Crown (Fall I 2017) Game 5/6 Recaps

It’s a Double Edition after last week’s mental health break so we better get right into it with a brief Game 5 recap:

Crown v DW Energy FC:

Crown had a fairly full lineup as Travis was the only full-timer missing when they took on the 1st-placed DW. Crown played a very solid game overall, taking the lead 1-0 on a nice goal by Mark as he pressured the defense and fired a low shot in. A couple of power plays aided DW and they went on to take it by a 3-1 final score. There was more bad news from the game as Crown lost Doug to an unfortunate knee injury, fingers crossed it is not a long term one. read more

Manchester Utd – Tottenham Recap

It was a big matchup in the early kickoff on Saturday at Old Trafford as Manchester Utd hosted Tottenham in a battle of 2nd vs 3rd in the Premier League. Spurs would have to do without their talisman striker as Harry Kane was ruled out the day prior with a minor hamstring injury but they still had plenty of offense in the likes of Eriksen and Alli. José Mourinho has been dealing with his own share of injury worries in recent weeks so it was a pleasant sight to see Paul Pogba nearing a return but this game came too soon. Here is a look at the starting lineup for Utd as Bailly returned to the eleven giving Mourinho a boost: read more

Carabao Cup: Swansea – Manchester Utd Recap

It was a pretty quick turnaround for both Manchester Utd and their opponents Swansea as they met on Tuesday for their Carabao Cup Round of 16 matchup on just two days rest. Utd were looking to bounce back from their stunning defeat on the weekend at Huddersfield and move on to the next round of the competition that they won last season. With such a packed schedule recently this was an opportunity for José Mourinho to give a few regulars a much needed break and that was reflected by a lineup with 7 changes, here is a look at that starting eleven: read more

Huddersfield – Manchester Utd Recap

After picking up a win over Benfica midweek in Champions League action Manchester Utd continued their Premier League campaign with a visit to newly promoted Huddersfield. Huddersfield started with some decent results but since have found goals very hard to come by and that has seen them begin to fall down the standings. And it would not get any easier as José Mourinho brought his stingy defense to town. There were not expected to be many changes made to the Utd lineup as Mourinho stated in the pre-match news that he was dealing with the same roster that he had available versus Benfica as while some of the injured players have returned to training they would not be fit enough to re-join the gameday squad. Here is the starting eleven with Martial coming back in for a start: read more

Champions League: Benfica – Manchester Utd Recap

Group A leaders Manchester Utd traveled to Portugal to take on Benfica in Champions League play on Wednesday. Utd were coming off a lackluster 0-0 draw against Liverpool this past weekend in which José Mourinho drew some criticism for his defensive tactics. And while the central midfield was still without the injured trio of Pogba, Fellaini and Carrick, this still looked like an opportunity to give the offense some more freedom as Benfica’s last UCL game was a 5-0 loss to Basel which had them sitting winless and in last place in the group. Here was how Mourinho lined up his squad: read more

Liverpool – Manchester Utd Recap

Manchester United were back in action after the international break in the early kickoff on Saturday and it was a big one as they took on bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield. José Mourinho, already without Pogba and Carrick, had to do without the services of Fellaini also as he was injured while on duty with Belgium. Liverpool had a significant loss of their own after losing the influential Mané, but the match still had plenty of star power and potential as usual. When the Utd team sheet came out there were another couple of significant omissions as Bailly was unavailable and Rashford only fit enough for the bench. Here is the defensive-looking starting eleven that Mourinho named: read more

Crown (Fall I 2017) Game 4 Recap

Well let me start by saying that we made “The Beard” walk the Crown gauntlet in the pre-game for not answering his 5 Questions this past week but he then apologized suitably and has promised to have them done soon so look for that for some extra weekend reading. What does a Crown gauntlet actually look like? So glad you asked, something like this although it really missed Johnny as he kicks shins with the best of them:

And get your minds out of the gutter, we had to wear our yellows, this was not an attack by shirtless guys…well maybe Keith was. With that taken care of it was time to use that kicking motion to get some balls in the net as Crown were taking on MG2 in a must win game. Why a must win this early in the season, well I am glad you asked that too. With only the top 2 making the Championship each season head to head tie-breakers can become very important by season’s end and Crown had dropped their previous game to MG2 so a win was vital and beating that 2-1 scoreline was also mandatory. Alright, enough questions, only answers now, here is the recap: read more

World Cup Qualifying: Lithuania – England

With England already having locked down a spot at the 2018 World Cup with their win over Slovenia it was time for their final qualifying match in Lithuania. Quite a few changes were expected from Gareth Southgate and he did make 7 from the previous match, including debuts for two more Harrys, as Winks and Maguire make the starting eleven. But it still looked like an attacking lineup with Trippier and Cresswell as potential wing backs and a strong front three of Captain Kane, Alli and Rashford. Here is your starting lineup for what was expected to be a relaxed game with Lithuania: read more

World Cup Qualifying: England – Slovenia

England were on the verge on qualification for Russia 2018 as they hosted Slovenia in Group F action on Thursday at Wembley Stadium. A win would guarantee a trip to Russia next summer and it was expected on home turf, although the 3rd placed Slovenians were no pushovers and still had a lot to play for in their attempt to finish 2nd. Gareth Southgate would have to do without the services of regular starter Dele Alli as he served his suspension but there was still plenty of attack in the starting lineup with the red hot Harry Kane leading the line flanked by Rashford and Sterling. Here is a look at the eleven for this all important home match: read more