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    The Premier League 2018/2019 Thread

    Might as well start this now, the fixtures are out on the day the World Cup starts!

    When are the fixtures announced?


    The Premier League fixtures for 2018/19 are released on Thursday, June 14.
    The dates for all 380 matches in the season will be published at 9am.


    When does the season start?

    The 2018/19 season will begin on Saturday, August 11.


    How are the fixtures chosen?

    They are chosen as part of a lengthy process.
    After the last Football League play-off, organisers can start compiling the fixtures.
    Each club is put in a pairing grid, which defines the dates they will be at home.
    For every date in the season, the fixture computer knows who is at home and who is away and then it will mix them up randomly to determine which matches will take place on which date.
    In any five matches, there should be a split of three home and two away matches or the other way round. No team will ever have more than two home or away games in a row.
    A team will also never start or finish the season with two home or two away games.
    Factors organisers look at include whether there are clubs from the same area travelling on the same railway lines across the Football League and the Premier League on the same day.
    Last year, Glenn Thompson of Atos - the man behind compiling the fixtures for the 2017/18 season - said: "We want to avoid having various 'pinch points' on the rail and road network. We also tell the computer to try to minimise travel on Boxing Day and New Year's Day."


    Will the matches be changed?

    The fixtures dates are subject to change due to factors including European matches and TV coverage.
    And for Cyrille:


    What about the Championship?

    EFL fixtures will be released on Thursday, June 21 - a week after the Premier League fixtures.

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    At least we aint playing in pink.


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    Despite having top quality managers, Burnley and Boournemouth will struggle due to lack of investment.

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    ^ do Burnley need to invest?
    That team got them a European spot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ^ do Burnley need to invest?
    That team got them a European spot.

    The squad is too small. They don’t have the quality or experience for a European campaign, and it will impact their league for will suffer.
    Great manager and a good side, but without investment their success will cost them.

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    Yup.

    Burnley definitely need to invest, both by strengthening the squad and by improving the contracts of current staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    improving the contracts of current staff.
    Doesbt every club have to do that?

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    They might have to add a few players if they want to maintain their status as a top half club and play in Europe as well.

    As for contracts, they may have to amend them to put in things like Euro win bonuses I would imagine. This is new territory for them, as they haven't been in Europe since 66-67.

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    5 points clear of Everton in 8th, 21 points clear of bottom 3 andThey looked pretty good at Old Trarford, when I went in December. Although who doeant nowadays

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Doesbt every club have to do that?
    Some more than others. Do you think, say, Huddersfield or Brighton have a defender who could command the salary of James Tarkowski elsewhere?

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    James who?


    Which one is he on here?





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    You never did give us a review of what's on in salford.

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    ^ Did a night in Bury if thats any use and a couple of days in Merry Hill

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    Sunny Manchester

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    Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has apparently become an Israeli citizen. Perhaps he hopes it will make it easier for him to enter the UK with it than having only Russian citizenship.

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    I bet those Chelsea fans will be loving a Yid at the helm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I bet those Chelsea fans will be loving a Yid at the helm
    He's been Jewish since he bought them as far as I know.

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    The mickey mousers have dipped into the transfer market.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/28/f...ntl/index.html

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    ^ Have they saved any for a keeper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ^ Have they saved any for a keeper?

    They are interviewing candidates as we speak.

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    I'm assuming this is for the UK but it's still worth noting for what might happen in the future.

    Amazon will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years from 2019, after winning one of the final two broadcast packages.


    The online streaming service has won the rights to show every game from the first round of midweek fixtures in December and all 10 matches on Boxing Day as part of the three-year deal.


    The matches will be available free to Amazon Prime's UK members.

    The other unsold package of 20 games was bought by BT Sport for 90m.

    That takes their total number of games to 52 per season, while a further 112 will be shown by Sky Sports, including prime-time Saturday night fixtures.
    Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore described Amazon as an "exciting new partner".

    The new deals mark the first time a full round of matches will be shown live in the UK.
    How can I watch these games on Amazon?

    You will need a Prime membership, which costs 79 a year or 7.99 a month.

    In addition to live action, there will also be weekly highlights of all Premier League games throughout the season, although it has not been announced when that will be broadcast.

    Prime can be streamed on any Smart TV, mobile device or through an Amazon Fire TV Stick.

    Amazon, which started as an online retailer, already broadcasts the US Open tennis, ATP World Tour Tennis events and NFL games.
    Who has won what?

    The Premier League offered 200 live matches a season to broadcasters, an increase from the 168 available in 2015.

    Other changes for the 2019-2022 deal include eight individual games being shown live in a 'prime-time' Saturday night slot, three complete rounds of 10 midweek matches all shown live, and one set of bank holiday games - not known to be Boxing Day.

    The broadcasters bid on seven packages of fixtures and in February,Sky Sports paid 3.58bn for four of those, while BT Sport spent 885m on another.

    BT initially said it had paid 90m for its final package, which will involve a round of matches around the mooted winter break in later January or early February.

    That would take their total spend to 975m over three seasons, though that information was later removed from its website.

    That being so, the total value of the rights is taken to 4.55bn, with Amazon yet to announce how much it has paid.

    The Premier League's last deal, agreed in 2015 and running until 2019, was worth 5.14bn.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44396151

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    And note the "mooted winter break".....

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