Manchester Utd were coming off of an EFL Cup win over rivals Man City midweek as they hosted Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday. Utd were without Antonio Valencia who had surgery for a fractured arm so Matteo Darmian started at right back, while Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo were preferred as a central pairing, and Luke Shaw was at left back. Paul Pogba re-joined Ander Herrera in the central midfield while Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard occupied the front midfield three behind striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Burnley welcomed back Andre Gray from suspension and he was inserted back into the starting lineup immediately. But the man who stole the show was Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
The TDA Bulls were dealing with a bit of an injury crisis as they hit the field Friday night to take on rivals Metro Webb as Simon’s recent knee injury put him on the sidelines, joining goalkeeper Tyler who was in recovery from a nasty looking cut on his foot. While both teams had already qualified for the Championship game, is there really a meaningless game between these two teams?
Simon was planning on coming to take some snapshots and videos, but after popping some pain pills and strapping an ice pack to his swollen knee, he settled into the motorized recliner to binge on The Americans:
Manchester Utd are coming off an EFL Cup triumph over Man City on Wednesday and Jose Mourinho will be hoping that victory will spur his team on to get back in the win column in the Premier League.
Mourinho has some injuries to deal with right now but there is surely enough talent in this lineup to dominate a home matchup with Burnley. On defense Eric Bailly is out injured and Chris Smalling will be wanting a recall but the backline of Valencia, Rojo, Blind and Shaw was impressive versus City so Mourinho may not want to tinker with that.
Jose Mourinho named a strong squad for their home game against Man City in their second Manchester Derby of the season. City took the win 2-1 earlier this season in Premier League play and in dominating fashion. The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford all started but Chris Smalling was dropped and Eric Bailly was injured so a central defensive pairing of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind was chosen. Pep Guardiola made a number of changes from their last game including giving Vincent Kompany another start. A strong bench including Sergio Agüero and Raheem Sterling was available if needed.
Gameweek 10 in the Premier League marks the point where we pass the quarter mark of the season. My latest Gameweek Preview has been posted on Draft Fantasy Football’s blog, click the link below to check it out:
Well it all came down to this…one game…one win needed for Crown to get a spot in the Over 30 Fall I Season Championship. Their opponent was 1st placed DW Energy FC. Before we get to the much anticipated result and recap I would like to wish a speedy recovery to one of my many frenemies on DW, Brandon H after his shoulder surgery:
Those must have been some good pain pills…
Ok, let’s move on with the recap. Both teams were missing some players as DW played the first few minutes short a man, so Crown took to the offensive knowing more were surely to arrive. Phil took advantage of the numerical edge and put Crown up 1-0 after some sustained pressure. Then DW had a couple of players show up so they were back to full strength. Crown then doubled their lead to 2-0 after Simon scored a good solo effort. DW began to find their rhythm and looked dangerous on the counter attack, drawing one back to cut the deficit to 2-1. But Crown were getting chances at the other end too, and one was converted after Phil unselfishly “passed” 😉 it off the wall to Mark for the tap-in. Phil added his second before the half and Crown went into the break with a somewhat surprising 4-1 lead.
Bournemouth 0 Tottenham 0:
The first half was a tight affair but both teams played some decent football. Charlie Daniels went the closest for the home side after a short corner play found him but Hugo Lloris made a great close in save, with the ball going agonizingly over the bar. Spurs best chance came during one of their many ventures forward when Erik Lamela clipped the outside of the post. The end of the half got a bit chippy as multiple yellow cards were handed out and it went into the break scoreless. Spurs began to exert their dominance in the second half but could not break the through the Cherries defense. Bournemouth finished on the front foot but no goals were to be had in this one. Spurs missed out on a chance to go top of the Premier League and are looking at losing Moussa Sissoko as he is being charged by the FA for an elbow on Harry Arter on the sideline during the second half.
Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford bridge made for a lot of talk this week but the question was now whether it would live up to its billing or fall flat like the 0-0 draw with Liverpool last Monday. Antonio Conte stuck with the same team that beat Leceister last weekend while Mourinho made just one change from that tie with Liverpool with Jesse Lingard coming in for Ashley Young.
It was a dream start for the home side as Marcos Alonso’s speculative long ball for Pedro was not dealt with by the Utd defense as he brought it down, rounded David De Gea, and finished to put Chelsea up 1-0 within the first minute. Utd tried to respond immediately as the game opened up, an early goal was just what this contest needed for the impartial onlooker. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a chance to tie it but his header at the back post failed to trouble Thibault Courtois as it went over the bar. The nightmare beginning for Mourinho continued when Chelsea went up 2-0 as Gary Cahill was the recipient of a fortuitous ricochet from a corner and he volleyed it in from close range. Utd and Mourinho were stunned. Ander Herrera tried his luck from outside the box but Courtois made the save and stopped the resulting rebound effort by Lingard. Late in the half there was a flashpoint as David Luiz was booked for a nasty high-footed challenge on Marouane Fellaini, you could argue he was a little fortunate not to be dismissed. Utd pushed late to get back into the game but it went into the break with Chelsea holding their 2-0 lead.
The TDA Bulls were coming off of a big victory over rivals Metro Webb last week when they hit the field to take on “The Others” Friday night. And they had to do so without Doug, who was in Florida for a “work” thing, looks like a grind, no tan lines for this guy:
Simon was back from his week hiatus and was on the lookout for some good re-enactment material. But Dani was out…again…but what is new there. Alex was called out as an emergency backup keeper after regular starter Tyler suffered an unfortunate foot injury which will likely rule him out for the remainder of the season, get better soon buddy. Ricky was running a little late so the Bulls started the game with no subs and one short.
As if a Man Utd-Chelsea match really needed any more hype, along came the appointment of the former Chelsea managing icon Jose Mourinho to Utd this offseason. And of course the first matchup just had to be at Stamford Bridge too, didn’t it? Chelsea has a new manager of its own in Antonio Conte and he should roll out the same lineup that dominated Leicester last weekend with his new formation coinciding with some better performances. Willian is the only potential change as he is back at training after returning from his personal leave.