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Episode Twenty – Premier League Preview 2016/17 Season

This week we’ve really gone for it. Jon’s canvassed all of his cool friends in real journalism, Paddy’s scoured the public libraries of Bushwick Brooklyn and even I’ve stayed sober for four hours to bring you a topic of discussion that no one else is talking about. There’s no point even guessing, such is the esoteric obscurity of our question this week: what’s going to happen in this season’s Premier League.

We’ll be predicting how the league table will look come May, discussing some of our “best and worsts” for the season, and answering the question “What will the 2016/17 season be remembered for.”

Having dismissed Soren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling as banal because it didn’t contain enough crosswords, the thinking man’s football pundit Jon Mackenzie wants to talk about the Championship. Like you I was surprised that teams continued to exist following relegation from the Premier League but Jon claims this could be the best edition of the British second tier yet… or a season where modern tactics and an influx of cash ruin what was a consistently exciting scrum of a league.

With his commitments to the facial hair desk at Vice Magazine out of the way, Paddy returns to mainstream media, deigning to read a Guardian article. He asks, with studies suggesting juries presented with slow motion replays are more likely to return guilty verdicts, does this bias translate to a football context?

What’s that? Migsy’s evolving? No I’m not talking about Pokemon Go, despite the number of great balls in the room. This week we introduce Sam Wimpenny, Tom McMinigal’s more powerful and well developed form. Having conducted extensive field research involving seeing the first half highlights of one game Sam asks if Rafa Benitez is suited to Championship or if the loss of three points away to Fulham suggests that Newcastle will fail to catch em’ all?

Jon’s organised some more fun this week, hooray. Paddy, Sam and I will be taking on his three part premier league quiz to see who is the second most knowledgable member of the team.

All this, and more besides in this week’s episode of A Team of John O’Sheas.
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