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Trophies and Winning Mentality


Hello, everyone. We've talked endlessly about Man United's various players and how good they really are, but something which I've seen crop up on occasion is the idea of the 'winning mentality'. In other words, it's this idea that part of the reason that this club is struggling on the pitch at the moment is attributable to the fact that most of our players have little to no experience winning trophies and so lack the required drive, desire or experience to succeed in the same way that the likes of Liverpool and Man City have.
How do we measure 'winning mentality', though? I don't think it can truly be measured objectively, but medals and trophy cabinets might give us some indication. Thus, I'll be going through every player currently at the club (with a minimum cut-off of fifty career senior appearances) and looking at all the senior trophies they've won to see how true it is that our current problems stem partially from a lack of experience at winning things.

David de Gea

De Gea was bought from Atlético Madrid by Sir Alex on the 29th of June 2011 for £18.9 million (which was a British record for a goalkeeper at the time) and it's fair to say that he's been among our best players in recent years. You may already know that he's one of the very few players left at the club who has won a Premier League title, but what else has he won?
Not many people talk about this, but DDG had actually won stuff with Atlético prior to joining United, namely the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup. Not the most impressive haul, but part of Fergie's magic was instilling a winning mentality into players who otherwise might not have possessed the same mental fortitude.
At United, De Gea was of course part of Ferguson's last title-winning squad. In addition, he has won an FA Cup under van Gaal, a League Cup under Mourinho, three Community Shields (one under Ferguson, one under Moyes and one under Mourinho) and he even got a winners' medal when Mourinho won the Europa League (I checked and he did actually play a few fixtures). All-in-all, not a bad trophy haul, but considering that he was the best goalkeeper in the world at one point, he'll be disappointed to have won just one league title and no Champions Leagues in his senior career. His lack of silverware with Spain will also be an issue for him.

Dean Henderson

Hendo came from the youth ranks but didn't sign a senior contract until August 2015. He has since gone on loan to Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and Sheffield United. In that time, he hasn't won a single senior trophy; the closest he came was making the EFL Trophy final with Shrewsbury and coming second in the Championship with Sheffield United. He's no doubt a solid keeper, but if we're to return to the glory days, Ole (or whoever a future manager might be) is going to need to drill him to win titles.

Sergio Romero

The Argentinian international was signed on a free transfer (his most recent club being Sampdoria) by Louis van Gaal on the 27th of July 2015. Prior to joining United, he had already won the Eredivisie and the Johan Cruyff Shield (which is basically the Dutch Super Cup) with AZ Alkmaar, so he had experience winning league titles. He had also recently featured in the World Cup Final for Argentina, but failed to win.
Since joining United, he has won the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Community Shield and, most notably, the Europa League. He has failed to win anything with Argentina despite reaching two Copa América finals. Considering he's essentially a backup, his trophy cabinet isn't too shabby. Plus, he absolutely earned that Europa League title under José considering he played both in the semi-final and the final (take notes, Ole).

Lee Grant

Manchester United's GOAT goalkeeper has had quite the career. Signed from Stoke City on the 3rd of July 2018 for a reported fee of £1.5 million, it's fair to say that he's a bit of a veteran, having made his senior debut all the way back in 2002. In that time, he has won absolutely nothing. I mean, I guess there's no obligation for the third-choice goalie to have won anything, but still, it's a little odd.

Joel Pereira

A youth player, Joel Pereira has spent most of his time on loan. He has yet to win anything.

Victor Lindelof

Lindelof was signed from Benfica by Mourinho in June 2017 for a fee of €35 million, and his list of honours is bigger than you might expect (granted, not quite playing at the same level). His first trophy was the Swedish Division 1 title with Vasteras SK, before winning three Primeira Liga titles, two Taca de Portugal titles, one Taca de Liga and one Supertaca Candido de Oliveira with Benfica. In other words, prior to joining United, he had won four league titles, two cups, a league cup and a super cup. He has yet to win anything with Sweden, however, or with Manchester United for that matter.

Eric Bailly

Bailly was the first player to be signed by Mourinho on the 8th of June 2016 for £30 million; he had previously been at Villareal. Bailly is a rather unusual case in that he hadn't won any domestic trophies prior to joining United but he's also the first person on this list to have won international silverware, more specifically the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with Cote d'Ivoire. At United, he has won the Community Shield, the League Cup and the Europa League, all under José Mourinho.

Phil Jones

Now we come to none other than Jonesta himself. When he was first signed by Fergie from Blackburn Rovers on the 13th of June 2011 for £16.5 million, he was genuinely seen as one of the hottest young talents at the time despite not having won anything. It's a shame that hasn't really lived up to his potential, but right now, we're focussed only on trophies, and I have to say that he hasn't done too badly for himself on that front.
He's one of the few players at this club who has won the Premier League, more specifically Ferguson's last title (which is still one more than Steven Gerrard). He has also won the Community Shield under both Ferguson and Moyes (not under Mourinho, however), the FA Cup under van Gaal and the Europa League under Mourinho. At international level, he of course hasn't won anything with England.

Harry Maguire

Maguire was infamously signed for £80 million (a world record fee for a defender) from Leicester City on the 5th of August 2019. The only silverware he's ever won, though, is a Championship play-off trophy with Hull City, which is somehow still more than some of our other players. Of course, he's also reached two semi-finals with England (the World Cup and the Nations League) but he's yet to bring football home. With his record in mind, it's easy to see why some fans are sceptical of Slabhead's captaincy.

Marcos Rojo

Like Cristiano, Rojo came from Sporting, having been signed for £16 million by Louis van Gaal on the 19th of August 2014. He has been much-maligned by United fans for a while now (I bet most of you forgot he was still at the club), but his trophy cabinet, compared to most of our players, is actually relatively impressive.
While at Estudiantes de La Plata (which is not one of the Argentinian 'Big Two' of River Plate and Boca Juniors), Rojo won the 2010 Apertura (which I think counts as a league title?) and the 2009 Copa Libertadores. That makes him the first player on this list to have won a continental title. At United, he has won the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Community Shield. I have to say, if the problem is players who lack a winning mentality then I'm not sure Rojo should be the first to go (though he's still deadwood IMO).

Axel Tuanzebe

Somehow, he actually makes the cut-off; I didn't realise how much he's actually played. Another youth player, most of Tuanzebe's appearances have come while on loan to Aston Villa, and he actually won the Championship play-off with them, so he already has a trophy in his cabinet. He also supposedly has a Europa League to his name, but I'm not sure how considering he hadn't made his debut yet, so I'll be cautious and exclude it.

Luke Shaw

Louis van Gaal signed Luke Shaw from Southampton on the 27th of June 2014 for a reported fee of £30 million (making him the most expensive teenager in world football at the time). What had he won at that point? Nothing. Still, he was considered a generational talent and he has since won a couple of stuff at Manchester United: the Community Shield and the Europa League, both under José. Yeah, his trophy cabinet is pretty barebones.
Interestingly enough, Chelsea were in for him at the same time United were, but backed out due to his wage demands. Perhaps Shaw would have won more trophies had he gone to Chelsea instead? More interesting is that José Mourinho was Chelsea manager at the time, so it's quite ironic that after refusing to sign Shaw, he'd end up managing him anyway.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

I'm not sure what position TFM plays, but fullback seems most appropriate. Anyway, he came through our academy and didn't win anything on his various loan deals. However, he has won both the FA Cup and the Europa League at United, like most of our players, it seems.

Alex Telles

Signed from Porto for £15 million in this transfer window, I'm happy to say that he's actually won a lot of stuff in various leagues, which is hopefully a good sign.
Firstly, he has won the Copa FGF (a regional Brazilian cup competition) twice with Juventude. Secondly, he has won a league title with Galatasaray, as well as two Turkish Cups and a Turkish Super Cup. Finally, he has won two Primeira Liga titles, a Taca de Portugal and a Supertaca Candido de Oliveira with Porto. He has won trophies at every club which he's spent more than a season with, so hopefully, he'll help United to our first piece of silverware since the Europa League under José.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Signed from Crystal Palace for £50 million on the 29th of June 2019, he hasn't got the greatest pedigree, winning nothing. How much he's expected to win at the age of 22, I don't know, but certainly, there's still plenty of time. What's needed is for someone to instil that winning mentality into him like Sir Alex would have done with his young signings.

Diogo Dalot

Dalot was supposedly considered a huge talent before signing for us, but really, it seems to me as if he should be a winger rather than a fullback. Anyway, we signed him from Porto on the 6th of June 2018 for £19 million, but went out on loan this transfer window to A.C. Milan. Believe it or not, he's actually got a trophy to his name, and it's not some minor super cup either; he's actually won the Primeira Liga with Porto. Dude has won more trophies than Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Paul Pogba

Depending on who you ask, Pogba is a fantastic midfielder who is United's best player, a talented midfielder who has been too inconsistent or a waste of money who has cared only for himself (in José Mourinho's words, a 'virus'). This isn't too surprising considering we signed him for £89 million from Juventus on the 8th of August 2016, which was a world record for any player at the time; of course expectations were going to be high.
At Juventus, Pogba was a trophy-winning machine, having to his name four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. The lack of European success was his only weak spot in that regard. Since joining United, however, he's been restricted to a League Cup and a Europa League, which must feel like quite the stepdown (at least he's got a European trophy now, though probably not the one he wanted).
That's only counting club trophies, of course. His greatest achievement by far has to be his 2018 World Cup win for France; it's not as if he was a passenger either, being praised during the tournament for boosting France's midfield significantly. This, to me, shows that he can absolutely be motivated to win titles, but it doesn't seem to happening for him at United for whatever reason.

Juan Mata

The only David Moyes signing still at the club, Mata was signed from Chelsea in January 2014 for £37 million, which was a club record at the time. He had an illustrious career prior to joining United, and looking at his trophy cabinet, one could argue that he has effectively wasted his prime years at this club.
Even prior to joining Chelsea, he had won a Copa del Rey with Valencia and the 2010 World Cup with Spain. He then proceeded to win a Champions League, a Europa League and an FA Cup with Chelsea (as well as reaching the final of the FIFA Club World Cup), in addition to winning the 2012 European Championship with Spain. When United signed him at the age of 25, he had already won pretty much every major trophy barring a top-flight title and he hadn't even hit his prime, so the signing must have felt like an absolute steal.
Unfortunately, this is where Mata's success began to fade. At Manchester United, he has won a Europa League, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield, but still no league title. At the age of 32, it seems unlikely that he'll win any more major trophies, which is a shame for a player who won so much at a tender age.

Jesse Lingard

Although he made several appearances as an unused sub under Fergie, Lingard didn't make his competitive debut for the club until the 2014-15 season under van Gaal (who loved to use youth players). How much has won, then? Not more than most other players, it should be said. None of his loan spells garnered him any trophies, but he has won the Europa League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Community Shield for Man United.


When United signed the Brazilian midfielder for £47 million from Shakhtar Donetsk on the 5th of June 2018, there were no doubt a few eyebrows raised. However, he has actually won a boatload of trophies at club level despite his lack of international success.
While at Internacional, Fred won the Campeonato Gaúcho (the top division of the Rio Grande do Sul regional leagues) twice and then proceeded to win three Ukrainian Premier League titles, three Ukrainian Cups and four Ukrainian Super Cups at Shakhtar Donetsk. That's actually not a bad trophy haul at all.

Bruno Fernandes

Ah, the Portuguese Magnifico himself; when United fans talk about the 'winning mentality', Bruno is often the first player that is pointed to as an example of a player who possesses this mentality. The question is, though, has Bruno actually won anything?
As a matter of fact, he has, but no league titles, unfortunately. While at Sporting, he has won a Taca de Portugal and two Taca da Liga titles, so a cup and two league cups. His most prestigious trophy is arguably the 2018-19 Nations League with Portugal, though time will tell if the Nations League successfully establishes itself as a premier competition. That being said, based solely on his trophy haul, there is little to suggest that Bruno has what it takes to win a league title (of course, anyone can see from his performances and demeanour on the pitch that he hates losing).

Nemanja Matic

The best Nemanja since Vidic, Matic has won a lot of trophies over his career. When he was first signed from Chelsea by Man United on the 31st of July 2017 for £40 million, he had already won the incredibly prestigious Slovak Cup with Kosice, before winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his two stints at Chelsea as well as a Primeira Liga and a Taca de Liga with Benfica. At United, he has won...nothing. In fact, if you discount his season-long loan at Vitesse, this is so far the only club in which Matic hasn't won anything.

Donny van de Beek

For Ajax, DvdB won an Eredivisie title, a Dutch Cup and a Johan Cruyff Shield. He also reached a Nations League final with the Netherlands. Time will tell if he can add to his trophy cabinet at Manchester United.

Scott McTominay

McSauce came through the youth ranks, made his debut at the end of the 2016-17 season and has yet to win anything.

Andreas Pereira

Pereira made his senior debut in the 2015-16 season before being loaned to Granada, Valencia and now Lazio. He has yet to win anything at senior level.

Edinson Cavani

The signing of Cavani has divided opinion. Some feel that he'll be the next Bastian Schweinsteiger or Radamel Falcao, while others feel that he could be the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, one thing that can't be denied is his massive trophy cabinet; whether a player who has achieved as much as he has is precisely what United needs is another matter.
The Uruguayan started his career by winning the Primera División with his boyhood club Danubio before winning a Coppa Italia with Napoli. However, it was at PSG where he really shone, winning six Ligue 1 titles, the Coupe de France four times, the Coupe de la Ligue five times and the Trophée des Champions four times. Yes, it's PSG and yes, he hasn't won any continental competitions, but he's still a proven winner. Add in the 2011 Copa América (which he won with Uruguay) and I don't think Man United have a more decorated player in their squad at the moment. The real question is whether Cavani is past it or whether he still possesses the class that he had in his prime.

Anthony Martial

On the 1st of September 2015, Manchester United famously threw £50 million down the drain to sign a 19-year-old Anthony Martial (who came from France) from AS Monaco. The English press declared that he had no chance; he went on to score 71 goals in 225 competitive games for United.
It should be said that Martial hadn't won anything when we signed him, but considering his age, that's forgivable. He has since won the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Community Shield and the Europa League, but still no Ballon d'Or. As for the French national team, Martial came close to winning Euro 2016 but he (and France) fell at the final hurdle, while he wasn't included in the squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Dr. Marcus Rashford MBE

The future Prime Minister and part-time Manchester United forward came through the academy ranks before making his debut under Louis van Gaal following an injury to Martial. Rashford during his time at Man United has won an FA Cup, a League Cup, a Community Shield, a Europa League, a Member of the Order of the British Empire and an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.

Mason Greenwood

The best finisher at the club since Robin van Persie, Greenwood also came through the academy ranks. Given his young age and lack of experience, he of course hasn't won anything yet.

Daniel James

The Welsh winger was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing as manager, being bought from Swansea City on the 6th of June 2019 for £15 million. Given his previous club (Swansea) and his national team (Wales), it's no surprise that he's yet to win anything.

Odion Ighalo

Unlike the rest of the players here, Ighalo was loaned to us in January 2020 from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. He may won just the one trophy, but when that trophy is none other than the coveted Chinese FA Cup, you can already tell that he's a natural born winner (Chinese FA Cup-winning centre-forward, you'll never sing that!). He also came second place in the Championship with Watford, but second place is first place for losers, so that doesn't really matter.

Jadon Sancho

Bought on deadline day for £120 million, Sancho has won the DFL-Supercup with Borussia Dortmund.
...screw Ed Woodward. At least we have Facundo Pellistri, eh?


This whole thing is turning into a bit of a mess, so let's standardise it with some numerical values. Note that these are just arbitrary numbers that I've assigned for comparison purposes, so don't take them as gospel.

World Cup, confederation cup (e.g. Euros), Champions League, Copa Libertadores = 20 points
Top-flight title in 'Big Five' leagues = 16 points
Europa League, national cup competition in 'Big Five' leagues = 10 points
UEFA Nations League = 6 points
Other top-flight title = 5 points
Other national cup competition = 3 points
Other cup (e.g. league cups, super cups) = 1 point

With this system, here are all the current Man United players (min. 50 senior appearances) ranked by trophy haul.

Cavani: 180
Pogba: 117
Mata: 112
Matic: 52
De Gea: 51
Rojo: 47
Jones: 38
Fred: 33
Bailly: 32
Lindelof: 28
Romero: 28
Telles: 27
Lingard: 22
Martial: 22
Rashford: 22
Fosu-Mensah: 20
Fernandes: 11
Shaw: 11
Van de Beek: 9
Dalot: 5
Ighalo: 3
Maguire: 1
Tuanzebe: 1
Grant: 0
Greenwood: 0
Henderson: 0
James: 0
McTominay: 0
Pereira (both of them): 0
Wan-Bissaka: 0

Obviously, trophies aren't everything (I am not seriously suggesting that Phil Jones has a stronger mentality than Bruno Fernandes) but this might be interesting. For reference, here's the list for all of Man United's players who played in at least five league games in the 2012-13 season (our last league title) up to and including the beginning of that season (so trophies won after the start of the 2012-13 season, including the league title, aren't counted).

Ryan Giggs: 291\*
Paul Scholes: 244*
Rio Ferdinand: 113*+
Anderson: 111*
Nemanja Vidic: 108*
Michael Carrick: 98*+
Patrice Evra: 97*
Wayne Rooney: 95*
Nani: 83*
Shinji Kagawa: 62
Jonny Evans: 44*^
Chicharito: 42
Rafael: 41*
Antonio Valencia: 23
Robin van Persie: 21
Chris Smalling: 18
David de Gea: 12
Danny Welbeck: 9*
Anders Lindegaard: 4
Tom Cleverley: 2
Ashley Young: 2
Phil Jones: 1

*Player won the Club World Cup, which I've assigned 6 points
+Player won the Intertoto Cup, which I've assigned 3 points
^Player won the second division of a 'Big Five' league, which I've assigned 3 points

OK, firstly, jeez, calm down, Giggsy. Secondly, LOL at Anderson being ahead of Vidic, Carrick, Ferdinand, Evra and Rooney. Thirdly, that 2012-13 squad contained 10 players who had a score greater than 52 at the time (and of course, several of them saw a jump after the title win). The current squad has 3. Obviously, it's much easier when you've been winning titles left, right and centre for the past twenty years, but make no mistake: Fergie drilled his teams to win at all costs.
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[OC] What if every world cup team had the same population? - Group C

Hello again all, trying to distract myself from the fact that it’s already May, I’ve put my matching Friday pants and socks set on to bring you another edition of the alternative World Cup. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the premise of this series why not indulge yourself in the last two groups.
Group A, Group B
Whilst yesterday featured a group with sprinkles of quality throughout, I’m afraid to say this gathering is a little one-sided. One African team dwarfs three squads of an Asian persuasion, so with more utopian island spots than full time pro’s on display, I’ll try my utmost not to drift into a Thomas Cook holiday blog, no promises though.
Group C
West Africa
Togo, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinnea Bissau, Senegal, The Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Western Sahara, Algeria, Morrocco
Population (millions): 240.19
When it comes to brainchildren it’s strongly advised not to have favourites, but between you and me this is the funnest squad of the lot.
Similarly to Eastern Europe, West Africa has often been a hive of sporting talent restrained by the labyrinth of borders within its confines. George Weah, Emmanuel Adebayor, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Abedi Pele are some notable stars of the past, but the conveyor belt of sporadic world-class attacking talent over the last 30 years appears to have crescendoed into a full blown production line of stars in every outfield position.
Something that my hypothesis can’t fairly simulate is what affect an open plan Africa would have on the decision making of some of our games Euro-Africano elite. N’Golo Kante is of Malean descent whilst fellow Parisian Paul Pogba boasts his Guinean parentage. It would be a safe bet to assume at least some juggling would take place with the region's newfound affluence, but until I am able to read the minds of millionaire athletes I’m not going to touch the subject with a barge pole, besides I think I’d go for the sort codes well before I look at their national preference.
What we DO have however is a terrific squad on paper that will continue to improve as the years continue, with 17 year old Barcelona wunderkind Ansu Fati hailing from Guinea-Bissau, as long as he doesn’t succumb to a Spanish inquisition.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Edouard Mendy SEN Rennes GK Montivilliers, France 65 €4.40 28
Yassine Bounou MAR Sevilla GK Montreal, Canada 68 €10.00 29
Faouzi Ghoulam ALG Napoli LB Saint-Priest, France 72 €17.10 29
Dakonam Djene TOG Getafe CB Dapaong 74 €26.80 28
Kalidou Koulibaly SEN Napoli CB Saint-Die, France 84 €64.30 28
Achraf Hakimi MAR B. Dortmund RWB Madrid, Spain 72 €23.30 21
Eric Bailly CIV Man United CB Bingerville 72 €31.40 26
Salif Sane SEN Schalke 04 CB Lormont, France 69 €9.00 29
Serge Aurier CIV Tottenham RB Ouragahio 70 €19.90 27
Kwadwo Asamoah GHA Inter Milan LWB Accra 74 €21.10 31
Riyad Mahrez ALG Man City RW Sarcelles, France 77 €62.00 29
Hakim Ziyech MAR Ajax CAM Dronten, Netherlands 79 €42.80 27
Thomas Partey GHA Atleti CDM Krobo Odumase 76 €33.40 26
Naby Keita GUI Liverpool CM Conakry 78 €52.20 25
Ismaila Sarr SEN Watford RW Saint-Louis 67 €22.20 22
Pepe CIV Arsenal RW Mantes-la-Jolie, France 76 €45.60 24
Idrissa Gana Gueye SEN PSG CDM Dakar 75 €28.80 30
Amine Harit MOR Schalke CAM Pontoise, France 69 €10.07 22
Sadio Mane SEN Liverpool LF Sedhiou 90 €92.40 28
Wilfried Zaha CIV Crystal Palace CF Abidjan 77 €59.60 27
Moussa Marega MLI Porto ST Les Ulis, France 70 €16.80 29
Islam Slimani ALG Monaco ST Algiers 68 €19.80 31
Average/Totals 74 €712.90 27.13636364
A difficult pick but I’ve settled on a squad that could play in numerous formations, Sadio Mané and Riyad Mahrez are two of the Premier Leagues most potent wide players whilst the midfield is a superfluity of athleticism and technique.
The likes of Feghouli, Kessie and Gervinho didn’t survive the longlist but the competition was stiff. I’m not overly happy with the inclusion of goal starved Islam Slimani but the area is surprisingly scarce of talented out and out forwards.
If this team fails to collect all nine points in this group it would be the worst thing to happen to West Africa since Di Caprio’s accent in Blood Diamond.
South India & Arabian Sea
6 Indian provinces (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa), Sri Lanka, Maldives
Population (millions):239.70
Another region that practises footballing atheism, this was one of the most difficult to research. But if any documentarians want to make this into a series then I’d be happy to take some time out to fly out and research the Maldives for a while.
The two island nations donate their services to an uninspiring mess of Indian nonentity. Including the world’s sixth highest scoring active player Ali Ashfaq, never heard of him? Nah me neither.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Kamaljit Singh IND Hyderabad GK Goa 24 €0.02 24
Chathura Ekanayake SRI Eagles Malé GK Sri Lanka 22 €0.00 27
Anas Edathodika IND ATK CB Kerala 33 €0.03 33
Adil Khan IND Hyderabad RB Goa 32 €0.02 31
Mandar Rao Dessal IND Mumbai City LB Goa 31 €0.02 28
Lenny Ridrigues IND Goa CDM Goa 24 €0.02 32
Mohamed Imtiyas SRI Renown CB Kotahena 25 €0.01 24
Akram Abdul Ghanee MDV Valencia (MDV) CB Maafaru 28 €0.01 33
Edwin Sydney IND Chennaiyin RWB Kerala 21 €0.01 27
Asikur Alawadeen SRI Pelicans CB Kurunegala 23 €0.01 26
Brandon Fernandes IND Goa CAM Goa 33 €0.03 25
Rowllin Borges IND Mumbai City CDM Goa 32 €0.02 27
Sahal Abdul Samad IND Kerala Blasters CM Kerala 34 €0.04 23
Michael Soosairaj IND ATK CM Tamil Nadu 32 €0.03 25
Nikhil Poojari IND Hyderabad CM Karnataka 29 €0.02 24
Ahmed Razeek SRI Berliner AK CDM Berlin 44 €0.06 26
Mohamed Umair MDV Maziya CM Malé 27 €0.01 20
Romeo Fernandes IND Odisha RM Goa 23 €0.02 27
Ashique Kuruniyan IND Bengaluru CF Kerala 35 €0.04 22
Jobby Justin IND ATK ST Kerala 28 €0.02 26
CK Vineeth IND Jamshedpur ST Kerala 27 €0.02 31
Ali Ashfaq MDV Club Green Streets ST Malé 27 €0.01 34
Average/Totals 29 €0.47 27.04545455
Ali Ashfaq has officially netted 463 times in his now 19 year career. Haters will say most of that was in the Maldivian league but I think I’d only be able to score half that amount so fair play to him.
The most notable islander is German born Sri Lankan Ahmed Razeek, the Berliner came through the ranks at now-Bundesliga team Union Berlin, but finds himself playing fourth tier football at the time of writing. At 25, Razeek only dedicated his services to Golden Lion in 2019, a bit of European experience may help the nation who have commanded just four wins in the last five years.
India’s most promising contribution to the side is 22 year old Ashique Kuruniyan, the young forward lacks goals but is known as something of a playmaker, Kuruniyan to Ashfaq could be the new Ozil to Ronaldo, but realistically I think this team will be lucky to find the net at all if the ratings are anything to Goa on.
Oceania and Southeast Asia
Australia, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Cambodia, Singapore, Phillipines, Malaysia, 11 Indonisian Provinces (Papua, West Papua, Maluku, North Maluku, Sulawesi Island, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara)
Population: 231.57
I almost broke the comma button on my laptop writing out all those islands, and it still doesn’t quite reach 240m. The pacific islands are home to some of the worst national teams out there, none more infamous than American Samoa who hold the record for the biggest ever defeat in international football, a 31-0 loss to Australia. If anyone hasn’t seen the documentary that was inspired subsequently to the loss, ‘next goal wins’ is perhaps my favourite football film and couldn’t recommend it highly enough when trying to explain the humanity of playing football in this part of the world.
The antagonists of the Samoan’s defeat, Australia have since changed confederations from lack of challenge. Joining the Asian Football Confederation in early 2006, the Socceroo’s have since won the Asian Cup on home soil and qualified for each of the previous four iterations of the World Cup. In 2006 a ‘golden generation’ fronted by Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill narrow missed out on a quarter final berth being beaten by eventual champions Italy in the 95th minute thanks to a controversial penalty.
While the likes of Kewell, Cahill and Mark Schwarzer have long since retired, the Aussies produce a modest yet constant procession of pro’s. Along with fellow anglophone New Zealand, the select Oceanic islanders often choose a path of playing in England’s football pyramid, with a few Premier League stalwarts found within the squad below.
Southeast Asia has a curious footballing culture, a strong general interest in the European game with seemingly little rewards for their appropriation, no malaysians manage to sneak into the selection whilst the Phillipines’ most famous athlete behind Manny Pacquiao only makes back up keeper.
Goalkeepers Birthplace Football manager Value Age
Matthew Ryan AUS Brighton GK Plumpton 66 €15.80 28
Neil Etheridge PH Cardiff GK London, England 64 €11.00 30
Winston Reid NZ West Ham CB Auckland 66 €14.50 31
Milos Degenek AUS Red Star CB Knin, Croatia 62 €1.30 26
Trent Sainsbury AUS Maccabi Haifa RB Thornlie 60 €0.88 28
Bailey Wright AUS Bristol City CB Melbourne 59 €3.30 27
Wesley Lautoa NCA Dijon CB Epernay, France 62 €2.20 32
Aziz Behich AUS Basaksehir LB Melbourne 60 €2.20 29
Brad Smith AUS Bournemouth LWB Penrith 63 €9.50 26
Stephan Schrock PHI Cares RB Schweinfurt, Germany 57 €0.77 33
Aaron Mooy AUS Brighton CM Sydney 70 €26.70 29
Tom Rogic AUS Celtic CAM Griffith 67 €11.90 27
Mathew Leckie AUS Hertha Berlin CM Melbourne 65 €4.80 29
Robbie Kruse AUS Mebourne Victory RM Brisbane 64 €1.30 31
Awer Mabil AUS Mitdtjylland RW Kakuma, Kenya 63 €1.50 24
Craig Goodwin AUS Al-Wehda LM Adelaide 58 €4.60 28
Ryan Thomas NZ PSV CDM Te Puke 65 €6.50 25
Massimo Luongo AUS Sheffield W CDM Sydney 62 €7.80 27
Chris Wood NZ Burnley ST Auckland 67 €23.40 28
Adam Taggart AUS Suwon Bluewings ST Perth 62 €0.84 26
Aposrolos Giannou AUS AEK Larnaka ST Nousa, Greece 63 €1.30 30
Daniel Arzani AUS Celtic CF Khorramabad, Iran 60 €8.20 21
Average/Totals 63 €160.29 29.68181818
As you can see the team is dominated by Aussie and Kiwi men, but there is some polynesian persuasion in the way of Wesley Lautoa who takes restbite trying to defend the likes of Neymar, Mbappe and Depay by bullying semi-pro strikers playing for New Caledonia.
Daniel Arzani is the best bet for a future talisman, despite really struggling to make the grade in Europe he’s still only 21 and could yet fulfil his potential. The Celtic forward has impeccable technical ability and has an eye on one day becoming a regular at his parent club Man City.
Chris Wood has a Premier League goal record that any striker would be proud of and is the archetypal Sean Dyche forward, but I would suggest that his physical play style precedes his genuine international quality. New Zealand famously exited the 2010 World Cup as the only side to leave undefeated, and part of that was due to the defensive talents of Winston Reid, who at that time was a 21 year old padawan learner to Blackburn hero Ryan Nelson. Now 31, The former West Ham captain Reid leads this sides defensive line where he’ll do his best to make the younger lads do most of the legwork.
Neil Etheridge is unlucky not to be the standout number one in this team, the keeper come underwear model caught the eyes of English fans saving three penalties in the 2018-19 season, although when on loan to Bristol Rovers he caught a free-kick and stepped backwards into his own goal, don’t think we’ve forgotten Neil.
Western China
9 Chinese Provinces (Feng Jin, Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichaun, Tibet, Xinjiang Uygur, Ningxia, Qinghai)
Population (millions): 256.25
A little over the limit for this one but you wouldn’t notice from the squad. The west of China is the least densely populated region and the one with the least investment in the club game, so it is no surprise that there is correlation to the talent, or lack thereof.
Every metric I’ve used in research points to this being the Chinese team that will struggle the most, the bulk of the players hail from Sichuan, which since we’re on reddit may give most of you PTSD of Rick and Morty fans standing on McDonalds counters.
None of the following players featured in the most recent Chinese national squad. In a sporting wilderness that hasn’t been invited to the game of Monopoly out east, you can’t blame this side for underwhelming.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Wang QI CHI Shaanxi Athletic GK Shaanxi 35 €0.60 27
Yerjet Yerzat CHI Chongqing Lifan GK Xinjiang Uygur 36 €0.72 27
Yang Xiaotian CHI Jiangsu Suning LB Shaanxi 40 €1.40 30
Wang Erzhuo CHI Shaanxi Athletic CB Shaanxi 28 €0.24 33
Alishat CHI Xinjiang Sport Lottery CB Xinjiang 40 €0.43 25
Zhang Ao CHI Xinjiang Sport Lottery RB Shanxi 28 €0.37 29
Liu Yu CHI Shanghai Shenxin CB Sichuan 30 €0.44 25
Zhou Xuri CHI Dalian Yifang CB Sichuan 29 €0.30 21
Otkur Hesen CHI Sichaun Jiuniu LB Xinjiang 20 €0.00 27
Bari Mamatil CHI Qiangdao Huanghai RWB Xinjiang 39 €1.50 31
Peng Xinli CHI Shanghai Shenhua CM Shanxi 47 €2.60 29
Mirahmetjan Muzepper CHI Shanghai SIPG CAM Xinjiang 46 €3.30 29
Zhang Xiuwei CHI Guangzhou E CM Sichuan 46 €2.70 24
Luo Senwen CHI Hebei China Fortune CDM Sichuan 44 €2.10 27
Li Yuanyi CHI Shenzhen CM SIchuan 42 €1.30 26
Zhang Chiming CHI Tianjin RW SIchuan 38 €1.10 31
Shewket Yalqun CHI Guangzhou E LW Xinjiang 33 €0.94 27
Yehya CHI Xinjiang Tianshan CM Xinjiang 24 €0.24 32
Yan Dinghao CHI Gondomar CF Sichuan 45 €2.40 22
Li Fang CHI Chongqing Lifan ST Sichuan 34 €1.30 27
Gan Yingbo CHI Sichaun Longfor CF Sichuan 24 €0.16 35
Abduhamit Abdugheni CHI Jiangsu Suning CF Shaanxi 35 €0.75 23
Average/Totals 36 €24.89 27.59090909
Finding a 22 was a real struggle and there is an imbalance of positions to show for it. The only true striker is Chongqing’s Li Fang, who is officially listed as a striker-come-right back which is an oddly specific duology of skills.
The squad is predominantly composed of players from the nations second tier CL1, which to enlight the general reader means they probably aren’t going to win the tournament.
Another day another group, tomorrow we finally see one of the long anticipated Western European megasquads, and play a game of spot the Uzbekistani. Thanks again for reading, let me know if you think I've missed anyone from the squads or made an error and try to have a stab at the starting XI’s for today's teams.
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29/09/19 - Premier League - Leicester City vs. Newcastle United - Pre-match thread

Key Facts

Round: 7 of 38
Referee: Craig Pawson
Location: Filbert Way, King Power Stadium
Time: 1630BST (1530UTC), 29/09/19


(Out/ Unlikely / Suspended )
  1. Maddison
  1. Shelvey
  2. Ritchie
  3. Almiron
Betting Odds (Decimal, lower is more likely):
Leicester Win: 1.50
Draw: 4.00
Newcastle Win: 7.50

Fun Facts

Questions for you

  1. How do you think we'll do?
  2. Who should we play?
  3. What formation and tactics should we apply?
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2020 Euro qualifications round-up: scores and match sheets

Czech Republic - Bulgaria 2-1 (Ismail Isa, Schick, Schick).
CZR (4231): Vaclik (Sevilla); Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Marek Suchy (Basel), Celutska (Antalyaspor), Filip Novak (Trabzonspor); Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Soucek (Slavia Prague); Masopust (Slavia Prague; 66' Jan Kopic, Viktoria Plzen), Alex Kral (Slavia Prague), Jankto (Sampdoria; 82' Krejci, Bologna); Schick (Roma; 78' Dolezal, Jablonec).
BUL (4231): Nikolay Mihaylov (Levski Sofia); Strahil Popov (Kasimpasa), Kristian Dimitrov (Botev), Bozhikov (Slovan Bratislava), Nedyalkov (Ludogorets); Sarmov (Etar), Krystian Malinov (CSKA Sofia; 64' Karabelyov, Slavia Sofia); Minchev (Cherno More; 46' Despodov, Cagliari), Ivelin Popov (Rostov), Nedelev (Botev; 82' Chunchukov, Slavia Sofia); Ismail Isa (Dunav).

Montenegro - Kosovo 1-1 (Rashica; Mugosa).
MON (4231): Milan Mijatovic (B.Podgorica); Marusic (Lazio), Igor Vujacic (Zeta Golubovac), Marko Simic (Pakhtakor), Tomasevic (free agent; 71' Boljevic, Waasland-Beveren); Kosovic (Kairat Almaty), Scekic (Partizan; 59' Marko Bakic, Mouscron); Marko Jankovic (SPAL; 85' Vladimir Jovovic, Jablonec), Mugosa (Incheon UTD), Vesovic (Legia Warsaw); Beqiraj (Maccabi Netanya).
KOS (4231): Arijanet Muric (MCity); Mergim Vojvoda (Mouscron), Amir Rrahmani (DZagreb), Fidan Aliti (Kalmar), Paqarada (Sandhausen; 69' Kololli, Zurich); Besar Halimi (Brondby), Idriz Voca (Luzern); Rashica (Werder Bremen), Celina (Swansea; 78' Elba Rashani, Odds), Arber Zeneli (Reims; 39' Zhegrova, Basel); Muriqi (Rizespor).

Czech Republic - Montenegro 3-0 (Jankto, own goal by Kopitovic, Schick).
CZR (4231): Vaclik (Sevilla); Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Marek Suchy (Basel), Celutska (Antalyaspor), Filip Novak (Trabzonspor); Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Soucek (Slavia Prague); Masopust (Slavia Prague; 39' Jan Kopic, Viktoria Plzen), Alex Kral (Slavia Prague), Jankto (Sampdoria; 74' Krejci, Bologna); Schick (Roma; 88' Libor Kozak, Slovan Liberec).
MON (4231): Milan Mijatovic (B.Podgorica); Marusic (Lazio; 60' Marko Jankovic, SPAL), Igor Vujacic (Zeta Golubovac), Kopitovic (Curaricki), Risto Radunovic (Astra Giurgiu); Kosovic (Kairat Almaty), Nikola Vukcevic (Levante; 67' Vukan Savicevic, Wisla Krakow); Vesovic (Legia Warsaw), Marko Bakic (Mouscron), Vladimir Jovovic (Jablonec); Mugosa (Incheon UTD; 85' Beqiraj, Maccabi Netanya).

Bulgaria - Kosovo 2-3 (Rashica; Ivelin Popov, Kristian Dmitrov; Muriqi, Elbasan Rashani).
BUL (4411): Nikolay Mihaylov (Levski Sofia); Strahil Popov (Kasimpasa), Nedyalkov (Ludogorets), Bozhikov (Slovan Bratislava; 46' Kristian Dmitrov, Botev Plovdiv), Ivan Goranov (Levski Sofia); Nedelev (Botev Plovdiv; 70' Georgi Iliev, Cherno More Varna), Galin Ivanov (Szombathleyi), Kostandinov (Arseanl Tula), Despodov (Cagliari); Ivelin Popov (Rostov); Ismail Isa (Dunav; 79' Chunchukov, Slavia Sofia).
KOS (4231): Arijanet Muric (MCity); Mergim Vojvoda (Mouscron; 62' Hadergjonaj, Huddersfield), Amir Rrahmani (DZagreb), Fidan Aliti (Kalmar), Kololli (Zurich); Besar Halimi (Brondby), Idriz Voca (Luzern; 62' Anel Rashkaj, Eskilstuna); Rashica (Werder Bremen), Celina (Swansea), Arber Zeneli Zhegrova (Basel; 78' Elbasan Rashani, Odds); Muriqi (Rizespor).

ENG 6 (2), CZR 6 (3), KOS 5 (3), MON 2 (4), BUL 2 (4).

Ukraine - Serbia 5-0 (Tsygankov, Tsigankov, Konoplianka, Yaremchuk, Konoplianka).
UKR (433): Pyatov (SDonetsk); Karavaiev (Zorya), Kryvtsov (SDonetsk), Matviienko (SDonetsk), Mykolenko (DKyiv); Zinchenko (MCity), Stepanenko (SDonetsk; 72' Shepelev, DKyiv), Malinovsky (Genk); Tsigankov (DKyiv), Yaremchuk (Gent; 67' Kravets, Kayserispor), Konoplianka (Schalke; 76' Viktor Kovalenko, SDonetsk).
SER (352): Dmitrovic; Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Kolarov (Roma); Gacinovc (Eintracht), Tadic (Ajax), Nikola Maksimovic (Getafe), Ljajic (Besiktas; 60' Fejsa, Benfica), Kostic (Eintracht); Jovic (Real Madrid; 72' Darko Lazovic, Genoa), Prijovic (Ittihad; 53' Alksandar Mitrovic, Fulham).

Lithuania - Luxembourg 1-1 (Gerson Rodrigues; Novikovas).
LIT (4231): Bartkus (Kiryat); Mikoliunas (Zalgiris), Palionis (Regensburg), Klimavicius (Dinamo Bucarest), Andriuskevicius (Suduva); Slivka (Hibernian), Vorobjovas (Zalgiris); Chrnykh (DMoscow; 89' Kazlauskas, Riteriai), Golubickas (Suduva), Novikovas (Jagiellonia); Valskis (Hapoel Tel Aviv; 55' Laukzemis, NK Istra).
LUX (4141): Anthony Moris (RE Virton); Laurent Jans (Metz), Lars Gerson (Norrkoping), Selimovic (Apollon Limassol), Dick Carlson (Zurich; 61' Malegt, Dudelange); Christopher Martins Pereira (Troyes); Vincent Thill (Pau; 80' Danel Sinani, Dudelange), Leandro Barreiro Martins (Mainz), Olivier Thill (Ufa), Gerson Rodrigues (Jubilo Iwata); Turpel (Dudelange).

Serbia - Lithuania 4-1 (Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jovic, Ljajic).
SER (4231): Dmitrovic; Rukavina (Astana), Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Kolarov (Roma); sasa Lukic (Torino), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe); Tadic (Ajax; 81' Ljajic, Besiktas), Jovic (Real Madrid; 87' Aleksandar Katai, Chicago Fire), Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt; 71' Andrija Zivkovic, Benfica); Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
LIT (4231): Bartkus (Kiryat); Barakyvas (Zalgiris), Algis Jankauskas (Suduva; 46' Chvedukas, Waterford), Klimavicius (Dinamo Bucarest), Andriuskevicius (Suduva); Slivka (Hibernian), Palionis (Regensburg); Chrnykh (DMoscow; 69' Deimantas Petravicius, Falkirk), Simkus (Zalgiris), Novikovas (Jagiellonia); Laukzemis (NK Istra; 77' Nerijus Valskis, Hapoel Tel Aviv)

Ukraine - Luxembourg 1-0 (Mykolenko).
UKR (433): Pyatov (SDonetsk); Karavaiev (Zorya), Kryvtsov (SDonetsk), Matviienko (SDonetsk), Mykolenko (DKyiv); Zinchenko (MCity), Stepanenko (SDonetsk), Malinovsky (Genk); Tsigankov (DKyiv; 88' Eduard Sobol, Jablonec), Yaremchuk (Gent), Konoplianka (Schalke; 80' Viktor Kovalenko, SDonetsk).
LUX (4231): Anthony Moris (RE Virton); Laurent Jans (Metz), Lars Gerson (Norrkoping), Maxime Chanot (NYFC), Marvin Martins (Progres Niederkorn); Christopher Martins Pereira (Troyes); Vincent Thill (Pau), Leandro Barreiro Martins (Mainz), Olivier Thill (Ufa; 77' Turpel, Dudelange), Gerson Rodrigues (Jubilo Iwata); Daniel da Mota (Racing Union; 52' Fola Esch).

UKR 10 (4), LUX 4 (4), SER 4 (3), POR 2 (2), LIT 1 (3).

Estonia - Northern Ireland 1-2 (Vassiljev; Conor Washington, Magennis).
EST (4231): Lepmets (Levadia); Teniste (Brann; 85' Gert Kams, Flora), Vihmann (Stabaek), Karol Mets (AIK), Artur Pikk (Miedz Legnica); Artjom Dmitrijev (Okzhepets), Mattias Kait (Fulham; 84' Joonas Tamm, Korona Kielce); Sergei Zenjov (Shakhter), Vassiljev (Flora), Sinyavskyi (Flora); Sappinen (Den Bosch; 61' Sorga, Flora).
NIR (433): Peacock-Farrell (Leeds); Micheal Smith (Heart; 64' Jordan Jones, Kilmarnock), Cathcart (Watford), Jonny Evans (Leicester), Jamal Lewis (Norwich); Steven Davis (Southampton), Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Saville (Middlesbrough; 69' Magennis, Bolton); Gavin Whyte (Oxford), Liam Boyce (Burton; 46' Conor Washington, Sheffield UTD), Stuart Dallas (Leeds).

Belarus - Germany 0-2 (Leroy Sane, Marco Reus).
BLR (3412): Gutor (DBrest); Naumov (Zhetysu), Martynovich (Krasnodar), Polyakov (Ural); Shitov (DMoscow), Dragun (BATE), Maevskyi (Astana), Maksim Volodko (Arsenal Tula); Gromykon (Soligorsk; 57' Korzun, Al Fateh); Yuri Kovalev (Shakhtjor; 69' Gordejchuk, Tobol), Laptev (DBrest; 62' Skavysh, BATE).
GER (343): Neuer (BMunich); Ginter (BMonchengladbach), Sule (BMunich), Tah (BLeverkusen); Klostermann (RBL), Gundogan (MCity; 81' Goretzka, BMunich), Kimmich (BMunich), Nico Schulz (BDortmund); Gnabry (BMunich; 71' Draxler, PSG), Reus (BDortmund; 76' Brandt, BDortmund), Leroy Sane (MCity).

Belarus - Northern Ireland 0-1 (Paddy McNair)
BLR (3412): Gutor (DBrest); Naumov (Zhetysu), Martynovich (Krasnodar), Polyakov (Ural); Shitov (DMoscow; 71' Oleg Veretilo, Dynami Brest), Nikita Korzun (Al Fateh; 46' Kislyak, Dynamo Brest), Maevskyi (Astana), Igor Stasevich (BATE); Yuri Kovalev (Soligors); Nekhajchik (Dynamo Brest), Shikavka (AE Larissa; 58' Laptev, Dynamo Brest).
NIR (433): Peacock-Farrell (Leeds); Micheal Smith (Heart), Cathcart (Watford), Jonny Evans (Leicester), Jamal Lewis (Norwich); Steven Davis (Southampton), Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Corry Evans (Blackburn; 69' George Saville, Middlesbrough); Magennis (Bolton; 58' Stuart Dallas, Leeds), Conor Washington (Sheffield UTD; 72' Kyle Lafferty, Rangers), Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).

Germany - Estonia 8-0 (Reus, Gnabry, Goretzka, Gundogan, Reus, Gnabry, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane).
GER (343): Neuer (BMunich); Ginter (BMonchengladbach), Sule (BMunich), Kehrer (PSG); Kimmich (BMunich), Gundogan (MCity; 53' Draxler, PSG), Goretzka (BMunich), Nico Schulz (BDortmund; 46' Halstenberg, RBL); Gnabry (BMunich), Reus (BDortmund; 66' Timo Werner, RBL), Leroy Sane (MCity).
EST (4231): Lepmets (Levadia); Teniste (Brann), Vihmann (Stabaek), Joonas Tamm (Korona Kielce), Artur Pikk (Miedz Legnica); Artjom Dmitrijev (Okzhepets; 59' Mattias Kait, Fulham), Karol Mets (AIK); Gert Kams (Flora), Vassiljev (Flora; 82' Vladislav Kreida, Flora), Sander Puri (Kalju Nomme); Sergei Zenjov (Shakhter; 7&' Henrik Ojaama, Miedz Ledgnica).

NIR 12 (4), GER 9 (3), OLA 3 (2), BLR 0 (4) , EST 0 (3).

Denmark - Ireland 1-1 (Hojbjerg; Shane Duffy).
DEN (4231): Schmeichel (Leicester); Dalsgaard (Brentford), Kjaer (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Jen Stryger Larsen (Udinese); Schone (Ajax; 72' Hojbjerg, Southampton), Delaney (Borussia Dortmund); Yussuf Poulsen (RBL), Eriksen (Tottenham), Braithwaite (Leganes; 65' Dolberg, Ajax); Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord).
IRE (451): Darren Randolph (Middlesbroug); Coleman (Everton), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Richard Keogh (Derby), Enda Stevens (Sheffield UTD); Brady (Burnley; 66' Alan Judge, Ipswich), Hendrick (Burnley), Whelan (Aston Villa), Hourihane (Aston Villa; 82' Scott Hogan, Aston Villa), McClean (Stoke); McGoldrick (Sheffield UTD; 88' Callum Robinson, Preston).

Georgia - Gibraltar 3-0 (Gvilia, Papunashvili, Arveladze).
GEO (4231): Giorgi Loria (Magdeburg); Kakabadze (Luzern), Kashia (SJ Earthquakes), Grigalava (Arsenal Tula), Levan Kharabadze (Zurich); Kankava (Tobol Kostanay; 77' Mchedlidze, Empoli), Kvekveskiri (Tobol Kostanay); Merebashvili (Wisla Plock; 72' Kiteishvili, Sturm Graz), Gvilia (Gornik), Kvaratskhelia (LMoscow; 47' Papunashvili, Zaragoza); Arveladze (Korona).
GIB (3412): Kyle Golwin (Gibraltar UTD); Annesley (Blackburn; 86' Erin Barnett, Gibraltar UTD), Joseph Chipolina (Lincoln), Roy Chipolina (Lincoln); Jack Sergeant (West Didsbury), Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln), Tjay de Barr (Europa FC), Jayce Olivero (Abingdon); Anthony Bardon (free agent; 77' Coombes, West Didsbury); Liam Walker (Europa FC), Lee Casciaro (Lincoln; 65' Alain Pons, Lincoln).

Ireland - Gibraltar 2-0 (own goal by Joseph Chipolina, Robbie Brady).
IRE (44Z): Darren Randolph (Middlesbroug); Coleman (Everton), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Richard Keogh (Derby), Enda Stevens (Sheffield UTD); Callum Robinson (Preston; 73' Robbie Brady, Burnley), Hendrick (Burnley), Hourihane (Aston Villa), McClean (Stoke); McGoldrick (Sheffield UTD), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa; 66' Sean Maguire, Preston).
GIB (352): Kyle Golwin (Gibraltar UTD); Annesley (Blackburn), Joseph Chipolina (Lincoln), Roy Chipolina (Lincoln); Jack Sergeant (West Didsbury), Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln; 76' Ethan Jolley, Europa FC), Tjay de Barr (Europa FC), Alain Pons (Lincoln Red Imps; 64' Ethan Britto, Mons Calpe), Jayce Olivero (Abingdon); Liam Walker (Europa FC), Lee Casciaro (Lincoln; 9' Anthony Bardon, free agen).

Denmark - Georgia 5-1 (Dolberg; Lobjanidze; Eriksen, Dolberg, Yussuf Poulsen, Braithwaite).
DEN (4231): Schmeichel (Leicester); Ankersen (Copenhagen), Kjaer (Sevilla; 36' Matthias "Zanka" Jorgensen, Huddersfield), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Jen Stryger Larsen (Udinese); Hojbjerg (Southampton), Delaney (Borussia Dortmund); Yussuf Poulsen (RBL; 75' Braithwaite, Leganes), Eriksen (Tottenham), Robert Skov (Copenhagen; 62' Daniel Wass, Valencia); Dolberg (Ajax).
GEO (4321): Giorgi Loria (Magdeburg); Kakabadze (Luzern), Kashia (SJ Earthquakes), Grigalava (Arsenal Tula), Navalovski (Dinamo Batunni; 79' Lasha Dvali, Ferencvaros); Kankava (Tobol Kostanay), Lasha Parunashvili (Esbjerg; 58' Giorgi Papunashvili, Zaragoza), Kvekveskiri (Tobol Kostanay); Gvilia (Gornik), Kiteishvili (Strum Graz; 73' Elguza Lobjanidze, FK Taraz); Saba Lobjanidze (Randers).

IRE 10 (4), DEN 5 (3), SWI 4 (2), GEO 3 (4), GIB 0 (3).


Azerbaijan - Hungary 1-3 (Willi Orban, Willi Orban; Madatov: David Holman).
AZE (4141): Salahat Agayev (Neftchi); Maksim Medvedev (Qarabag), Mammadov (Qarabag), Huseynov (Qarabag), Krivotsyuk (Neftchi); Qarayev (Qarabag); Madatov (Qarabag; 74' Araz Abdullayev, Qarabag), Richard Almeida (Qarabag), Dimitrij Nazarov (Erzgebirge AUE; 86' Rufat Dadashov, Presussen Munster), Sheydaev (Krylya Sovetov); Renat Dadashov (Estoril; 59' Ramazanov, Sabail).
HUN (4231): Gulacsi (RBL); Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Willi Orban (RBL), Barath (Kansas), Korhut (Aris Saloniki); Adam Nagy (Bologna), Klenheisler (Osijek; 72' Patkai, MOL Vidi); Dzsudzsak (Ittihad; 86' Krisztian Nemeth, Kansas), Szoboszlai (RBS; 58' David Holman, Slovan Bratislava); Dominik Nagy (Legia Warsaw); Szalai (Hoffenheim).

Croatia - Wales 2-1 (James Lawrence own goal, Perisic: David Brooks).
CRO (4231): Livakovic (DZagreb); Jedvaj (BLeverkusen), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Vida (Besiktas), Borna Barisic (Rangers); Modric (Real Madrid), Brozovic (Inter); Brekalo (Wolfsburg; 67' Mario Pasalic, Atalanta), Kovacic (Chelsea; 76' Badelj, Lazio), Perisic (Inter; 90' Mile Skoric, Osijek); Kramarci (Hoffenheim).
WAL (4231): Hennessy (Crystal Palace); Connor Roberts (Swansea), Mepham (Bournemouth), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ben Davies (Tottenhalm); Joe Allen (Stoke), Matthew Smith (Twente; 65' David Brooks, Bournemouth); Harry Wilson (Derby), Vaulks (Rotherham; 66' Ampadu, Chelsea), Daniel James (Swansea; 79' Matondo, Schalke); Bale (Real Madrid).

Hungary - Wales 1-0 (Mate Patkai).
HUN (4231): Gulacsi (RBL); Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Willi Orban (RBL), Barath (Kansas), Korhut (Aris Saloniki); Adam Nagy (Bologna),Mate Patkai (MOL Vidi); Dzsudzsak (Ittihad; 71' Klenheisler, Astana), Szoboszlai (RBS; 83' Barnabas Bese, le Havre); Holender (Honved; 59' Roland Varga, Ferencvaros); Szalai (Hoffenheim).
WAL (Hennessy (Crystal Palace); Chris Gunter (Reading), Ashley Williams (Everton), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ben Davies (Tottenhalm); Joe Allen (Stoke), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea. 54' Matthew Smith, Twente); Daniel James (Manchester United), David Brooks (Bournemouth; 73' Harry Wilson, Derby), Tom Lawrence (Derby; 79' Vokes, Stoke); Bale (Real Madrid).

Azerbaijan - Slovakia 1-5 (Lobotka, Kucka; Sheydaev; Hamsik, Hamsik).
AZE (Salahat Agayev (Neftchi); Maksim Medvedev (Qarabag), Anton Krivotsyuk (Neftchi), Huseynov (Qarabag), Shahriyar Rahimov (Sabail); Qarayev (Qarabag); Araz Abdullayev (Qarabag; 89' Renat Dadashov, Estoril), Richard Almeida (Qarabag), Rashad Eyubov (Sabah; 79' Emin Makhmudov, Neftchi), Sheydaev (Krylya Sovetov); Ramazanov (Sabail; 61' Emreli, Qarabag).
SVK (433): Dubravka (Newcastle); Pekarik (Hertha), Skriniar (Inter), Vavro (Copenhaghen), Hancko (Fiorentina); Hamsik (DL Yinfang; 86' Haraslin, Lechia Gdansk), Lobotka (Celta Vigo; 84' Jan Gregus, Minnesota), Kucka (Parma); Rusnak (Real Salt Lake), Bozenik (Zlin; 71' Duda, Hertha), Robert Mal (Zenit).

HUN 9 (4), SVK 6 (3), CRO 6 (3), WAL 3 (3), AZE 0 (3).

Faroe Islands - Spain 1-4 (Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas; Klaemint Olsen; Gestsson own goal, Gaya).
FRO (4231): Gestsson (Torshavn); Gilli Sorensen (Brann), Gregersen (Vikingur), Odmar Faero (HamKam), Viljormur Davidsen (Vejle); Brandur Olsen (Hafnarfjordur), Vatnsdal (Fremad Amager; 74' Rogvi Baldvinsson, Bryne); Vatnhamar (Vikingur), Hallur Hansson (Horsens), Frederiksberg (Torshavn; 86' Meinhard Olsen, Kristiansund); Klaemint Olsen (NSI Runavik; 68' Patrik Johannesen, Klaksvik).
SPA (433): Kepa (Chelsea); Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid; 46' Diego Llorente, Real Sociedad), Hermoso (Espanyol), Gaya (Valencia); Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Rodri (Atletico Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal); Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo; 56' Asensio, Real Madrid), Morata (Atletico Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid; 74' Fabian Ruiz, Napoli).

Sweden - Malta 3-0 (Quaison, Claesson, Isak).
SWE (442): Robin Olsen (Roma); Lustig (Celtic), Pontus Jansson (Leeds), Helander (Bologna), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Forsbger (RBL), Kristoffer Olsson (Kransodar), Ekdal (Sampdoria; 77' Sebastian Larsson, AIK), Claesson (Krasnodar); Quaison (Mainz; 85' Guidetti, Alaves), Marcus Berg (Al Ain; 68' Isak, Borussia Dortmund).
MAL (541): Bonello (Valletta); Juan Corbolan (Gzira), Agius (Hibernians), Steve Borg (Valletta; 80' Ferdinando Apa, Victoria Hotspurs), Zach Muscat (Olhanense), Joseph Mbong (Hibernians); Effiong (Balzan), Luke Gambin (Luton Town), Rowen Muscat (Valletta), Grech (Hibernians; 64' Paul Fenech, Balzan); Luke Montebello (Birkirkara; 71' Kyrian Nwoko, Valletta).

Norway - Romania 2-2 (Tarik Elyounoussi, Odegaard; Keseru, Keseru).
NOR (4231) : Grytebust (Odense); Elabdellaoui (Olympiakos), Nordtveit (Hoffenheim), Ajer (Celtic), Alesaami (Palermo); Selnaes (Shenzhen), Berge (Genk); Odegaard (Vitesse), Markus Henriksen (Hull City), Tarik Elyounoussi (AIK; 84' Ola Kamara, Shenzhen); Joshua King (Bournemouth).
ROM (442): Tatarusanu (Nantes); Chipchiu (Sparta Prague), Sapunaru (Kayserispor), Grigore (Ludogorets), Tosca (PAOK); Deac (Cluj), Paul Anton (Krylya Sovetov), Nicolae Stanciu (Al Ahli; 71' Alexandru Maxim, Mainz), Grozav (Kisvarda; 60' Ianis Hagi, Vitorul); George Puscas (Palermo; Tucudean, Cluj), Keseru (Ludogorets).

Spain - Sweden 3-0 (Sergio Ramos, Morata, Oyarzabal).
SPA (433): Kepa (Chelsea); Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Iñigo Martinez (Real Sociedad; 88' Diego Llorente, Real Sociedad), Jordi Alba (Barcelona); Dani Parejo (Valencia), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Fabian Ruiz (Napoli); Asensio (Real Madrid; 65' Morata, Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia; 71' Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad), Isco (Real Madrid).
SWE (442): Robin Olsen (Roma); Lustig (Celtic), Pontus Jansson (Leeds), Helander (Bologna), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Forsbger (RBL), Ekdal (Sampdoria; 86' Kristoffer Olsson, Midtjylland), Sebastian Larsson (AIK; 82' Isak, Borussia Dortmund), Claesson (Krasnodar; 27' Jakub Johansson, Rennes); Quaison (Mainz), Marcus Berg (Al Ain)

Malta - Romania 0-4 (George Puscas, George Puscas, Chipchiu, Dennis Man).
MAL (541): Bonello (Valletta); Juan Corbolan (Gzira; 84' Luke Montebello, Birkirkara), Agius (Hibernians), Steve Borg (Valletta, Zach Muscat (Olhanense), Joseph Zerafa (Valletta); Effiong (Balzan), Luke Gambin (Luton Town; 67' Mifsud, Birkirkara), Rowen Muscat (Valletta), Fenech (Balzan; 59' Jake Grech, Hibernians); Joseph Mbong (Hibernians).
ROM (442): Tatarusanu (Nantes); Chipchiu (Sparta Prague), Nedelcearu (Ufa; 35' Sapunaru, Kayserispor), Iulian Cristea (Steaua Bucarest), Nicosur Bancu (CSU Craiova); Ianis Hagi (Vitorul), Razvan Marin (Standard Liege), Tudor Baluta (Vitorul), Alexandru Maxim (Mainz; 74' Rotariu, Astana); George Puscas (Palermo), Keseru (Ludogorets; 65' Dennis Man, Steaua Bucarest).

Faroe Islands - Norway 0-2 (Bjorn Johnsen, Bjorn Johnsen).
FOR 4231): Gestsson (Torshavn); Gilli Sorensen (Brann), Gregersen (Vikingur), Odmar Faero (HamKam), Viljormur Davidsen (Vejle); Brandur Olsen (Hafnarfjordur), Rogvi Baldvinsson (Bryne); Vatnhamar (Vikingur; 69' Frederiksberg, Torshavn), Hallur Hansson (Horsens), Rene Joensen (Grindavik; 84' Vatnsdal, Fremad Amager); Klaemint Olsen (NSI Runavik; 89' Patrik Johannesen, Klavsik)
NOR (4231): Andre Hansen (Rosenborg) ; Elabdellaoui (Olympiakos), Nordtveit (Hoffenheim), Ajer (Celtic), Alesaami (Palermo); Selnaes (Shenzhen), Berge (Genk); Odegaard (Vitesse), Markus Henriksen (Hull City), Tarik Elyounoussi (AIK); Bjorn Johnsen (AZ).

SPA 12, SWE 7, ROM 7, NOR 5, MAL 4, FRO 0.

Macedonia - Poland 0-1 (Piatek).
MKD (352): Dimitrievski (Rayo Vallecano); Velkovski (Rijeka), Bejtulai (Shkendija), Musliu (Shkendija); Stefan Ristovski (Sporting Lisbon; 76' Arijan Ademi, DZagreb), Bardhi (Levante), Elmas (Fenerbahce), Boban Nikolov (MOL Vidi; 62' Trajkovski, Palermo), Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds); Nestorovski (Palermo), Pandev (Genoa; 85' Ferhan Hasani, Al Raed).
POL (4231): Fabianski (West Ham); Kedziora (DKyiv), Glik (Monaco), Bednarek (Southampton), Bereszynski (Sampdoria); Klich (Leeds; 90' Goralski, Ludogorets), Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moskow); Frankowski (Chicago Fire; 46' Piatek, Milan), Zielinski (Napoli), Grosicki (Hull City; 70' Rybus, Lokomotiv Moskow); Lewandowski (Bayern Munchen).

Latvia - Israel 0-3 (Zahavi, Zahavi, Zahavi).
LAT (4231): Steinbors (Arka Gdynia); Savalnieks (RFS), Marcis Oss (Neuchatel Xamax), Kaspars Dubra (Irtysh), Vitalijs Maksimenko (Olimpija); Kristers Tobers (Liepaja), Laizans (Riga; 79' Ritvars Rugins, Riga); Deniss Rakels (Pafos), Karasausks (Riga; 67' Vladimir Kamess, SKA Khabarovsk), Janis Ikaunieks (Liepaja; 58' Ciganiks, Cambuur); Gutkovskis (Termalica).
ISR (352): Ariel Harush (Hapoel Beer Sheva); Loai Taha (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Nir Bitton (Celtic), Sheran Yeini (Maccabi Tel Aviv); Eli Dasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Natcho (Olympiakos), Dor Peretz (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Kayal (Brighton; 73' Dan Glazer, Maccabi Tel Aviv), Omri Ben Harush (Lokeren; 81' Yonatan Cohen, Maccabi Tel Aviv); Zahavi (Guangzhou), Dia Saba (Gunagzhou; 66' Ben Sahar, Hapoel Beer Sheva).

Austria - Slovenia 1-0 (Burgstaller).
AUS (4231): Lindner (Grasshoppers); Lainer (RBS), Dragovic (Bayer Leverkusen), Hinteregger (Augsburg), Ulmer (RBS); Laimer (RBL; 82' Ilsanker, RBL), Schalger (RBS); Lazaro (Hertha Berlin), Sabitzer (RBL; 71' Burgstaller, Schalke), Alaba (Bayern Munich; 90' Florian Kainz, Koln); Arnautovic (West Ham).
SLO (4321): Oblak (Atletico Madrid); Petar Stojanovic (DZagreb), Mevlja (Rostov), Aljaz Struna (Houston), Bojan Jokis (Ufa); Kurtic (SPAL), Bijol (CSKA; 63' Denis Popovic, Orenburg), Zajc (Fenerbahce; 69' Damjan Bohar, Zaglebie Lubin); Ilicic (Atalanta), Crnigoj (Lugano; 78' Robert Beric, Saint-Etienne); Sporar (Slovan Bratislava).

Poland - Israel 4-0 (Piatek, Lewandowski, Grosicki, Kadzior).
POL (442): Fabianski (West Ham); Kedziora (DKyiv), Glik (Monaco), Bednarek (Southampton), Bereszynski (Sampdoria); Zielinski (Napoli), Klich (Leeds; 75' Goralski, Ludogorets), Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moskow) Grosicki (Hull City; 77' Kadzior, DZagreb); Lewandowski (Bayern Munchen), Piatek (Milan; 77' Milik, Napoli).
ISR (352): Ariel Harush (Hapoel Beer Sheva); Loai Taha (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Nir Bitton (Celtic; 82' Abd Elhamed, Hapoel Beer Sheva), Sheran Yeini (Maccabi Tel Aviv); Eli Dasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Natcho (Olympiakos), Dor Peretz (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Kayal (Brighton; 57' Almog Cohen, Ingolstadt), Omri Ben Harush (Lokeren; 81' Yonatan Cohen, Maccabi Tel Aviv); Zahavi (Guangzhou), Manor Solomon (SDonetks; 72' Dia Saba, Guangzhou).

Macedonia - Austria 1-4 (own goal by Hinteregger; Lazaro, Arnautovic, Arnautovic, own goal by Bejtulai).
MKD (4321): Dimitrievski (Rayo Vallecano); Stefan Ristovski (Sporting Lisbon), Velkovski (Rijeka), Bejtulai (Shkendija), Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds); Elmas (Fenerbahce; 55' Kire Ristevski, Ujpest), Arijan Ademi (DZagreb), Boban Nikolov (MOL Vidi; 67' Ferhan Hasani, Al Raed); Bardhi (Levante), Pandev (Genoa); Nestorovski (Palermo; 56' Radeski, Shkendija).
AUS (433): Lindner (Grasshoppers); Lainer (RBS), Dragovic (Bayer Leverkusen); 46' Posch, Hoffenheim), Hinteregger (Augsburg), Ulmer (RBS); Laimer (RBL), Ilsanker (RBL), Schalger (RBS); Lazaro (Hertha Berlin), Arnautovic (West Ham; 88' Burgstaller, Schalke), Sabitzer (RBL; 92' Schaub, Koln).

Latvia - Slovenia 0-5 (Crnigoj, Crnigoj, Ilicic, Ilicic, Zajc).
LAT (4231): Steinbors (Arka Gdynia); Savalnieks (RFS), Marcis Oss (Neuchatel Xamax), Kaspars Dubra (Irtysh), Vitalijs Maksimenko (Olimpija; 16' Jagodinskis, FK RFS); Kristers Tobers (Liepaja; 69' Rugins, Riga), Laizans (Riga); Deniss Rakels (Pafos; 78' Ontuzans, Bayern Munich), Janis Ikaunieks (Liepaja), Solovjovs (RFS); Vladislavs Gutkovskis (Bruk-Bet Termalica).
SLO (4321): Oblak (Atletico Madrid); Petar Stojanovic (DZagreb), Mevlja (Rostov), Aljaz Struna (Houston), Bojan Jokis (Ufa); Kurtic (SPAL), Denis Popovic (Orenburg; 77' Luka Zahovic, Maribor), Zajc (Fenerbahce; 64' Bijol, CSKA); Ilicic (Atalanta), Crnigoj (Lugano; 83' Zan Majer, Lecce); Robert Beric (Saint-Etienne).

POL 12, ISR 7, AUS 6, SLO 5, MKD 4, LIT 0.

Turkey - France 2-0 (Ayhan, Cengiz Under).
TUR (433): Mert Gunok (Basaksheir); Zeki Celik (Lille), Demiral (Sassuolo), Ayhan (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Ali Kaldirim (Fenerbhace); Kahveci (Basaksheir; 80' Ozan Tufan, Alanyaspor), Tekdemir (Basaksheir), Tokoz (Besiktas; 90' Abdulkadir Omur, Trabzonspor); Cengiz Under (Roma; 85' Yusuf Yazici, Trabzonspor), Burak Yilmaz (Besiktas), Karaman (Fortuna Dusseldorf).
FRA (442): Lloris (Tottenham); Pavard (Bayern Munich), Varane (Real Madrid), Umtiti (Barcelona), Digne (Everton; 46' Ferland Mendy, OL); Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Matuidi (Juventus; 46' Coman, Bayern Munich); Mbappe (PSG), Giroud (Chelsea; 72' ben Yedder, Seville).

Iceland - Albania 1-0 (Gudmundsson).
ICE (4411): Halldorsson (Valur); Hermannsson (Brondby), Arnason (Genclebirgi), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Rostov), Skulason (Lokeren); Gudmundsson (Burnley; 56' Traustason, Malmo), Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Aron Gunnarsson (Al Arabi), Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (Grasshopper; Arnor Sigurdsson, CSKA); Gyilfi Sigurdsson (Everton); Vidar Orn Kjartansson (Hammarby; 63' Sightorsson, AIK Solna).
ALB (433): Etrit Berisha (Atalanta); Hysaj (Napoli), Ismajli (Hajduk Split), Dermaku (Cosenza), Veseli (Empoli); Abrashi (Freiburg), Taulant Xhaka (Arsenal; 72' Ndoj, Brescia), Basha (ARIS; 67' Ergys Kace, Panathinaikos); Cikalleshi (Akhisarspor; 79' Armando Sadiku, Lugano), Balaj (Akhmat Grozny), Lenjani (Sion).

Moldavia - Andorra 1-0 (Igor Armas).
MOL (4231): Coselev (Fortuna Sittard); Ion Jardan (Petroclub), Igor Armas (Voluntari), Stefan Efros (Speranta), Reabciuk (Porto); Ionita (Cagliari), Catalin Carp (Ufa); Alexandru Antoniuc (Milsami Orhei; 64' Eugeniu Cociu, Sabail), Alexandru Suvorov (Sfintul; 50' Cebotaru, Sibir), Radu Ginsari (Hapoel Haifa); Damascan (Torino; 80' Alexandru Boiciuc, Sfintul).
AND (442): Josep Gomes (Santa Coloma); Jesus Rubio (Santa Coloma; 71' Alexandre Martinez, FC Andorra), Max Llovera (Santboia), Ildefons Lima (IC d'Escaldes), Moises San Nicolas (Santa Coloma); Ludovic Clemente (FC Andorra), Marc Rebes (Santa Coloma; 69' Sergio Moreno, IC d'Escaldes), Marc Vales (Sandefjord), Joan Cervos (FC Andorra); Jordi Alaez (FC Andorra; 82' Aaron Sanchez, Santa Coloma), Marcio Vieira (FC Monzon).

Iceland - Turkey 2-1 (Ragnar Sigurdsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Tokoz)
ICE (4411): Halldorsson (Valur); Hermannsson (Brondby), Arnason (Genclebirgi), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Rostov), Skulason (Lokeren; 69' Magnusson, CSKA); Gudmundsson (Burnley; 80' Traustason, Malmo), Aron Gunnarsson (Al Arabi), Hallfredsson (Udinese), Bjarnason (Aston Villa); Gyilfi Sigurdsson (Everton); Bodvarsson (Reading; 64' Sightorsson, AIK Solna).
TUR (433):Mert Gunok (Basaksheir); Zeki Celik (Lille), Demiral (Sassuolo), Ayhan (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Ali Kaldirim (Fenerbhace); Kahveci (Basaksheir; 63' Abdulkadir Omur, Trabzonspor), Ozan Tufan (Alanyaspor), Tokoz (Besiktas; 84' Guven Yalcin, Besiktas); Karaman (Fortuna Dusseldorf; 46' Yusuf Yazici, Trabzonspor), Burak Yilmaz (Besiktas), Calhanoglu (Milan).

Andorra - France 0-4 (Mbappe, ben Yedder, Thauvin, Kurt Zouma).
AND (442): Josep Gomes (Santa Coloma); Jesus Rubio (Santa Colom), Max Llovera (Santboia), Ildefons Lima (IC d'Escaldes), Moises San Nicolas (Santa Coloma); Alexandre Martinez (FC Andorra; 58' Jordi Rubio, Santa Coloma), Marc Rebes (Santa Coloma), Marc Vales (Sandefjord), Joan Cervos (FC Andorra; 81' Victor Rodriguez, Santa Coloma); Jordi Alaez (FC Andorra; 81' Juli Sanchez, Santa Coloma), Marcio Vieira (FC Monzon).
FRA (442): Lloris (Tottenham); Dubois (OL), Kurt Zouma (Everton), Lenglet (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (OL); Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Ndombele (OL; 64' Moussa Sissoko, Tottenham), Thauvin (OM; 81' Lemar, Atletico Madrid); Mbappe (PSG), ben Yedder (Sevilla; 73' Giroud, Chelsea).

Albania - Moldavia 2-0 (Cikalleshi, Ylber Ramadani).
ALB (433): Etrit Berisha (Atalanta); Hysaj (Napoli), Ismajli (Hajduk Split), Mavraj (Ingolstadt), Veseli (Empoli); Abrashi (Freiburg), Ylber Ramadani (Vejle), Ergys Kace (Panathinaikos; 84' Kristi Qose, Ruzomberok); Myrto Uzuni (NK Lokomotiva), Sadiku (Lugano; 59' Cikalleshi, Akhisarspor), Lenjani (Sion; 59' Odise Roshi, Akhmat Grozny).
MOL (4231): Coselev (Fortuna Sittard); Ion Jardan (Petroclub; 76' Dino Graur, Milsami Orhei), Igor Armas (Voluntari), Stefan Efros (Speranta), Reabciuk (Porto); Cebotaru (Sibir), Catalin Carp (Ufa); Alexandru Antoniuc (Milsami Orhei), Alexandru Suvorov (Sfintul; 74' Cociuc, Sabail), Radu Ginsari (Hapoel Haifa); Damascan (Torino; 70' Boiciuc, Sfintul).

FRA 9, TUR 9, ICE 9, ALB 6, MOL 3, AND 0.

Belgium - Kazakistan 3-0 (Mertens, Castagne, Romelu Lukaku).
BEL (3421): Courtois (Real Madrid); Vertonghen (Tottenham), Alderweireld (Tottenham), Kompany (Anderlecht; 78' Vermaelen, Barcelona); Castagne (Atalanta), de Bruyne (Manchester City; 68' Tielemans, Leicester), Witsel (Borussia Dortmund), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach); Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Mertens (Napoli); Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United; 72' Batshuayi, Crystal Palace).
KAZ (541): Nepogodov (Ordabasy); Abzal Beysebekov (Astana), Erlanov (Ordabasy), Sergey Maily (Ordabasy), Marochkin (Kaysar), Vorgovskyi (Kairat Almaty); Maksim Fedin (Tobol Kostanay; 66' Aymbetov, Aktobe), Islambek Kuat (Kairat Almaty; 78' Tagybergen, Kaysar), Pertsukh (Astana), Georgi Zhukov (Kairat Almaty); Zhangylyshbay (Ordabasy; 46' Islamkhan, Kairat Almaty).

Russia - San Marino 9-0 (own goal Michele Cevoli, Dzyuba, Kudryashov, Anton Miranchuk, Dzyuba, Dzyuba, Smolov, Smolov, Dzyuba).
RUS (4231): Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moskow); Mario Fernandes (CSKA), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskow), Kudryashov (Basaksehir); Ozdoev (Zenit), Zobnin (Spartak Moskow; 73' Barinov, Lokomotiv Moskow); Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moskow; 61' Ionov, Rostov), Golovin (Monaco), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moskow; 60' Smolov, Lokomotiv Moskow); Dzyuba (Zenit).
SMR (4231): Elia Benedettini (Novara); Fabio Vitaioli (Tropical Coriano), Michele Cevoli (San Marino), Andrea Grandoni (Marignanese), Manuel Battistini (AC Libertas); Alessandro Golinucci (Tropical Coriano; 64' Lunadei, FYA Riccione), Enrico Gollinucci (AC Libertas); Marcello Mularoni (CBR Carli Pietracut), Danilo Rinaldi (La Fiorita; 56' Fabio Ramon Tomassini, CBR Carli Pietracut), Mirko Palazzi (Tre Penne; 50' Luca Censoni, unknown); Matteo Vitaioli (Tropical Coriano).

Scotland - Cyprus 2-1 (Andy Robertson; Kousoulos; Oliver Burke).
SCO (433): David Marshall (Hull City); Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarkock), Mulgrew (Blackburn), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Andy Robertson (Liverpool); John McGinn (Aston Villa; 79' Scott McTominay, Manchester United), Kenny McLean (Norwich), Callum McGregor (Celtic; 88' Stuart Armstrong, Southampton); James Forrest (Celtic), Brophy (Kilmarnock; 73' Oliver Burke, Celtic), Fraser (Bournemouth).
CYP (352): Urko Pardo (Alki Oroklini); Laifis (Standard Liege), Nikolas Ioannou (APOEL), Kousoulos (Omonia); Andreas Makris (AEL Limassol; 80' Ioannis Pittas, Enonis Neon Paralimni), Michalis Ioannou (Anorthosis; 66' Anthony Georgiou, Levante), Artymatas (APOEL), Spoljaric (Alki Oroklini; 70' Ionanis Kosti, Nea Salamis), Margaça (Nea Salamis); Georgios Efrem (APOEL), Pieros Sotiriou (Copenhagen).

Belgium - Scotland 3-0 (Romelu Lukaku, Romelu Lukaku, de Bruyne).
BEL (3421): Courtois (Real Madrid); Alderweireld (Tottenham), Kompany (Anderlecht; 90' Vermaelen, Barcelona), Vertonghen (Tottenham); Meunier (PSG), Tielemans (Leicester; 78' Mertens, Napoli), Witsel (Borussia Dortmund), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund; 90' Ferreira-Carrasco, DL Yinfang); De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid); Romeliu Lukaku (Manchetser United).
SCO (433): David Marshall (Hull City); Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarkock), Mulgrew (Blackburn), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock); McTominay (Manchester United), Kenny McClean (Norwich), Stuart Armstrong (Southampton; 32' Fraser, Bournemouth); Johnny Russell (Kansas; 67' James Forrest, Celtic), Oliver Burke (Celtic), Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Russia - Cipro 1-0 (Ionov)
RUS (4231): Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moskow); Mario Fernandes (CSKA), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskow), Kudryashov (Basaksehir); Ozdoev (Zenit), Zobnin (Spartak Moskow; 78' Barinov, Lokomotiv Moskow); Ionov (Rostov; 92' Ilzat Akhmetov, CSKA), Golovin (Monaco), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moskow; 64' Aleksey Miranchuk, Lokomotiv Moskow); Dzyuba (Zenit).
CIP (352): Urko Pardo (Alki Oroklini); Laifis (Standard Liege), Nikolas Ioannou (APOEL), Kousoulos (Omonia); Andreas Makris (AEL Limassol; 81' Spoljaric, Alki Oroklini), Ioannis Kosti (Nea Salamina), Artymatas (APOEL), Margaça (Nea Salamis), Andreas Avraam (AEL Limassol; 71' Ioannis Pittas, Enonis Neon Paralimni); Anthony Georgiu (Levante; 46' Efrem, APOEL), Pieros Sotiriou (Copenhagen).

Kazakistan - San Marino 4-0 (Islambek Kuat, Maxim Fedin, Suyumbayev, Islamkhan).
KAZ (532): Nepogodov (Ordabasy); Vorogvskyi (Kairat), Erlanov (Ordabasy), Sergey Maily (Ordabasy), Shomko (Astana), Suyumbaev (Kairat); Tagybergen (Kaysar Kyzylorda), Islambek Kuat (Kairat Almaty; 84' Pertushk, Astana), Isamlhan (Kairat); Tursybek (Tobol; 69' Zhangylyshbay, Ordabasy), Aymbetov (Aktobe; 58' Maksim Fedin, Tobol).
SMR (4231): Elia Benedettini (Novara); Davide Cesarini (Tre Penne; 76' Manuel Battistini, Libertas), Fabio Vitaioli (Tropical Coriano), Cristian Brolli (Folgore), Andrea Grandoni (Marignanese); Lunadei (Riccione), Marcello Mularoni (Carli Pietracut); Micheal Battistini (Libertas; 46' Enrico Gollinucci, Libertas), Matteo Vitaioli (Tropical Coriano; 83' Filippo Berardi, Monopoli), Luca Censoni (unknown); Nicola Nanni (Crotone).

BEL 12, RUS 9, KAZ 6, SCO 6, CYP 3, SMR 0.

Greece - Italy 0-3 (Barella, Lorenzo Insigne, Bonucci).
GRE (433): Barkas (AEK); Zeca (Copenhagen), Papastathipoulos (Arsenal), Manolas (Roma), Stafylidis (Augsburg); Kourbelis (Panathinaikos; 46' Siopis, Aris), Siovas (Leganes), Samaris (Benfica; 77' Bakasetas, AEK); Masouras (Olympiakos), Fortounis (Olympiakos), Kolovos (Omonia Nicosia; 46' Charalampos Mavrias, Omonia Nicosia).
ITA (433): Sirigu (Torino); Florenzi (Roma), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea; 68' de Sciglio, Juventus); Barella (Cagliari), Jorginho (Chelsea), Verratti (PSG; 81' Lorenzo Pellegrini, Roma); Chiesa (Fiorentina), Belotti (Torino; 84' Bernardeschi, Juventus), Lorenzo Insgine (Napoli).

Finland - Bosnia 2-0 (Pukki, Pukki).
FIN (4231): Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen); Granlund (Orebro; 38' Raitala, Montreal Impact), Toivio (Hacken), Arajuuri (Brondby), Uronen (Genk); Sparv (Midtjylland), Glen Kamara (Rangers); Lod (Sporting Gijon), Petteri Forsell (Miedz Legnica; 63' Lassi Lappalainen, HJK Helsinki), Skrabb (Norrkoping; 84' Rasmus Schuller, Minnesota UTD); Pukki (Norwich).
BIH (4231): Ibrahim Sehic (Erzurumspor); Bicakcic (Hoffenheim), Toni Sunjic (Dinamo Moskow), Zukanovic (Genoa), Eldar Civic (Sparta Prague); Muhamed Besic (Everton; 79' Amer Gojak, Dinamo Zagreb), Cimirot (Standard Liege); Edin Visca (Basaksehir), Elvis Saric (Suwon), Haris Duljevic (Dynamo Dresden; 69' Riad Bajic, Basaksehir); Dzeko (Roma).

Armenia - Liechetenstein 3-0 (Ghazaryan, Karapetian, Barseghyan).
ARM (4231): Hayrapetyan (Banants); Hambardzumyan (Enonis Neon Paralimni), Voskanyan (Alashkert), Varazdat Haroyan (Ural), Hovhannisyan (Zhetysu); Mkrtchyan (Pyunik Erewan; 76' Artak Grigoryan, Alashkert), Avetisyan (Ararat; 78' Hovsepyan, Pyunik Erewan); Barseghyan (Kaysar), Mkhitaryan (Arsenal), Ghazaryan (Chaves); Karapetian (Progres Niederkorn; 73' Edgar Babayan, Hobro).
LIE (442): Thomas Hobi (Hohenems); Sandro Wolfinger (Eschen-Mauren; 85' Brandle, Pullach), Andreas Malin (Dornbirn), Jens Hofer (Munsingen), Maximilian Goppel (Vaduz); Nicolas Hasler (Kansas), Michele Polverino (Balzers), Aron Sele (Vaduz; 81' Livio Meier, Eschen-Mauren), Marcel Buchel (Empoli); Salanovic (Thun), Yanik Frick (Rapperswil-Jona; 46' Simon Kuhne, Eschen-Mauren).

Italy - Bosnia 2-1 (Dzeko; Lorenzo Insigne, Verratti).
ITA (433): Sirigu (Torino); Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta; 66' de Sciglio, Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), Emerson (Chelsea); Barella (Caglari), Jorginho (Chelsea), Verratti (PSG); Bernardeschi (Juventus; 81' Belotti, Torino), Quagliqrella (Sampdoria; 46' Chiesa, Fiorentina), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).
BIH (4231): Ibrahim Sehic (Erzurumspor); Todorovic (RBS), Bicakcic (Hoffenheim), Zukanovic (Genoa), Eldar Civic (Sparta Prague; 72' Bojan Nastic, Oostende); Muhamed Besic (Everton), Pjanic (Juventus); Visca (Basaksehir), Elvis Saric (Suwon), Amer Gojak (DZagreb; 81' Cimirot, Standard Liege); Dzeko (Roma).

Liechenstein - Finland 0-2 (Pukki, Benjamin Kallman).
LIE (4141): Thomas Hobi (Hohenems); Sandro Wolfinger (Eschen-Mauren; 77' Daniel Brandle, Pullach), Daniel Kaufmann (Balzers), Jens Hofer (Munsingen), Rechsteiner (Balzers); Nicolas Hasler (Kansas), Sandro Wieser (Vaduz; 46' Michele Polverino, Balzers), Aron Sele (Vaduz), Marcel Buchel (Empoli; 54' Martin Buchel, Zurich); Salanovic (Thun),Simon Kuhne (Eschen-Mauren).
FIN (4231): Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen); Raitala (Montreal Impact; 83' Leo Vaisanen, Den Bosch), Toivio (Hacken), Arajuuri (Brondby), Uronen (Genk); Sparv (Midtjylland; 61' Rasmus Schuller, Minnesota), Glen Kamara (Rangers); Lassi Lappalainen (HJK Helsinki; 74' Pyry Soiri, Admira), Lod (Sporting Gijon), Benjamin Kallmann (Vendyssel); Pukki (Norwich).

Greece - Armenia 2-3 (Karapetian, Ghazaryan; Zeca; Barseghyan; Fortounis).
GRE (4231): Vlachodimos (Benfica); Charalampos Mavrias (Omonia; 17' Kotsiras, Asteras), Papastathopoulos (Arsenal), Siovas (Leganes), Koutris (Olympiakos); Zeca (Copenhagen), Samaris (Benfica; 75' Siopis, Aris); Masouras (Olympiakos), Fortounis (Olympiakos), Pelkas (PAOK; 68' Kolovos, Omonia); Koulouris (Atromitos).
ARM (4231): Hayrapetyan (Banants); Hambardzumyan (Enonis Neon Paralimni), Ishkhanyan (Lori Vanadzor), Varazdat Haroyan (Ural), Hovhannisyan (Zhetysu); Mkrtchyan (Pyunik Erewan; 56' Hovsepyan, Pyunik Yerevan); Artak Grigoryan (Alashkert); Barseghyan (Kaysar), Mkhitaryan (Arsenal), Ghazaryan (Chaves; 83' Aventisyan, Ararat-Armenia); Karapetian (Progres Niederkorn; 70' Babayan, Hobro).

ITA 12, FIN 9, ARM 6, GRE 4, BIH 4, LIE 0.
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/r/Championship's Championship club by club season preview - part 1!

Part 2 here - Part 3 here - Part 4 here

On Friday at 8pm UK time, Reading and Derby County will kick off the 127th season of the English second division - also known as the Championship! 24 clubs will compete for 3 promotion spots to the Premier league (2 via automatic promotion and 1 via playoffs) and to avoid the 3 relegation spots to the third tier a.k.a League One.

Its looking like a really tight and competitive season. The league is absolutely full of ambitious player and managerial talent - the more time goes by the more it looks like a Premier League 2. If you want a competitive league with proper English football, that also has the spice of skilful players and forward thinking managers, it really is the place to go.

This is guide written by the fans who have come together on /Championship - an absolutely huge thanks to them. Do check out the sub, we try to keep it a good place to discuss the EFL, away from the rancid gloryhunting shithole that is /soccer (just kidding - I like this place). Lots going on, including a score predictor thread which is running all season.

This guide is in table order with the PL demoted sides first. Only 5 clubs today (because the Swansea one is a fucking novel and I can't fit any more in), the rest will be submitted tomorrow and Friday. Do bare in mind that not all the transfer news will be up to date as these guides were largely written a week ago. Point out to me if there are any clear errors with formatting or spelling.

Championship info, links and media

/Championship's 17/18 player of the season review

Season previews: The Guardian | Sky Sports | The Mirror
EFL focused podcasts: Not the Top 20 | The Totally Football League Show
The 17/18 table - Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham went up. Barnsley, Burton and Sunderland went down. This season West Brom, Swansea and Stoke join from the PL and Wigan, Blackburn and Rotherham join from League 1.
These are the bookies' favourites for promotion (via Oddschecker):
Club Odds
Stoke 2.75
Middlesbrough 4
West Brom 4
Nottingham Forest 4.5
Leeds 4.75
Swansea 5
And relegation:
Club Odds
Rotherham 2.2
Bolton 2.25
Ipswich 4.5
Reading 5
Hull 6
How to watch in the UK: Live rights are owned by Sky Sports. They are upping the number of televised matches this season. Reading v Derby on Friday is televised. The weekly highlights show previously on Channel 5 is moving to Quest TV, which apparently is on Freeview.
How to watch abroad: Depends, but in most territories, the iFollow Service is available, which is £110 to watch all a single club's matches. Bargain. I think the clubs that aren't on iFollow have their own similar streaming services.
Check out club Youtube channels - quite a few of them post extended highlights now with their own commentary, including Derby, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and more. (You may need VPN to watch if you're abroad.)

Swansea City by RafiakaMacakaDirk and my_knob_is_gr8

Location: Swansea, Wales
Nickname: Swans, The Jacks
Major honours: Football League Cup (2013), Championship Play-off Winner (2011), League One Winners (1925, 1949, 2008)
17/18 finishing postion: 18th (Premier League)
Transfermarkt squad value: €115.5 mil NOTE: This number is as of July 22nd, when we still have Mawson (€15 mil), A. Ayew (€15 mil), Bony (€10 mil), Clucas (€8 mil) and Fernandez (€8 mil), who are all pretty much expected to be sold, or loaned out, before the season starts. Without all of these players except Bony (who's injured for a while so it makes it unlikely he'll be sold soon), the squad value would be around €70 mil.
Manager: Graham Potter joined the Swans on 11th June 2018. In 2010, he became head coach of Östersund, who were in the fourth tier of Swedish football. 5 years later, he got the club promoted into the Swedish top flight and in 2017, they won Svenska Cupen which qualified them for the Europa League where they managed to get through the group stage. He’s been applauded for what he did at Östersund and the way he managed to build the club up from nothing. The year after his success in the Europa league he signed a 3 year contract with Swansea.
Potter is well respected by The Swans and after a few years of poor managerial and financial decisions his appointment is seen as a step in the right direction to bringing us back to our old ways of being a well-run club. Potter has been recognised for his "progressive" and "unconventional" coaching methods. At Östersund, he encouraged his players and staff to engage in community activities, such as performing in theatre and music productions which was designed to take them out of their comfort zone. Potter describes his style of football on the pitch as "tactically flexible, attacking, and possession-based". At Östersund, he deployed a flexible 3–5–2 formation centred on ball possession.
Best player(s)/ talisman:With many of our best players being rumoured with a move away what good players that remain at the start of the season is yet to be seen.
Alfie Mawson is probably our standout player. He’s been amazing for us since we got him and was a bargain at about £3m. He’s great in the air and is just an all round tank. Keeping him will be a huge boost for us and should be solid in the championship.
Federico "El Pajaro" Fernandez has also been strong at the back with Alfie. The pair played with each other for the majority of last season and together became a solid unit. We will most likely sell him to reduce wages though.
Jordan Ayew put in a great shift last season and was our top goal scorer. His work rate was immense and was able to drop back and defend when needed. He’s fast, able to beat a man and a decent finisher. Sadly all these players are transfer targets for other clubs and might not even be here at the start of the season. If we can keep a lot of our players we should have a decent season but who knows who'll be left by the end of the window…
Rising star: Swansea’s U23 had a great season last year and with Potter wanting a young and fresh squad, a handful have moved up into the first team.
Our standout youngster, Oliver McBurnie, joined Barnsley on loan in January last season where he went on to win a Championship player of the month award after 6 goals in 8 games and went on to win Barnsley’s Player of the year award. While only 22, he’s struggled to break into our first team but will most likely be our main striker for the coming season. Be on the lookout for his long legs, miniature shinpads and ridiculous sock length! LEGS LEGS LEGS!!!
Connor Roberts performed well at RB last season and adapted quickly to the premier league where he battled Kyle Naughton to be in the starting line up and did great when given the chance. Decent at going forward and professional at the back. Hopefully potter puts him ahead of Naughton.
What happened last season?: What Happened last season?: After our great escape the season before and with Paul Clement at the helm there was optimism that the 17/18 season could be our turning point where we start rebuilding 'The Swansea Way". How wrong we were.
After a disastrous transfer window where we sold Sigurdsson and never replaced him and started panic buying the week before the transfer window closed we were left an obvious hole in our team. We had no creativity in midfield and no one could kick the ball into the box to save their life. And just to rub it in further Renato Sanches turned out to be more disappointing than Bob Bradley. With the team sitting bottom of the table Clement was sacked in late December.
Then along came the wise talking Carlos Carvalhal who managed to rebuild the confidence the team had lost. Our results took a turn for the good, beating Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham consecutively at home. He pulled us out of the relegation zone and things were looking good. However, the good times were quickly followed by the bad times. Our form turned and we didn’t win a single one of our last 9 matches. We were quickly relegated after pitifully losing to both Southampton and Stoke in our last 2 games of the season.
Highlights (Or lowlights):
The pass by Renato Sanches that summed up his and our season
Swansea City 3-1 Arsenal
Summer transfer business (so far): At the end of last season, it was clear we needed several transfers, both in and out. However, this would all depend on the manager we got.
Yan Dhanda (Free, Liverpool): A 19 year-old Midfielder, Yan Dhanda left Liverpool this summer and joined the Swans in a free, before we even hired Graham Potter. At one time one of the most promosing youngsters in Liverpool's Academy, injuries slowed down his progress, and ultimately made him fall behind other players. Citing lack of first-team playing time, Dhanda decided to join us this summer in hopes of getting regular playing time in the senior squad. Through 3 pre-season games, Dhanda has been one of the brighest and most impressive players in the squad, even scoring a game-winning goal and smashing a penalty in a shootout against Genoa. With our current injuries and shenanigans involved in our midfield, Dhanda has a good chance of becoming a starter and hopefully guide our midfield during the season.
Jordi Govea (Free, Real Madrid): Another 19 year-old from Ecuador, Jordi was the first signing under Potter. Not much can be said about the lad, but this is what Real Madrid had as his bio:
Jordi is an Ecuadorian defender who possess three key qualities for a player in his position: he's skilful, is able to go past a player and has a good shot on him. He's left footed and is able to send in good crosses on the run.
With Martin Olsson currently as our starting LB, and Kyle Naughton as the backup, the hope is that Jordi can develop on our U-23 squad and hopefully move up to the senior squad in coming years. Also the only man I've seen do a medical while wearing jeans (
Joel Asoro (€2 mil., Sunderland): Yet another 19 year-old, a Swedish winger who has represented his country in the younger levels, he was Potter's first senior signing. With world-class speed, and some impressive skills, Asoro was able to score 3 goals and get 2 assists last season in 26 apperances for Sunderland. While these numbers may seem a bit disappointing, many of these games were sub appearances on a very dysfunctional team. Along with Dhanda, Asoro has been one of the most impressive players during preseason, constantly beating his man with either speed or skills, and whipping in good balls to Legs. At the current rate, Asoro appears to have a good chance of starting on the right wing spot, with Nathan Dyer and Luciano Narsingh backing him up.
Predicted starting XI: NOTE: This is gonna be assuming Mawson, A. Ayew, Clucas, and Fernandez are all sold by the start of the season. If by some reason they end up staying, they are pretty much guaranteed to start. Based on the pre-season games so far, a lineup looking like this would be plausible, with Rodon most likely to be replaced by a CB (possibly Scott McKenna) when we buy one. Our second unit is looking something like this.
Best case scenario: Graham Potter is able to motivate and make sure our senior players (Fer, Carroll, etc.) stay fit, along with our youngsters being able to make an impact as expected, and also we retain Mawson, Fernandez, and Clucas, we can finish in the top 2 and get promoted automatically.
Worst case scenario: Our worst case scenario, and something many of us fear of happening, consists of primarily 3 things. 1. Graham Potter isn't given enough time to build an identity with our squad and is sacked by the midway point of the season by the greedy, dumb American owners. . 2. We end up not replacing the players we sold properly like last summer, therefore having a squad with holes everywhere and no chemistry. 3. Our youngsters such as Asoro, McBurnie, Dhanda and company don't pan out and progress at all, thefore becoming mediocre players. This would all culminate in us looking like Sunderland, and making relegation a probability.
Prediction: Realistically I see us selling Mawson and company in the last days before the season starts and not replacing them properly until later on. Because of this, as well as our current injuries with Fer and Clucas, I can see us initially struggling to build an identity but over time, we will start playing like Potter wants us and finishing the season strongly.
8th place, missing the play-offs by 4 points
What will happen to your closest rivals?: The scum that is known as Cardiff City will break the record for lowest points ever accumulated in a Premier League season, getting 5 points all from draws, and will therefore get relegated with 17 games to spare.

West Bromwich Albion by Joelwba

Location: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands
Nickname: The Baggies, The Throstles
Major honours: 1x League title, 1x League Cup, 5x FA Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 20th in Premier League (relegated)
Transfermarkt squad value: £101.16m
Manager: Darren Moore or Big Dave as he's known to Albion fans. A club icon as a player in the early 2000s, he returned to look after our U23 squad before being promoted to assistant manager by Alan Pardew in January. Following the end of Pardew's horrific reign, Moore took temporary charge with Albion facing inevitable relegation. He led us to wins over Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and a draw with Liverpool, somehow taking our futile battle for survival to the final week of the season. Following this he earned the head coach role permanently. Moore is loved among the Albion faithful, largely due to his reputation as a player here. He heavily favours a 4-4-2 formation and at the back end of last season, tended to soak up pressure and play on the counter attack. It will be interesting to see how his approach differs in a league where we are one of the favourites, not fighting to survive (hopefully)
Best player(s)/ talisman: It's an interesting situation for Albion currently. There are plenty of Premier League quality players still in the squad. A lot depends on if they are picked off before the deadline shuts. Chris Brunt is a club stalwart and likely to be reappointed as captain. He is adored by the fans and in my opinion will be an incredible asset in the championship. His set pieces alone will bring 10+ goals to the side. Kieran Gibbs is a high quality player who appears to be set to stay and should make a big difference. Jay Rodriguez, Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli should all make a big difference in this division IF they stay. In all honesty I expect to lose a few of the above. Sam Johnstone appears to be an astute signing to replace the outgoing Ben Foster.
Rising star: Sam Field he's one of our own! He looked completely at home against some of the top Premier League sides last campaign. A box-to-box midfielder, he's full of energy and looks so comfortable on the ball. I expect him to be a major part of our side this season, having just signed a new long-term deal.
Kyle Edwards is an exciting attacking midfielder who has been impressing in pre-season. He may have a part to play following a loan spell at Exeter last campaign.
Jonathon Leko looked like a potential world-beater when he first came through a couple of years back. A lightning quick winger full of tricks. A loan spell at Bristol City and limited appearances later he seems to be losing his way. Will be an interesting one to watch.
Finally, the enigma that is Olly Burke. After signing with us last summer for £15m, he failed to impress any of the four managers we had over the season. He looks exciting when he comes on, without any end product so far, and was unfairly blamed for a loss at West Ham by Alan 'Coward' Pardew. We all know the talent he's got. Hopefully we can see it this season.
What happened last season?: Let's not talk about it... We finally escaped the stranglehold of Tony Pulis, only to opt for the human joke that is Alan Pardew and duly hurtled towards relegation. Four of our players stole a taxi and then played (and lost) the following weekend.
Pardew was sacked about 3 months too late, and Moore took over, restoring pride with some notable wins over Man Utd and Spurs.
This season we also lost the great Cyrille Regis, and the outpouring of emotion and the coming together of the club during the weeks after his passing was something special.
Summer transfer business (so far): We started by releasing Claudio Yacob, Boaz Myhill and Gareth McAuley. Yacob and McAuley will be greatly missed but it is perhaps the right time for them to go.
Jonny Evans departed for Leicester for a cut-price £3m, Ben Foster left for Watford and James McClean has departed for Stoke City.
Sam Johnstone has been bought in to replace Foster, with Jonathon Bond arriving as backup. Kyle Bartley has joined from Swansea City and it appears that Harvey Barnes will soon be arriving on loan from Leicester.
Finally, James Morrison is currently out of contract but still with the club. His future is uncertain.
I am very happy with Johnstone and Bartley. It has been a quiet window for Albion so far but that is largely a good thing. The squad is packed with Premier League talent and the window is more about keeping hold of them.
There is major interest in Dawson and Rondon, along with interest in Rodriguez, Hegazi and Chadli. If any of the above go, then we would need to replace. Otherwise I would be happy with another striker and another CB.
It is also worth mentioning that every player in the Albion side suffered a 50% wage cut upon relegation which means that we are financially sound despite relegation, but may lead to more big names leaving.
Predicted starting XI: This is my best attempt. It will undoubtedly be 4-4-2. We may see Nyom in at right back and perhaps Barry in for Field.
Obviously about half of this side could leave, so we shall see.
Best case scenario: The bulk of the side remains and the quality in the side shines through as we breeze to automatic promotion.
Worst case scenario: The better players leave or do not put the effort in. Moore cannot transfer his great start into his first full season in management. We become embroiled in a relegation battle
Prediction: It will be somewhere in the middle. I'd like to think we'll go up automatically but I think play-offs are more likely. 6th
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Villa won't go down but will settle into mid-table, despite the recent takeover.
I think Wolves will do well in the PL, although I don't know how long Nuno will last before a big club comes in.

Stoke City by mrmariomaster

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Nickname: The Potters
Stadium: bet365 Stadium, 30,089 seats
Major honours: 1972 League Cup
17/18 finishing position: 19th, Premier League
Squad value: £127.8 million
Manager: Gary Rowett signed from Derby in May. His honest attitude has brought lots of optimism to fans, who are looking forward to an overhaul of the Club. His style of play seems to change based on the squad he has available.
Best Player: Joe Allen was vital to the Club last season, giving us hope that we would avoid relegation. His massive new contract signed this summer shows how loyal and committed to the Club he is, and will be a vital player this season.
Rising star: Tom Edwards is a local lad who has won the Under 18 Player of the Year award twice in the Club. In the latter parts of last season he played some good first team football.
What happened last season: A pathetic attempt at a season that had been coming for a while under Mark Hughes. Paul Lambert was appointed in January, but a win rate of just 2 in 15 matches wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and miss out on the million pound bonus offered to him.
Transfer business so far: So far this has been a decent transfer window. Peter Etebo had an amazing World Cup for Nigeria and Benik Afobe looks really promising. Adam Federici has also been appointed to replace Lee Grant. Xherdan Shaqiri has left along with a few players like Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson who will not be missed. Badou Ndiaye also looks to be on his way out, but it looks like Jack Butland will stay with us, which is massive. Perhaps most surprising are the new contracts signed by our 2 best players last season, Joe Allen and Moritz Bauer.
Predicted Line up: Here is our predicted squad. I’m not sure what formation we will have. EDIT: This is a new version, complete with our rumoured new signings and in the right formation.
Best case scenario: Stoke will finish top with an all-time Championship points record.
Worst case scenario: A mediocre start to the season will see Rowett sacked and Stoke with a disappointing mid-table finish.
Prediction: I think with our squad and our new manager, we will finish 1st.
What will happen to our closest rivals? Port Vale will be relegated to the Vanarama National League.

Aston Villa by trueschoolalumni

Location: Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE
Nickname: The Villans, The Villa, Prince William's Club, David "Twat" Cameron's Second Club.
Major honours: 7 First Division wins, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intertoto Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 4th
Transfermarkt squad value: £67.77m and dropping fast
Manager: Steve Bruce (for now). Former Man Utd playing legend who's been a fixture of English football for decades. He joined Villa in 2016 after successful runs at Hull, Sunderland (yes they were good once) and Birmingham City. A bit of a promotion specialist, he's taken Championship clubs up to the Premier League 4 times in the past and just missed out last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Playoff Final. Tactically, he's fairly old school who prefers 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1, usually involving a big man up top. Fun fact: while managing Huddersfield in 1999 he wrote three novels, "Striker!", "Sweeper!" and "Defender!", which focus on main character Steve Barnes, a football manager. Barnes solves crime and takes on terrorists, and the books have become prized rarities. The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast managed to get a copy and read out some of the copy - suitably awful.
Best player(s)/ talisman: There's only one Jack Grealish. A Villa boy through and through, he's been with the club since 2001 (aged 6), and made his way into the first team in the 2013-14 season. He's been the centre of controversy a few times, most notably getting on the beers and passing out on a Tenerife street. Playing as a number 10, his quick feet and dribbling skills provide a number of goals and assists, as well as fouls. He probably went down a bit too easily when first in the Premier League, but time in the gym has noticeably toughened him up and he's a much more solid player as a result. One of the better players in the Championship, and due to Villa's abject finances, a transfer target for the likes of Leicester.
Rising star: Keinan Davis could possibly be it, potentially Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as well.
What happened last season?: Have you ever walked into a casino, spotted the roulette table and popped £10,000 on red? It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off. You've doubled your money if you win, but look like a right git if you lose. Villa figured this was a good way to approach 2017-18: spend millions on players, get in lots of loans, gamble everything on achieving promotion. After a so-so start, Bruce got the team playing well, stringing together a number of wins and moving through the playoff spots. Unfortunately they ran into a few teams playing out of their skin - champions Wolves ran away with the league and boasted a squad that included several Champions League players. Neil Warnock's Cardiff couldn't stop winning and grabbed the second automatic promotion. In the playoff final Villa came up against a Ryan Sessegnon-led Fulham and were just pipped at the post 1-0.
Summer transfer business (so far): It's one-way traffic, due to absolutely abysmal finances. Loan spells for Lewis Grabban, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone have all ended, which is almost the spine of the team (Johnstone in particular - he was arguably the best keeper in the Championship and personally bagged a number of wins). Plus clubs are circling to pick off whatever assets we have left (eg. Jack Grealish, James Chester). With no prospect of anyone new coming in, it looks like the youth academy will be getting a lot more game time.
Predicted starting XI: Possibly this, but half these players could be gone before the first match.
Best case scenario: Mid-table anonymity would have to be best case - Villa are a mess and could go down this time around.
Worst case scenario: Our finances are the real issue - they are dire. Villa need to find £9 million this month to avoid going into administration. Owner "Dr." Tony Xia is a billionaire, apparently, but tax bills went unpaid and the question remains if he's able to support the club as generously as he has in the past. Administration, points deductions and potentially relegation to League One are all real possibilities right now. It's not looking good.
Prediction: Due to financial irregularities in the 23 clubs above us, Villa will get into the Champions League and take out the likes of Atletico, Bayern and Real Madrid on the way to our second European Cup. "Taylor, Green, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball played in for Jack Grealish. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Keinan Davis!"
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Unfortunately the Scum managed to avoid League One in the final rounds of the season. Here's hoping they go one better. Agbonlahor to re-sign for one game: the Derby. And score the winner, again.

Middlesbrough by OneSmallHuman

Location: The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Founded: 1876
Nickname: The Boro (Or just Boro)
Major honours: The League cup 2003-2004 season
17/18 finishing position: 5th
Transfermarkt squad value: 79.34m
Manager: Tony Pulis became manager of us in late December 2017, replacing the sacked Garry Monk after a pretty lacklustre few months of the campaign (despite where our league position was). Pulis is known in England for being the man that is never relegated when in charge of someone in the top flight. We are all aware of Tony Pulis' style of football. You start by having a strong and massive defence and maximise your use of set pieces to gain an advantage. Pulis is a lover of all set piece plays, whether that is crossing the ball in from a corner or free kick, or launching a ball into the box from a throw in, they're all in his arsenal of weapons. 'Pulisball' as it is pretty much known. Pulis has achieved promotion from the championship once before with Stoke, and I hope he achieves it again with us this season
Best player(s)/ rising star: I mean, where else do I begin. Adama Traore. Arguably the best player in the championship on his day and is one of the most frightening dribblers in English football, maybe even world football. The winger is known for his speed and dribbling ability although is usually criticised for his lack of end product. Before last season I would've agreed, however 5 goals and 10 assists, with all but 2 assists coming before Pulis' arrival show the progression of the Spanish winger.
As for other members of the squad, Ben Gibson, the prodigal son. Boro through and through he's progressed into a commanding centre half with the ability to play out from the back thanks to Karanka. He gained attention and emerged as one of the few given credit after our disappointing premier league campaign but was only the subject of one bid upon our relegation, from now manager Tony Pulis. It remains to be seen whether he'll be here come the first game of the season, but I hope he will be.
As for future stars, Dael Fry, already has played 2 championship campaigns for us and looks as assured as a veteran of the game. Another centre half produced by our academy and he is being played in cdm this pre-season by Pulis, to add to his versatility. Hopefully a standout season for him, especially if Gibson does end up leaving. Finally, yes, he does always look as confused as images of him show.
What happened last season?: Well, the first half of the season was tragic under Monk. We played really poor football at times and looked like we hadn't defended a day in our lives. There was also no consistency in the team, we'd win one game then lose the next. A key theme under both managers however, was our inability to beat those around us in the table. After Pulis' appointment the results picked up and it ended with us finishing 5th in the table. We ultimately lost in the playoff semi finals to Aston Villa but honestly, we didn't think we'd even be in the top half around Christmas.
Summer transfer business (so far): Just the three deals to talk about so far. We've acquired Paddy McNair from Sunderland who looks like a decent player. He's been utilised in right back and midfield during pre-season so it looks like they'll be his positions for the season. I imagine he'll play alongside Clayts and Howson in a midfield three.
Aden Flint was signed from Bristol City and I think I'm in the minority when I say I don't like how much we paid for him. Obviously the man is a Pulis player but I'm a bit unsure about his defensive ability. That being said he's looked strong during pre-season and I'm sure Pulis will get the best out of him. Fabio departed our club for Nantes so we'll need more full back cover.
As for the rest of the window, I expect Gibson to leave but will be delighted if he doesn't. One of our strikers will also leave and Braithwaite should follow after his decent World Cup performances. We'll probably bring in a striker and a winger and hopefully hold onto Adama. That'd be a successful window in my eyes.
Predicted starting XI: My best guess The only other guess I could make is that Gibson might leave and then Ayala would start, but he's injured at this point in time. Britt might play over Gestede too if Pulis is feeling fancy.
Best case scenario: It has to be top of the pile right? It's not out of the question to imagine us up there and if everything clicks then we've got a chance. A defence that scores more than some teams' strikers, Adama channelling his inner Messi and finding consistency, Rudy/Britt/Bamford scoring for fun. It could be carnage.
Worst case scenario: I can't see us finishing outside the playoffs, if we did then that would be gut-wrenching. But if we did then that would most certainly be the worst. Realistically, it'd be losing in the playoffs... again, and if it were in the final again then god help me. Although saying this, now losing Bamford and maybe Traore will be a worst case scenario in itself, definitely if they're not replaced.
Prediction: Have to be confident, although it always kills me. 1st or 2nd. Tony Pulis and his nice white trainers carry us to the promise land. That being said, we never do it the easy way.
Best Match of Last Season Sorry Leeds fans, but it had to be. "Hattrick Bamford" as our Twitter account tweeted, 3-0 against Leeds with Adama running the show. Leeds clearly found some positive from the game as they're set to sign him off us. This was the sign of what we should've done more last season. Showed what Paddy could've been too if given an even more extended period in Striker by himself. Oh well.
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Who even are our closest rivals in this league? We're in geographical purgatory. Can't say Sunderland anymore so what? Leeds? Bielsa either turns them into the well oiled machine they hope for or he succumbs to the old Leeds ways and is sacked by December. As for the Mackems, probably promoted from League 1.
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Team Preview: Burnley [Premier League 2017-18 - 5/20]


by GrandmasterSexay

Welcome back to the Premier League Previews series, a series where a fan gives an overview of his team for your perusal, and I get an excuse to take pot-shots at other clubs. This will run until the eve of the Premier League, taking a look at each club in turn. Today we look at Burnley, the smallest town in the Premier League, birthplace of Sir Ian McKellen and the Bene 'n' Hot cocktail.

Last season

Pos P W D L GF GA GD Points
16 38 11 7 20 39 55 -16 40
They came, they saw, they survived. Rise, Mill Town. Rise.
The biggest achievement from the club in recent history was not only to avoid relegation, but stay out of the relegation zone throughout their campaign. They were even flirting around the top half for a month in the middle of the season. Little complaints from Turf Moor as it became a scary place to visit, taking points off of eventual champions Chelsea. Beating the likes of Liverpool and Everton as well, a lot of Europe chasing clubs found it hard to get their points. Even Arsenal had to resort to a handball goal to get three points. Away from home... was another story. A few "almosts", a highlight was the defensive performance of the season against Manchester United to grind out a 0 - 0 draw. But the fact of the matter was the Clarets had only one single win away from home against Crystal Palace. Much is to be improved on their travels, but despite such a shocking away record they stayed up and (almost) comfortably too for a club of their size, stature and finances.
Despite this being a third attempt at the Premier League in 7 years, this accomplishment was still the understated story of the season as the club had about as much pulling attraction to incoming players as the guy in the Dragonball Z merchandise does at a Nightclub. This was strung to the point where they had to spring extra for players in the league below in the hopes they enjoyed top tier football for the same wages in a club that may or may not be in said top tier next season. Dyche loves a good moan about finances but, as always, they rang true as they were forced to break the transfer record twice over to get other clubs to sell in a market gone mad... that was if they actually sold at all. The locals were talking about this "Bid Rejected" lad down t' pub for a while...
In summary regards to transfers for the previous season, eventual record signing Robbie Brady sblounskched this erectile dysfunction cure past Courtois in the match against Chelsea and then did a whole load of absolutely nothing. Defour played well and then was dropped for no reason (all jokes aside, he had been suffering from previous injury problems to the point he couldn't play a full 90 the entire season). Jeff Hendrick provided that much needed at-least-he's-not-David Jones quality in the centre of midfield alongside Ashley Westwood who, despite essentially being brought in for when Joey Barton got banned, was an improvement over him. Hendrick did give us this though. That was nice of him. Guðmundsson was our best winger when he wasn't injured... which was the majority of the season. In all honesty, most of the team's best players were those that were brought up in the promotion season.
Top striker Andre Gray was banned for his comments on Twitter from 5 years ago and a returning hero Barton was banned later in the season for his betting problems. Despite this, it was as if there were no problems at all as 3rd times the charm. Another season in the Premier League. With fierce rivals Blackburn Rovers being relegated to the 3rd tier of English football, it's good to be a Claret right now. Feel free to join the bandwagon.

This Season

You won't find much flash out of Lancashire this season. The Republic of Ireland National Side Burnley aim to retain that fortress at the Turf and survive to live yet another season. Sean Dyche's signings don't seem to evoke an intensely negative or positive of a reaction. "Typical" would be the term, "sensible" would be another. Premier League workhorses Jon Walters, Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley join the ranks with Charlie Taylor defecting across the Pennines to a more stable club to compete for Stephen Ward's place who, despite being one of Burnley's best players and unsung heroes last season, is creeping into his 30's. But that's the Dyche way. Stability and strength in pure grit. It won't be a masterclass in footballing skill but it'll be the toughest workforce to break down.
As for departures, Burnley made a small fortune by selling England International Michael Keane to Everton. Hopefully this isn't going to affect the team harshly as James Tarkowski is being bled in to replace him in the back 4 alongside (the arguably better than Keane) Ben Mee. George Boyd also leaves the club after helping them in both their promotion and their survival fight. This leaves room for Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson or Scott Arfield to compete for a place in the side alongside Robbie Brady on the opposite wing, that is if Walters isn't played there as pre-season has him up front. The most recent departure was hot prospect Tendayi Darikwa as he moves closer to home at Nottingham Forest. It's going to be tougher than last time around. Newcastle are a force under Benitez, Huddersfield spending big... and worse, no Sunderland to prop up the table. But with the money from Keane's sale, a reinvestment into key areas is vital for survival. Will sensible finances mean sensible decisions come game time?
Player Type From To Fee(£m)
Jack Cork Perm Swansea City Burnley £8m Link
Jon Walters Perm Stoke City Burnley £2m Link
Michael Keane Perm Burnley Everton £30m Link
All incoming/outgoing transfers Full 2016-17 squad
3 4, apparently, players to watch out for
Steven Defour Risky putting him on the list as he may have a foot out the door. But recently had shown signs he wishes to stay and if he can shake off his injury troubles once and for all, he will be far-and-away Burnley's best player.
Ben Mee Statistically a better player than Michael Keane, but a little older so not worth as much. Will have to pick up the slack now that his partner Keane is gone with either James Tarkowski or recent Ireland call-up and Burnley development product Kevin Long.
Jon Walters Burnley's first signing of the season has played well during pre-season and perhaps the missing link to compliment Dyche's, for a lack of a better term, negative style of football. Could very well be the man to bring in the odd goal away from home.
Scott Arfield
I know this makes it four players but a lot of Canadians browse this subreddit so... here you go. Arfield doesn't have much competition with George Boyd being sold to Sheffield Wednesday so he may see more game time and was the preferred choice over Guðmundsson after his injury.
What the fans think
Thanks to /Burnley for their help.

How do you think this season will go?
I think we overperformed last year as after the first match week we didn't drop into the bottom three once. This time around I think it will be a lot harder for us with the current squad we have but I just have a sneaking feeling we will end up 16th again.
I'm a lot more confident of survival this year, 14th place finish would be excellent.
Which player is going to be your star of the season and why?
Our star player, if played every game in his favourite position, is Steven Defour. he is undoubtedly our most gifted player. he can spot a pass, has a great touch and he's no stranger to a wonder goal. whether he has the toughness required for this league remains to be seen.
In terms of raw ability, Defour is easily our best player. Whether he is given the game time to shine is another matter and I'll choose Gudmunddson as our star. He had injury problems last year but whenever he played he look exciting and with a full pre-season under him I expect him to shine.
How do you think the team will line up?
 Heaton Lowton - Tarkowski - Mee - Taylor Gudmundsson - Cork - Defour - Brady Barnes - Gray 

Heaton, Lowton - Tarkowski - Mee - Ward, Gudmundsson - Cork - Hendrick - Brady, Walters - Gray

Wrap Up

by NickTM

Summary: Burnley stayed up on the back of pragmatism and home form, but will the prosaic style of Sean Dyche be enough to keep them up again?
What to say: To all my little Burnleymaniacs, embrace the grind, win at home and you will never go wrong!
What you might end up saying: If we turned these workhorses into glue, do you reckon we could sell it and buy someone with an ounce of flair?
Why to like them: Sean Dyche is a decent one for press conference. There's a charming old school air to the club. The squad has a smattering of easy to root for, underrated triers like Ben Mee and Jack Cork.
Why to dislike them: Andre Gray is a top class dickhead. The entire style of the club from top to bottom is permeated with pragmatism, which can wear a little. They're just so bland.
If the team was a Simpsons character, it would be: Kent Brockman. A reassuring old school type, Kent Brockman and Burnley share their ethics of hard work and general confusion in the face of any innovations past the year 2000.

Vote for where you think Burnley will finish here.

Other previews:
Huddersfield | Brighton | Newcastle | Watford
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