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  1. Coxy27

    2018 World Cup (Merged)

    Or Japan... If Germany don't win their group, we would likely be far better off not winning ours the way the draw looks.
  2. Coxy27

    VAR - If this is the future of football

    What makes no sense about the system for me is; it was designed to eradicate "clear and obvious" errors. Therefore, the fact that a team of referees in a studio with multiple different camera angles still has to refer the decision to a referee on the pitch to have a look is bizarre. If it's clear and obvious just tell the referee what the decision should be and get on with it. If you're unsure, leave the original decision. All this is too slow. The France v Australia match for example. VAR was not designed to award the French penalty. There's debate about it so it's not clear and obvious. VAR however, was designed to give the Australian penalty, had the referee not originally given it.
  3. Coxy27

    Couple of Charlton players in big trouble in Ibiza

    There are no facts in the article, and none have been released anywhere else as far as I can tell yet. You are jumping to a conclusion that these men are 'utter scumbags'. We know nothing of what happened. (Disclaimer before anyone jumps on it) I'M NOT FOR ONE SECOND SUGGESTING SHE HAS DONE THIS IT IS PURELY AN EXAMPLE - However, there are been proven cases in the past where sexual assault accusations have been completely fabricated. Example: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/24/woman-jailed-10-years-false-rape-claims-jemma-beale When more information is released, if it turns out they put themselves in a compromised position, then I would agree with you, but so far, you really can't be sure of anything and you're jumping the gun.
  4. Coxy27

    2018 World Cup (Merged)

    So many empty seats! Sad to see, there's so many countries that could sell out every game.
  5. Coxy27

    forest bankrolled

    Neither of these players Forest have signed have the pedigree Wolves' signings had. They might well prove to be quality, and for that money you would expect it, but they're hardly Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota, on paper, at least. Time will tell, but it's a bit of a gamble. 14 league appearances for Benfica between them.
  6. Coxy27

    Golden Generations

    Their golden generation dragged them to world cup '98 as well, but they drew with Paraguay 0-0, were beaten narrowly by Nigeria, and then got thumped 6-1 by Spain in their final group match. They've been in the doldrums since then.
  7. Coxy27

    World Cup Fantasy Football

    I think you're right in your interpretation of the rules, yes. You can bring players from your bench into your team as long as they're yet to play. Obviously you can only do this from players in your original 15, not actual transfers, so you still want to have as powerful a squad as possible, but certainly there is a small advantage to picking those playing earlier in your starting XI, and then substituting them if they score nothing/very few. As you say, you have to remember to do so!
  8. Coxy27

    World Cup Fantasy Football

    Trippier is a decent pick imo, but your team is far too reliant on England, Brazil and Germany for me. Three of your back four from one team - If they concede you're fudged. Spread the liability I would. Also, Coutinho & Neymar, and Muller & Werner are competing for points in the same side. Again I'd probably be looking to switch a couple of those for players from other nations. Your team has no representation from Spain, Argentina, Uruguay for example, who are all in healthy looking groups! All opinions of course! Good luck to you.
  9. Coxy27

    World Cup Fantasy Football

    L'Equipe are suggesting that Lucas Hernandez may well start ahead of Mendy for France. Also, all that money on Boateng just to sit on the bench? Surely he's much more likely to score points than Carlos Sanchez. Switch them and play 5-3-2 maybe. Decisions, decisions.
  10. Coxy27

    Trillion Trophy Stadium

    This is relatively common now sadly, Having said that, 'The St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium' is one of the worst names I've heard. Optimistically counting local trophies and playoff winning medals; Birmingham have won 12 trophies. Just nine hundred ninety-nine billion nine hundred ninety-nine million nine hundred ninety-nine thousand nine hundred eighty-eight trophies left to win to live up to their fancy new name!
  11. Coxy27

    2018 World Cup (Merged)

    In truth, they probably aren't. There are many reasons why the ranking system is pretty flawed. Host nations lack of competitive games in the build up often means they fall down the rankings somewhat. Brazil were 22nd in the rankings a year before their world cup. Russia have however, not won a game since October. They've had very competitive friendly fixtures, playing Argentina, Spain, Brazil and France. They also failed to beat Turkey, Austria and Iran in that time too though. Russia are pretty bad, but they're not quite as bad as the ranking would suggest.
  12. Coxy27

    2018 World Cup (Merged)

    Betting on a 0-0 draw between Russia and Tunisia would be a bold move... They're in separate groups.
  13. To think the likes of Jay-Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro, Mario Jardel and Ivan Campo played along side... Nicky Hunt.
  14. He was sensational. Not got much of a track record as a manager though...