Month: July 2015

GSC 2015/16 previews: West Bromwich Albion

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Last up is West Brom. Yes, they should have been before West Ham. Yes I do know my alphabet.

Cheers to Adam and thanks again to all 20 previewers. I hope you’ve enjoyed these, hopefully they prove pretty useful, particularly for new players.

 

Club: West Bromwich Albion
Name: Adam Baylis
Twitter: @adbaylis
GSC player since: 2013/14
Best GSC performance: No comment

First-choice line-up: No doubt we’ll sign a new starting XI an hour before the window closes but as it currently stands:
Foster; Dawson, McCauley, Lescott, Brunt; McManaman, Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, Sessegnon; Berahino

Predicted finishing position: 13th. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: West Bromwich Albion”

GSC 2015/16 previews: West Ham

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The penultimate preview is for West Ham. Is Slaven Bilic the man to take them to the next level after Allardici’s sacking?

Thanks to Chris for this one; he ran a GSC money minileague last year but that won’t be needed this time as the winner of the main game will get a decent prize (to be announced in the next couple of days).

 

Club: West Ham
Name: Chris Hazel
Twitter: @titterchazel
GSC player since: 2012/13
Best GSC performance: 22 goals & 9th (2012/13), 23 goals & 10th (2013/14)
First-choice line-up: There will be a lot of rotation this season assuming we get to the group stage of the Europa League. Let’s go with:
Adrian; Jenkinson, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Reid; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Valencia, Payet; Sakho
Carroll will be useful if ever fit and no space sadly for Tomkins or captain Kevin Nolan in a fully fit team.

Predicted finishing position: I’d take top 10 although my prediction is 12th and a few cup runs. As long as we stay up this season I’m happy. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: West Ham”

GSC 2015/16 previews: Tottenham Hotspur

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Here’s Tottenham’s preview. They’ve finished between 4th and 6th for each of the last six seasons and it would be a surprise to see them finish outside of those places this time.

Providing this preview is Sean Leahy, who also designed some of the website. So I definitely owe him a beer or two.

 

Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Name: Sean Leahy
Twitter: @seanrleahy
GSC player since: 2011/12
Best GSC performance: 4th in Euro 2012 edition, highest hat-trick picker in GSC history (6)
First-choice line-up: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Eriksen, Chadli, Lamela; Kane (of the current squad), but I’m hoping Pritchard and Alli get a good run-out this season.

Predicted finishing position: Forever 5th.

Predicted top scorer: Harry Kane. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Tottenham Hotspur”

GSC 2015/16 previews: Swansea

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Next up are Swansea, who keep defying expectations and showing impressive stability among a number of managerial changes. They lost Wilfried Bony last year and somehow it didn’t seem to affect them; they’ll probably do well this season too.

Club: Swansea
Name: Paul Blackaby
Twitter: @BlackabyPaul
GSC player since: 2014/15
Best GSC performance: 13 goals in 2014/15, 287th position

First-choice line-up: Always tricky in pre-season without knowing how well the new signings will fit into the team but I’d go with:
Fabianski; Tabanou, Fernandez, Williams, Naughton; Ki, Montero, Cork; Sigurdsson, Ayew; Gomis

Predicted finishing position: Should be top half, probably 7th.  If the signings pay off then 6th is not beyond the realms of possibility. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Swansea”

GSC 2015/16 previews: Sunderland

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Time for Sunderland now. Having just about escaped relegation in successive seasons they’ll be hoping to carry over their good form from the end of last season.

Rob Lynch did this one – he generally picks more Sunderland players than everyone else put together so he’s the ideal man for this preview.

Club: Sunderland
Name: Rob Lynch
Twitter: @TheRobLynch
GSC player since: 2013/14
Best GSC performance: 9 goals in 2013/14

First-choice line-up: Pantilimon; Van Aanholt, Kaboul, Coates, Jones; Cattermole, Larsson, Giaccherini; Wickham, Fletcher, Defoe.

Predicted finishing position: 13th. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Sunderland”

GSC 2015/16 previews: Stoke City

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Now it’s time for Stoke, who are steadily turning into a pretty good side thanks to their policy of mainly targeting players who are good on Football Manager.

This is the only preview written by someone not on twitter so no real chance to abuse Matt for his opinions I’m afraid.

Club: Stoke
Name: Matt Smith
Twitter: N/A
GSC player since: N/A
Best GSC performance: N/A

First-choice line-up: Begovic; Johnson, Muniesa, Shawcross, Pieters; van Ginkel, Whelan; Diouf, Bojan, Arnautovic; Joselu. Expect to see a new right winger arrive.

Predicted finishing position: Top 10 again hopefully. Lets go with 9th again. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Stoke City”

GSC 2015/16 previews: Southampton

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After surprising everyone for the last two seasons, can Southampton keep selling their most valuable assets and improving? Schneiderlin and Clyne are the latest to roll off the conveyor belt; it will be interesting to see if Clasie and Cédric slot straight in. Caulker came in yesterday so may usurp Yoshida from the predicted line-up below (not that you’re going to pick either of them).

 

Club: Southampton
Name:
 Dan Bratton
Twitter: @danbratton
GSC player since: 2015/16
Best GSC performance: newbie

First-choice line-up: Stekelenburg; Cedric, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand; Clasie, Wanyama, Rodriguez, Tadic, Ward-Prowse; Pelle.

Predicted finishing position: 5th at best. Happy with top 8 considering we may have those tough Europa league games. If we do qualify it will be interesting to see how Koeman uses squad rotation. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Southampton”

GSC 2015/16 previews: Norwich City

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Norwich came straight back up after relegation in 2012/13 and haven’t bought many new players. Either it’s good to have a settled team or they’ll struggle for quality. They have signed Robbie Brady since this was written though.

This one’s been written by Simon Lloyd, a GSC player from the first season who, with an impressive 108 goals over 6 competitions, is top of the GSC Ultimate Leaderboard.

Club: Norwich City
Name: Simon Lloyd
Twitter: @orsettyellow
GSC player since: 2011/12
Best GSC performance: 29 goals in 2014 WC, 9th position or 10 goals in Euro 2012, 7th position. 19 Premier League goals in 2014/15 was only good enough for 86th, I’m a big tournament player!

First-choice line-up: Norwich have only signed two new players so far (Dorrans and Mulumbu, both ex WBA). The line up from the play-off final was:
Ruddy; Whitaker, Olsson, Martin, Bassong; Tettey, Howson, Johnson; Redmond, Hoolahan; Jerome.

Predicted finishing position: 15th. What I hear you cry! This feels very similar to when Norwich went up under another Scottish manager (Paul Lambert) and were never in danger of going down. Alex Neil has brought the feel-good factor back to Carrow Road. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Norwich City”

GSC 2015/16 previews: Newcastle United

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Newcastle now. Schteve McClaren is in as manager but surely he can’t do as well as the best coach in the Premier League, John Carver?

Thanks to Ryan for this preview. He hasn’t played the game before this season but seems to get the idea.

Club: Newcastle
Name: Ryan Penty
Twitter: @ryanpenty
GSC player since: 2015/16
Best GSC performance: N/A

First-choice line-up: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba (TBC – looks imminent), Haidara; Wijnaldum, Colback, Cabella, Sissoko; De Jong; Mitrovic. Toss up between Mitrovic and Cisse for who will be first choice striker at the start of the season.

Predicted finishing position: You literally never know with Newcastle, let’s go with an optimistic 8th.

Predicted top scorer:
Depends if Mitrovic hits the ground running or if Cisse stays fit. Will surely be between those two though. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Newcastle United”