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  1. Does anyone know when the dates / kick off times for the away games at Middlesbrough and Swansea in April will be confirmed? Ie, when Sky will have confirmed the games for those days.
  2. Got Cat 3 all way through and fans first for SF and final. £80 for the final if we get there is a great price.
  3. Anyone know what happens if your tickets don’t arrive by the day of the game? Can you get them reprinted at the ground if you have proof of purchase?
  4. It didn’t, it said it was a very even game. Anything where the two teams’ expected goals are within 33% is an expected draw. Obviously we lost as as Blackburn were more clinical in that game. No one will claim expected goals is going to tell you will / should have won every game. It is a very good way to show who created / gave away the best chances in a game which over time broadly reflects where teams will be in the table and highlights outlier teams that are either very clinical / very wasteful or have ridden their luck. The key things that would be called out from the table as it stands would be that we will finish lower than we currently are if we continue to play the way we have been all things being equal and stoke are likely to finish higher.
  5. I think it pretty accurately reflects the table which shows that it’s a strong predictive model but highlights some interesting outliers like us, stoke and West Brom which tells a story. I’ve been following it closely all season and it’s been a pretty accurate reflection for me. It basically tells us that we’ve only been the stronger team in two matches which is exactly how I’ve seen the season. Bentley has been superb and kept us in games and we’ve converted a good proportion of our chances. Being bottom three in expected goals and in the play off zone in the real table is unsustainable and we’re starting to see it play through.
  6. Yes I went and that abuse between the player and some fans was bizarre. Nice little club house I thought and thought Weston were good value for the win.
  7. ...and we are a top 10 positioned team. Surely that is the perspective.
  8. That’s right. There were a couple of blokes in front of me that started booing when they heard others doing it but they were doing it in a jokey, pantomime way. I can only assume there was a lot of that in that moment but the net effect of it was embarrassing to hear. That said, There were far more of us clapping but it’s the boos that come across.
  9. I disagree with that and think Kane is perfect for england as the pivot bringing in the pace of sterling and rashford / sancho. The first half of the Spain match in Seville was the perfect example of that. He offers so much more than goals I think, he never makes bad decisions and brings other players into play so we’ll.
  10. Hello mate, yes we went and generally had a good trip (Prague included other than the game obviously!). I couldn’t hear any of the racist chanting but it after a while it was clear it was going on. The ground is a completely open bowl with a running track around so sound didn’t carry well at all in there. At the first pause i think it took a minute for people to work out what was going on - we actually found out from social media etc. As well as being proud of how the team and management handled the situation,I was also proud of the england fans and how they made a point of supporting Sterling etc and singing songs showing disgust for the racism. It felt like it really unified the the fans, players and staff. what happens to Bulgaria next is a tricky one. I struggle with the thought of punishing the majority of their fans with a ban from a tournament for the actions of relatively few horrible individuals. England fans (and football fans in general) know more than anyone else what it’s like to be vilified for the actions of a handful of idiots. On another note, Still being in a football ground at 12.45am was a first for me!
  11. Same as you on the Thursday, then Prague Frankfurt Saturday, day/ night in Frankfurt then fly to Sofia Sunday late afternoon. Whats your route back from Sofia? I'm toying with a 3 flight return trip via Memmingen and Edinburgh!
  12. Yep, we got ours confirmed last week. Now waiting for Bulgaria to be confirmed to make it a double header!
  13. I went to watch Fiorentina v Roma in October with my son, brother in law and nephew (we do an Italian or Spanish football trip that half term every year). We got print at home tickets direct through the club, I emailed them and they sent a few forms to fill out and email back. From memory it was cheaper doing that way than via the ticket agency. We got tickets for the curva fiasole which is the end their ultras are and made the mistake of strolling into the main ultra section which was very lively but they didn't take kindly to tourists being in there (fair enough). Eventually we made our way to the side of the end which was fine and was close to the atmosphere. The view is not the best (assume it's the same at the other end too). Must have been 50 metres from the pitch but that's the case with lots of Italian grounds. For bars and restaurants, you have your choice in Florence of course. There's not much near the ground though but it's only 20-30 mins walk into the centre. we spent the afternoon in an Irish bar in town which wouldnt normally be my cup of tea on a foreign trip but this place had a good blend of friendly fiorentina fans, people watching English football on tv and general tourists. Was a really friendly place with a good atmosphere - let me know if you want me to dig out the name. Have a great trip!
  14. We got back from Porto last night having had an amazing few days out there. Porto and guimaraes both beautiful cities and the vast majority of England fans enjoyed / respected them as they should - all the walking tours, boat trips etc we went on had loads of england fans on them clearly wanting to get a feel for the place which is one of the great opportunities that comes from following england away. I didnt see any of the trouble that's been reported but there was definately a large amount of young lads out there interested in getting as drunk as possible and interested in congregating in large numbers / being boisterous etc which is never good - I'd estimate a couple of thousand of the 20k out there. The problem with the 10% getting all the media attention is that it makes the 90% who are some of the most passionate football fans you'll ever meet who love football, travel and enjoying a few drinks whilst doing it question whether they want to be associated with it all - even though they know the reality of being there is very different to what's portrayed in the media. The last thing we need is for the majority decent fans to stop going and make the idiot few become more prominent. There needs to be more balance in the reports. I may have missed it but there doesn't seem to be much coverage of the hundreds of residents of guimaraes coming out onto the streets after Sunday's game clapping the england fans as they walked back to the station. This was old ladies, families etc and one of the best moments of my time watching football anywhere and I think reflected the fact that they respected the fact that so many turned up for a meaningless game on a Sunday lunchtime, created a carnival atmosphere in the town with (as far as I know) no trouble / flashpoints etc. There are so many good points about England's away following; there really does to be more balance in how it's understood and reported.
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