Gameweek 36, Crystal Palace

I can’t really write anything, so this time I’m just gonna post the table.

OK, no, it’s quite a good match ahead, Palace away, they are in twelfth position, rather secure – but remember last year, when Liverpool thought the same? They lost their title to them. Anyway, we can win and we can loose the 4th place by the time the game finishes at Stamford Bridge.

So, if there is a must win game, then this one is.

But then, on the other hand, we seem to be heading for a nice pre-window, as we seem to be doing our business before it, so that the deals are finalized prior to the opening of transfer season. Good news, really, with Depay coming in July at the beginning of the tour and the pre-season.

And there’s more to follow, as we are said.

And my team, I was really tempted to leave de Gea out, because he’s just…, I don’t know, I don’t understand this situation with his contract. He should make up his mind and clear it completely. I would go for di Maria, to have an attacking line-up, and give it all we can.

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My team v Crystal Palace

And my predictions, here they are.

Matches My prds Luca’s prds Results My pts L’s pts
Arsenal v Swansea City 2-0 0-1 0-1 0 3
Aston Villa v West Ham United 1-1 1-0 1-0 0 3
Chelsea v Liverpool 1-1 2-2 1-1 3 1
Crystal Palace v Manchester Utd 1-1 0-2 1-2 0 1
Everton v Sunderland 2-0 0-0 0-2 0 0
Hull City v Burnley 2-0 2-1 0-1 0 0
Leicester City v Southampton 1-1 3-3 2-0 0 0
Manchester City v QPR 3-0 1-3 6-0 1 0
Newcastle Utd v West Brom 1-1 1-0 1-1 3 0
Stoke City v Tottenham 2-2 2-0 3-0 0 1
Total points this week 7 9
Best points 12 11
Most correct result/week 2 2
Head-to-head bf this week 5 4
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Steamed broccoli with lemon butter – and Norwich, away

It’s Saturday, early afternoon and I’m going for a really easy one – the next day, Sunday will be my day with a good matchday program with Premier League football and NFL on from the afternoon till midnight and more. So it’s just a bit of broccoli with lemon butter – a good try for my vegetarian days. And the green broccoli goes well with Norwich’s yellow and green…

And once again a tricky away game, and we know that, last time here United lost 1-0 in the PL. Norwich is can be hard to beat, oh, yeah, although this year they’re showing sings of inconsistency and that loss in the blue part of Manchester is horrible for them.

Prior to the game we went to Metro, to buy salmon for the next day’s menu, so we just popped in for the kick-off. By the time I sliced the broccoli and put the florets into the saucepan to steam it, ten minutes had gone from the match, and United’s possession is almost eighty percent in the game. But after something like 8-10 minutes in the saucepan – it’s Norwich pressing in front of our goal – and a couple of DDG saves are keeping us level, only. Add salt, pepper or other desired seasoning to the broccoli for the flavour.

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Butter and lemon in the saucepan

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Sautéed skillet potatoes – and Hull City, away

Well, I’m a bit behind, first ’cause I missed the West Ham game (well, I watched it in a pub, so I couldn’t cook anything, I had a bit more beer, rather…), and secondly because there was an internet crisis here during Christmas – when else?

Never mind, I’d planned to cook this as part of the learning process – this time it was sautéing something easy, just to start with. (And it was the same kind of experience for Moyes as well – after a couple of disappointing results, the team won four in a row in all competitions. And the festive season coming there was a lot to hope on either the cooking side – turkey, soups, whatever or the footballing side – while we play against teams below us, on the table, at least, our biggest opponents play a couple of matches against each other.)

As on Boxing Day we still had the best part of the Christmas Turkey it was obvious to make a side dish for it, and when the match started I started to prepare everything. That was the time when I realized that I hadn’t known if I had baking potatoes at home. So there was a bit of a delay in the process – and by the I made the decision to bake them anyway, Hull City were in front by a goal that shouldn’t have happened – firstly because it wasn’t a corner and secondly because we should have defended better. Anyway, it’s not really a big deal if you concede early in the game – most of the game is there for you to turn it around, and United have proved they can do that many times.

potato cubes
Potatoes sautéed in a skillet/pan

So I started to chop the potatoes into cubes, or as size matters, into dices, rather. By the time I finished and put the cubes into the skillet with something like three or four tablespoon of oil, United were two goals behind, once again a rather interesting goal – good old Evans and his right leg did the job for Hull. We were unlucky there, and although I was swearing a little bit (I really didn’t understand what was going on, ’cause I didn’t know what our defenders were doing there), but I knew that we would somehow win that game. I really thought that we were going to score more than two and weren’t going to concede again. Continue reading