Posted on August 14, 2015
Missed the ole’ match? Manchester United vs. Aston Villa as-it-happened below. Be warned: United shots: 2; Villa: 1.
Will Manchester United top the table after today’s fixture against Aston Villa? We here at EPLpod think so.
But never mind our opinion, here’s all the objective facts that you need to know about heading into the weird Friday night fixture:
Kick-off Friday 2:45pm EST
Venue Villa Park
Last season Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1
Referee Mike Dean
This season G1, Y5, R0, 5.00 cards per game
Odds H 5-1 A 7-10 D 3-1
Louis van Gaal: David de Gea does not want to play for Manchester United
Aston Villa News
Injured Gil (knock, 22 Aug), Grealish (a.k.a, Mike’s man crush, hamstring, 22 aug), Gardner (ankle, 13 Sep), Okore (knee, 13 Sep), Crespo (knee, unknown)
Discipline Y3 R0
Leading scorer Gestede 1
Recommend Food Pairing
We expect both teams to still be finding their feet. Therefore, don’t expect too much action. A bland and sugarless porridge will probably match the occasion nicely.
Manchester United News
Injured Jones (illness, unknown)
Suspended Fellaini (second of three)
Unavailable De Gea (Judas), Valdés (Cry Baby)
Discipline Y2 R0
Leading scorer Own goals 1
Posted on August 13, 2015
Mike & Paul recap West Brom vs Manchester City before looking ahead to week two action in the English Premier League.
Will Chelsea continue their unimpressive start to the new campaign as they travel north to take on Manchester City? How will Arsenal hold up against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park? And will Pedro leave Uefa Super Cup champions Barcelona for Manchester United?
Finally, Mike & Paul reveal their EPL man crushes. Joleon Lescott, don’t hold your breath.
All of this and so much more on this week’s episode of EPLpod.
Posted on August 10, 2015
Mike & Paul recap all of the high-stakes drama from week one in the English Premier League, including the lethargic play of the new-look Manchester United as well as Arsenal’s disappointing start to the new campaign.
Did Mourinho sell Wenger a lemon in Petr Cech? What’s with Leicester City and their off-field antics? And is it soccer or is it football?
All of this and more in this week’s episode of EPLpod.
Petr Cech had an absolutely brutal debut for Arsenal, allowing two very soft goals to go in. Here’s what the internet had to say about his shambolic performance:
Wenger looking for Petr Cech's receipt like pic.twitter.com/HwqQ31o6Zt
— Fourth Official (@FourthOfficial_) August 9, 2015
Petr Čech pic.twitter.com/abKtGq29Uc
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) August 9, 2015
— Ben (@Ben90min) August 9, 2015
Meanwhile, Szczesny watches the game in Rome. pic.twitter.com/iY3S3jOp5C
— Coral (@Coral) August 9, 2015
— Spurred On (@spurredontv) August 9, 2015
BREAKING: Benzema's plane to London… pic.twitter.com/omcOBIiT1G
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) August 9, 2015
It’s early days of course, but what do you think: is Cech a waste of money? Are his best days behind him? Tweet us @eplpod
Here’s the first goal:
Here’s what Cech had to say for himself:
First game like this was not in the script – Mistake and no points 😒 but tomorrow is another day to get ready for the next game ! 😉 #COYG
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 9, 2015
EPLpod will be live-blogging Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow morning. Here’s what you need to know heading into the opening fixture:
Saturday 7:45 a.m. EST
Manchester United 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0
Jonathan Moss (pictured below for absolutely no reason at all)
G30, Y114, R8, 4.33 cards per game
H 4-7 A 5-1 D 3-1
Food pairing for this match:
Since this game is the equivalent to an appetizer for not only the rest of the day, but the rest of the season, we think it should pair nicely with a shrimp cocktail.
Manchester United News:
Doubtful Hernández (match fitness), Lindegaard (groin)
Injured Rojo, Schweinsteiger (both match fitness, 14 Aug), De Gea (Judas), Valdés (cry baby)
Suspended Fellaini (first of three)
Discipline (last season) Y66 R5
Top scorer (last season) Rooney 12
Tottenham Hotspur News:
Doubtful Lloris (wrist), Soldado (back, but really, he’s pretty shit that it’s probably a blessing in disguise), Townsend (shoulder)
Discipline Y80 R4
Leading scorer Kane 21
Will Chelsea repeat as title winners? Will any of the newly promoted teams stay up? All of these pressing and entirely original questions will be answered in the second episode of EPLpod.
Mike & Paul will also look ahead to the first week of action as Manchester United take on Tottenham, Arsenal kick off at West Ham, and Stoke renew hostilities with Liverpool.
Finally, we’ll review a few of the new kits. Are they Vanity Fair worthy? Obviously not. But find out why.
Mike MacDonald and Paul Metcalfe summarize all the 2015 summer transfer dealings in the Barclays English Premier League. This includes Chelsea allowing Petr Cech to move on over to Arsenal, the rebuilding of Louis Van Gaal’s new-look Manchester United with the acquisitions of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, and Morgan Schneiderlin as well as the incoming Raheem Sterling and outgoing James Milner at Manchester City. The podcast also discusses Radamel Falcao’s ineffective exploits in the Community Shield and Theo Walcott’s start over Olivier Giroud.