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Futismaailman kausiennakko koskien Roversia. Jos omia mietteitä pistelis noista...

http://www.futismaailma.com/liigat/kausiennakko.php?lg=ENG&lv=1&tm=blackb&int=

 

Ovat lykänneet Emertonin keskikenttäpelaajaksi (todella toivon että miestä ei nähdä siellä vaan puolustajana) ja Zurabin avauksen toppariksi. Itse laskisin että mies lienee marssijärjestyksessä topparin tontille Nelsenin, Samban, Ooijerin takana ainakin... taisi saada Henchozkin peliaikaa pre-seasonilla enemmän. Tosin itse kovasti ihmettelin kun Khiza ei harkkamatseissa juuri lainkaan kentälle päässyt !?

 

Samba kuulemma laitapakki :eek: mies tuskin ikinä on siellä tontilla piipahtanut käsittääkseni ? Ei ainakaan Roversissa ikinä, liekö myöskään Saksan maalla mistä tulla tupsahti.

 

Hieman pistää myös meikäläisen ajatukset sekaisin kun alussa kehuvat että Roversin Eurotaipaleet ovat menneet melkoisen mollivoittoisesti, toki toki ! pitää paikkaansa... mutta viime kaudellahan joukkue pelasi ensimmäistä kertaa oikeinkin mallikkaasti Eurokentillä oikeastaan ensimmäsitä kertaa ikinä historiansa saatossa, kun menivät ensimmäiseltä kierroksen karsinnasta jatkoon, lohkovaiheensa voittajana jatkoon ja Bayern Leverkuseniakin vastaan oli loistava tilaisuus mutta pienestä jäi kiinni... Sitten lopussa kuitenkin kehutaan tämän alkukauden jotain Intertoto voittoa jostain FK Vetrasta mallikkaaksi, vaikka viime vuoden UEFA Cupissa kaatui aivan eri luokan sakkeja mitä liettualaiset olivat.

 

 

Laitetaan suora osoite myös meikäläisten kausiennakkoon (pääsivulle)...

http://www.paitsio.com/Kausiennakko-2007-08.2433.0.html

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No, futismaailma nyt on.. futismaailma.

 

Täytyy taas myöntää, että aikalailla samaa mieltä monesta asiasta tuon kausiennakkosi kanssa, loppusijoitusarvauskin on sama kuin minulla. Muistikuvieni mukaan viime aikoina ollaan oltu vähän liiankin usein jo samaa mieltä - tähän täytynee saada muutos ennenkuin keskustelu menee pelkästään toisten muniin puhalteluksi.

 

Vaikka tätä jo johonkin topikkiin mainostin, niin tämän otsikon alle sopii niin hyvin, että spämmätään uusiksi: http://futisforum2.org/index.php?topic=30321.0 Täysin objektiivisesti arvioituna paras kausiennakko ikinä.

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Laitetaan nyt että ennustuksissaan...

 

IS Veikkaaja pisti Roversin sijalle 9

 

Futismaailma sijalle 14

 

Urheilulehti sijalle 11

Kauden...

top : Brad Friedel

flop : Benni McCarthy

comet : Matt Derbyshire

 

Viimekin kaudella tama Topias “Benni Mac fani numero uno” Räihälä veikkaisi Benniä totaalisen vääräksi mieheksi aivan väärässsä sarjassa, joten tietänee hyvää tulevaa kauttaa silmällä pitäen Etelä-Afrikkalaiselle :D Tosin myönnettäköön että pidemmässä sepustuksessa selviää syyt hänen mielestään Bennin floppaamiselle ja siihen miksi viime kaudella onnistui ja ne kyllä kuullostivat hyvinkin järkeenkäyviltä perusteluilta !

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Skysports.com veikkailee Roversia sijalle 9

 

 

Tälläistä kirjoittelevat sitten tarkemmassa ennakossaan Blackburnista...

Blackburn 2007/08 preview

 

Blackburn bid for Europe

 

To an outsider, last season's comfortable mid-table Premier League finish for Blackburn Rovers could be seen as job done for manager Mark Hughes, but there was a sense of disappointment left lingering around Ewood Park.

 

In 2005/06 Rovers stormed to a sixth-placed domestic finish, their best in three seasons, and expectations at the home of the one-time Premier League champions were high.

 

Some might explain the contrast between last year's 10th placed let down and the highs of the previous campaign by pointing to the departure of striker Craig Bellamy to Liverpool. Hughes, however, pulled off one of the signings of last season by bringing in Benni McCarthy in a £2.5million deal from Porto and it is difficult to argue Bellamy, who floundered on Merseyside, was missed at all.

 

McCarthy chipped in with 24 goals in all competitions last year and the prolific South African front man has since reportedly courted interest from a number of top European clubs. Blackburn's ability to keep hold of the former Porto forward may have a significant bearing on how they fare this season.

 

Meanwhile, Hughes has brought in experienced Paraguayan forward Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich for £3.5million and has taken a gamble on former NAC Breda striker Maceo Rigters, who impressed for Holland in the Under 21 European Championship this summer.

 

The Santa Cruz signing, especially, looks another astute piece of transfer market business and Hughes is confident the forward will have a 'big impact'.

 

Fulfilment

 

The addition of Santa Cruz and Rigters to the forwards McCarthy, Jason Roberts and the fairytale emergence of Matt Derbyshire, who are already at the club, has given Hughes an abundance of riches up front and the Welshman admits first-team selection will be a case of 'horses for courses'.

 

Last season's fulfilment from David Bentley, who is now making good of his undoubted ability, is also another reason for Blackburn to be buoyed ahead of the new campaign and the former Arsenal man will again be expected to provide the service for Hughes' strong strike force.

 

Couple this with the reliability of Morten Gamst Pedersen, the return to fitness of Robbie Savage, and the midfield skills of David Dunn and Steven Reid, who both had injury hit previous seasons, and it looks increasingly easy to suggest the last 12 months have been a period of rebuilding at Rovers.

 

Savage was a major loss after he was ruled out of the second-half of last season with a broken leg and his return to the fold will undoubtedly give the Blackburn midfield back its bite.

 

On paper Rovers have as exciting and up and coming midfield as most and Hughes, while maintaining his side's competitive streak, has successfully shed the 'Blackeye Rovers' tag that was beginning to be used in connection with Blackburn's, sometimes heavy handed, tactics.

 

This all implies that Blackburn's problems lie elsewhere and a glance at the goal difference column of the League table can supply an answer.

 

Rovers boast one of the best goalkeepers in the business in Brad Friedel, but, despite the American's heroics, Blackburn joined Bolton in finishing last season with the only negative goal differences in the top 11 of the League.

 

Weakness

 

This defensive weakness, which was exposed in the 6-2 Emirates Stadium hammering at the hands of Arsenal in December, will need to be improved if Blackburn are again to make a serious bid for automatic European qualification.

 

The acquisition of Gunnar Nielsen from Frem Copenhagen is a possible admission that the club require cover in the goalkeeping department and although the Rovers defence again looks uncompromising, it also looks short of depth.

 

They struggled after losing the no-nonsense approach of Lucas Neill to West Ham in the January transfer window and the experienced Andy Todd and Michael Gray have also both left Blackburn.

 

Last season's run to the semi-final of the FA Cup, where they eventually succumbed 2-1 to Chelsea, demonstrates Rovers can mix it with the big boys and a good cup run could again be a possibility, but Hughes will be targeting a return to the League's top-six.

 

The worry for Blackburn, who once pioneered the lavish spending approach under former chairman Jack Walker, is that their work in a hectic summer transfer market has been eclipsed by the likes of Portsmouth, Newcastle, Aston Villa and a new look Manchester City who will all be chasing Uefa Cup spots next season.

 

Rovers will have their work cut out if they are to rival the new found riches of a number of clubs in the top-flight and breaking into the automatic European qualification places would mark a significant achievement, but with proven firepower and a creative midfield they should be looking to improve on last year.

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BBC:n Mark ”Lawro” Lawrensonin ennustus alkavalle kaudella on että Rovers hätyyttelee Eurokentille pääsyä liigan kautta onnistuessaan...

 

 

Lawro's verdict: Blackburn have punched above their weight since Mark Hughes took over.

 

They play good football, are strong defensively, scrap for everything and have plenty of decent players.

 

Blackburn have been a real success story under Hughes and I think they could be pushing for a Uefa Cup place once again this season.

 

KEY MAN: RYAN NELSEN

A very under-rated player who holds Blackburn together at the back.

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Goal.com paikan heppuli veikkailee kauden päättyvän tähän tyylii, elikkäs Roversia taistelemaan kuudennen sijan kieppeille...

 

 

Mushtaq's Predictions for the season:

Winners: Manchester United

Runners Up: Liverpool

Champions League: Chelsea, Tottenham

UEFA Cup: Arsenal, Blackburn, Newcastle

Rest of top 10: Manchester City, Everton, Portsmouth

Relegated: Derby, Middlesbrough, Wigan

 

 

Blackburn Rovers will be the surprise team in the league this year and I think they will be pushing for a Champions League spot. After adding Roque Santa Cruz to the side, Mark Hughes can now choose between five quality strikers to help launch a bid for a European position. Blackburn’s wingers are extremely talented and offer full support for the strikers. Rovers also have feisty anchormen in Tugay and Savage and are also defensively brilliant, after the immense performances of Christopher Samba. Friedel is usually very good in goal. We will have to wait and see how Rovers start the season, as exciting times lay ahead for the north-west team.

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Gueardian on pistellyt sijalle 11 omassa jutussaan...

 

 

Guardian Unlimited writers' prediction: 11th

 

When the transfer window opens, all eyes tend to focus on who is coming in, about the frisson of new signings and the naïve hope that they bring. But with Blackburn this summer, the most important thing was that nobody went out. What we have, we hold; in the transfer market, the best form of attack is often defence.

 

At various points it seemed they could lose any or all of Benni McCarthy, Morten Gamst Pedersen, David Bentley and Mark Hughes. But they are all still there - McCarthy, the grinning fox in the box; Pedersen, abundantly gifted, if occasionally underachieving, and with a left foot that is just one big sweet spot; Bentley, as fascinating an emergent talent as any in English football and sharing so much more than initials with David Beckham; and, of course, their outstanding manager Hughes.

 

Except for a foreign surname, Hughes has everything a modern manager needs. He radiates calm, certainty and authority, he believes he is a Special One but is secure enough in his own skin not to prattle on about it at every opportunity, and he has a hushed menace that enables him to control a dressing room.

 

He can also pick a player, as Ryan Nelsen and Bentley in particular prove, and in under three years, he has turned relegation scrappers into an up-and-coming mid-table side with a net expenditure of just £6.1m* - that's little more than Wigan paid for Jason Koumas. In the current loadsaforeignmoney climate, that's an outstanding achievement - and an ironic one, given the eight-figure House That Jack Built in the nineties. Pound for pound, Blackburn might just be the best team in the Premiership.

 

Hughes's house has been built properly, one layer at a time. Under him they have been all about a qualitative year-on-year improvement. In 2004-05 he turned them into football's equivalent of bare-knuckle brawlers, a necessary evil to avoid relegation. The following season they started to play some really decent stuff, beat three of the big four and earned a Uefa Cup place. And last season - though Blackburn slipped from sixth to 10th, as much because of injuries as anything else - they had the new sensation of cup runs to sustain them.

 

There is no reason to think it should be any different this year. Bentley should continue his dramatic development, McCarthy is far too savvy and streetwise to be afflicted by second-season syndrome, and they have a trio of hugely underrated players returning to the squad: Nelsen missed the first half of the season, Robbie Savage the second and Steven Reid almost all of it. These are new signings but without the risk that new signings bring.

 

There is an element of a gamble about Hughes's main summer signing, Roque Santa Cruz, who scored just 31 goals in 155 games for Bayern Munich, but Hughes has earned the trust of fans with his work in the transfer market. The main concerns are about squad depth, especially in centre midfield, with David Dunn still awaiting judgement after all these years, Tugay awaiting his bus pass and Aaron Mokoena awaiting consistency. And neither Matt Derbyshire nor Jason Roberts have presented an irresistible case to partner McCarthy, which is why Santa Cruz and the promising Dutchman Maceo Rigters have arrived.

 

Overall, however, this is a good, hard-boiled side with an extremely strong spine from the excellent Brad Friedel through Nelsen, Savage and McCarthy. And they have one of football's most important and underestimated assets: continuity. At the Rovers Return, the locals all want the same again, please.

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