Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Liveblog

Missed the ole’ match? Manchester United vs. Aston Villa as-it-happened below. Be warned: United shots: 2; Villa: 1.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Match Preview

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

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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)

Suspended None

Form W

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.

Porridge

Manchester United News

Doubtful None

Injured Jones (illness, unknown)

Suspended Fellaini (second of three)

Unavailable De Gea (Judas), Valdés (Cry Baby)

Form W

Discipline Y2 R0

Leading scorer Own goals 1

EPLpod: Manchester City await Chelsea, EPL man crushes

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.

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EPLpod: Chelsea and Arsenal stumble out of the gates

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.

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Petr Cech gets mocked by the internet

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:

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:

Manchester United vs. Tottenham: Live Blog

Manchester United vs Tottenham: Match Preview

EPLpod will be live-blogging Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow morning. Here’s what you need to know heading into the opening fixture:

Kick-off:
Saturday 7:45 a.m. EST

Venue:
Old Trafford

Last season:
Manchester United 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Referee:
Jonathan Moss (pictured below for absolutely no reason at all)

Moss

Last season:
G30, Y114, R8, 4.33 cards per game

Odds:
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.

Shrimp

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)

Injured None

Suspended None

Discipline Y80 R4

Leading scorer Kane 21

EPLpod: Week One

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.

Chelsea will win the 2015-2016 EPL.

EPLpod: Transfer Bonanza, Community Shield

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.