 14th with the final being played on July 15th. The Talk and Beans Podcast are expected to bring you another lighthearted football podcast with their World Cup episode(s), just like the Euro 2016 episode last year which you can find on iTunes and on Soundcloud.

January 2018 Transfer Window Round-Up

It’s now February 1st which means only one thing. The January Transfer window is officially CLOSED! Here, we look at some of the biggest deals of this record breaking window.
The first big deal of this window was undoubtedly Virgil Van Dijk’s long awaited move from Southampton to Liverpool. A deal which many expected to happen in the summer, but eventually happened very early on in this window. £75m

The next big deal, and a surprising one, which had been mooted for a while was Ross Barkley joining Chelsea for £35m. This deal almost happened in the summer with Barkley supposedly walking out of a medical, but eventually, Chelsea got their man who had fallen out of favour at Everton.

Arsenal kicked off their window with the signing of young Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos. He was the first signing of a surprisingly busy transfer window for Arsenal, with more ins and outs.

With bids for Oliver Giroud and Diego Costa rejected in the summer, Everton finally got the striker they were after, in prolific Turkish international Cenk Tosun. There was a lot of interest in his services, with Newcastle reportedly also interested in his signature.

The next deal was the biggest of the lot, valued at around £146m, Phillipe Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool, this was another deal which was rumoured to be happening in the summer but never came to fruition. Barcelona though held out, and eventually got their man.

Young midfielder Francis Coquelin, who was thought of quite highly from some in North London, was sold to Valencia by Arsenal.

Claude Puel’s first signing as Leicester Manager was Fousseni Diabate who they signed from French Ligue 2 Club Ajaccio. The last two signings they had from France weren’t bad either with N’golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez the others signed from the French Leagues.

Sam Allardyce spent some £20m of the Ross Barkley money, splashing out on Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, who was somewhat out of favour at Arsenal, a great move for Walcott, with the World Cup coming up in the summer.

Brighton smashed their transfer record, bringing in Dutch Striker Jurgen Locadia for £14.1m from PSV Eindhoven where he had scored 9 goals in 14 games this season. However, his debut has been delayed due to a slight hamstring niggle.

Then came the most shocking deal of the entire window. With Alexis Sanchez nailed on to join Manchester City last summer in a £60m deal which never came to fruition, there were enquiries made to obtain his signature again this time around. City, though, were unwilling to pay the fee Arsenal were asking for him, and it paved the way for their biggest rivals, Manchester United to swoop, and pull off arguably one of the great deals of this window. No cash changed hands, just Number 7 Shirts, with Alexis Sanchez joining United taking the famous jersey, and Arsenal and Sanchez’s vacated one taken up by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. A great signing for Arsenal, and one which arguably both sides will be happy with.

After Theo Walcott joined Everton, he came straight into their team, meaning that Aaron Lennon was free to leave. He was snapped up by Sean Dyche at Burnley, in what could turn into a very shrewd deal.

Newcastle signed their first reinforcement in the window, as Kenedy joined from Chelsea on loan. With little game time under his belt at Chelsea, could this be the move which kick starts his career in England?

Having lost Frank de Boer after just four games this season, new Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson didn’t have anytime to bring in any of his own players in the Summer window. He made his first signing of this window bringing in Polish Centre Half Jaroslaw Jach for an undisclosed fee.

Southampton were the next club to break their transfer record, splashing out £19.1m on Argentinian striker Guido Carillo from Monaco. We have seen some great Argentinian Strikers in the Premier League over the years, and Southampton will undoubtedly be looking forward to this one.

David Moyes did his first piece of business at West Ham, by bringing in Joao Mario from Inter Milan on Loan for the rest of the season. He had been linked with a number of clubs, but ultimately TheLondon Stadium, and West Ham proved to be his destination.

With the form of Liverpool’s front three, and the lure of a World Cup around the corner, Daniel Sturridge felt moving from Liverpool was the best idea. There were no shortage of clubs vying for his signature, with Inter Milan, Newcastle and Sevilla all looking to sign the England International. It would therefore come as a bit of a shock to see him end up joining West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season.

Chelsea continued their trend of sending youngsters out on loan with Charly Musonda joining SPFL Champions CelticBrighton re-signed old player and cult hero Leonardo Ulloa from Leicester on Loan until the end of the season whilst West Ham sold Diafra Sakho to Rennes, when it was expected he could join Crystal Palace.

Aymeric Laporte became Manchester City’s record signing, joining the Citizens for £57m after initially rejecting their interest in October. He has provided defensive reinforcements paving the way for Eliqiam Mangala to join Everton on loan.

Arsenal’s search for a Sanchez replacement could have been found, in what has been named as ‘The Transfer Triangle Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng joined Arsenal for £60m, with his replacement at Dortmund being Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea on Loan and Oliver Giroud then taking the place of Batshuayi at Chelsea for a fee rumoured to be around £18m. This seems like good business all around.

More Premier League business from elsewhere in the world as Tottenham splashed the cash paying £25m to bring in Lucas Moura from Paris St. Germain and Senegalese Midfielder Badou Ndiaye completed a £14m move from Galatasaray to Stoke, whilst internally Andre Ayew rejoined Swansea from West Ham for an initial £18m, linking up with his brother Jordan and Andy King also joined the Swans on loan from Leicester.

Newcastle finally signed a striker, after missing out on Sturridge and Tosun, by bringing in Algerian striker Islam Slimani from Leicester on loan, there was also another loan deal on Tyneside as goalkeeper Martin Dubravka joined from Sparta Prague.

West Ham signed young Jordan Hugill from Preston for an undisclosed fee as a replacement for Ayew.

Teams generally don’t like this window, but you couldn’t tell, judging by the business which has been done. The window was bookended by the most expensive deals with most clubs strengthening. What effect, if any, will it have on the remainder of the season? Let’s wait and see, Will United get closer to City with Sanchez? Will Sturridge and Slimani fire West Brom and Newcastle to safety? We look forward to finding out.

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Big Group games decided in draw for World Cup 2018

The Russian World Cup is already shaping up to be one to get excited for as the draw for the Group stage has now been announced and features some big match ups and could lead to some very interesting possibilities in the next rounds, including a Group B tie of Portugal vs Spain and a Group G match up of Belgium vs England. The Three Lions have also been drawn into Group G with Panama and Tunisia. Whilst a great performance against Belgium combined with an expected pair of wins over Panama and Tunisia may look like England will have a fairly easy ride into the Knockout Stage after having at least finished second in the Group, England fans will know that the script isn’t always kept with recent examples being a shock loss against Iceland in Euro 2016 and a disappointing start to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with an opening match upset ending in a 1-1 draw against an excitable USA.

Group G on paper looks like it’s set for Spain and Portugal to go through but a rematch of the Euro 2012 Semi Final at such an early stage of the World Cup may cause one or even both of the teams to slip up and have their confidence knocked  which could then be cause for a giant killing or two in the proceeding games. Germany may have a difficult group game on their hands too if Sweden show up in Russia like they did when they ended up preventing Italy from seeing another World Cup tournament this decade.

With some of the bigger footballing nations not making the tournament this year and some of those that did having just scraped through the Qualifiers like Argentina did you might be forgiven for thinking that this World Cup may be missing out a few too many big names, but this draw shows the potential match ups that will still be leaving football fans daydreaming in the coming months. If England top their group then their road to a potential final wouldn’t be easy as they could face Columbia, Brazil, France and then Germany in a poetic final, but coming Second won’t make it any easier for them as they could potentially draw Poland, then Spain, Germany in the Semi Finals and Brazil if they made it to the big game. Let’s not overhype England though, because as we all know it could all come down to a depressing night against Panama.

The full Group draw is below:

  • Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
  • Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Sweden, Mexico, South Korea
  • Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
  • Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

The tournament kicks off on June 14th with the final being played on July 15th. The Talk and Beans Podcast are expected to bring you another lighthearted football podcast with their World Cup episode(s), just like the Euro 2016 episode last year which you can find on iTunes and on Soundcloud.

Rooney Retires from England Duty – Defending England’s All Time Leading Scorer

When the news broke today about Wayne Rooney ending his International career at the age of just 31, I for one, was in shock. Many have claimed Rooney hasn’t been the same player over the last few years, but I want to look at things from a different perspective.

Rooney totalled 253 goals in the 559 games he played in all competitions for Manchester United, giving him a goal ratio of approx 1 goal in every 2.2 games. Not a bad return. His England record was pretty much identical. Any other player, people would be raving at that record, but for some reason, people seem to be super critical of Rooney. Is he a bad striker? No. Has he played in a bad team? No. Is he a goal poacher, ala Ruud van Nistelrooy/Raul/Ronaldo (Brazilian)? No. Wayne Rooney has always worked tirelessly and selflessly for everyone else around him, supporting team mates with some world class passes and through balls (101 assists to his name I may add). I’ve watched games where he’s played up top as a ‘Number 9’ and he’s been busting a gut to get back and help out his full backs. But he would still be in the right place, when the ball came to him to put it in the back of the net.

Love him or loathe him, his records speak for themselves. You don’t become Manchester United’s all time leading goalscorer if you’re a bad player. Likewise, you don’t become England’s all time leading goalscorer if you’re a bad player. But for some reason people seem to think Rooney is that. Yes, admittedly, some of the teams he scored against weren’t the best, but he didn’t choose to be selected for those games. His managers chose him, to do a job… Score goals, and that he did! You cannot criticise a striker for scoring goals. He had his fare share of big match goals too, scoring on big occasions for Man United in Europe, in Title winning seasons, and in cup finals. He always rose to the occasion, and rightfully wrote his name into history.

Let’s put things into perspective here, Alan Shearer has 260 Premier League goals, there is only one other player who has scored 200, guess who… Rooney! Because, he is one of the best players of his generation. There is no question about it.

Rooney has drifted away on occasions too, the major tournaments with England weren’t his strong point, and unfairly, that’s what most football fans are going to judge him on with a return of only 5 goals from major international tournaments. They forget the amount of times Rooney has dug England out of a hole in tricky qualifying games to actually get us to the major tournaments. Another interesting stat about Rooney, is although his Man United record was pretty poor, he actually had a 100% record from the penalty spot for England. Something that not many Englishmen can boast about.

But as his international career draws to a close, his playing days seem like they are far from over, he is a reinvigorated figure under Ronald Koeman at the club where he burst onto the scene back in 2004 as a 16-year-old, Everton, and looks to have flown out of the traps this season with the two goals needed to notch 200. Ironically, at The Etihad, against Man City, where he also scored his 50th and 150th.

I had the pleasure of seeing Rooney score two of his 53 England goals live and in person, and on that day, he was different class.

Wayne Rooney has won everything domestically there is to win with no fewer than 5 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 3 League Cups, 4 Community Shields,  1 Champions League, 1 Europa League and 1 Club World Cup.

Thank You very much Wayne Rooney for everything you did for England (and Man United). Best of luck at Everton, and long may it continue… Alan Shearer, he’s coming for you.

John Terry to leave Chelsea at the end of the Season

Chelsea FC have announced that their longest serving player will be leaving the club at the end of the season. John Terry joined The Blues in 1995 as a Youth player before joining the Senior ranks in 1998 and since then has become one of the greatest ever to play for the London club having captained the team for a record 578 times.

It doesn’t seem like this is a retirement move either as the former England Captain said “I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me” when talking about his departure from the club, but the club have stated that he could return to the club in a “non-playing capacity” sometime in the near future.

Terry has won 14 major honours with Chelsea including a Champions League, four Premier League titles, the Europa League, five FA Cups and three League cups during the clubs most successful period in their history.

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Wayne Shaw resigns from Sutton United FC over Pie eating controversy

The ‘Roly Poly Goalie’ Wayne Shaw got a huge amount of media coverage since his team Sutton United FC were drawn against Arsenal in the FA Cup. The Goalkeeping Coach and back up keeper for the non-league team enjoyed plenty of attention on social media as he became a representative for them. But things have ended with a slightly sour taste as the Football Association revealed they would be investigating wether or not the Player eating a Pie on the sidelines was in fact a breach of rules after Sun Bets who had temporarily sponsored the side had announced that they would be taking bets at 8/1 for if the Sutton United player would eat a Pie during the game on Live TV.

The Goalkeeper has admitted to knowing about the bookies offer and has consequently resigned from the club amidst investigations. The FA said “We are investigating to establish whether there has been any breach of The FA rules relating to betting.” The Gambling commission have also confirmed that they have also been investigating the matter.

Shaw stated after the game that his fellow players had asked him about the bet and he had said that he hadn’t eaten all day so he “might give it a go later on”, which he did once all substitutes had been used for the South London side. The Goalkeeper was asked about wether or not he knew of anybody taking part in the bet and said “I think there were a few people. Obviously we (Sutton’s players) are not allowed to bet. I think a few of the mates and a few of the fans”.

Manager Paul Doswell has expressed his disappointment after waking up to the controversy and stated “Wayne has offered his resignation to the chairman this afternoon and that’s been accepted. It’s a very sad end to what was a very, very good story.

It may not be all bad for Wayne Shaw though as it looks like the super marker chain Morrison’s are going to hire him as a Pie taster and give him a years supply for free. The companies Chief Pie Buyer Tessa Callaghan said “We’re always looking for the best talent to taste our pies and make sure they hit the back of the net.” We hope things work out for the big man!