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Pre-Show Discussion Thread: EPL Talk Podcast, Weekend Review Show

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The EPL Talk Podcast’s review of the Premier League’s third weekend will record at 10 p.m. England-time (5 p.m. Eastern, 2p.m. Pacific). Losses by Spurs and Manchester City will be high on the agenda, as will our Match of the Week: Aston Villa and Everton.  We’ll talk every match, every news item, but there’s one coverage area we want to be sure and address:

What topics do you want covered in your weekend review show?

Let us know in the comments, below, and there’s a good chance your views will be read on tonight’s show.

Other topics to be covered:

  • Results around Europe;
  • Liverpool’s Mascherano-for-Meireles swap;
  • Potential goalkeeper roulette at Fulham;
  • Qualifying for Euro 2012;
  • Closing of the transfer window.
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    1. Richard Farley

      August 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm—test-show

      That’s the site for our test show today. It’s not going to be fancy, but if you want to get involved in this kind of beta-show, feel free to do so!

    2. Kevin

      August 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      If Kartik is joining you, please try to stop him from pushing his CONCACAF agenda. It is very unbecoming and boring. When he stays on topic he is a decent voice….but he is always working a biased angle.

    3. hmmm

      August 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      Anything but Euro Qualifying please, with the excitement at the start of the season the international break seems like torture.

      I’d focus on the losses from City and Spurs, the Arsenal-Blackburn match, and West Ham looking certain to go down are the major stories from the weekend.

      • Richard Farley

        August 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm

        We’ll talk Euro Qualifying at the end of the show, but I think this is a great point to bring up. It’s killing me that we’re getting this involuntary week off, which is actually closer to two calendar weeks between matches.

        Thanks for the feedback!

        • hmmm

          August 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm

          Not to mention the one that came right before the start of the season and interrupted everyones pre-season.

          It’s even worse for La Liga and Serie A, it’s coming after the weekend of their season.

    4. Michael

      August 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      Have the lack of funds/cheapness already doomed Everton’s season? Despite dominating possession, they lack the finishing a top team must have. One striker (not named Donovan) could change that

      • Richard Farley

        August 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

        Definitely will bring this up in the match of the week discussion. Given Villa’s preceding two results, I think we should have expected more from Everton.

        • hmmm

          August 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

          I wasn’t too bothered with the performance from Everton, I’m actually shocked they weren’t able to equalize with one of their 16 or so corners at the end.

          Interesting that Everton does seem to get off to slow starts every season now. Is the lack of funds responsible for them starting so flat, as they rarely bring anyone in over the summer?

    5. Tyler Patterson

      August 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      Correction: “win against Everton…”

    6. Tyler Patterson

      August 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      Aston Villa manager situation: does win at Everton muddy the water just enough to earn interim manager MacDonald a reprieve?

      After three games – Liverpool and Blackpool are tied in standings…. um what???

      Are the Wolves too physical?

      Clint Dempsey – Is Dembele a threat to his future minutes on the pitch?

      English National Team call ups…

      • Richard Farley

        August 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

        I’ll get the MacDonald question into the match of the week discussion. What do you think? I like your description of muddied waters.

        The other feedback will be great to incorporate throughout the show. ‘Twill be done!

        • Tyler Patterson

          August 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

          I read some place that Villa fans want a Big Name manager, which I assume means they would preclude Bob Bradley. I think it’s important that Randy Lerner try not to listen too much to the fans on this one. It’s not so much about Bradley, in my mind. It’s having the right frame of mind when evaluating the candidates.

          The first thing Lerner and his team need to figure out is their vision for the club. What identity do they want? What are their values as a club? The secret to long-term success, IMO, in pro sports is finding an identity and filling in the right pieces to match that identity. Arsenal are consistently good because they know who they are. Who are Aston Villa?

          IMO, Lerner should worry less about whether the next manager is a Big Name or an American and more about what the prospective candidate stands for and how it gels with ownership.

    7. The Gaffer

      August 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      One topic suggestion: Which Premier League clubs need to make last minute transfer signings before the transfer window closes this week? And which players should they sign?

      The Gaffer

    8. Jesse Chula

      August 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      Fabio Capello seemed to possess warp speed this weekend as I noticed him at what must have been every other match across England.

      Besides the large rain cloud that seemed to cover the entire country, what else do you think most caught his eye in regards to the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers?

      With John Terry and Frank Lampard looking to be absent, which couple of players do you think impressed Capello?

      For me, Leighton Baines looked brilliant in a losing effort for Everton supporting their attack from left back. Ashley Young was also heavily involved for Villa in attack and could potentially be called up.

      Phil Jagielka looks an obvious replacement for John Terry and Theo Walcott must be a lock for the upcoming internationals.

      Look forward to the show.

      • Richard Farley

        August 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

        You know who’d be a great replacement for Lampard?

        Mikel Arteta.

    9. Kevin McCauley

      August 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Is this week an aberration or is there a massive gap between 1-3 and the likes of City, Liverpool, Spurs?

      Harry Redknapp says that the game is only 10% what a manager can do and 90% how the players perform. Since Harry doesn’t alter his team selection or tactics and he clearly isn’t motivating or focusing his team well, what exactly is he getting paid to do? Could a computer nerd do the same job as Harry Redknapp?

      • Richard Farley

        August 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

        That’s a great way to approach it … sounds like something with which I will lead the show.

        I’m not sure how I feel about another season with Big Three … and then the rest. Arsenal almost got tracked down last year. Maybe the gap is growing?

        Hey, remember “Big Four?”

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