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How Wigan Athletic’s starting 11 should look vs Preston North End tomorrow, agree?

Wigan Athletic started their season with a 3-2 victory over promotion favourites Cardiff City. Second-half goals from Michael Jacobs, Josh Windass and Lee Evans saw The Latics continue their fine home form.

Last season, Wigan began their season with a 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday at home. Followed by a 4-0 defeat at Preston. Guess who they play on Saturday? Preston. At Deepdale. Please, not another 4-0.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, predicts how Paul Cook’s side may look on Saturday…

I’m usually a one for maintaining a winning side, why change something that ain’t broken? However, we should have our captain back fit and have signed a big-money striker since the Cardiff win, so I’m expecting a couple of tweaks to the starting 11.

David Marshall will continue in goal. Although he made a slight error for the first goal on Saturday, he recovered well after and his distribution was very good. Nathan Byrne looked back to his best last week and is comfortable playing as a wing-back if we play that formation, same as Robinson on the other side, pleased we signed him and his performance vs Cardiff reinforced why. Chey Dunkley will be used to combat Preston’s direct style, while Danny Fox will partner him a strong looking back five.

A derby game

If Morsy is fit, he plays. It’s his type of game, a fiery derby that we’ll need to fight in and win our fair share of tackles. It’s harsh to drop either of Lewis McLeod and Lee Evans after Saturday, they were both outstanding, however, Morsy is captain.

Anthony Pilkington was our best player in pre-season. The winger looked sharp on Saturday, worked hard and helped to cause the Cardiff defence problems. Jamal Lowe and Gavin Massey will be pushing for starts, but Michael Jacobs looked back to his best. He struggled with injuries last season, but returned with a goal on Saturday and was arguably one of our best players.

Josh Windass. MOTM. Let him run ragged. I liked his directness last week, pick up the ball and run at defenders, get in-behind their back-line. I hope that performance gives himself and the fans confidence, score a hat-trick on Saturday and you’ll have a statue, never mind everyone’s backing.

I expect Kieffer Moore to make his debut on Saturday. Jason Roberts scored 30 seconds into his Latics debut away at Preston. No pressure, Kieffer. Cook has been looking for a striker all summer, we’ve eventually signed one, let’s waste no time in getting him involved. Make yourself an instant hero.

The perfect appointment under the current circumstances for Chelsea

Chelsea has appointed club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year contract, following the departure of Mauricio Sarri to Juventus.

I think this is the perfect appointment under the current circumstances. The Blues have a two-year transfer ban, which will presumably halt any plans to mount a serious title challenge for the next few seasons.

The new manager needs time, trust from the fans and has the ability to blend youth into their current crop of quality players. Chelsea fans will certainly give Frank time to adopt his own playing style, and appreciate his efforts to give youngsters an opportunity to become legends like himself.

Chelsea arguably has the most promising set of English youngsters in the country. Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Callum Hudson Odoi, Tammy Abraham – I expect Gareth Southgate to be at a fair amount of games at Stamford Bridge next season, put it that way.

We’ve already seen how good Loftus Cheek and Hudson Odoi are on the international stage, while the other four mentioned were absolutely superb in the Championship last season. Lampard will have to play them at some point, they won’t let him or Chelsea down. This transfer ban could be a blessing in disguise, these youngsters are so talented and sometimes there’s no need to sign multi-million players, give your own an opportunity.

It’s an exciting time for Chelsea supporters. Lampard will give everything to bring success back to Stamford Bridge, playing an attractive, attacking style. Derby was brilliant to watch last season, quick in transition, had flair and were a real danger to any side.

Good luck Frank, he’s got the job of his dreams, probably earlier than expected, take it and play Reece James – you’ll be sound.

Man City Is The Perfect Move For Derby County’s Liam Delap – Agree?

The news of a possible move for Liam Delap had broken yesterday and that move could be to Manchester. 

The 16-year-old striker has supposedly impressed City as he has been a key part of Derby’s under 18’s title win. He has also been named as an “England youth sensation.” Delap already has a really successful set of stats behind him for a teenager, he managed to get the golden boot in Turkey at the Mercedes Benz Aegean Tournament, he scored in Derby’s under 18’s 6-0 win against Wolves and his dad is the former Rams player and coach, Rory Delap.

It’s no wonder that Delap has been looked at by the Premier League champions but if the youngster did move to City, he would start in their development squad and Derby would also be due some compensation as part of the FIFA solidarity payments scheme. 

I think City are one of the most tactical and sensible teams when it comes to signings. Looking at the young talent and investing in players early, is pleasing to see as a player comes through the youth teams and eventually ends up training with the first team. It’s not as daunting for a player to just throw them in at the deep end with a new club. If the blues do sign the youngster and it doesn’t work out in the long run, even having him on the team should value him at a large amount if it should come to letting him go. 

Like any team during this transfer window, every club is keeping their options open, and looking for new signings before the start of the season. However, Pep Guardiola also has the departure of Vincent Kompany on his hands and now talks of David Silva also on his way out of the club.

Now is a perfect time to start building their youth team so they can replace their legends. City would be a great move for the 16-year-old because it seems like when a player joins the club and is successful, they seem to spend a long time there. Silva and Kompany are both celebrating 10 years with the Manchester side, and I hope to see more youth players end up being title winners with the club. 

Is This The Perfect Time to Play Derby For Bolton?

Bolton fans will be hoping Derby’s midweek cup tie will play into the hands of Phil Parkinson’s team, having not won in the Championship since the end of August.

Bolton have faced a tough few weeks, following a close shave with administration.

Wanderers fans will be hoping not to face a similar season to last year, and after a great start to the 2018/19 campaign, things looked on the up.

After a winless streak of five games throughout September, the rot needs to stop – and this weekends game against Frank Lampard’s Derby could be the perfect match to do so.

However, the Rams will certainly be buoyed up following thier midweek penalty win over Man United in the Carabao Cup. Certainly, playing back to back games with a similar team within four days and then the long penalty shootout, could have a tired effect on the players and the Trotters have to capitalise early on.

Bolton Boss Phil Parkinson will be looking for a big game performance from his team following some less than impressive displays at the Universty of Bolton Stadium in recent times.

Bolton fans do you think you can turnover Derby this weekend?




United Fans Are In a Busby to Fergie Era, Is Failure To Be Accepted?

Another morning, another feeling of frustration overcomes the Manchester United fans, following defeat to Frank Lampard’s Derby last night.

The Red Devils, as per usual started well scoring within the few minutes of the match. A few chances later in the first half and the game should have been all but put to bed, with United fans feeling differently this morning.

However, what seems to be a growing theme with this Mourinho side is that they can start well, but seem to fall off as the match progresses.

We have seen it twice in the space of a week against Wolves and Derby last night.

Talk of Jose Mourinho losing the dressing room, his battle with Paul Pogba for control over Old Trafford and reported rift with chairman Ed Woodward is not making United the invincible outfit they once were.

Many Reds point out on a regular basis of the United Way. As United fans, it’s time to realise that, that era in the Premier League is over and it’s time to move on.

After Sir Matt Busby, United’s following 17 years were in total, bleak. A couple of cup wins couldn’t mask over the failure of success to the point United were relegated.

Fergie was our era’s Busby, and it may not be 17 years until another one-of-a-kind manager comes along. However, until that point, defeats and performances like recent times under Mourinho and the previous two managers – not that they have to be accepted – moreover, that’s the way of life at Old Trafford.

Fergie was an incredible man manager and his ability to win what he won, or even matches with a team that many fans scoff at was an unbeleivable trait. Something United are missing and will be until the next Busby/Fergie comes along.