View from the oppo – Huddersfield Town

A bit about you:

Name: Jim Chisem

Current home town: Huddersfield                               Birthplace: Huddersfield

How long have you supported your team? Since I was a wee lad, so I’d say about 24 years now.

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: I like the fact that it’s unique. Most modern stadia are relatively soulless affairs, situated in out-of-town retail parks and defined by identikit rectilinear stands. The John Smith’s, or whatever it is they’re calling it these days, is set against the backdrop of a forested embankment, while the stands are semi-circular structures that sit beneath two rows of criss-crossed white steel tubing. I’m reliably informed that it won RIBA building of the year in 1995, so I think it’s fair to say that my opinion has some objective weight behind it.  

Favourite match played by your team & why: The 1994/95 Division 2 Playoff Final against Bristol Rovers, which we won 2-1. I was six-years-old at the time and I remember being completely overawed by the whole occasion.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Andy Booth. He’s Huddersfield’s answer to Gary Lineker.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? After last season’s heroics, it’s hard to choose. But if I had to pick one, I’d go for Christopher Schindler. He’s such a cool customer, and he’s adapted to the pace and quality of the Premier League with aplomb.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Aaron Mooy, hands down. He’s a footballing metronome, breaking up play, recycling possession, and dictating the tempo of the game. If you can keep Mooy quiet, you’ve got a very good chance of beating us. 

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Jamie Vardy. If we play a high-line, which we usually do at home, I can see him causing all sorts of bother.  

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Our very own slice of ‘Danish Dynamite’, Philip Billing. He has all the attributes required of a modern-day central midfielder. He’s technically gifted, has a good passing range, has excellent positional sense, and covers a lot of ground. He’s also very tall, which is a bonus at set-pieces. 

How do you think you’ll do against us? I think there’ll be goals in this game, so I’m going to predict that someone will win 3-2.

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club?  We’ve managed to tie down most of last season’s loanees (Mooy, Kachunga, Palmer), improve squad depth (Lössl, Green, Zanka, Malone, Hadergjonaj, Williams, Sabiri), and add attacking talent (Mounie, Ince, Depoitre), so I’d say that our dealings in the transfer market have been impressive. In terms of outgoings, it’s a shame to see Wells and Bunn leave, but life goes on!

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? I’m going to be optimistic and say 17th.

Who do you think will win the league? One of the Manchester teams.

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Brighton, Crystal Palace, and Swansea.

Any other comments? I’m looking forward to seeing how we’ll set up against you. We struggled against counter-attacking teams last season, and if we press high-up the pitch as a unit, it’s going to leave a lot of space for the likes of Vardy and Mahrez to run into. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if we play a slightly more cautious, withdrawn game than usual.

James is General Secretary of Huddersfield Town Supporters Association – please go to https://htsa-web.com/ for more information

 

Next Up – Huddersfield

Next Up – Huddersfield 16 September 2017

Head Coach: David Wagner

Founded: 1908

Ground:   John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield

Address: Stadium Way Huddersfield HD1 6PX

Capacity: 24,500

Squad:
 

1          Denmark          GK       Jonas Lössl

2          England           DF       Tommy Smith (captain)

3          England           DF       Scott Malone

4          England           MF       Dean Whitehead

6          England           MF       Jonathan Hogg (vice-captain)

8          Denmark          MF       Philip Billing

9          DR of Congo   FW       Elias Kachunga

10        Australia           MF       Aaron Mooy

11        Morocco          MF       Abdelhamid Sabiri

13        England           GK       Joel Coleman

14        England           DF       Martin Cranie

15        Germany          DF       Chris Löwe

17        Netherlands     MF       Rajiv van La Parra

18        England           MF       Joe Lolley

19        USA                 MF       Danny Williams

20        Belgium            FW       Laurent Depoitre

22        England           MF       Tom Ince

23        Germany          FW       Collin Quaner

24        Benin               FW       Steve Mounié

25        Denmark          DF       Mathias Jørgensen

26        Germany          DF       Christopher Schindler (vice-captain)

27        Slovenia           DF       Jon Gorenc Stanković

28        England           GK       Robert Green

33        Switzerland      DF       Florent Hadergjonaj (on loan from Ingolstadt 04)

44        Germany          DF       Michael Hefele

45        England           MF       Kasey Palmer (on loan from Chelsea)

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information
For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.htafc.com

 

A view from the oppo (down under!) – Chelsea

A bit about you:

Name: Nevin

Current home town: Nhulunbuy, in the Australian outback

Birthplace: Belfast

How long have you supported your team? 20 long and sometimes painful years

Overview of your club:

Favourite match played by your team & why: Last year - Chelsea v Everton (5-0). Just a perfect team performance in every department. It really gave hope that this would be our year. Keeping a clean sheet at the back, and seeing Hazard weave his magic going forward was amazing. In the end you felt sorry for Everton but all who saw the game I think just appreciated that this was no ordinary day

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:  Gianfranco Zola, a legend

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Hazard has been my favourite for long time now. Love his control & vision, and he’s one of the few that just seems so natural on the ball. Combine that with his work rate and attitude, he’s a great role model for others and a pleasure to watch.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Morata, he’s hit the ground running since arriving and already gelling well with the team, especially the other Spaniards

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Mahrez is my main concern. He’s the play maker of the team and also dangerous in front of goal

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Bakayoko (Midfielder). Lots of good experience from Monaco and Champions League, for such a young age.

How do you think you’ll do against us? 2-1 to Chelsea. The Spanish trio will tip the balance in our favour.

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club?  Loving the addition of Morata. Not sorry to see Costa go (albeit unofficially at this stage) as he is too moody and unpredictable when the going gets tough.

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? Hoping for 1st, but reckon we’ll be a close 2nd

Who do you think will win the league? Saddens me to say that I reckon it could be a return to the top for United.

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Crystal Palace, Watford & Brighton.

Any other comments? I think Chelsea will do well to keep a clean sheet for this game, especially if Vardy & Mahrez combine well together. However, all my hopes are pinned on Chelsea’s Spanish contingent doing their thing and causing havoc. Failing that, let Willian have a crack, as the lifts the whole team when he plays. Here’s to a good game.

Next Up – Chelsea

Next Up - Chelsea – 9 September 2017 3:00pm

 

Manager       Antonio Conte         Founded       1905

 

Ground   Stamford Bridge          Address   Fulham Rd, London SW6 1HS  

 

Capacity      41,631          

 

Squad: 

 

1          Argentina        GK        Willy Caballero

2          Germany         DF        Antonio Rüdiger

3          Spain               DF        Marcos Alonso

4          Spain               MF       Cesc Fàbregas

6          England           MF       Danny Drinkwater

7          France                         MF       N'Golo Kanté

9          Spain               FW       Álvaro Morata

10        Belgium           MF       Eden Hazard

11        Spain               MF       Pedro

13        Belgium           GK        Thibaut Courtois

14        France                         MF       Tiémoué Bakayoko

15        Nigeria            MF       Victor Moses

16        Brazil               MF       Kenedy

17        Belgium           MF       Charly Musonda

19        Spain               FW       Diego Costa

21        Italy                 DF        Davide Zappacosta

22        Brazil               MF       Willian

23        Belgium           FW       Michy Batshuayi

24        England           DF        Gary Cahill

27        Denmark         DF        Andreas Christensen

28        Spain               DF        César Azpilicueta

30        Brazil               DF        David Luiz

35        England           DF        Jake Clarke-Salter

36        United States   MF       Kyle Scott

37        Portugal          GK        Eduardo

       Ghana             DF        Baba Rahman

 

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.chelseafc.com 

View from the opposition – Man Utd

Huge thanks to Andrew for again stepping in and doing this 'view from' at the last minute when we were let down ............

A bit about you:

Name: Andrew

Current home town: Leicester

Birthplace: Leicester

How long have you supported your team? 45 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The players walking out on the side of the Stretford End supporters. Normally the home team walk out on the right hand side of the tunnel.

Favourite match played by your team & why: 1968 European Cup Final beating Benfica 4 - 1 in extra time at Wembley. George Best was the hero and this became his world stage defining moment.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:  George Best

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Nemanja Matic, as i feel he is going to be very much like Bryan Robson.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Marcus Rashford, he has grown 3" and become so strong in the last year. He is becoming Gary Lineker-esque.

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Danny Drinkwater, as all ex Man Utd players try to show why they should not have been let go.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Joel Pereira - Goalkeeper

How do you think you’ll do against us? 3-1, both teams have shown they can score but United have shown they have a better defence so far.

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club?  Almost excellent, still want Fellaini out.

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? 2nd

Who do you think will win the league? Noisy neighbours

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Newcastle, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace but at this stage only current form gives you any idea as that can change when Manager's start being sacked.

Any other comments? Really looking forward to seeing how United will cope with Leicester playing counter attacking football, especially with the speed of Vardy and the current form of Okazaki.