Monthly Archives: July 2018

S8E3 Where’s Johnny?

This week, Krys is joined by one and a half Johns as our host has connection issues. Hopefully that doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of this week’s discussion though.

We start off with a look back at the first legs of the second qualifying rounds for our four European representatives. Still no defeats, with all four teams still in with a good chance of making into to the third qualifying round. We discuss the various prospects and chances of the teams doing just that.

Following that chat, we look at the League Cup second round draw following the weekend’s conclusion of the group stages, and pay particular interest to the fortunes of Hearts given the oddity of the punishment last week.

Both the League Cup and the opening day league fixtures seem to have Rangers away from home in the stand out tie, and we discuss both sets of fixtures as well as a look at all our predictions for the coming season. You can read the full list of predictions on the SFF website.

Predictions are back again this season, so feel free to join in the fun and laugh at how wrong we get them. We’ll be sure to point out when we get them right of course! No McBookie charity bet this season sadly, though there may be more news on that in the coming weeks.

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S8E2 Morecambe and Wise

The SFF Podcast pre-season continues with the return of Krys as host, joined by one John returning from holiday as the other remains on his. It’s a bit like the Celtic first team squad returning from World Cup duty.

Speaking of the World Cup, chat quickly turns to England’s disappointment at an otherwise brilliant tournament. VAR gets some discussion after it’s pivotal place in one of the best finals in living memory, while the tournament itself also went down a storm. A bit like Neymar.

Closer to home, we’re still four out of four in terms of European representation, although the pessimism is clear about how much longer that might last. Discussing third qualifying round opponents feels a bit odd given this was also the second qualifying round preview! But that’s UEFA for you, cram in as many qualifiers as possible to weed out the wee diddy league teams before they meet the small fish from the big pond who get a bye to the group stages.

And as for group stages, the Betfred Cup is well under way in the sectionals for all the non-European competitors. Someone at the SPFL really needs to check a calendar though and remember it’s 2018 and we haven’t had two points for a win in 25 years. It’s a quick review though as not many shocks have happened, other than the greatest football result known to comedy… even if it was on penalties.

Next week we should have a preview of the upcoming league season, but enjoy this chat as we get back into the swing of things.

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S8E1 Champagne Mondays

We’re back for an eight season to preview the Scottish Premiership and cover what’s been going on at the World Cup.

It’s the two John’s who are on and they start off with the World Cup. The guys discuss whether it’s possibly the best one they’ve watched. There has certainly been plenty of drama with a few big teams going out early and a chance for a new winner if Belgium or Croatia are successful.
The first Scottish team to return to competitive action will be Celtic as they aim to negotiate four qualifying rounds to get to group stages of Champions League. Hibs and Rangers face the same fate as they try to get to group stages. Aberdeen got the the toughest tie as they drew Burnley in the second qualifying round.
Hearts and Rangers have been the busiest clubs in the transfer market ahead of the new season. Celtic, Kilmarnock and St Johnstone have been the quietest with only two signings each.
It’s too early for predictions so we’ll make them later on.
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