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  1. Happy April Fool's day everybody!
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  2. V PREDICTION: Berlin make the short trip to cologne for an all German affair. Kranavitter was inspiring in the first game and Cologne will be looking for another similar performance. If he can produce it I think Berliin will struggle to get a point from this game. 4-2!!! Well basically Kranavitter failed to have any kind of impact on this game...in fact the entire Cologne failed to do it. Niasse for Berlin go the MOTM award for his general play and one assist and Cardona was probably unlucky not to get it. The two of them bewildered Cologne all game and Joel Campbell tucked the ball in the twice to seal the deal. The game got off to a really bad start for Cologne, conceding their first goal in the first minute and it is often tough to come back from there. Both sides played a 4-2-3-1 formation but the Cologne midfield could not cope with the tough tactics of the Berlin midfield. Berlin received three yellow cards for their hard tackling. Both Cardona and Vainquer were booked for challenges on Kranavitter who simply had no time on the ball and Manager David Moyes will need to come up with a plan B if his side are to enjoy more success this season. Final Score 0-2 V PREDICTION: Newcastle will receive a visit from Club America. Both teams won their first matches so this one shapes to be the game of the round. What will be most interesting here is how well the Mexicans travel and whether or not Newcastle can avoid there notorious inconsistency. This one may well be a very even game with a draw the expected result. 4-3!! Manager Matthew Webb will have every reason to be disappointed with the outcome. With almost 60% possession and 6 shots to 2 on target the result should have been much closer. In fact without an impeccable MOTM performance from the Club America 'Keeper and a poor one from Rico in the Geordie goal...the result could well have gone the other way. CA only got two shots on target all game...The first in the 8the minute when Janssen found Cheryshev with a through ball and failed to close down the Russian who just blasted it past him and the second the second in the 38th minute when Janssen again was the supplier this time to Melgarejo which Rico got a hand to and really should have done better with. Tatarusanu at the other end seemed imperious. Whatever was fired at him was stopped or parried away in a dazzling display of shot stopping that must have really frustrated a Newcastle team that seemed to everything right but score. Final Score 0-2 V PREDICTION: Finally the blue side of Manchester take the journey to China. Guangzhou lost their first game but City only managed a draw so this also could be an even affair. City will be looking for Cambiasso to be the midfield general as he was in the first game but they will have to be sharper around the goal. This one looks like a draw as well but if the home team can lift from their first game they could keep the points in the bag. 4-4!! Well...I thought it might be close - NOT SO! City attacked down the left side at will with Baba and Cambiasso (again) the major providers. Guangzhou held their own for large parts of the game but the defensive effort from City was such that even shots that were on target lacked venom. At the other end City notched up 4 from 5 attempts on target with Guangzhou keeper Sels not really at fault with any of them. It was in two short spells, one in each half, that City one the game. The first was either side of half time when Deeney slotted home in 41st minute from a Cambiasso free kick and then Brandt just 6 minutes later game time as the second half got under way. The second was the 74th and 77th minutes when first Baba found Mina with a cutting ball through the defense and he slotted home and just three minutes later Cambiasso scored from a free kick with a shot that was almost unstoppable into the top corner. Guangzhou tried hard towards the end as City took the foot off the pedal a bit and there were some great saves from Rulli in the City goal but this was a decisive win to Manchester City and manager Noisy will be well pleased with thei performance. Final Score 0-4
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  3. V PREDICTION: Sunderland will be at the Stadium of Light for the visit of Hanover and both sides will be looking to improve on the single point from their first round games. Both managers have their teams progressing well. Expecting a home win here. - ONE UP FOR ME!!!! Man of the Match Camarasa set the scene in this game forcing a big early save from Adrian in the 10th minute. The keeper got both hands on the ball to a low shot. 5 minutes later a foul 23 yards out saw Camarasa take full advantage of a bad defensive error when the ball went straight through the wall and into the net. Although Sunderland were the better side on the day they did not boss the game however they certainly left the game wwith the points and left Hanover with lots to do on the training ground before their next game. The upside was that with a couple of tactical tweaks Hanover did finish stronger as Sunderland began to sit in to hold the lead with Butlans stranded in the 65th minute to a ball that slid wide and making a brilliant save from Vazquez with only 10 minutes remaining. Final Score 1-0 V PREDICTION: Feyenoord will play host to Atletico who notoriously do not travel well. Another home win here although I have probably jinxed Feyenoord with this call. - TWO UP FOR ME!!! As predicted Atletico again came to grief on the road despite the protestations of their manager who suggested I was taking drugs to predict this result . The first half was a boring affair with both teams unwilling to open up. The only shining light was the work of midfielder Cork who showed plenty of energy and resolve to eventually win the MOTM award. It was not really a surprise therefore that Cork himself opened the scoring after receiving a pass from Reyes out of defence, turning and making 15 yards unchallenged in his approach to the goal before curling a shot that crept just inside the post past the despairing dive of ADAN. Despite several substitutions neither team could do much more although Germain had a great chance about 155 minutes from time that went high, wide and not so handsome. Final Score 1-0 V PREDICTION: Ajax will face Frankfurt at the Real Life stadium in waht are expected to be rainy conditions. This will suit Defoe who will take advantage of slips with pace and guile. Away win is on the cards here. - OOOPS!!! that makes it 2-1 Although my prediction was wrong with Ajax having a good win it was not that comfortable...and it was Defoe that scored for Frankfurt. Ajax had slightly more of the possession with on target shots 5 - 4 to the home team and corners 7-5. There were two major differences in the teams. The first was in goal where Aussie Matt Ryan looks like a shrewd pickup by Manager LauraV but Sportiello in the visitors goal looked anything but safe and solid...the term hesitant springs to mind. Maksimovic opened the score on the half hour when a great dummy run bu Origi pulled the defense open and allowed Correa to silp the ball to Maksimovic at the top of the box to curl it past the keeper. only one minute late Origi himself drilled a through-ball from Suarez past the goal keeper who was slow to respond. In the 37th minute the ever dangerous Alli found Defoe loose in the box and he did what he does and slotted it past Ryan who got a hand to it but could not keep it out. when they came out for the second half Ajax were happy to conceded territory to Eintracht and hit them on the break and in the 76th minute one of those fast breaks saw Suarez with assist again as he found Telles who slid one in beside the post. Some rethinking needed by Manager Closer before the next game. Final Score 3-1 V PREDICTION: Seattle will travel to Stuttgart who failed in their first round. Seattle have a potent strike force that may be too much for the hosts. If they can cope with the attacking players from the US side, Stuttgart can get a result but defensively they will need to be on the ball. 3-1!! Stuttgart fought really hard in this game and an unusual setup by manager KJKJ gave the visitors something to think about. A close game, where as predicted, the home team could simply not contain the Seattle Strike force for 90 minutes. With scores level at half time Stuttgart were not switched on as the second half kicked off, maybe due to the half time substitutions, but a poor pass was intercepted by Januzaj which saw the wing man skip past a defender and put an early cross to the feet of Tolisso who caught the keeper off balance and the score was 1-0. The Sounders were VERY lucky only a few moments later when Mbemba found Oliviera unmarked just outside the box and he floated it past the keeper only to be ruled offside. Replays show it as a VERY tight decision. Tolisso was more and more involved in the game in the second half which earned him the MOTM award. Final Score - 0-1 V PREDICTION: The Celts will be hoping that the gods smile on them after they played well in their first game but walked away with nothing as they travel across the water to Paris. Gutierrez scored two in his first game but is not known as a prolific scorer...even so the Scots will struggle against team that scored 3 in the first round. The fact that they also conceded three means PSG need to improve defensively and the visitors will be looking to play tight and hit PSG on the break. 4-1!!! The Scots did play well as they did in the first game and got the reward and PSG again showed they can score goals OK but the defense is suspect having now shipped 6 goals in two games. In honesty it was a very close match with MOTM Pienaar proving he still has some magic in his feet with two goals and the assist on the third. In a seesawing game Celtic took the lead in the 20th minute when Pienaar scored with a curling free kick from 25 yards that ZOET could not reach but only 8 minutes later Marin found Risse with a great through ball that the right sided midfielder slid home perfectly...Celtic, mainly through Pienaar, put huge pressure on the PSG goal but they stayed strong - half time 1-1. 5 minutes into the second half Pienaar became the supplier and PSG became the latest team to realise that leaving Roy Keane unmarked in the 6 yard box is a bad idea. However the lesson was hard learned, 2 minutes later Kirchhoff found Keane again in space and again he found the back of the net only to be ruled offside. IN the 69th Minute Elia linked onto a pass from Marin who was very creative for the home side to level the scores but Pienaar repeated his first half strike to score from another free kick with just three minutes on the clock after a silly foul given away in the wrong area by the PSG defense. Final Score 2-3
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  4. Season one - Turn three. 1st Napoli: Noisy 56 points. 2nd P.S.G: Unmanaged 40 points. 3rd Evergrande: Pedro 38 points. 4th Cologne: Sir Rahul 32 points. 5th Celtic: Altai Barron 21 points. 6th Atletico Madrid: Gorbash 18 points. 7th Atletico Mineiro: Gozzy 10 points. 8th Boca Juniors: Closer 8 points. 9th Feyenoord: Drseanfitz 2 points. =10th Newcastle Utd: Matt72 -1 point. =10th Seattle Sounders: Jonny Red -1 point. 12th Benfica: Huddo -12 points. Here are your totals after turn 3 and it was all about Noisy and Gareth Bale who amassed 19 points. A chance missed there, if he was captain you would have been looking at 38 points. A special mention for "unmanaged" who seems to have been doing a sterling job for P.S.G, showing just how rubbish we all are, especially me since I was on the receiving end of the 40 points they received. Hero to zero this time round is Huddo, just a typically erratic Aussie. Season one overall after turn three. 1st Napoli: Noisy 96 points. =2nd Feyenoord: Drseanfitz 74 points. =2nd P.S.G: Unmanaged 74 points. 4th Cologne: Sir Rahul 72 points. 5th Benfica: Huddo 59 points. 6th Newcastle Utd: Matt72 55 points. 7th Evergrande: Pedro 48 points. 8th Atletico Mineiro: Gozzy 35 points. 9th Atletico Madrid: Gorbash 18 points. =10th Celtic: Altai Barron 17 points. 10th Boca Juniors: Closer 17 points. 12th Seattle Sounders: Jonny Red 5 points. Hers is the overall scores after turn 3 and the biggest jump is for Noisy and Napoli who are now top of the lot, proving how quickly things change each turn. Well done to Altai for not just getting out of the minus points but to leap a few places up to 9th.
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  5. Nico66

    Stupid player concerns

    It depends on how much he played before he developed his level one concern. For example, say Oblak believes he should play 75% of the time. If you only played him in 10 out of 20 games then, because he has only played 50% of the time instead of the 75% he wants, he will develop a level one concern. You then decide to play him in every match. However, 17 games later, when the concerns are next calculated, despite playing every game since, he still has not achieved 75% (10 + 17 / 37 x 100 = 73%). So he develops a level 2 concern. If you do the maths on Oblak I am pretty sure you will find something similar. If you are lucky and keep playing him then eventually he may hit the 75% (or whatever it is) and start to clear his concerns.
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