May
05

The Dugout Discussion – Monday

Filed under: Dugout Discussion - Posted by: Paul

After Sunday’s pair of fixtures delivered just a single goal between them, we’re hoping for a turnaround in Fantasy fortunes as Liverpool make their way to Selhurst Park this evening. Brendan Rodgers’ side desperately need to win in order to keep the pressure on City at the summit and can be expected to go on the offensive from the first whistle tonight:

Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge all scored against the Eagles in the 3-1 win at Anfield back in Gameweek 7 and the trio will be hoping to repeat the feat – Sturridge starts alongside the Uruguayan this evening, with Philippe Coutinho dropping to the bench due to a slight injury, according to Brendan Rodgers.

The arrival of Tony Pulis has seen Palace stiffen up considerably. Prior to last week’s defeat against City, the London club had won five consecutive league matches, though whether they can keep the “SAS” in check tonight is another matter entirely.

Our Twitter feed carries all the news from tonight’s team sheets, while the Dugout Discussion chatroom remains open to collect your real-time reactions to this evening’s events.

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  1. Big Sam could park the bus on the final day and we could a late winner from Andy Carrol :P

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. Liverpool's defence won't be able to cope with Shola.

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. ahaha

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. could see*

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  2. Errr - what the feck happened??? :-?

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. Found out.

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. In some senses definitely. I like an underdog story but it grates on me when a team can be so flippant about their defending.

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
        1. Replying to you Doos of course ;)

          • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. Pool lacking moral fibre and integrity (at least some of them) ;)

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  3. 1st lesson for next season:

    Play Agger. Ludicrous that he isn't starting.

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. Off to Barce I assume

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. Must be off somewhere.

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. Say it every week we use to have a fairly solid defence with Skrtel and Agger at the back now we don't even know what the word means.

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. Yeah it's insane really. Tactics do take their toll but Agger is so much more reliable.

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  4. Liverpool are going to get absolutely THRASHED in the Champions League. Their defensive is poor and all-out attacking football won't do much good in Europe, have to be calculated.

    Not to mention they have no depth at all. Going to be a tough season next one unless they buy really well and evolve their play.

    oh and bahahaha :lol:

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. Surely it depends who they play. Just by being in Europe won't mean they get thrashed.

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. possibly, but this was Liverpool's worst defensive record in over 10 years so..

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. so much this. Imagine that defence against Ronaldo and Bale or Messi and Neymar

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  5. If I remember rightly Mourinho was going to quit if he didn't win a single trophy this season.

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. I hope he doesn't so he's around for next year's failure too

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. He wants to go to United

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  6. Geniune question

    If Moyes was still at Everton do you think he would have preferred Choppa Tony to Coleman. He didn't seem to like Rafael, I wonder if he would have gone with the guy who never attacks?

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. It sounds liek a dig but it's just a fact. Moyes is a pragmtist, he sees full-backs as defensive players, not second wingers.

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
        1. I agree with him in many respects. Not that they can't attack but attack at the expense of defence is criminal and seems to be overlooked. Evra's inability to defend cost United their Bayern match.

          • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  7. 3-0 to 3-3 has to be another slip up by your on pitch captain, no?

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. More to do with an extremely fragile defensive line.

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. & extremely poor tactics at the end, shouldve played possession at 3-1. utterly stupid from liverpool

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
        1. Far enough point certainly.

          • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  8. Can't see Pelle risking Aguero against Villa. They should win quite comfortably without him, especially on Dzeko's form. Let him rest and heal up and try and be fit for the weekend.

    also I didn't cap him and two of my rivals did ;)

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. If he's fit he starts

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. with Liverpool dropping points today I can't see Aguero wanting to play so soon if he came off as a precaution even if Pelle wants him to

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. He'll be on the bench
      Called on IF needed
      But with Villa safe, it's going to be a slaughter

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. yeah this..can't see him coming on if they're up by 2 goals already, for example..

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    3. City should sell him.
      He's a walking injury

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  9. Deploy special agent Andrew Carroll!

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. Carroll hates Rodgers and his team of Bambis. More chance of an OG

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. Carroll hattie imminent.
      In his own goal!!!

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  10. have some heart people.
    that is all.

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  11. So it looks like Liverpools massive build up to the City game meant they peaked to early

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  12. Selby world snooker champion.

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. Lol @ Rocket

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. Aww I wanted Ronnie to win

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    3. he absolutely mourinho'd o'sullivan

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. Desperately dull player

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
        1. Bit harsh. Selby is a quality player with a never give in attitude that a lot of others could learn from in sport.

          • 4 months, 9 hours ago
          1. I don't disagree with anything you say, but I still think my point holds

            • 4 months, 9 hours ago
        2. whats boring is watching a player steam roller the oppostion winning by 10+ frames, selby's style made that a tense final close fought final, one i enjoyed.

          • 4 months, 9 hours ago
          1. Sounds like a Chelski game.
            Much rather Citeh vs Pool

            • 4 months, 9 hours ago
            1. in an ideal world of course but i'd still rather a competitive final over a ronnie drubbing which is usually the case, thats far more boring as its predictable

              • 4 months, 9 hours ago
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  13. I don't know who's hurting more at the moment me or Ronnie

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  14. Hmmmm, Chelsea might actually finish above pool now

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. Mildly overrating Toon

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. Amazing result for them against Cardiff ;)

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    2. If City don't win on Wednesday Chelsea still have an outside chance of winning the league.

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
      1. Nah, not a chance. Need both City and Liverpool to lose their games.

        • 4 months, 9 hours ago
        1. It is unlikely but I would not rule it out.

          • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  15. So that conspiracy theory the pool fans concocted after City beat Everton might have some legs after all? Even Liverpool are in on it, throwing a won game in the final 10 minutes. The FA need to investigate ...

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
    1. I believe it was secret agent Moses that fluffed the winner for them ;)

      • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  16. robert huth ✔ @robert_huth
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    Still maintain that crying on the pitch should warrant a 3 match ban

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  17. Blame Everton haha!

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago
  18. Rooney now 25% likely to play.

    Feckin great

    • 4 months, 9 hours ago

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  • Rooney
  • Aguero
  • Williams
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