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Can anyone check my last friendly result and tell me where im going wrong regarding tactics cos im at a loss :confused:

Dont listen to friendlies. I drew with Swindon and narrowly beat Grimsby, yet I was 2nd in division 1 last season. :rolleyes:

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Cam Lucas predictions season 12. (I was pretty good last season so fear my powers)

I will write a small report on each team and post them up sporadically this time (like a fifa season start) then an overall list at the end.

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Exactly shows how lucky you can get over the course of a season :o :o :P

Hahaha, at Everton we concentrate on the important things.. cups, the league etc B)

I see you have done pretty well in your friendlies, thats usually the formula of a failed season ;) Just check out Man City's record at friendlies, and then how well they did in the league over the past 2/3 seasons :D

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Hahaha' date=' at Everton we concentrate on the important things.. cups, the league etc B)

I see you have done pretty well in your friendlies, thats usually the formula of a failed season ;) Just check out Man City's record at friendlies, and then how well they did in the league over the past 2/3 seasons :D[/quote']

Doomed yourself, just lost 5-1 tp Cheltenham lol.

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Here they come in alphabetical order.

Arsenal

Key player: messi

Development player: Benteke

Arsenal have the second strongest squad in the league and the best player in the world. A big strength will be their wide def, lahm and cjiellini should stop most anything down the sides, unfortunately after jooles departure last season they gavent a steady hand on the helm and this will cost them.

Predicted Finish: 6th

Aston Villa

Key player: ibrahimovic

Development Player: Lukkaku

Villa have assembled a decent side with the acquisition of ibra from arsenal last season a real coup. They will be on par with the most dangerous strikeforces, higuain and ibrahimovic providing a near incomparable goal threat. The midfield is an area that will need improving before a run for the title can be made. Manager Ren64blue had a mixed stint at Newcastle, time will tell if he can handle a bigger role.

Predicted Finish: 5th

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Chelsea

Key Player: Iniesta

Development Player: Ola John

Chelsea have returned to the top flight where they belong and they bring a very tough nut defence, with terry, Cole and mascherano all experienced stalwarts. Chelsea are a 1an show up the field though, if iniesta were to be badly injured their season could dramatically derail.

Predicted Finish: 8th

Derby County

Key Player: David Villa

Development Player: El Sharaawy

Derby has recently seen a bug changeover in manager from talented stalwart Gary Mack to Patrick FCB. Patrick's first full season fialed to meet Gary's usual top 4 finish and questions will be asked about the managers tactical credentials and transfer nous. Derby have a solid squad, with an obsurd amount of players under 25 threatening the first team. A side who could be title challengers in a few years.

Predicted Finish: 12th

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Everton

Key player: Neuer

Development Player: Gundogan

Everton are on a high after finishing runners up last season, and a German revolution has taken place. Everton have the best young keeper in the world between the posts, and all of their starting eleven are still on the improve, so this team won't fade away. However, transfer dealings in the German revolution have weakened the current overall quality if the side, and Everton may not perform as well as last season.

Predicted Finish: 3rd

Fulham

Key Player: Bale

Development Player: Hazard

Soon took Fulham over mid season and blitzed the championship, making some.smart transfers along the way. They have a formidable mid and wings in bale, hazard, Pedro, moutinho and hamsik. However Sow is not a dangerous enough finisher for the quality behind him, and Fulham Defence may be the worst in the league. 2 good defenders and a better finisher and Fulham are a Europa League Side at least.

Predicted Finish: 13th

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Leeds United

Key Player: Zanetti

Development Player: Kagawa

Leeds are an underpowered side in the First Division. They can boast a huge depth to call upon in case of injury and suspensions, but lack a real class and have no real attacking options. However they have legendary manager Craig Braidwood at the helm, and his tactical genius should be enough to keep then up, but squad improvement will be needed.long term.

Predicted Finish: 17th

Liverpool

Key Player: Van Persie

Development Player: Hueng-Min Son

Livepools first season back in the top flight was a big success and Simon will be looking to consolidtae that this season. With an amazing defence it will be hard to score against Pool, but their depth may be brought into question as the season progresses . Overall a difficult team to overcome on the day.

Predicted Finish: 4th

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Manchester United

Key Player: Ronaldo

Development Player: Rafael

United completed back to back league titles last season, an impressive feat by Grotty. United have the best defence in the leauge with Spanish giants Pique and Ramos aided by Kompany. When you then have Xavi Bossing your midfield and the strike power or Cristiano Ronaldo up front is it any doubt that United will be front runners to lift 3 in a row?

Predicted Finish: Undisputed Champions

Manchester City

Key Player: Ribery

Development Player: Courtois

City snuck back into the top ten, despite being humbled and jumped by Preston on final day, after spending 2 seasons underperforming in the bottom half of the table. The squad is good enough to finish close to top 4, and the Australian knows the potential is there, but he has proved tactically unsound in the past. Should get some decent results one hopes

Predicted Finish 7th

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Middlesbrough

Key Player: Juan Mata

Development Player: Neymar

Middlesbrough have an awesome side and really had a under the radar season last time around. Goz will be looking to change that, and with the amount of raw talent at his disposal, should be the hardest challenger for the title behind The indomitable United. Could they be the upset?

Predicted Finish: Runners Up

Millwall

Key Player: Lavezzi

Development Player: Schurrle

Millwall were odds on for relegation last year and defied the odds, and this season should be able to do the same. A few stars but a largely unheralded team, a lot of young players who will peak in a few years.

Predicted Finish: 16th

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Newcastle

Key Player: Falcao

Development Player: Destro

Newcastle have lost their longstanding manager, so it will be interesting to see if they can make a move for top ten, or wither away towards relegation. They have loads of depth in defence, debuchy, periera, walker and arbeloa can all play right back for example, but a large portion of the starting eleven are looking like dropping ratings sooner than later. Need a good manager, and a rebuild with some youth, should stay up.

Predicted Finish: 15th

Portsmouth

Key Player: Lloris

Development Player: Jovetic

Pompey have a established and skilled manager but have the lowest starting eleven average rating of any team this year. Up front they are dangerous with Soldado and Jovetic, and Lloris will need to he his best to keep them up. Apart from those players, Portsmouth have n o real class in their eleven and depth is only 87s. Will struglle.

Predicted Finish: 19th and Relegated

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Preston North End

Key Player: Gotze

Development Player: Gotze

Preston, despite being in the bottom 5 on average rating, again finished top ten last year snagging eighth place final day, and they will look to repeat the feat this season. Mercurial manager and tactical genius Cam Lucas will look to outmaneuvre fancied opponents. Young world beater Gotze will be the key man for Preston, but they lack a real goal scorer and Koval rated 87 is the weakest starting keeper in the division. All in all, should over achieve again.

Predicted Finish: 10th

Southampton

Key Player: Lewandowski

Development Player: Shaqiri

Dazinho is a long serving manager at Southampton, but has been quiet around the club lately, as soton stayed up by 1 goal difference on final day. Saints have a deadly attack with Lewa and Huntelaar, but their defence is just awful and should let in more goals than the forwards can score. Without improvement at the back, Southampton may not sneak in so lucky again.

Predicted Finish: 18th and Relegated

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Stockport County

Key Player: Agger

Development Player: Camacho

Stockport won the playoffs and stunned everybody by making it to div 1. Simply put, they will not have the squad depth or class needed to survive though and will be the most likely orlf the promoted teams to go back down. They have some good young 88s, so if they can hang on this season, things may get brighter in the future.

Predicted Finish: 20th and back to Div2

Stoke

Key Player: Rooney

Development Player: Digne

Mister Malcolm is a magician in the transfer market, constantly truning over profits and unearthing new talents, but the wage bill threatens to get way out of control and could hamper their season. With a squad of 100, depths will certainly not be an issue and they should be nothing of not consistent.

Predicted Finish: 11th

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West Bromwich Albion

Key Player: Arteta

Development Player: Thiago

WBA have had some great managers of late with Niall and Riece, but are left with new manager James Bennet, who has a great record in other game worlds. They have an awesome depth, and a solid midfield, and should put together a tidy season. Age may be a factor though, as a lot of the best players are getting on in their careers.

Predicted Finish: 9th

West Ham

Key Player: vidic

Development Player: Ter-Stegen

West ham have a great squad size and depth, but lack the real cutting edge necessary to propell then towards European contention, a few smart transfers could have this rectified easily though.

Predicted Finish: 14th

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Summary

1. Manchester United

2m Middlesbrough

3. Everton

4. Liverpool

5. Aston Villa

6. Arsenal

7. Man City

8. Chelsea

9. West Brom

10. Preston

11. Stoke City

12. Derby County

13. Fulham

14. West Ham

15. Newcastle

16. Millwall

17. Leeds

18. Southampton

19. Portsmouth

20. Stockport County

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Summary

1. Manchester United

2m Middlesbrough

3. Everton

4. Liverpool

5. Aston Villa

6. Arsenal

7. Man City

8. Chelsea

9. West Brom

10. Preston

11. Stoke City

12. Derby County

13. Fulham

14. West Ham

15. Newcastle

16. Millwall

17. Leeds

18. Southampton

19. Portsmouth

20. Stockport County

Any news on the awards? Just wondering :)

Good luck for the next season :D

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Damien Sandow (Sethlark) steered Brighton and Hove Albion to victory against Rotherham United.

Brighton and Hove Albion outclassed Rotherham United and beat them 2 - 1 in their Division 2 fixture.

Callejón scored a goal and was later voted Man of the Match for his performance.

Hubocan was also on the scoresheet for his side.

Should have won by more, but for now I'm glad no one was injured or sent off. Move up to 7th ahead of a match against our newest rivals Cardiff.

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Any news on the awards? Just wondering :)

Good luck for the next season :D

Sorry I only had 3 people vote mate so I canned it. Unless people submit some now I will do then again, you might have to go back a few pages for it.

Also, Preston wins on Opening day against Der Everton. A 3-0 lead opened up by mirallas and a Modric brave had the dmagae done, before a wonder chip from schmelzer and a header from big per mertesacker gave Preston a fright at the last!

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Patrick FCB steered Derby County to victory against Aston Villa.

Derby County outclassed Aston Villa and beat them 2 - 0 in their Division 1 fixture.

Benzema had an impressive game and was voted Man of the Match.

Moura and Lamela were amongst the goalscorers.

A good start for Derby County :)

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[MOVE]Hornets Make Encouraging Start To The Season[/MOVE]

Watford manager Tyler Smart had an easy and relaxing night watching while his Watford team took three points from managerless Milton Keynes Dons infront of a half filled Stadium:MK. Watford opened the scoring through striker Rodrigo Palacio, making it four goals in six games for the club, after signing for £10 million just before the close of last season. Luuk de Jong then wrapped up the match by slotting home a calm finish in the thirty-second minute. The Watford manager said after the match that it was a "great result that can lead us onto great things this season".

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Maybe Watford are getting a little ahead of themselves ;) - similar to real life, hehe.

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Already two titles for Manchester United!!

With the season just started, we already grabbed hold on the Charity Shield and the SMFA Super Cup. These two titles came after beating Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United respectively.

As from the league, we lost the first game against our arch-rivals Liverpool. A de javu of the last two seasons?:P I will take that as a good sign;)

Also, all non-spanish players are availabel for P/E for decent spanish ones. Especially if someone has a good striker or defender. Make your bid;)

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Season 12 Preview - Watford

Overview

Watford are a team based within 30 minutes of London, at a relatively small stadium named Vicarage Road, with a capacity of 17,477. The Hornets, as they are also regularly known as, moved to said ground in 1922 from Cassio Road and played their first home game on August Bank Holiday in that same year.

Further on in the history of the club, Watford appointed Graham Taylor as their manager. The future England boss took the small fourth division club from rags to riches, well not riches, but to the heights of the old First Division - now the Premier League., a place in the UEFA Cup and to an FA Cup title by the '84 season.

In more recent history, the Pozzo Family - owners of Serie A team Udinese and La Liga team Grenada - completed a takeover of the-then second division relegation threatened team and appointed Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola as Head Coach who took them to a Third Place Finish and a Play-Off Final spot at Wembley (Where they lost the the famous Crystal Palace ;))

Within EC2933, however we do not enjoy the same successes as in reality and the Pozzo family were forced to sack Zola and replace him with a young, up and coming manager - Tyler Smart who has currently seemed to turn around the fortunes of the club with a strong foundation set up, full of Italian legends, and has generated a realistic shot at promotion this season.

Squad

The current squad boasts a near-perfect balance between young, fresh, high-potential talent and experienced hard-nuts that can handle themselves at any level. Tyler Smart has announced his 21-man squad for the upcoming season and we can now digest and review that for you.

Goalkeepers - Michel Vorm (Swansea), Manuel Almunia (Watford)

Vorm has proved more than his weight in the Premier League for Swansea and is relativity young for a Goalkeeper. Signed for a hefty price of £10 million after handing in a transfer request at his previous club, Smart has taken a big gamble on this one - and it is looking like it is paying off. Accompanied with the £2.7 million addition of Manuel Almunia, who can supply Vorm with top-quality advice from the top leagues and Smart has an almost unstoppable force.

Right Backs - Emmanuel Eboue (Galatasaray), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

Again Smart has continued the ideal of signing an experienced 'titan' in said position to train and help a younger player of the same position. This time former Arsenal full-back Emmanuel Eboue has been recrutied from Galatasaray in a £4.7 million deal and Nathaniel Clyne - one of the creams in the team, signed from Stockport County in an £11 million deal on Smart's first day in charge - has a promising future ahead of him.

Center Backs - Alessandro Nesta (Montreal Impact), Ricardo Costa (Valencia)

The owners have obviously influenced Smart's decision in bringing in legend Italian defender Alessandro Nesta. With 78 caps for his country, and 224 caps for one of the biggest club teams in Italy - the Pozzo family felt comfortable enough to stick him on a 44,000-a-week deal.

With only defender Ricardo Costa as backup, Smart should be looking to bring in another defender as soon as possible.

Left Backs - Fernando Navarro (Sevilla), Martin Olsson (Blackburn), Jack Colback (Sunderland)

With 21 Caps for Barcelona, and 2 Caps for Spain, Navarro certainly brings 'big-league' experience to the team. However with Martin Olsson as understudy - we wonder whether Smart has chosen the right replacement and whether he that is a position that he needs to review - although with young Jack Colback on the bench, it might not be so bad after all.

Defensive Midfielders - David Pizarro (Fiorentina), Massimo Ambrosini (AC Milan), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Gary Gardner (Aston Villa)

Yet again, Smart has brought in an old Italian star in Massimo Ambrosini. This time, however, he serves a bigger purpose coaching young French 20-year-old Paul Pogba, as well as fellow 20-year-old Gary Gardner, who both have fairly good futures ahead of them. Add in David Pizarro - with a Premier League Winners Medal to his name - and you have the perfect set up in midfield.

Attacking Midfielders - Luuk De Jong (Monchengladbach), Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC)

The Pozzo family really know how to get Italian residents of London to come down to Vicarage Road on a Saturday afternoon. Bring in somebody with nearly 100 caps for 'Gli Azzurri' and you will have them frothing at there mouths. Young Luuk de Jong, in a few years could, should and will take over the role just fine!

Wingers - Salomon Kalou (Lille), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City)

Watford are pretty thin on their wings. Solomon Kalou brings a bit of experience, but not enough to train young winger Ivan Perisic, and even younger wide men Nathan Redmond and Nathan Delfouneso - who will both need a lot more training if they are to reach their full potential.

Strikers - Danny Graham (Sunderland), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan)

Signed for £10 million from Preston at the end of last season, Rodrigo Palacio is the stand out choice up top. With relatively long-standing striker Danny Graham as reserve - who has only two caps in two seasons on the bench, you can see how good the strike-force is.

Title Chances

Media Prediction: 4th

Watford are one of the stand out teams in Division Three. However, some sloppy mistakes towards the end of last season prove that nobody is safe and secure in this league - anything can happen!

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I hope you enjoyed this little preview, it has taken me a couple of days to swing together (not constant, and yes - I know that I am a bit sad, but that is just me). Please drop me a response on anything I can do better (and if you are willing to loan me a player or two) and I hope to keep you posted throughout the season. Also if you don't care about Watford, tell me and I will go, find myself a hole - and cry myself to sleep tonight.

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Damien Sandow (Sethlark) steered Brighton and Hove Albion to victory against Cardiff City.

Brighton and Hove Albion beat Cardiff City 2 - 1 in their Division 2 fixture.

Yilmaz scored both of the goals for Brighton and Hove Albion and was later voted Man of the Match for his performance.

Up to 4th, but Nottingham Forest is next. :)

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